WWF TV 2/25/84: Championship Wrestling & All-Star Wrestling

Championship Wrestling
February 25, 1984
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Gene Okerlund
Vince and Gene run down the card and mention how Tito Santana had recently defeated Don Muraco in Boston for the Intercontinental Title. Vince then narrates some clips from the match

 Goldie Rogers vs. Tito Santana
Crowd cheers loudly for Tito as he comes out with the belt. Before the match, ring announcer Joe McHugh then introduces Andre the Giant as he congratulates Tito. He then pats Goldie on the shoulder and Goldie is scared and ducks out on the apron. Match starts with Tito backing Goldie into the corner. He beats on him for a bit until he finishes with the flying forearm (1:13).
Thoughts: This was all about establishing Tito as the IC champ. Having the clips before the match and Andre congratulate Tito made it seem like an important accomplishment. Nice segment.
Okerlund is with Andre the Giant. Gene says the competition in the WWF has never been better as Andre says that he is undefeated and you have to beat him to be #1. Andre then says how his main goal is to make the fans happy then he announces how he will return in the Summer after touring the world. A decent little segment to explain Andres absence.
Rudy Diamond vs. “Dr. D” David Schultz w/Roddy Piper
Schultz takes Diamond down and uses some matwork to ground him. He elbows the back of Diamond’s head then grabs a headlock. Slam gets two. He slams him again and climbs the middle rope, dropping the elbow for the pin (1:40). After the match, Schultz and Pier look into the camera as Schultz asks for some competition.
Thoughts: Solid squash match. After building up Orndorff well for the past several weeks, they are now doing the same for Schultz. He was a good worker and a stable of Piper, Orndorff, and Schultz is certainly impressive.
Vince shows us black-and-white footage of Bob Backlund wrestling in high school. Vince states how Backlund is still a top contender and that his feud with the Iron Sheik is far from over. Not a bad way to re-introduce Backlund, who has been gone for the past few months.
Salvatore Bellomo & Frankie Williams & Rocco Verona vs. Wild Samoans w/Capt. Lou Albano
All three Samoans are here. Samula starts by grabbing Williams in a headlock. Williams breaks then gets an armdrag and a backdrop and the fans are going nuts. Samula ducks a charge but Williams escapes from the corner and tags Bellomo, who gets a mule kick and some punches. He tags Williams but he ducks his head after an Irish whip and gets hit with a DDT. Verona and Afa tag in and Afa destroys him. Tag to Sika, who gets the Samoan Drop for the pin (2:19)
Thoughts: Decent amount of action for a quick squash. This is the first time I have seen Williams on offense and he was horrible. Crowd was digging it though.
Steve Lombardi & Ken Jugan vs. Mr. Fuji & Tiger Chung Lee
Lee beats down Lombardi. Jugan tags in and Lee beats on him until he hits a shoulderbreaker for the pin (1:06)
Thoughts: Useless squash. Fuji never even tagged in and barely even did anything at this point in his career. Lee does 90% of the work in their matches.
Piper’s Pit with the Masked Superstar. Piper says that Superstar is the only pro who has never had his masked removed. Superstar refers to his mask as his title and states he will do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Not much of a segment. Just two heels bonding.
Eddie Gilbert vs. Iron Sheik w/Freddie Blassie
The crowd is screaming for Sgt. Slaughter. The two slug it out and Gilbert grabs a headlock. Sheik whips Gilbert into the corner then sidesteps a crossbody attempt and applies the Camel Clutch for the win (1:44).After the match, Slaughter runs out and chases Sheik and Blassie away. He then grabs the mic and declares war on the Iron Sheik. He closes by leading the crowd to the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
Thoughts: A nice way to keep this feud going, which gets the crowd crazy. Slaughter is over huge with them and all of the Patriotic stuff is clicking. The match itself wasn’t much at all.
Ron Shaw vs. Ivan Putski
Putski seems to shrink with every appearance. Shaw is noticeably taller than him. Putski gets a hiptoss then shoves him down. Shaw fights back but Putski quickly regains control and beats him in the corner. Shaw tries to fight back again but Putski finishes him with the Polish Hammer (1:43).
Thoughts: The crowds are caring less and less about Putski. His offense is not believable as his opponent needs to comically oversell in order for it to work and he is shrinking by the day.
Bill Dixon vs. Jose Luis Rivera
Vince notes how Rivera has been undefeated on Championship Wrestling. Rivera works a side headlock as Vince mentions how Tito Santana will be a guest on Piper’s Pit next week. Dixon lands a few shots but Rivera comes back with a knee. Slam by Rivera gets two and he goes back to the side headlock. Dixon whips Rivera into the corner but he lands on the apron and slingshots back in with a dropkick. He hits another dropkick before getting a sunset flip for the pin (2:54).
