January 2, 1965 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Edouard Carpentier pinned Mark Lewin with the Somersault Senton in 0:12:22.
Rating: ****

Edouard Carpentier kicked this show off with a bang as he got a solid victory over "Maniac" Mark Lewin in a great match. Due to his performance, Carpentier will receive a shot at the United States Title on January 30th as we debut in Carpentier's hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, whether the champion be Ernie Ladd or Danny Hodge.

Ray Stevens pinned Don Leo Jonathan with the Bombs Away Kneedrop in 0:08:25.
Rating: *** 1/4

After getting a small taste of the big time last month, Ray Stevens has committed himself to getting back there and becoming a champion no matter what it takes. The Blond Bomber got off to a good start on that mission as he picked up the mild upset against Don Leo Jonathan with the Bombs Away Kneedrop.

Bill Watts and Johnny Valentine defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when Watts pinned Bruiser with the Oklahoma Stampede in 0:19:03.
Rating: *** 1/2

Speaking of roads to titles, Bill Watts & Johnny Valentine took another huge step toward regaining the World Tag Team Titles by getting the duke over the former champions The Crusher & Dick the Bruiser. Crusher & Bruiser could have won this match on several times and were kicking themselves for letting this match slip through their fingers.

Danny Hodge pinned Dick the Bruiser with the Oklahoma Roll in 0:04:33.
Rating: ***

Dick the Bruiser's night got a little tougher as just after wrestling a hard fought match, he had to come out for a GCW original, a Wildcard match. His opponent was someone who wanted to be anywhere but in this match as well in the form of Danny Hodge, who will have his last shot at the US Title ever later on tonight and didn't want a long drawn out match to tire him out. Due to Bruiser's previous match, Hodge didn't have a lot of problem pinning Bruiser with his amateur moves, but he did take a few hard shots and power moves that surely rattled his bones going into his title shot later tonight.

Bruno Sammartino defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna by countout in 0:18:40.
Rating: 3/4*

Bruno Sammartino wouldn't be taken in by Baron Mikel Scicluna this time as we all know exactly what the man of royal descent is all about. Scicluna made no bones about his desire to cheat, cutting any corner he possibly could to take down the former World champion. Sammartino pushed through all the underhanded tactics and had Scicluna reeling, but rather than take a clean loss, Scicluna escaped to the floor and got himself counted out. The crowd, and especially Sammartino, were left frustrated. Scicluna won't have that option next month when he meets Sammartino one more time in a Lumberjack match!

Match with Managers Banned From Ringside:
Ernie Ladd pinned Danny Hodge with the Boot to the Face in 0:15:53.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Ernie Ladd retained the GCW United States Title.)

You gotta hand it to Danny Hodge - given the fact that he already wrestled once tonight, he gave a stellar performance here. It looked like Hodge was going to do the impossible beat the Big Cat, but he couldn't find the right move to put Ladd down. Hodge uncharacteristically went to the top to hit a high risk move, but Ladd caught him and jammed his taped thumb right into Hodge's throat. Hodge was having trouble breathing and couldn't recover enough to avoid receiving the Boot to the Face. Hodge fought valiantly, but circumstance got the best of him as Ladd keeps the title.

Boris Malenko, Gene Kiniski and The Sheik defeated Bobo Brazil, Haystacks Calhoun and Lou Thesz when Malenko pinned Brazil with the Russian Sickle in 0:13:55.
Rating: ** 1/2
[Abdullah Farouk interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

Abdullah Farouk had his charges ready to go tonight as they were wrestling in 6-man tag action against 3 of his biggest adversaries - Bobo Brazil, Haystacks Calhoun, & World champion Lou Thesz. Farouk was able to strategize with his men all month to prepare and it really proved helpful in helping them to pick up the victory. Frequent tags and even more frequent bendings of the rules allowed them to steal a victory over the babyface squadron. This battle isn't over yet as these 6 men will meet in singles matches in Montreal later this month.

The Golden Grahams challenge the winners of our main event.

Before our main event for the World Tag Team Titles, Dr. Jerry & Eddie Graham came out and issued a challenge, saying they didn't care who won this match - they wanted the next title shot.

Argentina Apollo and Antonino Rocca defeated Gorilla Monsoon and Killer Kowalski when Apollo pinned Monsoon after a flying clothesline in 0:23:19.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Argentina Apollo and Antonino Rocca won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Miguel Perez was still nursing his injured back and was unable to wrestle with his tag team partner Antonino Rocca in this match against Gorilla Monsoon & Killer Kowalski. Rocca said he had a backup partner, and he sure did when he came out with ARGENTINA APOLLO, his countryman and another guy who has a hatred for Monsoon & Kowalski. The tag team champions clearly never expected Apollo to be Rocca's partner. Monsoon & Kowalski couldn't keep up with the speed of the Argentinians, not too mention the burning desire for revenge from both Apollo & Rocca led to a huge upset and we had brand new World Tag Team champions! This is Antonino Rocca's second reign as a tag team champion.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

The card for our debut in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is shaping up to be a history making one as we have these matches signed so far:

WORLD TITLE 2/3 FALLS - Lou Thesz (c) vs. The Sheik
UNITED STATES TITLE - Ernie Ladd (c) vs. Edouard Carpentier
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Antonino Rocca/Argentina Apollo (c) vs. The Golden Grahams
LUMBERJACK MATCH - Bruno Sammartino vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna
Haystacks Calhoun vs. Boris Malenko
Bobo Brazil vs. Gene Kiniski

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