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AWA VIDEO OF THE WEEK!

You don't have to ask where's the beef in this match.

From 1984, the Road Warriors defend their AWA World Tag Titles against King Kong Bundy and Jerry Blackwell:

https://youtu.be/BMrhK-4AfF0

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SPRING 1989

ON THE ROAD TO STEVENS POINT, WI


Verne and Greg Gagne were an hour into their 3+ hour drive to Stevens Point, WI, for the night's syndicated All-Star Wrestling syndicated TV tapings.

It was a very quiet ride.

Verne had hardly said a word since they left his home on Lake Minnetonka.

He seemed worried about something.

Greg, doing the driving, broke the silence.

Greg: Something wrong, dad?

Verne: You could say that.

Greg: Does it have to do with that phone call just before we left the house?

Verne: Yes.

Greg: Were you talking to David Schultz?

Verne: Yeah.

Greg: What did he say?

Verne: He said he'll only return to the AWA if I give him a $25,000 dollar signing bonus.

Greg: A signing bonus?! $25,000?!

You can't do that, dad! Not in our current financial situation!

How does he want the bonus paid?!


Verne: All of it up front.

Greg: No! Not a chance!

Greg took a moment to collect himself.

Greg: If you give Schultz that bonus, the other boys will hear about it and it will upset the locker room.

We'd have to give our other big stars some of that action as well. They would demand it and you know there would be no way to keep this a secret from them.


Verne (sighs): I know.

But I just believe that Schultz would be the best choice to try and renew interest in our promotion.

Greg: Not with that extortion-like demand.

What did you tell him?


Verne: I offered to pay him in installments.

Greg: And he turned you down?

Verne: Turned me down flat.

Greg: Valentine wants a guarantee, too. But it's not even in the same ballpark as Schultz's demand.

If you're going to choose between Valentine and Schultz...take Valentine.

At least the rest of the boys wouldn't get as pissed when they found out what his guarantee was.

Verne looked out his passenger's side window at the passing scenery for a moment.

Verne: I abruptly hung up on Schultz during our conversation. At that moment I was done with him.

But now, thinking about it some more, I want to try and reach some sort of compromise deal with him.


Greg shook his head in disbelief.

Greg: Just go with Valentine, dad. Please.

Verne: Look, I've heard ticket sales have been really slow for tonight's TVs. We're doing half houses at the Showboat in Vegas.

Might have to risk going further into the red, take it on the chin, and sign Schultz.


Greg: Are you even listening to me?

Dad, one guy, unless his last name is Hogan, is not going to turn around our sinking business.

Schultz hasn't even been a national name since early '85. A lot of fans who've come along since then have no idea who he even is.


Verne: But, we still have a core audience who knows who he is.

Greg: A shrinking core audience.

Verne glared over at Greg for a few seconds.

Greg looked over at his dad.

Greg: What? Are you gonna tell me I'm wrong here?

Verne: It may be getting smaller. But it's getting smaller slowly.

Greg: But the grim reality is it's a dwindling base.

Verne: I believe that Schultz is the guy to bring in at this time if we book him properly.

We'd need to play up what he did to that Stossel guy on 20/20 in '84. He needs to be unpredictable.

Schultz could pull this off. Valentine could not
.

Greg: They're completely different. But both are good heels.

Valentine could be booked as a bone breaker like he was in the past. Break a top faces leg in the figure 4. It would generate a lot of heat.


Verne: I think Schultz would generate a lot more heat.

And if we want to try and increase ticket sales to a meaningful level Schultz tops Valentine in my book.


Greg briefly rubbed his forehead with his free hand.

Greg: Why don't you do this.

Take a few days to think things over. There might be better options out there that we're just not looking at right now.


Verne was silent for a moment.

Verne: I'll give it some more thought, son.

Call around and see who else might be out there that could possibly help us.


Greg: I will, dad.

Verne: I can't believe it's come to this for the AWA.

But we've got TVs to do. Let's give 'em a show tonight.


Verne turned his head and looked out the window as silence once again settled in. The pair continued their journey to Stevens Point. The rest of the trip was largely quiet.


TO BE CONTINUED...

(NOTE: I know I haven't posted taping results lately, but the next batch of ASW tapings will be posted soon.)
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A LOOK AT 2 NEW POSSIBLE AWA HIRES IN ACTION!

Greg Valentine (vs. Roddy Piper): https://youtu.be/XBUZ47KRf_8

David Schultz (vs. Hulk Hogan): https://youtu.be/StHR_9tiuKE
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AWA VIDEO OF THE WEEK!

From 1986, I give you one of the worst music videos ever made...the Wrestlerock Rumble:

https://youtu.be/awYqPekerOc

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(I am going ahead and posting the results of the first ASW taping right now because I've fallen behind in my writing and wanted to get some show results up. Remaining tapings 2-4 will appear in my next ASW taping post.)

AWA ALL-STAR WRESTLING SYNDICATED TAPING RESULTS - STEVENS POINT, WI - QUANDT FIELD HOUSE - UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT

Since I'm not sure how they handled the taping schedules back then, I'm just going to pretend the syndicated tapings run a week behind the Showboat tapings. Example: The second week Showboat taping would air the same week the first syndicated taping would air, etc.

(* It was announced before the show that the Destruction Crew had won the World Tag Team Titles a few days earlier at the ESPN tapings in Vegas.)

1st Taping

In-Studio - Larry Nelson welcomed viewers to All-Star Wrestling and then ran down the program:

TV MAIN EVENT! Re-Match from a few weeks ago on ASW!
Greg Gagne vs. Akio Sato
(Result from their previous encounter: Double Count Out)

PLUS!

A look back at the Destruction Crew winning the AWA World Tag Team Titles and an interview with the new champs

An interview with new AWA World Champion Sgt. Slaughter

ALSO IN ACTON!

Jonnie Stewart

The Guerrero Bros.

AND MORE!

Nelson then sent it to Stevens Point, WI.

Tommy Jammer won a squash over Russell Sapp via pinfall with a diving splash - TIME: 3:08

In-Studio Promo: Greg Gagne talked about the re-match with Akio Sato.

Commercials/Market-specific promos for shows in upcoming towns

Back from commercials:

In-Studio: Larry Nelson intro'd video of the Destruction Crew winning the AWA World Tag Team Titles from Brad Rheingans and Greg Gagne (Gagne was subbing for the injured Ken Patera.)

VIDEO:

Greg moved in and caught Bloom with a side kick. Bloom hurting. Greg whipped Bloom into the ropes and looked to catch Bloom coming off with another dropkick but Bloom grabbed the top rope and held on and Greg crashed to the mat. Bloom briefly regained his bearings as Greg made it up to his feet. Bloom moved in and caught Greg with a kick to the gut. Greg doubled over and fell back against the ropes. Bloom leaned Greg back across the top rope and popped Greg with a brutal, deliberate series of forearms to the chest. Bloom whipped Greg into the ropes and looked to catch Greg coming off with a backdrop but Greg leapfrogged Bloom, spun around and ran Bloom into the ropes and rolled Bloom up for the pin. 1...2... Bloom kicked out. Bloom up and swung wildly at Greg and missed and Greg caught Bloom from behind in the sleeper. Crowd popping. Bloom trying to escape the hold. Bloom started to fade. Ref raised Bloom's arm twice and it fell harmlessly back to Bloom's side. Enos hit the ring and came up behind Greg and nailed Greg with a forearm smash to the back. Greg lost his grip on the hold. Rheingans hit the ring and started belting Enos with punches that drove Enos into the corner. Ref trying to separate Enos and Rheingans. Greg and Bloom made it to their feet and Greg popped Bloom with another dropkick and Bloom crashed to the mat and rolled out on the apron to regain his bearings. Greg looked over and the ref was now tangled up with Rheingans and Enos in the corner. Greg went and tried to help the ref. While that was going on, Dallas Page charged down to ringside and handed Bloom his cane. Bloom climbed back into the ring and held the cane at the ready. Greg was unable to free the ref from the scrum. Greg turned and walked right into a cane shot to the side of the head from Bloom. Greg crumpled to the mat. Bloom tossed the cane back to DDP and then quickly covered Greg. Ref freed himself from the corner entanglement and dropped to make the count. 1... Rheingans got the upper hand on Enos and went to break up the pin try but Enos grabbed Rheingans by the back of the tights and pulled him back. ...2...3! Ref called for the bell as the crowd booed.Enos released Rheingans. Bloom up and Enos went over and the two were ecstatic. Rheingans checked on the still down Greg, who was laying on the mat and holding the side of his head.

Larry Nelson on the apron with mic and titles in hand. Ref went over and talked off-mic with Nelson.

Ref took the titles and handed them to Bloom and Enos. The two men hugged and celebrated in the ring.

Nelson: In a time of 17 minutes, 34 seconds, your winners, and NEW AWA World Tag Team Champions...The Destruction Crew!


