November 6, 1975 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Ernie Ladd and Kintaro Ohki defeated The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant) when Ohki pinned Johnny Valiant with the Back Suplex in 0:07:31.
Rating: ** 1/4

Kintaro Ohki's time in GCW is coming to a close we found out tonight as he will return to his native South Korea at the end of the year, but he has a couple of matches left in him, including tonight's tag team match with Ernie Ladd against the Valiant Brothers. On paper this should have been the Valiants' match to take home. But matches aren't wrestled on paper - they're wrestled in the ring, and tonight's match belonged to Ladd & Ohki. Ladd & Ohki wrestled a tremendous match and took the win when Ohki hit the Back Suplex on Johnny. Ohki received a wonderful ovation for his efforts tonight.

Nikolai Volkoff defeated Dino Bravo when Dino Bravo passed out in the Bearhug in 0:05:52.
Rating: 1/2*
[Ivan Koloff interfered against Nikolai Volkoff.]

Dino Bravo had a big mountain ahead of him in the form of Nikolai Volkoff, who has been wrestling angry in recent weeks. Bravo is a powerful man himself, but with a motivated Volkoff in his way, Bravo was in trouble, getting trapped in the Bearhug and passing out. It was getting worse for Bravo though as Volkoff was refusing to release the hold. Serious injury was a legit concern for Bravo as Volkoff wrenched away at his back until IVAN KOLOFF ran down and chased Volkoff out of the ring.

The Graham Brothers (Billy Graham and Luke Graham) defeated Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when B. Graham pinned Fuji after a powerslam in 0:02:13.
Rating: ** 1/4
(The Graham Brothers retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Grand Wizard certainly has the Graham Brothers in a frenzy. Crazy Luke & Superstar Billy just keep on winning, and they're doing it in dominating fashion. Just ask Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka, who got the title shot tonight. It only took the Grahams just over 2 minutes to put them away - and Fuji & Tanaka are former World Tag Team champions! Looking at what Luke & Billy are doing, I'm not sure if any team can get those titles out of their grasp.

Larry Zbyszko pinned Ox Baker after a small package in 0:05:23.
Rating: * 3/4

What a huge upset! The youngster Larry Zbyszko is still learning on the top, but no one gave him much of a shot against Ox Baker, who has made a career of hurting people and hurting people badly. Everyone expected Zbyszko to be another victim, but the plucky youngster showed great hard and a never say die attitude, holding on long enough to catch Baker with a small package and get a shocking win! Zbyszko had to make a narrow escape to avoid a post-match beatdown, but this was a huge victory for him. Bobby Heenan was livid with the result, and has told Zbyszko to get Dino Bravo ready because he wants it to be Zbyszko/Bravo vs. Baker/Hiro Matsuda in Lowell on December 2!

Bobby Duncum pinned Don Muraco with the Full Nelson Slam in 0:06:20.
Rating: *** 3/4

After spurning their offer to join forces with them, Bobby Duncum is now public enemy number one to Dory Funk Jr. & Don Muraco. Muraco was the one looking to put Duncum down tonight, but that's an uphill battle with as sharp as Duncum has been in 1975. Muraco tried to overpower Duncum, but Muraco's raw power wasn't enough to protect him from the Full Nelson Slam and a 1-2-3 loss. Dory Funk Jr. slid into the ring to attack Duncum from behind, but Duncum saw him coming, causing Funk to turn tail and jump out of the ring before Duncum could get to him. Word has it that Duncum could be in line for an Intercontinental Title shot, and a nasty rumor is going around that Funk is doing everything in his power to avoid that.

The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) defeated Jimmy Snuka and Tony Garea when Mulligan made J. Snuka submit to the Blackjack Claw in 0:24:15.
Rating: *** 3/4

The Graham Brothers are the cream of the crop in GCW right now, but there are a lot of teams jockeying for position to be the #1 contenders. The Blackjacks are a team that would love to get a crack at the titles, once their issues with Gorilla Monsoon are settled. Still, this match here against Jimmy Snuka & Tony Garea would go a long way to establish the rankings, and the 25 minutes of action packed wrestling proved how important these matches are. Snuka & Garea looked as crisp as they've ever looked, but unfortunately for them, they came up just short in a match that could have gone either way. The end came when the Superfly came off the top rope, but he fell right into the Blackjack Claw from Blackjack Mulligan. Snuka is a proud man, but he had to submit as he had taken a lot of punishment in this match. A great match, and a great win for the Blackjacks.

Ivan Koloff pinned Johnny Rodz with the Russian Sickle in 0:00:54.
Rating: *

Nikolai Volkoff's actions early got Ivan Koloff in a foul mood, which the Russian Bear took out on Johnny Rodz, who didn't even have time to do anything unpredictable before Koloff slaughtered him with the Russian Sickle. The real story though came after the match.

Lou Albano threatens Ivan Koloff.

