August 3, 1982 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA

Jumbo Tsuruta pinned Johnny Rodz after a power bomb in 0:01:09.
Rating: **

Jumbo Tsuruta was wrestling this match with a chip on his shoulder after falling just short of earning another World Title match last month. He took out his frustrations on Johnny Rodz, who barely had a chance to get out of the blocks. Jumbo was all over him right from the opening bell, putting him away in just over a minute with a power bomb. If Jumbo keeps up that kind of intensity, I wouldn't be surprised to see Jumbo get that title shot he so desperately wants.

The Von Erich Brothers (Kerry Von Erich and Kevin Von Erich) defeated The Golden Boys (Terry Taylor and B. Brian Blair) when Kevin Von Erich pinned Taylor after an inside cradle in 0:07:16.
Rating: ** 1/2
[Rick Martel interfered against Terry Taylor.]

This was the rubber match of a series between the two newest teams in GCW, the Von Erichs & the Golden Boys. Each team has secured a victory, so this third match was going to determine who won this first exchange between these two teams. The teams have gotten to know each other very well, and moves and tactics that had worked previously were met with counters in this match. Though both teams are a bit away from being serious title contenders, this match was a good indicator of things to come. B. Brian Blair & Terry Taylor tried to cheat at every turn, and more often than not, they were successful at doing so. It appeared as if the cheating was going to lead to the end of the match, and one man who was not going to let that stand was RICK MARTEL. Martel, the former partner of Taylor, has been out for a few months with an elbow injury, and during that time, Taylor has obviously changed his ways considerably. Taylor had hit Kevin Von Erich with a sunset flip and put his feet on the ropes for extra leverage, but Martel shoved Taylor's feet off the ropes to break it up. Taylor turned and flipped out at the sight of Martel, yelling at him to get the hell out of there. This distraction let Kevin catch Taylor in an inside cradle and get the 1-2-3! The Golden Boys said they were not going to stand for this, and want a 6-man tag team match for August 31 in Baltimore. No word yet on who the Golden Boys will team with, but the Von Erichs & Martel have accepted the challenge.

Bobby Duncum pinned Ric Flair after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:09:07.
Rating: *** 1/4

Ric Flair can bend the rules with the best of them, but he wasn't quite prepared for what he would get from Bobby Duncum. The Nature Boy did a fantastic job of keeping this one on the mat, a style that Duncum is not really comfortable wrestling. Duncum knew that Flair was controlling the tempo, and if it kept up that way, he was going to lose for sure. So Duncum used some desperation tactics, setting it up so that he "accidentally" poked referee Tommy Young in the eye. While Young was temporarily blinded, Flair knocked Duncum down. Unfortunately, he knocked Duncum right into the corner, where he grabbed his cowbell. When Flair came in for the attack, Duncum blasted the Nature Boy in the head with the bell, knocking Flair out cold. Duncum removed the evidence, made the cover, and a still groggy Young made the 3 count. After the show, Flair said that if Duncum wants to get dirty, he can get dirty. He challenged Duncum to a Texas Death Match, one of the more violent matches in GCW. Duncum laughed when he accepted, saying it was Flair's funeral. The match will go down in Baltimore.

The Can-Am Strongmen (Dino Bravo and Ken Patera) defeated The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) when Patera made Jack Brisco submit to the Swinging Full Nelson in 0:10:09.
Rating: ** 3/4
(The Can-Am Strongmen won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

