WWF: All Star Wrestling (12.13.80)
WWF: All Star Wrestling
December 13, 1980
Your current WWF champions are as follows:
WWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Pedro Morales (12/8/1980)
WWF World Tag Team Champions: Tony Garea & Rick Martel (11/8/1980)
Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Stir Crazy starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor
#1 Song of the Week: Lady by Kenny Rogers
#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 hosts are Vince McMahon and Pat Patterson. Vince asks Pat what he thinks of George Rosello, which is a pretty silly question since Rosello has never appeared on WWF TV before. They share a short laugh over that one before we head to the ring.
- Dominic DeNucci & Rick McGraw vs. Jose Estrada & Ron Shaw
DeNucci and Estrada feel each other out to start. Estrada winds up angering DeNucci and gets him cornered. Shaw tags in and shows us he needs to learn how to throw a punch. DeNucci fights out of the corner as Shaw gets worked over. In comes Estrada, he gets McGraw over in his corner, but again his partner is so green. We get a false tag spot that ends up hurting McGraw even more. Finally a tag to DeNucci, and he “runs wild” on Shaw. Back over to McGraw, he levels Shaw with a standing dropkick for the three-count. (7:56) After the bell, DeNucci and McGraw have to clean house on the baddies. *½
- Baron Mikel Scicluna vs. Steve King
Scicluna gets a chance to shine this week against Steve King. Lots of stomps and kicks. King gets him tied up in the ropes, but Scicluna blocks the charge. He bearhugs King and then grows tired of the hold as he throws King to the floor. King gets a few moments to shine, but misses a corner charge. Scicluna then slams King hard to the mat and delivers a backbreaker for the win in 5:53. ½*
Pat Patterson interviews the *new* WWF tag team champions Tony Garea and Rick Martel. Calling a team the *new* tag team champs after holding the belts for a month would I would imagine seem strange to the younger viewer. They discuss the match in the Philadelphia Spectrum where Garea and Martel won the tag titles. Martel admits that now the Wild Samoans have to beat them and not the other way around anymore. Pat brings up the Moondogs as their next challengers. He thinks they should bring cans of Alpo with them to the ring and maybe they will be easy to beat. More seriously, Pat admits it’s going to be tough to be the WWF tag champs right now, but Martel admits they are up to the challenge. Pat wants to know why Martel isn’t married. He’s looking for a nice girl, it seems. Pat congratulates these guys to wrap up the interview.
- Ken Patera (w/the Grand Wizard) vs. Tony Garea
This show was taped on 12/3 which is five days before he loses the IC title to Pedro Morales. Since this show airs on 12/13, there’s no mention of the IC title and Patera doesn’t wear it to the ring. Garea delivers a series of punches to knock Patera silly to start. He then works the armbar for a while. Finally, Patera flips him over with a hiptoss and starts beating on the back before applying a bearhug. Garea starts elbowing the shoulder to escape, but Patera puts him on his butt with a knee lift and throws him to the floor. Back inside, Garea gets HOT and catches Patera with a back elbow for two. Garea sees a backdrop coming and sunset flips Patera just as the bell rings for the time-limit draw. (10:00) Pretty disappointing match as they didn’t do a whole lot until the last several minutes – and even that wasn’t too entertaining. This is the last we will be seeing of Ken Patera for now in the WWF. He seeks fortune elsewhere for the next several years mostly in the AWA before returning to the WWF as part of the national expansion in 1984. *½
- Sgt. Slaughter (w/the Grand Wizard) vs. Manny Siaca & Paul Mauret
Slaughter getting the Hogan treatment now. Sarge makes minced meat out of Mauret. Vince asks Pat if he thinks Mauret was trained by Tony Altimore. I’m guessing that got a laugh out of somebody. Pat mentions how mad Slaughter gets when you call him “Gomer”. That’s the first time I’ve heard the commentators mention that bit. Siaca tries a double-team method, but Slaughter isn’t interested and tosses him to the floor. Mauret gets the COBRA CLUTCH as Slaughter picks up another win in 4:34. Siaca gets put out with the Cobra Clutch as well.
- Killer Khan (w/Captain Lou Albano) vs. George Rosello
The footage is really starting to get bad. Albano continues to sub for Freddie Blassie in his absence. The crowd gives Albano a bunch of crap for being at ringside. Vince and Pat continue to joke about Rosello. WHO IS THIS GUY? Nothingburger of a match as the Jumping Knee Drop ends Rosello in 3:28.
That’s going to do it for this week. Until next time, so long for now.
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