SuperClash was a series of major professional wrestling shows promoted by the American Wrestling Association (AWA) between 1985 and 1990, often co-promoted with other North American wrestling promotions. AWA held a total of four SuperClash shows, with the third being broadcast on pay-per-view (PPV), AWA's only PPV show.
SuperClash '85 – The Night of Champions was a professional wrestling event promoted by the American Wrestling Association (AWA). This was billed as AWA's flagship supercard, their biggest event of the year held only a few months after WrestleMania, which was promoted by the rival World Wrestling Federation (WWF) promotion. The event was held at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois on September 28, 1985. The show drew a paid attendance of 20,347, although it was announced as 25,000. SuperClash – Night of Champions was one of the co-promotional efforts by the AWA, National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) to compete with the WWF's increasing national presence and popularity. The jointly promoted venture was known as Pro Wrestling USA. Reportedly, promoters Verne Gagne (AWA) and Jim Crockett (NWA) disputed the live gate for the show, with Crockett claiming $288,000 and Gagne claiming $200,000 was made. Due to the money dispute, several NWA stars set to appear on Gagne's upcoming AWA events were pulled, with some cards then cancelled altogether.
The show feature numerous championship matches including three world heavyweight championship matches. On the show, Mil Máscaras defended the IWA World Heavyweight Championship against Buddy Roberts, despite the fact that the International Wrestling Association had closed down in 1978. Since then, Mil Máscaras continued to defend the championship, basically as his own personal championship used to give an air of prestige to some of Mil Máscaras' matches. Also on the show the team of Jumbo Tsuruta, Giant Baba, and Genichiro Tenryu are billed as defending the Asian Six-Man Tag Team Championship, a championship that was never mentioned outside the promotional material for the SuperClash show. In the tenth match of the night it appeared as if The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy) defeated The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship. During the match, Hayes used a set of Brass knuckles on Animal to win the match. Moments later, promoter Verne Gagne reviewed the instant replay and decided to give the championship back to the Road Warriors, disqualifying the Freebirds. In the semi-main event, Ric Flair successfully defended his NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Magnum T.A. The main event match between champion AWA World Heavyweight Champion Rick Martel and Stan Hansen only lasted a couple of minutes as the champion and the challenger fought first at ringside and then into the dugout of Comiskey Park, resulting in a double count-out.
SuperClash '85 results
SuperClash II took place at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California on May 2, 1987. The show was promoted as the AWA's most important show of the year. Unlike SuperClash I and SuperClash III, the second event featured mainly AWA wrestlers. While not the last match of the show the main event was a match between Curt Henning and Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. The show featured six additional matches that were taped for television and shown as part of the AWA's weekly television shows in subsequent weeks.
SuperClash II results
SuperClash III was held on December 13, 1988 from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. It was the third SuperClash event produced by the American Wrestling Association and the only AWA show to be broadcast on pay-per-view (PPV). The Texas-based World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA; formerly known as World Class Championship Wrestling), women wrestling promotion Powerful Women of Wrestling (POWW), and Memphis-based Championship Wrestling Association (CWA) also provided talent for the show. The show was poorly received, not a financial success and soon after the WCWA was bought out by Jerry Lawler and Jerry Jarrett and merged with the CWA to become the United States Wrestling Association (USWA). In the sixth match of the night AWA promoter Verne Gagne's son Greg Gagne defeated Ron Garvin by count out. Since this match was for the vacant AWA International Television Championship Gagne won the championship without pinning his opponent. The show was one of the few pay-per-view events to be left off the WWE Network at launch but was later added.
SuperClash III results
SuperClash IV was a professional wrestling event promoted by the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and was held at the Saint Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 8, 1990. Larry Zbyszko pinned AWA World Heavyweight Champion Mr. Saito to win the title at 16:01 after Saito delivered the Saito Suplex, with both wrestlers' shoulders down and Zbyszko lifting his shoulder during the three count. Nick Bockwinkel served as special guest referee and awarded the championship to Zbyszko. No TV cameras were present for this event and the matches were not recorded. The Junkyard Dog was reportedly injured the previous night during a show in Norfolk, Virginia. During the show, NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair and Brian Pillman were announced as appearing at the next AWA event in St. Paul on May 5.
SuperClash IV results
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