WWF: All Star Wrestling (12.20.80)
WWF: All Star Wrestling
December 20, 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.
- The Moondogs (w/Captain Lou Albano) vs. Rick McGraw & Steve King
Rex and McGraw start us off here. Meanwhile, Albano lights up his cigar and somehow sets his shirt on fire. That doesn’t really go anywhere. We see Moondog King destroy Steve King for several minutes. McGraw tags back in and runs wild on the Moondogs. Albano even jumps in the ring and takes a dropkick. He and Steve King continue, but they never really clean house. Albano gets punched around some more. McGraw backdrops Rex for a nearfall. Back over to Steve King, he quickly finds himself in trouble with the Moondogs again. Moondog King gives him a pair of double stomps. The beatdown of Steve King continues as Rex powerslams him to set up the running splash by Moondog King for the win. (8:44) I feel like they have something in McGraw, but they never put him in the right position to make anything of himself. *
- Killer Khan vs. Mike Schmidt
The balls (or stupidity) of someone naming themselves “Mike Schmidt” – in 1980 Pennsylvania no less. Vince even mentions how there’s no relation to the baseball player. Thanks for clearing that up, Vince. Pat informs us that Blassie is still “on his trip”. As we’ve mentioned in prior episodes that taped on the same day, Blassie is wrestling in Los Angeles with El Medico against one of his greatest opponents John Tolos and Victor Rivera in a cage match on 12/5. Double thrust to the throat knocks down Schmidt for the Jumping Kneedrop for the win in 3:34.
Pat Patterson interviews Pedro Morales at ringside. They first discuss his world championship goals. Pat makes sure to tell us that Pedro is a gentleman, but says he has a temper. Morales doesn’t see how he couldn’t lose his temper wrestling guys like Ken Patera and Larry Zbyszko. They discuss baseball in Puerto Rico and Pedro says he played winter ball there, but chose to become a wrestler instead. Most of his family still lives in Puerto Rico. Patterson reminds Morales that his favorite food is “Caribbean flavor”. Pat continues to flirt until he’s cut off and we go to the next match.
- Pedro Morales vs. Sylvano Sousa
Pat thinks Sousa is trying to be careful not to anger Pedro here. More wrestling than we have seen of Pedro lately. Morales whips Sousa from corner to corner and then puts him on the mat for more arm manipulation. Giving up on being fair, Sousa goes to the eyes and goes low on Pedro. Morales returns the favor tenfold. There’s a big slam and the BOSTON CRAB submits Sousa. (7:09) Next week, we should see Pedro with the IC title as we’ll be apart of a new series of tapings.
- Tony Garea & Rick Martel vs. Jose Estrada & Johnny Rodz
This might be the biggest challenge on TV we’ve seen for Garea and Martel. Rodz and Estrada keep Garea on their side of the ring with armbars and wristlocks. Pulling the hair helps keep Garea right where they want him. Eventually, Garea armdrags Estrada away and reaches Martel for the tag. Estrada slows Martel down by barring a leg. Martel reverses to a body scissors and rolls Estrada from one side of the ring to the other. Rodz reaches into the ring trying to tag Estrada and falls into the ring. Garea tags in and applies the body scissors himself. Eventually, Estrada thumbs an eye to get out of the hold. Tag to Rodz, he hammers and stomps Garea before slamming him into his corner for a nearfall. Tag to Martel, he finally gets fed for a hot tag and runs the Puerto Rican heads together. Rodz does his best “face first” bump collapsing to the mat for a two-count. The numbers game gets the better of Martel as he’s taken to the floor for a slam and some stomping action. Garea comes over to save Martel. Back inside, Rodz and Estrada continue to maintain control of Martel until he randomly punches and rolls past Rodz for a tag to Garea. Next thing you know, Garea has Rodz in a backslide and gets the three-count. (8:46) Good match, but I feel like you could give these four another ten minutes and they would have a much better match. **½
- Hulk Hogan (w/Freddie Blassie) vs. Charlie Brown – (WWF Championship Wrestling, 12/8/79)
Hulk has been working the past couple months over in New Japan so they show us a match from a year earlier to keep his name out there. The Canadian Backbreaker ends Charlie Brown in 3:25.
That’s going to do it for this week. Until next time, so long for now.
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