AWA memories

What are the things that puzzle, enrage, delight and tickle you as you go about your life in Madison?
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Postby narcoleptish » Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:30 am

If you remember Kenny Jay, you must remember Scrap-iron Gadaski.

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Postby Ed Breakfast » Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:53 am

acereraser wrote:Mad Dog Vachon changing from villain to hero was the dawning of a new age.


It sure was. It was also Maurice Vachon who told a young Jim Raschke that he'd, "make a good German." The rest, as they say, is history.

Sadly, Mad Dog lost a leg after a hit-and-run near his Iowa home in 1987.

Dig these photos on the Baron's website.

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Postby emmy » Fri Jan 05, 2007 1:11 pm

jammybastard wrote:Remember the "Camel Clutch"?

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My faves were his battles against...

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Isn't this Geraldo Rivera?

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Postby acereraser » Fri Jan 05, 2007 1:26 pm

Paco wrote:Wasn't it "The Ever-capable" Kenny Jaye?? He always lost, but I remember one time he came thru and beat The Baron or someone like that.


I do remember the "Ever-capable" reference too, but I think that was out of respect for his talents of being the patsy, yet always looking like he had a decent chance to somehow pull it out. One factor that separates the old AWA from the successors is that enough of the AWA wrestlers were actual wrestlers, and not body-builders, to give guys like Kenny Jay/e a shot. Of course it was still rigged, but it was more believable the one time out of a hundred that Kenny caught the Baron napping and put a quick pin on him. Nick Bockwinkel was always a jerk, but you had to respect his skillz.

I have a vague memory of the Scrap-iron name, and none at all of the hunting a bear with a switch story, but that doesn't mean much, it was so long ago.

One thing I meant to mention before was how much Gene Okerlund brought to the show. He looked so straight-faced, it was hard to believe he would (or even could) be bullshitting. I can't imagine trying to interview Jesse Ventura and Adrian Adonis (the East-West Connection) at the height of their flamboyancy without laughing, but Gene handled like the pro he was. His catchphrase "Bedlam and Pandemonium" is firmly entered in my family's lexicon.

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Postby Paco » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:54 pm

I was on imdb.com looking up a movie, The Axe, and caught another name right there on the search...Larry 'The Axe' Henning. Completely forgot about the movie. 'The Wrestler'....not sure I ever saw it though....but this must be hilarious now.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070930/


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