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With the latest Hidden Gem offering, WWE has decided to get creative as tomorrow will see “The Road to SuperClash III” uploaded. What makes this selection creative is the fact that it appears to be an attempt to reconstruct an entire TV taping from the AWA archives. The date that WWE is using for the over-2-hour-long release (09/18/1988) matches up with a TV taping on that date. WWE appears to have gone above and beyond to include as much of that aforementioned event with 18 matches included. These are as follows:
The Top Guns (John Paul & Ricky Rice) vs. Terry Adonis & The Beast

Ron Garvin vs. Scott Steiner

Kerry von Erich vs. Gary Young

Greg Gagne vs. Mike Enos

Tag Team Match Madusa Miceli & Sylvia vs. Magnificent Mimi & Wendi Richter

The Badd Company (Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond) (w/Diamond Dallas Page) vs. Natures Best (Bill Justin & Darryl Justin)

Terry Adonis & The Hangman vs. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)

Texas Heavyweight Title: King Parsons (c) vs. Michael Hayes
Steve Cox vs. Terry Garvin

Keith Eric & Sgt. Slaughter vs. Soldat Ustinov & Teijo Khan

Manny Fernandez vs. Wahoo McDaniel

Chavo Guerrero, Hector Guerrero & Mando Guerrero vs. The Hangman & The Rock ‘n’ Roll RPM’s (Mike Davis & Tommy Lane)

Alan Reynolds vs. Col. DeBeers

Ray Odyssey & Shawn Baxter vs. The Samoan Swat Team (Fatu & Samu)

Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Adonis

Bill Dundee & Brickhouse Brown vs. The Stud Stable (Jimmy Golden & Robert Fuller)

Cactus Jack, The Badd Company (Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond) & The Rock ‘n’ Roll RPM’s (Mike Davis & Tommy Lane) vs. Jeff Jarrett, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) & The Top Guns (John Paul & Ricky Rice)
Jerry Lawler & Jimmy Valiant vs. Kerry von Erich & Michael Hayes
All of the above has commentary from Lee Marshall and Frank Dusek, and most of these matches can be found in listings of various AWA TV shows (obviously). However, not all of them can so it’s also possible that the commentary was recorded live and WWE has created a Frankenstein’s monster of televised and raw footage. You could almost call this the company’s own version of a compilation tape.

Finally, here is the official description for tomorrow’s gem:
AWA 09/18/1988 – The Road to SuperClash III [Duration: 02:19:50]
A who’s who of WWE Hall of Famers, including Cactus Jack, Jeff Jarrett, Kerry Von Erich and more compete in this AWA spectacular.
“The Road to SuperClash III” will be added to the “Hidden Gems” category under the “In Ring” section tomorrow.

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Yesterday we exclusively revealed a two hour plus long AWA video set to arrive to WWE Network as this week’s WWE Hidden Gems addition. In good news for WWE Network subscribers, we are actually receiving two more gems! These gems come from 1954 Texas Rasslin’ and the AWA in 1973.
Both represent different kind of competition. First, there is the 1950’s match up being a bizarre karate exhibition from Phil Silva who takes on four other men. Meanwhile the AWA addition is a mere 43 seconds long with Billy Graham taking on a less-than-great opponent, The Great Scott, in an arm wrestling contest. These uploads join the near two and a half hour AWA video which will feature eighteen matches.
Below is information for the two extra WWE Hidden Gems coming this week:
Texas Rasslin’ 01/12/1954 – The Power of Karate [Duration: 00:18:19]Witness the devastating effects of Karate Wrestling in this bizarre contest from the 1950’s featuring Phil Silva.
AWA 08/25/1973 – Arm Wrestling Armageddon [Duration: 00:00:43]It’s a battle of the biceps as Superstar Billy Graham takes on The Great Scott in an arm wrestling contest.



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The Garvin v Steiner match and the 10 man tag look interesting



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Phil Silva is quite a character. Weapons smuggler, enforcer for the Hawaiian mafia, most likely a murderer, then he turned states evidence and disappeared into witness protection. He also fathered over 30 children, abandoning every mother and child.

