July 1, 1971 - Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, ON, CA

Baron Von Raschke defeated Dominic DeNucci when Dominic DeNucci passed out in the Claw in 0:01:15.
Rating: **

Baron Von Raschke is a scary, scary man. Just ask Dominic DeNucci, who barely lasted over a minute against the man that Lou Albano calls The Claw Master. That Claw is a dangerous move, and rumor has it that GCW officials are investigating it more to see if a possible ban may be necessary. But for now, Raschke continues to rack up victims.

Karl Gotch defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna by countout in 0:14:33.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Karl Gotch retained the GCW United States Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Karl Gotch.]

Before this United States Title match began, Baron Mikel Scicluna grabbed the microphone and said that he attacked Dominic DeNucci last month because he was tired of all of these losers getting shots at the US Title before him, and more importantly, he was tired of a loser like Karl Gotch being the champion. Scicluna was trying to make Gotch angry, and to an extent, it worked. Gotch was off his game a bit, and Scicluna & his manager Lou Albano were trying their best to exploit it. Scicluna has never been one known for his courage, and when he saw how upset Gotch was getting, he tucked his tail and headed for the back for the countout. Gotch ran out and caught him though, continuing the fight until officials broke it up. A rematch has been scheduled for MSG on August 3.

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) defeated Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf when O. Anderson pinned Strongbow after a powerslam in 0:12:13.
Rating: ** 1/4

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew picked up a win against Chief Jay Strongbow & Billy White Wolf tonight, but all is still not well in the Anderson camp. It was a back and forth match that could have went either way until Ole Anderson caught Strongbow by surprise with a snap powerslam to get the duke. After the match though, Gene managed to still find a reason to yell at his younger brother. This time he was complaining that Ole got the pinfall and not him. Ole was at a complete loss as his brother freaked out before storming to the back. What is going on with Gene Anderson?

Dick the Bruiser pinned Tony Garea after hitting him with a chain in 0:12:49.
Rating: ** 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Tony Garea.]

Dick the Bruiser is a sick man, plain and simple. Even in situations where he doesn't need to in order to win a match, he loves to use his chain at all costs. Tony Garea gave a courageous effort, but it wasn't his nice as the rough and tumble Bruiser had him down and out. But instead of going for the pin, he had Lou Albano distract the referee so he could waffle Garea with the chain, busting him open to get the 1-2-3.

Stan Stasiak and Pedro Morales battled to a double countout in 0:15:53.
Rating: 1/2*
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Pedro Morales.]

Pedro Morales surprised everyone by coming to the aid of Bruno Sammartino in our last show's main event, something that didn't sit well with The Grand Wizard. The Wizard instructed Stan Stasiak to take Morales out here in Toronto, but the fiery Puerto Rican had something to say about that. What we got out of this match was an intense, if not sloppy brawl between two men who don't really like each other much. The ring couldn't contain these two street fighters as they spilled to the floor and were subsequently counted out. GCW officials' busy night of breaking up brawls continued as they hads to pull these two apart.

The Cripplers (Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel) defeated The Half-Ton Team (Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun) when R. Stevens pinned Calhoun with the Bombs Away Kneedrop in 0:13:23.
Rating: ***
(The Cripplers retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The deck was certainly stacked against The Cripplers as they defended the World Tag Team Titles against The Half-Ton Team tonight in a Lumberjack Match. The other teams of GCW served as the lumberjacks for the match to make sure that Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel couldn't grab their titles and make a break for it like they did last month. That didn't stop Stevens & Bockwinkel from TRYING to run - they were just thwarted every time. Everything was looking like Gorilla Monsoon & Haystacks Calhoun were going to walk out of Canada as the new champions, when Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher inexplicitly pulled Monsoon off the apron and beat on him on the outside! Calhoun went to help his partner, but had his knee clipped from behind by Bockwinkel, sending the 600 pounder crashing to the canvas. Stevens followed with the Bombs Away Kneedrop and The Cripplers were still the World Tag Team champions. This may end up being the last mistake Bruiser & Crusher ever make as they now have to wrestle an exceedingly upset Half-Ton Team at MSG.

The Graham Brothers (Billy Graham, Eddie Graham and Luke Graham) defeated Bill Watts, Johnny Valentine and Wahoo McDaniel when L. Graham pinned Wahoo with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:08:51.
Rating: ** 1/2

A six man tag team match that has been brewing for quite some time was our semi main event, and it was obvious which team had the better cohesion from the start. The Graham Brothers had a solid plan, while the team of Bill Watts, Johnny Valentine, & Wahoo McDaniel couldn't even figure out who was going to start the match. That was just a sign of things to come. The rulebreaking team never got their act together, leading to a crowd pleasing win for the brothers Graham.

Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
Bruno Sammartino beat Ernie Ladd 2 falls to 1:
x Ernie Ladd beat B. Sammartino via disqualification in 0:06:29
x B. Sammartino beat Ernie Ladd via a powerslam in 0:24:51
x B. Sammartino beat Ernie Ladd via disqualification in 0:30:51
Rating: ** 1/2
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)
[Arnold Skaaland interfered against Ernie Ladd.]

Bruno Sammartino still has many scores to settle with The Grand Wizard and his men, and he had a big chance to do that as he defended the World Title against "King" Ernie Ladd in a 2 out of 3 falls match. Sammartino let his emotions get the better of him in the first fall, getting himself disqualified when he shoved referee Dick Kroll out of the way when he was pounding on Ladd in the corner. Bruno had to wrestle much more defensively being down one fall, and the King used this to his advantage by putting a huge beating on Bruno, but being unable to secure that second fall. That's why when Bruno surprised him with a powerslam, Bruno could hold him down for a surprise 3 count and even this one at 1 fall apiece! Ladd immediately went back on the attack with even more aggression than he had prior, but he still couldn't find a way to put Sammartino out. Bruno again surprised Ladd by ducking a back elbow and lifting him up in the Sammartino Backbreaker, but before Ladd submitted, STAN STASIAK hit Bruno in the ribs for the disqualification! Stasiak & Ladd double teamed Bruno, trying to break his ribs at the command of The Grand Wizard, until PEDRO MORALES was down in the ring and hit the two with a double clothesline. Morales fought the deadly duo off and sent them out of the ring, much to the delight of the jam-packed Maple Leaf Gardens! Bruno shook Morales' hand, and we have learned that these two will team up to face Ladd & Stasiak at MSG!

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

A huge main event, and tons of great matches are set for the August 3 show at Madison Square Garden!

Bruno Sammartino (World champion)/Pedro Morales vs. Ernie Ladd/Stan Stasiak
The Half-Ton Team vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
UNITED STATES TITLE - Karl Gotch (c) vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna

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