WWWF: All Star Wrestling (10.07.78)

WWWF: All Star Wrestling
October 7, 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: Kiss You All Over by Exile
#1 TV Show of the 78-79 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.

  • Ivan Koloff (w/Captain Lou Albano) vs. SD Jones

They kick off this contest with a test of strength. When it’s a stalemate, Jones catches Koloff with a dropkick and tosses him away. Koloff goes low and hammers him down for a front headlock. SD picks up Koloff and places him on the top buckle, but then looks away for a second and takes a knee to the face. He puts the boots to Jones and chokes him a bit. Koloff whips Jones from corner to corner, but misses a charge and Jones mounts a comeback. He runs into a knee in the corner though setting up the BOMBS AWAY for the win in 3:08.

  • Crazy Luke Graham (w/The Grand Wizard) vs. Dave Darrow

Luke grabs a front headlock and chokes on Darrow. This continues on without a whole lot happening. He does switch it up with a pair of backdrops. Graham grabs the head again and dumps him on his head similar to a DDT. He knees Darrow in the head some more and covers him for the win in 5:54. Afterwards, Graham keeps his knee on Darrow’s wind pipe. Reverse the decision? Nope.

When we return, Vince McMahon meets with Luke Graham and the Grand Wizard at ringside. Vince indirectly points out how the Grand Wizard dresses like a dickhead by mentioning everything he’s wearing right now piece by piece. Graham acts hurt that Vince isn’t paying him any attention. He then puts over the Grand Wizard for bringing him success. Graham starts growling when Vince tries to ask him a question. Luke mentions he would even beat his half brother Superstar Billy Graham if the Wizard asked him to. Vince stirs the pot a little bit as the segment ends. Potential face turn for the Superstar or just Luke talking too much?

  • Victor Rivera (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Dominic DeNucci

After a tie-up, we get some criss-cross work from these two. DeNucci gets the better of Rivera and sends him taking a powder to the floor as the crowd shows their approval. Back in, Rivera sneaks a closed fist and takes DeNucci to the corner for some turnbuckle smashing. Dominic comes back on Rivera and gets FIRED UP. Boy, this crowd is hot for Dominic. Rivera chokes DeNucci to fight back and pounds the belly. DeNucci delivers some double chops and heaves Rivera over into a corner. They play around with a test of strength, but DeNucci monkey flips Rivera to escape. A slugfest ensues which culminates in a double-KO. Rivera is up first and dropkicks DeNucci over the top rope to the floor. When DeNucci can’t find his way back inside the ring, he gets counted out. (6:27) Look at DeNucci showing some fire here. Not bad for the WWWF. ¾*

  • Crusher Blackwell (w/The Grand Wizard) vs. Steve King & Jerry Ralph

Memphis fans may recall job boy Jerry Ralph. The video quality is messed up here, but Blackwell destroys them for a few minutes. King and Ralph work together for a moment, but Blackwell will not budge on a whip and takes back control. Lots of choking and pounding. Once he dumps out King, it’s curtains for Ralph as he falls on him a few times for the win in 4:27.

  • Chief Jay Strongbow, Tony Garea & Dino Bravo vs. The Yukon Lumberjacks & Spiros Arion

Vince is excited to see Dino Bravo teaming with Strongbow and Garea here. Dino starts off with Eric and armdrags him around. Vince thinks he’s seeing a perfect armdrag, but I guess he’s never seen Jack Brisco. The babyfaces switch in and out of the ring behind the ref’s back without a tag. Because as I’ve said before, the babyfaces can cheat in the WWF and nobody cares. Strongbow delivers a Wahoo chop and grabs the traps. When Pierre tags behind the ref’s back, ref Dick Woehrle makes Pierre get back on the apron. THAT’S NOT RIGHT. This of course angers Pierre and Arion. Finally, a tag is allowed and Pierre meets Bravo. He brings Pierre over to the babyface corner to get a thumb in the eye from Strongbow. Dino and Pierre engage in a test of strength. When Dino gets kicked down, Bravo rolls out of it and goes after the arm. That was nice. Tag to Garea, Pierre kicks him around and slams him. Pierre tags Eric, but then Eric allows Garea to tag Strongbow. He applies the SLEEPERHOLD on Pierre, but Arion breaks up the hold. Back to Garea, he catches Pierre with the ABDOMINAL STRETCH, but Arion breaks it up as well. Now time for Bravo to give Pierre the AIRPLANE SPIN, but Eric breaks it up and finally ref Dick Woehrle has had enough and calls for the bell to DQ the heels. (6:21) This creates a six-man brawl. Bravo and Garea leave their mark on the lumberjacks while Strongbow and Arion just stand there looking around. Fun six-man for what it was, but nothing to go out of your way to see. **½

That’s it for this week. Until next time, so long for now.

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