AWA Championship Wrestling 12-10-85
Taped from Atlantic, City, NJ
Airdate: December 10, 1985 (taped 11/04)
Hosted by Larry Nelson, Dick McLeod, & Verne Gagne
Can Hansen, um, wrestle the World title from Martel? What does Bockwinkel say about Zbyszko’s actions from last week? Also, Garvin, Regal, and Precious are here! Let’s party!
Nelson and Gagne discuss the chaos created by Larry Zbyszko last week.
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Match 1: Buck “Rock’n’Roll” Zumhofe versus Jim Londos
Summary: Showcase match for Zumhofe. Londos had to know the match sucked, so he got the hell out of Dodge as fast as he could.
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In the ring, Nelson speaks with “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers about the main event. If only Pat O’Connor snuck up behind him and nailed him with a chair…
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Match 2: Mongolian Stomper (w/ Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie) versus Tom Brandi
Summary: Showcase match for Stomper. Better days were ahead for Brandi including time in Herb Abrams’ UWF.
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In the ring, Nelson interviews Al-Kaissie with Stomper who wants “Ricky Martel.”
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Match 3 (non-title): AWA World tag team champions “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin & “Mr. Electricity” Steve Regal (w/ Precious) versus Larry Winters & Kahlua
Summary: Showcase match for the champs.
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In the ring, Nelson interviews the champs while Precious runs down “all the fat ladies out there.”
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IN THIS CORNER: Nelson interviews Nick Bockwinkel and stresses that Zbyszko “exploded” when he heard about Bockwinkel’s appearance. Therefore, Zbyszko’s not present for the interview. A replay of last week’s chaos airs. Bockwinkel explains that he “didn’t go to the aid of Greg Gagne.” Instead, his efforts were to stop Zbyszko. He continues with his health status as a “slight concussion.” Ultimately, he challenges Zbyszko claiming to be better due to his eight-year championship run.
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We revisit last week’s main event and post-match mayhem followed by the Hennig-Hall interview.
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We head to Comiskey Park from 09/26 for our main event. Here’s my reflection from the show:
Match 12 for the AWA World title: Rick Martel (champion) versus Stan “The Lariat” Hansen
Summary: Unquestionably, the show is running long, so the knockdown katie-bar-the-door brawl had to be shortened. Don’t worry, folks, this won’t be the last time Hansen and Martel lock horns.
After the match, Hansen SMACKS Martel with a cowbell. He drags Martel into foul territory with the bull rope around his neck until the brawl continues. Martel slams him on the field, but Hansen tosses him into the dugout. As the camera loses sight of them, they brawl into the clubhouse.
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In the ring, Nelson interviews Hansen who’s “comin’ after” Martel while lambasting the “stupid Yankees” at ringside.
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Conclusion: Bockwinkel’s tweener phase has emerged as he knows he can’t just be a hero who kisses babies right away. Hansen’s pursuit of the World title continues. The tag champs show off their chemistry while Precious shows off her bitchiness. The Stomper sends a message to Slaughter while Zumhofe stinks up the ring.
Next time, Zbyszko returns. Will pandemonium continue? Also, the Road Warriors are in action! What say you?
TV Rating: NONE
Stay tuned for AWA 12-24-85!
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