August 20, 1971 - National Arena - Washington, DC

Pedro Morales pinned Eddie Graham after a small package in 0:07:17.
Rating: ** 1/2

Pedro Morales may have made himself the most hated man in wrestling when he walked out on Bruno Sammartino at MSG, and they were sure to let him know as we were at our last show to be held in Washington, DC for quite some time. Morales was taking on Eddie Graham, and the fiery Puerto Rican looked distracted as he feels justified in his means to get a World Title. Regardless, Morales hunkered down and got the pin on Graham with a small package (and a handful of tights, mind you). Word has it that Sammartino is looking for Morales still and wants answers.

[STREETFIGHT]: No-Countout-No-DQ-Match:
Karl Gotch pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna with the German Suplex in 0:18:06.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Karl Gotch retained the GCW United States Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Karl Gotch.]

Lou Albano & Baron Mikel Scicluna got exactly what they wanted - a streetfight with Karl Gotch for the United States Title. Well sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for, as Gotch was angry and he took it out on Scicluna. This was a side of the uS champion we had never seen before, and I don't think Scicluna was ready for that kind of intensity. Scicluna is one of the premier cheaters in the world and he used that to legally put a beating on Gotch that he had yet to encounter state side. It was a brutal affair, but Gotch showed that he can adapt to many different styles and pinned Scicluna with the German Suplex to retain the gold. Gotch's celebration was cut dramatically short as WAHOO MCDANIEL blindsided Gotch with a wooden crate, knocking Gotch unconscious! Wahoo's attack stopped there because frankly, Gotch was down and out. This assault was completely unprovoked and unexpected, and thus far, unexplained.

Wahoo McDaniel made Dominic DeNucci submit to the Indian Deathlock in 0:05:17.
Rating: *** 1/2

The fans had an immediate chance to let Wahoo McDaniel know how they felt as he was in action against Dominic DeNucci. Again, not a good night in singles competition for DeNucci as Wahoo made short work of him with the Indian Deathlock. An impressive win, yes, but Wahoo still has a lot of questions to answer.

Bill Watts and Johnny Valentine defeated Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf when Watts pinned Strongbow with the Oklahoma Stampede in 0:26:16.
Rating: **

Chief Jay Strongbow & Billy White Wofl are consistently wrestling some of the best matches around, but they are just narrowly coming out on the wrong side of the coin. They had a challenge in the former 3-time World Tag Team champions Bill Watts & Johnny Valentine, and took them to nearly a 30-minute match. Watts & Valentine are crafty though and they found a way to win, Watts hitting Strongbow with the Oklahoma Stampede for the win. Close, but no cigar.

Ernie Ladd pinned Tony Garea with the Boot to the Face in 0:08:53.
Rating: *** 1/4

Tony Garea continues to show how much hard he has worked and how much he wants to succeed, continually taking on difficult challengers. Tonight's challenge was Ernie Ladd, who brutalized Garea from bell-to-bell before putting him away with the Boot to the Face. That's one win for The Grand Wizard's charges, and with how dominating the win was, it could be a sign of things to come when Stan Stasiak tries to wrestle the World Title away from Bruno Sammartino in our main event.

Gene Anderson vs. Ole Anderson never takes place.

It probably should have never come to this, but Gene Anderson & Ole Anderson were set to face off one-on-one. Before the match could start though, DOMINIC DENUCCI came out and grabbed a microphone. DeNucci said that he cou;dn't sit back and watch one of the best teams in wrestling, and not only that, but two brothers, come to blows like this. DeNucci had plenty of battles with the Andersons years ago, so he knows firsthand how tough they are. DeNucci was acting as mediator and was doing his best to get the Andersons back on track. DeNucci even got the brothers to shake hands, but it was only for them to turn it into a double clothesline and floor DeNucci! It looks like the Andersons are back on the same page, and it only took someone meddling in their business to do it. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew will reunite in Detroit on September 16 to take on Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated The Cripplers (Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel) when Bruiser defeated Bockwinkel by disqualification in 0:00:11.
Rating: *
(The Cripplers retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Haystacks Calhoun interfered against Dick the Bruiser.]

Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher felt they should be the ones getting tag title shots against The Cripplers, not The Half-Ton Team, which explains why they cost Gorilla Monsoon & Haystacks Calhoun their shot in Toronto. Monsoon & Calhoun are not two men you want to anger as the Half-Ton Team got their revenge here, going tit for tat and costing Bruiser & Crusher the gold only 11 seconds into the match! Monsoon & Calhoun came out right away and assaulted Lou Albano's team, causing this match to be thrown out immediately. Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel simply shrugged, grabbed their titles, and headed to the back while these four monsters beat the tar out of each other. GCW officials have had enough of these two teams getting involved in each other's matches and have made a decision. On September 16 in Detroit, The Half-Ton Team and Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher will wrestle in a steel cage match, where the winner will be the undisputed number-one-contenders for the World Tag Team Titles.

Baron Von Raschke made Luke Graham submit to the Claw in 0:13:06.
Rating: ***
[Lou Albano interfered against Luke Graham.]

Baron Von Raschke has been running over opponents since Lou Albano debuted this monster over the summer, but he may have barked up the wrong tree when he had Von Raschke assault Billy Graham. Now Billy's older brother Luke Graham is pissed, and rightfully so. Luke Graham already has a long history with Albano and didn't need the extra motivation to want to get back at him. This was as intense as we've seen Luke Graham, which is saying a lot, but I don't think he has ever went up against someone like Baron Von Raschke. Luke Graham has etched his place in history as a man who can hurt people, but Raschke took all Graham had to give and kept on coming. It didn't help that Lou Albano took a wooden chair and waffled Graham in the back with it while he was on the floor. Raschke capitalized with the Claw and got an absolutely huge win over the former World champion. Is anyone going to be able to stop this monster?

Bruno Sammartino pinned Stan Stasiak after a forearm smash in 0:28:51.
Rating: * 1/4
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Bruno Sammartino.]
[Arnold Skaaland interfered against Stan Stasiak.]

This was a match that I was personally looking forward to, and one of Bruno Sammartino's toughest challenges to date. Not only has Stan Stasiak been a thorn in Bruno's side along with The Grand Wizard, but Stasiak has yet to have his shoulders pinned to the mat or made to submit in a GCW ring. This match showed how multi-faceted Sammartino is in the ring. Bruno has shown that he can win in a wrestling match, but here against Stasiak, it showed that he could win in a slugfest too. Some of the shots that these two were laying into each other were enough to knock out any normal man, but these two aren't normal. After a brutal brawl, Bruno caught Stasiak with a forearm smash that knocked him loopy which allowed him to get the pin and another successful title defense in the books.

Pedro Morales explains his actions.

After that grueling title defense, Sammartino's night wasn't done as PEDRO MORALES came out to finally explain why he left him high and dry in the Garden. Morales said it wasn't personal - just business. Morales said he thought Bruno was his friend, so when Morales had been campaigning for a World Title shot all year, he assumed Bruno would step up to the plate like a man and put the title on the line. The fact that he hasn't yet shows that Bruno is scared of him and knows that in a one-on-one match, Morales is the better man. Note that Morales was saying all of this from the floor while Bruno was standing in the ring. Morales finished by saying that if Sammartino had any guts at all, he would have given him a title shot in the first place and it would have never come to this. Having his courage called out was the last draw as Bruno jumped out of the ring and the brawl began! The show ended with these two megastars having to be pulled apart. This one is far from over.

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

We return to the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan for the first time in over 3 years, and what a terrific card we have lined up!

World Title (ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!) - Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. The Sheik
Number-One-Contenders Cage Match - The Half-Ton Team vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
The Minnesota Wrecking Crew vs. Dominic DeNucci/Tony Garea
Eddie Graham/Luke Graham vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna/Baron Von Raschke
Arnold Skaaland vs. Pedro Morales

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