Nelson then intro'd comments from the new champs.

VIDEO:

Bloom and Enos were wearing hard hats, sunglasses, white t-shirts, reflective orange and yellow construction vests and blue jeans. Each men had his title draped over his left shoulder and each was holding a mic with their free hand.

Bloom: Take a good long look at us! We, the Destruction Crew, are your new World Tag Team Champions!

Greg Gagne and Brad Rheingans, you two put up a helluva fight! But on this particular night in Vegas, Lady Luck was not on your side! It was our slot machine that hit the three 7's!

And make no mistake, people, we earned these belts! We did it all on our own because we are the best tag team in the sport today!


Tell 'em, Mike!

Enos: The critics are already coming out of the woodwork saying we don't deserve to be the World Tag Team Champions! They say we stole these belts!

Well, guess what???!!! We stole nothing!


Bloom laughed loudly and nodded in agreement.

Enos: We won these belts because of our great wrestling skill! As Wayne just pointed out...we're the best tag team the sport has to offer! And when you're the best, then you're gonna eventually hold these titles!

So, all you fans and wrestlers out there who don't think we deserve to be the champs, well, go cry in your beers! The Destruction Crew are the new top dogs in the AWA!

Bloom: That's right, my brother in destruction!

To all you potential challengers out there, bring...it...on!


Enos laughed.

Bloom: We don't care who it is! Brad Rhengans and Greg Gagne! Brad Rheingans and Ken Patera! Top Guns! Guerrero Brothers! We don't care!

Try as you guys might...these belts are gonna remain firmly in the Destruction Crew's possession for a long time to come!


Vid aired hyping Jonnie Stewart wrestling next!

Commercials

Back from commercials:

Jonnie Stewart defeated Vernon Deaton in a squash match via pinfall with his knee to the gut finisher - TIME: 2:38

Post-Match Interview Highlight at ringside w/ announcer Lee Marshall:

Stewart: You are looking in the eyes of the wrestler who is going to usher this sport into the '90s!

There is no one out there who's like Jonnie Stewart! I am the Chosen One!

I am the best and the baddest in this sport today! And the '90s will truly be the Decade of Jonnie Stewart!

That's Jonnie without an 'h'!


In-Studio: Larry Nelson interviewed AWA legend Nick Bockwinkel. Nick talked about the Sarge winning the AWA World Title from Larry Zbysko and how happy he was to see that happen. Talked about the Destruction Crew winning the AWA World Tag Team Titles and said he thought they'd be a tough team to dethrone. Also, talked about some of the young talent in the AWA and the state of the promotion.

Video aired saying the Guerrero Bros. see action next!

Commercials/Market-Specific Promos for shows in upcoming towns.

Back from commercials:

Hector and Mando Guerrero won a squash match when they defeated Tom Stone and Barry Horowitz when Mando pinned Stone after a double dropkick - TIME: 3:44

Post-Match Interview at Ringside w/ Lee Marshall: The Guerrero Bros. talked about their years as a tag team down in Mexico and that they were now seeking to make their mark in the 'promised land of America' and challenging the Destruction Crew for the World Tag Team Titles.

Video aired of Sgt. Slaughter defeating Larry Zbysko to win the AWA World Title with the caption: An interview with the new AWA World Champion...NEXT!

Commercials

Back from commercials:

In-Studio: Larry Nelson intro'd video of an interview with Sgt. Slaughter at the Showboat Sports Pavilion after Sarge had won the AWA World Title.

VIDEO:

Larry Nelson was standing in the now empty Showboat Sports Pavilion next to the ring with new World Champ Sgt. Slaughter. Sarge had cleaned up and was now in street clothes and had the World Title cradled in his left arm.

Nelson: Sgt. Slaughter, congratulations on beating Larry Zbysko and becoming the new AWA World Champion.

Sarge: Thank you, Larry. Being the World Champion has been a dream of mine since I started in this sport.

And to beat a scoundrel like Larry Zbysko to become the new World Champion makes the victory that much sweeter.


Nelson: We know that Larry Zbysko, since he's now the former World Champion, has a re-match clause in his contract. And I don't think there's any doubt he's gonna trigger that clause as soon as possible. He loved being the World Champion.

Sarge: This belt was like oxygen for Zbysko! It was his life! Well now that oxygen supply has been removed from him! He's gasping for air!

I know he's gonna come after me! I know how badly he wants this back!


Sarge held up the title.

Sarge: But I'm more than ready to fight him again! He's now in the position of the challenger! And a guy like Zbysko will do whatever he feels he has to do to get what he wants! He'll get his re-match alright! But I'm gonna do everything in my power to keep him from regaining the World Championship! He was a disgrace as champion! I aim to be a champion the people can be proud of!

Nelson: Besides Larry Zbysko, there are some other serious challengers here in the AWA who would love nothing more than to beat you and be where you are right now.

Sarge: The list of challengers here is a long one, Nelson! If I'm gonna be the champion for any length of time, I know that I've got to face all worthy challengers for this belt and I've got to prepare accordingly! But I will be a champion that fights with honor!

I worked long and hard to achieve the goal of becoming the World Champion! There's no way I'll take any challenger, even if it's Jake Milliman, lightly! I feel it's my duty to restore this belt to its former glory after it was tarnished by that rat Zbysko!


Nelson: Sarge, I think I can speak for all the fans out there when I say we wish you the best and hope you have a long World Title reign that does indeed bring honor to that prestigious belt.

Sarge: Character is the defining hallmark of a champion! Whatever your character, that's the type of champion you will be!

Nelson: We know your character is rock solid, Sarge! Best of luck defending the AWA World Title.

Sarge: Thank you.

Nelson: New AWA World Champion Sgt. Slaughter, everyone! A new era has begun in the AWA!


In-Studio: Larry Nelson added a few comments about Sarge's victory.

Video aired from the previous Gagne-Sato match with the caption: THE RE-MATCH IS NEXT!

Commercials/Market-Specific Promos for shows in upcoming towns

TV MAIN EVENT - RE-MATCH: Greg Gagne vs. Akio Sato

In a hard-fought re-match, Sato and Greg brought their A-games into the battle.

Several exciting near falls and good back-and-forth action with both men controlling the bout for short periods of time.

End of the match saw Sato on the offensive. Sato worked over Greg and then nailed Greg with a side breaker across the knee. Greg laid out. Sato went out on the apron and mounted the top buckle. Sato briefly paused and came off with a flying knee to the chest attempt but Greg rolled out of the way and Sato crashed knee-first into the mat. Crowd (what there was of it) popped for Greg.

Both men down...

Ref began the 10-count. Greg made it to his feet and went out on the apron and slowly climbed to the top buckle as Sato got to his feet. Sato turned and Greg came off with a missle dropkick that connected. Sato crashed to the mat. Greg covered Sato and hooked the leg. 1...2...3! Ref called for the bell. A taxed Greg got to his feet and the ref raised his hand victory.

Greg announced as the winner to the delight of the small crowd,

WINNER: Greg Gagne - Missle Dropkick - 10:24

END PROGRAM
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AWA VIDEO OF THE WEEK!

From 1986, it's Col. DeBeers vs. Curt Hennig:

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AWA ALL-STAR WRESTLING SYNDICATED TAPING RESULTS - STEVENS POINT, WI - QUANDT FIELD HOUSE - UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT

I'm still way behind on posting shows. I've decided to go ahead and post the ASW 2nd taping results here. Hopefully will be able to post the 3rd and 4th taping results in one post in the near future.

Since I'm not sure how they handled the taping schedules back then, I'm just going to pretend the syndicated tapings run a week behind the Showboat tapings. Example: The second week Showboat taping would air the same week the first syndicated taping would air, etc.

(* It was announced before the show that the Destruction Crew had won the World Tag Team Titles a few days earlier at the ESPN tapings in Vegas.)

2nd Taping

In-Studio - Larry Nelson welcomed viewers and ran down the card:

TV MAIN EVENT: Wendi Richter (WC) & Debbie Combs vs. Heidi Lee Morgan & Magnificent Mimi

AWA World Tag Team Champions The Destruction Crew see action

Tom Zenk wrestles

An interview with former AWA World Champion Larry Zbysko

AND MORE!

Nelson then sent it to Stevens Point, WI.

The Top Guns (Ricky Rice & Derrick Dukes) won a squash match over Tommy Lane & Dusty Wolfe via pinfall when Dukes pinned Wolfe after Rice and Dukes hit Wolfe coming off the ropes with a double elbow to the chest - TIME: 4:05

Post-Match Interview at ringside w/ Lee Marshall:

Marshall asked the Guns about their heat with Badd Company. Rice mentioned they've had two matches that have turned into brawls that spilled out into the seating area of the Showboat Sports Pavilion in Vegas. Said nothing's been settled between the two teams and that things will only heat up as they head into the summer months.

