April 2, 1980 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

The Can-Am Strongmen (Dino Bravo and Ken Patera) defeated The Guerreros (Hector Guerrero and Mando Guerrero) when Patera made M. Guerrero submit to the Swinging Full Nelson in 0:08:15.
Rating: ** 3/4

Tag team action kicked off another tremendous night from Madison Square Garden with the Can-Am Strongmen looking to rebound against Hector & Mando Guerrero. This was a classic battle of speed vs. strength. In this case, it would be power that would win out. Mando had some momentum going on Ken Patera with some dropkicks, but the former Olympian swatted away the last dropkick. Mando crashed hard and Patera put on the Swinging Full Nelson. Hector tried to intervene, but Bravo cut him off with a kneelift before he could get into the ring. Mando held on for over 30 seconds, but Patera's strength forced Mando to submit.

Terry Funk defeated Austin Idol when Austin Idol passed out in the Spinning Toe Hold in 0:08:44.
Rating: ** 1/4

Terry Funk gave Austin Idol one hell of a scare in Lowell when he chased him to the locker room with his branding iron. The Universal Heartthrob had to wrestle the Funker tonight, and you could tell he was always wary of the branding iron sitting at ringside, not knowing if the unstable Funk would go for it or not. Idol got his licks in, but he was clearly hesitant during the contest, and Funk ate him up. If that wasn't bad enough for Idol, Funk hit Idol with the branding iron anyway behind the referee's back before putting him in the Spinning Toe Hold to get the official win. After the match, Funk grabbed the microphone and got right in Idol's face, demanding that Idol toughen up or he is going to destroy him. It remains to be seen if Idol takes these words to heart.

Don Muraco pinned Victor Rivera with the Tombstone in 0:01:33.
Rating: * 1/2

Don Muraco may not be in the finals of the Intercontinental Title Tournament like he wanted to be, and he took that out on Victor Rivera. Rivera never got a chance to get out of the blocks before Muraco was all over him. The Tombstone put Rivera out for the count.

Manny Fernandez and Dusty Rhodes battled to a double disqualification in 0:05:51.
Rating: **

Manny Fernandez has worked his way onto the GCW roster, but he is blaming his former friend Dusty Rhodes for it taking so long. Well Fernandez is here and he has put his sights on the American Dream, trying to get even for the months of perceived slight he feels that Rhodes gave him. Rhodes tried to talk some sense into his former friend at the start, but the Ragin' Bull made it crystal clear that he didn't want to talk - he wanted to fight. Rhodes has zero qualms about going toe-to-toe with anybody and brought the fight to Fernandez. It was only a matter of time before this one couldn't be controlled by referee Willie Webber. When Rhodes & Fernandez stopped listening to his instructions, Webber's had no choice but to rule this a double disqualification. It took officials several minutes to pull these men apart. There will be no pull aparts in Hartford as Rhodes and Fernandez have agreed to meet in a TEXAS BULLROPE MATCH!

Jimmy Snuka joins forces with Freddie Blassie?

We had an interview segment next with Jimmy Snuka, and he shocked everyone by coming down to the ring with "CLASSY" FREDDIE BLASSIE! Snuka & Blassie (flanked by Blassie's charges Don Muraco & Ivan Koloff) left the crowd with their jaws on the floor. Could the Superfly seriously be linked with Blassie? Blassie grabbed the mic and said that he managed to get Snuka to see the light, that the reason he has never been World champion is because of the fans, and more importantly, because of people like Bob Backlund holding him down for their own personal gain. Snuka added that he appreciated what Backlund had done for him as his friend, but taking on Blassie as a manager was strictly a business decision to take him to that next level.

