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AWA Championship Wrestling 12-24-85

Taped from Atlantic, City, NJ

Airdate: December 24, 1985 (taped 12/11)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Dick McLeod, & Verne Gagne

Can Devine retain the Women’s title or will Sherri have a say in the matter? What are on the minds of the Road Warriors? Long Riders? Zbyszko? Also, Bockwinkel defends the World title against Al-Kaissie. Get all this!

Opening montage.

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Match 1: The Long Riders versus Jim Londos & Larry Winters


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for the Long Riders.

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In the ring, Nelson interviews the Long Riders who showcase the flat soles of their boots.

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Match 2: Larry Zbyszko versus Mike Gola


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Zbyszko.

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In the ring, Nelson interviews Zbyszko who complains about Bruno’s “punky kid” here in the AWA.

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Match 3: The Road Warriors (w/ “Precious” Paul Ellering) versus Mike Moore & Kahlua


Rating: **

Summary: Total annihilation by the Road Warriors.

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In the ring, Nelson interviews the Road Warriors with Ellering. Animal complains about the Koloffs injuring Ellering’s neck. Next, he gripes about the Freebirds before declaring they’ll get the belts back. Hawk calls Garvin and Regal “a couple of low-life weasel scumbags.” HA! He finishes the interview with “there are two kinds of people on Earth…weasels and weasel-slappers. We’re weasel-slappers.” God bless the Road Warriors!

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Catch the AWA on tour!

  1. 12/25 in St. Paul, MN
  2. 12/26 in Rochester, MN
  3. 12/27 in Denver, CO
  4. 12/28 in Sheboygan, WI
  5. 12/29 in Milwaukee, WI
  6. 12/29 in East Rutherford, NJ
  7. 12/30 in Baltimore MD

IN THIS CORNER: Upon completion of a video featuring him, Scott Hall joins Nelson and Zbyszko. Before the interview starts, the show heads straight to commercial. Hopefully, Hall hadn’t celebrated any Christmas cheer beforehand.

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MAT CLASSIC for the AWA World title: Nick Bockwinkel (champion w/o Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus Adnan Al-Kaissie


Rating: **

Summary: Bloody brawl with a bogus finish.

Following the match, the locker room empties to restrain Bockwinkel, but he breaks free and rams the bloodied Al-Kaissie face-first into the apron.

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Match 2 for the AWA Women’s title: Candy Devine (champion) versus Sherri Martel


Rating: *

Summary: Consider this a foundation match for today’s female wrestling. I’m just glad there weren’t any hare-mares.

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Nelson interviews Sherri at ringside, and Sherri cuts a promo like a scorned woman—evil and crazy.

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Conclusion: Perhaps Verne thought that since it was Christmas Eve that hardly anyone would watch; thus, he compiled a poor program. Thank goodness the Road Warriors lit up their opponents like a Christmas tree; otherwise, this show would have ruined Christmas.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for AWA Night of Champions 2!

Here is the card:

  1. Ron Bass versus JJ Dillon
  2. Cowboy Lang versus Little Tokyo
  3. Sherri Martel versus Debbie Combs
  4. Carlos Colon versus the Barbarian
  5. “Precious” Paul Ellering versus Buddy “Jack” Roberts
  6. The Long Riders versus the Rock’n’Roll Express
  7. Sergeant Slaughter versus Boris Zhukov & Chris Markoff (handicap)
  8. For the NWA US title: Magnum T.A. versus Tully Blanchard
  9. The Road Warriors versus Ivan Koloff & Krusher Khrushchev
  10. For the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair versus the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes
  11. For the AWA World title: Rick Martel versus Stan “The Lariat” Hansen

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