April 16, 1977 - Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY

Dominic DeNucci and Dino Bravo defeated The Russians (Ivan Koloff and Nikolai Volkoff) when Bravo defeated I. Koloff by disqualification in 0:11:25.
Rating: * 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Dominic DeNucci.]

Dino Bravo has found his new tag team partner in GCW tag team legend, Dominic DeNucci, and they have already ruffled the feather of Lou Albano and the Russians. The Captain had a purpose tonight, and it wasn't for Ivan Koloff & Nikolai Volkoff to win - it was to teach Bravo & DeNucci a lesson. Albano and his cane made sure that happened. As it looked like Bravo & DeNucci might pull off another win, Albano got in the ring and blasted Bravo in the back of the head with his wooden cane for the disqualification. Koloff & Volkoff left Bravo & DeNucci lying in a heap, message clearly sent. Bravo & DeNucci were not happy, and they want some payback, not just against the Russians, but against Albano too! They have challenged the Russians & Albano to a handicap match on May 3, our debut in Albany, NY!

Interview:
Luke Graham still wants the tag match against Bruiser Brody & The Grand Wizard.

Luke Graham was out for an interview and he was as pissed off as ever. Graham said that he would stop at nothing to get his hands on both Bruiser Brody & The Grand Wizard. This brought out Brody & the Wizard, and they told him that Luke needs to stop this madness. Because if he didn't, Mike Graham was going to get another vicious beating. Luke said that was fine, because he had another partner in mind. The Grand Wizard was so anxious to accept, telling Luke he knew nobody was stupid enough to team with "Crazy Luke." The match is on for May 3, and as an added stipulation, The Grand Wizard agreed that if Graham and his partner can somehow win, he would take on Luke Graham one-on-one! The Wizard better have a plan, because that sounds like suicide if you ask me.

Interview:
Tim Woods explains his reuniting with Mr. Wrestling II.

Before our next grudge match, Tim Woods & Mr. Wrestling II had an interview. Woods said a lot of people have been asking why he reunited with Wrestling II considering they ended on horrible terms a few years back. Woods said that Wrestling II helped him see the light, that they were being disrespected by everyone - not just the fans, but by the other wrestlers in GCW. Wrestling II added that the Briscos removing Woods' mask is the ultimate form of disrespect, and he was back to put the Briscos in their place.

Tim Woods and Mr. Wrestling II defeated The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) when T. Woods defeated Jerry Brisco when Jerry Brisco passed out in the Sleeperhold in 0:24:12.
Rating: *** 3/4

What a misjustice we saw in this match! The tempers were flaring as the Briscos took on the overly angry Tim Woods & Mr. Wrestling II, and Woods & II showed what levels they will stoop to to get some revenge. The match was phenomenal, being very emotionally charged and featuring some great wrestling. As the match was coming to a close, it looked like the Briscos had victory within their grasp as Jerry Brisco had Wrestling II in the Figure-Four Leglock. Referee Willie Webber was on the outside checking on Jack Brisco who had taken a nasty fall to the floor, allowing Woods to slip on a mask and attack Jerry! Woods now looked like Mr. Wrestling II, and he rolled the real II out of the ring and locked Jerry in the Sleeperhold. Jerry had no means of escape, and Webber jumped back in the ring when he saw the hold and called for the bell as Jerry was unconscious. Woods & II are common thieves. This one is surely far from over.

[STREETFIGHT]: No-Countout-No-DQ-Match:
Jimmy Snuka pinned Don Muraco with the Superfly Splash in 0:21:12.
Rating: *** 1/2

Jimmy Snuka's goal right now is the Intercontinental Title, but first, he had a score to settle with Don Muraco. And what better way to settle a score than in a streetfight! Snuka unlocked something deep within himself for this battle, an inner anger we hadn't seen much from him up to this point. The Superfly showed that he's not a man you should cross, taking Muraco to task turning on him. Muraco wasn't going to go quietly, using his power to put a hurting on Snuka. But this match belonged to the Superfly. Snuka's face was bloodied, but it didn't stop him from hitting the Superfly Splash and getting the 1-2-3. Snuka now looks to get his shot at the IC Title.

[WINNER RECEIVES WORLD TITLE SHOT ON 5/3/77]: 20-Man Battle Royal:
Billy Graham won a 20-man Battle Royal:
x Lanza threw out L. Graham in 0:01:20
x B. Graham threw out Monsoon in 0:01:31
x B. Graham threw out Maivia in 0:03:18
x Goulet threw out D. Funk Jr. in 0:07:27
x Duncum threw out Hansen in 0:08:50
x T. Funk threw out J. Snuka in 0:10:09
x Rodz threw out M. Graham in 0:12:28
x Goulet threw out Garea in 0:15:07
x Brody threw out Ho in 0:19:10
x B. Graham threw out Duncum after a low blow in 0:22:14
x T. Funk threw out Rodz in 0:25:05
x B. Graham threw out Backlund in 0:28:47
x Goulet threw out Mulligan after a duck-down move in 0:31:17
x Brody threw out Lanza in 0:32:14
x Dusty Rhodes threw out T. Funk in 0:34:05
x Goulet threw out Matsuda in 0:35:25
x B. Graham threw out Brody in 0:37:09
x Dusty Rhodes threw out Goulet in 0:38:35
x B. Graham threw out Dusty Rhodes in 0:40:58
Rating: *** 1/2

Our show had one more match, and that was a big battle royal. Twenty of the top wrestlers in Global Championship Wrestling competed to earn a shot at the World Title on May 3 at our debut in Albany. There were some major stories that took place in this match. First off, we saw the return of "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes in this battle royal, and he did quite well for himself. The eliminations started with Luke Graham, surprisingly enough. Blackjack Lanza was able to dump him thanks to a distraction from The Grand Wizard.

Another important thing coming from this match was the GCW debut of Rene Goulet, who had a great performance on his first night in GCW by eliminating four competitors. It is also important to mention that IC champion Terry Funk eliminated his biggest challenger, Jimmy Snuka. Snuka was still suffering the ill effects from his streetfight with Don Muraco, and Funk took advantage of this.

The final four wrestlers in the ring were Dusty Rhodes, Rene Goulet, Billy Graham, & Bruiser Brody. It looked like a bad situation for Rhodes as the other 3 appeared to be joining forces, but that went out the window when the Superstar surprised Brody and tossed him over the top! From there, the match was a free-for-all. Goulet's chance for a dream debut came to an end as Rhodes dumped him to the floor with a backdrop. Rhodes was on fire, and the crowd was firmly behind him as they wanted to see his return from injury lead to a World Title match. Unfortunately, the American Dream would fall just short. He thought he had won when he got Graham over the top, but didn't realize that the Superstar had hooked the ropes. Rhodes had turned his back, and didn't see Graham get back into the ring to dump him out.

"Superstar" Billy Graham will meet Jumbo Tsuruta for the World Heavyweight Title on May 3!

Card rating: *** 1/2

Match observations:

It is always exciting when we debut in a new city, and we will get that chance on May 3 as we crash the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, NY! Here is what we have lined up so far:

WORLD TITLE - Jumbo Tsuruta (c) vs. Billy Graham
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Terry Funk (c) vs. Jimmy Snuka
Luke Graham/Mystery Partner vs. Bruiser Brody/The Grand Wizard
HANDICAP MATCH - Dino Bravo/Dominic DeNucci vs. The Russians/Lou Albano
Bobby Duncum vs. Stan Hansen
The Brisco Brothers vs. Tim Woods/Mr. Wrestling II

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