January 24, 1973 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

The High Flyers (Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne) defeated Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when G. Gagne made Tanaka submit to the Gagne Sleeper in 0:14:44.
Rating: **** 1/4

The High Flyers had an impressive, if not unspectacular first year in GCW. They won some, they lost some, but they gained a lot of important experience. In 1973, they're hoping to take the next step, and they had a huge opportunity to get that ball rolling in our opening contest against the former tag team champions, Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka. Despite the clear improvement Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell have shown in the last year, teams continue to underestimate them. I don't think Fuji & Tanaka will anymore though. The Flyers got beaten down for most of this match, but Gagne managed to get Tanaka in the Gagne Sleeper. Fuji ran in to make the save, but Brunzell floored him with his patented Dropkick to send him to the floor, leaving the Professor with no choice but to tap out. This is a gigantic win and will surely move Gagne & Brunzell up the rankings.

Carlos Colon pinned Spiros Arion with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:03:09.
Rating: ***

Spiros Arion was still wearing the scars of battle from his Indian Strap Match with Chief Jay Strongbow 3 weeks ago, his back covered in disgusting welts. In fairness, Arion probably shouldn't have been competing tonight, especially against a hungry and opportunistic Carlos Colon, who will take a win any way he can get it as he tries to climb the ladder in GCW. Arion couldn't mount any offense with his back in the shape it was, leading to a quick win for Colon with the Figure-Four Leglock.

Blackjack Lanza made The Crusher submit to the Blackjack Claw in 0:11:31.
Rating: ***
(Dick the Bruiser no-showed.)

Blackjack Lanza is Bobby Heenan's latest hired gun, and he has been brought in to eliminate the team Heenan finds to be the biggest threat to the tag team titles currently held by Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel, which would be Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. This match was supposed to be Lanza's official in-ring debut against the Bruiser, but he wasn't in the building tonight. We don't have word as to why Bruiser wasn't here as of press time. The Crusher took his place gladly though, another man wanting to get his hands on Lanza. The Crusher roughed him up early working on pure adrenaline, but Lanza is a wildcard that Crusher wasn't fully prepared for. Crusher suffered a beatdown and eventually got locked in Lanza's Blackjack Claw, one of the better clawholds you will see in the world today. Crusher tried to fight out of it, but the energy was quickly zapped out of him and Crusher tapped out, no small feat indeed. Lanza continued the assault post-match, leaving Crusher a bloody mess. Lanza was finally pulled off of Crusher and the former 6-time tag team champion was stretchered out of the ring.

The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna and Baron Von Raschke when Bockwinkel defeated Raschke by countout in 0:06:45.
Rating: ** 1/4
(The Cripplers retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Baron Von Raschke.]

Heenan might have brought Blackjack Lanza in to take out Bruiser & Crusher, but perhaps he should bring in someone else to take out Baron Mikel Scicluna & Baron Von Raschke as well. The Barons were the challengers for The Cripplers here in Boston, a title shot that Captain Lou Albano has been angling for for quite some time. Size and strength wise, this match belonged to the Barons, but Heenan showed just how far he will go for his clients. Baron Von Raschke was signaling to put the Claw on Bockwinkel when Heenan jumped in the ring and actually SPIT on Raschke! Raschke about lost his mind and chased Heenan out of the ring and all the way to the locker room, getting himself counted out in the process. The Cripplers are still the World Tag Team champions thanks to Heenan putting his neck on the line. GCW officials have announced that at our next show in Philadelphia on February 14, Heenan will be forced to wrestle in a one-on-one match against Baron Von Raschke! Not only that, but The Cripplers will again have to defend the tag titles against Baron Mikel Scicluna and a wrestler that Lou Albano will be allowed to announce at a later time.

Ernie Ladd pinned Luke Graham with the Boot to the Face in 0:10:51.
Rating: ***
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Luke Graham.]

Our next match featured two men from GCW's old guard as Luke Graham took on Ernie Ladd. Both individuals could use a big win here to help get themselves in position for a World Title shot. Graham has a bullseye on him these days with his neck and back injuries, a bullseye that Ladd went after time and time again during this contest. Graham would end up losing this match when he hesitated to go for a suplex on Ladd thanks to his back, letting Ladd blast Graham in the face with the Boot to the Face to get the 1-2-3. Ladd didn't stop there, grabbing a chair that he was handed by The Grand Wizard to crash on Graham's neck 3 times before Eddie Graham got into the ring and wrestled it away from him. Graham managed to escape permanent injury, but as a precautionary measure, Eddie Graham is keeping Luke out of action for awhile until his neck and back can properly heal.

