AWA Unleashed

”The Voice of Minnesota Wrestling” Mick Karch, wrestling historian George Schire and Chris Tubbs recap the glory days of the historic and influential American Wrestling Association.

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2 days ago

This week it's the first of a really fun and entertaining two part series with Mike Moran, aka Mike Richards and Killer from the Texas Hangmen. He talks about getting into the business, training with Rocky Stone, what he learned as an enhancement talent and so much more.      Brought to you by our friends at Sotastick. It's the ONLY place to go for your OFFICIAL AWA Unleashed merchandise, including your very own personalized hoodie! They run small, so size up. Check out their website https://sotastickco.com/collections/awa-unleashed-podcast and use the promo code UNLEASHED for 15% off!      Send us a pic of you and your t-shirt or hoodie to us w/ your name and hometown and we’ll get it on the podcast.     Also welcome aboard 7th Ave. Pizza! It's the highest quality, best tasting frozen pizza available on the market today! If delicious toppings are what you crave, look no further. https://www.7thavenuepizza.com     Thanks to the great folks with Below Zero Wrestling, we have another AWA Unleashed LIVE! Sat. Sept. 10 at Outstate Brewing Company in Fergus Falls! Our show will start at 3:00pm, and the stars of BZW take the stage at 4:00pm! Get tix here -> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rumble-on-the-river-2-tickets-385191306567  

Tuesday Aug 02, 2022

This week we do something a little different, as Mick Karch and Chris Tubbs recap their trip to the The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Waterloo. It was Chris's first trip down, so they recap their weekend, all of the events they attended and a ton more.       Brought to you by our friends at Sotastick. It's the ONLY place to go for your OFFICIAL AWA Unleashed merchandise, including your very own personalized hoodie! They run small, so size up. Check out their website https://sotastickco.com/collections/awa-unleashed-podcast and use the promo code UNLEASHED for 15% off!      Send us a pic of you and your t-shirt or hoodie to us w/ your name and hometown and we’ll get it on the podcast.     Also welcome aboard 7th Ave. Pizza! It's the highest quality, best tasting frozen pizza available on the market today! If delicious toppings are what you crave, look no further. https://www.7thavenuepizza.com     Thanks to the great folks with Below Zero Wrestling, we're excited to announce another AWA Unleashed LIVE! Sat. Sept. 10 at Outstate Brewing Company in Fergus Falls! Our show will start at 3:00pm, and the stars of BZW take the stage at 4:00pm! Get tix here -> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rumble-on-the-river-2-tickets-385191306567

Tuesday Jul 26, 2022

This week our guest is one of the most memorable and popular talents to come into the AWA, the one and only Nacho Barrera.     Who set him up with Verne Gagne, and how was enhancement talent accepted by top talent? He also talks about what a typical taping day was like, who he liked and didn't like working with, was he happy with his role, how does it feel to be thought of so fondly after all these years and a ton more.   BTW, send a pic of you and your t-shirt or hoodie to us w/ name, hometown and favorite AWA wrestler and we’ll get it on the podcast.   Brought to you by our friends at Sotastick. It's the ONLY place to go for your OFFICIAL AWA Unleashed merchandise, including your very own personalized hoodie! They run small, so size up. Check out their website https://sotastickco.com/collections/awa-unleashed-podcast and use the promo code UNLEASHED for 15% off!      Send us a pic of you and your t-shirt or hoodie to us w/ your name and hometown and we’ll get it on the podcast.     Also welcome aboard 7th Ave. Pizza! It's the highest quality, best tasting frozen pizza available on the market today! If delicious toppings are what you crave, look no further. https://www.7thavenuepizza.com

Tuesday Jul 19, 2022

This episode follows the history and lineage of the AWA World Championship and clears up any misconceptions, including the very first champion (NOT Pat O'Conner) all the way to Larry Zbyszko and the end. What is the real story behind Otto Wanz shocking win over Nick Bockwinkel, the conflict with Jerry Lawler, who was the most underrated and more.   Brought to you by our friends at SotaStick. It's the ONLY place to go for your OFFICIAL AWA Unleashed merchandise, including your very own personalized hoodie! They run small, so size up. Check out their website https://sotastickco.com/collections/awa-unleashed-podcast and use the promo code UNLEASHED for 15% off! Lift Bridge   Brewing Company has the official beer of AWA Unleashed! The best brewery with the best beer for the best fans! Check out their inventory for the booze and swag! http://liftbridgebrewery.com/   Also welcome aboard 7th Ave. Pizza! It's the highest quality, best tasting frozen pizza available on the market today! If delicious toppings are what you crave, look no further. https://www.7thavenuepizza.com

Tuesday Jul 12, 2022

This week the topic is about the persons responsible for keeping law and order during the matches, and that's the referees. What is their role, how has it changed, and what is the difference between a “regular” referee and “trouble shooting” referees? We discuss both and a ton of names including Bob Lurtsema, Scott LeDoux, Eddie Sharkey and a ton more.   Brought to you by our friends at Sotastick. It's the ONLY place to go for your OFFICIAL AWA Unleashed merchandise, including your very own personalized hoodie! They run small, so size up. Check out their website https://sotastickco.com/collections/awa-unleashed-podcast and use the promo code UNLEASHED for 15% off!    Lift Bridge Brewery has the official beer of AWA Unleashed! The best brewery with the best beer for the best fans! Check out their inventory for the booze and swag! http://liftbridgebrewery.com/     Also welcome aboard 7th Ave. Pizza! It's the highest quality, best tasting frozen pizza available on the market today! If delicious toppings are what you crave, look no further. https://www.7thavenuepizza.com     Follow us on Twitter @AWAUnleashed ! Help us grow, by rating, review, comment, subscribe!

