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All Star Wrestling in the Salt Palace Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah

From the adverts: "All Star Wrestling in sanctioned by the American Wrestling Association and is produced by Verne Gagne through the Minneapolis Boxing-Wrestling Club. Wally Karbo is matchmaker, and Gentleman John P. Olsen is promoter."

These are the results as listed in the Salt Lake Tribune, with additional information from adverts and previews. When results were not available in the newspaper, I have used clawmaster's results and noted accordingly. I have recorded any notable differences between the newspapers results and clawmaster's results.

Thursday, April 8, 1982 (9,100)
Jerry Blackwell beat Brad Rheingans
Baron Von Raschke beat The Iron Duke
Greg Gagne beat Sgt. Jacques Goulet
Ken Patera drew Jim Brunzell (30:00)
Bobby Duncum & Bobby Heenan beat Hulk Hogan & Buck Zumhofe
$50,000 14-Man Battle Royal: Hulk Hogan beat Ken Patera, Bobby Duncum, Greg Gagne, Jerry Blackwell, Brad Rheingans, Baron Von Raschke, Bobby Heenan, Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey, Buck Zumhofe, Chief Gator Wolf, Sgt. Jacques Goulet and The Iron Duke
NOTE: Chief Gator Wolf, presumably Steve Gatorwolf, was a sub for Lord James Blears. The Iron Duke was referee Jim Mitchell, and was billed as Mitchell in the advert.

Wednesday, May 5, 1982
Buck Zumhofe beat Bobby Heenan
Brad Rheingans drew Jim Brunzell
Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey beat Greg Gagne
Ken Patera & Bobby Duncum beat Baron Von Raschke & Tito Santana
Hulk Hogan beat AWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel via dq
NOTE: Bockwinkel was disqualified due to interference from his manager Bobby Heenan. Jerry Blackwell assisted Sheik Adnan in his victory. Also advertised was an offer of $5,000 to anyone who could slam Blackwell. The advert challenged all "tough miners, roughnecks, cowboys, truck drivers, lumberjacks, brick layers and farmers." There was no mention of the challenge in the newspaper results.

Monday, May 31, 1982 (Memorial Day)
Brad Rheingans beat Bobby Duncum
Buck Zumhofe nc Sgt. Jacques Goulet
Baron Von Raschke beat Bobby Heenan
Ken Patera beat Tito Santana
Slam Contest: Hulk Hogan beat Jerry Blackwell (12:57)
NOTE: For the Slam Contest, both men were advertised to have put up $5,000, winner takes all.

Saturday, June 26, 1982
Buck Zumhofe beat Sgt. Jacques Goulet
Jerry Blackwell beat Brad Rheingans
Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey beat Baron Von Raschke
AWA World Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Ken Patera & Duncum via dq
NOTE: Referee Eldon Rich had given the match and the title in the main event to Patera and Duncum, but reversed his decision because Duncum was not the legal man when he pinned Brunzell.

Friday, August 6, 1982 (4,960)
Rick Martel drew Ray Stevens
Otto Wanz beat Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey (11:50)
AWA World Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell ddq Ken Patera & Bobby Duncum
Handicap Match: Hulk Hogan beat Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Heenan (16:22)

Saturday, August 28, 1982
Sgt. Jacques Goulet & Bobby Heenan beat Buck Zumhofe & Brad Rheingans
Tito Santana & Rick Martel beat Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens
Ken Patera & Bobby Duncum beat Baron Von Raschke & Otto Wanz
AWA World Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Nick Bockwinkel & Jesse Ventura (Brunzell > Bockwinkel) (18:32)

Tuesday, September 28, 1982
Bobby Heenan beat Ray Stevens via dq
Buck Zumhofe beat Sgt. Jacques Goulet
Greg Gagne beat Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey via dq
Ken Patera & Bobby Duncum beat Hulk Hogan & Baron Von Raschke
AWA World Heavyweight Champion Otto Wanz beat Jerry Blackwell via dq

