April 20, 1968 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Interview:
Johnny Valentine wants a shot at the United States Title.

Johnny Valentine kicked off the show by coming out with manager Lou Albano and essentially holding the show hostage. Valentine said he wasn't going to leave until Chief Jay Strongbow came to the ring and gave him a shot at the United States Title. Strongbow did come out, but it wasn't to give a title match. Instead he told Valentine that if he wanted a title shot, it wasn't going to be handed to him - he had to earn it. Valentine said that was fine and immediately tried to jump Strongbow, but the US champ was ready and sent Valentine sprawling from the ring.

Peter Maivia made Hiro Matsuda submit to the Stump Puller in 0:14:27.
Rating: ****

The night wasn't starting out well for Lou Albano as not only did Johnny Valentine get embarrassed by Strongbow, but then in the opening contest, Hiro Matsuda fell to "High Chief" Peter Maivia. Could this be a sign of things to come for Albano and his men tonight?

Edouard Carpentier pinned Jack Brisco after a flying senton in 0:02:28.
Rating: ***

Jack Brisco grabbed the microphone before his match with Edouard Carpentier and bragged about how he retired Gene Kiniski by injuring him and proving to the world that he is old news. He promised that we would never see Kiniski ever again. It didn't take long into this match for everyone to see that wasn't the case. About 2 minutes in, GENE KINISKI came out, his arm in a sling from the elbow injury he suffered last month. Brisco was shocked and couldn't believe Kiniski was there. It allowed Carpentier to surprise him with a dropkick from behind and a flying senton to get the 1-2-3. Brisco was livid post-match and told Kiniski he would finish him once and for all.

The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) defeated Nick Bockwinkel and Killer Kowalski when T. Funk defeated Kowalski when Kowalski passed out in the Spinning Toe Hold in 0:26:46.
Rating: *** 1/4

It was so strange but pleasant to see Dory & Terry Funk on the same team. After months of a bloody feud, the brotherly bond has proven to be stronger as they have ptached up their differences and decided to go at it as a team. They looked great in their first match together, getting a difficult win over Nick Bockwinkel & Killer Kowalski. This looks to be the first of many big wins for the brothers Funk.

Chief Jay Strongbow pinned Ernie Ladd after hitting him with the ring bell in 0:22:48.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Chief Jay Strongbow retained the GCW United States Title.)
[Jack Davis and Johnny Valentine interfered against Chief Jay Strongbow.]

Chief Jay Strongbow had told Johnny Valentine that if he wanted a title shot, he was going to have to do something to earn it. Valentine's version of earning a title shot involved interfering in Strongbow's defense against Ernie Ladd. Valentine tried to slide the ring bell into Ladd, but Strongbow saw what was going on and got to the ring bell first. Strongbow waffled Ladd with it while Jack Davis had referee Terry Taranova distracted, letting Strongbow get the pinfall. Valentine wasn't finished yet though as he grabbed the US Title and smashed Strongbow in the back of the head with it after the match. This was enough for Strongbow to want a match with Valentine, which will take place for the US Title on May 18th at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto!

The Half-Ton Team (Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun) defeated The Firecrackers (Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez) when Monsoon pinned Perez after a splash in 0:07:43.
Rating: * 3/4

A rare fan favorite vs. fan favorite tag team match as Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez took on the Half-Ton Team. The size difference proved to be what sealed this one as Haystacks Calhoun & Gorilla Monsoon caught Rocca & Perez when the Firecrackers went for flying crossbody presses and dropped them with front slams. Monsoon followed with a splash on Perez giving the Half-Ton Team the win.

Pat Patterson pinned The Sheik after a slingshot in 0:15:29.
Rating: ** 1/2

Many people thought Pat Patterson was nuts to call out The Sheik, who has been maiming opponents left and right in recent months. Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher especially thought this, and even had a ringside seat to watch "The Sheik tear the bum apart" in their words. They were shocked to see that the exact opposite ended up happening. The Sheik dominated early but right after he busted Patterson open, something in the former Pretty Boy snapped and he decimated The Sheik. No one has ever done this to The Sheik before, not to this extent anyway. The crazed man from India was a complete and bloody mess thanks to Patterson who finished him off with a slingshot into the ringpost. Bruiser & Crusher looked noticeably nervous for the first time ever as Patterson looked like he was in a trance. They may live to regret pushing him this far.

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) defeated Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci when G. Anderson pinned DeNucci with the Piledriver in 0:09:29.
Rating: ***
(The Minnesota Wrecking Crew won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew has come onto the scene like gangbusters, going straight for the World Tag Team champions Pedro Morales & Dominic DeNucci. They goaded them into a title match in only the the brothers Anderson's third match, and the plan proved to be a perfect one. Morales & DeNucci were off their game thanks to Gene & Ole, who capitalized to win the World Tag Team Titles and end the year plus reign of Morales & DeNucci. Morales & DeNucci have invoked their rematch clause for May 18th in Toronto and vow that they will be focused and ready this time around.

Argentina Apollo defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna by countout in 0:09:06.
Rating: ** 1/2

Argentina Apollo & Baron Mikel Scicluna had the dubious task of being the match to precede the huge steel cage main event, but they did their best to put on a good match. Apollo would pick up the win when Scicluna would walk out for the countout.

Cage Match:
Bobo Brazil pinned Luke Graham with the Coco Butt in 0:21:25.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)

The match everyone was waiting for pit Luke Graham, perhaps the most dominating wrestler in the world today, taking on Bobo Brazil with Brazil's World Title on the line… in a steel cage! Graham has already beaten Brazil twice this year, once by disqualification and once by countout, but we were going to have a decisive winner one way or another this time around. This match seemed to be right up Graham's alley, and this all seemed to be a perfect plan orchestrated by Lou Albano. Brazil took perhaps the worst beating of his career in this match, but as he has done so many times in the past, Brazil showed that he has no quit in him and fought back. By the end of the match, both men were bleeding like faucets. Graham appeared to have the match won when he hit the Thumb to the Throat and started toward the door with Lou Albano's help. Then in a truly memorable moment, JAMES DUDLEY pulled Albano away and leveled him with a huge right hand and then slammed the cage door back into Graham's face! Graham was knocked loopy, which gave Brazil time to recover. Brazil threw graham face first into the cage several times before nailing the Coco Butt to pin Luke Graham to retain the World Title. Due to injuries sustained in this match, Luke Graham will be taking some time off from the ring to heal, making Albano a very unhappy camper. Albano has vowed that this isn't over and he will not rest until he has control of the World Title.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

The action stays hot and heavy as GCW returns to Toronto on May 18th!

UNITED STATES TITLE - Chief Jay Strongbow (c) vs. Johnny Valentine
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (c) vs. Pedro Morales/Dominic DeNucci
The Funk Brothers vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
The Half-Ton Team vs. Killer Kowalski/Nick Bockwinkel
Pat Patterson vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna

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