• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 24, 1983) – AWA Super Sunday 1983
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on April 24, 1983, Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association promoted ‘AWA Super Sunday 1983’ at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Hulkster ended up not winning the AWA World Heavyweight Championship as expected by most people, as he was the victim of a reverse decision DQ finish here.
What’s funny is, that had Hogan won the belt that night, history would’ve been totally different, as it was Hogan himself who jumped ship to the World Wrestling Federation later that year and in the process played the single biggest role in turning not only the WWF but the entire sport of professional wrestling from a local territory thing into a national and later even international sensation.
Keep in mind that Hulkamania (biggest Fan movement in pro wrestling history) was already born in the AWA during the process of his feud against Jerry Blackwell. So the potential was already there to see, but they missed out on it.
It’s safe to say, had Verne Gagne booked a different finish that night and put the belt on Hulk, history would’ve been VERY different. Big time!
Here are the results:
Brad Rheingans def. Rocky Stone
Buck Zumhofe def. Steve Regal
Jerry Lawler def. John Tolos
AWA Women’s Tag Team Title
Wendi Richter and Joyce Grable (c) def. Judy Martin & Velvet McIntyre
Wahoo McDaniel def. Eddie Boulder (Brutus Beefcake)
Jesse Ventura, Ken Patera & Blackjack Lanza def. The High Flyers & Rick Martel
AWA World Heavyweight Title
Nick Bockwinkel (c) def. Hulk Hogan by reverse decision DQ
Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon def. Sheik Adnan El-Kaissey & Jerry Blackwell
• Ronda Rousey’s Next Opponent Revealed
As we noted before, “The Baddest Woman On The Planet” Ronda Rousey will be wrestling at WWE Live Events next month in Europe.
Her opponent for the May 19th WWE Live Event in Paris, France has been announced and it’s former 6 time champion (5x Women’s & 1x Divas Champion) Mickie James. They both had a physical encounter on last night’s RAW as well.
You can watch it below:
Below are the matches that are announced for this Paris Live Event:
– Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe
– Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin
– Ronda Rousey vs. Mickie James
– Bobby Lashley vs. Elias
– Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs. Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens
– Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Roode vs. Finn Balor vs. Jinder Mahal