As Dukes started to speak, the crowd booed as Dallas Page, manager of Badd Company, came out and confronted the Top Guns at ringside.

Page started to talk but was abruptly cut off when Dukes asked him where Badd Company was. Page said they weren't there but that he had a message from Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond.

As the Top Guns were locked in on Page and what he had to say, the crowd reacted as Badd Company, in street clothes, came out on the other side of the ring and charged over and jumped the Guns from behind. Tanaka and Diamond pounded away on Rice and Dukes. Tanaka rammed Duke's head into the ring post and Dukes went down face-first on the floor. Diamond was hammering away on Rice. Diamond then drove Rice back-first into the ring apron and Rice crumpled down to the floor. Dukes sat up on his knees and was bleeding. Tanaka got in a few well placed head shots and then grabbed Dukes and threw Dukes into the ring.

DDP handed Diamond his thick black cane as Rice got to his hands and knees on the floor. Diamond sent the cane crashing down across Rice's back a trio of times and Rice went back down on the floor. Diamond tossed the cane back to DDP, stomped Rice and then climbed into the ring and joined Tanaka in putting the boots to the downed Dukes. Dukes in a bad way. Diamond grabbed Dukes by the legs as Tanaka assumed the position. Diamond catapaulted Dukes into Tanaka's arms and Tanaka pulverized Dukes with a DDT. Rice still down on the floor and Dukes down in the ring.

Crowd booed as Tanaka and Diamond looked over the damage they caused. The pair left the ring and dropped to the floor and each man got a couple of kicks in on Rice.

DDP snatched the mic from Lee Marshall as Tanaka and Diamond walked up behind him.

DDP: I was wrong! Looks like my boys are here! My bad!

Crowd popped as face wrestlers came out. DDP quickly tossed the mic back at Marshall and the trio made their way back up the aisle to boos.

Shot of the downed Rice on the floor and the bloody and beaten Dukes in the ring being checked on by the face wrestlers.

Commercials/Market-Specific Promos for upcoming shows.

Back from commercials:

Announcers Lee Marshall and Lord James Blears discussed the violent sneak attack on the Top Guns by Badd Company. Said that Rice and Dukes were helped to the back by some of the other wrestlers.

Then sent it to the ring...

Tom Zenk won a squash match over Sal Bellomo via pinfall with a high dropkick - TIME: 3:17

Post-Match Interview in the ring w/ Lee Marshall:

Zenk talked about his escalating problems with Col. DeBeers and DeBeers taking advantage of wrestlers the pro-apartheid South African mercenary had just defeated.

While Zenk was talking, the Col. came down to the ring in his ring attire. Most of the crowd booed his appearance.

Zenk looked over and saw the Col., who was arrogantly twirling his mustache while glaring at Zenk.

Zenk spoke directly to the Colonel.

Zenk: Col. DeBeers! You're nothing but a coward and a bully! Why don't you step in this ring right now and we'll see if you can manhandle me like you do the wrestlers you've already beaten down!

DeBeers kept glaring up at Zenk in the ring.

Zenk (impatient): Come on, Colonel! Get in here!

DeBeers looked on from the floor a little longer and then climbed up on the apron.

DeBeers glared at Zenk again as Zenk gestured for the Col. to step inside the squared circle. Zenk was ready to fight.

DeBeers then started to slowly step inside the ring.

An angry Zenk lunged over and tried to grab DeBeers but DeBeers proved too slippery and dropped back to the floor before Zenk could snag him.

Zenk over by the ropes yelling for DeBeers to get in the ring and fight like a man. DeBeers once again glaring up at Zenk from the safety of the floor.

DeBeers picked up on a mic.

DeBeers: We'll meet again, Zenk! And it will be on my terms!

Zenk was seething as DeBeers backed up, turned and headed back up the aisle to boos.

Zenk wanted to go after the South African racialist but the ref intercepted him and prevented Zenk from leaving the ring.

Announcers Marshall and Blears talked about the situation between the two really starting to heat up.

In-Studio Promo: Magnificent Mimi and Heidi Lee Morgan talked about their main even tag team match against World Champ Wendi Richter and Debbie Combs.

Mimi and Morgan made it clear that they were gonna be targeting Richter during the match.

Video aired of Larry Zbysko talking with the caption: THE FORMER CHAMP SPEAKS...NEXT!

Commercials

Back from Commercials:

In-Studio: Larry Nelson intro'd a pre-recorded interview with former AWA World Champion Larry Zbysko after Zbysko lost the title to Sgt. Slaughter.

VIDEO:

Nelson: Seated next to me at this time is the former AWA World Champ...

Zbysko interrupted Nelson.

Zbysko: And soon to be again AWA World Champion!

Nelson: Larry Zbysko.

I have to ask you, how have you been these last couple of weeks since losing the title to Sgt. Slaughter.


Zbysko: How have I been, huh?

Zbysko chuckled in disbelief.

Zbysko: Are you kidding me, Nelson?! How have I been?!

I've been miserable! Not being the World Champion anymore stinks to high heaven! But I am gunning for Slaughter and will one day...very soon, I might add...be the AWA World Champion for the second time! Enjoy it while it lasts, Sarge! You can't hold off the 'Living Legend' forever!


Nelson: Before you look to tangle with Sgt. Slaughter again, you've got another pressing issue you're going to be facing very shortly.

Ken Patera will be returning to action in the near future from the injury you caused to his arm with the ring bell.


Zbysko: Let me clarify something, Nelson!

Patera's arm was already injured! I just made the injury worse! He was the man I was supposed to be defending the title against in Vegas a few weeks ago! I was not supposed to be facing Sgt. Slaughter! What I did to Patera was out of a justifiable sense of frustration!


Nelson: Justifiable sense of frustration?! What does that even mean?!

Zbysko: That's for me to know and for you to try and figure out, spudhead!

Nelson shook his head in disbelief.

Zbysko: Patera was who I prepared for that night so Patera was the man I should've faced! He's crying about some injury he sustained on a card a few nights before we arrived in Vegas! For all we know, his injury was a ruse to get out of the match! Either way, once Patera was on the shelf then I should not have had to defend the title against Slaughter because he was not who I prepared for!

Nelson: Are you ready for Patera when he comes back?

Zbysko: The question you need to be asking is if Ken Patera will be ready for me. He brought all this upon himself. And he's gonna suffer for it in spades.

Nelson: Before your title match against Slaughter started you said you were wrestling the match under protest. Has anything come of the protest you lodged with President Stanley Blackburn?

Zbysko: This is the AWA we're talking about here, Nelson! Nothing gets done quickly! I haven't heard a word about my protest challenging the legitimacy of Slaughter winning the match!

Stanley Blackburn moves slower than a box of dead sea turtles! We might get a decision by the '92 Presidential election!


Nelson: Do you think there's a conspiracy against you in the AWA?

Zbysko: Just look at the evidence. I mean it's obvious to anyone who looks. Verne Gagne and his cronies have it in for me. I'm the best thing that ever happened to the AWA and look at how I'm treated.

Nelson: Verne Gagne has it in for you?

Zbysko: Yes. You know why?

Nelson: Please enlighten me.

Zbysko: It's because he's jealous of me! Verne Gagne envies me!

Nelson laughed.

Nelson: Verne Gagne! Jealous of you?! The man was the 10-time AWA World Champion! Are you kidding, Larry?! Jealous?!

Zbysko: Laugh all you want, idiot boy! Verne Gagne knows that I'm the legend here and he's not! He had to find a way to get the World Title off of me and fast! And let's not forget that he had Wahoo McDaniel act as the special referee for the match! Talk about stacking the deck!

Maybe I should sue your hero Verne Gagne for besmirching my good reputation and character! He can't handle the fact that when I'm around he'll always be in my shadow!


Nelson: Well, you are a character and you do have a reputation, even though I wouldn't call it a good one.

Zbysko took off his sunglasses and glared over at Nelson.

Nelson: What?

Zbysko: This interview is over.

Zbysko put on his sunglasses, stood up and walked out of the interview area as Nelson looked on.


Video aired of the Destruction Crew coming to the ring with the caption: THE NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS SEE ACTION...NEXT!

Commercials/Market-Specific Promos for upcoming shows

Back from commercials:

Non-Title Match: The Destruction Crew (WTTC) vs. Brady Boone & Joey Maggs

The new champs made quick work of Boone and Maggs when Enos pinned Maggs after the Wrecking Ball (Road Warriors' Doomsday Device) - TIME: 3:03

Post-Match Interview at ringside w/ Lee Marshall:

The Destruction Crew talked about being the best tag team in the world and that the AWA belts they were holding proved it. Talked about how they're going to have a long run as the champs.

As they were talking, Hector and Mando Guerrero, in their ring attire, came down to ringside and confronted the Crew.

Bloom and Enos weren't happy with the brothers interrupting their interview time and made no bones about it. The champs ordered the brothers to leave.

Hector: Whoa! We just came out here because we wanted to say something to you.

