December 2, 1967 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

The Half-Ton Team (Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun) defeated Hiro Matsuda and Johnny Valentine when Monsoon defeated J. Valentine by countout in 0:05:41.
Rating: * 1/4

Johnny Valentine was back from injury teaming with Hiro Matsuda to take on the Half-Ton Team. Valentine may have come back a little early as he was favoring that left knee the entire match. He and Matsuda did have some good chemistry and Matsuda is ruthless in the ring. However, Monsoon & Calhoun focused on Valentine's knee and worked it over, so when they threw him to the floor late he was too injured to get back into the ring, losing my countout.

Giant Baba pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna with the Crush Kick in 0:03:05.
Rating: ** 1/4

Another man returning from injury tonight was Giant Baba, who suffered a larynx injury thanks to Luke Graham. Baba looked extra motivated in his return against Baron Mikel Scicluna, putting him down with the Crush Kick. After the match, Baba grabbed the mic, and although he couldn't understand the specific words, the message was clear - he wants a piece of Luke Graham.

Killer Kowalski made Argentina Apollo submit to the Stomach Claw in 0:09:12.
Rating: ***

Killer Kowalski has promised that he would be making an impact soon, and perhaps this was the start as he got a hard fought victory over Argentina Apollo.

Dick the Bruiser defeated Pat Patterson when Pat Patterson passed out in the Stomach Claw in 0:10:42.
Rating: *** 1/4
[The Crusher interfered against Pat Patterson.]

Pat Patterson again had the odds stacked against him as he took on Dick the Bruiser in singles action. Patterson wants revenge on Bruiser & Crusher in the worst ways, but with the odds stacked against him the way they are now, he is fighting an uphill battle. The Crusher got involved by nailing Patterson with a hard shot to the gut, leaving Patterson prone to the Stomach Claw. The Pretty Boy passed out and lost the match. Patterson was unceremoniously dumped out of the ring. Patterson knows he can't fight this battle alone and has challenged Bruiser & Crusher to a tag match on December 30th from MSG.

Dory Funk Jr. made Pedro Morales submit to the Texas Cloverleaf in 0:15:51.
Rating: *** 1/4

Pedro Morales demanded this match against Dory Funk Jr. for not helping him when Jack Brisco & Terry Funk last month as Dory refuses to fight his brother Terry. Dory had no problem fighting Morales though, and we got a great match out of the deal. The match was wrestled primarily on the mat with the two trading holds. The end would come when Dory Funk broke out his brand new finisher, the Texas Cloverleaf, and got Morales to tap out. After the match, Funk & Morales shook hands so it looks like it's water under the bridge. Terry Funk appeared in the aisleway and gave his brother a round of applause and an acknowledging nod. Could this be a change of heart for Terry?

Jack Brisco pinned Miguel Perez after a gutwrench suplex in 0:11:11.
Rating: ** 1/4

Another good match on this wrestling heavy show as Jack Brisco took the duke against Miguel Perez. Both men have been wrestling primarily in tag matches, but they put on a spirited affair here before Brisco it a picture perfect gutwrench suplex to get the 1-2-3.

Luke Graham pinned Antonio Inoki with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:25:22.
Rating: ****
(Luke Graham retained the GCW United States Title.)

For the final time as declared by his manager Lou Albano, Luke Graham defended the United States Title against Antonio Inoki, the only man who has ever beat him in a GCW ring. This match was on par with their previous encounters and as has happened so many times before, Inoki seemed to have Crazy Luke's number. Lou Albano saw this too and hooked Inoki's with his cane, letting Graham hit the Thumb to the Throat for the pin. Retaining the title wasn't enough for Graham, as he looked to hit the Thumb to the Throat again, but Inoki was saved by GIANT BABA who floored Graham with the Crush Kick to knock him out of the ring. Baba prevented the same thing that happened to him from happening to his partner. Baba wants to get back at the man who tried to end his career and will get that opportunity on December 30th.

