I saw a few PNW shows during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Some of the wrestlers I remember seeing at some of those shows were Buddy Rose, Bart Sawyer, Scotty the Body, The Bruise Brothers (Ron and Don Harris,) The Southern Rockers (Steve Doll and Scott Peterson,) The Grappler, Moondog Moretti, Mike Golden, and John Rambo.
I wish that the Jim Cornette DVD series Back to the Territories would make a DVD about PNW.
So You got to see them towards the tail end of the good years (though it makes me so happy to see that you referred to Doll and Peterson as the Southern Rockers, NOT Doll and King...)
Still, you were quite lucky as a lot of the guys you got to see were either headliners at the tail end (Grappler and Rose) or guys getting ready to make a mark (Scotty, Bart and Harris Bros)... And it was still great, the in ring stuff they did, some of the angles... man i miss the hell out of PNW wrestling!
1. Steve 'Crusher' Casey v. Brutus 'the Barber' Beefcake: Kilarmy's Favorite Son made short work of the Barber, rocking him with a series of hard hitting slams and suplexes, polishing him off with the patented Kilarmy Flip.
2. Curt Hennig v. Justin Credible: Credible mounted some impressive offense, but Curt's new found mean streak again came into play as a wicked chair shot (somehow missed completely by the referee) laid out Credible and allowed a Fisherman's Suplex for the win. After the match, Hennig could be heard saying "now THAT was perfect!"
3. BADD Company v. Osirian Portal: BADD Company pulls out of their slump this week with a huge win over the Portal. An assist from Curt Hennig proved huge when an apparently inadvertent leg trip on Ophidian led to Tanaka and Diamond hitting a quick slingshot/DDT combo for the win. Hennig and BADD Company left the ringside area together afterwards.
4. The Andersons (Ole, Gene and Lars) v. The New Age Outlaws and Ken Patera. Proving 3 heads are better (or at least more deadly) than 1. The Andersons isolated Road Dogg early and never let up, garnering a submission with a standing armbar. After the match, it appeared as if the D. O. double-G. was favoring his arm and needed his partners' help to get to the back.
5. Kevin Von Erich v. Gus Sonnenberg. A great athletic endeavor that began with a handshake and ended in a bit of controversy. A fantastic back and forth matchup saw these 2 men trade holds and advantage several times. The End came when Sonnenberg missed a second flying tackle and ended up outside the ring, unable to return before the 20 count. Von Erich seemed displeased with receiving this kind of victory, but reluctantly had his hand raised.
6. MAIN EVENT (No-DQ): The Samoans and Jimmy Snuka v The All Night Express and Rob Van Dam. An all out epic war between these 6 men! The fans got everything they wanted and more and broken tables and broken bodies littered the ringside area. The somewhat surprising end came when 'Moondog' Lonnie Mayne (who was doing color commentary for the TV delay-release) got up from the ringside table and took out Kenny King with a wicked chair to the back of the head followed by a piledriver on the concrete. Jimmy Snuka rolled King back into the ring for the easy win. An uneasy staredown between Snuka and Mayne ended with a sudden set of smiles and laughter as the Samoans and Snuka embraced Mayne and followed him to the back...
1. Bob Orton, Jr def 'Iron' Mike Sharpe with a superplex in his debut. Canada's Strongest Athlete just didn't have the answer for the Ace, quickly falling prey to a strong series of chain wrestling and finding him self deposited first onto the top turnbuckle and quickly deposited back off it.
2. Ken Patera def D'Lo Brown following a quick pin after a wicked clothesline. D'Lo's head snapped back in ugly fashion as the Olympic Strongman came out swinging for the fences and took D'Lo for a trip downtown to the "L" column.
3. Steve 'Crusher' Casey def Gus Sonnenberg with a reverse dropkick followed up by a breathtaking Kerry Crush. The former football standout and the former rowing champion put on a 10+ minute clinic before the Irishman caught and held the advantage. The 2 men shook hands before and after the match to the ovation of an appreciative crowd.
In a brief post match interview, Casey thanked "the booking committee here for moving him out of the opening matches." Ken Patera came down and got in Casey's face about not being a real athlete as a rower, stating he couldn't even make the olympics in rowing let alone a real sport. Casey simply smiled and slapped the taste right out of Patera's mouth! Security quickly separated to 2 men before any real issues developed.
4. The Anderson's def RVD and the All-Night Express when Ole got the Armbar submission on Kenny King. A surprisingly clean and competitive match ended once the Anderson Brothers were able to isolate Kenny late in the match. Quick tags wore him down and allowed for the diving knee into the Armbar as the other 4 men brawled. After the match, the Samoans and Snuka (w/ Lonnie Mayne) came running down and attacked the losers before a chair swinging Bob Orton came down to make the save.
5. BADD Company def the Osirian Portal when Tanaka got the pin on Ophidian with the German Suplex.
6. MAIN EVENT: Lonnie Mayne (w/Jimmy Snuka) and Kevin Von Erich was declared No Contest when the match never actually started before these 2 started brawling in the ringside area, the ramp way, the ringside seats, the interview stage... Kevin attempted to question Mr. Mayne as to what he was doing teaming up with "the likes of them?" and got slapped for his trouble. Apparently slapping a Texan does not tend to work out well. Security and most the dressing room was required to restore order.