August 3, 1975 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Cage Match:
Jack Brisco defeated Hiro Matsuda by escaping the cage in 0:23:07.
Rating: **** 1/4

The cage was all set up right off the bat, pitting Jack Brisco against Bobby Heenan's hired gun from Japan, Hiro Matsuda. The cage would serve to prevent anyone else in the Heenan Family from getting involved, but it also trapped Brisco inside with Matsuda, who can be a bit scary. This was a bloody affair, an intense contest as most cage matches tend to be. Brisco was getting pounded for a lot of this match, but despite bleeding profusely from a cut on his forehead, he kept stopping Matsuda from exiting the cage. Matsuda got frustrated and went to the top rope for a flying kneedrop, but Brisco moved and Matsuda hit his knee, letting Brisco quickly put on the Figure-Four Leglock. After holding it on for about 2 minutes, Brisco released the hold and walked out the door, writing the final chapter in this issue with Matsuda.

Don Muraco pinned Johnny Rodz with the Flying Crossbody in 0:03:21.
Rating: ** 3/4

Don Muraco proved just what kind of person he really is when he turned his back on his mentor, Billy Robinson, and cost him the chance to be the first Intercontinental champion. We still haven't gotten an explanation from Muraco or Dory Funk Jr. for that matter on why they did what they did, but either way, we saw the true colors of both men. Muraco was in action tonight, his first match since taking on this new attitude, and the fans in New York let him have it. However, despite the lack of popularity, it's hard to argue with the results as this was as good as Muraco has looked in a GCW ring, polishing off Johnny Rodz with little to no trouble. As much as we don't like it, this new attitude may be exactly what Muraco needs to become a star.

Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka defeated Larry Zbyszko and Mr. Wrestling I when Fuji pinned Zbyszko after a crucifix in 0:06:04.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Dino Bravo no-showed.)

Dino Bravo couldn't make it tonight due to a problem with his work visa, but Larry Zbyszko found himself a great partner in former World Tag Team champion Mr. Wrestling I, as they took on another former championship team, Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka. From what we heard, Zbyszko & Wrestling I didn't have much time to go over a strategy and it showed. Miscommunication was all abound as Fuji & Tanaka picked up the win thanks to a crucifix by Fuji pinned the rookie's shoulders to the mat. Zbyszko & Wrestling I exchanged words after the match, but cooler heads prevailed.

Ernie Ladd pinned Nikolai Volkoff with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:04:31.
Rating: * 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Ernie Ladd.]

Nikolai Volkoff needs to reestablish himself as a threat in GCW after he failed to become the first Intercontinental champion, and he looked to make an example of one of the charter members of GCW, Ernie Ladd. Ladd showed everyone tonight he still has a lot in the tank as he hit the Thumb to the Throat and pinned Lou Albano's Russian powerhouse. This win has went a long way, as rumor has it that Ladd will be granted a title shot very soon.

Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
Dory Funk Jr. beat Billy Robinson 2 falls to 1:
x Robinson beat D. Funk Jr. via the Double-Arm Suplex in 0:13:14
x D. Funk Jr. beat Robinson via the Texas Cloverleaf in 0:20:25
x D. Funk Jr. beat Robinson via a small package in 0:33:03
Rating: ***
(Dory Funk Jr. retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Billy Robinson had one more chance to get the IC Title out of the grasp of Dory Funk Jr., but Funk has shown that he will do anything and everything to make sure that title stays with him. To combat that, the Championship Committee declared that this match would be fought under two-out-of-three falls rules. Funk wouldn't be able to fluke his way out of this one - he'd have to defeat Robinson twice to keep the gold in Amarillo. That didn't look like a good prospect after the first fall went to Robinson, hitting a crisp and beautifully executed Double-Arm Suplex. Funk had to now win two falls in a row, and that isn't easy against someone like Robinson who can wear you down and systematically hurt you. However, Funk is a world-class wrestler as well, and he showed that by working over Robinson's back and getting in the Texas Cloverleaf. Normally, Robinson would have held on and tried to fight out of it, but he knew he had the fall advantage, so he submitted quickly to prevent a serious injury. A good strategy as it kept him fresh for fall three. Robinson was fired up and with the crowd behind him, looked to have the match won with a small package, but the referee Danny Bartfield was busy putting a turnbuckle pad back on that Funk Jr. had earlier removed. This let DON MURACO get in the ring and roll the small package over. Bartfield turned to see Funk pinning Robinson, and that's how the match ended. Dory Funk Jr. is still the Intercontinental champion. Robinson has said that he is tired of this and he is going to teach Muraco a lesson on August 26 in Boston.