Thursday, November 4, 1982
Greg Gagne beat Tom Lintz
Baron Von Raschke beat Bobby Duncum via dq
Jim Brunzell beat Nick Bockwinkel
Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey beat Brad Rheingans & Steve Olsonoski
Hulk Hogan beat Adrian Adonis
Andre the Giant won a 17-Man Battle Royal
NOTE: The results of this card were not carried in the newspaper, and the above results come from clawmaster's results. From the advert, the battle royal was advertised as a $50,000 16-Man Battle Royal with the other participants being Rick Martel, Brad Rheingans, Bobby Heenan, Jerry Blackwell, Bobby Duncum, Baron Von Raschke, Larry Hennig, Hulk Hogan, Greg Gagne, Tom Lintz, Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey, Jesse Ventura, Jim Brunzell, Ken Patera and Sgt. Jacques Goulet. Hulk Hogan was advertised to face Jesse Ventura in a "Strong Boy Showdown" with Leo Nomellini as special referee. Rick Martel was advertised as the partner of Rheingans. The Brunzell vs. Bockwinkel match was not advertised. The 17 men in the battle royal were most likely the 16 advertised, with Adonis and Olsonoski as substitutes for Ventura and Martel, and Bockwinkel as the 17th entrant.

Monday, December 6, 1982 (5,950)
Steve Olsonoski beat Tom Lintz
Lone Eagle & Tiny Tim (sub. Billy the Kid) beat Little Tokyo & Hillbilly Pete (sub. Cowboy Lang)
Ken Patera beat Larry Hennig
Baron Von Raschke & Rick Martel beat Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey & Bobby Heenan (sub. Jerry Blackwell)
AWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Jim Brunzell via dq

Thursday, January 13, 1983 (Fan Appreciation Night)
Bobby Heenan drew Buck Zumhofe
Wahoo McDaniel beat Sgt. Jacques Goulet
Jesse Ventura beat Baron Von Raschke
Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey beat Rick Martel & Steve Olsonoski
Hulk Hogan beat Ken Patera via dq
NOTE: The results of this card were not carried in the newspaper, and the above results come from clawmaster's results.

Friday, February 11, 1983
Wahoo McDaniel beat Tom Lintz
Bobby Heenan beat Buck Zumhofe
Sgt. Jacques Goulet beat Steve Olsonoski
Wrist-Wrestling: Jesse Ventura beat Hulk Hogan
AWA World Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell nc Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey
NOTE: Sgt. Jacques Goulet replaced Sheik Adnan during the main event. The report is unclear, but this appears to have happened mid-match, while clawmaster's results have Goulet as a substitute. The newspaper also listed Mad Dog Vachon as being involved in the no contest, but with no explanation. It it likely that all six men were involved in the match at some point, building to next month's main event. Ventura was listed as defeating Hogan with held from Heenan, while clawmaster's results have Hogan winning via disqualification.

Tuesday, March 8, 1983
Baron Von Raschke beat Bobby Heenan
Jerry Lawler beat John Tolos
Jesse Ventura beat Hulk Hogan via dq
World Women's Champion Fabulous Moolah beat Sabrina
Greg Gagne, Jim Brunzell & Mad Dog Vachon beat Jerry Blackwell, Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey & Sgt. Jacques Goulet

Thursday, April 7, 1983
Buck Zumhofe beat John Tolos
Rick Martel beat Bad Rheingans
Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey beat Greg Gagne via dq
Mad Dog Vachon beat Jerry Blackwell
Handicap Match: Hulk Hogan & Baron Von Raschke beat Jesse Ventura, Ken Patera & Bobby Heenan
NOTE: Heenan was not listed in the newspaper preview or in clawmaster's results, but the newspaper results refer to him as an "added starter."

Tuesday, May 3, 1983
Brad Rheingans beat Bobby Heenan
Jesse Ventura beat Jim Brunzell
Ken Patera drew Wahoo McDaniel
Mad Dog Vachon & Baron Von Raschke beat Jerry Blackwell & Sgt. Jacques Goulet
Rick Martel beat AWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel via dq

Monday, June 13, 1983
AWA World Light Heavyweight Champion Mike Graham beat Buck Zumhofe
Wahoo McDaniel beat Blackjack Lanza
Greg Gagne beat John Tolos
Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell beat Baron Von Raschke & Mad Dog Vachon
Rick Martel beat AWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel via dq
NOTE: The results of this card, bar the main event, were not carried in the newspaper, and the above results come from clawmaster's results. Eldon Rich was referee for the main event. The opening match was possibly not a title match.

