June 5, 1984 - Civic Centre - Landover, MD

Larry Zbyszko pinned Tully Blanchard with the Crunch Time in 0:11:00.
Rating: *** 1/4

Tully Blanchard has been bragging to anyone who will listen to him about how he eliminated Larry Zbyszko from the battle royal last month, so as a result, this match was signed to kick off our return to Landover. Blanchard was as cocky as ever, figuring that since he eliminated the Cruncher from a battle royal, he could easily do so in a singles match. Big mistake. It didn't take long for Blanchard to realize this was going to be a tough mountain to climb. It ended up being a damn good match, and Tully did get a lot of offense in. He couldn't figure out that one big move to hit though. Zbyszko did, however, drilling Blanchard to the canvas with the Crunch Time to get the win.

After the match, Zbyszko addressed Bob Backlund, saying that he knew he could beat him and wanted one more opportunity to show the world that he could beat the former World champion. Backlund wasn't in the house tonight, but when he was informed of the challenge, he had no qualms accepting it. This great match is signed and sealed, and will be delivered on July 1 at Madison Square Garden!

Dynamite Kid pinned Bret Hart with the Flying Headbutt in 0:10:04.
Rating: ***

As a safety precaution, Davey Boy Smith was not cleared to wrestle tonight after having hairspray sprayed in his eyes by Jim Cornette, so Dynamite Kid was in singles action against Bret Hart. We hadn't seen a lot of Dynamite in singles action, but the guy is a very skilled competitor. Hart took Dynamite very lightly in the early going, figuring he would have no problem getting his first GCW victory over a tag team wrestler. That was a big mistake. Hart realized a little too late that this was going to be a fight, and he wrestled most of the match on the defensive. By the time he started to get some offense in, he had taken too much damage and couldn't string together the moves. Dynamite would get the win with the Flying Headbutt. Another loss for Bret, but with his self confidence, I'm sure he will bounce right back.

Interview:
The fan suing Don Muraco comes up with an interesting compromise.

Before our next match, we were joined in the by a man in a suit, carrying a briefcase. The man shook hands with Howard Finkel before taking the microphone and introducing himself as Jack Tunney. Tunney let everyone know that he is lead legal counsel for GCW and has been a major part of the proceedings with the lawsuit between Don Muraco and a fan from New York that Muraco struck back in March. Tunney invited both Muraco and his manager Mr. Fuji to join him in the ring, which they did to a chorus of boos. Muraco was quick to defend himself, saying that he did nothing wrong and that this whole lawsuit should be thrown out. Tunney said they might just be able to do that. The man that was punched, his name is Jim Powers, and he has been a lifetime wrestling fan, always dreaming of becoming a wrestler. Powers said that if he can get a match with Muraco at Madison Square Garden, he would drop the lawsuit. Muraco couldn't believe his ears and said that if this will make all of this go away, this Jim Powers has himself a match. You have to admire someone having a dream, but this might not be the best idea for this young man.

The Foreign Legion (Dino Bravo, Kamala, Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) and The All-Americans (Barry Windham, Junkyard Dog, Mike Rotundo and Tony Atlas) battled to a no contest in 0:02:00.
Rating: * 1/2

With these men locking up in a highly emotional 8-man tag match, we knew it had the potential to break down. We just didn't think it was going to break down this quickly. We were only two minutes in when the emotions ran high, tempers flare, and this feud over national pride spilled into a knock down, drag out fight! Referee Tommy Young threw his hands up and tossed the match out. Any disappointment about not getting a clear winner was thrown out because this fight went on for over ten minutes before security was able to break it up. By the end of it, Dino Bravo, Barry Windham, & Tony Atlas were all bleeding. Both sides were FINALLY pulled apart, but it took several attempts as someone kept getting loose and the fight was on again. Everyone was ushered to the back, but the crowd was abuzz after the fight we just saw.

!!! BREAKING NEWS !!!

