Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Mike Summers
Opening titles with Tom Peterson's Superstores (which has since changed
Don Coss opens the show with a major announcement of a Summer
Extravaganza taking place on July 13, 1991. He couldn't talk
about who was on the card yet, but that it would be an event that you
would want to mark down. Kids were free at the Portland Sports
Arena. Where in the heck was it? The Sports Arena looked
more like a small gymnasium. Anyway, Don introduced Beth Cole and
Bob Haberman from the Cascade Sports Car Club announcing the upcoming
Sports Car Show at the Portland International Raceway which was a
fundraiser for the Dornbecker Childern's Hospital. Then, the
Bruise Brothers, the PNW Tag Team Champions, talked about how Steve
Doll, the PNW Heavyweight Champion, is supposed to be the champion and
told Don Owen to strip him of the title an give it to Ron Harris, who
Doll was wrestling in a non-title match. Sounded like they were
trying to dictate what went on in Portland. Doll came out and made
a deal with the Brothers that if Doll won, he and Demolition Crush would
get a shot at the tag team titles the following week and if Ron won,
then Ron gets a shot at the heavyweight title.
Coming back from commercial, the first match featured Pretty Boy Doug
Masters against Mike Winner. Winner went on to compete in WCW
while Masters went to Puerto Rico and nobody knows whatever happened to
him. The match went the full extent of the 15-minute time limit.
Coss continued to talk about that night's card and the July 13th
extravaganza. He received word of a name that will be Portland for
that show, but could not divulge the information. Not too many
secrets these days.
Coss interviewed Jimmy Jack Funk about the upcoming matches in Hood
River, Milton-Freewater, Salem, Eugene, Roseburg and (of course) the
Sports Arena. Doll and Crush joined in the interview, then out
came Bart Sawyer excitedly mentioning the July 13th show proclaiming,
"Book ya a plane, book ya a train!"
Coss is joined at the crow's nest by Pretty Boy Masters. Match #2
on the card was scheduled to be Larry Oliver (Rip's boy) against a
defiant Al Madril, who was refusing to wrestle because Don Owen
"let the brats in free" and was "not going to wrestle and
you can't make me". Owen threatened to "fine him so much
that he won't make enough in the months to pay for it". If
you asked Madril, he'd tell you that that's "big talk from an old
fart". After a confrontation with Owen, Oliver held Madril
for referee Sandy Barr to handcuff him to Barr to make sure he fulfilled
his obligation come heck or highwater. After an Oliver
clothesline, Barr counted the pin. Then, Madril attacked Barr
handcuffing him to the top rope and taunted him before leaving.
The match lasted about five seconds. Fans would boo wrestlers
these days. Reminds me of the Undertaker-Nailz WWF match I saw in
Chico, California, over a year later.
Madril had his "Fiesta Garden" (a weak version of the Brother
Love Show) and didn't want to talk about towns, rather wanted to
confront Owen about the incident in the ring and continued to cry about
the allowance of kids in the building free. Madril started to
abuse Owen verbally and physically, until Sandy Barr ran out to save the
boss. Madril then challenged Barr to a blindfold match, where the
loser got a pie in the face. If it were a McMahon, the loser would
Match #3 pitted Steve Doll vs. Ron Harris of the Bruise Brothers (or as
Owen called them, "The Twin Towers"). Owen didn't know
which one was wrestling Doll. The two had a good match going until
Don Harris interfered by tripping Doll. Then Crush came out to
chase Don back to the dressing room. The match went well until
Doll, slipped behind and cleanly pinned Ron to win the shot at the
tag team titles. Masters, who was beligerant the whole broadcast,
screamed that Doll had the tights and so did Ron, but the tape clearly
showed that it was a clean pinfall. So much for his chances of
being the next Jesse "The Body" Ventura (former PNW Champ
- Coss and Barry Owen (Don's son and promoter) were joined by Doll and Crush for the contract signing. The Bruise Brothers, who claimed to be fighting champions, came out and told Barry that there was no way that they were going to defend the titles because he claimed that Doll had the tights. More...