October 31, 1981 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

B. Brian Blair pinned Johnny Rodz with the Flying Dropkick in 0:05:44.
Rating: ** 3/4

B. Brian Blair was in action to kick off the show, and he was noticeably alone. We learned that Luke Graham has decided to go away for a little while and give up his managerial duties and assess what he wants from his career. That didn't much matter to Blair, who picked up a solid on relatively easy victory over a game Johnny Rodz. Blair has been quoted as saying that Graham didn't do much for his career (in his opinion), so we'll see how Blair does back on his own.

The Moondogs (Moondog Rex and Moondog Spot) defeated The Matadors (Tito Santana and Manny Fernandez) when M. Rex pinned T. Santana after a clothesline in 0:03:08.
Rating: * 1/2

Tag team action was next as the Matadors took on the Moondogs. Captain Lou Albano had his Rex & Spot particularly fired up tonight, and it would get them a big win. Rex caught Tito Santana with a particularly hard clothesline, causing Santana to hit the back of his head on the mat long enough to be pinned. Manny Fernandez was frustrated after the match, neglecting to help his partner up and walking to the back without him. We hadn't heard any rumblings of dissension in the ranks of the Matadors, so this came as a surprise. Hopefully we'll figure out what's going on soon, but next up on November 18 in Hartford, Tito Santana will meet Moondog Rex in singles action.

Don Muraco and Ken Patera battled to a double countout in 0:06:10.
Rating: **

The partnership of Don Muraco and Ken Patera didn't last very long. Muraco took the place of Dino Bravo for a match at MSG when Bravo had some visa issues, but the clashing egos of the two powerhouses caused a quit dissolving of the team. As a result, the two wanted a singles match tonight. This match wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but it certainly was brutal. The ring couldn't contain the two power wrestlers as the fight spilled to the floor and a donnybrook followed. Both men were counted out, and it took Dino Bravo and a slew of officials to break up the fight. We know that a tag team match had already been signed for Hartford on November 18, but as of this point, we had no clue who Muraco's partner would be against the Can-Am Strongmen.

The Texas Outlaws (Bobby Duncum and Dick Murdoch) defeated Antonio Inoki and Jumbo Tsuruta when Duncum pinned Tsuruta after hitting him with a cowbell in 0:12:00.
Rating: *** 1/4
(The Texas Outlaws won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Bobby Duncum & Dick Murdoch managed to defeat Antonio Inoki & Jumbo Tsuruta in a non-title match in MSG, but with the titles on the line in Boston, the reigning champs had a new level of intensity. Inoki & Jumbo are known for being honorable wrestlers, and they have taken a personal interest in teaching the Texas Outlaws a lesson. They may have underestimated just how far the Outlaws were willing to go to add the tag titles to their stable. Murdoch felt the match getting out of their grasp when he suddenly had a "devastating knee injury." Referee Dick Woehrle checked on Murdoch, who swore he was in "the worst pain anyone has ever been in," but this kept Woehrle from noticing Duncum grab the cowbell he brings to ringside with him. Inoki tried to warn Jumbo, but he was too late as Duncum cracked Jumbo in the skull with the cowbell. Jumbo fell like a sack of hammers as Duncum made the cover. Inoki got in the ring to break it up, but Murdoch had a "miraculous" recovery and cut him off and just like that, we have brand new World Tag Team champions. The Texas Outlaws now control the World, Intercontinental, and World Tag Team Titles (for now). Incredible.

Tony Atlas made Dino Bravo submit to the Bearhug in 0:09:11.
Rating: *

Tony Atlas made a surprise debut at Madison Square Garden, pinning former World champion Ivan Koloff in short order. The win was so decisive that Koloff chose to leave GCW for the time being to ply his trade elsewhere. One man who was not impressed was Dino Bravo, who fancies himself a strong individual as well. He wanted to prove to everyone that Atlas is not so tough. This match didn't feature a ton of wrestling, but it did feature some intriguing tests of strength. Every time they would engage in one, Atlas would start to get the upperhand. Bravo sensed that Atlas was going to make him look bad, and he would hit a low kick or get to the ropes in a hurry. Atlas eventually got tired of these games and caught Bravo suddenly in the Bearhug. The look on Bravo's face showed that he was shocked with just how strong Atlas truly was. Bravo couldn't break Atlas' grip and had to submit.

After Bravo rolled out of the ring, DON MURACO entered the ring. Muraco congratulated Atlas on his win, saying he was truly impressed. Muraco even said, "You know, Tony, you might be the second strongest guy in GCW! Besides me, of course." Muraco said he needed a partner to take on the Can-Am Strongmen in Hartford, and since the only other option that Freddie Blassie has for him is Terry Funk, who is a nutjob, he wanted Atlas to be his partner. Atlas told Muraco that he, and Blassie, were both scum who could not possibly be trusted, and so his answer was no. This got a huge pop from the crowd, but it didn't make Muraco or Blassie very happy as they scowled toward Atlas as Mr. USA left the ring.

Bill Eadie defeated Baron Von Raschke by disqualification in 0:02:24.
Rating: 1/2*
[Sgt. Slaughter interfered against Bill Eadie.]

Paul Jones' newest soldier in his war against Bill Eadie, Baron Von Raschke, went up against the Ax in our next contest. This one barely got out of the blocks before it broke down into a disqualification. SGT. SLAUGHTER waited for the first possible opportunity to interfere and did so in violent form. This was becoming quite the fracas as Raschke & Slaughter beat down Eadie, Paul Jones calling the shots all the while. Eadie was fighting back as best he could, but the numbers overwhelmed him before RICKY STEAMBOAT ran down and jumped off the top rope, catching Slaughter with the Flying Crossbody Press! The Ax got back into the fight, unloading on Raschke with right hands before sending the evil German out of the ring with a big clothesline. Jones was furious with this turn of events. If he has a problem with it, his men will have a chance for redemption in Hartford as it will be Raschke & Slaughter vs. Eadie & Steamboat!

