February 12, 1979 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

The Gunslingers (Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk), Ken Patera and Larry Zbyszko defeated Chief Jay Strongbow, Billy White Wolf, Jumbo Tsuruta and Dino Bravo when D. Funk Jr. pinned Bravo after a sunset flip in 0:12:43.
Rating: ***

Our historic show in Boston kicked off with a fun 8-man tag team match. There was firepower on both sides with Jumbo Tsuruta, Dino Bravo, Chief Jay Strongbow, & Billy White Wolf taking on Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk, Ken Patera, & Larry Zbyszko. This match was more or less a way to showcase the competitors involved as everyone got their spots in. During the commotion at the end where all 8 men brawled with each other, Dory Jr. caught Bravo with a sunset flip. With the help of his feet on the ropes, Funk Jr. got the pinfall for his team.

Jimmy Snuka pinned Paul Orndorff with the Superfly Splash in 0:12:34.
Rating: *** 1/4

Jimmy Snuka again came up short in winning a championship thanks to the attack of the debuting Paul Orndorff at MSG in December. We got our first taste of Orndorff in the ring in a singles match against Snuka, and he showed that he can hang for sure. Orndorff is not only a great technical wrestler, but he is a very strong man as well, and he gave the Superfly fits throughout this match. We did find out what his weak point was, and that's his ego. He may have been able to put Snuka away during this match, but he chose to showboat instead. This caused him to missing a flying kneedrop, which gave Snuka the small window of opportunity to hit the Superfly Splash for the 1-2-3.

Snuka's time for celebration was non-existent as he was nailed from behind with a clothesline from a man in a black mask! The man stomped on Snuka relentlessly. When Orndorff got back to his feet, he joined in on the assault, holding Snuka prone. The masked man reared back and nailed Snuka with a thumb to the throat. Snuka was wiped out as the man removed the mask to reveal LUKE GRAHAM! Luke Graham was the masked attacker all along! Now the question remains… why?

The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) defeated The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) when Lanza defeated Sika when Sika passed out in the Blackjack Claw in 0:10:39.
Rating: **
(The Blackjacks won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Captain Lou Albano did some negotiating with "Classy" Freddie Blassie and cut a deal with the thorn in his side. Albano agreed to give Blassie's new team a World Tag Team Title shot against the Wild Samoans if Ivan Koloff would meet The Midnight Rider for a chance to get Dusty Rhodes reinstated. The tag title match was up first, and Blassie was all smiles as he introduced his new team - THE BLACKJACKS! Some people in the crowd were laughing at Blassie at his pickup, as it is no secret that the Blackjacks have been on one hell of a losing streak. Even Albano was laughing as he was sure that Afa & Sika would walk out still the champs. But from the looks of this match, Lanza & Mulligan have their swagger back with Blassie as their manager. The Blackjacks were rejuvenated and we had ourselves a phenomenal tag title match on our hands. This was a pure fight that would have been an even greater match had Blassie not gotten involved. Sika looked to have Lanza pinned after hitting the Samoan Drop when Blassie jumped on the ring apron. Referee Willie Webber did his best to get Blassie down, but during the chaos, he tossed his cane to Blackjack Mulligan on the apron. Mulligan got in the ring and clocked Sika in the back of the head with it, knocking him out cold. Lanza recovered enough to put the Blackjack Claw on Sika. With Blassie now conveniently on the floor, referee Webber turned to see Sika out cold in the claw and called for the bell. The Blackjacks are now the 3-time tag team champions! What a difference a manager can make, and Blassie proved instrumental in getting the gold back around the waists of Lanza & Mulligan. Albano may have underestimated Blassie, but he promises he won't do it again when the Samoans exercise their rematch clause on March 17 in Landover, MD!

The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) defeated Jimmy Golden and Victor Rivera when Jack Brisco pinned Rivera with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:06:49.
Rating: **

Solid tag action continued as the Brisco Brothers got an impressive victory over Jimmy Golden & Victor Rivera. Golden & Rivera have yet to get on the same page fully, but they showed improvement in this match. However, the Briscos are amongst the best in the world and showed why with their win here.

Stan Hansen pinned Pat Patterson after a Gorilla Press in 0:10:38.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Stan Hansen retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

After the events of the #1 contenders battle royal last month, Pat Patterson had a major bone to pick with Intercontinental champion Stan Hansen. Hansen is a brash Texan and he willingly put the IC Title on the line against Patterson, a former champ in his own right. Hansen is making the IC Title his own, and with each successful title defense, he submits himself as a big part of the future of this business. Patterson has a bad temper, and he let his temper get the better of him as he was looking to hurt Hansen rather than pin him. Patterson went up top, but Hansen recovered enough to grab him off the top into a Gorilla Press in a wonderful feat of strength. He dropped Patterson face first, knocking the wind out of him long enough to retain the gold.

