Transition to WWF (1979-1982)

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1979
All Star Wrestling – (4/21/1979, Hamburg, PA)
We take our first look at Tito Santana on the show. ARRIBA~!
All Star Wrestling – (5/19/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Chief Jay Strongbow appears to keep Greg Valentine in line while the Valiants and Captain Lou brag a lot.
All Star Wrestling – (5/26/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Pat Patterson shows up to beat on Bobby Fulton years before he was “fantastic”. Back then, he was just “pretty good”.
All Star Wrestling – (6/2/1979, Hamburg, PA)
There’s All Star Wrestling, but there’s also a SPECIAL BONUS MATCH~!
All Star Wrestling – (6/23/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Nikolai Volkoff and SD Jones engage in a battle of strength and wits!
All Star Wrestling – (7/7/1979, Hamburg, PA)
THE COLOMBIAN JAGUAR, folks!
All Star Wrestling – (7/14/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Pat Patterson defends his North American title against SD Jones!
All Star Wrestling – (7/21/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Ivan Putski teams up with rookie sensation Steve Travis to face the Valiant brothers!
Philadelphia Spectrum – (7/21/1979, Philadelphia, PA)
Chief Jay Strongbow gets his hands on Greg Valentine… and this match is actually good!
All Star Wrestling – (8/4/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Swede Hanson sure loves hurting people. Plus, MORE STRONGBOW v. VALENTINE in a special bonus match!
All Star Wrestling – (8/11/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Roddy Piper stops by for his one and only All Star Wrestling appearance in 1979!
All Star Wrestling – (8/25/1979, Hamburg, PA)
The Valiants meet Ted DiBiase, Steve Travis, and SD Jones in six-man tag action!
Madison Square Garden – (8/27/1979, New York City)
BACKLUND v. PATTERSON 3!
All Star Wrestling – (9/15/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Ivan Putski and Tito Santana – the MEGAPOWERS of 1979!
All Star Wrestling – (9/22/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Pat Patterson can make anyone look good!
Madison Square Garden – (9/24/1979, New York City)
BACKLUND v. PATTERSON – INSIDE A STEEL CAGE!
All Star Wrestling – (9/29/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Blassie had one guy named Hansen who broke Bruno’s neck, now he’s got another Hansen who wants to break Backlund’s neck. OH NO!
All Star Wrestling – (10/6/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Bobby Duncum lets everyone know what he thinks about Yankeeland.
All Star Wrestling – (10/13/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Ivan Putski and Tito Santana take on the Valiant brothers.
Madison Square Garden – (10/22/1979, New York City)
Dusty Rhodes! Bruno Sammartino! Oh yeah, and Bob Backlund against Swede Hanson.
All Star Wrestling – (11/3/1979, Hamburg, PA)
We get an update on the relationship problems between the Valiant brothers and Captain Lou.
All Star Wrestling – (11/10/1979, Hamburg, PA)
THE WILD SAMOANS ARE HERE!
All Star Wrestling – (11/17/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Pete Doherty.
All Star Wrestling – (12/8/1979, Hamburg, PA)
HULK HOGAN IS HERE, brother.
All Star Wrestling – (12/15/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Bruno Sammartino and Dominic DeNucci chat about old times.
Madison Square Garden – (12/17/1979, New York City)
NEW JAPAN INVADES MSG!
All Star Wrestling – (12/29/1979, Hamburg, PA)
Tony Atlas — he’s one heck of a guy.

 

 

 

