November 27, 1978 - Convention Hall - Atlantic City, NJ

[WINNER GETS INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE SHOT]:
Jimmy Snuka pinned Larry Zbyszko after a gutwrench suplex in 0:13:41.
Rating: *** 3/4

Larry Zbyszko wanted the Intercontinental Title match that Jimmy Snuka received last show, and he had his chance to earn it by beating the Superfly in our opening contest in Atlantic City. The feud between these two has been one of the best things about GCW in 1978, and this match was no exception. The injuries the two men have inflicted on each other have since healed, but the bad blood is still there in spades. Zbyszko felt he could win the match if he turned it into a technical wrestling contest, but Snuka made that tricky for him by flying all over the ring. In the end though it would be a great wrestling move from the Superfly that would get him the win, reversing Zbyszko's Shoulderbreaker into a gutwrench suplex for the 3 count, and now becoming the undisputed top contender for the IC Title. He will wrestle for the title on December 24 in MSG against the winner of the Stan Hansen/Dino Bravo match later tonight.

Gorilla Monsoon defeated Johnny Rodz by countout in 0:02:03.
Rating: **

Not a lot to say about this match as Gorilla Monsoon more or less squashed Johnny Rodz. Rodz did have an unpredictable act tonight though, in that he did nothing unpredictable. Despite the best efforts of philosopher Rodz, he couldn't escape losing this match, getting smashed in the corner with an avalanche and then rolling to the floor to be counted out.

The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) defeated The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) when Jerry Brisco made Mulligan submit to the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:12:17.
Rating: ****

The losing streak of the Blackjacks is reaching dangerous territory now. Every team goes through funks from time to time, but this losing streak has completely crushed the confidence of Blackjack Lanza & Blackjack Mulligan. They are still in search of a manager, but the rumblings backstage is that none of the current managers want to touch the Blackjacks with a 10 foot pole. In all fairness to them, they were much more competitive this time around against the Brisco Brothers than they have been recently, but Jack & Jerry Brisco were firing on all cylinders as they'd love to get another crack at regaining the tag titles themselves. The Briscos would win with stereo Figure-Four Leglocks, another huge blow to the psyche of the Blackjacks.

Ken Patera made Chief Jay Strongbow submit to the Swinging Full Nelson in 0:04:38.
Rating: * 1/2

Ken Patera has made a huge impact since making his debut on October 6, not only putting Bob Backlund on the shelf, but manhandling Billy White Wolf in his first match. He took on Wolf's tag team partner Chief Jay Strongbow in a singles match tonight. Strongbow has been wrestling tag matches in recent years, but you have to remember he was an accomplished singles competitor in past years, having a lengthy reign with the United States Title. I only mention that because it makes Patera's domination of Strongbow that much more impressive. The former Olympian not only got a win over Strongbow in quick fashion, but he did so by making Strongbow submit to the Swinging Full Nelson. After the match, Patera wouldn't release the hold, looking to put Strongbow on the shelf as well! He wouldn't get that chance though as BOB BACKLUND returned and broke it up, hitting Patera from behind and then sending him out of the ring with a dropkick. Backlund will get his shot to get his hands on Patera in the ring on December 24.

Stan Hansen pinned Dino Bravo with the Lariat in 0:16:52.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Stan Hansen retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Jimmy Snuka came down to ringside to watch this match as he would be taking on the winner at the year-end show. Stan Hansen defended the Intercontinental Title against Dino Bravo. Hansen isn't used to someone matching strength with him, but Bravo is more than capable of that. The match wasn't a technical masterpiece, but it was a hell of a fight as shown by the bruises both men were sporting by the time it was over. With Hansen, it only takes one Lariat for it to be over and he can hit it suddenly, which is what happened here to give him a hard fought title defense. After the match, the brash Hansen taunted Snuka and challenged him to get in the ring, but officials intervened before any physicality could happen.

Roddy Piper defeated Billy White Wolf by countout in 0:04:02.
Rating: 1/2*

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper was in a foul mood as apparently Harley Race has been on his case for submitting to Billy Graham's Bearhug in the 6-man tag team main event in Philly. Whatever Race said to Piper, it worked, as the Rowdy Scot was as vicious as ever in this one against Billy White Wolf. Wolf barely got out of the blocks as Piper was all over him from even before the bell rang. Piper does some of his best work outside the ring, as he showed by slamming Wolf on a table before rolling back in to be awarded the win by countout. Race has to be proud of Piper after this show of brutality.

