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WWF – October 22, 1984

The next WWF show comes to us the day after the previous show and is from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Nothing has changed as far as championship obviously, but on this show we do have a WWF World Title match up as Hulk Hogan defends the gold against Big John Studd. With the show over two hours long, I assume we’re getting the entire show, so let’s head to the ring.

Still love the classic opener with all the old arenas and legendary stars, just a great way to get the hype started. Even Michael Hayes makes the opener! Gorilla Monsoon and Mene Gene welcomes us to the show and sends it to Howard Finkel.

1. Dr D David Schultz v. Salvatore Bellomo

Salvatore is one of the most popular jobbers other then SD Jones while Schultz is best known for beating up John Stossel of ABC News which takes place about two months later. It’s too bad, I think Schultz could have been a bigger star if that had not taken place. Salvatore out wrestles Schultz at the start, but Schultz makes the ropes. Schultz with a side headlock take over, Salvatore counters into the head scissors but Schultz makes the ropes. Schultz with a quick knee to the mid-section of Salvatore and begins to work over the Italian star. Salvatore backed into the corner and Schultz refuses to let up as he continues to hammer Salvatore. Schultz with a big scoop and slam followed by the diving elbow for the pin, but Salvatore kicks out and Schultz is furious. Salvatore gets sent to the corner and then suplexed out of the corner for a very slow three count, even Gorilla points that out. 1/5 just a quick squash match, but odd that Salvatore kicked out of his finisher.

1. David Schultz crushed Salvatore Bellomo *

2. Afa v. Dick Murdoch

Well, this is odd as Afa is the face here? Just seems odd having the Wild Samoans as faces, meanwhile Murdoch is one half of the tag champions. I assume we’re getting Adonis versus Sika later. Murdoch was a great wrestler and former tag partner of Dusty Rhodes and Junkyard Dog. Murdoch gets right in the face of Afa before removing his ring jacket, but Afa doesn’t back down. They lock up and Afa overpowers Murdoch into the corner, and Murdoch cowers and escapes the ring. Murdoch gets in the face of the fans before slowly getting back in the ring. Another lockup and back to the corner and same routine, but the crowd is loving it. The crowds at MSG were always the best as they really got into the matches, something lacking now as the fans are more into getting themselves over then what’s in the ring. Gorilla actually calls this a main event anywhere in the world, anyways, Afa with the side headlock and grinds away on Murdoch. Murdoch backs him to the corner and misses the elbow, Murdoch again hides in the corner and Afa yells something in Samoan at him. Afa back to the side headlock again and Murdoch gets him in the corner, this time Murdoch gets a low knee in but the elbow to the head hurts Murdoch more. Always loved the Samoans having hard heads gimmick, as Murdoch gets the best facial expressions. Murdoch hammers Afa in the head and hurts his hand, a second try and same results. The crowd is just rabid for this, as Murdoch gets the knee in and rams Afa’s head into the buckle which does nothing, but when done to Murdoch sends him out of the ring. Back in the ring and Afa works over the arm of Murdoch as he uses his head, Murdoch goes for a headbutt and knocks himself down. Murdoch gets desperate and rakes the eyes, then rams his own head into the buckle which only hurts himself. Afa quickly headbutts Murdoch and covers for two, but Murdoch has no idea where he is. Murdoch rakes the eyes again as we see Hillbilly Jim sitting front row, as he is just a big fan in the crowd. Afa is outside the ring and Murdoch begins hammering him and then uses the cords outside the ring to choke Afa. As Afa staggers to get up Murdoch starts to unload on him, Murdoch catches Afa on the apron and starts choking him. Murdoch now uses the tag rope to choke Afa down as the ref pulls him back. Afa finally makes his way back in as Murdoch continues to pound the back and head, but the head shots don’t hurt as Afa shakes them off and the crowd is just exploding. Afa sends Murdoch in and chops him down, Murdoch tries to hide in the corner but Afa rakes the back and then bites him. Afa hits the atomic drop and then follows with a second one and covers, but Murdoch makes the ropes. Murdoch slowly makes it to his feet but can’t do much as he misses a punch and falls to the mat. Afa pulls him up and headbutts Murdoch, who falls over the top rope to the floor. Murdoch grabs something, looks like a bottle wrapped in paper and cracks Afa in the face with it, getting the advantage back. Murdoch drops the elbow across the throat and stomps the Samoan repeatedly, then snapmares Afa over and covers, but Afa kicks him off with power. Murdoch off the ropes and both men collide head to head and now they are both down, and Afa isn’t moving as the ref counts. Both men on their knees and Afa hits a headbutt for a near fall, but both men are still stunned. Murdoch goes for a slam but Afa shifts and falls on top of him for another near fall, the crowd really thought that was it. Murdoch slams Afa’s head into the mat as he didn’t learn, so Afa does it to him and covers. The ref counts two as the bell rings, we get a time limit draw. 3/5 a very solid hard hitting brawl between two of the toughest guys in the company. Murdoch grabs the mic and demands five more minutes, he then attacks Afa, but Afa reverses and backdrops Murdoch down. Afa sends Murdoch to the outside with a  headbutt and Murdoch quickly leaves the ringside area.

