The SmarK Rant for AWA Championship Wrestling – 03.26.88

The SmarK Rant for AWA Championship Wrestling – 03.26.88

I had that dream again last night for my birthday. You know the one, where Greg Gagne pops out of a cake singing “Happy Birthday” and wearing nothing but his AWA International TV title. I think we’ve all been there.

Taped from Las Vegas, NV

Your hosts are Rod Trongard & Verne Gagne

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA on ESPN 03-11-1986

Taped from Las Vegas, NV

Airdate: March 11, 1986

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Ken Resnick, & Greg Gagne

Will David Sammartino win the AWA World title? How will Michaels fare against the nefarious Somers? Who’s this Colorado rookie up against the returning yet dastardly Zbyszko? What’s that, Al?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA on ESPN 03-04-1986

Taped from Las Vegas, NV

Airdate: March 4, 1986

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Ken Resnick, & Greg Gagne

Will Blackwell destroy Zhukov as well as Al-Kaissie in the main event? What’s going on with the Long Riders? And who are these young newcomers to the AWA? Let’s sift through this in hopes of gold!

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The SmarK Rant for AWA Championship Wrestling – 02.20.88

The SmarK Rant for AWA Championship Wrestling – 02.20.88

Taped from Minot, ND. The city’s motto is, I believe, “Minot? Why not!” Actually after the world stops being so infected with disease I want to go down to Minot and do some shopping so I shouldn’t make fun of them so much. I also want to visit Fargo, because DUH.

Your hosts are Rod Trongard & Donna Gagne

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA on ESPN 12-31-1985

Taped from Atlantic, City, NJ

Airdate: December 31, 1985 (taped 12/11)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Doug McLeod, & Verne Gagne

Who will win the battle royal? Can Zumhofe beat Graham and win the light heavyweight title? What’s going on with Slaughter, the Long Riders, and Al-Kaissie? Plus a BONUS MATCH! Let’s finish 1985 with a bang!

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The SmarK Rant for AWA Championship Wrestling – 02.13.88

The SmarK Rant for AWA Championship Wrestling – 02.13.88

OH HELL YEAH. I’ve been dying for more AWA for years now and they finally dropped another 8 episodes on the Network out of nowhere. Shitty end-of-the-line era stuff, but I don’t care, I’m reviewing it all and I don’t even mind if it dies on the blog like the lovechild of Mid-Atlantic and Lucha Underground jobbing to Jeff Hardy on RAW in 4:00.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA Night of Champions 2

Live from East Rutherford, NJ

Airdate: December 29, 1985

Attendance: 12,000

Hosted by Tony Schiavone

Can Martel retain the AWA title? Will Rhodes finally defeat Flair for the NWA strap? Can Magnum retain against Blanchard? What will the Soviets do to the Road Warriors? Will Slaughter survive against two Soviets? Let’s jam!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA on ESPN 12-24-1985

Taped from Atlantic, City, NJ

Airdate: December 24, 1985 (taped 12/11)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Dick McLeod, & Verne Gagne

Can Devine retain the Women’s title or will Sherri have a say in the matter? What are on the minds of the Road Warriors? Long Riders? Zbyszko? Also, Bockwinkel defends the World title against Al-Kaissie. Get all this!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA on ESPN 12-10-1985

Taped from Atlantic, City, NJ

Airdate: December 10, 1985 (taped 11/04)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Dick McLeod, & Verne Gagne

Can Hansen, um, wrestle the World title from Martel? What does Bockwinkel say about Zbyszko’s actions from last week? Also, Garvin, Regal, and Precious are here! Let’s party!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA on ESPN 12-03-1985

Taped from Atlantic, City, NJ

Airdate: December 3, 1985 (taped 11/04)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Doug McLeod, & Nick Bockwinkel

Can Greg get the better of Zbyszko? Or will he receive the worst? What’s up with the bikers on the couch? And is that the UNDERTAKER in Atlantic City in 1985? Let’s explore!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA 10-29-1985

Taped from Atlantic, City, NJ

Airdate: October 29, 1985 (taped 10/16)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Doug McLeod, & Verne Gagne

Can the Freebirds snag the tag titles from the Road Warriors? Will there be any shenanigans? What do Bockwinkel, Slaughter, and Akbar have in store for us this week? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA 10-22-1985

Taped from Atlantic, City, NJ

Airdate: October 22, 1985 (taped 10/16)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Doug McLeod, & Nick Bockwinkel

Can Curt defeat Garvin, or will Garvin’s entourage play a part in Curt’s demise? Also, the Freebirds return. Hansen will wrestle, but will his opponent survive? In addition, I included a BONUS MATCH. Let’s carve into and see what’s inside this week’s episode.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA 10-08-1985

Taped from Atlantic City, NJ

Airdate: October 8, 1985 (taped 9/26)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Doug McLeod, & Verne Gagne

Can Slaughter retain the Americas title against the crafty Bockwinkel? Will Zhukov be involved? There’s chaos on the Christmas show. What happened? Speaking of chaos, what nightmares will Hansen deliver? Let’s dig right in…

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA 10-01-1985

Taped from St. Paul, MN

Airdate: October 1, 1985 (taped 09/08)

Attendance: 4,000

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Doug McLeod, Rod Trongard, & Verne Gagne

Coming off the tremendous Super Clash ’85, could the AWA follow it up with a great ESPN show? Martel has a title match against…Kamala? Be afraid. Let’s cautiously make our way in…

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA Super Clash ’85

Live from Chicago, IL

Airdate: September 28, 1985

Attendance: 20,347

Hosted by Larry Nelson

Can Magnum defeat Flair for the NWA World title? Will Martel retain the AWA World title against Hansen? How will the Road Warriors fare in their hometown? Does Slaughter stand up for America against Zhukov? Let’s sink our teeth into this delicious supershow!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA on ESPN 09-24-1985

Taped from St. Paul, MN

Airdate: September 24, 1985 (taped 09/08)

Attendance: 4,000

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Ron Trongard, & Verne Gagne

Can the Road Warriors retain against Regal & Garvin? What will happen when Slaughter and Zhukov square off? Also, Bockwinkel versus Martel in the mat classic. Let’s dive right in!

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