May 1, 1979 - Rage In The Cage - New York, NY

Ric Flair defeated Roddy Piper when Roddy Piper passed out in the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:09:36.
Rating: ***

Welcome everyone to Rage in the Cage! Tonight, we had 8 big matches, including 4 huge matches fought inside the confines of the 15-foot high steel cage! The first match of the evening was not a cage match, but was a highly personal contest between two former partners, Roddy Piper and Ric Flair. Flair wanted to lead the new team with Piper due to Harley Race's departure from GCW, but Piper wanted none of it. The two tried to coexist at our last show, but a miscommunication led to the team falling apart and Flair attacking the Rowdy Scot. The match was a hard-hitting match and as Piper was wildly taking it to the Nature Boy, you could see that Flair may have regretted starting this issue with Piper. Piper had the look of a crazy man in his eyes, so Flair took some drastic measures and pulled a pair of brass knuckles out of his tights, covertly clocking Piper between the eyes with them. Flair put the Figure-Four Leglock on the unconscious Piper, resulting in referee Willie Webber calling for the bell. Flair spent too much time after the match gloating and taunting Piper, and it backfired on him as Piper came to and tackled Flair, unleashing a flurry of lefts and rights on him! Flair did his best to escape, but Piper was on him like white on rice, busting Flair open before the Nature Boy got to safety. Because of Flair's use of brass knux, a GCW first has been signed for the May 27 show in Providence - Brass Knux on a Pole!

Gorilla Monsoon and Pedro Morales defeated Great Kabuki and Don Muraco when Morales defeated Kabuki by countout in 0:04:07.
Rating: 1/4*
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Pedro Morales.]

Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales are a great story, and they continue to defy the odds by winning match after match. The two ring veterans had their hands full with Don Muraco & Great Kabuki, no slouches in their own right. But the mission that Monsoon is on to win the World Tag Team Titles before he retires is strong. Kabuki thought better of dealing with a motivated Monsoon & Morales, walking out for the countout loss. This didn't make his partner Muraco very happy, who voiced his displeasure to Kabuki. A little trouble in paradise with this team.

Cage Match:
Stan Hansen pinned Terry Funk with the Lariat in 0:17:14.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Stan Hansen retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

It was now time for the first of our four cage matches, and it was for the Intercontinental Title as Stan Hansen put the title on the line against his former stablemate and a former IC champion in his own right, Terry Funk. Hansen has a huge chip on his shoulder as he felt that the Funk Brothers completely overshadowed him while they were all in the Gunslingers. If he could win this match, he would do a great amount to step out of that shadow. Funk is no stepping stone for anyone, and he wanted to put the Intercontinental Title back around his waist. Considering the men involved and the confines of the cage, it was surprising that the match started out as slowly as it did. The cage will make anyone a little nervous, but once the brutality began, it was on. Both men used the cage as a weapon and were both covered in welts by the end of this one. Hansen had trouble getting out of the cage due to his size, whereas Funk was dead set on getting Hansen to submit to the Spinning Toe Hold. Funk did get the hold on, but Hansen kicked him away, sending the Funker face first into the steel! Hansen crawled to his feet and nearly beheaded Funk with the Lariat, retaining his title by the skin of his teeth.

Cage Match:
Jimmy Snuka pinned Paul Orndorff with the Superfly Splash in 0:14:05.
Rating: ****

The hatred that Luke Graham has for Jimmy Snuka is scary, plain and simple. He wants to see the Superfly hurt so badly that he willing put his protege' Paul Orndorff into a cage match with Snuka, Snuka's specialty and the very same match that Graham claims Snuka ended his career in. Orndorff was tentative in the early going, as anyone should be when they're in the cage with the Superfly, but Graham was screaming at Orndorff to take Snuka out. Orndorff showed how aggressive he can be and at Graham's urging, really took it to Snuka. But this is Snuka's match - you have to be a special talent to beat him in the cage. Snuka had Orndorff down and looked like he was going to walk out the door and take the win, but Graham blocked the door to prevent Snuka from escaping. This didn't phase Snuka though who went to the top rope and crashed onto Orndorff's ribs with the Superfly Splash for the 1-2-3. Graham nearly flipped his lid and had to be dragged to the back by security.

Ivan Koloff pinned Dino Bravo after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:05:46.
Rating: * 3/4
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Dino Bravo.]