Monday, July 11, 1983
David Schultz beat Buck Zumhofe
Greg Gagne beat Mr. Saito via dq
Jim Brunzell beat Jerry Blackwell
Ken Patera beat Mad Dog Vachon
Rick Martel & Wahoo McDaniel beat Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Heenan
NOTE: The only reference to this card in the newspapers was the general Salt Palace advert listing wrestling on this date. The above results come from clawmaster's results.

Monday, August 15, 1983
David Schultz beat Baron Von Raschke via dq
Mad Dog Vachon beat Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey
Greg Gagne & Baron Von Raschke beat Blackjack Lanza & Bill White
Hulk Hogan beat Mr. Saito via dq
AWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Wahoo McDaniel
NOTE: The only reference to this card in the newspapers was a brief preview listing the final two matches. The above results come from clawmaster's results.

Monday, September 19, 1983
Brad Rheingans beat Bill White
Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey drew Buck Zumhofe
Handicap Match: Hulk Hogan beat Mr. Saito & David Schultz
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat AWA World Tag Team Champions Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell via dq
NOTE: The results of this card were not carried in the newspaper, and the above results come from clawmaster's results.

Friday, October 28, 1983 (9,600)
Jim Brunzell beat Bill White (15:08)
Billy Robinson beat Ray Stevens (12:18)
Blackjack Lanza beat Bobby Heenan via co (9:04)
Rick Martel & Mad Dog Vachon beat Jerry Blackwell & Ken Patera (18:56) (special referee: Leo Nomellini)
Hulk Hogan nc David Schultz (referee: Eldon Rich)
Rick Martel won a 19-Man Battle Royal
NOTE: The 20 men advertised for the battle royal were Andre the Giant, Jerry Blackwell, Ken Patera, Blackjack Lanza, Greg Gagne, Rick Martel, David Schultz, Otto Wanz, Brad Rheingans, Mad Dog Vachon, Hulk Hogan, Bill White, Billy Robinson, Mr. Saito, Superstar Billy Graham, Baron Von Raschke, Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey, Bobby Heenan, Ray Stevens and Jim Brunzell. Strangely, there was a detailed report of this card in the November 8 edition of the Salt Lake Tribune. The article listed the 20 battle royal entrants in the same order as the advert, so there is a chance that there were some unknown substitutions. Schultz did not participate due to injuries sustained in his earlier match, leaving 19 entrants. Andre was eliminated by Saito, who hit him with a folding chair. Saito went on to be the final man eliminated.

Sunday, November 13, 1983
Brad Rheingans beat Buck Zumhofe
Otto Wanz beat Bill White
Superstar Billy Graham beat Jim Brunzell
Handicap Match: Hulk Hogan & Andre the Giant beat Mr. Saito, David Shultz & Jerry Blackwell
Rick Martel beat AWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel via dq
NOTE: Despite the most extensive build-up since live AWA wrestling came to Salt Lake City, the results of this card were not carried in the newspaper, and the above results come from clawmaster's results. Zumhofe was advertised to defend his AWA World Light Heavyweight Title against Bobby Heenan, and Rheingans was advertised to face Ken Patera.

Thursday, December 29, 1983
David Schultz vs. Steve Olsonoski
AWA World Light Heavyweight Champion Buck Zumhofe vs. Bobby Heenan
AWA World Tag Team Champions Jerry Blackwell & Ken Patera vs. Mad Dog Vachon & Baron Von Raschke
Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. Saito
AWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel vs. Rick Martel
NOTE: Only the main event, with no result, is listed in clawmaster's results.

Tuesday, January 24, 1984
Steve Regal beat Buck Zumhofe (16:33)
Bunkhouse Brawl: Blackjack Lanza beat Bobby Heenan (7:11)
Billy Robinson drew Steve Regal (sub. Ken Paterera)
AWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Brad Rheingans (22:49)
Mr. Saito & Jesse Ventura beat Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell via dq
NOTE: The "Bunkhouse Brawl" was a lumberjack match with 10 men stationed outside the ring.

