November 14, 1976 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Hiro Matsuda made Tony Garea submit to the Japanese Sleeper in 0:09:45.
Rating: **** 1/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Tony Garea.]

1976 is winding to a close, but GCW still has four big stops to go, including tonight at our homebase, Madison Square Garden. The opening contest featured Bobby Heenan's mercenary from the Orient, Hiro Matsuda, taking on Tony Garea. Matsuda has had his struggles since returning to GCW, but a win here could serve to propell him in the right career direction. Tony Garea is another man who has struggled, but he is always game for a fight. Garea couldn't overcome the distraction of Heenan at ringside, falling prey to Matsuda's Japanese Sleeper.

Mike Graham pinned Johnny Rodz after a bodyslam in 0:05:49.
Rating: ***

Mike Graham was hoping that his second match in GCW would go much better than his first, and he got that wish as he took on "The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz, whose unpredictable act tonight was wearing a mask. …Who knows? The mask couldn't help him escape defeat as Mike Graham showed his technical prowess and got the pin after a hard bodyslam. Graham now heads to the back to watch his dad fight his uncle later in the night.

Mr. Wrestling I pinned Billy Robinson after a sunset flip in 0:07:21.
Rating: ***

Mr. Wrestling I keeps showing that there is no level he won't stoop to in order to get a win. Ask Billy Robinson tonight. It looked like the pride of Mr. Wrestling I might overcome his new attitude as he wanted to show he could outwrestle Robinson, but when Wrestling I took the victory after a sunset flip and putting his feet on the ropes, we saw that wasn't the case. Robinson was so upset that after the match, he nearly knocked Wrestling I out with a huge right hand that sent the masked man sprawling from the ring. These two will go at one more time on December 1 from the Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI.

The Russians (Ivan Koloff and Nikolai Volkoff) defeated Dusty Rhodes and Peter Maivia when I. Koloff pinned Dusty Rhodes with the Russian Sickle in 0:19:49.
Rating: ** 1/2

Peter Maivia is the #1 contender for the World Title, but tonight he was on the side of Dusty Rhodes as Rhodes continued his feud with Ivan Koloff and the Russians. Rhodes has become almost obsessed with getting a pinfall victory over Koloff, but to this point, it hasn't happened for him. Tonight it looked like it would finally happen as Rhodes caught Koloff with the Bionic Elbowdrop and had him pinned for a 3 count, but referee Terry Taranova was distracted trying to get Maivia & Volkoff out of the ring. Captain Lou Albano used this window to get in the ring and drill Rhodes in the back of the skull with his cane. Koloff then hit the Russian Sickle and once again, Rhodes has fallen to the former World champion. After the match, Maivia tried to console Rhodes, but Dusty would have none of it, swatting the High Chief's hand away and walking to the back dejected. These constant losses are really taking their toll on the psyche of Dusty Rhodes.

Pedro Morales made Johnny Rodz submit to the Boston Crab in 0:02:36.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Dick Murdoch no-showed.)

Poor Johnny Rodz didn't expect two beatings tonight, but that's what he got when he was told he would be taking the place of Dick Murdoch, who was not in the Garden tonight for undisclosed reasons. Rodz prize was getting to wrestle Pedro Morales, who didn't appear to be in a good mood. It didn't take long for Morales to lock on the Boston Crab and hand Rodz his second loss of the night.

Harley Race pinned Dean Ho after a diving headbutt in 0:06:02.
Rating: ***

As Harley Race prepares for his next challenger, "High Chief" Peter Maivia, he was in non-title action against Dean Ho. Though he couldn't win the title tonight, if Ho could somehow pull off a win and end the undefeated streak of Handsome Harley, it would be a huge boost to his career. Ho's mind was willing, but his body wasn't able. Race survived the early onslaught of Ho to put him away with a diving headbutt.

Harley Race runs down Peter Maivia.

Harley Race wasn't done though, as he announced that Peter Maivia's shot at the title would take place on December 1 at the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Race then spent the next few minutes running Maivia down, saying that he was a nothing and wasn't worthy of a shot at the championship. The insults got worse and worse, but they didn't get any more foul than when Race said the only thing worthwhile that Maivia has ever done in end the career of Bobo Brazil. This brought out Maivia who stormed the ring a house of fire and pounded away at the champion! Officials ran down to stop the fight, but there was no pulling Maivia off of Race. Race eventually got away from Maivia and to his car, where he drove away in a flash. Race may have taken his mind games too far, and could possibly live to regret it on December 1.

Stan Hansen defeated Killer Kowalski by countout in 0:05:00.
Rating: ** 3/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Stan Hansen.]

