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AWA Championship Wrestling 10-05-86

Taped from Las Vegas, NV

Airdate: October 5, 1986

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Rod Trongard, & Lord James Blears

You want some Midnight Rockers, don’tcha? Well, here they are! Also, DeBeers, Rheingans, and even your friend but not mine Zbyszko show off on ESPN.

Opening montage.

Match 1: Larry Zbyszko (w/ Mr. Go) versus Butch Cooper


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Zbyszko whose mouth ran more than he did.

In the ring, Nelson interviews Zbyszko with Mr. Go. Zbyszko vehemently wants a “fair chance at (his) destiny.” Literally, he begs AWA President Stanley Blackburn for a World title shot. Next, he cuts a promo on Bockwinkel and calls the fans “spud heads.”

Match 2: Brad Rheingans versus Bill Tabb


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Rheingans.

Nelson interviews Rheingans who wants to shoot his Bullet at the Sheik’s Army. Afterward, Nelson interviews referee Scott LeDoux who wants to implement a heart punch.

Video airs featuring Silo Sam. You may remember him from WCCW’s David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions as Little John.

Match 3: The Midnight Rockers versus Pablo Crenshaw & Eddie Sweat


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for the Midnight Rockers who should improve their timing on the double-team moves.

Following the match, Nelson interviews the Midnight Rockers, and Michaels is fired up about challenging Rose and Somers for the World tag team titles. Jannetty explains that he may have torn cartilage in his ribs but cuts a promo on the champions.

Match 4: Colonel DeBeers versus Robert Burroughs


Rating: DUD

Summary: Short work for DeBeers.

Following a commercial break, Nelson interviews DeBeers who requests sanctions against Scott Hall “for his use of anabolic steroids.” Well, a week passes, and my wish is granted. Nonetheless, DeBeers believes that Hall is “abnormally strong.” Nah, that was probably Hall’s cocktails. He demands that Hall take either a urine or a blood test before facing DeBeers again.

We finish the show by revisiting WrestleRock ’86 when “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka and Greg Gagne faced King Kong Brody and Nord the Barbarian. From my reflection of that show:

Match 14 (cage): King Kong Brody & Nord the Barbarian (w/ Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie) versus “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka & Greg Gagne (w/ Verne Gagne)


Rating: ***

Summary: Feud-ending brawl that got the Minneapolis faithful on its feet.

Conclusion: Notwithstanding the main event, the Rockers thrilled the Vegas faithful with their athleticism and talent. Meanwhile, DeBeers made mincemeat out of his opponent faster than it took to cook a hot dog. Rheingans got the better of Tabb, and Zbyszko flapped his gums while annihilating his outmatched adversary.

Next week, Curt Hennig gets a chance to shut Zbyszko up. Tune in to find out what transpires, RSG-ites!

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for AWA 10-12-86!

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