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AWA Championship Wrestling 09-10-85

Taped from Atlantic, City, NJ

Airdate: September 10, 1985 (taped 07/08)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Doug McLeod, & Verne Gagne

Can Greg get the better of Bockwinkel? Will Zumhofe regain the Light Heavyweight title? How do the Freebirds fare tonight? And we’ll revisit the night Martel won the AWA title.

Opening montage.

To begin the show, Verne joins Nelson to discuss Zhukov’s enormous head.

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Ken Resnick shills Pro Wrestling Report.

Match 1: Boris Zhukov versus Jim Londos


Rating: ½*

Summary: Brisk showcase match for Zhukov.

After the match, Zhukov repeatedly headbutts Londos to generate heat.

Nelson interviews Zhukov and Larry Zbyszko, and they discuss the feud between Zhukov and Slaughter.

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Match 2: Curt Hennig (w/ Tom Zenk) versus Kahlua


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for Hennig as he probably preferred whiskey or beer over coffee-flavored booze.

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Nelson interviews Hennig and Zenk. As Zenk welcomes the opportunity to join him in the tag team ranks, Hennig mentions his appearance in the movie Bad Guys.

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Match 3 for the AWA Light Heavyweight title: “Mr. Electricity” Steve Regal (champion) versus “Rock’n’Roll” Buck Zumhofe


Rating: ***

Summary: Decent match as Regal controlled the match yet barely escaped with the title. At the beginning of the match, there was a quick cut, so the ten-minute time limit may have been actual rather than fabricated.

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Nelson interviews Regal who “know(s) he can beat…Zumhofe.”

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IN THIS CORNER: Zbyszko and Nelson discuss AWA Americas champion Sergeant Slaughter at Camp Slaughter. We see a music video of Slaughter training the bejeezus out of Greg Gagne. If you like cheese, this is your mojo.

As Slaughter joins the conversation, Zbyszko runs him down. Slaughter defends himself, yet Zbyszko states Slaughter’s “dressed like a shrub.” HA!

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MAT CLASSIC for the AWA World title: Jumbo Tsuruta (champion) versus Rick Martel


Rating: NONE

Summary: Rumor had it that Martel was given a title run to stay in the AWA rather than bolt to the WWF. It would mark the highest achievement in Martel’s career.

Bob Uecker shills Krylon Rust Magic.

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Match 5: The Fabulous Freebirds versus Baron Von Raschke, Brad Rheingans, & Blue Max


Rating: ***

Summary: Solid six-man match with the predictable finish due to Max’s involvement.

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Nelson interviews the Freebirds who cut a promo on the Road Warriors and Rick Martel. A perturbed Gordy’s not thrilled with the yankees up here in New Jersey. Sorry, Gordy, they don’t serve grits in Monopoly City.

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Catch the AWA on tour!

  1. 9/12 in Grand Junction, CO
  2. 9/13 in Denver, CO
  3. 9/14 in Milwaukee, WI
  4. 9/21 in Indianapolis, IN
  5. 9/22 in Rockford, IL
  6. 9/28 in Chicago, IL for SuperClash ’85!

Match 6: Nick Bockwinkel (w/ Ray “The Crippler” Stevens) versus Greg Gagne


Rating: ***

Summary: Solid main event until the cop-out finish. This was one of several attempts to get Greg over.

After the match, Slaughter and Greg whip the heels into one another. Slaughter catches Bockwinkel and sends him into a dropkick by Greg. As the babyfaces rammed them together again, the heels hightailed it backstage.

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Mmmm…hits the spot.

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Nelson interviews Slaughter and Greg who cut a promo on Bockwinkel and Stevens.

Promo #2 airs for AWA t-shirts.

Promo #2 airs for Pro Wrestling Report.

Next week, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair faces Sergeant Slaughter, and Zbyszko/Stevens/Bockwinkel challenge Hennig, Greg, & Scott Hall.

Conclusion: Project Greg is underway, but Slaughter stole the spotlight from him in this episode. Perhaps Greg will look stronger next week in the six-man. The Freebirds look strong while Zumhofe gives Regal a run for his money. Since I’d never seen it, the Martel victory is a great segment. Check this episode out and enjoy!

Since I’ve hit my limit...

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for AWA 09-17-85!

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