February 6, 1977 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

Tim Woods made Dino Bravo submit to the Sleeperhold in 0:06:59.
Rating: ** 3/4

Dino Bravo made his return to the ring after the injuries he suffered at the hands of Billy Graham, taking on "Mr. Wrestling" Tim Woods. Bravo claims he is at 100%, but from watching him in the ring here, he looked rusty at best and still hurt at worse, and the malicious Woods took full advantage of this once he picked up on it. Woods wore Bravo down before slapping on the Sleeperhold, causing Bravo to pass out.

Mike Graham made Hiro Matsuda submit to the Sleeperhold in 0:12:11.
Rating: ****

Mike Graham & Hiro Matsuda needed a fourth match to determine who was the better man, and it appears as though that man is the young Graham. Graham is showing great improvement every time he steps in the ring, and winning this feud with Matsuda goes a long way to show where he is heading. I'm interested to see what the next step is for Mike Graham.

Gorilla Monsoon defeated Sgt. Slaughter by disqualification in 0:04:23.
Rating: * 1/4

Sgt. Slaughter showed just what kind of punk he is when he left Gorilla Monsoon high and dry in a World Tag Team Title match in Philly, and now Monsoon wanted to take Slaughter out behind the wood shed. For most of this match, that's exactly what he did. Slaughter had a look on his face like he knew he had bitten off more than he could chew. In an act of pure desperation, Slaughter pulled a railroad spike out of his boot and jabbed Monsoon in the forehead with it for a clear disqualification. Slaughter continued the attack with spike, bloodying the face of Monsoon before officials escorted Slaughter to the back.

Bob Backlund pinned Killer Kowalski with the Atomic Drop in 0:08:17.
Rating: ***

We got our second taste of Bob Backlund in action, and this match would go a long way to showing exactly what kind of competitor Backlund really is as he took on wrestling legend and notoriously one of the toughest men in the world, Killer Kowalski. Backlund showed just what kind of wrestling technique he possesses as he proved that it doesn't matter how big you are - if he can get a hold of you, he can bring you to the canvas. Backlund took his lumps, but in the end, the Atomic Drop marked a win for Bob Backlund.

We learned after the show that Kowalski has chosen to end a legendary career, choosing to retire from the great sport of wrestling. You may not like the guy, but there is no denying what a feared competitor he has been for years.

Terry Funk defeated Peter Maivia by countout in 0:14:16.
Rating: **
(Terry Funk retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Terry Funk may have escaped in cheap fashion last month to retain his Intercontinental Title, but this time around against "High Chief" Peter Maivia, Funk kept the strap fair and square. He caught a bit of a break, but in wrestling, you have to take advantage of any breaks you can get. After a good back and forth affair, Funk caught Maivia hard with a clothesline, knocking Maivia through the ropes and to the floor. Maivia took a nasty spill on the concrete, and as a result, was unable to answer the count of referee Willie Webber, giving Funk a countout victory and a successful title defense. This, however, would not be the last we saw of the IC champ.

The Russians (Ivan Koloff and Nikolai Volkoff) defeated the Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) when I. Koloff pinned Jack Brisco after the Iron Curtain in 0:17:33.
Rating: **

The Briscos and The Russians met in a return match, and this one was even more intense than the first one. Captain Lou Albano has announced in recent interviews that he wants Ivan Koloff & Nikolai Volkoff holding the tag titles by the end of the year, and that can't possibly happen if they keep losing matches. It seems like the vote of confidence from Albano really lit a fire underneath the Russians, as they were certainly more invested than they were last month. Still, the Briscos are a tough match no matter the circumstances, and they weren't just going to let Albano's men walk away with a win. Albano played his part in making sure it happened, tripping Jack Brisco up as he hit the ropes during a comeback. He stumbled right into the Iron Curtain from the Russians, putting this one in the books.

We are excited to announce though that on March 2 at Madison Square Garden, these teams will meet for a third time, and a shot at the World Tag Team Titles will be on the line!

Interview:
Stan Hansen believes everyone is scared to wrestle him.

Stan Hansen was not scheduled for a match tonight, but he did come out for an interview. Hansen was in rare form, and in a tasteless display, bragged about breaking the necks of both Pedro Morales & Billy Robinson, ending both of their careers. Hansen bragged about how the Lariat is the most dangerous move in wrestling, and because of that move, nobody in GCW wants to wrestle him (explaining, in his eyes, why he didn't have a match tonight). One man wanted to show he wasn't afraid, and that was BOBBY DUNCUM. Duncum said he is a lot of things, but he is afraid of no man, ESPECIALLY Hansen. He puncuated that point by slapping Hansen right across the face before sending him out over the top to the floor! Hansen was completely flabbergasted and vowed to get revenge on Duncum sooner rather than later.

Jimmy Snuka pinned Don Muraco after a splash in 0:13:45.
Rating: ** 3/4

Jimmy Snuka wants a shot at the Intercontinental Title, but to get one, champion Terry Funk had said that Snuka would need to defeat Funk's lackey, Don Muraco. The two wrestled in this one, and Funk made an appearance at ringside in the early minutes. Throughout the match, Funk did everything he could to distract Snuka, interfering left and right to give Muraco the edge. But no matter what he did, Snuka refused to stay down. Funk went for broke late in the match, jumping on the apron with the IC Title and instructed Muraco to whip Superfly toward him. Muraco tried, but Snuka reversed it and Funk clobbered Muraco with the title belt by mistake! Snuka followed up with a splash and got the 1-2-3, and thus, if Funk is a man of his word, will get a future shot at the gold!

