September 15, 1974 - Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY

Carlos Colon and Mr. Wrestling I defeated The Heenan Family (Blackjack Lanza and Bobby Duncum) when C. Colon pinned Duncum with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:09:49.
Rating: *** 3/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Mr. Wrestling I.]

We debuted at the Nassau Coliseum with our first match being tag team action with Carlos Colon & Mr. Wrestling I taking on Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum. Colon & Lanza are dying to get their hands on each other, but Colon showed tonight that he want sit more so. Colon was in a totally different world tonight, showing a kind of aggressiveness we haven't seen from him. Colon was so out of control that Lanza ended up abandoning his partner Duncum to avoid Colon's wrath, leaving Duncum prey to be defeated by Colon & Wrestling I. Word has it that Duncum was not thrilled by his partner leaving him high and dry.

Don Muraco pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna after a small package in 0:05:26.
Rating: **

Our next match saw Don Muraco use a great small package counter to get a win against Baron Mikel Scicluna. Captain Lou Albano was not happy with his new charge's performance.

Jimmy Snuka pinned Billy Graham after a flying headbutt in 0:09:10.
Rating: ** 1/4

In what has to be considered a bit of an upset, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka surprised the recently unstoppable Billy Graham with a flying headbutt to get the 1-2-3 and pick up the win. Superstar Billy dominated most of the contest, which made him take the loss even harder. After the match, Graham assaulted Snuka after the contest and locked him in the Bearhug before officials ran out to break it up. A rematch has been signed between these two for October 8 at Madison Square Garden.

Nikolai Volkoff made Ernie Ladd submit to the Bearhug in 0:07:33.
Rating: 1/2*
[Lou Albano interfered against Ernie Ladd.]

Nikolai Volkoff continued his path of destruction by getting a win against the bruiser that is Ernie Ladd. Volkoff getting a win over someone like Ladd looks good on his resume' as he tries to get another World Title shot. Captain Lou Albano has big plans for Volkoff.

The Texas Outlaws (Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch), Gorilla Monsoon and Dino Bravo defeated The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens), Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when Bravo pinned Tanaka with the Side Suplex in 0:23:04.
Rating: ***

Bobby Heenan has announced that he will stop at nothing to get the World Tag Team Titles off of The Texas Outlaws after Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch rejected his offer to join the Heenan Family. He enlisted the help of Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka tonight to take on the Outlaws, Gorilla Monsoon, & Dino Bravo in an 8-man tag team match. The match was well wrestled, but it would be outside interference that would ultimately decide on the outcome. The match broke down in the end with the Outlaws & The Cripplers all brawling on the floor. During the chaos, BARON VON RASCHKE came down, and he was PISSED. Raschke went right after Fuji & Tanaka, wanting revenge for the mist spitting incident from a few weeks back. Raschke decimated the Japanese team, leaving Tanaka prone to Bravo's Side Suplex, putting this one in the books.

Baron Von Raschke defeated Pedro Morales when Pedro Morales passed out in the Claw in 0:01:03.
Rating: **

We thought we were going to see a great match between Baron Von Raschke & Pedro Morales, but instead we saw something much more shocking. Morales knows full well how big and strong Raschke is, and with Raschke having exerted himself to attack Fuji & Tanaka in the previous match, he tried to get the upperhand with a pre-match attack, but it didn't take long for Raschke to turn the tables and lock on the Claw! Morales fought to get out, but he couldn't and ended up passing out from the pain… only a minute into the match! Morales was fuming when he came to, and has been claiming that the Claw is an illegal hold and that the decision should be reversed. GCW officials made it clear that's not going to happen, but a rematch is set for October 8.

Billy Robinson and Harley Race battled to a draw in 0:30:00.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Harley Race retained the GCW United States Title.)

Harley Race hasn't found anyone who can outwrestle him yet, but he may have met his match in Billy Robinson. Race is methodic and can usually wear down his opponents, but Robinson does the exact same thing. Tonight, Robinson seemed to do it better. Unfortunately, he ran out of time when the 30 minute limit elapsed, just short of him being able to put Race away. Race looked relieved to escape with the title, but the third time could be the charm at MSG.

The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant) defeated Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea when Jimmy Valiant made Garea submit to the Sleeperhold in 0:10:08.
Rating: *** 1/2

The Valiant Brothers, Jimmy & Johnny, were once again highly dominant in this their second match, again getting the better of the former World Tag Team champions, Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea. With another big win such as this one, the bidding war of the managers in GCW is sure to pick up as these are a couple of studs that any manager would want in his stable.

Ivan Koloff pinned Luke Graham with the Russian Sickle in 0:16:14.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Ivan Koloff retained the GCW World Title.)

Ivan Koloff & Luke Graham. Two names that when you mention them, you immediately think of the two of the toughest men to ever grace a GCW ring. And for the first time ever, these two were going to lock horns one on one in our main event to close out our inaugural show in Uniondale. The mutual respect between the two was obvious, but once that was done, this became a pier six brawl in a hurry. Two proud men who refuse to back down and thus beat the tar out of each other as a result. I could count the number of actual wrestling moves performed in this match on one hand, but the brawl was so intensity charged that no one seemed to care. It came down to who would hit the big shot first, and that was the champion who nearly took Graham's head off with the Russian Sickle after ducking the Thumb to the Throat to get the 1-2-3 and narrowly escape Uniondale with the World Title. After the match, the two shook hands in a great sign of respect.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

October 8, 1974 - Madison Square Garden! It's going to be a huge night of action.

WORLD TITLE - Ivan Koloff (c) vs. Luke Graham
UNITED STATES TITLE - Harley Race (c) vs. Billy Robinson
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Texas Outlaws (c) vs. The Cripplers
Carlos Colon vs. Blackjack Lanza
Jimmy Snuka vs. Billy Graham
Baron Von Raschke vs. Pedro Morales
Mr. Wrestling I vs. Bobby Duncum

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