WWF: All Star Wrestling (09.20.80)

WWF: All Star Wrestling
September 20, 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: Ordinary People starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, and Timothy Hutton
#1 Song of the Week: Upside Down by Diana Ross
#1 TV Show of the 80-81 Season: Dallas starring Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, and Patrick Duffy

Follow along if you have the WWE Network!

Your host is Vince McMahon. Bruno Sammartino is still absent.

  • WWF Tag Team Titles Tournament Semi-Finals: The Wild Samoans (w/Captain Lou Albano) vs. Dominic DeNucci & Rick Martel – (WWF Championship Wrestling, 9/13/80)

DeNucci and Martel BUM RUSH THE SHOW on the Samoans and I can’t say I blame them. Man, the crowds are just so much more into this than anything on the Hamburg shows. How much fluoride is in the water in Hamburg? Back inside, DeNucci manages to fight off the Samoans at least for a little while. Albano is LIVID. DeNucci rolls up Sika for a shocking two-count, but that leads to DeNucci getting caught on the wrong side of town, which is the specialty of the Samoans. We see a false tag spot which causes DeNucci to get double-teamed. Sika punches DeNucci back and he staggers into a tag to Martel, but the ref doesn’t see it. Back to the headlock. Finally, this time, the ref sees the HOT TAG TO MARTEL. He’s a HOUSE OF FIRE on the Samoans. Martel just looks amazing here. During the chaos, Sika chokes Martel with the tag rope. Once DeNucci helps out, Martel returns the favor to get Sika down on the mat. Martel works an armbar and tags in DeNucci who stomps the nuts. You know, DeNucci stuff. Albano interferes and pulls DeNucci back into the ropes. They put DeNucci in another front headlock to bring about another false tag spot. This time while the ref is getting Martel out, the Samoans DOUBLE HEADBUTT DeNucci out to the floor. With that kind of heavy offense, not even Albano has to cheat to keep DeNucci on the floor. DeNucci gets counted out as the Samoans advance to the finals against Tony Garea and Rene Goulet, which we’ll see that match in full NEXT WEEK. (10:54) Everything is just more fun in Allentown. **

  • Tony Atlas vs. Jose Estrada

Back to Hamburg we go. Atlas shows having trouble getting his ring jacket off – because his arms are just SO MASSIVE. Atlas looks to embarrass Estrada a little bit to start as Atlas keeps getting out of the headlock and making Estrada look silly. Getting a little more serious, Atlas sends Estrada on the run with a couple armdrags. Back in, Estrada goes to the eyes and stuns Atlas with a few punches until his hands start to hurt. Good old fashioned racism. HERE COMES TONY! A big standing splash hits knees though. Estrada puts the boots to Tony, but Atlas kicks out big on a pin attempt. Tony then clean presses Estrada and slams him for the win in 6:04.

Vince McMahon talks with Tony Atlas. Pretty standard interview for him. He’s training hard and explains the psychology behind winning and losing to various wrestlers. He loves the fans and he’ll do his dead level best for them.

  • Pedro Morales & Rene Goulet vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna & Sylvano Sousa

Sousa gets his bell rung a few times by Morales and Goulet as they hold onto him with a headlock. They switch gears with arm holds until Goulet gets Sousa on the mat with a headscissors. Scicluna comes in and breaks up the hold. Now Sousa gets caught in an armbar. Eventually, Sousa corners Morales in his corner and finally tags in Scicluna. We get another showdown between Scicluna and Goulet. Tag to Sousa, Goulet gets punched back into a tag from Pedro. Now Morales quickly slams Sousa and applies the BOSTON CRAB for the submission victory in 6:24.

  • Tony Garea vs. Johnny Rodz

Rodz corners Garea to start and pounds away. He drops an elbow on Garea for a two-count surprising Vince. Garea punches back and gets FIRED UP. He grabs a headlock, but Rodz pushes him off into the ropes for a kitchen sink knee. More of Rodz brawling tactics. Garea whips Rodz across the ring into the corner for a two-count. Rodz escapes a headlock and chokes Garea in the ropes. He lowers the boom on Garea and legdrops him, but misses a jumping splash. Garea then takes Rodz to school, but then surprises Rodz with a sunset flip for another nearfall. They both telegraph backdrops, but Rodz catches Garea with one. Next thing we know, Garea slips out of a slam and O’Connor rolls Rodz for the three-count. (5:54) Nice little competitive match. *

  • Hulk Hogan (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Steve King & Angelo Gomez

There’s just nothing these Puerto Ricans can do to Hulk but get squashed and pounded. At one point, Hogan picks them both up for a DOUBLE BEARHUG. For the finish, King and Gomez take backbreakers before Gomez is dumped on top of King allowing Hogan to pin them both at the same time in 2:48.

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

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