The Name on the Marque: WWF Championship Wrestling (05.26.1984)
Posted by Adam Nedeff on 09.21.2013
The debuts of Buzz Sawyer and...maybe...Cyndi Lauper.
-Originally aired May 26, 1984.
-Your hosts are Vince McMahon and The Mean One.
BULLDOG BUZZ SAWYER (with Captain Lou Albano) vs SPECIAL DELIVERY JONES
-Sawyer's debut, and although his time in the company didn't last long, it is sort of interesting at this point to focus on the guys getting a lot of attention. In a way I sort of understand this: They were putting all their chips on Hulk Hogan to carry the company, so look at the heels who have entered this company in 1984. Buzz Sawyer, David Schultz, Paul Orndorff, Roddy Piper, Dick Murdoch, Adrian Adonis. An endless line of charisma machines who could sell tickets and realistically get plugged into main events. And then you look at the new arrivals on the face side: Brian Blair and Terry Daniels. Not only pushing Hulk, but apparently making for damn certain that nobody else could touch him.
-Big reaction for the debuting Sawyer during his entrance. Vince touts his aggression as Sawyer darts right into the ring and tosses Jones to the floor. Back in, Sawyer bites and chokes SD. SD gets in a few punches but gets faceplanted, and Sawyer goes right back to biting. Bearhug by Sawyer. SD breaks it with headbutts, but Sawyer goes to the eyes to prevent the full-fledged comeback and goes back to biting and choking.
-Belly-to-belly suplex by Buzz and after all that, he can only get a one-count. Left hands by SD. He charges off the ropes, but Sawyer catches him in a powerslam (which Gene calls a “sidewinder suplex”) for three. Jones got DOMINATED here, not getting his usually run of offense, so Sawyer looked particularly impressive. He only stuck around about two months.
-Vince profiles Andre the Giant, complete with footage of Andre walking to the ring in St. Louis.
SUPERFLY JIMMY SNUKA vs LANNY KEAN
-Lanny's entrance costume could charitably be called a Randy Savage Starter Kit. Snuka targets the leg to start off, then traps Kean in a side headlock. Kean attempts a backdrop, but Snuka leapfrogs and slams him. Chinlock by Snuka as Gene declares the Superfly to be a total package.
-Eventually Snuka gets tired of messing around. Backbreaker puts Kean into position, and the diving headbutt gets the three-count.
TITO SANTANA (Intercontinental Champion) vs TIGER CHUNG LEE
-Tito goes to the arm to lead off. Chunger gets dragged and slammed in every direction. Tito focuses on an armbar for most of the match. After approximately six lifetimes of that, Lee connects with a high knee and a kneelift. Lee tears away at Tio's face and comes off the second rope with a chop, but it only gets two.
-Tombstone piledriver(!) by Lee gets two. Pretty insane in 1984 to see that move being done as “just a move” in a match. Lee goes off the ropes for something, but Tito meets him with a flying forearm to knock him cold and get the win.
-Piper is wearing a hilarious punk rock get up, complete with sunglasses, earrings, and what we today would call a fauxhawk. Piper excitedly introduces the one and only Cyndi Lauper...and out comes Captain Lou Albano, saying that Cyndi's plane got delayed and it will just be a few minutes. Albano is concerned that “Dave Dog” told Cyndi not to show up. Piper is so irritated that he demands that Dave Wolff appear as a guest on Piper's Pit.
TAG TEAM TITLE: ROCKY JOHNSON & TONY ATLAS (Champions) vs ADRIAN ADONIS & DICK MURDOCH
-In only their second appearance together, Adonis and Murdoch go for the gold. So for anyone who's nostalgic about the good old days of WWF tag teams, that period was really the exception and not the rule for this company.
-Adonis gets his arm worked over while Gene Okerlund declares that this match is “All Johnson!” Partners step in and Atlas goes to work on Murdoch's leg. Heels get Atlas trapped in their corner and go to work on Atlas. Atlas throws a headbutt that tops the onslaught, but when he tries to make the tag, he goes to the wrong corner and gets his neck snapped over the rope by Adonis.
-Atlas headbutts Adonis away and makes it to the correct corner this time, and Rocky Johnson is a house of fire. Heels get whipped into each other and Rocky applies the Boston Crab on Adonis. Murdoch breaks it and Johnson winds up clearing the ring, but then gets distracted by the Atlas/Mrudoch brawl erupting on the floor and falls victim to a roll-up by Adonis, and that gets the three-count, clean as a sheet. Adonis & Murdoch are your new champions, and about half the crowd seems to be fucking elated about it. During the instant replay, Gene declares that the roll-up worked because Adonis is a “capitalist.” If Tony Atlas is to be believed, this title change happened essentially because the champions couldn't fucking stand the sight of each other anymore.
COWBOY BOB ORTON vs BILLY TRAVIS
-Series of holds and kneedrops by Orton, and this crowd is just totally burned out after the last match. Backdrop by Orton and Travis lands straight on his tailbone. Fuck. Orton focuses on holds as Vince & Gene would rather discuss absolutely everything else that happened this week. Series of punches by Orton with audible smacks for each one, and he finishes with the superplex.
The 411: Hell of a week! A new guy, a fun Piper's Pit and a fast-paced little title match. Thumbs up!