Bloom: Then make it fast and then scram. This is the Destruction Crew's time.

Hector: This is America, the land of...

Bloom: Great! You know where you are. Congratulations.

Hector: This great land is where dreams are fulfilled.

Enos: Dreams are... So what?! Did you come out to give us some American Dream spiel?!

Bloom: Yeah! What's this about, Hector?! Let's hear it!

Hector: Well, me and Mando believe that part of making our dream come true in America would be the chance to wrestle for those AWA Tag Team Titles.

Bloom held his belt up in front of his chest and pointed at it.

Bloom: You... You want a shot at these?!

Mando: Yes. That's exactly what we want.

Bloom: And we're just supposed to say we'll put the titles on the line against you because you ask?!

Mando: We feel it's worth asking for the opportunity, amigo.

Bloom and Enos looked at one another, laughed and shook their heads in disbelief.

Bloom: Getting a tag team title shot isn't some government handout program! I don't know if that was explained to you when you arrived in this country in the trunk of a '57 Chevy!

Enos: You want a shot at these, boys, then you'll have to do it the all-American way! You'll have to earn it!

Bloom: Yeah! Earn it and then we can talk! But you've got a lot of work to do so you might want to get started as soon as possible!

Hector: We Guerreros have a rich, proud wrestling legacy in Mexico.

Bloom: Good for you! But you don't have that wrestling legacy here in the States! You gotta start at the bottom and work your way up the ladder!

Enos: We may see you two down the road somewhere! But until then, how don you say it?! Oh yeah! Adios!

Bloom mockingly waved off the Guerrero brothers.

Crowd cheered when AWA promoter Verne Gagne made his way to ringside.

Marshall: AWA boss Verne Gagne is here.

Welcome, Verne.


Verne: Thank you, Lee.

I've been watching and listening to what's going on out here on a monitor in the back.

And I think that these fans would like to see a match between the champs the Destruction Crew and the Guerrero brothers.


Sparse crowd cheered.

Bloom: They don't deserve a title shot just like that! They need to earn it!

Verne: Lee, I have to say I agree with Bloom here.

Bloom: Good. Glad to see you're on the same page as us.

Enos: Yeah!

Verne: So, it's gonna be the Destruction Crew vs. the Guerrero brothers in a non-title match!

The brothers shook their heads in agreement.

Hector: Verne Gagne, thank you for this opportunity. My brother, Mando, and I will work hard to beat the Destruction Crew to prove we deserve to be in the championship picture.

Both Guerreros shook hands with Verne Gagne.

Marshall: You fans heard it! The Guerrero Brothers vs. the Destruction Crew is coming!

Fans cheered.

Verne went to shake the hands of the champs but they arrogantly blew him off.

Bloom: You had your day in the sun, Verne! Step back and admire what modern day greatness looks like!

Verne shot Bloom a look that said: Really?

Enos: Guerreros, you guys are going down and then me and my brother in destruction can concentrate on more important things!

Bloom: This will be a good tune-up match for us! It will help us prepare for title defenses against worthy opponents!

Hector: We'll see you.

Bloom: Look at the bright side, you'll one day be able to tell your grandkids how you lost to the best tag team in the sport!

Mando: Let's just settle it in the ring.

Enos: It will be settled in the ring, alright! And you guys won't like the end result!

The two teams engaged in a brief staredown and then the Guerreros calmly walked away.

Enos: They'll be walkin' away from us next time with their heads hangin' down after we're finished with 'em!

Bloom nodded strongly in agreement.

In-Studio: Larry Nelson said that the match was set for next week's All-Star Wrestling: The Destruction Crew (WTTC) vs. The Guerrero Bros.

Nelson then intro'd a promo from Wendi Richter (WC) and her tag team partner Debbie Combs.

In-Studio Promo: Richter and Combs talked about their main event match with Mimi and Morgan. Combs said she knows Richter has a big bullseye on her and she'll have the champ's back.

Pic of the AWA logo aired with the caption: LADIES TAG TEAM MAYHEM IS NEXT!

Commercials/Market-Specific Promos for upcoming towns

TV MAIN EVENT: Wendi Richter (WC) & Debbie Combs vs. Magnificent Mimi & Heidi Lee Morgan

Fast paced, action-packed match between the gals.

Mimi and Morgan both seemed to be targeting the champion but Combs lived up to her claim of watching out for Richter. Some exciting near falls and move exchanges pockmarked the bout.

End of the match saw Richter and Mimi the legal ladies in the ring.

Mimi was working Richter over next to the ropes with forearms to the chest when Richter stunned Mimi with a slap upside the head. The two reversed positions and now Richter was on the offensive, firing away on Mimi with a series of forearms to the chest of her own.

Richter went to whip Mimi into the ropes but Mimi reversed and went to catch Richter coming off with a clothesline but Richter ducked the move and came back and caught Mimi with a flying crossbody. Richter for the pin. 1...2...thr... Morgan hit the ring and stomped Richter in the back of the head to break up the pin try. Richter rolled off of Mimi and the champ was holding the back of her head.

Combs hit the ring and tackled Morgan to the mat as the fans cheered. Combs got some licks in on Morgan before Morgan wriggled free, rolled out of the ring and dropped to the floor. Combs left the ring and chased Morgan around the ring.

Back in the squared circle: Richter rolled over and on her side holding the back of her head. Mimi up and booted Richter in the back. Mimi snapped Richter up by the hair and Richter stunned Mimi with a boot to the gut.

On the floor: Combs caught Morgan and started pounding the hell out of Heidi Lee.

In the ring: Richter laid into Mimi with a series of forearms to the chest. Richter went to whip Mimi into the corner but Mimi reversed and sent Richter crashing front-first into the buckles. Richter staggered backwards out of the corner and Mimi grabbed Richter by the back of the hair and nailed Richter with a sitout rear mat slam. Back of Richter's head slammed into the canvas. Richter again rolled over on her side grabbing the back of her head. Mimi rolled the champ over on her back, covered her and hooked the leg. 1...

Combs saw what was happening in the ring and stopped her beating of Heidi Lee Morgan and climbed up on the apron.

...2...

Morgan recovered enough on the floor and lunged over and grabbed Combs' leg to keep her from breaking up the pin try.

...3!

Ref called for the bell as most in the crowd booed but some cheered.

Mimi jumped victoriously to her feet.

Morgan was able to yank Combs off the apron and Combs' face slammed into the apron and she crashed to the floor.

Ref raised Mimi's hand in victory.

Mimi started to strut around in the ring with her fists raised high in the air.

Ref took the AWA World Title belt from the ring announcer and Mimi yanked the title out of the ref's hands. Mimi stood over the downed, hurting Richter and held the belt in the air with one hand while pointing at herself with the the other as the crowd booed.

Mimi then dropped the title down next to Richter as the program went to its outro.

WINNER: Mimi & Morgan - TIME: 11:06


END PROGRAM

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AWA ALL-STAR WRESTLING SYNDICATED TAPING RESULTS - STEVENS POINT, WI - QUANDT FIELD HOUSE - UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT

Since I'm not sure how they handled the taping schedules back then, I'm just going to pretend the syndicated tapings run a week behind the Showboat tapings. Example: The second week Showboat taping would air the same week the first syndicated taping would air, etc.

(* It was announced before the show that the Destruction Crew had won the World Tag Team Titles a few days earlier at the ESPN tapings in Vegas.)

In-Studio Host: Larry Nelson

Match Commentator: Lee Marshall

Color Commentator: Lord James Blears


3rd Taping

In-Studio - Larry Nelson welcomed viewers and ran down the program:

TV MAIN EVENT (Non-Title): The Destruction Crew (WTTC) vs. The Guerrero Brothers

A look back at Badd Company's vicious attack on the Top Guns last week and an annoucement about next week's TV main event

Tommy Rich sees action

Brad Rheingans wrestles

A look back at Magnificent Mimi and Heidi Lee Morgan defeating Women's Champ Wendi Richter and Debbie Combs when Mimi pinned the champ

An interview with Mimi after defeating Richter

AND MORE!

Nelson then sent it to Stevens Point, WI:

Baron Von Raschke def. Tom Hankins in a squash match when Raschke made Hankins submit to the Iron Claw - TIME: 3:22

Post-Match Interview at ringside w/ Lee Marshall:

Marshall asked Von Raschke how to properly apply the claw with devastating effectiveness.

Von Raschke started to explain that large, strong hands and applying a firm grip on the right pressure points on the head were the key.

As Von Raschke was explaining this, Manny Fernandez, in his ring attire, made his way down to ringside and confronted Von Raschke.

Fernandez: Listen up, anciano!

Your day in this sport has come and gone!

Raschke: What do you mean?

Fernandez: Time for you to step aside, pops! You gotta go! Time to head for the glue factory!

Raschke: You telling me that I'm too old to continue to wrestle?!

