September 8, 1978 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf defeated The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan) when White Wolf made Lanza submit to the Indian Deathlock in 0:06:19.
Rating: ** 3/4

Tonight's show was one of the biggest in recent memory, and it started off with a great tag team match between Chief Jay Strongbow & Billy White Wolf and the Blackjacks. The Blackjacks expressed their want for a new manager last show, but as of yet, the hunt still continues. They still looked a bit out of sorts against the Native Americans, but as former tag team champions, they didn't go down without a fight. However, stereo Indian Deathlocks proved to be too much and that was that. The Blackjacks might want to expedite their managerial search.

Gorilla Monsoon made Rene Goulet submit to the Airplane Spin in 0:03:59.
Rating: * 3/4

Gorilla Monsoon didn't have a good night at our last show, but Rene Goulet hasn't had a good career. Goulet has tried everything he can think of to secure a victory in a GCW ring, but he his journey has been fruitless. It didn't change tonight as the Airplane Spin was too much for Goulet to withstand, taking yet another loss.

Dino Bravo pinned Roddy Piper with the Side Suplex in 0:04:14.
Rating: ** 3/4

A rematch was signed between Dino Bravo & Roddy Piper due to the Rowdy Scot essentially going crazy during their last match, throwing things into the ring like a madman. Piper hit referee Mario Savoldi with one of those objects, a chair, and was DQ'ed because of it. Savoldi was the referee for this return match, a fact that didn't sit well with Piper. Even before the opening bell, Piper was jawing with Savoldi as Piper blames Savoldi for screwing him over and the subsequent fine that took place because of that match. Piper was far more focused on Savoldi which allowed Bravo to hit the Side Suplex and get the 3 count in just over 4 minutes. The finisher only stunned Piper long enough to get pinned, but not take him out completely. As Bravo celebrated the win, Piper found a length of chain outside the ring and wrapped it around the throat of Bravo, choking him out before officials broke it up. When Bravo regained his bearings in the locker room, he was livid and had a unique challenge for Piper. He said that if Piper wanted to use a chain, he could use a chain too. He challenged Piper to a Dog Collar Match! The rules are simple - both men will wear dog collars with a length of chain binding the two combatants together! This is a highly dangerous concept, but Piper didn't hesitate to accept. The match will take place on October 6 at the Boston Garden!

Ric Flair pinned Pat Patterson after a rolling reverse cradle in 0:06:24.
Rating: ** 3/4

While his partner Roddy Piper is going crazy, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair has went with the "cheat to win" method in his matches. Flair used that method to perfection tonight against Pat Patterson. After a good first few minutes of wrestling, Flair caught Patterson in a rolling reverse cradle. Flair, being the opportunist that he is, grabbed a handful of tights for extra leverage and got the 1-2-3. Flair had a huge smile on his face after this ruse, but Patterson got a measure of revenge by hitting him with a few punches before tossing him over the top rope to the floor. You have to wonder if Flair still thinks it was a good move to cheat.

The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) defeated The Gunslingers (Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk) when Sika pinned T. Funk with the Samoan Drop in 0:17:41.
Rating: *** 1/4
(The Wild Samoans won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Despite the skills as a tag team that the Wild Samoans have, Afa & Sika seemed a bit lost being in the United States by themselves. The World Tag Team champion Funk Brothers had hoped to use this clueless nature to their advantage in this title defense. However, they were in complete shock when the Samoans came down with a manager, CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO! The last time we saw Albano he was 9 months ago at the year-end show in this very building being stretchered out after Ivan Koloff Russian Sickled him. It seems that during his time on the injured list Captain Lou has had a change of heart and a change of philosophy, as he was out to help lead the Samoans! The crowd got behind Albano and his new team, but even with this momentum, they still had to beat the Funks - never an easy task. The match was intense and very evenly matched. Afa & Sika had the slight edge in brawling, so Dory Jr. & Terry did their best to turn this into a technical wrestling match. Even with the guidance of Albano, things looked bleak for the Samoans, but a miscue by the Funks ultimately led to their demise. It looked like Terry Funk could have put Sika away at any point, but he chose to continue the punishment despite his brother urging him to put the match away. Instead, Terry asked Dory to get in the ring while Terry held Sika's arms behind his back. Dory Jr. hit the ropes, but Sika moved and Dory hit his brother instead! Dory Jr. went to help his brother up, but instead got clotheslined out of the ring by Afa! Sika hit the Samoan Drop on Terry and got the pin. MSG exploded into cheers as the Wild Samoans were presented the World Tag Team Titles! No one was cheering more than Lou Albano, who obviously has grown quite fond of the lovable savages. The Wild Samoans have now won the titles, but it's an entirely different beast to keep them.

