November 2, 1979 - Chicago Arena - Chicago, IL

Victor Rivera defeated Terry Funk by disqualification in 0:04:15.
Rating: * 3/4

As our opening match between Terry Funk & Victor Rivera began, DON MURACO came down to the ringside area to distract the Funker. Instead what it did was fire Funk up. As Muraco watched on, Funk systematically dismantled Rivera, brutalizing him with punches and hard kicks to the face. Rivera was bloodied up badly and when referee John Stanley tried to step in, Funk tossed him out of the ring, an act that got him both disqualified and fined. Muraco's initial smug smirk was now a look of fear and disbelief as Funk continued smashing Rivera's face in until officials broke it up. Muraco may have bitten off more than he could chew.

Gorilla Monsoon says he will retire when Morales & he lose the World Tag Team Titles, but he is interrupted by a new trio of wrestlers.

The World Tag Team champions, Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales, came out for an interview. Monsoon once again thanked the fans for their support, but said he still knew his time as a wrestler was coming to a close. Monsoon came out to make an announcement, saying that he would officially retire from the ring whenever Morales & he lose the tag team titles. They would continue to take on all comers and fight proudly as champions, but knew this was his last stand.

Before the duo could leave to get ready to watch the #1 contenders match later, they were stopped by 3 men we had never seen before. The leader of the group introduced himself as PAUL JONES, and he introduced Monsoon & Morales to his Army - Austin Idol & The Masked Superstar. Jones talked about how he is here to take over and dominate the competition in Global Championship Wrestling, and he's going to start by ending the career of the legendary Gorilla Monsoon. Morales interrupted and said they have both been around a long time and gotten threats like this before. He jumped to challenge any of these new wrestlers to show him what they got. Austin Idol jumped to accept, and we had an impromptu match.

Austin Idol made Pedro Morales submit to the Las Vegas Leglock in 0:09:22.
Rating: ** 1/4

Paul Jones' Army was here in Chicago to make a lasting impression, and they would do just that. We got our first look at Austin Idol, a man who humbly refers to himself as the "Universal Heartthrob." For as abrasive as this new trio seems to be, if Idol's performance is any indication, this Army is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Still, Idol had his hands full with Morales, one of the all-time greats. Morales had himself in prime position to win this match, having Idol down for the Boston Crab when THE MASKED SUPERSTAR attacked Monsoon on the floor! Morales was distracted by the 6'5", 300 pound Superstar pounding on his tag team partner, which let Idol clip Morales' leg. Idol quickly put on the Las Vegas Leglock, his version of the figure-four. Morales struggled to get free and almost got to the ropes, but Paul Jones pulled the bottom rope away so Morales couldn't get it. Morales held on for a moment longer but the pain became too much for him as he had to submit. If that's not a successful warning shot, I don't know what is.

The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) defeated The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) when Sika defeated Mulligan by countout in 0:11:00.
Rating: * 1/4
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Afa.]

The Wild Samoans & The Blackjacks have had some epic battles in the past, and this chapter in their story was no different. These teams are both trying to claw back into a position to get a shot at the World Tag Team Titles and with a win here, it would state their case emphatically. Afa & Sika were again wrestling at a frantic pace, causing Lanza & Mulligan to have their hands full to say the least. As Afa & Sika became more crazed, "Classy" Freddie Blassie thought better of the situation and pulled his men to safety, taking a countout loss. It may have hurt their chances of getting a title shot, but you're not going to get any title shots if you've been maimed.

Ivan Koloff pinned Chavo Guerrero with the Russian Sickle in 0:06:18.
Rating: * 3/4

Chavo Guerrero has scored two big wins over Ivan Koloff our last two shows, something that has only served to piss the Russian Bear off. Chavo's dropkicks and lucha style offense bothered Koloff in the opening minutes, but once Koloff got the advantage, Chavo couldn't withstand the barrage of power. Koloff hit the Russian Sickle to nearly decapitate Chavo and take the pinfall.

