January 13, 1975 - Civic Center - Baltimore, MD

Interview:
Harley Race wants to hold all 3 titles at once.

Our first show of 1975 kicked off with our World & United States champion HARLEY RACE coming out for an interview. Race made the announcement that due to being the World Heavyweight champion, the GCW Championship Committee is officially stripping him of the US Title, a new champion to be crowned in our main event this evening - in a 16-man battle royal! Race says that is fine, but because he is the best in the world, he wants to take this opportunity to do something no one else has ever done - hold all 3 GCW championships at once. Race said he is still the US champion until the end of the night, and thus he wants a piece of the World Tag Team champions, The Texas Outlaws, TONIGHT! This brought out DUSTY RHODES & DICK MURDOCH, and they seemed tentative about the whole deal, not trusting that Race didn't have a plan up his sleeve. Race went as far as to tell the Outlaws that they could select his tag team partner. Rhodes & Murdoch went one further, goading the arrogant World champion into agreeing to give each of them a shot at the World Title if Race and his partner are unsuccessful in their attempt to win the tag titles. Race agreed, and this tag title match was set for later in the evening!

The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant) defeated Jimmy Snuka and Tony Garea when Jimmy Valiant made Garea submit to the Sleeperhold in 0:13:34.
Rating: ***

Jimmy Snuka & Tony Garea have decided to make their tag team partnership a permanent deal after getting two big wins over Mr. Fuji & Toru Tanaka, but they are going to experience a lot of tough competition in the coming months as they try to establish themselves. The challenge tonight was the Valiant Brothers, Captain Lou Albano's tag team that nearly became the World Tag Team champions. Snuka & Garea have clearly been in the gym working on their tag team continuity, pulling off some impressive tandem offense. However, Jimmy & Johnny have been doing it their entire lives, and that extra experience edge proved the different in picking up the win. Snuka & Garea should pull a lot from this loss though, and it will only make them better next time out.

Jack Brisco made Ray Stevens submit to the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:17:47.
Rating: *** 3/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Jack Brisco.]

The career of Baron Von Raschke is more than likely over thanks to the heinous attack of "The Crippler" Ray Stevens, who shattered Raschke's leg with the Bombs Away Kneedrop. Someone saw this last month and didn't approve of it, challenging Stevens to a match tonight. This anonymous challenger was revealed as JACK BRISCO, making his return to GCW after a 5-year hiatus. Stevens did not see this coming, nor could any of us have. Jack Brisco has been establishing himself as one of the best in the world, winning titles all over the world. But like him or hate him, Stevens has been one of the top wrestlers in the world for many years and he can adapt to anyone. This was the first GCW audiences had seen of Brisco in quite some time, and he is even more of a wrestling machine than he was before. If Stevens is anything though, he is tenacious and can take a beating and keep coming back for more. Stevens is tough, crazy, and dangerous, but even that combination is helpless against the Figure-Four Leglock. Brisco got the hold on and Stevens had to tap out, or face the risk of having his own leg broken too. I doubt that this will be the last we hear from the Heenan Family on this matter.

Interview:
Billy Graham explains why he reunited with his brother Luke.

"Superstar" Billy Graham had a match tonight we all wanted to see, but before he went toe-to-toe with Ivan Koloff, the Superstar had some explaining to do. Everyone wants to know why Billy reunited with his brother Luke, and we got that answer. Billy said that for the past several years, he has hated Luke, because Luke had gone soft. "Luke used to be the most feared man in all of wrestling," Billy said, "but then he started catering to you people, and he became weak!" Billy said that when Luke attacked Koloff and cost him the World Title, he proved that he still had that evil spirit in him. Billy said that he made a phone call and reconciled with Luke, and says that together, along with the Grand Wizard, they will rule Global Championship Wrestling.

Billy Graham defeated Ivan Koloff via pinfall in 0:15:30.
Rating: ***
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Ivan Koloff.]