2. Afa and Dick Murdoch go to a time limit draw. ***

We go backstage to Gorilla Monsoon with Mad Dog Vachon, who is making his MSG debut tonight. Mad Dog is the uncle of the legendary Luna and says no one will stop him.

3. Mad Dog Vachon v. Rick McGraw

I assume this will be squash, as they lock up and wind up in the corner and we get a clean break. Vachon with an arm drag into the side headlock, which he holds for a long time. McGraw finally powers out of the hold but Vachon sweeps the leg, however McGraw quickly gets the headlock on Vachon. This has been a one hold match so far, as Vachon powers to the ropes and we get a small slugfest but nothing comes of it. Vachon with a side hip lock and then bites the face before raking the back. Vachon has had enough and begins to tear apart McGraw with his teeth and nails, then rakes him across the ropes. The ref threatens to disqualify Vachon but he goes right at McGraw who catches Vachon with a knee and unloads in the corner before hitting the snapmare for a two count. They lock up and Vachon shoots him in and catches him in the choke, a second time and same thing, third time but McGraw put on the brakes and hits a dropkick. Vachon misses the corner charge and almost gets pinned, McGraw with another dropkick and then slams the big man and another near fall, third dropkick fails him and now Vachon goes back to choking McGraw on the ropes. Vachon hits the piledriver for the win. DUD just an extended squash, nothing exciting other then the piledriver looked brutal.

3. Mad Dog Vachon pinned Rick McGraw DUD

Backstage again, this time with David Sammartino. Another second generation wrestler who just could not live up to his father in the ring. Just like Ted DiBiase Jr, Roman Reigns and Erik Watts among others. Gorilla tries to hype him up as get cuts a very generic and boring promo.

4. Moondog Spot v. David Sammartino
I always liked the Moondogs, just a fun and crazy gimmick that they played well. Sammartino is introduced as David Bruno Sammartino,  nice try but the kid is not his father. They lockup and Sammartino overpowers Moondog to the ropes and we get a clean break. Sammartino with a trip and Spot looks amused as they get to the ropes again and Spot with a cheap shot. Spot hammers Sammartino in the corner but gets reversed into the corner and Sammartino presses Spot over his head. That looked impressive considering the size of Spot, as the crowd has finally woken up after that last match. Sammartino locks on the arm bar and tosses Spot around while maintaining the hold, kid had a lot of power I’ll give him that, as Hillbilly Jim is enjoying the show. Spot finally powers Sammartino to the ropes to break the hold and shoots Sammartino in but misses the clothesline as Sammartino hammers him with a series of rights. We go right back to the arm bar, as they show us boxer Chuck Wepner in the crowd for some reason as Spot hits a shoulder block to take down Sammartino. Spot begins to unload on Sammartino and then slams him down for two. Sammartino kicks him off and Spot lands on the ref, but the ref quickly back up. Spot continues to hammer Sammartino who keeps egging Spot on, and tries to come back but Spot rakes the eyes. Spot goes for a backdrop but Sammartino counters to a sunset flip for a near fall. Sammartino gets snap mared over and Spot with a rear chinlock but Sammartino powers his way out and takes down Spot with a shoulder block. David misses the elbow drop and Spot back on the offense again as he stomps away on Sammartino who fires back and takes out Spot’s leg. Spot charges in the corner and Sammartino gets the boot up and they exchange forearms with Sammartino getting the better. Sammartino with a delayed suplex and cover for a near fall as the crowd is coming alive. Spot catches Sammartino with his head down and almost gets the pin, Spot with a slam but Sammartino cradles him for the surprise pin. 1/5 Sammartino just didn’t have the appeal his father had, and way too much time in the arm bar. The press slam from Sammartino was really impressive though. Spot attacks Sammartino after the bell and hits the stomach breaker, then grabs his bone, but Sammartino makes the comeback and steals the bone away. Spot quickly bails out and heads to the locker room.

