October 13, 1975 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA

Billy Robinson pinned Mr. Fuji with the Double-Arm Suplex in 0:12:24.
Rating: *** 1/4

Billy Robinson got the wrestling kicked off tonight with a well fought victory over Mr. Fuji. Great wrestling action highlighted the opener as we often get from Robinson, one of the best in the world. Fuji tried to use the blue mist on Robinson, but Robinson ducked it and dropped Fuji with the Double-Arm Suplex for the 1-2-3.

Ox Baker pinned Ernie Ladd with the Heart Punch in 0:08:19.
Rating: * 1/4

Ernie Ladd came within an eyelash of capturing the World Title recently, but he had a rough match ahead of him tonight against "The Master of the Heart Punch" Ox Baker. Ladd is a hoss to this day, but Baker is a mountain of a man that is hard to move. Ladd rocked Baker early with hard right hands, but it was just a matter of time before Baker caught Ladd with the Heart Punch to put this one in the books.

Bobby Duncum answers Funk & Muraco.

Bobby Duncum wasn't in action tonight, but he still had a big role as he came out for an in-ring interview to discuss the offer made to him in Landover by Don Muraco & Intercontinental champion Dory Funk Jr. Duncum said he thought long and hard about it since the last show, but has decided to gracefully turn down their kind offer and continue to go at it alone. This brought out Funk & Muraco, who came out to persuade Duncum to join forces with them, promising him that they would own wrestling, that "GCW will be our playground." Duncum thought some more, but said he was sorry, but his decision was final. Funk thanked him for his time and shook his hand, but as soon as Duncum turned his back to leave, Muraco attacked him from behind! Muraco pounded on Duncum to the delight of Funk, but when Duncum turned the tables and hit Muraco with the Full Nelson Slam, Funk bailed out of the ring in a hurry. Bobby Duncum is one of the last people I would want to make angry at me. Funk might live to regret this.

The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) defeated Larry Zbyszko and Dino Bravo when Mulligan defeated Zbyszko when Zbyszko passed out in the Blackjack Claw in 0:18:18.
Rating: ** 1/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Dino Bravo.]

The Blackjacks clearly underestimated Larry Zbyszko & Dino Bravo in this next match, expecting to walk through the match without much effort against the rookie team. Zbyszko & Bravo had other plans as the youngsters took Lanza & Mulligan to the limit and nearly picked up the huge upset victory. It took some cheating by Bobby Heenan to help secure the win for his team, but they were clearly rattled by this match. The future is bright for Zbyszko & Bravo.

Kintaro Ohki defeated Johnny Valiant by disqualification in 0:04:27.
Rating: 3/4*
[Lou Albano interfered against Kintaro Ohki.]

Kintaro Ohki came close to becoming a World champion, but didn't let that setback affect him as he took on Johnny Valiant here tonight. The Valiants were clearly not looking to mess around with Ohki, because as soon as Ohki had a clear advantage, Jimmy Valiant joined the fray and made the attack to get his brother Johnny disqualified. Ohki tried to fight them off but was overwhelmed when Lou Albano nailed him in the ribs with his cane, but luckily for Ohki's sake, ERNIE LADD came in and made the save. A tag team match has been set up for November 6 at Madison Square Garden.

Peter Maivia made Johnny Rodz submit to the Stump Puller in 0:04:44.
Rating: *** 1/4

"High Chief" Peter Maivia made an unexpected and emotional return to GCW tonight, taking on and defeating "The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz (whose "unpredictable" act tonight was, and I kid you not, only wearing one wrestling boot). Maivia grabbed the microphone afterwards and thanked the fans for their support and welcoming him back after a rough four years (alluding to the unfortunate injury to Bobo Brazil that left the former World champion paralyzed). Maivia said he has changed his ways and will fight for the honor of the fans from now on.

The Graham Brothers (Billy Graham and Luke Graham) defeated Jimmy Snuka and Tony Garea when B. Graham pinned Garea after a piledriver in 0:08:14.
Rating: ** 1/4
(The Graham Brothers retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Jimmy Snuka.]

Luke & Billy Graham might go down as the greatest tag team in GCW history, because right now, it's hard to imagine how any team can beat them. They had a small hiccup when they lost to Dick Murdoch & Pedro Morales, but they regained the titles and look to have focused even more (which I attribute to The Grand Wizard's leadership). Jimmy Snuka & Tony Garea had a big chance to win their first titles as a team (Garea has a previous reign with Dominic DeNucci), but it simply wasn't in the cards tonight. Crazy Luke & Superstar Billy keep the titles in their possession.

Jack Brisco defeated Killer Kowalski by disqualification in 0:05:13.
Rating: *
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Jack Brisco.]

Jack Brisco had a mountain of a challenge forthcoming against Killer Kowalski, whose career has been revitalized thanks for coming under the tutelage of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Brisco knew he couldn't match power with Kowalski, but he did a great job of keeping the big man off his feet and working over his knees. When Brisco got Kowalski and his massive legs in the Figure-Four Leglock, Heenan didn't want to see his man submit and jumped in to cause a disqualification. Brisco received some help though when GORILLA MONSOON got into the ring and helped chase Kowalski & Heenan off. Brisco shook Monsoon's hand and thanked him for his help.

