January 27, 1968 - Civic Arena - Pittsburgh, PA

The Firecrackers (Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez) defeated Hiro Matsuda and Johnny Valentine when Rocca defeated Matsuda when Matsuda passed out in the Argentine Backbreaker in 0:10:36.
Rating: ***

Tag team action kicked off our debut in Pittsburgh as Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez took on Johnny Valentine & Hiro Matsuda. A solid tag affair that got the crowd going that saw the former World Tag Team champions get the duke over Lou Albano's men.

The Sheik defeated Argentina Apollo when Argentina Apollo passed out in the Camel Clutch in 0:12:10.
Rating: ** 3/4

The Sheik continued his reign of terror as he again mauls an opponent. The victim this month was Argentina Apollo, a man who has tangled with The Sheik before. The Sheik again bloodied up an opponent before putting him down with the Camel Clutch. The Sheik put an exclamation point on the situation by jabbing his pencil into Apollo's forehead. Someone is going to have to step up and stand up to The Sheik because he is getting out of control.

Baron Mikel Scicluna pinned Edouard Carpentier with the Fistdrop in 0:05:43.
Rating: ** 3/4

Baron Mikel Scicluna finally got his cheating ways to work out in his favor as he clocked Edouard Carpentier with his roll of coins in the form of the Fistdrop to get a pin he doesn't at all deserve. I guess sometimes even cheaters win.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Pat Patterson and Peter Maivia when Crusher pinned Patterson with the Bolo Punch in 0:14:33.
Rating: ***

This wasn't a good night for Pat Patterson. After having two previous tag team partners taken out of GCW by Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher, Patterson wants nothing more than to exact some revenge on his foes. However, no matter what he does, he always seems to fall just a bit short. He got that same result tonight as he and Peter Maivia couldn't get the job done against the former World Tag Team champions. The frustration is definitely building within Patterson.

Terry Funk wants a rematch against his brother.

Terry Funk came out for a short interview where he said that last month against his brother Dory Jr., he may have lost the match, but he never submitted. Terry said that it's just like his brother to take the easy way out. Terry said he wants a rematch and he wants it soon.

Jack Brisco and Gene Kiniski battled to a no-contest in 0:17:07.
Rating: * 1/4

Talk about a match that got out of control in a hurry! What started as simply a spirited contest between Gene Kiniski and Jack Brisco became a knock down, drag out fight. As the match went on, the frustrations built where they stopped listening to the referee's instructions. Terry Taranova eventually just gave up and let them brawl, declaring this one a no-contest.

Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci defeated Nick Bockwinkel and Killer Kowalski when DeNucci pinned Kowalski after a side step in 0:17:48.
Rating: ***
(Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The World Tag Team Title reign of Pedro Morales & Dominic DeNucci is quickly approaching a full year after another successful title defense tonight. Their opponents were the newer team of Nick Bockwinkel & Killer Kowalski, who gave the champs all they could handle and then some before Kowalski made a mistake and missed a kneedrop from the top rope, allowing DeNucci to roll him up for the pin. Also of note is that during this match, two men were watching from the top of the entranceway. We later found out those men were Gene & Ole Anderson, two brothers that call themselves the Minnesota Wrecking Crew. They have signed with GCW and were out to scout two of the top teams in GCW. They will make their debut next month against Pat Patterson & Peter Maivia.

Antonio Inoki and Giant Baba defeated Lou Albano and Luke Graham when Inoki defeated Albano when Albano passed out in the Octopus Hold in 0:09:02.
Rating: ** 1/2

Antonio Inoki & Giant Baba are heading back to Japan following this event, so they were having their going away match against two of the men that were thorns in their side for their entire stay in GCW, Luke Graham & Lou Albano. The fans gave the B-I Cannon a great send-off, cheering them to a great victory over their rivals. Inoki & Baba grabbed the mic after the match and thanked the fans in Japanese for their stay in America and promised to come back one day.

Ernie Ladd pinned Chief Jay Strongbow with the Boot to the Face in 0:05:09.
Rating: * 3/4

You would think that Ernie Ladd was done torturing Chief Jay Strongbow, but this match proved otherwise. Ladd, despite the whipping he got in the Indian Strap Match last month, was out wearing the feathered hat again to taunt Strongbow, again throwing strongbow into a rage. Ladd and manager Jack Davis had a plan though as they used Strongbow's aggression against him. Ladd lured Strongbow to the floor where Davis threw powder into his eyes, temporarily blinding him. Ladd threw Strongbow back into the ring and smashed him with the Boot to the Face to get a hollow victory. Strongbow grabbed the microphone after the match, still trying to wipe powder from his eyes. Strongbow challenged the Big Cat to a steel cage match next month in Washington, DC to settle this once and for all.

Bobo Brazil & James Dudley are presented their awards.

To close out the show, the GCW World champion Bobo Brazil and his manager James Dudley were presented with their awards that they picked up for the 1967 Year-End Awards. Brazil was named Wrestler of the Year while Dudley picked up Manager of the Year. As Dudley was handed his award, this prompted LOU ALBANO to come out. Albano was still sore from his match earlier, but it didn't stop him from throwing a fit and claiming that the Manager of the Year award should be his. Albano went as far as to start poking Dudley in the chest, which made Brazil step in. As Albano coweredfrom the World champ, LUKE GRAHAM ran out from behind and blindsided Brazil with the Thumb to the Throat! Graham put the boots to Brazil as Albano tossed Dudley out of the ring. Graham & Albano capped their assault taking the Manager of the Year trophy and busting it over Brazil's head, causing the World champion to bleed profusely. Those two make me absolutely sick!

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

After an explosive start to 1968, we are off to Washington, DC on February 24th with the following lineup signed so far:

WORLD TITLE - Bobo Brazil (c) vs. United States champion Luke Graham
CAGE MATCH - Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Ernie Ladd
Dory Funk Jr. vs. Terry Funk
Gene Kiniski vs. Jack Brisco
Pat Patterson/Peter Maivia vs. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew

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