July 12, 1969 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

The Cripplers (Gene Anderson, Ole Anderson and Ray Stevens) defeated The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) and Thunderbolt Patterson when G. Anderson pinned Thunderbolt with the Piledriver in 0:21:43.
Rating: ***

A big 6-man tag match with a lot of personal vendettas kicked off the show as the Cripplers managed to sneak by the Funk Brothers & Thunderbolt Patterson. Gene Anderson had to withdraw from the Grand Prix tournament, but he said it was okay because he is committed to the team with Ole and their mission to get back the World Tag Team Titles. This was a competitive match throughout, but the cohesive teamwork of the Cripplers sealed the deal.

Interview:
The Cripplers talk business with Lou Albano.

Before the Cripplers left the ring, Ray Stevens took the microphone and asked Lou Albano to come down to the ring. Albano did, and demanded to know why he was being bothered as he had a main event to get his World champion ready for. Stevens said there was no disrespect intended, but brought up that since the Minnesota Wrecking Crew was fluked out of the tag titles back in April, they had yet to receive their title rematch. Albano said that was not his problem and started to leave, but was cut off at the pass by Gene & Ole Anderson. Albano changed his tune, and said he thought something could be arranged and requested the Cripplers go to the back with him to discuss this further.

Dominic DeNucci and Victor Rivera defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna and Tony Altimore when DeNucci pinned Scicluna with the Airplane Spin in 0:13:08.
Rating: **

A good tag team victory for Dominic DeNucci & Victor Rivera as Baron Mikel Scicluna & Tony Altimore stumble and bumble their way to another loss. Is their luck ever going to change?

Boris Malenko pinned Gorilla Monsoon after a small package in 0:11:24.
Rating: 3/4*

You would think Boris Malenko would have learned by now not to upset the monster, but alas, here we go again. Malenko stole a victory from Gorilla Monsoon tonight, moving out of the way of an avalanche attempt, rolling the Manchurian Monster up, and getting the pin. Also to be noted was Malenko conveniently putting his feet up on the ropes for added leverage. Why would you continue to do things to make this guy mad?

Bill Watts pinned Miguel Perez after a powerslam in 0:12:00.
Rating: **

We got a nice surprise when our next match featured the official GCW return of Bill Watts, a former World and tag team champion. Miguel Perez really couldn't get on a roll as Watts was eager to impress in his return, fresh off a semi-final appearance in the Grand Prix tournament. Watts picks up the win and looks primed to climb the ladder once again in GCW.

Interview:
Pedro Morales is forced to vacate the United States Title.

Pedro Morales was scheduled to make his first US Title defense tonight against former champion The Sheik, but Morales came to the ring in street clothes. Morales announced that due to a jaw injury he suffered in the Grand Prix tournament, he was unable to compete and defend the championship he worked so hard to win. Morales handed referee Terry Taranova the title and said that when he came back he would regain what is rightfully his.

The Princess assumed that since Morales couldn't compete, The Sheik would simply be handed the US Title. However it was announced that a suitable replacement had been named earlier today, and this next match would determine the brand new US champion!

Match for the vacant GCW United States Title:
Johnny Valentine pinned The Sheik with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:22:27.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Johnny Valentine won the GCW United States Title.)
[The Princess interfered against Johnny Valentine.]

We have a brand new US champion, and that man is Johnny Valentine! Valentine said a few weeks back that he intended on taking some time off to refocus, and that time off did him wonders as he stepped in and defeated The Sheik to win his first singles championship. After the referee Terry Taranova had accidentally got bumped, The Princess jumped in the ring and took off one of her shoes to hit Valentine with it. She missed and clocked The Sheik hard with it, knocking him loopy. Valentine chased the Princess out of the ring, locked The Sheik in the Figure-Four Leglock, and Taranova recovered to count the 1-2-3. The Princess is already complaining, saying they were prepared for Morales, not Valentine, and thus want a rematch. That request has been granted and will take place on August 9th in Toronto!

Gene Kiniski defeated Nick Bockwinkel by countout in 0:17:29.
Rating: **

Nick Bockwinkel seems to be making getting bounced around by tough guys in GCW a habit, as tonight he suffered that fate against Gene Kiniski. Bockwinkel tried to show Kiniski up in this match with his flauntings and tauntings every time he got an advantage. To Kiniski's credit, he kept his composure quite well - until Bockwinkel slapped him anyway. Kiniski went into a rage, beating Bockwinkel so bad that he knocked him out of the ring and Bockwinkel never got back up, giving Kiniski the countout win. Maybe this will finally teach Bockwinkel a lesson in humility. Ah, who am I kidding?

Chief Jay Strongbow and Wahoo McDaniel defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when Wahoo defeated Crusher by disqualification in 0:00:33.
Rating: 3/4*
(Crusher & Bruiser retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Gene Anderson interfered against Wahoo McDaniel.]

It didn't take long into our World Tag Team Title match to figure out what business Lou Albano conducted with the Cripplers. It wasn't more than 30 seconds into Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher's title defense against Wahoo McDaniel & Chief Jay Strongbow that the Minnesota Wrecking Crew attacked the challengers, leading to a disqualification. Sure, Bruiser & Crusher lost, but they retained the tag titles in the process and got to participate in a 4-on-2 assault of the proud Native Americans. The Indians were clearly livid about being robbed of their title shot, but they will have to wait for their rematch as the Minnesota Wrecking Crew will be facing the champs in Toronto.

Luke Graham and Ernie Ladd defeated Bobo Brazil and Peter Maivia when Ernie Ladd pinned Brazil with the Boot to the Face in 0:17:23.
Rating: ***

A lot of issues involved in our main event as Bobo Brazil and Peter Maivia teamed up to take on Ernie Ladd and World champion Luke Graham. Some may question the World champion taking a match such as this when the title's not on the line due to the risks of injury, but when asked about it, Graham's manager Lou Albano said this is a great opportunity to "take out his enemies." The match itself was as intense as you would imagine with four of the top stars in all of wrestling tearing into each other. The end of this main event came when Brazil hit Graham with the Coco Butt and looked ready to make the pin, but what he didn't know was that the World champion had made a blind tag to Ladd. While Brazil tried to figure out why Dick Kroll wasn't counting, Ladd came in and blitzed him with the Boot to the Face for the 1-2-3.

Card rating: **

Match observations:

We return to the Great White North on August 9th for GCW action at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto with the following matches on the bill:

WORLD TITLE - Luke Graham (c) vs. Peter Maivia
UNITED STATES TITLE - Johnny Valentine (c) vs. The Sheik
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher (c) vs. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew
Bobo Brazil vs. Ernie Ladd
Gorilla Monsoon vs. Boris Malenko
Wahoo McDaniel/Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Tony Altimore/Baron Mikel Scicluna

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