WWF: All Star Wrestling (05.26.79)

WWF: All Star Wrestling
May 26, 1979
Hamburg, PA
Hamburg Fieldhouse

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

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Alien starring Sigourney Weaver & Tom Skerritt

#1 Song of the Week: Reunited by Peaches & Herb
#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.

  • Pat Patterson (w/The Grand Wizard) vs. Bob Fulton

This is our first look at Pat Patterson here on All Star Wrestling. Since he has spent the majority of his career out on the west coast, this is his first big run in New York City. Bob Fulton is *that* Bobby Fulton from Fantastics fame here in his rookie year. He’s pale, got long dark hair, and some long sideburns – but it’s definitely him. Patterson works the back as his main gameplan. In a nasty spot, Patterson puts Fulton’s throat to the middle rope and drops all his weight across the shoulders. Fulton rakes Patterson’s face and threatens Patterson, but doesn’t back it up with anything. Even Bruno calls him out on it. Being the craftier and wiser wrestler, Patterson comes right back. He drops a couple knees on his shoulders and slams him for the BOMBS AWAY knee drop for the win in 4:31.

Bruno talks to Pat Patterson at ringside and questions Pat’s claims of winning 30 titles. He mentions being a six-time US champ and a six-time tag champ. Pat admits he and Bruno are both good wrestlers, but Pat thinks he’s better than Bruno and better looking for sure. I wonder how much of that statement was a shoot. Bruno asks Pat if he’s so good, why did it take him so long to come to the WWF? Patterson says they didn’t offer him enough money, but now they are. He says he’s heading back to California where things are awesome. Bruno tells Pat not to hurry back.

  • Tito Santana vs. Moose Monroe

Ohh man, it’s been a minute since we’ve seen MOOSE. He tries to gain a psychological advantage over Tito to start. Santana wants to exchange holds, but Moose wants to play games. Finally, Moose has enough and goes into his tights to jab Tito in the throat. The Baron Mikel Scicluna gameplan, I see. Tito fires back with a dropkick that ties up Moose in the ropes. He lays in some punches after getting the approval of the crowd. Moose gets freed and thumbs the eyes Three Stooges style. He grabs a nerve hold and then pulls back on the arms with his foot in Santana’s back. Tito slips out and corners Moose. He runs his head into the buckle and rakes the face. Vince makes his “facial area” call. Santana wins a slugfest and connects with another dropkick to get the win in 6:07.

Vince meets with Tito Santana at ringside for a chat. He thanks the fans for their support. Santana tells us he’s been training since junior high school, discusses his football career, and how he’s enjoying wrestling now more than anything he’s done before. Vince then has Santana say something to his Spanish speaking fans. Tito tells us he’s spent hours upon hours perfecting his dropkick and he feels he studies wrestling more than anyone else around. Vince mentions that Tito gets fired up sometimes and lets his temper take over. Santana apologizes to his people for letting his temper get the best of him, but says sometimes you just have to fight fire with fire. Okay, we forgive you.

  • Bulldog Brower (w/Captain Lou Albano) vs. Steve King

BROWER POWER. He bites, he punches, he slices, and he dices. Brower throws a chair at King and takes him back into the ring for more stomping. King punches back on Brower, but it’s not going to go anywhere. A standing powerslam puts away King in 4:57.

  • The Great Hussein (w/The Grand Wizard) vs. Jose Estrada

Vince mentions the Grand Wizard is filling in for Freddie Blassie while he is allegedly away on vacation. Hussein swings the Persian clubs, but doesn’t give Estrada a chance to do the same. He jumps Estrada from behind and it’s all downhill from there for him. The Suplex Artist Hussein delivers suplex after suplex, but refuses to pin Estrada. I think even Kurt Angle would have to start wincing by now. Hussein kicks Estrada with the LOADED BOOT for the win in 4:06.

  • Ted DiBiase & Steve Travis vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna & Johnny Rodz

Rodz has got some facial hair going on now. Scicluna grabs Travis for an armbar and pulls his hair when he starts to stand up. He switches over to a headscissors and works with the hold. When Travis tries to get out at one point, Rodz flies in to blast him. VINTAGE RODZ. Tag to Rodz, he’s all over Travis with elbow drops and stomps. Eventually, Travis is able to shove Rodz back into his corner to tag DiBiase. Seeing DiBiase on fire, Scicluna yanks him out to the floor for a beating. As Scicluna wins the slugfest, he tosses DiBiase back inside for Rodz to drill him again. DiBiase punches back on Rodz and snapmares him for a knee drop. Scicluna nails DiBiase so that Rodz can take control. He delivers a suplex, but misses an elbow drop. Tag to Travis, he punches away on Scicluna only for the Baron to grab hold of him in a front headlock. Travis gets stuck on the wrong side of town. Rodz delivers the Billy Robinson backbreaker, but misses an elbow off the middle rope. DiBiase tags in and delivers a backdrop to Rodz. He’s a HOUSE OF FIRE. Rodz and Scicluna are then run together. DiBiase catches Rodz with a jumping elbow drop and covers him for the three-count. (7:14) With the state of babyface tag teams in the WWF, a win like this pretty much guarantees you’ll be working with the Valiants around the horn. Travis is good at taking the punishment and DiBiase can be a fun hot tag. You know if this were a more exciting NWA territory with more angles, the Valiants would be coming out right now and beating the crap out of these two guys. *½

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

 

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