Fernandez: That's exactly what I'm saying! You're taking up space, Mr. AARP!

Raschke: You...

Fernandez: And that claw hold of yours! It may have worked on that jabroni you just wrestled! But I guarantee you that, in your advanced state of decomposition...

Raschke (becoming irate): State of decomposition?!

Fernandez: I bet you couldn't put the Ragin' Bull out with that hold!

Raschke: You don't think I can put you down with the claw?!

Von Raschke held his right hand up in the claw position and started opening and closing his hand.

Fernandez: Maybe during your heyday when the Civil War was going on you could have! But not now!

Matter of fact, you'd hurt yourself more than me trying to put my lights out with it!

I can see it now!


Fernandez started walking around like an old man holding his lower back and grimacing in pain.

Fernandez pointed and laughed at Von Raschke.

Raschke (coolly): Name the time and the place?

Fernandez: What?

Raschke: You pick when and where it will happen.

Fernandez seemed puzzled.

Fernandez: What are you babbling about, you antique?

Von Raschke: Let's see if I can make you pass out in my claw. You name the time and place for it to happen.

Fernandez: You want... Haha! You're serious?!

Von Raschke: Very.

Fernandez: Tell you what, Baron, let's do it next week right here on All-Star Wrestling!

Von Raschke: You're on! Call me an old man and tell me that I should go to the glue factory! Get ready to learn respect for your elders next week!

Raschke held up his right hand in the claw position again.

Fernandez: I'll be here you gringo geezer! And I'm gonna make an example out of you! The people watching in the old folk's home will be disappointed when their bald, raisin-headed hero is made a fool out of on TV all across America and the point is driven home that you should have retired long ago!

Von Raschke and Fernandez engaged in a brief staredown as the segment ended with Lee Marshall saying that the Iron Claw Showdown: Von Raschke vs. Fernandez happens next week on ASW!

Video clip aired of Badd Company's assault on the Top Guns last week with the caption: BADD COMPANY BLITZKRIEG!

Commercials/Market-Specific Promos for upcoming shows

Back from commercials...

In-Studio: Larry Nelson intro'd video from last week of Badd Company's vicious attack on the Top Guns.

VIDEO:

As Dukes started to speak, the crowd booed as Dallas Page, manager of Badd Company, came out and confronted the Top Guns at ringside.

Page started to talk but was abruptly cut off when Dukes asked him where Badd Company was. Page said they weren't there but that he had a message from Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond.

As the Top Guns were locked in on Page and what he had to say, the crowd reacted as Badd Company, in street clothes, came out on the other side of the ring and charged over and jumped the Guns from behind. Tanaka and Diamond pounded away on Rice and Dukes. Tanaka rammed Duke's head into the ring post and Dukes went down face-first on the floor. Diamond was hammering away on Rice. Diamond then drove Rice back-first into the ring apron and Rice crumpled down to the floor. Dukes sat up on his knees as was bleeding. Tanaka got in a few well placed head shots and then grabbed Dukes and threw Dukes into the ring.

DDP handed Diamond his thick black cane as Rice got to his hands and knees on the floor. Diamond sent the cane crashing down across Rice's back a trio of times and Rice went back down on the floor. Diamond tossed the cane back to DDP, stomped Rice and then climbed into the ring and joined Tanaka in putting the boots to the downed Dukes. Dukes in a bad way. Diamond grabbed Dukes by the legs as Tanaka assumed the position. Diamond catapaulted Dukes into Tanaka's arms and Tanaka pulverized Dukes with a DDT. Rice still down on the floor and Dukes down in the ring.

Crowd booed as Tanaka and Diamond looked over the damage they caused. The pair left the ring and dropped to the floor and each man got a couple of kicks in on Rice.

DDP snatched the mic from Lee Marshall as Tanaka and Diamond walked up behind him.

DDP: I was wrong! Looks my boys are here! My bad!

Crowd popped as face wrestlers came out. DDP quickly tossed the mic back at Marshall and the trio made their way back up the aisle to boos.

Shot of the downed Rice on the floor and the bloody and beaten Dukes in the ring being checked on by the face wrestlers.


Nelson then announced that next week's TV main on ASW would be Derrick Dukes vs. Pat Tanaka.

Nelson then intro'd promos from Dukes and Tanaka's manager Dallas Page.

VIDEO:

In-Studio Promo:

Derrick Dukes was in street clothes and had a mic in his hand. He had a white bandage on his forehead from where he was busted open by Tanaka.

Dukes: Listen up, Pat Tanaka!

My head is still hurting from when you slammed me into that steel post!

The pain is a constant reminder of what you did to me! I can still see the blood running into my eyes and blinding me!

My neck and spine still hurt from the DDT you laid on me!

I had to be helped back to the locker room just to keep from collapsing on the floor!

Tanaka, you and your partner in crime, Paul Diamond, did a number on me and my tag team brother Ricky Rice last week!

But next week...it's gonna be just me and you! And I can hardly wait!

I'm a man who doesn't anger easily! But my anger is off the charts now! I want payback!

What's gonna happen between us won't be pretty! It's gonna get ugly! Real ugly!

This isn't going to be a wrestling match! Oh no! It's gonna be a fight and you can forget the wrestling! I'm not in the mood for exchanging holds! I wanna punch your lights out, Tanaka! That's what I intend to do! And if I get a hold of that scummy manager of yours then I'm gonna make him suffer as well!

Nothing's been settled between the Top Guns and Badd Company! But I intend to settle a score next week!

I'll be seeing you, Pat Tanaka!


Pic then changed to Badd Co. manager DDP and Pat Tanaka. Both were in street clothes and wearing sunglasses. DDP had his cane in one hand and mic in the other.

DDP: The Top Guns learned a tough lesson last week.

They learned you should never let your guard down when a member of Badd Company's around.

Because where one of us is...all of us are!

Derrick Dukes! Brother, next week you're facing this man one-on-one!


DDP pointed at a poker faced Tanaka.

DDP: You think what happened at Pat's hands last week was bad...you just wait, bro!

You can't even begin to fathom what this man is capable of doing! His body is a registered lethal weapon!

Tanaka nodded once in agreement.

DDP: Dukes, you're facing a very dangerous man!

I heard that you couldn't wait to sign the contract for this match!

But you know what they say?! Be careful what you wish for...

Your wish is about to become a nightmare in living color, Dukes!

Pat took it easy on you last week! That won't be the case when you two have your match! There will be no mercy!

And as for your teammate Ricky Rice...he needs to know that he'd best stay out of this match if he knows what's good for him!

I'd hate to see something happen to that pretty face of his!

Dukes, you'd better be ready like you've never been ready before when you step into the ring with Pat Tanaka next week!

The good news is that an ambulance will be waiting in the building in case you need a free ride to the ER!

See you then!


Video clip aired of Tommy Rich wrestling with the caption: 'WILDFIRE' SEES ACTION...NEXT!

Commercials

Back from commercials...

Tommy Rich vs. Mario Mancini

Before the match, Rich got on the mic.

Rich: Mario Mancini, you are in the ring with a champion, brother.

And not just a champion...but a World Champion.

In case you and these people did not know, I was the NWA World Champion.

And I had a historic run with that prestigious title.


Marshall (exasperated): He held the NWA Title for all of five days! Jeez!

Rich: So, Mario Man... what is it again?

Mancini said his last name off-mic.

Rich: Mancini, right! Mario Mancini, take heart, there's no shame in losing to a man who had one helluva reign as the NWA Champ!

Blears: Lee, I think Rich must think one day equals 100 days in wrestling title reigns.

Mancini threw an early scare into Rich and almost pulled off the upset victory before Rich settled in, took control and pinned Mancini with the Thesz Press - TIME: 3:37

In-Studio: Larry Nelson interviewed Don Muraco.

Muraco talked about his career and being in the AWA with all the great talent it had.

Nelson brought up that next week Muraco would be wrestling on ASW.

Commercials/Market-Specific Promos for upcoming shows

Back from commercials...

In-Studio: Larry Nelson intro'd footage from the end of last week's women's tag team match pitting AWA Women's Champ Wendi Richter & Debbie Combs against Magnificent Mimi & Heidi Lee Morgan

VIDEO:

Mimi was working Richter over next to the ropes with forearms to the chest when Richter stunned Mimi with a slap upside the head. The two reversed positions and now Richter was on the offensive, firing away on Mimi with a series of forearms to the chest of her own.

Richter went to whip Mimi into the ropes but Mimi reversed and went to catch Richter coming off with a clothesline but Richter ducked the move and came back and caught Mimi with a flying crossbody. Richter for the pin. 1...2...thr... Morgan hit the ring and stomped Richter in the back of the head to break up the pin try. Richter rolled off of Mimi and the champ was holding the back of her head.

Combs hit the ring and tackled Morgan to the mat as the fans cheered. Combs got some licks in on Morgan before Morgan wriggled free, rolled out of the ring and dropped to the floor. Combs left the ring and chased Morgan around the ring.

