The Name on the Marquee: WWF TV (2.11.84)
Posted by Adam Nedeff on 08.26.2013
Hulk's the champ, but Sheik and Slaughter are the stars.
WWF CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
-Originally aired February 11, 1984.
-Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Gene Okerlund. Gene says the upcoming bout pitting Ivan Putski & Andre the Giant against Mr. Fuji & Tiger Chung Lee has been the talk of the entire wrestling world for the past week.
-We go back to January 23 at MSG to see Hulk Hogan's post-match celebration.
-The Iron Sheik heads to ringside for his bout, but suddenly the Marine Corps Hymn fires up and Sgt. Slaughter shows up. An argument erupts over which one of them is supposed to be in the ring for the next match, but inexplicably, nobody thinks to just ask Jjjjjjjjjoe McHugh what's printed on his card. The referee finally talks Slaughter into getting out of the ring.
IRON SHEIK (with Ayatollah Blassie) vs. KEN JUGAN
-Slaughter settles for staying at ringside and giving Sheik the frowning of a lifetime. Sheik targets the throat while Howard Finkel steps in to tell us that Sheik will be battling Hulk Hogan in a Texas Death Match tonight in Boston.
-”We want Slaughter!” chant erupts in the arena while Sheik executes a belly-to-belly, and he uncharacteristically goes for the pin after that and takes the three-count.
-Gene Okerlund has words with Slaughter. Slaughter calls Blassie a traitor and proclaims the Iron Sheik to be the biggest maggot of them all. Slaughter challenges Sheik to a match RIGHT HERE...next week.
“Mister Wonderful” PAUL ORNDORFF (with Rowdy Roddy Piper) vs. STEVE LOMBARDI
-Orndorff boots Lombardi down and tosses him to the floor. He rams Lombardi into the barricade and drags him inside. Funny bit where Orndorff pins Lombardi, but puts Lombardi's foot on the rope himself to break the pin just to beat on him some more. Piledriver finishes.
ANDRE THE GIANT & IVAN PUTSKI vs MR. FUJI & TIGER CHUNG LEE
-Shit, finally! I'm getting tired of everybody talking my ear off about this match. You know, for the past week.
-Putski starts with the Chunger and has an easy time with him. Chung takes a couple of shots to the gut and to the throat to take control. He gets caught in the heel corner while Andre argues with the ref. Andre doesn't learn, does he?
-Andre gets fed up with this referee and his stinkin' “rules” and comes in to lay a beating on both opponents. Fuji and Lee walk out in frustration, and Giant & Putski take the win by count-out. Wow. Totally lived up to all the hype. Vince proclaims the decision to be “controversial.”
GREG “The Hammer” VALENTINE (with Captain Lou Albano) vs. RUDY DIAMOND
-Valentine targets the ribs this week. A bit of total insanity from Howard Finkel during the house show plug, noting that Tito Santana hopes to regain the Intercontinental Title from Don Muraco tonight in Boston...Tito did regain the title that night, but the crazy part is that Finkel announced it LAST WEEK during the plug for the Los Angeles house show!
-Back in the ring, the figure four finishes for The Hammer.
-Piper's guest is “Dr. D” David Schultz. Schultz says he quit the AWA because everybody there was afraid to wrestle him, so he came to the WWF for real competition. Shiiiiiiiit.
TITO SANTANA vs ISRAEL MATIA
-Side headlock by Tito. Matia keeps trying to power out of it, but Tito keeps reapplying it. Matia finally gets free by whipping Tito into the ropes, but Tito hiptosses him. Gene Okerlund takes time out from calling the match to let Vince know what a pleasure it is to call matches for the World Wrestling Federation.
-Tito connects with a flying forearm to get the win.
“Dr. D” DAVID SCHULTZ & ROWDY RODDY PIPER vs FRANK WILLIAMS & JOHN CALLAHAN
-It's Piper's in-ring debut. Vince says that a lot of people wonder what Piper has underneath his kilt...ahem...and it turns out to be regular old green wrestling tights. I really wish Piper had stuck with the plaid tights that he wore in the territories. They looked awesome.
-Callahan starts off and Schultz & Piper trade off laying a beating on him. Piper fires short jabs and lifts Callahan off the mat to choke him, then dashes over and attacks Williams on the apron. Sleeper clamped on by Piper, and it gets the win. Vince & Gene both express shock at what a good wrestler Piper turned out to be.
SALVATORE BELLOMO vs BUTCHER VACHON
-Bellomo is unusually aggressive, using a lot of punches and boots. Vachon fights back in kind, with stomps and back rakes. Vince announces that the contract was officially signed for Slaughter vs. Sheik next week, and Blassie looked very unhappy backstage while signing it.
