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AWA Championship Wrestling 03-05-88

Taped from Las Vegas, NV

Airdate: March 5, 1986 (taped 2/19)

Attendance: 2,000

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Rod Trongard, & Lee Marshall

Welcome to the Stagger Lee Memorial portion of AWA history! Can the Midnight Rockers retain, or will the Nasty Boys achieve glory? How will Von Raschke fare against the sinister Al-Kaissie? What’s going on with “Cool” Curt? Let’s climb the mountain for some great AWA action!

Opening montage.

Match 1: “Cowboy” Bob Orton versus Bill Anderson


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Orton whose opponent might need to take up consulting to get ahead in life.

Match 2: Jerry “The King” Lawler versus Samoan Joe


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Lawler as Joel Seanoa allegedly saw dollar signs when he cast his young eight-year-old eyes on the gimmicked jabronie.

Nelson promotes next week’s matchup for the World title— “Cool” Curt Hennig versus Lawler. As Hennig joins him, his sunglasses are NOT flattering. Nevertheless, Hennig cuts a promo on Lawler.

Match 3: Badd Company versus Tim “Spitball” Patterson & Greg “Screwball” Robertson


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for the Shooting Stars.

After the match, Badd Company teaches Robertson a lesson in humility. Dude, you’re on ESPN.

Nelson interviews Greg Gagne who puts over Badd Company and next week’s title match. Afterward, he lies about traveling all over the country defending the International TV title.

Match 4: Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie versus Baron Von Raschke


Rating: *

Summary: Despite the smoke-and-mirrors used to disguise what’s supposed to be a wrestling match, the Vegas faithful were hungry for whatever Von Raschke was dishing out.

After the match, Al-Kaissie tries to destroy Von Raschke’s claw hand to no avail. Von Raschke puts a knee into the midsection before Al-Kaissie hightails it back to the locker room.

At ringside, Marshall interviews Von Raschke who cuts a promo on wants to “squeeze the blackness from (Al-Kaissie).”

Match 5: Ricky Rice & Steve Olsonoski versus Dennis Stamp & Destroyer Samoan


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Rice and his tag team partner of the month.

Back at the studio, Nelson interviews Rice who can’t figure out which way is up. Next, Madusa drags Mr. Magnificent onto my screen, and I scream for Windex immediately. He tries to be a decent poet, but he’s too dumb to truly know it.

Match 6 for the AWA World tag team titles: The Midnight Rockers (champions) versus the Nasty Boys


Rating: ***½

Summary: Wow! What a barnburner! These tag teams may have a future in our beloved sport. The tag formula works to perfection as they have the Vegas faithful eating out of their hand. Also, the flow of the match is steady and not too overloaded on the heel side. Let’s not forget the tremendous high-flying and speed of the Midnight Rockers. Can we have an encore please?

Back at the studio, the Nasty Boys are LIVID about losing while poor Nelson cowers in fear. They’re ready to declare war on the Midnight Rockers. Knobbs rightfully and profanely complains that he was the illegal man in the ring, but the referee’s decision is FINAL in the AWA.

In case you forgot, Lawler challenges Hennig for the World title next week.

Conclusion: Unquestionably, the main event is worth your while to check out. The Midnight Rockers make AWA programming must-see-TV each time they appear. The Nasty Boys get so close to winning before the rug gets pulled out from under them. What do you think?

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for AWA 03-12-88!

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