June 23, 1979 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA

Larry Zbyszko defeated Chavo Guerrero by countout in 0:07:45.
Rating: * 1/2

Our opening match of the evening saw the debut of a new wrestler in GCW rings. Chavo Guerrero, the son of Mexican wrestling legend Gory Guerrero, was the opponent for Larry Zbyszko. The fans didn't know what to think about Guerrero at first, but he started to win them over with his fast-paced Mexican style of wrestling. Zbyszko was flustered by Guerrero's quickness, but the tide turned when Guerrero missed a charging shoulderblock in the corner, making Guerrero smash his shoulder on the ringpost and fall to the outside. Zbyszko went to the floor and hit Guerrero with the Shoulderbreaker, leaving Guerrero wiped out on the floor to be counted out.

Zbyszko was looking to inflict further punishment to Guerrero, but he got stopped in his tracks when DUSTY RHODES nailed him in the back of the head with his cast! Zbyszko was knocked out cold as the crowd went crazy with the American Dream standing over the body of Zbyszko! Officials came in before further damage could be done, but Rhodes showed that broken hand or not, he's not done with Zbyszko by a long shot. He'll get his next chance at retribution on July 19 in Toronto in a no-DQ match!

Gorilla Monsoon defeated Blackjack Lanza by disqualification in 0:00:50.
Rating: 1/4*
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Gorilla Monsoon.]

The Blackjacks & "Classy" Freddie Blassie were said to be "amused" by the challenge of Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales, feeling they are below them as a tag team. Two singles matches were set up between the teams as Blassie felt that a title shot needs to be earned, not requested, starting with Monsoon taking on Blackjack Lanza. The match was just a smokescreen for Monsoon to be attacked, as less than a minute into the match, BLACKJACK MULLIGAN was down in the ring pounding on Monsoon! The Blackjacks engaged in a vicious 2-on-1 assault before PEDRO MORALES ran down with a chair to run them off. It will be interesting to see what happens in the Morales/Mulligan match later.

The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) defeated Victor Rivera and Jimmy Golden when Sika pinned Golden after a short lariat in 0:06:55.
Rating: * 1/4

Victor Rivera & Jimmy Golden wanted one more shot at the Wild Samoans, feeling that they had figured out how to beat the lovable savages. They wrestled a better match, but once again this match belong to Afa & Sika.

Don Muraco pinned Great Kabuki with the Tombstone in 0:12:39.
Rating: **

Don Muraco & Freddie Blassie unexpectedly turned on Great Kabuki at our last show, double-crossing him under the guise of a friendly match against fellow stablemates, the Blackjacks. The fans didn't necessarily want to cheer Kabuki after all of the dastardly things he has done in the past, but Kabuki didn't care. He only wanted to get his hands on Muraco no matter what it took. The match had a wild feel to it, mostly thanks to Kabuki who was all over Muraco from the opening bell. This aggressive attack made Kabuki prone to mistakes, tiny openings that allowed Muraco to wear him down with his big move offense. Kabuki kept fighting though and after hitting a flying karate chop, looked primed to get the win until Blassie jumped up on the apron. Kabuki lunged at Blassie but missed. Kabuki was yelling at Blassie from inside the ring and didn't see Muraco get up behind him. Muraco hit a low blow that was undetected by the referee, hit the Tombstone, and had his hand raised in victory.

Ric Flair pinned Dino Bravo after a small package in 0:16:02.
Rating: ***

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair was in rare arrogant form, choosing to focus on Roddy Piper's knee injury from their match last month instead of the fact that Piper defeated Flair in that match. Flair brought that cockiness into his match with Dino Bravo, mocking Bravo whenever he had the advantage. Not the greatest of strategies, as Bravo is not a man to take lightly. Bravo used the power offense he's so good at to drop Flair time and time again. Bravo went for the Side Suplex, but Flair reversed it into a small package and got the win. After the match, Bravo argued with referee Tommy Young, claiming that it was a fast count. Bravo was very animated over this and didn't see Flair come from behind to clip his knee. Flair was looking to put Bravo in the Figure-Four Leglock, but RODDY PIPER came out on crutches to make the save! Piper went right at Flair with right hands, but the Nature Boy cut him off with a kick to the injured knee. Flair locked Piper on the Figure-Four and grabbed the ropes for more leverage before officials finally broke it up. Despite this attack, we know that Piper will most likely be cleared for in-ring action before our July 19 show, barring any major setback. It has been announced that he will team up with Bravo to take on Flair & Ken Patera.

Pedro Morales defeated Blackjack Mulligan when Blackjack Mulligan passed out in a figure-four leglock in 0:11:16.
Rating: * 1/2
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Pedro Morales.]

After the attack on Gorilla Monsoon earlier, Pedro Morales was not taking any chances in his match against Blackjack Mulligan by having Monsoon down at ringside with him. Freddie Blassie didn't expect this and it seemed to thoroughly alter his game plan. After a hard fought contest, Morales got Mulligan in the Boston Crab. Blackjack Lanza looked to get in the ring, but Monsoon grabbed him from behind and kept him on the floor with a mighty headbutt. Mulligan passed out from the pain of the hold and got the win.

This strengthens the case for Morales & Monsoon getting a title shot, but they'll have to wait as on July 19, Morales & Monsoon will team with Great Kabuki to take on the Blackjacks & Don Muraco in a 6-man tag team match.

Paul Orndorff defeated Jimmy Snuka by countout in 0:14:06.
Rating: ** 3/4
[Luke Graham interfered against Jimmy Snuka.]

The battles between Jimmy Snuka & Paul Orndorff had another chapter of their feud written in our semi-main event. As we watch Orndorff wrestle, it's easy to forget that he hasn't been around the sport of wrestling for that long, but the teachings and guidance of Luke Graham have made him into a threat already. Still, the Superfly has had his number which has only made Luke Graham's seething anger toward him run all the deeper. As has happened in previous encounters between these two, Luke Graham couldn't keep his emotions in check and he interfered, attacking Snuka on the floor to get the Superfly counted out. After the match, Orndorff held Snuka open for Graham, who went for the Thumb to the Throat. Snuka wiggled himself his free as Graham went for the move, connecting with the throat of Orndorff instead! As Graham was stunned, Snuka hit a dropkick on him to send the former World champion sprawling to the floor!

Bob Backlund pinned Ivan Koloff after a crucifix in 0:18:45.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Bob Backlund retained the GCW World Title.)

Ivan Koloff had a big opportunity to become a 2-time World champion as the Russian Bear challenged the reigning champion, the amateur standout Bob Backlund. Backlund is getting stronger with every title defense as he becomes more comfortable with the pressure of being the holder of the most prestigious championship in the world. After a thrilling match, "Classy" Freddie Blassie looked to be getting involved again, trying to use the old "distract the ref, throw in the cane" routine. But before he could do so, TERRY FUNK ran out and chased Blassie to the back! During the commotion, Backlund caught Koloff with a crucifix and got the pinfall! Finally, Blassie looks to have gotten what he deserves for his constant interference.

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

We our half way through the final year of the 1970s, and we keep the train a-rollin' on July 19 from the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto!

NO DISQUALIFICATION - Dusty Rhodes vs. Larry Zbyszko
Gorilla Monsoon/Pedro Morales/Great Kabuki vs. The Blackjacks/Don Muraco
Roddy Piper/Dino Bravo vs. Ric Flair/Ken Patera

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