-Bellomo counters an attempted backdrop with a mulekick, and that's enough to get the duke.
WWF ALL-STAR WRESTLING
-Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Gene Okerlund, and we take another look at the backstage party at MSG.
-We look back at all the goings-on with Slaughter and the Sheik from Championship Wrestling.
ROCKY JOHNSON & TONY ATLAS (Tag Team Champions) vs. RENE GOULET & BOB BRADLEY
-Johnson goes higher in the air for a sunset flip than anybody on the face of the earth. Goulet kicks out and Atlas tags in. Goulet slaps him, and that just gets Tony pissed. He lifts Goulet over his head, but then just gently places him on the top rope and steps back.
-Goulet is flustered, so he tags in Bradley. Johnson returns with a flurry of punches and a series of dropkicks, and that's enough for three.
“Mister Wonderful” PAUL ORNDORFF (with Rowdy Roddy Piper) vs JOHN CALLAHAN
-Bell rings, piledriver, bell rings. Orndorff doesn't feel like messing around this week.
BRIAN BLAIR vs TONY COLON
-They're sure giving a lot of attention to a guy that they almost certainly didn't have any clue what to do with.
-Colon goes on the offensive early, but Blair rebounds with suplexes. He surprisingly goes for the eyes, and applies a headlock that Vince says looks a little like a choke. “Okay, let's see if he looks like a heel,” they seem to be saying this week.
-Vince criticizes the shit job being done by the referee. Blair comes off the second rope with a crossbody. Colon kicks out right at three and the bell sounds. Colon protests the decision, and Blair actually appeases him by asking the referee to restart the match. He immediately locks in his abdominal stretch/pin combo, and this time, it's a three-count for sure.
GREG “The Hammer” VALENTINE (with Captain Lou Albano) vs. RUDY DIAMOND AGAIN
-Different match, but the same result. Greg targets the leg this time around and gets the submission with the figure four.
-Hot Rod's guests are the Wild Samoans and Captain Lou Albano. Piper blames shitty officiating for the Samoan's recent title loss. Piper and Albano have a mutual admiration society going while the Samoans just stand in the background killing time.
TITO SANTANA vs CHARLIE FULTON
-Backdrop and some mat wrestling by Tito and he's in firm control this week. Fulton makes a comeback with shoulderblocks, but Tito takes him right back down with a side headlock. Fulton gets free and backdrops Fulton again. Flying forearm looks to finish, but Tito's pissed this week, so he clamps on a spinning toehold and falls backward so he's on top of Fulton for the pin. That looked fucking PAINFUL, actually.
“Dr. D” DAVID SCHULTZ & ROWDY RODDY PIPER vs EDDIE GILBERT & FRANK WILLIAMS
-Cool, they're building off last week's Pit. Weird color coordination by the teams. Gilbert wears black tights and Williams wears a green singlet. On the opposite side, Schultz wears a black singlet and Piper wears green tights.
-Piper and Gilbert start with a test of strength, and Piper gets the upper hand quite literally on that one. They trade arm wringers and Gilbert tags in Frank Williams.Williams stupidly backs Piper into his own corner, and Piper & Schultz go to work on him. Schultz clamps on a headlock while Piper taunts Gilbert on the apron, and the distraction allows Schultz and Piper to switch off without tagging.
-Schultz and Piper have a pretty clear strategy here. They absolutely will not let Williams get away from them, while taunting Gilbert and forcing the referee to keep him on the apron. And it's totally pissing off the crowd, too.
-Series of fists by Piper and he locks in the sleeper. Gilbert has had enough and kicks the shit out of Piper. That brawl goes out to the floor while Schultz just steps in and goes for the pin himself, and the referee actually allows it and counts three. Gilbert was robbed. Schultz calls out Hulk Hogan after the match.
IVAN PUTSKI vs BUTCHER VACHON
-The WWF had a weird approach to TV in this era, as if the goal was to come as close as possible to doing exactly the same show twice without people noticing.
-Vachon shoulderblocks Putski down. He gets caught in a bearhug and Vachon seems shocked by Putski's strength. Back rakes by Putski. He Irish whips Vachon back and forth before finishing him off with the Polish hammer.
The 411: In the squash match era, all you could really ask for was to at least feel like it was going somewhere, and it did. Heels are calling out Hogan, Piper's getting a push, we got an angle out of the Pit, and we have quite a feud simmering between Slaughter & Iron Sheik. Good shows.