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All-Star Wrestling 4/15/1978

Written By Alfredo Esparza

WWWF All-Star Wrestling 4/15/1978

Taped 4/5/1978 at the Fieldhouse in Hamburg, Pennsylvania. Aired on 4/15/1978.

Vince McMahon is on commentary.

Dino Bravo & Dominic DeNucci vs. Johnny Rodz & Jose Estrada

This is a non-title tag team match. Dino Bravo and Johnny Rodz start off the match. Some forearms thrown by Rodz and he takes Bravo into his corner where he and Estrada take turns beating on Bravo. Estrada tags in and continues to beat on Bravo. He sends him back into the corner and tags Rodz back in again. Rodz with an elbow on Bravo.

Chinlock by Rodz and he quickly tags Estrada back into the ring. Bravo makes a comeback and catches Estrada with a knee lift and tags in Dominic DeNucci. DeNucci whips Estrada into the ropes and backdrops him. He follows with a stomp and whips him again into the ropes and catches Estrada with a chop. Estrada tags in Rodz who jumps off the top rope to get into the ring.

DeNucci gets Rodz in a side headlock. Rodz catches DeNucci with a hiptoss off the ropes but Dominic kicks him from the ground. DeNucci tags in Bravo. Bravo with a side headlock on Rodz. Rodz tosses Bravo into the ropes but gets knocked down. Bravo catches Rodz with a dropkick off the ropes and then knocks Estrada off the ring apron with a forearm smash. DeNucci and Bravo get in some double team work on Rodz to knock him down to the mat.

Rodz whips DeNucci into the ropes but gets caught by a shoulder block. Rodz gets DeNucci with a slam but Dominic escapes. Estrada tries to help his partner out but accidentally hits Rodz instead. Bravo and DeNucci get in some shots on Rodz who heads to his corner and argues with Estrada. DeNucci heads into their corner and gets double-teamed by both. Rodz slams DeNucci and then Estrada misses a top rope move. Rodz follows with one of his own and does get DeNucci.

DeNucci escapes from Estrada’s grasp and tags in Bravo who takes on both of his opponents. Headscissors by Bravo sends Rodz to the outside. Bravo catches Estrada with a dropkick and tags in DeNucci. DeNucci gets Estrada with an airplane spin and gets the pin.

WINNERS: Dino Bravo & Dominic DeNucci

Spiros Arion (w/ “Classy” Freddie Blassie) vs. Dennis Johnson

Spiros Arion takes Dennis Johnson down to the mat and tries to get a pin quickly on him but it’s more him holding Johnson down on the mat almost suffocating him. Uppercut by Arion sends Johnson down to the mat. He goes for a second one. Arion stomps on Johnson and follows with an armlock. He kicks at Johnson’s shoulder.

Arion chokes Johnson on the ropes and breaks the hold before the referee reaches the 5-count. Blassie screams at the fans ringside. Arion whips Johnson into the corner turnbuckles a few times. Hiptoss and Arion teases going for the pin but picks Johnson back up. Front facelock by Arion and he breaks to beat on Johnson. Blassie goes to the announcer’s table to praise Arion and claims Johnson was a great collegiate wrestler. Freddie starts to insult Bob Backlund and saying Backlund will regret choosing Arnold Skaaland as his manager when he should have join forces with him. Blassie says he could have taken Backlund to heights he’s never seen. He says Backlund would be wearing beautiful clothes instead of burlap sacks if he had joined Blassie.

Spiros Arion sends Johnson to the outside. He beats on Johnson while on the ring apron and sends him back to the floor. Johnson gets back in the ring and Arion tosses him into the turnbuckles. Arion then lifts up Johnson into an over-the-shoulder backbreaker and gets him to submit.

WINNER: Spiros Arion

Fred Blassie and Spiros Arion join Vince McMahon for an interview. Blassie wants Arion to get a world title match. He refers to this being the one title that has alluded him throughout his career and says Arion will win that title for him. Vince tells Blassie that Spiros is no Bob Backlund in the ring which leads to Blassie claiming that the guy Arion just beat (Dennis Johnson) has held many amateur and collegiate wrestling titles.

Blassie then insults Bob Backlund, Dominic DeNucci, Dino Bravo and Haystacks Calhoun. He then mentions everything that Calhoun ordered to eat for breakfast. Blassie then points out a fan and says he’s just as overweight as Haystacks Calhoun and then mentions the fan smells bad too. He tells Vince that he has a scoop about Haystacks Calhoun entering a contest in Coney Island. Blassie said Calhoun went to “Pucci’s” to have a bikini made for himself. He then says Calhoun was locked up because he was renting himself out as an umbrella. When the police lifted up Calhoun’s flab, eight midgets ran out.

