AWA Rage in a Cage Rocks – April 28th, 1986 – Today in Wrestling History

Road Warriors AWA American Wrestling Alliance

The American Wrestling Alliance (AWA) was founded in 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota by two business partners. Verne Gagne and Wally Karbo took the NWA Minneapolis Boxing & Wrestling Club to a new era. The AWA would go defunct in 1991. They did put on some great shows. Many great athletes made their way through AWA over the years. One such event was the Rage in a Cage event.

AWA Rage in a Cage card is a stacked one

The Rage in a Cage card was certainly a stacked. Why not check it out (no spoilers of course):

Match #1 saw Colonel DeBeers take on Davey Gee

The second match saw Mike Rotunda (birthday article) versus Doug Somers

Third in line on the card was Bruiser Brody taking on Steve O

The fourth match was Magnum T.A., NWA United States Champion, accepting the challenge of Baron Von Raschke

Curt Hennig with Scott Hall, AWA Tag Team Champions, saw the wrath of Boris Zhukov and Konga the Barbarian

Nick Bockwinkel challenged Larry Zbysczko in a Texas Death Match

Tully Blanchard, NWA National Heavyweight Champion, took Ronnie Garvin head on

AWA World Heavyweight Champion, Stan Hansen, butted heads with Leon White

Dusty Rhodes took on Arn Anderson in a steel cage match

The main event of Rage in a Cage was the Road Warriors, Animal and Hawk, battling Ivan Koloff and Nikita Koloff.

Many legends involved

The main event for Rage in a Cage featured three athletes that are featured in an upcoming videogame. RetroMania Wrestling just added Nikita Koloff to its roster. The Road Warriors will seemingly reprise their roles as the champions (just like the 1991 Wrestlefest arcade game).

Mike Rotunda would go on and become IRS and many other characters – we covered some here.

Dusty Rhodes and Arn Anderson would go on to be cornerstones for WCW in the early to mid 1990’s.

Curt Hennig would become “Mr. Perfect” in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Scott Hall would become Razor Ramon in the WWF and a founding member of the New World Order (NWO) in WCW.

Tully Blanchard, a man of many accolades alone, would see his daughter, Tessa Blanchard, lead the charge in Impact Wrestling. Magnum T.A. is Tessa’s stepfather.

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