December 30, 1974 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Gorilla Monsoon and Dino Bravo defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna and Johnny Rodz when Monsoon defeated Scicluna when Scicluna passed out in a bearhug in 0:01:18.
Rating: **

The new year is quickly approaching, but the superstars of GCW are looking to leave the old year on a positive note. A big win on the year-end show from Madison Square Garden can give you a ton of momentum going into the next year. Gorilla Monsoon & Dino Bravo are hoping to take advantage of that, getting a quick and decisive victory over the makeshift team of Baron Mikel Scicluna & Johnny Rodz to open up our show.

Billy Graham defeated Mr. Wrestling I when Mr. Wrestling I passed out in the Bearhug in 0:10:08.
Rating: **** 1/4

Tonight would turn out to be a big night for "Superstar" Billy Graham, but at this point, we weren't exactly sure why. Billy Graham's improvements in the ring continued to be evident as he took on Mr. Wrestling I. Much of Wrestling I's offense was useless as Graham was simply too strong and powerful for his holds to have a lot of effect. It would be a hold from the Superstar, the Bearhug, that would spell the difference in this match.

Don Muraco pinned Nikolai Volkoff with the Flying Crossbody in 0:06:10.
Rating: * 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Don Muraco.]

Nikolai Volkoff has been nearly unstoppable in a GCW ring, thus far only falling to former World champion Ivan Koloff. So when Volkoff took on Don Muraco, most expected Volkoff to wipe the floor with him. One person who didn't think that was Muraco. Volkoff, at the advice of Lou Albano, decided to toy with Muraco instead of putting him away when he could, and it cost him. Volkoff missed a big kneedrop from the top rope, giving Muraco ample time to hit the Flying Crossbody and get the flash 1-2-3, and score a huge upset!

Ox Baker pinned Baron Von Raschke after outside interference in 0:07:11.
Rating: * 1/2
[Ray Stevens interfered against Baron Von Raschke.]

Originally this match was supposed to be a rematch from Boston pitting Baron Von Raschke against Ray Stevens, but Stevens came out on crutches, claiming to have injured his leg in a car accident the week before. Taking his place was Bobby Heenan's latest find, OX BAKER, who looked impressive in his debut in Boston. Baker's the type of guy who intimidates his foes, but Raschke is not easily intimidated. What we got is two large man who refuse to back down wailing away at one another. That is, until we found out that Stevens' injury was all a ruse. Raschke went after Stevens on the floor, but was cut off by referee Terry Taranova. When Taranova turned his attentions to Baker to keep him in the ring, Stevens blasted Raschke in the back of the head with his crutch! Stevens rolled Raschke back into the ring where Baker made the pin to put this one away.

It wasn't over though as Stevens jumped in the ring and put a beatdown on Raschke, targeting his leg with the crutch while Baker held him down. It culminated in Stevens going to the top and crashing down on Raschke's leg with the Bombs Away Kneedrop, shattering his leg and putting him out of action for an undisclosed amount of time, possibly forever. What a sickening act by some sick individuals. Word has it though that someone has stepped up to the plate to challenge Stevens for his wrongdoings, and this mystery man will meet the Crippler on January 13 in Baltimore.

Jimmy Snuka and Tony Garea defeated Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when J. Snuka pinned Fuji after a flying headbutt in 0:08:32.
Rating: ** 3/4

Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka said they would be better prepared for the rematch against Jimmy Snuka & Tony Garea, but Snuka & Garea were better prepared too, having more time to work on their tag team continuity. Again, Fuji & Tanaka took Snuka & Garea too lightly, leading to another loss.

Pedro Morales made Ernie Ladd submit to the Boston Crab in 0:12:06.
Rating: ** 3/4

Ernie Ladd announced before this match that he is going to return to the top of GCW in 1975, but he got off to a rocky start as his opponent tonight was Pedro Morales. While the fans seem to care about the feel good story of Ladd trying to turn his fortunes around, Morales most certainly does not, beating Ladd in a competitive match by making him tap out to the Boston Crab.

Bobby Duncum pinned Blackjack Lanza after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:19:00.
Rating: *** 3/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Bobby Duncum.]

