April 30, 1976 - Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, ON, CA

Bobby Duncum pinned Don Muraco with the Full Nelson Slam in 0:06:31.
Rating: ** 3/4

Bobby Duncum is waiting to see who will get the next title shot at his Intercontinental gold, but he didn't want to get rusty and took a non-title match against Don Muraco. Muraco mounted some early offense, but Duncum is at the peak of his career and isn't about to lose right before an important title defense. Muraco ate the Full Nelson Slam and that was that.

Luke Graham pinned Johnny Rodz with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:03:25.
Rating: **

Luke Graham is still fuming over not being a tag team champion right now, and poor Johnny Rodz took the punishment for it. Luke was all over him so fast that Rodz didn't even have a chance to be unpredictable. After a lot of unnecessary punishment, Graham mercifully put Rodz away with the Thumb to the Throat.

The Dirtbags (Dick Murdoch and Stan Hansen) defeated Dean Ho and Tony Garea when Murdoch pinned Garea with the Gourdbuster in 0:08:15.
Rating: *** 1/4

Dean Ho & Tony Garea and the Dirtbags are developing a bit of a rivalry as the two newish teams are looking to establish their place in the pecking order. Ho & Garea would once again come up just short when Dick Murdoch planeted Garea with his Gourdbuster to pick up the duke. Both of these teams are starting to show they could be future opponents for Larry Zbyszko & Dino Bravo.

Hiro Matsuda pinned Sgt. Slaughter after a lariat in 0:09:59.
Rating: ****

The rookie Sgt. Slaughter has learned a lot under the wing of Gorilla Monsoon, but his match tonight with Hiro Matsuda showed that he still has a ways to go. Matsuda is a veteran of GCW rings, and with Bobby Heenan in his corner, an always dangerous foe. Slaughter learned that firsthand here, unable to figure out Matsuda's martial arts offense or cope with Heenan's distraction. A tough loss, but a sure learning experience for the young military man.

Mr. Wrestling I and Jack Brisco battled to a double disqualification in 0:12:01.
Rating: ** 3/4

Mr. Wrestling I has shown exactly what type of person he really is, and that is a piece of trash. Jack Brisco was the unfortunate victim of I's unveiling of his true colors, and the proud Native American was PISSED. Though these two are noted as amongst the best technical wrestlers in the world today, you wouldn't know it by this match as it broke down into a brawl in short order. The match continued to spiral out of control before referee Terry Taranova simply threw it out, ending it in a double disqualification. With the intensity of this feud brewing, it has been decided that these two will meet in New York on May 27 in an I QUIT MATCH!

The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) defeated Ernie Ladd and Pedro Morales when Lanza pinned Ernie Ladd after a short lariat in 0:09:55.
Rating: ***

Pedro Morales had backup with him in his battles against the Blackjacks this time, and it's hard to imagine a tougher partner than Ernie Ladd, another one of GCW's original competitors still active (the other being Gorilla Monsoon). Morales & Ladd are going to stand toe-to-toe with anybody, but as a team, they were lacking that all important chemistry to be successful. The Blackjacks pick up the win, much to the chagrin of the fans in Toronto.

Billy Graham made Gorilla Monsoon submit to a sleeperhold in 0:04:39.
Rating: * 1/2

Gorilla Monsoon is not an easy draw for anybody, but "Superstar" Billy Graham made it look about as easy as one can against the Monster From Manchuria. Graham couldn't get his arms around the massive Monsoon, but he changed his strategy on the fly and put Monsoon out with a sleeperhold, using his massive arm strength to quickly drain the life out of Monsoon's body.

[#1 CONTENDER FOR THE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE]: Number-One-Contenders-Match:
Billy Robinson pinned Dory Funk Jr. after a figure-four leglock in 0:09:44.
Rating: *** 1/4

Dory Funk Jr. ruined the Intercontinental Title match between champion Bobby Duncum & challenger Billy Robinson last show, and seemingly got rewarded for it by being put in a match with Robinson where the winner gets the next IC title shot. Even though he had every reason to be extremely upset, Robinson kept his cool and wrestled his match, despite Funk's attempts to frustrate him. Funk suffered a freak incident in the match when he did an up-and-over in the corner, but when he landed, he tweaked his knee somewhat. Robinson then went to work on Funk's knee, working it over before putting on a figure-four leglock. Funk was in tremendous pain and ended up getting pinned in the hold, but his arms were under the ropes when he was pinned. The GCW Championship Committee reviewed the tape and has decided on a landmark decision. On May 27 at the Garden, there will be not one, but TWO Intercontinental Title matches! The first match with be Bobby Duncum defending the gold against Dory Funk Jr. Billy Robinson will later in the night take on the winner of that match for the title. But to make it even, Robinson will have to wrestle a match prior to his title shot, and that match will be against Don Muraco.

