September 17, 1977 - Capital Centre - Landover, MD

Number-One-Contenders-Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) beat
The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) 2 falls to 1:
x Jack Brisco beat Lanza via disqualification in 0:06:28
x Lanza beat Jerry Brisco via the Blackjack Claw in 0:17:10
x Jerry Brisco beat Mulligan via the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:22:20
Rating: *** 1/2
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Jack Brisco.]
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Jerry Brisco.]

After our first match here in Landover, we were going to have new #1 contenders for the World Tag Team Titles with the Briscos meeting the Blackjacks in a 2/3 falls match. If you want to truly see who the better team is, a 2/3 falls is the way to do it. There's no flukes that way. Heenan had a unique strategy in place for this match, and it involved more or less throwing away the first fall. Sure, the Briscos won the fall, but it hindered them greatly in the match as Lanza blasted Jack Brisco with a chair for the disqualification. From that point on, Jack Brisco's contributions were limited and Jerry Brisco had to shoulder a lot of the workload. Jerry did his best, probably better than he deserved to, but he would fall in the second fall to the Blackjack Claw of Lanza. This brought us to the ever important third fall, and at this point, Bobby Heenan got something unexpected - a revival from Jack Brisco. Brisco mustered up the strength to help mount a comeback, taking Lanza out of the match to allow Jerry to put Mulligan in the Figure-Four Leglock to officially make the Briscos the #1 contenders.

Don Muraco pinned Mike Graham after a powerslam in 0:03:27.
Rating: ***

Don Muraco continued his recent ascent tonight by picking up another victory, this time over a game Mike Graham. Muraco is one of the more powerful wrestlers in GCW, and Mike Graham had no answer for it. Muraco hit a picture perfect powerslam for the pinfall.

Dusty Rhodes pinned Hiro Matsuda with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:04:30.
Rating: ** 3/4

Our next match we learned would be the last match for Hiro Matsuda in GCW as he plans on heading back to Japan after this show. He would have liked to have a better showing, but he was wrestling Dusty Rhodes, who is a tough match for anybody. Rhodes sent Matsuda out of the country on a losing note, hitting him with the Bionic Elbowdrop to take the duke.

Bob Backlund pinned Johnny Rodz with the Atomic Drop in 0:06:02.
Rating: *** 1/4

With each passing show, we are getting the feeling that we are seeing something special in Bob Backlund. In singles action, he has yet to be defeated, and that wasn't going to change tonight as he took on "The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz. The unpredictable act of Rodz this month was to wrestle barefoot, which didn't do him much good as the first thing Backlund did was stomp on his foot. Poor guy. Backlund hit the Atomic Drop and chalked up another win.

Terry Funk and Pat Patterson battled to a draw in 0:10:04.
Rating: **** 1/4
(Stan Hansen no-showed.)

This match was supposed to be Pat Patterson's first Intercontinental Title defense, putting the gold against the dangerous Stan "The Lariat" Hansen. However, when Hansen was introduced for the match, he was nowhere to be found. Patterson looked confused, but when TERRY FUNK came out to take Hansen's place, it made a little more sense. Patterson didn't mind as it's not like the bad blood for Funk has went away. Once the bell rang, it became clear that we weren't going to see a clean end to this match. The fight spilled to the floor and all chaos broke loose, causing new referee John Stanley to throw this match out (what a way to start a new job). There's apparently a lot to be settled between these two, but it'll have to wait as Hansen will get his title match on October 19 at MSG.

Bobby Duncum pinned Rene Goulet with the Full Nelson Slam in 0:09:05.
Rating: ** 3/4

How good is Bobby Duncum? Ask Rene Goulet after tonight. Goulet attacked Duncum before the bell in an attempt to keep him from getting out of the blocks, and for awhile, it looked like it was going to be a winning strategy. Duncum showed how tough he is though by weathering the storm and waiting for his chance to hit the Full Nelson Slam out of nowhere to take a trip to the winner's circle.

Ivan Koloff defeated Nikolai Volkoff by disqualification in 0:09:01.
Rating: 1/2*

Ivan Koloff & Nikolai Volkoff tore into each other again here in Landover. It's always intense watching former partners wrestle, because they know each other so well. Last month, Captain Lou Albano attacked Koloff to cause a DQ. Koloff's immigration status is still up in the air as he got another stay on his trial, and thus, another opportunity for revenge. The match had a very similar ending to last month, as Albano caused the DQ by tossing his cane to Volkoff who nailed the Russian Bear in the throat with it. Volkoff was destroying Koloff before Koloff receiving an unlikely assist from DUSTY RHODES! The battles between Rhodes & Koloff are that of legend, so Rhodes coming out to Bionic Elbow Volkoff out of the ring surprised no one as much as it surprised Koloff. When Koloff regained his bearings, he got in the fighting position ready to go at it with Rhodes. THe crowd thought we were going to see it too, but they popped huge when the American Dream extended his hand and Koloff accepted it. The respect these two have developed for each other has gained Koloff an important ally against Volkoff & Albano.