Not only did the All-Americans & the Foreign Legion brawl all over ringside, we also received reports that they brawled back in the locker room as well, resulting in Freddie Blassie and his men having to be forcibly removed from the building. The Championship Committee met and came to the decision that if these two factions want to go to war, they were going to let them go to war. So on July 27 at the Boston Garden, it will be the All-American against the Foreign Legion in WAR GAMES! This match has happened only one time before, and it was a bloody, dangerous affair. This all the national pride at stake, I imagine this second installment will be more of the same. Not only that, but on July 1 in MSG, 3 matches have been signed: Tony Atlas vs. The Iron Sheik, Junkyard Dog vs. Kamala, and a non-title match between the U.S. Express and the World Tag Team champions Dino Bravo & Nikolai Volkoff. Whichever side wins the majority of these matches will receive the advantage during the War Games match. The stakes couldn't be higher in New York City!

The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) defeated The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) when Eaton pinned R. Morton with the Alabama Jam in 0:04:49.
Rating: ** 1/4

The Rock 'N Roll Express asked for this match against the Midnight Express due to being disgusted by how Bobby Eaton, Dennis Condrey, & Jim Cornette stole a victory and could have blinded Davey Boy Smith with that can of hairspray. Cornette was sporting his extra jacket again, and it would once again play into the end of this match. Ricky Morton was getting the better of Beautiful Bobby, rocking him with armdrags and dropkicks galore. Cornette sprung into action, and the Portly Prince of Polyester jumped up on the apron, reaching into his jacket while he did so. Referee Dick Woehrle sprung into action, getting in Cornette's face and making sure he didn't interfere. Problem was, while Woehrle was with Cornette, he couldn't see both Eaton & Condrey pull out a pair of brass knux each and clock the unassuming Morton & Gibson, knocking them both cold. Condrey rolled Gibson out of the ring while Eaton went to the top, connecting with the Alabama Jam on Morton. Cornette conveniently chose this moment to heed Woehrle's instructions, allowing the ref to make the 3 count. The Midnight Express looked like they had more sinister intentions as Condrey threw Woehrle out of the ring (picking up a fine in the process). Eaton & Condrey held Morton open while Cornette dug the can of Mama Cornette's hairspray out of his jacket. They were looking to blind Morton just like they did Davey Boy, but thankfully, DYNAMITE KID ran out to make the save! And he wasn't alone as he had a STEEL CHAIR in tow! The Midnight Express split in a hurry, and the crowd exploded as Dynamite wildly swung at Cornette, nearly missing him as Cornette toppled through the ropes to the floor. Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith will get another crack at the Midnight Express, and the Rock 'N Roll Express have assured the Bulldogs that they will be watching their backs.

Dusty Rhodes pinned Dick Murdoch with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:07:01.
Rating: **

About a decade ago, these two were dominant World Tag Team champions running roughshot over Global Championship Wrestling. Tonight, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes & "Captain Redneck" Dick Murdoch were beating the holy hell out of each other. These two know each other so well, so neither man bothered trying any wrestling holds - this was just a fight. Rhodes & Murdoch were hitting each other with bombs that would have easily knocked out a normal man, but here, it just made them angry. Murdoch had his lip busted open with one particularly hard shot. He touched his hand, saw the blood, and then popped the Dream with another hard punch. The match wasn't pretty, but the fans were into watching these barroom brawlers do what they do best. Rhodes would officially get his hand raised when a Bionic Elbowdrop caught Murdoch just right to get the pinfall, but it wasn't long before Murdoch was back up and fighting like the ornery bastard that he is. These two fought all the way to the back before the fight came to an end.

Interview:
Bobby Heenan puts a bounty on Bruiser Brody's head.

Bobby Heenan grabbed the microphone from Howard Finkel before Bruiser Brody could be introduced for the next match. Heenan was carrying a briefcase that was handcuffed to his wrist. The Brain said that the briefcase contained $10,000 in cash. That $10,000 was up for grabs to the first man who could put Bruiser Brody on the shelf. He added he didn't care who did it, whether it was a member of the Heenan Family or not. He did say that Ole Anderson would get the first chance to, however, in this upcoming match.

