AWA Championship Wrestling 10-08-85
Taped from Atlantic City, NJ
Airdate: October 8, 1985 (taped 9/26)
Hosted by Larry Nelson, Doug McLeod, & Verne Gagne
Can Slaughter retain the Americas title against the crafty Bockwinkel? Will Zhukov be involved? There’s chaos on the Christmas show. What happened? Speaking of chaos, what nightmares will Hansen deliver? Let’s dig right in…
Match 1: Scott Hall & Greg Gagne versus Kahlua & Blue Max
Summary: Showcase match for Hall and Greg. Hall’s timing was off, and his inexperience with chain wrestling was exposed. Hopefully, he sticks around and learns how to put things together.
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In the ring, Nelson interviews Hall and Greg, and Greg touts Hall while challenging Garvin.
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Match 2: Stan “The Lariat” Hansen versus Tommy Rice
Summary: Showcase massacre for the wild and crazy Hansen.
After the match, Hansen retrieves his hat and bull rope. He wallops Rice with the cow bell before Rice hightails it to safer ground like the blackjack table. I bet Rice quit the business immediately afterward.
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In the ring, Nelson interviews Hansen who’s ready for Martel. Nelson cuts him off and gets an earful. HA!
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Match 3: “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious) versus Jim Londos
Summary: Showcase match for Garvin despite his “main squeeze’s” early exit.
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In the ring, Nelson interviews Garvin who questions Precious’ ejection and dismisses Greg’s challenge.
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IN THIS CORNER: Zbyszko lambastes Nelson for not sticking up for himself last week before a video of the Hennigs versus the Road Warriors airs. They interview Hennig who Zbyszko believes won’t step out of his father’s shadow. Can he say that within earshot of Verne?
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MAT CLASSIC for the AWA World title: Rick Martel (champion) versus “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious)
Summary: That’s peculiar. I don’t remember Jimmy Garvin being a World champion.
After the match, promoter Wally Carbo enters the ring and overrules the decision. A dismayed Garvin disposes a wobbly Martel over the top rope to the concrete floor. Ultimately, Martel won by DQ.
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Match 5 for the AWA Americas title: Sergeant Slaughter (champion) versus Nick Bockwinkel (w/ Larry Zbyszko)
Summary: Great story albeit with a cheap finish. While I understand that Slaughter and Zhukov are still feuding, Bockwinkel could have eaten a pin and regenerated some heat with help from Zbyszko.
After the match, Slaughter returns and shoves down Zanini. Bockwinkel and Zbyszko exit the ring. Bockwinkel returns, but Slaughter loads up and blasts a Popeye-style punch to him. Wisely, Bockwinkel scampers away to avoid further embarrassment. Instead, Slaughter assaults Zbyszko on the apron and deals them a double noggin knocker. I wonder if he earned a $5 chip in doing so.
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In the ring, Nelson interviews Slaughter who runs down Zhukov and introduces Scott and Jackie. They recite the Pledge of Allegiance with assistance from the Atlantic City faithful. To finish the promo, he plugs G.I. Joe and promotes patriotism.
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Conclusion: This was a much better effort than last week with a stellar main event and mat classic. Also, the promotion of next week’s main event encourages me to want to see it. I wish wrestling promotions would adopt this tactic on a regular basis. At least WCCW did it. Regardless, switch your browser over and catch this episode STAT.
Next week, Garvin will square off against Greg.
TV Rating: NONE
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