July 29, 1977 - Convention Hall - Atlantic City, NJ

The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) defeated Johnny Rodz and Rene Goulet when Jack Brisco defeated Rodz via pinfall in 0:11:05.
Rating: *** 1/4

The action in Atlantic City kicked off with the Brisco Brothers taking on the team of Rene Goulet & Johnny Rodz. Rodz felt that his choice of partner last match (Hiro Matsuda) against the Briscos cost him, so he chose Goulet for this contest in hopes of doing better. He also, of course, was as unpredictable as ever, deciding to sport an eye patch. …Simply stunning. New partner and eyewear aside, the result was the same, as the Briscos notch another win on their belts.

Nikolai Volkoff pinned Mike Graham after hitting him with the cane in 0:05:58.
Rating: 3/4*
[Lou Albano interfered against Mike Graham.]

Nikolai Volkoff is back in the singles ranks after Captain Lou Albano & he turned on Ivan Koloff last show. Volkoff took on Mike Graham here, and though Graham was pumped up, he just couldn't overcome Volkoff's size and power. Or Captain Lou's cane for that matter, which ultimately finished Graham off.

Lou Albano tells Ivan Koloff's secret.

After the match, Captain Lou grabbed the house mic and had some harsh words for Ivan Koloff. Albano said he tried to turn Koloff back into the momster that he was when he was World champion, but the Russian Bear has proven he is soft and doesn't belong here. And by here, he meant America, as Albano revealed that Koloff is an illegal immigrant! Albano stated that the reason Koloff is in this country is because he helped fudge some paperwork, but now, he was going to make sure Koloff was sent out of this country once and for all!

Bobby Duncum pinned Hiro Matsuda with the Full Nelson Slam in 0:08:07.
Rating: **** 1/4

Bobby Duncum continues to tear up the ranks of GCW, picking up yet another hard fought win here in Atlantic City against Hiro Matsuda. Duncum does nothing but win these days, and it has a lot of people asking the same question - when will Bobby Duncum get a shot at the World Title?

The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) and Dominic DeNucci and Dino Bravo battled to a double countout in 0:06:38.
Rating: **
(Dominic DeNucci and Dino Bravo retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Bobby Heenan has come under a lot of fire this month after his Blackjacks lost the World Tag Team Titles to Dino Bravo & Dominic DeNucci in Toronto, the general feeling being that Lanza & Mulligan dropped the match due to being criminally underprepared. This is not the first time this criticism has been levied against the Brain, but he made sure he had his men ready to go for their rematch for the straps tonight. Dino Bravo has never looked better, and a lot of credit for that has to go to Dominic DeNucci, a GCW veteran and widely considered one of the best tag team wrestlers of the last 15 years. This team is clicking on all cylinders, and they showed they could match the intensity of a motivated Blackjack team. The match ended in a double countout, which means that the champions retain their titles. Heenan demanded the match be restarted, but it wasn't in the cards for him. Not only that, but he's going to have to wait a while longer to get another title shot, as the next challengers for Bravo & DeNucci have been announced as Tim Woods & Mr. Wrestling II, who get their shot on August 26 at Madison Square Garden.

Don Muraco pinned Chief Jay Strongbow with the Tombstone in 0:09:13.
Rating: **

GCW fans were pleasantly surprised to see the return of Chief Jay Strongbow to the ring in Atlantic City. Strongbow is a former United States & World Tag Team champion, and was one of the cornerstone competitors in Global Championship Wrestling's early days. Strongbow wanted to come back with a bang, but Don Muraco had other ideas. Muraco didn't get the memo from Strongbow, and ruined his return by hitting him with the Tombstone and getting the 1-2-3. I'm not sure if it was ring rust from the Chief, or just another strong performance from Muraco, but either way, Strongbow is 0-1 in his return.

[STREETFIGHT]: No-Countout-No-DQ-Match:
Bruiser Brody pinned Dusty Rhodes with the Bombs Away in 0:06:53.
Rating: ** 1/2

No one will ever question the guts of "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, but he was fighting one hell of an uphill battle in this streetfight against Bruiser Brody. A match with no rules is right up Brody's alley as there isn't a better brawler in the world for my money. Rhodes is a fighter though - he doesn't know any other way. Rhodes didn't back down an inch, but Brody is ruthless, and used everything that wasn't bolted down to hit Rhodes with before catching him with the Bombs Away to get the win. A valiant effort by Rhodes, but a streetfight with Brody is a fight few will ever win. Rhodes is as stubborn as a mule though and wants one more shot at Brody, but this time in a cage match! You have to be impressed, but this seems like suicide. We'll see if the American Dream can pull it off on August 26.

