WWWF: Championship Wrestling (12.09.78)
WWWF: Championship Wrestling
December 9, 1978
Your current WWWF champions are as follows:
WWWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWWF World Tag Team Champions: Tony Garea & Larry Zbyszko (12/2/1978)
Pop Culture #1s:
#1 Movie of the Week: Superman starring Christopher Reeve & Gene Hackman
#1 Song of the Week: Le Freak by Chic
#1 TV Show of 78-79 Season: Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bruno Sammartino. This is from the first series of Championship Wrestling tapings from the Allentown Agricultural Hall.
Vince hypes up the next Madison Square Garden card scheduled for December 18. New Japan stars Antonio Inoki and Tatsumi Fujinami will both appear on the card. The NWA world champ Harley Race will be making a rare appearance and defending his crown against Tony Garea. The WWWF heavyweight champ Bob Backlund takes on the mustachioed High Chief Peter Maivia in a rematch. Backlund stops by and promises this match won’t be a brawl like the last one (where he lost via countout after a headbutt) and he will show Maivia and the fans that he is the superior wrestler and will come out victorious this time with wrestling holds. On the other side of the coin, Freddie Blassie appears with Peter Maivia and feels they have seen everything Backlund can do and they aren’t too concerned.
- Andre the Giant vs. Johnny Rodz & Frank Rodriguez
Once you’ve seen one of these Andre handicap matches, you’ve seen them all. Double shoulder butts, double bearhug, double headbutts. Even though they are both beating him up at the same time, Andre headbutts Rodz away and submits Rodriguez with the bearhug at 5:38.
- High Chief Peter Maivia (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Fred Marzino
Vince tells us Blassie calls Maivia his “Savage Samoan”. Crowd wants Backlund. Maivia headbutts and stomps this ham and egger. The Billy Robinson Backbreaker wins at 3:50.
- Ivan Koloff vs. Frank Williams
Love me some Ivan Koloff. Vince and Bruno discuss Koloff’s weight loss since he was a much larger man when Bruno dropped the WWWF title to him back in 1971. He hits a flying knee drop and follows up with a backbreaker on Frankie, but pulls him up after the two count. He’d rather submit him with a Boston Crab at 3:10.
- Ernie Ladd (w/the Grand Wizard) vs. SD Jones
This is a replay of a match from September 23 episode of Championship Wrestling back when you could get away with it. Ladd pearl harbors Jones and hammers him down for a bunch of stomps. SD fires back with a few headbutts and whips Ladd in a corner. The Wizard distracts Jones though and Ladd comes back with a few of his VINTAGE LEGDROPS across the chest for the win at 2:57.
- Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Jose Estrada
Strongbow just seems to be toiling with Estrada, but never really does anything. This goes on for about five minutes until Estrada rakes the eyes and starts pounding on Strongbow to start his Indian dance. The knee lift and the double thrust chop to the throat gets the win at 7:50.
- Ivan Putski vs. Mark Masters
Putski is desperate to get the people to sing. He says something about getting the belt, but people love Backlund. Bruno remarks how aggressive Masters is against Putski. Lots of forearms thrown on Putski. Masters gets whipped into the corner and headbutted in the gut. Putski then trips him up and rolls him up for the pinfall in 2:28.
Afterwards, Vince talks with Ivan Putski. POLISH POWER. Putski remarks how disappointed he is in his friend Peter Maivia’s association with Freddie Blassie.
To close the show, Vince and Bruno wrap things up. Bruno says he’s not “adverse” to facing High Chief Peter Maivia. Vince asks Sammartino what he thinks about his student Larry Zbyszko becoming one half of the WWWF tag team champions. Of course, he’s very proud of the guy.
That’s all of the 1978 Championship Wrestling episodes I have. Next up, we’ll be returning to April 1998 WWF. As far as going WAY back in time, we’ll be returning to Portland and Memphis to cover 1980! That should be tons of fun and I’m looking forward to it.
Until next time though, so long for now.
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