Wrestling: American Wrestling Association
"From coast to coast and around the globe, the greatest wrestlers in the world bring you the greatest wrestling in the world... that's the AWA!"
—Tagline of "AWA Championship Wrestling" on ESPN
The American Wrestling Association (AWA) was an American professional wrestling promotion based in Minneapolis
, Minnesota that ran from 1960 to 1991.
You can find the basics about the company's history at The Other Wiki
"The major leagues of professional wrestling tropes":
- Affably Evil: Nick Bockwinkel; all the way. So much so that he could be considered an...
- Anti-Villain: Nick Bockwinkel. Sure he cheated and called fans "cretinous humanoids", but he was just so eloquent and well spoken that you could always see where he was coming from.
- Sgt. Slaughter as well.
- All American Face: Verne Gagne was a decorated amateur wrestler before founding the AWA with multiple Big Ten and AAU championships as well as a spot on the 1948 U.S. Olympic team to his credit.
- All Asians Know Martial Arts: Pat Tanaka's, of the Tag Team Badd Company, Red Baron was "The Sensei." Despite the fact that he was born in Hawaii.
- Ax-Crazy: With names like "Butcher" and "Mad Dog," how could the Vachons not qualify?
- Larry Hennig was known as "The Ax" for a reason.
- Badass Grandpa: Da Crusher had become a real life example of this by the time he retired in 1989 at the age of 63.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Nick Bockwinkel
- Bald of Awesome: "Superstar" Billy Graham and Jesse "The Body" Ventura amongst others.
- Big Eater: The explanation for Scott Norton's "Flapjack" nickname was that he had supposedly eaten all the pancakes at the lumberjacks' camp by himself in one sitting.
- Boring Invincible Hero: Verne Gagne could be said to be this right before he retired.
- Cool Mask: Dr. X
- Cool Old Guy: Nick Bockwinkel during his final World Title run at age 52.
- Not to mention that Bockwinkel was able to rap better than everyone else, including the younger talent, in the WrestleRock Rumble video.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Pretty much every match on All-Star Wrestling was this.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: Baron Von Raschke, Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie, Abdullah the Butcher, Kamala the Ugandan Giant, Boris Zhukov, Soldat Ustinov, Col. DeBeers, etc.
- Genre Blindness: For a time in the mid-1980s, the announcers would refer to the DDT as a "short piledriver."
- Gorgeous George: "Superstar" Billy Graham and later, Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
- Highly-Visible Ninja - Larry Zbyszko's training partner Mr Go.
- I Call It "Vera": During Baron Von Raschke's late-1980s feud with the the Sheik's (Adnan Al-Kaisse) Army, he carried around a baseball bat he called his "Louisville Sleeper."note
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Nick Bockwinkel
- Mr. Fanservice: The Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Janetty)
- Non-Indicative Name: Much like WCW, The American Wrestling Association Women's Championship was defended almost exclusively in Japan, about as far away from America as you can get. Pro Wrestling Zero 1 eventually sent it back to the USA and then retired it after Sherri Martel died.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with Jerry "The Crusher" Blackwell and Reggie "Da Crusher" Lisowski. Naturally, they feuded over this.
- Parts Unknown: Nord the Barbarian, from "Norwegia"
- Piss-Take Rap: The WrestleRock Rumble.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Baron Von Raschke, Col. DeBeers
- Power Stable: The Heenan Family, The Diamond Exchange
- Real Song Theme Tune:
- Ring Oldies: The combination of the AWA style resulting in less wear and tear on the wrestlers bodies and the WWF signing away their younger talent made the AWA especially prone to this in the 80s. Nick Bockwinkel, Verne Gagne, Da Crusher and Baron Von Raschke all had World Heavyweight or Tag Team title runs past the age of 50.
- Rule of Cool: Da Crusher's signature move, the bolo punch, ran on this.
- Spiritual Successor: In 1996, former AWA employees in Wrestling Superstars Live began using the AWA name and selling rights to its use to other promotions in the UK, Canada and Japan. In 2007, WWE filed a lawsuit on the grounds it owned the right to the AWA name, causing the break up of this new alliance and ending the use of AWA properties not only among those purchased from WSL. National Wrestling Superstars would continue on for two more years after the suit before closing, meaning the closest thing to a continuation of the AWA ended up being a few regional promotions such as Carolina Wrestling Federation Mid-Atlantic.
- Stout Strength: Jerry Blackwell.
- Unrelated Cousins: Da Crusher and Dick The Bruiser.
- World's Strongest Man: Ken Patera was billed as this.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay:
- The Lumberjacks (John Nord and Scott "Flapjack" Norton)
- The Trooper (Del Wilkes)
- Wrestling Family: The Gagnes (Verne & Greg), the Vachons (Butcher & Mad Dog) and the Hennigs (Larry & Curt).
- Larry Zbyszko was part of the Gagne family by marriage, but this was never mentioned on camera.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: As their manager Diamond Dallas Page would say, "Badd Company, and that's B-A-DOUBLE-D BADD!"
- You Look Familiar: Averted with "Big" Scott Hall who sported an afro, porn stache and extremely muscular physique during his AWA run but looked much different by the time he showed up in the WWF as Razor Ramon.