This match came about after a few weeks ago, Killer Kowalski took the place of Dick Murdoch in a tag team match. However, Hansen & Kowalski didn't get along, to say the least. This match was bowling shoe ugly, but Hansen showed why he is one of the toughest young wrestlers in GCW today, getting the better of the legend Kowalski and getting the win by countout.

Billy Graham defeated Eddie Graham by referee stoppage in 0:16:43.
Rating: **

You have to give Eddie Graham for wanting to come to the aid of his son, but his better days are behind him. Not only that, but he was taking on his own brother Billy Graham, who may be the most ruthless and heartless man in all of wrestling today. Despite the surprising amount of heart that Eddie showed early, he was soon overwhelmed by the Superstar. Billy could have finished his brother off at any time he wanted, but he chose to keep pounding on him until Eddie was a beaten bloody mess. The beating got to be so brutal that referee Danny Bartfield eventually stopped the match to protect the safety of Eddie. "Superstar" Billy Graham is a sick, sick man.

The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) defeated Jumbo Tsuruta and Dino Bravo when Lanza pinned Bravo after a short lariat in 0:18:34.
Rating: *** 3/4
(The Blackjacks won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Jumbo Tsuruta.]

Billy Graham wasn't done with his path of destruction tonight, as he played a huge part in our next match, which was for the World Tag Team Titles. The Blackjacks were getting their final shot at Jumbo Tsuruta & Dino Bravo and the titles, but Bobby Heenan had a plan ready to hatch. As the champions were being introduced for the match, Billy Graham (who had stayed at ringside) brutally assaulted Dino Bravo! Jumbo tried to intervene, but he was cut off by the Blackjacks. Eventually officials got Graham to the back, but the damage clearly had been done. Tsuruta had to wrestle most of this match by himself, and though he did a tremendous job, eventually he got worn out as well. Bravo tried to do what he could, but he was in no condition to compete. Bravo shouldn't have been in the ring at the end as he was caught by a vicious short lariat from Blackjack Lanza which put this one in the books. The Blackjacks are once again the World Tag Team champions.

[TORNADO RULES]: No-Countout-No-DQ-Match:
Bobby Duncum and Dory Funk Jr. defeated Don Muraco and Terry Funk when Duncum pinned T. Funk with the Full Nelson Slam in 0:15:16.
Rating: ****

Bobby Duncum made his long-awaited return from injury, and his unlikely partnership with Dory Funk Jr. against common enemies Terry Funk & Don Muraco is the reason for it. Bobby Duncum has made it clear that he wants the Intercontinental Title back, and this match went a long way to making that happen. I don't know if they were actually on the same page or if their mutual hatred for the champion and Muraco was that strong, but Duncum & Dory were not going to be detoured from a victory. After Dory had clotheslined Muraco out of the ring, Duncum caught Terry Funk with the Full Nelson Slam to get the emphatic victory. Duncum is back, and in a huge way!

Cage Match:
Jimmy Snuka pinned Luke Graham with the Superfly Splash in 0:25:01.
Rating: *** 1/2

We had already seen a fantastic night of wrestling, but nothing compared to the main event, which saw Jimmy Snuka & Luke Graham settle their feud once and for all in a steel cage match! Snuka has pulled off what many have called a series of upsets over the former World champion and one of the most dominant men in wrestling history, but there would be no upsets here. If the Superfly could beat Crazy Luke in the cage, he will have officially arrived. Problem is, to do that, he had to beat Luke Graham in a cage. This match went on like many of us predicted it would, with Graham having his way with Snuka. At about the 10 minute mark, the Superfly was busted wide open, and it looked like this would be the beginning of the end. But one thing you can't ever underestimate is a man's heart, and Snuka has heart in spades. Snuka wouldn't stay down for anything, and kept fighting back with flurries of offense, but it seemed like it was going to be too little too late. But then Snuka caught his big break when Graham charged him for a running Thumb to the Throat, but Snuka sidestepped and sent Graham head first into the steel! Graham was knocked loopy and crashed to the mat allowing Snuka to climb up the cage. He started to climb down the outside, but hesitated as the crowd cheered him on wildly. Snuka thought about it and then climbed back to the top, perching himself up there as the crowd rose to their feet. Snuka looked out to the masses and then soared through the air, crashing down on Graham with the Superfly Splash from the top of the cage! That was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen, and as you would expect, the pinfall was academic as Snuka was victorious. Snuka's dive off the top of the cage will be a moment we are talking about for years to come.

Card rating: *** 1/4

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We are heading into December, and our next show will come from the Cobo Arena in Detroit on December 1!

WORLD TITLE - Harley Race (c) vs. Peter Maivia
Billy Robinson vs. Mr. Wrestling I
Dino Bravo vs. Billy Graham
Pedro Morales vs. Stan Hansen

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