December 8, 1977 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

Jumbo Tsuruta pinned Rene Goulet with the Jumbo Knee in 0:11:46.
Rating: ***

Jumbo Tsuruta was disappointed not to regain the World Title in Providence, and he took that feeling and turned it into a positive against Rene Goulet here in Boston. The result was an impressive win for the former champ, who is looking to position himself for another shot at the gold.

Stan Hansen pinned Gorilla Monsoon with the Lariat in 0:07:40.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Stan Hansen retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Gorilla Monsoon was back to get revenge on Stan Hansen for breaking his neck several months ago. As an added bonus, Monsoon got the chance to become the Intercontinental champion too. It's amazing to think that Monsoon has never held a singles title in the nearly 15 years he's been with GCW, but this was his shot. Monsoon came out aggressive and didn't let Hansen get going early, but once Hansen got a hard shot on that neck, the complexion changed dramatically. Monsoon's neck may not be all the way healed, and with Hansen pounding on it, Monsoon's will was there but not his body. Hansen would get a successful title defense tonight with the Lariat. Monsoon is fortunate he didn't have his neck broken again.

Terry Funk wants a shot at Stan Hansen and the Intercontinental Title.

After the match concluded, Hansen was confronted by a very pissed off TERRY FUNK. Funk didn't appreciate being nailed with the Lariat back in October, and he wanted a shot at Hansen and the Intercontinental Title. Funk reminded "The Lariat" that he wouldn't even be IC champ if it wasn't for him, and he was sure as hell going to be the man to take the title from him. Hansen told Funk if he wanted a fight, why not do it right now? Funk took him up on it, and we had an impromptu brawl!

Chief Jay Strongbow made Johnny Rodz submit to the Indian Deathlock in 0:12:41.
Rating: ****

Chief Jay Strongbow got more of a challenge than he wanted to from Johnny Rodz as apparently the unpredictable act of Rodz tonight was to wrestle well. Either way, Strongbow managed to pull out the victory in a highly competitive affair.

Bobby Duncum pinned Mr. Wrestling II with the Full Nelson Slam in 0:14:27.
Rating: *** 1/2
[Tim Woods interfered against Bobby Duncum.]

Bobby Duncum was on his second leg of wrestling singles matches against the Woods/Wrestling II team, taking on Mr. Wrestling II. As we expected, Tim Woods was interfering left and right during the match, making this quite the struggle for Duncum. It looked like Duncum wasn't going to walk out of the Boston Garden a winner, but he hit a desperation Full Nelson Slam to get a flash pin. No time to celebrate though as Woods jumped in the ring and the beatdown was on. Duncum got pounded on by the former World Tag Team champions before officials broke it up. Duncum knows he is going to need a partner to stand a chance, and thus he has challenged Woods & Wrestling II to a tag match on December 28th, with a partner to be announced!

Don Muraco pinned Mike Graham with the Tombstone in 0:12:43.
Rating: ***

Don Muraco had his hands full with Mike Graham who is continually improving every match he wrestles in. Unfortunately, right now, the improvement has not translated into many wins, and that trend continued in Boston. Graham thought he had the win wrapped up when he flew off the top for a flying crossbody, but the powerful Muraco caught him, re-positioned him, and dropped him on his head with the Tombstone. 1-2-3. After the event was over, we learned that Muraco has finally answered Strongbow about his offer to become his tag team partner. Muraco has stated that if Strongbow can beat him on December 28 at the big year-end MSG show, he will become Strongbow's partner.

The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) defeated Dominic DeNucci and Dino Bravo when Jack Brisco made DeNucci submit to an abdominal stretch in 0:31:00.
Rating: ****
(The Brisco Brothers won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Larry Zbyszko interfered against Dino Bravo.]

We have brand spanking new World Tag Team champions, but it's not without controversy. The Briscos felt they had a good shot at beating Dino Bravo & Dominic DeNucci for the gold, but I doubt they wanted it to go down the way it did. Bravo & DeNucci have proven they can beat the Briscos, but an unexpected monkey wrench was thrown into the works tonight. Late in this hotly contested match, Jack Brisco had DeNucci locked up in a painful abdominal stretch. DeNucci couldn't break Brisco's grip, but what he was doing was inching closer and closer to his corner to tag in Bravo. DeNucci was nearly there when someone suddenly pulled Bravo off the apron and tossed him head first into the ring post! A closer look revealed that it was LARRY ZBYSZKO, Bravo's former partner! Everyone was shocked to see Zbyszko back, let alone see him turn on his former friend in such a manner! With Bravo out of the picture, DeNucci had no choice but to submit and with that, the Briscos are the tag champs for the first time. After the match when the Briscos realized what happened, they helped Bravo to the back and have said that they will give Bravo & DeNucci a rematch at the year-end show. However, Bravo has declined that for now, saying he wants his hands on Zbyszko.

