The American Wrestling Association: Home of the the Worst Promo Ever

Once upon a time, there were many wrestling promotions. And one of the most awesome was the AWA

The AWA hosted the greatest wrestling talent of the 1970s and early 1980s: Ricky Steamboat, the Iron Shiek, Adrian Adonis, Jesse Ventura and more. Then Vince McMahon poached their talent, including Hulk Hogan, as he began to create his wrestling empire. Soon, all that were left were young hopefuls like “Big” Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels and Curt Hennig, veterans like the Nick Bockwinckle and the awesome Buddy Rose, and an assortment of one gimmick guys who were showing light all over the place.

Verne Gagne, the promoter and former pro football player and wrestler, mounted the worst attempt to meet the WWF at their own game by hitting the youth market. Ladies and Gents, if you think you’re tough, let’s see if you can survive THE WRESTLEROCK RUMBLE!

By 1991, the AWA was as dead Quickdraw Rick McGraw. All their best talent headed to the WWE and WCW. Many blame Vince McMahon for its destruction.

Nonsense. We all know it was the WRESTLEROCK RUMBLE.






About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at
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