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    I have to say, although I was never a fan of wrestling and there's no way I could get into this game as a player, reading this thread is surprisingly fun!
    One old man is enough.

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    WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER



    March 29, 1987

    WWF News
    Expect a special edition of the newsletter with Wrestlemania III coverage later this week. Rumors suggest that there might be some last-minute shakeups in the card that has been promoted over the past few weeks. WWF Superstars of Wrestling did a 1.27 rating this week. The main event saw Demolition Ax beat Coco B. Ware. WWF Wrestling Challenge did a 0.48 rating.

    JCP News
    The Saturday night TV show did a 1.46 TV rating. Dusty Rhodes defeated Ivan Koloff in the main event.

    All Japan Pro Wrestling News
    AJPW was on tour on Monday and Thursday. On Monday, the second match featured John Tenta losing to Dory Funk Jr. in a pretty good match. Riki Choshu defeated Dory Funk Jr. in an awesome match on Thursday.

    American Wrestling Association News
    AWA did a 0.54 TV rating on Saturday night. The main event saw Nick Bockwinkel and Larry Zbyszko beat Rip Oliver and Greg Gagne

    Other News
    The WCWA supercard was a decent show. 15,000 were in attendance. The main event featured the Von Erichs defending the six-man tag title from Abdullah the Butcher, Al Perez, and The Spoiler.

    Dick Allen was a true professional singer. He sang in a high, delicate tenor that belied his powerful body.

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    WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER - WRESTLEMANIA III SPECIAL EDITION



    March 30, 1987

    Wrestlemania III is in the books. People criticized Vince McMahon for choosing to hold the event in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but I think that everyone can be happy with the 26,000 seat sellout that they managed. The booking was a surprising swerve from the storylines that had been built up in the weeks prior to the event, and the general consensus is that the suprise main event of Hogan versus Orndorff was successful (especially if the rumors that Andre is not well enough to wrestle are true). The event did a PPV rating of 0.70.

    1. The Assassin def. Outback Jack by DQ following a low blow. Nothing to write home about here. The crowd was still getting seated during this match - so they may not have noticed the weak wrestling. (E+)

    2. Brian Blair def. Jimmy Jack Funk by DQ following a chair shot. This match was just fine, although I’ll admit that I was starting to worry about the booking at this point with two weird finishes in a row. (D+)

    3. The Wild Samoans def. The Rougeau Brothers by countout. This was wild brawl of the match that saw most of the action happening outside of the ring. Jacques Rougeau ended up getting busted open on the scalp (probably accidentally) and the match ended with both of the Rougeaus unresponsive outside the ring. (C-)

    4. Dynamite Kid def. Lanny Poffo by pinfall. This was a weird blend of comedy and hard-hitting wrestling. Poffo began the match by reading a poem about British wrestlers, but Kid interrupted him with a vicious looking strike to the chest and proceeded to brutalize him for a few minutes. Poffo got in some hgh-flying offense, but eventually succumbed to a pin. (C+)

    5. We cut to a backstage angle hinting at a fight between Tito Santana and King Kong Bundy, neither of whom were on the card tonight. (C+)

    6. Demolition Smash def. Dan Spivey by pinfall. The crowd liked this one, but it is sort of mind-boggling that the bookers decided to split up Demolition, one of their hottest tag teams right now, into singles competition for this event. (C-)

    7. Itsuki Yamazaki def. Susan Sexton by pinfall. A decent match that was carried by Itsuki Yamazaki, who is better known as a member of the Jumping Bomb Angels. (D)

    8. Next we had a video hyping the title match between The Fabulous Moolah and Desiree Peterson. There were some boos for this one. (D-)

    9. The Fabulous Moolah def. Susan Peterson by pinfall to retain the WWF Women’s Title. Maybe not unexpectedly, we got a squash match for the women’s title that featured Moolah getting Peterson into rollup about three minutes into the match. The crowd was lukewarm for this one. (D)

    10. Next we had Roddy Piper backstage interviewing Randy Savage to hype Savage’s upcoming match against the magnificent Muraco. Both were way off script and the crowd loved it. I’m sure that it was stressful for the folks in the production booth. (B+)

    11. The Hart Foundation def. The Islanders by submission to retain the WWF Tag Team belts. This was the first truly exciting match of the evening, as the Bret Hart’s technical excellence was an effective foil for the brawling going on between everyone else in the ring. (B-)

    12. We cut to a confrontation between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant backstage. The Giant cornered Hogan and mocked him for being “not ready to conquer the giant” - so Andre refused to fight him! Hogan will have to fight Andre’s proxy, Paul Orndorff, instead. This feels like a last-minute switch to protect Andre’s poor fitness, but the crowd was buzzing for it. (B+)

