Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Dec 13, 2014 17:42:17 GMT -6
1988 - In Chicago, Illinois AWA World Champion Jerry Lawler defeated World Class Champion Kerry Von Erich to unify the titles. Also, Greg Gagne defeated Ronnie Garvin via countout to win the AWA International Television Title and Eric Embry defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the World Class Light Heavyweight Title [This is the infamous Super Clash III PPV with AWA, CWA, WCCW, and POWW wrestlers, which the WWF tried to stop even though it wasn't a threat. How? They reported Kerry Von Erich to Illinois commission because they had a rule against boxers and wrestlers competing with prosthetic limbs.]
Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Dec 13, 2014 20:02:36 GMT -6
1988 - The AWA held their one, and only, Pay-per-view event, Superclash III, in conjunction with World Class Championship Wrestling and Memphis' CWA. The event, held in Chicago, Illinois at the UIC Pavilion, drawing less than 2,000 fans for the 12-match card. The card it notable for several stories and incidents, which will be covered in the results of the show. The show was not a success financially, with only 1,672 fans attending the show. Not long after SuperClash III, Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler bought World Class and merged it with the CWA to create the United States Wrestling Association. The show results were: - Hector, Chavo & Mando Guerrero defeated Cactus Jack & The Rock N' Roll RPMs (Mike David & Tommy Lane) when Chavo pinned Lane. This was the Pay-per-view debut of Cactus Jack. 15 years after this match, Chavo Guerrero confronted Verne Gagne (who promoted the show) at a wrestling convention over the fact that Verne has never paid him (and others) for appearing on the show. - Eric Embry defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the World Class Light Heavyweight Title for the fourth time. - Jimmy Valiant defeated Wayne Bloom in less than thirty seconds. - World Class Texas Champion Iceman King Parsons defeated Brickhouse Brown. - Paul Diamond, Pat Tanaka & Madusa Micelli (managed by Diamond Dallas Page) defeated Ricky Rice, Derrick Dukes & Wendi Richter. - Greg Gagne defeated Ronnie Garvin via countout to win the AWA International Television Title. Garvin had actually beaten Gagne and was the defending champion going into this match, but he had signed a contract with the WWF and refused to job clean to Gagne before leaving. So, the AWA made up a story about the title being held up due to controversy over Garvin's championship win. As a result, this match was for a vacant title, and Gagne could win the belt on a countout. - The Terrorist won a Street Fight Lingerie Battle Royal. Notables in the battle royal include Luna Vachon and Tina Ferrari (better known as Ivory in WWE). - Sgt. Slaughter defeated Col. DeBeers in a Boot Camp match. Following the match, The Iron Sheik attacked Slaughter. - World Class Tag Team champions The Samoan Swat Team (Samu & Fatu), managed by Buddy Roberts, defeated Michael Hayes & Steve Cox. - Wahoo McDaniel defeated Manny Fernandez in an Indian Strap match. - AWA World Champion Jerry Lawler defeated World Class Champion Kerry Von Erich to unify the titles. Lawler was later given a third belt by the USWA proclaiming him the "Unified World Champion". Before the match, Von Erich absentmindedly cut himself with a blade backstage, slicing open his bicep. As a result, Lawler grabbed Von Erich's arm at the start of the match and rammed it into the ringpost in an attempt to explain why Von Erich was bleeding. The match ended when the referee stopped the bout due to Von Erich's excessive bleeding from the head, despite the fact that Von Erich had Lawler in the claw and was in control of the match at the time. This match almost didn't take place, as WWF reportedly went to the Illinois State Athletic Commission and pointed out an ancient statute that stated that amputees could not compete in championship matches as a way of messing with the show. WWF claimed Von Erich was an amputee (at the time, it was not common knowledge that Von Erich was missing a foot) and that the match should be canceled. However, the Commission said it wouldn't begin it's investigation until December 14th (after the PPV), so WWF dropped their request. - The Rock N' Roll Express vs. Jimmy Golden & Robert Fuller ended in a double countout.