November 3, 1978 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA

Ken Patera pinned Billy White Wolf after a powerslam in 0:03:29.
Rating: * 1/4

We kicked off this big event in Philly with the debut of the man who put Bob Backlund on the shelf as Ken Patera took on Billy White Wolf. Patera came into this match with a lot of hype and he certainly backed it up. Wolf was not intimidated, but he was outmatched as Patera may be the strongest wrestler we've had in GCW. A big powerslam drove the air out of Wolf allowing Wolf to make his first match a win. After the match, he put Wolf in the Swinging Full Nelson as an exclamation point for his in-ring debut.

Gorilla Monsoon pinned Dory Funk Jr. with the Big Splash in 0:07:00.
Rating: ** 3/4

Sometimes when things are going bad, it can snowball on you. Just ask the Funks. Dory Funk Jr. was taking on GCW's longest tenured wrestler, Gorilla Monsoon in singles action. Dory has been doing quite well in the tag ranks this year that many have forgotten he is the first ever Intercontinental champion. Monsoon threw his weight around, but Dory got him down and was wearing him out with a series of holds. He had things well in control when his brother TERRY FUNK showed up at ringside to help out. Dory didn't want his help though, and he left Monsoon to tell his brother to go back to the locker room. During this altercation, Monsoon got back up and crushed Dory in the corner with an avalanche. Dory Jr. fell back into the ring where Monsoon followed with the Big Splash and got a huge 1-2-3. After the match, the Funks once again had some tense words with each other before going to the back.

Larry Zbyszko pinned Chief Jay Strongbow with the Shoulderbreaker in 0:11:05.
Rating: **

Larry Zbyszko was a little worse for wear after losing in the main event last month to Jimmy Snuka in a cage match, but he used that loss to motivate himself in his match against Chief Jay Strongbow. Strongbow is one of the all-time greats and is no easy win by any stretch, but Zbyszko was focused. He didn't let Strongbow's veteran savvy frustrate him and went on to hit the Shoulderbreaker to get the duke.

The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) defeated Great Kabuki and Don Muraco when Sika pinned Muraco with the Samoan Drop in 0:23:45.
Rating: ** 1/4
(The Wild Samoans retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Afa.]

If you would have told me a few months ago that Don Muraco & Great Kabuki would be one of the hottest teams in GCW, I wouldn't have believed it. But "Classy" Freddie Blassie has gotten them buying into his instruction and they have been dominant, earning this title shot against the Wild Samoans. Afa & Sika have Captain Lou Albano in their corner, and the fans have really come around to rooting for Albano and his two savages from Samoa. Many felt that the champs would be too much for the team of Kabuki & Muraco, finally exposing them as being a bit overrated, but that was not the case. If anything, this match solidified them as a team to be reckoned with for some time to come. Kabuki & Muraco would come up just short in this match, but they took the Samoans to a battle that lasted over 20 minutes before an ill-advised crucifix attempt by Muraco got him caught by the Samoan Drop from Sika. The Samoans are still the champs, but they are beatable. Blassie is already in the process of trying to secure another title match for his men.

Pedro Morales made Jumbo Tsuruta submit to the Boston Crab in 0:15:20.
Rating: ***

Jumbo Tsuruta & Pedro Morales engaged in a great match last month in Boston. It was a back and forth affair, but in the end, Jumbo narrowly squeaked by with the win. Morales is a proud man and wanted another crack at Tsuruta, who gladly obliged. This was another highly competitive match between the two former World champions. Jumbo's strategy was to frustrate Morales again, tapping into that fiery temper that gets Morales into trouble from time to time. Morales didn't let it get to him, to his credit, and used a barrage of moves to soften up Jumbo's back, including a huge kneedrop and two backbreakers. Morales' weakening of Jumbo's back was a great move, as after Morales dodged the Jumbo Knee during Tsuruta's comeback, he took him down and locked him in the Boston Crab. Jumbo held on for almost a minute, but the damage had been done and the pain forced him to submit. The series between these two is now tied at a match a piece. After the match, Morales helped Jumbo to his feet in a great show of respect. I for one hope these two go at it again.

The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) defeated The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) when Jack Brisco defeated Lanza by countout in 0:08:26.
Rating: ** 1/4

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The Blackjacks current losing streak is picture perfect proof that wrestling isn't just about physical skill. It also is about confidence, and right now, the Blackjacks' confidence is shot. They couldn't buy a win right now if you gave them all the gold in Fort Knox. This one may have been their most humbling defeat yet, losing to the Briscos by countout. Jack & Jerry had them in such disarray that the Lanza & Mulligan were arguing with each other on the floor. They kept disagreeing on what they should do, and they bickered for so long that they forgot about the count and were counted out! Not a proud moment for the Blackjacks to say the least.

