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AWA SuperClash II

Live from San Francisco, CA

Airdate: May 2, 1987

Attendance: 2,800

Hosted by Rod Trongard

Can Bockwinkel finally defeat Bockwinkel in their fantastic trilogy? How will Francis and Snuka fare against some militant competition? What happens when Madusa and Sherri battle for the women’s title? Will the Midnight Rockers win in their six-man match? Get ready for a tasty treat!

Opening montage.

Match 1: Buck “Rock’n’Roll” Zumhofe versus Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie


Rating: *

Summary: Not a good opener as it was neither a grudge nor scientific match.

After the match, Zumhofe sought some vengeance, but Al-Kaissie hightailed it to the locker room. Maybe Zumhofe can get him later in the show.

Match 2: Super Ninja (w/ Mr. Go) versus DJ Peterson


Rating: ***

Summary: Ninja brought a solid arsenal of moves while Peterson had good comebacks to keep the Frisco faithful tuned in.

Match 3 for the AWA Women’s title: Sherri Martel (champion w/ “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers) versus Madusa Miceli


Rating: **

Summary: Great selling by both women. Sherri could turn up the heat in Hades and make it hotter. However, her days were numbered in the AWA, so she should have dropped the title here.

After the match, Miceli chased the heels back to the dressing room.

Match 4 for the AWA World title: Nick Bockwinkel (champion) versus Curt Hennig


Rating: ***½

Summary: Finally! After enduring a bloody 60-minute battle in Vegas and a screwjob in St. Paul, Hennig defeats Bockwinkel, but with a punch? How can that be?

After the match, Hennig stuffs something into his trunks and subtly shakes Zbyszko’s hand before roaring about his tremendous achievement.

Stevens jumps into the ring to protest, shakes down Zbyszko, and dimes scatter all over the ring. As Stevens directs Blackburn’s attention to the matter, Hennig basks in the cheers from the Frisco faithful. Believe it or not, Blackburn HOLDS UP THE TITLE to screw Hennig. Will this promotion EVER learn?

Blackburn further states that the championship committee needs to review the tape. To DeRusha’s defense, Bockwinkel gets between him and Hennig to retrieve the belt. While Zbyszko claims Hennig “beat him right in the middle,” Bockwinkel tosses the paper roll up in the air. He rips the belt away from Hennig and gives it to DeRusha. Rightfully, the Frisco faithful chants “BULL-SHIT.”

At ringside, Trongard interviews Blackburn who declares the title in escrow until the film is reviewed.

Next, he interviews Bockwinkel who states his “lights went out” and blames Zbyszko for it. Hennig shoves Bockwinkel, and they argue their own side of the story.

Afterward, Trongard interviews Hennig, but Zbyszko interrupts to take Hennig’s side. DeRusha joins the party, but Hennig CLOCKS him. WE HAVE A HEEL TURN! While Hennig declares himself the World champion, Zbyszko claims injustice on behalf of Hennig. To end the segment, Trongard deems “there is no champion.”

Match 5: AWA World tag team champions the Midnight Rockers & Ray “The Crippler” Stevens versus “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers, “Mr. Magnificent” Kevin Kelly, & “Hackensack Hammer” Buddy Wolfe (w/ Sherri Martel)


Rating: ***

Summary: I never thought that heat segment would end, but when it did, the babyfaces BLEW THE ROOF off the Cow Palace. Yes, folks, the Midnight Rockers are indeed STARS in the AWA.

Match 6: Jerry Blackwell (w/ Buck “Rock’n’Roll” Zumhofe) versus Boris Zhukov (w/ Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie)


Rating: *

Summary: Popcorn match if there ever was one. I’m surprised the Frisco faithful stayed awake.

Match 7: “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka & Russ Francis versus the Terrorist & the Mercenary


Rating: **

Summary: Celebrity match with the right strategy—use the football player as the hot tag guy. The Frisco faithful ate it up with a spoon and went home happy.

After the match, Francis brawls with Mercenary before ramming both Terrorist and Mercenary face-first into the apron. Snuka makes Terrorist HIT THE POLE before dealing them a meeting of the minds to end the live portion of our show.

In a post-show interview, Trongard and Zbyszko dispute the finish to the World title match. Trongard also interviews Snuka and Francis followed by Blackwell. Next, he interviews both Bockwinkel and Blackburn. Bockwinkel awaits the committee’s decision, and Blackburn systematically explains the championship committee voting process and timeline.

Conclusion: Before I evaluate the show, allow me to point out that the AWA wasn’t the only promotion that suffered poor attendance in Northern California. Perhaps they should have returned to Chicago, IL.

On 4/23, Jim Crockett Promotions held a show at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium and garnered between 1,500 and 1,700 fans.

On 5/8, the World Wrestling Federation debuted at the Santa Cruz Civic Center and hosted 1,375 patrons.

While the 2,800-attendance figure was utterly putrid, the AWA outdrew both of its national competitors.

Let’s dissect the show:

First, with the existing hatred already in the minds of the fans, Zumhofe should have brawled more with Al-Kaissie to send a message that this show was going to rock. Second, Verne should have kept Ninja around as he had a menacing foreign prospect within his grasp. The match between Ninja and Peterson outshines the opener but settles down to a draw. Third, Sherri should have done everything to get Miceli over and lay down for her. Fourth, the Midnight Rockers energizes the Frisco faithful despite not showcasing their tandem offense. Fifth, Blackwell and Zhukov cool down the crowd for the main event. Sixth, Russ Francis fills his role perfectly in the main event to the delight of the 49er faithful.

Really good show but not as good as the original Super Clash ’85. I recommend it, so gather your clique and devour this historical meal.

Oh, wait a minute!

I missed the World title match, didn’t I?

The third match of the Bockwinkel-Hennig trilogy wasn’t the pick of the litter, but it contained something the other matches didn’t—controversy. In lieu of screwing over the entire AWA audience by returning the belt immediately to Bockwinkel, Blackburn held the title up pending a “committee decision.”

What does that exactly mean?

It means the future of the AWA. Almost a year prior to this show, Verne would bestow the World title upon Bockwinkel rather than hold a tournament. That didn’t sit well, so they need to point the promotion in a positive direction and send the right message to their audience. How will they do that?

Tune into my next AWA reflection to find out!

Stay tuned for AWA on ESPN 05-16-87!

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