TOM ZENK IN AWA

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1984/5

7/9/84 TV (Tom's pay $50.00)

7/25 Fairbault, MN (Tom's pay $200.00)

7/22/84 Minneapolis TV
Curt Hennig beat Mike Richards
Mr. Saito & Bobby Heenan beat Rick Gantner & Tom Zenk
Tony Atlas beat Tom Stone
Billy Robinson beat Jake Milliman

7/28/84 St. MIchael (Tom's pay $100.00)

7/30/84 TV (Tom's pay $30.00)

8/9/84 Glenwood (Tom's pay $100.00)

8/12/84 St. Paul, MN @ Civic Center
AWA Tag Team Champions The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke no contest Road Warriors
Handicap match
Jim Brunzell & Tony Atlas beat King Kong Brody dq
Mr. Saito & Nick Bockwinkel beat Blackjack Lanza & Stan Lane
Curt Hennig drew Billy Robinson
Brad Rheingans beat Larry Zbyszko
Steve Regal beat Tom Zenk
att: 5,600 (Tom's pay $250.00)

8/13/84 TV (Tom's pay $50.00)

8/16/84 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Norberry Auditorium T.V. Taping
Nick Bockwinkel beat Brian Lucas
Road Warriors beat Dave Petro & Bruce Dean
Tony Atlas beat Rick Renslow
Baron Von Raschke beat Iron Duke
Road Warriors beat Ken Lucas & Rick Renslow
Nick Bockwinkel beat Rick Renslow
Road Warriors beat Tom Zenk & Brian Lucas 

8/16/84 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Arena
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Nick Bockwinkel
Road Warriors beat Brad Rheingans & Steve O
Baron Von Raschke dcor Billy Robinson
Tony Atlas beat Steve Regal
Larry Zbyszko & Bobby Heenan beat Stan Lane & Blackjack Lanza
Curt Hennig beat Jim Mitchell
Steve O beat Rick Renslow
Tom Zenk beat Bruce Dean (Tom's pay $CAN525.00)
Att: 5,964

8/18/84 Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Horizon, Chicago
AWA Tag Team Champions The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke beat Road Warriors dq
Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Heenan beat Blackjack Lanza & Stan Lane
Jim Brunzell beat Sheik Adnan
Tony Atlas beat Steve Regal
Billy Robinson beat Curt Hennig
Brad Rheingans beat Rick Renslow
Steve O beat Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $200 plus $120)
att: 6,000

8/22/84 Pine Island (Tom's pay $75.00)

9/2/84 Minneapolis TV
Curt Hennig beat Bruce Dean
Nick Bockwinkel & Mr Saito beat Tom Zenk & Woody Wilson 
Tony Atlas beat Iron Duke
Road Warriors beat Jimmy Doo & Rick Renslow

9/2/84 Davenport, IA @ Palmer Auditorium
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Mr Saito & Steve Regal (sub Nick Bockwinkel)
Tony Atlas beat Billy Robinson
Roger Kirby (sub Bobby Heenan) beat Steve Keirn (sub Stan Lane)
Brad Rheingans beat Tom Zenk (sub Baron Von Raschke) (Tom's pay $125.00)

9/8/84 Willmac (Tom's pay $100.00)

9/9/84 St. Paul, MN @ Civic Center
AWA Champion Rick Martel drew Brad Rheingans
Martel refused to accept victory after Brad was injured
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Steve O & Jim Brunzell
Weasel Suit Match
Fabulous Ones & Blackjack Lanza beat Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito & Bobby Heenan
Curt Hennig beat Harley Race dq
Larry Zbyzsko beat Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $150.00) "plus $150 extra match".
Billy Robinson beat Steve Regal
att: 3,000

9/10/84 Minneapolis TV
Tony Atlas beat Bruce Dean
Curt Hennig & Steve Olsonoski beat Rick Renslow & Jimmy Doo
Road Warriors beat Tom Zenk & Van Patrick (Tom's pay $50.00)
Jim Brunzell beat Iron Duke

9/9/84 Minneapolis TV
Road Warriors beat Tom Zenk and Van Patrick

9/16/84 Princeton (Tom's pay $100.00)

9/19/84 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Norberry Auditorium T.V. Taping
Road Warriors beat Tom Zenk & Iron Duke
Nick Bockwinkel beat Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $535.00)
Road Warriors beat Tom Scott & Brian Jewel
Stan Lane & Steve Keirn beat Rick Renslow & Chris Markoff

9/20/84 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Arena
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Nick Bockwinkel on a reverse decision
Fabulous Ones & Blackjack Lanza beat Mr. Saito & Larry Zbyszko & Billy Robinson
Non Title
Jim Brunzell & Tony Atlas beat AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors
Brad Rheingans beat Chris Markoff
Baron Von Raschke beat Steve Regal
Tom Zenk beat Rick Renslow
Curt Hennig beat Butch Stevenson
Billy Robinson beat Chris Pepper
Att: 4,708

9/22/84 Milwaukee, WI
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Nick Bockwinkel
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Curt Hennig & Tom Zenk (sub Steve Olsonoski) (Tom's pay $200.00)
Fabulous Ones beat Mr. Saito & Billy Robinson (sub for Bobby Heenan)
Tony Atlas beat Steve Regal
Larry Zbyszko drew Brad Rheingans

9/24/84 Sauke? Center (Tom's pay $200.00)

9/30/84 Minneapolis TV
Baron Von Raschke beat Rick Renslow
Nick Bockwinkel & Mr Saito beat Tom Zenk & Craig Carson
Rick Martel beat Ernie Kirkland
Road Warriors beat Jimmy Doo & Bruce Dean

10/7/84 Minneapolis TV (Cumberland)
Nick Bockwinkel beat Brian Lucas
Curt Hennig & Steve Olsonoski beat Jimmy Doo & Iron Duke
Steve Regal drew Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $100.00)
Road Warriors beat Bruce Dean and Dave Petro
Tony Atlas beat Rick Renslow

10/14/84 Minneapolis TV
Tony Atlas beat Bruce Dean
Nick Bockwinkel beat Tom Zenk
Jim Brunzell beat Jimmy Doo
Road Warriors beat Brian Lucas & Rick Renslow

10/17/84 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Norberry Auditorium T.V. Taping
Nick Bockwinkel beat Ricky Jones
Jimmy Garvin beat Buddy Lane
Tony Atlas beat Jim Mitchell
Jimmy Garvin beat Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $835.49)
Baron Von Raschke beat Larry Zbyszko
Jerry Blackwell beat Rick Renslow