"Classy" Freddie Blassie paid a visit to GCW President Hisashi Shinma a couple weeks back and managed to talk his way into getting the Can-Am Strongmen one more title shot against the Brisco Brothers. The request was granted, under the condition that if the Strongmen didn't capture the titles, they would not receive another title shot until the Briscos lost the gold. A risky proposition, but title shots are hard to come by and it had to be taken. As the match started, the Strongmen were a little rigid, perhaps the magnitude of the stipulations weighing on them. Blassie loosened them up and helped them get the advantage by tripping Jerry Brisco when he ran into the ropes. Patera & Bravo kicked it up a notch after that distraction, taking turns grinding away at the younger Brisco with slams and powerful submissions. The Briscos are ridiculously resilient though, and Jerry continued to keep his shoulders off the mat and refused to tap out. Still, if he couldn't find a way to tag in his brother Jack, this one was going to be over. Jerry found that opening when Bravo went for an elbowdrop from the second turnbuckle (a highly uncharacteristic move for him) and he crashed and burned. Jerry got the hot tag to Jack, and Jack went nuts, nailing Bravo & Patera both with a flurry of punches and dropkicks. Jack let himself get distracted by Blassie though, who had jumped on the apron. Jack grabbed Blassie by the collar and threatened to hit him, but he didn't see Blassie drop his cane into the ring. Bravo picked it up and blasted Jack in the back with it while the referee was tied up trying to get Blassie to the floor. Patera scooped in and locked Jack in the Swinging Full Nelson, and that was the end of that. For the second time, The Can-Am Strongmen are the World Tag Team champions.

Even after getting hit by the cane, Jack Brisco was embarrassed over the fact that he submitted. The Briscos have enacted their rematch for August 31 in Baltimore, and Jack has vowed that he will not submit again.

Terry Funk made Dick Murdoch submit to the Spinning Toe Hold in 0:11:42.
Rating: *** 3/4

Terry Funk has stated that he wants to take the World Title from Dusty Rhodes, but he wanted to go through the rest of the Texas Outlaws first. He already has defeated Bobby Duncum, and to make matters worse for Rhodes, it has been made official that if Funk beats Dick Murdoch tonight and Stan Hansen in Baltimore, he will receive a title shot on 9/18 at MSG. Murdoch was given strict orders to stop Funk by any means necessary, and Dirty Dick sure did try. Murdoch actually has a similar style to the Funker (well, as close as anyone can, anyway), and so we got an entertaining brawl out of this one. Murdoch had all kinds of trouble slowing Funk down, because not only is Funk crazy, but he can take more of a beating than any wrestler I have ever seen. At one point, Funk was begging Murdoch to keep hitting him! Murdoch was firing off with punches that would knock out a normal man, but Funk was begging for more! Murdoch bounced off the ropes for extra momentum, but Funk cut him off with a kick to the knee, a single-leg takedown, and then the Spinning Toe Hold! Murdoch was caught so by surprise that he submitted nearly immediately. That's two legs down, and now, if Funk can beat Stan Hansen in Baltimore, he will get his shot at Dusty Rhodes!

Stan Hansen defeated Larry Zbyszko by countout in 0:07:29.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Larry Zbyszko retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Stan Hansen never received a title rematch after he lost the Intercontinental Title to Ricky Steamboat back in May, but he got the chance tonight against the new champion, and then man who cost him the title in the first place, Larry Zbyszko. The crowd was undecided at first on who to cheer for, but as the match got going, it swayed more toward the Lariat (Zbyszko is just impossible to like). It became a slugfest in a hurry as the tempers of these two hotheads flared. It was looking to turn very violent in a hurry after Zbyszko ducked the Lariat got took Hansen down with a dropkick. Instead of going for a cover, he went to the floor and grabbed the ring bell. He never got a chance to bring it into the ring though as BRUNO SAMMARTINO came out from the locker room and snatched the bell away from the Cruncher! Zbyszko was LIVID, yelling at Sammartino for stopping him. Zbyszko was so upset that he lost complete track of what was going on and got himself counted out! He keeps the title, but he lost the winner's payday. Zbyszko went like he was going to attack Sammartino, but when the Living Legend lifted the ring bell as a weapon, Zbyszko turned tail and ran to the back. Zbyszko stated in an interview with PWI Magazine that he is going to be in Baltimore on August 31 and he has a message for Bruno Sammartino.

Bob Backlund levies a threat to all of GCW.

