WWF: All Star Wrestling (08.11.79)

WWF: All Star Wrestling
August 11, 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: 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.

  • Pat Patterson (w/The Grand Wizard) vs. Steve King

It seems to be his modus operandi – Patterson jumps King at the bell and beats him with the belt. They go to the floor where Patterson gives him a rough slam. Back inside, King avoids a corner charge and beats him down in the corner. Vince and Bruno comment on the Grand Wizard’s interesting clothing style choices and then put him over for being a manager of champions. Wrestling is one wacky world. When King gets a moment to shine, Patterson cuts him off by going to the apron. Patterson is so fun to watch. If you only know him as one of Vince’s stooges in the Attitude Era, you really should give him a chance. He nails the BOMBS AWAY knee drop for the win in 3:51.

  • Tito Santana vs. JoJo Andrews

JoJo gets the better of Tito to set up some well-timed babyface comebacks. Santana applies an armbar for a moment. Andrews escapes, but then Tito hits a Flying Jalapeno followed by a CROSSBODY BLOCK for the win in 4:43.

At ringside, Bruno Sammartino meets with Tito Santana for an interview. Bruno asks what winning an award like the “Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Year” by a sportswriters organization means to him. Since Sammartino had once won this award, Tito says it means the world to him because he looks up to Bruno like a son looks up to his father. WHOA. Boundaries, bro. This interview gets a little awkward and they cut it short.

After the break, Vince McMahon talks to Chief Jay Strongbow at ringside. Vince says Strongbow is 100% and yet he still must wear his controversial knee brace. Strongbow feels the only person who has complained about the knee brace is the guy who broke his leg in the first place. You can buy this knee brace anywhere, so Strongbow feels it’s not a big deal. He’s not denying he might use the knee brace against his opponents, but if you mess with the bull – YOU GET THE HORNS. Pertaining to a shorter fuse than he used to have, Strongbow says he’s just not going to put up with any crap anymore.

  • Roddy Piper vs. Jose Estrada

This is the one and only All Star Wrestling appearance for one of my all-time favorites Roddy Piper until he returns full-time in 1984 a completely different man. Capetta holds the mic for Piper to play his bagpipes. Apparently Puerto Ricans don’t care for that type of music as Estrada jumps him after 5-10 seconds. It could also be because Piper is wearing his kilt and Estrada thinks it’s a skirt. Estrada beats him out of the ring until Piper gets quite rowdy. He beats Estrada from one end of the ring to the other and then throws him completely out of the ring. Captain Lou Albano comes out to get Piper’s attention. Estrada jumps him and rakes the eyes, but then Piper throws him to the floor again. Back inside, Estrada goes to the eyes again and starts pounding the back. He wears down Piper with a bearhug. After a few minutes of playing around with the bearhug, Piper applies one of his own only for Estrada to rake the face again. A backdrop by Piper gets two. After a double-KO, Estrada falls on top to prevent a slam for a nearfall. Estrada telegraphs a backdrop and Piper covers him for another two-count. Piper gets slammed, but avoids a running legdrop as the time-limit expires. (10:00) Always loved the fire from Piper. After watching a ton of his Portland stuff prior to this time period, it didn’t surprise me how well everything came across here. **

  • Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Moose Monroe

Moose tries to keep up with Strongbow and winds up missing a charge and falling out to the floor much to the delight of the kids. Since Strongbow has been rather aggressive lately, it reminds the fans how fun he can be. Moose wears him down with a knucklelock. GO CHIEF GO. He comes back and hits Moose with the braced knee. Time for the WARPATH. There’s the SLEEPERHOLD and Strongbow wins in 7:10.

While Strongbow wakes up Moose from his nap, Vince drops that address again to the Cape Cod Coliseum where your non-profit can contact the WWF about fund-raising.

  • Ivan Putski vs. John Schmidt

Schmidty is about to get his S-F’d-UP. Putski is so not sweating this dude, he’s chewing gum throughout the match. The POLISH HAMMER ends Schmidt in 2:15.

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

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