WWF: All Star Wrestling (07.05.80)

WWF: All Star Wrestling
July 5, 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: Airplane! starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty

#1 Song of the Week: Coming Up by Paul McCartney
#1 TV Show of the 79-80 Season: 60 Minutes hosted by Mike Wallace

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

NOTE: Due to an error on the Network, go to the episode dated 6/27/81 in the All Star Wrestling section to see this episode.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino.

  • Pat Patterson, Rene Goulet & Dominic DeNucci vs. Moose Monroe, Sylvano Sousa, & Davey O’Hannon

Looked like Team Moose was deciding who would start over a game of “patty cake”. Anyways, it’s O’Hannon against DeNucci. There’s hammerlocks all over the place. DeNucci winds up in the wrong corner. O’Hannon puts him on the mat with a wristlock, but DeNucci slaps O’Hannon until he lets go of the hold. Goulet and Sousa tag into the match. Vince and Bruno immediately discredit Sousa as he’s humiliated in the Team DeNucci corner. O’Hannon comes in and tries to help out, but winds up hurting Sousa instead. Team DeNucci deliver a TRIPLE BATTERING RAM and then do the rowboat routine. Vince – “THIS IS FUN.” Team DeNucci take over on Moose working toeholds and such. When Moose tries to get away, Patterson holds onto the tights while Goulet and DeNucci run in and help shove Moose into Sousa and O’Hannon. In comes O’Hannon, Patterson continues to humiliate. DeNucci tags in and he gets cornered on the wrong side of town for some quick heat. Goulet and Patterson help out which should be a DQ. Patterson slams Sousa to allow DeNucci to come back and double stomp Sousa. The crowd is loving this (as much as Hamburg can love something they are watching) as the match probably goes longer than normal. They do the full nelson bit where the heel gets turned around at the last moment and gets his clock cleaned by the other heel who was trying to nail the babyface from behind. Patterson tags and double stomps Sousa some more. Geez. Next up, Goulet delivers an atomic drop to Sousa, but only gets two. Sousa tags O’Hannon and then misses a corner charge to fall out to the floor. Since O’Hannon doesn’t want any, he tags Moose. DeNucci gets chased around, but then he slams the big Moose. Goulet dropkicks Moose down as Patterson applies a Boston Crab for the win. (11:58) When Moose gets to his feet, he falls and stumbles knocking down Gary Michael Capetta. For no good reason, Goulet cleans house on the heels with dropkicks. What a bunch of dicks. **

  • The Hangman (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Fred Marzino

When he’s not pounding on Marzino, the Hangman is trying to break Marzino’s arm. He’s one tough heel. I like it! He refuses to pin Marzino and applies the HANGMAN HOLD for the win in 4:32. Afterwards, Bruno Sammartino interviews Freddie Blassie and the Hangman. He wants to know where the Hangman is from and we know Blassie has said Europe, but Blassie thinks Europe is a country for some reason. Blassie says the Hangman is unbeatable and has never lost a tournament while wrestling in Europe. Bruno wants to know if the Hangman goes back by this name in Europe, but Blassie won’t reveal his real name. Blassie is being VERY mysterious about this guy. What a carny. He feels that Bruno is getting too personal. Bruno wants to see the Hangman show how to use a noose on Blassie. Naturally, Blassie doesn’t care for that idea and tells Bruno he’s never liked him. Blassie guarantees what we saw tonight is a small part of what awful things he’s capable of doing. They put over the eastern U.S. as the top place for wrestling and wrap things up with that.

  • Pedro Morales vs. Marc Pole

Pedro grounds Pole with a hammerlock, but then Pole goes to the eyes to ANGER Morales. Where’s the Boston Crab? THERE IT IS. Pedro wins in 2:33.

  • “Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe vs. Rick McGraw

The REAL feature bout of the day. McGraw refuses to let go of the headlock to start. Sharpe finally trips him up to escape the hold. Nice drop toehold from Sharpe puts McGraw on the mat for a waistlock, but McGraw is able to roll out and apply the headlock again. They run the ropes culminating in a slam by Sharpe. Back to the waistlock, Sharpe throws McGraw into the corner. He follows up with a backdrop and tries another, but McGraw sunset flips him for two. They trade shots from their knees. McGraw wins the battle, but Sharpe headbutts him in the gut. Both guys are dazed, but McGraw tries an inside cradle. Sharpe manages to kick out and throws McGraw through the ropes to the hard floor. Back in, Sharpe continues to work on the back. Both guys seem pretty spent and dazed. They wind up on the floor and prevent each other from getting back in the ring in time to signal a double countout. (8:16) Pretty good match, but they wrestled like they went 20 minutes and not eight, which would have been alright with me to have them go longer. **½

  • Hulk Hogan (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Frank Williams

Hogan is that “irresistible force” in the WWF 1980. He has yet to lose in the promotion, but he’ll soon be meeting a famous “immovable object” soon enough. Vince even mentions that the only other wrestler in the WWF that is undefeated is Andre the Giant. The AXE BOMBER ends Williams in 2:54.

That’ll do it for this week. Until next time, so long for now.

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