4. David Sammartino pins Moondog Spot *

Gorilla Monsoon is standing by with former Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana. Gorilla says Tito will get it back, as Tito says after the surgery he has had lots of time to think about Greg Valentine and that payback will be hell and he will make Greg pay.

5. Greg Valentine v. Tito Santana

Greg is managed by Captain Lou Albano and introduced as the new Intercontinental Champion, and gets pelted with trash from the fans. It’s nice to see everyone come out without music and just the loud ovation of the fans who are happy to see the faces, such a change from the current shows. Tito goes right after Greg while he still has the belt on, and Greg swings the belt and misses as Tito just hammers the champ. The crowd is insanely loud now, as Tito really brought them back to life, as he rams Greg’s head into the apron. Tito rings his ears and then slams his head into the buckle, but Greg blocks and we get a slugfest between these two, as Greg tumbles to the floor and Tito follows. Tito tosses him back in and Greg finally gets a shot in to slow down Tito. Albano is screaming in Gene’s microphone at ringside as Tito back on the offense and hammers Greg. Tito gets caught as Greg with a kick to the gut and follows with the atomic drop. Greg goes after the bad leg but Tito kicks him off, Greg rakes the eyes and tosses Tito outside and right where Albano is, and Albano gets a shot in. Tito grabs the ankle and pulls Greg out and both men are brawling on the floor. Greg grabs a chair and misses the shot and Tito backdrops Greg back in and follows with the chair in hand. Tito smashes the chair across the face of Greg and busts him wide open. Tito continues to hammer the bloody face of Greg and tosses the ref away and draws the disqualification. Albano comes in and Tito just starts hammering him as well, as Greg bails out. Albano gets away and both men run for the locker room as Tito is fired up. 3.75/5 a great brawl, just not what you expect of Tito as he snapped and goes total brutality on Greg, would have been higher with a clean finish. Still quite an amazing way to wake up the crowd after those last two matches.

5. Greg Valentine beat Tito Santana via DQ ***3/4

6. Ken Patera v. Rocky Johnson

Amazed that Ken Patera was still in WWF near the end of 1984, he would be gone by spring 1985 as we did two years in prison before the 1987 comeback, which didn’t last long. Let’s see if Rocky can pull a good match out of Patera like he did the previous night with Volkoff, doubt it. Patera takes forever to remove his jacket and sweatpants before the match, as Gene makes fun of his hair. The bell rings and Patera gets powered to the ropes and we get a clean break. Back to the ropes and no clean break as Patera unloads on Rocky, but Rocky shakes the shots off and Patera bails out. Back in the ring and Rocky with the side headlock, Patera takes him over with handful of tights but Rocky maintains the hold. Patera shoots him in and they collide and no one moves, but Patera celebrates and poses anyway. They go for it again and Patera gets knocked back but Rocky doesn’t even flinch, Patera with an arm drag and Rocky reverses into the head scissors. Patera flips out and makes the ropes, but continues rolling so no rope break called. Finally Patera breaks the hold but Rocky locks it back on, can we end the match now? Patera breaks free again and unloads on Rocky before choking him and the ref calls for  a break. Rocky gets caught in the rear chinlock, as the rest holds continue, this is worse then an Ivan Putski match. Patera overpowers Rocky back to the mat but Rocky powers his way back up and they battle over the wrist lock, Patera uses the hair to pull Rocky back down again. Gorilla talks about Patera ending his in ring career in 1980 in Philadelphia, where Gorilla put his career on the line and lost. Rocky meanwhile fights free again and Patera gets tossed across the ring, Patera catches Rocky with a kick and shoots him in. Patera misses the clothesline and Rocky hits a dropkick, second one misses, Patera misses the knee drop. Rocky goes for a roll up, Patera reverses and scores the pin with a handful of tights. DUD just a boring series of restholds till the last thirty seconds.