10/21/84 Minneapolis TV
Baron Von Raschke beat Rick Renslow
Nick Bockwinkel beat Bruce Dean
Curt Hennig & Steve Olsonoski beat Brian Lucas & Tom Scott
Tony Atlas beat Iron Duke
Road Warriors beat Tom Zenk & Jimmy Doo (Tom's pay $800.00)

10/21/84 St. Paul, MN @ Civic Center
Jerry Blackwell & Boom Boom Bundy won tag battle royal
Lights Out match
Jerry Blackwell beat King Kong Brody when Blackwell pinned manager Sheik Adnan
Fabulous Ones no contest AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors
Baron Von Raschke beat Paul Ellering
Jimmy Garvin beat Tom Zenk
Curt Hennig drew Nick Bockwinkel 20:00
Tony Atlas beat Mr. Saito dq
att: 17,000, gate: $150,000.00

10/25/84 Monominee (Tom's pay $100.00)

10/26/84 Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Palace
Fabulous Ones won tag team battle royal
Handicap match
Jerry Blackwell beat Sheik Adnan & Larry Zbyszko (sub King Kong Brody)
Jim Brunzell beat Steve Regal
Curt Hennig drew Nick Bockwinkel 20:00
Boom Boom Bundy beat Chris Markoff
Jimmy Garvin beat Tom Zenk (Tom's pay 250.00)
att: 9,203

10/27/84 Denver (Tom's pay $250.00)

11/1/84 Rockford, IL @ Boylan High School
The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke won a 9-Team Tag Battle Royal
(order of elimination: 1-Kirby & Robinson 2-Blackwell & Olsonoski 3-Kaissey & Markoff 4-Brunzell & Rheingans 5-Keirn & Lane 6-Garvin & Regal 7-Hennigs 8-Bockwinkel and Saito)
Nick Bockwinkel drew Curt Hennig 15:00
Handicap Match
Jerry Blackwell beat Sheik Adnan & Chris Markoff (sub King Kong Brody)
Steve Keirn beat Mr Saito dq
Brad Rheingans beat Roger Kirby (sub Larry Zbyszko)
Jim Garvin beat Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $200.00)
The Road Warriors and Boom Boom Bundy also no showed.

11/2/84 Middleton, WI
Jerry Blackwell & Boom Boom Bundy won 10 Team Tag Battle Royal
(order of elimination: 1-Sheik Adnan & Chris Markoff 2-Steve Olsonoski & Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $200) 3-Roger Kirby & Billy Robinson 4-Jim Brunzell & Brad Rheingans 5-Crusher & Baron Von Raschke 6-The Fabulous Ones 7-Curt Hennig & Larry Hennig 8-Jimmy Garvin & Steve Regal 9-Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito
Steve Keirn & Stan Lane beat Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito
Billy Robinson drew Baron Von Raschke
Boom Boom Bundy beat Roger Kirby
Brad Rheingans beat Steve Regal dq
Jimmy Garvin beat Steve Olsonoski
The Crusher vs Chris Markoff was scheduled but did not take place.

11/5/84 Lacrosse (Tom's pay $150.00)

11/7/84 Mankato (Tom's pay $150.00)

11/8/84 Winnipeg (Car $250 TV and expenses $150.00 plus $200)

11/11/84 Minneapolis TV
Nick Bockwinkel beat Tom Zenk
Fabulous Ones beat Ricky Jones and Jimmy Doo
Steve Regal beat Brian Jewell
Tony Atlas & Jim Brunzell beat Rick Renslow & Chris Markoff
Mr Saito beat Chris Pepper

11/14/84 Wausau, WI
Tag Team Battle Royal -order of elimination: 1-Rheingans/Jim Brunzell, 2-Olsonoski/Zenk, 3-Road Warriors 4-Fabulous Ones 5- Hennigs 6-Markoff/Sheik Adnan, 7-Regal/Garvin, 8-Saito/Robinson
winners The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke
Crusher beat Chris Markoff
Curt Hennig (sub Tony Atlas) beat Mr. Saito dq
Jimmy Garvin beat Steve Olsonoski
Brad Rheingans beat Billy Robinson dq
Steve Regal beat Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $150.00)

11/21/84 Rockford, IL @ Boylan High School
The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke beat AWA Tag Team champions Road Warriors dq
Boom Boom Bundy beat Chris Markoff
Billy Robinson & Mr. Saito beat Curt Hennig & Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $140.00 plus $200.00)
Jim Garvin beat Steve Olsonoski

11/22/84 St Paul (Tom's pay $100.00)

11/23/84 Monticello (Tom's pay $100.00)

11/24/84 Fond Du Lac, WI @ Marion College Gym
The Crusher won a 15 man, $20,000.00 Battle Royal
Battle royal- order of elimination: 1-Olsonoski 2-Kirby 3-Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $125.00) 4-Rheingans 5-Brunzell 6-Markoff 7-Crazy Luke Graham 8-Hawk 9-Animal 10-Baron Von Raschke 11-Bundy 12-Hennig 13-Regal 14-Garvin
Non Title
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Steve O & Curt Hennig
Jimmy Garvin beat Tom Stone
Boom Boom Bundy beat Roger Kirby
Jim Brunzell (sub Tony Atlas) beat Chris Markoff
Brad Rheingans beat Steve Regal

11/25/84 Minneapolis TV
Jim Garvin beat Terry Ellis
Mr Saito beat Rocky King
Road Warriors beat Tom Zenk and Paul Garner
Billy Robinson beat Jason Walker

11/25/84 Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Horizon
AWA champion Rick Martel beat Mr. Saito
Fabulous Ones beat AWA Tag Team champions Road Warriors dq
Jerry Blackwell beat Luke Graham
Jim Garvin beat Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $175.00)
Boom Boom Bundy beat Roger Kirby
Blackjack Lanza beat Chris Markoff
Curt Hennig drew Billy Robinson
Jim Brunzell beat Steve Regal

12/4/84 WPG TV (Tom's pay $100.00 plus $50.00 expenses)

12/5/84 Brandon (Tom's pay $175.00)

12/6/84 Winnipeg (Tom's pqay $375.00)

12/7/84 Denver (Tom's pay $225.00)

12/9/84 Minneapolis TV
Mr Saito beat Stan Lane
Tony Atlas & Jim Brunzell beat Iron Duke & Rick Renslow
Baron Von Raschke beat Larry Zbyszko dq
Jim Garvin beat Tom Zenk
Road Warriors beat Brian Jewell and Ricky Jones

