February 21, 1970 - Civic Auditorium - Pittsburgh, PA

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Miguel Perez and Tim Woods when Crusher pinned T. Woods with the Bolo Punch in 0:08:21.
Rating: ** 3/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Tim Woods.]

The opening contest saw Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher pick up a victory over the makeshift team of Miguel Perez & Tim Woods. Wrestling the 4-time tag champs might not be the best way to make your debut as a team. Lou Albano's tag team takes a victory as they look to get another shot at the tag titles.

Bill Watts defeated Boris Malenko by disqualification in 0:07:10.
Rating: ** 1/2

Boris Malenko is a no-nonsense kind of guy, and if he gets frustrated, he's not above bending or outright breaking the rules. That is what happened against "Cowboy" Bill Watts. Watts, a former World champion, was cruising to a victory until Malenko had enough and brought his signature chain into the ring and took a wild swing, leading to a disqualification. Watts ducked the punch and got the chain away from Malenko, who wisely escaped the ring before he could eat the steel.

The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) and Peter Maivia defeated The Cripplers (Gene Anderson, Ole Anderson and Ray Stevens) when D. Funk Jr. defeated G. Anderson by countout in 0:17:58.
Rating: ** 1/2

A lot of emotion in this 6-man tag match, and with how the Cripplers have treated the Funks & Peter Maivia, it's no surprise. The Cripplers are very smart and very crafty, and were pulling out all of the stops to beat their opponents. Part of being smart is knowing when you're at a disadvantage, and Maivia, Terry, & Dory were too amped up to be stopped tonight, so the Cripplers simply walked out for a countout. Live to fight another day. It has been announced that 3 singles matches have been signed for March 21 in Montreal. Whichever side wins the majority of these matches will get to pick the stipulations for a 6-man tag rematch in Madison Square Garden in April.

Baron Mikel Scicluna pinned Gorilla Monsoon after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:18:58.
Rating: * 3/4

This match has to be considered the upset of the year! I have no idea who or what is motivating Baron Mikel Scicluna, but after having a lengthy losing streak, the royal from Malta is putting together a series of wins. His latest big victory was over Gorilla Monsoon, and although it was after using a foreign object, it looks the same in the record books.

Ernie Ladd pinned Thunderbolt Patterson with the Boot to the Face in 0:14:46.
Rating: ** 1/4

"King" Ernie Ladd evened the score with Thunderbolt Patterson with his victory via the Boot to the Face. With the score being 1-1, one final match is set for March 21, and it will be fought under best 2 out of 3 falls rules.

The Sheik defeated Gene Kiniski by disqualification in 0:01:53.
Rating: 3/4*
[Giant Baba interfered against The Sheik.]

Gene Kiniski ate a loss tonight to The Sheik, and he is not at all happy about it. The match barely had a chance to start before GIANT BABA got involved. Baba has a known issue with The Sheik dating back to last year and took this opportunity being in the States to extract a bit more revenge. Kiniski doesn't like anyone getting involved in his business though and showed this by dropping Baba with a series of bodyslams before LOU ALBANO pulled Baba out of the ring. Albano can't be happy with this as Baba is scheduled to team with World champion Luke Graham in our main event against Bruno Sammartino & Antonio Inoki, and getting involved in another personal squabble may cost them.

Chief Jay Strongbow and Wahoo McDaniel defeated Johnny Valentine and Pedro Morales when Wahoo pinned Morales after Valentine turned on him in 0:31:22.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Chief Jay Strongbow and Wahoo McDaniel retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The frustration has been mounting in Johnny Valentine in recent months, but we never thought it would lead to what it did here tonight. Valentine petitioned the GCW Championship Committee to grant he and current US champion Pedro Morales a shot at the World Tag Team Titles, and with Valentine's pedigree as a former 3-time tag champion, his request was granted. Valentine & Morales made a great team, and even with their recent battles, they coexisted nicely and seemed to be on their way to defeating Wahoo McDaniel & Chief Jay Strongbow for the titles. That is, until Morales had Wahoo in the Boston Crab and Valentine took the United States Title and knocked Morales out cold with it! This was all a setup as Valentine is still furious that he, in his words, has been cheated out of the US Title. When Morales came to, he vowed revenge on Valentine for his actions.

Bobo Brazil pinned Nick Bockwinkel with the Coco Butt in 0:05:15.
Rating: ** 3/4

Nick Bockwinkel may have fallen short against former World champion Bobo Brazil when he was caught off guard by the Coco Butt (as many people have been), but he certainly established himself as a top tier competitor with his vicious assault on Brazil after the match, dropping him with the Piledriver. It takes either a man with a lot of guts or little brains to do that to Bobo Brazil, but either way, if Bockwinkel wanted to take the next step, he has Brazil's attention.

Antonio Inoki and Bruno Sammartino defeated Giant Baba and Luke Graham when B. Sammartino made L. Graham submit to the Sammartino Backbreaker in 0:38:03.
Rating: *****

Bruno Sammartino's much anticipated return to GCW took place in our main event, and with this being in his hometown and Antonio Inoki as his partner, it was all coming together nicely for this to be a successful return. World champion Luke Graham wanted very little to do with Bruno in this match and let Giant Baba do a lot of the work, which may not have been the best strategy as Baba had already had an altercation with Gene Kiniski and wasn't at 100%. Graham couldn't stay away from Bruno forever though, and once Bruno really got a chance to go at it with the World champion, Graham didn't have a longterm answer. While Inoki & Baba fought on the floor, Graham got caught in the Sammartino Backbreaker and submitted, something Graham has rarely, if ever done! This has to propell Bruno right to the top of the contenders list, but it remains to be seen if Bruno will be granted a title shot this soon. Either way, a terrific main event to end our evening.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

We are back in Canada in Montreal on March 21st with the following matches currently signed:

WORLD TITLE - INOKI'S LAST SHOT - Luke Graham (c) vs. Antonio Inoki
UNITED STATES TITLE - Pedro Morales (c) vs. Johnny Valentine
2 OF 3 FALLS - Thunderbolt Patterson vs. Ernie Ladd
Bobo Brazil vs. Nick Bockwinkel
Gene Kiniski vs. Giant Baba
Bruno Sammartino vs. The Crusher
Terry Funk vs. Ray Stevens
Dory Funk Jr. vs. Gene Anderson
Peter Maivia vs. Ole Anderson

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