September 29, 1984
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
This week’s feature matchup is Roddy Piper vs. Jimmy Snuka from the 8/25/84 MSG show. Also, newcomers Brett Hart (Yes, it was spelled that way) and the Dynamite Kid will be in action. Kamala and Sgt. Slaughter will also be in action.
Carl Fury vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Sarge goes around ringside and slaps hands with the fans. Vince lets us know that Fury is a newcomer to the WWF. He would job regularly for a few more years. He looked the part of your stereotypical 80’s jobber. The fans go crazy for Slaughter, as usual. Slaughter shoves Fury in the corner then catches him with a scoop slam. Fury backs Sarge in the corner and gets a knee. He then eats knee on a charge and Sarge hits a clothesline from the second rope. He then puts him in the Cobra Clutch for the win (1:54).
Thoughts: Slaughter is really over but since his feud with the Sheik is dying down, he has not found anyone else to feud with. He needs to find someone to start a program with. Based on last week, it might be with Volkoff or he could find a partner to go against both Sheik and Volkoff.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week subjects are the tag-team champions, Dick Murdoch and Adrian Adonis. They show a clip of them at Murdoch’s ranch wrestling cattle. This was shown in its entirety on Tuesday Night Titans. I will be reviewing that episode next week.
WWF Magazine Plug
Jose Luis Rivera vs. Kamala w/Friday
No Blassie this week. Rivera eludes Kamala for a bit until Kamala corners him. He chops Rivera down as the fans are going nuts as Andre the Giant makes his way to the ring. Kamala chops Rivera several more times before hitting the splash for the win (2:08). After the match, Kamala stares down Andre, who is helping Rivera.
Thoughts: This is the start of a program between the two. It didn’t last long because Kamala would be leaving the WWF within the next two months. This match was pretty bad, actually.
Aldo Marino vs. Brett Hart
Yes, it is spelled “Brett” on the screen. Hart is wearing grey trunks with white and black stripes on the sides. Vince mentions that he has five other brothers that are wrestlers and that his dad is Stu Hart. He takes Marino down with an armdrag and works the arm. Hart ducks a clothesline and gets another armdrag. The fans are silent as Hart continues to work on the arm. Marino gets in a few shots and a scoop slam but ducks his head and gets elbowed. Hart hits a European uppercut and a slam. He gets a legdrop then takes him down with a clothesline before finishing him off with a piledriver (2:38). Vince says we will see more of Hart in the coming weeks and might even see his brothers.
Thoughts: The crowd couldn’t have cared less about this match, which was on the dull side. Hart showed zero personality and despite playing the babyface, looked completely miserable. Hell, he made Tony Garea look like Ben Vereen by comparison. He really looked out of place.
Sgt.Slaughter tells us to donate to the restoration of the Statue of Liberty
Steve Lombardi vs. Dynamite Kid
Dynamite gets an armdrag and a shoulderblock. Slam gets two. Gutwrench suplex gets two. Double underhook suplex gets two. Backbreaker gets two. Running legdrop gets two. Kid hits a backdrop then hits a missile dropkick, kipping right up afterwards, prompting Vince to channel J.J. Evans and yell “Dy-NO-Mite.” Dynamite hits a snap suplex then goes up top and hits the flying headbutt for the win (2:36).
Thoughts: Dynamite got the crowd into this by the end. He stood out above everyone else in this company with his speed and technical ability. His first stint didn’t last long as he was gone in several weeks but he would return the following year.
Piper’s Pit with Ken Patera and Capt. Lou Albano. Patera accuses guys like Santana, Slaughter and Hogan or cheating then claims that he was jumped and says he will find whoever did this. Meltzer reported at the time that Patera was rumored to win the IC title from Santana but that did not happen.
Joe Mirto & Joe Mascara vs. Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik
Blassie is not with Sheik & Volkoff so I assume that he missed this taping. Sheik takes down Mascara and stomps away. Mascara manages to get a sunset flip for two then both men tag out. Volkoff beats on Mirto as the crowd starts a “We Want Slaughter” chant. Sheik tags and hits a waistlock suplex then tags Volkoff, who hits the backbreaker for the win as Vince goes off about how impressive it was for Volkoff to lift Mirto, who was billed at 280 lbs, above his head. (2:23)
Thoughts: Match wasn’t much but the crowd still hates these foreign heels.
Lord Alfred Hayes introduces the Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka match from the MSG show and says that it has a controversial finish.
Roddy Piper vs. Jimmy Snuka
This match is joined in progress. Snuka is mounting a comeback and eventually knocks Piper to the floor. Back inside, Snuka catches Piper with a sleeper. The crowd is going crazy for this match by the way. Piper manages to make the ropes then slides out of the ring but Snuka maintains the hold. Piper rams Snuka against the apron but gets shoved into the post. Piper grabs a chair but Snuka nails him. Piper rolls in the ring and sees that he is busted open. Snuka is punching away as Piper is bleeding. Snuka comes off the top but Piper shoves him in midair and Snuka lands throat first on the rope and h flips outside. Piper wins by countout then grabs a chair and uses it to injure Snuka’s neck. Snuka is selling like he is unconscious as the crowd is booing like crazy. The announcers are acting like Snuka might have broken his neck as the paramedics come down and carry Snuka out on a stretcher.
Thoughts: The match was really good and the ending was awesome. Snuka sold the finish, which looked clunky, like a champ and the crowd was livid with Piper. This furthered along the Piper/Snuka feud and did a mighty fine job at that.
McMahon and Sammartino comment on the last match as they speculate whether or not Snuka’s career might be over. Next week, Andre the Giant, Brutus Beefcake, Fabulous Freebirds and David Sammartino will all be in action.
Final Thoughts: A good show. It featured the Championship Wrestling debuts of Brett Hart and Dynamite Kid but most importantly, showed the Snuka vs. Piper match at MSG. That feud would remain red-hot until the end of the year. They also set up a feud between Andre and Kamala. Dynamite Kid made a really impressive debut too.
It's weird the Piper/Snuka feud never had a blowoff. IIRC, they had a few matches and it just ended.ReplyDelete
I'm sure The Iron Shiek, Nicolai Volkoff, Jamie Knoble and Cain can all sympathize with Bret on how it feels to have your name misspelled right off the batReplyDelete
At least Bret didn't mistakenly get a "champion" graphic next to his name like the one Chris Sabin got on an 2003 episode of Xplosion where "NWA World Heavyweight Champion" was placed under his name on the graphic when in reality he had the X Division title at the time.