The Name on the Marquee: WWF Championship Wrestling (4.7.1984)
Posted by Adam Nedeff on 09.11.2013
-Originally aired April 7, 1984.
-Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mean Gene Okerlund. I think that's the first time somebody besides Hulk used the nickname.
ROCKY JOHNSON & TONY ATLAS (Tag Team Champions) vs TONY COLON & JOHNNY RINGO
-The tag team champions have an unidentified little girl in the ring with them during the intros. Champs switch off to work over Ringo's arm. Ringo tags in Colon, a “veteran” according to Vince. The veteran gets punched right out of the ring by Atlas. Back in and backdropped by Atlas, and then Colon runs into a double-clothesline by the champs.
-Bearhug by Atlas. Lethal hand clap by Colon breaks the hold. Rocky tags in and Colon fires a few punches before Rocky fires back. Press slam by Atlas and a big splash finishes.
-Vince McMahon looks at WWF Magazine's Wrestler of the Year, Superfly Jimmy Snuka.
“Dr. D” DAVID SCHULTZ (with Rowdy Roddy Piper) vs JOSE LUIS RIVERA
-Mat wrestling to start, but as soon as it goes Rivera's way, Schultz complains about pulling the tights and forces the break. And then he pulls Rivera's hair and gets away with it. He punches Rivera over the top rope in front of Piper then distracts the referee, and instead of taking advantage, Piper just stands there and tells Rivera to get back in, because he doesn't need to cheat. Nice. Back in, it turns out Piper's right, because Schultz puts him away with the second-rope elbow.
SGT. SLAUGHTER (with Private Terry Daniels) vs CHARLIE FULTON
-Fulton gets in some token offense but gets punched right down by Sarge. Snapmare by Slaughter and he clamps on an armbar. Fulton gets free and fires some punches, but a “USA” chant gets Slaughter's motor running and he takes Fulton's head off with a clothesline. Cobra clutch is locked in and Fulton passes out.
TONGA KID vs COWBOY BOB ORTON (with Rowdy Roddy Piper)
-Criss-cross leads to a bodypress by Tonga for two, and Orton immediately goes to the floor to recover. Back in, Orton dodges a dropkick and then slams the Kid down. Tonga finally connects with a dropkick, but runs right into a backbreaker, and the superplex gets the win for Orton. Pretty surprising because they had been giving the Kid a decent push before this and would give him another push before long. Gene Okerlund says “we may question the tactics of Cowboy Bob Orton.” He won cleanly!
-Piper's guest is Ivan Putski. He makes his pecs dance, which is the single most irritating thing that a bodybuilder can ever do. Piper rips him a new one for his crappy singing and his offensive BO. Putski shuts him up by singing, and Piper walks off in disgust.
IRON SHEIK (with Ayatollah Blassie) vs LEE WONG
-Vince notes that the fans are “not in favor of the Iron Sheik.” Glad we got that vote tallied up in time. Howard Finkel steps in to let us know that Sarge vs. Sheik has been signed for the next MSG show. Sheik's in a hurry this week. Belly-to-belly and the camel clutch finish immediately.
B. BRIAN BLAIR & TONY GAREA vs WILD SAMOANS (with Captain Lou Albano)
-Samoans and Albano seem to be arguing about something before the match. Vince reads some viewer mail speaking out in defense of Captain Lou Albano and Vince acknowledges that he is “the maker of champions.”
-Full nelson by Blair on Sika. Sika reverses it and when he attempts to turn it into a double-team move, Afa knocks down his own partner. Sunset flip by Blair gets two. Garea tags in and goes to work on Ada. Bodypress by Garea gets two. Afa & Sika pull the old switcheroo behind the referee's back and work Garea over with submission holds. Afa misses a charge and Garea makes the tag. Blair takes on both Samoans until catching a shot to the throat. Blair applies his abdominal stretch roll-up and Sika breaks the hold. All four men are in the ring and they duke it out until the referee gets fed up and Dqs both teams. Post-match Blair & Garea win the war, and Albano takes a few shots too.
JOHNNY RIVERA vs ISRAEL MATIA
-Well, I guess that does it for the Invaders, then. Rivera applies the full nelson and Matia makes the ropes. Rivera tries a hammerlock and Matia makes the ropes again. Dropkick and an armdrag by Rivera, and now he's in solid control with an armbar. Double forearm off the ropes by Rivera, and that's enough to put away Matia.
And here's next week, since I typed a recap of it a long while back for the hell of it.
-Originally aired April 14, 1984.
-Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Gene Okerlund.
