WWF: All Star Wrestling (02.16.80)

WWF: All Star Wrestling
February 16, 1980
Allentown, PA
Allentown Agricultural Hall

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: Ivan Putski & Tito Santana (10/22/1979)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: The Fog starring Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis

#1 Song of the Week: Do That to Me One More Time by Captain & Tennille
#1 TV Show of the 79-80 Season: 60 Minutes hosted by Mike Wallace

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino. For this taping cycle being that we are in Allentown, we get some JOE MCHUGH instead of Gary Michael Capetta.

  • Pat Patterson vs. JoJo Andrews

JoJo gets Patterson a little peeved at the beginning. While Patterson is doing some work on the arm, Vince and Bruno explain Patterson received eight or nine stitches in his forehead due to a recent battle. While Bruno tells us Andrews is fat and Patterson is “well conditioned”, Andrews goes heel on Patterson. It gets so bad that Patterson bails out and then yanks Andrews out to the floor for a ride on the timekeeper’s table. He tries flipping Andrews back into the ring from the apron, but they never time it right. Andrews gets thrown back inside by Patterson and then beaten on the mat. Patterson delivers a slam and hits BOMBS AWAY knee drop for the win. (7:09) Patterson is just on another level at this point.

  • Larry Zbyszko vs. Steve King

McHugh is told by Larry Zbyszko to introduce him as the *new* Living Legend of Professional Wrestling. Vince mentions how it was a deafening response from the crowd and yeah, it’s pretty bad. Crowd wants Bruno. Even though he’s the commentator paid to do a job, Bruno finds everything about Larry Zbyszko is an ugly subject. He’s so disgusted that he’d rather step away for the rest of this match. Gee, what a PRO. Crowd still wants Bruno and Larry Z lets up on a front headlock to let the people know what he thinks about that. Zbyszko finishes off Steve King with a vertical suplex. (5:47) Crowd still wants Bruno, but they won’t get Bruno tonight. Man, you talk about some HEAT.

Vince McMahon speaks with Larry Zbyszko for a few moments. Larry Z says everybody wants Bruno, but Bruno isn’t going to come out. Zbyszko says the people boo him because they don’t know the truth. He feels Bruno used him as his protégé to keep his name alive. He could never beat Larry when he was his trainer and he still couldn’t beat him. Larry says Bruno is so shocked by what happened because he doesn’t want everybody to know that Bruno can’t beat him. How come Bruno agreed to the terms he did where he wouldn’t put a hold on Larry? Because he knows Larry can break out of every hold Bruno knows – and he didn’t want everybody to see it. Assuming what he’s saying is true, Vince wants to know why Zbyszko used the chair on him. Nobody humiliates Larry Zbyszko and that was his way of letting Bruno know it. When he hit Bruno with the chair, it was the happiest moment of his life. They both know the truth that Larry is the better man. Since the people don’t know what they are talking about, they just need to sit back and shut up. He doesn’t need them anymore because he feels his future is made after what happened in his match with Bruno. GREAT promo. Another must-see.

  • The Wild Samoans vs. Tito Santana & Rene Goulet

While Afa and Sika have their backs turned talking to Albano, Santana and Goulet deliver STEREO DROPKICKS. Well, sort of. They were out of sync, but the result was the same. The Samoans run into more action and the Allentown crowd is going INSANE. Some more STEREO DROPKICKS take down the top challengers to the tag belts. Once the match settles, Santana hits his crossbody block on Afa for 1-2-NO! Time for the armbar work as the babyfaces “tag” in and out behind the ref’s back. SIKA IS PISSED. While the ref puts the Samoans tag rope back, Sika jumps Goulet. However, once Sika is tagged in legally, he finds himself in the same shape as Afa stuck in a wristlock. Goulet is punched and kicked into the Wild Samoans corner to turn the tide. Goulet avoids a corner charge and tags Santana as the match breaks down. Sika is tied up in the ropes and beaten by Tito. After Goulet snaps Afa’s neck on the top rope, Santana covers him only for Sika to break up the pin. Afa starts to NO-SELL Tito’s punches, but a standing dropkick sends him through the ropes to the floor. Santana goes after Sika and delivers a backdrop. Afa comes back on Santana, but Goulet gets a tag. Sika whips Goulet into a corner for the tree of woe. The Samoans double-team and headbutt Goulet as he’s absolutely helpless. Santana tries to help out, but he’s taken out as well. HERE COMES IVAN PUTSKI. He unloads on the Samoans for the DQ. (8:18) You can always tell why Allentown was the A-show when you watch this stuff as the crowds always seemed to be on fire while you could hardly even notice the Hamburg crowd was in the building. Better match than you might think as the Samoans sold well for the babyfaces, but always looked like they could turn the match around and destroy Goulet and Santana at any moment. **½

  • Baron Mikel Scicluna vs. Mike Masters

Vince and Bruno puts over the Baron for being a guy who has had a long career in the WWF because of how hard he works out. Basically, just putting him over. He makes short work of Masters and wins with a jumping knee drop in 2:44.

  • Hulk Hogan (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Paul Mauret & Paul Figueroa

Before the match, Vince asks Bruno if Hogan is comparable to Andre due to his size. Bruno says Andre is a bigger man, but thinks it would be an interesting match to see. The crowd is giving Hogan crap for taking forever to get started. Of course, the jabronis have no chance. Hogan delivers the LEGDROP to Figueroa and drops Mauret on top. He sits on both of them for the easy pinfall in 2:12.

Until next time, so long for now.


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