WWF: All Star Wrestling (05.24.80)

WWF: All Star Wrestling
May 24, 1980
Hamburg, PA
Hamburg Fieldhouse

Your current WWF champions are as follows:
WWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Ken Patera (4/21/1980)
WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Wild Samoans (4/12/1980)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: The Empire Strikes Back starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher
#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.

  • Pat Patterson vs. Jose Estrada

I feel like we are seeing Patterson against Rodz or Estrada a lot lately. Estrada controls to start and gets Patterson riled up. While stuck in a full nelson, Estrada puts his feet up on the top rope for the break and Patterson just drops Estrada to the mat for a big ha-ha from the crowd. Patterson tries going to the mat, but Estrada would rather stomp the crap out of Patterson in the corner. Patterson comes back with a hiptoss, but whiffs on a dropkick. However, he doesn’t really sell the bump and dropkicks Estrada when he’s not looking to send him crashing in the corner. Patterson rolls him up for the win. (5:59) This is the last time we should see Patterson and Estrada together, but his matches with Johnny Rodz will continue into the fall. In fact, we will see them wrestle – NEXT WEEK. ½*

  • Pedro Morales vs. Marc Pole

Vince gives Pole NO CHANCE – NO CHANCE IN HELLLLLL to win here. To be fair, it’s a safe bet. While Morales is beating and grinding Pole to the mat, Vince says Pole reminds him of Francis Dunn. I’m assuming that’s Dennis Dunn (Kevin Dunn’s father who worked for the promotion in charge of TV production). Bruno acts like he doesn’t know the guy at first, but then remembers him all of a sudden and calls him “short and squirrelly” (like father, like son) even though Pole is tall and fat. Vince says Francis Dunn got kicked out of wrestling for being so bad and wound up in the TV business. Hilarious. Morales wins with the BOSTON CRAB in 5:01.

Bruno Sammartino meets with newcomer to the area: RICK MCGRAW! He’s a North Carolina boy trained by Mid-Atlantic star Rip Hawk who has done his time working as a prelim guy in a bunch of different southern territories and now he’s made it to New York City. McGraw is AWESTRUCK by Bruno. He’s a short fella – shorter than Bruno even – and I wonder if he’s shorter than Putski. You can tell poor Rick is SUPER nervous.

  • Rick McGraw vs. Moose Monroe

MOOSE IS BACK. Good to see him again. It’s been a while. Naturally, McGraw wants Moose on the mat because of the crazy size difference. Monroe grabs a Cobra Clutch and McGraw drops to his knees to bring him over. Bruno doesn’t think it’s a very good hold, but I think the Masked Superstar would feel different about that. McGraw manages to sort of slam Moose. He’s able to get Moose down into a headlock on the mat. Moose breaks free and starts beating on McGraw, but then he whips McGraw into the corner. McGraw shoots out of the corner and flies onto Moose with a crossbody block for the win in 4:14.

  • The Wild Samoans (w/Captain Lou Albano) vs. Rene Goulet & Dominic DeNucci

Albano and the Samoans get CRAZY before the match. Something happens off-camera that makes Afa laugh. DeNucci and Goulet grab the tag titles away and put them around their waist to pop the crowd. Alright, finally we get some action. It’s a pier-six brawl with DeNucci and Goulet catching the Samoans and Albano with their pants down. Down on the floor, Sika helps Albano on with his shower shoes. Sika gives a big smile and hugs Albano. Hilarious. Bruno complains there’s not enough wrestling happening here. They do the full nelson bit where the Samoans chop one another. While Goulet and DeNucci are double-teaming on Afa, Sika is eating Albano’s cigar. Wow. The Samoans get some heat on DeNucci for a few minutes. Eventually, DeNucci falls back into a tag to Goulet. He winds up getting trapped on the Samoans side of town. Afa grabs a nerve hold, but Goulet escapes and tags in DeNucci. HE’S ONE MAD DUDE, but quickly takes a couple headbutts that sends him to the floor as he gets counted out. (12:02) DeNucci punches Albano back to the locker room. Meanwhile, The Samoans are beating the shit out of Goulet. DeNucci comes back to the ring with a wooden chair. Neither DeNucci nor Goulet are able to take them off with their feet. Entertaining nonsense here. Bruno takes the mic over to DeNucci and Goulet. He wants to know why he brought out a chair. DeNucci wants to do something really bad to Albano. Goulet wants Albano back out here now, but that won’t happen. Why aren’t they mad at the Samoans? Bruno tries to calm down these two dudes to end the segment. *

  • Tony Atlas vs. Frank Savage

Bruh, Tony is going to own this dude. There’s no way Frank Savage is going to win. NO WAY. Vince and Bruno go on about how good Atlas looks and he does look in GREAT shape. Savage tries to choke Atlas, but Tony isn’t into that sort of thing, and gives him a vertical suplex for the win in 3:09.

Time for a fresh set of tapings, folks. Until next time, so long for now.

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