Dick Murdoch reveals that he attacked Dusty Rhodes.

Perhaps the most hated man in wrestling right now is "Dirty" Dick Murdoch, and the trash that showered him in the ring as he tried to do his interview. Murdoch seemed to enjoy the hatred being spewed his way. During this interview Murdoch explained that not only did he assault Dusty Rhodes last month and cost him his match against Pedro Morales, but he also revealed that he was the man behind the attack that put Rhodes out of commission and allowed he & Morales to win the tag titles in the first place. When pushed for the reason why, he said he was tired of carrying Rhodes, of doing all the work for the team while Rhodes was the one whose popularity continued to grow. Murdoch said he wouldn't play second fiddle to a "son of a bitch" any longer, and if Rhodes was smart, he would stay out of his business from now on. Anyone who thought that would happen needs to get his head examined as DUSTY RHODES ran out a house of fire and took it right to Murdoch with rights and lefts! The crowd was going nuts as Rhodes took it to his former best friend, but he was too aggressive. Murdoch grabbed him by the front of his jeans and pulled him forward, making his face crash into the second turnbuckle. Murdoch followed up with a low blow and then pulled a railroad spike out of his boot, using it to gouge Rhodes' forehead wide open. Rhodes was bleeding like a stuck pig before PEDRO MORALES got to the ring and brawled with Murdoch, sending him sprawling out of the ring with a big clothesline. Apparently Morales was not big on Murdoch getting involved in his match last month or with this new attitude of Dirty Dick's. The medical staff helped Rhodes to the back before our next match began.

Pedro Morales made Hiro Matsuda submit to the Boston Crab in 0:16:09.
Rating: *** 3/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Pedro Morales.]

Pedro Morales had to be careful going into this match with Hiro Matsuda, especially since his emotions were running high after the brawl he just got into with Dick Murdoch, and Matsuda is a highly dangerous competitor even under ideal circumstances. Morales did admittedly look out of sorts in this match, but he managed to get his act together and get Matsuda to submit to his dangerous Boston Crab finishing hold. Morales is going to be an interested observer of the Rhodes/Murdoch match at MSG.

Ivan Koloff defeated Nikolai Volkoff by disqualification in 0:00:38.
Rating: -3/4*
[Lou Albano interfered against Ivan Koloff.]

Ivan Koloff & Nikolai Volkoff once again locked horns, but Captain Lou Albano's intentions were once again to get the Russian Bear under his management. Albano asked Koloff again to come under his control, but a big shove was a clear and resounding, "No!" This didn't sit well with Volkoff, who seemingly snapped and beat the tar out of Koloff. When referee Willie Webber tried to intervene, Volkoff attacked him and threw him out of the ring, an obvious disqualification and going to be a fine. Like we have rarely seen, Volkoff left Koloff lying in the middle of the ring, the Russian Bear needing to be helped to the back. This looks like it is going to get a whole lot uglier.

Harley Race pinned Gorilla Monsoon after hitting him with the ring bell in 0:11:26.
Rating: * 3/4
(Harley Race retained the GCW World Title.)
[Killer Kowalski interfered against Gorilla Monsoon.]

Gorilla Monsoon has been with Global Championship Wrestling since the very beginning, wrestling the great Antonino Rocca in the World Heavyweight Title tournament on January 5, 1963. In his time here, this is only the second time Monsoon has gotten a World Title match, and his first in over six years. Monsoon earned this chance of a lifetime by winning the battle royal in Landover, and now the only thing standing between him and his dream was Harley Race, the dominant World Heavyweight champion. In the early goings, Race had no answer for Monsoon's size and power, and the crowd was buzzing with the reality that Monsoon could very well win the World Title. But that all changed when KILLER KOWALSKI & BOBBY HEENAN came to crash the party. Kowalski jumped up on the apron but was cut off by referee Dick Kroll from getting into the ring. Monsoon had Race down and in position for the Big Splash, but he turned his attention to Kowalski instead. Monsoon & Kowalski were locked up with Kroll stuck in the middle, which let Heenan slide the ring bell into the ring to Race. Race picked it up in his groggy state and clocked Monsoon in the back of the head, knocking the Monster From Manchuria out cold. Race removed the evidence from the ring and made the cover to steal a win and retain the World Title. Race knew he escaped by the skin of his teeth, but for Race, it's not about how you win but THAT you win. The Heenan Family however remains a big thorn in the big side of Gorilla Monsoon. Race & Kowalski weren't done putting the hurt on Monsoon, trying to take him out for good, but he received a receipt from JACK BRISCO who ran down to help Monsoon fight off his aggressors! The show came to an end with Brisco & Monsoon standing tall in the middle of the ring.

Card rating: * 3/4

Match observations:

Only three more shows left in the year 1975, and two of them come from the greatest arena in the world, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN! The first takes place on November 6, and the card is shaping up as follows:

MAIN EVENT - Jack Brisco/Gorilla Monsoon vs. Harley Race (World champion)/Killer Kowalski
Dusty Rhodes vs. Dick Murdoch
Bobby Duncum vs. Don Muraco
Kintaro Ohki/Ernie Ladd vs. The Valiant Brothers

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