October 30, 1983 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

Don Muraco pinned Spike Huber after a short clothesline in 0:01:33.
Rating: 1/2*

Another extremely rough night for Spike Huber. It didn't take an impressive Don Muraco long to put him down and out with a short clothesline. Muraco is looking like the man who held the Intercontinental Title for over a year once again, which does not bode well for the rest of Global Championship Wrestling.

[IF IRON SHEIK WINS, BLASSIE GETS SNUKA'S CONTRACT]:
Jimmy Snuka pinned The Iron Sheik after a kneedrop in 0:09:33.
Rating: * 1/2
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Jimmy Snuka.]

Freddie Blassie has simply not let this issue die. Jimmy Snuka got asked to be his new client over 7 months ago, and since Snuka turned him down, Blassie has done everything he could fathom to make the Superfly's life hell. Snuka finally had the chance to put it to an end once and for all tonight, but it was a risky proposition. If Snuka beat The Iron Sheik, Blassie would have to leave him alone. But if Sheik won, Snuka was the newest client of "Classy" Freddie Blassie. With such high stakes, you know Blassie was going to pull out all the stops. Blassie tripped Snuka when he hit the ropes in the opening minute of the contest. Referee Danny Davis didn't see what happened, but he saw how guilty Blassie looked and threw him out of ringside! Blassie was angry over this, but Sheik didn't care as he went to work on taking Snuka out. He almost had the Camel Clutch on, but he couldn't get Snuka's arms locked in place. Snuka got up to his knees and showed great strength by lifting Sheik up and driving him into the corner. He followed with a headbutt and a kneedrop that was just barely enough to pin Sheik's shoulders to the mat. Snuka is free of Freddie Blassie!

The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) defeated The Soul Patrol (Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson) when Eaton defeated R. Johnson by disqualification in 0:12:00.
Rating: *
[Jim Cornette interfered against Rocky Johnson.]

The Soul Patrol are falling apart at the seams, and it's a sad sight to see. They fell to the debuting Midnight Express, and the pest that is Jim Cornette has not shut up about his team beating the former World Tag Team champions. They tension between Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas was palpable, but they were still managing to work together well enough to keep the Midnight Express off their game. Johnson had the biggest chip on his shoulder, trying to ensure that he was the one to get the pinfall, even though it was pretty obvious that he needed to tag out. Johnson hit a great back suplex and thought he had the 3 count when Dick Woehrle counted 3, but Woehrle noticed that Eaton's foot was on the bottom rope and waved it off. Johnson lost his cool as the Soulman threw Woehrle out of the ring. Johnson then told Atlas to get in the ring and take over. Atlas had words for Johnson about what he did, saying he's going to get himself suspended. Atlas strung together a couple of moves before putting Eaton in the Bearhug. Seconds later, the bell rang, so Atlas celebrated like he had won - until he heard Howard Finkel announce that the Soul Patrol had been disqualified and the Midnight Express were the winners! Cornette jumped up and down like a mad man and brought the Express to the back while Atlas yelled at Johnson to get his act together because his temper just cost them a match. Cooler heads prevailed and the partners shook hands, but they need to get back on the same page again in a hurry.

Ricky Steamboat pinned Tully Blanchard after a sunset flip in 0:06:14.
Rating: ***

Tully Blanchard was walking tall since his countout victory over Ricky Steamboat, ignoring the fact that he didn't win the match so much as Steamboat defeated himself on a big crash and burn. Blanchard was trying to goad Steamboat into taking another big risk, thinking he could get the Dragon to crash and burn once again. Steamboat wasn't having it though, getting into Blanchard's head by keeping it on the mat. Blanchard kept trying and kept trying, but he was having no luck. He finally thought Steamboat was going to go for it when he whipped Steamboat into the corner. The Dragon jumped up onto the second turnbuckle and made like he was going to jump back with a crossbody. Blanchard hit the mat like gunfire was coming in, not noticing that Steamboat had merely juked him and was still standing on the second turnbuckle. Once Blanchard noticed what was going on, it was too late as Steamboat jumped off with a sunset flip that was enough for the win. Steamboat pointed to his head and let Blanchard know he outsmarted him, and even Blanchard seemed to admit that the Dragon was right. But Steamboat, being the sportsman that he is, offered Tully a handshake. Blanchard was tentative, but he went ahead and accepted the hand, which was a pleasant surprise. That is, until Blanchard kicked the Dragon in the groin like the coward that he is. Man, this guy is a punk. Steamboat may have been having a little fun earlier, but I don't think Blanchard is going to think he's very much fun after this.

