July 16, 1966 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Danny Hodge and Dory Funk Jr. defeated The Golden Grahams (Dr. Jerry Graham and Eddie Graham) when D. Funk Jr. defeated Dr. J. Graham by disqualification in 0:02:36.
Rating: ** 1/2

Luke Graham has told Dory Funk Jr. that if he and Danny Hodge could beat his brothers in a tag team match, he could have a shot at the United States Title. It turned out this match was just a red herring. Hodge & Funk did win the match, but they didn't come out looking like winners. The match ended quickly with Luke Graham running in and laying waste to both Funk & Hodge with a chair for a blatant disqualification. Dory Funk Jr. will be getting his US Title shot next month in Montreal, but what kind of condition will he be in?

Abdullah Farouk expels one of his charges.

Abdullah Farouk's patience apparently has its limits, as his newest charge is no more. Farouk brought his men out for an interview, but it was all a setup as he had his men all turn on Miguel Perez, who fell to Bobo Brazil last month in the first stage if the Farouk Challenge. Perez was left a bloody mess by his former partners and will miss some time. If Farouk will do that to one of his own, imagine what he wants to make happen to Bobo Brazil!

Bobo Brazil pinned Gene Kiniski with the Coco Butt in 0:13:56.
Rating: * 1/4
[Abdullah Farouk interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

Bobo Brazil is now 2 for 2 on the Farouk Challenge, getting past Gene Kiniski. Brazil didn't have an easy task as Kiniski was out for blood, but Brazil countered the beating with a quick Coco Butt that stunned Kiniski enough for the 1-2-3. Brazil is halfway through the gauntlet, but he has to deal with Baron Mikel Scicluna next month.

Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci defeated Bill Watts and Johnny Valentine when DeNucci made J. Valentine submit to an abdominal stretch in 0:12:26.
Rating: ** 3/4

Bill Watts & Johnny Valentine wanted a new referee for their rematch with Pedro Morales & Dominic DeNucci, and they got that in Terry Taranova. Different referee, same result. Morales & DeNucci won the match against the former tag team champions for the second time when DeNucci made Valentine submit to a picture perfect abdominal stretch. Watts & Valentine were throwing a fit again after the match, so Morales & DeNucci said to end any of their excuses, Watts & Valentine can select whoever they want as referee for a match in Montreal on August 13th.

Indian Strap Match:
Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna in 0:08:50.
Rating: ***

Baron Mikel Scicluna may not have wanted to wrestle Chief Jay Strongbow straight up last month, but he didn't have a choice here. Scicluna did the best he could, but he was wrestling Strongbow in Strongbow's specialty - the Indian Strap Match. Once Strongbow got control of the strap, it was all academic from there.

The Blond Bombers (Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens) defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when R. Stevens defeated Bruiser by disqualification in 0:21:36.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Crusher & Bruiser retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Blond Bombers have figured out how to get under the nerves of Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. The World Tag Team champions are intense guys to start with, but we have never seen them this angry before. Ray Stevens & Pat Patterson continue to goad them and provoke them, and in this match, the champs couldn't keep their emotions in check. Dick the Bruiser lost his cool and grabbed the ring bell, smacking Stevens upside the skull with it. The Blond Bombers have beaten the champs for the second time in a row, but still are not the champions. These teams will meet one more time in Montreal (subsequently Patterson's hometown) next month, but it will be contested under best 2 of 3 falls rules!

Luke Graham defeated Antonino Rocca via pinfall in 0:02:49.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Luke Graham retained the GCW United States Title.)

Despite being perhaps the best tag team wrestler in GCW, Antonino Rocca has yet to receive a shot at a singles title. That is, until tonight when he went one-on-one with Luke Graham. Luke Graham, perhaps with Dory Funk Jr. on his mind, was in no mood to mess around in this match. Rocca frustrated him with some kicks early on, but this didn't last long as Graham simply overwhelmed him. Graham was particularly merciless tonight, flattening Rocca with the Thumb to the Throat on the concrete floor before tossing him back in and pinning him in short order. If Graham brings this same intensity into his match with Dory Funk Jr. next month, the Texan could be in trouble.

The Sheik defeated Edouard Carpentier via pinfall in 0:10:46.
Rating: ** 3/4
[Abdullah Farouk interfered against Edouard Carpentier.]

Just when you might have forgotten how sadistic The Sheik can be, he reminds you in the most violent way he can think of. Just ask Edouard Carpentier after this one. Carpentier outwrestled The Sheik, but The Sheik out-cheated Carpentier, jabbing him in the forehead with a pencil while Abdullah Farouk had the ref's attention. Carpentier lost the match, but he's lucky he didn't lose his eye.

Killer Kowalski and Gorilla Monsoon battled to a draw in 0:20:00.
Rating: * 1/2

The issues between Gorilla Monsoon & Killer Kowalski once again went unsettled as this month they wrestled to a time limit draw. One more battle between these two behemoths has been signed for Montreal and hopefully, once and for all, this one will get settled.

Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
Bruno Sammartino beat Ernie Ladd 2 falls to 1:
x double countout (Ernie Ladd and B. Sammartino) in 0:13:14
x B. Sammartino beat Ernie Ladd via disqualification in 0:34:00
Rating: * 3/4
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)

Ernie Ladd thought his odds were improved against Bruno Sammartino when it was best 2 of 3 falls, but Sammartino is a tough out no matter what the match stipulations are. The first fall of this match would actually go to both men as they took to the floor and didn't get back in the ring in time to beat the count. This put Ladd within one fall of becoming the champion, but also within one fall of losing the match. Ladd did everything he could think of to put Bruno down, but nothing was working. When Bruno got Ladd up in the Sammartino Backbreaker, he knew he was in trouble. What Bruno didn't know though is that Ladd had pulled a pair of brass knuckles out of his tights. Ladd nailed Bruno with them in desperation to escape the hold, but he also lost on a disqualification. Ladd didn't seem to care though as he repeatedly nailed Bruno with the knux, busting him wide open. To add insult to injury, Ladd seemed to revel in making Bruno bleed, wiping his blood on his chest like some sick form of war paint. Because of how this went down, Sammartino is furious, and rightfully so. He has demanded another crack at the Big Cat, but this time it will be a First Blood Match!

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

Our return to Montreal on August 13th is shaping up to be huge, as illustrated by the following matches:

WORLD TITLE FIRST BLOOD MATCH - Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. Ernie Ladd
UNITED STATES TITLE - Luke Graham (c) vs. Dory Funk Jr.
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES 2/3 FALLS MATCH - Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher (c) vs. The Blond Bombers
Gorilla Monsoon vs. Killer Kowalski
FAROUK CHALLENGE - Bobo Brazil vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna
WITH A REFEREE OF WATTS' & VALENTINE'S CHOOSING - Pedro Morales/Dominic DeNucci vs. Bill Watts/Johnny Valentine

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