12/9/84 Salt Lake City, UT @ Cow Palace
Fabulous Ones no contest AWA Tag Team champions Road Warriors
AWA champion Rick Martel beat Jimmy Garvin dq
Curt Hennig beat Mr. Saito
Baron Von Raschke beat Steve Regal
Billy Robinson beat Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $225.00 plus $100.00 advance)
att: 4,235

12/10/84 "Vancouver paid"

12/12/84 Las Vegas  (Tom's pay $150.00 plus $75.00)

12/13/84 San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jim Garvin dq when promoter Leo Nomellini reversed the decision
att: 1,200

12/14/84 Rockford, IL @ Boylan High School
Jerry Blackwell beat Luke Graham
NO DQ MATCH
AWA Tag Team champions Road Warriors beat The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke
Curt Hennig beat Steve Regal
Jim Garvin beat Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $125.00 plus $50.00 car)

12/15/84 Milwaukee, WI
Fabulous Ones no contest AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors
Lights Out Match
Jerry Blackwell beat Crazy Luke Graham (sub King Kong Brody)
Curt Hennig beat Mr. Saito
Jimmy Garvin beat Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $250.00 plus $50.00 car)
Baron Von Raschke beat Steve Regal

12/16/84 Minneapolis TV
Baron Von Raschke beat Ricky Lee Jones
Road Warriors beat Stan Lane and Tom Zenk
Jim Garvin beat Chris Pepper
Fabulous Ones beat Larry Zbyszko & Steve Regal dq

12/16/84 Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Horizon, Chicago
Fabulous Ones & the Crusher beat Road Warriors & Paul Ellering
AWA champion Rick Martel beat Jimmy Garvin dq (reverse decision)
Jim Brunzell & Jerry Blackwell no contest King Kong Brody & Sheik Adnan
Curt Hennig no contest Mr Saito
Curt Hennig beat Crazy Luke Graham
Cowboy Lang & Little Coco beat Little Tokyo & Lord Littlebrook
Steve Regal beat Tom Zenk (Tom's pay $300.00 plus $50.00 car)
att: 8,500

12/25/84 Christmas Day "St Paul No work."

12/27/84 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Arena
Jimmy Garvin vs. mystery opponent
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Fabulous Ones Stan Lane & Steve Keirn
Jerry Blackwell beat Road Warrior Hawk
Nick Bockwinkel beat Baron Von Raschke
Curt Hennig drew Mr. Saito
Steve Regal beat Buddy Lane
Billy Robinson vs. Tom Zenk
Baron Von Raschke vs. Nick Bockwinkel
Att: 4,904

12/28/84 Denver, CO @ Auditorium Arena
Nick Bockwinkel beat Curt Hennig

12/29/84 Fort Atkinson, WI
Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito beat Fabulous Ones Steve Keirn & Stan Lane
Jerry Blackwell beat Billy Robinson
Tom Zenk beat Rick Renslow (Tom's pay $100.00)
Curt Hennig beat Steve Regal

12/30/84 Minneapolis TV
Curt Hennig beat Randy Barber
Billy Robinson beat Rocky King
King Kong Brody beat Terry Ellis
Nick Bockwinkel and Mr Saito beat Tom Zenk and Jason Walker

12/30/84 Green Bay, WI @ Brown County Veteranís Memorial Arena
Lights Out Match
Jerry Blackwell beat Sheik Adnan (sub King Kong Brody)
The Crusher & Fabulous Ones vs. Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito & Steve Regal (sub Road Warriors & Paul Ellering)
Nick Bockwinkel beat Curt Hennig
Tom Zenk beat Rick Renslow (sub Mr Saito) (Tom's pay $200.00)
Billy Robinson (sub for Tom Stone) drew Steve Regal
 

1985

1/5/85 Middleton, WI
Fabulous Ones beat AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors
The Crusher no contest Mr. Saito
Nick Bockwinkel beat Curt Hennig
Billy Robinson drew Steve Regal
Jim Garvin beat Tom Zenk

1/6/85 Rockford, IL @ Boylan High School
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jim Garvin
Masked Superstar beat Curt Hennig
Fabulous Ones beat Billy Robinson & Steve Regal
Nick Bockwinkel beat Larry Hennig
Mr. Saito beat Tom Zenk

alternate results: Jim Garvin beat Rick Martel* (dq) Ö Curt Hennig beat Superstar (dq)
Ö Stan Lane & Steve Keirn beat Billy Robinson & Steve Regal Ö Nick Bockwinkel beat
Larry Hennig Ö Mr. Saito beat Tom Zenk

1/20/85 Minneapolis TV
Fabulous Ones beat Brian Jewell & Scott Doring
Bob Backlund beat Rick Renslow
Masked Superstar & Mr. Saito beat Curt Hennig & Steve Olsonoski
Nick Bockwinkel beat Tom Zenk

1/25/85 Reedsburg, WI
Non Title Match
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jimmy Garvin
The Crusher & Blackjack Lanza (sub Curt Hennig) beat Chris Markoff (sub Billy Robinson) & Steve Regal
Jimmy Garvin beat Tom Zenk
Brad Rheingans beat Rick Renslow (sub Chris Markoff)
Tom Zenk beat Scott Doring (sub Rick Renslow)
John Nord beat Rob Ricksteiner (Rick Steiner)

1/26/85 Sheboygan, WI
Rick Martel & The Crusher beat Masked Superstar (sub Nick Bockwinkel) & Jimmy Garvin
Baron Von Raschke beat Chris Markoff
Curt Hennig beat Steve Regal
Brad Rheingans beat Rick Renslow (sub Billy Robinson)
Tom Zenk beat "Scott" (sub Tom Stone)
John Nord beat Rob Richsteiner

1/27/85 Rockford, IL @ Boylan High School
AWA Tag Team champions The Road Warriors no contest Larry & Curt Hennig (sub Fabulous Ones)
Jimmy Garvin beat Baron Von Raschke
Masked Superstar (sub Nick Bockwinkel) beat Jim Brunzell
Steve Regal beat Tom Zenk
Brad Rheingans beat Rick Renslow (sub Curt Hennig)

