The Name on the Marquee: WWF Championship Wrestling (08.11.1984)
Posted by Adam Nedeff on 10.16.2013
Welcome to Poughkeepsie.
-Originally aired August 11, 1984.
-Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Tony Garea.
-This is the first show taped at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, which would be the home of “Championship Wrestling” for the rest of its run.
-We get a commercial for WWF Magazine, on sale now! Read all about Kerry Von Erich's emotional NWA Title victory over Ric Flair...really?
IRON SHEIK (with Ayatollah Blassie) vs JOSE LUIS RIVERA
-Sheik stalls for a while, then attacks Rivera from behind and uses his own entrance costume to choke Rivera. Backdrop by the Sheik and he pauses to do some celebratory poses. He tosses Rivera to the floor and waffles him with a chair in full view of the referee. Shot of a five-year-old boy holding up an American flag, which is supposed to look cute and inspirational, but the kid manages to do the creepiest “Don't drop the soap” face that a five-year-old boy could possibly make at the camera.
-Rivera comes to life with punches and a bodyslam, and the crowd goes crazy for it. Attempted backdrop is countered by a controversial boot to the throat area. Camel clutch gets the submission.
ROCKY JOHNSON vs CHARLIE FULTON
-Hiptosses and armdrags and whatnot by Johnson. Test of strength is turned into a top wristlock by Rocky. Another armdrag into an armbar by Rocky. Fulton gets free but gets flipped and dragged right back into Rocky's trap. Series of dropkicks and a high sunset flip wrap things up for Rocky, to a hell of a pop.
ADRIAN ADONIS & DICK MURDOCH (Tag Team Champions) vs SPECIAL DELIVERY JONES & JEFF LANG
-SD Jones clears the ring immediately. Headbutt by SD and Murdoch is selling his ass off for the relentless offense of SD Jones. Murdoch goes to the eyes and the champs go to work on SD. Champs are remarkably over for a pretty bland tag team. I mean, yeah, they were both charismatic, they both cut good promos, but the thing that gets me is that Adonis and Murdoch really haven't DONE anything sinister. Yeah, they fight dirty, but they haven't done a sneak attack on anyone, they haven't destroyed a sacred headdress, etc. They just show up and win matches, and they're getting heel heat that way. Good on them.
-Murdoch lifts Lang into position for a back suplex and Adonis finishes him with an elbow from the top rope.
-At a recent public appearance, Andre the Giant lifted Susan Anton off her feet. Man...in 1984 Vince McMahon could not read a cue card to save his life.
-Hot Rod welcomes B. Brian Blair. Blair talks about how he dreamed of going to the Olympics, and Piper goes on a tangent about how the USA's dominance in the Olympics is only due to all the countries boycotting, ruining “400 years” of Olympic tradition. Blair says that none of the medalists showed up wearing skirts.
IVAN PUTSKI vs RON SHAW
-Vince recaps the Putski-Ventura feud while Shaw gets thrown around the ring. Suddenly, a man in a super-shiny sleeveless tuxedo struts around the ring, showing off his physique. “What is that?” Vince asks with confusion. As the arrogant man continues strutting around ringside and blowing kisses to the fans, Putski stops wrestling and just glowers at the guy with dismay.
-Putski locks up again and just finishes Shaw off immediately with the Polish hammer. And the mystery man struts away, but does no cutting...not for another 2 ½ years, anyway.
-Another montage of randomosity, this week including The Spoiler and Nikolai Volkoff.
-We wrap up with the closing credits. Executive Producer: Al DeRusha. The invading forces attack the AWA yet again.
The 411: So-so week. The new environment seemed to give everyone a slight burst of energy and it showed.