July 19, 1979 - Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, ON, CA

Jimmy Snuka challenges Luke Graham to a fight.

Before our show could get going, JIMMY SNUKA came out and was a very angry Polynesian indeed. Snuka kept his message short and sweet - he wanted Luke Graham in a fight, and he will stop at nothing until he gets a piece of him. Strong words from a proud man.

Luke Graham released a statement after the show saying that he isn't cleared to wrestle because of what Snuka did to him, but he would have someone for Snuka to face at MSG.

Tito Santana and Ivan Putski defeated Victor Rivera and Jimmy Golden when T. Santana pinned Golden with the Flying Forearm in 0:06:40.
Rating: ** 1/2

The tag team division in GCW has gotten a bit stronger with the debut of a brand new team, Tito Santana & "Polish Power" Ivan Putski. An international flare to this team as Santana is from Mexico and Putski is from, of course, Poland. Not only that, but their in-ring styles differ greatly with Santana being a technician and aerial artist while Putski is pure power. In this case, opposites attract as it makes them quite the formidable team. Just ask Victor Rivera & Jimmy Golden, who fell to the debuting team in our opening contest.

Stan Hansen pinned Chavo Guerrero with the Lariat in 0:14:29.
Rating: ** 1/2

Before our next match pitting Stan Hansen against Chavo Guerrero, GCW superstar JUMBO TSURUTA was announced to the live crowd and sat at ringside for this match. Jumbo is still recovering from his torn ACL and looks to be ahead of schedule to return to the ring and so he came to the show tonight to watch. His presence certainly got under the skin of Hansen, who let it be known every time he had the upperhand that he was displeased. Jumbo shrugged it off, which only seemed to enrage the Lariat more. Hansen was distracted the whole match, and Guerrero definitely used this to his advantage, keeping Hansen guessing with his fast paced arsenal. The Intercontinental Title was not on the line, but Guerrero knew a win here would go a long way to getting him a title shot over the long standing champion. Guerrero did not get that win, but he looked great in a losing effort. Guerrero lost when he missed a dropkick in the corner and then ran into the Lariat from Hansen.

After the match, Hansen again got into Jumbo's face and yelled insults at him, prompting Jumbo to get in his face. No punches were thrown, but it certainly was a tense situation.

Gorilla Monsoon, Pedro Morales and Great Kabuki defeated The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) and Don Muraco when Morales made Mulligan submit to the Boston Crab in 0:09:29.
Rating: * 1/2

Gorilla Monsoon, Pedro Morales, & Great Kabuki is one of the more unorthodox pairings I've seen in quite some time, but they all had a common goal that they wanted to achieve - beat Freddie Blassie's team of The Blackjacks & Don Muraco. Monsoon & Morales want a tag team title shot, and Kabuki wants to rip Muraco's head off. Not a lot of strategy from the fan favorite team - I wouldn't be surprised if Kabuki didn't even care that he had tag team partners. Blassie's troops were far better prepared, but sometimes pure emotion will outdo preparation. Kabuki did get his hands on Muraco despite Muraco trying to evade him most of the match. This let Monsoon & Morales focus on the Blackjacks. They gathered all the momentum and ended up picking up the win when Morales locked Mulligan in the Boston Crab while Monsoon had Lanza in a bearhug.

As a result of this match, two big contests have been signed for August 6 at MSG. Great Kabuki & Don Muraco will meet in a loser-leaves-town match, while Monsoon & Morales will get the World Tag Team Title match they've been looking for against the reigning champs, the Blackjacks!

Dusty Rhodes pinned Larry Zbyszko after a swinging neckbreaker in 0:10:33.
Rating: *** 1/2

Still sporting a broken hand, but you tell Dusty Rhodes that he shouldn't have been wrestling Larry Zbyszko in a no-disqualification match tonight. Zbyszko showed a sickening meanstreak when he broke Rhodes' hand with a hammer, which in turn has brought out that meanstreak in the American Dream. A bloody affair is what we had on our hands here, with the combatants using everything they could get their hands on as a weapon. A chair got introduced to the match by Zbyszko, but he never got a chance to use it - on Rhodes anyway. Zbyszko took a wild swing with the chair, but Rhodes moved. Zbyszko caught the top rope with the chair, and the momentum of the swing caused the chair to bounce back and crack himself in the head! To add more injury to injury, the Dream caught Larry Z with a swinging neckbreaker on the chair, getting the 1-2-3. This loss didn't sit well with Zbyszko, who in a foolish move, challenged Rhodes to one more match on August 6 - a Texas Bullrope Match! That match is the Dream's specialty, so one has to question Zbyszko's mindset on this.

