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AWA Championship Wrestling 10-22-85

Taped from Atlantic, City, NJ

Airdate: October 22, 1985 (taped 10/16)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Doug McLeod, & Nick Bockwinkel

Can Curt defeat Garvin, or will Garvin’s entourage play a part in Curt’s demise? Also, the Freebirds return. Hansen will wrestle, but will his opponent survive? In addition, I included a BONUS MATCH. Let’s carve into and see what’s inside this week’s episode.

Unfortunately, the 10-15 episode isn’t available. For those who aren’t fans of Greg Gagne, you can breathe a sigh of relief.

Opening montage.

For those who lived in the 80s with one VCR in the house, the uploader’s VCR was set to the wrong channel and recorded the 8 o’clock movie over most of the first fifteen minutes. I believe a Brad Rheingans/Kahlua match was omitted.

Match 1: Stan “The Lariat” Hansen versus Larry Winters


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Hansen that demonstrates his ferociousness.

A ham’n’egger from the back tries to stop Hansen but gets annihilated. Another jabroni jumps into the ring but feels Hansen’s wrath. Can anyone stop this guy?

In the ring, Nelson interviews Hansen who lambastes him but also wants to destroy Rick Martel.

Match 2: The Fabulous Freebirds (w/o Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy) versus Tom Rice & Jim Londos


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for the Freebirds.

In the ring, Nelson interviews the Freebirds who crows about beating the Road Warriors in Chicago in lieu of the reversed decision via instant replay. Hayes declares that the Freebirds “made Garvin and Regal the world champions” and challenges the Road Warriors.

Catch the AWA on tour!

  1. 10/27 in St. Paul, MN. (Martel versus Hansen for the AWA World title)
  2. 11/2 in Milwaukee, WI. (battle royal)
  3. 11/3 in Chicago, IL. (Curt, Greg, Hall versus Garvin, Regal, & Zbyszko)
  4. 11/5 in Utica, NY. (Martel versus Bockwinkel for the AWA World title)
  5. 11/6 in Setauket, NY. (Martel/Bockwinkel)
  6. 11/15 in Denver, CO. (Road Warriors versus Freebirds)
  7. 11/17 in Green Bay, WI. (Hayes versus Blackwell strap match)
  8. 11/18 in Salt Lake City, UT. (Road Warriors/Freebirds)
  9. 11/24 in Rockford, IL. (Hayes/Blackwell strap match)

IN THIS CORNER: Video featuring Baron Von Raschke airs. Nelson and Zbyszko interview Von Raschke about the claw, and Von Raschke squeezes the bejeezus out of an apple.

MAT CLASSIC: Ray Stevens versus Jerry Blackwell from 06/20/82 – take a pass.

Match 3: “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Steve Regal & Precious) versus Curt Hennig


Rating: **

Summary: Hot main event that serves as an appetizer for a tag title challenge by Curt and Greg.

In the ring, Nelson interviews Greg and Curt. While Greg challenges the tag champs, Curt cries injustice much to the delight of the Atlantic City faithful.

Conclusion: The main event is the sole element of the show worth a damn. I find it interesting that the AWA finally revealed that the Road Warriors lost the titles but didn’t show the match. Perhaps I can do something about that….

BONUS MATCH for the AWA World tag team titles: The Road Warriors (champions w/ “Precious” Paul Ellering) versus “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin & “Mr. Electricity” Steve Regal (w/ Precious)


Rating: **

Summary: Thanks to the Freebirds, the unlikely duo of Garvin and Regal upset the Road Warriors and stole the titles.

After the match, the Road Warriors and the St. Paul faithful are STUNNED.

Backstage, Ken Resnick interviews the Road Warriors who are PISSED. They want to tear the Freebirds apart limb from limb.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for AWA 10-29-85!

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