Larry Zbyszko and Dino Bravo defeated Ivan Koloff and Nikolai Volkoff when Bravo pinned Volkoff with the Side Suplex in 0:18:07.
Rating: **
(Larry Zbyszko and Dino Bravo retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Larry Zbyszko.]
[Peter Maivia interfered against Ivan Koloff.]

Larry Zbyszko & Dino Bravo saw what Nikolai Volkoff & Ivan Koloff did to the Valiant Brothers in Boston, and insisted they get this match against the Russian duo. Koloff & Volkoff are still not on the same page, but Koloff is really beginning to take his frustrations on being associated with Albano out on his opponents. Zbyszko & Bravo got beaten down for most of this match, getting occasional flurries in with their speed and technique. Volkoff had Zbyszko in his dreaded Bearhug late, but became distracted when PETER MAIVIA pulled Koloff off the apron and fought with him in the aisleway! Volkoff released the hold and yelled at Koloff to get back on the apron, but the Russian Bear was too busy brawling with the High Chief. Volkoff didn't see Zbyszko tag in Bravo, who scooped Volkoff up and hit the Side Suplex to get the 3 count and retain the tag team titles.

After the match, THE GRAND WIZARD entered the ring and had a proposal for Zbyszko & Bravo. He wanted one more title shot for the Grahams, but he knew Luke & Billy weren't the current #1 contenders, so he sweetened the pot a little. He said if Zbyszko & Bravo won the match, the Grahams would break up forever! Zbyszko & Bravo thought about it and accepted the deal. They both tentatively shook the hand of the Wizard, only to be jumped by the Grahams and left laid out in the middle of the ring.

Dusty Rhodes pinned Killer Kowalski with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:06:43.
Rating: ** 1/2
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Dusty Rhodes.]

Dusty Rhodes is on a roll right now, and Killer Kowalski picked a bad time to be his next opponent. Kowalski is still suffering the effects of the punishing steel cage match with Ernie Ladd in Boston, and that coupled with the tremendous hot streak Rhodes is on spelled the end for the Killer.

Harley Race pinned Jimmy Snuka after a gutwrench suplex in 0:20:36.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Harley Race retained the GCW World Title.)

Without question, this match was the biggest of the Superfly's career. Jimmy Snuka and Harley Race, one on one, for the World Title. Though Snuka didn't win the non-title match with Race in Boston, he took him to the limit as much as anybody. Tonight, he got even closer. At one point, Snuka had so much momentum in his favor, the fans in Toronto were certain they were going to witness a historic title change. But as he has so many times in the past, Race found a way to survive and escape by the skin of his teeth. He hit a beautiful gutwrench suplex, and while pinning Snuka, grabbed a hold of the tights for extra leverage to get the 1-2-3. What a cheap way to retain the World Title, but it's a successful title defense never the less. He's going to have to find one more escape against Snuka, however, as the Superfly has been granted one more shot at the gold in MSG, but it will be contested under best two-of-three falls rules!

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

We always love coming back to Madison Square Garden, and on May 27, we will do just that!

WORLD TITLE TWO-OUT-OF-THREE FALLS - Harley Race (c) vs. Jimmy Snuka
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH #1 - Bobby Duncum (c) vs. Dory Funk Jr.
Billy Robinson vs. Don Muraco
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH #2 - Winner of Match #1 (c) vs. Billy Robinson
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES (If Grahams lose, they must split up) - Larry Zbyszko/Dino Bravo (c) vs. The Graham Brothers
I QUIT MATCH - Jack Brisco vs. Mr. Wrestling I
Peter Maivia vs. Ivan Koloff

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