December 4, 1965 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Bill Watts holds a celebration for winning the World Title.

The final show of 1965 kicked off with new World champion Bill Watts coming out for an interview. Watts was all smiles as he gloated over how he not only became the World champ, but he retired the legendary Lou Thesz. "I did something that Bruno Sammartino could never do, and now will NEVER do, and that's beat Lou Thesz." The Cowboy even went as far as to say that he rigged the Wildcard match drawing last month so that Thesz would have to wrestle a second match. Watts then called out his opponent tonight, Spiros Arion, so he can "start my way toward greatness."

Bill Watts pinned Spiros Arion with the Oklahoma Stampede in 0:04:33.
Rating: ***
(Bill Watts retained the GCW World Title.)
[Johnny Valentine interfered against Spiros Arion.]

We may not like his ways or his methods, but there's no denying that Bill Watts was dominant tonight in retaining the World Title over Spiros Arion. Watts was sending a clear message to Bruno Sammartino in this match, and we now know that on our huge show to kick off 1966 on New Years day, Bill Watts will defend the title against Bruno Sammartino!

Gorilla Monsoon and Killer Kowalski and Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci battled to a double countout in 0:11:50.
Dominic DeNucci tore his right triceps. He will be out for approximately 6 months.
Rating: * 1/4

Dominic DeNucci & Pedro Morales have been impressive, but they still are a new team. They had a big match against the former World Tag Team champions Gorilla Monsoon & Killer Kowalski, a match if they won it would skyrocket them up the tag team ranks. Monsoon & Kowalski may have underestimated the inexperienced team, but they had it taken right to them by Morales & DeNucci. The fight spilled to the floor where both teams were counted out. During the course of the fight, DeNucci tore his right triceps and is going to be out for approximately 6 months. This leaves Morales without a partner, and a rematch with Monsoon & Kowalski pending on January 1st.

Baron Mikel Scicluna and Bobo Brazil battled to a double countout in 0:09:16.
Rating: 1/2*

We had our second double countout in a row, but this one was under completely different circumstances. Bobo Brazil & Baron Mikel Scicluna were both counted out, but that was to try to pull James Dudley & Abdullah Farouk who started fighting on the floor! The crowd was going crazy as James Dudley was actually getting the better of Farouk until Brazil & Scicluna pulled them apart. Dudley apparently has had enough of Farouk's making fun of him. We have since learned that in a GCW first, we will have a match involving managers on January 1st as Brazil & Dudley will take on Scicluna & Farouk in a tag team encounter!

The Blond Bombers (Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens) defeated Argentina Apollo and Haystacks Calhoun when Patterson pinned Apollo with the Atomic Drop in 0:14:47.
Rating: *** 1/4

Antonino Rocca had a tough choice to make and he chose to challenge the tag team champs with his original partner, Miguel Perez, leaving Argentina Apollo to find another partner for his match with the Blond Bombers. Apollo chose well as he selected the gigantic Haystacks Calhoun. The Bombers were smart though and kept Calhoun out of the ring as much as they possibly could. This strategy worked out well as though they got thrown around a bit by Calhoun, but they isolated Apollo and were able to get the win.

Edouard Carpentier pinned Ernie Ladd after a crucifix in 0:14:24.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Edouard Carpentier retained the GCW United States Title.)
[Jack Davis interfered against Edouard Carpentier.]

If Edouard Carpentier won this match, he'd be the longest US champion in history, and to do so, he'd have to beat the current record holder and his nemesis, Ernie Ladd. Ladd was ultra-aggressive as he wanted to get the title back for the third time, but Carpentier used his aggressiveness against him and stayed one step ahead of him with his speed. Carpentier would get the flash pin when Ladd went for a big clothesline but the champ ducked and countered with a crucifix, putting this one in the books.

The Golden Grahams (Dr. Jerry Graham, Eddie Graham and Luke Graham) defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) and Danny Hodge when L. Graham pinned Hodge with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:13:56.
Rating: *** 1/2

Luke Graham continues his tear through GCW as he helped his brother Dr. Jerry & Eddie win this 6-man against Dick the Bruiser, The Crusher, & Danny Hodge. The fan favorite contingent had lots of reasons to want revenge, but Luke Graham is just unstoppable right now, pinning Hodge with his Thumb to the Throat. Due to his recent successes, the undefeated Crazy Luke will get his first shot at championship gold when he wrestles Edouard Carpentier on January 1st.

Bruno Sammartino made Johnny Valentine submit to the Sammartino Backbreaker in 0:19:19.
Rating: *** 1/4

Johnny Valentine came out with a mission in this match - prevent Bruno Sammartino from making it to his title match against Bill Watts on New Years Day. Valentine wasn't trying to win the match - he was trying to injure Bruno's knee, and in doing so, he was actually quite effective in this match. Bruno was in visible discomfort throughout the match as Valentine at one point even locked on the Figure-Four Leglock for over a minute. Bruno wasn't about to let his most hated enemy's tag team partner put him on the shelf, so he summoned up all of his strength and fought out, ultimately allowing him to lock on the Sammartino Backbreaker for the win. Bruno suffered a lot of damage to his knee though, so what condition will he be in for his title shot?

Gene Kiniski and The Sheik defeated Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez when Kiniski made Rocca submit to a figure-four sleeper in 0:19:09.
Rating: * 1/2
(Gene Kiniski and The Sheik retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

We thought we were going to see the triumphant return of the best tag team in GCW when Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez joined forces to challenge Gene Kiniski & The Sheik for the World Tag Team Titles, but that was not the case. They seemed to have everything under control and were back to their old form through this match. Near the end, Rocca had Kiniski all set up for the Argentinian Backbreaker, but while Farouk had referee Grizzly Jones distracted, Perez ran in, kicked Rocca in the stomach, and dropped him with a huge Jumping Piledriver! The crowd was in shocked as Kiniski locked the almost unconscious Rocca in a figure-four sleeper and got a tap out victory. Even more disgusting, Abdullah Farouk & Miguel Perez shook hands after the match. Perez is the newest member of Farouk's crew, but why would he do such a thing?

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

1966 is upon us, and we have perhaps the biggest show in GCW history to bring in the new year on January 1st at the Boston Gardens! The card is shaping up as follows:

WORLD TITLE - Bill Watts (c) vs. Bruno Sammartino
UNITED STATES TITLE - Edouard Carpentier (c) vs. Luke Graham
Bobo Brazil/James Dudley vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna/Abdullah Farouk
ARGENTINA DEATH MATCH - Antonino Rocca vs. Miguel Perez
#1 CONTENDER MATCH - Pedro Morales/??? vs. Gorilla Monsoon/Killer Kowalski

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