WWWF: All Star Wrestling (08.05.78)

WWWF: All Star Wrestling
August 5, 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: The Yukon Lumberjacks (6/26/1978)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Grease starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

#1 Song of the Week: Miss You by The Rolling Stones
#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.

  • Spiros Arion vs. Frank Williams

Freddie Blassie is “conspicuous by his absence” this week. Probably off yucking it up with Andy Kaufman. Maybe that’s why Frankie gets so much offense in here. Arion still goes for the neck like always. Williams grabs the ropes to prevent a reverse neckbreaker and pounds on Arion in the corner. Maybe it’s the haircut Frankie got here. Arion pulls the tights to take back control of the match and goes back to roughhousing. He drops Frankie on the top rope and then gives him a backbreaker across the knee for the win in 5:30.

  • The Yukon Lumberjacks (w/Captain Lou Albano) vs. Carlos Cruz & Jim Ray

Cruz tries to get cute with the lumberjacks and pays for it with beatings and slams. Pierre gets stuck on the jobber side of things and Jim Ray gets a tag. He HULKS UP on Pierre and it gets weird. Pierre calms him down with a nerve hold and keeps him there for a minute. Eric tags in and headbutts Ray before going back to the nerve hold. Tag to Cruz, he’s even less of a challenge for Eric and Pierre. The DOUBLE AX gets the win in 7:37.

Vince McMahon meets with Dino Bravo who looks a tad like Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. You gotta train, train, TRAIN. This is the most I’ve ever heard Dino Bravo speak.

  • Crazy Luke Graham (w/The Grand Wizard) vs. Mike Milton

Graham and the Grand Wizard play keep away with a foreign object. When the ref doesn’t realize Graham has the object, Milton gets jabbed in the throat. The diving thumb to the throat gets the win over Milton in 5:14.

  • Dino Bravo vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna

Waistlocks and headlocks are traded to start. Scicluna catches Bravo with a knee coming off the ropes and takes over with pounding and grabs the traps. Whenever Dino starts to come back, Scicluna pulls the tights to keep him grounded. Bravo absorbs some turnbuckle smashes and mounts his comeback. Scicluna cuts him off and pounds Bravo in the corner, but he starts to NO-SELL and punches back. Scicluna escapes a chinlock, but Bravo reverses a whip in the corner and dropkicks Scicluna. A second dropkick sends Scicluna over the top rope to the floor and the ref counts VERY fast to then count Scicluna out of the match to award the match to Dino. (7:28) This was awful boring. ½*

  • Victor Rivera vs. Louis Lugo

Victor Rivera leaves the WWWF in 1976 as a Puerto Rican hero and returns two years later with a horrible attitude. A pretty rough squash ends once Rivera delivers a suplex to Lugo in 3:20. To confirm how mean he is, Rivera kicks Lugo after the bell and throws him over the top rope.

Gorilla Monsoon joins Vince McMahon afterwards to discuss Gorilla’s long time friend Victor Rivera. While Rivera had left the WWWF, he wrestled in Los Angeles and has come back a different guy who won’t give Gorilla the time of day. Vince and Gorilla discuss the rumor that maybe Freddie Blassie has something to do with Victor’s attitude.

Until next time, so long for now.

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