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Sioux City sees a memorable night of wrestling with a title defense, an appearance by Andre and what must have been a hell of a brawl between Blackwell & Murdoch. I agree with LowBlow, I'm gonna be watching your tag team scene closely as well.

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AWA SUNDAY SHOWCASE #3

May 9th, 1983

MECCA Auditorium, Milwaukee, WI

The show starts with a video package of what went down in the 2 first Sunday Showcases, including Tiger Mask capturing the NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship from Nelson Royal in the main event of the first Sunday Showcase.

We then go to the interview with Mean Gene Okerlund standing by with the 4 men who took part in the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Showcase that featured the debut of Johnny Saint in the AWA. "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal said it was a real honor and privilege for him to team with someone as talented as Johnny Saint. Saint returns the favor and also compliments the work of young Troy Martin on the opposing side of the ring that night. "Rock N' Roll" Buck Zumhofe isn't that thrilled about the whole thing. Not because of the loss in itself but more about the fact that he got beat up and bloodied by somebody. Zumhofe says he was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of who it was behind all that blood but he saw blond hair, a suit & sequins so he figured it was a Heenan Family member so Zumhofe went to AWA President Stanley Blackburn and demanded a match with Nick Bockwinkel later in the show, which he obtained. Zumhofe promises revenge on Bockwinkel for what he did to him. Either way, it's also announced that all 4 men will meet in an Encore in the live event scheduled for May 17th. The main event of that card will feature Verne Gagne defending the AWA World Heavyweight Championship vs Tor Kamata

A bit later in the show, Bobby Heenan walks to the ring with Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens as they're about to introduce the newest member of the Heenan Family. Heenan first comments on the accusations levied by Buck Zumhofe and laughs it off but accepted the request anyway just to entertain themselves. Nick Bockwinkel puts in very eloquent terms the fact he'll wipe the floor with Zumhofe but wouldn't stoop to the level of doing what was done to Zumhofe last week anyway but he'll make an example out of him. Bobby Heenan regains the mic and introduces the newest member of his family to the crowd in Milwaukee: Larry Zbyszko! Zbyszko walks confidently to the ring and shakes hands with Heenan and the rest of the Heenan Family. Zbyszko said that at the early stage of his career, he was under the tutelage of Bruno Sammartino and while he learned a lot from him, he had to go through the next to become a Living Legend and that's where Bobby Heenan steps in. Zbyszko wants to be associated with no one but winners and in his book, the Heenan Family are winners. Zbyszko says he won't be as ungrateful as Big Daddy Bundy and won't turn his back on Heenan the first chance he gets. Zbyszko is in for the long haul and will make the team proud. Bockwinkel then steps in the ring for his scheduled match.

But before that match, Stanley Blackburn, AWA President, comes to the ring and makes the following announcement that he has secured the rights for NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race to appear on AWA's Sunday Showcase to defend the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on Sunday, June 27th. The challenger isn't known yet but Blackburn gives himself a couple of months to find the right challenger for Harley Race that night.

Match #1

Nick Bockwinkel (w/The Heenan Family) beat Buck Zumhofe in 14:40

Before the main event, some unseen footage from after the first Sunday Showcase in the locker room is shown with Tiger Mask celebrating with other babyfaces when AWA World Tag Team Champions the East-West Connection, interrupted to taunt the new NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion. Tempers flare but oddly enough, it isn't Tiger Mask who throws the first punch...but Tito Santana to Jesse Ventura! A melee ensues between all 4 men, which took several other wrestlers to separate. Mean Gene Okerlund then announces that AWA President Stanley Blackburn has been looking at the incident and has decided that next Saturday May 15th, The East-West Connection will be defending their AWA World Tag Team Championship against the team of Tito Santana and the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Tiger Mask!

Main Event

Match #2

Tito Santana beat Brad Batten in 11:46

The next Sunday Showcase is scheduled for Sunday June 13th

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Nice recap of everything going down in the AWA.

The world champion is coming to Sunday Showcase!

Wow, Larry Zybyszko & Bobby Heenan. I can hear the boos already.

Buck probably has had better ideas than challenging Nick Bockwinkel.

Tito scores a win in this week's main event & a tag title match in next Saturday's main event, alongside the NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion to boot! Not bad Tito not bad at all.

You've really got the AWA down pat.