Jumbo Tsuruta pinned Johnny Rodz after a power bomb in 0:04:54.
Rating: *** 1/4

Another match, another dominant win for Jumbo Tsuruta. His victim this month was Johnny Rodz, whose "unpredictable" act was to come out dressed in full karate gear. Not only was it slightly offensive, but it only served to piss Jumbo off. Tsuruta took the win after trying to power bomb Rodz through the canvas.

Great Kabuki and Don Muraco defeated The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) when Kabuki defeated Jerry Brisco when Jerry Brisco passed out in the Spinning Toe Hold in 0:14:45.
Rating: *** 1/2
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Jerry Brisco.]

One win for Great Kabuki & Don Muraco over the Briscos can be called a fluke. Two wins in a row is skill. You may not have to like them (and trust me, not a lot of people like them), but Kabuki & Muraco are a great team, and the man you have to thank for that is "Classy" Freddie Blassie. The brash and braggart Blassie has taken to managing like a fish to water, and he has his charges believing in his leadership. This return match was far more competitive than the first one was, but the end result would be the same. While Jack Brisco fought with Muraco on the floor, Jerry Brisco got himself trapped in Kabuki's Spinning Toe Hold. The younger Brisco held on for dear life, but the pain became too much for him as he passed out. Jack jumped in the ring to break it up, but he was a little too late as Kabuki & Muraco were announced as the winners. You have to think with two wins over the Briscos that this dangerous team is in line for a title shot.

Loser-Leaves-Town Match:
Ivan Koloff pinned Dusty Rhodes after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:16:21.
Rating: *** 1/2
[Freddie Blassie interfered against Dusty Rhodes.]

There was a buzz in the air for the next match as when it was over, one man was going to be gone from GCW! The feud between Dusty Rhodes & Ivan Koloff has gotten to the point where the only way to settle it is for one man to leave GCW as a result of this Loser-Leaves-Town match. As you would expect, the fans were solidly behind the American Dream as there may not be anyone in all of wrestling who connects with the fans more than Rhodes. Freddie Blassie has a lot of money invested in Koloff and doesn't want one of his prize charges to be forced to leave. Blassie interfered early, tripping Rhodes up as he hit the ropes. Referee Tommy Young saw this and made a judgment call. He could have disqualified Koloff on the spot, but knowing the importance of this match, instead he sent Blassie to the locker room! Koloff had to go it alone, and you could tell this wasn't part of the plan. Rhodes felt the momentum build for him after this, going straight at the Russian Bear and never backing down. Rhodes had everything going for him when FREDDIE BLASSIE ran back down to ringside. Tommy Young cut him off on the apron, but while Blassie had Young's attention, he threw in a foreign object to Koloff. Rhodes came over and knocked Blassie off the apron with a big Bionic elbow. When Rhodes turned back to Koloff to finish him off, Koloff clocked him with whatever that object was. Rhodes fell like a ton of bricks as Koloff covered him for the 1…2…3. The crowd fell into a stunned silence as Ivan Koloff had his hand raised in victory. It was dirty, but Dusty Rhodes lost and he will now have to leave GCW. The American Dream spent a few minutes saying goodbye to the fans before heading to the back in a very emotional moment. We wish the best of luck to Rhodes in the future. I for one am hoping that Koloff & Blassie get what's coming to them.