Pedro Morales defeated Jerry Lawler when Jerry Lawler passed out in the Boston Crab in 0:09:09.
Rating: ****

Pedro Morales didn't get the revenge that he wanted over Mil Mascaras at the Ten Year Anniversary Show, which boded poorly for young Jerry Lawler. When Morales is unstable, there are few men on the planet who have a chance at slowing him down. Lawler fought valiantly, but Morales took him to school and took him out with the Boston Crab. Morales refused to release the hold after the match, prompting JOHNNY VALENTINE to make the save, clubbing Morales from behind with a forearm that sent him sprawling from the ring. Word has it that Valentine wanted the match with Morales in Philly, but Lawler has asked Valentine to let him have one more shot at beating Morales.

Ivan Koloff pinned Chief Jay Strongbow with the Russian Sickle in 0:07:11.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Chief Jay Strongbow.]

Ivan Koloff's reign of destruction has seen little resistance thus far, but he got hit with a major roadblock tonight when his opponent was announced as CHIEF JAY STRONGBOW. Strongbow is from the old guard and said that he is tired of Koloff & Lou Albano thinking they can just push everyone around, and thus invited Koloff to try to bully him. The Russian Bear didn't back down in the least, though he certainly took more licks in this match than he has in any of his previous contests. Strongbow even locked Koloff in the Indian Deathlock, but he was too close to the ropes and Koloff escaped. Strongbow protested for just a moment, which was long enough for Koloff to nearly take his head off with the Russian Sickle to get the 1-2-3. After the match, Strongbow & Koloff got into a brawl that had to be separated by referees. As a result, these two will meet again in Philly, in an Indian Strap Match!

Billy Graham pinned Billy Robinson after a clothesline in 0:12:27.
Rating: **** 1/4
(Billy Graham won the GCW United States Title.)

"Superstar" Billy Graham's cowardly attack on Billy Robinson 3 weeks ago was the catalyst for this, our second championship match of the evening. Robinson is the reigning US champion and thus far undefeated, already beating some of the top competitors in all of Global Championship Wrestling. Billy Graham has been saying that he wants his career to be better than even his brother Luke's has been. That's going to be a feat for anyone to do, as Luke Graham is a former 2-time World champion, 2-time US champion, and World Tag Team champion. For Billy, this was his first step, in his words. The Superstar is one of the strongest men in the sport, but Robinson has made a living in this business outwrestling even the toughest men in the world. Graham was being flustered for the majority of this match as Robinson suckered him into holds time after time. Graham became exceedingly irritated, which only made the fans get on his case even more. The Grand Wizard saw the match slipping through his client's fingers and decided to do something about it, trying to trip Robinson as he hit the ropes. The Grand Wizard is far too scrawny to actually make Robinson fall, but the distraction did allow Graham to blast the champ with a clothesline. Graham went for a quick pin, and with his feet on the ropes, just became the United States champion! The crowd was in stunned silence as Graham was handed the US Title, his first championship. Robinson argued about Graham's feet being on the ropes, but referee Terry Taranova said he didn't see it and can only call what he sees. The decision stands, but Robinson will get a return match in Philadelphia.

Cage Match:
Gorilla Monsoon defeated Jimmy Snuka by escaping the cage in 0:08:51.
Rating: * 1/4

Jimmy Snuka escaped being locked in a cage with a wild animal last show by feigning a knee injury, but he would have no other options as Gorilla Monsoon finally got his massive hands on the Superfly. Snuka tried to play cat and mouse with Monsoon, but in the confines of a cage, you're eventually going to get caught. When Monsoon got a hold of Snuka, it was brutal. Luckily for Snuka, it didn't last long before Monsoon wiped him out and exited the door to get the win and finally put the nail in this issue once and for all.

Wahoo McDaniel and Bruno Sammartino battled to a double countout in 0:22:18.
Rating: ***
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)

Wahoo McDaniel went into this match for the World Title with a chip on his shoulder, upset that he was left off of the card for the 10-year anniversary show at MSG. Wahoo has been US & World Tag Team champion in the past, but the only title to elude him is the World Title. Wahoo is also known as one of the hardest hitters in wrestling, and if you don't believe that, just ask Bruno Sammartino about it. Bruno & Wahoo beat the holy ever living nonsense out of each other. From a brutality standpoint, we haven't seen a match where two guys just punched and kicked each other like this one, and the fans in Boston ate it up. They didn't even mind that the match went to a double countout as the battle was that intense. The fans are itching to see these two go at it one more time, and they will get their wish in Philadelphia.

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

It will be Valentine's Day, but love will not be in the air as GCW makes its way to The Spectrum in Philadelphia! Here's what we have on tap for you so far:

WORLD TITLE REMATCH - Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. Wahoo McDaniel
UNITED STATES TITLE - Billy Graham (c) vs. Billy Robinson
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Cripplers (c) vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna/TBA
INDIAN STRAP MATCH - Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Ivan Koloff
Dick the Bruiser vs. Blackjack Lanza
Jerry Lawler vs. Pedro Morales
Baron Von Raschke vs. Bobby Heenan

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