July 3, 1974 - Chicago Stadium - Chicago, IL

Billy Robinson pinned Pedro Morales after a small package in 0:31:33.
Rating: *** 1/2

With both 20 minutes and 30 minutes not being enough for Billy Robinson & Pedro Morales to settle their differences, they met for a third time - this time, with no time limit. In addition, the two went on first to ensure that there would be a winner. It's a good thing they were given over 30 minutes, because they needed it. They wrestled for over 30 minutes, wrestling a slower and more plodding pace than they did before knowing that they had all night if they needed it. In the end it would be a great wrestling counter by Billy Robinson that put this away, turning Morales' Boston Crab attempt into a small package for the 3 count. After the match, Robinson offered a handshake after the battles they have had over the past several months, but Morales wanted none of it and walked to the back. There's a reason why he is the most hated man in wrestling.

Carlos Colon pinned Johnny Rodz with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:05:53.
Rating: *** 3/4

Carlos Colon keeps on the winning pace while Johnny Rodz does the exact opposite in our second contest of the night. Rodz has been going around saying that he is going to end his losing streak by being more unpredictable, leading to many in the locker room jokingly nicknaming him "The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz. So far, this new out-of-left-field Johnny Rodz has not paid dividends.

Billy Graham pinned Jimmy Snuka after a powerslam in 0:08:47.
Rating: ** 1/4

"Superstar" Billy Graham finally got the monkey off his back by pinning his brother Luke in a match at MSG. He was still bruised up for this match with Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, a man who is a tough fight even if you're 100% healthy. Snuka's high-flying had Graham off balance in the early stages, but Graham powered through it and dropped Snuka with a powerslam, a move that's starting to become a secondary finisher for the Superstar, making him that much more dangerous. Billy Graham got great news after the show, learning that on August 1 in Toronto, he would wrestle for the World Heavyweight Title regardless of who was the champion. A huge opportunity for Graham.

Ernie Ladd pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:08:11.
Rating: ** 1/4

Ernie Ladd fell short in his bid to win the United States Title for a third time, but he did get some momentum going back his way tonight with a strong victory over Baron Mikel Scicluna.

Harley Race pinned Don Muraco after a gutwrench suplex in 0:18:09.
Don Muraco suffered an elbow injury. He will be out for approximately 3 months.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Harley Race retained the GCW United States Title.)

Don Muraco's recent impressive performances were enough for the Championship Committee to determine that he was deserving of a United States Title shot against Harley Race, a match that took place next. Muraco is still learning every match he wrestles in, but he took one of the world's best to the absolute limit here. Race was taking Muraco very lightly early on, and Muraco almost made him pay for it 2 minutes in when he hit the Flying Crossbody for a 2 and a half. After that, Race buckled down, but Muraco seemed to be one step ahead of him at every move. The fans were really behind Muraco and they thought they were witnessing history here as this would have been a huge upset. Muraco kept getting nearfall after nearfall as Race looked more and more flustered with each passing moment. It looked like this was Muraco's match to win until he missed an elbow drop and looked to have hurt his elbow pretty badly. Race wasted no time in hitting a gutwrench suplex and this match was over. After being examined by the doctor, Don Muraco was diagnosed with a dislocated elbow that is going to put him out of action for up to 3 months. An unfortunate injury to a young man who was just starting to hit his stride. On the flip side, Race better start taking his opponents more seriously or his reign with the US Title is going to be a short one.

The Heenan Family (Blackjack Lanza and Ray Stevens) defeated Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea when Lanza made Garea submit to the Blackjack Claw in 0:12:52.
Rating: ***
(Nick Bockwinkel no-showed.)

This tag team match was supposed to be Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea vs. The Cripplers, but Nick Bockwinkel was not in attendance. According to Bobby Heenan, Bockwinkel was out in Los Angeles filming a commercial so instead, Blackjack Lanza was called upon to do double duty by teaming with Stevens. Though Stevens & Lanza are not regular tag team partners, the Heenan Family is tight knit and Heenan claims that all of the cogs are interchangeable, making them a dominant group. Heenan's group showed that to be true, as Stevens & Lanza picked up an impressive victory over the former tag team champions. Lanza now has a singles match later in the evening against Gorilla Monsoon to contend with.

