TAPE 1228

Quality: EX (*MASTER*)

Length: 4 hrs (2 DVD)

THE SPECTACULAR LEGACY OF THE AWA (Fantastic documentary set put out by the WWF covering the history of the AWA. This one is actually pretty accurate and it's nicely done. The pain on Greg Gagne's face when he's talking about the demise of the AWA and its effect on his parents is palpable. Then you get a nice set of matches too. I've got a DVD master so VQ is EX.)
Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens vs Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell, 8/10/74 (Bobby Heenan debuts as the manager of Bock & Stevens here; he's not yet "The Brain" though) Verne Gagne vs Baron Von Raschke, 8/10/74 (Clipped - yeah, the world really needed to see a Von Raschke world title match...) Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens vs Billy Robinson & Frankie Hill, 5/20/78 Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon vs Jesse Ventura & Adrian Adonis, 3/23/80 (JIP) Verne Gagne vs Nick Bockwinkel, 5/10/81 (JIP - Gagne's retirement match - In one of the worst booking decisions ever, Gagne cleanly defeats Bock to retain the AWA world title and retire as champion. This would be compounded even more by Verne GIVING the title to Bock.) Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell vs Jesse Ventura & Adrian Adonis, 8/9/81 (JIP) Hulk Hogan vs Nick Bockwinkel, 4/18/82 (Clipped - Hogan wins the title then they overturn the decision two days later, similar to what JCP did with the NWA title after Starrcade '85) Jesse Ventura vs Baron Von Raschke, 5/22/83 (Clipped) Hulk Hogan vs Mr. Saito, 8/28/83 (This is listed as a handicap match but it's not) Road Warriors & Paul Ellering vs Crusher, Larry & Curt Hennig, 1/13/85 (JIP) Midnight Rockers vs Buddy Rose & Doug Somers, 12/25/86 (Cage - excellent match) Curt Hennig vs Nick Bockwinkel, 5/2/87 (SuperClash II - Henning wins AWA World title) JERRY LAWLER VS KERRY VON ERICH, 12/13/88 (SuperClash III - Lawler wins the WCCW title in this title vs title match)