February 1, 1964 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

The Madmen (Abdullah the Butcher and The Sheik) defeated Skull Murphy and Brute Bernard when Abdullah pinned Bernard with the Sudanese Elbowdrop in 0:13:47.
Rating: DUD

The Madmen picked up a victory in our opening contest in a rare rulebreaker battle against Skull Murphy & Brute Bernard.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated The Golden Grahams (Eddie Graham and Dr. Jerry Graham) when Crusher pinned Dr. J. Graham with the Bolo Punch in 0:14:16.
Rating: ** 3/4

Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher avenged their loss to the Golden Grahams from last month with a victory here in MSG. With each team having scored a victory, it has been announced that at our next show on February 29th, these two teams will meet in a 2 out of 3 falls match with the winners earning a future shot at the World Tag Team Titles.

Gorilla Monsoon pinned Argentina Apollo after a splash in 0:17:59.
Rating: **

Gorilla Monsoon insists that he's not finished with Antonino Rocca and wanted to send him a message by beating Rocca's countryman Argentina Apollo. Monsoon thought he would have a walk in the park, but Apollo had other ideas and took him to the limit. However, Monsoon's mammoth size allowed him to hit a huge splash and get the 3 count. Monsoon continued the assault after the match by hitting 3 more splashes on Apollo before ROCCA ran down and made the save, knocking Monsoon out of the ring with dropkicks. Monsoon has vowed to get even.

Edouard Carpentier pinned Johnny Valentine with the Somersault Senton in 0:10:20.
Rating: ** 3/4

Someone was finally able to slow down Johnny Valentine, and it was Edouard Carpentier. Valentine seemed to have this match under control and he went for the Brain Buster, but Carpentier countered with a legsweep and quickly hit the Somersault Senton to get the 1-2-3. Valentine didn't take this too well as he jumped Carpentier from behind after the match and locked him in a figure-four leglock until officials and security broke it up.

Freddie Blassie explains his problems with Pedro Morales.

"Classy" Freddie Blassie did an in-ring interview where he explained what problem he had with Pedro Morales. Blassie said he is a veteran in this sport and he deserves all the respect in the world. He said that Morales is a young punk who thinks he can just show up and be a champion and a superstar. Blassie said that he would teach that young bastard a lesson and send him back to Puerto Rico if he had to "where he belongs." This apparently set Morales off who came flying down to the ring, but he was cut off by the MASKED MAN who threw him into the guardrail. The Masked Man & Blassie bolted before Morales recovered and chased after them.

Ernie Ladd pinned Don Leo Jonathan with the Boot to the Face in 0:20:55.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Ernie Ladd retained the GCW United States Title.)

Don Leo Jonathan got his first opportunity at championship gold as he challenged new United States champion Ernie Ladd in the Big Cat's first defense. Jonathan is one of few men who can match Ladd in power and aggressiveness, and what we got was a top notch brawl. Jonathan couldn't get the Spinning Full Nelson on despite several attempts, which gave Ladd the window to hit the Big Boot to the Face for the 1-2-3 and a successful title defense.

Bobo Brazil pinned Gene Kiniski with the Coco Butt in 0:14:56.
Rating: * 1/4
[Abdullah Farouk interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

Another fight with a lot of history behind it as Bobo Brazil continued his feud with Abdullah Farouk's men by taking on Gene Kiniski. The match could have went either way, but the fact that Brazil can hit his Coco Butt at any time paid dividends for him here as he hit it out of nowhere, scrambling Kiniski's brains long enough to get the pin.

Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez defeated Bruno Sammartino and Bill Watts when Perez defeated B. Sammartino by countout in 0:15:13.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Despite Bruno Sammartino telling his friend Bill Watts he didn't want to go after the World Tag Team Titles, Watts informed him when they got to the building that he had gotten them a shot at Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez tonight. Bruno may not have had intentions of going after the tag titles, but he always wrestles to his fullest no matter what, and he wanted to win the titles tonight. Bruno & Watts showed great teamwork and had the undefeated Rocca & Perez reeling. Unfortunately for Sammartino though, Perez caught him in the mush with a dropkick that sent him flying to the floor. Sammartino landed hard and appeared to injure his knee, preventing him from getting back in the ring and causing the countout. After the match, Watts seemed less than sympathetic about Bruno's health, choosing to chastise him instead of helping him up. When Watts was done yelling at him, the Cowboy left Bruno to fend for himself and went to the back to a chorus of boos.

Lou Thesz defeated Killer Kowalski when Killer Kowalski passed out in the STF in 0:15:23.
Rating: ***
(Lou Thesz retained the GCW World Title.)

Our main event saw World champion Lou Thesz keep his title and career in tact by retaining over Killer Kowalski. Thesz's title reign is nearing 7 months and has already stated that when he loses the title, he will be retiring from the sport of wrestling. But for now, Thesz continues on.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

We return to the Maple Gardens in Toronto on February 29th, a leap year show, and this is what we have signed so far!

World Tag Team Titles - Antonino Rocca/Miguel Perez (c) vs. Gorilla Monsoon/Killer Kowalski
#1 contender 2/3 Falls Match - Dick The Bruiser/The Crusher vs. The Golden Grahams
Edouard Carpentier vs. Johnny Valentine
Pedro Morales/A mystery partner vs. Freddie Blassie/Masked Man
And in a GCW first, a Wildcard match which will feature two men being selected at random and they must wrestle each other in a one-on-one match! This could put friend against friend, foe against foe, and if a champion is selected, the title will be on the line!

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