Captain Lou Albano had a microphone and told Ivan Koloff he was tired of playing around. Albano said that the Russian Bear IS going to join forces with him, because Albano did some research and found out some information about Koloff that he is sure Koloff doesn't want to get out. Albano told Koloff he would give him until December 2 in Lowell to "do the right thing." Koloff looked concerned in the ring before heading to the back.

Peter Maivia defeated Hiro Matsuda when Hiro Matsuda passed out in the Stump Puller in 0:09:51.
Rating: ***

"High Chief" Peter Maivia seems rejuvenated and revitalized since returning to GCW with a new outlook, and that is going to make him a very dangerous man in the squared circle. Just ask Hiro Matsuda, another dangerous man who had all kinds of problems with the High Chief. The fans have also taken a shine to Maivia again, and you can tell that means quite a lot to him by the way he wrestles. Maivia got the Stump Puller on Matsuda and picked up a big, big win.

Billy Robinson pinned Dory Funk Jr. after a sunset flip in 0:12:28.
Rating: *** 1/4

Dory Funk Jr. narrowly escaped Bobby Duncum's wrath earlier, but he wasn't nearly as fortunate in avoiding Billy Robinson. These two have feuded for much of 1975, with Robinson coming close to taking the Intercontinental Title but not close enough. That led to Funk making sure this match was a non-title match, saying Robinson "didn't deserve a title shot." Robinson sure showed him tonight. Don Muraco was there to cheat on Funk's behalf throughout the match, and it looked like it would be another sad night for the English superstar, but Robinson got an unexpected assist from BOBBY DUNCUM, who attacked Muraco and fought with him to the back. During the chaos of this, Funk got distracted, leading to Robinson catching him with a sunset flip and getting the 1-2-3! Robinson and the crowd exploded, until everyone remembered that it was a non-title match. Either way, this is a HUGE victory. We have also learned that a tag team match has been signed for Lowell pitting Funk & Muraco against Duncum & Robinson!

Dusty Rhodes pinned Dick Murdoch with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:14:54.
Rating: *** 1/4

It wasn't long ago that Dusty Rhodes & "Dirty" Dick Murdoch were tag team champs together, but boy has a lot changed since then. The story is well documented, and this was the first time these two duked it out one-on-one, and what a fight it was! Sometimes you want to watch a great technical wrestling match, and other times you want to see a FIGHT. This was a fight if there ever was one. Two barroom brawlers, clubbering the nonsense out of each other. There was no clear advantage in this match, as both men were so fueled by adrenaline that neither let up. Rhodes would ultimately get the win when he hit the Bionic Elbowdrop, but he just barely kept Murdoch's shoulders down for the 3 before the fight kept going. Murdoch hit Rhodes with a low blow and grabbed a chair from ringside, breaking off a leg and was looking to stab Rhodes in the forehead with it! Thankfully for everyone involved, PEDRO MORALES was down in the ring and had a chair of his own, chasing Murdoch out of the ring. Rhodes shook Morales' hand after the match, but it was a tentative one at that. Morales grabbed the microphone and told Rhodes they had some unfinished business to take care of in Lowell on December 2.

Harley Race and Killer Kowalski defeated Jack Brisco and Gorilla Monsoon when Race pinned Jack Brisco with the Piledriver in 0:24:53.
Rating: *** 1/2
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Jack Brisco.]

A ton of combustible elements in our main event as it looks like Gorilla Monsoon finally has a friend he can trust in Jack Brisco. The two teamed up to face Killer Kowalski and the World Heavyweight champion, Harley Race. This was the first chance that Brisco got to get his hands on Race, though Race spent a lot of the match avoiding Brisco at all costs, a strategy designed to frustrate the potential challenger to the title. Brisco is too crafty for that though as he didn't let Race get into his head. However, as he has so many times before, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan's presence at ringside turned out to be instrumental. Late in the match, Heenan grabbed onto Monsoon's foot as he was hitting the ropes, upsetting the monster from Manchuria to the point where Monsoon hopped to the floor and began stalking Heenan! Kowalski jumped Monsoon from behind and the two men brawled their way to the back. While referee Dick Kroll was trying in vain to stop that, Race grabbed the World Title and clocked Brisco in the back of the head with it, followed by hitting the Piledriver right on top of the gold! Brisco was out cold and easy pickings for the cover when Kroll returned to the ring. Brisco had lost, but he's also lucky that he escaped serious injury. Because of these actions by Race, he is being forced to defend the title against Brisco on December 2! Brisco finally gets his wish, but what kind of condition will he be in?

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

We are nearing the huge year end show, but we have one more stop in Lowell, MA before then, taking place on December 2!

WORLD TITLE - Harley Race (c) vs. Jack Brisco
Dusty Rhodes vs. Pedro Morales
Dory Funk Jr./Don Muraco vs. Bobby Duncum/Billy Robinson
Larry Zbyszko/Dino Bravo vs. Ox Baker/Hiro Matsuda
Gorilla Monsoon vs. Killer Kowalski

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