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|Posted: Sun Dec 2nd, 2007 09:33 pm||
Regarding his AWA title run:
This is an excellent point. The Apter mags back in the 80s ran one of those hypothetical tournaments that are now commonplace on message boards. People were supposed to write in, and the wrestlers would advance month after month. The idea was that all the major stars of wrestling across all promotions were involved.
Well, at the time the WWF champ was the Ultimate Warrior and the AWA champ was Larry Zbyszko. Unfortunately in this apparently random bracketing, Zbyszko drew Warrior in the first round. The readership polling was something like 89% to 11% or something like that. In favor of Warrior, obviously. This is all from memory.
What the unfortunate pairing puts into sharp relief is Khawk's basic point. Now, Zbyszko is a solid champ cut in the AWA mold; the second coming of Nick Bockwinkel, essentially. A solid mat technician with a stocky, if unspectacular, physique, considerable verbal skill and an uncanny ability genuinely to piss people off.
But when the WWF's champ is Warrior and the NWA's champ is Sting, the degree to which the AWA is seen as irrevocably out of touch cannot be denied.
Then again, I'm not sure who would have wanted the AWA to abandon its principles and just go with the times at that point. Whomever they would have had would have been just a pathetic, fourth-rate also ran by comparison (e.g., Nightstalker, a musclebound hack they had painting his face in the Team Challenge Series). Even if Zbyszko looked like the poorer champ by comparison, you could at least accept him as the credible alternative representing a promotion that stood for the old days of wrestling skill, and substance being more important than style.
Last edited on Sun Dec 2nd, 2007 09:35 pm by Heretic
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