March 1, 1975 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Jimmy Snuka and Tony Garea defeated The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant) when J. Snuka pinned Jimmy Valiant with the Superfly Splash in 0:12:07.
Rating: ** 1/2
[Lou Albano interfered against Tony Garea.]

This match was supposed to take place in Landover last month, but Tony Garea had some travel issues that prevented him from making it. We found out later on that the travel issues were caused because the Valiants slashed the tires of his car at his hotel, making it impossible for him to make it to the arena! Garea was here tonight though, and he was angry as he and Jimmy Snuka took on the aforementioned Valiants. Lou Albano may have thought the plan was solid last month, but all it seemed to do was light a fire under Garea & Snuka. The Valiants did not foresee this, and they seemed utterly unprepared for their opponents, who continue to get better every match. The Valiants were straight up beat tonight as Snuka hit the Superfly Splash to get the 1-2-3 on Jimmy Valiant. As a result of this huge win, Snuka & Garea will get a huge opportunity on March 18 in Toronto, as they will take on the World Tag Team champions, no matter who they might be!

Pedro Morales made Dino Bravo submit to the Boston Crab in 0:07:43.
Rating: * 1/2

Pedro Morales has still not given Ivan Koloff a definite yes or no answer in regards to teaming with him, and the teaming wasn't going to take place tonight as Morales took on Dino Bravo in singles action. Bravo is a strong young prospect with a bright future, but that potential didn't help him against Morales who finished the match off in quick order with the Boston Crab.

Bobby Duncum pinned Gorilla Monsoon after a flying bodypress in 0:04:03.
Rating: ** 1/2

Bobby Duncum had a big signature win by defeating Blackjack Lanza in the Texas Bullrope Match in Landover, but he had to be careful not to have a let up against GCW veteran, Gorilla Monsoon. It looked like that might be the case early on, but Duncum got it together and put Monsoon away with a flying bodypress.

That wasn't the big story of this match though. After the match, Monsoon was understandably disappointed in losing the match, and got into it with a fan. But this wasn't just any fan - this fan was the greatest boxer in the world, MUHAMMAD ALI! Ali wanted to shake Monsoon's hand, but Monsoon wanted none of it, pushing his hand away! This lit the ire of Ali, who jumped over the railing and went after Monsoon! The Garden was electric as security tried desperately to keep these two away from each other. Cooler heads finally prevailed, but word has it that we haven't heard the end of this one.

Harley Race pinned Johnny Rodz with the Piledriver in 0:13:19.
Rating: ***

World champion Harley Race has been blaming Johnny Rodz for not holding up his end of the bargain when they challenged the Texas Outlaws for the World Tag Team Titles last month, and was out to teach him a lesson here in the Garden. Rodz prides himself on being "unpredictable," and his unpredictable act tonight was that he gave Race the fight of his life. Going in, no one gave Rodz much of a chance here, but never underestimate a man when he has been wronged. Rodz wrestled the match of his life and came within an eyelash of pinning Race on more than one occasion. Race looked legitimately scared that he would lose this match, resorting to a cheap poke in the eye when the referee wasn't looking. Race followed up immediately with the Piledriver and got the 1-2-3. Race kept up with the beating after the match, hitting a second Piledriver as he felt embarrassed over what happened. Race was all set to hit a third devastating Piledriver, but luckily for Rodz, DUSTY RHODES & DICK MURDOCH ran out and chased Race off. Race thought better of trying to fight off both Outlaws and headed for higher ground. The Outlaws still have World Title shots upcoming, and the first will come on March 18 in Toronto when Race defends against Murdoch.

The Texas Outlaws (Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch) defeated Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when Murdoch pinned Tanaka with the Gourdbuster in 0:19:46.
Mr. Fuji tore his right biceps. He will be out for approximately 6 months.
Rating: ***
(The Texas Outlaws retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Outlaws had to be careful not to let the situation with Race distract them as they had a tough tag title defense against Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka. Rhodes & Murdoch very well could have been too amped up, as Fuji & Tanaka used the aggressiveness of the champs against them. This was an intense affair, and honestly, we very well could have seen new tag team champions if it wasn't for an unfortunate injury to Mr. Fuji. Fuji show impressive strength by getting Dusty Rhodes over with a suplex, but in the process, he injured his arm. We wouldn't find out until later that he tore his right biceps and is going to miss several months of action. Fuji was more or less out of it for the rest of the match, and Tanaka couldn't hold off the champs on his own as the Outlaws retain the gold. With this win, Dick Murdoch is going to have a busy night in Toronto as not only does he have a World Tag Team Title defense against Jimmy Snuka & Tony Garea, but his World Title match against Harley Race as well!

Kintaro Ohki defeated Blackjack Lanza by disqualification in 0:04:21.
Rating: * 1/2
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Kintaro Ohki.]

