Tag: American Wrestling Association

Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association was the governing body for Jarrett’s CWA and Dick the Bruiser’s World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis. The AWA World Heavyweight champion was the World Heavyweight champion for these territories until the AWA dissolved.

The AWA has its roots in the National Wrestling Alliance, but cards had been promoted in Minneapolis since 1933. Gagne had been an amateur wrestling champion, but politics in the NWA kept him from becoming the NWA World Heavyweight champion. Gagne bought part of the territory in 1959. In the following year, Gagne and co-owner Wally Karbo left the NWA and formed the AWA.

The AWA expanded through the 70s and 80s to include regular cards in Chicago, Omaha, Winnipeg, Las Vegas, Phoenix and other cities. This expansion was helped through the beginning of the decline of many of the western territories in the NWA.

The AWA is probably best known in the 80s as a feeder group. Gagne would get guys started and then they would jump to the WWF as McMahon was expanding into the Midwest. Notable departures include Hulk Hogan, Jim Brunzell, … When the AWA dissolved in 1991, the talent went either to the WWF or WCW (especially Gagne’s son-in-law Larry Zbyszko).

The AWA dissolved because it could not compete with the WWF. The talent that left to join WCW were those who had previously been snubbed by McMahon.

  • July 1980 Wrestling Videos

    7/5/1980 Georgia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY0hZrrBk18 7/12/1980 Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivkFnu4A-48 7/19/1980 Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkWyOAfwEsA 7/18/1980 AWA Nick Bockwinkel vs Verne Gagne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39uJ3YKTuiU 7/26/1980 Georgia (part 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byRdTgPp_Nc 7/26/1980 Georgia (part 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaNbftBOJnE

  • May 1987 Wrestling Videos

    5/2/1987 Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N2zPrVYuI0 5/2/1987 PWTW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIK16Ol4Jfk 5/2/1987 UWF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diMbZ5jZYf8 5/2/1987 NWA Pro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKLuypKHhrc 5/2/1987 NWA World Wide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq3_XikQzG8 5/2/1987 WCW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvBtwJUZoPM 5/2/1987 AWA Sherri Martel vs Medusa Miceli https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtRGJdtNej8 5/2/1987 […]

  • April 1980 Wrestling Videos

    4/5/1980 Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqYdpdaMy3I 4/5/1980 Continental https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeXlUa6GmfA 4/5/1980 Georgia (part 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu76eNduVt8 4/5/1980 Georgia (part 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-azofOd8ha0 4/10/1980 AWA Dino Bravo vs Jerry Blackwell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbFg5Et9BLM 4/11/1980 Gino Hernandez vs Gary Young […]

  • April 1981 Wrestling Videos

    4/4/1981 Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyRwuJmpClA 4/4/1981 Continental https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJgQz16zCtg 4/6/1981 WWF Cage Match Bob Backlund vs Stan Hansen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFyszcC0zfo 4/11/1981 Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sds30SiI67A 4/11/1981 Continental https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg7HhW970rs 4/18/1981 Memphis Empty Arena Match Jerry Lawler vs […]

  • March 1981 Wrestling Videos

    3/1/1981 AWA High Flyers vs East-West Connection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_NOKbBA2gI 3/1/1981 AWA Nick Bockwinkel vs Tito Santana https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baNfK_NSb_E 3/7/1981 Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmJ-bStzWX8 3/12/1981 Memphis Bill Dundee & Tommy Rich vs Dutch Mantell & […]

  • January 1987 Wrestling Videos

    1/3/1987 Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArWgUf_ICeY 1/3/1987 NWA Pro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnXarbPv6pY 1/3/1987 NWA World Wide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO8qimvGURs 1/3/1987 UWFIceman King Parsons vs Sting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruqU4qf3jCY 1/10/1987 Continental https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOYvhhVlhJY 1/10/1987 Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vshSNMet5A 1/10/1987 NWA Pro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov2Cnv_tpyk 1/10/1987 […]

  • January 1987 Wrestling Videos

    1/3/1987 Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArWgUf_ICeY 1/3/1987 NWA Pro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnXarbPv6pY 1/3/1987 NWA World Wide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO8qimvGURs 1/3/1987 UWFIceman King Parsons vs Sting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruqU4qf3jCY 1/10/1987 Continental https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOYvhhVlhJY 1/10/1987 Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vshSNMet5A 1/10/1987 NWA Pro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov2Cnv_tpyk 1/10/1987 […]

  • 1980 Wrestling Videos

    These are videos that happened at some point in 1980. Bobby Heenan vs Lord Alfred Hayes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvuoJ3-hftQ Wild Samoans vs Ivan Putski & Tito Santana https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgd1IFMMMVw Dick the Bruiser vs […]

  • 1979 Wrestling Videos

    1/5/1979 Fritz von Erich vs Jumbo Tsuruta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx_r1-p_KNY 1/7/1979 Harley Race vs Andre the Giant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_kU_7LsdF8 2/10/1979 Nick Bockwinkel vs Verne Gagne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LSOJ0iYJjk 3/2/1979 David von Erich vs Gino Hernandez […]

  • 1973 Wrestling Videos

    January 15, 1973 Moondog Mayne vs Pedro Morales https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff_JwVG6f5w June 30, 1973 WWWF World Heavyweight Title Match Pedro Morales vs George Steele https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqS8vcRH-Wg July 21, 1973 Bill Watts vs Mr. […]