    13. Randy Savage def. Magnificent Muraco by pinfall to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title. This match-up felt a little bit “safe” on paper, but it turned out to be a carefully crafted match with lots of drama before Savage finished it with an elbow off the top turnbuckle. (B+)

    14. Next we got a video hyping up the just-announced Hogan-Orndorff fight for the title. (B+)

    15. Hulk Hogan def. Paul Orndorff by pinfall to retain the WWF World Heavyweight title. These days, the crowd will eat up just about any match that Hulk Hogan is in, but we have to give some credit Orndorff for the success of this match. He was able to shift between being the coward heel and a legitimate threat to Hogan’s title several times during the match, which gave Hogan plenty of opportunity to play the virtuous babyface in peril. For what was presumably a last-minute booking, it could not have been played better. Hogan won it with the leg drop and the crowd exploded. (A)

    Dick Allen was a true professional singer. He sang in a high, delicate tenor that belied his powerful body.

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    I have played around with this file in the past, and this is certainly the most bizarre Wrestlemania III that I have seen the AI book. I tried to fill in the gaps to make something mostly comprehensible.
    Dick Allen was a true professional singer. He sang in a high, delicate tenor that belied his powerful body.

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    NAWA Saturday Night Wrestling - April 6, 1987
    Vadalabene Center, Edwardsville, IL - 3,500 seat capacity

    1. Al Snow def. Bob Holly by pinfall after a Snow Plow (4:51) - This was not a great match, but the crowd was into it, and it got the show off to a good start. Bob Holly’s gimmick seems to be working well. (D-)

    2. Mark Callous def. Sid Vicious by pinfall after a Tombstone Piledriver (6:40) - This was not a great match, but again, the crowd was into it. Our bookers think that Callous and Sid have great chemistry together. So they might end up being a recurring undercard heavyweight matchup. (D-)

    3. Terry Taylor def. Eddie Gilbert by pinfall after a Five Arm (9:47) - This was a well-wrestling match, and the crowd responded as such. Terry gets a little bit of momentum from this win, and Gilbert is continuing to refine his gimmick. (C-)

    4. Brian Pillman comes out to cut a promo. He taunts Eddie Gilbert for losing and instigates a tag rematch in the future. We let Pillman improvise again, and he did okay with it. (D)

    5. The Wild Riders (Pillman/Houston) def. Norm Smiley and Wayne Bloom by pinfall following a Leaping Thrust Lariat to retain the NAWA Tag Team Championship titles. This was a sub-par match, but Pillman and Houston continue to look good out there. We will get them into some more matches with Gilbert and Ace in the future. (D)

    6. Matt Borne def. Brad Armstrong by pinfall with a foot on the ropes (8:19) - This was a good match, but the crowd wasn’t notably into it. (D)

    7. Ron Simmons def. John Tenta by pinfall with a Dominator (7:33) - This was a decent match, and should accomplish our goal of building Simmons back up to take the title from Ron Bass. (D+)

    8. Simmons is celebrating in the ring before being attacked by Ron Bass. He gets layed out and stomped on the back by Bass. Bass spits on the ground and walks back to the locker room with the title hanging over his shoulder. (D)

    9. Buddy Landel def. Owen Hart by pinfall after a chair shot. (9:39) - This was a decent match that earned a pretty good response from the crowd. Both of these guys are workers who I want to see do well in the future. (D+)

    10. Buddy Landel hangs around after the match to taunt Terry Taylor. The crowd loves it, and they will have a rematch soon. (C-)

    11. Ron Bass def. Lanny Keane by referee stoppage after Keane got knocked unconscious to retain the NAWA Heavyweight Championship (8:13) - This was a slobberknocker of a match, and the crowd loved it. Mayhem in and out of ring. Keane was gassed towards the end, but it worked. (C-)

    We got a C- as our final grade, which should improve our Great Lakes popularity. We sold 3,374 tickets.

    Keane and Borne were both wasted during the show. I fined both of them, as they have both been spoken to about this stuff previously. Both were pretty pissed off about the fine.
    Dick Allen was a true professional singer. He sang in a high, delicate tenor that belied his powerful body.

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    The numbers are in for the NAWA's first month in business. We made over $100,000 in profits - so we clearly have some money to work with in terms of talent. Expect some signings in the future.

    The first guy we went after was AWA veteran, Scott Hall. Sadly, he got snapped up on a touring contract by New Japan Pro Wrestling - so we will have to look elsewhere.
    Dick Allen was a true professional singer. He sang in a high, delicate tenor that belied his powerful body.

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