Live from Chicago, IL

Airdate: September 28, 1985

Attendance: 25,000 (20,347 paid)

Hosted by Larry Nelson

Before we get started, allow me to describe how this event was established. In an effort to compete with WrestleMania, the American Wrestling Association (AWA), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), All Japan, and World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) collaborated to create this supershow. I can neither confirm nor deny that David Crockett was involved in negotiations with current AWA talent, but several names from the AWA suddenly appeared on TBS shortly thereafter.

Instead of running the show at the UIC Pavilion, this show took place at Comiskey Park. For those unaware, Comiskey used to be the ball park for the Chicago White Sox named after the long-time owner infamously known as a cheapskate which arguably led to the Black Sox scandal in 1919.

But enough about baseball, let’s get to the show…

Larry interviews Rheingans who is as ready for Regal as he was for the 1980 Olympics had he been able to participate. Next, Larry interviews Regal who personifies confidence.

Match 1 for the AWA World Light Heavyweight title: “Mr. Electricity” Steve Regal (champion) versus Brad Rheingans


Rating: *

Summary: Not the type of match to pump a crowd for a huge show.

After the match, Rheingans gets ahold of Regal and gives him a hard cross-corner whip, but Regal escapes with Garvin. Larry interviews Regal who claims he won fair and square. Sure, Steve, and I’ll sell you some oceanfront property in Phoenix for a great price!

Larry interviews Sherri Martel. Let’s just say her interviewing skills improved dramatically in the WWF and later WCW.

Before the next match begins, we see Rheingans slam Regal on the grass in foul territory.

One minor tidbit: The referees involved in this show were not the Gary DeRushas or Marty Millers that AWA fans were accustomed to seeing. I have no idea who these ham’n’eggers are, but as long as they do their job, I’m OK with their anonymity.

Match 2 for the AWA Women’s title: Candi Devine (champion) versus Sherri Martel


Rating: *1/2

Summary: While the psychology of the match was all over the place, this was a HUGE win for the up-and-coming Martel.

After the match, Martel repeatedly whips Devine with the belt.

Prior to the next match, Race and the Irwin brothers are interviewed. Poor Race. He was less than two years removed from being NWA champion. Larry attempts to interview their Japanese opponents, but there was a language barrier supposedly.

Match 3 for the Asian Six-man tag team titles: Jumbo Tsuruta, Giant Baba, & Genichiro Tenryu versus “Handsome” Harley Race, Bill & Scott Irwin


Rating: **

Summary: This match contained a good potpourri of styles that didn’t clash.

After the match, Bill physically harasses Larry while Race rightfully refers to himself as a “legend.”

Match 4 for the NWA World Midget’s Dwarf title: Little Tokyo (champion) versus Little Mr. T


Rating: *

Summary: Not a comedy match like one would expect. Tokyo retains the title.

Match 5 for the IWA title: Mil Mascaras (champion) versus Buddy Roberts


Rating: ***

Summary: Roberts was the worker amongst the Freebirds, so his ability to hang with the legendary Mascaras doesn’t surprise me.

As Larry interviews Von Erich by the dugout, Kerry dedicates the match to his brother Mike who was in the hospital recovering from toxic shock syndrome.

Match 6: The “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich versus “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious)


Rating: **

Summary: While the crowd (especially the women) were much more invested in this match, the quality of the match wasn’t very good.

After the match, Precious gets in Kerry’s face so that Garvin could ambush him. After leapfrogging Garvin, Kerry applies the Iron claw. Garvin falls out of the ring to escape. I add ½* for the exciting aftermath.

Prior to the next match, Larry interviews Stevens, Bockwinkel, and Zbyszko. Immediately thereafter, he interviews Greg, Scott Hall, and Curt Hennig.

Match 7 (six-man tag): Scott Hall, Curt Hennig, & Greg Gagne versus Nick Bockwinkel, Larry Zbyszko, & the “Crippler” Ray Stevens


Rating: ****

Summary: Exciting tag match that electrified the crowd. Hall and Hennig were definitely blue-chippers at this point in their careers.

After the match, Larry interviews the winners.