Back in the squared circle: Richter rolled over and on her side holding the back of her head. Mimi up and booted Richter in the back. Mimi snapped Richter up by the hair and Richter stunned Mimi with a boot to the gut.

On the floor: Combs caught Morgan and started pounding the hell out of Heidi Lee.

In the ring: Richter laid into Mimi with a series of forearms to the chest. Richter went to whip Mimi into the corner but Mimi reversed and sent Richter crashing front-first into the buckles. Richter staggered backwards out of the corner and Mimi grabbed Richter by the back of the hair, yanked it and sent Richter crashing backwards onto the mat. Richter's head bounced off the canvas. Richter again rolled over on her side grabbing the back of her head. Mimi rolled the champ over on her back, covered her and hooked the leg. 1...

Combs saw what was happening in the ring and stopped her beating of Heidi Lee Morgan and climbed up on the apron.

...2...

Morgan recovered enough on the floor and lunged over and grabbed Combs' leg to keep her from breaking up the pin try.

...3!

Ref called for the bell as most in the crowd booed but some cheered.

Mimi jumped victoriously to her feet.

Morgan was able to yank Combs off the apron and Combs' face slammed into the apron and she crashed to the floor.

Ref raised Mimi's hand in victory.

Mimi started to strut around in the ring with her fists raised high in the air.

Ref took the AWA World Title belt from the ring announcer and Mimi yanked the title out of the ref's hands. Mimi stood over the downed, hurting Richter and held the belt in the air with one hand while pointing at herself with the the other as the crowd booed.

Mimi then dropped the title down next to Richter.


Nelson then intro'd comments from the victorious Mimi.

VIDEO:

Mimi was in-studio, in street clothes and holding a mic.

Highlight from the Mimi Promo...

Mimi: Richter! I beat you last week when the title wasn't on the line!

But the next time we meet it will be! The end result will be the same! But this time I'm walking out of the ring as the NEW AWA Women's World Champion!


Video clip aired of Brad Rheingans wrestling with the caption: THE OLYMPIAN SEES ACTION,,,NEXT!

Commercials

Back from commercials...

Brad Rheingans squashed Mike Boyette via pinfall with a bridging cradle suplex (Perfect Plex) - TIME: 2:02

Post-Match Interview w/ Lee Marshall at ringside:

Rheingans said that Larry Zbysko better start preparing because Ken Patera is coming back sooner than he thinks.

This brought Zbysko to ringside and he and Rheingans had a heated exchange and Zbysko said Patera's been out for so long that he's forgotten all about him.

Zbysko told Rheingans that he'll believe Patera's coming back when he sees Patera in person in the ring.

Rheingans said that Zbysko better get ready because he's gonna see Patera up close and personal very soon.

Zbysko told Rheingans he wasn't going to lose any sleep over it and Zbysko then walked off.

AWA logo appeared on the screen with the caption: THE MAIN EVENT IS NEXT!

Commercials/Market-Specific Promos for upcoming shows

Back from commercials...

TV MAIN EVENT (Non-Title): The Destruction Crew (WTTC) vs. Hector & Mando Guerrero

The Guerreros took the fight to the champs from the opening bell and controlled the first couple of minutes of action.

The Crew fought their way back into the match and each team held serve throughout in this see-saw affair.

The champs took a couple of shortcuts during the match that helped them gain brief control during the bout.

The Guerreros made a strong showing and gave the champs all they could handle.

End of the match saw Hector Guerrero and Wayne Bloom the legal men in the ring.

After some brief back-and-forth action, Hector briefly got the upper hand and went to whip Bloom into the ropes but Bloom reversed and blasted Hector coming off with a big clothesline. Hector crashed to the mat. Bloom for the cover. 1...2...thr... Hector kicked out. Crowd cheered.

Bloom snapped Hector up, whipped Hector into the ropes and looked to catch Hector coming off with a backdrop but Hector instead caught Bloom in a sunset flip try. After a brief struggle, Hector flipped Bloom over for the pin. 1...2... Enos hit the ring and kicked Hector in the back to break up the pin try.

Mando hit the ring and blasted Enos with a dropkick. Enos crashed to the mat in the ring. Mando caught Enos with some stomps. Ref got Mando off of Enos and ref tried to get Enos out of the ring.

Bloom picked up Hector and was holding Hector in the horizontal position. As the ref was distracted with Enos, Mando turned and dropkicked his brother in the back. Bloom crashed to the mat with Hector on top of him for the pin try. Ref got Enos out of the ring. Mando back to his corner. Ref turned and saw Hector covering the stunned Bloom. Ref quickly dropped to the mat as Hector hooked the leg. 1...2...3! Ref called for the bell as the fans cheered wildly for the Guerrero brothers.

Hector up and started jumping around and Mando came in and joined the celebration and the two brothers hugged. Ref came over and raised both men's hand in victory as the stunned tag champs looked on from the floor as the program came to a close.

WINNER: Guerrero Bros. - TIME: 12:21

END PROGRAM

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AWA VIDEO OF THE WEEK!

From 1981, it's Hulk Hogan vs. Ken Patera in an arm wrestling challenge:

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AWA ALL-STAR WRESTLING SYNDICATED TAPING RESULTS - STEVENS POINT, WI - QUANDT FIELD HOUSE - UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT

Since I'm not sure how they handled the taping schedules back then, I'm just going to pretend the syndicated tapings run a week behind the Showboat tapings. Example: The second week Showboat taping would air the same week the first syndicated taping would air, etc.

(* It was announced before the show that the Destruction Crew had won the World Tag Team Titles a few days earlier at the ESPN tapings in Vegas.)

In-Studio Host: Larry Nelson

Match Commentator: Lee Marshall

Color Commentator: Lord James Blears


4th Taping

In-Studio - Larry Nelson welcomed viewers and ran down the program:

TV MAIN EVENT: Derrick Dukes (Top Guns) vs. Pat Tanaka (Badd Company)

IRON CLAW SHOWDOWN: Baron Von Raschke vs. Manny Fernandez

PLUS!

Don Muraco wrestles

A look back at the Guerrero Bros. defeating the tag champs the Destruction Crew last week in a non-title match and a major announcement coming out of that match

A look back at Tom Zenk backing up his words against Col. DeBeers from AWA Championship Wrestling on ESPN in Vegas plus comments from both men

AND MORE!

Nelson then sent it to Stevens Point, WI:

Jerry Blackwell won a squash over Tom Stone via pinfall when the 'Mountain from Stone Mountain' hit Stone with a running splash in the corner - TIME: 1:38

Post-Match Interview at ringside w/ Lee Marshall:

Marshall asked Blackwell where he'd been the last several months. Blackwell said he'd been attending to personal matters but was back and ready to rumble in the AWA.

Marshall brought up Blackwell defeating his long-time nemesis Sheik Adnan El-Kaissey in a match in Vegas recently.

As Blackwell talked about the match, Sheik Adnan El-Kaissey made his way to the ring in his Arab garb. Crowd booed his appearance.

Kaissey confronted Blackwell.

Kaissey: Jerry Blackwell! You may have defeated me in Sin City Las Vegas! But, let me tell you something, big man! This fight is not over! Oh no! You return and the hatred is renewed between us!

And...I will have a BIG surprise for you very soon, you dirty American scum!


Blackwell: What did you call me, Sheik?!

Kaissey: You heard me!

Blackwell: If you hate this country so much...see that sign over yonder?!

Blackwell pointed at an exit sign in the small arena.

Blackwell: It says 'exit'! Feel free to leave America at any time!

Kaissey: I go where I want to go and I get what I want! Watch your back, Jerry, you are a marked man!

Kaissey stormed off.

Marshall asked Blackwell about Kaissey's cryptic remarks and Blackwell responded that he doesn't know what Kaissey has planned, but that he'd be ready for whatever Kaissey threw at him.

Video clip aired of footage from Zenk confronting Col. DeBeers in Vegas with the caption: ZENK ZAPS THE COLONEL...NEXT!

Commercials/Market-Specific Promos for upcoming shows

Back from commercials...

In-Studio: Larry Nelson intro'd video footage from Vegas of the recent confrontation between Tom Zenk and Col. DeBeers.

VIDEO:

Col. DeBeers defeated Gino Carabello in a squash match via pinfall with his face-first piledriver finisher

After the match: DeBeers gestured and called for Larry Nelson. Nelson climbed up on the apron with mic in hand.

DeBeers: No one tells the good Colonel what to do!

This piece of trash here, what's his name?!


Nelson: Gino Carabello.

Carabello was still down in the ring feeling the effects of DeBeers' finisher.

DeBeers: Carabello is a disgrace to this sport and his people! And now I've got to make an example of him!

