February 21, 1972 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA

Dominic DeNucci and Johnny Weaver defeated The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) when DeNucci pinned O. Anderson with the Airplane Spin in 0:10:06.
Rating: ** 1/2

Dominic DeNucci & Johnny Weaver looked good in Japan, but didn't leave with any victories. They looked to turn that around against the former tag team champions, The Minnesota Wrecking Crew. DeNucci & Weaver have gelled as a team and get better every time they step in the ring. The Andersons can now attest to that as DeNucci & Weaver walk out of Philly with a win.

Jerry Lawler pinned Ernie Ladd after a sunset flip in 0:07:30.
Rating: ** 3/4

Jerry Lawler shocked the wrestling world when he made his debut last month, pinning veteran Ernie Ladd in the center of the ring and taking his figurative title of "King" in the process. Ladd and his manager The Grand Wizard demanded that they get another match against Lawler, and the youngster was more than happy to oblige. Ladd again underestimated Lawler's skills, and it was hard not to as Ladd dominated the match. Well, all of the match except for the finish. Lawler withstood the onslaught of Ladd and caught him by surprise with a sunset flip to score his second pinfall victory in a row over Ladd. Lawler may have wished he hadn't won though as Ladd was soon joined by STAN STASIAK and the two men put a beating on the new King until officials broke it up. Stasiak has asked The Grand Wizard for permission to destroy Lawler, which Wizard has granted him, apparently. The match will take place on March 13 in Pittsburgh, PA!

Arnold Skaaland, Gorilla Monsoon and Jimmy Snuka defeated Stan Stasiak, Dick the Bruiser and Lou Albano when J. Snuka pinned Albano with the Superfly Splash in 0:23:55.
Rating: * 1/4
(The Crusher no-showed.)

Our 6-man tag team match had a change at the last minute. The Crusher came down with a serious stomach flu and was unable to wrestle this match, so Lou Albano brokered a deal with The Grand Wizard for Stan Stasiak to wrestle in his place. The details of the deal have not been announced yet, but we hear that Albano was so desperate to win this match that he offered The Grand Wizard a GREAT deal. Perhaps he should have just wrestled a handicap match, as Dick the Bruiser was NOT in the mood to be a team player. Bruiser felt that Albano should have worked harder to get he & The Crusher a rematch for the World Tag Team Titles tonight instead of focusing on his own match. Albano tried to keep his team together, but it was a lost cause when Bruiser & Stasiak came to blows. While Albano frantically tried to get them to stop, Gorilla Monsoon dropped him with a bodyslam, Jimmy Snuka followed with the Superfly Splash, and this match was over. There is a LOT of turmoil in Albano's camp.

Baron Mikel Scicluna and Baron Von Raschke defeated The High Flyers (Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne) when Baron pinned G. Gagne after a powerslam in 0:11:10.
Rating: ** 1/2

The only two of Lou Albano's charges who don't seem to be having any issues currently are Baron Mikel Scicluna & Baron Von Raschke, who keep on racking up victories. Albano wasn't even in their corner for this match as they took on The High Flyers. You have to hand it to Jim Brunzell & Greg Gagne. They're young rookies who are very inexperienced, but they have shown already their willingness to learn against the best. The Flyers are going to take their lumps in GCW, as they did in this losing effort, but they have a bright future. Speaking of the future, with the amount of dominating wins the Barons are tallying up, it is a matter of when, not if they are going to get a crack at the World Tag Team Titles.

Wahoo McDaniel defeated Osamu Kido by countout in 0:15:00.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Wahoo McDaniel retained the GCW United States Title.)

Wahoo McDaniel had a rough time in Japan to say the least. For the man who hates all things foreign, eating two losses to Osamu Kido did not sit well with him. Fortunately for McDaniel, the matches were non-title. This third match against Kido back in the States was for the US Title, and Kido wanted to make the third time the charm. As strange as it sounds, Wahoo much better in the comfort of the USA. It could also be because he finally decided to take Kido seriously, but if you ask Wahoo, it was because of all of his American fans cheering him on. Um… yeah. Whatever you say, Wahoo. Either way, despite Kido taking him to the limits, Wahoo slammed Kido on the floor to soften him up for a countout victory and successful title defense. Kido received a nice round of applause for his efforts as he will now head back to Japan to continue his career.

