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Recap from TJ Hawke:
Joey O’Riley is one of my favorite underexposed wrestlers. This was his Collision TV debut. Allwardt was the number one contender for the AAPW Heavyweight Championship at the time. Gaylord Stevens was Allwardt’s manager as usual. Allwardt is a fun heel mid-carder. O’Riley went for a dive off the apron, but Allwardt avoided it. Allwardt then cut O’Riley off with a lariat. They ended up back in the ring with Allwardt in complete control. O’Riley came back with a hurricanrana and a standing moonsault. Allwardt managed to cut him off again, and he then hit a piledriver: 1…2…3!
The Heavyweight Champion, Edmund McGuire, came out after the match. He gave Stevens two big superkicks. Allwardt would lose his title shot if he attacked McGuire before the match. McGuire then attacked Stevens with his own umbrella, before delivering another superkick.
This was much shorter than I expected, but it makes sense for Allwardt to be booked strong going into Heavyweight Championship match. This felt like a cliche WCW segment where a big guy mostly crushed a far more interesting performer. I actually like Allwardt for what he is, but O’Riley is so much better.
Match Rating: **1/4