History: Early years Anton “Tony” Stecher was a founding member of the NWA in 1948 and had promoted wrestling in Minneapolis since 1933 through his Minneapolis Boxing and Wrestling Club. In 152, he sold a one third interest in the promotion to Wally Karbo and his son Denis Stecher. On october 9, 1954, Tony Stecher died and control of the promotion passed to Karbo and Dennis Stecher. In 1959, Dennis Stecher sold his majority stake in the Minneapolis Boxing and Wrestling Club to Karbo and Gagne. They became co-owners of the promotion from that point onward.
Breaking away from the NWA In 1960, after unsuccesfully lobbyng the NWA for a title match between Verne Gagne and the NWA World Champion, Verne Gagne and Wally Karbo led certain territories out of the NWA forming the American Wrestling Association. While O’Connor was the first AWA champion, he never wrestled in the AWA. Gagne was a former amateur-wrestling champion who had earned a spot on the U.S. team at the 1948 Summer Olympics; he ran the AWA with a traditionalist sensibility, firmly believing that sound technical wrestling- sold be the basis of a pro-wrestling company.
The remainderof the matches took place at the Rochester Civic Center, where the AWA taped live matches for its television program from from 1989-1990. Jake Milliman again came away with the win by eliminating DeBeers at the end, winning the Series and the suposed $1.000.000 chek for Larry’s Legends. The TCS concept was ill-convinced and poorly presented; many wrestling fans feel that it hastened the AWA’s demise. Yet elements of the series have parallels to the brand extension employed by World Wrestling Entertainment.
1982-1983 Between 1982 and 1983 there were multiple cases of corruption trying to do that Hulk Hogan will win since he was the favourite of the public but they never obtained it. What did that Hogan rival was accepting an offer of the promoter Vince McMahin jr. To fight for the WWF, in december 1983. One month later became the champion of the heavy weight. Hogan and the WWF phenomena were done in the mass media jumping ahead of the AWA and NWA
1984 the alliance with the NWA known as Pro Wrestling USA, which was a union between the AWA and NWA territory promoters in the summer of 1984 to establish a national presence to compete against the WWF, and aired a national show on ESPN. International working agreements Abroad, the AWA had working agreements with Japanese promotions Internacional Pro Wrestling (1969 to 1980), then All Japan Pro Wrestling (1980 to 1988) and, near the end, New Japan Pro wrestling. The debacle was that on June 29, 1986, Hansen refused to lose the AWA Heavyweight Title to Nick Bockwinkel.
ESPN television deal It was around that time that the AWA began airing weekly programming on ESPN, the network which formally aired Pro Wrestling USA programming, giving the promotion the national exposure alredy enjoyed by the WWF (on USA Network) and the NWA’s Georgia/World Championship Wrestling.
1986-1991: The downfall of the AWA Howewer, the AWA continued to fall behind the WWF and NWA as a major promotion, throughout 1986 and 1987. The AWA would become inactive in the fall of 1990. As a result, Larry Zbyszko, the winner of the AWA world tittle in an 18- man Battle Royal, signed with WCW. As his last official act, Verne Gagne stripped the already-departed Zbyszko of the AWA World Title in December 1990.
AWA Team Challenge Series The AWA held a “Team Challenge Series” from october 1, 1989 through August 11,1990. all of the available wrestler were divided into three teams, “Larry’s Legends”, headed by Larry Zbyszko, “Slaughters Snipers”, headed by Sgt. Slaughter, and “Baron Blitzers”, headed by Baron Von Raschke. Babyfaces and heels alike were assigned to teams, forcing bitter rivals to work together. The winners of the Team Callenge matches would share one million dollars. Some of the earlier TCS matches took place in a TV studio without an audience; the announcer claimed it was part of an effort to stop wrestlers from interfering, but it was actually due to poor ticket sales for arena shows.
<ul><li>AWA on television </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, AWA televisison production was headquartered at Minneapolis independent station WTCN-TV, then owned by Metromedia. Marty O’Neill announced the matches for the local WTCN audience. By 1979, production was transferred to Minneapolis station KMSP-TV. During the AWA’s existence, it produced or had hand in production of several TV programs: </li></ul><ul><li>AWA All-Star Wrestling </li></ul><ul><li>AWA Championship Wrestling </li></ul><ul><li>AWA Major League Wrestling. </li></ul>
AWA on pay-per-view From 1999 to 2002, a series of AWA-related pay-per-views were produced. Titled AWA Classic Wrestling, they featured compilations of old AWA footage, hosted by Greg Gagne and Todd Okerlund with occasional appearence by Verne Gagne. They pay.per-view ceased following the acquisition of the AWA tape library by World Wrestling Enternaiment. On February 29, 2008. AWA Classic Wrestling can be seen late night on ESPN Classic.
World Wrestling Entetainment ownership World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) inducted Verne Gagne into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 1, 2006. Currently, all footage for the AWA prior to the formation of AWA Superstars of Wrestling is owned by World Wrestling Entertainment. The WWE released The Spectacular Legacy of the AWA on November 21, 2006
AWA Superstars of Wrestling In 1996, American Wrestling Association name in the state of Minnesota and the “AWA” re-opened as an independent promotion called AWA Superstars of Wrestling . On April 26, 2007 it was revealed that WWE has sought legal action against Dale Gagne for the use of the AWA name, citing trademark infrigement. The trademarks for the AWA logo and the name American Wrestling Association are owned by WWE
American Wrestling Title History The AWA World Heavyweight Championship was established in May 1960, after the AWA became a separate promotion from the National Wrestling Alliance, which had previously been a part of as the NWA's Minneapolis, Minnesota-area presence. The first champion was Pat O'Connor, who was recognized as the first champion upon the AWA's secession from the NWA as O'Connor held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship as well, which he won on January 9, 1959. With the introduction of the championship, which had world title status for its entire existence until the promotion folded in January 1991, the NWA World Championship lost its status as the only World Championship of pro wrestling.
The creation of a second world title would pave the way for the creation of many other world championships in other wrestling promotions. The title was supposedly revived in 1996 in Dale Gagner's independent promotion AWA Superstars of Wrestling, who relicensed the AWA name. However, WWE has sued Gagner for the use of the AWA name, citing trademark infringement, as the WWE owns the AWA tape library, trademarks, and logos. AWA Superstars of Wrestling has claimed lineage for their world title to the classic AWA title and control over the title history, but because there is no connection to the original organizations or individuals involved therein, no continuity in title reigns or even physical belts, and questionable legal use of the AWA name, the claims made by AWA Superstars of Wrestling are in historical dispute and in legal jeopardy
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