WWWF: All Star Wrestling (05.13.78)

WWWF: All Star Wrestling
May 13, 1978
Hamburg, PA
Hamburg Fieldhouse

Your current WWWF champions are as follows:
WWWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWWF World Tag Team Champions: Dominic DeNucci & Dino Bravo (4/1/1978)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: The End starring Burt Reynolds & Dom DeLuise

#1 Song of the Week: If I Can’t Have You by Yvonne Elliman
#1 TV Show of the 77-78 Season: Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

The following wrestling exhibition requires discretionary viewer participation.

Your host is Vince McMahon.

  • Dominic DeNucci & Dino Bravo vs. The Golden Terror & Tank Patton

The tag champs DeNucci and Bravo get another challenge this week that’s not two ham-and-egger Puerto Ricans like Fuji and Tanaka seemed to get all the time. Does anyone know who the Golden Terror is here? Is he Pete Doherty? He gets owned by DeNucci and then Bravo to start. Tank gets a try at DeNucci and brings him over to the Golden Terror for a tag. Terror just doesn’t prove to be much competition to DeNucci. He whips Terror in for a forearm by Bravo and wallops him down. DeNucci even catapults Terror into a shot from Bravo. Terror gets his mask turned around to blind him. But Bravo is a babyface and this is the WWWF, so it’s A-OK. Patton tags in and does some damage to DeNucci, but misses an elbow drop. Bravo gets a tag and dropkicks Patton into a tag from Terror. Bravos is like 2009 Cody Rhodes with these dropkicks. He tags DeNucci and whips Terror into the ropes for the AIRPLANE SPIN for the win in 6:24.

  • George “The Animal” Steele vs. Gene Crespo

Steele hides his foreign object from the ref and stabs Crespo to take control. You can pretty much tell where this match is going. Enough messing around. Steele bites the arm and applies the FLYING HAMMERLOCK for the submission in 5:34.

Afterwards, Steele’s manager Captain Lou Albano gets interviewed. Albano spouts some nonsense about why Steele’s tongue is green. He says it’s green because of a secretion from the pancreas. Some people distract Albano, but he wishes to make a challenge to pretty much every babyface left in the territory including the WWWF heavyweight champ Bob Backlund. Albano continues to say nothing until he runs out of time. Not Albano’s best, but he seemed distracted here.

  • The Yukon Lumberjacks (w/Captain Lou Albano) vs. SD Jones & Charlie Brown

Pierre is able to stomp Jones out to the floor to start. Back inside, Jones headbutts Pierre away. Brown applies a headlock. Pierre tries to counter, but Brown takes him down. Brown goes for the leg dive a few times, but Pierre would rather smash him with his forearm. Tag to Eric, he takes over on Brown and slams him down for some stomping. Back to Pierre, he’s got more slams for Brown and legdrops him a few more times. Eric hits a HUGE jumping elbow drop crushing Brown. This continues until Brown finally reaches Jones for a tag. He punches and headbutts Eric, but then tags in Brown again. Big mistake. The lumberjacks deliver their DOUBLE AX finish for the win in 5:41.

  • Spiros Arion (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Pete Austin

Arion is all about crimping the neck and choking people. Austin makes a brief comeback, but Arion is back to working the neck. Vince chastises Blassie like he’s a concerned citizen for sticking his nose in the match. The GREEK BACKBREAKER submits Austin in 3:41.

  • Haystacks Calhoun, Larry Zbyszko & “High Chief” Peter Maivia vs. Moose Monroe, Strong Kobayashi & Butcher Vachon

This is one odd assortment of wrestlers if I ever saw one. It’s almost like a six-man you would see in Tenryu’s WAR promotion. Zbyszko ducks Vachon a few times which is nothing compared to level of ducking you’ll see from Larry Z after his feud with Sammartino. In comes Kobayashi, he grabs Zbyszko for a headlock. Larry Z escapes with a series of armdrags. Kobayashi rolls out and takes a powder complaining about tight pulling. Back in, we see more of the same with Vachon and Zbyszko. Tag to Calhoun, he squares off against MOOSE. Calhoun squeezes and squishes MOOSE in the corner. Zbyszko lays in some shots on Monroe. In comes Maivia, he delivers a gutbuster to Monroe and tags out. With Monroe down, Calhoun splashes Monroe and gets the three-count in 3:28.

Vince grabs the winners for an interview after the bell. Larry Z says you can’t formulate a strategy in a six-man tag because there’s too many people in the ring so anything can happen. Calhoun talks about the craziness that can happen in a six-man tag. Vince asks them about their tag team moves which lets them both show off their personalities. Calhoun says more about a big splash than anyone else probably can.

Next time we visit All Star Wrestling, we will be seeing the WWWF champion Bob Backlund in action against Strong Kobayashi!

Until then, so long for now.

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