Next, Larry interviews the Freebirds who are wearing Confederate face paint. To say this wouldn’t fly in 2015 would be the biggest understatement I could make.

Match 8 for the AWA World tag team titles: The Road Warriors (champions w/ “Precious” Paul Ellering) versus the Fabulous Freebirds (w/ Buddy Roberts)


Rating: ***

Summary: Really good tag match as the heat for the match was red-hot.

After the match, Larry interviews Verne who requests a replay on the big screen. After further review via instant replay, the Road Warriors retain the gold. Oh my God! The Freebirds just got screwed. I wouldn’t blame them if they wanted to leave the AWA for Crockett based upon that crap. Talk about a home team call. Sheesh!

Prior to the next match, Larry interviews the Soviets.

Match 9 for the NWA World six man tag team titles: Krusher Khruschev, Ivan & Nikita Koloff versus the Crusher, Dick the Bruiser, and Baron Von Raschke


Rating: *

Summary: The crowd was into it, but this was comedy due to the combined age of the face team. There was no excuse for the director to miss the finish with a ringside cameraman right there.

As the Soviets leave the ring, the proud American crowd chants “BULLSHIT!”

Larry interviews Zukhov prior to the next match. Zukhov definitely sounds like he’s hit the Smirnoff. Larry then interviews Slaughter who hands Larry a small American flag.

Match 10 for the AWA America’s title: Sergeant Slaughter (champion) versus Boris Zukhov


Rating: **

Summary: This battle may be over, but the war isn’t.

Afterwards, Zukhov beats on Slaughter until Slaughter has had enough. Zukhov hightails it costing us the chance for Slaughter to deliver his comeuppance.

Larry interviews the bloody Slaughter. That shot by Zukhov must have loosened something because Slaughter was all about G.I. Joe and the American Way. On the other hand, methinks he was speaking along the terms of his contract with Hasbro.

Next, Larry interviews Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie with Kamala. The Sheik has a surprise for all of us. Subsequently Larry interviews Blackwell.

Match 11 ($10,000 body slam): Jerry Blackwell versus Kamala (w/ Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie)


Rating: DUD

Summary: While the stipulations resemble Studd-Andre from WrestleMania, this match doesn’t compare very well.

After the match, Al-Kaissie enters the ring and wallops Blackwell with his sword. He takes the check from Karbo as Kamala bites Blackwell. As expected, Blackwell is BUSTED OPEN. Some jobbers try to aid Blackwell, but Kamala tosses both of them out of the ring. Finally, Baron hits the ring with a wooden baseball bat to chase Al-Kaissie and Kamala away. Before Al-Kaissie and Kamala leave the ring area, they beat up the jobbers some more.

Match 12 for the AWA World title: Rick Martel (champion) versus Stan “The Lariat” Hansen


Rating: DUD

Summary: Considering the length of this show, I’m sure they just told them to hold off for another day.

After the match, Hansen nails Martel with his cow bell. They fight all the way back to the dugout. After Martel slams Hansen in foul territory, Hansen tosses Martel into the dugout. This fight resembles a Reggie Jackson-Billy Martin altercation.

Larry interviews Magnum prior to the main event. He vows to take the title. Next, Larry interviews Flair. To say Flair is large and in charge would be putting it mildly.

Match 13 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion) versus Magnum T.A.


Rating: ****

Summary: Yes, folks. Flair carried Magnum to a great match. If only Jim Crockett could have put these guys on closed-circuit or PPV, but it wasn’t to be. Regardless, check this one out STAT.

After the match, Larry interviews the bloody champion. Afterwards, Larry asks Magnum about the trunks. Magnum confirms Flair’s use of them and is ready for another shot down the line.

Conclusion: Whew! Thirteen matches in three hours of action is a lot to digest. Definitely check out the main event along with the Road Warriors and Freebirds in their prime. If I were to compare this show to WrestleMania though, I’d have to lean toward the WWF for presentation and quality.

Oh, one last thing…if WWE can put this on their On Demand channel, why can’t they put it on the WWE Network?

See you for the 1985 WCCW Cotton Bowl Extravaganza!

Buyrate: NONE

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