Sunday, February 12, 1984
Brad Rheingans beat Bobby Heenan
Buck Zumhofe beat Steve Regal
Blackjack Mulligan beat Chris Markoff
Blackjack Lanza beat Nick Bockwinkel
Jesse Ventura & Mr Saito nc Baron Von Raschke & Blackjack Mulligan (sub. Mad Dog Vachon) 
NOTE: The newspaper preview stated that Bockwinkel was defending the AWA World Heavyweight Title, while clawmaster's results list the match as non-title.

Thursday, March 15, 1984 (International Tag Team Spectacular)
Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Lanza beat Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Heenan
Giant Baba & Genichiro Tenryu beat Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts
Baron Von Raschke & Mad Dog Vachon beat Mr. Saito & Jesse Ventura via dq
AWA World Heavyweight Champion Jumbo Tsuruta beat Jim Brunzell
AWA World Tag Team Champions Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell beat Greg Gagne & The Crusher
NOTE: Nick Bockwinkel was advertised as the champion defending against Brunzell, although Tsuruta had won the title on February 22. Tsuruta was advertised as facing Brad Rheingans in the opening match. Heenan's advertised partner was Steve Regal.

Tuesday, April 10, 1984 (5,692)
Curt Hennig beat Steve Olsonoski (19:26)
Jesse Ventura beat Baron Von Raschke (14:43)
Steve Keirn & Stan Lane beat Larry Zbyszko & Steve Regal (2:01)
Blackjack Lanza beat Nick Bockwinkel via dq
Steel Cage Match: Greg Gagne, Mad Dog Vachon & The Crusher beat Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey, Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell (Gagne > Sheik Adnan)
NOTE: The main event was advertised as: "A 12-foot high steel cage will be built around the ring. The six wrestlers will be locked in the cage until there is a winner. No disqualification. No escape." The description of the finish of the main event was: "Gagne jumped from the top of the 8-foot cage on the prostrate Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey for the pin." The newspaper listed the 4-man tag team match lasting 2:01, but this may be a misprint. The advertised singles matches were Bockwinkel vs. Blackjack Mulligan, Von Raschke vs. Mr. Saito and Ventura vs. Olsonoski. 

Thursday, May 10, 1984
Curt Hennig drew Larry Zbyszko
Steve Keirn & Stan Lane beat Jesse Ventura & Jake Milliman
Princess Victoria & Velvet McIntyre beat Despina Montagas & Leilani Kai
The Crusher beat Jerry Blackwell
Greg Gagne beat AWA World Heavyweight Champion Jumbo Tsuruta via dq
NOTE: The results of this card were not carried in the newspaper, and the above results come from clawmaster's results.

Thursday, June 21, 1984 (3,500)
Steve Olsonoski beat Chris Markoff (14:55)
Steve Regal drew Curt Hennig (20:00)
Nick Bockwinkel beat Billy Robinson
The Crusher ddq Abdullah the Butcher
Steve Keirn & Stan Lane beat King Kong Brody & Larry Zbyszko (sub. Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey) (Zbyszko was pinned) (7:02)

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Thursday, July 26, 1984
Billy Robinson beat Steve Regal
Tony Atlas beat Larry Zbyszko
The Road Warriors beat Curt Hennig & Steve Olsonoski
Jim Brunzell beat King Kong Brody via dq
Steve Keirn & Stan Lane beat Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito
NOTE: The results of this card were not carried in the newspaper, and the above results come from clawmaster's results.

Friday, August 24, 1984
Curt Hennig drew Larry Zbyszko
Tony Atlas beat Steve Regal
Jim Brunzell beat Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey
Mr. Saito beat Stan Lane
The Road Warriors beat AWA World Tag Team Champions Baron Von Raschke & The Crusher via dq
NOTE: The results of this card were not carried in the newspaper, and the above results come from clawmaster's results.

