March 2, 1974 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Carlos Colon made Johnny Rodz submit to the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:10:15.
Rating: *** 3/4

We are back in Madison Square Garden, and we had a huge lineup of matches in store for you all, starting with Carlos Colon taking on Johnny Rodz. Rodz has been impressive in his young GCW stint, but hasn't gotten to the winner's circle yet. He is consistently hanging with his opponents every match, but can't quite find the combo of moves to get the duke. He would again come up short here, as the fiery Colon opened up the show with a win.

Colon had a bit of a run-in as while he was celebrating, HARLEY RACE, who was scheduled to wrestle in our next match, decided Colon was taking too long and got into it with him. After a heated exchange, Colon tried to head to the back without incident, but Race nailed him with a forearm from behind and knocked him to the floor. Colon tried to get back in the ring after Race, but officials held him at bay and took him to the back.

Harley Race pinned Dominic DeNucci with the Piledriver in 0:05:57.
Rating: ** 3/4

Harley Race is causing all kinds of problem since coming to GCW, but one thing he hasn't done is disappoint. Race continued looking like a top tier competitor as he took on Dominic DeNucci in a winning effort. After the match, CARLOS COLON tried to get back to the ring to get himself a piece of Race, but was held back by officials once again. There will be no officials in the way as they will go one-on-one on April 4 at our debut show in Landover, Maryland!

The Texas Outlaws (Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch) defeated Billy Robinson and Don Muraco when Dusty Rhodes pinned Muraco with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:11:24.
Rating: *** 1/4

Don Muraco surprised The Texas Outlaws when he helped he & Billy Robinson to get a quick victory in only 26 seconds. Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch were far better prepared and wrestled far more intelligently. They are a young team and rough around the edges, but there is a lot of raw talent here. They were able to get Muraco in the ring and cut it in half en route to picking up the win. There will be a rubber match in Landover between these two teams.

Mr. Wrestling I and Mr. Wrestling II defeated Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when Wrestling II pinned Fuji with the Million Dollar Kneelift in 0:20:53.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Mr. Wrestling I and Mr. Wrestling II retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Mr. Wrestling I & II have been fantastic in GCW rings so far, and tonight they made their very first title defense since becoming the new World Tag Team champions. Their first title defense would be against a team that has beat them before and surely has the skills to beat them again in Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka. The Mr. Wrestlings have certainly lived up to their monikers as they have put on wrestling clinics. When you see these two in the ring, you know you're going to get a lengthy wrestling clinic. Fuji & Tanaka can wrestle that style, and they held their own and then some in this chance to regain the titles they held two years ago. They fell short in this attempt, but there is no shame losing in this match. Fuji & Tanaka will surely get a rematch in the near future, but the next rematch goes to the recent former champions, The Cripplers.

Blackjack Lanza made Tony Garea submit to the Blackjack Claw in 0:04:38.
Rating: ***

Blackjack Lanza got a bit of a break from his battles with Baron Von Raschke as he took on Tony Garea. A game outing from Garea, but this one was never in doubt as Lanza racks up another victory with the Blackjack Claw.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna and Spiros Arion when Bruiser made Scicluna submit to the Stomach Claw in 0:06:50.
Rating: ** 1/2

A second attempt by Spiros Arion & Baron Mikel Scicluna to defeat Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher was met with similar results as the first one, a sound victory for the former 7-time tag champions.

Bobby Duncum pinned Gorilla Monsoon after a flying bodypress in 0:10:54.
Rating: * 1/2

Bobby Heenan told Bobby Duncum his performance against Gorilla Monsoon better improve, and that's exactly what he did. Monsoon is still a good athlete, but years in the ring have caused him to lose a step or two. Duncum dragged this match out a bit, took his lumps early but tired Monsoon out en route to hitting a flying bodypress to get a huge win here in the Garden.

Luke Graham pinned Billy Graham with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:18:56.
Rating: ***
(Luke Graham retained the GCW United States Title.)
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Luke Graham.]

Billy Graham felt that he should have been the United States champion after the show in Boston when he had Luke Graham locked in the Bearhug when the time limit expired. Superstar Billy has not gotten that signature win over his older brother that he so desperately craves. Luke has been with this company since 1965 and has done it all, holding every major title. As a result, he knows all the tricks of the trade, and he uses these to perfection against his little brother. Billy is so dead set on beating his brother, that he makes a lot of foolish mistakes. Luke took advantage of these mistakes on his way to hitting the Thumb to the Throat to retain the US Title. Superstar Billy is going to have to keep waiting for that signature win over his brother.

The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) and Jimmy Snuka and Ernie Ladd battled to a double countout in 0:03:28.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Baron Von Raschke no-showed.)

Our semi-main event was intended to be The Cripplers taking on the team of Ernie Ladd & Baron Von Raschke, but Raschke never made it to the ring. We weren't sure at the time where he was, but we later received word that the car Raschke has his driver take him to the shows with "mysteriously" had its tires slashed. That left Ladd without a partner, but thankfully for him, JIMMY SNUKA stepped up to the plate and agreed to team with him. The Superfly certainly has no love lost for the Heenan Family, so this was a good development for Ladd. The match itself didn't last long though as both Ladd & Snuka were highly charged and motivated, taking the fight directly to The Cripplers, making this contest end in a double countout. If this wasn't a chaotic enough scene for you, in Landover on April 4, it will be a 6-man tag team match with The Cripplers & Blackjack Lanza taking on Ernie Ladd, Jimmy Snuka, & Baron Von Raschke!

Cage Match:
Ivan Koloff defeated Pedro Morales by escaping the cage in 0:32:38.
Rating: ***
(Ivan Koloff retained the GCW World Title.)

This was Pedro Morales' last opportunity to get the World Title back around his waist, and to do so, he would have to beat the undefeated juggernaut that is our champion, "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff inside of a 15-foot high solid steel cage. Though being trapped in any confines with Koloff isn't a great idea, this was Morales' best chance to defeat him. In a cage match, it's not always about pinfalls and submissions - it's about beating your opponent down and getting out of the cage. Morales can dish out a beating as good as anyone in the business, and he did that. Each time these two face off, Koloff is pushed a little closer to the brink, and it looked like this could be the night that saw Koloff getting his first loss handed to him. It was looking like it would be all Morales when Pedro busted Koloff open early by throwing him into the cage. Koloff was in trouble, but once he saw the blood pouring down his face, it was like he kicked it into a whole other gear, dishing out the punishment in spades. Still, the comeback looked like it was too little too late as Morales wore Koloff out with the Boston Crab. Morales had a lot taken out of him too during this match, so his climb over the top was taxing on him to say the least. Koloff showed great heart and determination by catching Morales before he got all the way over the top, and brought him back into the ring with a bone-rattling superplex! This was enough for Koloff to crawl over to the door and escape the cage, giving him the victory in what may be the greatest cage match in GCW history.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

GCW is super excited for our debut at the Capital Center in Landover, MD on April 4!

Ernie Ladd/Baron Von Raschke/Jimmy Snuka vs. The Cripplers/Blackjack Lanza
Carlos Colon vs. Harley Race
Billy Robinson/Don Muraco vs. The Texas Outlaws

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