His most heinous crime however was wrestling without a licence (he was denied the licence while out on parole after serving time for smuggling knives into Texas from Mexico). This caused Doc Sarpolis to be given a legit 60 day suspension as a promoter and one care was cancelled completely by the commission on the day of the show. He was blacklisted after this, until he turned up in Hawaii wrestling as The Convict. Hiding in plain sight...

Silva wrestled as Tokyo Tom in West Texas, having used his real name earlier in East Texas. When he left, they brought in Rey Urbano and gave him the name Tokyo Joe, a gimmick Urbano went on to use for years in many territories. Only the Amarillo newspapers acknowledged the license story, in every other town, they claimed Tom was injured and had sent his friend Joe as a replacement.

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Franchise wrote: The Garvin v Steiner match and the 10 man tag look interestingGarvin vs Steiner is basically a squash as I remember it.
The ten man tag was fun as I recall. The tag match at the end with Kerry and lawler on it might be new, I don't recall it airing. It I could be wrong. They did two or three nights worth of tapings for AWA tv down there.
The two bonus gems look interesting. The arm wrestling could be the one where the crusher comes in and subs for Scott, I can't remember...I know crusher bs Graham arm wrestling from tv aired on an AWA special years ago, just don't recall if it was a substitute angle or not.Edit: the arm wrestling is only 43 seconds long so it isn't the crusher sub being so short.

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Full NXT show is up on the network



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khawk wrote: Franchise wrote: The Garvin v Steiner match and the 10 man tag look interestingGarvin vs Steiner is basically a squash as I remember it.
The ten man tag was fun as I recall. The tag match at the end with Kerry and lawler on it might be new, I don't recall it airing. It I could be wrong. They did two or three nights worth of tapings for AWA tv down there.

The tag team match with Kerry Von Erich and Michael Hayes vs. Jerry Lawler and Jimmy Valiant aired, but quietly. My recollection was it didn't air before the Super Clash III PPV and was burned off in the latter part of December when the AWA's TV show was airing a hodgepodge of matches from various tapings and even some of the PPV bouts. There was no build up. One day it was just on.
 
Scott Steiner wasn't pushed at the tapings to build up Super Clash because he wasn't getting a match on the PPV. There were a few other Memphis guys in the same boat like Gary Young who got used as competitive jobbers. In all they did three tapings. Nashville was on its usual Saturday night and may have been at the nicer Municipal Auditorium rather than the Fairgrounds Sports Arena. Louisville was held on Sunday night instead of its usual Tuesday. Memphis was on Monday as usual.

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Here are matches for the Louisville taping which was billed in the newspaper ad as CWA-World Class-AWA Renegades World Championship Wrestling. Renegades was a smokeless tobacco that sponsored the Jarrett group for a good chunk of 1988 and 1989. Not all of these bouts took place.

September 18, 1988 - Louisville Gardens - Louisville, KY
1. Wendi Richter and Magnificent Mimi vs. Madusa Miceli and Debbie Combs
2. Ron Garvin vs. Scott Steiner
3. Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden vs. Bill Dundee and Brickhouse Brown
4. Michael Hayes vs. Iceman Parsons
5. Sgt. Slaughter and Jimmy Snuka vs. Soldat Ustinov and Teijho Khan
6. Wahoo McDaniel vs. Manny Fernandez
7. Jeff Jarrett, Robert Gibson, Greg Gagne, and The Top Guns vs. Badd Company, The Rock & Roll RPMs, and Cactus Jack
8. Jerry Lawler and Jimmy Valiant vs. Kerry and Kevin Von Erich
Plus The Guerreros, The Samoan Swat Team with Buddy Roberts, Steve Cox, Colonel DeBeers and 10 other matches

Tickets cost $10 and $8.

Bell time was 7:00 PM.

Fans were told ESPN cameras would be there.

As far as absences and replacements go Kevin Von Erich no showed and was never mentioned on the tapings and didn't take part in the PPV. Hayes stepped in. Debbie Combs no showed and Robert Fuller's valet and wife Sylvia replaced her.

I remember the tag match with Sarge on TV and the announcement that Snuka wasn't there. Slaughter brought perennial Memphis jobber Keith Eric in as his partner and there was eventually an angle with DeBeers running in. I'd always assumed Snuka was never supposed to be there and am legitimately shocked to see his name in the ad.

