May 19, 1975 - Cobo Arena - Detroit, MI

The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant) defeated Jimmy Snuka and Tony Garea when Johnny Valiant made Garea submit to a nerve hold in 0:07:25.
Rating: ** 1/2
[Lou Albano interfered against Tony Garea.]

Our wrestling action from Detroit kicked off with a tag match between two teams who know each other very well. Captain Lou Albano is petitioning to get the Valiants named the #1 contenders, but they need to keep winning, and they did just that against Jimmy Snuka & Tony Garea. These teams have had even contests in the past, but Garea unfortunately landed awkwardly early in the match and may have suffered a stinger. He fought valiantly (pardon the pun) but when he was trapped in a nerve hold, he had to submit. Garea is going to be fine, but it did cost them this match. The Valiants, on the other hand, keep on winning.

Gorilla Monsoon made Johnny Rodz submit to a bearhug in 0:04:53.
Rating: ***

Gorilla Monsoon was in a foul mood and he took that out on the hapless Johnny Rodz, beating him into a pulp in short order and finishing him off with a crushing bearhug. If Monsoon was in a bad mood to start, he will be in an even worse mood now as it was announced that on June 12 at Madison Square Garden, Monsoon will go one-on-one in a special contest against… MUHAMMAD ALI!

Dick Murdoch pinned Toru Tanaka with the Gourdbuster in 0:10:44.
Rating: ***

Dick Murdoch was still in a foul mood about losing the World Tag Team Titles last month to the Grahams, and became even more upset that the rematch he wanted couldn't take place tonight because his partner, Dusty Rhodes, was challenging Harley Race for the World Title. Dirty Dick used that anger in his match against Professor Toru Tanaka, a former tag team champion in his own right. Murdoch had some trouble contending with Tanaka's martial arts background, but once he blitzed Tanaka and said he was done joking around, Murdoch hit the Gourdbuster and recorded the victory.

The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) defeated Larry Zbyszko and Dino Bravo when Lanza pinned Bravo after a short lariat in 0:05:36.
Rating: ** 1/4

Bobby Heenan's Family has had some major unheaval in recent months, most recently with the departure of Ray Stevens. Heenan promised starting tonight a recharge of the most dominant stable in wrestling. He started by debuting what he promised to be the soon-to-be World Tag team champions, Blackjack Lanza and his new partner Blackjack Mulligan, the Blackjacks! They were facing another brand new team, one consisting of Dino Bravo and young newcomer Larry Zbyszko. A lot of unknown commodities in this match, but both teams looked sharp in their teaming debuts. The Blackjacks willingness to cut corners proved the different, as Mulligan clocked Bravo in the back of the head with a forearm when he hit the ropes, stumbling into a Lanza short lariat for the 1-2-3. Both of these teams look to be forces in the tag team division in the months to come.

Bobby Duncum pinned Mr. Wrestling I with the Full Nelson Slam in 0:06:40.
Rating: *** 1/2

Speaking of former Heenan Family members, Bobby Duncum was in action taking on Mr. Wrestling I. Duncum has been in a bit of a holding pattern recently, but he does keep winning matches. He continued those winning ways by drilling Wrestling I with the Full Nelson Slam. What is next for the rough and rugged cowboy?

Billy Robinson gets his answers, but not the ones he expected.

Billy Robinson came out for an interview and asked the new Intercontinental champion, DORY FUNK JR., to join him in the ring. Funk did, and the two shook hands. Robinson congratulated Funk on winning the title, but said he had some issues with how their match in the finals of the tournament ended. Funk said he knew where this was going and swore to Robinson that he had no idea who the man in the mask who held Robinson's foot down from the outside was. Robinson was tentative, but looked into Funk's eyes and said he believed him. At this point, the masked man came out from the back, sending Robinson into a fury, calling the mystery man into the ring to fight him like a man. In doing so, he turned his back to Funk Jr., and we never expected what we saw, but Dory Funk Jr. nailed Robinson in the back of the head with the IC Title! It was a setup all along! Funk locked Robinson in the Texas Cloverleaf while the masked man stomped on the back of Robinson's neck before officials broke it up. Funk sold his soul to become the first IC champion, and we still don't know who this mystery man is. Robinson may be a little worse for wear, but you can bet he is going to be looking for revenge.

Kintaro Ohki defeated Nikolai Volkoff by disqualification in 0:04:42.
Rating: -1/4*
[Lou Albano interfered against Kintaro Ohki.]

