February 22, 1969 - Civic Center - Baltimore, MD

Thunderbolt Patterson pinned Tony Altimore with the Thunderbolt Right in 0:01:34.
Rating: 1/4*

Thunderbolt Patterson again showed what his intentions are in GCW, and that's to dominate. In our opening contest tonight, he made quick work of Tony Altimore to get his second victory.

Jack Brisco defeated Pat Patterson by disqualification in 0:09:01.
Rating: **
[Ole Anderson and Gene Anderson interfered against Pat Patterson.]

You would think that over the years people would learn that Pat Patterson is not a guy you want to make angry, but the Minnesota Wrecking Crew haven't gotten that memo. Patterson was wrestling Jack Brisco in a singles match, and the World Tag Team champs decided to come out and try to interfere in the match. Patterson knocked both Gene & Ole Anderson off the apron when they tried to get into the ring. Patterson then looked as if he snapped, grabbing Brisco in a chokehold and refusing to let go, causing himself to get disqualified. The Andersons both headed to the back looking like they may regret angering this already unstable individual.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) and Dominic DeNucci and Victor Rivera battled to a draw in 0:30:00.
Rating: ** 3/4

This was Dominic DeNucci & Victor Rivera's third opportunity to defeat Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher, and this was the closest they had gotten yet. Bruiser & Crusher knew they had a fight on their hands and no matter what they did, they couldn't put DeNucci & Rivera down. Though DeNucci & Rivera didn't win the match, they didn't lose it either as the match went to a 30-minute draw. After the match, it looked like Bruiser & Crusher were going to beat the tar out of their opponents, but instead they gave DeNucci & Rivera a nod of respect.

Nick Bockwinkel defeated Wahoo McDaniel by countout in 0:09:40.
Rating: * 3/4

Wahoo McDaniel is having the worst luck since coming to GCW. Tonight he was wrestling Nick Bockwinkel, but during the match, THE PRINCESS showed how vindictive she can be. The manager of The Sheik came out to distract McDaniel and lure him outside. While he was on the floor, Bockwinkel had the attention of referee Terry Taranova. This allowed THE SHEIK, who had been hiding under the ring, to slip out and bust McDaniel right between the eyes with the railroad spike, knocking him out cold on the floor. Because of this, Bockwinkel took the win by countout. We have learned that regardless of the result of the Sheik/Strongbow United States Title match, a tag match pitting Strongbow & McDaniel against The Sheik & Bockwinkel has been signed for March 22 at MSG.

Chief Jay Strongbow defeated The Sheik by disqualification in 0:11:35.
Rating: * 1/4
(The Sheik retained the GCW United States Title.)

Well apparently attacking one man with a railroad spike wasn't fulfilling enough for The Sheik. The US champion did it once again, this time during his title defense against the former champion Chief Jay Strongbow. Both of the proud Native Americans will have their opportunity for revenge next month in New York.

Chain Match:
Boris Malenko pinned Gorilla Monsoon with the Russian Sickle in 0:19:18.
Rating: * 3/4

You have to hand it to Boris Malenko. He proved to be extremely resourceful as he took on Gorilla Monsoon in a chain match. Monsoon didn't make much use of the chain during the match, instead using his power and strength to toss Malenko around like a rag doll. Malenko took a beating, but he was able to survive until he could make use of the chain. He wrapped the chain around Monsoon's neck and effectively choked him out before wrapping the chain around his arm and blasting Monsoon with the Russian Sickle for the win. Monsoon wants one more crack at Malenko and has vowed to break him in half. They will meet again in March under no-disqualification rules.

Pedro Morales pinned Jerry Brisco after an inside cradle in 0:16:26.
Rating: ***

Good mat wrestling is what the Brisco Brothers pride themselves on, which makes the way that Jerry Brisco lost to Pedro Morales tonight all the more painful for them. Morales was outclassed for much of the match on the mat, but a flash inside cradle would be what got him the victory.

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) defeated The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) when G. Anderson defeated D. Funk Jr. by disqualification in 0:06:35.
Rating: ***
(The Minnesota Wrecking Crew retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Pat Patterson interfered against Gene Anderson.]

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew have gotten more and more familiar with Pat Patterson than they ever would have wanted to. Patterson showed how little he cares for the Andersons as he assaulted them during their title defense against the Funk Brothers. The Funks got DQ'ed as a result, but Patterson could have cared less as he unloaded on Gene & Ole with punch after punch. The Funks tried to pull Patterson off and get him under control, but Terry Funk was met with a hard elbow for his troubles. This set Terry off and another brawl was on between he and Patterson before officials came and broke things up. The Funks are going to get a rematch for the titles next month, and Patterson has been told not to show up to the building - or else.

Ernie Ladd pinned Gene Kiniski with the Boot to the Face in 0:08:05.
Rating: ** 1/4

Since branching out on his own, Ernie Ladd has had a new fire lit under him, bringing the aggression that helped him become a 2-time United States champion. He used that new fire against Gene Kiniski here, surviving Kiniski's initial onslaught and catching him with the Boot to the Face to get the win.

Luke Graham pinned Peter Maivia with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:16:10.
Rating: ****
(Luke Graham retained the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Peter Maivia.]

Our main event was a rematch from last month as Luke Graham defended the World Title against "High Chief" Peter Maivia. Early on Lou Albano tried to interfere like he did last month, but he was caught by referee Dick Kroll. Instead of throwing the match out, Kroll made a great call and instead ejected Albano from ringside! This clearly wasn't in the plan and Graham seemed to struggle a bit with his manager nowhere to be found. Maivia also had the full support of the crowd who were desperate to see a new World champion. The match would be close, Maivia even locking on the Stump Puller at one point, but Graham was too close to the ropes and got out. Graham would then hit the Thumb to the Throat out of nowhere and escape by the skin of his teeth. Graham wanted to make an example out of Maivia and stomped away at him after the match, but before too much damage could be done, LOU THESZ ran out and chased Graham out of the ring. Thesz grabbed the house mic and told Graham that he was sick and tired of his lack of rspect and his making a mockery out of the World championship. Thesz said that if Graham won't give him and the title respect, he will beat it out of him. He challenged Graham to a World Title match for Madison Square Garden next month. Graham, seeing an opportunity to embarrass a legend in this sport, jumped at the chance and said he will make sure no one hears from the washed up old dog again.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

The show from Madison Square Garden on March 22nd should prove to be gigantic as evidenced by the following matches already being announced:

WORLD TITLE - Luke Graham (c) vs. Lou Thesz
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (c) vs. The Funk Brothers
Wahoo McDaniel/Chief Jay Strongbow vs. The Sheik/Nick Bockwinkel
NO DISQUALIFICATION - Gorilla Monsoon vs. Boris Malenko
Dominic DeNucci/Victor Rivera vs. The Brisco Brothers
Thunderbolt Patterson vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna

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