WWF: All Star Wrestling (06.21.80)
WWF: All Star Wrestling
June 21, 1980
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: Funkytown by Lipps Inc.
#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.
- Ivan Putski vs. Jose Estrada
Putski overpowers Estrada with wristlocks and such. Estrada tries to control Putski with cheapshots, but then that just ANGERS Putski. He grabs a chinlock, but Estrada claws the eyes to escape. Estrada starts pounding away again. Putski turns Estrada around in the corner and starts shoulderbutting him. Putski reverses a corner whip on Estrada and tries a bearhug, but Estrada goes to the eyes again. Putski finally has enough of the eye rakes and puts Estrada down with the POLISH HAMMER for the win at 6:28.
- Pedro Morales vs. Moose Monroe
MOOSE. Pedro punishes Monroe with hammerlocks to start. Moose punches Morales, but Moose doesn’t follow up allowing Pedro to get mad. Moose takes a powder and jaws with the fans. Morales applies an armbar on the mat. Moose tries to brawl, but it never works. Morales knocks Moose over and puts on the BOSTON CRAB for the submission victory in 6:31. Afterwards, Bruno talks with his good friend Pedro Morales after the bell. He sees that Pedro is frustrated for the lack of competition he’s facing. Morales agrees, but he’ll be patient until he gets chances to face guys like Ken Patera and Larry Zbyszko. Bruno can hardly bring himself to say the name Zbyszko. Pedro talks about going home to Puerto Rico to see his family. While he’s been away traveling all over the world wrestling for the last five years, he can confidently say that the WWF is the big time. To wrap up the interview, Pedro addresses his Spanish speaking friends.
- Ken Patera (w/the Grand Wizard) vs. Frank Williams
Grand Wizard has some funky sunglasses on this week. Vince thinks he looks like a bug. As you can imagine, Patera just plays around with Frankie. He applies headlocks and chinlocks which look like choke holds. Frankie punches and rakes the eyes to try and come back. Of course, Patera is in no real trouble. He lowers the boom and hits a vertical suplex before applying the SWINGING FULL NELSON to uncle Williams in 7:49.
- The Hangman (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Steve King
Nope, it’s not Adam Page. Another French Canadian joins the WWF roster in 1980 as we witness his All Star Wrestling debut. Unlike Patterson or Goulet, he’s working heel which is obvious since Blassie is his manager. If you have seen any Olympic Auditorium footage, you might have seen the Hangman. He’s a strong looking dude who carries a noose with him to the ring. Just absolutely dominant against King. Hangman hotshots King and applies the HANGMAN’S NOOSE for the win in 4:11.
Afterwards, Vince speaks with Freddie Blassie and the Hangman at ringside. Blassie says he just returned from a world tour and he’s brought the Hangman back with him from Europe. Vince brings up the noose that Hangman carries. Blassie says there’s a use for the noose and feels insulted when Vince considers there’s a terrible use for the noose. The crowd gets on Blassie’s nerves (a man even touches Blassie!) while Vince keeps talking about the Hangman’s finishing hold. Blassie doesn’t care who gets hurt and says he only cares about money. Vince wonders if the Hangman can handle tougher challengers. Blassie guarantees he can because all Blassie cares about is money.
- Hulk Hogan (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Fred Marzino & Angelo Gomez
Another handicap match for Hogan as he’s returning from his first tour of New Japan. These two guys put together possibly weigh as much as Hogan. Marzino takes a WILD bump to the corner ringpost and falls to the floor. Meanwhile, Hogan slams Gomez around. The AXE BOMBER ends Gomez in 3:02.
We are WORKING THROUGH 1980, folks.
That does it for this week. Until next time, so long for now.
Posted on September 27, 2020, in WWE and tagged All Star Wrestling, Freddie Blassie, Grand Wizard, Hulk Hogan, Ivan Putski, Jose Estrada, Ken Patera, Moose Monroe, Pedro Morales, The Hangman. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.