August 29, 1979 - Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY

Don Muraco pinned Chavo Guerrero after a powerslam in 0:12:26.
Rating: **

Don Muraco's officially, and according to him, permanently in the singles division, and he got off to a great start with a big win over a game Chavo Guerrero. Guerrero has looked great in the early stages of his GCW ring, but he has yet to get his hand raised. That shouldn't take away from Muraco's win, who is primed to make a serious run at some championships. It took sacrificing Great Kabuki, but it looks like "Classy" Freddie Blassie has finally unleashed the potential in Muraco.

Gorilla Monsoon and Pedro Morales defeated Victor Rivera and Jimmy Golden when Monsoon pinned Rivera with the Big Splash in 0:03:38.
Rating: 3/4*

Uniondale was thrilled to see Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales holding the World Tag Team Titles, and cheered them on to victory in this match against Victor Rivera & Jimmy Golden. After the match, Monsoon grabbed the house mic and thanked not only the fans, but thanked Morales for helping him attain his dream and once again hold a championship in Global Championship Wrestling. Monsoon & Morales promised to be fighting champions and said that whoever wants a title shot, all they have to do is ask.

Roddy Piper made Ric Flair submit to the Sleeper in 0:23:53.
Rating: ***

The feud between these two mortal enemies took a brief sidebar thanks to Piper's recent problems with Dino Bravo, but that didn't take anything away from the intensity of the match between Piper and "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. After watching this match, I'm going to make a bold prediction - both Piper & Flair are future World champions. This match had a little of everything: mat wrestling, brawling, power moves, high-flying. A great match from bell-to-bell that never slowed down for a minute in this 24 minute event. The Nature Boy did quite the number on Piper's recently injured leg throughout the match, wanting to get him cinched in that Figure-Four, but Piper's a street fighter and fought back time and time again. It looked like the damage to Piper's knee was too great when Flair went for the Figure-Four again, but the Rowdy Scot kicked him off right into the turnbuckle. When Flair stumbled out, it was right into an inverted atomic drop and a series of clotheslines. Piper whipped Flair into the ropes, but the Nature Boy reversed it. Piper ducked a clothesline and locked Flair in the Sleeper! Flair struggled to get out of the hold, but it was all in vain as the Sleeper proved to be too great, giving Piper a huge win. This would not be the last we'd see of both of these men tonight.

The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) defeated The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) when Lanza made Afa submit to the Blackjack Claw in 0:12:46.
Rating: ** 1/2
[Lou Albano interfered against Blackjack Lanza.]

The Blackjacks have been seething for the last 23 days since losing the World Tag Team Titles, and they brought that into Uniondale against another team of former champs, the Wild Samoans. Since being unable to regain the tag titles, many feel that Afa & Sika have lost their edge a bit, but getting a win over the Blackjacks would change that. Captain Lou Albano's presence was enough to cancel out Freddie Blassie, but it wasn't enough to get the Samoans a win as Afa got caught in Lanza's Blackjack Claw to eat the loss. The Blackjacks have invoked their rematch clause and will take on Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales for the tag titles on September 12 in Boston.

Stan Hansen's anti-foreigner rhetoric is interrupted by the American Dream.

The Intercontinental champion Stan Hansen was not in action tonight, but he was in the house to do an interview. Once he started talking, we all kind of wished that he wasn't here at all. Hansen spewed some horrible venom, mostly directed toward Jumbo Tsuruta. Jumbo is getting closer to being off the injured reserve list, but he's not there yet and wasn't in the arena to hear what Hansen was saying. Hansen rattled off some anti-foreigner rhetoric, saying that if he had his way, there wouldn't be any "lousy immigrants" in GCW at all and he would change the IC Title to the All-American Title. The words got so insane and so offensive that finally DUSTY RHODES came down to the ring to put a stop to it. Rhodes grabbed the mic and said there was no one in the world who was a prouder American than him, but part of what makes this country so great is that it is a melting pot. People from all over the world come to the United States for a better life - that's exactly what the American Dream is all about. Rhodes wasn't going to stand for Hansen's hate and challenged him to an Intercontinental Title match on September 12! Hansen was quick to accept, telling Rhodes he would teach his "Jap-sympathizing ass a lesson" in Boston.

Jimmy Snuka defeated Paul Orndorff by disqualification in 0:02:05.
Rating: ** 1/2
[Abdullah the Butcher interfered against Jimmy Snuka.]
(Bob Backlund no-showed.)

This was supposed to be a World Title shot for Paul Orndorff, but we learned earlier in the day that Bob Backlund had some travel issues and couldn't arrive at the arena. When asked, Jimmy Snuka didn't hesitate to step in and take the match. It all ended up being a setup to soften Snuka up as it was barely 2 minutes in before ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER attacked the Superfly, culminating the attack with a huge avalanche in the corner. Snuka was given the option to forfeit the match later tonight against Abdullah, but he refused and said he will wrestle no matter once.

