October 21, 1982 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

Don Muraco and The Iron Sheik defeated The Von Erich Brothers (Kerry Von Erich and Kevin Von Erich) when Iron Sheik pinned Kevin Von Erich with his special move in 0:06:57.
Rating: * 3/4
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Kevin Von Erich.]

The year is coming to a close at a rapid pace, but there is still a lot of wrestling that needs to take place before we can put 1982 in the books. The first match tonight in the Boston Garden was Freddie Blassie's team of Don Muraco & The Iron Sheik taking on the Von Erichs. From a tag team standpoint, the Von Erichs, as brothers, have been teaming and working together their entire lives, so they should have had the advantage. As far as teamwork went, that was the case. However, even the best teamwork can be thwarted when one of your opponents has a controversial boot that may or may not be loaded. The Iron Sheik did something to apparently load up his boot. Kevin Von Erich went for a crossbody but Sheik moved, and Kevin hit hard. Now normally this wouldn't be enough to pin Von Erich, but when Sheik then kicked him in the head with that loaded boot, that was all she wrote. A controversial win to kick off the show.

Bill Eadie pinned Spike Huber after a swinging neckbreaker in 0:03:03.
Rating: * 1/2

Not a good night to be Spike Huber. Huber is a hard-working guy, and he is showing that he is wrestling for the hard-working people of the country. They were behind him firmly in this match, but it was unfortunate for him that the match was against Bill "the Ax" Eadie, who has been a beast since becoming the hired muscle of the Golden Boys and stopped caring about the opinion of the fans. A swinging neckbreaker was enough to put Huber down for the count.

Luke Graham announces his retirement.

We were told that Luke Graham asked for some time to talk to the fans, but we didn't have any clue what this was about. Graham was emotional as he spoke and said that he has celebrated a wonderful career, having been a part of Global Championship Wrestling since 1965. He said he has been the heavyweight champion of the world twice and one of the most feared men in wrestling history. But lately, he hasn't been himself. He said that he thought his neck and back problems would hold off long enough for him to have one last good run, but that run is over. Graham said that after 21 years in the sport, he was officially retiring. He started to thank the fans for their support, but before he could, he was interrupted by BOB BACKLUND, who had KING KONG BUNDY in tow with him. Backlund mocked Graham for his speech and mocked him for almost crying. Backlund said that Graham made him sick. He mentioned that Graham was the most feared man in all of wrestling for years, but now he has been reduced to a whiny, crying, shell of a man. Backlund told Graham no one would miss him, and it was time to get out of HIS ring. Graham got confrontational, telling Backlund he may be retiring, but he could still knock Backlund out. He never got that chance as Bundy blindsided him with a clothesline to the back of the head! Backlund instructed Bundy to hurt Graham, and that's what he did. While Backlund held Graham up in the corner, Bundy smashed him with the Avalanche! If that wasn't bad enough, Bundy followed with a big splash right on the bad back! Backlund & Bundy laughed as Graham was stretchered out of the arena. Not exactly the way Graham envisioned his retirement speech going. We wish Luke Graham a speedy recovery.

King Kong Bundy pinned Jimmy Snuka with the Avalanche in 0:05:57.
Rating: **

"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka ran out to check on Luke Graham as Snuka's match with Bundy was up next. Snuka is one of Graham's greatest rivals ever, but he has a respect for him and didn't want to see Graham injured like this. It's not like Snuka needed any extra motivation to get at Bob Backlund and his monster. But motivation sometimes isn't enough, especially when your opponent is the 450-pound behemoth King Kong Bundy. Snuka came at Bundy hard and fast in the opening minutes, but he couldn't get the big man off his feet. Bundy was shrugging off everything the Superfly was bringing at him. Snuka went to the top to try to bring Bundy down, but Bundy swatted him out of the air like he was nothing. Bundy hit a thunderous powerslam after that, before putting away Snuka with a crushing Avalanche. Bundy just dominated the former World champion! Since Snuka lost, he will not get the match with Backlund that he wanted.

The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) defeated The Texas Outlaws (Bobby Duncum and Dick Murdoch) when Jack Brisco made Murdoch submit to the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:10:04.
Rating: *** 1/4

Tag team competition was next with the Brisco Brothers taking on Bobby Duncum & Dick Murdoch. Two sets of former World Tag Team champions going at it that have had a bit of a rivalry this year. In fact, it was the Briscos answering the open challenge of Duncum & Murdoch to win the titles earlier this year. No gold on the line this time, but a win here would go a long way in getting another crack at the titles. The Briscos were as crisp as always, but Duncum & Murdoch seemed to be a bit distracted. The Outlaws' minds were elsewhere, and that was not a good thing against the Briscos. Jack & Jerry do not mess around in the ring, and they were solid on their way to a victory. The rumor in the back was that World champion Dusty Rhodes was not pleased by the performance of Duncum & Murdoch and gave them a stern talking to in the locker room.

