May 30, 1983 - Providence Civic Center - Providence, RI

Dusty Rhodes pinned Spike Huber with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:01:51.
Rating: * 1/4

We hadn't been in Rhode Island since January of 1982, and our show kicked off with action from the World Heavyweight champion. It's strange for the World champion to kick off a show, but Dusty Rhodes made it clear that he wanted to go first because he is the most important man in wrestling. Rhodes was in non-title action against hard-working Spike Huber. Huber has had some flashes of brilliance, but hasn't had a ton of success so far. A win over the reigning World champion would instantly build his credibility. Unfortunately he has been beaten up a lot recently by Bob Backlund, and that carried into this match. That, and the American Dream is the best wrestler in the world today, which didn't help Huber's case. Rhodes made short work of Huber with the Bionic Elbowdrop. As Rhodes went to the back, he yelled that Strike Force would get the same if they messed with him again.

Tully Blanchard pinned Mike Rotundo with the Slingshot Suplex in 0:09:22.
Rating: ** 1/4

Mike Rotundo & Tully Blanchard have developed a bit of a rivalry in their short times in GCW, showing that they both have bright futures moving forward. Rotundo got the duke in their last match, so Blanchard was trying to even the score here in Providence. Blanchard has shown his devious side more and more every time we've seen him. What makes it so frustrating is that you'd think with how much he tries to cheat, he wasn't a skilled competitor. Nothing could be further from the truth. He is a ring general in there - the cheating is just because he's a jerk. Rotundo hasn't been impressed by the cheating though, and the former Syracuse All-American wrestler used his ring savvy to ground Blanchard for much of this contest. Blanchard used a well placed thumb to the eye to get back on the offensive, and his impressive finisher he calls the Slingshot Suplex put Rotundo away. A disappointing setback for Rotundo, but I think we'll be seeing these two fresh rivals going at it more in the future.

Jimmy Snuka pinned Killer Khan with the Superfly Splash in 0:06:20.
Rating: *
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Jimmy Snuka.]

Freddie Blassie's had a busy night ahead of him with 3 singles matches set up with his men, the first being Killer Khan taking on Jimmy Snuka. The Superfly has faced some daunting competition in the past and come out on top, but he certainly had his hands full with the angry Mongolian. Khan is not a pretty wrestler in the ring, but he is a bruiser and knows how to hurt people. Snuka had to be careful to keep out of Khan's grasps, and he did just that. He goaded Khan into going for a splash, which missed, allowing Snuka to hit the best splash in the business to get the 3 count. A rocky start for Blassie in Rhode Island.

The Soul Patrol (Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson) defeated The Von Erich Brothers (Kerry Von Erich and Kevin Von Erich) when Atlas pinned Kerry Von Erich after a belly-to-belly suplex in 0:11:06.
Rating: **
(The Soul Patrol retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Soul Patrol know how hard it is to get a fair shot at the World Tag Team Titles. It took them jumping through a lot of hoops before they finally got their match against the Can-Am Strongmen that won them the titles, and they have been stating recently in interviews that they want to be the fightingest champions in GCW history. That's why they actually requested this match tonight, putting the gold on the line against fellow fan favorites, the Von Erich Brothers. The match began with a handshake, and that vein was found throughout. You don't get to see too many matches filled with sportsmanship and respect like this, so it was a welcomed change of pace. The Von Erichs left it all in the ring, but it wasn't quite enough for Kerry to escape a belly-to-belly suplex from Tony Atlas and a successful title defense. After the match, all four men shook hands again and got a nice ovation for their efforts.

Dino Bravo pinned Ken Patera with the Side Suplex in 0:04:37.
Rating: **
[Nikolai Volkoff interfered against Ken Patera.]

What a difference 6 months can make. Six months ago, Ken Patera & Dino Bravo were the World Tag Team champions and the best tag team in the world. Since then, Patera has been booted from Blassie's ranks and he is mad as hell about it. This is the first time he got the chance to face his former partner 1-on-1, and he came out with guns blazing. Bravo couldn't catch a breather as Patera was all over him with rights, lefts, and bodyslams. Patera looked unstoppable until there was a commotion from the locker room. We found out the commotion was NIKOLAI VOLKOFF running down to ringside, and he had a chair with him. While Blassie had referee Danny Davis' attention all tied up, Volkoff BLASTED Patera between the shoulder blades! Patera stumbled forward, but right into the clutches of Bravo's Side Suplex and a pinfall loss. Blassie reintroduced the world to former GCW star Volkoff, and said he will be a much better tag team partner for Bravo than Patera ever was. Blassie's foreign fanatics keep getting stronger.