Baron Von Raschke made Bobby Duncum submit to the Claw in 0:08:30.
Rating: **** 1/4

The other member of the Heenan Family had a big match himself as he was going to end his issues with Baron Von Raschke once and for all. Bobby Duncum has been ruthlessly against Raschke for months now, and matters came to a head in Chicago with the signing of this Chicago Streetfight. The match was short but brutal, as Raschke had his eyes set on making Duncum bleed for all of the times he had done it to him. Despite taking a beating, Duncum got the advantage when he hit Raschke below the belt and grabbed a boot from under the ring that had a spur on it. Duncum was going to carve Raschke up, exactly the same way he did when this whole mess started to begin with! Duncum took too much time though and got caught with a low blow himself. Raschke grabbed the spur and used it to cut open Duncum's forehead instead! As Duncum was gushing out blood, Raschke put on the Claw and Duncum had to submit or face permanent injury. A violent and bloody end to an equally violent and bloody feud.

The Texas Outlaws (Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch) defeated Mr. Wrestling I and Mr. Wrestling II when Dusty Rhodes pinned Wrestling II with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:32:56.
Rating: ****
(The Texas Outlaws won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Texas Outlaws earned the title shot that they coveted so much by beating The Cripplers last month, but they would have to put up or shut up against the reigning champions, Mr. Wrestling I & II, who have been nearly unstoppable since coming to GCW. Another fantastic tag team match that showed exactly why GCW has the greatest tag team division in all of wrestling. Two different styles between the teams, but they meshed well and the fans in Chicago were treated to a helluva match. No winner could be reached in the 30 minute time limit, but referee Willie Webber made a gutsy call and ordered the match to continue. This did not sit well with the champs, who felt they should have got to leave with the titles still in their possession. As it turned out, they never refocused, which allowed Dusty Rhodes to hit the Bionic Elbowdrop on II to get the 1-2-3 and become the new World Tag Team champions!

Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher put their careers on the line for a title shot.

As Rhodes & Murdoch were presented the titles, DICK THE BRUISER & THE CRUSHER came into the ring and grabbed the microphone. Bruiser & Crusher mock congratulated Rhodes & Murdoch on their title win, but said they haven't impressed anyone yet. Crusher noted how it wasn't more than 8 months ago that they were bouncing the Texas Outlaws all over arenas, and that they planned on doing it again. Bruiser followed by saying that they've been on a losing streak, and they need to show that they still got it, and they want a title shot to do so. Rhodes grabbed the mic and told them that the Outlaws don't owe them anything and to look elsewhere. Bruiser stopped them from leaving and said that if they couldn't win the titles on August 1 in Toronto, they would leave GCW forever! Rhodes & Murdoch had a discussion about this, and apparently the opportunity to retire the greatest tag team in GCW history was too good for them to pass up, and thus the match is on!

Blackjack Lanza pinned Gorilla Monsoon after a short lariat in 0:05:52.
Rating: **
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Gorilla Monsoon.]

This was our second time seeing Blackjack Lanza, an impressive feat for anyone to even be competing in 2 matches in one night. To make it even more impressive, he was wrestling Gorilla Monsoon, one of the most feared men in GCW. Lanza was still riding high from the victory earlier, as he didn't seem to be suffering many ill effects from the previous match, getting a great win. Lanza caught Monsoon hard under the chin with a short lariat to knock the big man loopy and make the pinfall.

Ivan Koloff defeated Nikolai Volkoff by countout in 0:24:06.
Rating: 1/2*
(Ivan Koloff retained the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Ivan Koloff.]

Little is known about Nikolai Volkoff, but what we do know is that he is Captain Lou Albano's hired gun and he wants to rip Ivan Koloff's head clean off his body. This was Volkoff's first match and at Koloff's request, the match was for the World Title as he wants to be a fighting champion, especially if it means shutting Albano up. The match was a brutal affair as these two surly Russians tore into each other with reckless abandon. The match was bowling shoe ugly - no one would deny that - but the force behind every blow was palpable. No blood, but both men were covered with noticeable bruises by the end of this one. Koloff would get the W in the match by a countout, knocking Volkoff to the floor and Albano instructing him to walk out to take the loss. A dumbfounding move, but with Albano, you know he has something up his sleeve. I don't think this one is over by a long shot.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

Only two matches have been announced so for for the August 1 show at the Maple Leaf Gardens, but they are astronomically huge! More matches will be added to the card, but what we have signed so far is:

WORLD TITLE - Ivan Koloff (c) vs. Billy Graham
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES (If Bruiser/Crusher don't win the titles, they will leave GCW) - The Texas Outlaws (c) vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher

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