December 28, 1968 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
Nick Bockwinkel beat Pedro Morales 2 falls to 1:
x Morales beat Bockwinkel via the Boston Crab in 0:20:08
x Bockwinkel beat Morales via the Piledriver in 0:27:43
x Bockwinkel beat Morales via a foreign object in 0:40:22
Rating: *** 3/4

Our big year end show kicked off with what turned out to be a 40 minute wrestling clinic between Pedro Morales & Nick Bockwinkel. Bockwinkel is desperate to prove his worth around here, and this was a great chance against long time star Morales. This was a wrestling clinic between two of the best young stars. After a great mat-based first fall, Morales caught Bockwinkel with the Boston Crab and Bockwinkel wisely submitted in a hurry to go down one fall. Bockwinkel's quick submission ended up being a good decision as he had a lot left in the tank and took the second fall with the Piledriver. The two men kicked it into overdrive for third fall as pride was on the line. Bockwinkel wanted to do it through his wrestling, but when he saw that wasn't going to work, he resorted to pulling an object out of his tights and clocked Morales between the eyes with it. Three seconds later and Bockwinkel was the victor.

Peter Maivia defeated Tony Altimore by countout in 0:11:58.
Rating: * 1/4

Tony Altimore was hoping that his singles debut would be better than his tag debut was last month, but that was a tall task considering the opponent was "High Chief" Peter Maivia. Altimore tried to assert himself, but it just wasn't meant to be tonight as Maivia took the countout win. With the tremendous roll Maivia is on, a title shot may not be too far off.

The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) defeated Hiro Matsuda and Johnny Valentine when T. Funk defeated Matsuda when Matsuda passed out in the Spinning Toe Hold in 0:10:46.
Rating: ****
[Lou Albano interfered against Dory Funk Jr..]

Hiro Matsuda & Johnny Valentine have not been getting along in recent months, and tonight they had the unenviable task of wrestling the Funk Brothers. The Funks were said to be disappointed in their performance in the round robin tournament, and they came into this match with a chip on their shoulders. The communication between Matsuda & Valentine broken down as expected, ending with Valentine slapping Matsuda upside the head. Matsuda stumbled into Terry Funk who locked on the Spinning Toe Hold, causing Matsuda to pass out. Albano tried to ask what Valentine's deal was, but Valentine simply walked out.

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) defeated The Blond Bombers (Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens) when G. Anderson pinned Patterson with the Piledriver in 0:24:22.
Ray Stevens injured his left knee. He will be out for approximately 5 months.
Rating: *** 1/4
(The Minnesota Wrecking Crew retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Blond Bombers earned this World Tag Team Title shot by winning the round robin tournament, and they looked to capitalize on it. Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens found long and hard to get to this point, and it's a shame that it ended like it did here. After wrestling a highly competitive contest, Patterson was stuck in the ring and looking to make a tag to Stevens. However, Ole Anderson snuck around the outside and clipped Stevens' knee, knocking him off the apron. Stevens fell hard and clutched his left knee, obviously hurt severely. While Patterson went to check on his partner, Gene Anderson grabbed him from behind and planted him with the Piledriver to retain the titles. Stevens has suffered a knee injury and looks like he will be out for a few months. Patterson has promised his partner that he will take care of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew while he is on the shelf.

Gene Kiniski pinned Jerry Brisco after a flying kneedrop in 0:04:28.
Rating: * 3/4

Gene Kiniski's life has been made a living hell by the Brisco Brothers for much of 1968, and he had a shot to get his hands on Jerry Brisco for the first time. Jerry had attacked Kiniski a few months back in the locker room and this was Kiniski's chance for revenge. Kiniski did just that as the veteran former World champion bumrushed the young Brisco, not letting him get out of the blocks before putting the match away with a flying kneedrop. After the match, JACK BRISCO joined his brother in the ring for a beatdown of Kiniski, but the save was made by the FUNK BROTHERS. A 6-man tag match has been signed for Atlantic City on January 25th, but as of yet, the Briscos' partner hasn't been named.

