August 26, 1974 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Harley Race pinned Billy Robinson with the Piledriver in 0:23:24.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Harley Race retained the GCW United States Title.)

Our opening contest had all the makings to be a wrestling classic as Harley Race defended the United States Title against an angry Billy Robinson. Robinson is wrestling for the honor of his protege' Don Muraco, who Race has been bragging about injuring in recent weeks. Robinson is usually pretty stoic in the ring, not letting his emotions get the better of him, but Race has a unique way of getting under people's skin. He did that tonight, and eventually got Robinson to make some uncharacteristic mistakes en route to hitting the Piledriver. Race retains the US Title, but it might be short lived. Robinson has been granted another shot at Race on September 15 for our debut at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY!

The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant) defeated Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea when Johnny Valiant made Garea submit to the Sleeperhold in 0:06:08.
Rating: **

The tag team division in GCW is one of our corner stones, and it just got a whole lot better with the debut of the Valiant Brothers. Jimmy & Johnny are an arrogant team, but in their debut they proved they have the goods to back it up, getting a win over the experienced team of Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea. After the match, the Valiants grabbed the microphone and said that they are in the market for a manager to guide them to the World Tag Team Titles.

Luke Graham pinned Johnny Rodz with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:03:29.
Rating: *** 1/4

Luke Graham was back in action after a 2-month hiatus following a brutal loss to his brother Billy back in June, but he looked healed up and ready to go as he made short work of the hapless Johnny Rodz.

Nikolai Volkoff pinned Mr. Wrestling I with the Bearhug in 0:10:28.
Rating: *** 1/2

Mr. Wrestling I is still trying to find himself since his tag team partner turned on him and left GCW, and he tried his hand in singles action against Lou Albano's Russian machine Nikolai Volkoff. Wrestling I kept Volkoff grounded early on, but once the powerhouse got his bearings, there wasn't a lot Wrestling I could do to stop him.

Pedro Morales defeated Jimmy Snuka when Jimmy Snuka passed out in the Boston Crab in 0:09:15.
Rating: ***

Pedro Morales continues his efforts to get back into World Title contention with a hard fought victory over Jimmy Snuka. Snuka has improved by leaps and bounds over his time in Global Championship Wrestling, but Morales is a former World champion and amongst the best in the world. The Boston Crab proved to be enough to get the duke.

The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) defeated Gorilla Monsoon and Dino Bravo when Bockwinkel pinned Bravo after a gutwrench suplex in 0:18:57.
Rating: ***
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Dino Bravo.]

The Cripplers didn't have an answer for the new team of Gorilla Monsoon and the debuting Dino Bravo in Toronto, but they were better prepared for the duo tonight in the Garden. However, the 3-time World Tag Team champions were still given all they could handle and more by the veteran and the newcomer. After a hard fought 19 minutes, a textbook gutwrench suplex from Bockwinkel on Bravo put this one in the books as a win for the Heenan Family.

Bobby Heenan tries to recruit The Texas Outlaws to the Heenan Family.

After the match was over, Bobby Heenan grabbed the microphone and called out the Texas Outlaws, the reigning World Tag Team champions. Heenan said that he was impressed by Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch, and that he was going to offer them the chance of a lifetime and offer his managerial services. The Outlaws thought about it, before vehemently refusing Heenan's offer. Heenan doesn't like to be turned down, so he had Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel attack them as they were exiting the ring. The Cripplers left the Outlaws lying in a heap.

Toru Tanaka defeated Baron Von Raschke by disqualification in 0:07:53.
Rating: * 1/4
[Mr. Fuji interfered against Baron Von Raschke.]

Professor Toru Tanaka was in singles action against Baron Von Raschke, and the action turned sour in a hurry. Tanaka soon realized that he wasn't going to slow down the angry Raschke, and he brought a foreign object out of his trunks after Mr. Fuji had the referee distracted. Raschke blocked the blow from Tanaka and got a hold of the object, but the ref turned around and saw Raschke holding the weapon and called for the disqualfication. Raschke had lost the match, and he was not happy about it, putting Tanaka in the Claw after the bell. This was broken up when Fuji spit a blue mist right in Raschke's eyes, leaving him temporarily blinded. Fuji & Tanaka ran away, but they have made the mistake of awakening a sleeping giant.

Billy Graham pinned Ernie Ladd after a piledriver in 0:04:05.
Rating: * 1/2

Ernie Ladd & "Superstar" Billy Graham used to be in the same stable, but have gone in distinctly different directions. Ladd is still adjusting to having the support of the fans, while Billy Graham keeps terrorizing opponents with his brute strength. Add Ladd to that list tonight, as Graham targetted the neck of Ladd to put him away with a piledriver.

Blackjack Lanza pinned Carlos Colon after a short lariat in 0:14:09.
Rating: 1/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Carlos Colon.]

The brewing feud between Carlos Colon & Blackjack Lanza hit the next step as they took to it in a singles match in the Garden. Somehow, this match ended up being more brutal than their first encounter, starting to resemble a bar fight more than an athletic contest. This battle would go to Lanza, who caught Colon with a thumb to the eye before trying to take his head off with a short lariat. Another match is rumored to be signed between these two in the near future.

Ivan Koloff pinned Bobby Duncum after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:10:47.
Rating: ***
(Ivan Koloff retained the GCW World Title.)
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Ivan Koloff.]

Bobby Duncum took a little time off after his battles with Baron Von Raschke, but he got to come back to wrestle in our main event at Madison Square Garden to challenge Ivan Koloff for the World Title. Duncum is the only man to pin Koloff's shoulders to the mat in his GCW career, defeating him in a tag team match under nefarious circumstances. Duncum was going to get his shot to be the champion of the world, but one-on-one is an entirely different animal when it comes to the Russian Bear. Duncum learned like so many have in the past that Koloff is capable of anything and will do whatever it takes to remain the champion, including taking advantage of openings. Bobby Heenan tried to be clever and slide Duncum Koloff's steel chain late in the match, but Koloff saw it happen and cut him off at the pass. Koloff was the one who used the chain to knock Duncum out cold, make the cover, and remain the World champion.

Luke Graham wants one more shot at the top, and challenges Ivan Koloff to a match.

After our main event, we had one more surprise as LUKE GRAHAM came out and got nose-to-nose with Ivan Koloff! The crowd was in shock as Graham then asked for the microphone. Graham said he is the toughest man in GCW history, but he needs to prove it again - not just to the fans, but to himself. He wants one more chance at the top, and challenged Ivan Koloff to a match for the World Heavyweight Title! Koloff isn't one to turn down a challenge and promptly accepted, and we will have this match on September 15!

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

GCW debuts at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY, and we have one of the biggest main events you will ever see!

WORLD TITLE - Ivan Koloff (c) vs. Luke Graham
UNITED STATES TITLE - Harley Race (c) vs. Billy Robinson
The Texas Outlaws/Gorilla Monsoon/Dino Bravo vs. The Cripplers/Mr. Fuji/Toru Tanaka
Carlos Colon/Mr. Wrestling I vs. Blackjack Lanza/Bobby Duncum

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