At Blassie's urging, Koloff was looking to not only pummel Chavo, but to take his livelihood away from him. As Koloff trapped Chavo in the corner and laid in some body shots when there was a disturbance in the crowd. We soon found out what the disturbance was as two men jumped over the rail and into the ring. Koloff went after them with a double clothesline, but the men ducked. When Koloff turned back, it was right into a double dropkick that sent him sprawling to the floor! We soon realized the men were HECTOR & MANDO GUERRERO, Chavo's brothers! With three Guerrero brothers now in GCW, it looks like Freddie Blassie and his men have a major thorn in their side.

The Can-Am Strongmen (Dino Bravo and Ken Patera) defeated Tito Santana and Ivan Putski when Patera made T. Santana submit to the Swinging Full Nelson in 0:13:35.
Rating: ** 1/2

Tito Santana & Ivan Putski and the Can-Am Strongmen are no strangers to each other in recent months, but this match tonight was their most important one to date as the winner of this one would get a World Tag Team Title shot in Detroit on December 9. Say what you want about Dino Bravo and his new jerk attitude, but when it comes to tag team wrestling, there may be no better in GCW history than Dino Bravo. The team with Ken Patera has a ton of potential to be his best, because when it comes to pure strength, there might not be a better example of it than the Can-Am Strongmen. Santana & Putski may be the team of the future, but when this one was said and done, Bravo & Patera were the team of the now. The Strongmen's strategy was to keep Santana isolated in the ring as he was the smaller of his team, but they seemed surprised by how much punishment he could take. Santana made a comeback, but during it he didn't notice Bravo make a blind tag to Patera. Santana hit Bravo with the Flying Forearm and went for the cover, but Bravo was no longer the legal man. By the time Santana knew what was going on, he was locked in the Swinging Full Nelson. Santana fought valiantly to get out, but once Patera gets that move locked on, that's all she wrote. Putski got in to break it up, but Bravo cut him off. Patera got Santana down on the mat where the Mexican superstar had to submit. The Strongmen get their first shot at the tag titles in Detroit.

Jimmy Snuka puts his career on the line to wrestle Luke Graham.

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was in a foul mood coming down for an interview, and although his words were at times incoherent, the message was simple - he wanted Luke Graham in the ring and badly. Snuka said he would do whatever it took to get his hands on Graham for making his life hell for all of 1979. Graham came out (flanked by security) and laughed in Snuka's face, saying that he was not going to wrestle a match with the Superfly and he was just going to have to deal with it. Snuka may end up regretting this later, but in perhaps a rushed judgment, Snuka blurted out that he would do anything to make this match happen. Graham smiled and said, "Put your career on the line." Graham said he planned on ending Snuka's career once and for all, and if he beat Snuka on December 9 in Detroit, Snuka would be forced to retire. Snuka accepted the match right away, and it has been signed!

Stan Hansen pinned Dusty Rhodes after outside interference in 0:19:29.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Stan Hansen retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)
[Larry Zbyszko interfered against Dusty Rhodes.]

Stan Hansen is now officially the longest reigning Intercontinental champion in GCW history, holding the title for 420 days and counting. "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes wanted to put a stop to this reign and as a bonus, shut the loud-mouthed Texan up once and for all. Hansen has been on a verbal conquest in recent weeks against the foreign competitors of GCW, especially Rhodes' friend Jumbo Tsuruta. Hansen has played escape artist the past two shows, but it looked like he was finally caught as Rhodes had everything going his way. Rhodes was merely moments away from winning when an errant elbow caught referee Tommy Young in the head and knocked him out. Rhodes tried not to let this get him out of his game, but circumstance got in the way when LARRY ZBYSZKO ran out with a wooden chair that he broke right over the back of the Dream! Zbyszko didn't leave the ring until he had helped revive Young, who regained his bearings enough to see Hansen crawl over and drape an arm on the fallen Rhodes for the 1-2-3. Zbyszko's suspension is over in two days, but apparently that was too long to wait to go after Rhodes. President Hisashi Shinma considered extending Zbyszko's suspension, but decided a worse punishment would be to force Zbyszko to team up with Hansen to take on Rhodes & Jumbo Tsuruta in Detroit!