6. Ken Patera pins Rocky Johnson DUD

7. Adrian Adonis v. Sika

I figured this match had to be coming up since we saw their partners in a match earlier in the night in a very good match. Let’s see if Adonis and Sika can do as well. Adonis goes for the wrist lock, but Sika reverses it and stomps the ribs of Adonis before launching him out of the ring. Adonis back in the ring and Sika back to the wrist lock and cranks the arm, Adonis rolls through and gets headbutted back down. Sika maintains control of the left arm and then bites the hand of Adonis, Adonis sweeps the legs and Sika kicks him off. Adonis with a nice cartwheel but runs into the big slam and Sika goes back to the arm again. Sika shot in and gets caught with a nice clothesline from Adonis as now Adonis begins to work over the Samoan. Adonis snapmares Sika over and climbs the ropes, but Sika catches him up top and Adonis crashes to the mat. Sika unloads in the corner and the ref pulls him back, as Adonis pulls a glove from his tights and swings but hits the ref instead. Adonis goes after Sika and misses the fist drop, Sika gets the glove and Adonis bails out. 2/5 was a slow paced match with a cheap ending which really hurt it.

7. Sika beat Adrian Adonis via DQ **

We go backstage to Mene Gene, who was missing the last match, who is with Johnny V. Johnny is asked where he’s been and he says he’s been all around the world and he’s back to introduce his newest charge, Brutus Beefcake. Gene asks about the union between the two, and Johnny says Brutus will not talk, as he stands in front of both men and flexes his muscles. Johnny actually mentions the Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef” ad campaign and says Brutus is in tip top shape. They actually call him Mister Wonderful, that’s gimmick infringement right there, as Johnny just keeps talking.

After the commercial we’re back with Gene in the locker room with Sgt Slaughter who will face Nikolai Volkoff tonight. Slaughter says he’s had big matches everywhere and he’s proven the USA to be number one and tonight he is under a lot of pressure. Slaughter says Iran was a little country but Russia is a big country and mentions Gene’s son as a hockey star. The Sarge vows to defeat Nikolai tonight and make the USA proud. Next interview is with Ken Patera, as we must be on intermission in the Gardens with all these interviews, as Gene asks if Ken can’t win fairly anymore. Ken says he beat Rocky and controversy follows him everywhere. Patera talks about his injury and says he is coming back at a hundred percent and will out wrestle anyone. Gene sends it back to Gorilla Monsoon at ringside to continue the matches as the lights in the Garden go back down.

8. Nikolai Volkoff v. Sgt Slaughter

Volkoff sings the Russian National Anthem, which goes over about as well as expected in New York City. The bell rings and they lock up, with Volkoff getting the power advantage sending Slaughter to the corner and we get a clean break. Volkoff mouths off the crowd and the referee, Slaughter sends Volkoff to the corner and that makes Hillbilly Jim very happy. Volkoff with the side headlock and Slaughter shoots him off, they collide and no one moves. The crowd is just loud for this match, as Slaughter gets caught back in the side headlock, and the crowd chants USA which powers the Sarge to send Volkoff in, Sarge catches him with the big clothesline and the crowd explodes. Volkoff chops Slaughter in the throat and starts to work over the back with the boots, he then sends Slaughter into the ropes and catches him in the bearhug. Volkoff lowers him down into the back breaker, but Slaughter rings his bell to break the hold. Volkoff continues to hammer the back of Slaughter, but Sarge fires back and goes for a slam but the back gives out, this allows Volkoff to regain control. Slaughter gets his head rammed into the steel turnbuckle bolt, and Volkoff continues to pound on Slaughter. Volkoff uses the shoulder nerve hold to wear down the Sarge, but Slaughter fights free but Volkoff absorbs the blows and smashes Slaughter in the face before sending him chest first to the turnbuckle. Slaughter sent in and gets back dropped down hard and Volkoff gets the near fall. Volkoff sends Slaughter hard into the opposite corner and catches him coming out with a slam. Volkoff misses the diving knee off the second rope and then sweeps the legs of Volkoff and sling shots the Russian into the post. Slaughter getting his second wind with a series of rights and sends him to the corner, Slaughter follows with the clothesline. Slaughter gets shot into the opposite corner and launched over the turnbuckle to the cement floor, Volkoff follows and scoops Slaughter up and slams him back first into the steel post. Slaughter slow to get up and almost gets counted out, but Volkoff breaks the count which gives Slaughter time to get up. Volkoff slides back out and hits a back breaker on the floor and quickly back in the ring, Slaughter uses the ring to pull himself back up and on the apron. Volkoff misses a wild punch and Slaughter locks on the cobra clutch while on the apron as the bell rings. Slaughter maintains the hold and the ref is trying to pull him off, he finally releases it when Volkoff collapses. 2.5/5 a good brawl but a cheap finish and a little bit of stalling kind of slowed the match.