Bruiser Brody pinned Ole Anderson with the Bombs Away in 0:06:42.
Rating: **

Ole Anderson had the first crack to become $10,000 richer, which may have actually hurt him in this match with Brody. Ole was solely going for maneuvers that would injure Brody instead of moves that would wear him down, and Brody saw most of them coming a mile away. Everything Ole tried, Brody had an answer for. Brody avoided Anderson's Piledriver with a backdrop, hit the Bombs Away kneedrop, and this match was in the books. Brody survived his first test as wrestlers strive to collect the bounty on his head, but he has a huge problem in MSG, as he will take on the massive King Kong Bundy in a New York Streetfight!

Match for the vacant GCW Intercontinental Title:
Ricky Steamboat pinned Nick Bockwinkel after a German suplex in 0:13:43.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Ricky Steamboat won the GCW Intercontinental Title.)
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Ricky Steamboat.]

Bobby Heenan was not in a good mood after Bruiser Brody escaped unscathed, but he had to put that behind him as one of his other charges, Nick Bockwinkel, was wrestling against Ricky Steamboat for the vacant Intercontinental Title. Both of these men have held the Intercontinental Title before, Bockwinkel once and Steamboat on two occasions, but they would going to have a hell of a time winning another title. If you love mat wrestling, you would have loved this match. I'm sure that Heenan would have interfered more if he could, but he still had the briefcase handcuffed to his wrist which limited what shenanigans he was able to get into. At one point though, the Brain was measuring Steamboat on the floor while Bockwinkel had the attention of Tommy Young in the ring. Heenan had plans to hit Steamboat with the briefcase, but he was stopped by JIMMY SNUKA! The crowd was in a frenzy as Snuka threatened to nail Heenan, causing the Brain to back up all he way to the back. With Heenan no longer in the picture, Steamboat was on fire, stringing together a series of great moves that Bockwinkel couldn't find a counter for. The Dragon drilled Bockwinkel with a German suplex, executed a picture perfect bridge, and for the third time, is the Intercontinental champion! The crowd exploded as the Superfly returned and handed Steamboat the Intercontinental Title. Congrats to the new champ!

Bobby Duncum and Stan Hansen battled to a no contest in 0:03:51.
Bobby Duncum injured his right knee. He will be out for approximately 6 months.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Stan Hansen retained the GCW World Title.)

We were expecting a emotionally fueled, highly aggressive World Title match for our main event, but unfortunately, sometimes outside circumstances can prevent that from happening. World champion Stan Hansen was defending the gold against rival Bobby Duncum. Duncum has done it all in GCW, except win the World Title. As a singles wrestler, you might think that Hansen had the clear advantage, which may be true, but Duncum and his partner Dick Murdoch have proven time and time again that there is nothing they won't do to get the better of their opposition. This was fixing to be a classic slugfest, but that all changed when Duncum went for a clothesline. He planted his right leg to get more power behind it, but when he did, his knee buckled to the side. Duncum fell in a heap, screaming and clutching his leg as he did so. Dick Kroll immediately called for the bell and stopped this match because Duncum was seriously injured. Duncum had to be stretchered out of the arena, and his cursing and yelling showed how frustrated he was. As much of a jerk as Duncum is, you never want to see anyone go down like this.

Interview:
Stan Hansen challenges Dusty Rhodes for one more match.

As Duncum was being tended to by the medical staff, Stan Hansen went over with Howard Finkel to issue a challenge. He said that Dusty Rhodes and he might be on speaking terms nowadays, but it doesn't necessarily mean they're friends. Everybody knows that they still have some issues to work out, and he wanted to finish it off, once and for all, on July 1 at Madison Square Garden. Hansen vs. Rhodes, 1-on-1, for the World Title.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

7/1/84 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - New York, NY

WORLD TITLE - Stan Hansen (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Ricky Steamboat (c) vs. Nick Bockwinkel
NON-TITLE - Dino Bravo/Nikolai Volkoff (World Tag Team champions) vs. The U.S. Express
Tony Atlas vs. The Iron Sheik
Junkyard Dog vs. Kamala
NEW YORK STREETFIGHT - Bruiser Brody vs. King Kong Bundy
Larry Zbyszko vs. Bob Backlund
The British Bulldogs vs. The Midnight Express
Jim Powers vs. Don Muraco

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