August 31, 1980 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) defeated The Guerreros (Hector Guerrero and Mando Guerrero) when Sika pinned M. Guerrero after a double headbutt in 0:09:30.
Rating: *
(The Wild Samoans retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

It's amazing to think that we will never see Gorilla Monsoon wrestle another match again, and the men we have to thank for that are the new World Tag Team champions, The Wild Samoans. Captain Lou Albano was beaming with pride as he led Afa & Sika to the ring for the first title defense of their second reign against Mando & Hector, the Guerreros. Many experts are questioning why the Guerreros received the first title shot given their spotty win-loss record, but none the less, the match kicked off our show. The Guerreros knew they had an opportunity simply dropped in their lap, and they took full advantage with their extra spirited performance. Albano was highly nervous during this match and after all the work it took to get the titles back to the Samoans, and he almost saw them slip away 22 days later. Mando missed a a flying crossbody, and that proved to be his undoing as he was soon victimized by a double headbutt from the savages to put this one away. Albano chastised his savages after the match, telling them they'll need to be a lot more focused if they want to be successful against Dusty Rhodes & Ivan Putski on September 19 from Madison Square Garden.

B. Brian Blair made Johnny Rodz submit to the Scorpion Deathlock in 0:06:18.
Rating: *** 1/4

B. Brian Blair had a break out performance tonight, plain and simple. He has not previously had much success in terms of victories, but he's gotten better every time he's stepped in the ring. Blair wasn't sure he was supposed to wrestle, but he found out he had a very UNPREDICTABLE opponent in the return of JOHNNY RODZ! Okay, I'll admit: this return was the most unpredictable thing Rodz has ever done. Despite that fact, he apparently hasn't gotten any luckier in the ring as he fell victim to the Scorpion Deathlock of Blair and the rookie notched his first win of his career.

Interview:
Pedro Morales apologizes to Gorilla Monsoon and the fans.

A somber Pedro Morales came out next for an interview segment. Morales, who was still sporting a bandaged arm, came out to address the fans over what happened in Chicago at Wrigley Field. Morales said that in hindsight, maybe defending the tag team titles while he had an injured arm wasn't the smartest thing in the world to do. He let his pride get the best of him, and in doing so, he not only let the fans down but he let his friend down. Morales apologized to Gorilla Monsoon for losing the match and as a result, costing Monsoon his storied career. "We were the only two left around here that were here at the beginning, and now you're gone and it's my fault." At this point, LARRY ZBYSZKO came down to join Morales, and he was looking to stir the pot. Zbyszko told Morales that he shouldn't be apologizing to anyone and that actually, he did everyone a favor by being a big loser because Monsoon is gone FOREVER! With Morales' legendary temper, clearly this set Morales off as he tackled Zbyszko and a small brawl ensued. After the fight was broken up, a referee was sent down and we had ourselves an official match!

Larry Zbyszko pinned Pedro Morales with the Shoulderbreaker in 0:12:20.
Rating: ***

Larry Zbyszko was looking to cause some trouble tonight, and he sure did that by taunting an already emotional Pedro Morales. You have to admire Morales' guts, but once again, this probably wasn't a match he should have taken on with his arm still injured. Zbyszko took full advantage of this injury and worked over Morales' arm, and after he hit the Shoulderbreaker, that was it. This has been an impressive August for the Cruncher as he has now pinned two former World champions during the month.

Ivan Koloff defeated Chavo Guerrero when Chavo Guerrero passed out in a bearhug in 0:03:32.
Rating: * 1/2

This match was little more than a mauling by the Russian Bear. Ivan Koloff was in a particularly bad mood tonight, which is scary because he is normally in a really bad mood to begin with. Chavo Guerrero never got out of the blocks before he got locked in a bearhug. Koloff squeezed the life out of him to pick up the win.

Don Muraco pinned Roddy Piper with the Tombstone in 0:04:47.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Don Muraco retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Let's face it - Roddy Piper got swerved out of the Intercontinental Title in Chicago. Don Muraco & Freddie Blassie cheated, and it was clear as day (to everyone but the referee, anyway) that Muraco blasted Piper with a foreign object to set up the win. But the fact remains that Muraco has the IC Title around his waist - for now. You have to hand it to Piper. He could have whined and complained about what happened to him, but instead, he dusted himself off and wanted his actions in the ring to do the talking. Muraco is going to find that holding a championship is even more difficult than winning it as Piper was all over him in this match. As soon as the bell rang, Piper went into attack mode, not giving Muraco a chance to breathe as he peppered him with rights and lefts. Muraco tried everything he could to put some distance between Piper and himself, but Piper was relentless like a pitbull. Piper was doing great, but he made just one mistake. He put Muraco in the Sleeper and it looked like Muraco's title reign would be a short one. However, we soon learned that he put the hold on too early. Muraco was not sufficiently worn down and managed to kick off the turnbuckle backwards onto Piper. In a twist of bad luck, Piper hit the back of his head hard on the canvas and was knocked a bit loopy. Muraco didn't hesitate to hit the Tombstone and got the 1-2-3. Muraco spent a bit too much time gloating in the ring with his championship because Piper got back to his feet and threw Muraco over the top to the floor. Muraco has gotten two fluke wins over Piper, but this one is a long way from being over.

B. Brian Blair pinned Manny Fernandez after a small package in 0:04:58.
Rating: ****
(Jumbo Tsuruta no-showed.)

This match was supposed to feature Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Manny Fernandez, but Jumbo had some issues with his work visa to deal with and couldn't make it to the show. The Ragin' Bull didn't know who his replacement opponent was going to be, but he had a huge smile on his face when B. BRIAN BLAIR came down for his second match of the night. Fernandez figured that after a match earlier, there was no way that Blair would have a chance against him. Boy, was he ever wrong. Fernandez completely underestimated Blair, and by the time he took this fight seriously, it was too late. Blair dodged Fernandez's wild attempt to hit the Flying Burrito and then walked right into a small package for the 1-2-3. Blair goes from not winning a match to picking up two victories in one evening. What a night for the youngster.

