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 – (8/30/1980, 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!
All Star Wrestling – (11/8/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Tony Garea and Rick Martel in action against the Baron and a Black Demon.
Philadelphia Spectrum – (11/8/1980, Philadelphia, PA)
Larry Z gets his shot at the WWF title, WWF IC champ Ken Patera battles Bruno Sammartino one more time, and Tony Garea and Rick Martel take on the Wild Samoans over the WWF tag belts. TRIPLE MAIN EVENT~!
All Star Wrestling – (11/15/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Freddie Blassie’s men Killer Khan and Stan Hansen in action.
All Star Wrestling – (11/22/1980, Hamburg, PA)
STAN HANSEN WANTS REAL COMPETITION.
All Star Wrestling – (11/29/1980, Hamburg, PA)
This week, they take us back to 1978 MSG to see Bob Backlund versus Spiros Arion for some reason.
All Star Wrestling – (12/6/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Sgt. Slaughter introduces the $5000 Cobra Clutch Challenge!
All Star Wrestling – (12/13/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Ken Patera takes on Tony Garea in the feature bout!
Philadelphia Spectrum – (12/13/1980, Philadelphia, PA)
Tony Atlas gets his hands on Larry Zbyszko while the Wild Samoans get their rematch against Tony Garea and Rick Martel in 2/3 Falls!
All Star Wrestling – (12/20/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Johnny Rodz and Jose Estrada battle Tony Garea and Rick Martel. What are they going to do about it?
All Star Wrestling – (12/27/1980, Hamburg, PA)
Hulk Hogan returns and refers to himself as the “super hero of the 1980s”. HE KNEW.
Madison Square Garden – (12/29/1980, New York City)
Killer Khan is *not* your friendly neighborhood ice cream man.
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