January 28, 1967 - Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, ON, CA

Ernie Ladd pinned Spiros Arion with the Boot to the Face in 0:13:44.
Ernie Ladd suffered an elbow injury. He will be out for approximately 1 month.
Rating: ** 3/4

We kicked off with a match that would be Spiros Arion's last in the company as he is heading back to Greece. Arion wanted to leave on a winning note, but Ernie Ladd had other plans, dropping the Golden Greek with the Boot to the Face to get the 1-2-3. Ladd tweaked his elbow slightly when he missed an elbowdrop and may miss next month's show as a result.

The Pretty Boys (Pat Patterson and Larry Hennig), Bill Watts and Johnny Valentine defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser), Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci when Patterson pinned Bruiser with a loaded headbutt in 0:17:18.
Rating: ** 1/2

The top four tag teams in GCW locked up in an 8-man tag team match that was filled with non-stop action. The story of the match was Pat Patterson of the Pretty Boys, who for some reason was wearing a mask. The official explanation we got was that he was claiming he was too pretty for anyone to look at his face anymore, but we found out the real reason as he would slide a steel plate into the mask and headbutt Dick the Bruiser. Bruiser was out cold and Patterson made the easy pinfall. Because of this, the Pretty Boys have been given a shot at Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher for the World Tag Team champions on February 25th from MSG.

Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun defeated The Golden Grahams (Dr. Jerry Graham and Eddie Graham) when Calhoun pinned E. Graham after a sitdown splash in 0:14:25.
Rating: * 1/2

What an impressive tag team combination we saw debut tonight as Gorilla Monsoon teamed with Haystacks Calhoun to defeat the Golden Grahams. With a combined weight of over half a ton, I don't see how anyone is going to be able to slow down this team.

Killer Kowalski defeated Danny Hodge when Danny Hodge passed out in the Stomach Claw in 0:15:50.
Rating: ****

Killer Kowalski is still said to be fuming over not receiving his World Title shot recently and seemed particularly upset this month against Danny Hodge, a rematch from Cage Warfare. Kowalski's meanstreak seemed to be the difference this month as the Stomach Claw would prove to be the difference as he made Hodge pass out in the devastating hold.

Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Lou Albano via pinfall in 0:04:15.
Rating: **

Lou Albano wanted to prove that his loss last month to Dominic DeNucci was a complete fluke, so once again he offered an open challenge to anyone brave enough to take him on in the ring. That challenge was answered by Chief Jay Strongbow, who made short work of the braggadocios Italian. Albano may just want to stick to managing.

Luke Graham pinned Dory Funk Jr. with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:13:50.
Rating: ****
(Luke Graham retained the GCW United States Title.)
[Jack Brisco interfered against Dory Funk Jr..]

Dory Funk Jr. should be the United states champion right now, no doubt about it. Funk has come close to beating Luke Graham before, but this time he went as far as having Graham locked in the Spinning Toe Hold. Graham looked close to submitting, but unfortunately for Funk, he was positioned too close to the ropes. Referee Terry Taranova was down asking Graham if he gave up, so he didn't see a man run down from the back and clock Funk with a pair of brass knuckles! Funk was out like a light and the Thumb to the Throat kept Graham's undefeated streak and title reign in tact. We learned later that the man who attacked Funk was Jack Brisco, but why he did so, we have no idea.

Bobo Brazil pinned Hiro Matsuda with the Coco Butt in 0:06:14.
Rating: ***

Bobo Brazil is on the warpath and he won't rest until he has taken the World Title from Gene Kiniski, so Abdullah Farouk sent his new hired henchman, Hiro Matsuda to slow Brazil down. Matsuda took a lot out of Brazil, but I'm not sure if anyone by himself can slow Brazil down right now. After the match, BARON MIKEL SCICLUNA ran down and he & Matsuda put the beatdown on Brazil, leaving him laying in the ring and angry when he came back to. Brazil will meet Scicluna in New York next month.

The Firecrackers (Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez) defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna and The Sheik when Rocca defeated Scicluna when Scicluna passed out in the Argentine Backbreaker in 0:15:06.
Rating: ** 1/4

It's great to see Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez back together again, and in a group with Argentina Apollo called the Firecrackers, they look to have a lot of success in GCW and continue to be a thorn in the side of Abdullah Farouk and his charges. They took on Baron Mikel Scicluna & The Sheik tonight, and again proved why they are widely considered to be the best tag team in the world today. It's only a matter of time before these two are wrestling for the tag team titles again.

Gene Kiniski pinned Argentina Apollo after a small package in 0:21:46.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Gene Kiniski retained the GCW World Title.)
[Abdullah Farouk interfered against Argentina Apollo.]

The Firecrackers had a huge chance to put a dent in the armor of Abdullah Farouk and his men as Argentina Apollo had the chance to be the World champion in our main event against Gene Kiniski. Apollo brought it for this one as he knows as well as anyone that shots at the World Title don't come every day. Apollo took Kiniski to the limit and back again, but in the end, a small package and a handful of tights sealed Apollo's fate. Gene Kiniski remains the World champion.

Card rating: ** 3/4

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Next month we are back in MSG on February 25th with the following lineup thus far:

WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher (c) vs. The Pretty Boys
Bill Watts/Johnny Valentine vs. Pedro Morales/Dominic DeNucci
Bobo Brazil vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna
Dory Funk Jr. vs. Jack Brisco

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