December 7, 1963 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Freddie Blassie pinned Pedro Morales with the Swinging Neckbreaker in 0:09:01.
Rating: * 3/4
[Masked Man interfered against Pedro Morales.]

Freddie Blassie claimed to not know anything of the masked man who assaulted Pedro Morales last month, but after this match, it was clear they were in cahoots. This masked man ran out during the match while Classy Blassie had the referee distracted and nailed Morales with a piledriver, clearly in view of Blassie. Blassie hit the Swinging Neckbreaker and got the 3 count. He and the masked man then shook hands. Who is this man, and what problem does he have with Pedro Morales?

Gorilla Monsoon and Killer Kowalski defeated Argentina Apollo and Edouard Carpentier when Kowalski made Apollo submit to the Stomach Claw in 0:16:41.
Rating: ***

Gorilla Monsoon & Killer Kowalski picked up a victory tonight over Argentina Apollo & Edouard Carpentier. With Monsoon's assault of Antonino Rocca last month, this dangerous duo looks to get another shot at the tag titles.

Bobo Brazil pinned Gene Kiniski with the Coco Butt in 0:26:48.
Rating: * 3/4
(Bobo Brazil won the GCW United States Title.)
[Abdullah Farouk interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

We have a brand new United States champion! Bobo Brazil has gained a measure of revenge against Abdullah Farouk and his men by defeating Gene Kiniski tonight and capturing his first championship in GCW. Farouk has vowed to get even and bring the US Title back to his camp.

Danny Hodge pinned Eddie Graham with the Oklahoma Roll in 0:11:27.
Danny Hodge tore his left achilles tendon. He will be out for approximately 7 months.
Rating: *** 3/4

Though Danny Hodge picked up the victory over Eddie Graham, that wasn't the big news out of this match. The first United States champion suffered a torn ACL during the match and will be out for several months. Eddie Graham is already claiming full responsibility and gloating over the injury.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Skull Murphy and Brute Bernard when Crusher pinned S. Murphy with the Bolo Punch in 0:09:39.
Rating: **

Though Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher may have fell short of becoming the #1 contenders, but they got back on the winning track over Skull Murphy & Brute Bernard. A few more performances like this and they'll have to receive a title shot.

Mark Lewin defeated Don Leo Jonathan when Don Leo Jonathan passed out in the Sleeperhold in 0:06:27.
Rating: *** 1/4

Mark Lewin proved that he is truly a maniac. The Mormon Giant was beating Lewin from pillar to post, but the Maniac pulled out a pair of brass knuckles. When Jonathan went for an atomic drop, Lewin clocked Jonathan, knocking him out cold. Lewin locked on the Sleeperhold for good measure and got the win. Jonathan was furious and has requested a steel cage match against Lewin on January 4th in Washington, DC.

Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez defeated The Madmen (Abdullah the Butcher and The Sheik) when Rocca defeated Abdullah by disqualification in 0:07:44.
Rating: 3/4*
(Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Gorilla Monsoon interfered against Antonino Rocca.]

Gorilla Monsoon is not done with Antonino Rocca. During Rocca & Miguel Perez's title defense against The Sheik & Abdullah the Butcher, Monsoon ran in and nailed Rocca with a chair. Farouk was mad that the Madmen then lost the match, but he took his men to the back when he saw an enraged 400-pounder with a chair. Monsoon wanted to hit Rocca again, but when Perez got in the way to save his partner, he was destroyed by the chair as well. Perez was busted open and suffered a concussion. Rocca & Monsoon will meet one-on-one in the nation's capital.

Johnny Valentine pinned Bill Watts after an elbowsmash in 0:10:45.
Rating: ***

Johnny Valentine's new attitude continues to bring success as he once again picked up a victory, this time over "Cowboy" Bill Watts. Valentine caught Watts in the chops with a hard elbowsmash in the corner to a charging Cowboy. Valentine made the cover and with his feet on the ropes, stole a win.

Lou Thesz defeated Bruno Sammartino by countout in 0:44:26.
Rating: **** 1/4
(Lou Thesz retained the GCW World Title.)

Again, World champion Lou Thesz & Bruno Sammartino engaged in a classic over the championship. Sammartino is as tough as they come, but he just can't seem to get past Lou Thesz. This was as close as Bruno has gotten, but unfortunately when Thesz tossed him out of the ring, Bruno landed awkwardly and twisted his ankle. He was unable to get back into the ring and was counted out, allowing Thesz to retain the World Title. Thesz didn't want the match to go down like this, so he has offered Sammartino one more rematch. Bruno has accepted, but has added that if he can't beat Thesz (and thus retire him), he doesn't want another title shot.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

The card from the Capitol Arena in Washington, DC on January 4th stands as such:

World Title Match - Bruno's last shot! - Lou Thesz (c) vs. Bruno Sammartino
Cage Match - Don Leo Jonathan vs. Mark Lewin
Antonino Rocca vs. Gorilla Monsoon
Pedro Morales vs. Masked Man
United States Title Match - Bobo Brazil (c) vs. Ernie Ladd

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