WWWF: All Star Wrestling (04.14.79)

WWWF: All Star Wrestling
April 14, 1979
Hamburg, PA
Hamburg Fieldhouse

Your current WWWF champions are as follows:
WWWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWWF North American Heavyweight Champion: Ted DiBiase (2/17/1979)
WWWF World Tag Team Champions: Johnny & Jerry Valiant (3/24/1979)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: The Champ starring Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, and Ricky Schroder

#1 Song of the Week: What A Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers
#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.

NOTE: This show signals the final taping for the World Wide Wrestling Federation, period. On the next series of tapings, the name of the company gets shortened to the World Wrestling Federation that we all know very well. However, the show doesn’t change all that much besides the federation name change and the intro. The show is still just a ring set up in the Hamburg Fieldhouse as it will remain until June 1984.

  • Dominic DeNucci vs. Mike Hall

Hall isn’t just another JTTS. He works heel here and gets more and more perturbed with DeNucci throughout the match. When DeNucci gets pissed with him, he punches Hall right in the nose and then gives him a knee lift. Hall goes back to turnbuckle smashes and whatnot. Dominic puts Hall up on the buckle and slaps him, but Hall won’t stand for it and gets rough with DeNucci. Of course, DeNucci won’t stand down and fires back on Hall. Hall starts blatantly choking DeNucci. Now they start rolling around on the mat and DeNucci chokes him, but Hall goes to the eyes. Dominic punches on Hall in the corner and finishes him off with the AIRPLANE SPIN. (5:24) Afterwards, DeNucci helps up Hall to his feet just so he can throw him out of the ring. What a dick. Vince even tries to hold back the laughter.

  • The Great Hussein (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Steve King

After Hussein works out with his Persian clubs, Blassie gets King to try them out. While he’s able to pick them up, he can’t twirl them like Hussein can. Lots of suplexes and slams from Hussein. He even slams poor Steve on the floor. To wrap things up, Hussein kicks at the mat and smashes King’s face onto his foot to knock him out. That’ll do it at 3:04.

Vince McMahon meets with the Great Hussein and Freddie Blassie outside the ring for an interview. Hussein cuts a long promo in his native language threatening Bob Backlund and Bruno Sammartino while praising Freddie Blassie. Blassie calls Hussein the next world champion. Now he says this for every guy he manages that will face Backlund, so eventually he was going to get it right. Hussein’s boots are mentioned. Vince wants to inspect the hooked toe, but then Hussein changes the subject saying he’s got a toe for all the top guys around here.

  • Ted DiBiase vs. Mr. X

Mr. X is also known as Dynamite Jack Evans who we have seen teaming with Larry Sharpe in 1978. DiBiase works a headscissors on the mat, but Mr. X will escape and wrap up the legs. DiBiase manages to turn over and kick Mr. X into the ropes for a monkey flip. Mr. X takes back control with an armbar, but DiBiase armdrags him away. Mr. X complains about pulling the mask, but DiBiase would NEVER do that. Mr. X pulls the hair over and over again and holds onto an armbar. DiBiase is ready to blast this guy. He takes over with an armbar of his own. Mr. X breaks free, but DiBiase catches him with a hiptoss and an armdrag into an armbar. Talk turns to Strongbow. Bruno says Strongbow will be back despite everyone’s opinions. Meanwhile, DiBiase is showing off with a dropkick and goes back to the armbar. Mr. X catches DiBiase with a kitchen sink knee and drops a few elbows. There’s a suplex on DiBiase and X gets a two-count. Big Wahoo chop gets two as well. Mr. X headbutts DiBiase and feels it too. DiBiase wins a slugfest and hits a backdrop out of the corner. He finds the jumping back elbow and an elbow drop connects for the win. (7:34) DiBiase is so good even at this point. Pretty competitive little match here. **

  • Bulldog Brower (w/Captain Lou Albano) vs. John Schmidt

BROWER POWER. However, he doesn’t like shrill whistle noises. Lots of face gouging and kicking. A knee drop across the throat is all he needs to finish off Schmidt at 2:13.

  • Ivan Putski & Steve Travis vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna & Allen Coage (w/Freddie Blassie)

Travis is really enjoying that “rookie of the year” status. You would think with that sort of award, he could afford some better looking boots. They look like they are covered in green ectoplasm. Scicluna gets tired of taking shots from Travis so he tags out. Coage slams Travis and has a good laugh about it, but then Travis pops back up and slams Coage. With Coage in control, he headbutts Travis and sends him into the buckle. Now over to Scicluna, he’s all about pounding Travis. Coage tags in and gets punched down by Travis. He has to contend with Scicluna now as well. Travis then slugs it out with Coage and puts him down. Scicluna holds Travis to get beaten by Coage. Now Scicluna drills Travis into the buckle a few more times. They do a great job building heat for the hot tag and here it comes. HOT TAG TO PUTSKI! He wipes out both Coage and Scicluna. While Travis is with the ref, Scicluna comes in and grabs a front headlock on Putski. Vince reminds us there wasn’t a tag from Coage, but what can ya do. Back over to Coage, he puts Putski in the tree of woe to get stomped. Meanwhile, Travis is making it worse coming into the ring. Finally, Putski is freed and boy is he HOT. After he gets his licks in, he tags Travis who nails Coage with a backdrop and a knee drop for two. To get away, Coage low blows Travis and tags Scicluna. Bruno believes it was intentional. Scicluna throws Travis to the floor so that Coage can do more damage, but Putski makes the save. Back in, the crowd gets behind Travis screaming “GO STEVE GO!” which was common to hear at the time in other territories, but not here. Travis punches back on Scicluna. He should have tagged Putski, but doesn’t. He continues to get his ass beat, but won’t be denied. After Scicluna tries a second backdrop in a row, Travis catches him with a sunset flip and the ref fast counts Scicluna for the win. (9:54) Obviously, they are trying to get Travis over here. Putski doesn’t really do a whole lot as his hot tag wasn’t much before he just tagged out again. Not a big fan of the finish, but it’s not a bad match. Travis did a good job here being the face in peril and Coage is a good heel. Scicluna is Scicluna. **½

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

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