August 6, 1979 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Loser-Leaves-Town Match:
Don Muraco pinned Great Kabuki with the Tombstone in 0:08:45.
Rating: * 1/2
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Great Kabuki.]

Perhaps one of the biggest Madison Square Garden shows of all time was upon us, and it kicked off with the loser-leaves-town match. For either Great Kabuki or Don Muraco, this would be the last time we would see them in a GCW ring. Less than a year ago, these two were almost the tag team champions, but now, they were fighting to eliminate the other from GCW. The match was highly back and forth due to them knowing each other so well. In the end, as has happened so many times, Freddie Blassie jumped up on the apron to get involved. While the referee John Stanley was tied up with Blassie, it looked like Muraco was going to use the cane. However, Kabuki went to spew the green mist in his eyes. Muraco saw it coming though, and the green mist caught Blassie in the face instead! Though the fans found great joy in this, it opened up a window of opportunity for Muraco to kick Kabuki below the belt and hit the Tombstone. Stanley saw Kabuki being covered and made the 1-2-3. Great Kabuki now has to leave GCW!

Tito Santana and Ivan Putski defeated Victor Rivera and Jimmy Golden when I. Putski pinned Golden with the Polish Hammer in 0:07:30.
Rating: ** 1/2

A rematch from Toronto, Tito Santana & Ivan Putski showcased their tag skills even more with another solid victory over Victor Rivera & Jimmy Golden. This time, Putski's power was on display as he pinned Golden by hitting him with the Polish Hammer, a devastating double axehandle blow to the chest. This new team looks like they could really make some waves in GCW's tag division.

Dino Bravo pinned Roddy Piper after a gutwrench suplex in 0:07:05.
Rating: * 3/4
[Ken Patera interfered against Roddy Piper.]

Fans of GCW were beside themselves with disappointment by the change of demeanor in Dino Bravo. Bravo, one of GCW's most beloved superstars, turned his backs on the fans and on Roddy Piper. Before the match, Bravo commented about how being a nice guy was getting him nowhere and it was time to take what was rightfully his. Roddy Piper will be no one's stepping stone, and he came to New York to show that to Bravo first hand. Little did any of us know that where was an even more sinister plot going on. The match was primarily dominated by Piper, who was relentless in his attack until KEN PATERA came down. After Piper had thrown Bravo back into the ring after a bodyslam on the floor, Patera grabbed Piper and threw him face first into the ringpost! Blood trickled down Piper's face as Patera threw him back in the ring. There, Bravo hit a gutwrench suplex and got the win. It looks like Bravo & Patera have formed an alliance, one that could be trouble for all the other wrestlers of GCW. When Piper found out what had happened, he tore up his locker room in anger. Piper has stated that he was going to get even no matter the cost.

Stan Hansen pinned Chavo Guerrero with the Lariat in 0:09:50.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Stan Hansen retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Due to a great showing in a non-title match, Chavo Guerrero was given a great opportunity, his first title shot in GCW against Stan Hansen for the Intercontinental Title. Guerrero was jacked up for his big chance, and his use of the Mexican style of wrestling kept Hansen off balance in a big way. Hansen was more focused himself with no distractions around, and even though it wasn't easy, Hansen's Lariat was more than enough to keep the gold around his waist. After the match, Hansen was looking to take some liberties on Guerrero by hitting him with the IC Title, but he never got the chance as JUMBO TSURUTA ran down and got in the ring between Hansen & Guerrero! Jumbo challenged Hansen to come after him, but after a long tense deliberation, Hansen determined that discretion was his best bet and went to the back. Once Jumbo is cleared to wrestle again, a huge clash is on the horizon.

Terry Funk defeated Ivan Koloff by disqualification in 0:14:09.
Rating: ** 1/2
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Terry Funk.]

We've seen quite the rivalry build in the past couple months between Terry Funk & Ivan Koloff, and the next chapter in the book was written here in the Garden. Funk has not always been the most likeable wrestler to the fans of GCW, but the fans have taken a shine to his unorthodox and somehow still straightforward style. And truthfully, they will cheer anyone who is looking to make Freddie Blassie's life uncomfortable. Blassie elicits such a passionate response in opponents of his wrestlers that they often make mistakes that his charges can capitalize on. But tonight, Funk was on point and managed to keep both Koloff & Blassie in his sights. Funk had the Russian Bear in the Spinning Toe Hold late, but Blassie didn't want to see one of his charges suffer a submission loss. Blassie got in the ring and got into an argument with referee Tommy Young. It got heated enough that Blassie shoved Young, which caused Koloff to be disqualified. Funk released his hold on Koloff and went after Blassie. He got a hold of Blassie by the shirt and was looking to clock him with a big left hand. He never got the chance though as Koloff nailed him from behind, hit him with a bodyslam, and then dropped him with the Russian Sickle. Funk & Koloff are going to go toe-to-toe one more time on August 29 in Uniondale, NY, but not only that, but it will be for a future World Title shot!

Ric Flair defeated Sika when Sika passed out in the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:11:55.
Rating: ***

A rare singles match for Sika of the Wild Samoans as Lou Albano's savage took on "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Flair came in thinking he was going to out class Sika on the mat, but Sika surprised a few people. We don't know where, but he's picked up a few holds here and there that caught Flair off guard. Flair was noticeably flustered by Sika's new found in-ring savvy, but some well-placed thumbs to the eye and chokeholds helped Flair get back on top for good. Flair wins when he makes Sika pass out from the pain in the Figure-Four Leglock.

