WWF: All Star Wrestling (08.02.80)

WWF: All Star Wrestling
August 2, 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: Caddyshack starring Michael O’Keefe, Chevy Chase, & Rodney Dangerfield
#1 Song of the Week: Magic by Olivia Newton-John
#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 & Rene Goulet vs. Jose Estrada & Mike Mihalko

This is the latest tag team combination for Patterson as he’s shown aspirations for going after the Wild Samoans. Patterson and Estrada feel each other out to start. Captain Lou Albano heads down to distract Pat Patterson. Mihalko gets caught napping and nailed by Patterson. Estrada gets caught in a full nelson and walloped by Goulet. Well, that’s not very nice. Tag to Goulet, he and Estrada go to the mat. Estrada yanks on the hair to keep control of an armbar. In comes Mihalko, he’s a big dude. He keeps hold of Goulet with a front headlock. Vince thinks he might be choking Goulet. Once Goulet makes the ropes, he backs away and fires back on Mihalko. Goulet puts Mihalko on the mat in a legbar. As Estrada tries to help out, Patterson runs in and steps on Mihalko on his way to scare away Estrada to make some kids laugh. Patterson grabs a headlocks and holds onto the beard when Mihalko tries to push him away. Goulet tags back in as he and Patterson continue to work over Mihalko. At one point, Patterson actually scoops up and slams the big dude. Mihalko goes to the eyes to take control of the match. He chokes on Patterson a little bit and tags in Estrada. Patterson gets stuck on the wrong side of town. However, Mihalko tries to bearhug Patterson only for Goulet to dropkick Patterson on top of him. Tag to Goulet, he delivers a nice running dropkick and an elbow drop for the win. (8:52) Goulet and Patterson do seem to show some chemistry here, but doubtful they would be top challengers for Albano’s Wild Samoans. *

  • Pedro Morales vs. Johnny Rodz

They start fighting on the apron as Morales rakes the face. Morales grabs a headlock and they work around with that hold for a while. Rodz escapes and applies a chinlock, but it’s a STRUGGLE, folks. Once Pedro gets to his feet, Rodz takes off the turnbuckle pad. Rodz tries to use it against Morales, but it winds up working against him. Nevertheless, Rodz uses the tag rope to choke Morales. Getting pissed off, Pedro takes Rodz to the floor for some ringside violence. Back inside, Rodz slams Morales only to miss an elbow drop. Morales runs Rodz into the exposed corner again and rips at the face. Rodz does the Ray Stevens bump to the apron and scares away the ringside doctors. Morales is on the move and ends up putting Rodz in a small package for the win. (7:11) I like Pedro’s fire, but there’s just not a lot to his matches.

  • Ken Patera (w/the Grand Wizard) vs. Ron Lee

Patera sees that Ron Lee has a bandaged knee and really goes after the knee. WOO! I love his heel work. He wraps the knee around the post and applies a half crab to submit Lee in 4:22.

  • Rick McGraw vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna

One of the bigger challenges for McGraw to this point. He’s made it to the Scicluna level in the WWF. Scicluna BUM RUSHES THE SHOW on him and throws McGraw to the floor. Back in, Scicluna hammers on McGraw and grabs a nerve hold. This sets up a comeback, but McGraw misses a corner charge. McGraw blocks a turnbuckle smash and returns the favor. He twists on Scicluna’s head using his legs and grabs a headlock. This leads to a double-KO. Good grief Scicluna’s selling is just terrible. McGraw avoids a knee drop and goes to work on the leg. Baron clubs McGraw and continues to do just that. Big back body drop by Scicluna. He sends him in for another, but McGraw sunset flips him for 1-2-NO! McGraw grabs a small package for another nearfall. I really like that McGraw is always trying to win the match. McGraw avoids a buckle smash. He tries to headbutt Scicluna, but Scicluna NO-SELLS and dumps McGraw on the floor for a slugfest until they are both counted out. (7:28) This was a good match for Scicluna, but below average for McGraw. *½

  • Rick Martel vs. Marc Pole

Over in Portland, the Pacific Northwest heavyweight champ Rick Martel is two weeks away from his “loser leaves town” match with Buddy Rose. You can find coverage of Portland on PDRwrestling from this era. GOOD STUFF. Not much of a match as Pole is clearly out of his league here as Martel controls the match and a forward roll pins Pole in 2:39.

SHOWDOWN AT SHEA is next! The FINAL BLOWOFF between Bruno Sammartino and Larry Zbyszko, the first major meeting between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, the IC champ Ken Patera takes on top challenger Tony Atlas, and Bob Backlund teams up with Pedro Morales to face the WILD SAMOANS for the WWF tag team titles! Plus, much more on that show as well. I’m interested to see if ANYTHING holds up and I hope you are as well.

Until next time, so long for now.

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