An ugly affair between Kintaro Ohki and Nikolai Volkoff was next. Volkoff and Lou Albano failed to become the first IC champion like they had hoped, but they could still make Volkoff the first man to lay a loss on Ohki here in GCW. Ohki made that exceedingly difficult though, and a frustrated Captain Lou got his man DQ'ed by jumping in the ring and nailing Ohki in the back. That was a mistake, as Ohki clocked Albano, sending him sprawling from the ring. Volkoff attacked again, but Ohki sent him from the ring as well. There will be a rematch on June 12 at Madison Square Garden, but Albano will be handcuffed to the ring to prevent any interference on his part.

Jack Brisco defeated Ox Baker by disqualification in 0:15:49.
Rating: ***
[Bobby Heenan and Hiro Matsuda interfered against Jack Brisco.]

Jack Brisco has accomplished what he set out to do when he returned to GCW and that was send Ray Stevens packing for his dastardly deeds. However, Bobby Heenan is not going to sit on the sidelines and let Brisco get away with it, as his sadistic mind doesn't work that way. Tonight Heenan sent Ox Baker to take Brisco out, but we would learn it was all part of a bigger plan. Baker put a beating on Brisco, as Baker often puts on everyone, but Brisco showed his fighting spirit by eventually getting the massive Baker down and in the Figure-Four Leglock. It looked like Baker might actually tap out, but the hold was broken up when HIRO MATSUDA jumped in the ring and attacked Brisco! We haven't seen Matsuda in years, and it looks like he is officially on the payroll of the Heenan Family. Brisco tried to fight back but couldn't withstand the onslaught of Matsuda & Baker and was left lying in a heap. Brisco's battles with the Heenan Family are far from over.

Harley Race pinned Dusty Rhodes with the Piledriver in 0:18:39.
Rating: ****
(Harley Race retained the GCW World Title.)

Dusty Rhodes got the World Title match he had been promised, and he came in looking to take full advantage of the opportunity. Champion Harley Race had a boatload of problems handling Rhodes. Race likes to slow down the pace of a match and really pick apart his opponents, but the aggressive and unorthodox style of Rhodes completely threw the champion off his game. As the match wore on, the crowd was buzzing that we would potentially see history made tonight as the momentum kept building in Rhodes' favor. Race proved what kind of champion he is though by impressively withstanding the fury of Rhodes' offense, dodging an avalanche in the corner and clipping Rhodes' knee. This was the beginning of the end as it led to the Piledriver and a hard fought, but successful, title defense for Race. Rhodes received a standing ovation for his efforts, and deservedly so. He may not have won tonight, but he has all the makings of being a future World champion.

The Graham Brothers (Billy Graham and Luke Graham) defeated Ivan Koloff and Pedro Morales when B. Graham pinned Morales after a powerslam in 0:35:38.
Rating: ***
(The Graham Brothers retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The main event was for the World Tag Team Titles, and it couldn't have been any more fueled with mutual hatred as the champions, Luke & Billy Graham (along with The Grand Wizard) took on Ivan Koloff & Pedro Morales. Koloff was not at 100% thanks to the assault on his larnyx by the Graham's a couple months back, but he signed the waiver to compete tonight in order to get his hands on the Grahams. You have to admire it, but he may have more guts than brains. Throughout this brutal match, you could tell the Russian Bear was off his game, favoring his throat. This also caused Pedro Morales to have to do a large brunt of the workload, which, great as he is, is no easy task against the likes of competitors as imposing as Luke & Billy Graham. Late in this contest, after going back and forth, the tide shifted when Koloff was dropped throat first onto the top rope, causing him to spill to the floor in great pain. With Koloff down and out, the Graham's double teamed Morales, leading to a huge powerslam from the Superstar that put this one in the books. A courageous effort from the challengers, but that throat injury was simply too much to overcome.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

June 12 will be the date and our mecca, Madison Square Garden, will be the place for our next huge night of GCW action!

Ivan Koloff/Pedro Morales/The Texas Outlaws vs. Harley Race/Luke Graham/Billy Graham/Bobby Duncum
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Dory Funk Jr. (c) vs. Billy Robinson
SPECIAL ATTRACTION - Gorilla Monsoon vs. Muhamma Ali
Jack Brisco vs. Hiro Matsuda
Kintaro Ohki vs. Nikolai Volkoff
Dino Bravo/Larry Zbyszko vs. Mr. Fuji/Toru Tanaka
Jimmy Snuka/Tony Garea vs. The Blackjacks

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