WWF: All Star Wrestling (10.13.79)

WWF: All Star Wrestling
October 13, 1979
Hamburg, PA
Hamburg Fieldhouse

Your current WWF champions are as follows:
WWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Pat Patterson (9/1/1979)
WWF World Tag Team Champions: Johnny & Jerry Valiant (3/24/1979)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: “10” starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, and Bo Derek

#1 Song of the Week: Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson
#1 TV Show of the 79-80 Season: 60 Minutes hosted by Mike Wallace

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

The following wrestling exhibition requires discretionary viewer participation.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino.

  • Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Moose Monroe

Strongbow is wrapping up another stint here in the WWF. Over the next couple years, he’ll spend some time down south and even a bit further as he spends some time in Puerto Rico where he’ll have a run with the Caribbean heavyweight title. He returns to the WWF for a few runs with the WWF tag titles in 1982 where he will remain until he retires and becomes an agent. Vince and Bruno discuss Strongbow’s bitterness he’s shown since he got his leg broken by Greg Valentine earlier in the year. He certainly hasn’t been featured since that feud ended. Strongbow pulls on Monroe’s beard and hits the weakest double chop to the throat you have ever seen in your life for the win in 4:21.

  • Ted DiBiase vs. Johnny Rodz

We get a smile from Rodz. Not very heelish, but the guy is UNPREDICTABLE. Headlocks and headscissors are exchanged on the mat. Rodz takes DiBiase to a corner to beat him up. Back elbow and an elbow drop gets two. He misses a running knee drop and DiBiase goes to work. Rodz fights back and beats DiBiase down into the corner. He misses a running elbow in the corner and here comes DiBiase. He stalks Rodz around the ring and wins a slugfest. There’s a dropkick, but Rodz comes back with a slam and an elbow drop. He tries another slam instead of going for a cover, but DiBiase escapes and O’Connor rolls Rodz for the win. (5:01) Rodz extends a hand for a shake. DiBiase is hesitant, but gives Rodz a chance. They shake hands and Rodz leaves the ring with a big smile on his face. Hmm. *½

Ted DiBiase gets some interview time with Bruno Sammartino after the break. Bruno asks if the reason DiBiase is so aggressive about getting the win is because of the way Pat Patterson stole the NA/IC title from him. DiBiase agrees and says he wants a rematch with Patterson to prove to everybody that he is the better man. Does DiBiase prefer getting the submission victory with the Abdominal Stretch or just getting the win when he can? It’s a pretty stupid question because DiBiase just told Bruno he’s aggressive about getting the win. Then Bruno goes off on a tangent about how size doesn’t necessarily equal success in wrestling and then he cuts off DiBiase because they run out of time when DiBiase tries to comment on what he just said. Not the best interview from the Bruno side of things.

  • WWF Tag Team Championship: Johnny & Jerry Valiant (c) (w/Captain Lou Albano & Jimmy Valiant) vs. Ivan Putski & Tito Santana – (Championship Wrestling, 10/6/79)

The Allentown crowd was just on another level of excitement that the fine people of Hamburg never seemed to be. So much more into things and reacted much louder to everything. Putski and Johnny V start with a test of strength. Valiant kicks down Putski so Putski can stand back up. As Johnny V starts to go down, Jerry sneaks in and hits Putski over the back. The challengers force Johnny back into their corner as Tito gets the tag. He takes Johnny over with an armdrag and grabs an armbar. Johnny escapes and slams Tito down, but Santana NO-SELLS and slams Johnny down. Back to the armbar. Johnny rakes the face and whips Tito into Jerry as Santana gets TRIPLE-TEAMED on the wrong side of town. Jerry throws Tito out to the floor as Johnny slams his head on the steps. Putski makes the save and Santana winds up back on the apron as all the Valiants (including Albano) get their hands on Tito. Back in, Santana manages to break away and fall back into a tag to Putski. The Valiants are thrown into each other as the match breaks down. Johnny V goes to the eyes and hammers Putski over into the Valiants corner – LIKE THEY DO. Crowd goes nuts. They pound on him, choke him with the tag rope, and everything. Putski eventually forces Johnny V back to his corner so that Tito can hold him while Putski beats on him. Tag to Santana, he delivers the hiptoss and dropkick routine on Johnny V. Jerry receives the same treatment for 1-2-NO! Santana catches Jerry with a flying headscissors and Jerry begs off into a corner. Jerry catches Tito off guard and the Valiants go back to work on Santana. Johnny delivers a kitchen sink and a slam to Tito. Jerry tags in and gives Tito a suplex for 1-2-NO! Putski makes the save. We’ve got a double-KO. HOT TAG TO PUTSKI! He runs wild on Johnny and clamps on the BEARHUG! In comes Captain Lou to drill Putski in the back for the DQ. (10:18) Putski and Santana have nothing left to prove and leave the ring to go celebrate with the fans. Meanwhile, Albano is PISSED at Johnny V and Jerry. After the announcement of the winners, the Valiants head back to the locker room while Albano sticks around for a word. He tells Vince that he made the Valiants and he vows to have nothing to do with them ever again. Albano shoves Vince back and Vince gets really excited about that. This was one fun match and I wish the WWE Network would put up Championship Wrestling content because it seems to be pretty dope whenever there is a big match like this. ***

Match results cut from the broadcast courtesy of TheHistoryofWWE.com:

  • Swede Hanson (w/Freddie Blassie) defeated Johnny Rivera via submission with the sleeperhold in 3:17.
  • Hussein Arab (w/Freddie Blassie) defeated Mike Masters in 3:06.

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

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