'Fighting for spots'

From October to December 1985 Don Owen and Tom Zenk worked to promote Zenk as the top baby face in the PNW. 

Zenk remained undefeated through the remainder of 1986, despite a 'bounty' and various attempts to 'cripple' him by PNW's top heels led by  Bobby Jaggers.

Match by match, heat was generated for the ultimate show-down between Zenk and Jaggers, in a  title match scheduled for January 1986.

Wrestlers were paid a share of the house, so there was always an incentive to move to a promotion that drew bigger houses and bigger paydays. Houses had been building as the feud developed between Jaggers and Zenk. Now Billy-Jack and 'cousin' Brady Boone returned to Portland to 'partner' Zenk in tag action against Jaggers and the recently returned Rip Oliver.

The returning Billy-Jack told Zenk "I'm the Hulk Hogan of the Northwest - that's how over I am."  Billy considered himself the 'natural' main event of the PNW - despite the top spot being currently filled by Zenk.

Haynes brought Brady Boone (Dean Peters) along to tag with him against Jaggers and Oliver. His  plan was for Zenk to partner him in tag matches to ease himself into the currrent angles. Zenk should then quietly return to preliminaries. 

 

 

(below) Tommy Zenk drop kicks Rip Oliver while Billy Jack and Bobby Jaggers hang on the ropes



The bottom line, however,  was that top spot meant getting paid the largest share of the house, and Zenk had no intention of stepping aside.

On the other hand,  Haynes had 'nomadic tendencies to test the patience of even his biggest fans"  not to mention the 'loyalty' of promoters (Inside Wrestling, October 1986). In particular, he had a reputation with Don Owens for sudden departures even in the middle of a massive push.

Haynes was soon claiming he and Rip Oliver had taken over the booking as part of their deal with the promoters. Possibly Don Owen had decided to keep Haynes happy, knowing he wouldn't stay long beyond Christmas.

 

Haynes liked to 'bogart' matches and interviews - here with
the 'brass knucks' Oliver used to 'ambush' him.

Well Don, I guess we've seen the brass knucks......!
Zenk and Doring go to interview seconds after winning the PNW Tag Team Championships - but Haynes gets there before them - and he's juicing like crazy .......

"Don Owen presents ...." - souvenir program for the January 21, 1986 SuperStar Extravaganza III

  go to program and feature article on Tom Zenk


 
 
 
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