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Owen Family 60th Anniversary Extravaganza

 - John Baumer

Saturday night rolls around and another weekly show at the Portland Sports Arena commences. The usual KPTV camera crew is on hand. Four thousand fans pack the converted bowling alley. But this night was not just another night.  It was three days before the biggest show in the history of the territory.

Don Owen had booked some of the top, and most expensive, names in the nation to come to the Portland Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday May 21, 1985. But three days prior to the arrival of the NWA and AWA world champions, the WWF's top heel, and the AWA World tag team champions, only 5,000 tickets had been sold to the 13,000 seat Coliseum.

What follows is a detailed description of the historic week leading into the huge event:

Saturday May 18, 1985. Portland Wrestling went on the air on KPTV channel 12. Don Coss sayidthat the surprises that night would pale in comparison to the surprises that would be happening Tuesday night at the Coliseum, and told fans to come on down to the Coliseum Tuesday, because there were over 6,000 available tickets.

Buddy Rose beat Steve Simpson all over the arena screaming about where Roddy Piper was. Rose had just come back from New York to take part in the Extravaganza, and was booked to take on his old archrival Piper. Rose made an example out of Simpson, but before he could get the pin, the time limit expired.

Don Coss went over the calendar of events, which looked like this:

Sunday: Finley
Monday: Yakima
Tuesday: Portland (special)
Wednesday: Seattle
Thursday: Salem
Friday: Eugene
Saturday: Portland
Sunday: Seaside
Monday: Dallas
Tuesday: Cottage Grove
Wednesday: Medford

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