Superstar Billy Graham vs. Dusty Rhodes (WWWF October 24, 1977)

An in his prime Dusty Rhodes makes his way to Madison Square Garden to take on Superstar Billy Graham for the World Wide Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship in a Texas Death Match. Announcer Vince McMahon helpfully informs us that that means it’s a no holds barred situation. There will be blood!

The opening portion of this match is your standard issue pre going national WWF match. Lots of rest holds and slow clubbering. “When are they going to get to the fireworks factory?!” I shout at my television in dismay. This is a Texas Death Match with Dusty Rhodes after all not a Bruno Sammartino vs. Buddy Rodgers match. There should be blood and chaos.

Suddenly it happens: Dusty Rhodes is busted open. I guess from getting his head smashed into a steel barricade, but who knows? Superstar gets a rope out from under the ring and tries to tie up Dusty. Dusty escapes and literally hangs Superstar. Superstar is bleeding all over the goddamn place for some reason.

There’s blood everywhere. Both men are in a bad way. They collapse center ring. Superstar drapes his arm over Dusty Rhodes for the three count. Rhodes is livid and beats the shit out of Superstar Billy Graham some more before the champ heads out of the ring and back to the locker room. Dusty follows after as the microphone drops from the ceiling and the ring announcer declares Superstar the winner and still WWWF Champion.


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