Sunday, January 7, 2018

Apr 25 1982 NWA & AWA Titles: Sunday Night

From our 'Sunday Night series'....One of the big cards of the M-A era featuring both the NWA and AWA Titles on the line.

This was the the only time both titles were defended on the same card. Back in 1979 it was scheduled (NWA Harley Race vs Ricky Steamboat, AWA Bockwinkel vs Dino Bravo) but Race didn't make it in.

The AWA and WWWF title had shared the card several times in the late '70s and it was always a big night when any of the major feds Champs came in.

It made for a must see card with over 11,000 in attendance and it wouldn't disappoint.

Champ goes alone

Ric Flair would return to defend his NWA title against former champ Race in the third of their six bouts here. As always with these two it was a tough battle with action in and around the ring and on the ramp.

Flair was still a huge fan favourite here with the crowd solidly behind every strut and whoooo!

The champ would be covered in blood as usual and both grapplers would be disqualified after about 20 minutes for ignoring the ref (a young Bill Alphonso).

The fight went on until Johnny Weaver and Ron Ritchie came out to hold Flair back from chasing Race down the ramp.


AWA champ Bockwinkel (sans Heenan) would keep Mosca down on the canvas at the start with his vast array of holds. Once Mosca got mobile he would gain the advantage using his usual brawling style and batter the AWA Title holder from turnbuckle to turnbuckle.

Just when it looked like Mosca may be adding to his title belt collection Mosca's arch enemy John Studd charged the ring and interfered on behalf of Bockwinkel and the two battered Mosca before Mosca turned the tables and chased them from the ring..

Thats 2!
The ref would award the match to Mosca but no title.
They would book a return the following card
with Bockwinkel and Studd facing Mosca and Jake Roberts.

In another good bout Jay Youngblood beat The Ninja in an Indian Strap match, Youngblood dragging Ninja to all 4 corners and earning a spot of revenge for a 'green misting' in a previous bout.

The fans called out 1, 2, 3, ........took a while to get the 4th but Youngblood finally hit that 4th turnbuckle and the Gardens erupted

Norm hated that boom-box!

Don Kernodle and Ivan Koloff beat Jimmy Valiant and Porkchop Cash while Studd beat Ron Richie, Johnny Weaver pinned Pvt Nelson, and ....

Tony Parisi and Ray Stevens went to an excellent scientific draw in one of the best openers ever. Stevens had recently turned good guy and he and Parisi showed all of their years of experience with holds after counter holds. The bout ended in a draw and the fans loudly cheered the two veterans. Great way to open a big card!