January 25, 1969 - Convention Hall - Atlantic City, NJ

Johnny Valentine made Hiro Matsuda submit to the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:24:32.
Rating: **** 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Johnny Valentine.]

The relationship between Johnny Valentine & Hiro Matsuda completely fell apart, and Lou Albano showed what side he was on by coming out with Matsuda. This seemed to ignite a flame under Valentine who at the end of a great contest got Matsuda in the Figure-Four Leglock and got the victory. Albano was so frustrated with Matsuda that he fired him. Matsuda has decided to head back to Japan to continue his career there.

Thunderbolt Patterson pinned Tony Altimore with the Thunderbolt Right in 0:03:22.
Rating: -1/4*

Our next match featured the debut of Thunderbolt Patterson, who was extremely impressive in a quick victory over Tony Altimore.

Interview:
Luke Graham declares himself the greatest World champion in history.

Next up we had an interview with our brand new World champion Luke Graham, along with his manager Lou Albano. In a ridiculous statement of bravado, Graham is already calling himself the greatest World champion in history. He even went as far as to call out Lou Thesz and told him if he ever touches him again, he will be sorry. He told Thesz to look at Bobo Brazil as an example of what he could do. JOHNNY VALENTINE came out next to confront Albano & Graham, upset about this entire plan to get Graham the title that he was never informed of. Graham told Valentine to get out of the ring because he didn't owe him or anyone else an explanation. Valentine pressed the issue, and got the Thumb to the Throat as a result. Graham was a man possessed and was taking it out on Valentine until PETER MAIVIA ran out with a chair and ran the Champ off. With the hot streak Maivia has been on, Graham's "greatest title reign ever" could be very short lived.

Pedro Morales defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna by countout in 0:14:21.
Rating: **

Pedro Morales' winning ways continued as he made Baron Mikel Scicluna walk out for the countout loss than suffer the agony of the inevitable pinfall defeat. Rumblings backstage indicate that Morales wants his shot at a title and wants it soon. When he will get that opportunity is still unknown.

The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) and Gene Kiniski defeated The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) and Ernie Ladd when D. Funk Jr. made Jerry Brisco submit to the Texas Cloverleaf in 0:36:58.
Rating: *** 3/4

Six-man tag team matches tend to be very chaotic, and this one was no exception. It took 30 minutes to do, but the team of The Funk Brothers & Gene Kiniski were able to pull out the win over The Brisco Brothers & Ernie Ladd. Near the end the match turned into a tag match as Kiniski & Ladd, who had been at each other all match, brawled on the floor. During that chaos, Dory Funk Jr. caught Jerry Brisco in the Texas Cloverleaf to get the submission victory. Due to this big win, the Funks will get another opportunity to regain the World Tag Team Titles against the Minnesota Wrecking Crew on February 22nd in Baltimore, while Kiniski & Ladd will go one-on-one.

Gorilla Monsoon pinned Boris Malenko after a splash in 0:10:58.
Rating: * 1/2

Our next match bore witness to the GCW return of Boris Malenko, who fans haven't seen since he was a member of Abdullah Farouk's army back in 1965. Malenko was looking to come back with a bang against Gorilla Monsoon. Malenko tried to hit and move against the 400-pound Monsoon, but once Monsoon caught him, it was just a matter of time before he hit a splash and took the winner's purse. Malenko, not wanting to be shown up, grabbed a chain from ringside and went to attack Monsoon with it, but the Gorilla sidestepped and tossed Malenko out of the ring. A chain match has been signed between the two for Baltimore.

Pat Patterson pinned Ole Anderson with the Atomic Drop in 0:11:02.
Rating: ** 1/2

With Ray Stevens out thanks to an injury at the hands of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, Pat Patterson is on his own and has promised to make Gene & Ole Anderson's lives hell until Stevens gets back. Well he got off to a good start as he was able to defeat Ole Anderson tonight in a singles contest. Patterson did get double teamed by the MWC after the match, but he was able to slink away before too much damage has been done. Patterson has gotten under the skin of the champs, but will he be able to survive until Stevens is back from injury?

