November 11, 1974 - Providence Civic Center - Providence, RI

The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) defeated Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea when R. Stevens pinned DeNucci with the Bombs Away Kneedrop in 0:18:14.
Rating: ***
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Dominic DeNucci.]

A good opening contest to our debut in Providence as two former World Tag Team championship teams battled. Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel fell short in their attempt to become 4-time champions last month, but they got a much needed victory to help keep themselves near the top of contention for a future title shot, defeating Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea. DeNucci & Garea have been in a slump recently, and many are questioning if they still have what it takes to compete at a championship level.

Billy Robinson pinned Johnny Rodz with the Double-Arm Suplex in 0:10:49.
Rating: *** 1/2

Many feel that Billy Robinson is the uncrowned United States champion, but he didn't let his disappointment in not winning the title distract him from a dominating performance against "The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz.

Nikolai Volkoff pinned Mr. Wrestling I after a kneedrop in 0:12:25.
Rating: * 1/2
[Lou Albano interfered against Mr. Wrestling I.]

Nikolai Volkoff continues to blitz through opponent after opponent, tonight making the technically savvy Mr. Wrestling I. Mr. Wrestling did everything in his power to ground the mighty Russian, but Volkoff's power could not be contended with this evening, leading to a massive kneedrop and another check in the win column for Captain Lou's enforcer.

Don Muraco pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna after a powerslam in 0:04:58.
Rating: ** 1/2

Don Muraco back in action after taking a little time to nurse some injuries, and he looked crisp as ever with a win over Baron Mikel Scicluna.

Blackjack Lanza calls out Bobby Duncum.

After the previous match, Blackjack Lanza ran out to the ring and leveled both Don Muraco & Baron Mikel Scicluna with a huge lariat, clearly not in a pleasant mood. Lanza called out Bobby Duncum and wanted him to get on his hands and knees and BEG for forgiveness for what he did last month at the Garden. Duncum did come out all right, but it wasn't to apologize - it was to fight. Lanza & Duncum were beating the tar out of each other before officials finally pulled them apart. It looks like the seeds of hatred run a lot deeper than we originally thought, but it's clear that Duncum is no longer a part of the Heenan Family.

Gorilla Monsoon, Dino Bravo and Baron Von Raschke defeated Mr. Fuji, Toru Tanaka and Pedro Morales when Raschke defeated Fuji when Fuji passed out in the Claw in 0:16:09.
Rating: **

Six-man tag team matches are always chaotic affairs with so many moving parts being involved, and this one was no different. Baron Von Raschke has been a man possessed as of late, and he hag across the ring from him that he wanted to tear limb from limb. Not only that, but he had two impressive partners on his side in the form of Gorilla Monsoon & Dino Bravo. There wasn't much teamwork on either side, but we did get ourselves quite a fight which the fans in Providence highly approved of. The match broke down near the end as we all expected that it would, but the real turning point came when Mr. Fuji tried to spray the blue mist into Raschke's eyes, but Raschke moved out of the way and the mist caught Toru Tanaka instead! This let Raschke lock Fuji in the Claw to get the win for his team and put a lot of issues to rest.

The Texas Outlaws (Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch) defeated The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant) when Murdoch defeated Johnny Valiant by disqualification in 0:33:56.
Rating: * 3/4
(The Texas Outlaws retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Dusty Rhodes.]
[Lou Albano interfered against Dick Murdoch.]

The Valiant Brothers have made a huge impact in GCW already, being undefeated. They made an even bigger impact tonight by announcing their new manager, LOU ALBANO. Albano has managed many champions in the past, and he showed his worth already by getting Johnny & Jimmy Valiant a title shot against the reigning tag team champions, The Texas Outlaws. This match had periods where it was bowling shoe ugly, but it was a passionate battle for the top tag team championship in the world. After over half an hour of war, Captain Lou got a little overzealous when he got involved in the match to end it in a disqualification. The two teams brawled after the match, and clearly this is just the beginning of a bigger issue.

Billy Graham defeated Jimmy Snuka by countout in 0:10:23.
Rating: * 1/2

It looks like the issue between Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka & "Superstar" Billy Graham is done and over. There hadn't been a definite winner in their previous string of matches, but it you would be hard pressed to say that there wasn't a clear winner tonight. Graham took it to a new level after Snuka blitzed him early. Snuka made a big miscalculation though when he went for the Superfly Splash too soon, crashing and burning. Superstar Billy decided he was tired of playing games and put a hurting on the injured ribs of Snuka, culminating in the Bearhug. Snuka was out of it, especially after Graham dumped him to the floor, laid out unconscious. It's a bad time to be an opponent of Billy Graham, I can tell you that.

Harley Race pinned Ivan Koloff with the Piledriver in 0:14:24.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Harley Race won the GCW World Title.)
[Luke Graham interfered against Ivan Koloff.]

We knew that this was going to be a historic night, but we didn't realize we were going to witness what we saw. "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff is not only an undefeated monster, but he is the World champion. However, he had a tremendous challenge ahead of him tonight as he took on the also undefeated United States champion, Harley Race. This was a match a lot of people were dying to see, and we got it to close out our Providence debut. Both men were tentative in the early stages, knowing how talented the other man is and exactly how quickly each can end a match if someone makes a mistake. Once the action picked up though, it was an amazing display of wrestling from two of the world's very best. Race used counter after counter to keep the Russian Bear off-balance while Koloff used the brute strength he is known for to rattle Race's bones. We were witnessing a wonderful match, but unfortunately, we wouldn't get to see who the better man was based on their talents at all. Referee Dick Kroll did an inadvertant thumb to the eye from Race during a tieup, which left the official temporarily blinded. During this opening, LUKE GRAHAM ran out and to the shock of everyone, threw a fireball right in Ivan Koloff's face!Koloff howled in pain as Race then followed with the Piledriver, wiping the champion out. Kroll recovered enough to make the slow count, and shockingly, we all witnessed the crowning of a new World Heavyweight champion. The fans in Providence were so mad at both Luke Graham & Harley Race that they angrily pelted the two with trash and bottles. It was a dangerous scene, but Race & Graham got out of the arena unscathed. But this whole situation leaves us with more questions than answers - why did Luke Graham do the terrible thing that he did, and where does Ivan Koloff go from here now that he is no longer the World champion?

Card rating: **

Match observations:

We are entering the final month of 1974, and though the winter month's are coming, the action is heating up! We go to the Boston Garden on December 5, with the following action signed thus far:

WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Texas Outlaws (c) vs. The Valiant Brothers
Mr. Wrestling I vs. Blackjack Lanza
Carlos Colon vs. Bobby Duncum

And we will hear from the brand new World Heavyweight champion HARLEY RACE, as well as from the man who helped him win the championship, LUKE GRAHAM!

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