Nick Bockwinkel made Ric Flair submit to a figure-four leglock in 0:17:51.
Rating: *** 1/4

If you love mat wrestling, you were going to love this match between two of the best in the world, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair and Nick Bockwinkel. This match was a clinic on holds, and it became a game of oneupsmanship. Flair would look to have things in control, and then Bockwinkel would reverse into a hold of his own. As the match wore on, tempers flared, and Bobby Heenan saw this match slipping away. After Bockwinkel's loss in an epic match to World champion Dusty Rhodes in Baltimore, another loss would knock Bockwinkel way out of contention. Heenan took matters into his own hands and started rooting around under the ring, emerging with a wrench. Nobody saw this, least of all Flair. When the Nature Boy went to bounce off the ropes, Heenan blasted him in the back of the knee with the wrench! To make matters worse, Bockwinkel followed with a chopblock. And in the final addition of insult to injury, Bockwinkel locked Flair in a figure-four leglock, Flair's very own finishing move! If anyone knows how painful it is, it's Flair, and after taking a wrench to the knee and a chopblock, Flair's knee was in bad shape and he was forced to give up. Flair was in a lot of physical pain after the match, but as he limped to the back, he looked to be in a lot more mental anguish. It's hard to blame him after being forced to give up to his own hold.

The Golden Boys (Terry Taylor and B. Brian Blair) defeated Jumbo Tsuruta and Rick Martel when Blair pinned Tsuruta after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:06:19.
Rating: *** 1/2

Rick Martel has had a lot of trouble getting even with his former partner Terry Taylor, and a lot of that has had to do with the fact that Martel has been outnumbered. Taylor has a new partner, the equally whiny B. Brian Blair, and Martel has been unable to overcome the numbers game. Martel got himself a partner tonight though, and it was a fantastic choice as he teamed with the former World champion Jumbo Tsuruta. A great pick for a partner, especially with how intense Jumbo has been in recent months. Tsuruta was dominating a lot of the match, keeping Blair at bay so Martel could get his shots in on Taylor. During the chaos of Martel and Taylor brawling on the floor, referee Tommy Young didn't see Blair grab his metal jump rope and wrap it around his fist. When Jumbo stalked in for the kill, Blair popped him with a solid shot to the jaw, enough to get the cheap pinfall. Blair looked proud of himself for pinning the former World champion, declaring backstage later in the night that he deserved a title shot. Instead, he is going to get a 1-on-1 match with Jumbo Tsuruta on November 10 in Landover, Maryland. Meanwhile, Martel and Taylor will wrestle in a match that will hopefully settle the score between them once and for all.

Bob Backlund made Tito Santana submit to the Crossface Chickenwing in 0:09:05.
Rating: *** 1/2

After the despicable acts of Bob Backlund earlier in the evening, ruining Luke Graham's retirement speech, the crowd was livid to see him again. Another man who wasn't happy to see Backlund was his opponent, Tito Santana. Santana scored the biggest win of his career by pinning Backlund back in Baltimore, and he was looking for lightning to strike twice. Backlund was not taking Santana lightly like he did last time though, and he cut Santana's offense off before he could get started by attacking him before the bell. Santana got in some small flurries of offense, but he was never really able to get it all together before Backlund locked him in the Crossface Chickenwing to get the submission win. Backlund refused to release the hold after the match, and it took referee Danny Davis threatening to reverse the decision for Backlund to finally release it. Hopefully someone soon will put Backlund in his place.

The Soul Patrol (Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson) defeated The Can-Am Strongmen (Dino Bravo and Ken Patera) when Atlas defeated Patera by countout in 0:08:40.
Rating: 1/2*
(The Can-Am Strongmen retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Soul Patrol earned this title shot against the Can-Am Strongmen thanks to Rocky Johnson scoring the deciding fall in the 8-man tag team match. Freddie Blassie has stated both publicly and privately that Dino Bravo & Ken Patera better keep the tag titles as long as possible because that is how they can make him the most money. Since winning them for a second time, the Strongmen have done well to keep the gold by any means necessary, as tonight was another example of. It is amazing to think that in nearly 20 years of GCW history, we have never had an African-American World Tag Team champion, and this is a goal that Johnson & Tony Atlas take very seriously. Everyone was firmly behind them as they were building momentum, and we all thought we were going to witness history tonight. Atlas had Patera reeling, and he hit a picture perfect dropkick on the Olympian. The force of the dropkick was so great that it sent Patera flying out of the ring. Patera wanted to get back in the ring, but Blassie held him out, making this one a countout win for the challengers. But in GCW, titles can't change hands on a countout, so the Strongmen keep the titles. Blassie saved the gold for his men tonight, but on November 10, Soul Patrol will get another crack at history.

