WWF: All Star Wrestling (02.23.80)

WWF: All Star Wrestling
February 23, 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: Kramer vs. Kramer starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep

#1 Song of the Week: Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
#1 TV Show of the 79-80 Season: 60 Minutes hosted by Mike Wallace

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino. Hello, JOOE MCHUGH.

  • Rene Goulet vs. Manny Seacca

Pretty dull match. Goulet is just one of the more boring guys I’ve seen. To be fair, he’s been around forever and I’d imagine he’s past his prime. The Gutwrench Suplex takes care of Seacca. (5:52) Snoozer. ½*

  • “Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe vs. Billy Berger

We haven’t seen Sharpe around these parts since he teamed with “Dynamite” Jack Evans in 1978 doing the Hollywood Blondes routine. Looks like he’s dropped a few LBs since then as well. Maybe I’m wrong. Sharpe gets a NEARFALL off a standing powerslam. He grabs a nerve hold for a bit. Bruno doesn’t buy Sharpe’s hands are strong enough to make that painful. Berger makes a comeback and whips Sharpe around from corner to corner, but then charges into a knee. Sharpe comes back with a vertical suplex and finishes Berger with a PILEDRIVER. (6:35) Berger is selling the move after the pinfall like his neck is broken, which is a GOOD thing to do.

The WWF tag champs Ivan Putski and Tito Santana talk with Vince McMahon. Ivan talks about how the key to their success has been due to their trust and determination. Santana says he continues to wrestle in singles matches to gain more experience. Vince points out how their styles compliment each other. Ivan is PROUD of the way they fight and the Wild Samoans will have to kill them to take the belts from them. Tito understands every day being champion gets tougher and tougher, but they run like a well-oiled machine. Santana thanks all the WWF fans for giving them all their support and that’s what keeps him and Putski running.

  • Larry Zbyszko vs. John Buford

Before the bout, Zbyszko gets on the house mic and tells the fans that he no longer lives in Pittsburgh (because of Bruno) and where he lives is NOBODY’S BUSINESS. Well, that’s fair. Bruno explains that Larry Zbyszko has shown his colors and he has no more tears for him. Zbyszko is simply a bitter man. Zbyszko leaves the ring at one point possibly due to the crowd chanting “We Want Bruno”. He keeps Buford down with chinlocks while the crowd continues to get under his skin. There’s the vertical suplex to take care of Buford. (6:01) Bruno has very little to say about the ending there. ¾*

  • Ivan Putski & Tito Santana vs. BB Coleman & Frank Savage

We’ve got a fresh jabroni in Frank Savage for Putski and Santana to get their hands on. You would see him later in the year in Memphis. Putski and Santana take turns on a chinlock for Coleman. To finish the match, Putski catches Coleman coming off the ropes and Tito comes flying in and sunset flips Coleman for the win. (6:09) A WELL-OILED MACHINE, folks. ¾*

Bruno Sammartino speaks with the WWF tag champs Ivan Putski and Tito Santana. He wants to know why they are taking singles matches. Ivan doesn’t want to get settled in tag team matches where you can just rely on yourself. All Tito can think about are their top challengers the Wild Samoans. Next thing you know, Bruno cuts him off and we’re outta time. DON’T GET HIM STARTED THEN, BRUNO.

  • Tony Atlas vs. Ron Lee

Atlas punishes Ron Lee with headlocks and such, but then quickly puts him away with a MILITARY PRESS INTO A GUTBUSTER in 2:54. Dang, that looked painful.

I gotta say, anything with Larry Z these days is must-see.

Until next time, so long for now.

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