DeBeers went over and grabbed the ref, who was checking on Carabello, and threw the ref through the top and middle rope and the ref crashed to the floor. DeBeers put the boots to the still down Carabello and then left the ring for the floor and went over and grabbed the ring bell off the timekeeper's table. DeBeers climbed back into the ring with the bell as Carabello was getting up. DeBeers smashed Carabello across the back with the ring bell and Carabello crashed back down to the mat. DeBeers then positioned the bell in the middle of the ring. DeBeers went over and quick-stomped Carabello and then DeBeers grabbed his hapless foe.

Lee Marshall: Is DeBeers going to face-first piledrive Carabello into the ring bell?!

Lord James Blears: If he succeeds in doing this, Lee, he might not only end the man's career, he could possibly end the man's life.

DeBeers positioned Carabello for the extremely dangerous move. Crowd popped as Tom Zenk, in his ring gear, charged down the face aisle and hit the ring, came up behind DeBeers and blasted DeBeers with a forearm smash to the back. DeBeers lost his grip on Carabello and Carabello went down helplessly to the mat. Zenk spun DeBeers around and laid into the Colonel with a series of head shots, whipped DeBeers into the ropes and blasted DeBeers coming off with a big clothesline. DeBeers crashed to the mat as most in the crowd popped. A stunned DeBeers made it to his feet and Zenk hit him with a running clothesline. DeBeers back down. Zenk went over and grabbed the ring bell as a shaky DeBeers made it slowly to his feet. DeBeers saw Zenk with the ring bell and the Colonel started to back/beg off as Zenk slowly moved in. DeBeers backed into the corner. Zenk looked to the crowd for approval and got it and Zenk went to hit DeBeers over the head with the ring bell but DeBeers lunged out of the way and the bell slammed into the top turnbuckle. DeBeers bailed from the ring to the floor and ran/stumbled back up the heel aisle. Zenk left the ring, bell still in hand, dropped to the floor and watched DeBeers vanish into the back.

Nelson then intro'd comments from Zenk.


VIDEO:

In-Studio: Tom Zenk was standing in the AWA interview area in street clothes with mic in hand.

Zenk: Col. DeBeers! I told you what was going to happen to you if you kept on taking advantage of wrestlers after you had already defeated them!

Your actions could not go without a response!

And to try and face-first piledrive a man into the ring bell! You could have maimed Gino Carabello...or worse...if I, or someone else, didn't come out there and put a stop to it!

There are a lot of bad guys in this sport!

But Col. DeBeers, you're not only bad, you're also evil! Only and evil man would try to crush a man's face into a piece of solid steel! And evil must never be allowed to go unchallenged!

Now the Col. knows! If he tries to seriously harm someone else who is not in a position to fight back...he'd better look over his shoulder...because I will be there to make sure it doesn't happen!


Nelson then intro'd comments from DeBeers.

In-Studio: Col. DBeers was in his camo military attire and beret.

DeBeers: One thing no has ever accused Tom Zenk is being very bright.

This...is a man who pumps himself full of chemicals to get the look he wants.

Look up the word 'narcissist' and you'll see Zenk's picture.

But, all that aside, Mr. Zenk needs to know that he just made the worst mistake of his entire career.

You don't mess with the Colonel without there being some sort of blowback!

And Tom Zenk is gonna wish he'd never stuck his nose in my business!

You've got my attention, Zenk! And for you...it's not gonna be the kind of attention you're gonna like!

See you around...you synthetic freak!


In-Studio: Nelson commented that the feud between Zenk and the Col. was now off-the-charts hot and it will be interesting to see how DeBeers responds to what Zenk did to him.

Split-screen video aired of Baron Von Raschke and Manny Fernandez with the caption: THE IRON CLAW SHOWDOWN...NEXT!

Commercials

Back from commercials...

IRON CLAW SHOWDOWN: Baron Von Raschke vs. Manny Fernandez

Lee Marshall and Lord James Blears related the backstory of what led to this challenge.
(Read the backstory at Taping 3 of the current All-Star Wrestling tapings.)

Both men were already in the ring.

Ring announcer intro'd Manny Fernandez.

Fernandez was mainly booed but had a few supporters in the crowd.

Fernandez was in a t-shirt, tights and ring boots, stepped forward, raised his fist in the air and shouted: Viva La Raza!

Ring announcer then intro'd Baron Von Raschke to cheers from most of the crowd.

Von Raschke was in his red and black ring robe, red and black leg-length tights and black ring boots.

Von Raschke did the goose step and raised his right hand in the air in the claw position.

Fernandez got on the mic.

Fernandez: Hey, man! Is that your claw hold or are you just having a bout of arthritis in that hand because you're a relic! Hahaha!

Fernandez started walking around in the ring slowly and slightly bent over and holding his back like he was an old man.

Fernandez pointed and laughed at the Baron.

Fernandez: One more thing, grandpa...I mean Baron! I got you something for you!

Fernandez reached into the neck of his t-shirt and pulled out a pair of granny glasses.

Fernandez: You might need these to see where to properly apply the claw on me! Hahahaha!

Baron put his hand out. Fernandez handed him the glasses. Baron briefly looked over the glasses and then threw them on the mat and stomped them to the delight of the crowd.

Fernandez: What are you doing?! Those things cost me a buck twenty-five!

Baron kept glaring at Fernandez and and opening and closing his right hand into the claw position. The two men glared at one another and referee Marty Miller stepped in between them and ordered both men to stand back.

Announcer Lee Marshall said that ref Miller was needed in order to check if Fernandez does pass out in the hold according to wrestling rules (lift the arm three times to see if he's out).

Baron removed his robe.

Miller gestured for the Iron Claw Showdown to begin!!!

The two men moved towards one another and just as Baron started to apply the claw, Manny pulled back and out of Baron's grasp. Miller told Fernandez to let Baron apply the hold.

The two men moved towards one another once more and Baron started to apply the claw again when Fernandez slipped out of the hold once more and Fernandez, borrowing from the Larry Zbysko playbook, bailed from the ring to the floor to strong boos from the intimate crowd. Fernandez walked around on the floor as Baron came over by the ropes and angrily yelled and gestured for Fernandez to get back in the ring. Marty Miller also told Fernandez to get back in the ring. Miller ordered Baron to stand back and Baron did as ordered. Fernandez grabbed the top rope and climbed up on a knee on the apron when Baron came over and tried to grab him but Fernandez got away once more. Boos grew louder as Fernandez paced the floor. Baron getting frustrated in the ring as Miller kept the German at bay.

Fernandez finally climbed back up on the apron and quickly made his way back into the ring and walked right up to the Baron.

Fernandez picked up on a mic.

Fernandez: Go ahead! Put that claw of yours on me, you goose stepping geezer! You ain't puttin' me out!

Fernandez gestured to his forehead area and then gestured with his hands for Baron to bring it.

And the Baron brought it...

The Baron locked Fernandez in the claw and almost immediately Fernandez tried to pull Baron's vice-like right hand off his head but failed to do so.

Crowd into it...

Fernandez kept trying to escape the hold and was even able to maneuver over by the ropes and got a leg out on the apron in an effort to break the hold and get away from the Baron but Baron kept the hold firmly locked on and pulled Fernandez back into the ring using just the claw.

Fernandez yelled out in pain and again tried to pull Baron's hand off his head to no avail.

Fernandez kept fighting furiously a little longer but the life started to drain out of the Ragin' Bull.

Fernandez's arms went limp by his side and he dropped to his knees in the hold.

Crowd wanted to see the Baron finish this asshole off once and for all.

Fernandez was on his knees and appeared to be in a weakening state and on the verge of going out when he suddenly found the strength to hit the Baron with a low blow.

Baron quickly lost his grip on the hold and crashed to the mat holding his privates.

As Fernandez shook out the effects of the hold and slowly made it to his feet, a shaky Baron slowly got to a knee. Fernandez moved in and booted Baron in the side of the face. Baron back down on the mat. Ref Miller tried to step in and break things up but he was flattened by a punch to the face from Fernandez. Fernandez put the boots to the downed Baron and then dropped down and struck him with a few head shots. Baron battered.

Fernandez went over and quickly untied the tag rope in the corner. Fernandez moved around behind Baron as a dazed and confused Baron unsteadily made it to his feet. Baron up and Fernandez moved in and started strangling Baron with the tag rope. Baron gasping for breath and trying to escape the makeshift noose.

Crowd popped as Wahoo McDaniel, in his ring attire, hit the ring. Wahoo came up behind Fernandez, grabbed Fernandez and pulled him off the Baron. Baron fell over against the ropes with the tag rope still around his neck. Wahoo laid into Fernandez with a blistering series of stiff chest chops that sent Fernandez crashing to the mat and then scurrying out of the ring to the safety of the floor.

Wahoo glared out at Fernandez as Fernandez was holding his battered red chest.

Fernandez picked up on a mic.

Fernandez (angrily): This was none of your business, Wahoo!

Fernandez winced in agony.

