In amongst a great PPV from top to bottom, last night's AEW Full Gear featured an appearance from the legendary Baron von Raschke.
Sat in the front row of Minneapolis' Target Center, the Baron was seen on camera several times before finally getting physical during the American Top Team vs. Inner Circle contest. There, von Raschke applied his trademark Claw manoeuvre to Ethan Page on the way to Chris Jericho's group scoring the victory over Dan Lambert's men.
81-year-old James 'Baron von' Raschke is synonymous with the Minnesota wrestling scene, with him a longtime staple of the AWA during the promotion's heyday.
Initially billed from Germany, the usually-villainous von Raschke debuted back in 1966. By the time all was said and done, his career would formally wrap up in 1996 after memorable stints in Mid-Atlantic, Championship Wrestling from Florida, Central States Wrestling and Jim Crockett Promotions in addition to the AWA work that put him on the map in a major way. The Baron would also have a cup of coffee in the then-WWF in 1988 as the manager of The Powers of Pain pairing of The Warlord and The Barbarian.