Luke Graham pinned Billy Graham with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:15:26.
Rating: * 3/4

Luke Graham has been dying for his opportunity to get his hands on his younger brother Billy Graham, and he finally got that chance here. Billy has fallen under the influence of some bad people, and Luke has said the only way to get Billy back is to beat some sense into him. Luke Graham also wanted to get his hands on Lou Albano, but Albano was still nursing his wounds and was away from another one of his clients matches. Billy was out there all alone, and that is not a place you want to be with an unstable brute like Luke Graham. Luke beat some sense into Billy before pinning him with the Thumb to the Throat. After the match was over, it looked like Billy had a change of heart. Billy was almost in tears as he embraced his brother Luke, but when Billy caught Luke with a kick to the groin, it was about as clear as can be that the change of heart was a ruse. Billy has now even gone as far as to challenge Luke Graham to one more match, and he wants it inside of a steel cage! As of now, Luke Graham hasn't accepted the match as he claims this whole situation has gone too far as it is.

Tony Garea pinned Stan Stasiak with the High Cross Body in 0:04:38.
Rating: * 1/4

What an upset! Tony Garea is still a newcomer to the world of wrestling, and in theory should have been beaten by Stan "The Man" Stasiak with relative ease. Well there's a reason why matches aren't wrestled in theory but rather in the ring. In fairness to Stasiak, he had wrestled one match already, but GCW isn't about making excuses. Stasiak was too lax in his wrestling and Garea took advantage of it with the High Cross Body and a huge victory. This was not a good night for The Grand Wizard. He wants revenge on a lot of people, and he got the Lawler/Ladd match changed to a tag team match. It will now be Jerry Lawler & Tony Garea vs. Ernie Ladd & Stan Stasiak in Pittsburgh.

The Cripplers (Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel) defeated Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf when Bockwinkel pinned White Wolf with the Piledriver in 0:20:57.
Rating: *** 3/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Billy White Wolf.]

Bobby Heenan might end up being the best thing to ever happen to Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel. And by the same token, it could be the worst thing to happen to the tag team division of GCW. Heenan told the world that now that the Cripplers have obtained his services, they won't have to worry about anything other than wrestling. The Cripplers looked as crisp as they ever have in this match against Chief Jay Strongbow & Billy White Wolf. Quite frankly, Stevens & Bockwinkel were wrestling machines in there, picking Strongbow & Wolf apart with great precision. Strongbow & Wolf are no slouches though, and took what the Cripplers had to offer and dished it right back. In the end though, Stevens' Piledriver would mark the difference as he pinned Billy White Wolf to pick up a great tag team victory.

Pedro Morales defeated Bruno Sammartino by countout in 0:30:07.
Rating: ***
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)
[Arnold Skaaland interfered against Pedro Morales.]

Our main event was the highly anticipated rematch for the World Title between champion Bruno Sammartino & challenger Pedro Morales. After their epic one hour draw at Madison Square Garden, we all had been looking forward to the rematch - nobody more than Morales himself. Morales has been telling anyone who will listen that Sammartino never beat him, and is confident that Bruno will never beat him. He claims it's not a matter of if he will become the World champion, but when. Again, we had a wrestling clinic on our hands as Bruno & Morales went hold-for-hold for over 30 minutes. Morales' strategy was to work over Bruno's knee, and he did so with sinister precision. Sammartino has no quit in him though as he wouldn't give up and kept firing back with offense of his own. Eventually the damage to his knee became too great for Bruno to take. Morales had thrown Bruno to the floor, and because of the damage to his left knee, Sammartino couldn't get back in the ring in time. Pedro Morales had defeated the World champion, but because titles cannot change hands on a countout, Bruno is still the World champion. This will just be more ammunition for Morales on his crusade to become the World champion.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

We go back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 13 with the following matches already set to take place:

WORLD TITLE REMATCH - Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. Pedro Morales
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Mr. Fuji/Toru Tanaka (c) vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
Jerry Lawler/Tony Garea vs. Ernie Ladd/Stan Stasiak
Dominic DeNucci/Johnny Weaver vs. The Cripplers
Battle Royal for a United States Title shot on April 8

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