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AWA Championship Wrestling 02-13-88

Taped from Minot, ND

Airdate: February 13, 1986 (taped 02/06)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Ron Trongard, & Ray “The Crippler” Stevens

Can Greg overcome Adonis to retain the TV title? How will West fare against the evil Russian Ustinov? What’s on Hennig’s mind this week? Let’s travel onward to see how far the AWA will go.

Opening montage.

Match 1: Nasty Boys versus Ricky Rice & Tom Johnson


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for the Nasty Boys. This Rice kid may have something, but the Nasty Boys were all offense at this juncture.

Your mileage may vary.

Nelson runs down the upcoming AWA cards:

  1. 02/13 in Brainerd, MN (no results available)
  2. 02/19 in Las Vegas, NV (ESPN TV taping)
  3. 02/20 in Rhinelander, WI (Mr. Saito hid under a mask as the Pirate)
  4. 02/21 in Ladysmith, WI (Greg/Wahoo versus Orton/Pirate)

Next, he interviews Hennig, dressed in turquoise and ski goggles. Either he just came in from a Minneapolis blizzard, wanted to pattern himself after “Macho Man” Randy Savage, or just completed a bender at Slippery’s Tavern. Knowing him, it’s probably a combination of all three. Regardless, he touts himself as the best before Nelson cuts him off.

Match 2 (non-title): AWA World champion “Cool” Curt Hennig versus Darrell Olson


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for the World champion.

Nelson interviews Verne who discusses Olympic hockey. For those curious, the US men’s hockey team had a 2-3 record. They defeated Austria and Norway; however, they lost to Czechoslovakia, the USSR, and West Germany. And we wonder why none of those exist in its current form today. Nevertheless, Verne mentions Jill Trenary, his “next-door neighbor,” who finished 4th in women’s figure skating.

Match 3: Soldat Ustinov (w/ Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie) versus Adam Alan West


Rating: ***

Summary: Patriotism told the story here, yet West couldn’t achieve glory to bring American pride to the Minot faithful. West would have only one more match in the AWA where he would face Hennig for the World title on February 27 in Minot, ND but fail to capture the strap.

Nelson touts the upcoming TV taping in Vegas on 2/19 while the AWA threatens to tour both the east and west coasts. Upon checking the 1988 AWA calendar, the tour bounced between Memphis, Portland, and the Midwest. Those in mentioned cities Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Charlotte would have to stick with either the WWF or Jim Crockett Promotions for their live wrestling entertainment.

Afterward, Nelson interviews Tom Zenk who has returned to the AWA after a three-year hiatus. He cuts a promo on Hennig before Baron Von Raschke invades our TV screens to run down Ustinov.

Match 4 for the AWA International TV title: Greg Gagne (champion) versus Adrian Adonis (w/ “Cowboy” Bob Orton)


Rating: **

Summary: Hold on a minute! The babyface used chicanery to keep his title.

After the match, Orton steals the TV title belt much to the chagrin of the Minot faithful.

Next week, Hennig defends the World title against “Mr. Magnificent” Kevin Kelly.

Conclusion: In a fascinating twist, the babyface champion shoehorned himself into getting disqualified to save his belt. Greg can claim innocence all he wants, but we all know the real truth. Also, this is the second instance where I’ve seen Orton in Minot—the other being for UWF Rampage ’93.

West failed to blow the roof off the arena by defeating Ustinov, but I’m betting Von Raschke did OK for himself on house shows against him. Nonetheless, Hennig showed off in a quick match, and the Nasty Boys gobbled up their showcase match much like the Fleischkuechle at Kroll’s Diner. As far as recommendations go…

Pass unless you need more Hennig in your diet.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for AWA 02-20-88!

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