Stan Hansen asks Dusty Rhodes for a title shot.

Before our main event, the World champion Dusty Rhodes came out with the Texas Outlaws in tow. Rhodes started by dressing down Bobby Duncum & Dick Murdoch somewhat for losing to the Briscos earlier, telling them that they needed to get it together if the Outlaws are going to remain at the top of the wrestling world. The Dream turned to himself then, saying that his title reign is nearing a year and a half long, and he won't stop until he is the longest reigning World champion of all-time. Stan Hansen interjected at this point, saying that if it wasn't for the Outlaws, a lot of these successful title defenses might not have been so successful. Rhodes said that wasn't true, and that he could easily beat anybody in the world when the title is on the line. Hansen responded with, "How about me?" Hansen said that he has been one of the top butt kickers in GCW for years and that the World Title has eluded him, and that he wanted a title shot. Things were getting tense as Rhodes & Hansen went back and forth with Duncum & Murdoch trying to keep them apart. We never got the Dream's response before TERRY FUNK crazily hit the ring and started fighting with all four Outlaws! Funk didn't stay in the ring long, just enough to get a good shot on all four men, before making a strategic retreat and leaving the Texas Outlaws flustered. We'll see if Rhodes can keep his title reign going as he takes on Funk in Landover with the title on the line.

Larry Zbyszko pinned Bruno Sammartino after a crucifix in 0:16:22.
Rating: ****
(Larry Zbyszko retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

It'll be hard to ever match the atmosphere we had for our main event, which was "The Cruncher" Larry Zbyszko defending his Intercontinental Title against the legendary Bruno Sammartino. Bruno has never held the Intercontinental Title, the only one he hasn't held in his illustrious career. I'm not entirely sure Bruno's return was to be about winning championships, but at this point, I think taking the title away from Zbyszko would make him exceedingly happy. That, and Bruno knows he can beat Zbyszko as he did so in Madison Square Garden. The fans were rabidly hoping to see a repeat, and as the match went on, we thought we were going to see that. Bruno took his lumps as the younger, aggressive Zbyszko was taking as many liberties as possible on him, but Sammartino was spawned on by the support of the Boston fans. Zbyszko was sensing that he wasn't going to be able to defeat Bruno and the former World champion was building a lot of momentum. Zbyszko was down, and he reached into his tights and pulled out what appeared to be a roll of quarters. Zbyszko took a wild swing, but Bruno ducked it and planted a kick to the Cruncher's gut. Bruno picked Zbyszko up for a Samoan drop, but he didn't see that Zbyszko had the coins in his hand. Before Bruno could fall back, Zbyszko popped him in the ear with a coins-aided punch. Bruno was knocked loopy as Zbyszko brought him back in a crucifix to get the 1-2-3.

Zbyszko wasn't done though as he kept punching away at Bruno with the roll of coins, busting Bruno open. Referee Dick Kroll attempted to pull Zbyszko away, but got thrown out of the ring for his troubles. Zbyszko kept punching away before RICKY STEAMBOAT came running from the back! Steamboat is back! Steamboat hit Zbyszko a series of chops and a major league dropkick. Zbyszko tried to get away, but Steamboat was all over him with punches and kicks. Zbyszko finally pulled himself out of the ring by the ropes and retreated hastily to the back as Steamboat begged him to come back to the ring. Steamboat will have to wait until November 10 to get his hands on Zbyszko again as he will team with Sammartino to take on Zbyszko and a partner of the Cruncher's choosing!

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

11/10/82 - CAPITAL CENTRE - Landover, MD

WORLD TITLE - Dusty Rhodes (c) vs. Terry Funk
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Can-Am Strongmen (c) vs. Soul Patrol
Bruno Sammartino/Ricky Steamboat vs. Larry Zbyszko/???
Jumbo Tsuruta vs. B. Brian Blair
Rick Martel vs. Terry Taylor

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