January 24, 1970 - National Arena - Washington, DC

Baron Mikel Scicluna pinned Miguel Perez with the Fistdrop in 0:08:35.
Rating: ** 1/2

In something we haven't seen in some time, Baron Mikel Scicluna is amidst a winning streak after defeating Miguel Perez. Could the royal from Malta really be turning things around?

Thunderbolt Patterson pinned Ernie Ladd with the Thunderbolt Right in 0:08:39.
Rating: * 1/2

Though Thunderbolt Patterson has been terrific, including being GCW's Newcomer of the Year, "King" Ernie Ladd was the heavy favorite going into this match. Ladd learned firsthand just how terrific Patterson can be when despite dominating most of the match, Ladd was caught in the jaw by the Thunderbolt Right and knocked loopy, getting pinned in the process. When Ladd got his bearings, he took out his frustrations by beating the tar out of Patterson before officials broke it up. The two will meet again, and you know Ladd won't be taking Thunderbolt lightly next time.

Bill Watts defeated Boris Malenko by countout in 0:10:06.
Rating: ** 1/4

A strong win for Bill Watts as he continues to wrestle well since returning to GCW. He's been close a couple of times, but one has to believe the Cowboy could be back on his way to winning gold.

Loser-Leaves-Town Match:
Chief Jay Strongbow and Wahoo McDaniel defeated Dominic DeNucci and Victor Rivera when Strongbow pinned Rivera after hitting him with the title belt in 0:20:52.
Rating: **
(Chief Jay Strongbow and Wahoo McDaniel retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The feud between the World Tag Team champions Wahoo McDaniel & Chief Jay Strongbow and Dominic DeNucci & Victor Rivera has become so intense that the champs were able to sucker the challengers into a bad decision. Wahoo & Strongbow told DeNucci & Rivera they could have another shot at the gold, but only if they put their GCW careers on the line. In a hasty decision, DeNucci & Rivera agreed and it cost them. DeNucci & Rivera nearly had the titles won late after Rivera hit a flying crossbody, but the referee was out of position after getting accidentally poked in the eye. Wahoo took advantage of this by grabbing one of the tag titles and clocking Rivera with it, putting Strongbow on top, and pointing the ref in the right direction. The 3 count was made, the champions retained, and Dominic DeNucci & Victor Rivera must now leave GCW.

Peter Maivia defeated Ray Stevens when Ray Stevens passed out in the Stump Puller in 0:12:57.
Rating: *** 1/4

What started out as an important victory for "High Chief" Peter Maivia over "The Crippler" Ray Stevens turned into a fight for his survival. Maivia picked up the win in an even matchup when he narrowly avoided Stevens' Bombs Away Kneedrop and quickly capitalized with the Stump Puller to take the win, but it wasn't long before the MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW was all over him. The odds were 3-on-1 until DORY & TERRY FUNK ran in to even the odds, chasing the Cripplers out of the ring. A 6-man tag match has been signed for the Pittsburgh show on February 21.

Johnny Valentine and Pedro Morales battled to a draw in 0:20:00.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Pedro Morales retained the GCW United States Title.)

Johnny Valentine felt slighted after losing the United States Title to Pedro Morales back on December 27, and he has a valid argument. The match was allowed to continue past the 20 minute time limit as Morales had Valentine in the Boston Crab. He couldn't hold on any longer and had to submit, losing the title. After review, Valentine was granted this rematch. In a controversial decision, Terry Taranova was the referee, the same man who made the sketchy call during the last match. Though these two respect each other, Morales & Valentine tore into each other because they both know how important the US Title is. This one seemed to be tilting Valentine's way late as he had been working over Morales' knee. This was to set up the painful Figure-Four Leglock, which he got locked on with 30 seconds left in the match. Morales showed his heart by not submitting as the time limit expired. When the bell rang, Valentine assumed he was the new champion but was shocked when it was declared a time limit draw by Taranova, the same man who let the match continue when Morales won the title. Valentine was livid post-match, backing Taranova into a corner and rearing back to punch him, but Morales caught his arm and stopped him. Valentine turned and almost clocked Morales, but he stopped himself when he realized what was going on. Cooler heads prevailed, but it's hard not to blame Valentine for being upset.

Nick Bockwinkel pinned Tim Woods with the Piledriver in 0:19:50.
Rating: ***

The battles between Tim Woods & Nick Bockwinkel look to finally be over as Bockwinkel picks up a hard fought but decisive victory with the Piledriver. Bockwinkel moves on to bigger and better things while Woods will have to try to regroup and get some momentum going in the coming months.

The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) defeated The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) when D. Funk Jr. defeated O. Anderson by disqualification in 0:19:03.
Rating: ***

These two teams already had a run-in earlier, but they still had this match to go as this feud was revisited. We wouldn't see a decisive winner in this chapter of the feud as the fight from before would start up again when RAY STEVENS and subsequently PETER MAIVIA became involved, leading to this match being declared a DQ. More fuel afded to the fire for the 6-man tag next month.

Bobo Brazil pinned The Sheik after a piledriver in 0:11:36.
Rating: -1/4*
[The Princess interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

Bobo Brazil & The Sheik rekindled their feud in a big way, a feud that has been off and on since the debut of GCW. Brazil seems to be rejuvenated since his recent return from injury, and that couldn't have been more evident in his victory over The Sheik. Could Brazil be positioning himself for another run at the World Title?

Luke Graham pinned Antonio Inoki with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:17:08.
Rating: ****
(Luke Graham won the GCW World Title.)
[Giant Baba interfered against Antonio Inoki.]

With the string of great matches new World champion Antonio Inoki & former champion Luke Graham have had, we were expecting nothing short of greatness tonight in our main event. This was Inoki's first title defense since winning the title and looked to take a victory in this match. It wouldn't work out that way, but because of forces beyond Inoki's control. During another good match between these two, Lou Albano was trying to interfere on behalf of his client. With referee Dick Kroll's attention held, GIANT BABA came out. We thought that Baba was there to help out his good friend Inoki, but instead, Baba hit the Crush Kick on Inoki! No one could believe what happened as Baba left the ring for Graham to hit the Thumb to the Throat, get the 3 count, and win the World Title for the second time. Baba is apparently jealous that Inoki became a World champion before he did, so he made sure Inoki's reign wouldn't last long. Graham & Baba weren't done yet though, wanting to make sure they put Inoki out for good, but Inoki was unexpectedly saved by BRUNO SAMMARTINO, the only other man besides Graham to hold the World Title twice! Bruno is back, and he cleared the ring of Graham & Baba to save Inoki's career. We have learned that Bruno will make his official return in his hometown of Pittsburgh next month when he teams with Inoki to take on new World champion Graham & Giant Baba!

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

The card for the Civic Auditorium show in Pittsburgh for February 21 looks like this so far:

MAIN EVENT - Bruno Sammartino/Antonio Inoki vs. World champion Luke Graham/Giant Baba
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Wahoo McDaniel/Chief Jay Strongbow (c) vs. Johnny Valentine/United States champion Pedro Morales
Peter Maivia/The Funk Brothers vs. The Cripplers
Thunderbolt Patterson vs. Ernie Ladd

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