2/1/85 St. Paul, MN Pro Wrestling USA TV Taping
1st Hour
Rick Martel beat Tom Stone
Road Warriors beat Mike Richards & Rich Stoansky
Jim Brunzell no contest Masked Superstar
King Tonga beat Jake Milliman
Kendo Nagasaki beat Jimmy Doo
2nd Hour
Terry Funk beat Jake Milliman
Jay & Mark Youngblood beat Tony Leone & Rob Ricksteiner
King Tonga beat Rick Peavey
Sgt. Slaughter & Jerry Blackwell beat Nick Bockwinkel & Tom Stone
AWA Tag Team Champion Road Warriors beat Larry & Curt Hennig
3rd Hour
Road Warriors beat Rick Gantner & Rob Ricksteiner
Bob Backlund beat Drew Tossell
Masked Superstar beat Mike Richards
Larry Zbyszko beat Jimmy Doo
Curt Hennig & Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell drew Nick Bockwinkel & Terry Funk & Steve Regal
4th Hour
Jay & Mark Youngblood beat Rick Renslow & Dave Wagner
Terry Funk beat Steve Olsonoski
Sgt. Slaughter & Jerry Blackwell beat Jimmy Doo & Iron Duke
Kendo Nagasaki beatTom Zenk
Bob Backlund beat Larry Zbyszko dq
5th Hour
Kendo Nagasaki beat Mike Richards
Rick Martel beat Tony Leone
Masked Superstar & King Tonga beat Rick Gantner & Brad Rheingans
John Nord beat Jake Milliman
Jimmy Garvin beat Baron Von Raschke
Greg Gagne beat Nick Bockwinkel dq
Sgt. Slaughter & Jerry Blackwell no contest Masked Superstar & King Tonga

2/3/85 Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Horizon
Jerry Blackwell no contest Masked Superstar
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Sgt. Slaughter & Nick Bockwinkel dq
Jim Garvin beat Baron Von Raschke
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat King Tonga & Sheik Adnan
Larry Hennig beat John Nord
Curt Hennig beat Drew Tossell
Tom Zenk drew Steve Regal

2/7/85 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Arena
Blackjack Lanza (sub Jerry Blackwell) & Sgt. Slaughter beat Masked Superstar & King Tonga (sub King Kong Brody) dq
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors dq
Jim Garvin beat Baron Von Raschke
Tom Zenk drew Steve Regal
Nick Bockwinkel beat Curt Hennig
Buddy Lane beat Rick Renslow
John Nord beat Drew Tossell
att: 4,108

2/10/85 Minneapolis TV
Jerry Blackwell & Baron Von Raschke beat Mighty Zulu & Eddie Sullivan
Jim Garvin beat Tom Zenk
Road Warriors beat Steve Olsonoski & Jerry Monti
Jim Brunzell beat Luke Graham
Jim Brunzell beat Sheik Adnan dq

2/15/85 Middleton, WI
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jimmy Garvin
The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke beat Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito dq
Curt Hennig beat Steve Regal
Tom Zenk beat Steve Regal
Billy Robinson beat John Nord

2/16/85 Waukegan, IL
non title
Nick Bockwinkel beat AWA Champion Rick Martel
The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke beat AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors dq
Jerry Blackwell beat Mr. Saito
Jim Garvin beat Curt Hennig
Billy Robinson beat Tom Zenk
John Nord beat Steve Regal

2/17/85 Minneapolis TV
Masked Superstar beat Tom Zenk
Masked Superstar & Mr. Saito beat Curt Hennig & Steve Olsonoski
Jerry Blackwell & Baron Von Raschke beat Billy Robinson & Dennis Stamp
Bob Backlund beat Larry Zbyszko dq

2/17/85 Rockford, IL @ Boylan High School
Nick Bockwinkel & Mr Saito no contest AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors
Jerry Blackwell beat Masked Superstar
Steve Regal beat Tom Zenk
Jimmy Garvin beat Curt Hennig
Billy Robinson beat John Nord

2/17/85 Green Bay, WI @ Brown County Veteranís Memorial Arena
Billy Robinson (sub for Mr. Saito) drew Curt Hennig

2/20/85 San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace
King Tonga & Masked Superstar beat Sgt. Slaughter & Jerry Blackwell
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jim Garvin
Larry & Curt Hennig drew Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito
Steve Regal beat Tom Zenk
John Nord beat Sheik Adnan COR
Samoan Samula beat Guy Lambert dq
att: 1,981

2/21/85 Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Palace
Lights Out Match
Jerry Blackwell beat Masked Superstar
Jim Garvin beat AWA Champion Rick Martel dq
Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito beat Larry & Curt Hennig
King Tonga beat Tom Zenk
John Nord beat Steve Regal
Att: 7754.

2/22/85 St. Paul, MN @ Civic Center
Sgt. Slaughter & Jerry Blackwell beat AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors dq
AWA Champion Rick Martel dcor Bob Backlund
Greg Gagne beat Nick Bockwinkel
Jim Garvin beat Baron Von Raschke
Mr. Saito & Masked Superstar & King Tonga beat Steve O & Curt Hennig & Larry Hennig
Buck Zumhofe beat Steve Regal
John Nord drew Tom Zenk
Att 10,000+

2/23/85 Milwaukee, WI
Larry Hennig & Curt Hennig & The Crusher beat Paul Ellering & Road Warriors
King Tonga beat Jerry Blackwell
Sgt. Slaughter beat Masked Superstar COR
Baron Von Raschke beat Drew Tossel (sub Jimmy Garvin)
Jim Brunzell beat Nick Bockwinkel
Tom Zenk beat Jake Milliman (sub Steve Regal)

2/24/85 East Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands
Sgt. Slaughter won tag team battle royal
NWA Champion Ric Flair beat Harley Race
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Jerry Lawler & Baron Von Raschke
Jim Garvin beat AWA Champion Rick Martel dq
Ivan & Nikita Koloff beat Steve Keirn & Jimmy Valiant
Bob Backlund beat Billy Robinson
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell drew Mr. Saito & Masked Superstar
Handicap match
Kamala beat Mark Pole & Lou Fabiano
Mark & Jay Youngblood & Jimmy Valiant drew Larry Zbyszko & Nick Bockwinkel & Dory Funk Jr

3/9/85 Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Horizon
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jim Garvin
Special Referee: Verne Gagne
Sgt. Slaughter & Jerry Blackwell beat King Tonga & Masked Superstar & Sheik Adnan dq
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito
Curt Hennig beat Billy Robinson
Buck Zumhofe beat Steve Regal
Candi Devine beat Diane Von Hoffman
John Nord drew Tom Zenk

3/13/85 Freehold, NJ
Sgt. Slaughter beat Mr. Saito dq
Larry Zbyszko beat Baron Von Raschke
Jim Brunzell beat Jim Garvin
Mark & Jay Youngblood beat The Alaskans
Kendo Nagasaki beat Tom Zenk
Rocky Jones drew Larry Sharpe

