May 27, 1979 - Providence Civic Center - Providence, RI

The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) defeated Victor Rivera and Jimmy Golden when Sika pinned Golden after a small package in 0:05:45.
Rating: 1/2*

The Wild Samoans may not have won back the tag titles, but Captain Lou Albano showed that he wasn't going to lay down and let people forget about Afa & Sika. The Samoans got back on the winning trek by getting the better of Victor Rivera & Jimmy Golden in Providence.

Stan Hansen pinned Dino Bravo with the Lariat in 0:10:47.
Rating: ***
(Stan Hansen retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Stan Hansen is a brash, cocky, loud-mouthed Texan, but he keeps proving that he is a tremendous talent and has not backed down from a single challenge for his Intercontinental Title. He put it up against Dino Bravo, a man who is trying to find his way in the singles division after a highly successful tag career (including 3 championship reigns). Bravo is a strong guy and he can match power with someone like Hansen. Bravo's problem lied in with the fact that he wasn't willing to fight as dirty as the Lariat. Hansen choked, bit, scratched, and gouged Bravo into exhaustion before cracking him with the Lariat for the 1-2-3. Is anyone going to be able to take this title from Hansen?

The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) defeated Great Kabuki and Don Muraco when Lanza made Kabuki submit to the Blackjack Claw in 0:07:23.
Rating: **

We were shocked when we originally saw this match booked as it was two teams managed by "Classy" Freddie Blassie going at it in a non-title match. Word has it that Don Muraco was very vocal about Great Kabuki and himself getting to wrestle the champion Blackjacks to show that they deserve more of Blassie's attention, so Blassie booked the match. We found out exactly why Muraco did this - it was all a setup. Kabuki wrestled all of the match himself as Muraco kept encouraging Kabuki to go in the ring and "do our team proud." Kabuki did what he could, but eventually he needed to make the tag. He crawled over to Muraco to tag him in, but when he got close enough, Muraco jacked him in the jaw with a forearm! Kabuki fell back into the Blackjack Claw from Lanza and had to submit. After the match, Muraco scooped Kabuki up and dropped him with the Tombstone. Blassie and his crew all laughed at the fallen Kabuki before heading to the back.

Larry Zbyszko defeated Dusty Rhodes via referee stoppage in 0:09:08.
Rating: ***

Dusty Rhodes shouldn't have been wrestling in this match after having his hand broken by Larry Zbyszko, but he wanted to get revenge on Zbyszko for inflicting that injury in the first place. Rhodes came out a house of fire and bounced Zbyszko around the ring, but Zbyszko cut off his momentum by slamming his hand against the mat. Rhodes was in an immense amount of pain as Zbyszko systematically worked over the American Dream's broken hand. Zbyszko posted Rhodes' hand up against his knee and pulled back on it. The move was causing Rhodes so much pain that referee Mario Savoldi had no choice but to stop the match to prevent permanent injury to the Dream.

Brass Knux On A Pole Match:
Roddy Piper pinned Ric Flair after a small package in 0:15:51.
Roddy Piper injured his left knee. He will be out for approximately 2 months.
Rating: *** 1/2

Ric Flair blasted Roddy Piper with a pair of brass knuckles at our last show to get a terribly cheap victory, but Piper extracted some revenge post-match by busting the Nature Boy open. As a result, we had this match. For the first time in GCW history, it would be a Brass Knux on a Pole match! The first man to climb up the pole and retrieve the brass knuckles would be allowed to use them. Flair's strategy was to try to make this a wrestling match, because on the mat, Flair is the superior competitor. Trying to get Piper on the mat though is a challenge far easier said than done, as Piper is frickin' crazy. Piper made this into a brawl and controlled the pace. To Flair's credit, he upped his game and took the fight to Piper as well. Flair did get Piper in the Figure-Four Leglock, looking to incapacitate Piper long enough so he could climb the pole to get the knux. The plan worked, except for one minor snafu - Flair couldn't get up the pole! He tried several times but kept sliding down, which gave Piper time to get to his feet. Piper grabbed Flair by the hair and slammed his head into the pole, knocking him loopy. Piper then scaled the pole himself and got the brass knuckles! Piper got down and caught the Nature Boy with two brass knux shots to the ribs before catching him in a small package to get the 3 count! Flair has publicly stated that this is not over yet.

It may be a few weeks before these two can continue their feud though as Piper tweaked his knee and is going to need a bit of time to recover. But you know for a fact that when he is healthy, he will not back down from Flair by any stretch of the imagination.

Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales ask for a title shot.

Before the next match, Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales came out for an interview. The team is thus far undefeated, and as a result, they came out to make a challenge for the World Tag Team Titles. Monsoon & Morales finished by saying that Freddie Blassie is getting "too big for his britches" and they would take him down a peg by beating the Blackjacks for the tag titles.

Ivan Koloff pinned Terry Funk after hitting him with the cane in 0:14:25.
Rating: *** 1/2
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Terry Funk.]

This would turn out to be a great night for "Classy" Freddie Blassie and his band of followers. Not only did they (as they called it) "trim the fat" by kicking Great Kabuki out of the group, but "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff would pick up a big win over Terry Funk, albeit not without some controversy. As has become common place in matches with Blassie's guys, Blassie's interference was vital to the Russian Bear walking away with the victory. Funk took a piece out of Blassie when he jumped up on the apron, blasting him with a hard left hand to knock him to the floor. But he also dropped his cane in the ring for Koloff to smash Funk in the back of the head with it to get the 1-2-3. Even though it was under less-than-legal circumstances, the referee's decision is final. Ivan Koloff is being granted the next shot at the World Title as he will wrestle Bob Backlund for the championship on June 23 in Philadelphia!

Jimmy Snuka and Bob Backlund defeated Ken Patera and Paul Orndorff when J. Snuka defeated Orndorff by disqualification in 0:24:32.
Rating: **** 1/4
[Luke Graham interfered against Jimmy Snuka.]

Two big feuds continued in one match with our main event tag team match pitting Ken Patera & Paul Orndorff against Jimmy Snuka & World champion Bob Backlund. Backlund & Snuka meshed very well as a team despite their very different styles. Patera & Orndorff did well for awhile, but Luke Graham's obsession with taking out the Superfly caused a lot of problems for the cohesion of the team. At the end of the match, Backlund cut off Patera from getting in the ring and brawled with him on the floor while Snuka climbed to the top rope to hit the Superfly Splash. Luke Graham jumped on apron and shoved Snuka off the top for the disqualification. Graham got in the ring and hit Snuka with the Thumb to the Throat before Backlund got back in the ring to chase Orndorff and he away. Snuka is getting increasingly frustrated by Luke Graham, and Snuka has been making a big stink in the GCW offices about getting his hands around Luke Graham's neck.

Card rating: *** 1/2

Match observations:

The following matches have been signed for our June 23 show in Philadelphia:

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Ivan Koloff
Jimmy Snuka vs. Paul Orndorff
Great Kabuki vs. Don Muraco
Pedro Morales vs. Blackjack Mulligan

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