August 15, 1972 - Memorial Auditorium - Lowell, MA

Billy Graham made Jerry Lawler submit to the Bearhug in 0:03:50.
Rating: ***

"Superstar" Billy Graham is really coming into his own, and we may not like the way that he got into cahoots with The Grand Wizard, but there's no question that the tutelage of the Wizard has helped Graham's career tenfold. Jerry Lawler is no stranger to The Grand Wizard's men, engaging in a feud with Ernie Ladd earlier this year. Graham used a distraction from the Wizard to blitz Lawler and never let him get his bearings back, a sign that he is learning quickly. It didn't take long for Graham's massive Bearhug to put this one in the books.

Interview:
Bruno Sammartino accepts Billy Graham's arm wrestling challenge.

After the match, Billy Graham echoed his challenge from the Garden, wanting to take on Bruno Sammartino in an arm wrestling challenge. To Bruno's credit, he didn't have to come down as he has a big title defense against Johnny Valentine in our main event, but he did come down and answer Graham's challenge. That's just the type of man Sammartino is. A table was brought into the ring and Bruno & Graham did have their arm wrestling challenge. Graham stalled a lot early, claiming Bruno was cheating, had greased up his hand, etc. Once they finally did lock up for real, it was a good contest as they appeared to be evenly matched. Sammartino got the advantage though and was close to winning the arm wrestling challenge when Graham blindsided him with a cheap shot to the ear! If that wasn't enough, the Superstar picked up the table and smashed it on Bruno's head before officials came to break it up. Bruno had a cut open up on his forehead, but despite being told by doctors he shouldn't wrestle in the main event, he said he will take on Valentine.

The High Flyers (Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne) defeated Ernie Ladd and Stan Stasiak when G. Gagne made Stan Stasiak submit to the Gagne Sleeper in 0:11:32.
Rating: ** 1/2

The High Flyers are gaining important experience every time they wrestle, currently splitting time between GCW and AWA. They had a big challenge against the veterans Ernie Ladd & Stan Stasiak, and with The Grand Wizard at ringside, it makes it an even more difficult task. The aeriel moves of young Brunzell & Gagne have been tough for a lot of the bigger wrestlers to slow down, and a huge equalizer that the Flyers have is Greg Gagne's famous Gagne Sleeper, learned from his father, the legendary Verne Gagne. Greg showed that no matter who you are, if he gets the Sleeper on, he can put you down and out. Just ask Stan Stasiak, who ate the move tonight and lost for the team. After the match, The Grand Wizard was not happy with Stasiak, going as far as to fire him! Stasiak didn't take kindly to this and went after Wizard, only to be cut off and dropped by Ernie Ladd. The Grand Wizard has been quoted as saying he wants Stasiak out of GCW for good before he becomes a problem, and has signed Ladd into a match with him for September 11 for our big debut at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, the loser of which having to leave GCW!

Pedro Morales defeated Jimmy Snuka by disqualification in 0:14:41.
Rating: * 1/4
(Pedro Morales retained the GCW United States Title.)
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Pedro Morales.]

Pedro Morales, the new United States champion, has announced that he is willing to put his title on the line against anyone, anywhere. Morales is one of the more unpopular men in all of wrestling, so he is sure to get plenty of challengers. The first to step up was the rookie Jimmy Snuka, and you know Bobby Heenan would love to bring home his first championship in GCW. During the match, the rookie lost his cool thanks to the veteran tactics of Morales to where Snuka got frustrated. Snuka lost his cool and choked Morales out, refusing to release by the 5 count and thus getting himself disqualified.

Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka defeated Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf when Fuji pinned Strongbow with the Thrust Kick in 0:22:14.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

On the strength of their recent successes, Chief Jay Strongbow & Billy White Wolf were granted a shot at the World Tag Team Titles, currently held by Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka. These are two of the best teams in all of wrestling and they showed exactly why with 22 plus minutes of hard-hitting and great tag team action. Strongbow & Wolf had all of the momentum and the crowd firmly behind them, and all signs pointed to new tag team champions. But the current champs are crafty, and Fuji's Thrust Kick can come out of nowhere and spell all the difference. Fuji threw it in desperation, but it caught Strongbow flush in the jaw, allowing him to get the pin and another successful title defense.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) when Bruiser made R. Stevens submit to the Stomach Claw in 0:23:46.
Rating: *** 1/4

The battles between Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher and The Cripplers reached a new height last month during their cage match when all four men knocked each other out. A rematch was set for tonight, and we were going to have a winner. Bruiser & Crusher were ready to brawl, and Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel played it smart and wrestled a technical match. With Bruiser & Crusher though, if you can't get a pin on them early, eventually they're going to turn the match into a pier sixer. That happened when a Heenan interference attempt backfired. From there, it got bloody again as despite their arrogant demeanor, Stevens & Bockwinkel can mix it up with the best of them. In the end though, there are no better brawlers than Bruiser & Crusher. They made this their kind of match, and as a result, walked away with the victory.

Luke Graham pinned Wahoo McDaniel with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:09:54.
Rating: **
[Eddie Graham interfered against Wahoo McDaniel.]

Wahoo McDaniel has filed an official petition with GCW over the circumstances of how Pedro Morales pinned him to become the United States champion. While that complaint is being investigated, Wahoo still has matches to wrestle, and his opponent tonight was Luke Graham. Luke Graham is one of the all-time greats in GCW and Eddie Graham has him back on top of his game. Wahoo tried to work over Graham's legs, but Luke overwhelmed him and got the pin with the Thumb to the Throat. Wahoo is claiming the loss is no big deal, saying he was distracted over the "mental anguish from being cheated out of [my] US Title." Word has it that Luke Graham didn't take too kindly to that when he heard it. I'm interested to see where this is going.

[TORNADO RULES]:
Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea and Baron Mikel Scicluna and Baron Von Raschke battled to a no contest in 0:09:07.
Rating: ** 1/2
[Lou Albano, Toru Tanaka and Mr. Fuji interfered against Tony Garea.]
[Toru Tanaka and Mr. Fuji interfered against Baron Von Raschke.]
[Toru Tanaka and Mr. Fuji interfered against Baron Mikel Scicluna.]

The feud between Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea and Lou Albano's Barons has heated up to the point where the first ever Tornado Rules match was scheduled to try to settle the dispute. In this match, tags were not required - all four men would be in the ring at the same time. The chaos of this led to a highly emotionally fueled contest that the fans in Lowell really enjoyed. The lax rules also allowed MR. FUJI & TORU TANAKA to get involved, laying out both teams when they were already exhausted and leading to this match being a no contest. The champs were upset with both teams interfering in their matches, and they decided to get the better of them by leaving them all in a heap. The GCW Championship Committee has announced that on September 11 at our Greensboro debut, a rematch between DeNucci & Garea and the Barons will take place, the winner of which will move on to a World Tag Team Title match later in the evening against Fuji & Tanaka.

Bruno Sammartino pinned Johnny Valentine after a powerslam in 0:14:29.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)

Bruno Sammartino was worse for wear after Billy Graham busted a table over his head earlier, but he ignored doctor's instructions to sit out the main event and defended his World Title against Johnny Valentine. Valentine re-opened up the wound in short order, and Sammartino had to wrestle the whole match bleeding profusely from the skull. The cut got so bad that referee Dick Kroll nearly called the match, but Bruno refused to let him do so. Sammartino was bleeding like a sieve, but with his power, it only takes one big move to put a match away. He hit a desperation powerslam out of nowhere that was just enough to pin Valentine's shoulders to the mat for the 1-2-3. Sammartino was lucky to escape with the title and should probably take some time off, but he instead has demanded a match against "Superstar" Billy Graham on September 11.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

For the first time ever, GCW hits the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC and we are pulling out all of the stops!

WORLD TITLE - Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. Billy Graham
Winner faces Fuji/Tanaka later in the night - Dominic DeNucci/Tony Garea vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna/Baron Von Raschke
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Mr. Fuji/Toru Tanaka (c) vs. Winners of previous match
LOSER-LEAVES-TOWN - Stan Stasiak vs. Ernie Ladd
NUMBER-ONE CONTENDERS MATCH - Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher vs. The Cripplers
Luke Graham vs. Wahoo McDaniel

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