"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.
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 There is a baseball bat commonly known as a "Louisville Slugger."
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.
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.
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.