April 19, 1974 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA

Baron Mikel Scicluna and Spiros Arion defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when Scicluna pinned Bruiser with the Fistdrop in 0:10:18.
Rating: ***

The opening match was as big of an upset as we have seen in quite some time as Baron Mikel Scicluna & Spiros Arion somehow got a win over Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. It wasn't a clean victory and involved a lot of tomfoolery, but when you look in the record books, it will say that Scicluna & Arion own a victory over the former 7-time World Tag Team champions. And with this win, as well as Scicluna's win last month in singles action, Scicluna & Arion have been granted the next title match for the tag titles on May 16 from Baltimore!

Jimmy Snuka pinned Johnny Rodz with the Superfly Splash in 0:05:45.
Rating: ** 3/4

"The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz is still searching for that first win in GCW after dropping a match to Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka tonight. Snuka has really come into his own since taking some lumps early in his career as a rookie, and now as he gets more and more experience, he looks primed to become a contender for a championship in the future.

Gorilla Monsoon made Toru Tanaka submit to the Airplane Spin in 0:04:02.
Rating: ** 1/2

Gorilla Monsoon may not be what he once was, but he is still a 400 pound monster that is a tough out for anyone. Just ask Professor Toru Tanaka, who didn't have an answer for the Manchurian Mauler. Monsoon picks up the victory to the delight of the fans in Philadelphia.

Pedro Morales defeated Don Muraco by disqualification in 0:09:27.
Rating: * 1/2

Talk about your miscarriages of justice! During this match between Don Muraco & Pedro Morales, the match degenerated into a pier six brawl when referee Danny Bartfield got caught with an errant elbow. During the brawl that ensued, Morales hit a low blow and then grabbed the ring bell from the timekeeper's table. When he got back into the ring, Muraco hit a boot to the gut and got possession of the ring bell! Unfortunately, this was when Bartfield recovered and he saw Morales down and Muraco holding the ring bell and called for the DQ. Muraco and the fans couldn't believe it as he pled his case to Bartfield, but the decision was final. To make matters worse, Morales jumped Muraco from behind and put him in the Boston Crab before BILLY ROBINSON ran down and chased him off, setting up a match between the two on May 16 in Baltimore.

Billy Graham pinned Ernie Ladd after a piledriver in 0:03:25.
Rating: ** 1/4

The relationship between Ernie Ladd & his former manager The Grand Wizard has completely fallen apart after Ladd did the right thing a few months back and saved Bobo Brazil & his son from a beating from the Heenan Family. The Grand Wizard told Ladd that he was in breach of contract and wanted Ladd to either report back to duty or pay him a hefty fee to buy out the contract. Instead, Ladd grabbed Wizard by the shirt. Enter "Superstar" Billy Graham, who left Ladd laying, hence the reason for this match. Ladd's back was still bothering him somewhat from Graham's attack on him in Landover, and the Superstar used that to his advantage to get a fairly easy win. If Ladd was 100%, this would be an entirely different ball game. Ladd is going to rehab his injury, and will have another chance against Billy Graham in Baltimore.

The Texas Outlaws (Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch) defeated Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea when Dusty Rhodes pinned DeNucci with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:04:13.
Rating: **

Dusty Rhodes & "Dirty" Dick Murdoch are wanting to get into contention for a World Tag Team Title shot, and they've been doing everything right so far. They took Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher to the limit in late 1973, and tonight they got a big win over the former champions, Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea. Rhodes & Murdoch haven't been granted their title shot yet, but if the two gruff brawlers keep this up, it's only a matter of time.

Harley Race wants some competition.

Harley Race has not been shy since coming to GCW that he feels he is a superior wrestler to anyone in GCW. Tonight he grabbed the microphone and made sure to single out World champion Ivan Koloff as running scared from him. Race ended by practically BEGGING anyone in the back to come out and give him some real competition. Race got his wish as United States champion LUKE GRAHAM answered the challenge!

Luke Graham and Harley Race battled to a double disqualification in 0:08:08.
Rating: * 3/4

If Harley Race wanted competition, he got it in spades from the US champion Luke Graham. This match was non-title due to its spontaneous nature, but I don't think that mattered much to either man as they were looking for a fight. Luke Graham has proven over the last decade that he is one of, if not the toughest man in all of wrestling, but Race showed he is just as tough by going toe-to-toe with the US champ. In the end, this one fell apart and both men were disqualified when they stopped listening to referee instructions in lieu of beating the tar out of each other. Still a lot to settle in this one, and they will try to do just that when the US Title is on the line in Baltimore.

Carlos Colon pinned Mr. Fuji with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:15:39.
Rating: *** 1/2

Just as his partner Toru Tanaka was earlier, Mr. Fuji was in singles action tonight, taking on Carlos Colon. This was a highly competitive match that showed that Mr. Fuji may have a future in the singles division one day if Tanaka & he ever go their separate ways. However, Colon is one of the finest singles competitors in the world, proving it with a hard fought victory here in Philly.

