September 23, 2012
WWF At The Philadelphia Spectrum, March 21, 1981
Commentators: Dick Graham and Kal Rudman
Over 17,000 screaming fans pack the Spectrum despite the best efforts of a public transit strike (take that unions!) to see a brutal cage match plus more!
Note: Matches that were held on this card but are not on this release include:
Rick Martel over The Hangman via pinfall
Larry Sharpe over Fred Savage via pinfall
The Great Yatsu over Baron Mikel Scicluna via pinfall
Dominic DeNucci over Johnny Rodz via pinfall
Additional Note: Another major title change since the last show review to report. On March 17 at the television tapings in Allentown, PA, The Moondogs defeated Rick Martel and Tony Garea to capture the WWF World Tag Team Titles, so congratulations to Rex and King!
Match 1: Rick McGraw vs Moondog King
Setup: Always in search of opponents he can both wrestle and party with, Quick Draw takes on the other Moondog in the Spec!
Match: If there’s one thing McGraw knew how to do well, it was SUFFER. Even if his ineffective offense is countered by the larger Moondog and he takes another bonecrushing hit, McGraw really knew how to sell his pain, which is why he usually garnered a lot of sympathy cheers from the fans. Finish comes when McGraw misses a dropkick and lands on his wee head, and King follows up with a big splash for the pin.
Result: King via pinfall at 8:10
Score: 1 (Okay) There is only so much entertainment value to be derived from an undersize guy who doesn’t belong in the ring groveling to the fans, the referee, and his opponent.
Match 2: Andre The Giant vs Hulk Hogan
Setup: The two legends meet for what would be the last time before Wrestlemania III.
Match: No doubt, this is the most BRUTAL match on record between Hogan and Andre, so much so that referee Dick Woherle chooses to spend much of it sitting on the top turnbuckle watching the goings-on between these two. Hogan as expected hits his big bodyslam on The Giant, and then he puts a foreign object in his elbow pad and expects to go to work but No! Andre stops him before taking the elbow pad AND the object and putting it on his own arm (sadistic). He pounds Hulkster mercilessly, and soon Hogan is bleeding like a stuck pig. Hogan hulks up though, and even tries to bodyslam Andre in his weakened state, which leads to Andre falling on top for the pin.
Result: Andre via pinfall at 12:51
Score: 3 (Great) It’s not every day that you get to see the gentle Giant beat someone to a bloody pulp, so this was a real treat!
Match 3: Bob Backlund vs Sgt. Slaughter (Steel Cage Match For The WWF World Title)
Setup: Bobbsy REALLY wanted this rematch with The Sarge, and the title is on the line within the unforgiving confines of a 15 foot high steel cage!
Match: Of course the obvious measuring stick for all cage matches up to this time was Bruno-Larry, but I’d be hard-pressed to say that this one might be better. Slaughter gets the thunderous “Gomer” chants as usual, and Backlund gets in there and the fight is on! Slaughter of course immediately goes for the door if he gets even the slightest offense in, but there’s definitely some good tension and excitement even as he gets ever so close to getting out before Backlund grabs his foot and stops him. A series of face-first rams into the cage and Slaughter is busted wide open! And it’s a good blade job too, as The Sarge is really a crimson mask. The Sarge shows the heart of a champion as he keeps fighting even as the blood loss makes him weaker. Eventually the two of them are slugging it out on the top turnbuckle. Slaughter gets the worst of it and falls back, his leg tangled in the ropes. Backlund gets a couple of more cheap shots at him before puffing up like a rooster and walking out the door of the cage and into history.
Result: Backlund via leaving the cage at 17:19 (Retains Title)
Score: 3 (Great) Brutal and memorable, just like a cage match should be.
Match 4: Stan Hansen vs Tony Garea
Setup: The tough and crazy bad man from Borger, Texas takes on the most wicked perm hairstyle this side of Auckland, New Zealand.
Match: Really, in a perfect world, this would be a washout, as Hansen was one of the toughest bastards to ever walk and Tony was, well, Tony. However, they must have been told by the promoter to drag it out a bit, so Stan spends most of the time with a resthold on Garea’s trapezoids. Garea tries to fight back so then it’s time for the finish, as Tony misses a move and Hansen hits him with a big elbowsmash for the pin.
Result: Hansen via pinfall at 8:20
Score: 1 (Okay) A little too slow, a little too dragged out to ever possibly be considered good.
Match 5: Pedro Morales vs Moondog Rex (WWF Intercontinental Title Match)
Setup: After fixing the other Moondog in MSG, Pedro now defends the belt against the other co-holder of the Tag Team Title.
Match: Rex attacks quick and early, hitting Morales with his bone and sending him outside for a beatdown with chairs and posts. Finally Pedro has had enough and says “What the fuck!” (audible) and returns to the ring on fire. Soon Rex is thrown outside and Pedro is breaking every rule in the book to brutalize him. Back in the ring, the war of sorts continues until Pedro hits a beautiful sunset flip out of the corner for the pinfall and title retention.
Result: Morales via pinfall at 9:12 (Retains Title)
Score: 2 (Good) Showed that Pedro could get as nasty as anybody while still being a nice guy.
Match 6: S.D. Jones vs Bulldog Brower
Setup: In a feeble effort to make the fans stay a little longer, Special Delivery gets Bitch Titties.
Match: Brower looked winded just taking off his ring jacket, and you know S.D. ain’t gonna carry his ass. Some lower grade “wrestling” that ends with Brower missing a punch and decking the referee instead, who somehow calls for a DOUBLE DQ. What?
Result: Double DQ at 5:00
Score: 0 (Shit) A filler match, and a bad one at that.
Overall Score: 2 (Good) Some great stuff with Hogan and Andre as well as Backlund and Slaughter, along with a good Pedro match just might make this something you should pick up from your most trusted online retailer.