Friday, October 18, 2013

WWWF MSG 8-29-1977

 After a long lay-off, I am back with more WWWF action, this time with gifs!

Chief Peter Maivia v. Stan Stasiak-Ref Terry Terranova
These two wrestled a few times in 1977 prior to this match including in Pittsburgh and at the Boston Gardens.  Maivia is interviewed by Vince and he said it was an honor to wrestle in MSG and to get the chance to represent his people.  He would like to appear more in MSG in the future.  Stasiak's robe was unbelievable. 

Stasiak had no idea how to take on Maivia in the beginning and he kept stalling.  Apparently, it took Maivia four days to complete his tattoos and he almost died from lead poisoning.  Maivia countered a wrist lock by lifting Stan up into the ropes and smacking his keyster (not my words on that term).  Maivia had Stasiak in an arm bar and Stan proved why he was The Man by kipping up.  It only took one shot to the face for Stan to gain control and he then went to town with hard shots to the back that leveled the Chief.  Stan put on a bearhug and Vince was surprised by this because Stasiak is not the strongest guy in the world.  Comeback time for Maivia and the place loved it.  Good selling and bumping by Stasiak as he made Maivia look great.  He shut him down with a gut shot and tried a heart punch that was blocked and Stan went flying to the outside apron.  Maivia followed, they brawled, and Stasiak attempted another heart punch but missed and hit the post.  He was counted out as Maivia got back in the ring.  Maivia still wanted to fight but Stan backed off.

Baron Mikel Scicluna/George Steele v. Tony Garea/Larry Zbyszko-2 of 3 falls, ref Al Nass

    Back on August 1, Steele teamed with Stan Stasiak to fight Garea and Zbyszko.  Garea got destroyed in that match and he got the same treatment here.  This whole thing was just one big heat segment on Garea.  Baron and Steele got control early and double-teamed the hell out of Garea and Zbyszko.  Steele exposed two turnbuckles and was using a foreign object to the throat.  Larry and Garea looked like a bunch of geeks out there.  Steele eventually shoved the ref and got disqualified for the first fall.  This ref was a total moron and let the heels gang up on Garea as he fixated himself on Zbyszko and making sure he got set straight.  For some reason, Garea started the second fall and got shut down.  He eventually made the hot tag and Larry came in briefly and then held the Baron, tagged Garea who came off the top on Scicluna with a sunset flip and got the win.  Everyone brawled for a few minutes after the match.  Not the greatest match.

Ignore the beginning

Ivan Putski v. “Superstar” Billy Graham w/The Grand Wizard-WWWF Title Match-Ref Terry Terranova

    I am not totally sure Ivan took more than three bumps in this match but it was still a good match.  This really shows you that one does not need to bump around through an entire match to tell a good story.  That is probably the moral of most older matches of this era for the WWWF.  Of course, a match like this might not work in 2013 unless both guys were very hot.  MSG in 1977 loved Ivan and hated Graham and sat through several long rest holds.  Superstar sold his ass off and bumped wildly for  Ivan's big stuff.  I am really not a big Putski fan but I liked this match.  Vince interviewed Graham about his mixed reactions and Graham embraced them.  He said he would defend the title anywhere, and against anyone. 

Graham and Ivan fought four times prior to this in 1977.  Putski started fast and was destroying Graham with shots and sent Graham outside.  Graham got back in and slowed things down to his pace with a neck and arm hold.  Graham knew he had to bring Putski back to his pace and dry out his momentum.  Ivan reversed this with his own neck hold and Graham broke it with an eye rake.  Graham charged at Putski twice with a should block but could not knock him down.  He tried again but met a Polish Hammer and the crowd erupted as Superstar sold like a beast.  Ivan was on him but the ref broke one of his holds and he took his eyes off of Graham for a second and paid for it.  Graham locked in a long full nelson.  Ivan countered this with his own full nelson and he got Superstar down to the mat with it.  Vince suggested he hook a half nelson and go for the pin.  Graham got a rope break, Putski choked him but got an eye rake in response.  Superstar put him in a bearhug that Ivan had trouble breaking.  Finally, he rammed Graham into the corner and put Graham in a bearhug.  The visual of this was nice with the much taller Graham dwarfing Putski.  Another Graham eye rake broke this but Ivan was not done.  Putski hit a should block and went for another one that the champ saw coming.  Graham back dropped him outside and Putski was counted out.  Graham celebrated and did not care how he won as long as he won.  This match is available on the WWE Superstar Billy Graham commercial DVD release.


Vince did mention that Ivan spent part of his life in concentration camps, not sure if that was true.  He would have been very, very young, if so.  From what I have gathered, his parents were in labor camps and they moved to the US when Ivan was young.  If anyone can confirm this or shed some light, shoot me an e-mail.

Verne Gagne v. Nikolai Volkoff

    Verne schooled him for the entire match.  Also, this was his first match with WWWF for over two years.  Nikolai rushed in several times but Verne dodged and took him down.  Verne used ground wrestling to work on his leg and arm and it was not very fun to watch.  Nikolai was great when he would get some offense in, mostly hard power strikes that Verne would actually sell initially.  Nikolai would scream as he was about to strike.  Vince said Verne proved you do not have to be 6'8” and weigh 340 pounds to be a pro wrestler.  It is all about technique.  Verne landed one dropkick but Nikolai saw a second one coming and blocked it.  He went for a powerslam that was reversed into a headscissors roll-up for the win.  Pretty boring match and very one-sided.

Bruno Sammartino w/Arnold Skaaland v. Ken Patera w/Capt. Lou Albano-Texas Death Match-Ref Terry Terranova

    This match was the blow-off for their feud that started with Patera's MSG debut on January 17.  They also fought in another Texas Death Match on February 7.  This feud lasted four matches at MSG in 1977 with Patera only winning one match (1-17-77).  It was hard for Patera to get much going as Bruno was very aggressive in this one.  Bruno was hammering on him early, even choking him with his boots before Patera rolled out for a breather.  This did not work as Bruno delivered a dropkick and Ken went flying back out only to have Bruno follow him and smash him.  Ken was back in and Bruno targeted his lower back with knees and then a camel clutch-esque chin lock was administered.  Patera got some kicks in and yelled “get up boy” twice at Bruno.  Both athletes end up colliding and Patera missed a punch and Bruno went back on the attack.  Bruno power slammed him, gave him an atomic drop, and then a back drop but could not pin Patera.  By this point, Patera was desperate and went for a low blow as Vince pointed out that he was just reaching for the abdominal area.  He choked Bruno, slammed him, and tried to pin him but Sammartino pressed out decisively.  They began trading blows with Bruno winning out and Patera ended up on the apron.  Patera put on the full nelson but Bruno dragged him over the top rope and into the ring.  The full nelson was re-applied and Bruno kicked the corner and managed to pin Patera.  Ken was angry and tried to attack Bruno but he got ran off very easily.  This was a pretty fun match and it was nice to see Bruno get aggressive with Patera.


“Chief” Jay Strongbow v. Mr. Fuji w/Professor Tanaka and Fred Blassie-Ref Al Nass
    This match was a total disaster and one of the worst matches I have seen in a while.  Strongbow got attacked early by Fuji and Blassie.  Then, Strongbow got a couple moves in and Fuji put on a pec/chest nerve hold for the majority of the match.  He grabbed Jay's pecs and Jay sold this in extreme pain.  Yeah.  The curfew was reached and the match was stopped, the end.
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