August 12, 1967 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA

Dory Funk Jr. made Killer Kowalski submit to the Spinning Toe Hold in 0:13:31.
Rating: ****

A great match to kick off the show with Dory Funk Jr. getting the duke over Killer Kowalski. Funk is still searching for a tag team partner and he is supposed to let us know he he has chosen soon.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated The Half-Ton Team (Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun) when Crusher pinned Calhoun with the Bolo Punch in 0:05:33.
Rating: ** 1/4

Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher found out that they will get to challenge for the World Tag Team Titles on September 9th, but they had to get through 1000 pounds of Gorilla Monsoon & Haystacks Calhoun first. They did get the win, but the way they got it had everyone questioning their methods. Bruiser & Crusher couldn't toss Monsoon & Calhoun around like they do most of their opponents, so they resorted to using a chain to get the win. Not what we normally get from Bruiser & Crusher, but hey, I guess a win's a win.

Edouard Carpentier defeated Johnny Valentine by disqualification in 0:05:14.
Rating: **
[Lou Albano interfered against Edouard Carpentier.]

Edouard Carpentier was the first man to suffer a loss to Lou Albano and it was all thanks to the interference of Johnny Valentine. Carpentier wanted revenge on Valentine, but he didn't get the chance as Albano got his charge disqualified before Carpentier could get a pinfall. I don't think this one is over quite yet.

Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci defeated The Golden Grahams (Dr. Jerry Graham and Eddie Graham) when DeNucci pinned Dr. J. Graham with the Airplane Spin in 0:15:51.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Golden Grahams, Dr. Jerry Graham & Eddie Graham, a team that has been with GCW since the very first show back in 1963, are leaving Global Championship Wrestling. The deal was if they couldn't beat Pedro Morales & Dominic DeNucci and win the World Tag Team Titles, they would have to leave. And though they were game and came within an eyelash on several occasions, DeNucci's Airplane Spin was enough to put Dr. Jerry out. Two of the three Grahams are no more in GCW. Morales & DeNucci now have to look forward to Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher at MSG.

Gene Kiniski defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna by disqualification in 0:00:56.
Rating: *
[The Sheik interfered against Gene Kiniski.]

Gene Kiniski seemed a little thrown off by the cheers he got for his match tonight, but when you're the man who eliminated Abdullah Farouk from GCW, you're going to get a new fan or two. Kiniski was wrestling his former stablemate Baron Mikel Scicluna. There's apparently one man who isn't happy to see Farouk gone, and that is The Sheik. This match had barely started when The Sheik ran in and attacked Kiniski. The match was obviously thrown out, but the bigger story was the brutal assault The Sheik was unleashing on Kiniski! Thanks to a no. 2 pencil, Kiniski was wearing the crimson mask before officials came to get this one broken up. These former tag team champions now look to be enemies, and I can only imagine how intense this rivalry is going to get.

Ernie Ladd refuses to wrestling Chief Jay Strongbow.

This was supposed to be a match between Chief Jay Strongbow & Ernie Ladd, but when Ladd & Jack Davis came to the ring, it was not to wrestle. Ladd grabbed the microphone and said that he wasn't going to wrestle tonight as he didn't feel the people in Philadelphia deserved to see him wrestle, and Strongbow didn't deserve to wrestle him. This set Strongbow off, who came down to the ring and wanted to know why Ladd wouldn't face him. Ladd repeated what he said and turned to leave. Strongbow went to stop him, but Davis cut him off. Strongbow lifted the tiny Davis up to move him out of the way, leaving Strongbow's jaw wide open to the Boot to the Face from the Big Cat. Ladd hammered Strongbow with punches while Davis retrieved Strongbow's ceremonial headdress. With Strongbow in a helpless state, Ladd ripped the headdress up right in front of him, throwing the feathers right in his face! This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen anyone do, and Strongbow was nearly in tears at what just happened. I wouldn't want to be Ernie Ladd when Strongbow gets a hold of him.

Giant Baba pinned Hiro Matsuda after a running neckbreaker drop in 0:05:04.
Rating: ** 1/4

Giant Baba did his part tonight in defeating Lou Albano's charge, Hiro Matsuda. Baba and his partner, the US champion Antonio Inoki, know that Albano will stop short of nothing to get the United States Title, so Baba's job was to beat Matsuda so he wouldn't be a factor in the US Title match. Baba did just that. Matsuda tried to chop down the big tree by taking out his legs, but a running neckbreaker drop put an end to this match.

Antonio Inoki made Luke Graham submit to the Octopus Hold in 0:12:58.
Rating: **** 1/4
(Antonio Inoki retained the GCW United States Title.)

You have to believe that the original plan for Lou Albano was to have Hiro Matsuda available to help Luke Graham win the United States Title back from Antonio Inoki, but with Baba beating Matsuda, he was nowhere to be found. Either way, we once again had a fantastic match out of Inoki, who is already proving to be one of the best in the world early in his young career. Graham pounded on Inoki and hit everything he could think of to beat Inoki, but Inoki's unique style lets him counter moves you would never expect. Inoki looked primed to be beaten and Graham went for the Thumb to the Throat, but in the blink of an eye, Inoki had Graham in the Octopus Hold. Graham had no escape and for the second time, had to tap out to Inoki. Albano was livid and has vowed that he will get the US Title "by hook or by crook."

Jack Brisco and Terry Funk defeated The Firecrackers (Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez) when T. Funk made Perez submit to the Spinning Toe Hold in 0:37:00.
Rating: **** 1/4

In our semi-main event, we had a classic tag team match that was given a ton of time as Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez took on Jack Brisco and the man who attacked Argentina Apollo last month. We were all in shock when Brisco's partner was revealed as TERRY FUNK, the brother of Brisco's arch rival Dory Funk Jr.! Even Rocca & Perez looked a bit bewildered that Terry would willingly team with his brother's top rival. Brisco & Funk operated well as a team and were clearly on the same page. After 37 minutes of a great match, Terry Funk locked Perez in the Spinning Toe Hold, his brother's finishing hold, to get the win. A win over the longest reigning tag champions in GCW history is not a bad way to debut. But the question on everyone's mind is what is Dory Funk Jr. going to have to say about this?

Bobo Brazil pinned The Sheik with the Coco Butt in 0:11:19.
Rating: 3/4*
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)

Bobo Brazil & The Sheik have been battling each other since literally day one here in GCW, and the battles raged on in our main event - this time for the World Title. The Sheik never seemed to get into a groove in this match as it was almost like he was looking over his shoulder to see if Gene Kiniski was going to come after him. Kiniski will get the chance to get his hands on The Sheik on September 9th, but he didn't show up during this one. Since winning the World Title, Brazil has really kicked it into another gear as tonight he won another one.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

Back to Madison Square Garden on September 9th for our next huge show!

WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Pedro Morales/Dominic DeNucci (c) vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
UNITED STATES TITLE - Antonio Inoki (c) vs. Luke Graham
Giant Baba vs. Lou Albano
Gene Kiniski vs. The Sheik
The Half-Ton Team vs. Jack Brisco/Terry Funk

Plus, we will have an interview with Chief Jay Strongbow, who will comment on what Ernie Ladd did to him tonight.

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