The Texas Outlaws (Bobby Duncum and Dick Murdoch) defeated Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) when Duncum pinned Martel after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:09:24.
Rating: **** 1/4

Strike Force has gotten under the skin of the World Heavyweight champion Dusty Rhodes after they interrupted his interview segment in Uniondale. Rhodes returned the favor when he cost Rick Martel the Intercontinental Title later in that night. Both members wanted to get their hands on Rhodes, but the American Dream sent them Bobby Duncum & Dick Murdoch instead. That was just as good for Martel & Santana, as if they got through the former tag team champs, logic would dictate that they could go after Rhodes next. The Texas Outlaws used that to their advantage as RHODES himself made an appearance at ringside. His presence was immediately distracting to Strike Force, especially to Martel in the ring. Santana dropped to the floor to confront Rhodes, which also prompted referee Dick Woehrle to jump to the floor to keep these two from going at it. This was all the distraction that Duncum needed as he grabbed his cowbell and hit Martel in the back of the head with it. Duncum made the cover, and the Outlaws walked out of Providence with a victory, and smiles etched on their faces.

Terry Funk defeated The Iron Sheik by disqualification in 0:05:16.
Rating: ** 3/4
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Terry Funk.]

Blassie's men were 1-1 in matches tonight, with the final being the most brutal of the three with Terry Funk meeting The Iron Sheik. We expected this to be a wild slugfest, but we had no idea of the extremes it would go to. It didn't take long before all hell broke loose, which is exactly how Funk likes it. Sheik was getting the ever living crap kicked out of him, so he grabbed Blassie's cane in desperation and clocked Funk with it to get disqualified. And that's when all bets were off. This became the type of brawl we haven't ever seen before, with Funk getting in shot after shot on Sheik. Officials came to try to stop it, but there was no slowing down Funk. They were about to brawl in the crowd when officials tried to physically restrain Funk. All that led to was Funk attacking the officials, hitting three of the men with hard left hands before security finally subdued him. There are stiff penalties in Funk's future, that's for sure.

Andre the Giant pinned Larry Zbyszko with the Elbowdrop in 0:01:57.
Rating: * 3/4

The Von Erichs have been tired of what they consider bullying by Larry Zbyszko and how he carries himself. They told him that they had a big surprise for him, and you can definitely put emphasis on BIG when the surprise was ANDRE THE GIANT! In over 20 years, we have not had anyone in GCW with the worldwide fame and recognition of Andre, and everyone was ecstatic to see the big man here. Well, everyone but Larry Zbyszko. Zbyszko tried to attack Andre as he got into the ring as he thought that would be his best shot. All it did was make Andre mad. Andre fought back with hard right hands and vicious headbutts that almost knocked the Cruncher out. It didn't take long before a bodyslam and the Elbowdrop squashed Zbyszko like a bug in the middle of the ring. Whether or not Zbyszko learns his lesson remains to be seen, but what we do know is that with Andre the Giant in GCW, the wrestling world will never be the same again.

Nick Bockwinkel pinned Ric Flair with the Piledriver in 0:16:56.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Nick Bockwinkel retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)
[King Kong Bundy interfered against Ric Flair.]

Our wrestling main event was for the Intercontinental Title, and it was two old rivals locking up as champion Nick Bockwinkel defended against "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. The submission match these two had at the year-end show was off the charts, and was the springboard for Bobby Heenan sending King Kong Bundy after Flair. If Flair could repeat what he did in the Garden, he would get something that has eluded him in GCW - a championship. He had a great opportunity too, because it didn't take 2 minutes before the Brain tried to get involved. But referee Dick Kroll caught him and threw him out from ringside! Heenan nearly had a heart attack while protesting this decision, but eventually he went to the back. From there, we got exactly what we expect out of these two, and that's a damn fine wrestling match. With Heenan out of the picture, we were just going to see great wrestling. Bockwinkel hardly cheated at all, which is unlike him. It was as if he had a point to prove to the world - that he could be Flair cleanly. Despite that effort, Flair had Bockwinkel down after working his knee and was going for the Figure-Four Leglock. Bockwinkel still had a bullet in the chamber though, as he kicked Flair on the backside and send him flying through the ropes to the floor. Bockwinkel pulled Kroll in and complained about a knee injury, but what he was really doing was distracting the ref so KING KONG BUNDY could come down, hoist Flair up, and plant the Nature Boy with a bodyslam. Bundy rolled Flair into the ring, where a suddenly healthy Bockwinkel planted him with the Piledriver to keep the IC Title around his waist. It looks like Flair is going to need to dig down deep if he wants to put all of this with Bobby Heenan behind him.

Interview:
Bob Backlund gets the honor of announcing the King of the Ring tournament.

Though the wrestling portion of our show was over, we still had one big announcement, and for some reason the unstable Bob Backlund was the one getting to deliver it. Backlund announced that on June 19 in Madison Square Garden, GCW will be holding a 16-man single elimination tournament called King of the Ring. He also announced that the winner of the tournament will receive a World Title shot the next time GCW is at MSG after that, which is September 16. World Title shots are hard to come by, so this tournament is a huge chance for the roster of Global Championship Wrestling. Backlund then began a rant on how he would win and regain what is rightfully his when RICKY STEAMBOAT came down to the ring! Steamboat is healed from his shoulder injury and told Backlund that the only thing he's looking forward to more than winning King of the Ring is personally eliminating Backlund from the tournament. What a night this is going to be!

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

6/19/83: KING OF THE RING AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - New York, NY

16-Man Tournament for a World Title shot on 6/19/83 (Participants to be announced)

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