WWF: All Star Wrestling (04.19.80)
WWF: All Star Wrestling
April 19, 1980
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: The Wild Samoans (4/12/1980)
Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Coal Miner’s Daughter starring Sissy Spacek
#1 Song of the Week: Call Me by Blondie
#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.
- Ken Patera (w/the Grand Wizard) vs. Mike Masters
Bruno remarks that Patera is strictly muscle and bone as he’s in the best shape of his career. Masters thinks he’s got Patera right where he wants him with a headlock. Bruno thinks it’s all a setup. Patera kicks back at him and grabs a chinlock. Once Masters gets freed, he starts punching back on Patera and whips him from corner to corner. Patera has enough of that and knee lifts Masters away. He hits a vertical suplex and gets the three-count in 3:07.
- Tor Kamata (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Manny Seacca
While Kamata does his sumo bit before the match starts, Bruno says Kamata kept getting fined and suspended in the sumo world because he’s such a mean man, that he decided to come over to pro wrestling. Total domination. He ends Seacca with a jumping thrust kick and a splash off the ropes in 3:31.
Vince McMahon talks with Tony Atlas. He’s UNDEFEATED, ya know. Atlas says he has to keep training even when he doesn’t feel like it because there are no easy opponents around here. NO DAYS OFF, FOLKS. Next thing we know, Vince has Tony take off his robe. Wait, what? Vince then orders Tony to start doing some posing. I think Vince is enjoying this more than the ladies. Yes, yes, I understand he’s a bodybuilder. Crowd starts booing and Vince looks around to see KEN PATERA. They argue over who is stronger. Vince suggests an arm wrestling contest. Tony thinks that’s the best way to see who has the strongest arms. Patera knows his arms are stronger than Tony’s “buggy whip” arms. That arm wrestling match will go down – NEXT WEEK! Whoa, is there an angle about to happen on All Star Wrestling? Did we just switch over to Memphis and nobody TOLD me?
- Andre the Giant & Pat Patterson vs. Johnny Rodz & Jose Estrada
I haven’t seen Andre hanging out his “best pal” Rene Goulet lately. What’s up with that, Rene? Maybe ya’ll aren’t such great friends after all. There’s not a whole lot for Patterson to do here to start. Andre does his thing against Rodz. Once Andre goes to the mat, he’s the same size as Rodz who claws him in the face and puts the boots to him. Estrada comes in and he takes a headbutt. Patterson helps out by whipping Estrada into Andre’s boot. They really love to catapult guys into punches during this period. After Patterson does that to Estrada, he catapults Estrada into Rodz. We see some more trickery and joking around from these four. Patterson gets cornered on the wrong side of town to get some heat. They kill a minute or two there. Hot tag to Andre, he sticks both Estrada and Rodz in the corner for a squash. Andre misses a corner charge allowing Rodz and Estrada to put the boots to the big man. While Estrada is stuck in the corner thanks to Andre, Patterson comes in and O’Connor rolls Rodz for a couple two counts. Vince thinks Andre and Pat were robbed. Hmm. Rodz and Estrada get more heat on Patterson. That doesn’t last long. Patterson punches back and tags Andre. He boots down Estrada and delivers the AVALANCHE SPLASH for the win. (10:28) A fun match for sure. Bruno talks to Pat Patterson and Andre the Giant over their recent tag team success. Ultimately, Pat wants to take Andre to the WWF tag belts. **
- Pedro Morales vs. Frank Williams
HOLY CRAP PEDRO IS BACK. He wrestled his last match inside MSG back in February 1975. He looks to be in REAL good shape, too. Since he departed from the WWWF, Morales wrestled mostly in the AWA, San Francisco, Florida, and Mid-Atlantic territories. Vince mentions that also next week, we will see a recent match from the Philadelphia Spectrum on video tape involving Ivan Putski and Tito Santana taking on the Wild Samoans over the WWF tag belts. WHAT A SHOW. First an arm wrestling match and now this. Morales puts Frankie away with a Billy Robinson backbreaker and the BOSTON CRAB in 5:02.
Vince and Bruno discuss the WWF tag team championship match scheduled to be shown next week. They don’t give away any results, but say it was a tough match for both teams.
- Tony Atlas vs. Marc Pole
Pole tries to get out of a headlock and punches Atlas. If you have on headphones, you should be able to hear a fan say something about the guy hitting Tony in the testicles. Let’s head to the finish. Atlas nails this guy with a jumping headbutt for the win in 2:54. Hope Tony’s testicles are okay.
They REALLY want you to see this Spectrum match next week. Until next time, so long for now.
Posted on September 6, 2020, in WWE and tagged All Star Wrestling, Andre the Giant, Freddie Blassie, Grand Wizard, Johnny Rodz, Jose Estrada, Ken Patera, Mike Masters, Pat Patterson, Pedro Morales, Tony Atlas, Tor Kamata. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.