Ric Flair pinned Roddy Piper with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:17:54.
Rating: ***

Roddy Piper & Ric Flair went at it one more time, but it was declared that this would be their last one-on-one duel for the time being. They made sure to make it count as every move had a little extra behind it. Piper got Flair out of his element early. The Nature Boy was looking to make this a mat wrestling match, but Piper showed that he had some mat wrestling skills of his own. Frustration set in on Flair, who then tried to make it a brawl, which was playing right into the Rowdy Scot's hands. If it hadn't been for a mistake on Piper's part, Flair wouldn't have survived this match in one piece. Piper had thrown Flair into the turnbuckle and charged in with a running knee, but Flair moved. Piper's knee hit the buckle hard and he clutched it in pain (Flair had been taking shots at that knee all match up to this point). Flair was quick to put on the Figure-Four, and even after having it in for over a minute, Piper wouldn't give up. Flair grabbed onto the middle rope to get more leverage on the move, which caused Piper to pass out and get his shoulders pinned to the mat. A great match, and one hell of a way to end this feud for the time being.

While Piper will need to regroup, Flair is going to get a huge opportunity as he will challenge the winner of the Backlund/Muraco main event for the World Title in Detroit!

Bob Backlund pinned Don Muraco after a crucifix in 0:27:51.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Bob Backlund retained the GCW World Title.)
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Bob Backlund.]

It's hard to believe that before tonight, Don Muraco had never had a shot at the World Title. Now that he got his chance in Chicago, he was looking to make the best of it. Holding onto a championship in wrestling is an extremely difficult task as everyone that you wrestle kicks up their game a notch to capture the gold and the money that comes along with it. Muraco has upped his game in a big way this year and is on the brink of superstardom, and winning the World Title would put him over the top. Bob Backlund, on the other hand, isn't much in the business of helping his opponents become stars - he's here to win and defend his title. With each title defense, he shows a little bit more and that this title reign could last for some time. Even when he has a lot of damage inflicted on him, he finds a way to keep fighting back and pull out the win. His ability to escape what appears to be certain defeat is becoming something of a trademark for Backlund, and he did that again against Freddie Blassie's powerful charge. I'd say the match was 50/50 and tightly contested until Muraco cut Backlund off, hoisting him up for the Tombstone. Backlund wiggled his way out of it though and reversed it into a crucifix to get the 1-2-3! It happened so suddenly that everyone was stunned, but no one more than Muraco. After briefly arguing with the ref, Muraco went after Backlund with a clothesline, but Backlund ducked and sent Muraco to the floor with a dropkick. The show ended with Backlund standing tall in the ring, challenging Muraco to get back in the ring.

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

We have just one more card left in the 1970s, taking place from the Cobo Arena in Detroit! The 70s have been a great decade for GCW, and the 80s should prove to be even better! Here's the card so far for December 9 in Detroit:

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Ric Flair
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Gorilla Monsoon/Pedro Morales (c) vs. The Can-Am Strongmen
Dusty Rhodes/Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Stan Hansen/Larry Zbyszko
Jimmy Snuka vs. Luke Graham
The Guerreros vs. Ivan Koloff/The Blackjacks
The Wild Samoans vs. Paul Jones/The Masked Superstar

In addition to that, the first announcements are starting to come in about the New Year's Day show to kick off 1980! Bob Backlund has stated that he wants to have a huge title defense to kick off the 80s, and the man he has chosen to give that title shot couldn't be more deserving. It will be Bob Backlund defending against his good friend, JIMMY SNUKA! I can't think of a bigger main event to usher in the new decade. Not only that, but it has been announced that there will be a big battle royal, the winner of which receives $10,000!

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