Jumbo Tsuruta & John Tenta vs. The Road Warriors (and other Dream Matches!)

Welcome back to more Dream Matches! This time, we’ve got something weird- apparently when John Tenta was just starting out in wrestling, he was in ALL JAPAN of all places, teaming up with the Ace and weighing only 300-ish lbs., and fighting the legendary Road Warriors!

Also I found more of that bizarre Land of Giants team, as they take on… The Undertakers? Yes- it’s a pair of obese twins with a name the WWF actually bought off of them. Then wen see a “Battle of the Kings” as King Mabel decides to take out Ken Shamrock shortly after his King of the Ring victory- a shockingly good attempt at putting a guy over from MABEL of all people! And then, in a fantastically-terrible bout, come see the legendary POWER UTI, villain of Mick Foley’s first book and national hero of Nigeria, take on the worst wrestler in AEW- Doc “Super Festus” Gallows! And then we cap things off with WCW’s Wrath & Mortis vs. The Faces of Fear in a shockingly-good Hoss Brawl!

JUMBO TSURUTA & JOHN TENTA vs. THE ROAD WARRIORS (Hawk & Animal, w/ Paul Ellering):
(All Japan, 1987.6.8)
* Haha, oh Jesus- look at this! Baby John Tenta, fresh out of sumo and having lost a LOT of weight, is in the early stage of his pro wrestling career in All Japan as the Ace’s tag team partner, and they’re going up against the early form of the Road Warriors, in full black spike-vests and ’80s facepaint! Tenta, in his navy-blue singlet with a Canadian flag on it, is almost unrecognizable, being barely 300 lbs. and scarcely larger than Jumbo- he’s all straight lines! Even at 24 he’s lost almost all the hair on top of his head, though.

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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 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 on ESPN 09-17-1985

Taped from St. Paul, MN

Airdate: September 17, 1985 (taped 09/08)

Attendance: 4,000

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Ron Trongard, & Verne Gagne

Can Hennig, Hall, and Greg overcome the vicious combination of Bockwinkel, Stevens, and Zbyszko? What happens when Slaughter challenges Flair for the NWA World title? Can Zumhofe defeat Roberts, or will the wily Freebird prevail? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA on ESPN 09-03-1985

Taped from Atlantic, City, NJ

Airdate: September 3, 1985 (taped 07/08)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Dick McLeod, & Nick Bockwinkel

Can Gordy defeat Martel and become World champion? What’s on the mind of the Road Warriors? Long Riders? Jimmy Garvin? What’s that? A pair of wrestlers have infiltrated this reflection? Let’s check it out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on the Road Warriors: The Greatest Matches

To honor the passing of Road Warrior Animal, I will deviate from the hijinks of the UWF and the steamroller that was WCCW from 1985 and devote this week’s reflection to the team whom I believe was the greatest tag team of all time.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Summerslam ’92

WWF Summerslam ‘92

Taped from London, England

Airdate: August 31, 1991 (taped 8/29)

Attendance:  78,927 (75,000 paid)

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Bret retain the IC title against home country favorite Davey Boy? Will Warrior recapture the WWF title from Savage? In whose corner will Mr. Perfect occupy? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Summerslam ’91

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: August 26, 1991

Attendance:  20,000

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan & “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

With matches made in both Heaven and Hell, will Vince go to Purgatory? Also, three title matches support the undercard. Read on!

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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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NWA World Championship Wrestling, October 25, 1986

Tragedy strikes as Magnum T.A. suffers career-ending injuries in a car wreck, forever changing the future of the NWA. Plus, one of the most legendary Four Horsemen beatdowns ever, one of the most shocking turns in JCP history, and the Road Warriors issue a dangerous challenge to Jim Cornette and the Midnight Express…

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF The Main Event V

Taped from Macon, GA

Airdate: February 1, 1991 (taped 1/28)

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Vince McMahon & “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Get your tissues ready! It’s time for the final episode of The Main Event. No, my eyes aren’t red from crying. It’s the eclipse, I swear.

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, September 27, 1986

A scrap between Wahoo McDaniel & NIkita Koloff on the eve of the U.S./National Title unification match, can Paul Jones’ money convince Manny Fernandez to betray Jimmy Valiant, and has the Midnight Express destroyed the myth of the unbeatable Road Warriors?

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, September 6, 1986

Lots of tag team action on the docket to hype the upcoming the U.S. Tag Title Tournament, including the Andersons vs. the Kansas Jayhawks. Plus the Rock & Roll Express, Road Warriors, and big news on the U.S. and National Heavyweight Titles.

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, August 16, 1986

Can Ric Flair regain the NWA Title from an injured Dusty Rhodes? Magnum T.A. tries to even the best-of-seven U.S. Title series with Nikita Koloff, and another huge confrontation between Dusty Rhodes & Big Bubba Rogers. That and much more on an action packed Saturday Night program…

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, August 2, 1986

There’s a new NWA World Heavyweight champion and a new bald-headed geek, as the Great American Bash draws to a close. The grand finale will be later tonight in Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium. A look at the Bash happenings, previewing the final Bash card, and several new, but familiar, faces make their debuts on a “special edition” of the Saturday night staple…

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