June 15, 1968 - Cobo Arena - Detroit, MI

Johnny Valentine pinned Miguel Perez with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:08:57.
Rating: **
[Lou Albano interfered against Miguel Perez.]

A good wrestling match to kick off the night as Johnny Valentine, still upset over not being the US champion, picked up a hard fought win over Miguel Perez. Valentine grounded Perez and made expert use of the Figure-Four Leglock to obtain victory.

Interview:
Pat Patterson continues to lose his mind.

Pat Patterson came out to the ring again to interrupt the show. Patterson asked, "How many people am I going to have to hurt before I get my hands on Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher?" With the state of mind of Patterson right now, you know he will go through anyone and everyone to get his chance. Patterson would have stayed in the ring all night if he had to, but his friend and former partner PETER MAIVIA came out to try to calm him down. Instead, Maivia was on the receiving end of a vicious attack. The fact that Patterson would leave his own friend bloodied like he did tonight is a sign of just how far off the deep end he has gone. To make matters worse for the High Chief, his match with Ernie Ladd was next. After this attack, security removed Patterson from the building.

Ernie Ladd pinned Peter Maivia with the Boot to the Face in 0:00:21.
Rating: *

After the beating he suffered at the hands of Pat Patterson, Peter Maivia was in no shape to compete. Being the opportunist he is though, Ernie Ladd jumped in the ring and immediately called for referee Dick Bartfield to start the match. He did, and a quick Boot to the Face and the Big Cat had made quick work of the High Chief. Maivia has stated that if he can't talk sense into Patterson, he will beat it into him next month in Philadelphia.

Nick Bockwinkel and Killer Kowalski defeated Dominic DeNucci and Edouard Carpentier when Kowalski defeated DeNucci by disqualification in 0:11:57.
Rating: ** 1/4

Dominic DeNucci was in need of a new tag team partner, and he was approached by Edouard Carpentier who is looking to rejuvenate his career. They took on the team of Nick Bockwinkel & Killer Kowalski, and though they wrestled well, their lack of experience teaming together showed through when they were essentially outsmarted by their opponents. Kowalski brought a pair of brass knuckles into the ring and went to nail DeNucci with them, but the former tag champion blocked the blow and took the knux away. He was going to clock Kowalski with them, but referee Terry Taranova saw the knux and disqualified DeNucci & Carpentier! A miscarriage of justice, but it's a loss in the record books either way.

Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Hiro Matsuda by disqualification in 0:02:34.
Rating: ***
(Chief Jay Strongbow retained the GCW United States Title.)
[Johnny Valentine interfered against Chief Jay Strongbow.]

Two United States Title matches ruined in a row? That is the case as Johnny Valentine returned the favor to Hiro Matsuda and blasted US champ Chief Jay Strongbow with a chair early into this match, giving Strongbow the win and costing Matsuda his chance at the title. The two almost came to blows until Lou Albano got in between them and said if they wanted to fight so badly, he would let them next month. The winner of the match would be the one to take the US Title. All the while, Strongbow laughed and reminded the threesome that they'd have to beat him for it. This reminder was administered in the form of clotheslines.

Antonino Rocca pinned The Sheik after a crucifix in 0:11:20.
Rating: * 1/4

The Sheik was back in action after a couple of months off thanks to Pat Patterson, but luck was not on his side as he lost cleanly in the middle of the ring to Antonino Rocca thanks to a clever counter by the Argentinian. The Sheik threw a tantrum at ringside, throwing whatever wasn't tied down into the ring before officials finally got him under control. Is there anybody out there that can tame this nutjob?

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) and The Half-Ton Team (Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun) battled to a double countout in 0:05:37.
Rating: * 1/2
(The Minnesota Wrecking Crew retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Gene & Ole Anderson have claimed that they will be the best tag team champions the world has ever seen, and that they will give any team that wants a title shot that opportunity. They had 1000 pounds of Gorilla Monsoon & Haystacks Calhoun to contend with tonight, and it was an ordeal to say the least. There is just so much mass to try to move around that defeating them has proven to be difficult for every team that has faced them. But as the World Tag Team champions, you don't have to win to retain the gold - you just have to not lose. That's what happened here as the two teams fought to a double countout. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew haven't heard the last of the Half-Ton Team yet though as a rematch has been signed for Philadelphia on July 13th, and it will be a 2 out of 3 falls match!

Jack Brisco defeated Pedro Morales by disqualification in 0:25:31.
Rating: ** 3/4
[Gene Kiniski interfered against Jack Brisco.]

You should have seen the look on Jack Brisco's face when he saw GENE KINISKI make his return and run down to attack him during his match with the newly-on-his-own Pedro Morales! Brisco has been spouting for weeks how he retired Kiniski once and for all and that there was no way Kiniski was coming back from injury, but back he is and he is PISSED. Brisco ran like a scalded dog as Kiniski tried to take whatever pieces out of the Oklahoman that he could. Morales wasn't thrilled about losing the match by disqualification, but he understood and shook hands with Kiniski after. Kiniski has been petitioning to get a match with Brisco. Brisco finally agreed, but only under the condition that he get to choose what type of match it was. Kiniski agreed, and so therefore on July 15th, these two will wrestle in an I QUIT MATCH!

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) and The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) battled to a draw in 0:30:00.
Rating: *** 1/4

If there was any questions left as to how well Dory & Terry Funk were going to coexist as a tag team, you can throw those out the window. If you ask me, going to a 30-minute time limit draw with the most vicious tag team of the 1960's says it all. Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher could rest a little easier knowing that Pat Patterson was not in the building, but that rest was interrupted by the tough as nails match they had with the Funks. Neither team could put the other away in the alloted time limit and the match was declared a draw. However, the Championship Committee was so impressed by both teams that a rematch has been scheduled for Philadelphia, with the winners becoming the #1 contenders to the World Tag Team Titles!

Bobo Brazil defeated George Steele by disqualification in 0:25:52.
Rating: 3/4*
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

The match was bowling shoe ugly, but to say that George "The Animal" Steele, Lou Albano's latest find, is a threat to the World Title of Bobo Brazil is a massive understatement. Steele is quite simply as his nickname indicates - an animal. He's eccentric and will try to rip your face off if he gets the chance, something he tried often on Brazil in our main event. If it weren't for Steele getting himself disqualified for using the ring bell, we could very well have a new World champion right now. Brazil says he isn't finished with Steele yet, and asked for another match against the Animal in Philadelphia.

Card rating: **

Match observations:

Six absolutely gigantic matches have been signed already for our show in Philadelphia on July 13th:

WORLD TITLE - Bobo Brazil (c) vs. George Steele
BEST 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS FOR THE WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (c) vs. The Half-Ton Team
#1 CONTENDERS FOR THE TAG TEAM TITLES - The Funk Brothers vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
#1 CONTENDER FOR THE UNITED STATES TITLE - Johnny Valentine vs. Hiro Matsuda
I QUIT MATCH - Gene Kiniski vs. Jack Brisco
Pat Patterson vs. Peter Maivia

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