8. Nikolai Volkoff beat Sgt Slaughter via countout **1/2

9. Brutus Beefcake v. Tony Garea
Brutus made his debut last month, so he’s still new at this point and billed as being from Parts Unknown. Garea is a former tag champion who was on his way down, so the outcome is not in doubt here. Before they lock up Brutus does the Fargo strut, also known as the Jarrett strut, and Gorilla is not impressed. Brutus misses Garea and this frustrates Brutus, who finally catches him in the corner and unloads with forearms. Garea shoots him to the corner and unloads on Brutus, then into the side headlock and Johnny V is not happy at ringside. Why does Johnny get to stay but Blassie did not in the last match, however Albano got to stay during Valentine’s match? Brutus is in all zebra print tonight, as he sends Garea in and gets taken down via shoulder block, Garea with a leapfrog and a crossbody for one. Brutus comes back with forearms and smashes Garea’s head into the turnbuckle, Garea sent into the ropes and Brutus catches him with the boot to the gut. Brutus misses the corner charge and now Garea unloads on the newcomer and hits a nice dropkick sending Brutus to the floor, Garea follows. Brutus runs back in and Garea follows, Garea with a sunset flip for two but then runs into the big knee for the easy win for Brutus. 1/5 just another squash to debut Brutus.

9. Brutus Beefcake pinned Tony Garea *

10. Hulk Hogan v. Big John Studd

Hogan is decked out in his white gear tonight, instead of the red and yellow. Bobby Heenan debuted last month and so Gene has to ask why they call him weasel. Both men start out slugging it out and Studd gets the worst of it, he bails out and Hulk follows. Hulk has to be careful as the rules state if he gets counted out he loses the gold. Studd rams Hulk into the post and quickly gets in the ring as he hopes for the countout win, but Hulk makes it back in and eats a big elbow. Studd pulls him up and hammers the back of the neck of Hogan before applying the rear chinlock. The crowd is deafeningly loud as the Hulk tries to come back, but gets nailed by a huge forearm from the giant. Heenan keeps screaming that Studd has him, as Studd continues to wear down the champion, we see Hillbilly Jim cheering for Hogan along with the rest of the Gardens. Studd drives a knee into the back of Hogan and then drops his throat across the top rope, Hogan rolls out of the ring and Studd follows. Studd slams Hogan on the cement floor and goes back in the ring, the ref begins the count as Gene is cheering for Hogan. Hulk makes it back in the ring at nine, barely saving his title, and Studd maintains control with a big shoulder block and cover for a near fall. Hulk begins to Hulk Up, as Studd’s blows don’t even faze him. Hogan with a series of rights and the running elbow followed by an elbow drop for two. Well that was a different comeback then what we’re used to. Studd misses the clothesline and Hulk comes back with one of his own for the win. 2.5/5 Was a very fast paced match but felt really short, they must have been pressed for time, still a good match.

10. Hulk Hogan pinned Big John Studd **1/2

MATCH RESULTS

1. David Schultz crushed Salvatore Bellomo *
2. Afa and Dick Murdoch go to a time limit draw. ***
3. Mad Dog Vachon pinned Rick McGraw DUD
4. David Sammartino pins Moondog Spot *
5. Greg Valentine beat Tito Santana via DQ ***3/4
6. Ken Patera pins Rocky Johnson DUD
7. Sika beat Adrian Adonis via DQ **
8. Nikolai Volkoff beat Sgt Slaughter via countout **1/2
9. Brutus Beefcake pinned Tony Garea *
10. Hulk Hogan pinned Big John Studd **1/2

A fun show to cap off 1984 for the WWF as we head towards the first Wrestlemania. We had two really good matches in Afa/Murdoch and Santana/Valentine and an exciting Volkoff/Slaughter match, but four bad matches really hurt the show. This is one show that could have been clipped, remove the four bad ones and you have a very good show. Still, a nice visit to what the WWF was just before the big explosion of Wrestlemania begins. Before we get to Wrestlemania though, we’re heading back to the NWA for the second Starrcade show, which I’ve never seen so this should be entertaining to say the least.

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