Ivan Koloff has a fire lit under him and he's starting to take it out on his opponents. The unfortunate recipient of his wrath was Dino Bravo. Bravo had a plan, but he couldn't implement how he wanted to as Koloff was all over him. "Classy" Freddie Blassie made a distraction of the referee which let Koloff take his signature chain and blast Bravo with it to get the tainted win. The Russian Bear may be as dangerous as he's ever been.

Dusty Rhodes pinned Larry Zbyszko with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:05:49.
Rating: ***

Dusty Rhodes is back on his own after severing ties with Lou Albano as he feels his quest to become the World champion is a journey he needs to take alone. His path was bumpy right from the start, as he took on one of the hottest wrestlers in GCW and the man who narrowly became World champion last month, Larry Zbyszko. Zbyszko was overconfident going into the match, thinking that his superior wrestling acumen was going to be enough to overcome the unorthodox style of the American Dream. He underestimated what the atmosphere in the arena is like when Rhodes is wrestling and Larry Z was completely taken out of his game by the ruckus crowd. Rhodes took advantage of Zbyszko's lack of focus to hit the Bionic Elbowdrop and get the win.

As Dusty danced and celebrated with the crowd, he didn't see Zbyszko grab the timekeeper's hammer and sneak back in the ring. He nailed the Dream in the back of the head with it, knocking him out cold. If that wasn't horrific enough, Zbyszko then took the hammer and smashed Dusty's hand with it several times! We've learned from the trainers that Rhodes suffered a broken left hand, but he is refusing to take any time off as he wants Zbyszko back in the ring on May 27!

[ALBANO & BLASSIE LOCKED IN CAGES ABOVE THE RING]: Cage Match:
The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) defeated The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) when Lanza pinned Sika after a hitting him with a cane in 0:11:30.
Rating: *
(The Blackjacks retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

After a brief intermission, the cage was set back for our final two matches, starting with the match for the World Tag Team Titles. The managers of the two teams, Captain Lou Albano & "Classy" Freddie Blassie have been so involved in the previous matches, that even with the Blackjacks defending the titles against the Wild Samoans in a cage match, GCW officials decided that wasn't enough to keep them at bay and so Albano & Blassie were locked in cages suspended above the ring. With the managers out of the equation, it looked like this was going to be the time for Afa & Sika to regain the titles, but Blassie showed he could still get involved. Late in the match, referee Tommy Young got caught by an errant elbow and was temporarily impaired. Blassie took this opportunity to drop his cane down from his cage to Blackjack Lanza, who used it to clock Sika in the head. Young made a groggy three count, and in still controversial fashion, the Blackjacks keep the titles.

Cage Match:
Bob Backlund defeated Ken Patera by escaping the cage in 0:34:27.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Bob Backlund retained the GCW World Title.)

The cage remained up for our main event for the World Title as Bob Backlund defended the title against one of his biggest rivals, Ken Patera. Patera has frequently delivered massive beatdowns to Backlund, but the one thing he hasn't done successfully is take the World Title. If there was ever a chance for him to do so, it would be inside the 15-foot high steel cage. From a sheer brutality standpoint, Backlund wasn't going to stand toe-to-toe with the former Olympian. However, Backlund is a great grappler, and has a huge heart. For the first half of the match, Patera was obsessed with pinning or making Backlund submit, but Backlund continued to fight, much to the chagrin of the challenger. From there, Patera changed his tactics to trying to get out of the cage, but every time he tried, Backlund managed to stop him. Still, with how much punishment Backlund had taken, it seemed like only a matter of time before we saw the crowning of a new champion. Backlund stayed in the hunt though, and a stroke of luck helped him in a huge way. At one point, Patera looked like he could have left out the door, but he instead scaled the side and was on his way down. Backlund managed to get a hold of Patera's blond locks before he could drop down and climbed over the side himself. Both Backlund & Patera were battling on the outside of the cage, trying to get separation so they could simply drop to the floor. Backlund blocked Patera's attempt to ram his head into the cage, hit an elbow, and slammed Patera's face into the bars instead! Patera got his foot caught in the cage and fell backward, but didn't fall to the floor. He did, however, hang upside down from the bars, allowing Backlund to drop the floor and retain the gold. A tremendous match to end a great event in the Garden!

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

We have one more show here in May as we are back in Providence, Rhode Island! Here are the matches we have signed so far:

MAIN EVENT - Bob Backlund/Jimmy Snuka vs. Ken Patera/Paul Orndorff
BRASS KNUX ON A POLE - Roddy Piper vs. Ric Flair
Dusty Rhodes vs. Larry Zbyszko

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