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AWA @ St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN

May 10th, 1981

-Nick Bockwnkel (w/Bobby Heenan) beat Curt Hennig in 7:25

-Jerry Blackwell beat Matt Borne in 11:55

-Sika beat Ray Stevens (w/Bobby Heenan) in 14:20

-Big Daddy Bundy (w/Lord Alfred Hayes) beat Motoshi Okuma in 10:27 with the Avalanche

-Larry Zbyszko (w/Bobby Heenan) beat "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal in 26:26

-AWA Americas Champion Gino Brito & Greg Gagne beat "Flamboyant" Eric Embry & Tor Kamata (w/Lord Alfred Hayes) in 20:27

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AWA @ Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg, MB

May 14th, 1981

-Negro Casas beat Matt Borne in 5:20

-Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie (w/Alexis Smirnoff) beat Ron Starr in 11:13

-Baron Von Raschke beat Motoshi Okuma in 11:01

-Alexis Smirnoff (w/Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie) beat Jumbo Tsuruta in 11:19

-Akio Sato beat Eric Embry (w/Lord Alfred Hayes) in 11:49

-The Iranian Assassin & AWA World Tag Team Champion Adrian Adonis beat "Rock N' Roll" Buck Zumhofe & Mr. X (Troy Martin under a mask) in 14:29

-"Playboy" Buddy Rose (w/Lord Alfred Hayes) beat "Hangman" Bobby Jaggers in 11:26 with a Figure-Four Leglock

-Big Daddy Bundy (w/Lord Alfred Hayes) beat AWA World Tag Team Champion Jesse Ventura in 14:09

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AWA @ Boylan Catholic High School, Rockford, IL

May 15th, 1981

-Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie beat Troy Martin in 11:59

-The Crusher beat Ricky Morton in 10:31

-Tor Kamata beat Motoshi Okuma in 12:40

-Nick Bockwinkel (w/Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) beat Akio Sato in 13:19

-Baron Von Raschke beat Matt Borne in 21:46

AWA World Tag Team Championship: Tito Santana & NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion Tiger Mask beat The East-West Connection in 21:34 after Tito hit Adonis with the Flying Burrito to win the titles!

-"Hangman" Bobby Jaggers beat "Rock N' Roll" Buck Zumhofe in 11:37

-Jumbo Tsuruta beat Superstar Billy Graham in 35:58

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A enjoyable loop highlighted by new AWA tag team champions! Tiger Mask becoming a duel champion caught me by surprise. I smiled watching Jumbo Tsuruta win the main event in Rockford.

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Boylan baby... I will always mark out for shows here... Tiger Mask and Santana... that's a tag team. I am also kind of big on the idea of Jumbo being a top tier guy... there could be something to that if you get a couple more Japanese players to make a run.

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AWA @ Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, Ashwaubenon, WI

-Toru Tanaka & Dick Murdoch beat Thunderbolt Patterson & Mr. X in 20:51

-"Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal & Johnny Saint beat Troy Martin & Buck Zumhofe in 13:12

AWA World Tag Team Championship: Tito Santana & NWA Jr Heavyweight Champion Tiger Mask beat Akio Sato & The Crusher in 18:14 to retain

-The Heenan Family (Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens) beat El Texano & Chavo Guerrero Jr in 12:25

-Baron Von Raschke beat Eric Embry (w/Lord Alfred Hayes) in 8:57

-Jumbo Tsuruta beat Mando Guerrero in 7:30

AWA World Heavyweight Championship: Verne Gagne beat Tor Kamata in 25:13 to retain

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AWA ­@ Civic Auditorium, Omaha, NB

May 19th, 1981

-Curt Hennig beat Troy Martin with a Fisherman Suplex

-The Heenan Family (Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens, w/Bobby Heenan) beat The Guerreros

-Alexis Smirnoff (w/Sheik Adnan) beat The Crusher

-NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Tiger Mask beat local talent Braylon Waller with the Tiger Suplex

Lumberjack Match: Negro Casas & Baron Von Raschke beat local talents Lex Savage & Davy Hewitt

-Big Daddy Bundy & Eric Embry (w/Lord Alfred Hayes) beat The East-West Connection

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AWA @ International Amphitheater, Chicago, IL

May 21st, 1981

-Larry Zbyszko (w/Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) beat "Hangman" Bobby Jaggers in 11:55

-NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Tiger Mask beat Larry "The Ax" Hennig in 6:49

-"Flamboyant" Eric Embry (w/Lord Alfred Hayes) beat Chavo Guerrero in 10:54

Gauntlet Match, Winner gets a Championship match of his choosing at any time he wants: Greg Gagne wins at 32:19 by pinning Buck Zumhofe. Other Gauntlet participants included Mando Guerrero, Brad Rheingans and Playboy Buddy Rose

-Nick Bockwinkel (w/Bobby Heenan) beat Prof. Toru Tanaka in 10:38

-Andre the Giant beat Negro Casas in 10:20

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A successful loop for The Heenan Family as it's members pick up some big wins. 

