August 2, 2009
The Best of the WWF Volume 2
WWF Tag Team Championship Match: Tony Atlas & Rocky Johnson vs. Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis (April 17, 1984, Agricultural Hall, Allentown, PA)
Rocky and Adonis start off with Rocky getting some armdrags. Murdoch takes one as well before Rocky goes to an armbar on Adonis. Adonis escapes, but gets slammed and put right back in the hold. He makes it to his feet, gives Rocky a slam of his own, and then tags Murdoch, who gets armdragged again. Tag to Atlas who goes to an armbar. Murdoch kips up, only to be knocked right back down. He gets up again, but his corner whip is reversed. He does get the elbow up though and tags Adonis. The challengers hit a double elbow after a tag back to Murdoch., and the Adonis from the apron drops Atlas on the ropes, giving Murdoch a 1 count. Tag to Adonis, but Atlas headbutts him and tags Rocky, who comes in with a dropkick. All four guys end up in the ring and Rocky hooks a Boston crab on Adonis. Murdoch breaks it, only to get knocked to the floor by Atlas. They brawl out there which distracts Rocky long enough for Adonis to roll him up from behind and get the 3 count to win the Titles at 4:58. This was short, but a good energetic TV match, plus you get the historic value of the title change, so Thumbs Up.
Intercontinental Championship Match: Pedro Morales vs. Magnificent Muraco (January 22, 1983, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY)
This is a rematch from when they went to a double DQ last month at MSG, so thereís definitely some heat behind the issue. Morales jumps him during intros, and even clocks him with the belt. Muracoís t-shirt gets ripped up, so Morales chokes him with that too. He tries begging off, but Morales is having none of it and gets right back on him. Sunset slip gets 2, and then Morales knocks him to the floor. Muraco makes the apron, but Morales rams him to the buckle and he does a Flair Flop right down to the floor. Morales teases a leap off the top to the floor, but Muraco rolls under the ring to protect himself. Back in, Morales stomps away and goes to a hammerlock which leads to Muraco getting his first significant offensive move of the match: a rear kick to the groin. Now he chokes Morales with the remnants of his shirt. Morales comes back with his own low blow to even things up and regain control. He sends Muraco to the corner, but Muraco avoids the charge and Morales hits the corner knee first. He sells that big, so Muraco is right on it. Clip to Muraco getting sent to the post, but Morales is still selling the knee. He give Muraco a backbreaker, but does so on the injured knee and canít capitalize quickly. He still hooks a Boston crab, but canít hold it long enough. Muraco appears to go into his trunks, but nothing seems to come of it. Morales sends him off and tries to catch him in a slam, but the knee gives out and Muraco falls on top for the 3 count and his second IC Title at 8:29 (shown). It appears that all that was cut out was the portion where Muraco worked over the knee, so what was left was fast paced and really heated. Thumbs Up for this segment.
Pedro Morales vs. Killer Kowalski (July 22, 1974, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY)
Another Morales match, but this time we go back to the 70ís, shortly after his WWWF Championship run came to a end. Here he faces another legend, albeit one on the tail end of his career in the form of Killer Kowalski. They start out trading shots for a bit, and then Kowalski grabs a leg and goes to work on it. Clip to Kowalski continuing to work on the leg. He rolls Morales over for a couple of 2 counts while holding the tights. Morales finally goes to the eyes to get Kowalski off the leg and knocks him back to the corner. Kowalski comes out and goes right back to that leg. Another Morales comeback gets cut off, and now with Morales on the mat, Kowalski hooks the abdominal claw. Clip to Kowalski continuing to hold it. Morales breaks and they trade bites. Morales gets a backdrop, but then gets taken down and put right back in the claw. Morales manages to take the match to the floor where they brawl for a bit until it ends up as a double count out at 8:36 (shown). The entire match just had nothing going for it, and they tacked on a terrible finish to boot. Thumbs Down.
This is just a few clips of some matches that appear to be from the early 70ís. Both matches feature the team of Sky Low Low and Little Brutus as they take on Jamaica Kid and Billy the Kid, followed by Sonny Boy Hayes and Joey Russell. Itís the usual midget comedy, which I guess is ok in small doses, but Iím not really a fan at all. Thumbs Down.
Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Professor Toru Tanaka
Iím not clear on where this is from, but it appears to be from the late 1970ís. Not much happens in the opening moments here. Strongbow uses a flying headscissors to escape an armbar and that has Tanaka backing off. They trade holds until Tanaka runs into a chop for 2. We get more trading of holds and then a clip to Tanaka holding a nerve hold. The arm actually drops three times, but apparently that doesnít warrant a stoppage. Obviously it was a screw up because Strongbow starts Strongbowing Up complete with war dance. He gets a couple of kneelifts to knock Tanaka back. Tanaka goes into the tights and grabs the salt, but the ref blocks it from being used. But regardless, thatís enough for the disqualification at 8:38 (shown). Pretty much a snoozefest here and a Thumbs Down.