Stan Hansen defeated Jimmy Snuka by countout in 0:12:09.
Rating: ***
(Stan Hansen retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Stan Hansen was back tonight to defend the Intercontinental Title, and he couldn't have been happy with having to defend against "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. Snuka has fought hard to get back to this position, the same place he was before a cowardly attack from an anonymous man sent him away from GCW for a considerable amount of time. But tonight, Snuka was determined to get his first taste of GCW gold. Though it would be a feel good story, if there's any man who doesn't care, it's the brash Texan Hansen, who just wants to hurt people and keep his title. Hansen couldn't find an answer for Snuka's speed early, spending more time on the mat than on his feet. He turned the tables when he caught a flying crossbody attempt of Snuka and drove the Superfly into the turnbuckle. Hansen's hit a succession of power moves but couldn't find the one to finish it. Snuka put some distance between Hansen and himself when he ducked the Lariat and took him down with a series of dropkicks. Snuka went to the top to go for the Superfly Splash, but LARRY ZBYSZKO came down to ringside to distract him. Snuka didn't hesitate though and jumped to the floor with a flying crossbody onto Zbyszko! The crowd gave Snuka a standing ovation for this, but unfortunately for Snuka, he also took himself out with that move and got counted out, losing his chance to become IC champion.

We'd hear later from Zbyszko that he came out to distract Snuka because he felt he should be the one getting title shots, not "that jungle boy Snuka!" Zbyszko will get his chance to prove that on November 27 in Atlantic City as he will face Snuka with the winner becoming the top contender for the IC Title.

The Midnight Rider pinned Ivan Koloff with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:01:41.
Rating: * 1/2

As promised, Captain Lou Albano debuted his newest protege to GCW, a mysterious masked man called The Midnight Rider. The Rider looked eerily familiar as he came down to the ring for his match against Ivan Koloff. Koloff's manager Freddie Blassie nearly gave himself a heart attack throwing a fit at ringside over this new wrestler as Albano was all smiles. Koloff was livid too as he attacked the Rider, but the Rider turned the tables on him pretty quickly. The Midnight Rider's offense was reminiscent of a certain past GCW superstar - must have been a big fan. Koloff & Blassie were 100% thrown off their game as this was the last thing they expected. The Rider would make a successfuly debut (cough, cough) by surprising Koloff with the Bionic Elbowdrop to get the win in under 2 minutes! Blassie was beside himself as he vowed to Albano that he would expose him for the fraud that he is.

Billy Graham, Dino Bravo and Pat Patterson defeated Ric Flair, Roddy Piper and Harley Race when B. Graham made Piper submit to the Bearhug in 0:15:50.
Rating: *** 1/4

Billy Graham stunned the wrestling world with his return to GCW in Boston and his subsequent challenge of World champion Harley Race. Race accepted Graham's challenge tonight - but made sure that it was a 6-man tag team match. Race had his loyal lackeys Ric Flair & Roddy Piper as his teammates. Graham doesn't exactly have what most people would call "friends," but he did get volunteer partners in form of Pat Patterson & Dino Bravo, men who have bones to pick with Flair & Piper respectively. The story of this match was Race's outright refusal to tag in when Billy Graham was in the ring. Race would later insist that he's not scared of the Superstar, but the champ's actions in this one tell a different story. That doesn't mean that Race wasn't involved in this match, as he had no problems mixing it up with Patterson or Bravo, but when Graham would get tagged back in, he would rush to his corner and tag out. In fact, it would be Race's refusal to wrestle Graham that resulted in his team missing out on the winner's share of the purse. Piper was in the ring with Graham late and managed to get some distance with a thumb to the eye. Flair had earlier been taken out by a Patterson bodyslam on the floor so he wasn't an option. Thus, Piper went over to tag in Race, but Race dropped to the floor and flat out refused to tag in! Piper was in disbelief as Race told him to go back on the offensive, but when the Rowdy Scot turned back, he turned right into the Superstar's Bearhug. It didn't take long for Graham to squeeze Piper into the submission. The show came to a close with Graham inviting Race into the ring but Race grabbing the World Title and retreating to the back.

Billy Graham is not backing off on wanting to get a piece of Harley Race, and as such he has challenged Race to be a man and take him on in an arm wrestling match in Atlantic City!

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

Back to Atlantic City for our last show before the big year-end event, taking place on November 27!

ARM WRESTLING CHALLENGE - Billy Graham vs. World champion Harley Race
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Wild Samoans (c) vs. Great Kabuki/Don Muraco
THE RUBBER MATCH - Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Pedro Morales
Pat Patterson vs. Ric Flair
Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Ken Patera

Not only those great matches, but "Classy" Freddie Blassie has promised to expose the identity of the Midnight Rider!

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