May 1, 1983 - Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY

The Von Erich Brothers (Kerry Von Erich and Kevin Von Erich) defeated The Golden Boys (B. Brian Blair and Terry Taylor) when Kevin Von Erich pinned Blair after a flying cross body press in 0:04:04.
Rating: *** 1/4

The Von Erich Brothers have had a lot of problems with Larry Zbyszko recently, but they got back to what they do best, and that's tag team wrestling. The Golden Boys have been in a huge rut recently, not having the best of luck against Strike Force. They wouldn't have much more luck against the Von Erichs, who put them away in just over 4 minutes.

The Von Erichs say they have a surprise for Larry Zbyszko.

The Von Erichs then asked Howard Finkel for the house mic, because they had a message to send to Larry Zbyszko. Kevin spoke first and told Zbyszko that the Von Erich Family doesn't much care for bullies, and that's exactly what they felt Zbyszko is - a bully. Kerry said that they were taught to not let bullies think they could do whatever they want, and that it was time for them to fight back. Kevin concluded the segment by letting Zbyszko know they had a big surprise for him in Providence on May 30.

Mike Rotundo pinned Tully Blanchard after a rolling reverse cradle into a bridge in 0:04:06.
Rating: ** 3/4

These two newcomers met in their respective debut matches in Madison Square Garden, wrestling to a time limit draw. It looked like they had forged a measure of respect when they shook hands after the match, but Tully Blanchard showed what kind of guy he is when he turned on Mike Rotundo and threw him out of the Intercontinental battle royal. Blanchard let his natural arrogance shine forth a lot more than he did last month, and I'll be damned if he's not an incredibly unlikeable guy. I think what makes him even more unlikeable is just how talented he is. He is a second generation star, and he has a bright future ahead of him for certain. But Mike Rotundo is no slouch either, and though he doesn't have the flashiness that Blanchard has, he has an overflowing amount of wrestling talent. The former Syracuse All-American showed how much mat skill he has when he reversed a nonchalant attempt by Blanchard to run him into the ropes. Rotundo got the go-behind and brought Blanchard back with a rolling reverse cradle. Rotundo arched back into a picture perfect bridge, and Blanchard couldn't escape, giving Rotundo his first win. Blanchard threw a fit like a child who had his toy taken away, claiming that Rotundo pulled both the hair and the tights simultaneously, which doesn't even make sense with the hold he used to win the match. I have a bad feeling that Blanchard is going to cause a lot of headaches in GCW. In any case, the future looks bright for Rotundo.

Larry Zbyszko pinned Johnny Rodz with the Crunch Time in 0:06:52.
Rating: *** 1/4

Larry Zbyszko had heard what the Von Erichs had to say earlier, and it put him in a bit of a bad mood. The Cruncher took this out on poor Johnny Rodz, our favorite lovable loser. Zbyszko took his time in dismantling Rodz, delivering as much pain as possible before drilling him with the Crunch Time spinebuster for an academic win. Zbyszko told reporters after the show that he didn't care about a couple of losers like the Von Erichs, and whatever big surprise they had for him, he was more than ready for it.

Jimmy Snuka, Ken Patera and Terry Funk defeated Dino Bravo, Killer Khan and The Iron Sheik when Patera defeated Bravo by countout in 0:05:56.
Rating: 3/4*

Jimmy Snuka, Terry Funk, & Ken Patera are as odd a trio as you're ever going to see, bu they were brought together as they've all had various problems with "Classy" Freddie Blassie and his band of foreign hooligans. This was an ugly match, but I think that may have been the point. It never really settled down into a tag match as it was more both sides just trying to rip the other side apart. Blassie's men were getting the worst of it, and Blassie decided that his men would better served if they retreated and lived to fight another day. There will be no running in Providence though, as three singles matches have been signed featuring these six men. Jimmy Snuka meets Killer Khan, Terry Funk takes on The Iron Sheik, and former tag team champions lock horns when Ken Patera goes against Dino Bravo!

Words from the new World champion.

Dusty Rhodes is now a 2-time World champion, and he couldn't have been happier about it. The fans, however, weren't as thrilled, and the place was filled with boos directed at the American Dream. We all thought that Rhodes had changed his evil ways and came back to the side of good, but it was all a ruse to trick Stan Hansen, break his arm, and ultimately take back the championship. Rhodes soaked in all the boos and seemed to be loving it. He told the people that they can boo all they want, but when he tried to make them happy, he was an underachieving loser. But when he started looking out for himself, he won not one, but TWO World Titles, so they could all stick it. Rhodes added that Stan Hansen's career is over now thanks to him, and that the world is a better place for it. He spewed more word vomit, saying that the Texas Outlaws are the toughest men this sport has ever seen, and they will continue to run rough shot over GCW for as long as they so choose. This brought out STRIKE FORCE to a good ovation from the crowd. Santana told Rhodes that it was sickening what Bobby Duncum, Dick Murdoch, and he did to Hansen, and that they should all be ashamed of themselves. Rhodes laughed it off, saying that it didn't matter what a couple of little punks thought and that they needed to get out of the ring now because they weren't in his league. Rhodes turned back to keep praising himself verbally, which is when Strike Force surprised everyone by dropkicking the Dream in the back and sending him flying through the ropes to a huge pop! When Rhodes regained his composure, he told Santana & Martel that they were "dead men walking" and that the Outlaws would deal with them very soon.