[LOSER OF THE FALL MUST LEAVE GCW]:
The Texas Outlaws (Bobby Duncum and Dick Murdoch) defeated Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) when Duncum pinned T. Santana with the Full Nelson Slam in 0:18:50.
Rating: **** 1/2
(The Texas Outlaws retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

A match for the World Tag Team Titles has huge stakes. A match for the World Tag Team Titles where the man who loses the fall has to leave GCW has gigantic stakes. That's exactly what we had on our hands with Bobby Duncum & Dick Murdoch defending the prized titles against Strike Force. A lot to lose, but also, a ton to gain for the winning team. With the stakes raised, some teams buckle under the pressure while some teams rise up to meet the magnitude of the moment. These two teams stepped up in a big, big way. This match was AWESOME, plain and simple. Nobody wanted their career to be over, and they wrestled accordingly. And the match featured it all - high-flying, mat wrestling, brawling, submissions. And though I may not be pleased with the result, the match was actually clean too. It was four guys competing as hard as they can for the sport that they love. Unfortunately for Tito Santana, he is going to need to find somewhere else to ply his trade. He had a series of reversals with Duncum that saw him get a 2 and 7/8 with a rolling reverse cradle, but he took just a brief moment to complain to Tommy Young about the count. This let Duncum hit the Full Nelson Slam on Santana for the 1-2-3. A hell of a fight, but unfortunately, someone had to lose, and that someone was Tito Santana. Duncum & Murdoch retrieved their titles and headed to the back, understanding how lucky they got tonight. In the ring, Santana was in disbelief, but when it finally sank in, he thanked the fans for their support. Santana and partner Rick Martel also embraced and they wished each other good luck before Santana gave a final wave to the fans.

Bob Backlund defeated Mike Rotundo when Mike Rotundo passed out in the Crossface Chickenwing in 0:10:01.
Rating: ***

Bob Backlund is known for having a sadistic unstable side to him, but he was a different kind of animal tonight. There was no jaw-jacking from Backlund, no complaining to the the referee, no nonsense at all - he was a wrestling machine. Rotundo did about as well as anyone can do on the mat with Backlund. You don't become an All-American wrestler at Syracuse University by being a slouch. Rotundo kept up with Backlund for a long time, but when push came to shove, Backlund had a little extra drive tonight, a scary amount of drive, if you will. Rotundo avoided it the first few times he tried, but he couldn't stay away from Backlund's Crossface Chickenwing forever, letting the former World champion pick up the win. Backlund looked out into the audience with a blank stare on his face after the match. Even for Backlund, this was strange.

Stan Hansen pinned Nikolai Volkoff with the Lariat in 0:04:16.
Rating: * 1/4

With his tag team partner busy in a later match, Nikolai Volkoff decided he wanted some action too, so he was brazen enough to challenge Stan Hansen. Shows that Volkoff might be a tough guy, but might not be a smart guy. Volkoff matches up well with Hansen physically, but with the mindset that the Lariat is in right now, good luck if you have to be across the ring from him. Volkoff displayed some impressive power, but like so many before him, got his head rattled with the Lariat and ate a defeat. Hansen is like a freight train right now, and if he knows what's good for him, Dusty Rhodes will not be on the tracks when the Lariat comes through.

King Kong Bundy and Nick Bockwinkel defeated Junkyard Dog and Andre the Giant when Bundy pinned JYD with the Big Splash in 0:06:37.
Rating: **
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Andre the Giant.]

You should have heard the reaction for the team of Andre the Giant & Junkyard Dog! This could have been the most popular pairing in quite some time. The opening moments of the match was a lot of Bobby Heenan and his men being taken aback by how solidly the fans were behind Andre & JYD. Still, Nick Bockwinkel is the Intercontinental champion and has a ton of experience, so he got himself focused in a hurry and made sure that King Kong Bundy was too. Heenan instructed his men to keep JYD in the ring as that was their best chance to win. That is a true statement, but by no means is JYD a pushover. He made it tough for Bockwinkel & Bundy the whole match. Bockwinkel knew something big would need to be done to win, and for him, it was sacrificing his body. He tagged Bundy in, but before leaving the ring, he went over to Andre on the apron and slapped him across the face. It seemed like suicide, but when Andre got in the ring and chased Bockwinkel around it, following him out to the floor, it gave Bundy the chance to blindside JYD with a clothesline and put him out with the Big Splash. Heenan's men got the win, but they also got their comeuppance when JYD hit Bockwinkel with a big headbutt and Andre hit a bodyslam on Bundy to a big pop. This will be Andre's last appearance in GCW for awhile as he is heading back to Japan, but what a way to go!