Lord Hayes's men have a more mixed but still pretty good tour.

Greg Gagne gets a title shot of his choosing? Dare one hope he challenges his old man?

A fun loop from the AWA.

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AWA LIVE @ MECCA Arena, Milwaukee, WI

June 6th, 1981

"Playboy" Buddy Rose (subbing for Adrian Adonis) & Jesse Ventura beat Troy Martin & Jumbo Tsuruta

-Up next, Jerry Blackwell makes his way to the ring when he's attacked by a swarm of individuals and not the least: Genichiro Tenryu, Masa Saito, Paul Jones & The Sawyers all jumped on Blackwell and are dragging him to the ring until Larry "The Ax" Hennig & AWA World Champion Verne Gagne run in to try making the save. But the numbers are still overwhelming as the bad guys still have the advantage. Looks like all hell is about to break loose until the Milwaukee crowd erupts when they see who is coming to clean house:

What-If-Wednesday: Hogan Wins the AWA Title - Wrestling Shame

IT'S HULK HOGAN! HULK HOGAN IS IN THE AWA!

Hogan slides in the ring and starts pummeling everyone in his sights and the villains eventually powder out of the ring. As Hogan invite all the heels back in the ring, President Stanley Blackburn comes out and announces the following main event: The Sawyers, Tenryu & Saito vs Jerry Blackwell, Larry Hennig, AWA Champion Verne Gagne & Hulk Hogan....INSIDE A STEEL CAGE!!!

Larry Zbyszko (w/Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) beat the debuting Bad News Allen

Dick Murdoch beat Alexis Smirnoff (w/Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie)

8-Men Tag Team Steel Cage Match: Hulk Hogan, AWA World Champion Verne Gagne, Larry "The Ax" Hennig & Jerry Blackwell beat Genichiro Tenryu, Masa Saito & The Sawyers (w/Paul Jones) after Hogan pinned Buzz Sawyer with the Axe Bomber.

 

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A host of debuts chief amongst them Hulk Hogan creates a memorable episode of AWA television.

An 8 cage main event! I'd love to see that.

A rough debut for Bad News Allen as he goes down to Larry Z.

A dangerous group for Paul Jones to lead.

Captain Redneck picks up a patriotic win over Smirnoff in between all the craziness 

A nice win for the Playboy & The Body.

Loving where the AWA is going.

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AWA LIVE @ Civic Auditorium, Omaha, NB

June 13th, 1981 (Filmed for syndication broadcasting)

6-Men Elimination Tag: "Hangman" Bobby Jaggers, Scott McGhee & Buzz Sawyer beat The Iranian Assassin, Baron Von Raschke & Troy Martin

-Robert Gibson beat Jim Neidhart

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AWA LIVE ­@ Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, Ashwaubenon, WI

June 14th, 1981

-Larry Zbyszko (w/Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) beat Ron Starr in 12:04

-Hulk Hogan destroys enhancement talent Merrick Moore in less than 2 minutes

-Dick Murdoch beat "Superstar" Billy Graham in 23:23

-Buddy Landel beat "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal in 9:39

-The High Flyers beat Scott McGhee & Jim Neidhart in 13:04

-Masa Saito (w/Paul Jones) beat Buck Zumhofe in 12:52. After the match, Paul Jones boasts that he and his army is unstoppable. He then challenges ANDRE THE GIANT to a match in Oakland on June 17th!

-Bad News Allen beat Iron Mike Sharpe in 11:05

-The Wild Samoans beat "Hangman" Bobby Jaggers & "Flamboyant" Eric Embry (w/Lord Alfred Hayes) in 31:41

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Things got crazy in Omaha with that 6 man elimination match.

Big win for Captain Redneck as he puts down the Superstar.

Jones may be letting his men's success go to his head.

Big time main event victory for the Wild Samoans.

Not a bad couple of days for the AWA.

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