July 30, 1980 - Cobo Arena - Detroit, MI

The Guerreros (Hector Guerrero and Mando Guerrero) defeated The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) when M. Guerrero defeated Sika by disqualification in 0:06:50.
Rating: ** 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Mando Guerrero.]

Captain Lou Albano was hoping that Afa & Sika would be wrestling for the World Tag Team Titles again tonight, but with the injury they inflicted on Pedro Morales' arm, the champs were given the night off. This didn't make Albano happy, but The Wild Samoans still got some action tonight against Hector & Mando Guerrero. Hector & Mando are looking to get on track, but the Samoans were in full "sending a message" mode. This match will go in the record books as a win for the Guerreros, but you wouldn't know it by looking at them. Afa & Sika mauled the Guerreros, beating them to the point that referee Dick Kroll had to DQ them for double teaming. Albano could have cared less as he wanted Monsoon & Morales to know exactly what his savages were capable of. Hector & Mando each suffered the fate of the Samoan Drop before the Samoans thrown them out of the ring.

Captain Lou Albano wants Monsoon & Morales to forfeit the titles.

Albano grabbed the microphone after the beatdown had commenced and said that if he had his way, Monsoon & Morales would have forfeited the titles to the Samoans because of Morales' arm injury, but because the champs are the golden boys of GCW, they got the night off. Albano mentioned how vicious Afa & Sika were tonight, but it would be tame compared to what they were willing to do to Monsoon & Morales at Wrigley Field on August 9.

Roddy Piper pinned Manny Fernandez after a side step in 0:10:39.
Manny Fernandez suffered a back injury. He will be out for approximately 1 month.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Roddy Piper retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Manny Fernandez hasn't dazzled anyone with his win-loss record, but that doesn't accurately reflect how tough he has been so far against Dusty Rhodes. The Ragin' Bull was granted a shot at the Intercontinental Title, and though many feel that he needs to win some matches before he gets an opportunity like this, Roddy Piper is not going to back down from anyone. Fernandez looked good early on, but at one point it looked like he tweaked his back after a vertical suplex from Piper. Fernandez tried to fight back but he was in an obvious amount of pain. It caused him to be a bit slow in his execution. Fernandez went for a kneelift, but Piper side stepped it and sent Fernandez flying into the air. Fernandez crashed to the mat hard on his back. Piper went for the pinfall, and once again using a handful of tights, secured the victory.

As the official helped Fernandez to the back, Piper was joined in the ring by DON MURACO. Muraco said that Piper was a fraud as a champion because he had to resort to pulling tights to get victories. Muraco wanted a shot at the title and promised that if Piper accepted, he wouldn't even have a chance to cheat because he'd be dropped in the middle of the ring long before then. Piper said Muraco didn't even have to ask because there's not a fight he won't take on. Muraco feigned a handshake but as Piper went to accept, Muraco tried a clothesline. Piper knew it was coming though as he ducked the move and peppered Muraco with some rapid fire punches before a big roundhouse right knocked Muraco to the mat. Muraco rolled out of the ring and yelled at Piper before going to the back. It looks like we have a title match set for Wrigley Field!

Larry Zbyszko pinned Victor Rivera with the Shoulderbreaker in 0:02:35.
Rating: * 1/2

Thanks for coming, Victor Rivera. Larry Zbyszko has been a bit without direction recently, but in this match, his direction was forward and full steam. Rivera couldn't even get out of the blocks before the Cruncher hit the Shoulderbreaker to get the win.

Sgt. Slaughter gives his reasoning for attacking Stan Hansen.

Sgt. Slaughter's return match would be taking place next, but not before his much anticipated explanation for why he attacked Stan Hansen in the Garden. Slaughter said that Hansen was a maggot and that he got soft. Slaughter admitted he used to be proud of Hansen when he was "telling it how it is" when it comes to the foreigners in the United States. Slaughter said Hansen used to be a man on principle, but he became weak and took his foot off the gas. Slaughter said the last straw was when he witnessed Hansen save Jumbo Tsuruta, a "slanty-eyed Jap," that he knew something had to be done. Slaughter finished by saying he is going to make an example out of Hansen and then "finish the job he started." I didn't think it was possible, but some of what Slaughter said was even more offensive than the things Hansen used to say. Slaughter is talking a big game, but it remains to be seen if he can back it up.

