SuperClash

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The SuperClash was the title of a series of major professional wrestling shows promoted by the American Wrestling Association (AWA) between 1985 and 1990, often co-promoted with other North American wrestling promotions. AWA held a total of four SuperClash shows, with one being broadcast on Pay Per View (PPV), AWA's only PPV show.

SuperClash '85[edit]

SuperClash '85
Information
Promotion American Wrestling Association
Date September 28, 1985[1]
Attendance 20,347[1]
Venue Comiskey Park[1]
City Chicago, Illinois[1]
AWA SuperClash chronology
First SuperClash '85 SuperClash II

SuperClash '85 - The Night of Champions was a professional wrestling event promoted by the American Wrestling Association (AWA). This was billed as AWA's flagship supercard, their biggest event of the year held only a few months after WrestleMania I by rival the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). The event was held at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois on September 28, 1985. The show drew a paid attendance of 20,347, although it was announced as 25,000, who sat through cold outdoor temperatures. SuperClash - Night of Champions was one of the co-promotional efforts by the AWA, National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) to compete with the WWF's increasing national presence and popularity. The jointly promoted venture was known as Pro Wrestling USA.[2] Reportedly, promoters Verne Gagne (AWA) and Jim Crockett disputed the live gate for the show, with Crockett claiming $288,000 and Gagne claiming $200,000 was made. Due to the money dispute, several NWA stars set to appear on Gagne's upcoming AWA events were pulled, with some cards then cancelled altogether.[2]

On the show Mil Máscaras defended the IWA Heavyweight Championship, despite the fact that the International Wrestling Association in Mexico had closed down in 1978. Since then Mil Máscaras continued to defend the championship, basically as his own personal championship used to give an air of prestige to some of Mil Máscaras' matches.[3] This practice was not unique to Mil Máscaras but has been a common occurrence in Lucha Libre.[4] Also on the show the team of Jumbo Tsuruta, Giant Baba, and Genichiro Tenryu are billed as defending the Asian Six-Man Tag Team Championship, a championship that was never mentioned outside the promotional material for the SuperClash show.[5] Records did not indicate if the trio wore title belts to the ring or not. In the tenth match of the night it appeared as if The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy) defeated The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship. During the match Hayes used a set of Brass knuckles on Animal to win the match. Moments later promoter Verne Gagne reviewed the instant replay and decided to give the championship back to the Road Warriors, disqualifying the Freebirds.[1] The main event match between champion AWA World Heavyweight Champion Rick Martel and Stan Hansen only lasted a couple of minutes as the champion and the challenger fought first at ringside and then into the dugout of Comiskey Park, resulting in a double count-out.[1]

SuperClash '85 results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Steve Regal (c) defeated Brad Rheingans Singles match for the AWA Light Heavyweight Championship 08:15[1]
2 Sherri Martel defeated Candy Divine (c) Singles match for the AWA World Women's Championship [1]
3 Mil Máscaras (c) defeated Buddy Roberts Singles match for the IWA Heavyweight Championship 06:57[1]
4 Greg Gagne, Scott Hall and Curt Hennig defeated Ray Stevens, Nick Bockwinkel and Larry Zbyszko Six-man tag team match 12:30[1]
5 Little Tokyo (c) defeated a midget Mr. T Singles match for the NWA World Midget's Championship 06:54[1]
6 Jumbo Tsuruta, Giant Baba, and Genichiro Tenryu (c) defeated Harley Race, Bill Irwin and Scott Irwin Six-man tag team match for the Asian Six-Man Tag Team Championship 10:57[1]
7 Kerry Von Erich (c) pinned Jimmy Garvin Singles match for the WCCW Texas Championship 06:54[1]
8 Krusher Khruschev, Ivan Koloff and Nikita Koloff (c) defeated Crusher, Dick the Bruiser and Baron von Raschke Six-man tag team match for the NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship 08:54[1]
9 Jerry Blackwell defeated Kamala $10,000 "Bodyslam Match" 09:54[1]
10 The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal,) (c) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy) by disqualification Tag team match for the AWA World Tag Team Championship 14:12[1]
11 Sgt. Slaughter (c) defeated Boris Zukhov by disqualification Singles match for the AWA America's Championship 09:34[1]
12 Ric Flair (c) defeated Magnum T.A. Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 19:10[1]
13 Rick Martel (c) fought Stan Hansen to a double count out Singles match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship 02:30[1]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

SuperClash II[edit]

SuperClash II
Information
Promotion American Wrestling Association
Date May 2, 1987[6]
Attendance 2,800[6]
Venue Cow Palace[6]
City San Francisco, California[6]
AWA SuperClash chronology
SuperClash I SuperClash II SuperClash III

SuperClash 2 was a professional wrestling event promoted by the American Wrestling Association (AWA) at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California on May 2, 1987. The show was the second event promoted under the "SuperClash" name and promoted as the AWA's most important show of the year, their SuperBowl event. Unlike SuperClash I and SuperClash III, the second event featured mainly AWA wrestlers. While not the last match of the show the main event was a match between Curt Henning and Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. The show featured six additional matches that were taped for television and shown as part of the AWA's weekly television shows in subsequent weeks.