TITO SANTANA (Intercontinental Champion) vs. CHARLIE FULTON
-Tito is eager to defend his belt against Paul Orndorff tonight at the Olympic Auditorium! Charlie Fulton is equally eager to throw forearms until getting monkeyflipped. Flying headscissors and an armdrag by Tito. Tito, master of the figure four, targets the arm with a long, drawn-out armbar and Vince is so mesmerized that he reads viewer mail from a fan who predicts Roddy Piper will be the next Intercontinental Champion. Given Piper’s penchant for casual racism when playing heel, that feud would have been a natural. Flying forearm finishes.
-You can detect baby steps with the improvement of production quality. The audio of the crowd fades out and the video dissolves into the Update segment, so it’s a smooth looking transition than the herky-jerky hard cut that they were using for everything last month. Big John Studd won a $30,000 battle royal last month. We go to footage of Hulk and Andre beating his ass in retaliation after the bell. As we all know, it’s okay when it’s the faces.
GREG “The Hammer” VALENTINE (with Captain Lou Albano) vs. JOSE LUIS RIVERA
-Rivera’s all pissed about Greg ending his undefeated streak and attacking him after the bell the previous month. Valentine gives Rivera absolutely nothing the second time around and gets three with an elbow. Vince is amazed that he didn’t even bother with the figure four, an observation which pretty much leaves Rivera dead in the water.
SUPERFLY JIMMY SNUKA vs. MIKE POWERS
-Mike Powers looks like a lab experiment melding of Charlie Fulton and George “The Animal” Steele. Howard Finkel steps in to promote the new WWF Magazine, telling us, honest to God, that we’ll be amazed by the quality of the paper used to print the magazine. “You know, I love wrestling and I love reading about wrestling, but unless that paper is milled in Vermont, I really can’t see myself dropping cash for a subscription. Because they really know their paper in Vermont.”
-Mike Powers’ amazing Mike Powers include the ability to job faster than the speed of light. Snuka leaves him for dead after only about a minute. Powers leaves on a stretcher.
-Gene Okerlund talks to Ayatollah Blassie about tonight’s match between Mil Mascaras and Tiger Chung Lee. Everybody in LA remembers the beatings that Blassie has given Mascaras and he’s taught Lee everything he knows. Iron Sheik says a few words in Arabic. Tito Santana promises that he’s recovered from Paul Orndorff’s piledriver and says a few words in Spanish. Sgt. Slaughter declares war on Sheiky Baby.
“Mister Wonderful” PAUL ORNDORFF & “Dr. D.” DAVID SCHULTZ (with Roddy Piper) vs. FRANCESCO VASQUEZ & JOHNNY RIVERA
-So I guess the Invaders are finished at this point. Rivera gets his stomach invaded by boots. Vasquez tags in and almost hangs himself while running the ropes; Vince tries to blame it on Piper. Elbow from the second rope by Dr. D finishes.
-Classic segment where Piper confronts jobber Frank Williams about his jobberness. Frank tries to defend himself and Piper kicks his ass while Williams remains seated. Williams was never seen again.
PVT. TERRY DANIELS (with Sgt. Slaughter) vs. JOHNNY RINGO
-Daniels was a charisma vacuum got pushed as the first inductee of Slaughter’s Cobra Corps. Ringo is a fat guy; not terribly fat, but he gets tired so quickly that when Daniels Irish whips him, Ringo walks into the ropes instead of running to them. Even Vince steps in to chastise him for doing such lazy crap. Daniels finishes with a fluke sunset flip off an attempted backdrop, establishing the “I look like a jobber, I act like a jobber, and when I win, I win like a jobber” formula that the Young Stallions perfected years later.
-Post-match, Slaughter actually chastises Daniels for looking like such shit and threatens to make him do push-ups if he doesn’t do a better job next week. Yeah, this is the right approach to making somebody a star.
“The Incredible” HULK HOGAN (World Champion) vs. TIGER CHUNG LEE
-Lee attacks with a kendo stick before the bell, but Hogan shakes it off and uses the same stick to chase Lee out of the ring. Hogan slingshots him back in and punches away. Slams and a bearhug by Lee. Lee breaks it with a rake to the eyes. Hogan rallies easily and finishes with a leg drop, dropping it parallel instead of perpendicular to Lee’s body, so he hits Lee’s head, torso and balls with it.
-Gene talks to Hulk after the bell. He thanks the fans for being on their side and promises never to let them down.
JOSE GONZALEZ vs. TONY COLON
-The other half of the Invaders, Jose Gonzalez never really went on to do anything notable in professional wrestling, and if he did do anything notable, it was only because he was acting notable in self-defense according to a majority of the jury.
-Vince again ignores the match to reach into his sack. A fan up north tells him that Hulkamania is running wild in Canada and asks if Hulk has a title defense scheduled in Canada. Gene assures the fans that the WWF is trying to work a little magic with promoters across Canada to bring the WWF to their province.
-Gonzalez puts an end to three minutes of “boring” chants with a bodypress and looks pissed as his hand is raised.
The 411: A lot of attention being given to new talent; can't knock that in a wrestling show.