August 9, 1969 - Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, ON, CA

Ray Stevens pinned Tim Woods with the Bombs Away Kneedrop in 0:15:32.
Rating: ** 1/2

We saw the debut of a wrestler in our opening contest as Tim Woods took on Ray Stevens. Woods calls himself Mr. Wrestling, and it didn't take long into this match to see why. Woods outclassed Stevens for much of this match, which is not an easy thing to do. However Stevens regained his bearings and picked up the win in a match that was surely much more difficult than he anticipated. Stevens went to teach Woods a lesson after the match, but Woods countered his attack and sent the Crippler out of the ring to the floor.

Wahoo McDaniel and Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna and Tony Altimore when Strongbow made Altimore submit to the Indian Deathlock in 0:10:10.
Rating: * 1/2

Before this match, Baron Mikel Scicluna & Tony Altimore GUARANTEED this would be the match that they got off the snide and got a victory. Unfortunately for them, Wahoo McDaniel & Chief Jay Strongbow never got the memo as they dominated the hapless duo en route to a victory. After the match, Scicluna & Altimore got into a shoving match, blaming the other for the loss. It escalated into a brawl and the two had to be pulled apart. We have learned that these two will meet one on one on September 9th in Chicago, so one of these two is going to end his losing streak.

Nick Bockwinkel defeated Miguel Perez when Miguel Perez passed out in a side headlock in 0:06:32.
Rating: **

Nick Bockwinkel showed how devious he could be in his victory over Miguel Perez. Shielding his body from the referee, Bockwinkel pulled a foreign object out of his tights and knocked Perez loopy with it. Bockwinkel then locked on a side headlock and with Perez unconscious from the weapon shot, Bockwinkel gets the win.

Johnny Valentine pinned The Sheik after hitting him with the title belt in 0:18:28.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Johnny Valentine retained the GCW United States Title.)
[The Princess interfered against Johnny Valentine.]

Johnny Valentine showed he can get just as mean as The Sheik can in this title defense tonight. The Sheik spent much of the match maiming Valentine, busting open his nose in the process. No matter what The Sheik did though, he couldn't put the champ away. The Princess snagged the US Title from the timekeeper's table and slid it into the ring for The Sheik to use, but Valentine cut the challenger off with a boot to the midsection, grabbed the title belt, smashed The Sheik in the face with it and walked out of Toronto still the reigning champion.

Gorilla Monsoon pinned Boris Malenko after a splash in 0:01:48.
Rating: * 1/4

Talk about not wasting any time! Gorilla Monsoon showed he wasn't being paid by the hour as he bumrushed Boris Malenko en route to pinning him with a big splash in under 2 minutes.

Bill Watts pinned Thunderbolt Patterson with the Oklahoma Stampede in 0:12:14.
Rating: ** 3/4

Bill Watts has shown that he is back and in a big way, getting his second victory in a row tonight. This time, it was against the impressive young star Thunderbolt Patterson. Patterson held his own very well, but it's hard competing in there against a former World champion - more often than not, you're coming out on the short end of the stick.

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when G. Anderson defeated Crusher by disqualification in 0:13:07.
Rating: **
(Crusher & Bruiser retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Wahoo McDaniel interfered against Dick the Bruiser.]
[Wahoo McDaniel interfered against Gene Anderson.]

Dick the Bruiser, The Crusher, & the Minnesota Wrecking Crew had to see this coming. After what they all pulled last month, it's no surprise that Chief Jay Strongbow & Wahoo McDaniel were out to even the score. As the two villain teams battled for the World Tag Team Titles, Strongbow & McDaniel ran in and jumped BOTH teams causing this match to be thrown out. Strongbow & McDaniel both had chairs with them and sent running out of Dodge in a hurry. To settle all of these issues, in Chicago Wahoo & Chief Jay will take on the MWC in a Chicago Streetfight! The winner of that match will move on to wrestle Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher on October 4th at our debut in Jersey City.

Bobo Brazil and Ernie Ladd battled to a double countout in 0:17:15.
Rating: **

Old enemies renewed their rivalry as Bobo Brazil and Ernie Ladd went one on one. These two know each other so well and it shows in the way they wrestle each other. These two wrestled to a stalemate tonight as the fight went to the floor and neither man beat the count. A draw tonight, but surely these two will meet again very soon.

The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) defeated The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) when Jerry Brisco pinned D. Funk Jr. with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:26:53.
Rating: *** 3/4

I think the Brisco Brothers are officially back! The long-standing feud between the Briscos and the Funks was rekindled here, and as always, great wrestling ensued. Though the Funks have been on the winning side of this feud more often than not, tonight belonged to Jack & Jerry. The end came when Dory Funk hit the ropes and Jack Brisco caught him with a hard forearm shot to the back of the head from the apron. Jerry locked on the Figure-Four Leglock and the scrambled brains of Dory prevented him from kicking out before 3. The Briscos have since issued a challenge to whomever the tag champions are after the next couple of months.

Bill Watts confronts Lou Albano.

While World champion Luke Graham was in the ring before his title defense against Peter Maivia in our main event, BILL WATTS came to the ring to talk to Lou Albano, his former manager. Watts had one simple question for Albano - "Why did you leave me high and dry when I left GCW?" Watts was upset that Albano just let him go and didn't seem to care whatsoever. Albano let Watts know he was old news and that he clearly moved onto bigger and better things in the form of Luke Graham and the World Tag Team champions, Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. Watts took offense to this, but before he could get his hands on Albano, Graham cut him off with the Thumb to the Throat. Security came and took the Cowboy to the back before anything else could happen, but this is far from over.

Luke Graham pinned Peter Maivia with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:12:45.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Luke Graham retained the GCW World Title.)

After sending that message to Bill Watts, the World champion still had to defend his gold against frequent challenger and always tough "High Chief" Peter Maivia. Graham's arrogance over "taking out" Bill Watts before the match almost cost him early as Maivia blitzed him with several power moves and nearfalls in the opening minutes. Graham regained his bearings after a cheap shot from Albano and he went to work. Maivia took a ton of punishment but made one final comeback, almost getting the champ locked in the Stump Puller. But Graham fought out and hit the Thumb to the Throat out of nowhere. Good morning, good afternoon, good night.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

We are in Chicago on September 6th with the following matches being brought to you:

WORLD TITLE - Luke Graham (c) vs. Bill Watts
#1 CONTENDERS CHICAGO STREETFIGHT - Wahoo McDaniel/Chief Jay Strongbow vs. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew
CAGE MATCH - Bobo Brazil vs. Ernie Ladd
Tim Woods vs. Ray Stevens
Baron Mikel Scicluna vs. Tony Altimore

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