June 13, 1976 - Civic Center - Baltimore, MD

Luke Graham pinned Dean Ho with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:09:53.
Rating: **

The Graham Brothers have officially broken up and each is on their own for the first time in a long time, but Luke Graham showed tonight that he still has the skills to be a serious contender in the singles division. Dean Ho did all he could, but he wasn't going to beat a former World champion who is in a bad mood. Graham wins with the Thumb to the Throat.

Jumbo Tsuruta pinned Johnny Rodz with the Jumbo Knee in 0:08:32.
Rating: ***

Johnny Rodz knew he was going to be taking on a debuting competitor from Japan, so his "unpredictable" act of the night was to dress up like a samurai. …Yeah. A samurai. The debuting wrestler was Jumbo Tsuruta, a former amateur champion in Japan who has been making waves as a pro and has come to the United States for more experience against the world's best. They started off quiet, but the fans really took a shine to Jumbo with his smash mouth style and great technique. Rodz was helplessly outmatched and Tsuruta hit his Jumbo Knee finisher for the 1-2-3 and a successful debut.

Dory Funk Jr. made Tony Garea submit to the Texas Cloverleaf in 0:15:52.
Rating: **** 1/4

Dory Funk Jr. missed his chance to become a 2-time Intercontinental champion, but he got back on the winning track here against Tony Garea, getting the win with his painful Texas Cloverleaf finisher. Garea is a proud man and doesn't like to submit, but when Dory Funk really cranks back on that hold, you don't really have any other recourse. The ring announcer tried to ask Dory his opinion on his brother Terry Funk returning to GCW last show, but Dory was silent and went to the back.

The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) defeated Gorilla Monsoon and Sgt. Slaughter when Mulligan made Monsoon submit to the Blackjack Claw in 0:13:33.
Rating: ** 1/2

The team of Gorilla Monsoon & Sgt. Slaughter continues to grow, but the tag team competition in Global Championship Wrestling is intense, so you always have to be at the top of your game if you want to be successful. Monsoon & Slaughter fought hard, but the Blackjacks are amongst the best, and with that weasel Bobby "The Brain" Heenan calling the shots, they are a very dangerous tandem. Lanza & Mulligan used every illegal tactic in the book, but they got the win here in Baltimore. As a result of their impressive win-loss record, they have been granted a shot at the World Tag Team Titles on July 19 in Philadelphia at the Spectrum, regardless of who the champs might be.

Pedro Morales pinned Don Muraco after an inside cradle in 0:11:28.
Rating: ** 3/4

Pedro Morales has been a mainstay in GCW since day one, and his resume' is a highly impressive one. Former World champion, 3-time United States champion, 2-time World Tag Team champion. He has done it all. But he still has that fire in him, that desire to be on top, making him one of the top superstars in the world today. Don Muraco experienced that fire first hand in this one. Not only that, but Morales showed hot crafty he is by reversing Muraco's Flying Crossbody into an inside cradle to pick up the win. Muraco was frustrated and charged Morales after the match, but Pedro sent Muraco flying to the floor with a backdrop much to the delight of his fans in Baltimore.

Hiro Matsuda pinned Billy Robinson after a lariat in 0:07:36.
Rating: ***

Bobby Heenan will do anything to get one of his men a win, as was shown in crystal clear fashion in Hiro Matsuda's match against Billy Robinson. As you would expect from these two, it was a good ground-based affair, but Heenan knew that if Matsuda was in that kind of match too long with Robinson, it wasn't going to end well for his charge. Heenan took matters into his own hands by throwing salt into the eyes of Robinson, an act undetected by the referee. Matsuda followed by rocking Robinson's jaw with a lariat to get the pin. Robinson had to have his eyes flushed after the match. He also went right to GCW officials and demanded a rematch against Matsuda, which will take place in Philly.

Terry Funk explains why he attacked Bobby Duncum.

Up next we had the much anticipated interview with Terry Funk as we all wanted to hear his answers to the questions about what he did to Bobby Duncum last month. Funk was as belligerent as ever, not wanting to give a straight answer to anything. He said that he was going to do something his "no good, lousy, scumbag of a brother" couldn't do, and that's beat Bobby Duncum and become the Intercontinental champion. Funk continued by saying that he has been gone for years, but in that time away from GCW, he has become badder, stronger, and meaner than ever, and that anyone foolish enough to mess with him is going to get hurt. This brought out BOBBY DUNCUM himself, still wearing a neck brace after the three vicious piledrivers he received from Funk in New York. Duncum came into the ring and threw punches wildly as the fans went NUTS, begging Duncum to rip Funk's head off. The injured neck of Duncum came back to haunt him though as Funk got in a good shot in, leaving Duncum screaming in pain. If that wasn't enough, Funk once again dropped Duncum with a piledriver before officials broke up the ordeal. Duncum's already weak neck was in worse shape. Regardless of this injury, Duncum is insisting that he get his hands on Terry Funk in Philadelphia, and is even willing to sign a consent form to exonerate GCW of all responsibility should he suffer an even more serious injury. This match has been signed and we will see it at the Spectrum!