Kintaro Ohki made a successful United States debut in Landover, but had a much tougher opponent this time around as he took on Blackjack Lanza. Lanza is coming off a brutal loss to Bobby Duncum in a Texas Bullrope Match, and it was clear he was still suffering the ill effects of the match. Ohki got the better of every early exchange in this match, and Lanza eventually got frustrated and just hit Ohki with a low blow and left with the disqualification loss. Lanza may have escaped Ohki tonight, but he is $1000 poorer as he was fined for his actions. And not only that, but Lanza will have to wrestle Ohki one more time in Toronto on the 18th.

Billy Graham made Mr. Wrestling I submit to the Bearhug in 0:11:55.
Rating: ***
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Mr. Wrestling I.]

The Graham Brothers are reunited as a dominant force, and they were looking to continue exerting that will over the competitors of GCW tonight. Mr. Wrestling I was "Superstar" Billy Graham's foe tonight, and just like in their previous contests, Wrestling I had difficulty matching up with the unbelievably powerful Graham. Graham caught Wrestling I in the Bearhug, and once he has you trapped in that hold, good luck escaping. Wrestling I had to submit or face permanent injury.

The Heenan Family (Ox Baker and Ray Stevens) defeated Ernie Ladd and Jack Brisco when R. Stevens pinned Ernie Ladd with the Bombs Away Kneedrop in 0:20:36.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Ernie Ladd.]

Jack Brisco has returned to GCW to help rid the wrestling world of evil factions like Bobby Heenan's Heenan Family, but they have shown that they're not going to make it easy for him. Brisco had some help tonight in taking on "The Crippler" Ray Stevens & Ox Baker in the form of GCW veteran Ernie Ladd, one of three wrestlers who has been with this company since the very beginning. We were unsure how Brisco & Ladd were going to function as a team when this match started, but those questions were answered right away when they pulled off some solid tandem offense to throw the Heenan Family off their game. Brisco & Ladd were looking great until a distraction from Heenan allowed Stevens to chopblock Ladd and take his left knee out. Ladd is a gamer and fought back valiantly, but his knee injury would ultimately lead to the demise of his team. Stevens hit the Bombs Away Kneedrop on Ladd after the Big Cat's legs buckled when he had the Crippler up in a suplex. Brisco fought stevens & Baker out of the ring though. A disappointment for Brisco, but he's not going to give up that easily.

Dory Funk Jr. defeated Nikolai Volkoff by countout in 0:08:20.
Rating: *
(Dory Funk Jr. retained the GCW United States Title.)

This next match was for the United States Title, and even though Nikolai Volkoff & Lou Albano had possession of the title, Dory Funk Jr. was the defending champion. Funk made a shocking return to GCW in Baltimore to win the battle royal and become the new champion, a title that Volkoff has possession of and is referring to as the USSR Title. If Volkoff could pin Funk or make him submit, he would have a legitimate claim to the gold. Albano's distraction gave the powerful Volkoff the early advantage, but Funk used his mat wrestling prowess to get back the upperhand. Volkoff became quite flustered with Funk's barrage of holds, and when Albano sensed that Volkoff might be on his way to losing, he ordered him to roll out of the ring, grab the title, and escape to the back for the countout loss. Funk gets the win, but once again doesn't get back the physical title.

Ivan Koloff defeated Luke Graham by disqualification in 0:08:33.
Rating: **
[Billy Graham interfered against Ivan Koloff.]

A huge grudge match between "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff and Luke Graham main evented our MSG show, the 60th one in our history. The fans of GCW have taken to calling Luke Graham "Crazy Luke," which has not been taken well by the former World champion. Perhaps if he hadn't been acting like a lunatic the past several months, he wouldn't have this problem, but I digress. This match was another punch drunk brawl like we've come to expect from two of the best powerhouses in the business, but as has become the M.O. of the Grahams, the match itself was merely a technicality. Once Luke Graham was in a precarious position, out came from BILLY GRAHAM for the 2-on-1 attack and the clear disqualification. But this time, there was no hesitation in a save being made as PEDRO MORALES was out in a flash, fighting off the Superstar & Crazy Luke! Koloff got back to his feet and some stereo clothesline over the top rope cleared out The Grand Wizard's charges. We received huge news after the show in a press conference that for the first time ever, Koloff & Morales will work as a team, taking on the Grahams in our main event at Maple Leaf Gardens!

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

The event on March 18 is shaping up to be the biggest card in the history of Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, and when you hear the lineup, you'll be hard pressed to disagree!

MAIN EVENT - Ivan Koloff/Pedro Morales vs. Luke Graham/Billy Graham
WORLD TITLE - Harley Race (c) vs. Dick Murdoch
UNITED STATES TITLE - Dory Funk Jr. (c) vs. Nikolai Volkoff
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Texas Outlaws (c) vs. Jimmy Snuka/Tony Garea
Jack Brisco vs. Ray Stevens
Ernie Ladd vs. Ox Baker
Kintaro Ohki vs. Blackjack Lanza

Plus, due to what took place tonight, Gorilla Monsoon has been ordered to give a public apology to Muhammad Ali or suffer severe consequences! Will he do it? Be at the Maple Leaf Gardens to find out!

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