After the match, Funk belittled Muraco for losing the match, blaming it all on him. Funk completely lost his cool and slapped Muraco before setting him up for a piledriver! Before he could hit the move, Snuka was back in the ring and he chased Funk to the back. In a great show of respect, Muraco & Snuka shook hands. Hopefully seeing this out of Funk will help Muraco see a new light and turn things around.

The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) defeated Dean Ho and Tony Garea when Mulligan made Garea submit to the Blackjack Claw in 0:08:43.
Rating: ***
(The Blackjacks retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Bobby Heenan has the Blackjacks wrestling at the top of their game, which is good because they are the reigning World Tag Team champions. They put the straps on the line against Tony Garea & Dean Ho, who have been close to winning the titles before but haven't been able to get over the hump. They came as close as they ever have here, but again, Lanza & Mulligan are on the top of their game. That, and each is the master of one of the most painful submission moves in all of wrestling, the Blackjack Claw. Ask Garea how much the move hurts, as he fell victim to it here.

Number-One-Contenders-Match:
Dory Funk Jr. pinned Billy Graham after a small package in 0:25:54.
Rating: **** 1/2
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Dory Funk Jr..]

If you ever wanted to see just how important a shot at the World Title is, just watch this match between Dory Funk Jr. & Billy Graham. The winner was going to walk away with a future title shot at the World Title, and both men wrestled with such a fervor because they know how few and far between title matches are. Some of the best wrestlers of all time have gone their entire careers and not had a shot at the top prize in the game. This was your classic technician vs. powerhouse matchup, and both men featured long stretches where they had the upperhand with their respective styles. Funk may have had another advantage over Graham in one department, and that's in heart. Funk showed heart in spades, getting locked in the Superstar's Bearhug but refusing to submit. It took him a few minutes, but Funk managed to get out of the hold. This threw Graham entirely off his game, and he never really seemed to regain his composure. Later on, he went for the Bearhug again, but Funk caught him with a small package and just like that had secured a 3 count! With this win, Dory Funk Jr. will get a shot at the World Heavyweight Title!

Cage Match:
Bruiser Brody defeated Luke Graham by escaping the cage in 0:13:40.
Rating: ***

We knew this cage match was going to be brutal, but we had no idea it would reach this level of viciousness. We do know for sure now that Bruiser Brody is one of the sickest men in the world. Brody has no regards for his own well being, let alone the well being of his opponent. Top that off with The Grand Wizard's diabolical quest to hurt Luke Graham and we knew we were going to have a bloodbath. I don't want to make it sound like this was all Brody. As we've come to know over the years, Luke Graham is as sick as they come, making his career in GCW with the blood of his opponents' on his hands. The blood poured from both men as they maliciously went at each other, not so much trying to win the match as much as trying to make it so the other man couldn't stand up. It looked like the veteran savvy of Graham was going to put this one in the books when he hit the Thumb to the Throat. However, when he got to the cage door, The Grand Wizard slammed it back into his face! Graham was nailed smack in the forehead with the steel and knocked loopy. Brody got up and hit the Bombs Away which completely put Crazy Luke out. Brody crawled over to the door and was declared the victor.

Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Harley Race by countout in 0:31:44.
Rating: **** 1/4
(Harley Race retained the GCW World Title.)

I was starting to think it would never happen, but Harley Race has been handed his first loss! It came tonight by the hands of Jumbo Tsuruta, who challenged Race for the World Title. Since Race's debut back in 1974, he has not suffered a loss of any kind in singles competition, but that was before he ran into the buzzsaw that is Jumbo Tsuruta. Race thought he had the match under control, but Jumbo is a fighter. Jumbo kept fighting back and fighting back, not letting anything stop him from his desire to become the champion. Jumbo held on long enough for Race to make a mistake. Race missed the diving headbutt from the top, which gave Jumbo the small opening to hit the Jumbo Knee. He cracked Race good, but possibly TOO good, knocking the champion to the floor. Handsome Harley was completely unconscious and was counted out of the ring, awarding this match to Jumbo. But since it was a countout, Tsuruta does NOT win the championship.

However, this is a major development as up until this match, no one had EVER defeated Race in one-on-one competition, an honor Jumbo now holds. This is the first major chink in Race's armor. Could this be the first sign that Race's dominant reign is in jeopardy?

Card rating: *** 1/4

Match observations:

So many heated rivalries in GCW, and they're going to boil over on March 2 as we go back to Madison Square Garden! Look at what we have on tap for you, wrestling fans!

WORLD TITLE - Harley Race (c) vs. Jumbo Tsuruta
#1 CONTENDERS MATCH - The Brisco Brothers vs. The Russians
Bobby Duncum vs. Stan Hansen
Jimmy Snuka/Don Muraco vs. Terry Funk/Sgt. Slaughter
Mike Graham vs. Bruiser Brody
Bob Backlund vs. Hiro Matsuda**

And surely, more matches to be announced!

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