Sunday, December 7, 2014


Dan Kroffat and Tom Zenk vs Wild Bill Irwin and Cowboy Bull Johnson (June 28, 1986)

The Long Riders, comprised of brothers Bill and Scott Irwin, were the reigning International Tag Team Champions in the spring of the 1986. When Scott Irwin briefly left the promotion to begin chemotherapy and radiation treatment for a cancerous brain tumor, longtime Toronto-area undercarder Danny "Bullwhip" Johnson (using the moniker Cowboy Bull Johnson) replaced him. However, he and Bill Irwin were eventually stripped of the belts for failing to make a title defense within 30 days. The newly-formed tag team of Tom Zenk and Phil Lafon (who used the name Dan Kroffat in Montreal) were chosen to be their opponents in a bout for the vacant titles. However, as you will see here, a certain someone makes an unexpected return, albeit under a mask. Rick Martel and Sadistic Steve Strong also get involved in what turns out to be one of the craziest brawls ever shown. For my money, this is one of the best executed angles I've ever seen. The match itself is a terrific clash of opposing styles. Eddie the Brain Creatchman managers Bill Irwin and Johnson here, while Milt Avruskin and Gino Brito provide commentary. This match was taped in the Palais des Sports in Sherbrooke, Quebec and aired on June 28, 1986 (estimated airdate). I've also included a Dino Bravo interview and a Steve Strong video as bonuses. 

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