1986 and 1995

Information supplied by Ken Hamblin, Rich Patterson and
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Portland Wrestling's weekly Saturday night cards and TV tapings were held at the Portland Sports Arena. The building still stands and is part of the Mount Olivet Baptist Church. It’s located at 8501 North Chautauqua Blvd. Portland, OR 97217. 

This was originally a bowling alley then turned into a wrestling arena/ flea market. At the time of Portland Wrestling, it was an old building. Not that it was broken down at all, but no effort was ever made to really clean it up. If you went to the Portland Sports Arena, you would smell like Winston's for the next week..... And you could always count on cold hot dogs & warm RC. It was a GREAT place for pro wrestling!!!

 Inside of the old sports arena today

The double doors at the end of the hallway (above)are about the only things left from the Sports Arena days. You can't see them, but right next to the Pepsi machines are the steps the wrestlers would take to get to the ring. The steps to the old Crow's Nest interview area were about where the two chairs and table are sitting.


The Crows Nest – location for commentary and promos.

Dynamite Kid and some of the Klan in the Crows Nest

In the "Crow's Nest" TV interview area, circa 1986 - Billy Jack Haynes, Tom Zenk & Brady Boone confront Rip Oliver, Bobby Jaggers, Mike Miller, while Don Coss holds the mike and the middle ground.


Zenk was at his most massive...

...a melee erupts.


Tom Zenk after hisWCW stint, during a 2 day event held by Sgt Slaughters old AWF Promotion at the Lucky Eagle Casino in Centralia Washington in 1995.

image above and below courtesy of Ken Hamblin


Results for the shows in Washington.

Rochester WA: August 16, 1996 Lucky Eagle Casino
Koko B. Ware beat Honkytonk Man
Sgt. Slaughter beat Buddy Rose
Charlie Norris & Tom Zenk beat Bob Orton Jr & Greg Valentine
Moondog Moretti beat Nailz dq
Tito Santana beat Blacktop Bully dq

Rochester WA: August 17, 1996 Lucky Eagle Casino
Koko B. Ware beat Honkytonk Man
Buddy Rose beat Sumito
Charlie Norris & Tito Santana beat Bob Orton Jr & Blacktop Bully
Greg Valentine beat Moondog Moretti
Tom Zenk beat Nailz

Rochester WA: August 18, 1996 Lucky Eagle Casino (Afternoon Show)

Buddy Wayne beat The Bodyguard
Koko B. Ware beat Honkytonk Man
Tom Zenk beat The Blacktop Bully
Charlie Norris & Billy Two Eagles beat Buddy Rose & Greg Valentine
Bob Orton Jr won battle royal
Tito Santana beat Bob Orton Jr.

[Promoter: AWF- Paul Alperstein]


End of an era - PNW promoter Don Owen passes .....


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