April 15, 1978 - Cobo Arena - Detroit, MI

Stan Hansen pinned Pat Patterson with the Lariat in 0:17:01.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Stan Hansen retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

We were happy to be back in Detroit at the Cobo Arena, and even though it was Tax Day, we were determined not to let that get anyone down and bring great GCW wrestling to you! The show kicked off with the Intercontinental Title on the line with Stan Hansen defending against Pat Patterson. Hansen had his hands full with Patterson the last time they wrestled and he walked out of the match for a countout loss, but he was better prepared to fight this time around. That being said, Patterson is a veteran of the ring and a former champion, and he wanted to get his hands on the IC Title for a second time. Hansen was on the ropes as Patterson is a brawler who can take it to anyone, but to Hansen's credit, he dished it right back until catching Patterson with the Lariat out of nowhere to retain the gold. A hard-hitting way to get the night started.

Dino Bravo pinned Tim Woods with the Side Suplex in 0:06:00.
Rating: *** 3/4

Having had much success in the tag team division, Dino Bravo has decided to try his hand in the singles division. He officially kicked off his singles career on a good note by getting a win over Tim Woods with the Side Suplex. Bravo has a way to go before he climbs the ladder in the singles division, but he has the skill set to make it happen.

Larry Zbyszko pinned Peter Maivia with the Shoulderbreaker in 0:10:23.
Rating: ***

Not to be outdone, Bravo's former partner Larry Zbyszko was looking to get back on track after Bravo defeated him in the Chicago Streetfight last month to end their bloody feud. Zbyszko took on veteran Peter Maivia, and though the High Chief had the experience edge, he had trouble handling Zbyszko's youth and conditioning. Zbyszko focused on Maivia's left shoulder, working it over enough that the Shoulderbreaker would be enough to put this one in the books.

Don Muraco, Great Kabuki and Ivan Koloff defeated Chief Jay Strongbow, Billy White Wolf and Dusty Rhodes when I. Koloff pinned Strongbow with the Russian Sickle in 0:12:48.
Rating: ** 1/2

Dusty Rhodes partnered with Chief Jay Strongbow & Billy White Wolf to take on Freddie Blassie's crew of Great Kabuki, Don Muraco, and the newest acquisition, Ivan Koloff. The fans are still in shock that after everything the American Dream did for him that Koloff would turn on him like he did, but it goes to show that old feelings die hard. Rhodes was almost salivating to get his hands on Koloff, and Blassie used this to his advantage as he made sure his team kept the Russian Bear out of the ring when Rhodes was. This frustration led to Rhodes not being the best of partners as ultimately Koloff would win for his team by hitting the Russian Sickle on Strongbow while Muraco & Kabuki had Rhodes & Wolf occupied. Rumor has it that at our next show on May 7 from the Spectrum in Philly, the Dream will have a challenge to issue to Koloff.

Gorilla Monsoon and Mike Graham defeated The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) when Graham pinned Mulligan after a fisherman suplex in 0:07:32.
Rating: ** 1/2

The Blackjacks came out without Bobby Heenan, who apparently is taking a leave of absence from his managerial duties in GCW. This was the first match that Lanza & Mulligan were on their own, and they looked completely out of sorts against Gorilla Monsoon & Mike Graham. The Blackjacks are former 2-time tag champions, and they looked like overmatched rookies in this match. Monsoon & Graham pick up a huge win over the former champions. If the Blackjacks are going to be on their own now, they need to figure out how to stay competitive.

Bobby Duncum pinned Mr. Wrestling II after a jawbreaker in 0:05:12.
Rating: ***

Bobby Duncum was sporting a black eye from his match with Bruiser Brody two weeks ago, but it didn't effect him much in his victory over Mr. Wrestling II. After the match, Duncum got on the microphone and said that he wanted gold around his waist.

The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) and The Gunslingers (Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk) battled to a no contest in 0:04:00.
Rating: *** 1/2
(The Gunslingers retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Funks and the Briscos were at it again, this a rivalry that only seems to get more heated as time goes on. This match hardly even got a chance to get going before it degenerated into an all-out brawl. Referee John Stanley had both teams on a short leash and called for the bell when both sets of brothers stopped listening to his instructions. Stan Hansen came down to join the fray, which brought out Pat Patterson to even the score. It took a lot of officials to break this up, but once order was restored, it was announced that there will be a 6-man tag match on May 7 between these men.

Jumbo Tsuruta, Bob Backlund and Pedro Morales defeated Harley Race, Ric Flair and Roddy Piper when Backlund made Race submit to a sleeperhold in 0:30:44.
Rating: **** 1/4

For our main event, Bob Backlund & Jumbo Tsuruta promised to have a mystery partner to help them in their battle against the World champion Harley Race and his two proteges, Ric Flair & Roddy Piper. Race and his boys looked so smug about this match until the mystery wrestler was announced as GCW legend PEDRO MORALES! Morales is back in GCW, and as a former World, United States, and World Tag Team champion, I can't think of any better partner that Backlund & Tsuruta could have picked. This was an interesting match to watch on several levels. For starters, we wondered how Morales would look after his absence from GCW and the answer was, he looked great, like he hadn't missed a step. Secondly, though they have very much made their presence felt, this was the first official in-ring action for both Flair & Piper. To be associated with Race, you know they had to be highly skilled, and this match proved that to be the case. They're two extremely talented individuals, and with the teachings of the World champion, I have no doubts that they will become huge stars in this sport.

If Backlund didn't have a case for a World Title match before, he most certainly has one after this match. Morales turned out to be an excellent choice for a partner, as he along with Jumbo served to neutralize Flair & Piper as Backlund caught Race in a sleeperhold. Race fought for his life to escape the hold, but Backlund prevented him from getting to the ropes. Backlund would put Race to sleep and get a huge victory over the World champ! If this doesn't put him in line for a title match, I don't know what does!

Card rating: *** 1/4

Match observations:

A press release was issued after the show announcing a huge event that's coming up this summer. On June 14, we will make our debut in Puerto Rico! That's right, for the first time ever, GCW will eminate from Roberto Clemente Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico! Not only that, but the main event has already been announced. World champion Harley Race will defend his championship against Puerto Rican legend CARLOS COLON! This is a huge main event, and with all of Puerto Rico firmly behind Race, we could see a new World champion.

But before we get there, we make a couple offer stops, starting with the Spectrum in Philly on May 7! Here's what we know is set to take place for sure:

WORLD TITLE - Harley Race (c) vs. Pedro Morales
The Brisco Brothers/Pat Patterson vs. The Gunslingers
Bob Backlund vs. Roddy Piper
Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Ric Flair
Chief Jay Strongbow/Billy White Wolf vs. Great Kabuki/Don Muraco
Gorilla Monsoon/Mike Graham vs. The Blackjacks

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