Freddie Blassie blames Terry Funk for Ivan Koloff not being the World champion.

We were expecting our tag team semi-main event to start, but instead we got a pissed off "Classy" Freddie Blassie, who grabbed the microphone from the ring announcer. Blassie was out-of-his-mind livid about Ivan Koloff not being the World champion, completely blaming it on Terry Funk getting involved. He failed to mention that Funk's involvement was to prevent Blassie from cheating yet again, but that's beside the point. Blassie ended with cryptic words, saying that Funk will regret getting involved in his business.

Ken Patera and Ric Flair defeated Roddy Piper and Dino Bravo when Patera defeated Piper when Piper passed out in the Swinging Full Nelson in 0:07:15.
Rating: *** 1/4

What a shocking turn of events we had in this tag team semi-main event. Ric Flair had out Roddy Piper on the shelf with a knee injury and looked to do the same to Dino Bravo last month, but didn't succeed thanks to the Rowdy Scot making the save. This set up this tag team contest, but no one could have predicted what happened. Piper looked like he was favoring his leg a bit, but he insisted on starting the match to get his hands on Flair. Flair himself tried to duck Piper and let Ken Patera do a lot of the work, not a bad strategy truth be told. After Piper got his leg worked over, he got some separation from Ric Flair and went to make the tag to Bravo while the Nature Boy tagged in Patera. Instead of getting he tag, however, Bravo got in the ring and out of nowhere, dropped Piper with the Side Suplex! The crowd was shocked that Bravo would do something so dastardly, but Bravo didn't care as he left the ring in disgust and proceeded to the back. Meanwhile, Piper was helpless and got locked in Patera's Swinging Full Nelson. With no chance at escape, Piper passed out in the hold as Flair & Patera had their hands raised in victory. What in the world has gotten into Dino Bravo? Piper will attempt to get those answers on August 6 from MSG.

Bob Backlund pinned Paul Orndorff with the Atomic Drop in 0:25:14.
Rating: ****
(Bob Backlund retained the GCW World Title.)
[Luke Graham interfered against Bob Backlund.]

Originally our main event between World champion Bob Backlund and Paul Orndorff was to be a non-title match, but Backlund (being the fighting champion that he is) insisted on it being for the GCW World Title. You have to commend that fighting spirit, but when Orndorff has Luke Graham, one of the most dastardly men in GCW history, in his corner, this could have been Backlund's last defense as champion. As you would expect, Graham got involved whenever he could, getting in cheap shots, tripping Backlund, distracting the referee, etc. If a manager could do it, Graham did it. Eventually, this became too much for Jimmy Snuka to accept as he came down to ringside to be in Backlund's corner and counteract Graham's presence! As soon as the Superfly arrived, Backlund turned the tide which ultimately led to the Atomic Drop and another successful title defense. Luke Graham was livid over what had happened, and vowed that Backlund & Snuka would be sorry on August 6.

Card rating: *** 1/4

Match observations:

GCW returns to its home base for another huge card as we are at the world famous MADISON SQUARE GARDEN on August 6!

MAIN EVENT - Bob Backlund/Jimmy Snuka vs. Paul Orndorff/Mystery Man
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Stan Hansen (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Blackjacks (c) vs. Gorilla Monsoon/Pedro Morales
TEXAS BULLROPE MATCH - Dusty Rhodes vs. Larry Zbyszko
LOSER-LEAVES-TOWN - Great Kabuki vs. Don Muraco
Roddy Piper vs. Dino Bravo
Terry Funk vs. Ivan Koloff

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