Thoughts: Crowd was absolutely dead for Rivera. They built him up on commentary as being undefeated on the show but no one seems to care. The match itself was fine.
Vince then tells us that Rivera will face Greg Valentine in next week’s main event.
Thoughts: Good show. The Sheik/Slaughter feud has been great and they built up Tito as the champ as well as starting the re-introduction process for Backlund. They are building up the newer talents as well. The squash matches were fine for the most part  
All-Star Wrestling
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Gene Okerlund
They show the same highlights from the Santana/Muraco title change from Championship Wrestling.
Ron Butler vs. Tito Santana
Tito wins a lockup then shoves Butler into the corner. He works the arm then lands several shots to the face. Backdrop by Tito then sets up the flying forearm (1:57).
Thoughts: A quick squash to put over Tito.
Frankie Williams vs. Masked Superstar
Superstar grounds Williams by using matwork then tosses him around the ring. He grabs a chinlock but quickly breaks with a hiptoss then he chokes out Williams with the ropes. Superstar tosses him around some more before hitting a clothesline then the swinging neckbreaker for the pin (2:17).
Thoughts: Good squash. Superstar completely dominated and looked like a legitimate threat.
Same clips of Backlund wrestling in High School as they showed on Championship Wrestling.
Goldie Rogers vs. Salvatore Bellomo
Goldie breaks a lockup but gets taken down with an armdrag. He complains to the ref about a hair pull then fires away. Bellomo blocks a turnbuckle smash and takes Rogers down with a snapmare. Flying headscissors and then they blow a spot which looked like it was either a dropkick or another headscissors as Bellomo did something similar to a ballerina twirl. Slam by Goldie and he chokes him out with the ropes. Another slam and an elbow drop gets two. Sal fights back and gets a standing dropkick and shoulderblock, which sets up the mule kick for the win (3:12).
Thoughts: A fairly competitive match. Rogers wasn’t a bad worker so it was decent. Bellomo sucks though and the mule kick is a crappy finisher.
Tiger Jackson & Haiti Kid vs. Dana Carpenter & Pancho Boy
Carpenter is like a foot taller than the rest of the midgets. Dana gets an elbow smash but Tiger comes back with a dropkick. Tag to Haiti Kid and he gets a dropkick. Dana gets a press slam and tags Pancho. Haiti no sells an turnbuckle smash and chops down Pancho. Dropkick by Haiti and Pancho tags out. The faces double-team Dana for a bit until he fights back. He gets a few dropkicks but Tiger gets the advantage and manages to tag. Turnbuckle smash by the Haiti Kid and then gets a snapmare for the win (3:20)
Thoughts: The action was surprisingly solid. I have no idea what happened at the end as their seemed to be some confusion. I’m pretty sure the pinfall was not supposed to be off of a snapmare.
Replay of the Mr Fuji & Tiger Chung Lee squash from Championship Wrestling
Replay of Piper’s Pit with Masked Superstar from Championship Wrestling
Replay of Eddie Gilbert vs. Iron Sheik from Championship Wrestling
S.D. Jones vs. “Dr. D” David Schultz w/Roddy Piper
SD grabs a side headlock then they engage in some matwork. Shoulderblock by Schultz and he works a nerve hold for a while. SD finally breaks the hold and gets a hiptoss. Schultz begs for mercy in the corner as SD stomps away. Schultz comes back with a headbutt to the midsection and throws some forearms. Elbow smash gets two. SD then manages to get a small package for two. He punches Schultz out of the ring. Back inside, SD gets a headbutt but Schultz gets a slam then drops the elbow from the second rope for the pin (6:56) *1/4.
Thoughts: A basic match. Schultz didn’t look dominating but held control for a majority of the match with a nerve hold. One of the longer matches on these shows.
Bill Dixon vs. Tonga Kid
Tonga works the leg until Dixon reaches the ropes. He grounds him by using headscissors then gets a leapfrog and a dropkick before going to a headlock. Dixon gets a knee then a backdrop. Slam by Dixon but Tonga comes back with a headbutt then finishes with a missile dropkick (3:14).
Thoughts: Tonga was probably the most athletic worker they had in the company at this point. He was built like a cruiserweight and showed flashes of his potential at times.
Next week’s featured match is Tito Santana vs. Rene Goulet.
Final Thoughts: The Superrstar squash was fun and Tonga looked good but the rest of this was forgettable. Its not a bad show to watch if you miss out on Championship Wrestling as it recaps the important parts, but it is the lesser of both shows.