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Video Archive: WrestleRock ’86

WrestleRock 86Thirty years ago — April 20, 1986 — the American Wrestling Association held what may have been its largest show, WrestleRock, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. More than anything that happened on the mat, the event is most remembered for the gloriously cheesy promo video, “WrestleRock Rumble” which blatantly stole from the Chicago Bears’ “The Super Bowl Schuffle.”

Duluth WrestleRock connection: Central High School graduates Scott and Bill Irwin, wrestling as the Long Ryders, lost an AWA World Tag Team Championship match to Curt Hennig and “Big” Scott Hall. It would be the Long Ryders’ final match. Scott Irwin died from a brain tumor on Sept. 5, 1987.

In other featured bouts:

Nick Bockwinkel defeated Stan Hansen by disqualification in the AWA World Heavyweight Championship Match.

Greg Gagne and “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka defeated Bruiser Brody and Nord the Barbarian in a steel cage match.

Many of the other featured bouts are either difficult to find on YouTube or don’t exist there. Here’s a look at the full lineup from the inside flap of the event program:

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As noted on the program: WrestleRock featured a concert by Waylon Jennings.

More on “WrestleRock Rumble”: The song was released as a cassette single, so look for it at local rummage sales. Numerous clips exist of people making fun of the video.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s online series Are You Serious? ribbed on it pretty hard in this episode, which opens by first making fun of an almost-as-hilarious Road Warriors’ song.

Jim Cornette can’t get enough.

Below is coverage from Pro Wrestling Illustrated‘s “Supercards ’86” issue.

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Supercards 1986 WrestleRock

Supercards 1986 WrestleRock 86

1 Comment

Paul Lundgren

about 12 months ago

And now there's a full "AWA Wrestle Rock '86 Retrospective."

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