Interview:
Arnold Skaaland and World champion Jimmy Snuka explain their actions.

You should have heard the boos that filled the Boston Garden as the new World champion and his new manager came down to the ring for their first public address since the Rumble at Wrigley. Jimmy Snuka was so happy that he barely spoke during the interview, choosing merely to admire the World Heavyweight Title. Arnold Skaaland, however, had a lot to say. He started by discussing that he made a deal with Freddie Blassie and purchased the contract of the Superfly outright. Then he got to the meat and potatoes of the deal: why he turned on Bob Backlund and cost him the World Title. Skaaland asked the fans to go back in time a bit to a date, October 6, 1978. It was the last time that he was in this building, the Boston Garden. He reminded the fans that he was in his last match, a World Title match against then champion Harley Race. Skaaland said that Race severely injured his neck that night and put him on the shelf for over a year, including a need for extensive rehab and being in constant pain. Skaaland said that during that time off, not ONCE did Backlund contact him, check on him, anything. He felt betrayed and abandoned, so that's when he started hatching his plan to make Backlund as miserable as he had made him. When the opportunity to screw Backlund out of the possession he cherished the most, the GCW World Title, came about, he jumped at it. "Now you know what it's like to suffer, Bob Backlund!" Skaaland knows that Backlund is enacting his rematch clause on September 19 at MSG, and he promises that Snuka will finish what they started at Wrigley Field and put Backlund out of wrestling for good.

Texas Bullrope Match:
Sgt. Slaughter defeated Stan Hansen in 0:36:21.
Rating: **** 1/4

Sgt. Slaughter's return last month has caused quite a stir, especially with the man who he attacked, Stan Hansen. Slaughter feels that Hansen has gotten weak on his stance against foreigners and has come back to beat some sense into Hansen. Slaughter lost the first battle at Wrigley Field, but he gave Hansen a ferocious battle. They had their second match, this time in Hansen's specialty, the Texas Bullrope Match. Slaughter showed just how tough he is by going blow for blow with the Lariat, even using the bullrope nearly as expertly as Hansen was. Hansen though seemed to have the upperhand for good when he clocked Slaughter with the cowbell on the rope to seemingly knock the former Marine out. Hansen began to drag Slaughter around the ring to touch the corners, not knowing that Slaughter was touching the turnbuckles behind him. When Hansen got to the fourth turnbuckle, Slaughter stopped him in his tracks with a low blow and hit the turnbuckle, scoring a huge upset! This rivalry is going to have a violent rubber match as on September 19, Hansen & Slaughter meet in a steel cage match!

Tito Santana, Ivan Putski, Dusty Rhodes and Terry Funk defeated Paul Jones' Army (Austin Idol, Paul Jones, Ric Flair and The Masked Superstar) when T. Santana pinned A. Idol with the Flying Forearm in 0:14:30.
Rating: ** 1/2

Our wrestling main event was the 8-man tag team match that came about at our last show. Dusty Rhodes was wrestling Ric Flair, and Paul Jones got involved in the match. We later found out that Jones is blaming Rhodes for the fact that Jones & The Masked Superstar aren't the top contenders for the World Tag Team Titles because the American Dream came to the aid of Ivan Putski to be his partner. So what we had was an 8-man tag match putting a lot of feuds together. Ric Flair was an unofficial member of Paul Jones' Army, a hired gun if you will who still has some issues with Rhodes himself. This was your standard 8-man tag affair. A lot of good individual matchups in the ring and a lot of good wrestling. This one would come to an end when Tito Santana hit his Flying Forearm on Austin Idol to pick up the win for his team.

Idol was mad as hell about taking the loss, as was Paul Jones. Thus, a match has been set up for the Garden pitting Idol against Tito Santana, 1-on-1! Also, Dusty Rhodes & Ivan Putski get their earned tag title shot against the Wild Samoans!

Interview:
Gorilla Monsoon says goodbye to the fans.

With that, we had only one thing left to do tonight, and that's say goodbye to Gorilla Monsoon. Monsoon came out to a standing ovation and had the emotion of the situation written all over his face. He gave a heartfelt speech, talking about how strange it feels knowing he will never wrestle a match in this ring again. He talked about how much he will miss the fans, and thanked every wrestler he had worked with over the years, for the better or for the worst. He thanked his multitude of tag team partners over the years, specifically mention the 3 men he won championship gold with: Killer Kowalski, Haystacks Calhoun, and most recently, Pedro Morales. Monsoon called out Morales, who came down to the ring still nursing his wounds from his earlier match. He thanked Morales for giving him one last great run in the ring, saying that no one believed a couple of old-timers would have the skills to hold the tag titles, let alone for over a year. He added that while he appreciates Morales' apology earlier in the night, it was completely unnecessary - he had nothing to apologize about. The interview ended with the two hugging and Morales raising Monsoon's hand before leaving him in the ring to say goodbye to the fans one last time.

Card rating: *** 1/4

Match observations:

Madison Square Garden has already sold out in preparation for our huge September 19 show, headlined by the World Title rematch of the year!

WORLD TITLE - Jimmy Snuka (c) vs. Bob Backlund
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Wild Samoans (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes/Ivan Putski
STEEL CAGE MATCH - Stan Hansen vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Terry Funk vs. Ric Flair
Roddy Piper/Pedro Morales vs. Don Muraco/Ivan Koloff
Tito Santana vs. Austin Idol
B. Brian Blair vs. Manny Fernandez

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