SuperClash II results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissy defeated Buck Zumhofe Singles match 10:45[6]
2 D.J. Peterson wrestled Super Ninja to a time-limit draw Singles match 15:00[6]
3 Sherri Martel (c) defeated Madusa Miceli Singles match for the AWA World Women's Championship 11:00[6]
4 Curt Hennig defeated Nick Bockwinkel (c) Singles match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship 26:00[6][7]
5 The Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) and Ray Stevens defeated Buddy Rose, Doug Somers and Kevin Kelly Six-Man tag team match 16:00[6]
6 Jerry Blackwell pinned Boris Zhukov Singles match 10:00[6]
7 Jimmy Snuka and Russ Francis defeated The Terrorist and The Mercenary Tag team match 12:00[6]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

SuperClash III[edit]

SuperClash III
Information
Promotion American Wrestling Association
Date December 13, 1988[8][9]
Attendance 1,672[8][9]
Venue UIC Pavilion[8][9]
City Chicago, Illinois[8][9]
AWA SuperClash chronology
SuperClash II SuperClash III SuperClash IV

SuperClash III was held on December 13, 1988 from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. It was the third annual SuperClash event produced by the American Wrestling Association and the first and only AWA show to be broadcast on Pay Per View (PPV). The Texas-based World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA; formerly known as "World Class Championship Wrestling"), women wrestling promotion Powerful Women of Wrestling (PWOW), and Memphis-based Championship Wrestling Association (CWA) also provided talent for the show. The show was not a financial success and soon after the WCWA was bought out by Jerry Lawler and Jerry Jarrett and merged with the CWA to become the United States Wrestling Association (USWA). In the sixth match of the night AWA promoter Verne Gagne's son Greg Gagne defeated Ron Garvin by count out. Since this match was for the vacant AWA International Television Championship Gagne won the championship without pinning his opponent.[8]

SuperClash III results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Chavo Guerrero, Mando Guerrero, and Hector Guerrero defeated Cactus Jack and The Rock 'n' Roll RPMs (Mike Davis and Tommy Lane) Six-man tag team match 06:35[8][9]
2 Eric Embry defeated Jeff Jarrett (c) Singles match for the WCWA World Light Heavyweight Championship 04:13[8][9]
3 Jimmy Valiant defeated Wayne Bloom Singles match 00:24[8][9]
4 Iceman King Parsons (c) defeated Brickhouse Brown Singles match for the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship 05:41[8][9]
5 The Top Guns (Ricky Rice and Derrick Dukes) and Wendi Richter defeated Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka) and Madusa Miceli (w/Diamond Dallas Page) Mixed tag team match 05:43[8][9]
6 Greg Gagne defeated Ron Garvin by count-out Singles match for the vacant AWA International Television Championship 05:52[8][9]
7 The Syrian Terrorist defeated Bambi, Peggy Lee Leather, Laurie Lynn, Brandi Mae, Malibu, Nina, Pocohantas and Luna Vachon Nine-woman Lingerie Battle Royal 08:36[8][9]
8 Sgt. Slaughter defeated Colonel DeBeers Boot Camp match  [8][9]
9 The Samoan Swat Team (Samu and Fatu) (w/Buddy Roberts) (c) defeated Michael Hayes and Steve Cox Tag team match for the WCWA World Tag Team Championship 07:53[8][9]
10 Wahoo McDaniel defeated Manny Fernandez Indian Strap match 07:48[8][9]
11 Jerry Lawler (c - AWA) defeated Kerry Von Erich (c - WCWA) due to referee stoppage Title Unification match; AWA World Heavyweight Championship vs. WCWA World Heavyweight Championship 18:53[8][9][7]
12 The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) fought The Stud Stable (Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden) to a double disqualification Tag team match 07:03[8][9]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

SuperClash IV[edit]

SuperClash IV
Information
Promotion American Wrestling Association
Date April 8, 1990[10]
Attendance 2,000[10]
Venue St. Paul Civic Center[10]
City St. Paul, Minnesota[10]
AWA SuperClash chronology
SuperClash III SuperClash IV Last

SuperClash IV was a professional wrestling event promoted by the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and was held at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 8, 1990. Larry Zbyszko pinned AWA World Champion Mr. Saito to win the title at 16:01 after Saito delivered the Saito Suplex, with both wrestlers' shoulders down and Zbyszko lifting his shoulder during the three count. Nick Bockwinkel served as special guest referee and awarded the championship to Zbyszko. During the show, NWA World Champion Ric Flair and Brian Pillman were announced as appearing at the next AWA event in St. Paul on May 5th but neither wrestler appeared. There were no TV cameras were present for this event and the matches were not recorded. The Junkyard Dog was reportedly injured the previous night during a show in Norfolk, Virginia.

SuperClash IV results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Jake Milliman defeated Todd Becker Singles match 04:25[10]
2 The Texas Hangmen (Killer and Psycho) defeated Brad Rheingans and D.J. Peterson Tag team match 12:11[10]
3 Baron von Raschke (sub. for Junkyard Dog) defeated Col. DeBeers by count out. Singles match 08:40[10]
4 Tully Blanchard defeated Tommy Jammer Singles Match 16:02 [10]
5 John Nord defeated Kokina Maximus Singles match 06:55[10]
6 Larry Zbyszko defeated Mr. Saito (c) Singles match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. special referee Nick Bockwinkel 16:01 [10]
7 The Trooper and Paul Diamond defeated The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom) Steel Cage match 24:52[10]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "SuperClash I". Pro Wrestling History. September 28, 1985. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Tim Hornbaker (2007). "Promotional Wars". National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling. ECW Press. pp. 250–271. ISBN 978-1-55022-741-3. 
  3. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: International Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 395. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "Okay... what is Lucha Libre?". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  5. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "All". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "SuperClash II". Pro Wrestling History. May 2, 1987. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Historical Cards". 2007 Wrestling Almanac and Book of Facts (Kappa Publications). p. 159. 2007 Edition. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "SuperClash III". Pro Wrestling History. December 13, 1988. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "SuperClash IV". Pro Wrestling History. April 8, 1990. Retrieved April 4, 2015.