Bob Backlund made Spike Huber submit to the Crossface Chickenwing in 0:04:25.
Rating: ** 1/4

Spike Huber is a hard-working guy, no question, but he was going to have to work exceptionally hard if he wanted to beat Bob Backlund, and an angry Backlund at that. Backlund used Huber as an example months ago, prompting Ricky Steamboat to save the hard-working Hoosier. The situation has degenerated into a blood feud between Backlund & Steamboat that currently has Steamboat on the shelf with a shoulder injury. Huber got some revenge of his own during the Intercontinental battle royal by eliminating Backlund, and thus this match was signed. Huber showed great aggression, jumping Backlund before the bell. Huber knew his best chance of scoring the upset was to catch Backlund unaware, but it didn't last long before Backlund caught Huber with a double-leg takedown and went to work. Backlund had that crazed look on his face as he stretched Huber, trying to inflict as much torture as possible. Huber had one last ditch effort to fight back, but once Backlund got him in the Crossface Chickenwing, it was over. Backlund held onto the hold longer than he needed to after the match was over, and almost had the decision reversed before he finally let go. Backlund went to the back yelling at Steamboat that when he got a hold of him, he wasn't going to let go until he ripped his damn arm off. Backlund might just be crazy enough to do it too.

Rick Martel defeated Nick Bockwinkel by disqualification in 0:03:12.
Rating: ***
(Nick Bockwinkel retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)
[Dusty Rhodes interfered against Rick Martel.]

Dusty Rhodes told Strike Force they'd be dealt with soon, and we didn't really know how true that statement was. Rick Martel was granted the first title shot at new Intercontinental champion Nick Bockwinkel, based on his recent successes in the ring. It was unfortunate that he wouldn't get much of a chance to capitalize on this title shot. Bockwinkel is a patient wrestler, so it was no surprise that early on Martel had the upperhand. Bockwinkel had been taking a powder to the floor to try to break Martel's concentration and tempo. Martel eventually had enough and went out after Bockwinkel. Bockwinkel got hit with a couple of hard punches before throwing him back in the ring. He never got to get back in the ring himself as DUSTY RHODES came out of nowhere and clocked him in the back of the head with the GCW World Title! Referee Tommy Young clearly saw this and called for the DQ. Bockwinkel wasn't too upset by this as it meant he got to keep the IC Title, despite his past history with Rhodes. Martel was out on his feet, but for good measure, Rhodes threw him head first into the ring post before TITO SANTANA ran out and chased him all. This got very personal in a hurry.

Ric Flair defeated King Kong Bundy by countout in 0:10:36.
Rating: * 1/2
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Ric Flair.]

Ric Flair has shown that even though physically he is outmatched by King Kong Bundy, he is more than willing to stand up to him and fight like a man. Flair has been beaten, battered, and bruised, but he keeps coming back at Bundy like a man possessed. He had to face Bundy straight up tonight, and we got a lot more of the same as Bundy asserted his massive size to control nearly every moment of this match. The Nature Boy's screams of anguish silenced the arena, as it sounded like he was being shot. Flair showed that his craftiness is one of his greatest in-ring traits when the fight spilled to the floor. Bobby Heenan barked orders to his monster, telling Bundy to punish Flair. Bundy had Flair set up against the ring post and charged at him, looking to squash the Nature Boy like a bug. Bundy ran as fast as he could, but Flair moved and Bundy smashed head first into the steel! Bundy was staggering, so Flair threw him into the post one more time for good measure. Flair rolled back into the ring as Bundy was counted out. He wasn't pinned or made to submit, but Bundy has officially been handed his first loss. Heenan was livid, but he was even angrier when he later found out that Flair would challenge Nick Bockwinkel for the Intercontinental Title at the Nassau Coliseum!

The Soul Patrol (Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson) defeated The Texas Outlaws (Bobby Duncum and Dick Murdoch) when R. Johnson made Murdoch submit to an abdominal stretch in 0:17:23.
Rating: ** 1/2
(The Soul Patrol retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Our main event was a rematch from last month for the World Tag Team Titles as The Soul Patrol defended against former champs, Bobby Duncum & Dick Murdoch. A lot of heat in this match as not only are Tony Atlas & Rocky Johnson extremely popular, but recent actions of the Texas Outlaws have made them perhaps the most hated group in all of wrestling. The story of this match revolved around a turnbuckle pad. Any time that they had the chance to do so, the Outlaws went over to one of the neutral corners and fiddled with the top turnbuckle pad. Eventually they got it loosened enough and removed so that there was now an exposed steel turnbuckle to contend with. This was largely forgotten for a large portion of the match, but it would prove vital in finish of this contest. Murdoch finally thought he had Johnson worn down enough to whip him into that turnbuckle, which would obviously be enough to finish just about anyone off. Johnson still had a little left in the tank as he reversed the whip, and it was Murdoch's back that crashed into the cold steel! Murdoch came out of the corner in clear pain, and right into an abdominal stretch! Johnson cranked back on it while Atlas cut Duncum off with a high dropkick. The pain proved to be too much for Murdoch as he called it quits, allowing the Soul Patrol to retain in a highly competitive main event.

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

5/30/83 - PROVIDENCE CIVIC CENTER - Providence, RI

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Nick Bockwinkel (c) vs. Ric Flair
Strike Force vs. Bobby Duncum/Dick Murdoch
Larry Zbyszko vs. ???
Jimmy Snuka vs. Killer Khan
Terry Funk vs. The Iron Sheik
Ken Patera vs. Dino Bravo
Mike Rotundo vs. Tully Blanchard

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