Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA WrestleRock ’86

 

Live from Minneapolis, MN

Airdate: April 20, 1986

Attendance:  22,000

Hosted by Rod Trongard & Larry Nelson

Three cage matches along with the Midnight Rockers, Sergeant Slaughter, Jimmy Snuka, Road Warriors, Freebirds, and more fill out this star-studded supershow. Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA SuperClash III

In the solemn words of Jim Morrison: “This is the end…my only friend…the end.”

With the national expansions of both the WWF and NWA, the territorial system, as we knew it, was breathing its last breath. Despite legends like Verne Gagne, the Von Erichs, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Mad Dog Vachon, Chris Adams, among others, the lingering territories during this era tried their best not only to survive but to succeed.

With the conglomeration of the AWA, WCWA, CWA, and POWW, this supercard marks the last stand by the territories in their effort to compete. How much success do they achieve? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…AWA Super Sunday

Prior to my vacation/wedding/honeymoon, I promised a reflection of NWA Great American Bash ’88; however, this show serves as a precursor to it. Therefore, allow me to provide you with said precursor as a turning point for a promotion.

Live from St. Paul, MN

Airdate: April 24, 1983

Attendance:  20,000

Hosted by Rod Trongard

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The SmarK Rant for AWA Championship Wrestling – 03.04.86

The SmarK Rant for AWA Championship Wrestling – 03.04.86

So the connecting thread for these random AWA uploads to the Network is obviously “The secret origin of Shawn Michaels”, and thus we’ll just start at the start, with his debut in the AWA.

Taped from Las Vegas, NV

Your host is Larry Nelson, with Ken Resnick & Greg Gagne on commentary.

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