February 24, 1968 - National Arena - Washington, DC

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) defeated Pat Patterson and Peter Maivia when G. Anderson pinned Maivia with the Piledriver in 0:18:52.
Rating: ***

We saw the official in-ring debut of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, Gene & Ole Anderson, taking on Pat Patterson & Peter Maivia. The MWC looked great and were the epitome of tag team efficiency while the teamwork of Patterson & Maivia left something to be desired. Patterson's head was clearly elsewhere as he wasn't there to save his partner when the High Chief was planted with the Piledriver, giving the MWC a win in their first match. The Andersons have made it clear that they have their eyes on the World Tag Team Titles, and this was a good first step.

Haystacks Calhoun defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna by countout in 0:09:46.
Rating: * 1/2

Baron Mikel Scicluna may have gotten the cheap victory last month, but his cheating was all for naught against the 601-pound Haystacks Calhoun. When Scicluna realized his cheating wasn't going to work, he simply walked out for the countout.

Gene Kiniski defeated Jack Brisco by countout in 0:14:33.
Rating: **

The fight between Gene Kiniski & Jack Brisco completely degenerated last month, and the rematch wasn't much more civil either. We did get a winner this time around, but it wasn't a clear cut winner like we had hoped with Kiniski narrowly beating Brisco back into the ring for the countout victory. Brisco was quick to challenge Kiniski to a rematch, but he wants it to be 2 out of 3 falls. Brisco claims that Kiniski is old news and that Brisco can outlast him. That remains to be seen as Kiniski accepted the challenge.

The Firecrackers (Antonino Rocca, Argentina Apollo and Miguel Perez) defeated Hiro Matsuda, Johnny Valentine and Lou Albano when Perez defeated J. Valentine via pinfall in 0:12:07.
Rating: ** 1/2

A six-man tag match was next which saw the Firecrackers get the win over Johnny Valentine, Hiro Matsuda, & Lou Albano. Like many teams in GCW, some combination of Antonino Rocca, Miguel Perez, & Argentina Apollo is looking to get a shot at the World Tag Team Titles. This is a tough time to be Pedro Morales & Dominic DeNucci as several teams are gunning for them.

Nick Bockwinkel pinned Edouard Carpentier after a figure-four leglock in 0:13:27.
Rating: ** 1/4

Nick Bockwinkel picked up the biggest win of his short GCW career as he defeated the former United States champion Edouard Carpentier. Bockwinkel showed how good he is at technical wrestling as he locked on a picture perfect figure-four that caused Carpentier to pass out and get pinned in the hold.

Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr. battled to a draw in 0:20:00.
Rating: ***

Unfortunately for both Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk, 20 minutes wasn't enough time for them to settle their differences as the time limit expired before a clear winner could be decided. One more match has been signed between the two on March 23 in Baltimore, and this time it will be no time limit!

Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when Morales pinned Bruiser after a crucifix in 0:26:10.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

When all is said done, Pedro Morales & Dominic DeNucci could go down as the greatest tag team in GCW history. They have beaten every team they've come across, including once and for all decisively beating the former 3-time World Tag Team champions, Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. It was a hard fought match and by no means an easy win, but as they have time and time again, Morales & DeNucci used their opponents' strengths against them - in this case, how aggressive Bruiser & Crusher are. This let Morales catch Bruiser with a crucifix to get the 1-2-3.

Gorilla Monsoon defeated The Sheik by disqualification in 0:07:03.
Rating: -* 1/2

The Sheik continues to be absolutely out of control as again he tried to maim an opponent in the form of Gorilla Monsoon. After a sloppy but intense brawl, The Sheik did get himself disqualified for bringing weapons into the fray. However before he could bloody Monsoon up, HAYSTACKS CALHOUN came to the ring to make sure The Sheik left before any more damage could be done. It's about time someone stood up to this crazed animal.

Cage Match:
Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Ernie Ladd by escaping the cage in 0:13:10.
Rating: ** 1/4

Chief Jay Strongbow can finally get some peace of mind as he put the final chapter in his feud against Ernie Ladd. The final battle was waged in a steel cage, the ultimate score settler. Ladd bloodied Strongbow up early in the match and was having his way with him, but he made a huge mistake. Jack Davis handed Ladd the feathers from the headdress and shoved them in Strongbow's face. This set Strongbow off to where he was no longer feeling pain. Strongbow bounced Ladd around the ring, knocking him against the cage several times before exiting the door, putting a violent end to this feud.

Luke Graham defeated Bobo Brazil by disqualification in 0:05:12.
Rating: **
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)

The main event was one that everyone was looking forward to as for the first time ever, the World champion wrestled the United States champion in a singles match as Bobo Brazil met Luke Graham. Only Brazil's World Title was on the line in this one, but this match was about more than just the title. It became personal last month. The personal nature of the match became obvious very quickly, as this match had barely got started when Brazil grabbed the World Title and blasted Graham in the face with it to get disqualified. This was a receipt for Graham breaking the Manager of the Year trophy over Brazil's head last month. This is all just getting started.

Card rating: * 3/4

Match observations:

We return to Baltimore, Maryland on March 23rd with the following matches signed so far:

WORLD TITLE REMATCH - Bobo Brazil (c) vs. Luke Graham
2 OUT OF 3 FALLS - Gene Kiniski vs. Jack Brisco
NO TIME LIMIT - Dory Funk Jr. vs. Terry Funk
The Half-Ton Team vs. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew

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