March 17, 1979 - Capital Centre - Landover, MD

Dusty Rhodes pinned Victor Rivera with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:05:25.
Rating: ** 1/4

Dusty Rhodes is back in GCW thanks to The Midnight Rider, and he made his return in our opening match against Victor Rivera. Before the match, Rhodes thanked the Rider for all of his hard work and mentioned that the Rider has chosen to go back to Texas to wrestle. Rhodes also has decided to keep Lou Albano as a manager, a pairing I would have never expected to see in my lifetime. Rhodes looked revitalized and energized and poor Victor Rivera was the recipient of the American Dream's triumphant return. Now that Rhodes is back and his troubles are behind him, the world is his oyster.

Larry Zbyszko pinned Dino Bravo with the Shoulderbreaker in 0:13:41.
Rating: ***

A rivalry was reignited as former friends Dino Bravo & Larry Zbyszko went at it in a singles match. Though their initial feud is over, when these two go at it, the intensity is there all over again. Bravo has really gotten stronger over the last year, and he showed that to Zbyszko by slamming him over the ring. Zbyszko showed that he can take a beating and come right back, using his technical prowess to work on Bravo's arm and shoulder before hitting the Shoulderbreaker for the 1-2-3. After the match, Zbyszko looked down at Bravo as Bravo was coming to. When they made eye contact, Zbyszko just shook his head and left the ring.

Jimmy Snuka pinned Jimmy Golden after a gutwrench suplex in 0:06:10.
Rating: * 1/2

Jimmy Snuka learned who attacked him almost two years ago and cost him the Intercontinental Title when LUKE GRAHAM attacked him again last show. Snuka was in action against Jimmy Golden and in a foul mood to boot. Snuka was relentless in his attack by never letting Golden get going, hitting him with a gutwrench suplex to win the match. After the match, Snuka went to the top and hit the Superfly Splash, a direct message to Luke Graham & Paul Orndorff.

Luke Graham explains his attack on Jimmy Snuka.

At this point, LUKE GRAHAM & PAUL ORNDORFF came down to the ring and Graham grabbed the house mic from the ring announcer. Snuka had to be restrained from jumping out and attacking him, which just tickled Graham pink. Graham said that he knew Snuka wanted to know why he attacked him in that cage match. "It's simple, Snuka - YOU RUINED MY LIFE!" Graham mentioned all the neck and back problems he has suffered and blames Snuka jumping off the top of the cage with the Superfly Splash as the move that effectively ended his career. Graham said he went through a deep depression but realized that he could either get down on himself that his best in-ring days were behind him, or he could get revenge. "I will not rest until you are in as much pain as I am, Snuka! Whatever it takes, you're a dead man! You hear me!? A DEAD MAN."

Gorilla Monsoon and Pedro Morales defeated Don Muraco and Great Kabuki when Morales made Muraco submit to the Boston Crab in 0:08:27.
Rating: * 3/4
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Gorilla Monsoon.]

For only the third time in GCW history, we had a tag team match fought under tornado rules in our next contest with Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales taking on Great Kabuki & Don Muraco. As the name would indicate, this match was a whirlwind of action. For those of you who don't know, tornado rules puts all four competitors in the rings at once - tags are unnecessary. Any semblance of a gracefully wrestled match went out the window from the opening bell when Monsoon nailed Muraco with a big headbutt. From there, it was wild as both teams took full advantage of rules (or lack of rules, as it were). Freddie Blassie instructed Kabuki to spew the blue mist into the eyes of a prone Morales, who was being held wide open by Muraco. When Kabuki spit the mist, Morales broke free and instead the mist blinded Muraco! Monsoon smashed Kabuki in the corner with an avalanche while Morales locked on the Boston Crab on a blinded Muraco to get the submission victory! Monsoon & Morales take another big step toward a title shot in the tag team division.

The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) and The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) battled to a double disqualification in 0:16:32.
Rating: **
(The Blackjacks retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Sika.]
[Lou Albano interfered against Blackjack Lanza.]

