WFWA All Pro Wrestling – May 1, 1989

As I said yesterday, that Coronavirus vaccination kicked the s--- out of me, but luckily after an afternoon nap I managed to start feeling better, even if it screwed with my sleep last night. So, a review today, but a different Canadian promotion than Stampede instead.

WFWA stands for the ungainly West Four Wrestling Alliance, which later became the IWA (International Wrestling Alliance). The promoter was and is Tony Condello of the Death Tour stories you’ll have heard from people like Edge and Christian and Rhino.

Host is Joe Aiello, who later had a cup of coffee in the WWF as interviewer Joe Bevins. The card is from Winnipeg, you idiot!

Brad Young vs. Gentleman Jimmy Jorden

Young is a small babyface with a mullet, Jorden is a mouthy heel with a pretty good body on him but wearing strange tights that turn into flares at the bottom. He’s got a bit of a Rick Rude influence with how he does some of his moves, without the smoothness or presence. Very hammy with his expressions, especially on an arm stretcher. He must be very recently out of a wrestling school as there’s a feel of “I’m going to do every move I know”, even though there’s no connection between what or why. He does a very impressive press slam, including some presses before the slam, and a kneedrop and neckbreaker (what else?) finish. Young seemed OK, if distinctly normal. Jorden definitely had the gear, but no idea. Neither would’ve looked out of place doing jobs in the WWF.

The Little Bulkster vs. The Tulip

Bulkster is billed as one of the world’s strongest men, but just about five feet tall.  Massive muscles, but smaller than Rey Mysterio Jr. The Tulip is a foot taller and the same weight, doing a gay gimmick where he has blonde hair and a pink bodysuit with flowers on it. Bulkster uses his power to break out of an reverse Tulip’s move, while Tulip cheats to get an advantage. Bulkster blocks a slam and gets two of his own before finishing with a bearhug. Just a gimmick match of sorts.

Interview: Joe speaks to Bulkster, who talks about proving himself in power lifting and moving into wrestling before cutting some poses.

The French Mad Dog vs. Don McCullough

The French Mad Dog is a “cousin” of Mad Dog Vachon, which I don’t believe for a second, and has grey hair in his beard and over his back and shoulders. McCullough looks like someone’s dad with his appearance and gear. Mad Dog catches him on a criss cross and takes the arm, but wrestles in a distinctly dated style. McCullough breaks with a headbutt, but misses an elbowdrop. Mad Dog switches from the arm to a spinning toe hold. McCullough breaks out and gets a slam, but on the wrong side, so Mad Dog really doesn’t go up with ease for him. He tries for the same again, trying to lift from the crotch with his left arm, but Mad Dog says “F--- this!” and small packages him. Can’t say I blame him, probably didn’t fancy being dropped on his head. Technically fine match from Mad Dog’s side, but just needlessly here, there and everywhere.

Interview: Joe speaks to the Mad Dog, who’s a foot smaller than him, regarding the Golden Sheik. He does the growling voice, but without any of the menace. Vachon wasn’t much bigger, but at least he conveyed that he was going to thumb your eye out.

Akam Singh vs. The Natural Don Callis

Akam is billed as Gama’s younger brother, although I don’t know if that’s true. They look similar and the thinning hair is there. The Natural is obviously Kenny Omega’s main man from TNA these days, aged 25 at the time and billed from Charlotte, North Carolina, with a back story of being trained by Dusty Rhodes but disavowing that and claiming an association with Ric Flair and Barry Windham. I doubt if he’d even got an autograph from any of time at that time. Akam works the arm quite effectively. Callis breaks out and gets some awkward stomps before going to the top rope for a double axehandle for two. He chokes Singh on the ropes and takes a run away from him as if to do a version of Randy Savage’s neck snap, but someone moves, so he puts the breaks on and just chokes again in a funny botch. Akam gets a punch to the gut to block another double axehandle, then works through a side backbreaker and gutwrench suplex for pinfall attempts. Nice spinning heel kick and a “camel pin” finishes. Callis was trying here, but just didn’t have enough finesse to keep up with Singh.

Promo: Joe talks about all the different shows coming up in the territory, plugging “the mighty midgets” about half a dozen times. Also on the card is Jericho’s buddy Lenny St. Clair, AKA Dr. Luther.

Interview: Joe speaks to Akam about being out of the shadow of his brother, which you’d think just acknowledging is counterproductive. He seems like Lou Perez to Gama’s Al Perez to me.

The Warrior and Johnny B Good vs. Bart Steiger and Randy Rudd

If you saw the name the Warrior you would think it was some clunky bodybuilder with some faint face paint doing an Ultimate Warrior gimmick, but it’s actually a FAT Native American with prison tattoos. Warrior takes down Rudd and works the leg, bringing Good in who almost falls on Rudd in a way that could’ve broken his leg. Good loses control and the heels switch off on him. They vaguely resemble the MOD Squad with their moustaches and mullets and husky builds. Both come off as pretty safe and capable., if plain as toast. The Warrior, who’s so fat that I’m surprised he can fit his belly and ass through the ropes, comes in when taunted. Steiger actually fucks up by suplexing Good with so much force that he bounces into his corner and makes the tag in a funny bit. The Warrior wobbles in with the war dance. Chop for two, but Rudd breaks it up. The Boys in Black get an advantage on him quickly, but he makes his own comeback. Legdrop for two. Should’ve gone for a splash, there would’ve been no getting all that flab off him. He can’t even run the ropes, so Steiger pushes him back into his corner to tag Good back in, who then screws up in his own way by failing to take a bump through the ropes, so the heels finish him with the Black Attack (Hart Attack). The Warrior seems to want to actually get some heat after the bell, so they dump him. The heels seemed pretty decent and Good could take a few bumps, but the Warrior was as bad as you’ll get.

Interview: Joe finishes the show by talking to Steiger and Rudd, who put down any potential challengers. Steiger’s got the gruff style, whereas Rudd just speaks calmly. Steiger gets bleeped on saying how the last time they saw Lenny St. Clair they gave him a “s--- kicking”. Joe closes the show.

The Bottom Line: Won’t be rushing back to watch this show, but it was interesting for the varied quality of the talent, who at worst would have regional WWF TV taping jobber potential and at best would have washout quality like Don Callis did.