Terry Funk defeated Chief Jay Strongbow by disqualification in 0:01:22.
Rating: 1/2*
[Pat Patterson interfered against Terry Funk.]

Terry Funk had a long night, because after taking Stan Hansen's place earlier against Pat Patterson, he still had his scheduled match against Chief Jay Strongbow. Patterson didn't give Funk the chance to wrestle two full matches because he jumped in the ring and attacked Funk and again, the brawl was on! Two pull apart brawls in one night shows that this is certainly not over, not by a long shot.

Bruiser Brody pinned Peter Maivia with the Bombs Away in 0:08:01.
Rating: *** 1/4

Bruiser Brody is clearly not happy about losing the cage match last month, and he took that out on "High Chief" Peter Maivia. Maivia is a tough man and a veteran in the ring, but frankly, a pissed off Brody is enough to overwhelm anybody. Maivia gave him all he could handle, but it looked like Brody wasn't feeling any pain whatsoever. He fought through Maivia's offense en route to hitting the Bombs Away and getting the 1-2-3.

Dominic DeNucci and Dino Bravo defeated Tim Woods and Mr. Wrestling II when Bravo pinned Wrestling II with the Side Suplex in 0:21:28.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Dominic DeNucci and Dino Bravo retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

If anyone is still taking Dino Bravo & Dominic DeNucci lightly as World Tag Team champions, don't. They proved again against Tim Woods & Mr. Wrestling II that they're for real. Bravo & DeNucci are never going to dominate any teams - it's not how they wrestle. But they are very technically sound and there might not be anyone who knows tag team wrestling better than Dominic DeNucci. Woods & Mr. Wrestling II have held the tag titles themselves in the past, but they couldn't get past the current champs tonight. Bravo & DeNucci, still the GCW World Tag Team champions.

Jumbo Tsuruta pinned Dory Funk Jr. with the Jumbo Knee in 0:17:22.
Rating: ****
(Jumbo Tsuruta retained the GCW World Title.)

Our main event was for the World Title with champion Jumbo Tsuruta defending against Dory Funk Jr. Since Jumbo won the title back in March, Dory Funk, Billy Graham and he have been engaged in a 3-way feud over the biggest prize in all of wrestling. Funk & Graham each don't want to see the other be the one to take the title from Jumbo and thus have been interfering in each other's title matches. This has pissed Tsuruta off who feels the interference has undermined his first title reign. Jumbo got a win over Graham last month, but was attacked with the ring bell by the Superstar post-match. Dory Funk made the save and got a hold of the ring bell, making Jumbo think Dory had attacked him. Jumbo has since found out it was Graham that attacked him, but he sticks by the Jumbo Knee he nailed Funk with to end the last MSG show. The match was a great main event and the crowd was torn on who to root for. Jumbo was in trouble for a lot of this match as Funk worked over his knee, trying to soften him up for the Texas Cloverleaf. Jumbo showed a ton of heart though, fighting through the pain and getting enough offense in to keep Funk off balance. Jumbo showed a great about of fortitude when he sacrificed that injured knee to jack Funk with the Jumbo Knee, getting a huge win in this successful title defense. He didn't get to revel in his win for long though as the show ended with BILLY GRAHAM jumping Tsuruta from behind and throwing him into the ring post, leaving him out cold.

With the issues between these three top tier athletes, GCW has made a big announcement. On October 19 in Madison Square Garden, there will be not one, but TWO World Title matches! First off, Jumbo Tsuruta will defend against Dory Funk Jr. The winner of that match will defend against "Superstar" Billy Graham later in the evening. To make things even, Graham will have to compete in another match as well. The GCW Championship Committee has decided Graham will face the undefeated BOB BACKLUND!

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

Here's the card for Madison Square Garden on October 19!

WORLD TITLE MATCH #1 - Jumbo Tsuruta (c) vs. Dory Funk Jr.
Bob Backlund vs. Billy Graham
WORLD TITLE MATCH #2 - Winner of Title Match #1 vs. Billy Graham
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Pat Patterson (c) vs. Stan Hansen
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Dino Bravo/Dominic DeNucci (c) vs. The Brisco Brothers
Ivan Koloff/Dusty Rhodes vs. Nikolai Volkoff/Bruiser Brody

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