June 9, 1974 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Pedro Morales and Billy Robinson battled to a draw in 0:30:00.
Rating: ** 1/2

Neither Billy Robinson nor Pedro Morales was happy with the 20-minute time limit draw they wrestled to in Baltimore, so here in the Garden, they wrestled with a 30-minute time limit. Another great wrestling display between two of the world's best, and much like last month, 30 minutes just wasn't enough time for these two to settle it. Robinson hit the Double-Arm Suplex near the end of the match, but couldn't make the cover before the time limit expired. Both Robinson and Morales have petitioned for one more match, and their petitions have been answered. On July 3 from Chicago Stadium, Robinson & Morales meet for a third time, but this time, there will be no time limit at all! We are going to see a winner, no matter how long it takes.

Gorilla Monsoon pinned Johnny Rodz after a splash in 0:01:28.
Rating: **

Poor Johnny Rodz. You have to admire his guts for asking for a match against Gorilla Monsoon, the 400-pound monster from Manchuria and an all-time great in GCW. Rodz, for all of his faults, is never going to back down from a fight, even if the odds are seemingly insurmountable. Rodz got the first few shots in, but the punches had little effect before Monsoon crushed him, winning this match in speedy fashion with a splash. Another trip to the loser's circle for Johnny Rodz.

Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when DeNucci defeated Bruiser by countout in 0:06:08.
Rating: * 3/4

Speaking of cold streaks, there might not be a colder team in all of wrestling right now than Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. The 7-time tag team champions are legends, no doubt about it, but the rumblings going around backstage and in the arenas is that they're too old to compete on a serious level anymore. No one's had the guts to say that to Bruiser & Crusher directly, but the results of their matches in recent months suggest that the rumblings may be correct. Bruiser & Crusher looked completely out of whack against another former tag team championship team trying to get back on track, Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea. Bruiser & Crusher never got on the same page, and as they have been prone to do in the past, got into a shoving match on the floor. As the argument escalated, they didn't even realize they were being counted out - that is, until the bell sounded and DeNucci & Garea were awarded the victory. Bruiser & Crusher jumped back in the ring but DeNucci & Garea bailed. Bruiser & Crusher got into another shoving match before cooler heads prevailed. These two really need to right the ship in a hurry.

Harley Race pinned Ernie Ladd after a diving headbutt in 0:14:03.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Harley Race retained the GCW United States Title.)

Harley Race has thus backed up everything he has said, which is unfortunate considering he continues to talk about it. Now as the United States champion, Race has even more of a leg to stand on to back up his claims. The calm and stoic egomaniac made his first title defense since winning the gold, defending against a former 2-time champion Ernie Ladd. If you want a tough test for your first title defense, wrestle The Big Cat. Ladd is a veteran who is not going to put up with anyone's attitude, particular Race's. Ladd didn't back down and hit Race in the mouth early and often, throwing Race completely off his game. Race looked flustered and almost got pinned on more than one occasion, but a well-placed poke to the eye that the referee didn't detect ultimately led to Race hitting the diving headbutt to win a hard fought title defense.

Don Muraco pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna with the Flying Crossbody in 0:06:54.
Rating: ** 3/4

Baron Mikel Scicluna is back on his own after Spiros Arion left GCW, wrestling in singles tonight against Don Muraco. Muraco is one of the top young up-and-comers in wrestling, and with his training under Billy Robinson, he has improved by leaps and bounds in a relatively short time. Muraco showcased those skills in great fashion, putting Scicluna away with the Flying Crossbody to beat the veteran.

The Texas Outlaws (Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch) defeated The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) when Murdoch made R. Stevens submit to an abdominal stretch in 0:27:39.
Rating: ***
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Dusty Rhodes.]

The Cripplers and The Texas Outlaws are two highly unpopular teams, but they are also two of the best, and they have developed quite a rivalry in recent weeks. Dusty Rhodes & "Dirty" Dick Murdoch are ready to take the next step, and the best way to do that would be a victory over the former 3-time World Tag Team champions in a #1 contenders match. Neither of these teams are particularly well liked by the fans, but the large crowd in MSG had no choice but to get into this match due to the intensity and the fight the two factions took to each other. The fight raged on for nearly a half hour. Stevens & Bockwinkel knew that they weren't going to out brawl the Outlaws, so they used their status as veterans to slow the match down and frustrate the youngsters. In the end though, the youth and drive of Rhodes & Murdoch would make the difference. The merciless attacks on Ray Stevens' ribs paid off as Murdoch was able to submit him to an abdominal stretch. The Texas Outlaws get their shot they want at the World Tag Team Titles in Chicago. Now, who will they be facing?

Carlos Colon pinned Jimmy Snuka with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:08:56.
Rating: ** 3/4

A rare fan favorites match with Carlos Colon and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka going one-on-one. Snuka looked to have control later in the match, but when he went for the Superfly Splash, he hit nothing but canvas, allowing Colon to lock on the Figure-Four Leglock. The pain caused Snuka to pass out and get pinned in the hold, putting this one in the books.

