• ON THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY (August 15, 1981) – AWA All-Star Wrestling
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on August 15, 1981, Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association aired an episode of their weekly TV Show ‘AWA All-Star Wrestling’.
The show featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments featuring several AWA Superstars.
Here’s the card:
Buck Zumhofe vs. Butch Scholl
Scrap Iron Gadaski vs. Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie
AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkle vs. Rick Young
Handicap match: Hulk Hogan vs. Nacho Barrera & Mickey Shannon
Jesse Ventura & Adrian Adonis vs. Sonny Rogers & Chuck Greenly
• Former WWE Wrestler Says Vince McMahon Wanted Him To Cut His Beard To Make Him Look Like Daniel Bryan
While speaking to Stephanie Chase, former WWE wrestler Erick Rowan, now known as Erick Redbeard, discussed his final big run in WWE, where he was paired up with Daniel Bryan.
Redbeard revealed that Vince McMahon wanted him to get his beard trimmed shorter so that he could look like his partner (face-wise, obviously).
Below is what Erick said:
“I remember I had to have a meeting with Vince. They were this close to trimming my beard all the way down. I was told, ‘He wants you to look like Bryan.’ I was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa.’
I am remembering who it was, probably Malenko. He was grabbing me by the arm and trying to get me to get the cut. I was, ‘No no, let me go talk to Vince and find out what he wants before we just start cutting.’ We had the meeting and it ended up not having to cut it.
He said this was a good opportunity for me to not be a background character, which is exactly what it was again. I barely got to have any personality and barely got to talk. It’s not fun to be the background character.”
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