Bob Backlund, Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat defeated Larry Zbyszko, Sgt. Slaughter and Terry Funk when R. Flair made Zbyszko submit to the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:22:10.
Rating: ****

Ricky Steamboat was all fired up, and he still had a match to wrestle as he teamed with Bob Backlund & Ric Flair to take on Larry Zbyszko, Sgt. Slaughter, & Terry Funk. There was no question that there was a ton of talent on the rulebreaking side of this match, but there wasn't going to be any continuity. Zbyszko is a loner at best, Slaughter only wants to listen to Paul Jones, and Funk is out of his damn mind. The natural skills of the individuals on the team allowed this match to go on for some time, but the cohesion of Backlund, Flair, & Steamboat was far stronger. This led to Flair getting the Figure-Four on Zbyszko to pick up the big win heading into his World Title match on November 18.

The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy) defeated The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) when M. Hayes defeated Afa via pinfall in 0:05:13.
Rating: ** 1/2

The rivalry between the Wild Samoans and the Fabulous Freebirds has rekindled in recent months, and the two teams again locked up in Boston. Afa & Sika picked up the win last time out, so Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy came up with a devious plan to make sure it wouldn't happen again. While referee Tommy Young was over trying to keep Gordy from coming into the ring illegally, Hayes slipped something into his boot that appeared to be a steel plate of some sort. He went for a big kick on Afa, but Afa moved and hit the far ropes. Afa unfortunately couldn't avoid the second kick with the loaded boot and was knocked out long enough for Hayes to get the pin. When it comes to the Freebirds, they simply do not care how they win, as long as they do win. These teams will go at it once more on November 18.

Jimmy Snuka defeated Dusty Rhodes by countout in 0:08:51.
Rating: * 1/2
(Dusty Rhodes retained the GCW World Title.)

The Texas Outlaws currently hold all of the gold in GCW, but that could change in a heartbeat with Dusty Rhodes defending the World Title against the former champion, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. Snuka was one bad fall away from winning the title in New York, and he looked poised not to make the same mistake in the rematch. Dusty Rhodes saw that there was something different in Snuka's eyes, like the Superfly was going to stop at nothing to walk out of Boston a 2-time World champion. Rhodes couldn't string together much in terms of offense as Snuka was mixing it up to perfection, and the Dream eventually had enough. Rhodes got knocked to the outside by a big Snuka dropkick, and he stayed on the floor to get intentionally counted out. The Rhodes of old would have never done something like this, but the current Rhodes wanted to keep his World Title by any means necessary. Snuka got screwed out of his chance to be champion, and he wasn't going to take that lying down. Snuka went to the floor and grabbed Rhodes, tossing him into the ring post before throwing him back in the ring. Snuka went up top and nailed Rhodes with the Superfly Splash to send the crowd home happy.

Interview:
A press conference is held announcing a special main event for the year-end show.

After the show was over, a press conference took place in the lobby of the Boston Garden as there were a couple of big announcements to get to involving future GCW action. The first announcement was that GCW was proud to be a part of a huge wrestling supercard that will take place on December 10 in Los Angeles, California. Promoters from all over the world have come together to put together this great card, featuring matches from different promotions. GCW was proud to announce that their match would be for the GCW World Title with Dusty Rhodes defending against Bob Backlund! Other matches featured on the card that we know of so far:

AWA WORLD TITLE - Nick Bockwinkel (c) vs. Hulk Hogan
El Canek vs. Dos Caras
NO-DISQUALIFICATION - Carlos Colon vs. Abdullah the Butcher
Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid
And a huge over-the-top-rope battle royal!

More matches will be announced soon, but this is shaping up to be one of the finest wrestling cards ever established!

The second announcement was in regards to the GCW show that is being put on Christmas evening in Madison Square Garden! The show is being called Winter Warfare, and with good reason, as a new match concept will debut at the show called War Games! The recent reign of terror by the Texas Outlaws has not earned them any friends, and the personal issues are starting to boil over to the point where something needs to be done. War Games will feature two teams of five wrestlers a piece. On one side, it will be Bob Backlund, Jimmy Snuka, Ric Flair, Antonio Inoki, & Jumbo Tsuruta. On the other, Dusty Rhodes, Stan Hansen, Bobby Duncum, Dick Murdoch, and a partner of their choosing. One member of each team will start in the ring for a 5-minute period. After that, a coin toss will take place. The winning team will then get a 2-on-1 advantage for 2 minutes. The teams will alternate entries until all ten men are in the ring. At that point, the match continues until a member of one team calls it quits. Oh, and it should be noted that this match takes place in TWO rings, with both rings surrounded by a fully enclosed steel cage! This will be the most violent match in GCW history, and you will NOT want to miss it!

Card rating: **

Match observations:

11/18/81 - HARTFORD CIVIC CENTER - Hartford, CT

WORLD TITLE - Dusty Rhodes (c) vs. Ric Flair
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Stan Hansen (c) vs. Bob Backlund
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Bobby Duncum/Dick Murdoch (c) vs. Antonio Inoki/Jumbo Tsuruta
Don Muraco/??? vs. The Can-Am Strongmen
Bill Eadie/Ricky Steamboat vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Baron Von Raschke
The Wild Samoans vs. The Fabulous Freebirds

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