WWF: All Star Wrestling (08.23.80)

WWF: All Star Wrestling
August 23, 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: Vacant (8/10/1980)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Smokey and the Bandit II starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field
#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.

  • Ken Patera (w/the Grand Wizard) vs. Angelo Gomez

Vince gives Gomez absolutely no chance to beat Patera. Fair assessment. This is just peak Patera. After a big stalling suplex, Patera throws Gomez to the floor like a sack of potatoes for a slam. If only he had done that slam he does from one side of the ring to the other. Back inside, he catches Gomez with a running clothesline and an elbow drop. Holla if ya hear me. The SWINGING FULL NELSON ends Gomez in 5:23.

  • Pedro Morales vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna

It doesn’t get much more WWWF than these two. Morales of course tries to keep it “wrestling”, but Scicluna makes it hard. Pedro escapes a legbar by legdropping the face. Scicluna pulls the hair to gain the advantage out of an overhead wristlock and goes to the mat with an armbar. Morales armdrags him away. Scicluna corners Morales and pounds away, but Morales is ready to give it right back to him. Scicluna grabs a wristlock and pulls the hair again to take advantage. Morales headscissors his way out, but Scicluna is right back on top of things. Pedro gets FIRED UP and surprises Scicluna with a sunset flip for the win. (7:40) Just a JTTS match.

Bruno Sammartino interviews Captain Lou Albano at ringside. Sammartino recalls his history with Albano and then takes a left turn asking Captain Lou if he’s ever considered psychiatric help. The crowd finds that pretty humorous and Captain Lou reacts. Albano says he doesn’t really respect Bruno way back when, but now he’s decided to respect Bruno after all his years as champion. Albano considers Bruno has it together as an athlete, but maybe he’s not mentally competent because he’s questioning the Captain. The crowd feels it’s not. Albano calls the Hamburg people “retarded” and feels he and Bruno should be discussing business. Bruno thinks Albano isn’t in his right mind if he thinks he has a physique that should be shown to the public. Captain Lou takes off the shirt and shows the people his body. He then throws his shirt at Vince McMahon who then throws a drink back at him. Albano gets skittish and runs off. Bruno asks Vince over and discusses Albano’s disgusting body. Vince agrees that Albano needs help. Albano returns and feels he’s being mocked without the Wild Samoans here to back him up. He refers to Vince as a “Mickey Mouse operator” and Bruno as the “former living legend” that was embarrassed by Larry Zbyszko. He grabs the mic away from Bruno as they cut to commercial.

  • Rick Martel vs. Charlie Sharkey

Martel shows off his wrestling skills with various holds to start. Sharkey backs him into the corner and shoulder butts Martel, but Martel knocks him back and delivers a big slam for two. Martel delivers a backbreaker for two as well. Uh oh, the QUEBEC CRAB. Sharkey makes the ropes which back then was the pussy boy way out. Martel tries to weaken the leg, but Sharkey gets to his feet and corners Martel. This won’t last. Martel pounds away on Sharkey and runs his head into the buckle. He hiptosses Sharkey across the ring and delivers a pair of dropkicks before landing a running elbow drop for the win in 5:32.

  • Hulk Hogan (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Lyndsey Lyle & Steve King

Lots of consulting from Blassie to start. Lyle and King double-team Hulk, but they just bump around to show off how strong he is. Lyle ends up on the floor and whacked by Blassie. Back inside, Hogan lands the AXE BOMBER on both jabronis. He then dumps Lyle on top of King and sits on top of them for the win in 6:01.

Vince McMahon speaks with Freddie Blassie and Hulk Hogan at ringside. They call the Axe Bomber the HOGAN’S HAMMER – obviously a nod to Thor’s Hammer. Vince wants to see Hogan’s black elbow padding to make sure there’s nothing funny about it. Blassie is completely annoyed by Vince’s insinuations and explains how well he and Hogan work together.

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

The Hangman tries to tear out the shoulder of Marzino. He runs Marzino from corner to corner and delivers a shoulderbreaker for two. He drops Marzino throat-first down on the top rope. The HANGMAN’S HOLD wins in 3:18.

And that’s going to do it for this week. Until next time, so long for now.

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