3/14/85 Baltimore, MD
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Mr Saito

3/15/85 Passaic, NJ
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jim Garvin
Sgt. Slaughter & Jim Brunzell beat Kendo Nagasaki & Mr. Saito
Larry Zbyszko beat Baron Von Raschke
Mark & Jay Youngblood beat The Alaskans
Larry Sharpe drew Tom Zenk
Rocky Jones beat David G

3/16/85 Ridgewood, NJ
Bob Backlund won battle royal
Bob Backlund drew Larry Zbyszko
Jay & Mark Youngblood beat Mr. Saito & Kendo Nagasaki
The Alaskans beat Golden Boy & Iron Duke
Tom Zenk drew Alaskan 1
Captain America beat The Arabian
Mike Colon beat Assassin dq

3/19/85 Brooklyn, NY
Baron Von Raschke & Bob Backlund beat Kendo Nagasaki & Mr. Saito
Mr. Saito beat Jay Youngblood
Little Mr. T & Little Coco beat Haiti Kid & Butch Cassidy
Tom Zenk beat Larry Sharpe
Rocky Jones & Tom Zenk beat Alaskans

3/23/85 Middleton, WI
The Crusher & Larry Hennig & Jerry Blackwell beat Masked Superstar & Mr. Saito & King Tonga dq
Greg Gagne beat Nick Bockwinkel
Mr. Saito beat Curt Hennig
Buck Zumhofe beat Steve Regal
Tom Zenk beat Rick Stoansky

3/24/85 St Paul, MN @ Civic Center
Handicap Match
Jerry Blackwell & Sgt Slaughter no contest King Tonga & Masked Superstar & Mr Saito
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jim Garvin
Nick Bockwinkel beat Greg Gagne
Larry Hennig & Curt Hennig & The Crusher beat Paul Ellering & the Road Warriors
Jim Brunzell drew Billy Robinson
Steve Regal beat Buck Zumhofe
Tom Zenk beat Rick Stoansky
att: 5,500

3/28/85 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Arena
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors dq
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Nick Bockwinkel
Jim Garvin beat Baron Von Raschke dq
Larry Hennig (sub The Crusher) beat King Tonga
Mr. Saito beat Curt Hennig
Steve Regal beat Buck Zumhofe
Tom Zenk beat Brian Jewell
att: 5,628

3/31/85 Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Horizon
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Nick Bockwinkel
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Larry & Curt Hennig
Jim Garvin beat Baron Von Raschke
The Crusher no contest King Tonga
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Kendo Nagasaki & Mr. Saito
Bob Backlund beat Larry Zbyszko dq
AWA Light Heavyweight Champion Steve Regal beat Buck Zumhofe
Billy Robinson beat Tom Zenk
Att: 9,600.

4/5/85 Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Palace
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jim Garvin
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Larry & Curt Hennig
Jerry Blackwell beat Mr. Saito
Butch Reed beat Tom Zenk
Steve Regal beat Buck Zumhofe
Att 2054

4/13/85 Milwaukee, WI The Mecca
Sgt. Slaughter & Jerry Blackwell beat AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors dq
Jim Garvin beat Baron Von Raschke
The Crusher beat Masked Superstar COR
King Tonga beat Jim Brunzell
Steve Regal beat Buck Zumhofe
Butch Reed beat Tom Zenk
 

4/14/85 Minneapolis TV
Larry Zbyszko beat Jake Milliman
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Steve Regal & Tom Stone
Sgt. Slaughter beat Kamala dq
Mr Saito & King Tonga & Boris Zhukov beat Buck Zumhofe & Tom Zenk & Sonny Rogers

4/14/85 Green Bay, WI @ Brown County Veteranís Memorial Arena
CAGE MATCH
The Crusher & Sgt. Slaughter & Jerry Blackwell beat Masked Superstar & King Tonga & Sheik Adnan
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors vs Larry & Curt Hennig
Baron Von Raschke vs Jimmy Garvin
Steve Regal vs Buck Zumhofe
Butch Reed vs Tom Zenk

4/15/85 Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Palace
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jim Garvin
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Larry & Curt Hennig
Jerry Blackwell beat Mr. Saito
Butch Reed beat Tom Zenk
Steve Regal beat Buck Zumhofe
att: 2,054

4/18/85 Washington DC
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Bob Backlund COR
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Ivan & Nikita Koloff dq
Tonga Kid beat Larry Zbyszko dq
The Samoans beat Superstar & King Tonga
Handicap match
Kamala beat Tom Zenk & Steve O
Larry Sharpe beat Sean O'Reilly

4/19/85 East Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Larry & Curt Hennig
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat King Tonga
Jim Garvin beat Baron Von Raschke
Bob Backlund beat Larry Zbyszko
Ugandan Death Match
Kamala beat Sgt. Slaughter
The Freebirds Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts drew Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell & Tonga Kid
Jim Duggan beat Kendo Nagasaki
Samoans beat Tom Zenk & Steve O
Buck Zumhofe beat Steve Regal
Bobby Duncum beat Larry Sharpe
Att 10,000

4/21/85 Minneapolis TV
Bobby Duncum beat Sonny Rogers
Handicap Match
Kamala beat Tom Zenk & Eddie Sullivan
King Tonga beat Rick Stoansky
Arena Tape 3/24 AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jim Garvin
Arena Tape 3/24 Nick Bockwinkel beat Greg Gagne

4/21/85 St. Paul, MN @ Civic Center - Starcage
Cage match
Sgt. Slaughter & Jerry Blackwell beat Sheik Adnan & King Tonga & Masked Superstar
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Larry & Curt Hennig dq
Verne & Greg Gagne beat Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito
Bob Backlund & Brad Rheingans beat Larry Zbyszko & Butch Reed
Baron Von Raschke & Buck Zumhofe beat Jim Garvin & Steve Regal
Jim Brunzell & Tonga Kid beat Billy Robinson & Bobby Duncum
Steve Olsonoski & Tom Zenk beat The Alaskans
att: 12,000

4/24/85 Winnipeg Arena, Manitoba, Canada @ Arena
Cage match
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell & Jerry Blackwell beat Road Warriors & Paul Ellering
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Mr. Saito
Jimmy Garvin beat Baron Von Raschke
Sgt. Slaughter beat Sheik Adnan dq
Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens beat Larry & Curt Hennig
Butch Reed beat Brian Jewel
Fabulous Freebirds Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts beat Tom Zenk & Rick Stoansky (Sophsky?)
att: 6,636