Monday, September 17, 1984
Curt Hennig drew Brad Rheingans
Steve Keirn & Stan Lane beat Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito (sub. Bobby Heenan)
Tony Atlas & Jim Brunzell beat The Road Warriors
AWA World Heavyweight Champion Rick Martel beat Mr. Saito via dq
NOTE: The results of this card were not carried in the newspaper, and the above results come from clawmaster's results. The Road Warriors were the AWA World Tag Team Champions at this point, but this was not mentioned in any advertising or previews. This card took place right at the time when Heenan left the AWA for the WWF, The WWF promoted their first card in Salt Lake City on September 15 at the University of Utah's Sports and Special Events Center with main events of Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff and Fabulous Moolah vs. Wendi Richter.

Friday, October 26, 1984
Jimmy Garvin beat Tom Zenk
Boom Boom Bundy beat Chris Markoff
Curt Hennig drew Nick Bockwinkel (20:00)
Jim Brunzell beat Steve Regal
Handicap Match: Jerry Blackwell beat Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey & Larry Zbyszko (sub. King Kong Brody)
Steve Keirn & Stan Lane won a tag team Battle Royal
NOTE: The results of this card were not carried in the newspaper, and the above results come from clawmaster's results. The advertised teams in the battle royal were: The Road Warriors, The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke, Larry Hennig & Curt Hennig, Nick Bockwinkel & Mr. Saito, Steve Regal & Ronnie Garvin, Jerry Blackwell & Boom Boom Bundy, Steve Keirn & Stan Lane, Billy Robinson & Larry Zbyszko, Jim Brunzell & Blackjack Lanza and Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey & Ox Baker. Each team was said to have paid a $5,000 entry fee.

Monday, November 19, 1984 (Six Pack Night)
Blackjack Lanza beat Steve Regal
Jim Brunzell drew Billy Robinson
Larry Hennig & Curt Hennig beat Nick Bockwinkel & Mr Saito via dq
Jimmy Garvin beat Jim Brunzell
AWA World Tag Team Champions The Road Warriors beat Steve Keirn & Stan Lane
NOTE: The results of this card were not carried in the newspaper, and the above results come from clawmaster's results. Also advertised were Tony Atlas vs. Chris Markoff and Boom Boom Bundy vs. Billy Robinson. The match between Lanza and Regal was not advertised.

Sunday, December 9, 1984 (Holiday Spectacular)
Billy Robinson beat Tom Zenk
Baron Von Raschke beat Steve Regal
Curt Hennig beat Mr. Saito
AWA World Tag Team Champions Road Warriors ddq Steve Keirn & Stan Lane
AWA World Heavyweight Champion Rick Martel beat Jimmy Garvin via dq
NOTE: The results of this card were not carried in the newspaper, and the above results come from clawmaster's results. This card is incorrectly listed as being held in the Cow Palace, rather than the Salt Palace, in clawmster's results. The advertised opening two matches were Robinson vs. Regal and Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey vs. Zenk.



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Thursday, April 8, 1982 (9,100)Jerry Blackwell beat Brad RheingansBaron Von Raschke beat The Iron DukeGreg Gagne beat Sgt. Jacques GouletKen Patera drew Jim Brunzell (30:00)Bobby Duncum & Bobby Heenan beat Hulk Hogan & Buck Zumhofe$50,000 14-Man Battle Royal: Hulk Hogan beat Ken Patera, Bobby Duncum, Greg Gagne, Jerry Blackwell, Brad Rheingans, Baron Von Raschke, Bobby Heenan, Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey, Buck Zumhofe, Chief Gator Wolf, Sgt. Jacques Goulet and The Iron DukeNOTE: The Iron Duke and Chief Gator Wolf were subs for Lord James Blears and "Jim Mitchell". Mitchell's name appeared on the newspaper advert, but there is no known wrestler with that name who wrestled in 1982. Chief Gator Wolf is presumable Steve Gatorwolf.
Jim Mitchell was the large AWA referee with the deformed hand missing a few fingers. He also wrestled as the Iron Duke with a glove covering the deformity when he wrestled. He also spent time in the Vancouver and Memphis territories as Jim "The Claw" Mitchell during the early 1980s.  There was no attempt at subterfuge disguising the fact that Mitchell and Iron Duke were one and the same, at least on AWA television, and may have even used Mitchell at times doing squash matches.  