Antonino Rocca defeated Nick Bockwinkel when Nick Bockwinkel passed out in the Argentine Backbreaker in 0:12:17.
Rating: *** 1/2

Nick Bockwinkel finished his trifecta of matches against the Firecrackers against Antonino Rocca. Bockwinkel's claims of being the best wrestler in the world took a major hit as he was unable to put Rocca away. Bockwinkel was frustrated by Rocca's unorthodox offense and was caught in the Argentine Backbreaker. Bockwinkel threw a fit in the ring after the match, shoving referee Danny Bartfield down and yelled that he didn't give up (sure to illicit a fine). Bockwinkel let everyone know as far as he's concerned, this one isn't over as he has been embarrassed.

The Sheik made Edouard Carpentier submit to the Camel Clutch in 0:09:05.
Rating: ** 3/4

The insane Sheik has been an uncaged animal since Abdullah Farouk left GCW, mauling opponents left and right. Tonight's victim was Edouard Carpentier. Carpentier is a great wrestler and a former US champion, but he couldn't get out of the blocks as The Sheik took care of him and got the submission with the Camel Clutch. The Sheik wanted to continue the attack, but he was stopped when GENE KINISKI ran down and chased him out of the ring. Kiniski got the microphone and said this needed to be settled, and he wanted to do it at MSG on December 30th… in a steel cage match! The Sheik, always up for a bloody brawl, accepted and the match will go down on December 30th.

Dominic DeNucci pinned Terry Funk with the Airplane Spin in 0:13:33.
Rating: ***

Our semi-main event was World Tag Team champion Dominic DeNucci taking on Terry Funk. A good match between two of the top stars in GCW. The win would go to DeNucci after the Airplane Spin. DeNucci wasn't done though as he wanted he wanted to punish Terry Funk for the beatdown he & Brisco put on DeNucci & Morales. Terry was quickly saved by DORY FUNK JR. who got DeNucci to leave the ring without further incident. After a long tense staredown between Dory and Terry, the crowd exploded when the two brothers embraced in the middle of the ring. This was short lived though as Terry nailed Dory from behind and dropped him in the center of the ring with a piledriver. To make matters worse, Terry grabbed the house mic and yelled, "I HAVE NO BROTHER!" before spitting on Dory. This could be the most disgusting thing I have ever seen in my life.

Ernie Ladd defeated Bobo Brazil by disqualification in 0:25:10.
Rating: * 3/4
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)
[Chief Jay Strongbow interfered against Ernie Ladd.]
[Jack Davis interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

In our main event, Ernie Ladd finally got what was coming to him, and it's about time! Ladd had a huge opportunity as he challenged Bobo Brazil for the World Title, but his months of bravado over destroying Chief Jay Strongbow's headdress finally caught up to him and cost him in a huge way. After a grueling back and forth contest, we looked like we were going to see the crowning of a new World champion as Ladd hit the Boot to the Face. However, instead of going for the win, the Big Cat demanded Jack Davis hand him his hat that had feather's from the headdress on it. Ladd strut around the ring and mocked Strongbow with a war dance, but he changed his tune in a hurry when STRONGBOW himself was in the ring beating the ever-living tar out of Ladd! The match was thrown out for a disqualification, but that wasn't the story here as Strongbow was on Ladd like white on rice unleashing months worth of aggression. Brazil had to pull Strongbow off of Ladd before the Chief did something he regretted. We have since learned that Strongbow will get a chance to get his hands on Ladd legally on December 30th as they will lock horns in an Indian Strap Match!

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

Our final show of 1967 is all set for Madison Square Garden on December 30th, with the following matches signed, sealed, and delivered:

WORLD TITLE - Bobo Brazil (c) vs. Jack Brisco
UNITED STATES TITLE - Luke Graham (c) vs. Giant Baba
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Pedro Morales/Dominic DeNucci (c) vs. The Half-Ton Team
INDIAN STRAP MATCH - Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Ernie Ladd
2 OUT OF 3 FALLS - Dory Funk Jr. vs. Terry Funk
CAGE MATCH - Gene Kiniski vs. The Sheik
Pat Patterson/??? vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
Antonino Rocca/Miguel Perez vs. Nick Bockwinkel/Killer Kowalski

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