January 14, 1971 - National Arena - Washington, DC

Peter Maivia defeated The Crusher when The Crusher passed out in the Stump Puller in 0:06:50.
Rating: *** 1/2

Peter Maivia wasn't working by the hour in our opening match of 1971, taking on The Crusher who was wrestling a rare singles match. The Crusher's expertise is certainly in tag team wrestling, and the High Chief took advantage of that by locking on the Stump Puller to pick up the victory.

Wahoo McDaniel defeated Billy Graham by countout in 0:13:55.
Rating: -1/4*

Though he hasn't seen much success yet, you have to admire Billy Graham's guts. He hasn't stepped back from a challenge since coming to GCW, and he had a big one in the form of Wahoo McDaniel tonight. Wahoo clearly underestimated Graham, choosing to taunt him and slap him around instead of trying to win the match. Graham took advantage with his raw power and nearly pinned Wahoo a few times, but couldn't find the move to put him away. Wahoo finally buckled down and brutalized Graham, throwing him into the ringpost on the outside to get the countout win. Wahoo wasn't done as he went to the floor to throw the now bleeding Graham into the ringpost again, but was chased away by EDDIE GRAHAM! Eddie is Billy's older brother and a former GCW superstar, and clearly with Luke Graham being on the shelf with an injury, came out to protect his little brother. Wahoo didn't take too kindly to it and has challenged Eddie & Billy Graham to a tag team match at our next show on February 8 in Charlotte.

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) defeated The Cripplers (Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel) when O. Anderson made R. Stevens submit to the Armbar in 0:17:23.
Rating: ***

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew are climbing the ladder back up to the World Tag Team Titles, and they went as far as to challenge the current champions the Cripplers. Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel scoffed at their former stablemates, and said they would give them a match, but it would be non-title. The Andersons took this as an insult and wrestled motivated against the champs. After a solid match, the Andersons would get the last laugh when Ole Anderson caught Stevens in the Armbar and got a quick submission win. Post-match, Stevens has been complaining saying that he was in a car accident earlier this week and shouldn't have been wrestling in the first place, and that's the reason he gave up. We're not buying it, but there will be no excuses when the two teams meet in a rematch in Charlotte with the titles on the line.

Ernie Ladd pinned Chief Jay Strongbow after a flying bodypress in 0:08:06.
Rating: ** 1/4

The addition of The Grand Wizard as a manager is proving fruitful for "King" Ernie Ladd. Ladd picked up another win, this one over the former United States and World Tag Team champion Chief Jay Strongbow. It was by no means easy though. Strongbow had things very much in his control when he had Ladd on the top turnbuckle and looked to be setting him up for a superplex, but The Grand Wizard held onto Ladd's foot so he stayed put and Strongbow crashed down hard to the canvas. A flying bodypress followed and Ladd picked up the win.

Karl Gotch pinned Johnny Valentine with the German Suplex in 0:08:54.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Karl Gotch won the GCW United States Title.)

It was clear from the opening bell that Johnny Valentine wanted no part of Karl Gotch, especially with his US Title on the line. Valentine's strategy was to hit and run, keeping as much distance from Gotch as possible in hopes of the wrestling machine making a mistake. Gotch is one of the more patient wrestlers in the world though, so he didn't let Valentine's stalling and cheap shots phase him. Gotch bided his time, picked his spot, hit the German Suplex, and captured his first championship in GCW. Congrats to the new United States champion!

Pedro Morales wants a shot at the World Title.

Pedro Morales came out to a mixed reaction, most likely due to the fact that he walked out on partner Rocky Johnson at our last show in MSG. Morales grabbed a microphone and said it was nothing personal against Johnson, but he was tired of wrestling tag team matches. He said that he had already been a World Tag Team champion and had dominated that division. He went on to talk about how in the 8 years he has been with Global Championship Wrestling, he has yet to receive a single shot at the World Title. Morales said it's time to get serious and he is not going to rest until he gets his fair shot at the World Title. Before he could leave, ROCKY JOHNSON came out and said that they had some unfinished business. Johnson said Morales may not have meant walking out on him personally, but he sure took it personally, and he wanted a piece of Morales right here, right now! Morales told Johnson if he was looking to get hurt, the match was on.

Pedro Morales and Rocky Johnson battled to a double countout in 0:12:16.
Rating: *

Not many people can match up with Pedro Morales when his Latin temper is going at full blast, but that's exactly what Rocky Johnson did. Johnson showed that he's someone you don't want to cross as well as he went toe-to-toe with Morales. Both men were trying to tear into each other so badly that they stopped heeding the words of referee Dick Bartfield, instead choosing to brawl to the floor. Bartfield had no other option but to count both competitors out, making this bout a draw. They were meet once again next month in Charlotte to try to settle this dispute.

Gorilla Monsoon made Bill Watts submit to a bearhug in 0:07:09.
Rating: ** 3/4

Gorilla Monsoon was still fuming over what took place earlier, and he took those aggressions out on one of the perpetrators, "Cowboy" Bill Watts. Watts was still flustered by the return of Haystacks Calhoun putting a monkey wrench in their plans and he just couldn't find an answer for the monstrous Monsoon here, falling prey to a massive bearhug.

Bobo Brazil defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna by countout in 0:08:55.
Rating: * 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

Lou Albano has been the best thing for Baron Mikel Scicluna's career. A couple of years ago, you would have never imagined that Scicluna could go blow-for-blow with Bobo Brazil, but that's exactly what he did here. Scicluna's confidence is at an all-time high, and he came within an eyelash of defeating the former World champion in this match. Both men were fighting on the floor and Brazil barely managed to slide back into the ring before the 10 count after an Albano interference backfired and he accidentally walloped Scicluna.

Bruno Sammartino made Dick the Bruiser submit to the Sammartino Backbreaker in 0:16:47.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Bruno Sammartino.]

Our main event saw Bruno Sammartino make a successful title defense against long-time enemy, Dick the Bruiser. Bruiser made it tough for Sammartino, working over his ribs and almost getting him to submit in a bearhug several times, but Bruno fought through the pain and kept the coveted championship, much to the chagrin of Lou Albano. Albano is practically obsessed with getting the World Title back in his camp, and I would imagine there are many more challenges to be thrown Bruno's way.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

Rematches seem to be the theme for our next show on February 8 in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as a huge 6-man tag team main event that has been signed!

Bruno Sammartino (World champion)/Bobo Brazil/Peter Maivia vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna/Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
UNITED STATES TITLE - Karl Gotch (c) vs. Johnny Valentine
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Cripplers (c) vs. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew
TWO OUT OF THREE FALLS - Pedro Morales vs. Rocky Johnson
Billy Graham/Eddie Graham vs. Wahoo McDaniel/TBA
Haystacks Calhoun vs. Bill Watts

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