After failing to post several tapings' worth of episodes on their producer's YouTube channel, the American Wrestling Federation returned to YouTube in 2013 with new producers AND a new show - I guess the price of a 11PM Saturday slot on Channel 45 got to be too much compared to the price of the 9:30AM Sunday slot on Channel 23, thus "Saturday Night Slam" is dead and replaced with "Sunday Shockwave" ... although they STILL call it "Saturday Night Slam" (but have hastily muted out all the "45s") so clearly they can't plan that far ahead - hell, these tapings are three months old and I feel like they don't work with a lot of lead time. ANYWAY.
They've also introduced some highly entertaining office segments, so...you know...don't miss THOSE.
So if you've got a free four hours, burn through all these like I just did. The YouTube ones do NOT have any muting - and for some of them, you actually get more match than on the televised version as they had to make cuts to squeeze in all their hilarious Tony DeNucci-starring local advertisements. You also get a better picture than on Channel 23, which is unable to broadcast these tapes in HD yet. Boy, Sinclair sure is cheap!
All commentary by DJ DRAPER and "LIVEWIRE" JOHNNY PARKS except where noted - and if you never thought you'd miss Mick Karch, well...
EPISODE 1 aired 1/13/2013 (Winthrop, MN - taped 10/13/2012) ARIYA DAIVARI v. MIKEY WIPEOUT NON-TITLE MATCH: BLACK STALLION v. AWF Heavyweight Champion WILDCAT
EPISODE 2 aired 1/20 AARON CORBIN v. the retired TONY DeNUCCI "THE ANARCHIST" ARIK CANNON v. "BULLDOG" SAMMY SAVARD
EPISODE 3 aired 1/27 JOHN JOHNSON v. AWF Elite Champion "THE EXTREME ASSASSIN" CRAVEN KNYTE (...or is it?) Ariya Daivari joins Parks on commentary
EPISODE 4 aired 2/3 (Princeton, MN - taped 11/17/2012) for an Elite Division title shot: ARIYA DAIVARI v. "THE ANARCHIST" ARIK CANNON JOHN JOHNSON v. RANDY "THE RAINMAKER" RAYNES (his debut)
EPISODE 5 aired 2/10 "THE SUNSET BEACH KID" MIKEY WIPEOUT v. EL MUERTE for an Elite Division title shot: RYAN CRUZ v. "6% BODY FAT" ROB JAMES
EPISODE 6 aired 2/17 "BULLDOG" SAMMY SAVARD v. AWF Heavyweight Champion WILDCAT FLASHBACK: JOHN JOHNSON v. RYAN CRUZ (from episode 84 of "Saturday Night Slam" - taped 3/9/2012 in Hutchinson, MN) FLASHBACK: TONY DeNUCCI v. UDO (from episode 85 of "Saturday Night Slam" - same Hutchinson taping)
EPISODE 7 aired 2/24 (Isle, MN - taped 12/08/2012) Return bout which may also be for an Elite Division title shot: ARIYA DAIVARI v. "THE ANARCHIST" ARIK CANNON AWF Elite Division champion "THE EXTREME ASSASSIN" CRAVEN KNYTE v. UDO (I'm still trying to figure out how Udo gets a shot while all these other dudes are "qualifying" for...something)
EPISODE 8 aired 3/3 BLACK STALLION v. "LIVEWIRE" JOHNNY PARKS TONY DeNUCCI joins Draper on commentary
EPISODE 10 aired 3/17 They're correcty self-identifying their show name and channel!!!!!!!
don't think they ever said, but by the process of elmination this has to have been taped from their show in Arlington, MN (1/12) "Bulldog" SAMMY SAVARD v. MIKEY WIPEOUT AWF Heavyweight Championship: former Olympian (!) CHAS BETTS v. BLACK STALLION (c)
Hey wait...when did Wild Cat lose the championship? Apparently it was in Howard Lake, MN on 12/15/2012 in front of an audience so tiny we're never going to get to see any TV episodes made out of the footage. Too bad, you'd think their big title changing hands would be worthy of television...
EPISODE 11 aired 3/24 from Coon Rapids, MN (taped 1/19)
AARON CORBIN v. CHAS BETTS JOHN JOHNSON v. "The Professional" BEN SAILER
EPISODE 12 aired 3/31
from Becker, MN (taped 1/26) "Bulldog" SAMMY SAVARD v. "Livewire" JOHNNY PARKS AIRYA DAIVAIRI v. CHAS BETTS
Wow, they're really riding Chas Betts, aren't they? They must think he's the next Kurt Angle or something - but also, hope that he's not REALLY the next Kurt Angle, or he won't be spending a whole lotta time in AWF...
EPISODE 13 aired 4/7
from Becker AWF Elite Championship: CRAVEN KNYTE (c) v. RYAN CRUZ AWF Heavyweight Championship: BLACK STALLION (c) v. ZERO KINCAIDE
Damn, that sucks. Hashimoto was one of the first puro wrestlers I really got into and enjoyed his work. I mean he wasn't roided up or a muscle head, but he kicked ass, I liked that about him. It's a damn shame to read about that. R.I.P. Hashimoto