Bob Backlund came out to an overwhelming chorus of boos as he has become one of the most hated men in all of wrestling (had you said that to me 2 years ago, I would have thought you were nuts). Backlund is not normally one to do interviews, but he came out for this one with one simple message. Backlund reminded everyone about what he did to Jimmy Snuka in July, and said that if Superfly knew what was good for him, he would retire before Backlund did it for him. Backlund continued by saying that the rest of GCW better take note, because until he got back HIS World Title, there would be a lot more victims. At this point, Backlund was joined in the ring by TITO SANTANA. Santana told Backlund that he used to look up to him and respect him, wanting to model his career after him. But he said that all changed when Backlund changed, and that he needed to come back to the good side. Backlund told Santana he better get out of the ring if he knew what was good for him. Santana held his ground, so Backlund went after him. Santana saw it coming though, ducked out of the way, and planted Backlund in the kisser with a dropkick, sending the former champ sprawling to the outside. Backlund told Santana he made the biggest mistake of his life as he security escorted him to the back.

Don Muraco and The Iron Sheik defeated The Soul Patrol (Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson) when Muraco pinned R. Johnson after a crucifix in 0:08:44.
Rating: **

Rocky Johnson made a stunning return to GCW back in Springfield, saving Tony Atlas from the beating he was suffering from Don Muraco & The Iron Sheik. Atlas & Johnson are calling themselves the Soul Patrol, and they showed a lot of chemistry despite this being their first time teaming. But say what you want about Freddie Blassie's tactics, but his charges are a cohesive unit with one goal in mind, and that's to dominate the wrestling world by any means necessary. This match was hard-hitting, and had the feeling like it was not going to be the last time we saw these men lock up. The end of this one was not without controversy, as Muraco would get the pin on Johnson. Johnson rushed at Muraco, but the Magnificent One sidestepped and sent Johnson crashing right into The Iron Sheik's pointy boot. Johnson was out on his feet as Muraco hooked him in a crucifix and got the 1-2-3. After the show, Johnson compared getting hit with Sheik's boot to taking a brick to the head, feeling that there is something illegal about that boot. The Soul Patrol has said they won't make excuses though and vowed to get the win in the rematch in Baltimore.

Nick Bockwinkel and Dusty Rhodes battled to a draw in 0:45:00.
Rating: **** 1/4
(Dusty Rhodes retained the GCW World Title.)
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Dusty Rhodes.]

Back on May 25, Dusty Rhodes & Nick Bockwinkel engaged in a 45-minute battle over the World Title, a match that ended in a time limit draw and no clear winner. Bockwinkel came within an eyelash of winning the title that time, and has worked his way back into another title shot. This match went a lot like the last one, with both men respecting the other's skills so much that they were tentative to make any big mistakes. Rhodes kicked it into gear first, wanting to quiet all the whispers he's been hearing about not being able to defeat Bockwinkel 1-on-1. Rhodes was hitting Bockwinkel with some bombs, trying to knock the wrestler out, coming painfully close on a few occasions. Bockwinkel had to do something to get back into it, which he did through a variety of submission holds. Bockwinkel used the holds to grind the American Dream down, trying to make him suffer before hopefully making him give it up. Rhodes refused to stay down though and kept fighting back. By the end of this match, though Rhodes & Bockwinkel are highly unpopular, the crowd was really into the match, hoping to see a clear winner crowned. Unfortunately that would not happen, as we were treated to our second time limit draw. the crowd chanted for 5 more minutes, but Rhodes wanted none of that as he grabbed his title and went to the back. That's not going to be the case in Baltimore, as these two have been signed to wrestle a third title match, but this time, there will be NO TIME LIMIT! One way or another, we are going to see a true victor.

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

8/31/82 - CIVIC CENTER - Baltimore, MD

WORLD TITLE NO TIME LIMIT MATCH - Dusty Rhodes (c) vs. Nick Bockwinkel
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Can-Am Strongmen (c) vs. The Brisco Brothers
Terry Funk vs. Stan Hansen
Bob Backlund vs. Tito Santana
TEXAS DEATH MATCH - Ric Flair vs. Bobby Duncum
The Soul Patrol vs. Don Muraco/The Iron Sheik
The Von Erichs/Rick Martel vs. The Golden Boys/???

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