Harsher in Hindsight: Bobby Heenan jokingly referring to the AWA as "Alzheimer's Wrestling Association" due to the fact that so many of their main eventers were over the hill. Less funny now when you realize that most of those main event wrestlers, including owner Verne Gagne, would eventually develop Alzheimer's Disease later in life.
A better example of never living it down would be the big pink room. In October 1989 the AWA learned that their usual arena note (The Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota.) had been double booked for the second taping and they had to scramble to find an alternative. The AWA quickly booked a local tv studio and had filmed two weeks of matches there. They spliced the footage together with matches from the first taping, and aired them as one show. The result was that for one month the AWA had half their matches taking place in an empty pink room. The reason given on TV for this change was they wanted to prevent run-ins. However several people seem to believe that all the AWA's last year was taped in the pink room, and they did it because attendance had gotten too low to run arena shows.
However, due to redubbing and the utter disorganization associated with the TCS, there were TV shows with matches held in regular arenas with the announcers talking about the pink room matches.
His tag team partner Dick The Bruiser had these traits as well, but his background as a former Green Bay Packers linesman was played up just as much.
X-Pac Heat: Many AWA fans would argue that this should be called Greg Gagne Heat.
Believe it or not, Gagne was actually a rather popular wrestler up until 1983 or so, when he was eclipsed by the steroid guys. Before then, general consensus was that the still-active Verne was actually holding him back.
He wasn't helped by Verne creating the AWA International Television Title just for him. In fact, Ronnie Garvin, who had been booed as a Face against Ric Flair at NWA Starrcade '87, was cheered as a Heel a year later against Greg in their match at the AWA's lone PPV, SuperClash III, and both shows had been held in the same town, Chicago, IL.