4/25/85 Brandon, Manitoba, Canada @ Keystone Centre
Baron Von Raschke & Jerry Blackwell beat Sheik Adnan & Mr. Saito
Nick Bockwinkel beat Larry Hennig
Ray Stevens beat Ron Ritchie
Tom Zenk & Curt Hennig beat The Alaskans
Butch Reed beat Rick Stoansky

4/26/85 Rockford, IL @ Boylan High School
Cage match
Sgt. Slaughter & Jerry Blackwell & The Crusher beat Masked Superstar & King Tonga & Sheik Adnan
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Larry & Curt Hennig
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jim Garvin
Mr. Saito beat Jim Brunzell
Steve Regal beat Buck Zumhofe
Butch Reed beat Tom Zenk

4/28/85 Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Horizon
Cage match
Sgt. Slaughter & Jerry Blackwell & Verne Gagne beat Masked Superstar & King Tonga & Sheik Adnan
Larry & Curt Hennig drew AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors
Fabulous Freebirds Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts beat Jim Brunzell & Greg Gagne & Tonga Kid
Dick The Bruiser & Crusher beat Butch Reed & Larry Zbyszko
Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito beat Brad Rheingans & Tom Zenk
Baron Von Raschke & Buck Zumhofe beat Jim Garvin & Steve Regal

5/3/85 Denver, CO
Cage Match
Jerry Blackwell & Crusher & Sgt. Slaughter beat Masked Superstar & King Tonga & Sheik Adnan
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jim Garvin
Greg Gagne drew Nick Bockwinkel
Fabulous Freebirds beat Jim Brunzell & Steve O
Butch Reed beat Tom Zenk

5/12/85 Green Bay, WI @ Brown County Veteranís Memorial Arena
Buddy Roberts & Michael Hayes beat Steve Olsonoski & Brad Rheingans (sub Tom Zenk)
 

Summer tour in IWA Montreal May - July
IWA Montreal had a deal with Gagng's AWA to book AWA talent for their shows. 
International benefited from this arrangement by booking the Road Warriors,
Butch Reed, "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin, Tom Zenk and The Tonga Kid for Quebec appearances. 
- go here for details
 
 


 

8/11/85 St. Paul, MN @ Civic Center
AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors no contest Bill & Scott Irwin
Curt Hennig & Rick Martel beat Fabulous Freebirds Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy
Nick Bockwinkel beat Greg Gagne
Sgt Slaughter beat Larry Zbyszko
Kabuki beat Chris Adams dq
Brad Rheingans beat Boris Zhukov dq
Buck Zumhofe beat Iron Duke
Jim Garvin beat Kevin Kelly
Tom Zenk beat Rick Renslow

8/21/85 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Holy Cross School T.V. Taping
Bill & Scott Irwin beat Rob Rechsteiner & Monty Black
Tom Zenk drew Nick Bockwinkel
Scott Hall beat Man Mountain Mike Moore
Boris Zhukov beat Chris Basset
Bill & Scott Irwin beat Brian Jewel & Randy Rose
Tom Zenk beat Rob Rechsteiner (Rick Steiner)
Rick Martel beat Man Mountain Mike
Scott Hall beat Bob Adams
Boris Zhukov beat Monty Black
Nick Bockwinkel beat Tom Lucas
Bill & Scott Irwin beat T-Bone Brown & Chris Basset
Tom Zenk beat Brian Jewel
Scott Hall beat Rob Rechsteiner
Boris Zhukov beat Brian Jewel

8/22/85 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Arena
Boris Zhukov beat AWA Champion Rick Martel dq
Tom Zenk & Larry Hennig & Jerry Blackwell beat Fabulous Freebirds Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts
Baron Von Raschke beat Nick Bockwinkel COR
Tom Zenk beat Steve Regal
Bulldog Bob Brown beat Man Mountain Mike Moore
Scott Hall drew Larry Zbyszko
Bill & Scott Irwin beat Rob Rechsteiner & Buck Zumhofe
Bulldog Bob Brown beat Brian Jewel
att: 4,208

8/23/85 Denver, CO
Jerry Blackwell won battle royal
Nick Bockwinkel beat Larry Hennig
Bill Irwin drew Larry Zbyszko
Baron Von Raschke beat Steve Regal dq
Scott Hall drew Scott Irwin
Brad Rheingans drew Buddy Roberts
Tom Zenk beat Boris Zhukov dq
Terry Gordy beat Buck Zumhofe

8/25/85 Minneapolis TV
Brad Rheingans & Rob Ricksteiner beat The Alaskans
Rick Martel beat Randy Barber
Steve Regal beat Buck Zumhofew
Nick Bockwinkel & Larry Zbyszko beat Curt Hennig & Tom Zenk COR
Kamala beat Tom Zenk & Eddie Sullivan

9/15/85 Minneapolis TV
Jerry Blackwell beat Paul Gardner
Tom Zenk beat Larry Clark
Lynn Hawkins beat Stan Hansen dq
Larry Zbyszko beat Sgt Slaughter
Greg Gagne & Curt Hennig beat Jim Garvin & Steve Regal dq

9/18/85 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Holy Cross school T.V. Taping
Larry Hennig beat Man Mountain Mike
Tom Zenk beat Bob Adams
Buddy Lane beat Iron Duke
Jimmy Garvin beat Monty Black
Buddy Lane beat Bob Adams

9/18, 1985 (?) - AWA  -DC Armory Starplex - Washington DC?
1. Larry Sharpe defeated Sean O'Reilly
2. Kamala defeated Tom Zenk and Steve O
3. The Wild Samoans defeated The Masked Superstar and King Tonga
4. The Tonga Kid defeated Larry Zbyszko by disqualification
5. The Road Warriors defeated Ivan and Nikita Koloff by disqualification
6. Rick Martel defeated Bob Backlund by count out

9/19/85 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Arena
Wally Karbo Tribute Card
AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Boris Zhukov dq
Jerry Blackwell beat Michael Hayes
Tom Zenk & Curt Hennig beat Scott & Bill Irwin
Jim Garvin beat Buck Zumhofe
Baron Von Raschke beat Buddy Roberts
Buddy Lane beat Steve Regal
att: 3,600