This is when BOB BACKLUND came into the picture. Backlund told Snuka he was making a huge mistake and that Blassie was a virus. Backlund told Snuka he knew he was frustrated and that he wanted to have a championship reign, but going with Blassie was NOT the way to do it, citing that is it really a reign you can be proud of if it is dirty? Backlund reiterated to Snuka that he is his best friend and that wasn't going to change. Blassie interrupted and told Backlund he was the reason Snuka couldn't win the big one, rubbing the fact that he is the World champion in the Superfly's face every chance he could. Backlund retorted by saying that was a blatant lie, to which Blassie responded that no one calls him a liar and sent Muraco & Koloff to attack Backlund! Backlund was getting beat down 2-on-1 while Snuka stood by. Finally it was too much to bear and Snuka intervened by tossing Muraco & Koloff out of the ring. Thankfully it appears that Snuka is back to his senses. Snuka will team with Backlund to take on Muraco & Koloff in our main event in Hartford.

The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) defeated Tito Santana and Ivan Putski when Sika pinned I. Putski with the Samoan Drop in 0:14:43.
Rating: * 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Tito Santana.]
[Lou Albano interfered against Ivan Putski.]

Captain Lou Albano assured everyone in attendance before this match that both the Wild Samoans and himself are still fully on the side of goods and with the fans, but their matches as of late have shown otherwise. Tonight was more of the same nefarious acts from Afa & Sika, and even from Albano, as the Samoans took on Tito Santana & Ivan Putski. It was obvious to everyone that Albano was instructing Afa & Sika to cheat whenever they could, but Albano still insisted they were the good guys, slapping high fives with fans in between cheap shots to Santana & Putski. Santana & Putski tried to fight past it, but the Samoans are difficult enough to defeat, let alone when they're cheating left and right. Albano "accidentally" tripped Putski which led to Sika hitting the Samoan Drop to get the win. This story is getting strange, and it only got stranger later on in the show.

Stan Hansen pinned Chavo Guerrero after a gutwrench suplex in 0:09:10.
Rating: * 3/4

You have to admire the gumption of Chavo Guerrero. He's a great athlete, but against Stan Hansen, he was completely outmatched. But still it remains that Chavo defeated Hansen for the Intercontinental Title and he hasn't backed down from this fight. Hell, Chavo knows first hand what Hansen is capable of when he injured him right after he won the title, but Chavo still came into this match a house of fire. We couldn't believe it but it looked like Chavo was about to pull off another huge upset, getting a 2 7/8 count after a flying sunset flip. Hansen cut him off though with a powerslam after catching Chavo during a cross-body block attempt. From there, Hansen put the hammer down on Chavo before pinning him after a big gutwrench suplex. He didn't get the win, but you have to give Chavo all the credit in the world for standing up to the burly Texan. And by the looks of it, it looks like Chavo earned Hansen's respect too as the Lariat shot him a nod as he left the ring.

Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Ric Flair when Flair passed out in a sleeperhold in 0:13:51.
Rating: ***

Ric Flair just doesn't know when to stop. If Flair could just keep his mouth shut, his issues with new referee Dick Woehrle would be water under the bridge and he can get back to trying to win matches. Instead, Flair can't leave well enough alone and was once again jawing with Woehrle the entire match. For starters, that's a horrible display of strategy because his opponent was the former 2-time World Heavyweight champion Jumbo Tsuruta, a man who is extremely difficult to defeat when you're completely focused. Flair fared well against Jumbo, but he couldn't put Jumbo away because any time he had the advantage, the Nature Boy would try to intimidate Woehrle. The situation once again got physical after Flair had Jumbo locked in the Figure-Four Leglock. Jumbo was in trouble, but after nearly a minute in the hold, he got to the ropes. Flair was absolutely convinced Jumbo had given up and brought this up to Woehrle, who assured the Nature Boy that he hadn't. Flair wouldn't be convinced otherwise and shoved Woehrle into the turnbuckle and had a hold of his shirt, threatening to knock him out if he didn't declare him the winner. Luckily for Woehrle, Jumbo was back up and put Flair in a sleeperhold! Flair struggled to get away as Jumbo locked the hold on deep. Flair made his way over and grabbed a hold of the top rope, but Woehrle kicked his hand right off! Jumbo locked the hold in even tighter and Flair passed out to give Jumbo the win. Woehrle would later apologize to President Hisashi Shinma and even to Ric Flair himself for his unprofessional behavior and no action will be taken against him. Hopefully Flair will drop this now and can move on.

