January 4, 1970 - Korakuen Hall - Tokyo, Japan

Osamu Kido made Boris Malenko submit to an armbar in 0:15:05.
Rating: *** 3/4

This night marked a huge milestone in the history of GCW. In the almost 7 year history of Global Championship Wrestling, for the first time ever we journeyed to the Land of the Rising Sun at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. The opening contest saw a Japanese rookie Osamu Kido get the best of Boris Malenko with a great reversal to get a submission victory with a deadly armbar. We expect the GCW wrestlers to have a bit of trouble as the Japanese stars will have the home field advantage.

The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) defeated Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when D. Funk Jr. made Tanaka submit to a grapevine in 0:19:50.
Rating: *** 1/2

The GCW contingent evened the score in our second match as the Funk Brothers got over whatever sibling squabble they were having to defeat Mr. Fuji & Toru Tanaka in a great tag team contest.

Ray Stevens and Pedro Morales battled to a draw in 0:20:00.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Pedro Morales retained the GCW United States Title.)

Ray Stevens got a chance to pick up his first gold in GCW as he challenged Pedro Morales for the United States Title, ironically in Japan. These two are very evenly matched competitors, and this was backed up by neither man being able to score the win and wrestling to a time limit draw. I for one would love to see these two lock up for the championship once again in the future.

Bobo Brazil pinned Hiro Matsuda after a forearm smash in 0:09:39.
Rating: ** 3/4

Bobo Brazil & Hiro Matsuda are no strangers to each other, but this match was in Matsuda's backyard which gave him the distinct advantage. Brazil is a former World champion though, and it takes a lot to beat a former World champion. Not in the cards for Matsuda tonight, who ate a huge forearm smash and thus ate the loss.

Bill Watts and Johnny Valentine defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when J. Valentine pinned Crusher with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:32:18.
Rating: **** 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Johnny Valentine.]

The battle between Lou Albano's men Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher and his former charges Johnny Valentine & Bill Watts carried over to the Orient in an epic encounter. Albano's best efforts couldn't save his team from eating a loss here in Tokyo as the distain that Valentine & Watts have for him was too much to overcome. It looks like this is going to be the end of this feud as both teams look to move on to bigger and better things.

Giant Baba pinned The Sheik after a running neckbreaker drop in 0:04:16.
Rating: 1/2*

This was a grudge match months in the making, spawning from The Sheik throwing a fireball in the face of Giant Baba during the Grand Prix of Wrestling tournament back in July, essentially eliminating him. Baba was all about getting justice and he did so in a big way, completely blitzing The Sheik right from the opening bell, not letting up, and a running neckbreaker drop getting him the win in just over 4 minutes.

Antonio Inoki made Luke Graham submit to the Octopus Hold in 0:33:14.
Rating: *****
(Antonio Inoki won the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Antonio Inoki.]

The fantastic matches between World champion Luke Graham and Antonio Inoki are well documented, but our main event here had a whole different dynamic as it was in Inoki's backyard. Inoki has been able to beat Graham in the past, but never when the World Title was on the line. The fans in Tokyo were dying to see Inoki walk away with the most prestigious title in the world, and that's exactly what they'd get. Lou Albano continually interfered on Graham's behalf, but GIANT BABA ran down and chased him away. During the confusion, Inoki locked on the Octopus Hold and the fans in Japan got to witness history. Congratulations to Antonio Inoki, the brand new World champion!

Card rating: *** 1/4

Match observations:

After a successful first journey to the Orient, we are back in the capital of the United States, Washington, DC, on January 24th! Signed so far for this event:

WORLD TITLE REMATCH - Antonio Inoki (c) vs. Luke Graham
UNITED STATES TITLE - Pedro Morales (c) vs. Johnny Valentine
Tim Woods vs. Nick Bockwinkel

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