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AWA Championship Wrestling 03-26-88

Taped from Las Vegas, NV

Airdate: March 26, 1986

Attendance: 2,000

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Rod Trongard, & Lee Marshall

Can the Rockers shoo away that pesky Badd Company? How will Greg and McDaniel fare against Hennig and Orton? Who’s the newest member of Al-Kaissie’s army? Let’s shake it up and enjoy some wrestling!

Opening montage.

We revisit last week’s episode when Ustinov knocked some sense into Von Raschke. Afterward, Ustinov holds a board with Von Raschke’s name on it in Russian. Oh, crap. Teijo Khan ruins my weekend by making his AWA debut. To welcome him, Ustinov cracks his board over Khan’s head while scaring the BEJEEZUS out of Nelson. It’s no wonder he went out partying with the Midnight Rockers.

Match 1: Ricky Rice versus the Hurricane Kid


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Rice, but it was an awful prelim match.

Nelson interviews Von Raschke while holding the broken board. While Von Raschke cuts a promo on Ustinov, he further breaks the board over his forehead. Nelson desperately needs some Stoli to calm his nerves by now.

Match 2: Steve Olsonoski versus Dennis Stamp


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for neither as Stamp took the match off, and Olsonoski obliged. It would have made more sense for Olsonoski to win the enhancement match before facing Greg.

Nelson interviews Olympia. No, not the beer, and by the looks of her, it’s NOT the water either. Regardless, she’s after Madusa Miceli in what could be her sole wrestling promo. It was THAT BAD.

Following that mishap, Nelson interviews Badd Company who cuts a promo on the Midnight Rockers.

Match 3: AWA World champion “Cool” Curt Hennig & “Cowboy” Bob Orton versus AWA International TV champion Greg Gagne & “Chief” Wahoo McDaniel


Rating: DUD

Summary: This match is notable because this was Orton’s final AWA on ESPN match before he flew to Japan to wrestle for Inoki. This TV taping must have been a CHORE to witness.

After the match, Orton piledrives McDaniel inside the ring while Greg and Hennig battle outside. Greg jumps in to checs on McDaniel before more heel shenanigans occur.

Nelson interviews Madusa Miceli while my mouth waters. Miceli cuts a promo and reluctantly agrees to test the waters wrestle against Olympia. Next, Greg and McDaniel cut an angry promo on Hennig and Orton, but it’s all for naught.

Match 4: Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie versus Kevin Collins


Rating: DUD

Summary: Waste of time.

We waste even more time as a replay of Sergeant Slaughter against the future Motor City Madman from 12/31/85 was shown.

Match 5 (non-title): AWA World tag team champions the Midnight Rockers versus Badd Company


Rating: ***

Summary: How did one punch from Tanaka knock Michaels OUT COLD? I smell chicanery.

On replay, Tanaka mimicked Mike Tyson albeit with the help of a foreign object. Devious!

To finish the episode, Nelson interviews Marty Jannetty because Michaels had too much tequila the night before. The AWA was trying to make it seem like the interview was right after the match; however, I’m not falling for it. Nevertheless, Jannetty cuts an angry promo on Badd Company who rightfully should be the #1 contenders.

Conclusion: The main event was the only memorable part of this episode. Fast-forward through the muck to the final match. Please. It’s a matter of maintaining sanity.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for AWA 05-14-88!

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