Blackjack Mulligan made Gorilla Monsoon submit to the Blackjack Claw in 0:03:25.
Rating: ** 1/4

The Blackjacks have made it known that they're wanting to make Gorilla Monsoon pay for as they call it, "embarrassing" professional wrestlers ever by getting knocked out by Muhammad Ali on June 12. Ali is a world class athlete and the best boxer in the world, so losing to him is nothing to be ashamed of, by try telling that to the Blackjacks. Bobby Heenan picked Blackjack Mulligan to wrestle Monsoon, but this might as well have been a handicap match as Blackjack Lanza constantly interfered, making Monsoon easy pickings for the Blackjack Claw. Monsoon is going to need to hire some backup if he wants to get even with the Blackjacks.

Number-One-Contenders-Match:
The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant) defeated Jimmy Snuka and Tony Garea when Jimmy Valiant made Garea submit to the Sleeperhold in 0:09:10.
Rating: ** 1/2

A huge opportunity for two of the bright young teams in GCW with Jimmy Snuka & Tony Garea meeting the Valiant Brothers, the winners becoming the new top contenders for the World Tag Team Titles. Snuka & Garea scored a big upset to get here, getting past the Blackjacks while the Valiants beat the young upstart team of Larry Zbyszko & Dino Bravo. After a good back and forth match, we learned officially that it will be Johnny & Jimmy Valiant challenging for the tag titles next. Snuka & Garea gave it their all, but came up just short. Question now is, which team will the Valiants be facing?

Bobby Duncum pinned Kintaro Ohki with the Full Nelson Slam in 0:09:05.
Rating: ** 3/4

Kintaro Ohki is no longer undefeated, and he has Bobby Duncum to thank for it. Duncum challenged Ohki to a match tonight, saying he'd be the first man to pin Ohki's shoulders to the mat, and he did just that. I think Duncum got more from Ohki than he thought he would, but he managed to avoid the Back Suplex that has been many opponents down and out on his way to hitting the Full Nelson Slam and pinning Ohki 1-2-3. Duncum may end up being the wrestler of the year if he keeps this up.

The Graham Brothers (Billy Graham and Luke Graham) defeated Dick Murdoch and Pedro Morales when B. Graham defeated Murdoch when Murdoch passed out in the Bearhug in 0:18:44.
Rating: ***
(The Graham Brothers won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[The Grand Wizard and Dusty Rhodes interfered against Pedro Morales.]

For the second show in a row, we have brand new World Tag Team champions! Pedro Morales & Dick Murdoch are unlikely tag team champs to say the least, but they had to work together in order to beat back the challenge of the former champions, Luke & Billy Graham. Despite not being a regular team, they were doing an exceptional job, showing great tag team continuity. The turning point would come late though while Murdoch was in the ring and had been for several minutes, taking a vicious beating from the Grahams. Murdoch got some separation with a double clothesline and was nearing making the hot tag when DUSTY RHODES pulled Morales off the apron and began yelling at him! Morales had no idea what it was about, but when Rhodes spit in his face, it didn't matter as the fight was on! Morales & Rhodes were fighting all over the ringside area, but this left Murdoch prone. He couldn't hold on any longer and when Billy Graham locked him in the Bearhug, that was the end. The Grahams are the World Tag Team champions once again.

Ivan Koloff and Harley Race battled to a double countout in 0:34:33.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Harley Race retained the GCW World Title.)

Before our main event took place, Harley Race made it known that he has decided this will be Ivan Koloff's last shot at the World Title for awhile. The Russian Bear agreed, because he said he wouldn't need another shot to become the champion. Though Koloff wouldn't lose his last title shot, unfortunately for him, he wouldn't win it either. These two are so evenly matched that the match went for over 30 minutes, and if we were scoring on points, I would have put it at a dead tie. So it was appropriate that the match would end in a double countout. Ivan Koloff tried to petition for the match to be restarted, but Race knew how fortunate he was to walk out as champion and thus refused.

Interview:
Harley Race issues an open challenge, but isn't happy with who answers.

After Koloff headed to the back, Race, with the World Title draped over his shoulder, grabbed the microphone and was clearly full of moxie. He decreed that he is the greatest World champion there has ever been and that no one in GCW, or the world for that matter, was going to get this strap off his shoulder. Race said that there was no man he couldn't beat and thus no man he feared, and encouraged anybody to step up to the plate to try to wrestle the gold from him. His challenge was answered by none other than JACK BRISCO! Brisco said the main reason he came back to GCW was to win what eluded him the first time, the World Heavyweight Title, and now was as good a time as any. Race backed down though, saying that Brisco wasn't worthy of a shot and left the ring to a chorus of boos. It looks like Brisco has set his sights on the World Title, and I wouldn't bet against him.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

Boston, Massachusetts on August 26th is going to be rocking as GCW action comes to the Boston Garden!

WORLD TITLE - Harley Race (c) vs. Ernie Ladd
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Luke Graham/Billy Graham (c) vs. The Valiant Brothers
Dusty Rhodes vs. Pedro Morales
STRAP MATCH - Billy Robinson vs. Don Muraco
Gorilla Monsoon/Mystery Partner vs. The Blackjacks
Larry Zbyszko/Dino Bravo vs. Mr. Fuji/Toru Tanaka

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