Jumbo Tsuruta and Pedro Morales battled to a double pin in 0:16:08.
Rating: ***

This match between Jumbo Tsuruta & Pedro Morales was supposed to settle their friendly rivalry of who was the better man. They'd wrestled twice before, each man picking up a victory. This was the rubber match, and the two had the intensity ramped up a notch higher. The punches had a little something extra behind them, the moves a little crisper. The competition between these two has really upped their games. Jumbo Tsuruta is still a young lion and only getting better, while Pedro Morales is the grizzled veteran who is not quite ready to step aside. The crowd was torn on who to root for, but one thing is for sure: they loved what they were seeing. Jumbo is crafty for a man with only 5 years experience, and he showed it by suckering Morales in to charging him in the corner by playing possum a bit. Jumbo moved causing Morales to crash chest first into the turnbuckle. Tsuruta went behind Morales and brought him down with a bridging back suplex to get the 3 count - or so we thought. Jumbo wasn't paying attention and didn't realize his shoulders were down as well as we had ourselves a double pin! The match was a draw, and thus, this friendly rivalry goes unsettled. Both men were disappointed after the match and have agreed they need one more match to settle this. It will take place at our year-end show, and it will be 2/3 falls!

Ric Flair pinned Pat Patterson after a low blow in 0:08:15.
Rating: ** 3/4

Pat Patterson has lost two highly controversial matches against Ric Flair, which has done nothing but piss off the former Intercontinental champion. Patterson took Flair behind the wood shed for much of this match, but the Nature Boy is showing each and every match that there is no level he won't stoop to in order to win a match. Patterson had Flair on the ropes, backing him into the corner. The referee tried to break it up, but in doing so was blind to Flair nailing Patterson with a low blow. Flair used a double leg takedown to bring Patterson to the mat, and then with his feet on the ropes got the 1-2-3. Patterson was understandably furious after the match and challenged Flair to a no-DQ match at the year-end show, which Flair has accepted.

Great Kabuki and Don Muraco defeated The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) when Kabuki defeated Afa by disqualification in 0:10:12.
Rating: *
(The Wild Samoans retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

"Classy" Freddie Blassie is wanting to bring the World Tag Team Titles into his camp, and he has given Great Kabuki & Don Muraco the task of doing so. Kabuki & Muraco have surprised everyone by being as cohesive a unit as they have been, almost winning the tag titles at our last show. They had another shot tonight, and Blassie has them as on point as ever against the Wild Samoans. The rivalry with Blassie & Captain Lou Albano intensifies with each show, and it is reflected in their charges. As a result, this broke down into a pier six brawl by the end, and the Samoans ended up getting disqualified when they shoved referee Willie Webber out of the way when he was trying to maintain some order. Afa & Sika couldn't have cared less though as they kept trying to take a piece out of Kabuki & Muraco before security broke it up.

Interview:
Freddie Blassie wants The Midnight Rider banned from GCW.

"Classy" Freddie Blassie remained in the ring with a disheveled tag team who were victorious but beaten, and he was also joined in the ring by Ivan Koloff. Blassie was all fired up, first saying that Muraco & Kabuki showed they could beat the Samoans and when he gets them another title shot, it will be the last one that they need because they are the next World Tag Team champions. Blassie then turned his attention to Lou Albano's Midnight Rider, saying that everyone clearly knew that it was Dusty Rhodes under a mask. Blassie said he has filed a protest with GCW officials and as soon as he can prove that the Rider is Rhodes, not only will Rhodes be banned from GCW forever, but so will Lou Albano!

Interview:
Billy Graham takes on Harley Race in an arm wrestling match.

Our main event segment was the much anticipated Arm Wrestling Challenge between "Superstar" Billy Graham and the World Heavyweight champion Harley Race. We all thought Race was nuts for accepting this challenge because Graham is one of the best arm wrestlers in the world. Race is a strong guy, but against Graham, everyone looks weak in the bicep department. The match itself started, and as the crowd cheered him on, it looked pretty obvious that the Superstar had this one in the bag. That is until Race reached into his pocket with his free hand and threw powder in Graham's eyes! Graham was blinded which allowed Race to pick up the table and smash it over the Superstar's head. The show ended with Race standing over Graham's bleeding body.

Card rating: **

Match observations:

With that, next on the docket is the biggest show of the year, the year-end show at Madison Square Garden on December 24!

WORLD TITLE - Harley Race (c) vs. Billy Graham
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Stan Hansen (c) vs. Jimmy Snuka
The Midnight Rider/The Wild Samoans vs. Ivan Koloff/Great Kabuki/Don Muraco
2/3 FALLS MATCH - Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Pedro Morales
NO DISQUALIFICATION - Pat Patterson vs. Ric Flair
Bob Backlund vs. Ken Patera

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