April 24, 1983

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American Wrestling Association

This great card from the St. Paul Civic Center was set up to showcase the greatest wrestlers the AWA had to offer. The twenty thousand in attendance at the Civic Center was, at that time, the largest crowd ever to watch pro wrestling. Going into Super Sunday, we have these champions:

  • World Heavyweight champion: Nick Bockwinkel
  • World Tag Team champions: High Flyers (Jim Brunzell & Greg Gagne)
  • World Light Heavyweight champion: Mike Graham
  • Southern Heavyweight champion: Lord Humongous (defeated Jerry Lawler the night before)
  • Southern Tag Team champions: Eddie Gilbert & Tommy Rich

The beginning of the video, as they welcome the closed-circuit televised audience at the St. Paul Auditorium, some at the Civic Center boo the other audience.

  • Rocky Stone vs Brad Rheingans: This opening match was basically a good scientific match. Rheingans picks up the win in front of his "home town crowd."
  • Buck Zumhofe vs Steve Regal: A match between two charismatic wrestlers who received very little attention throughout most of the wrestling world. Good back-and-forth match between the two.
  • Jerry Lawler vs John Tolos: A good match between two classic heels in the Minneapolis region of the AWA. Both were typically faces in their respective regions (Lawler in Memphis; Tolos in Indianapolis). Match almost stopped by disqualification, but the referee for some reason keeps the match going. One of the times where Lawler can legally use the piledriver (darn Tennessee State Athletic Association!--supposedly).
  • NWA World Women's Tag Team Title Match: Joyce Grable & Wendi Richter (c) vs Judy Martin & Velvet McIntyre: The champions successfully defend their titles in a match that had lots of classic double-teaming throughout the match.
  • Eddie Boulder vs Wahoo McDaniel: Boulder had his brief moment, but McDaniel completely dominated the match.
  • Six-Man Tag Team Match: Rick Martel & High Flyers vs Blackjack Lanza, Jesse Ventura & Ken Patera: Very action-packed match between the World Tag Team champions and their greatest rivals at the time. Extras added to the match to keep interference from the Heenan Family out. Great display of speed vs strength.
  • World Heavyweight Title Match: Nick Bockwinkel (c) vs Hulk Hogan: One of the several controversial matches between these two men. Probably also the last straw before Hogan defects over to WWF. Great back-and-forth match with both wrestlers punishing each other. One great instance where the promoters of the early 80s would write feuds that lasted a long time.
  • Tag Team Grudge Match: Mad Dog Vachon & Verne Gagne vs Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie & Sheik Jerry Blackwell: Brutal no-disqualification match between these four men.
    1. 4/24/83 AWA Super Sunday ##

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60t4OHaznDo

This great card from the St. Paul Civic Center was set up to showcase the greatest wrestlers the AWA had to offer. The twenty thousand in attendance at the Civic Center was, at that time, the largest crowd ever to watch pro wrestling. Going into Super Sunday, we have these champions:

World Heavyweight champion: Nick Bockwinkel World Tag Team champions: High Flyers (Jim Brunzell & Greg Gagne) World Light Heavyweight champion: Mike Graham Southern Heavyweight champion: Lord Humongous (defeated Jerry Lawler the night before) Southern Tag Team champions: Eddie Gilbert & Tommy Rich

The beginning of the video, as they welcome the closed-circuit televised audience at the St. Paul Auditorium, some at the Civic Center boo the other audience.

  • Rocky Stone vs Brad Rheingans: This opening match was basically a good scientific match. Rheingans picks up the win in front of his "home town crowd."
  • Buck Zumhofe vs Steve Regal: A match between two charismatic wrestlers who received very little attention throughout most of the wrestling world. Good back-and-forth match between the two.
  • Jerry Lawler vs John Tolos: A good match between two classic heels in the Minneapolis region of the AWA. Both were typically faces in their respective regions (Lawler in Memphis; Tolos in Indianapolis). Match almost stopped by disqualification, but the referee for some reason keeps the match going. One of the times where Lawler can legally use the piledriver (darn Tennessee State Athletic Association!--supposedly).
  • NWA World Women's Tag Team Title Match: Joyce Grable & Wendi Richter (c) vs Judy Martin & Velvet McIntyre: The champions successfully defend their titles in a match that had lots of classic double-teaming throughout the match.
  • Eddie Boulder vs Wahoo McDaniel: Boulder had his brief moment, but McDaniel completely dominated the match.
  • Six-Man Tag Team Match: Rick Martel & High Flyers vs Blackjack Lanza, Jesse Ventura & Ken Patera: Very action-packed match between the World Tag Team champions and their greatest rivals at the time. Extras added to the match to keep interference from the Heenan Family out. Great display of speed vs strength.
  • World Heavyweight Title Match: Nick Bockwinkel (c) vs Hulk Hogan: One of the several controversial matches between these two men. Probably also the last straw before Hogan defects over to WWF. Great back-and-forth match with both wrestlers punishing each other. One great instance where the promoters of the early 80s would write feuds that lasted a long time.
  • Tag Team Grudge Match: Mad Dog Vachon & Verne Gagne vs Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie & Sheik Jerry Blackwell: Brutal no-disqualification match between these four men.