Texas Bullrope Match:
Dusty Rhodes defeated Larry Zbyszko in 0:13:54.
Rating: ***

Larry Zbyszko may be absolutely out of his mind in challenging Dusty Rhodes to a Texas Bullrope match, but you can't claim that he doesn't have guts. Zbyszko is seemingly obsessed with getting the better of Rhodes, and challenging him to the Dream's specialty match is proof. That being said, Zbyszko was very impressive in this environment and didn't back down from Rhodes one bit. Zbyszko even bloodied Rhodes up with the cowbell and it seriously looked like he was going to score the upset. The problem came after Zbyszko hit the Shoulderbreaker on Rhodes (a great feat of strength in its own right), but the size of Rhodes made it difficult for Zbyszko to drag him around to the four corners. It was slow going, and as he was doing it, Rhodes was touching the turnbuckles right behind him! When it got to the 4th turnbuckle, Rhodes had recovered and got into a tug-o-war with Zbyszko. Rhodes eventually won out and pulled Zbyszko right into the Bionic Elbow and then touched the 4th turnbuckle to get the win!

The crowd exploded, but it was short-lived because Zbyszko jumped him from behind, knocking him loopy with a cowbell shot to the back of the head. That was bad enough, but Zbyszko took it way too far by wrapping the rope around the Dream's neck and throwing him over the top, hanging Rhodes! This was a scary situation as Rhodes' face was turning blue before officials finally pulled Zbyszko off of him. Rhodes is going to be okay, but President Hisashi Shinma made it clear that Zbyszko's actions were unacceptable and as a result, has been suspended for 90 days!

Gorilla Monsoon and Pedro Morales defeated The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) when Monsoon pinned Lanza with the Big Splash in 0:07:49.
Rating: **
(Gorilla Monsoon and Pedro Morales won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Gorilla Monsoon.]

Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales have fought hard to get this opportunity, but it was finally here as they got to challenge the Blackjacks for the World Tag Team Titles. Monsoon's story has captivated the fans of GCW, and they were out in full support of Morales and he as they took on Freddie Blassie's champions. Lanza & Mulligan have worked extremely hard themselves to regain the tag team titles after a considerable losing streak last year and wanted nothing more than to give Monsoon's tale a sad ending. The Blackjacks wanted to keep Morales in the ring as often as possible feeling that the situation would motivated Monsoon too much. Unfortunately, it's not like Morales is a push over and they couldn't accomplish this. When Monsoon got into the match, he was a house of fire. Nothing the Blackjacks tried seemed to slow him down as Monsoon continued to build momentum. He was slowed down after a double facerake, but it was only temporary. The Blackjacks sent Monsoon into the ropes, but Morales got back in the ring and took out Mulligan. Monsoon bounced back off the ropes and nailed Lanza with a clothesline. He followed up with the Big Splash, and three seconds later, MSG erupted! They had done it - Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales are the new World Tag Team champions! Monsoon nearly had tears in his eyes as he & Morales were presented the title. It has been almost 8 years since Monsoon has held the tag titles, and even he had to think his best days were behind him. This will go down as a great moment in GCW history. Congrats to the new champs!

Paul Orndorff and Abdullah the Butcher defeated Bob Backlund and Jimmy Snuka when Orndorff pinned J. Snuka with the Piledriver in 0:18:50.
Rating: *** 1/2
[Luke Graham interfered against Jimmy Snuka.]

Luke Graham promised that he would have someone with him tonight that would help Paul Orndorff to take out World champion Bob Backlund and especially Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, and boy, he wasn't lying. We were all surprised to see his secret weapon was ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER. Abdullah has GCW ties, having been a scary force in the 1960s as one half of the Madmen. Looking at how he wrestled tonight, he is even scarier. Abdullah has no regard for the well-being of anyone, including himself. Luke Graham looked like a proud father as Abdullah aided Orndorff in putting a hurting on Backlund & Snuka. Backlund & Snuka showed some grittiness in taking this overwhelming onslaught and fighting back, but truthfully, for the first time in as long as I can remember, Backlund & Snuka looked overwhelmed. Still, they fought hard and never backed down, but it wasn't meant to be. Abdullah made use of his classic fork late in the match, jabbing Snuka in the head with it while Orndorff had the referee's attention. Orndorff followed with the Piledriver. Backlund couldn't make the save as Abdullah clocked him with a clothesline, allowing Snuka's shoulders to be pinned and pick up the biggest win of his career. Luke Graham is confident that Snuka has met his match, and Abdullah the Butcher will take on the Superfly in the Nassau Coliseum, while Orndorff has earned a shot at Bob Backlund and the World Title!

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

August 29th will be a huge night in wrestling as the benchmark in this sport, Global Championship Wrestling, presents a big show from the Nassau Coliseum!

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Paul Orndorff
#1 CONTENDERS MATCH - Terry Funk vs. Ivan Koloff
Jimmy Snuka vs. Abdullah the Butcher
Tito Santana/Ivan Putski vs. Dino Bravo/Ken Patera

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