WWF: All Star Wrestling (08.04.79) (PLUS MORE STRONGBOW v. VALENTINE~!)
WWF: All Star Wrestling
August 4, 1979
Your current WWF champions are as follows:
WWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWF North American Heavyweight Champion: Pat Patterson (6/23/1979)
WWF World Tag Team Champions: Johnny & Jerry Valiant (3/24/1979)
Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: The Amityville Horror starring James Brolin & Margot Kidder
#1 Song of the Week: Bad Girls by Donna Summer
#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.
- Andre the Giant vs. Johnny Rodz & Jose Estrada
Pretty cool seeing Andre busting heads here and showing off. This is back when he was working virtually every territory. Estrada and Rodz do a GREAT job bumping for the man. Moving onto the finish, Andre headbutts Rodz out of the ring and then boots down Estrada for the SITDOWN SPLASH to get the win at 3:29.
- Swede Hanson (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. The Columbian Jaguar
Swede isn’t interested in exchanging wristlocks. He’s like a cyborg with the way he moves and looks around at the people. He smacks Jaguar up against the ropes and grabs a front headlock. Bruno says despite Jaguar’s success in the WWF, he doesn’t appear to belong in the same ring as Swede Hanson. Anytime Jaguar starts to punch him, Hanson delivers a much nastier blow. The PILEDRIVER ends Jaguar in 4:36. Bruno and Vince are shocked by how one-sided this match was. To put over the move and end Jaguar’s run on TV, he’s taken to the locker room on a stretcher. BUT OF COURSE, Hanson isn’t done and knee drops Jaguar to the ribs from the apron and breaks the stretcher. Tito Santana and Dominic DeNucci come down to ringside to ensure Hanson leaves Jaguar alone until the medical folks can take him backstage.
After the break, Vince McMahon talks with Freddie Blassie and Swede Hanson. Blassie just loves the way Hanson wrestles. He says he would never manage an American wrestler because they can’t cut it as far as he’s concerned. While Hanson is from North Carolina, Blassie seems to possess the understanding that North Carolina has not yet rejoined the United States since the Civil War after the war ended well over a hundred years ago. Enough of that silliness, Vince turns the mic to Swede Hanson. HE LOVES HURTING PEOPLE. Hanson says his career has come full circle as he wrestled in the New York City area when he was younger and thought he knew everything about wrestling, but since then he’s been around the block elsewhere and he’s come back to show everybody just how much better of a wrestler he is now. Swede tells us that he put down Andre the Giant with one punch and the crowd groans. Hanson mentions that if he’s given a chance at Bob Backlund, he’ll send the new punk running for the hills. Vince tries to get him a little mad and that’s where this interview leaves us.
- Johnny Rivera vs. Frank Rodriguez
List this one under matches NO ONE cares about. Be that as it may, Vince and Bruno discuss whether or not there should be a SUPER heavyweight division in wrestling. Bruno doesn’t think it would be such a bad idea. Vince again mentions about how the WWF can help non-profits in fund raising. Rivera comes back and hits a JEFF HARDY FLYING SENTON BOMB. Yes, you read that right. That gets the win in 7:36.
- Ted DiBiase & Steve Travis vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna & JoJo Andrews
DiBiase looks like he’s slimmed down a little bit. Scicluna keeps Travis down on the mat in wristlocks and headscissors holds. He gets caught pulling the hair of Travis to keep him in the headscissors and the ref makes him break the hold. Tag to DiBiase, he is a HOUSE OF FIRE dropping knees on Scicluna’s arm over and over again. Andrews pops into the ring, but DiBiase punches and dropkicks him out of the ring. Back to Scicluna, DiBiase bars the arm looking FIRED UP. Scicluna rakes the face to take back control and slow things down. There’s a double-KO to lead to a tag to Travis. JoJo begs off into a corner. Travis delivers a hiptoss and dropkicks him down. He applies a headlock to JoJo, but he escapes and knees Travis as he comes off the ropes. Scicluna tags in and pounds away. Travis just ends up rolling backwards away from Scicluna and tags DiBiase. Once Scicluna has had enough, in comes JoJo who never tags Scicluna. DiBiase grabs him for an ABDOMINAL STRETCH to pick up the submission. (7:47) Fun fiery babyface match as Scicluna did enough to get them fired up. *½
- Greg Valentine (w/The Grand Wizard) vs. Bill Berger
Valentine LOVES putting pressure on the joints and he does a great job showing that in his facial expressions. He delivers an atomic drop and bends on the back for most of the match. There’s a back suplex and a pair of elbow drops for the win in 3:12.
That’s gonna do it for this week. Until next time, so long for now.
AND NOW FOR A SPECIAL BONUS MATCH~!
- Indian Strap Match: Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Greg Valentine – (Madison Square Garden, 7/30/79)
The first strap match ever in MSG. This is the first televised meeting for these two in MSG as well. This match is now available on the WWE Network. Search for “Most Unusual Matches” and you can jump right to it. Valentine jumps Strongbow after the ref gets the strap on him. Once both guys are strapped, Valentine hammers him with the strap on his fist over in the corner to bust him open. He goes on the WARPATH and returns the favor. The knee brace comes into play. JIP to Valentine nailing Strongbow with an elbow drop. Strongbow heads out to the floor and gets pulled into the apron a few times. This is all a setup as Strongbow pulls Valentine out to the floor for some ringside violence. Valentine is bleeding as well. Back inside, Valentine is choking Strongbow with the strap. Strongbow punches him back with the strap around his fist. Since the ref is trying to stop the fight, both Strongbow and Valentine kick away the referee until they both DQ’ed. (4:39 shown) Pretty much Strongbow’s comeback and the finish given to us here on one of the old Coliseum Home Video releases. Ivan Putski, Tito Santana, Dominic DeNucci, and Gorilla Monsoon all run down to try and settle things down. As Strongbow and Valentine get away from the babyfaces and head to the floor, Valentine tries to pick up a chair when a ringside fan tries to GRAB THE CHAIR. Well, Valentine doesn’t take kindly to fan interference and heavy blows rain down upon the guy. A half dozen of New York’s Finest step in and calm the fan down. AWESOME ending there even if the DDQ decision is nonsense. Tons of heat and lots of violence here, but not quite as intense and interesting storytelling like the one we saw in the Spectrum nine days earlier. These two just needed a non-sanctioned no rules fight to end this feud. Perhaps, a CAGE MATCH? I honestly don’t think it ever happened. ***
Posted on August 21, 2019, in WWE and tagged All Star Wrestling, Andre the Giant, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Chief Jay Strongbow, Colombian Jaguar, Freddie Blassie, Grand Wizard, Greg Valentine, Johnny Rivera, Johnny Rodz, Jose Estrada, Steve Travis, Swede Hanson, Ted DiBiase. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.