Sgt. Slaughter defeated Chavo Guerrero when Chavo Guerrero passed out in the Cobra Clutch in 0:04:05.
Rating: ***

We hadn't seen Slaughter in a GCW ring since 1977 where he lost a Loser-Leaves-Town match to Gorilla Monsoon. Slaughter has made great strides as a wrestler and has won numerous regional titles, so President Hisashi Shinma made the decision to allow Slaughter back into Global Championship Wrestling. If he knew he was going to act this way, he may have reconsidered that decision. Slaughter is not wet behind the ears like he was 3 years ago. He has molded into one of the toughest men in all of wrestling. If you don't believe me, ask Chavo Guerrero who had the unfortunate distinction of being Slaughter's first opponent. This match was pure domination, plain and simple. Chavo is a former Intercontinental champion and Slaughter treated him like he was some bum off the street. After an impressive display of power moves, Slaughter put Chavo away with the Cobra Clutch. Slaughter took some liberties after the match when he refused to release the hold, but he let go once he saw STAN HANSEN barreling down the aisle at scary speed for a big man. Slaughter jumped the rail and escaped through the crowd while an enraged Hansen was hooting and hollering in the ring.

Jumbo Tsuruta and Stan Hansen defeated The Can-Am Strongmen (Dino Bravo and Ken Patera) when Tsuruta pinned Bravo after a powerslam in 0:12:54.
Rating: *** 1/2

Stan Hansen was all fired up from chasing off Slaughter, and he brought some of that energy into this rematch with Jumbo Tsuruta against The Can-Am Strongmen. Hansen & Jumbo have apparently been working on their teamwork over the past couple weeks and it showed because they were far more cohesive than they were in New York. Dino Bravo & Ken Patera were completely thrown off their game by this, as they assumed the match in the Garden was a one off thing and that Jumbo & Hansen could never coexist for this long. The Strongmen were proven wrong as not only did their opponents work well together, but they won together. Hansen hit Bravo with a high impact shoulderblock that propelled that Canadian into a powerslam from Jumbo to put this one away. It remains to be seen if Hansen & Jumbo will team on a regular basis, but if they do, they have the potential to be one of the most dominant teams in GCW history. Next up for Hansen though, he will be wrestling Sgt. Slaughter at the Rumble at Wrigley in a Boot Camp match!

Jimmy Snuka defeated B. Brian Blair via referee stoppage in 0:06:26.
Rating: *** 1/2

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka got to wrestle Bob Backlund's pupil tonight, and it wasn't pretty for B. Brian Blair. Blair has a huge upside and will be a major player in years to come, but in this match he was outmatched. Snuka systematically picked Blair apart, hardly letting Blair get any offense at all. Snuka hit the Superfly Splash and we assumed it was over, but instead of going for the cover, the Superfly went up top and hit a second Superfly Splash! Blair was completely wiped out, but Snuka still refused to make the academic pinfall, choosing instead to go up top once again. He never got to hit the third Splash as referee Willie Webber made a smart decision by stopping the match to preserve Blair's health. A dominant display by Snuka to send a clear message to the World champion. Snuka is going to get one more title match on August 9, and we know that it is going to be contested in the only match that can possibly end this feud - a STEEL CAGE MATCH! Never before have we seen a feud with this intensity, and it will come to an end on August 9 (as may someone's career).

Ric Flair "apologizes" to Dick Woehrle, but it's not good enough for the American Dream.

In addition to being fined $10,000, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair was forced to come out tonight and give a public apology for his attack on Dick Woehrle that left the referee with a broken leg and out of action for a couple of months. Considering Flair was lucky to still have a job, you would think that he would take the apology more seriously, but that was not the case. The Nature Boy gave the least sincere apology I have ever heard in my life. Flair thought he got away with it, but this apology was not good enough for DUSTY RHODES, who came out to confront Flair. Rhodes said that Woehrle is a man who was simply trying to do his job and trying to support his family just like the two of them. The American Dream added that with Flair breaking his leg, that's taking money out of Woehrle's pocket, and that's simply unacceptable. Rhodes demanded a real apology or it was going to be trouble for the Nature Boy. Flair laughed it off, but when Rhodes grabbed him around the throat, he changed his tune in a hurry and apologized. Rhodes turned to leave the ring, but Flair clipped his leg from behind! Flair stomped on the knee a couple times before going for the Figure-Four Leglock, but the Dream kicked him off and sent him flying through the ropes to the floor! Rhodes challenged Flair to get back in the ring, but the Nature Boy would have none of it as he went to the back. Due to this confrontation, Rhodes & Flair will meet one-on-one at Wrigley Field!

