June 14, 1969 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA

Interview:
Ray Stevens introduces his new group.

Ray Stevens was out with the Minnesota Wrecking Crew to start the show, and he was destroyed with a chorus of boos. Stevens said he didn't owe anyone an explanation, but he was going to give them one anyway. Stevens said that he turned on Pat Patterson because he was tired of carrying the team. He also said that Patterson was bad for his career because whenever Pat was around, it was Stevens who ended up getting hurt. Stevens saw that the Andersons were cut from the same cloth as he, he brokered a deal, and we have the birth of the Cripplers. Stevens went on to say to show what they were made of, they already struck earlier today by attacking Patterson in his hotel room, and that we will "never see him again." This brought out a different Patterson, THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON. Thunderbolt said he heard everything Stevens was saying and it made him sick. So sick, in fact, that he challenged him to a match right on the spot!

Thunderbolt Patterson pinned Ray Stevens after a side step in 0:16:24.
Rating: ***

Despite the Minnesota Wrecking Crew being at ringside, Thunderbolt Patterson wrestled a great match against Ray Stevens. The Andersons did interfere whenever they could and it looked like it was a matter of time before Stevens won. But Patterson wasn't going to just give up as he sidestepped a flying dropkick and got a flash pin. Thunderbolt didn't get to celebrate his victory though as the MWC was in the ring pounding on him until THE FUNK BROTHERS ran in for the save.

Wahoo McDaniel defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna by countout in 0:07:50.
Rating: 3/4*

A relatively easy victory in the singles ranks for Wahoo McDaniel, who gets a win over the seemingly hapless Baron Mikel Scicluna by countout.

[WINNER GETS UNITED STATES TITLE SHOT]: Number-One-Contenders-Match:
Pedro Morales defeated Nick Bockwinkel when Nick Bockwinkel passed out in a figure-four leglock in 0:17:59.
Rating: ***

Pedro Morales had his shot at winning the United States Title ripped away from him by Nick Bockwinkel, who also feels he has a claim to The Sheik's championship. Bockwinkel tried using Morales' fiery temper against him, and for the most part, it worked. However he made Morales just a little too upset and it cost him. Morales seemed to not be feeling any pain and Bockwinkel couldn't find a move to put him down with. Morales would get the win when he made Bockwinkel pass out in a figure-four leglock. Morales gets his shot at gold in 2 weeks at Fenway Park!

Bobo Brazil pinned Tony Altimore with the Coco Butt in 0:09:27.
Rating: DUD

This was the first time we had seen Bobo Brazil wrestle in months since losing the World Title, and he looked motivated and on top of his game as he had his way with Tony Altimore en route to victory. Luke Graham may live to regret not finishing the job as he has 2 weeks until he meets Brazil one more time for the World Title.

The Brisco Brothers (Jerry Brisco and Jack Brisco) defeated Johnny Valentine and Miguel Perez when Jack Brisco pinned J. Valentine after a backslide in 0:18:34.
Rating: ** 3/4

The Brisco Brothers got back on the winning track as they beat the makeshift team of Johnny Valentine & Miguel Perez. Valentine & Perez couldn't seem to get on the same page, and after a series of miscommunications, Valentine was caught in a backslide and pinned.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Dominic DeNucci and Victor Rivera when Bruiser pinned Rivera after hitting him with a chain in 0:15:08.
Rating: ***
(Crusher & Bruiser retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Victor Rivera.]
[Lou Albano interfered against Dominic DeNucci.]

Dominic DeNucci & Victor Rivera were played like fiddles by Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher, who joined forces with Lou Albano and beat them for the World Tag Team Titles. DeNucci & Rivera had their rematch tonight, and we hadn't seen them this aggressive before. Even Bruiser & Crusher were taken aback, not knowing how to deal with this new-found fire. Albano saw his hold on the tag titles slipping away, so he slipped Bruiser a steel chain. Bruiser clocked Rivera with it while Albano had the ref distracted to retain the titles.

Ernie Ladd pinned Chief Jay Strongbow with the Boot to the Face in 0:14:09.
Rating: ** 1/4

Considering Chief Jay Strongbow has been one of the top wrestlers in GCW since debuting here 3 years ago, Ernie Ladd's clean victory over him tonight is huge. Ladd is notorious for taking every shortcut he possibly can to win a match, but tonight it was as if he wanted to prove to the world he didn't need to cheat to win, especially now that he is the "King" of GCW. Strongbow wrestled a great match - he was just caught by the Boot to the Face and a loss.

Gene Kiniski pinned Boris Malenko with the Backbreaker in 0:11:10.
Rating: *** 1/2

After being cheated out of a victory by Boris Malenko last month, Gene Kiniski avenged that loss here in Philly by hitting Malenko with the Backbreaker. Kiniski continues to position himself for another run at the World Title while it's back to the drawing board for Malenko.

The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) defeated The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) when T. Funk pinned O. Anderson after a crucifix in 0:17:43.
Rating: *** 1/4

The Funks & The Andersons have been at each other's throats for months now, and the feud has been very even. With the Funks having a World Tag Team Title shot at Fenway Park, a loss here would be devastating to their momentum. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew doesn't care much for their momentum and wants a shot at becoming 3-time tag champs themselves so they took it right to the Funks. However a crafty move by Terry Funk, catching Ole Anderson in a crucifix got him the flash pin and a win going into their title shot. With that kind of victory though, nothing has been settled in this feud yet.

Peter Maivia defeated Luke Graham by disqualification in 0:04:16.
Rating: *
(Luke Graham retained the GCW World Title.)
[Ernie Ladd interfered against Peter Maivia.]

It's a shame that our main event never got to flesh out the way we all wanted, as we know that Luke Graham & Peter Maivia both hate each other and have had battles in the past. Apparently Ernie Ladd, who has had issues with Peter Maivia recently, didn't feel that the High Chief deserved another title shot and so he attacked him to cause the blatant disqualification. Graham didn't really mind as all he cares about is retaining the World Title, so he left Ladd to beat down Maivia. Graham didn't see BOBO BRAZIL come from behind to throw him into the ringpost! The show ended after the huge brawl between these four men was broken up.

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

We are back in not 4 weeks, but 2 as in a very special supershow, we invade Fenway Park in Boston! The following 6 matches have been announced:

WORLD TITLE - Luke Graham (c) vs. Bobo Brazil
UNITED STATES TITLE - The Sheik (c) vs. Pedro Morales
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher (c) vs. The Funk Brothers
STRAP MATCH - Peter Maivia vs. Ernie Ladd
Thunderbolt Patterson vs. Ray Stevens
Chief Jay Strongbow/Wahoo McDaniel vs. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew

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