The Name on the Marquee: WWF Championship Wrestling (05.05.84)
Posted by Adam Nedeff on 09.18.2013
The Wrecking Crew has arrived. Or the North-South Connection has arrived. Whatever their name is this week.
-Originally aired May 5, 1984.
-Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Gene Okerlund.
GREG “The Hammer” VALENTINE (with Captain Lou Albano) vs PETE SANCHEZ
-Forearms by Greg to start off. He snapmares Sanchez, drops an elbow, and applies a chinlock. We get a plug for the WWF Action Line, bringing you the latest updates if your phone number starts with one of the appropriate area codes.
-More forearms by Valentine while Vince McMahon speculates that Captain Lou Albano is not a particularly effective manager, given how busy he is managing the career of Cyndi Lauper.
-Valentine tosses Sanchez to the floor and Albano tosses him back in. Legdrop by Valentine misses and Sanchez is suddenly a house of fire. Atomic drop by Sanchez, but Valentine hangs onto the leg during impact, sweeps it, and turns it into a figure four. Brilliant!
-This week, a rerun. It's a profile of Sgt. Slaughter seen weeks earlier.
ADRIAN ADONIS & DICK MURDOCH vs TONY GAREA & SPECIAL DELIVERY JONES
-It's the debut of Adonis & Murdoch as a team, and although it's a debut, Vince tells us their team is “ranked very high in the rankings.” Murdoch takes control of Garea with punches. Adonis tags in, eats an uppercut and promptly gets tangled in the ropes. Murdoch provides some helpful distraction, and before you know it, Garea's on the concrete floor.
-Back in the ring, Murdoch puts the boots to Garea and applies a chinlock. Garea makes the hot tag...while the referee's back is turned, and Adonis and Murdoch lay a beating on him. Kneedrop by Adonis gets two. Stepover toehold is turned into a small package by Garea for two. Murdoch tags back in and works the leg. Gene speculates that a tag to SD Jones would be in Tony Garea's best interest at this point.
-Garea shows some life with a monkeyflip that sends Adonis into the wrong corner, where SD meets him with a headbutt. SD Jones finally tags in and cleans house, but he runs right into an elbow. Adonis and Murdoch finish with a move like Demolition's Decaptitator, except it's done off the ropes instead of off the turnbuckle.
PRINCESS VICTORIA & VELVET MCINTYRE (Ladies Tag Team Champions) vs COWGIRL WENDI RICHTER & PEGGY LEE
-So apparently that title existed in 1984. Peggy beats down the Princess and Richter tags in and applies a chinlock. Slam by Richter gets two. Backbreaker by Peggy Lee gets two. Peggy stands on Victoria's chest, which Vince isn't quite sure how to call. “Standing right on...the, uh...throat!”
-Incredibly awful, awkward looking spot has Wendi holding Victoria against the ropes in a London Bridge and just waiting and waiting and WAITING until Peggy Lee realizes she's needed for the next part of this.
-Richter swings Victoria around by the pigtails and Wendi lifts Victoria into a fireman's carry and waits and waits and WAITS until Peggy gets over there to finish the spot. Holy shit.
-McIntyre finally tags in and goes to work with dropkicks and a bodypress on Lee, and that's all it takes to get the pin.
-They've apparently edited the crap out of this segment, because the announcers don't give an introduction, and the segment opens without Piper introducing his guest and he has a look on his face like he's reacting to something.
-Piper's guest is Rocky Johnson. Piper taunts him a little bit, calls him “boy” and suggests shoe-shining as a career. Rocky punches him out of his chair, and it turns into a brawl that has to be broken up by the entire locker room.
“Mister Wonderful” PAUL ORNDORFF vs JOSE LUIS RIVERA
-Orndorff gets the quick advantage and when Rivera tries to get going, Orndorff stops him with an enziguiri. Orndorff tosses him to the floor and puts the boots to him. In the ring, Orndorff hits a back suplex and follows with a front facelock. Powerslam COULD finish, but Orndorff picks him up for two and finishes it with the piledriver instead.
SALVATORE BELLOMO vs RON SHAW
-Sal once again is in charge of locking up the barn for the weekend TV. Shaw slams Bellomo and rams him into the turnbuckle. Howard Finkel steps in and says that Mr. Fuji just went on a tour of the middle east and was undefeated through the whole tour, so Tony Garea had better look out when they meet in the ring. Shut up and take my money, Boston Garden!
-Snapmare and a chinlock by Bellomo. Bellomo counters an attempted backdrop with a mulekick, and a crossbody gets the pin.
The 411: I gotta say, I'm enjoying this short-lived experiment with competitive squash matches. Another entertaining week.