Before the grudge match between Bobby Duncum & Blackjack Lanza, Bobby Heenan made one final plea to get Duncum back in his stable, trying to make peace between these two cowboys. Heenan's words seemed to be doing the trick, much to the crowd's chagrin, as Duncum & Lanza shook hands. However, that chagrin turned to delight when Duncum blasted Lanza with a short clothesline to get this match started. No one is for certain why Duncum is so angry with Heenan & Lanza, but what we do know is that this guy is a man fueled by anger. A ridiculously hard-hitting affair between two of the best brawlers in wrestling today. The whole match disintegrated into a chaotic affair by the end, culminating in Lanza bringing a cowbell into the ring. Duncum saw it coming though and ducked the shot, got the cowbell from Lanza, and knocked him silly with it to get the pin. Lanza & Heenan were outraged, calling for the decision to be reversed, but the decision will stand as is. Heenan is already working on getting a rematch signed.

Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
Harley Race beat Billy Robinson 2 falls to 1:
x Robinson beat Race via a backslide in 0:13:28
x Race beat Robinson via the Piledriver in 0:20:30
x Race beat Robinson via the Piledriver in 0:35:20
Rating: *** 1/4
(Harley Race retained the GCW World Title.)

Harley Race & Billy Robinson have had some battles in the past, Robinson nearly taking the United States Title on more than one occasion. Now Race is the World champion as well, and this was his first title defense in a 2 out of 3 falls match. These two know each other so well at this point that this became a bit of a wrestling clinic. If you're a youngster wanting to get into the sport, watch these two go to work to see it done the right way. The 2 of 3 falls rules help prevent there from being a fluke result, but it also adds a lot of strategy. Race's strategy was to get a fall as quickly as possible, and perhaps it was misguided as he looked to be tiring himself out early. Robinson used this to his advantage and caught Race in a backslide to take the first fall. Race was in trouble, but he slowed the pace down. Robinson uncharacteristically became impatient trying to get that second fall, and Race used this to turn the tide and catch Robinson with the Piledriver to take fall 2. That piledriver really shook Robinson up, because he wasn't quite the same for the rest of the match. Robinson used his mat wrestling skill to stay in this one, but it was simply putting off the inevitable. Race would hit a second Piledriver to take the third fall and make his first World Title defense a successful one.

The Texas Outlaws (Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch) defeated The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant) when Murdoch defeated Johnny Valiant by disqualification in 0:12:00.
Rating: * 3/4
(The Texas Outlaws retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The World Tag Team Titles were also on the line tonight as The Texas Outlaws defended the gold against The Valiant Brothers, who are proving to be quite the thorn in the side of the champs. Captain Lou Albano had the Valiants ready to go and has been clearly bestowing a lot of his knowledge on the eccentric duo. Amongst that knowledge set is the ability to cheat, which the Valiants do in spades. Perhaps even when they don't need to, which led to a disqualification here for double teaming and not listening to referee Willie Webber's instructions. Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch are more than willing to bar fight with you though, and the scene got a little crazy before officials broke it up. I have a feeling we will be seeing more from these two teams in the future.

[BUNKHOUSE MATCH]: No-Countout-No-DQ-Match:
Luke Graham pinned Ivan Koloff with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:12:21.
Rating: ** 1/4

That only left one more match, and that was our huge main event pitting Ivan Koloff & Luke Graham against each other in a dangerous Bunkhouse Match! The rules are simple - there are no rules! Koloff & Graham are each frightening enough in a standard match, let alone when you throw the rules out the window. If you were expecting anything close to a wrestling match here, you were gravely misinformed. We have seen a lot of brutal matches in our time, but I can honestly say I don't think I can remember a match with this much fury in it. It was chaos, and GCW is lucky no fans got hurt in the fray because Koloff & Graham were throwing each other around like mad men. Needless to say, both men were wearing the crimson mask by the end of this one, but this only seemed to fuel the fire of the two. Koloff had the match firmly in hand when he made use of his steel chain, but Luke Graham received help from a highly unlikely source. Koloff had a weakened Graham all set up for a chain-aided Russian Sickle, when out of nowhere he was clocked in the back of the head with a pipe by BILLY GRAHAM! Luke's little brother and one of his greatest rivals came to his aid! What in the world? Billy hit Koloff with two more shots to the ribs with the pipe before holding the big Russian prone for Luke to hit the Thumb to the Throat and get the cheap 1-2-3. The Graham brothers have been reunited, and it's just sickening. The fans voiced their disapproval by pelting Luke & Billy with garbage as police officers rushed them to safety. The Graham brothers are reunited, and this spells nothing but trouble for GCW.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

1975 starts with a lot of unanswered questions, but it will also start with some great wrestling from the Civic Center in Baltimore on January 13!

Ivan Koloff vs. Billy Graham
Ray Stevens vs. A Mystery Opponent
Jimmy Snuka/Tony Garea vs. The Valiant Brothers

Plus, we are told there will be a major announcement involving the future of the United States Title!

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