Cage Match:
Terry Funk pinned Pat Patterson after a small package in 0:17:57.
Rating: ** 3/4

There is no more dangerous match in all of wrestling than the steel cage match, which is why it is used to settle feuds that can't otherwise be settled. Pat Patterson vs. Terry Funk is one of those feuds. It has gotten so personal that only 15 feet of steel was going to put this one in the books once and for all. Patterson would still be Intercontinental champion right now if it weren't for Funk, and every time Patterson punched Funk, you could see him taking out that anger. Funk equally blames Patterson for his not being the IC champ, and he was dishing it right back. What resulted was two men laying it all on the line, bleeding profusely, battling like two warriors. With a match like this, it's no surprise that a fluke small package would be what finished it. Patterson had full control and looked to be going for the throat, but Funk locked him up in the pinning combination out of nowhere to get the 1-2-3. Patterson couldn't believe that he fell in this match, but he would get in the final blow as he tossed Funk face first into the cage, leaving him lying on the mat a bloody mess.

Bruiser Brody pinned Ivan Koloff with the Bombs Away in 0:16:11.
Rating: ***
[Lou Albano interfered against Ivan Koloff.]

Much like last month, we saw a singles match between one of Lou Albano's charges and one of his arch enemies, but the opposite members as Bruiser Brody wrestled Ivan Koloff. Again, their partners were in their corners (Nikolai Volkoff & Dusty Rhodes respectively) and again, you knew they were merely going to be innocent bystanders. Albano knew that he could goad the Russian Bear into going after him, and that's exactly what he did when he saw Koloff going for the Russian Sickle. Koloff took his eye off the ball and lunged at Albano (who had jumped up on the apron). This temporary distraction let Brody club Koloff from behind and hit a back suplex. The Bombs Away followed and Brody was declared the victor. Dusty Rhodes chased Brody out of the ring right after the bell, but Brody had won. This will all hopefully be settled at the year-end show when these four meet in a tag team match.

Bob Backlund and Peter Maivia defeated The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) when Backlund pinned Lanza with the Atomic Drop in 0:23:19.
Rating: **** 1/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Bob Backlund.]
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Peter Maivia.]

Bob Backlund is still petitioning to get a World Title shot against Billy Graham, and again, Bobby Heenan is trying to throw whatever obstacles he can in front of Backlund. He sent the Blackjacks after Backlund again, who had Peter Maivia on his side. Backlund & Maivia had far better chemistry than they did last match, and I don't think the Blackjacks saw that coming. This plan didn't end anywhere near the way Heenan had hoped, as Backlund hit Lanza with the Atomic Drop. A successful match for Backlund & Maivia, and with this win, Backlund has got his wish. He will be wrestling for the World Title on December 28th!

Billy Graham pinned Dory Funk Jr. after a cross-body block in 0:30:43.
Rating: *****
(Billy Graham retained the GCW World Title.)

What an absolutely amazing main event we were all honored to see to close out this trip to Boston! There was magic in the air tonight, and that magic was the World Title match between challenger Dory Funk Jr. & champion "Superstar" Billy Graham. Graham has barely had a chance to enjoy holding the title before the challengers started coming. He successfully turned back the challenge of Jumbo Tsuruta in Providence, and he was able to do the same against Dory Funk Jr. here in Boston, but it was not easy to say the least. The story with Funk in his GCW career has been that he has had a lot of success - a former IC, US, and tag team champion - but when it comes to winning the Big One, it's close but no cigar. That again happened here, and it has to be eating away at him. Funk wrestled a perfect match. He knows Billy Graham so well by this point that he really felt that this would be his night to get the monkey off his back and hold the GCW World Heavyweight Title. He weathered the powerful offense of the Superstar and set himself up perfectly to win the match when he had Graham up on th top turnbuckle. Funk was looking to hit a belly-to-back superplex which surely would have put Graham out, but BOBBY HEENAN intervened and grabbed a hold of Funk's foot to buy Graham some time. By the time Funk kicked the Brain away and went for the superplex, Graham had recovered enough to reverse it into a cross-body block! The force of the impact drove the oxygen out of Funk's lungs and 3 seconds later, his dreams of being World champion were dashed once again. After the match, Funk really took this loss hard. How much longer can he deal with disappointments like this?

Graham escaped by the skin of his teeth here, but in 20 days, his luck may run out as he has to put up the title against the man who pinned him 2 months ago, the undefeated Bob Backlund!

Card rating: *** 3/4

Match observations:

You know what time it is - it's the end of the year! And that means it's time for the biggest show of the GCW calendar, the year-end show from Madison Square Garden, this year taking place on December 28!

WORLD TITLE - Billy Graham (c) vs. Bob Backlund
INTERCONTIENTAL TITLE - Stan Hansen (c) vs. Terry Funk
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Brisco Brothers (c) vs. The Blackjacks
Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Dory Funk Jr.
Dusty Rhodes/Ivan Koloff vs. Bruiser Brody/Nikolai Volkoff
Dino Bravo vs. Larry Zbyszko
Bobby Duncum/Mystery Partner vs. Tim Woods/Mr. Wrestling II
Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Don Muraco

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