July 13, 1968 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA

Nick Bockwinkel and Killer Kowalski defeated The Firecrackers (Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez) when Kowalski pinned Rocca after a flying kneedrop in 0:12:55.
Rating: ***

Our opening match beared witness to a huge upset as the team of Nick Bockwinkel & Killer Kowalski stunned the former World Tag Team champions Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez. Rocca & Perez were so stunned that the whole Firecrackers stable - Argentina Apollo included - have left GCW to pursue other ventures.

Johnny Valentine defeated Hiro Matsuda when Hiro Matsuda passed out in a kneelock submission in 0:08:33.
Rating: *** 3/4

One would think that Lou Albano would be upset that two of his men, Johnny Valentine & Hiro Matsuda, were fighting each other, but he didn't even come down to the ring for the match, presumably way more occupied with George Steele's bid to win the World Title. These two know each other very well, and it took Matsuda missing a running knee in the corner that turned this match around. Matsuda's knee was in bad shape, which Valentine toom full advantage of with a kneelock submission to get the win and face Chief Jay Strongbow one more time for the US Title.

Pat Patterson pinned Peter Maivia with the Atomic Drop in 0:13:32.
Rating: *** 1/2

Pat Patterson and Peter Maivia are allegedly friends, but you would never know it from the way they tore into each other. If this is how they treat friends, I'd hate to see how they treat their enemies! Maivia was intense from the beginning as he wanted to "knock some sense" into Patterson, but Patterson is clearly too far gone. Patterson did his best to keep his demons at bay, but they eventually won the fight as Patterson snapped and bloodied up another opponent before finishing the High Chief off with the Atomic Drop. The GCW match makers need to get Patterson his contest with Dick the Bruiser or The Crusher soon before more people get hurt.

Chief Jay Strongbow defeated The Sheik when The Sheik passed out in the Indian Deathlock in 0:22:00.
Rating: **
(Chief Jay Strongbow retained the GCW United States Title.)

If there was any doubt of the insanity of The Sheik, there's not anymore. The Sheik wrestled Chief Jay Strongbow with Strongbow's United States Title on the line. A spirited contest from the opening bell, a resilient Strongbow got The Sheik locked in the Indian Deathlock. The Sheik screeched and squealed trying to escape the hold, but he was stuck. Instead of submit though, The Sheik banged his own head against the mat and knocked himself out! What a sick freak this guy is! Either way, Strongbow retains the title and now moves on to defend against Johnny Valentine on August 10th in Chicago.

Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) beat The Half-Ton Team (Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun) 2 falls to 1:
x Calhoun beat G. Anderson via a foreign object in 0:15:01
x O. Anderson beat Calhoun via a lariat in 0:24:00
x G. Anderson beat Monsoon via a side step in 0:31:17
Rating: **
(The Minnesota Wrecking Crew retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

After a double countout last month, the Minnesota Wrecking Crew were going to have to solidly beat the Half-Ton Team as the rematch was best 2 out of 3 falls. The stipulations actually ended up helping Gene & Ole Anderson as the first fall went to Gorilla Monsoon & Haystacks Calhoun when Calhoun, tired of all the underhanded tactics of the MWC, blasted Gene with his horseshoe. The champs were in trouble and they knew it, but they caught a break on the second fall when Ole's lariat to Calhoun caught the 600-pounder just right under the jaw to temporarily knock him out for the 1-2-3. The Crew had the momentum and lured the Half-Ton Team in, Gene playing possum and rolling out of the way of Monsoon's splash to capture the third fall in a title defense they certainly earned.

Pedro Morales defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna when Baron Mikel Scicluna passed out in the Boston Crab in 0:04:37.
Rating: ** 3/4

Pedro Morales gets a strong victory after some unfortunate circumstances cost him his first match since returning to singles action last month. He did much better for himself this time, taking the duke over Baron Mikel Scicluna.

I-Quit Match:
Jack Brisco made Gene Kiniski submit to an armbar submission in 0:16:24.
Rating: ** 3/4

Jack Brisco suckered Gene Kiniski into this I Quit match, and his plan worked to perfection. Kiniski is one of the toughest men you will ever meet but an I Quit match isn't up his alley. Kiniski will beat you to a pulp, but he doesn't have a lot of submission moves in his arsenal. In addition, this match revealed that Kiniski may have returned a little too soon from his elbow injury. Brisco worked it over relentlessly until Kiniski had no choice but to say I Quit or risk permanent injury.

The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when D. Funk Jr. pinned Bruiser after a legsweep in 0:26:07.
Rating: *** 3/4
[Pat Patterson interfered against Dick the Bruiser.]
[Pat Patterson interfered against The Crusher.]

Pat Patterson got Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher again! Bruiser & Crusher had one eye on the entrace way the entire match against the Funk Brothers, just waiting for Patterson to try to get involved. Patterson would eventually get involved, but he made his entrance through the crowd instead! Patterson nailed The Crusher from behind with a steel chair, leaving Bruiser in the ring by himself. Dory Funk Jr. surprised Bruiser with a legsweep to get the flash pin. It has been announced that the Funk Brothers will get the next shot at the World Tag Team Titles, facing the Minnesota Wrecking Crew on August 10th in Chicago, Illinois.

Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher finally give Pat Patterson his match.

After the match, Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher grabbed the microphone. They told Patterson they had had enough, and that if he wanted his match so badly, he could have it next month in Chicago! However, they got to pick the match. Patterson quickly agreed, and Bruiser & Crusher informed him that it would be a 2-on-1 streetfight! How is Patterson possibly going to survive both Bruiser & Crusher?

Bobo Brazil pinned George Steele with the Coco Butt in 0:19:48.
Rating: *
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

Bobo Brazil once again did battle with George Steele for tonight's main event, the World Title on the line. If it's even possible, Steele was even more of a vicious monster this time. Steele was literally trying to rip Brazil apart. The end of this battle came when Steele had used his teeth to rip open one of the corner turnbuckles, clearly intent on smashing Brazil into it. This would backfire on him when he charged Brazil in that corner for an avalanche, but Brazil moved, causing Steele to smash chest first into the exposed turnbuckle. Brazil quickly hit the Coco Butt and the match was over. This war isn't over though as a third and final match has been signed for Chicago, and it will be a steel cage war to settle this once and for all!

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

The card for Chicago Stadium on August 10th is shaping up as follows:

WORLD TITLE CAGE MATCH - Bobo Brazil (c) vs. George Steele
UNITED STATES TITLE - Chief Jay Strongbow (c) vs. Johnny Valentine
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (c) vs. The Funk Brothers
HANDICAP STREETFIGHT - Pat Patterson vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
Pedro Morales vs. The Sheik

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