October 8, 1979 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Jimmy Snuka pinned Paul Orndorff with the Superfly Splash in 0:11:13.
Rating: *** 3/4
[Luke Graham interfered against Jimmy Snuka.]

Paul Orndorff was painfully close to winning the World Title at our last show in Boston but came up just short. In a great show of sportsmanship, Orndorff shook the hand of champion Bob Backlund after a great match. Luke Graham didn't appreciate this in the least, and as a "punishment" he put Orndorff into a match with Jimmy Snuka, warning him that he better win, "or else." This was a stern warning, and Graham's constant meddling and barking of instructions were clearly more of a hindrance than a help. Snuka is a tough out as it is, and Luke's constant yelling did his charge no good at all, eventually leading to Superfly hitting his Splash.

Luke Graham flipped his lid after the match, verbally assaulting Orndorff relentlessly. Graham lost his cool and slapped Orndorff! Orndorff lost it and got in Graham's face, yelling at him to never do anything like that again (much to the crowd's delight, might I add). Graham backed down and apologized, but as soon as Orndorff turned his back, Graham smashed him from behind! Graham's attack on his prodigy was vicious to say the least, and downright uncalled for to say the most. Graham's attack wasn't completed until he hit the Thumb to the Throat not once, not twice, but THREE times before help finally came in the form of the security staff. Orndorff's throat was injured a great deal in this attack. Luke Graham has completely lost his mind.

Don Muraco pinned Afa with the Tombstone in 0:01:07.
Rating: * 1/2

You'd expect Don Muraco to beat Afa in a singles match most of the time. After all, Afa is a tag team wrestler. But Muraco DOMINATED Afa, hitting the Tombstone to get the pinfall in just over a minute. Sure, jumping him before the bell didn't hurt, but none the less, this was as convincing a win as you're going to see.

Dusty Rhodes pinned Jimmy Golden with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:03:58.
Rating: **

The result of this match was never in doubt, but it was entertaining as "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes made short work of Jimmy Golden, juking and jiving his way to the pay window. Afterwards, he grabbed the ringside microphone and wished Jumbo Tsuruta good luck against Stan Hansen in the Intercontinental Title match and added that he would be watching his back.

Gorilla Monsoon and Pedro Morales defeated The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) when Monsoon pinned Lanza with the Big Splash in 0:11:38.
Rating: **
(Gorilla Monsoon and Pedro Morales retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Gorilla Monsoon & Pedro Morales defended the World Tag Team Titles in a rematch from Boston against the Blackjacks. The last match ended in a double DQ, forcing the need for this rematch. The fans were loudly and wildly behind the champs. Freddie Blassie tried to block that out for his men, but that is much easier said than done when the raucous crowd are on their feet for the entirety of the contest. Still, the Blackjacks had their moments when they had the strong upperhand and looked like they were in good position to win the titles back. In the end, Monsoon's Big Splash proved the difference as they retained the championships.

Chavo Guerrero defeated Ivan Koloff by disqualification in 0:10:47.
Rating: * 1/4
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Chavo Guerrero.]

Chavo Guerrero scored what most pundits consider to be a huge upset, pinning former World champion Ivan Koloff with a flying sunset flip. Koloff wanted to rip Chavo's head off in the rematch, and he almost ended up doing just that. Chavo's speed frustrated Koloff early, as did Guerrero's aptitude for absorbing punishment. The Russian Bear lost all pretense of self control, choking Guerrero on the middle rope while simultaneously wrenching his neck. He refused to listen to referee John Stanley's instructions and thus was rightly disqualified. Koloff & Blassie were beaming with pride over what the Russian Bear did as they watched Guerrero have to be helped to the back.

