Nick Bockwinkel's face turn - Winnipeg version Part 1 (1985)


AWA Wrestling fans may not know that Nick Bockwinkel's babyface turn in October of 1985 had to be redone for the Winnipeg market. Winnipeg had been part of the AWA territory since the early '70s, but beginning in the summer of 1984, instead of our Winnipeg AWA TV show airing the same AWA squash matches as the AWA TV show in the other AWA cities, we started to have our own squash match TV tapings that replaced them. For some inexplicable reason, Greg Gagne stopped being a part of the Winnipeg AWA cards and didn't do the TV tapings, either, around mid-1985. He was still active in the AWA but he stopped coming to Winnipeg. The main version of the Nick Bockwinkel face turn that aired in the United States involved Nick getting involved in a match betwen Greg Gagne and Larry Zbyszko to attempt to take the numbchucks away from Larry, his tag-team partner at the time. So for the Winnipeg tapings, the AWA had to break up Larry and Nick in a way that didn't involve Greg Gagne.

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