April 18, 1970 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Chief Jay Strongbow and Wahoo McDaniel defeated Miguel Perez and Gene Kiniski when Strongbow defeated Perez when Perez passed out in the Indian Deathlock in
Rating: ** 3/4
(Chief Jay Strongbow and Wahoo McDaniel retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Wahoo McDaniel & Chief Jay Strongbow were none too pleased with what they call a "lack of competition" in the tag team division in GCW and offered up a title shot to the first two men who came out from the locker room. The first man to do so was Miguel Perez, who was one-half of the longest reigning tag team champions in history along with Antonino Rocca. The second man was a huge shock as it was GENE KINISKI, and he was in a foul mood for sure. Wahoo & Strongbow had way more trouble than they anticipated, the match going over 20 minutes. Eventually, the tag team experience of the champs would come through, but maybe there is more competition in the tag division than they think.

Ernie Ladd pinned Tim Woods with the Boot to the Face in 0:13:38.
Rating: ** 3/4

Ernie Ladd picked up another bruising victory tonight, this time his victim being Tim Woods. After the match, the King grabbed the microphone and declared he is putting the World champion on notice. He doesn't care who the champion is - he wants a shot and he wants it soon.

Antonio Inoki defeated Giant Baba when Giant Baba passed out in the Octopus Hold in 0:27:14.
Rating: ****

After the betrayal by Giant Baba of his former best friend Antonio Inoki, a grudge match is the only way that these two are going to settle their differences, and we were lucky enough to have it signed here for the Garden. Inoki is generally a man of technique and patience, but you should have seen how aggressive he was once that bell rang and he got his hands on Baba. Both men were bruised and battered as this war waged on for nearly 30 minutes of pure aggressive. This style favored Baba, who isn't called "Giant" for nothing. Baba had hit the Crush Kick and could have gotten the win, but he wanted to punish Inoki more. Baba waited for Inoki to get back to his feet and went for another Crush Kick, but Inoki sidestepped and locked on the Octopus Hold. Baba was caught by surprise and couldn't work his way to the ropes, passing out in the painful submission hold and giving the win and bragging rights to Inoki.

Gorilla Monsoon pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna after a splash in 0:10:31.
Rating: * 1/4

Baron Mikel Scicluna lost his first match in quite awhile, but by no means was he dominated by Gorilla Monsoon. Monsoon's size makes him a threat to any opponent at any time. Scicluna got caught with a splash and you're just not going to kick out from that. Scicluna got revenge in his mind though when he hit Monsoon with a low blow after the match and hightailed it out of there. Monsoon is pissed and gets one more crack at Malta's man of royal descent next month in Baltimore.

Johnny Valentine pinned Pedro Morales with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:33:03.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Johnny Valentine won the GCW United States Title.)
[Bill Watts interfered against Pedro Morales.]

The feud between United States champion Pedro Morales and Johnny Valentine has gotten ultra personal, and even Valentine's seemingly former best friend Bill Watts was dragged into it. Watts was in the corner of Morales supporting him into hopefully knocking some sense into Valentine. To make sure we had a clear winner, the time limit was thrown out. We were going to settle this and have a clean cut winner… or so we thought. Morales wasn't going to lose this match - his fiery Latin pride wouldn't allow it. Morales fought out of the Figure-Four Leglock time and time again, which let him eventually lock on his Boston Crab. Valentine powered out of it once, accidentally propelling Morales into referee Terry Taranova. Morales locked on the Crab again, only to leave himself blind to BILL WATTS breaking the hold by nailing the Oklahoma Stampede on the champ! This was a setup the whole time! Watts helped Valentine to his feet, who then put the Figure-Four on Morales. Taranova regained his bearings enough to count the 3 on the unconscious Morales. Johnny Valentine is once again the uS champion, being handed the gold by Watts. These two make me sick.

Elimination Match:
The Cripplers (Gene Anderson, Nick Bockwinkel, Ole Anderson and Ray Stevens) beat The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.), Bobo Brazil and Peter Maivia 4 falls to 2:
x Bockwinkel beat T. Funk via the Piledriver in 0:04:11
x G. Anderson beat Brazil via the Piledriver in 0:15:11
x D. Funk Jr. beat O. Anderson via the Texas Cloverleaf in 0:26:36
x R. Stevens beat Maivia via the Bombs Away Kneedrop in 0:29:01
x D. Funk Jr. beat G. Anderson via countout in 0:32:04
x Bockwinkel beat D. Funk Jr. via an inside cradle in 0:38:02
Survivors: Nick Bockwinkel, Ray Stevens
Rating: *** 1/4

This match was turned into an 8-man tag team match in lieu of Nick Bockwinkel joining The Cripplers at our last show in Montreal. The Cripplers also got to pick the stipulations, and they chose an elimination match, claiming they wanted to be able to divide and conquer. It seemed like a great strategy as it didn't take long before they eliminated an overzealous Terry Funk who was throwing punches a bit too wildly. Terry got caught in the Piledriver from Bockwinkel, making it 4-on-3.

Bockwinkel would be instrumental in the next elimination as well, nailing Bobo Brazil in the back with a hard knee. Brazil stumbled forward into the Piledriver from Gene Anderson, leaving Dory Funk Jr. & Peter Maivia in a dire situation. Dory & the High Chief had to bear down if they were going to survive. The teamwork got much crisper and they worked together to eliminate Ole Anderson when Maivia hit him with a hard shot from the apron and Dory got him to tap to the Texas Cloverleaf. The momentum wouldn't be on their side for long though as Maivia got caught by the Bombs Away Kneedrop.

Dory Funk Jr. was now facing 3 against 1 odds, and no one is going to overcome that. He made it interesting by eliminating Gene Anderson by countout, but the sadistic and cunning natures of Stevens & Bockwinkel were too much to overcome as The Cripplers win the match.

Luke Graham pinned Thunderbolt Patterson with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:09:31.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Luke Graham retained the GCW World Title.)

After an epic string of battles with Antonio Inoki over the World Title, Luke Graham was happy to be defending his title against somebody else. Thunderbolt Patterson was getting a huge opportunity here and was fired up to take advantage, but the young Patterson was just outmatched in this one. Graham gets a relatively easy title defense and now awaits patiently, hoping Bruno Sammartino loses his match to Dick the Bruiser later to keep him from getting a shot at the most prestigious prize in the game.

Bruno Sammartino pinned Dick the Bruiser after a powerslam in 0:16:42.
Rating: ** 3/4

The second leg of Bruno Sammartino's gauntlet was our main event as he tangled with Dick the Bruiser. Bruiser was given one explicit direction - hurt Sammartino. These are directions you don't need to give the Bruiser - this is his goal every match. Bruno did get hurt in this match and hurt a lot. You can't wrestle a match with Dick and not leave banged up. Bruno has his sights set on taking the World Title, and he is making it known that he will stop at nothing until he is the champion again. Despite leaving with a busted nose, Bruno gets the win. Two down, but Lou Albano promises things are just going to get worse for Bruno.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

We are in the Civic Center in Baltimore on May 16th for more GCW action. These matches are signed and ready to deliver:

UNITED STATES TITLE REMATCH - Johnny Valentine (c) vs. Pedro Morales
#1 CONTENDERS MATCH - The Funk Brothers vs. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew
Gorilla Monsoon vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna
Bruno Sammartino vs. Stage Three of the Gauntlet

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