April 23, 1966 - Chicago Stadium - Chicago, IL

Pedro Morales defeated Dr. Jerry Graham by disqualification in 0:05:42.
Rating: *
[Eddie Graham interfered against Pedro Morales.]

The opening match pitted Pedro Morales against Dr. Jerry Graham. The match did not last long as Eddie Graham got involved to cause the disqualification. Morales fought the Grahams off (with help from the officials pulling everyone apart), grabbed a mic, and challenged the Grahams to a match next month as DOMINIC DENUCCI will return!

The Blond Bombers (Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens) defeated Antonino Rocca and Argentina Apollo when R. Stevens pinned Apollo with the Bombs Away Kneedrop in 0:20:16.
Rating: *** 1/4

The winning ways of the Blond Bombers continued, as they picked up their biggest win to date over the former World Tag Team champions, Antonino Rocca & Argentina Apollo. In all fairness to Rocca & Apollo, they haven't teamed up much recently. But when you beat former tag team champions, you've done something right.

Edouard Carpentier is sickened by Killer Kowalski's actions.

Edouard Carpentier came out for a short interview, saying he was sickened by what Killer Kowalski did to Gorilla Monsoon. Carpentier wanted a match with Kowalski, and he wanted it now. Kowalski was more than happy to oblige.

Killer Kowalski defeated Edouard Carpentier when Edouard Carpentier passed out in the Stomach Claw in 0:15:27.
Rating: ** 1/2

Edouard Carpentier fought valiantly to defend Gorilla Monsoon's honor, not necessarily because they're friends, but because it's the right thing to do. However, since Killer Kowalski has went on his own, he has a meanstreak to him we haven't seen. Carpentier did what he could to chop the tree down, but the Stomach Claw proved to be too much for the former US champ.

Baron Mikel Scicluna pinned Bobo Brazil after a small package in 0:06:52.
Rating: *

Bobo Brazil may have suffered another loss at the hands of Abdullah Farouk's men, but there was a little shining light this time against Baron Mikel Scicluna. The first time Farouk attempted to interfere in the match, he got a little more than he bargained for as JAMES DUDLEY came out and attacked Farouk! The crowd was going crazy as Dudley & Farouk brawled around the floor. Brazil was distracted by what was going on, which allowed Scicluna to roll Brazil up and get the win. Brazil would have time to be upset about that later as he went to the floor and helped pull Dudley off of Farouk. James Dudley is back at Bobo Brazil's side!

Luke Graham pinned Chief Jay Strongbow with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:11:21.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Luke Graham retained the GCW United States Title.)

Chief Jay Strongbow may have beaten Eddie and he may have beaten Dr. Jerry, but Luke Graham is a whole different monster. No one has been able to slow this man down, and despite a game effort, Strongbow was no different. Graham's reign of terror continues.

Ernie Ladd pinned Spiros Arion with the Boot to the Face in 0:07:33.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Jack Davis interfered against Spiros Arion.]

The winning streak of Ernie Ladd continued as he got the win over Spiros Arion. We also learned that the petitioning of Jack Davis has finally paid off as Ladd will challenge Luke Graham on May 21st at MSG in an attempt to become a 3-time US champion.

Dory Funk Jr. defeated Miguel Perez when Miguel Perez passed out in an abdominal stretch in 0:09:22.
Rating: ***

Miguel Perez's journey into singles wrestling has hit some speed bumps early on, one being Dory Funk Jr. Funk worked over Perez's ribs and got him to submit to an abdominal stretch. Abdullah Farouk was none too happy with Perez's performance.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Gene Kiniski and The Sheik when Bruiser pinned Kiniski after a lariat in 0:09:35.
The Sheik suffered a neck injury. He will be out for approximately 1 month.
Rating: 3/4*
(Crusher & Bruiser retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Abdullah Farouk interfered against The Crusher.]

Gene Kiniski & The Sheik got their rematch for the World Tag Team Titles, but they got much of the same from The Crusher & Dick the Bruiser. They may have had a different fate had The Sheik not been dropped on his head during a backdrop, suffering a neck injury. It appeared more serious than it really was, but it took him out of contest and left Kiniski to fend for himself. Kiniski did what he could, but Crusher & Bruiser are just too vicious to stand up to alone. Crusher & Bruiser didn't get long to celebrate their victory as THE BLOND BOMBERS came in with chairs and hit the champs in the back… but it had no effect! Stevens & Patterson wisely got the hell out of Dodge, but they officially have the champs' attention.

Cage Match:
Bruno Sammartino pinned Bill Watts after a powerslam in 0:23:54.
Rating: ****
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)

Before the match, it was announced that this would be Bill Watts' last chance to regain the World Title from Bruno Sammartino, and what better way to do so than in a steel cage match! Bruno is a proud champion and has publicly stated that his goal is to hold the World Title for longer than the great Lou Thesz did. And he especially didn't want to lose the title to his former best friend. Watts wrestled with a sense of desperation, knowing he would never have another shot, but it just wouldn't be his night. As Watts was climbing the cage to escape, Bruno caught him and powerslammed him off the top rope, enough to drive the air out of his lungs and get the 1-2-3. As we've said so many times before, hopefully this blood feud is finally over while both men can still stand.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

Back home to Madison Square Garden for our show on May 21st, with the following big matches already signed!

WORLD TITLE - Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna
UNITED STATES TITLE - Luke Graham (c) vs. Ernie Ladd
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Crusher/Dick the Bruiser (c) vs. The Blond Bombers
Pedro Morales/Dominic DeNucci vs. The Golden Grahams
Gorilla Monsoon/Edouard Carpentier vs. Killer Kowalski/TBA

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