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Dominic DeNucci and Victor Rivera when Bruiser made DeNucci submit to the Stomach Claw in 0:21:44.
Rating: ** 1/2

Dominic DeNucci & Victor Rivera asked for another match tonight against Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher, wanting to prove to the world that they can hang with one of the best teams in the world. Bruiser & Crusher found it funny and toyed with their opponents a lot during this match, but it nearly bit them in the backside as DeNucci & Rivera proved to be much tougher foes than anyone thought. They took the former 3-time tag champs to the edge and back before ultimately going down to defeat. DeNucci & Rivera lost the battle, but they have challenged Bruiser & Crusher to one more match, vowing not to lose the war.

Wahoo McDaniel defeated The Sheik by disqualification in 0:20:11.
Rating: DUD
(The Sheik retained the GCW United States Title.)
[The Princess interfered against Wahoo McDaniel.]

Wahoo McDaniel had an opportunity to do what no one else has ever done, and that is win a title in his first match as he challenged The Sheik for the United States Title. The match itself was bowling shoe ugly, but the crowd was hot for a new US champion. However the insane Sheik was allowed to go nuts by the Princess, leading to him getting disqualified when he stabbed the challenger with a railroad spike. McDaniel wins, but The Sheik remains the US champion. The Sheik didn't get a chance to do anymore damage as he was run off by the former champ, CHIEF JAY STRONGBOW. The Sheik will have to defend the title against Strongbow in Baltimore.

Nick Bockwinkel pinned Chief Jay Strongbow with the Piledriver in 0:16:53.
Rating: *** 3/4

As if Chief Jay Strongbow hadn't had enough problems with The Sheik and The Princess, now they are busy costing him other matches. Strongbow was wrestling a great match against Nick Bockwinkel and he had put the Indian Deathlock on the bragadocious star. The Princess came down to the ring and taunted strongbow, causing him to release the hold. When Strongbow finally turned his attention back to Bockwinkel, he was met with a boot to the midsection, the Piledriver, and a loss.

Luke Graham pinned Peter Maivia with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:18:13.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Luke Graham retained the GCW World Title.)

What a miscarriage of justice! Peter Maivia was wrestling this match for his good friend Bobo Brazil, who of course was injured by the new World champion Luke Graham. The High Chief wanted to make Graham's title live the shortest in GCW history, but some bad luck prevented that. When Graham found he was having trouble putting Maivia away, he got desperate and had Lou Albano hand him the World Title. Albano had referee Dick Kroll's attention as Graham looked to clock Maivia with the title, but Maivia ducked the blow and got the title from Graham. Maivia was going to nail Graham with it but Kroll turned around and saw him. Kroll took the title away from Maivia, and as the High Chief protested, Graham caught him with the Thumb to the Throat and the 1-2-3.

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

Our next show takes place in Baltimore on February 22nd, and a large number of matches have already been signed!

WORLD TITLE REMATCH - Luke Graham (c) vs. Peter Maivia
UNITED STATES TITLE - The Sheik (c) vs. Chief Jay Strongbow
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (c) vs. The Funk Brothers
CHAIN MATCH - Gorilla Monsoon vs. Boris Malenko
Gene Kiniski vs. Ernie Ladd
Wahoo McDaniel vs. Nick Bockwinkel
Dominic DeNucci/Victor Rivera vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher

Also, there is some other big news coming out of the GCW offices. GCW officials have announced that they have brokered a deal with the JPW promotion out of Tokyo, Japan, and that on the weekend of July 4th, a very special event is going to take place. Over the course of 3 days, 32 men will compete in a single-elimination tournament. The wrestlers featured will be from GCW, JPW, and from all over the globe as they compete for a $100,000 prize and bragging rights. The event will be called "The Grand Prix of Wrestling." To make the event even more special, this tournament is scheduled to take place only once every 4 years, so the prestige of winning is obvious. We are all very proud to be a part of this historic event!

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