Stan Hansen pinned Gorilla Monsoon with the Lariat in 0:12:23. Gorilla Monsoon suffered a neck injury. He will be out for approximately 3 months.
Rating: **

I am going to make a bold statement right now - there is no more dangerous move in all of wrestling than Stan Hansen's Lariat. He has ended the career of several competitors already, and he nearly did it again tonight. Tonight's victim was Gorilla Monsoon. Monsoon wanted the match with Hansen as he was tired of watching Hansen bully everyone and try to end careers. Monsoon asserted his will early on as Hansen hadn't fought a man of Monsoon's 400-plus pound stature, but Hansen showed he is as tough as he is surly. He avoided Monsoon's big splash and nearly beheading the Manchurian Monster with the Lariat to get the 1-2-3. Monsoon suffered a neck injury from the move, but thankfully due to his size, it protected him from the same fate that countless others have suffered. Monsoon will be on the shelf for a couple of months, but he has vowed to get even when he returns.

Terry Funk defeated Pat Patterson by countout in 0:22:13.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Terry Funk retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Pat Patterson came so close to winning the Intercontinental Title! Patterson returned with a mission, and that was to dethrone Terry Funk and end his now 1+ year title reign. Patterson seems to have Funk's number as Funk looks completely out of sorts when he wrestles Patterson. Even so, the match was very competitive and Funk doesn't want his title reign to end that easily. You don't hold a championship for over a year without being a highly skilled wrestler. Funk showed how resourceful he is too by taking a powder to the floor late in the match, feigning being more hurt than he actually was. Patterson became frustrated and went out after him, only for Funk to send him head first into the ring post! The shot left Patterson dazed, letting Funk roll back in the ring to get the countout victory. Other than one mistake, Patterson had wrestled the perfect match and has vowed not to let it happen again at Madison Square Garden.

Tim Woods and Mr. Wrestling II defeated Bob Backlund and Jumbo Tsuruta when T. Woods pinned Backlund after a small package in 0:14:54.
Rating: **** 1/4

If this match showed anything, it showed how different singles and tag team action can be. In singles matches, it would be hard to bet against Bob Backlund or the World champion Jumbo Tsuruta. But in a tag team match, the advantage was in the camp of Tim Woods & Mr. Wrestling II. Jumbo & Backlund are too controlling in the ring to work together as well as they should have, and it cost them a victory tonight. Backlund had been in the ring for awhile taking punishment, but he created some separation by moving out of the way in the corner of a charging Mr. Wrestling II. Jumbo wanted in the ring in a bad way, but Backlund refused to make the tag and went to do it himself. Wrestling II made the tag, however, and Woods caught Backlund by surprise while he was arguing with Jumbo. Woods trapped Backlund in a small package, and that was all she wrote. After the match, Jumbo & Backlund had some words, but ultimately shook hands and left the ring peacefully, if not frustrated. This is big momentum for Woods & II going into their tag title match next month.

Billy Graham pinned Dory Funk Jr. after a powerslam in 0:16:25.
Rating: *** 3/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Dory Funk Jr..]

With every match, the feud between Dory Funk Jr. & "Superstar" Billy Graham gets more and more carried away. The anger and hatred has become so deep seated between these two, that I'm not sure if there's anything that can keep these two in check. Even Graham's manager, Bobby Heenan, is having great difficulty controlling the Superstar. Funk doesn't mind one bit as he is a tough as nails S.O.B. from Amarillo, TX. The match was scrappy from the word go, and it didn't let up until the final bell. Funk worked Graham's leg over, trying to set him up for the Texas Cloverleaf and neutralize Graham's powerful offense, but Graham is just so strong, as the powerslam that drove the air out of Funk's lungs proved. Graham squeaks by with another victory, but it was anything but decisive. There are more battles in the future for these two, but next, Billy Graham will get a World Title shot against Jumbo Tsuruta at the Garden!

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

We love when we return to Madison Square Garden - the wrestlers seem to kick it up a notch for these shows! It doesn't hurt that we always have great lineups, including the one we have in store for August 26!

WORLD TITLE - Jumbo Tsuruta (c) vs. Billy Graham
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Terry Funk (c) vs. Pat Patterson
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Dino Bravo/Dominic DeNucci (c) vs. Tim Woods/Mr. Wrestling II
CAGE MATCH - Dusty Rhodes vs. Bruiser Brody
Ivan Koloff vs. Nikolai Volkoff
The Brisco Brothers vs. The Blackjacks
Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Hiro Matsuda

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