April 8, 1972 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Stan Stasiak pinned Tony Garea with the Heart Punch in 0:04:44.
Rating: * 1/4

Our opening match tonight saw Stan "The Man" Stasiak blitz Tony Garea and take the win with his deadly Heart Punch. Word going around is that Garea is looking to try his hand in the tag team ranks and is looking for a tag team partner.

Toru Tanaka and Mr. Fuji defeated Dominic DeNucci and Johnny Weaver when Fuji pinned J. Weaver with the Thrust Kick in 0:10:15.
Rating: **
(Toru Tanaka and Mr. Fuji retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

We don't know a lot about Mr. Fuji & Toru Tanaka, but we do know they are ruthless and that they are the World Tag Team champions. They are both so crisp in the ring, work great as a team, and are not above cutting any corner they can to pick up a win. Dominic DeNucci & Johnny Weaver were the next to fall to ruthless champions, Fuji catching Weaver in the chin with the Thrust Kick to make this another successful title defense.

Billy White Wolf made Gene Anderson submit to the Indian Deathlock in 0:07:03.
Rating: *** 1/4

With his partner wrestling later for the United States Title, Billy White Wolf wrestled in singles action, taking on Gene Anderson of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew. A solid match that saw Billy White Wolf keep Anderson grounded before putting him in the very painful Indian Deathlock to get the submission victory.

Jerry Lawler pinned Ernie Ladd after a flying fistdrop in 0:08:15.
Rating: *** 1/4

Since making his debut in GCW earliest this year, Jerry Lawler has consistently gotten the better of veteran Ernie Ladd. Ladd is not one to take getting bested by a rookie lightly as seen by his quest to make Lawler's life a living hell. Ladd wanted one more shot at Lawler here in the Garden, and he demanded that the title of "King" officially be put on the line. Ladd has become so obsessed with beating Lawler that he wrestled way too aggressively in this one, even ignoring The Grand Wizard's instructions. This would cost him in a big way as Ladd would knock himself loopy when he charged Lawler in the corner, but Lawler moved out of the way. Ladd nailed his forehead on the ring post, to which Lawler followed with a flying fistdrop to get the 1-2-3. Jerry Lawler will now officially be referred to as Jerry "The King" Lawler, much to the chagrin of Ladd & The Grand Wizard.

Baron Mikel Scicluna and Baron Von Raschke defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when Raschke made Crusher submit to the Claw in 0:20:54.
Rating: ** 1/2

If you go by quantity, Lou Albano's stable has taken a major hit over the past several months. What was once 5 strong has gone down to 2, but when those 2 are Baron Mikel Scicluna & Baron Von Raschke, it's hard to be too upset with your fortunes. Albano had the Barons focused on only one nothing tonight and that was the destruction of his former charges, Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. It has been awhile since we have heard Bruiser & Crusher receive the type of cheers that they did tonight, but they fully embraced it and used it to their advantage against the Barons. Bruiser & Crusher were amped up to say the least, but Scicluna & Von Raschke have developed into quite the dangerous duo. That, and Raschke's Claw is a very dangerous move. Just ask The Crusher who got trapped in it tonight and was forced to submit. It looks like this chapter of the book is closed, but Bruiser & Crusher will be back for sure. Next up though, they have some unsettled business with Stan Stasiak & Ernie Ladd that they nwill try to take care of on May 11 in Boston.

The High Flyers (Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne) defeated Bill Watts and Johnny Valentine when Brunzell pinned Watts with the Dropkick in 0:02:10.
Rating: ** 1/2

The High Flyers have officially gotten the first win of their careers, and what a way to do it by beating the former 3-time World Tag Team champions Bill Watts & Johnny Valentine! Watts & Valentine clearly took the rookies far too lightly, and it didn't take Jim Brunzell long to catch Watts underneath the jaw with his version of the dropkick to get a flash pin and a huge upset! Watts & Valentine have challenged the Flyers to a rematch for the Boston show.

Wahoo McDaniel and Chief Jay Strongbow battled to a double countout in 0:16:05.
Rating: 1/4*
(Wahoo McDaniel retained the GCW United States Title.)