Dino Bravo pinned Larry Zbyszko with the Side Suplex in 0:03:17.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Freddie Blassie, The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff interfered against Larry Zbyszko.]

Talk about your miscarriages of justice! This match was interesting right off the bat for the simple fact that Larry Zbyszko & Dino Bravo are by no means strangers to each other. Bravo claims to be the great tag team wrestler in history, and who was his first partner? You guessed it - Larry Zbyszko. The duo held the World Tag Team Titles for 7 months back in the mid-70s, and they didn't exactly have the smoothest of breakups. The two have went very different directions since then, but you could see that disdain they had for each other in their eyes as the bell rang. Add in an incensed Freddie Blassie who got socked in the jaw by the Cruncher at our last show in Philly, and we had a lot of intensity involved here. The crowd was firmly behind Zbyszko, which was something nobody expected to ever hear again. Even the Cruncher was shocked by hearing the mostly positive response of the fans in Boston. The boos would come out soon though, and it had nothing to do with Zbyszko. It had to do with Blassie distracting Tommy Young and The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff beating Zbyszko down on the outside to the point that he could barely stand. Volkoff tossed Zbyszko back in the ring, where Bravo hit the Side Suplex and took a shoddy victory. The beating didn't end just because the bell rang, and if it wasn't for THE ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS running down to make the save, this could have been a disaster. Zbyszko didn't quite look comfortable standing with Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson, but he will be standing with them in Baltimore in a 6-man tag team match.

Dusty Rhodes defeated Ric Flair by disqualification in 0:19:00.
Rating: ***
(Ric Flair retained the GCW World Title.)
[Masked Man interfered against Dusty Rhodes.]

After a long, arduous road filled with twists, turns, and obstacles, Ric Flair finally won his first World Title back in September at the world's most famous arena. Flair is fully proud of his accomplishment, despite the amount of controversy involved in the title change. A masked man interfered on Flair's behalf, though the Nature Boy has been insistent that he had no knowledge of it. Dusty Rhodes doesn't buy that explanation in the least, and he was hoping to be proven right tonight by regaining the World Title for a third time. This match didn't have the oomph that their last match did, but that match was an all-time classic. Still, this was a good match, but it was the ending that really had a huge impact on GCW. Rhodes managed to get Flair in his own hold near the end, putting on a figure-four leglock. The Nature Boy had suffered a lot of punishment during the match, so it looked like this one was coming to an end when Flair's attempt at reversing the hold was thwarted. Flair's hand was lifted twice and as Dick Kroll put his hand up for the third time, the MASKED MAN came in and dropped a knee across the Dream's throat! The match was thrown out, Flair keeps the title by DQ. This masked man hit Rhodes with a series of knees before dropping him with a spinebuster. Flair was back up and confronted the masked man, yelling at him for interfering in his match. Flair reared back like he was going to punch the masked man, but then…. hugged him? The masked man took off his mask… it's OLE ANDERSON! Flair and Ole laughed before both putting the boots to Rhodes!

This had been a setup all along - Ole Anderson is back in GCW! Flair puts Rhodes in the Figure-Four when BOBBY DUNCUM & DICK MURDOCH ran down to help out their stablemate. The Outlaws were getting the upper hand when STAN HANSEN tromped to the ring to a thunderous ovation! It didn't take long before Flair, Ole, & Hansen were standing tall in the ring begging the Outlaws to get back in and fight. A fantastic way to end this night, and the show in Baltimore is going to feature these 6 going at it in a 6-man tag match!

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

11/21/83 - CIVIC CENTER - Baltimore, MD

MAIN EVENT - Ric Flair/Ole Anderson/Stan Hansen vs. The Texas Outlaws
The Rock 'N Roll Express/Larry Zbyszko vs. The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff/Dino Bravo
Rocky Johnson vs. Dennis Condrey

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