1980
All Star Wrestling – (1/5/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Ken Patera is back and he’s better than ever. LOOK OUT BOB BACKLUND. He’s coming for ya in 1980.
All Star Wrestling – (1/12/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Larry Zbyszko bears his soul to the world.
Philadelphia Spectrum – (1/12/1980, Philadelphia, PA)
Bob Duncum gets another shot at Bob Backlund and the WWF heavyweight title.
All Star Wrestling – (1/19/1980, Hamburg, PA)
BRUNO RESPONDS.
Madison Square Garden – (1/21/1980, New York City)
Bob Backlund faces Ken Patera in an EPIC encounter. Plus, Ivan Putski and Tito Santana battle their most serious contenders to their WWF tag belts: THE WILD SAMOANS.
All Star Wrestling – (1/26/1980, Hamburg, PA)
LARRY RESPONDS. He gets his match with Bruno on TV. It’s in this post as well. CHECK IT OUT!
All Star Wrestling – (2/9/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Surely there’s someone in the WWF can give Hulk Hogan a run for his money.
All Star Wrestling – (2/16/1980, Allentown, PA)
Larry Zbyszko has his first match on All Star Wrestling since the big turn on Bruno – and NO ONE LIKES HIM. NO ONE.
All Star Wrestling – (2/23/1980, Allentown, PA)
No longer will Larry Zbyszko say he’s from Pittsburgh. NEVER AGAIN!
All Star Wrestling – (3/1/1980, Allentown, PA)
Rene Goulet acts like he and Andre the Giant are best friends. Pssh. Doubt it.
All Star Wrestling – (3/22/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Boy, Bruno’s mind is elsewhere these days, amirite?
Madison Square Garden – (3/24/1980, New York City)
Bruno Sammartino battles Larry Zbyszko for the first time inside MSG~!
All Star Wrestling – (3/29/1980, Hamburg, PA)
PATERA = DOMINANT
All Star Wrestling – (4/5/1980, Hamburg, PA)
The IC champ Pat Patterson battles Johnny Rodz while Tito Santana takes on Ken Patera.
All Star Wrestling – (4/12/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Is Sabu related to the Wild Samoans? No, no he’s not. plus, BACKLUND versus HOGAN.
All Star Wrestling – (4/19/1980, Hamburg, PA)
They have been quietly building a showdown between Tony Atlas and Ken Patera for a while, haven’t they?
Madison Square Garden – (4/21/1980, New York City)
Pat Patterson defends the IC title against Ken Patera!
All Star Wrestling – (4/26/1980, Hamburg, PA)
For those of us who missed it, we get to see the Wild Samoans battle Ivan Putski and Tito Santana for the WWF tag team titles!
All Star Wrestling – (5/3/1980, Hamburg, PA)
It’s funny how racist Freddie Blassie would seem now.
All Star Wrestling – (5/17/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Bob Backlund appears on the show for an exhibition with El Olympico. It gets AWKWARD. Plus, we’ll see BACKLUND versus PATERA – TEXAS DEATH MATCH.
All Star Wrestling – (5/24/1980, Hamburg, PA)
The Wild Samoans meet the hot fresh young new team of Rene Goulet and Dominic DeNucci!
All Star Wrestling – (5/31/1980, Hamburg, PA)
What is Jim Duggan doing here without a beard and a 2×4?
All Star Wrestling – (6/7/1980, Hamburg, PA)
It seems Larry Sharpe is more intelligent than Bruno sometimes.
All Star Wrestling – (6/14/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Pedro Morales takes on Johnny Rodz. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE PUERTO RICAN IN THE WWF~!
All Star Wrestling – (6/21/1980, Hamburg, PA)
The Hangman debuts!
All Star Wrestling – (6/28/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Johnny Rodz got wood, which I’m sure Pat would enjoy much more had it not been a literal block of wood.
All Star Wrestling – (7/5/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Six-man tag action with Pat Patterson, Rene Goulet, and Dominic DeNucci!
All Star Wrestling – (7/19/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Larry Zbyszko redpills Hamburg!
All Star Wrestling – (7/26/1980, Hamburg, PA)
The Pacific Northwest heavyweight champ stops by!
All Star Wrestling – (8/2/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Baron Mikel Scicluna – he tries this week!
Championship Wrestling – (8/2/1980, Allentown, PA)
Harley Race makes his presence felt and intentions clear. Rick Martel shows what he’s made of against Jose Estrada. Plus, Sgt. Slaughter debuts!
Showdown at Shea – (8/9/1980, Flushing, NY)
SAMMARTINO versus ZBYSZKO – it ends tonight!
All Star Wrestling – (8/16/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Tony Atlas is ready to make a run at Ken Patera and the IC title!
All Star Wrestling – (8/23/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Captain Lou lets Hamburg know how he *really* feels about them.
All Star Wrestling – (8/23/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Captain Lou lets Hamburg know how he *really* feels about them.
All Star Wrestling – (8/30/1980, Allentown, PA)
WHO CAN POSSIBLY DEFEAT ANDRE?
All Star Wrestling – (9/13/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Sgt. Slaughter DEMANDS respect!
All Star Wrestling – (9/20/1980, Hamburg, PA)
The Wild Samoans advance to the WWF tag team title tournament finals!
Madison Square Garden – (9/22/1980, New York City)
Harley Race INVADES Bob Backlund’s universe to try and unify the NWA and WWF title belts!
All Star Wrestling – (9/27/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Blassie works out the Gawker deal way back in 1980! BRILLIANT!
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