Saturday, February 13, 2010

AWA Title in Toronto


I took this photo in 1982 during an AWA Title defense by Nick Bockwinkel vs Angelo Mosca. It was always a big night when the AWA title came to Toronto during the 1977-82 era. The AWA was highly regarded in the wrestling world and Bockwinkel was as classy a champ as there ever was across any of the feds.  

Note the belt is positioned in front of the W in NWA on the ring apron 

The un-cropped pic below shows Norm Kimber minding the belt with the button for the ring bell on the table beside him. That's either Frank Amato or Elio Zarlenga taking pics inside the ring area.


Bockwinkel would defend 16 times at MLG, also a couple up the road in Ottawa and would also make a couple TV tapings in Brantford, one of those bouts vs local hero Tim Gerrard

77/10/16 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel WP Dominic Denucci
77/11/30 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel W Edouard Carpentier
77/12/11 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel WP Edouard Carpentier
78/01/08 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel WP Stan Stasiak
78/02/05 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel WSub Chief Jay Strongbow
78/03/05 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel W Greg Gagne
78/05/15 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel DDQ Jim Brunzell
78/06/25 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel WP Rufus R. Jones
78/07/16 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel WP Angelo Mosca
78/09/10 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel LCOR Angelo Mosca
79/01/14 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel LDQ Dino Bravo
79/02/04 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel WDQ Tiger Jeet Singh
79/03/04 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel WP Billy Robinson
79/03/25 AWA vs WWWF TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel DCOR Bob Backlund
79/10/15 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel D Dewey Robertson
82/04/25 AWA TITLE: Nick Bockwinkel LDQ Angelo Mosca
credit Gary Will

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