TOM ZENK IN
IWA SPRING TOUR OF EUROPE
In April 1988, following his return from Japan and between occasional work for Verne Gagne's AWA, Tom Zenk toured Europe with All Stars Promotions.
All Stars Promotions was based in Fridley, MN, with ties to AWA, and hired workers, mainly out of Minneapolis, with international visibility through US wrestling broadcasts into Europe (via Sky Sports, German DSR television, etc.)
The tour was billed as "Superstars of Wrestling - Die Besten Catcher aus USA (the Best of American Wrestling)."
Originally, Kamala was booked to headline with Tom Zenk in a 'Beauty and the Beast' angle.
But Kamala was unavailable. He was replaced by Afa of the Samoans. Other talent included Derrick Dukes, The Terminators (Riggs and Wolff), Wendy Richter, Bambi, Peggy Lee Leather and Luna.
The tour was scheduled for 22 matches in 22 towns across Europe between April 13 and May 6, 1988.
Ticket for the Stuggart show
The wrestlers were legally defined as "independent contractors" and responsible for their own taxes, social security, licence fees, physical examination fees and medical insurance. The promoters retained all rights to television and video payments. They also retained rights to all merchandise - souvenir programs, photos, etc, with the workers receiving a 20% commission on souvenir items other than programs. Wrestlers had to do television and radio and press interviews with no additional pay.
Hotels and hotel meals were provided as part of the contract but all other expenses including telephone calls, room service, gratuities, etc., were at the wrestlers' own cost.
For his work,
Zenk received a fee of $US1,200 for six days ($5,000 for the tour).
took it for the chance to visit his family's original home country, Germany.
In Minneapolis, the
promoters had promised Ramada-style hotel accommodation throughout Europe
with efficient transfers between each show. In
reality, hotels were below standard and, in some cases, cockroach
infested. The tour buses were old and unreliable.
Derrick Dukes used a glass against the wall to listen in on the promoters - while Zenk slid along the hotel corridor on his belly to listen outside their door. What they overheard confirmed their suspicions - that the promoters had run out of cash and were preparing to stiff the wrestlers in the last week of the tour.
Next day Zenk asked for his final week's pay in advance and, ticket and passport in hand, headed for Munich airport and the next flight to New York.
He'd been paid for
3 weeks - the original terms of his contract and he'd seen Switzerland,
Germany and Italy.
"SUPERSTARS OF WRESTLING"
April 13 and May 6, 1988
|April 13 Wednesday||17.45 New York to
|April 14||07.00 Amsterdam
by KLM - Hotel Cristal, Geneva
|April 15||First show at "Patinoire
19.15 - 23.00
|April 16||10.05 Geneva to
- Hotel Novapark
|April 17 Sunday||17.00 Bus to Bern
for show at
Sporthalle Spitalacker, Bern and
return to Zurich
|April 18||17.45 Bus to Basel
for show at
Sporthalle St Jacob, Basel and
return to Zurich
|April 19||18.30 Bus to Zurich
|April 20 Wednesday||09.40 depart Zurich
Vienna - Hotel Ananas
|April 23||Bologna, Italy|
|April 24||Bologna, Italy|
|April 26||Stuttgart, Germany|
|April 27||Nuremberg, Germany|
|April 29||Munich, Germany|
|May 1||Dusseldorf, Germany|
|May 2||Ludwigshafen, Germany|
|May 3||Frankfurt, Germany|
|May 4||Hannover, Germany|
US Show aus dem Ferry Dusika Stadion. Tom Zenk vs Afa the wild Samoan. Etwas nerviger Kommentar von Jazz Gitty!
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