Mr. Wrestling I and Mr. Wrestling II defeated Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when Wrestling II pinned Tanaka with the Million Dollar Kneelift in 0:26:02.
Rating: **** 1/2
(Mr. Wrestling I and Mr. Wrestling II retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

This could be the early favorite for the match of the year! Mr. Wrestling I & Mr. Wrestling II are a mysterious masked team, but if we know one thing about them, it's that they are excellent ring generals. If there's any tag team in GCW that can match the champs in the ring, it would be the challengers, Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka. This match was a tag team wrestling clinic, plain and simple. Fuji & Tanaka have been to the top of the mountain before, so they know what it's like. I & II are the current champions, and aren't looking for their title reign to end any time soon. That competitive spirit translated to one fantastic match, a spectacular 30 minute affair littered with nearfalls and near submissions. Mr. Fuji tried to spray the blue mist into his opponent's face like he has so many times in the past, but he made a major mistake in planning. Fuji forgot that Mr. Wrestling I & II both wear masks. The only thing the mist did was make the white mask of II blue, and it surely didn't save Tanaka from the Million Dollar Kneelift. A great match with a great finish. It'll be interesting to see how much this match took out of the champs, as their next title defense is against the burly and rugged Texas Outlaws.

Billy Graham pinned Luke Graham after a powerslam in 0:22:56.
Rating: ***
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Luke Graham.]

Luke Graham & Billy Graham. Two brothers, but two of the most bitter enemies in GCW history. After Billy cost Luke the US Title last month, this one had to be settled once and for all. Thus, for the first time ever, a Lights Out Bunkhouse match. The rules were simple - come to the ring dressed as you are, all weapons are legal, beat the holy hell out of each other until there is a winner. We have seen some ridiculously brutal and bloody battles in the 11 years GCW has been in business, but this one stands out as the most brutal yet. The fact that two brothers would try to destroy each other as badly as they did is beyond me. They gouged eyes. They used chokeholds. They used ring bells, chairs, lines of cable. Whatever wasn't strapped down, these two used on each other. As the two men became sicker and sicker in what they did, it looked like Luke Graham was starting to hesitate, not wanting to maim his little brother this badly. Luke's momentary sympathy for his baby brother served to be his downfall, as The Grand Wizard jumped in the ring and sprayed rubbing alcohol right into Luke's open head wounds! Luke was writhing in pain which allowed Billy to powerslam him right on a chair to get the 1-2-3 and finally get that monkey off his back. It took the most brutal match in GCW history to do so, but Billy Graham has finally defeated his older brother.

The Heenan Family (Blackjack Lanza and Bobby Duncum) defeated Baron Von Raschke and Ivan Koloff when Duncum pinned I. Koloff with the Full Nelson Slam in 0:45:54.
Rating: **** 1/4
[Nikolai Volkoff interfered against Ivan Koloff.]

The main event was high stakes tag team action with World champion Ivan Koloff teaming up with Baron Von Raschke to take on from the Heenan Family, Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum. This was your classic good old-fashioned brawl of a tag team match between four bonafied tough men. It took everything Dick Kroll had to keep anything even closely resembling order. The tension was building up until the end when a fight erupted on the floor between Lanza & Raschke, who were not the legal men. Kroll tried to break that up in the floor, turning his back to the action between Koloff & Duncum in the ring. Koloff hit the Russian Sickle on Duncum, but there was no referee to count. While Koloff was making the cover, a huge man came out from the back, and following behind him was LOU ALBANO, who we hadn't seen in months! This man jumped in the ring and kicked Koloff hard in the back of the head. This man put Koloff in a huge Bearhug, squeezing the life out of our tired champion. This man left the ring as Kroll turned back to watch Duncum hit the Full Nelson Slam on the already incapacitated Koloff to get the 1-2-3, the first time Koloff's shoulders have ever been pinned to the canvas!

After the show, this huge man was identified as Nikolai Volkoff, a beast of a man from Russia. Albano is bringing him in to get revenge on Koloff for firing him earlier this year. Koloff has wasted no time in demanding a match with Volkoff, and it will take place on July 3 in Chicago.

Card rating: *** 1/4

Match observations:

On July 3, right before our nation's Independence Day, GCW will invade Chicago for live action at the Chicago Stadium!

WORLD TITLE - Ivan Koloff (c) vs. Nikolai Volkoff
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Mr. Wrestling I/Mr. Wrestling II (c) vs. The Texas Outlaws
CHICAGO STREETFIGHT - Baron Von Raschke vs. Bobby Duncum
NO TIME LIMIT - Billy Robinson vs. Pedro Morales

In addition, we have learned that there will be a special in-ring interview with Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher!

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