Spiros Arion laughs at Blassie’s comment. Arion insults more wrestlers as the interview comes to an end.

Butcher Vachon & Stan “The Man” Stasiak (w/ The Grand Wizard) vs. Chief Peter Maivia & S.D. Jones

Peter Maivia and Butcher Vachon start the match. Maivia slaps Vachon a few times to the delight of the fans. Kicks him as well. Vachon can’t grab hold of Maivia. He ends up punching Maivia a few times. Rake to the back by Vachon in the corner. He bites Maivia. Stasiak chokes Maivia in the corner. Double-team attack by Vachon and Stasiak in their corner. Vachon chokes Maivia.

Stan The Man lays in some forearms on Maivia on the apron and sends him to the floor. They kick at Maivia as he tries to get back into the ring. Maivia back in the ring and he takes down Vachon but the Butcher quickly tags Stasiak into the ring. Stasiak beats on Maivia for a bit. Forearm smashes thrown by Maivia at Stasiak and that allows him to tag in S.D. Jones.

Jones with some punches thrown at Stasiak including an attempt at a heart punch of his own. He follows with a headbutt. Stasiak tags in Vachon and Jones welcomes Vachon into the ring with a body slam. He gets him with a second slam but Butcher starts to choke Jones. He knocks Jones down with a chop. As he is distracted Maivia surprises Vachon with a chop. All four men get into the ring. Maivia and Jones send Vachon and Stasiak into each other and then get them in a star submission hold.

Jones and Vachon continue in the match with a test of strength. Jones headbutts Vachon. Vachon tries to get in a cheap shot on Jones but S.D. grabs him by the beard. Maivia slaps Vachon. Stasiak tags in and takes down Jones. Nerve hold by Stasiak on Jones. Jones breaks out of the hold but Vachon knocks him down. Jones struts a bit as he makes another comeback and he headbutts Stasiak.

Vachon gets back in the ring against Jones. He knocks Jones down a few times before getting caught by a headbutt. Maivia tags in and drops Vachon onto his knee. He goes for the pin but both are on the ropes. Stasiak tags back in and they run across the ropes. Uppercut by Maivia sends Stasiak into the ropes.

Maivia knocks down Vachon with a headbutt and goes after Stasiak in his corner. Jones back in and more headbutts at Vachon who tags in Stasiak. They exchange punches and Jones gets him with another headbutt. Bell rings and the match ends in a draw. Jones gives Vachon a headbutt after the bell had rung.


Ken Patera (w/ Capt. Lou Albano) vs. Mike Madero & Ted Adams in a 2-on-1 Handicap match

Patera stalls as he slowly disrobes. Albano has a whistle and keeps blowing it non-stop. Patera beats on both Madera and Adams. They both get in some punches but Patera knocks their heads together to take them down. He slams Adams to the mat. Tosses Madera into the corner turnbuckles. Capt. Lou talks about how great Ken Patera is and then talks about how he wanted to manage Bob Backlund. He’s upset that Backlund picked Arnold Skaaland who he says is a lesser man and for that he promises to get Backlund.

Adams and Madero double-team Patera and send him into the corners. They send Patera to the floor. Albano climbs up to the ring and he gets punched a few times as well. The fans cheer them both on. Patera gets back into the ring. He kicks both of his opponents. Some forearms thrown by Patera. He whips Adams into the ropes and backdrops him. Patera gets Madera in a front facelock. Again Madera and Adams make a comeback and knock Patera to the outside! The fans start to count as they are happy to see Patera in trouble.

Patera gets both in chokes on the ropes and knocks them both down. He starts to beat on both on the ropes. Madera tries to get Patera off Adams. Patera tosses Adams to the outside. He gets Madera in the full nelson and gets him to submit.

WINNER: Ken Patera

Strong Kobayashi (w/ “Classy” Freddie Blassie) vs. Frank “Gypsy” Rodriguez

Kobayashi attacks Rodriguez as soon as the bell rings. He knocks him down with a chop. Gets him with a second chop and follows with a suplex and gets the pin. Kobayashi kicks at Rodriguez after getting the win. Really short match.

WINNER: Strong Kobayashi

SHOW THOUGHTS: Okay episode. Best match on the show was the tag match between Butcher Vachon & Stan Stasiak vs. S.D. Jones & Peter Maivia. The other tag match was okay as well. The Patera handicap match was pretty enjoyable with Patera giving his opponents some opportunities to get in some offense. Freddie Blassie’s interview was great. I don’t think you could get away with half of what he said nowadays.


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