Billy Graham may be happy with his explanation and reunion with his brother, but one man who is anything but happy is Ivan Koloff. Koloff has suffered his first two singles losses of his career thanks to the various antics of the Graham brothers, and he had a huge opportunity to extract some revenge in this match against the Superstar. If the Russian Bear was angry before, he's going to be downright furious after what happened in this one. Graham usually can assert his will against his opponents, but Koloff was having none of it as he was fueled by vengeance. Koloff threw Graham to the floor and continued the assault there, using whatever he could find to throw the Superstar into. Koloff rolled Graham back into the ring, and thanks to a distraction by The Grand Wizard, the referee completely missed LUKE GRAHAM smash Koloff in the back of the head with a beer bottle, shattering it all over the floor! I have never seen anything like that in my entire life. Luke Graham lifted up the dead weight of Koloff and put him back in the ring, where Billy Graham covered his lifeless body for the 1-2-3. You have to appreciate Koloff's desire for revenge, but trying to take on both Graham brothers alone just isn't smart.

The Texas Outlaws (Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch) defeated Harley Race and Johnny Rodz when Murdoch pinned Rodz with the Gourdbuster in 0:16:46.
Rating: ****
(The Texas Outlaws retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Harley Race had this one chance to simultaneously hold all 3 titles in GCW, but his bravado may have gotten the better of him as he agreed to let The Texas Outlaws choose his tag team partner. The Outlaws chose JOHNNY RODZ, who hasn't exactly had a plethora of success in GCW rings thus far. Regardless, Race & Rodz held their own surprisingly well. Rodz knew that opportunities for championships don't come often and he brought his A-game for this match, taking it to Rhodes & Murdoch. But even though the mind was willing, the body couldn't keep up as the Outlaws kept Rodz in the ring and finished him off to retain the titles. As a result, Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch both will get individual shots at the World Title. Harley Race was not happy to say the least.

16-Man Battle Royal for the vacant GCW United States Title:
Dory Funk Jr. won a 16-man Battle Royal:
x Duncum threw out Bravo after a snap mare in 0:00:43
x Fuji threw out Ernie Ladd in 0:02:17
x Fuji threw out Muraco in 0:05:35
x Robinson threw out O. Baker after a forearm to the back in 0:08:40
x L. Graham threw out Robinson after a hiptoss in 0:13:28
x L. Graham threw out Monsoon after a kneelift in 0:14:27
x Wrestling I threw out Lanza after a bodyslam in 0:18:43
x Scicluna threw out Wrestling I in 0:21:12
x D. Funk Jr. threw out Morales in 0:26:08
x D. Funk Jr. threw out Fuji in 0:28:16
x Tanaka threw out Duncum after the Baba chop in 0:30:02
x D. Funk Jr. threw out Tanaka in 0:31:38
x D. Funk Jr. threw out Scicluna in 0:32:37
x D. Funk Jr. threw out L. Graham after a swinging neckbreaker in 0:37:04
x D. Funk Jr. threw out Volkoff after a back suplex in 0:41:50
Rating: *****
(Dory Funk Jr. won the GCW United States Title.)

We were left with only our main event, which was a 16-man battle royal to crown a new United States champion. The big surprise of this match was the return of DORY FUNK JR., who originally left GCW in 1970. Funk Jr. was back, and he had gold on his mind. No one was ready for Funk, and Funk would eliminate 6 men in this match. He was in a terrible position at the end of the match, being left alone in the ring with Toru Tanaka, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Luke Graham, & Nikolai Volkoff. It looked grim, but the rulebreakers couldn't find a way to go coexist to eliminate Funk. Dory used this to his advantage and eliminated everyone to win the US Title in his return!

The last man he eliminated, Nikolai Volkoff, was furious that he didn't win his first title and took it out on Funk, nailing him from behind while Funk was being awarded the US Title. Volkoff put a huge beatdown on the new champ, ending by blasting Funk between the eyes with the title belt before he and Captain Lou Albano stole the title! Funk Jr. may be the champion, but for now, he is without the title to prove it.

Card rating: ****

Match observations:

Some huge happenings in GCW to start 1975! The train keeps rolling along as we head into Landover, Maryland on February 6th with this lineup of action!

BULLROPE MATCH - Bobby Duncum vs. Blackjack Lanza
Jack Brisco vs. Ox Baker
Mr. Wrestling I vs. Pedro Morales
Don Muraco vs. Nikolai Volkoff
Jimmy Snuka/Tony Garea vs. The Valiant Brothers
Kintaro Ohki (DEBUT) vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna

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