WWWF: All Star Wrestling (06.17.78)
WWWF: All Star Wrestling
June 17, 1978
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: Jaws 2 starring Roy Scheider
#1 Song of the Week: Shadow Dancing by Andy Gibb
#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. He tells us we were supposed to see Dominic DeNucci and Dino Bravo get their hands on the Yukon Lumberjacks on today’s program, but Captain Lou Albano refused the match since it would be a non-title ordeal with the reason being Eric and Pierre have nothing to prove by beating up the Italian Connection and only want a WWWF tag titles match. And that’s that.
- Ivan Putski vs. Sylvano Sousa
Sousa tries a full nelson on Putski, which proves to be quite a futile effort. Seriously, Sylvano? He gives up on the match a few times and probably should have just left, but he sticks around and takes his butt whooping like a man. A big wind up and a right hand punch lays out Sousa to get the three-count. (4:44) Putski calls out George Steele and Spiros Arion, but they don’t take the bait. THE CROWD LOVES PUTSKI.
- Spiros Arion (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Frank Williams
Arion likes to crank on the neck and choke a guy. He puts Frankie in the tree of woe and stomps him but good. Frankie gets a FIRED UP comeback and punches Spiros around the ring only for Arion to regain control and put him away with the GREEK BACKBREAKER in 4:36.
After the break, Vince McMahon is joined with Tony Garea at ringside. He tells us he’s been away to New Zealand, Australia, and Japan where he saw some SERIOUS good wrestlers over there. He really puts over the Japanese wrestlers at how almost religious they are about wrestling. Vince brings up Andre the Giant and Garea mentions that they went out and had a good time after the matches. Tony is on the lookout for the Yukon Lumberjacks, Crazy Luke Graham, and George “The Animal” Steele. He thinks the competition is much tougher now than it was three months ago when he left. Even though up until now he has mostly been a tag team wrestler, Garea feels he wants to see how good he is as a singles wrestler for now.
- Tony Garea vs. Stan Stasiak (w/The Grand Wizard)
Garea controls to start with a headscissors and an armbar, but Stasiak is able to escape and lays in some closed fist punches behind the ref’s back. Stasiak grabs a bearhug. Garea punches out, but Stasiak low blows him. He tries the Heart Punch, but of course Garea blocks and fires back on Stan the Man. Stasiak catches Garea with some more closed fist punches and smashes Garea’s face into the buckle. Garea sees an opportunity to stomp Stasiak and gets him tied up in the ropes, but runs into a boot. Needing to slow things down, Stasiak throws Garea to the floor. Back in, Garea wins a slugfest though. Now they are both out on the floor. Stasiak tries a Heart Punch, but misses and hits the ringpost. Garea slides back into the ring and squeaks a win by countout. (8:18) Grand Wizard tries massaging Stasiak’s hand as they head back to the dressing room. Pretty good match! **
- Crazy Luke Graham (w/The Grand Wizard) vs. Dave Darrow
Luke tells the ring announce he has left Phoenix and moved to Atlanta GA. Hope he didn’t move to Atlanta to see the Braves be a success in 1978 as they had one of the worst records of the year. Anyways, pretty boring squash. Darrow gets zero offense. Graham thumbs the guy in the throat and splashes him for the win in 5:50.
- “High Chief” Peter Maivia vs. Moose Monroe
Maivia pats Moose on the butt, so Moose rakes his face for good measure. Maivia rakes him back, but Moose pulls the hair to get away from an armbar and applies one of his own. Back to a standing position, Maivia grabs a bearhug only for Monroe to reach the ropes. More armlockage from both guys. Maivia gets ROUGH with Monroe with some forearm shots. Moose wants to shake hands and start over, but Maivia ain’t stupid. He gets FIRED UP and starts punishing Moose with headbutts before giving him a big slam for the three-count in 6:58.
That’s going to do it for now. Until next time, so long for now.
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