Jimmy Snuka defeated Larry Zbyszko by disqualification in 0:08:33.
Rating: ***

Jimmy Snuka is still having trouble with his shoulder thanks to Larry Zbyszko, but the proud Polynesian wasn't here to make excuses - he was here to fight. Zbyszko thought that surely his last attack on the Superfly would have put him away, but here Snuka was, shoulder heavily taped but revved up for a fight. Zbyszko realized that he wasn't going to slow down an angry Snuka tonight, so he took a shortcut and got himself disqualified by grabbed a chair from ringside and smashing Snuka in his injured arm. Snuka was in immense pain as Zbyszko threw him into the ring looking to inflict more damage. Zbyszko went to the top turnbuckle with sadistic visions of dropping a splash on Snuka's injured arm, but Snuka rolled out of the way and Zbyszko crashed hard onto the canvas! Zbyszko was down in the ring as Snuka went to the top and showed him how it was down, crashing down hard on Zbyszko with the Superfly Splash! Rumor has it that Zbyszko had his ribs injured thanks to that splash, finally evening the odds in this feud. Despite the injuries, the feud is going to come to an end one way or another on October 6, as Snuka & Zbyszko will meet in a 15-foot high steel cage!

Texas Bullrope Match:
Stan Hansen defeated Pedro Morales in 0:16:30.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Stan Hansen won the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Pedro Morales has been able to outwrestle Stan Hansen at every turn, a big reason why Morales took the Intercontinental Title back in Puerto Rico. Hansen has stated that the only reason Morales has gotten the better of him is because Morales only wants to wrestle him in matches that favorite the fiery Puerto Rican. To ultimately shut Hansen up, Morales let the Lariat pick the match under the stipulation that this would be Hansen's last shot at the gold. Hansen picked a Texas Bullrope match, his specialty. Morales did very well for himself, showing that he could adapt to any type of fight. Morales and Hansen pounded on each other for a good chunk of this match. At one point, Morales got Hansen in the Boston Crab and Hansen tapped out, but you don't win a Texas Bullrope by submission, only by touching all four turnbuckles in succession. Morales tried to do so after applying the Crab, but Hansen is a big guy and is a lot of dead weight. Pedro did drag Hansen around the ring to 3 turnbuckles, but when he went for the fourth, Hansen used the rope to pull Morales into the Lariat. Morales' brains were scrambled which allowed Hansen to touch all four turnbuckles and become the first 2-time IC champion. Morales showed how tough he was by accepting this match, but ultimately, Hansen was too much for him in his specialty match.

Harley Race defeated Bob Backlund by disqualification in 0:34:48.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Harley Race retained the GCW World Title.)
[Arnold Skaaland interfered against Harley Race.]

No fake injuries, no excuses. Harley Race had to defend the World Title against the undefeated Bob Backlund, a man that showed in Albany that he could pin the champ in the middle of the ring. Race is obsessed with being the champion and he will stop at nothing to make sure he keeps the gold around his waist. Throughout this match, Handsome Harley used underhanded tactics any chance he could. Eye gouges, hair pulls, grabbing the ropes for extra leverage in submissions. You think of a cheap tactic, Race did it. Backlund never let it frustrate him though. If Backlund has a biggest strength, it's that he never loses his focus in the ring no matter what is thrown at him. Race pulled out every dirty trick he could think of, but Backlund never strayed from the path and stayed on the offense. Race got flustered to the point that he went to the floor and grabbed the ring bell and brought it into the ring to clock Backlund. At this point, Backlund's manager Arnold Skaaland had seen enough and jumped in the ring, grabbing the bell out of Race's hands. Race yelled at Skaaland to get his "old ass out of the ring," which angered Skaaland who blasted Race in the face with the bell! Though the fans exploded into cheers as Race fell to the mat unconscious, Skaaland's loss of temper resulted in Backlund getting disqualified! Not only is Race still the World champion, but Backlund's undefeated streak is over! Skaaland apologized to Backlund for his actions, and the two shook hands. If Backlund gets another shot at the gold, he has shown that he can be the champion.

After the show was over, Harley Race was furious that Arnold Skaaland interfered and knocked him out with the ring bell. Race was so upset that he offered Skaaland a World Title match in Boston just to get his hands on the Golden Boy. Skaaland has accepted the match, and we will see it in the Boston Garden! Skaaland has never been a champion before, and at age 53, what an amazing story this would be if Skaaland can beat Race!

Card rating: *** 1/4

Match observations:

October 6 will be our next show as we return to the Boston Garden for the first time in 10 months! Here is what we have on tap so far:

WORLD TITLE - Harley Race (c) vs. Arnold Skaaland
CAGE MATCH - Jimmy Snuka vs. Larry Zbyszko

We also have learned that Dusty Rhodes will be in the house to officially say goodbye to the GCW fans.

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