Match for the vacant GCW Intercontinental Title:
Roddy Piper pinned Larry Zbyszko after a cross-body block in 0:25:49.
Rating: ****
(Roddy Piper won the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

We didn't know who it was going to be, but we could guarantee that by the end of this match, we were going to see the crowning of a new Intercontinental champion. It would be Roddy Piper or Larry Zbyszko, two men who have never won a singles championship in their GCW careers (Zbyszko does have a tag title reign under his belt). A clash of styles, but it was a great match none the less. Everyone thought that Zbyszko would try to wrestle Piper on the mat, because for all of Piper's great qualities, mat wrestling is not at the top of his skill set. But instead, Zbyszko was willing to go punch for punch with the Rowdy Scot, proving that his newly taken of The Cruncher is on the nose. These two lions are hungry, and this match showed how they are the future of wrestling. For over 25 minutes, these two tore into each other like animals and more impressively, kept coming back for more. It looked like Zbyszko hit the final shot when he drilled Piper with the Shoulderbreaker. The Cruncher covered, but Piper was too close to the ropes and got his foot over the bottom one. Zbyszko lost his focus as he thought he had 3, and gave Piper too much time to recuperate. Zbyszko set Piper up for a back suplex, but the rowdy one turned it into a cross-body block in mid-air and got the 1-2-3! Roddy Piper is your new Intercontinental champion! The Garden exploded with cheers as Piper was presented with his first championship. It was a great match that could have went either way, but in the end, this was Piper's night.

Gorilla Monsoon and Pedro Morales defeated Paul Jones' Army (Paul Jones and The Masked Superstar) when Morales pinned Superstar after a crucifix in 0:20:54.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Gorilla Monsoon and Pedro Morales retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales, as World Tag Team champions, always have competitors coming at them full blast to dethrone them, but none have been more adament about it than Paul Jones' Army. Paul Jones made his first mission in GCW to end the career of Gorilla Monsoon, and if he & The Masked Superstar could win the tag titles in our main event, he would do just that. The atmosphere was electric as both these teams are undefeated and something had to give. With Monsoon's career always being on the line in these title defenses, it's easy to overlook that he has a fantastic partner in Pedro Morales, the man who has held more championships than any man in GCW history. This is a team, not an individual championship, and Morales has more than held up his end of the bargain. Still, Paul Jones' Army has been unstoppable since coming to GCW, and many felt this match was theirs to win. Morales showed that he may be getting a little long in the tooth, but he is as crafty as he's ever been when he surprised The Masked Superstar with a crucifix after reversing a clothesline to get the flash pin! Paul Jones went ballistic as Monsoon & Morales were presented the titles. Jones & Superstar were joined by AUSTIN IDOL in the ring and they laid down a beating to the champs. That is, until THE WILD SAMOANS surprised everyone and made the save for the champs! Monsoon & Morales looked wary of Albano and his men, but appreciative of the save. We learned that on May 7, Monsoon & Morales will team with the Samoans in an 8-man tag team match against Paul Jones, The Masked Superstar, Austin Idol, and a partner to be named!

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

It's always exciting when GCW debuts in a new arena, and that's exactly what will happen on May 7! We will be in Connecticut in the Hartford Civic Center and we are going in with a bang!

MAIN EVENT - Bob Backlund/Jimmy Snuka vs. Ivan Koloff/Don Muraco
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Roddy Piper (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero
TEXAS BULLROPE MATCH - Dusty Rhodes vs. Manny Fernandez
Gorilla Monsoon/Pedro Morales/The Wild Samoans vs. Paul Jones/The Masked Superstar/Austin Idol/TBA

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