January 23, 1984
From Wrestling with Theology
World Wrestling Federation
Champions at the time:
- World Heavyweight champion: Iron Sheik
- World Tag Team champions: Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas
- Intercontinental Heavyweight champion: Don Muraco
The video title purports to be the "Birth of Hulkamania". Enter then my least favorite wrestler/gimmick. This monthly card from Madison Square Garden on the MSG Network has potential to be a great one.
- Jose Luis Rivera vs Tony Garea: While the commentary during the match goes on to discuss the rest of the card, the match is a very scientific encounter.
- Invaders vs Mr. Fuji & Tiger Chung Lee: Great tag team match between the great Puerto Rican masked wrestlers and the Asian wrestlers who enjoy inflicting pain. Quite a long match (in my opinion), but it showed the evenness of much of the tag team division in the WWF in 1984.
- Masked Superstar vs Chief Jay Strongbow: Bill Eadie was always an awesome wrestler. Strongbow was the northern (New England) version of Wahoo McDaniel. People have argued which one was the better. They apparently had a couple matches in the mid-1970s, but I'm not sure either was quite in their prime yet.
- Ivan Putski vs Sgt. Slaughter: Slow start to the match as both begin their psychological battle. Once it got started, both powerhouses showed what they were capable of.
- Paul Orndorff vs Salvatore Bellomo: Both men have a good match.
- Intercontinental Title Match: Don Muraco (c) vs Tito Santana: Muraco has held the title for one year at this point. Both men showed their intense rivalry over the belt in the early 1980s. Santana and Muraco was probably the fourth greatest WWF rivalry in the 1980s:
- Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant
- Don Muraco vs Jimmy Snuka
- Tito Santana vs Greg Valentine
- Tito Santana vs Don Muraco
- Midget Tag Team Match: Best-of-3 Falls Match: Dana Carpenter & Poncho Boy vs Tiger Jackson & The Haiti Kid: The midgets are always entertaining to watch. Unfortunately, that entertainment usually meant them being treated like a circus side show in the 1990s. Before that, they were very proficient wrestlers and worthy of their time in the ring. Little Tokyo was considered the NWA World Midgets' champion at the time. A bit of controversy, as far as Gorilla Monsoon and Pat Patterson were concerned, at the end of the match.
- World Heavyweight Title Match: Iron Sheik (c) vs Hulk Hogan: Hulk Hogan gets his first World title (I think first title ever) in this match. Has history taught us that Verne Gagne was actually smart in not giving him the AWA World Heavyweight Title in his multiple matches against Nick Bockwinkel. As his popularity increased, so also did his creative control of his character and eventually the promotions. Fun to see Andre the Giant, Rocky Johnson and Ivan Putski shower Hogan and Okerlund with champagne.
- Rene Goulet vs Jimmy Snuka: Good match between these guys. Goulet was a bit overlooked over his career. Snuka should have had a World title reign. The match was good, but of the match was rather similar to almost every other Snuka match. Maybe that's why he didn't get that World title.
- Six-Man Tag Team Match: Andre the Giant, Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas vs Wild Samoans (Afa, Sika & Samula): Quick match once Andre gets into the ring. Although the Wild Samoans had been a dominant tag team for most of a decade, their age was getting to them. Samula had to begin taking up the slack. Rikishi Fatu would soon take his place among them as well.