October 6, 1978 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

Peter Maivia defeated Johnny Rodz by countout in 0:03:40.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Stan Hansen no-showed.)

Our opening match was scheduled to be Stan Hansen defending his Intercontinental Title against Peter Maivia, but Hansen was unable to make it tonight due to some undisclosed travel issues. Johnny Rodz stepped in to wrestle the High Chief, feeling his stepping in at the last minute to be highly unpredictable. Maivia didn't see it that way as he gets a quick victory when he knocked Rodz to the floor with a big back elbow and got the countout win.

Dusty Rhodes says goodbye to the fans.

After our opening match, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes came out for an emotional interview, his last in a GCW ring due to his losing to Ivan Koloff in the Loser-Leaves-Town match in New York. Rhodes was very emotional as he thanked the fans for their support over the years, and said it had been one hell of a ride and that he has no regrets. "All good things must come to an end." At this point, he was joined in the ring by CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO, which made for a tense situation indeed. Albano has caused Rhodes more problems than possibly anyone. Albano told Rhodes he wouldn't blame him if he hauled off and punched him in the face, as after all he had done to the Dream, he deserved it. Albano apologized for the torment he caused Rhodes, and even though he never particularly got along with him, he didn't want to see it end like this, especially at the hands of Ivan Koloff. Venom practically spewed out of Albano's mouth as he discussed what a dishonest person the Russian Bear is and that Albano has a big score to settle with Koloff as well. Albano assured the Dream that he was going to take care of Ivan Koloff, as he had a new wrestler coming to GCW that was going to take care of Koloff. Rhodes and Albano shook hands before Rhodes gave one final goodbye to the fans.

At this point, FREDDIE BLASSIE came down to the ring with his trio of terror in tow - Great Kabuki, Don Muraco, and the aforementioned Ivan Koloff. Blassie laughed at Albano thinking he was going to take out Koloff, the dominant former World champion. Blassie was feeling generous though and said that he would give Albano's new wrestler a match with Koloff at our next show on November 3 in Philadelphia, but he wanted something in return - a six-man tag team match right now with Albano teaming with the Wild Samoans to take on Blassie's trio. Albano accepted, and the match was on!

Great Kabuki, Don Muraco and Ivan Koloff defeated The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) and Lou Albano when I. Koloff pinned Afa with the Russian Sickle in 0:08:45.
Rating: * 3/4

Before this match, one had to wonder why this six man tag match was one of Blassie's condition to allowing Ivan Koloff wrestle Albano's new charge in Philly. We quickly learned it was because he was looking to put Albano back on the shelf again. Albano has wrestled in the past, but he's primarily been a manager for years. Not only that, but he's coming back from a serious neck injury caused by Koloff last year sop he might as well have had a bullseye on him. The Wild Samoans defended their manager relentlessly though, a testament to how important Albano is to them. In the end though, Albano couldn't offer much in terms of physical support making this more or less a handicap match. Koloff caught Afa with the Russian Sickle and that was that.

We know that in Philly, Koloff will take on Albano's new wrestler. But because of this match, it was also announced that Great Kabuki & Don Muraco will get a crack at the Wild Samoans and the World Tag Team Titles!

Ric Flair made Pat Patterson submit to the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:11:43.
Rating: ***

Pat Patterson wanted to teach Ric Flair a lesson after Flair's cheap victory over him in MSG where the Nature Boy won with a handful of tights. Patterson took it out of Flair's hide in Boston, bouncing him around the ring like a bleached blonde bouncey ball. Flair survived the onslaught though and found his opening when he clipped the knee of Patterson. Flair locked on the Figure-Four Leglock, a very painful hold indeed. Patterson held on as long as he could, but while the hold was applied, Flair grabbed onto the bottom rope for extra leverage. The pain was too great for Patterson who was forced to submit, giving the Nature Boy yet another tainted victory. Flair is picking up the wins, but he's really making Patterson angry at this point.

Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf defeated The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) when White Wolf defeated Mulligan by disqualification in 0:07:05.
Rating: ** 3/4

The Blackjacks are still without a manager, and boy are they getting desperate. They once again went up against Chief Jay Strongbow & Billy White Wolf, and the desperation in how Lanza & Mulligan wrestled was quite apparent. They are hurting for a win, and that would lead to their loss tonight. Mulligan saw things weren't going well so he pulled out a pair of brass knuckles from his trunks and blasted Wolf in the jaw with them. It looked like this was going to get them the win they needed, except for one thing - Mulligan forgot to take the knux off! John Stanley saw them before he counted the 3 and disqualified Mulligan, awarding the win to the Native Americans. The Blackjacks need to get their act together soon - they are too good of a team to have fallen this far.

Bob Backlund wants another shot at Harley Race, but meets GCW's newest superstar instead.

Bob Backlund was painfully close to becoming the World champion, but he came up just short. He was out for a short interview tonight, where he said he forgave his manager Arnold Skaaland for getting involved, mentioning that Skaaland was only doing what any good manager would do - standing up for his wrestler. He wished Skaaland luck in his title match later tonight. Backlund added that no matter who won later, he wanted one more shot at the World Title. At this point, Backlund was joined in the ring by a new wrestler, introducing himself as KEN PATERA. Patera told Backlund he had bigger things to worry about now than the World Title - he had to worry about the strongest man in wrestling, Ken Patera. Backlund didn't get a chance to retort as Patera nailed him with a kick to the stomach before locking him in the Swinging Full Nelson! Patera swung Backlund around like he was a rag doll as officials ran down to try to break the hold. By the time Patera finally let Backlund go, the damage had been done. Backlund suffered a neck injury and will need a few weeks rest, but you have to believe he will be back for a piece of Patera quite soon.

Dog Collar Match:
Roddy Piper pinned Dino Bravo after a piledriver in 0:17:59.
Rating: * 3/4

We all knew that Roddy Piper was a bit off his rocker, but this first ever Dog Collar match with Dino Bravo showed that he is a sick son of a bitch. Bravo & Piper were attached to each other via dog collars and a 15 foot length of chain, and the possibilities for brutality were endless. Bravo has generally been a mild-mannered guy, but he has shown he can mix it up when he needs to. Well he needed to here as Piper was dead set on hurting Bravo, choking, whipping, and punching Bravo with the steel chain. The tide turned for Bravo when he got the chain wrapped around Piper's neck and hung him over the top rope. From there, he tore into the Rowdy Scot with a sinister assault rarely seen in a wrestling ring. Despite this inner rage, Bravo couldn't keep Piper down, and once Piper got the chain wrapped around Bravo's face, it was all but over. Piper went on the attack before wrapping the chain around Bravo's head and hitting a piledriver to get the 1-2-3 in a terrifically bloody war.

Harley Race pinned Arnold Skaaland with the Piledriver in 0:03:19.
Rating: **
(Harley Race retained the GCW World Title.)

Arnold Skaaland's best days in the wrestling ring are far behind him, but he showed last month with his attack of World champion Harley Race that he is still a spirited individual. Race was looking to teach the "old man" a lesson and even agreed to put the World Title on the line to do so. In the opening minute, there was a brief glimmer of hope that the upset of the century would take place as Skaaland came out with full guns blazing, but Race cut him off and went to work before putting Skaaland down with the Piledriver. Race could have left well enough alone, but he wanted to teach Skaaland a lesson to not mess with him as RIC FLAIR joined him in the ring. Flair put Skaaland in the Figure-Four Leglock while Race went up top and came crashing down on Skaaland with two diving headbutts. Skaaland had to be stretchered out after this cowardly attack.

Harley Race's big mouth gets him into some trouble.

Harley Race should have quit while he was ahead, but as we all know by now that is simply not in his personality. Race, still flanked by Ric Flair, grabbed the microphone and bragged about injuring Arnold Skaaland, hoping that this sent a message to Bob Backlund and everyone else that he cannot be beaten and he will retire as the World champion. Race continued to hammer home the point that there wasn't a man alive who could take the World Title from him. Hubris kicked in as he was confronted in the ring by BILLY GRAHAM. We hadn't seen the Superstar in months and he was back right in Race's face! Graham told Race he begged to differ because he could beat the World champ and wanted a title shot! Race tried to back out of it, luring Graham in so Flair could jump him from behind. But Flair's attack was quickly turned back on him as Graham sent the Nature Boy out of the ring. The turned his attention back to Race, but the champ bailed out. Graham is back in GCW, and he has made his intentions clear - he wants to be World champion once again!

