WWWF: All Star Wrestling (02.10.79)

WWWF: All Star Wrestling
February 10, 1979
Allentown, PA
Allentown Agricultural Hall

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 of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Superman starring Christopher Reeve & Gene Hackman

#1 Song of the Week: Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? by Rod Stewart
#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 hosts are Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino.

  • Greg Valentine (w/The Grand Wizard) vs. Joe Mascara

Mascara has a good physique, but he’s no match for Valentine. At one point, Valentine grapevines the legs and elbows him on the back before pulling back on his hair. Valentine is just nine days away from main eventing MSG against Bob Backlund over the WWWF title which will go the full 60 minute time limit. I don’t think I’ve seen that match, but I have seen their “no time limit” rematch the month after. Valentine finishes off Mascara with a back suplex and a pair of sharp elbow drops in 6:07.

  • “Flying” Fred Curry vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna

Curry immediately takes Scicluna down into an armbar. Scicluna headscissors out of the hold, but Curry does a kip-up to escape. Back to the armbar. Scicluna escapes again and slams Curry, but Curry armdrags him again. Scicluna corners Curry and starts pounding on him, but Curry fires back. Curry starts jumping around and cartwheels across the ring to which Scicluna decides he’s just going to leave. Back inside, Scicluna throws away a headlock and grabs a headlock of his own. Scicluna starts punching him in the face and chokes Curry. A couple standing dropkicks put Scicluna out through the ropes to the floor. Whoa. Back in, Scicluna grabs a leg and bars the knee. Curry ear claps to escape the hold and Scicluna has seemed to have run out of ideas. He goes back to punching and choking, but Curry is too quick. Scicluna still manages to pound him out to the floor, but then Curry surprises him with a sunset flip from the apron and gets the upset win. (5:34) I have to hand it to Scicluna here. He didn’t do a lot of his stupid shtick and actually put Curry over as a guy hard to figure out. *½

Vince McMahon meets with Captain Lou Albano and Bulldog Brower at ringside. Brower wants everybody to know that “BROWER POWER” is back and he’s here to stay. He’s back all because Captain Lou needs him to tear apart Bob Backlund. This guy is awesome. Albano tells us that Brower is a schizophrenic with HOMICIDAL AND SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. Albano says noise will cause arouse the man. Of course the crowd starts yelling at them. Albano pleads with the general public to quiet down. Well, you know how that goes. When Vince asks Albano if he’s actually helping Brower, Albano suggests that the crowd just give him a chance to fix the man.

  • Bulldog Brower (w/Captain Lou Albano) vs. Mark Cole

Tons of kids in the crowd have brought their own whistles to piss off Albano and Brower. Bruno gives his insight on Brower and if anybody would have an opinion on the guy, it’s Bruno as they were pretty famous opponents throughout the 1960s. Cole takes a nice bump to the outside where half his body landed on the timekeeper’s table while the other half was dumped on the concrete floor. A piece of the table is handed over to Albano behind the ref’s back. In the ring, however, Brower delivers elbow shots and a jumping elbow drop scores the win in 3:59.

  • Steve Travis vs. John Schmidt

Bruno and Vince discuss how important size is when it pertains to wrestling. Basically, only muscular guys will be successful. I guess that’s why Crusher Blackwell left. Schmidt is still pretty green and doesn’t do a whole lot. He does try to choke Travis during a front headlock behind the ref’s back. Travis backdrops Schmidt and splashes the guy to get the win in 4:34.

  • Tony Garea, Larry Zbyszko & Ivan Putski vs. Johnny Rodz, Mike Hall & Stan Stasiak

I wonder if the Grand Wizard has dropped Stasiak at this point. Talk about your lopsided teams. You’ve got three of the top five babyfaces in the territory against Stasiak, Rodz, and the guy who will obviously take the fall. Larry Z handles Stasiak well to start so Stasiak tags in Rodz. He punches away on Zbyszko, but Zbyszko reverses a corner whip and tags Putski as the crowd gets HYPE. He punches away on Rodz until Hall comes over and pulls down Putski’s tights. Whoops. Rodz punches Putski and shoves him back into the heel corner. Garea and Zbyszko go CRAZY trying to help out while Putski gets triple-teamed. Hall gets tagged in and backed into the babyface corner for the same treatment. Garea and Zbyszko work the arm of Hall for a bit. Zbyszko gets caught and nailed by Rodz and Stasiak. Zbyszko punches back on Stasiak and hiptosses him across the ring. He applies the abdominal stretch, but Rodz grabs Zbyszko to break the hold. Back over to Mike Hall, he holds Zbyszko for Rodz to come off the top rope and lower the boom. Rodz delivers a kitchen sink knee, but Zbyszko tries a sunset flip for two. He then catches Rodz with a hiptoss and tags in Garea. As Rodz gets caught in a ping-pong game, Garea delivers a backdrop. Hall grabs Garea from the apron allowing Rodz to cheapshot him. Rodz misses an elbow drop coming off the ropes as Garea reaches Putski for a hot tag. In comes Garea again, he catches Hall with a dropkick and then surprises him with a sunset flip for the three-count. (7:44) Well the babyfaces shouldn’t have had much trouble with these three and they didn’t. This is our last look at Stan the Man in the WWWF. He’ll shortly retreat back to Portland where outside of the occasional visit elsewhere, he’ll remain until he retires in 1984. **

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

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