June 22, 1973 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Ivan Koloff pinned Don Muraco with the Russian Sickle in 0:03:06.
Rating: ** 1/4

Don Muraco made his return from injury, and he had the daunting class of taking on the undefeated Ivan Koloff for his return. Lou Albano had Koloff firing on all cylinders, and it did not take the Russian Bear long to put the young Muraco down and out.

Billy Graham made Jimmy Snuka submit to the Bearhug in 0:15:15.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Billy Graham retained the GCW United States Title.)
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Jimmy Snuka.]

Jimmy Snuka has broken free from manager Bobby Heenan and is reestablishing himself as someone who can stand on his own, and what better way to do so than by winning the United States Title here in the Garden. Problem was, he was going to have to get through the nearly unstoppable "Superstar" Billy Graham. Snuka had a great strategy and pulled it off to near perfection. If Graham has a weakness in the ring, it's that he is not a very fast wrestler - if you can hit and run, you stand your best shot at beating him. Snuka was all over the ring with dropkicks, armdrags, moves from the top rope. He had Graham reeling almost the entire match - except for the end. The Superstar caught Superfly coming off the top rope and turned it into a bruising powerslam that drove the air right out of Snuka's lungs. Graham didn't hesitate putting on the Bearhug and the injured Snuka had to submit. A valiant effort from the Superfly, but Billy Graham keeps the US Title.

Billy Robinson pinned Spiros Arion with the Double-Arm Suplex in 0:06:19.
Rating: ** 1/2
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Billy Robinson.]

The woes of Spiros Arion continued again here as the Grand Wizard sent him to slow down Billy Robinson, who is trying to get himself back in contention for a title shot against the US champion Billy Graham. Well, Arion fell short of that goal, as Robinson kept him on the mat before putting the Golden Greek down for the count with the Double-Arm Suplex. Robinson's impressive work as of late has paid dividends, as he will get his title shot against Billy Graham on July 14 at the Rumble at Wrigley show in Chicago!

Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea defeated Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when Garea pinned Tanaka with the High Cross Body in 0:14:44.
Rating: ***

In a rematch from the Pittsburgh show, this time it was Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea getting the better of Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka in tag team action. In the past two shows, each team has pulled off a victory now. The GCW Championship Committee has determined that they will meet one more time at the Rumble at Wrigley show, the winners becoming the new #1 contenders for the World Tag Team Titles.

Interview:
Ernie Ladd makes a crowd challenge again, but is met with a huge surprise.

As he has done the past few shows, Ernie Ladd was out once again to make his challenge to a fan in the crowd who thought he was tough enough to beat him in a fight. A good sized man wearing sunglasses and had a hooded sweatshirt on answered the challenge, but something seemed up. Ladd was extra confident this month, even covering up his eyes so that the fan could have the first shot. When Ladd covered up his eyes, the fan took off his sweatshirt and sunglasses to reveal LUKE GRAHAM! Luke Graham is back! Graham reared back and absolutely destroyed Ladd with the Thumb to the Throat as the fans in the Garden went NUTS. Graham put a single boot on Ladd's chest and had the crowd chant, "1-2-3!" along with him. It looks like we may have someone who IS tougher than Ernie Ladd! We'll find out for sure on July 14 when they meet at Wrigley Field!

Baron Von Raschke pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna after a gutwrench suplex in 0:10:24.
Rating: ** 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Baron Von Raschke.]

As Baron Von Raschke tries to get even with former manager Lou Albano, he will no doubt have many obstacles thrown in his direction by the Captain. The obstacle tonight was his former tag team partner, Baron Mikel Scicluna. Scicluna did well for himself as there may be no wrestler who knows Raschke better than him. But Raschke is a man on a mission, and he's not going to let anything slow him down. Raschke gets the win, much to the dismay of Captain Lou.

Blackjack Lanza made Gorilla Monsoon submit to the Blackjack Claw in 0:07:19.
Rating: **
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Gorilla Monsoon.]

Blackjack Lanza's undefeated streak had a huge challenge to contend with tonight as Heenan's enforcer took on GCW mainstay Gorilla Monsoon. Lanza couldn't push the 400-pound Monsoon around like he can do most, but Lanza showed he can adapt on the fly, instead using a hit and run approach to keep Monsoon off-balance. Lanza also has that Blackjack Claw in his pocket, and he showed it works even against someone the caliber of Gorilla Monsoon. A tremendous victory for Bobby Heenan's muscle.

Pedro Morales made Jerry Lawler submit to the Boston Crab in 0:15:48.
Rating: **** 1/4
(Pedro Morales retained the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Jerry Lawler.]

I have never seen a crowd hate somebody more than the fans in MSG hated Pedro Morales tonight. Not only did he double cross their hero and steal the World Title, but he took on the ever hated Lou Albano as his manager. The smaller-than-usual crowd at the Garden made their displeasure of Morales known, pelting him and Albano with garbage as he got into the ring. Morales was defending the World Title against Jerry "The King" Lawler, a young competitor with a lot of issues against Morales stemming from Morales trying to injure him a few months back. Lawler was on fire in this one especially with all of the fans in New York wanting to see him put Pedro Morales in his place. Lawler nearly pulled off the impossible, hitting the Piledriver on Morales, but Albano showed his worth by putting Pedro's foot on the bottom rope before referee Danny Bartfield could make the 3 count. Lawler and the fans couldn't believe it as they were sure Lawler had just become the World champion. Lawler's hesitation to argue the count ended up being his downfall, as it left the door open for Morales to recover and take him down to put in the Boston Crab. The King tried to hold on, but his back simply couldn't take the torture and he had to give it up. Morales felt embarrassed about being so close to losing, and refused to release the hold after the match. He did so only when CARLOS COLON ran out and pulled the World champion off the beaten Lawler.

Interview:
Carlos Colon challenges Pedro Morales for the Wrigley Field show.

Carlos Colon grabbed the microphone and told Morales he was tired of what he was doing and how he was bringing dishonor to his Puerto Rican heritage. Colon said it was going to end on July 14th because he wanted a shot at Morales and the World Title at Wrigley Field! Morales was so offended that he agreed to the match on the spot, making Lou Albano flip his lid in the process. What a match this is going to be!

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) when Bruiser made Bockwinkel submit to the Stomach Claw in 0:18:14.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Crusher & Bruiser retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Our main event was for the World Tag Team Titles as The Cripplers got their title rematch against the team that beat them for the straps a month and a half ago, the all-time greats Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. Even after all of these years, Bruiser & Crusher are still two of the toughest men in all of the world, not just wrestling. You have to hand it to Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel though - they can hang with Bruiser & Crusher in a fight move for move. A great brawl that also featured some good technical wrestling and a match that fans really ate up. Bruiser & Crusher showed that they don't want their 7th title reign to be a short one, pulling out the victory in a fantastic main event.

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

For the first time in GCW's history, they will be holding a huge event at the famous home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field! On July 14, get ready, because Global Championship Wrestling presents The Rumble at Wrigley! Five matches have been signed thus far, and any one of them could be a main event anywhere in the country!

WORLD TITLE - Pedro Morales (c) vs. Carlos Colon
UNITED STATES TITLE - Billy Graham (c) vs. Billy Robinson
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher (c) vs. The Cripplers
#1 CONTENDERS MATCH - Dominic DeNucci/Tony Garea vs. Mr. Fuji/Toru Tanaka
Luke Graham vs. Ernie Ladd

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