Wahoo briefly continued to glare at Fernandez as other refs came to the ring to help the Baron and ref Miller. Wahoo turned his attention to the hurting pair in the ring as well and mainly focused his attention on his friend the Baron.

Shot of an enraged Fernandez looking on from the floor as the segment ended.

Commercials/Market-Specific promos for upcoming shows

Back from commercials...

Don Muraco defeated Jose Estrada via pinfall with the inverted piledriver - TIME: 3:40

Post-Match interview at ringside w/ Lee Marshall:

Muraco talked about big things starting to happen in the AWA and that he's excited to be a part of it. Said he's still looking for a partner to go after the AWA Tag Titles.

In-Studio Promo: Jonnie Stewart talked about being the future of wrestling and being the man who will carry the sport on his back into the 1990's. It will be the 'Decade of Jonnie'.

Stewart reminded viewers that his name was Jonnie without an 'h'.

Video clip aired from last week's tag match between champs the Destruction Crew and the Guerrero Bros. with the caption: UPSET CITY...NEXT!

Commercials

Back from commercials...

In-Studio: Larry Nelson intro'd video of last week's match between the AWA Tag Champs The Destruction Crew and the Guerrero Bros.

VIDEO:

End of the match saw Hector Guerrero and Wayne Bloom the legal men in the ring.

After some brief back-and-forth action, Hector briefly got the upper hand and went to whip Bloom into the ropes but Bloom reversed and blasted Hector coming off with a big clothesline. Hector crashed to the mat. Bloom for the cover. 1...2...thr... Hector kicked out. Crowd cheered.

Bloom snapped Hector up, whipped Hector into the ropes and looked to catch Hector coming off with a backdrop but Hector instead caught Bloom in a sunset flip try. After a brief struggle, Hector flipped Bloom over for the pin. 1...2... Enos hit the ring and kicked Hector in the back to break up the pin try.

Mando hit the ring and blasted Enos with a dropkick. Enos crashed to the mat in the ring. Mando caught Enos with some stomps. Ref got Mando off of Enos and ref tried to get Enos out of the ring.

Bloom picked up Hector and was holding Hector in the horizontal position. As the ref was distracted with Enos, Mando turned and dropkicked his brother in the back. Bloom crashed to the mat with Hector on top of him for the pin try. Ref got Enos out of the ring. Mando back to his corner. Ref turned and saw Hector covering the stunned Bloom. Ref quickly dropped to the mat as Hector hooked the leg. 1...2...3! Ref called for the bell as the fans cheered wildly for the Guerrero brothers.

Hector up and started jumping around and Mando came in and joined the celebration and the two brothers hugged. Ref came over and raised both men's hand in victory as the stunned tag champs looked on from the floor as the program came to a close.


In-Studio: Nelson announced that because of the Guerreros win over the Crew in the non-title affair, the Destruction Crew will be facing the Guerrero Brothers...this time with the titles on the line...at the next AWA show at the Showboat Sports Pavilion in Las Vegas!

Split-screen pics aired of Derrick Dukes and Pat Tanaka with the caption: DUKES VS. TANAKA IS NEXT!

Commercials/Market-Specific Promos for upcoming shows

TV MAIN EVENT: Derrick Dukes vs. Pat Tanaka

Tanaka, in this ring duds, came to the ring first with his manager Dallas Page to boos. Page had his trusty cane with him. Tanaka wrestles barefoot.

Dukes, in his ring attire, came to the ring with Ricky Rice, who was in street clothes, to decent amount of cheers.

Rice was at ringside to keep an eye on Page.

As soon as the bell rang, Dukes and Tanaka tore into each with punches. Dukes gained the early advantage and knocked Tanaka out of the ring. Page came over and checked on his man.

As the match progressed, it became a volatile see-saw affair.

At one point, Tanaka sent Dukes down to the floor and when Dukes was on his hands and knees, Page came over and gave Dukes a good, swift kick in the ribs while Tanaka baited Rice, who jumped up on the ring apron and Rice and Tanaka had words and Rice took a swipe at Tanaka and missed. DDP grabbed Dukes and threw Dukes back into the ring. Ref got Rice off the apron and Tanaka went back to work on Dukes and took control of the match the next few minutes but couldn't put Dukes away.

At the end of the match, Tanaka was on the offensive. Tanaka worked Dukes over and then blasted Dukes with a roundhouse kick to the back of the head. Dukes crashed to the mat. Tanaka for the cover. 1...2...thr... Dukes kicked out. Fans cheered. Tanaka snapped Dukes up and went to whip Dukes into the ropes but Dukes reversed and caught Tanaka coming off with a powerslam. Tanaka laid out. The ref was looking at Tanaka as Dukes ran and hit the ropes. DDP reached into the ring and clipped Dukes' leg. Dukes crashed to the mat. Rice charged over and jumped Page and started pounding Page as the fans cheered.

Paul Diamond, in his ring gear, charged down to ringside and attacked Rice. Page freed from Rice's grasp. Rice and Diamond started brawling up the aisle. Dukes got to his feet as Page climbed up on the ring apron. Ref went over and ordered Page off the apron. Page started arguing with the ref. Dukes went over and Page slapped Dukes in the chops and Dukes wasted no time dropping Page with a right to the jaw. Page hit the apron and then the floor. Dukes looked down at Page writhing in pain on the concrete.

However, behind Dukes, Tanaka had recovered and was standing at the ready. Dukes turned and walked right into a brain rattling superkick from Tanaka. Dukes crashed to the mat. Tanaka for the cover and hooked the leg. 1...2...3! Ref called for the bell as the fans booed.

An exhausted Tanaka to his feet and the ref raised his hand in victory. Rice and Diamond had taken their brawl to the back. A hurting Page managed to get to his feet and lean against the apron and cheered on his man. Shot of the still down Dukes aired as the program ended.

WINNER: Tanaka - TIME: 11:00

END PROGRAM

DARK MATCHES


AWA WORLD TITLE MATCH: Sgt. Slaughter (WC) def. Larry Zbysko via pinfall with the Slaughter Cannon - TIME: 19:12

$50,000 BATTLE ROYAL - PARTICIPANTS: The Destruction Crew, Top Guns, Badd Company, Hector & Mando Guerrero, Tom Zenk, Col. DeBeers, Greg Gagne. Brad Rheingans, Jonnie Stewart, Wahoo McDaniel, Manny Fernandez, Tommy Jammer, Tommy Rich. Don Muraco, Jerry Blackwell, Sheik Adnan El-Kaissey

WINNER: Jerry Blackwell - Eliminated Jonnie Stewart by throwing Stewart over the top rope down to the floor - TIME: 13:08

ATTENDANCE: 1,004 (REALLY bad)

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I really enjoy reading your shows, great work. Shame about the poor attendance, if it makes you feel any better, if I were in town, I'd have bought tickets.
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SPRING 1989

VERNE GAGNE'S HOME ON LAKE MINNETONKA


Verne Gagne was sitting at his desk in his home office. He'd just returned earlier that morning from the previous night's tapings of All-Star Wrestling in Stevens Point, WI.

He was staring at a cashier's check he had in his hands in the amount of $7,500 USD.

The check was not for Verne. Oh no! This was a check Verne had drawn up and was about to send to someone else.

And in the cash-strapped AWA...it was a lot of money!

Verne Gagne, to use Vegas speak, was about to take a serious gamble. He was hoping the money would re-open a line of communication with a specific individual to see if that person would come back and work a series of dates for the seriously struggling AWA.

Verne had an idea he hoped would spark a strong upswing in business.

He kept this idea to himself for now. Hadn't told anyone, not even son Greg, what he wanted to do.

Verne knew the $7,500 dollars would be just the start in trying to lure this man back into the fold. There was anger and bitterness involved here and Verne knew he had to tread carefully. It was going to take a major good faith effort on his part to win this man's confidence back. He'd been burned by Verne before and deep down Verne knew he'd burned him.

Re-building the bridge Verne had blown up with this man was going to take time to re-build.

But considering the current state of the AWA, time was something the company was borrowing right now just to stay alive.

Maybe time was something Verne didn't really have in this case and he'd have to re-build that bridge in hyper-drive in an effort to get this man to return to the AWA.

Verne Gagne took the pricey cashier's check, got up and headed out the door to mail it via overnight air. He wanted the check to arrive at its destination as quickly as possible.

But Verne also had something else on his mind...

Barry Shenkarow, successful businessman and the owner of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets, was going to fly Verne and Greg in his private plane up to his offices in Winnipeg, Manitoba in a few days.

In phone discussions with Verne, Shenkarow made it clear that he wanted to meet face-to-face with the promoter and make his offer to buy the AWA and share his vision for the promotion moving forward.

If Verne accepted Shenkarow's offer and sold the AWA to him, that would render his plans null and void to bring this wrestler, a wrestler who truly had unfinished business with Verne, back to the company.

Either way...something was about to give.


TO BE CONTINUED...
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