Larry Zbyszko and Dino Bravo defeated The Dirtbags (Dick Murdoch and Stan Hansen) when Bravo pinned Murdoch with the Side Suplex in 0:09:21.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Larry Zbyszko and Dino Bravo retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Dirtbags have impressed the Championship Committee enough that they were granted a World Tag Team Title shot against Larry Zbyszko & Dino Bravo, and it was a fantastic match between two of the great young teams in wrestling. The fast rise to superstardom of the champions still seems a bit surreal, like you'd expect the bottom to drop out any day now, but they simply keep on winning. "Dirty" Dick Murdoch & Stan Hansen were as nasty as ever, but they couldn't overcome Zbyszko & Bravo, who put another successful title defense under their belts. Even though the Dirtbags came up short tonight, they showed that they have all the potential in the world to be future tag team champions.

Jimmy Snuka defeated Killer Kowalski by countout in 0:05:47.
Rating: **
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Jimmy Snuka.]

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka is coming off a series of matches with World champion Harley Race where he came painfully close to becoming a World champion. Even after that disappointment, there was no hangover as Snuka took it to Killer Kowalski. Snuka used to be a former member of the Heenan Family, which Kowalski is a member of now, so you know the Superfly wanted to stick it in Heenan's face. Kowalski could never get comfortable as Snuka's speed threw a big monkey wrench in Kowalski's plans, eventually frustrating Kowalski to the point that he walked to the back for a countout.

Billy Graham pinned Ernie Ladd after a powerslam in 0:12:51.
Rating: **

Much like his brother Luke earlier, "Superstar" Billy Graham was wrestling on his own again, and he had that same aggression that Luke showed. Billy's match was against Ernie Ladd, a man who used to be a former friend of his. the Superstar showed np signs of caring for his former friend as he pounded on the Big Cat before putting him down and out with a huge powerslam.

Dusty Rhodes and Peter Maivia defeated The Russians (Ivan Koloff and Nikolai Volkoff) when Maivia defeated Volkoff by disqualification in 0:07:44.
Rating: * 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Peter Maivia.]

Dusty Rhodes did Peter Maivia a solid last month by saving him from a 2-on-1 beating from Ivan Koloff & Nikolai Volkoff, Lou Albano's two Russian monsters. Rhodes & the High Chief both are said to be shocked and disappointed by Koloff's agreeing to be a hired gun for Albano, and all of this negative sentiment toward him has turned the Russian Bear back into the killer he used to be. He's turned his back on the fans, and he doesn't seem to care. He also had no regard for the safety of Rhodes or Maivia, as not long into this match while Volkoff was in the ring, he grabbed his chain and entered the ring, blasting Maivia in the face with it for the blatant disqualification. Rhodes came in to help his partner, but he received a shot from the chain as well. The Russians viciously assaulted Rhodes & Maivia before security finally convinced Captain Lou to call off the dogs. Rhodes & Maivia were understandably upset after this, and will get their shot at retribution on July 19 in a chain match!

Harley Race pinned Jack Brisco after hitting him with the ring bell in 0:18:53.
Rating: ***
(Harley Race retained the GCW World Title.)
[Mr. Wrestling I interfered against Jack Brisco.]

Mr. Wrestling I has screwed Jack Brisco once again! Brisco had another chance to win the World Heavyweight Title from Harley Race, the undefeated and ever cocky champion. Brisco has come closer than anyone so far to dethroning Race, and this might have been his closest attempt yet. Brisco had the game plan to work on Race's legs, and it was going off without a hitch. Brisco even got the Figure-Four Leglock on at one point, but Race was too close to the ropes and escaped. Brisco kept the pressure on, which was when MR. WRESTLING I got down to ringside and grabbed the ring bell from our timekeeper. Wrestling I got up on the apron, but he was cut off by Dick Kroll. With Wrestling I tied up with Kroll, he threw the ring bell into the ring to Race. Mr. Wrestling I still had a hold of Kroll as Race clocked Brisco in the head with the bell, letting out a sickeningly "DING!" Race tossed out the evidence and made the cover as Wrestling I conveniently dropped to the floor so Kroll could make the 1-2-3.

Jack Brisco puts his career on the line.

After Brisco came to, he got the microphone and addressed Mr. Wrestling I. Brisco said that tonight Wrestling I went too far, and that he was tired of all of this. "It has to end, one way or another." Brisco added that he was tired of Wrestling I hiding behind a mask and that a real man would show his true identity if he was going to be brave enough to do the low-life acts that Mr. Wrestling I has been. Brisco said he wanted one more match with Mr. Wrestling I to take place in Philadelphia. If Brisco won, Mr. Wrestling I would have to unmask. If Mr. Wrestling I won, Jack Brisco would leave Global Championship Wrestling FOREVER! Wrestling I felt this deal was too good to pass up, and accepted the match!

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

What a night of wrestling we have lined up for July 19 in Philadelphia at The Spectrum! One way or another, the landscape of GCW is going to change!

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Bobby Duncum (c) vs. Terry Funk
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Larry Zbyszko/Dino Bravo (c) vs. The Blackjacks
CAREER VS. MASK - Jack Brisco vs. Mr. Wrestling I
CHAIN MATCH - Dusty Rhodes/Peter Maivia vs. The Russians
Billy Robinson vs. Hiro Matsuda

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