December 9, 1972 - Chicago Stadium - Chicago, IL

Baron Mikel Scicluna and Baron Von Raschke defeated The High Flyers (Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne) when Scicluna pinned G. Gagne with the Fistdrop in 0:07:14.
Rating: **

Our last show of 1972 was also our last show before the gigantic 10th year anniversary show, and was our return to Chicago. Tag team action got us started with The High Flyers meeting Baron Mikel Scicluna & Baron Von Raschke. The High Flyers are in the running for Newcomers of the Year as the young rookies have overachieved big time. Despite this, their year would end on a losing note as the Barons took the win and get one step closer to getting that elusive title shot they've been after.

Johnny Valentine pinned Dominic DeNucci with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:11:37.
Rating: ** 3/4

Our next match saw Johnny Valentine pick up a win over the game tag team specialist, Dominic DeNucci. After the match, Valentine looked to be in trouble as MR. FUJI & TORU TANAKA slowly were making their way down to the ring, looking to get some revenge on Valentine for interrupting their assault on Jerry Lawler a few weeks ago. However, it would be Lawler himself who would interrupt, jumping into the ring to prevent Fuji & Tanaka from completing their attack. Word has it that a tag team match is in the works before these four for the anniversary show.

Jerry Lawler and Luke Graham defeated Ernie Ladd and Spiros Arion when L. Graham pinned Ernie Ladd with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:15:25.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Eddie Graham interfered against Ernie Ladd.]
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Jerry Lawler.]
(Chief Jay Strongbow no-showed.)

Chief Jay Strongbow was itching to get his hands on Spiros Arion in this tag team match, but earlier in the day he was informed that doctors had not cleared him to wrestle because of his sprained ankle. Luckily for Luke Graham, Jerry Lawler stepped up to the plate to take on Arion & Ernie Ladd. Halfway through the match, Chief Jay Strongbow came out on crutches to watch from ringside, and his presence was a big distraction. Spiros Arion dropped down to the floor to get in Strongbow's face, but Strongbow clocked him with a right hand, knocking him into the ringpost! This distracted Ladd in the ring who then ate the Thumb to the Throat for the 1-2-3. We have learned that Strongbow wants Arion in the ring at the 10th anniversary show, and is willing to sign a hold harmless agreement if doctors won't clear him, and he wants it to be an Indian Strap Match! Arion and The Grand Wizard have agreed to the match, mostly as a result of the possibility of Strongbow still being injured. Injury or not, with the amount of emotion going through Strongbow right now, I wouldn't want to be Spiros Arion.

Billy Graham defeated Wahoo McDaniel when Wahoo McDaniel passed out in the Bearhug in 0:10:42.
Rating: 3/4*

This match came about as a result of Billy Graham walking out on Wahoo McDaniel during a tag team match back in the Garden. The fans were torn on who to cheer for as neither individual is particularly popular. This seemed to bother Wahoo a lot more than Graham, the latter having The Grand Wizard in his corner to keep him focus. This would pay dividends as Graham's Bearhug would squeeze the life out of McDaniel to get the win.

Ivan Koloff pinned Tony Garea with the Russian Sickle in 0:03:37.
Rating: ** 3/4

A second match for Ivan Koloff, and one perhaps even more dominating than the first as he plowed his way through Tony Garea to win in short order. Captain Lou Albano has a real find on his hands here.

Billy Robinson pinned Pedro Morales with the Double-Arm Suplex in 0:09:50.
Rating: ***
(Billy Robinson retained the GCW United States Title.)

Pedro Morales has one of the most important matches of his life ahead of him at the 10 year anniversary show against Mil Mascaras, and he wanted to go into that match as the first ever 4-time United States champion. To do so, he was going to have to find a way to beat the thus far undefeated Billy Robinson, the man who beat him for the title in the first place. Morales was far more prepared this time than he was when he was when he made the initial open challenge. Morales' ego got the better of him as he foolishly tried to outwrestle Robinson, a great strategy employed by Robinson to sucker his opponent in. Robinson is making a claim for being the finest wrestler in the world. Morales is going to have to get his head together to take on Mascaras.

The Heenan Family (Jimmy Snuka, Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) and Bobby Heenan defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser), Carlos Colon and Gorilla Monsoon when J. Snuka pinned C. Colon with the Superfly Splash in 0:20:21.
Rating: *** 1/4

Our semi-main event was the huge 8-man tag with Bobby Heenan and his family took on the team of the returning Gorilla Monsoon, Dick the Bruiser, The Crusher, & Carlos Colon. There was a ton of emotion in this match as there's a lot of personal issues involved here. The match showcased everyone well, but it would be the emergence of Heenan's mysterious masked man, who has made a habit of interfering in matches particularly Bruiser & Crusher. Bruiser & Crusher went after the masked man, which left Monsoon & Colon to fend for themselves against four men. They did their best, but it didn't end well for them as Colon ate the Superfly Splash to put this one away.

Bruno Sammartino and Antonio Inoki defeated Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when B. Sammartino made Tanaka submit to the Sammartino Backbreaker in 0:23:24.
Rating: **** 1/4

Our main event featured two of the top stars of GCW's first 10 years teaming up in the former of current World champion Bruno Sammartino & former World champion Antonio Inoki joining forces before their epic clash in the Garden, taking on former World Tag Team champions Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka. Bruno has had his hands full with Fuji & Tanaka the past couple of months, and an unexpected save from Inoki in Philadelphia spared Sammartino potential serious injury. Bruno & Inoki have some experience teaming before, but not nearly to the extent that Fuji & Tanaka do. Fuji & Tanaka controlled the tempo for much of this match, cutting off the ring perfectly and making frequent tags. Unfortunately if you're a fan of Fuji & Tanaka, they did everything perfectly except for win. Sammartino got Tanaka up in his Backbreaker and that was all she wrote. After the match, Bruno & Inoki shook hands and although they are friends, they both agreed to pull out all the stops on January 1 to leave as the World champion.

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

The long wait is over, and our next show is the 10 year anniversary of GCW! It's hard to believe that is was nearly 10 years ago that this company opened its doors and has now blossomed into the power that it is. To celebrate, the GCW talent is ready to put on a tremendous show with these great matches already scheduled to take place:

WORLD TITLE W/ SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE LOU THESZ - Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. Antonio Inoki
UNITED STATES TITLE - Billy Robinson (c) vs. Luke Graham
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Cripplers (c) vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
Mil Mascaras vs. Pedro Morales
CAGE MATCH - Gorilla Monsoon vs. Jimmy Snuka
INDIAN STRAP MATCH - Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Spiros Arion
Johnny Valentine/Jerry Lawler vs. Mr. Fuji/Toru Tanaka

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