October 6, 1984
Side note: Last week, I said I was going to review Tuesday Night Titans but the version on YouTube was incomplete. I have the next several shows of Maple Leaf Wrestling, which was the Canadian version of All-Star Wrestling, to review. I do not have any Championship Wrestling episodes left for 1984 besides the 10/21 show, but I do have some TNT shows and the November and December MSG shows too. I have all of the Championship Wrestling shows from 1985 and 1986 with all the PPV’s, Saturday Night Main Events, and various house shows and episodes of Prime Time Wrestling to review as well.
Your hosts are Angelo Mosca and Jack Reynolds, truly a dream combination.
Butcher Vachon vs. Junkyard Dog
The crowd goes nuts for JYD. He shoves Vachon in the corner then knocks him down. Vachon rolls outside as JYD gets on all fours and taunts him. Back inside, Vachon puts JYD in a bearhug then rakes his eyes after JYD reverses. Vachon with some back rakes and punches in the corner. JYD fights back and uses his own back rakes then bites the forehead of Vachon, who rolls outside. Back inside, JYD gets a headbutt then hits the powerslam for the win (3:03).
Thoughts: The match itself was awful but the crowd loved JYD. Mosca was so bad he was funny on commentary, telling corny dog jokes throughout the match.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s subject is Hulk Hogan and they show a clip of his entrance.
Mohammed Saad & Rene Goulet vs. Brett Hart & Davey Boy Smith
The WWF TV debut for Smith. Hart backs Goulet in the corner, who complains of a hairpull. Reynolds calls Smith “Danny Boy” as Hart takes Goulet down with an armdrag. Tag to Smith, who gets slammed by Goulet but holds onto the arm. Saad tags and takes Smith over with a headlock. Smith escpaes and hits a suplex and an elbow smash. He hits a slam then goes up top and hits the flying headbutt for the win (2:07).
Thoughts: The crowd was going nuts at the end. Smith was much smaller than he was even a few years after this match. Hart continues to give Garea a run for his money as the most miserable looking face in the company.
A backstage interviewer (I have no clue as to who this was. He had glasses and had gray hair) promotes a show in Vancouver and runs down the entire card. The Iron Sheik comes out alone and cuts a promo on Sgt. Slaughter to promote their match. Not much at all and he ends by spitting on the ground.
Mario Mancini vs. Brutus Beefcake
Beefcake beats on Mancini as Capt. Lou Albano and Bobby Heenan appear ringside to scout Beefcake. He continues his assault on Mancini as the crowd starts a “weasel” chant. Back suplex by Beefcake who then puts Mancini in an airplane spin, then gets a leg drop for the win (2:30).
Thoughts: Most of the match was spent focusing on the managers scouting Beefcake, who they are pushing hard. The crowd doesn’t care about him yet though.
Another studio interview promoting the Vancouver show, this time with Kamala and Friday. Kamala walks right in front the camera and Friday doesn’t speak English and this goes on for about a minute until they leave.
Dave Barbie vs. Sgt. Slaughter
The Canadian fans love Slaughter too. Barbie hits a forearm smash and that pisses off Slaughter. Barbie grabs a headlock and rakes the eyes. He beats on Slaughter in the rocrner then catches him with a back elbow smash. Sarge coems back with the Slaughter Cannon then puts on the Cobra Clutch for the win (2:08).
Thoughts: A typical Slaughter squash. He flattened Barbie with the Slaughter Cannon. Sarge was insanely over with the crowd but would be gone from the company in two months.
Piper’s Pit with “Dr. D.” David Schultz. Piper makes fun of the crowd, calling them queens. Schultz congratulates Piper for taking out Snuka then they both praise each other as the crowd is throwing trash at them. Not a whole lot happened but Piper has nuclear heat since he took out Snuka.
AJ Petruzzi vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/Capt Lou Albano
Mosca notes that Valentine has been a wrestler for “one dozen years.” Valentine beats the piss out of Petruzzi then grabs a chinlock. He hits a shoulderbreaker then works the arm. He hits some forearm smashes before using a back suplex. The Hammer drops an elbow then goes for the figure-four leg lock and gets the win (2:30).
Thoughts: Impressive squash for Valentine. He beat the shit out of Petruzzi. Valentine is one of the best wrestlers in the company at this point too.
Nick DeCarlo & Salvatore Bellomo vs. Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik
Volkoff sings the Russian National Anthem before the match and in the crowd, we see a large man in overalls (The future Hillbilly Jim) as Mosca tries to explain world history. Bellomo and Sheik start out as Reynolds plugs next week’s feature match, which is Tito Santana vs. Greg Valentine for the Intercontinental Title. Bellomo uses his quickness against the Shiek and tags DeCarlo. Sheik misses an eblow drop and gets slammed. Bellomo tags back in and catches Sheik’s foot and hits an atomic drop. He dropkicks Sheik, who tags Volkoff. Bellomo runs into Volkoff then takes him down with a dropkick. Volkoff fights back and tags Sheik, who gets kicked down. DeCarlo tags in but Sheik boots him down and hits a gutwrench suplex. Volkoff tags and hits the backbreaker for the win (3:35).
Thoughts: The faces got in a lot of offense. Volkoff and Sheik continue to get massive amount of heat. If Slaughter had a partner, he could feud with this team as the WWF had a massive shortage of babyface teams.
Sgt. Slaughter interview is next. He promotes his match against the Iron Sheik in Vancouver. Sarge sticks up for Canada and tells Sheik they will be on a neutral soil and promises to make Sheik tap to the Cobra Clutch then take him to the hospital so they can remove his boot from his ass.
Mosca and Reynolds run down next week’s card, highlighted by the Intercontinental Title match between Tito Santana and Greg Valentine. Also, Kamala, Dynamite Kid, and Iron Mike Sharpe will be in action.
Final Thoughts: The show went along fine. Mosca and Reynolds are the drizzling shits but the pacing was great. The Intercontinental Title match next week should be awesome and the Dynamite Kid will be a treat to see again.