9/21/85 Rockford, IL @ Boylan High School
Jerry Blackwell & Rick Martel beat Fabulous Freebirds Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts
Sleeper vs Sleeper
Nick Bockwinkel beat Greg Gagne
Jim Garvin beat Kevin Kelly
Jerry Oski beat Drew Tossell
Ray Stevens beat Tom Zenk

9/22/85 Minneapolis TV
Jim Garvin beat Alan Martin
Curt Hennig & Tom Zenk beat Drew Tossell & Jim Starr
Stan Hansen beat Jerry O dq
Road Warriors beat Paul Gardner & Lynn Hawkins
Jerry Blackwell beat Rick Renslow

9/22/85 Green Bay, WI @ Brown County Veteranís Memorial Arena
Baron Von Raschke (sub Larry Hennig) & Jerry Blackwell and Rick Martel beat Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts & Jimmy Garvin (sub Terry Gordy)
SLEEPERHOLD MATCH
Greg Gagne beat Nick Bockwinkel
Bill & Scott Irwin beat Curt Hennig & Tom Zenk
Jerry "A" drew Kevin Kelly (sub Ray Stevens)

source - Old School Wrestling
 

early October 1985 - Tom Zenk goes to Pacific North West
 
 

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HISTORY OF THE AWA

(source)  The American Wrestling Association was a professional wrestling organization, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The AWA operated mainly in the midwestern United States and central Canada. Wrestling bouts were promoted in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington (Minnesota), Winnipeg, Chicago, Omaha, Milwaukee, Denver, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. From 1957 to 1991 it was owned by Verne Gagne.

History

Until the late 1980s, the AWA was considered one of the top wrestling companies in the world and Verne Gagne was its biggest star. The territory was originally part of the National Wrestling Alliance NWA, becoming an independent territory in the late 1950s. Then NWA world champion Pat O Connor was recognized as the first AWA world champion, but when OConnor failed to defend the new AWA title against number one contender Verne Gagne, Gagne was awarded the belt.

Over the years, Gagne feuding against Gene Kiniski, Dr. Bill Miller, Fritz Von Erich, Dr. X (Dick Beyer under a mask), The Crusher, Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel, he won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship a record 10 times before retiring from full-time competition in 1981. He would go on to wrestle a few matches a year until his final match at WrestleRock 86 against Sheik Adnan El Kassey.

Gagne was a former amateur-wrestling champion who had earned a spot on the U.S. team at the 1948 Summer Olympics, and he ran the AWA with a traditionalist sensibility, firmly believing that good wrestling, not flashy entertainment, should be the basis of a pro-wrestling company. When his career wound down, he turned the companys focus to Bockwinkel, also a skilled mat technician.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, AWA television production was headquartered at Minneapolis independent station WTCN-TV, then owned by Metromedia. The ring announcer was longtime Minneapolis sports broadcaster Marty ONeill, who also conducted the post-match interviews. Hold-by-hold commentary was provided by Rodger Kent. In the mid-1970s, during a prolonged illness, ONeill was occasionally replaced as ring announcer by program producer Al DeRusha and interviews were conducted by both Kent and Gene Okerlund. By 1979, Okerlund had permanently replaced ONeill, who died a couple of years later, and production was transferred to Minneapolis station KMSP-TV.

But as Vince McMahon and the northeastern-based World Wrestling Federation attempted to end pro wrestlings regional era in the mid-1980s and establish the WWF as the dominant national promotion, Gagne made several decisions that caused the AWA to lose momentum in the emerging wrestling war. Among them was overemphasizing his son Greg in AWA storylines (which led to speculation of nepotism in regards to Verne himself within the company), but his biggest misstep was his failure to make Hulk Hogan the focus of his company. Starting in 1982, Hogan rapidly caught on as a babyface with AWA fans, but even as his popularity grew to unprecedented levels, Gagne refused to give him the AWA championship. He recognized Hogans showmanship and charisma but believed a wrestling company should be built around the best wrestler in the company, such as himself and Bockwinkel (both being great mat technicians). Gagne did not respect Hogan as a pure wrestler, and in an interview years later, rated his wrestling ability as a one or a zero on a scale of one to 10. On two occasions, the AWA went so far as to tease title wins for Hogan only to strip him of the championship.

Frustrated by Gagnes business decisions, Hogan accepted an offer from Vince McMahon, Jr. to wrestle for the WWF in December 1983. Within months, he had become the focus of the company and its dominant world champion. He and the WWF soon became mainstream media phenomena and virtually synonymous with professional wrestling in much of the country, leaving the AWA a second-tier promotion. As the situation worsened, much of the AWAs other top talent, including announcer Mean Gene Okerlund, manager Bobby The Brain Heenan, and wrestlers Ken Patera, Jim Brunzell, and Jesse Ventura, among others, also left for the WWF.

In 1985, the AWA was able to sign wrestlers like Sgt. Slaughter, Bob Backlund, and the Tonga Kid away from the WWF and was also influential in Pro Wrestling USA, an attempt to co-promote with the NWA and establish a national presence to compete against the WWF. However, the colaborative effort didnt last. Abroad it had working agreements with Japan-based promotions International Pro Wrestling (1969 to 1980), then All Japan Pro Wrestling (1980 to 1988, although the relationship was strained in 1986 following the World Title debacle surrounding Stan Hansen), and, near its end, New Japan Pro Wrestling. It also had a brief relationship with European promotion Catch Wrestling Association, through which its promoter, Otto Wanz, won the World title as well.

The AWA continued to fall behind the WWF and NWA as a major promotion throughout 1986 and 1987......

During that time period, Gagne forged a relationship with Memphis based promoter Jerry Jarrett and even allowed Mid-Southern legend Jerry Lawler to win the AWA World Title from Curt Hennig in May of 1988. In December 1988, following a contentious PPV SuperClash III, the collaborative effort was over and Lawler was stripped of the title in January 1989.

In February 1989, Larry Zbyszko, Verne Gagnes son-in-law, won the vacated AWA World Title in an 18-man Battle Royal, eliminating Tom Zenk to end the match. It was also during this time that Joe Blanchard replaced Stanley Blackburn as AWA president, Eric Bischoff began to take a more active role in the company, and the Team Challenge Series concept was developed.

The AWA would become inactive in the fall of 1990. As a result, Larry Zbyszko signed to wrestle with the NWA. As his last official act, Verne Gagne would strip Zbyszko of the World Title in December 1990. Gagne did promote a card in Rochester, MN in May 1991, featuring the return of Greg Gagne and Wahoo McDaniel against the The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom) in the main event, but was unable to restart the promotion. Despite this, ESPN continued to run old AWA matches in their weekly time slot and the AWA managed to release a commercial tape (Hulk Hogan Highlights) during 1991.