Stan Hansen pinned Jumbo Tsuruta via referee stoppage in 0:13:29.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Stan Hansen retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

We haven't seen Jumbo Tsuruta in a wrestling ring for several months thanks to a torn ACL injury that put him on the shelf. Despite being on the injured reserve, it hasn't spared him from the verbal venom of the Intercontinental champion Stan Hansen. Jumbo made his return in MSG, and he had a chance to shut up the burly Texan by taking the Intercontinental Title from him. It was no surprise that Hansen targeted Jumbo's knee, seeing if the injury had fully healed or not. It didn't look like Tsuruta was suffering any ring rust, but as the assault on his knee continued, you can tell that he might have come back to the ring a little early. Hansen was absolutely relentless working on Jumbo's leg, locking him in leglocks, dropping elbows, wrenching it on the bottom rope, and worst of all, smashing it into the ring post. Jumbo did mount a comeback, but too much damage had been done to his knee. Tsuruta had Hansen down and set him up for the Jumbo Knee, but Tsuruta's leg gave way and he fell to the mat in pain. Referee Willie Webber had to make a judgment call and he stopped the match for fear that Jumbo would be permanently injured if it continued.

Hansen couldn't leave well enough alone though, as he continued to stomp away on Jumbo's post-match. Hansen locked Tsuruta in a single-leg Boston crab and wrenched away at it before DUSTY RHODES came down with a wooden chair in hand to run Hansen off. Looks like Jumbo may need a bit more time to recover from the injury, but he said he will be in Rhodes' corner on November 2 when the Dream challenges Hansen for the IC Title.

[STREETFIGHT]: No-Countout-No-DQ-Match:
Roddy Piper, Tito Santana and Ivan Putski defeated The Can-Am Strongmen (Dino Bravo and Ken Patera) and Ric Flair when T. Santana pinned R. Flair after a small package in 0:21:44.
Rating: **

Roddy Piper chose a streetfight for this 6-man tag team match, and with his mentality, you can see why. No holds barred is right up his alley. Plus, Piper has major issues with both Ric Flair & Dino Bravo, and what better way to settle those issues than a streetfight? Tito Santana & Ivan Putski were more than suitable tag team partners, having Piper's back every step of the way. Piper and Bravo are no strangers to each other, battling in a bloody dog collar match a year ago. This was the first time we've seen Santana & Putski in this environment, but they really mixed it up in this clinic on brutality. Through the latter part of the match, Flair had isolated Santana in the ring and was working over his knee for the Figure-Four Leglock while Putski & Patera and Piper & Bravo brawled around ringside. Flair nonchalantly went for the painful submission finisher, but Santana surprised him with a small package to get the flash pin! Flair was livid and tried to go after Santana, but Piper jumped back in the ring and hit him in the back with a chair that sent the Nature Boy soaring to the floor. Piper, Santana, & Putski stood tall after the match as the rulebreakers went to the back nursing their wounds.

Bob Backlund pinned Terry Funk after a rolling reverse cradle in 0:15:14.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Bob Backlund retained the GCW World Title.)

With that, we had just one match remaining, and it was a big one. Terry Funk has done it all in GCW except for one thing - he has never been the World Heavyweight champion. He had that opportunity tonight, but it wasn't going to be easy as he took on the near unbeatable champion, Bob Backlund. Backlund has taken on every challenge since winning the title this last February, but he had never wrestled anyone as unpredictable as the Funker. Backlund found himself having some issues keeping Funk on the mat because Funk is just so unorthodox - you don't know what his crazed mind is going to come up with. Funk tried to get Backlund into a brawl feeling that he'd have the best shot at winning that way, and to a certain extent, it worked. Funk even busted Backlund open with a hard left hand, but the sight of his own blood seemed to motivate Backlund who fought back with a fury. Funk narrowly survived this flurry, but got back on the offensive with a piledriver. Funk seemed poised to go for the title, but he became distracted when DON MURACO sauntered down to the ring with Freddie Blassie in tow. Funk took his eye off the ball, which let Backlund catch him with a rolling reverse cradle. Backlund was able to bridge back on it to keep Funk down for the 1-2-3 and keep the title. Muraco immediately jumped in the ring to go after Funk, but Backlund caught him with a dropkick that sent him right back out of the ring! Backlund helped Funk to his feet and the two raised each other's hands to end the show.

Backlund was very upset that Muraco got involved in his match and wants a piece of him on November 2 in Chicago, and is willing to put the World Title on the line!

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

Here is what we have signed so far for the return to the Windy City on November 2!

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Don Muraco
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Stan Hansen (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes
Chavo Guerrero vs. Ivan Koloff

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