The Name on the Marquee: WWF Championship Wrestling (06.02.1984)
Posted by Adam Nedeff on 09.27.2013
Hulk's belt is on the line! Well, it was anyway. Once.
-Originally aired June 2, 1984.
-Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Gene Okerlund.
CHIEF JAY STRONGBOW vs GREG “The Hammer” VALENTINE (with Captain Lou Albano)
-Jjjjjjjjjjoe McHugh actually introduces him as Captain Lou Albano. That sounds like a weird thing to make a big deal out of, but when wrestling went mainstream, that was the name that he was always introduced by. And yet, when you watch an actual wrestling card from this period, you almost NEVER hear him refered to as Captain Lou Albano. He's always Captain Louis Albano, or “The Guiding Light” Lou Albano, or “The Captain, Louis Albano.”
-These two had a feud several years earlier, which they don't acknowledge. Irish whip by Valentine and Strongbow does a dive over the top rope and onto the floor. Valentine puts the boots to him and then works the leg. He goes for the figure four, but Strongbow manages to kick him to the floor with his free foot. Back in, Greg charges and runs right into the sleeper.
-Captain Lou teases a run-in, but instead Valentine gets free and shoves him out to the floor. Strongbow brings him out and drives Valentine's head into a table a few times. They brawl, but Valentine gets a lucky punch and makes it back into the ring right before the referee hits 10, taking the match by count-out. Back in, he clamps on the figure four.
-Vince profiles Captain Louis Albano (See?) Vince shows Albano's cameo in “Time After Time” and a still from “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Vince notes that the Captain claims that he's the secret to her success.
“Dr. D” DAVID SCHULTZ vs SPECIAL DELIVERY JONES
-Hammerlock by Jones, and Schultz breaks it by going to the ropes, which Mean Gene calls “a cheap move.” Schultz throws a jab that pisses SD off, then tries to hide behind the referee, but SD shoves the referee out of the way and lights into Schultz with a flurry of punches. Jones rams Schultz from turnbuckle to turnbuckle. Schultz tries a test of strength and locks onto one hand, but SD waves his other hand around and then just throws more punches at him while holding onto the other hand.
-Irish whip by SD, but when he charges...he connects. Oh. Wasn't expecting that. Headbutt knocks Schultz out to the floor. Back inside, Schultz gets an elbow and that's enough to stun SD, so Schultz slams him into position. Schultz goes to the second rope, thinks around it, and instead goes all the way to the top rope and connects with a diving headbutt for three. Post-match, we get a great shot of Schultz walking past the front row, and the fans are so pissed that they just stare at him with frowns and folded arms.
-Gene Okerlund hypes the Boston Garden card on June 23. Orndorff uses the word “pollock” to talk about Ivan Putski, and when Gene points out that Putski will be his opponent in Boston, Orndorff says “Who cares?” Next, Roddy Piper steps in and complains about Rocky Johnson coming on Piper's Pit and trying to use Piper to make a reputation for him. Next we hear from Sgt. Slaughter, who's ready to battle the Iron Sheik in the boot camp match. He promises to wear a special pair of steel-toed boots.
-The new WWF Magazine is on sale. Johnny Carson meets Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant owns a restaurant, and more!
“Mister Wonderful” PAUL ORNDORFF vs BILLY TRAVIS
-Kneelifts by Orndorff. He rams Travis into the turnbuckle and then tosses him to the floor. Orndorff puts the boots to him and drops an elbow. Backbreaker by Orndorff and Gene begins demanding that the match be stopped. Atomic drop by Orndorff. Choking, rubbing Travis' face in the mat, and Gene Okerlund is concerned about permanent injury to Billy Travis. “Paula” chant goes up and Orndorff connects with a nasty clothesline. Piledriver finally puts Travis out of his misery.
-Piper introduces Dave Wolff, who introduces himself as the manager of Cyndi Lauper. Wolff says that Albano is a liar, a fat bag of wind, and he has nothing to do with the career of Cyndi Lauper. Wolff vows that he'll bring Cyndi Lauper to Piper's Pit himself.
WORLD TITLE: HULK HOGAN (Champion) vs MASKED SUPERSTAR
-From February 10 in St. Louis, and a quick bit of research indicates that this is legitimately Hulk's first title defense.
-Superstar targets the mid-section to start. High knee gets two. Headlock by the Superstar, but Hulk elbows free. Irish whip and a charge, but Superstar meets him with a boot. Superstar keeps going for pins and keeps getting two-counts. Hulk starts to hulk up and Superstar does something suspicious with his mask and his hand and begins firing off suspiciously effective headbutts. Hulk manages to fight back and punches Superstar down. Hulk reaches into Superstar's mask, pulls out a foreign object, and hands it to the referee, and the referee immediately calls for the bell, giving Hulk the win by DQ.
-Gene Okerlund talks to Jimmy Snuka about his battle with the Iron Sheik this Monday night in Cape Cod. Snuka cuts a soft-spoken somebody's-gonna-die promo. The Rock once nicely summed up the experience of listening to a Snuka promo in this era: “I don't know what the hell he just said, but a crime is going to be committed in that ring!”
SGT. SLAUGHTER (with Pvt. Terry Daniels) vs. LANNY KEAN
-Slaughter and Daniels do a lap around ringside to give tiny flags to everybody. In the ring, Slaughter throws a bunch'a'punches and follows with a backbreaker. Slaughter cannon and Lanny nearly kills himself with dramatic sell. Cobra clutch is locked on and Slaughter screams “Iron Sheik!” at the camera psychotically. Again, this feud was instigated by one guy refusing to take a step to the left.
-Post-match the ring fills up with devoted fans and they say the Pledge of Allegiance together.
The 411: Really good week from a competitive-match standpoint, and you can just feel the promotion completely coming alive at this point with angles, promos, features, and new blood. Good week.