The Blackjacks shocked the world in Boston by breaking out of their huge losing streak in an epic way - debuting "Classy" Freddie Blassie as their manager and winning the tag team titles from Captain Lou Albano's Wild Samoans. The Samoans enacted their rematch clause here in Landover, and with a chance to prepare looked to be in good position to win the tag titles for a second time. The time to prepare was a great help to Afa & Sika as it was clear that Albano had his savages prepared. Blassie saw that the tag titles were slipping away late as the Samoans had all the momentum, so he tried to get involved again like he did last month when the Blackjacks won the titles. Albano wasn't about to see Blassie get involved though as when Blassie was on the apron, he shoved him up and over the top into the ring. Albano rolled in as well and began laying into Blassie with wild punches! The match in the ring stopped as both the Samoans & the Blackjacks stared in awe at their managers fighting before they pulled them away. The match was ruled a double DQ as ordered was being restored. President Hisashi Shinma was quick to act on this, signing a rematch between these two teams for April 5 in Baltimore, but with the added stipulation that managers will be banned from ringside!

Ric Flair & Roddy Piper discuss their futures.

An interesting interview segment with Ric Flair & Roddy Piper. As we all know, Flair & Piper were brought in by former World champion Harley Race to be his lackeys and help him in his quest to keep the title around his waist. Now that Race is no longer the champion and no longer in GCW, many are wondering what is going to happen with his henchmen. Piper seemed content in moving on into the singles ranks, but Flair said that Piper and he could take over GCW now that Race was out of the picture. Flair recommended that they team up and make a serious run at the tag team titles. Piper was hesitant at first, but was talked into it by the silver tongued Flair. They will start this quest for the tag titles in Baltimore against Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales.

Jumbo Tsuruta pinned Terry Funk with the Jumbo Knee in 0:15:08.
Rating: *** 1/4

Our semi-main event promised to be a great wrestling match as Jumbo Tsuruta & Terry Funk squared off against each other. Terry's brother is not a member of the GCW roster anymore, but Terry himself has promised to be even more successful now, and a great first step would be defeating the former 2-time World champion. These two haven't had much history in GCW rings, but they actually know each other very well. When Tsuruta originally came to the States, he wrestled for and learned the American style from Terry's dad, Dory Sr., in Amarillo. You could see that these two enjoyed rekindling some of that past and we got a great match as a result. Funk worked over the leg of Jumbo and at one point had the Spinning Toe Hold on for a considerable length of time, but Jumbo just refused to quit. No matter what Funk did to Jumbo's knee, he couldn't get him to give up. This made Funk prone to mistakes as he went for the Spinning Toe Hold one too many times as Jumbo kicked him off into the turnbuckle. When Funk stumbled out, Jumbo caught him with the Jumbo Knee. This hurt Jumbo a lot due to what Funk had been doing to his leg, but it was enough for Tsuruta to get a hard fought and well deserved three count.

After the match, a begrudging Funk showed a rare show of respect as he quickly shook Jumbo's hand. He may be a rotten jerk, but the history of friendship he has with Jumbo is strong. After Jumbo left the ring, STAN HANSEN ran into the ring from the crowd and out of nowhere, blasted Funk with the Lariat! These two have been stablemates for months, and now all of a sudden, Hansen had turned on Funk! Funk had to be helped out of the ring by officials. We hope to find out why Hansen did this in Baltimore, but at the very least, we know we will see Hansen vs. Funk!

Bob Backlund pinned Ken Patera by countering the Swinging Full Nelson in 0:25:59.
Rating: ***
(Bob Backlund retained the GCW World Title.)

Bob Backlund's chase for the World Title is finally over as he became the champion in Boston. He's going to learn that chasing the champion and being the champion are two entirely different monsters. The first man trying to dethrone Backlund is no stranger as Ken Patera got the first title shot in Landover. Patera came close to beating Backlund in New York, and with the allure of the title in front of him, Patera came out even more a house of fire. Backlund got lured into Patera's match early on, and for the most part, Patera dictated the pace. Backlund couldn't get Patera on the mat for extended periods of time as Patera kept the pressure on with slams, bearhugs, and power packed punches. Backlund looked to be in danger of becoming one of the shortest reigning champions in GCW history when Patera locked on the Swinging Full Nelson, but Backlund showed great wherewithal by pushing off the turnbuckles and getting Patera in a pinning predicament for the 1-2-3! Patera couldn't believe it but Backlund had pinned him again! Backlund quickly got out of the ring and celebrated his first successful title defense to close out the show.

Card rating: ** 1/2

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Back to Baltimore for the first time since last February as we rock the Civic Center on April 5!

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Larry Zbyszko
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Stan Hansen (c) vs. Terry Funk
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES (Managers banned from ringside) - The Blackjacks (c) vs. The Wild Samoans
Gorilla Monsoon/Pedro Morales vs. Ric Flair/Roddy Piper

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