WWF: All Star Wrestling (03.29.80)

WWF: All Star Wrestling
March 29, 1980
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: Ivan Putski & Tito Santana (10/22/1979)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Coal Miner’s Daughter starring Sissy Spacek

#1 Song of the Week: Another Brick in the Wall, Part II by Pink Floyd
#1 TV Show of the 79-80 Season: 60 Minutes hosted by Mike Wallace

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino.

  • Dominic DeNucci & Rene Goulet vs. Jose Estrada & Davey O’Hannon

Vince makes mention that DeNucci and Goulet were once tag team champions with different partners at different times. O’Hannon is announced by Capetta as a “former Texas brass knuckles champion”, which may or may not have actually happened. He did hold the tag titles in Amarillo with Dennis Stamp for a short time since Stamp was booked that day. DeNucci gets silly with O’Hannon to start slapping him across the face and making O’Hannon look foolish. This is so obviously a DeNucci match as he shines against the heels. Lots of comedy. He eventually gets put into the heel corner though and gets pounded. O’Hannon confidently tosses DeNucci over to Goulet for a tag. Goulet whips him from corner to corner and grabs a headlock. O’Hannon reverses the hold and Goulet escapes to hit a hiptoss. However, Goulet gets stuck on the wrong side of town as the heels get some heat. This sets up a tag to DeNucci. Estrada begs off, but then DeNucci starts going into his Captain Kirk offense. Besides that, there’s a catapult to Estrada into a punch by Goulet. When O’Hannon charges inside, DeNucci catapults Estrada into him. WHAT. Dominic gets cornered again and beaten down. He comes back and whips Estrada into a jumping kick from the apron by Goulet. Dominic covers Estrada and gets the win. (9:13) What a bunch of whatever this was. Geez. *

  • Tor Kamata (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Bimbo Larson

He used to be called Pinky Larson, but I guess he thinks changing his name to Bimbo is an upgrade for some reason. Kamata to me is in the same vein as Abdullah the Butcher-lite and King Curtis type characters – all stemming from the Original Sheik. This one lasts a while, but Kamata lands a FLYING SPLASH to end things. (5:17) Vince is losing his mind over that splash. Afterwards, Kamata gives Larson ANOTHER FLYING SPLASH and the ringside doctors decide to take him to the dressing room on a stretcher, so we probably won’t see Bimbo for a while.

Bruno Sammartino speaks with the Grand Wizard about his man Ken Patera. Wizard and Patera will not rest until Patera holds both the world and IC titles at the same time. When Bruno suggests how Patera is going to beat someone like Patterson or Putski, Wizard thinks he’s the one who taught Pat Patterson every thing he knows and calls Pat a “traitor”. As for Putski, Wizard says the only thing strong about Putski is when he doesn’t bathe. Patera gets on the mic and puts over Bruno for some reason. Putski has strength and ability, but Patera is more concerned with Bob Backlund and not Putski. Patera comes from a family of champions and it’s his time to win the big one. He reminds everyone that he’s undefeated except when he’s faced one man: Bruno Sammartino. Why is he putting over Bruno? Shouldn’t Vince be doing interviews with heels?

  • Andre the Giant vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna & Johnny Rodz

Rodz tries to jump Andre from behind before the bell, but of course it doesn’t work. Scicluna and Rodz try their best to sneak attack and can’t make it happen.

Finally, they stop doing the one-on-one thing and actually double-team him. Of course, even that doesn’t work, as Andre cracks their heads together. Standard Andre stuff. Let’s go to the finish. Andre headbutts Scicluna to the floor and boots down Rodz before landing a AVALANCHE SPLASH for the win. (5:12) Andre’s got 99 problems, but Rodz and Scicluna ain’t one.

  • Ken Patera (w/the Grand Wizard) vs. Angelo Gomez

Lots of whistling for Wizard helping Patera off with his workout gear. Vince subtly wonders if they are gay. Bruno just thinks Wizard knows he’s got a top wrestler under contract. In other words, he won’t go there. Patera is just so dominant during this period. There’s a vertical suplex and an elbow drop, but Patera isn’t ready to wrap it up. He delivers a HUGE throwaway slam, but again Patera is not done. He applies the SWINGING FULL NELSON for the win. (5:23) PATERA = DOMINANT.

  • Hulk Hogan (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Steve King

This won’t take long. King looks to be outweighed by about two feet and 100 pounds. Hogan hits the vertical suplex and applies the BEARHUG for the win in 2:55.

Until next time, so long for now.

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