July 11, 1970 - Convention Hall - Atlantic City, NJ

Ernie Ladd pinned Tim Woods with the Boot to the Face in 0:11:01.
Rating: ** 3/4

The first match of the evening saw "King" Ernie Ladd stomp a mudhole in Tim Woods en route to picking up a victory. This dominating performance would not be the last we saw of Ladd though.

Terry Funk explains why he turned on his brother.

Before our 6-man tag, we got a very insightful in-ring interview with Terry Funk. Terry explained why he turned his back on brother Dory Jr., one of the most shocking things we have seen in a GCW ring. Terry said he was getting tired of carrying the team and Dory being selfish, only focusing on himself. Terry cited Dory's recent events of coming to the aid of Pedro Morales, most notably last month where he got into a physical altercation and in Terry's mind, cost them the World Tag Team Titles. Terry ended with a sinister message about how he would end this sibling rivalry sooner rather than later.

Pedro Morales, Thunderbolt Patterson and Dory Funk Jr. defeated Bill Watts, Johnny Valentine and Terry Funk when D. Funk Jr. defeated J. Valentine when J. Valentine passed out in the Texas Cloverleaf in 0:41:12.
Rating: **** 1/4

For somebody who claimed to want to eliminate his brother, Terry Funk did a great job of avoiding Dory Funk Jr. throughout this 6-man tag. A lot of bad blood in this one, and a new top contender for the United States Title has come to the forefront as Dory Funk defeated Johnny Valentine with the Texas Cloverleaf. Terry tried to take a cheap shot at Dory afterwards, but got cut off by Thunderbolt Patterson. On August 8th at MSG, Dory Funk Jr. gets a chance to win his first singles title against US champ Johnny Valentine, while Terry Funk faces Thunderbolt Patterson.

Baron Mikel Scicluna pinned Miguel Perez with the Fistdrop in 0:14:03.
Rating: * 1/2

After getting smashed by Gorilla Monsoon in a blindfold match, Baron Mikel Scicluna got back on track against Miguel Perez with the Fistdrop to get the win.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Chief Jay Strongbow and Wahoo McDaniel when Crusher made Strongbow submit to a clawhold in 0:17:20.
Rating: * 3/4
(Crusher & Bruiser won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Chief Jay Strongbow.]

After defeating Wahoo McDaniel & Chief Jay Strongbow in an open challenge two months ago, Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher were granted a World Tag Team Title shot here. The Native Americans would have no excuses this time as they knew exactly what was coming. Even knowing what to deal with, the luck of Wahoo & Strongbow ran out as they couldn't match up with the brute force of Bruiser & Crusher, who became tag team champions for a record 5th time.

Karl Gotch pinned Ole Anderson with the German Suplex in 0:14:49.
Rating: ***

Karl Gotch's impressive streak continued with a hard fought victory over Ole Anderson. Gotch honestly believes that his skills as a wrestler are unmatched. ERNIE LADD came out and said he would prove Gotch wrong and was tired of the hype he was getting, challenging Gotch to a match at MSG next month.

Cage Match:
The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) defeated Bobo Brazil and Peter Maivia when R. Stevens pinned Brazil with the Bombs Away Kneedrop in 0:19:14.
Rating: *** 1/2

If you want to settle some differences, what better way to do it than inside of a steel cage? That's what Bobo Brazil & Peter Maivia wanted to do against Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens - settle some differences. All four men ended up being bloody messes as an already intense rivalry somehow found a way to become more volatile. Many people still weren't sold on Bockwinkel & Stevens as a team, but this brutal battle proved they have taken the next step as they won a match many thought they couldn't.

Gorilla Monsoon defeated Boris Malenko by countout in 0:10:45.
Rating: *

We can happily report that Gorilla Monsoon has his vision back, which didn't make Boris Malenko very happy as he took the brunt of Monsoon's assault and ate a loss.

Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
Bruno Sammartino beat Luke Graham 2 falls to 1:
x L. Graham beat B. Sammartino via the Thumb to the Throat in 0:14:41
x B. Sammartino beat L. Graham via a powerslam in 0:27:58
x B. Sammartino beat L. Graham via the Sammartino Backbreaker in
Rating: *** 1/2
(Bruno Sammartino won the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Bruno Sammartino.]

After months of trying to prove to Lou Albano that he was worthy, Bruno Sammartino got his World Title shot against Luke Graham. Bruno had a huge mountain to climb though as not only did he have injured ribs thanks to Gene Kiniski, but the match was best 2 of 3 falls, meaning he had to beat Graham not once, but TWICE! That became even more daunting when Graham took the first fall by working over Bruno's ribs and hitting the Thumb to the Throat.

As the match waged on, it looked like there was no way that Bruno was going to climb out of the hole he was in, leading to Graham getting a little cocky and going to the top rope. Graham jumped off, only to be caught in a powerslam and caught by surprise to even the score at 1 fall a piece. Luke Graham had a sense of urgency as he could feel the World Title slipping away, so he refocused the attack on Bruno's ribs. After several minutes of vicious assault on Bruno's ribs, Graham charged Bruno in the corner. Bruno moved and Graham smashed his ribs into the turnbuckle. Bruno mustered up all of his strengh and hoisted Graham into the Sammartino Backbreaker. Graham held on as long as he could, but the pain was immense and he had to submit. Bruno Sammartino, for the third time, is the World heavyweight champion!

After putting Bruno threw hell for months, Lou Albano saw his death grip on the World Title broken. Albano was furious at Luke Graham after the match, yelling that had he followed the plan this wouldn't have happened. Albano got too big for his britches and slapped Graham, a huge mistake. Graham nailed Albano with a right hand but was jumped by DICK THE BRUISER & THE CRUSHER, coming to the aid of their manager. Luke Graham suffered a tremendous beatdown before BRUNO returned and fought the tag champions & Albano off. A classy move from the new World champion.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

With a new World champion, we return to Madison Square Garden on August 8 with the following contests signed:

WORLD TITLE - Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. Gene Kiniski
UNITED STATES TITLE - Johnny Valentine (c) vs. Dory Funk Jr.
Karl Gotch vs. Ernie Ladd
Thunderbolt Patterson vs. Terry Funk

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