The history between Wahoo McDaniel & Chief Jay Strongbow goes way back. The two used to be the most dominant tag team in all of wrestling before a falling out made them the worst of enemies. Strongbow is also a former United States champion and would love nothing more than to take the title back from the current champion Wahoo. The match didn't take long to break down into a fight between two fierce rivals, ending this in a double countout. I don't think Wahoo & Strongbow much cared as the fight continued long after the bell rang. The two clearly still have issues to be worked out and will get that chance in a rematch on May 11.

The Cripplers (Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel) defeated Gorilla Monsoon and Jimmy Snuka when Bockwinkel defeated J. Snuka by disqualification in 0:09:28.
Rating: ** 1/4
[Arnold Skaaland interfered against Nick Bockwinkel.]

Bobby Heenan has The Cripplers firing on all cylinders, but one thing Heenan didn't account for in this match against Gorilla Monsoon & Jimmy Snuka is there would be another manager at ringside. Arnold Skaaland has taken Monsoon & Snuka under his wing and when Heenan tried to interfere by throwing a pair of brass knuckles into the ring, Skaaland got physically involved. Skaaland rolled in the ring, grabbed the knux before Bockwinkel could, and clocked Bockwinkel with them. Of course, this was right in plain sight of referee Terry Taranova who declared this match a disqualification. As a result of what happened, a 6-man tag team match has been signed to settle this, pitting Monsoon, Snuka, & Skaaland against Stevens, Bockwinkel, & Bobby Heenan!

Cage Match:
Luke Graham pinned Billy Graham with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:10:51.
Rating: ** 1/2

The volatile feud between brothers Luke & Billy Graham finally came to its apex tonight, and what better way to do it than in the most dangerous structure in wrestling, the steel cage! Luke has tried everything in his power to get his brother Billy thinking straight again, but after Superstar stretchered out their other brother Eddie, he knew this was the only recourse. Billy Graham is now also under the tutelage of The Grand Wizard, and he has Billy even more deadly than ever. This match turned into a bloodbath in short order. Billy shockingly dominated most of this match. It looks like he's learned a lot from The Grand Wizard. The image of Luke Graham wearing a crimson mask while his own brother raked his face against the unforgiving steel mesh of the cage is one that will be cemented in the minds of the fans for years to come. Billy Graham had this match won and was slowly making his way to the door, but he never made it out because EDDIE GRAHAM came out of nowhere and slammed the door in Billy's face! Luke Graham immediately capitalized with the Thumb to the Throat and got the pinfall victory to put this one to bed once and for all.

Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
Bruno Sammartino beat Pedro Morales 2 falls to 1:
x Morales beat B. Sammartino via the Boston Crab in 0:27:36
x B. Sammartino beat Morales via a bearhug in 0:41:03
x B. Sammartino beat Morales via the Sammartino Backbreaker in 0:47:42
Rating: *** 1/4
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)

This was it. There would be no further rematches. This was Pedro Morales' last opportunity to wrestle Bruno Sammartino for the World Heavyweight Title, and it would be best 2 out of 3 falls. The feud between these two has been burning for nearly a year and a half now, and something had to give. Both men wrestled more cautiously than they normally would - Bruno expecting Morales to come out a house of fire and Morales not wanting to make a crucial mistake to cost himself his shot. The match was a bit plodding at first with both men engaging in an extended feeling out process. The situation changed when Bruno appeared to injure his back. Morales locked Bruno in the Boston Crab and Bruno quickly submittied, knowing he would have two more falls and didn't want to risk a serious injury. After the rest period, Morales tried to lock the Boston Crab on right away, but Bruno kicked him off, sending him to the floor. In a perhaps ironic twist of fate, Morales tweaked his back when he hit the floor. Morales tried to stall as long as he could, but what has made Bruno such a great champion is his ability to smell the blood in the water. Sammartino systematically tore Morales apart before evening the score with a bearhug. Morales tried everything he could to get back into it, but his back was in too much pain as Bruno would go on to get him in the Sammartino Backbreaker to retain his title and finally put this epic feud to bed.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

After a historic night at MSG, we go to our home away from home, the Boston Garden! We will be there on May 11 with the following matches scheduled so far:

UNITED STATES TITLE REMATCH - Wahoo McDaniel (c) vs. Chief Jay Strongbow
Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher vs. Ernie Ladd/Stan Stasiak
Gorilla Monsoon/Jimmy Snuka/Arnold Skaaland vs. The Cripplers/Bobby Heenan
The High Flyers vs. Bill Watts/Johnny Valentine

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