For the ten man tag, note that Greg Gagne is in the match and Robert Gibson is alone. Ricky Morton was still in JCP and worked a card for that promotion on the day this ad ran, 9/11/88 which was one week before the Louisville taping. During the week he quit and by the following weekend was at the tapings with Robert as the Rock & Roll Express.

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From Wwe network news. I’m sure Khawk is happy! 
We’re headed to April 8th, 1990 tomorrow, smack in the middle of the AWA’s true dying days for none other than SuperClash IV. The event has always been known to have taken place at the St. Paul Civic Center, but was widely believed to have not been recorded at the time. The Wikipedia page for the show even states its unrecorded status as a fact. As we all know now, that was not correct. Tomorrow will see a 2-hour version of the supercard (or at least what could pass for one in 1990 AWA) added to the streaming service. We can confirm that all 7 matches are included. These are as follows:
Jake Milliman vs Todd BeckerBrad Rheingans & DJ Peterson vs. The Texas Hangmen (Killer & Psycho)Baron von Raschke vs. Col. DeBeersTommy Jammer vs. Tully BlanchardKokina Maximus (the future Yokozuna) (w/Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie) vs. Nord The BarbarianAWA World Heavyweight Championship w/ Nick Bockwinkel as Guest Referee: Mr. Saito © vs. Larry ZbyszkoTag Team Steel Cage Match:Paul Diamond & The Trooper vs. The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom)
Here are some further notes for those interested. The video includes the “provided in the most complete form possible” disclaimer at the start. As should be expected, there is no commentary on the video. This is a simple, single, hard camera setup. Finally, some backstage interviews (conducted by none other than Eric Bischoff) with various participants are included as a post-event bonus.
Capping things off, here is the official description:
AWA 04/08/1990 – SuperClash 4 [Duration 01:58:18] Masa Saito puts the AWA World Heavyweight Championship on the line against Larry Zbyszko and much more action in this rarely seen supercard.
As always, AWA’s SuperClash IV will be added to the “Hidden Gems” category under the “In Ring” heading of the WWE Network tomorrow.

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All things considered that looks interesting; I’ll certainly be checking that out soon.



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Vintage Wrestling wrote: From Wwe network news. I’m sure Khawk is happy! 
We’re headed to April 8th, 1990 tomorrow, smack in the middle of the AWA’s true dying days for none other than SuperClash IV. The event has always been known to have taken place at the St. Paul Civic Center, but was widely believed to have not been recorded at the time. The Wikipedia page for the show even states its unrecorded status as a fact. As we all know now, that was not correct. Tomorrow will see a 2-hour version of the supercard (or at least what could pass for one in 1990 AWA) added to the streaming service. We can confirm that all 7 matches are included. These are as follows:
Jake Milliman vs Todd BeckerBrad Rheingans & DJ Peterson vs. The Texas Hangmen (Killer & Psycho)Baron von Raschke vs. Col. DeBeersTommy Jammer vs. Tully BlanchardKokina Maximus (the future Yokozuna) (w/Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie) vs. Nord The BarbarianAWA World Heavyweight Championship w/ Nick Bockwinkel as Guest Referee: Mr. Saito © vs. Larry ZbyszkoTag Team Steel Cage Match:Paul Diamond & The Trooper vs. The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom)
Here are some further notes for those interested. The video includes the “provided in the most complete form possible” disclaimer at the start. As should be expected, there is no commentary on the video. This is a simple, single, hard camera setup. Finally, some backstage interviews (conducted by none other than Eric Bischoff) with various participants are included as a post-event bonus.
Capping things off, here is the official description:
AWA 04/08/1990 – SuperClash 4 [Duration 01:58:18] Masa Saito puts the AWA World Heavyweight Championship on the line against Larry Zbyszko and much more action in this rarely seen supercard.
As always, AWA’s SuperClash IV will be added to the “Hidden Gems” category under the “In Ring” heading of the WWE Network tomorrow.
I have the main event and post match interviews but the rest never aired...I was surprised to find out the rest of the show was even taped to be honest.
Makes me hold out hope Twin Wars 90 was taped with Flair vs. Pillman. :)



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Why was Flair wrestling on an AWA card in 1990?



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Franchise wrote: Why was Flair wrestling on an AWA card in 1990?Verne loaned Crockett Enos and Bloom in exchange for him being allowed to bring Flair in for a match.

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