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One Fan Gang wrote: Thursday, April 8, 1982 (9,100)Jerry Blackwell beat Brad RheingansBaron Von Raschke beat The Iron DukeGreg Gagne beat Sgt. Jacques GouletKen Patera drew Jim Brunzell (30:00)Bobby Duncum & Bobby Heenan beat Hulk Hogan & Buck Zumhofe$50,000 14-Man Battle Royal: Hulk Hogan beat Ken Patera, Bobby Duncum, Greg Gagne, Jerry Blackwell, Brad Rheingans, Baron Von Raschke, Bobby Heenan, Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey, Buck Zumhofe, Chief Gator Wolf, Sgt. Jacques Goulet and The Iron DukeNOTE: The Iron Duke and Chief Gator Wolf were subs for Lord James Blears and "Jim Mitchell". Mitchell's name appeared on the newspaper advert, but there is no known wrestler with that name who wrestled in 1982. Chief Gator Wolf is presumable Steve Gatorwolf.
Jim Mitchell was the large AWA referee with the deformed hand missing a few fingers. He also wrestled as the Iron Duke with a glove covering the deformity when he wrestled. He also spent time in the Vancouver and Memphis territories as Jim "The Claw" Mitchell during the early 1980s.  There was no attempt at subterfuge disguising the fact that Mitchell and Iron Duke were one and the same, at least on AWA television, and may have even used Mitchell at times doing squash matches.  

Thanks for that. I will update my note.



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The AWA coming to Salt Lake City was mainstream news in the market which had not regular pro wrestling, certainly not on a major league level, in a long time. The Amarillo promotion ran a card there in 1979 with an eye towards expanding into the market, but must have drawn poorly because the promotion didn't go back. Verne Gagne told the Salt Lake Tribune that the key was getting a TV affiliate and good timeslot to make opening up the market a worthy venture. At the time, the Twin Cities station that carried All Star Wrestling also owned a station in Salt Lake City. That relationship was utilized to get on TV in Utah.

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Here is the Amarillo card which utilized a smaller space at the Salt Palace rather than the 12,000 plus capacity main arena that the AWA used. Joe Millich served as the local promoter.

October 8, 1979 - Salt Palace Exhibition Hall - Salt Lake City
1. Larry Lane vs. Sylvano Sousa
2. Gary Young and Coconut Willie vs. Alex Perez and Little Tokyo
3. Ricky Romero vs. JJ Dillon
4. Dick Murdoch vs. Cyclone Negro

Bell Time - 8:00 PM

Tickets - $4.50 ringside, $3.50 general admission

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tamalie wrote: The AWA coming to Salt Lake City was mainstream news in the market which had not regular pro wrestling, certainly not on a major league level, in a long time. The Amarillo promotion ran a card there in 1979 with an eye towards expanding into the market, but must have drawn poorly because the promotion didn't go back. Verne Gagne told the Salt Lake Tribune that the key was getting a TV affiliate and good timeslot to make opening up the market a worthy venture. At the time, the Twin Cities station that carried All Star Wrestling also owned a station in Salt Lake City. That relationship was utilized to get on TV in Utah.

The Amarillo card was a sold show, rather than Murdoch and Mulligan looking to expand their territory. There are also random Amarillo cards in Montana and Idaho that were also sold shows.



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There was another one in the Bay Area too. Granted they were sold shows and the Amarillo promotion got its money in advance, or a good chunk at least, but had any of these sold show towns shown drawn well and shown potential, the local promoter would have brought them back or the Amarillo office would have taken a direct role in making new bookings.

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tamalie wrote: There was another one in the Bay Area too. Granted they were sold shows and the Amarillo promotion got its money in advance, or a good chunk at least, but had any of these sold show towns shown drawn well and shown potential, the local promoter would have brought them back or the Amarillo office would have taken a direct role in making new bookings.

Santa Rosa, California. When the SF territory closed up, M&M somehow got their TV show on a local station. The only surviving episode of Amarillo TV that anyone knows about is from that station. They ran a show in Santa Rosa, but it was so far away from Amarillo that they had to use a lot of local talent on that show, because they couldn't get enough guys in from Texas. This was late in M&M's two year run in Amarillo. In its prime, the territory ran two shows a night, and could stretch to three on occasion. By the time of the Santa Rosa card, the roster was paper thin.



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