.....

AWA Super Cards & PPVs

* PPV: SuperClash III
* Super Card: AWAs SuperSunday, SuperClash, WrestleRock 86, Rage in a Cage, Battle by the Bay, Brawl in St Paul, SuperClash 2, Rage in a Cage 2, War in the Windy City, World Tag Team Tournament, SuperClash 4, Twin Wars 90

AWA Team Challenge Series

The AWA held a Team Challenge Series from October 1, 1989 through August 11, 1990. All of the available wrestlers were divided into three teams, Larrys Legends, headed by Larry Zbyszko, Slaughters Snipers, headed by Sgt. Slaughter, and Barons Blitzers, headed by Baron Von Raschke. (Sgt. Slaughter left the company before the TCS ended, and and Colonel DeBeers became the new team captain.) The winners of Team Challenge matches would earn points for their team; at some unspecified point the highest-scoring team would share one million dollars. The matches took place in a TV studio without an audience; the announcers claimed it was part of an effort to stop wrestlers from interfering, but it was actually due to poor ticket sales.

The Team Challenge Series was promoted by the AWA as revolutionary, but once underway, it appeared to be little more than a long series of gimmick matches and traditional matches with gimmicky names. Rather than showcasing technical wrestling, as the AWA had done for decades, wrestlers wore football helmets and pads in matches, or fought in a Behind the 8-Ball Battle Royal. Jake Milliman defeated Colonel DeBeers in the Great American Turkey Hunt, where the one who got a stuffed, uncooked turkey off of the top of a pole first would win.

The final match in the TSC was a royal rumble style battle royal featuring Brad Rheingans, The Destruction Crew, Colonel DeBeers, the Texas Hangmen, the Trooper Del Wilkes, and others. Jake Milliman again came away with the win by eliminating DeBeers at the end, winning the Series and supposed $1,000,000 check for Larrys Legends. The final point tally was as follows: Larrys Legends (56), Barons Blitzers (51), Slaughters Snipers/DeBeers Diamondcutters (48).

The TCS concept was ill-conceived and poorly played out and many wrestling fans feel that it hastened the AWAs demise. Yet elements of the series- having separate teams within one company, a draft, etc. - have parallels to the brand extension employed by World Wrestling Entertainment.

AWA Superstars of Wrestling
See also: AWA territories

In 1996 former AWA workers Dale Gagne and Jonnie Stewart relicensed the AWA name in the state of Minnesota and the AWA opened up as an independent promotion called AWA Superstars of Wrestling. On April 4, 2005, the owners changed its history books and named Hulk Hogan a two time AWA World Heavyweight Champion. Also in 2005, Gagne began to franchise the AWA name, selling memberships to existing independent promotions around the United States, Canada, and Japan. Several members of the new AWA are former members of the National Wrestling Alliance. The AWA is now in its tenth year of operation.

AWA Wrestlers

* Adrian Adonis
* Badd Company (Paul Diamond & Pat Tanaka)
* Ox Baker
* Red Bastein
* Crusher Jerry Blackwell
* Nick Bockwinkel
* Bruiser Brody
* Jim Brunzell
* The Crusher
* Col. DeBeers
* The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom)
* Derrick Dukes
* Bobby Duncum
* Bill Dundee
* Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts)
* Manny Fernandez
* Greg Gagne
* Verne Gagne
* Jimmy Garvin
* Ron Garvin
* Scott Hall
* Stan Hansen
* Curt Hennig
* Larry Hennig
* Hulk Hogan
* Tommy Jammer
* Don Leo Jonathan
* Sheik Adnan El Kassey
* Mr. Magnificent Kevin Kelly
* Teijho Khan
* Kokina Maximus
* Jerry Lawler
* The Long Riders (Bill & Scott Irwin)
* Jerry Lynn
* Rick Martel
* Wahoo McDaniel
* The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags)
* Steve Olsonoski
* Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)
* Nord the Barbarian
* Original Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Randy Rose)
* Ken Patera
* D.J. Peterson
* Harley Race
* Mr. Electricity Steve Regal
* Brad Rheingans
* Tommy Rich
* Ricky Rice
* Road Warriors (Animal & Hawk)
* Billy Robinson
* Buddy Rose
* Akio Sato
* Sgt. Slaughter
* Superfly Snuka
* Doug Somers
* Jonnie Stewart
* The Trooper (aka The Patriot)
* Soldat Ustinov
* Mad Dog Vachon
* Butcher Vachon
* Jesse Ventura
* Baron Von Raschke
* Leon White
* Larry Zbyszko
* Tom Zenk
* Boris Zhukov
* Buck Zumhofe

AWA Wrestlers (Chicago)
(These wrestlers often performed at the International Amphitheater in Chicago)

* Dick the Bruiser
* Reggie Lisowski (The Crusher)
* Rock Rogowski (Ole Anderson)
* Moose Cholak
* Sailor Art Thomas
* Bobo Brazil
* Bob Luce (Chicago promoter)
* Sam Menaker
* Scrap Iron George Gedasky
* Prince Pullins
* Paul Christy
* Spike Huber
* Angelo Poffo
* Johnny Kace
* Ernie Ladd

AWA Female Wrestlers

* Penny Banner
* Candy Divine
* Sherri Martel
* Madusa Miceli
* Wendi Richter
* Vivian Vachon

Other Notable AWA Contributors

* Eric Bischoff (interviewer/commentator)
* Gary DeRusha (referee)
* Donna Gagne (announcer)
* Paul E. Dangerously (manager)
* Bobby Heenan (manager)
* Dick Jonkowski (announcer/commentator)
* Scott LeDoux (referee)
* Lee Marshall (commentator)
* Marty Miller (referee)
* Larry Nelson (interviewer/announcer/commentator)
* Gene Okerlund (interviewer)
* Ken Resnick (interviewer/commentator)
* Rod Trongard (commentator)

AWA Titles

* AWA World Heavyweight Championship
* AWA World Tag Team Championship
* AWA Womens Championship
* AWA World Light Heavyweight Championship
* AWA International Heavyweight Championship
* AWA International Television Championship
* AWA United States Heavyweight Championship
* AWA Americas Heavyweight Championship
* AWA Omaha Heavyweight Championship
* AWA Midwest Heavyweight Championship
* AWA Midwest Tag Team Championship
* AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship
* AWA Southern Tag Team Championship
* AWA Brass Knuckles Championship