The Sheik made Chief Jay Strongbow submit to the Camel Clutch in 0:05:42.
Rating: ** 1/4
(The Sheik won the GCW United States Title.)
[The Princess interfered against Chief Jay Strongbow.]

It's a travesty of justice, but The Sheik is the brand new US champion. We were all shocked to see Chief Jay Strongbow, who has been dominant champion for the better part of 1968, not only lose to The Sheik, but get dominated. We later found out that Strongbow was still suffering the effects of The Sheik hitting him with the title belt last month. The Princess took the US Title after the match and demanded that The Sheik continue the assault on Strongbow. The Sheik locked Strongbow back in the Camel Clutch and refused to let go until WAHOO MCDANIEL ran in and chased him off. We had heard rumors that McDaniel had signed with GCW and this proved to be true. The Princess was furious that McDaniel ruined her plan and she has signed a match with McDaniel for Atlantic City.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Dominic DeNucci and Victor Rivera when Bruiser made Rivera submit to the Stomach Claw in 0:09:02.
Rating: ** 3/4

Dominic DeNucci & Victor Rivera looked impressive in their debut as a team last month, but wrestling Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher was an entirely different animal. Not only that, but Bruiser & Crusher were fuming after putting up a goose egg in the round robin tournament. DeNucci & Rivera have a future as a team, but it wasn't tonight as they were mauled by the former champs.

Ernie Ladd pinned Gorilla Monsoon with the Boot to the Face in 0:12:04.
Rating: * 1/4

With Haystacks Calhoun leg being broken and his departure from GCW, Gorilla Monsoon has decided to go it solo as a singles competitor. Monsoon has wrestled some singles, but he has primarily been a member of a team his entire GCW career. He took on former US champion Ernie Ladd, who too is going it alone after firing his manager Jack Davis. So far, so good for Ladd as he picked up the win here. With a little more experience in the singles field, Monsoon is going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Match with Special Referee Lou Thesz:
Luke Graham pinned Bobo Brazil with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:39:28.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Luke Graham won the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

There was only one match left, and it was our biggest main event in the 6-year history of GCW. We thought that Luke Graham had changed his ways, but he found out when he attacked Bobo Brazil and subsequently injured his throat. Brazil had to sign a waiver just to compete in this match. To counter the wild nature of these two wrestlers, a special referee was appointed to keep order, and that man was none other than former World champion LOU THESZ. Graham & Lou Albano were not at all happy with the choice in referee, but they were confident they had this in the bag because of Brazil's throat injury. The one thing they didn't take into account was Brazil's will to win, especially when he is as angry as he was tonight. Brazil fought and he fought as hard as he could, but the throat injury came back to bite him when Albano distracted him. Graham snuck up behind Brazil and sent his throat crashing hard onto the top rope. Brazil was in a bad way, and when Graham hit the Thumb to the Throat, that was all she wrote. Luke Graham is the new GCW World champion. Just winning the title wasn't enough though as Graham looked to put Brazil out of action for good, hitting him with another Thumb to the Throat. Graham set Brazil up for a third one, but THESZ intervened, grabbing Graham with a rear waistlock and swinging him down to the mat. Graham got up to fight, but seeing thesz ready to go, Albano thought better of it and pulled his man out of the ring.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

With 1968 in the books, 1969 is looking to start off hot with our first show on January 25th from Atlantic City! Matches signed so far:

WORLD TITLE - Luke Graham (c) vs. Peter Maivia
UNITED STATES TITLE - The Sheik (c) vs. Wahoo McDaniel
The Funk Brothers/Gene Kiniski vs. The Brisco Brothers/Ernie Ladd
Johnny Valentine vs. Hiro Matsuda
Pat Patterson vs. World Tag Team champion Ole Anderson

Plus we will get an update on the condition of Bobo Brazil.

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