Tuesday Jul 05, 2022

You have questions, we have answers (sort of), with another No DQ and A, which is all about info. you guys want to know! Some of the questions include Kenny Jay and George Gadaski wrestling for the losers trophy, Andre the Giant appearing on an AWA card in Minnesota, were any of the wrestlers given any sort of health insurance, Destruction Crew, dream matches and a TON more.     Brought to you by our friends at Sotastick. It's the ONLY place to go for your OFFICIAL AWA Unleashed merchandise, including your very own personalized hoodie! They run small, so size up. Check out their website https://sotastickco.com/collections/awa-unleashed-podcast and use the promo code UNLEASHED for 15% off!      Lift Bridge Brewery has the official beer of AWA Unleashed! The best brewery with the best beer for the best fans! Check out their inventory for the booze and swag! http://liftbridgebrewery.com/     Also welcome aboard 7th Ave. Pizza! It's the highest quality, best tasting frozen pizza available on the market today! If delicious toppings are what you crave, look no further. https://www.7thavenuepizza.com     Follow us on Twitter @AWAUnleashed ! Help us grow, by rating, review, comment, subscribe!

Tuesday Jun 28, 2022

This week, we continue the dive into a conversation about the unforgettable non-wrestlers and events that took place outside of the ring. More talk about ringside fans, the Dr. X cigarette incident, "Flipping the Finger Frank",  knife yielding fans, fans that wanted to be wrestlers, and more.   Brought to you by our friends at Sotastick. It's the place to go for your AWA Unleashed merchandise, including your very own personalized hoodie! They run small, so size up. Check out their website https://sotastickco.com/collections/awa-unleashed-podcast and use the promo code UNLEASHED for 15% off!    Lift Bridge Brewery has the official beer of AWA Unleashed! The best brewery with the best beer for the best fans! Check out their inventory for the booze and swag! http://liftbridgebrewery.com/   Also welcome aboard 7th Ave. Pizza! It's the highest quality, best tasting frozen pizza available on the market today! If delicious toppings are what you crave, look no further. https://www.7thavenuepizza.com   Follow us on Twitter @AWAUnleashed ! Help us grow, by rating, review, comment, subscribe!  

Tuesday Jun 21, 2022

This week, it's a fun episode as we get into some of the unforgettable non-wrestlers and events that took place outside of the ring. How has fan behavior changed, and is it better or worse? Some of the topics include Little Ricky, Jimmy Stifter, Grandpa Nick DeGidio, thumb sucking vendors, and fans with no teeth. Yup. I just typed all of that   Brought to you by our friends at Sotastick. It's the place to go for your AWA Unleashed merchandise, including your very own personalized hoodie! They run small, so size up. Check out their website https://sotastickco.com/collections/awa-unleashed-podcast and use the promo code UNLEASHED for 15% off!    Lift Bridge Brewery has the official beer of AWA Unleashed! The best brewery with the best beer for the best fans! Check out their inventory for the booze and swag! http://liftbridgebrewery.com/   Follow us on Twitter @AWAUnleashed ! Help us grow, by rating, review, comment, subscribe!

Tuesday Jun 07, 2022

This week, we talk about some of the most recognizable names, faces and voices that brought the AWA into our homes. Who were some of the most legendary and memorable? Names include Marty O'Neill, Gene Okerlund, Larry Nelson, and some guy named Mick Karch (apparently he was a thing back in the day.)   Brought to you by our friends at Sotastick. It's the place to go for your AWA Unleashed merchandise! Check out their website https://sotastickco.com/products/awa-unleashed-t-shirt and use the promo code UNLEASHED for 15% off!    Lift Bridge Brewery has the official beer of AWA Unleashed! The best brewery with the best beer for the best fans! Check out their inventory for the booze and swag! http://liftbridgebrewery.com/ Catch us at our first live show this Sat. June 11 at Lift Bridge Brewery before the Midwest All-Star Wrestling card! Doors at noon, live podcast at 2:00pm, wrestling at 3:30pm!  Get tix -> bit.ly/3OdPVg6

Tuesday May 31, 2022

This week, we're discussing feuds and what goes into a good one. Is it real life animosity, friendship? What is the difference in how feuds were built then vs. now, and why so many AWA feuds are legendary. Plus why blowoff matches (cage, lumberjack, etc.) were treated so much differently then vs. now and more.     Some of the feuds include Dr. X vs. Billy Red Lyons, Dr. D David Schultz vs. Hulk Hogan, The Crusher vs. Mad Dog Vachon, Nick Bockwinkel vs. Verne Gagne.     Brought to you by our friends at Sotastick. It's the place to go for your AWA Unleashed merchandise! Check out their website https://sotastickco.com/ and use the promo code UNLEASHED for 15% off!      Lift Bridge Brewery has the official beer of AWA Unleashed! The best brewery with the best beer for the best fans! Check out their inventory for the booze and swag! http://liftbridgebrewery.com/ Catch us at our first live show Sat. June 11 at Lift Bridge Brewery before the Midwest All-Star Wrestling card! Doors at noon, live podcast at 2:00pm, wrestling at 3:30pm!  Get tix -> bit.ly/3OdPVg6  

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