The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) defeated The Gunslingers (Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk) when Jerry Brisco pinned T. Funk after a bridging back suplex in 0:26:11.
Rating: **** 1/4

The Funk Brothers are - and please, pardon the pun - in a funk. They lost the World Tag Team Titles in Madison Square Garden and there appeared to be some dissension in the ranks of the Gunslingers. The Funks needed to get back on track, and what better way to do that than a match against perhaps their greatest rivals of all-time, the Brisco Brothers. This was a fantastic tag team match between two teams who know each other so well. They always seem to pull out new moves when they wrestle each other, pretty much necessary for teams that have wrestled each other as much as these two have. The Funks looked to be back on track but Terry missed an avalanche attempt in the corner as Jerry Brisco got out of the way. The younger Brisco caught Terry with a bridging back suplex for the win. Dory Jr. & Terry got into a bit of a shoving match after the match, but cooler heads once again prevailed.

Jumbo Tsuruta pinned Pedro Morales with the Jumbo Knee in 0:12:32.
Rating: ** 3/4

The crowd was torn in our semi-main event as two of the more popular wrestlers in GCW went one-on-one. Not only that, but we had two former World champions as Jumbo Tsuruta took on the legendary Pedro Morales. You don't get to see many matches like this - two great wrestlers who aren't resorting to cheating or underhanded tactics. Instead, they want to wrestle as hard as they can to see who the better man is. These two are friends, but they wrestle from very different points. Jumbo may be a little faster, stronger, and younger, but Morales has a fiery temper and boatloads of experience. As the match wore on, Morales' temper started to flare and we thought this was going to deteriorate into a full-fledged brawl. Morales got careless and Jumbo caught him with a power bomb for a nearfall. Morales seemed to use his last bit of strength to kick out of the power bomb as he then ate the Jumbo Knee. Jumbo picks up a huge victory. After the match, the two former champs shook hands.

Cage Match:
Jimmy Snuka defeated Larry Zbyszko by escaping the cage in 0:15:29.
Rating: *** 1/2

A brief intermission took place while the ring crew set up the 15-foot high steel cage for our main event. "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka & Larry Zbyszko have been beating the crap out of each other for a couple months now, and that was illustrated by Snuka's taped up shoulder & Zbyszko's taped up ribs. Despite these injuries, both men felt they had a lot to prove and weren't letting those injuries affect them too much. The crowd was firmly behind the Superfly, wanting to see the cocky Zbyszko get what is coming to him. Zbyszko wasn't going to make it easy as he worked on Snuka's injured shoulder. Snuka's arm was bothering him so much that at one point he tried to climb the cage, but his arm was more or less just dangling. He couldn't get up the cage fast enough and Zbyszko crotched him on the top rope before bringing him into the ring with a superplex! We thought this would be Zbyszko's key to victory, but he couldn't capitalize as Snuka cut him off with a low blow before he got to the door. Snuka hit a bodyslam and then started climbing again, but found it to be too difficult because of the shoulder. However, he did jump off the top turnbuckle and crash onto Zbyszko's wounded ribs with the Superfly Splash! Snuka was hurt, but he had enough in him to get out the door and hit the floor, winning what has become his specialty match.

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

1978 is approaching its end as we are all looking forward to the big year end show from MSG! But we have two more stops on the way, first of all in Philadelphia on November 3! Here is what we have lined up right now:

MAIN EVENT - Billy Graham/Dino Bravo/Pat Patterson vs. Harley Race/Ric Flair/Roddy Piper
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Wild Samoans (c) vs. Don Muraco/Great Kabuki
Ivan Koloff vs. Lou Albano's new wrestler
Plus, Ken Patera makes his in-ring debut!

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