Meanwhile, Paul Orndorff will get his World Title shot on September 12.

Tito Santana and Ivan Putski and The Can-Am Strongmen (Dino Bravo and Ken Patera) battled to a double disqualification in 0:08:00.
Rating: *** 1/4

Dino Bravo & Ken Patera have formed an official team, calling themselves The Can-Am Strongmen. They had their first match as a team, and Tito Santana & Ivan Putski stepped right up to the plate, wanting to face the top competition that GCW has to offer. This match was a great showcase for both teams. Bravo & Patera meshed well and there may not be a more powerful tag team in the history of wrestling. Santana & Putski were not impressed though. Putski was glad to match power with either Bravo & Patera, and Santana offered a nice change of pace with his speed and agility. We didn't get to see a clear winner in the match because RODDY PIPER came down to try to get his hands on the Strongmen. Piper didn't quite make it to the ring before RIC FLAIR jumped him from behind! Piper & Flair brawled on the floor with Piper getting the advantage before Bravo & Patera jumped down to make it 3-on-1. That didn't last long before Santana & Putski came over to even the score. The match was thrown out as a double disqualification as officials came to break this huge 6-man brawl up.

President Hisashi Shinma has acted fast on this situation and decided the following. On September 12, we will see a series of 3 singles matches: Tito Santana vs. Ric Flair, Ivan Putski vs. Ken Patera, and Roddy Piper vs. Dino Bravo. Whichever side wins the most matches will get to choose the stipulations for a 6-man tag team match on October 8 at MSG!

Terry Funk made Ivan Koloff submit to the Spinning Toe Hold in 0:21:09.
Rating: ***
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Terry Funk.]

A World Title shot is a treasured commodity in the world of professional wrestling, and not something to take lightly. Terry Funk & Ivan Koloff would get to experience that high, wrestling in a huge match to determine a #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Title. Koloff has been to the top of the mountain before, while Funk has never tasted the gold. Not only that, but there is a lot of bad blood between these two that made for a great match. Funk controlled the early stages of the contest, peppering Koloff with a variety of punches and knockdowns, but he was too aggressive when he went for a piledriver too early and was sent over the top rope with a backdrop by Koloff. Funk took a nasty spill on the concrete, and the next few minutes for Funk involved just trying to survive the charge of the Russian Bear. Koloff thought he had the pin when he hit the Russian Sickle, but Funk got his foot on the bottom rope before the 3. Blassie was furious thinking that his man had won the match. After this moment, Koloff lost most of his momentum, and it eventually led to his downfall. Koloff made the mistake of going up top and going for a flying kneedrop, but Funk rolled out of the way! Funk quickly put on the Spinning Toe Hold, and the pain coarsing through Koloff's body was too much to deal with as he yelled uncle, making Terry Funk the new top contender for the World Title!

Abdullah the Butcher defeated Jimmy Snuka by disqualification in 0:09:26.
Rating: 3/4*

Jimmy Snuka was in a bad way coming into our main event, having already suffered damage to his ribs in an earlier attack by his opponent, Abdullah the Butcher, but the Superfly insisted that he still wrestle the match. This wasn't the brightest of ideas as Abdullah put a hurting on Snuka, mauling him with his size and getting in cheap shots every chance that he could. When Abdullah pulled out the fork and used it on Snuka, he busted him wide open. He did this three times without referee Dick Kroll seeing him use it, and it was becoming a scary situation. Snuka was facing potential serious injury, but he ended up saving himself. The next time the Butcher pulled out the fork, Snuka caught him in the face with a dropkick, causing Abdullah to drop the fork. Snuka saw it and with the blood streaming down his face, he snapped. Snuka grabbed the fork and started stabbing Abdullah repeatedly in the forehead! This was right in clear view of Kroll so Snuka was understandably disqualified, but the Superfly didn't care. He went nuts on Abdullah before Luke Graham pulled Abdullah to safety, yelling that Snuka was "crazy" (talk about your pot calling the kettle black).

Officials tried to talk Snuka out of it, but Snuka persisted until he got a special match signed for the Boston Garden. On September 12, it will be Jimmy Snuka vs. Abdullah the Butcher one more time, but the fork will be legal!

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

September 12 is going to be a HUGE night for wrestling with this massive card already announced for the Boston Garden!

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Paul Orndorff
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Stan Hansen (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Gorilla Monsoon/Pedro Morales (c) vs. The Blackjacks
FORK MATCH - Jimmy Snuka vs. Abdullah the Butcher
Roddy Piper vs. Dino Bravo
Tito Santana vs. Ric Flair
Ivan Putski vs. Ken Patera

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