Gorilla Monsoon and Pedro Morales defeated Great Kabuki and Don Muraco when Morales defeated Muraco by disqualification in 0:02:22.
Rating: 1/2*

The Monsoon/Morales pairing got off to a good start with a win in Albany, but they had a tougher test in Boston against Don Muraco & Great Kabuki. Freddie Blassie was not out with Muraco & Kabuki as he was doing a magazine interview with the Blackjacks regarding their title win. Maybe he should have been at ringside, because Muraco & Kabuki went nuts. It didn't take long at all before any sense of order went out the window. Muraco & Kabuki stopped listening to the referee's instructions and they were disqualified when they refused to stop double teaming Morales in the ring. Monsoon joined in on the brawl as well and before we knew it, we had a full-fledged pier sixer on our hands! The fight got a little out of control as a couple of officials got hit with errant shots, resulting in all four men receiving fines for their parts in this chaos. More importantly, we are going to have a rare match take place in Landover. These two teams will go at it again, but it will be under Tornado Rules! All four men in the ring at the same time, one fall to a finish. We're going to see just what kind of team Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales really are!

Billy Graham defeated Roddy Piper when Roddy Piper passed out in the Bearhug in 0:11:15.
Rating: *** 1/2

You have to give Roddy Piper some credit - he's a young gun trying to get himself noticed. He bit off a little more than he could chew though by raising the ire of "Superstar" Billy Graham by throwing a fireball in his face to cost him the World Title. Piper didn't back down whatsoever in this match - he was here to fight and fight he did. Even Graham seemed impressed that Piper kept coming back at him each time the Superstar knocked him down. Piper even came close to putting Graham to sleep, but the Superstar had enough strength to fight out of it and put on the Bearhug. Graham would get the win, but it is important to note that Piper never submitted - he passed out from the pain. Piper even received a round of applause from the fans in Boston, a show of respect for the fight he put up.

[IF MIDNIGHT RIDER WINS, DUSTY RHODES IS REINSTATED]:
The Midnight Rider pinned Ivan Koloff with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:13:40.
Rating: ** 3/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Ivan Koloff.]

Captain Lou Albano was not having a good time, but he had a chance for redemption against Freddie Blassie in this match with The Midnight Rider taking on Ivan Koloff. If the Rider won, Dusty Rhodes would be reinstated into GCW! Blassie was even more intense than he usually was, because it could be an absolutely banner night for Blassie if he could not only get the tag titles in his camp, but deliver a crushing blow to Albano's camp at the same time. The match itself was a rough and tumble affair, but that's not surprising given the competitors involved. The crowd was invested fully in everything they did, because let's face it - before he was forced to leave GCW, Dusty Rhodes was arguably the most popular man in all of wrestling. The fans almost had their hearts broken as initially, it looked like Koloff had won the match. Much like in the earlier match, Blassie got up on the apron and tried to throw the cane into the ring, but referee Tommy Young saw what was going on and grabbed the cane, reprimanding Blassie the whole way. During this, the Russian Bear grabbed his chain and clocked the Rider with it, making the cover and getting yet another cheap victory.

But there was a light at the end of the tunnel as head referee DICK KROLL ran out and told Young what had happened. Blassie nearly blew a gasket when Tommy Young ordered that the match would restart! The Rider was still suffering from the ill effects of the chain shot, so it looked like it may have been a moot point, but when Koloff missed an avalanche in the corner, it all turned around. The Rider got his second wind and had the crowd strongly behind him. Nothing Koloff did seemed to matter as the Rider was all fired up on his way to hitting the Bionic Elbowdrop and getting the 1-2-3 as the roof nearly blew off the place! Dusty Rhodes will be reinstated into GCW!

Bob Backlund pinned Harley Race after a fisherman suplex in 0:18:39.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Bob Backlund won the GCW World Title.)

There was something magical in the air as we headed to our main event - Bob Backlund getting one more opportunity to do what many feel is his destiny, and that is dethrone Harley Race and become the new World Heavyweight champion. We'd already seen new tag champions, but what the fans were really wanting to see is someone shut up Harley Race once and for all. That's easier said than done though, as there has only been one man to ever pin Race in a singles match, and that was when Jumbo Tsuruta ended Race's first title reign. Backlund has defeated Race before, but he hasn't been able to wrestle the title away from him. But like I said, something was in the air tonight, and Backlund could feel it. I have never seen Backlund this on point. Race looked a bit out of it, but he was really laying the shots into Backlund. This seemed to just motivate Backlund who took Race to the mat and hardly let him up. Race got some more brutal offense in late as he looked to hit the Piledriver, but Backlund countered with a backdrop. When both men got to their feet, Backlund caught Race with a fisherman suplex for the 3 count out of nowhere! After all this time, Backlund had finally done it! He climbed to the top of the ladder and is now the top man in the sport! After the match, Race got right up and went to the locker room, grabbed his bags and drove away. Strange indeed, but either way, congrats to the new champions!

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

We are starting a new era in Global Championship Wrestling with Bob Backlund as the champion! What does that mean for GCW moving forward? We'll start that journey on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, from Landover, MD!

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Ken Patera
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Blackjacks (c) vs. The Wild Samoans
TORNADO RULES - Gorilla Monsoon/Pedro Morales vs. Great Kabuki/Don Muraco

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