Mr. Wrestling I and Mr. Wrestling II defeated The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) when Wrestling II pinned R. Stevens with the Million Dollar Kneelift in 0:11:55.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Mr. Wrestling I and Mr. Wrestling II retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Mr. Wrestling II.]

This was a rematch that a lot of people were looking forward to, myself included. The Cripplers were looking to become 3-time World Tag Team champions in their rematch against the team that bested them for the titles, the masked duo of Mr. Wrestling I & Mr. Wrestling II. This was a hotly contested match for the most important tag team titles in the world, showing the important that having these titles means. No one knows that better than Bobby Heenan, who has seen his wallet become a little lighter since losing control of the tag titles. Heenan did his normal interfering in hopes to give his men the advantage, but the current champs had no desire to see their reign come to a halt as they found a way to pull this one out and turn away the challenge of Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel.

Brass Knux On A Pole Match:
Baron Von Raschke made Blackjack Lanza submit to the Claw in 0:11:09.
Rating: ** 1/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Baron Von Raschke.]

The feud between Baron Von Raschke & Blackjack Lanza has reached the point where GCW officials announced that this would be the last match these two had against each other for quite some time (for the safety of both men). To settle this one once and for all, for the first time in GCW history, we were going to see a Brass Knux on a Pole match. Considering how many times these two have nailed each other with brass knuckles over the past several months, it makes sense that the feud would end in such a manner. Both Raschke & Lanza are large men and they found it difficult in their early attempts to ascend the pole to get to the brass knux. They were okay with that though, as instead they focused on beating the trash out of each other. Late in the match after these two slugged it out, Lanza took the advantage when he sent Raschke into the pole that held the knux, knocking him loopy. Lanza then put Raschke down with the Blackjack Claw, but in this match, there couldn't be a winner until someone got the brass knux. With Raschke out cold, Lanza made an attempt, but he couldn't climb up the pole. Lanza sent his manager, BOBBY HEENAN up the pole as the weasel scurried up to get the knux. However, with the time that was taken to do so, Raschke had recovered and hit Lanza in the back, sending him crashing into Heenan! The brass knux went sprawling on the mat, where Raschke grabbed them. Raschke dusted Lanza in the jaw with them, knocking him senseless before putting on the Claw to officially get the win and end this blood feud once and for all.

Raschke seems to have a dark cloud surrounding him though, as for the past two years, whenever one violent feud ends, another seems to begin. Raschke literally got all of 30 seconds before his next blood feud started, as Bobby Heenan had an emergency plan in place. Before Raschke could get out of the ring, BOBBY DUNCUM nailed him in the back of the head with a cowboy boot! Raschke, already tired from his match, fell like a sack of bricks. To make matters worse, Duncum took the boot which had a spur on it and used it to carve up Raschke's forehead, leaving the burly German a bloody mess! Raschke finally received help when Duncum's opponent in the main event, World champion IVAN KOLOFF ran down to start our main event!

Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
Ivan Koloff beat Bobby Duncum 2 falls to 0:
x I. Koloff beat Duncum via a foreign object in 0:14:03
x I. Koloff beat Duncum via the Russian Sickle in 0:21:23
Rating: *** 3/4
(Ivan Koloff retained the GCW World Title.)
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Ivan Koloff.]

The main event kicked off while the medical staff was trying to help Baron Von Raschke to the back. The action was hot and heavy from the word go, and it didn't let up throughout the course of this World Title affair. Bobby Duncum had a tough row to hoe as to win the title, not only was he going to have to beat the undefeated Ivan Koloff, but he was going to have to beat him twice as this match was 2/3 falls. Duncum managed to put a hurting on Koloff in the early minutes, throwing the Russian Bear off his game with the way that the match started. Duncum took a chance and grabbed Koloff's chain while Bobby Heenan had referee Dick Kroll's attention, but Koloff wrestled the chain away from Duncum and clocked him with it, opening up a cut on his forehead and getting the first fall in the process. After the rest period, Duncum regained the advantage with a poke to the eye, but his time on the offensive would be short lived as the cut on his forehead was really pouring into his eyes, obscuring his vision. It was only a matter of time before Koloff hit the Russian Sickle and the mighty World champion retained his championship.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

We are off to the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland next on May 16 with the following matches signed, sealed, and ready to deliver!

WORLD TITLE - Ivan Koloff (c) vs. Blackjack Lanza
UNITED STATES TITLE - Luke Graham (c) vs. Harley Race
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Mr. Wrestling I/Mr. Wrestling II (c) vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna/Spiros Arion
Ernie Ladd vs. Billy Graham
Billy Robinson vs. Pedro Morales
Jimmy Snuka vs. Bobby Duncum
Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher vs. Mr. Fuji/Toru Tanaka
Don Muraco vs. Johnny Rodz

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