Terry Funk and Austin Idol battled to a double disqualification in 0:05:00.
Rating: * 3/4

If Terry Funk wanted to see a hardcore edge to Austin Idol, well he's got it now! Funk has been routinely beating the tar out of Idol for the past few months, and whatever Funk was trying to bring out in the Universal Heartthrob came out in a big way. It looked like this match would be more of the same as Funk beat on Idol for the first couple minutes. But it all changed when Funk slapped Idol hard against the ear, the same ear that he ruptured the eardrum of a few weeks ago. Idol snapped and tackled Funk, and the fight was on! Referee John Stanley tried to regain order, but this fight was out of control and he threw the match out. Idol actually got the better of the brawl, smashing Funk in the face with the ring bell and busting him open. Idol headed back up the aisle quite proud of himself, but when he turned back to the ring, Funk was sitting up, blood streaming down his face, and smiling like a damned fool! Idol found that dark edge, but let's see if he can keep it because he will be fighting Funk at the Rumble at Wrigley in a Texas Death match!

Dusty Rhodes and Ivan Putski defeated Paul Jones' Army (Paul Jones and The Masked Superstar) when Dusty Rhodes pinned P. Jones with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:13:23.
Rating: * 3/4
(Tito Santana no-showed.)

Paul Jones thought he had the perfect plan. The Masked Superstar & he were introduced first for the #1 contenders match, and Jones was smiling from ear to ear. He said he always has a plan, and that plan involved locking Tito Santana in his locker room earlier in the night! Officials were scrambling to find a key to get him out, but Jones said that Superstar and he should be declared the winners, or Ivan Putski should have to meet them in a handicap match! It looked like the latter might be what was to happen, but when the Polish Power was halfway down the aisle, DUSTY RHODES joined him and told Putski he would be his new partner for the night! Jones about lost his mind and tried to convince referee Tommy Young that this shouldn't be allowed, but Young said he was going to let it happen and we had our #1 contender match!

Rhodes was all about doing good deeds tonight, and I know that Putski appreciated it tonight. Jones had clearly been prepared for something entirely different than this, and though Superstar & he were in it until the very end, they couldn't find an answer for the Dream and Polish Power. Rhodes nailed the Bionic Elbowdrop on Jones and secured the win for his team. After the show, Jones threw a fit to President Hisashi Shinma that Rhodes & Putski shouldn't be the #1 contenders because they're not a permanent team. Shinma told them he would normally agree, but since Jones locked Putski's original partner in his locker room to sabotage their chances, he's going to allow it and thus, the team of Rhodes & Putski are the #1 contenders!

Bob Backlund pinned Ivan Koloff after a small package in 0:17:58.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Bob Backlund retained the GCW World Title.)
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Bob Backlund.]
[Arnold Skaaland interfered against Ivan Koloff.]

World champion Bob Backlund has brought back his manager and mentor, Arnold Skaaland, to watch his back, and our main event showed just how important Skaaland can be to Backlund. Backlund took on former World champion and one of Freddie Blassie's henchmen, Ivan Koloff, and we knew it was going to be a war. Backlund needed to avoid injury going into the steel cage match in Chicago, and the Russian Bear was instructed by Blassie to do everything in his power to weaken Backlund before that title defense in 10 days. Backlund tried to end the match early with some amateur takedowns and cradles, but Koloff escaped and got on the offensive. If this match was scored on points, Koloff would have been declared the winner as he controlled the offense. He couldn't find that pinfall though, and Backlund was getting in enough good moves to keep himself in the race.

The match became crazy late when Backlund had hit the atomic drop and looked poised to lock on the Crossface Chickenwing. Blassie jumped in the ring to prevent this, but he was met by a clobbering right hand from Arnold Skaaland that sent him crashing to the canvas! During this chaos, Koloff had hit Backlund with a low blow and set up for the Russian Sickle. Skaaland prevented that too, nailing Koloff with a right hand while referee Dick Kroll was trying to get Blassie out of the ring! Koloff was stunned by the blow and caught in a small package by Backlund. Kroll turned to see the cover and made the 1-2-3! A huge win for Backlund as he goes into what may be the biggest World Title defense in history.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

A fun card here in Detroit, but it's merely the appetizer for August 9, which might be the biggest card in history! It will take place from the home of the Chicago Cubs as GCW presents Rumble at Wrigley!

WORLD TITLE STEEL CAGE MATCH - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Jimmy Snuka
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Roddy Piper (c) vs. Don Muraco
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Gorilla Monsoon/Pedro Morales (c) vs. The Wild Samoans
Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair
TEXAS DEATH MATCH - Terry Funk vs. Austin Idol
BOOT CAMP MATCH - Stan Hansen vs. Sgt. Slaughter

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