July 19, 1972 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea defeated The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) when Garea pinned O. Anderson with the High Cross Body in 0:00:27.
Rating: *

The once proud team of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew reached a new low in our opening bout, losing to Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea in near record time thanks to the High Cross Body from Garea. Gene & Ole Anderson announced after the show that they would be leaving GCW to go back to their roots in hopes to get their careers back on track.

Billy Graham defeated Greg Gagne when Greg Gagne passed out in the Bearhug in 0:10:39.
Rating: *** 1/2
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Greg Gagne.]

Billy Graham is going around saying he should be the World Heavyweight champion and that Bruno Sammartino himself knows that. Graham has proven himself to be a mighty foe, and Graham wanted to wrestle a "warmup match" in The Grand Wizard's words. Greg Gagne has wowwed fans since debuting with his partner "Jumping" Jim Brunzell, and he took Graham by surprise tonight with his lightning quick speed. Once the Superstar got a hold of him though, that was the end of that though as the Bearhug proved the difference, giving Graham the win. After the match, Billy Graham grabbed the microphone and challenged Bruno Sammartino to an arm wrestling match. It is still not known if Sammartino will accept or not.

Gorilla Monsoon defeated Jimmy Snuka by disqualification in 0:00:34.
Rating: DUD
[Nick Bockwinkel interfered against Gorilla Monsoon.]

Though the first match between Gorilla Monsoon & Jimmy Snuka didn't last long, that wasn't the story here. Bobby Heenan always has a plan, and the plan tonight was to injure the 400-pound and put him out of action for good. Not long after the bell rang, RAY STEVENS & NICK BOCKWINKEL ran to the ring and clipped Monsoon's knee, causing the big man to scream in pain and clutch his leg. Arnold Skaaland tried to help his friend, but he was quickly laid out as well. Monsoon's left leg was targeted and attacked, culminating with Stevens & Bockwinkel holding Monsoon prone while Snuka went to the top and came crashing down on Monsoon's leg with the Superfly Splash. The blood curtling scream silenced the packed house in the Garden. GCW officials FINALLY came down to break this up, but the damage had been done. Monsoon had to be taken to the hospital with the prognosis being a broken left leg that will keep him out of action for months. The Heenan Family has eliminated a major threat. We wish Gorilla Monsoon a speedy recovery.

Luke Graham made Stan Stasiak submit to an armbar submission in 0:13:52.
Rating: *
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Luke Graham.]

Luke Graham surprised a lot of people tonight, showing that not only can he brutalize his opponents on his way to victory, but he also showed that if he can get a submission hold on, he has enough strength to pull out a submission win as well. He did just that against Stan Stasiak. Stasiak was looking for an opening to hit his Heart Punch, but he made a huge mistake when he tried to avalanche Graham outside against the ring post, but Graham missed and Stasiak smashed his own shoulder into the steel. With the coaching of Eddie Graham, Luke threw Stasiak back in the ring and locked on an armbar submission. Stasiak was in tremendous pain after hitting the post, and had no choice but to give up or risk serious injury.

Baron Mikel Scicluna and Baron Von Raschke defeated Toru Tanaka and Mr. Fuji when Raschke defeated Tanaka by disqualification in 0:01:35.
Rating: **
(Toru Tanaka and Mr. Fuji retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Tony Garea interfered against Baron Von Raschke.]

Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea may be outmatched in size and strength, but never try to convince me that they're ever outmatched in heart. Baron Mikel Scicluna & Baron Von Raschke were taking on Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka for the World Tag Team Titles, but it didn't take long for DeNucci & Garea to get even with the Barons. DeNucci & Garea attacked the Barons, causing the disqualification so that the Barons won the match, but they wouldn't be leaving New York with the tag titles. Lou Albano couldn't do anything to help because apparently, he was "blinded" by the salt of Fuji & Tanaka last month. Again like what happened in Charlotte, Fuji & Tanaka were not impressed and attacked both teams before officials broke up the 3 team brawl. There are many issues that need to be settled here, the first being between DeNucci & Garea and the Barons. The two teams will meet in a Tornado Rules match on August 15 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Ernie Ladd pinned Jim Brunzell after a clothesline in 0:10:05.
Rating: ** 1/2

A valiant effort by "Jumping" Jim Brunzell, but Ernie Ladd was just too big, too strong, and too crafty for the rookie. A massive clothesline from 6'9", 315 pounder was enough to put the rookie down and out.

Pedro Morales pinned Wahoo McDaniel after a small package in 0:26:56.
Rating: * 3/4
(Pedro Morales won the GCW United States Title.)

Pedro Morales is by no means the most popular guy in the world, but the fans in MSG were solidly behind him as he challenged Wahoo McDaniel for the United States Title. We don't get to see these rulebreaker vs. rulebreaker matches that often, so it's always interesting to see how they will play out. Normally these two would cheat up a storm, but interestingly enough, Wahoo & Morales played a game of oneupmanship, trying to prove themselves the better man. No cheating, just wrestling. Well, that is until the end of the match when Morales reversed Wahoo's Indian Deathlock with a small package and hooked a handful of tights. Pedro Morales is the United States champion for the third time. Wahoo complained about the tights being pulled, but sometimes you reap what you sew.

Cage Match:
Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) and The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) battled to a draw in 0:30:04.
Rating: **** 1/4

GCW officials were right in their assessment that a cage match was all that could contain the teams of Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher and The Cripplers, but they were wrong when they said that it would ultimately settle the conflict. These four men tore into each other like ravage animals, all bleeding like stuck pigs before this one ended. The beating each man took was so brutal, that this cage match actually ended in a draw when all four men simultaneously knocked each other out and no one could get back to their feet. If that doesn't say something about how instead this was, nothing will. All four men needed medical attention after this brutal affair, but fortunately don't look like they'll miss any significant time. Scarily enough, these two teams lock horn once again in Lowell.

Johnny Valentine defeated Bruno Sammartino by disqualification in 0:16:03.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)
[Arnold Skaaland interfered against Johnny Valentine.]

World champion Bruno Sammartino made amends with his long time rival Bill Watts before Watts had to leave GCW, and one man who isn't keen on this is Watts' former tag team partner, Johnny Valentine. Valentine has been saying that he will make Bruno suffer for getting into his business. Valentine wanted to turn this into a brawl from the opening bell, but Bruno wisely kept it a wrestling match and kept Valentine grounded. Valentine persisted though, and got the advantage with a well placed low blow that Dick Kroll didn't see. Valentine went in for the kill then, dropping Bruno with a piledriver. Instead of going for the cover, however, he threw Bruno to the floor and placed him on top of a table. Valentine was looking to plant Bruno with a piledriver through the table like he planned to do to Watts, but thankfully Arnold Skaaland intervened and held onto Bruno's leg so Valentine couldn't lift him. This save lit a fire under Bruno, who more or less snapped and started beating the tar out of Valentine. Kroll tried to regain control, but Bruno shoved him out of the way, prompting the disqualification win for Valentine. That didn't matter much to Sammartino who kept pounding on Valentine until Valentine escaped through the crowd like the weasel that he is. This one is far from over.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

Lowell, MA is ready for GCW to return, and 3 huge matches are slated thus far:

WORLD TITLE REMATCH - Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. Johnny Valentine
TORNADO RULES - Dominic DeNucci/Tony Garea vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna/Baron Von Raschke
Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher vs. The Cripplers

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