Lou Albano starts out by playing some classical piano, and then from TNT we get Mean Gene singing ďTutti FruttiĒ. Hulk Hogan plays bass guitar for that performance, which is legit by the way as Hogan was a musician prior to becoming a wrestler. Itís so campy that it manages to make itself entertaining so Thumbs Up.
Intercontinental Championship Match: Tito Santana vs. Paul Orndorff (September 1, 1984, Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO)
Orndorff takes him down with a shoulderblock, but Santana comes back with a couple of armdrags to send Orndorff out. Back in they go through a chain wrestling sequence that ends with Santana holding an armbar. They work off that for a bit with Orndorff trying multiple escapes, but Santana always manages to get him back in the hold. Clip ahead with Santana being sent off and hit with an inverted atomic drop. Orndorff then gets a kneelift and stomps Santana to the floor. He follows and hits another atomic drop out there. After getting nailed on the apron, Santana tries to sunset flip back in, but canít get it. After a brief rear chinlock, Orndorff hits a back suplex for 2. He sends Santana off, but Santana comes back with a bodypress for 2. Orndorff immediately takes back control, working Santana over and covering for 2. Santana comes back with a kneelift, but misses an elbow. Orndorff goes to the 2nd rope, but Santana gets the knees up. He then gets a slam and sends Orndorff to the buckle for 2. Santana comes off the ropes, but gets clotheslined for 2. Corner whip is reversed, but Orndorff gets the boot up and covers for 2, but then the bell rings at 14:32 (shown) for the time limit draw. Some good stuff here between two of the better workrate guys of the time period, so this gets a Thumbs Up.
This section is a collection of match finishes that were considered somewhat, well, surprising. First off we get Rocky Johnson challenging Magnificent Muraco for the IC Title at the Spectrum in 1983. Muraco has been busted open and the ref is trying to get in there and check the cut, but Rocky wonít lay off. Finally the ref gets in the way one time too many and gets nailed by a shot from Rocky which draws the disqualification. Next up, we go back to the 1960ís for a match between Bobo Brazil and Fred Blassie which sees Blassie get his leg hooked in the ropes while outside the ring and he gets counted out. Bobo, obviously a champion of sportsmanship, offers a handshake after the match, but then headbutts Blassie instead. On to Championship Wrestling in 1981 as Andre the Giant has just defeated masked jobber the Black Demon, so he stops to sign some autographs, but apparently the Demon hasnít had enough and attacks Andre again. Andreís response is to rip his mask right off during a hiptoss sending the Demon fleeing for cover. Itís kind of funny to see a bunch of kids flocking around, hoping to catch a glimpse of this guy who they would probably never recognize anyways. Finally, we stay in 1981, but move back to the Spectrum as Tony Garea and Rick Martel defend their Tag Team Titles against the Moondogs in a Texas Death Match with guest referee Gorilla Monsoon. After Gorilla shows bias against the Moondogs, Rex nails him with a double ax off the 2nd rope, so Gorilla comes back and knocks him out of the ring. Meanwhile, he allows a double team backdrop on King by the champs, and then counts 3 for them to retain. The whole segment was fun enough, but not great or anything, so Thumbs in the Middle.
WWF Tag Team Championship Match: Tony Garea & Rick Martel vs. Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito (w/Lou Albano) (October 13, 1981, Agricultural Hall, Allentown, PA)
And now back to one more full match to close out the tape. Fuji and Martel start out with Martel in control. He gets a slam, and a couple of armdrags before Fuji tags Saito, but Martel gets him with an armdrag into an armbar. Tag Garea, who stays on the arm, but ends up getting hiptossed. Tag to Fuji, but Garea armdrags him too and tags Martel. Martel gets a bodypress for 2 and heads right back to the arm. Tag back to Garea, but he canít prevent a tag to Saito. He does keep control though until Saito manages to pound him down in the corner. Tag to Fuji, who rams Garea to the buckle and tags right back out. Saito covers for 2, and the hits a backdrop for another 2. More quick tags from the challengers as they hold Garea in the corner. Saito gets several near falls in short order. Martel comes in, but the ref has to put him back out which allows a triple team on Garea and a switch. Garea fires out of a nerve hold by Fuji, but Fuji makes the tag and he doesnít. Saito gets a slam for 2 and a 2nd rope kneedrop for another 2. Finally, Saito misses a charge in the corner and Garea makes the tag. Martel is the house afire, taking on all comers. Soon enough, all four guys are in. Garea gets a backdrop on Saito and Martel goes up to finish him off, but on the way down, Fuji gets him with the salt to the eyes. Saito rolls through the bodypress that Martel was going for and pins him for 3 to win the Tag Team Titles at 9:42. Another good little energetic TV match, so it gets another Thumbs Up.
Final score for the whole tape is five Thumbs Up, one in the Middle, and three Thumbs Down for a total score of eleven out of a possible eighteen points or 61%. Those 70ís matches really dragged it down, because otherwise this was a really good tape. Overall, Iíll give it a Thumbs in the Middle, and a recommendation to seek out, because it is a worthwhile watch, and you also get the historical value of three Title changes from the early 80ís.