TAPE 1029

Quality: EX (Master Convert)

Length: 2.5 hrs (DVD)

AWA LIVE ESPN SPECIAL - 6/28/86 (This is the AWA's attempt at running a big supercard on TV, a la Saturday Night's Main Event or Superstars on the Superstation. They ran this one live and the card ends up being pretty good. I've got a master convert so VQ is EX.)
Ali Khan vs Earthquake Ferris Sherri Martel vs Candi Devine (Martel wins AWA women's title) Jay York vs Jimmy Snuka Nick Bockwinkel vs Nord the Barbarian (This match makes no sense - Bockwinkel is a babyface here. Not just a babyface but a babyface scheduled to WIN THE WORLD TITLE THE NEXT NIGHT. So what do they do? They job him - CLEANLY - on a live TV special. WTF?) Jerry Blackwell vs Stan Hansen (Hansen's last successful AWA title defense - he would be stripped of the title the next night after refusing to job it to Nick Bockwinkel after promising Giant Baba a series of defense in Japan. This is actually a very good match with lots of blood. One thing I loved about Hansen as the AWA champ is that he beat faces cleanly. It was awesome seeing a heel champ win matches like that.) Buddy Rose, Doug Somers, & Alexei Smirnoff vs Curt Hennig & The Midnight Rockers