August 10, 1968 - Chicago Stadium - Chicago, IL

Nick Bockwinkel and Killer Kowalski defeated Dominic DeNucci and Edouard Carpentier when Bockwinkel pinned Carpentier after a crucifix in 0:15:56.
Rating: ***

A good tag team match to kick off our show in Chicago. Dominic DeNucci is trying out Edouard Carpentier as his new tag team partner, and so far, they just haven't clicked. The same thing happened here in our opener as they fell to Nick Bockwinkel & Killer Kowalski. They are going to need to figure something out soon if they want any shot at climbing up the tag team ranks.

Hiro Matsuda pinned Peter Maivia after a backslide in 0:09:15.
Rating: *** 1/4

Peter Maivia is LIVID, and after what happened in this match with Hiro Matsuda, who can blame him? The High Chief seemed to have this match in complete control when Lou Albano got involved, tripping Maivia up as he hit the ropes. Maivia turned his attentions to the wily manager for just a split second, which let Matsuda capitalize with a backslide. Matsuda put his feet on the ropes for extra leverage, and just like that, stole a victory. Maivia wasn't one to stand for this, and unceremoniously dumped Matsuda to the floor with a dropkick. A rematch has been signed for next month on September 7th at Madison Square Garden.

Pedro Morales pinned The Sheik after a small package in 0:07:03.
Rating: * 1/4

We may have found somebody who can actually calm The Sheik down, and it's not a moment too soon if you ask me. The Sheik wrestled Pedro Morales tonight in a losing effort as the smart Morales forced The Sheik to make a few key mistakes and pinned him with a small package. The Sheik was starting to lose complete control (thankfully Morales got out of the ring in time) when this beautiful mysterious woman dressed in leopard print started toward the ring. The Sheik was instantly calmed, infatuated by this mystery lady. She beckoned him to come with her, and surprisingly, he followed. Who is this mystery woman?

The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) defeated The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) when D. Funk Jr. pinned G. Anderson after a gutwrench suplex in 0:28:49.
Rating: *** 1/2
(The Funk Brothers won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

We have new World Tag Team champions! After all of their feuding, Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk showed that the brotherly bond is a hard one to break as they overcame the odds to defeating another set of brothers, Gene & Ole Anderson, to become the new champions. The match was fantastic, almost going a solid 30 minutes before a picture-perfect gutwrench suplex from Dory on Gene put this one in the books. Not ones to sit back, the Minnesota Wrecking Crew has already requested their rematch and it will be at MSG.

Haystacks Calhoun pinned Ernie Ladd after an avalanche in 0:15:09.
Haystacks Calhoun suffered a torn groin. He will be out for approximately 5 months.
Rating: * 3/4
[Jack Davis interfered against Haystacks Calhoun.]

Not a good night for Ernie Ladd, as he just couldn't figure out a way to contend with the massive size of Haystacks Calhoun and eventually was crushed in the corner with an avalanche to lose the match. However, it may have been an even worse night for Calhoun as the 600-pounder suffered a torn groin and is going to miss up to 5 months. When you're a man of that size, one false step can be devastating as shown here. Ladd, in typical Big Cat fashion, is taking credit for the injury. We wish Haystacks a speedy recovery.

Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Johnny Valentine via pinfall in 0:14:04.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Chief Jay Strongbow retained the GCW United States Title.)

After all of the in-fighting with Hiro Matsuda over who got to challenge Chief Jay Strongbow for the United States Title, Johnny Valentine fell short in his bid to win his first singles title. He was literally within an eyelash of winning the title when he temporarily knocked Strongbow out with a hard elbow to the back of the head, but when Strongbow fell, he accidentally tumbled into the referee and took him out of play. Valentine tried to revive the ref, only for Lou Albano to jump in the ring. Albano swung at Strongbow with his cane, but Strongbow missed and Albano cracked his own charge in the back of the head! Valentine dropped like a sack of potatoes as Strongbow threw Albano out of the ring, made the pinfall, and retained the championship.

Gorilla Monsoon pinned Jack Brisco after an avalanche in 0:09:44.
Rating: ** 3/4
[Gene Kiniski interfered against Jack Brisco.]

You would think Jack Brisco would have learned his lesson by now, but he continues to surprise everyone with his gluttony for punishment. Brisco thought it would be a good idea to disrespect Gorilla Monsoon in this one-on-one match, when Monsoon was already in a terrible mood thanks to Haystacks Calhoun's injury earlier. Brisco tried to slap Monsoon around one too many times, leading to the Gorilla smashing him with an avalanche for the pin. After the match as Monsoon celebrated, Brisco clipped his knee from behind and went to work on it, clearly trying to injure the man. Luckily for Monsoon, GENE KINISKI was in the building and made the save, clearing Brisco from the ring (but still favoring his injured elbow). We know a tag match has been signed for next month, pitting Kiniski & Monsoon against Brisco & Ernie Ladd.

[CHICAGO STREETFIGHT]: No-Countout-No-DQ-Handicap-Match:
Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Pat Patterson when Bruiser made Patterson submit to the Stomach Claw in 0:20:04.
Rating: *** 3/4

If you can say one thing about Pat Patterson, it is he is a very brave man. He went into this 2-on-1 Chicago Streetfight against Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher with no fear whatsoever. Bruiser & Crusher have crippled several TEAMS in the past, let alone what they could do to one person. Patterson jumped his opponents early on and actually did quite well for himself in this match, dishing out a huge beating on his two hated foes. However, eventually the numbers game became too great and Patterson would ultimately fall to defeat. Bruiser & Crusher weren't done though as they tied Patterson up in the ropes to inflict more punishment when a masked man ran out through the crowd, grabbed a chair, and blasted both men in the back with it, knocking them from the ring. Bruiser & Crusher were in shock, but not nearly as much as they were when the man removed his mask to reveal RAY STEVENS! Ray Stevens is back in GCW! Patterson's first partner who was injured and taken out by Bruiser & Crusher has returned to help him in his battle against them.

Cage Match:
Bobo Brazil pinned George Steele with the Coco Butt in 0:19:28.
Rating: 3/4*
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)

Bobo Brazil was looking to end this issue with George "The Animal" Steele once and for all, and what better way to do so than in a steel cage? As their matches have been in the past couple months, this was by no means a technical wonder. However, if you like blood and two big guys kicking the crap out of each other, this was right up your alley. Steele looked like he had the title won on a few occasions, but the rules seemed to confuse the Animala bit and couldn't capitalize on situations when Brazil was hurt. This allowed Brazil to fight back, hit the Coco Butt, and retain the World Title yet again. Lou Albano has vowed that this isn't over.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

These matches have been signed so far for our return to Madison Square Garden on September 9th:

WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Funk Brothers (c) vs. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew
The Blond Bombers vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
Gene Kiniski/Gorilla Monsoon vs. Jack Brisco/Ernie Ladd
Peter Maivia vs. Hiro Matsuda

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