June 28, 1967 - Comiskey Park Supershow - Chicago, IL

The Half-Ton Team (Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun) defeated The Golden Grahams (Dr. Jerry Graham and Eddie Graham) when Monsoon defeated Dr. J. Graham when Dr. J. Graham passed out in a bearhug in 0:00:44.
Rating: *

In our opening contest in front of some 35,000 people, the Half-Ton Team made short work of Dr. Jerry & Eddie Graham. The Golden Grahams thought it would be good strategy to jump Gorilla Monsoon & Haystacks Calhoun before the match, but all it did is serve to make them angry. The HTT squashed the Grahams in under a minute to get this show off to a hot start!

Dory Funk Jr. pinned Lou Albano after a waistlock suplex in 0:07:40.
Rating: ** 3/4

With this being a historic night for GCW, Lou Albano felt that the show "deserved" someone of his high talents. He offered an open challenge which was answered by DORY FUNK JR., who could use some wins right now. Albano tried his best, but for as good of a manager he's proving himself to be, he's not got it done as a wrestler, falling again tonight.

Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci defeated Gene Kiniski and The Sheik when Morales defeated Kiniski by countout in 0:19:08.
Rating: * 1/4
(Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Abdullah Farouk interfered against Dominic DeNucci.]

Pedro Morales & Dominic DeNucci took a huge step toward being considered the best tag team in the world as in front of the biggest crowd in North American history, they defeated former World Tag Team champions Gene Kiniski & The Sheik. The only thing lacking for the champs was that they weren't able to get the decisive pinfall or submission victory, but a countout works just as well. Abdullah Farouk was furious after the match, yelling at Kiniski and blaming him for the loss. Farouk has managed to get his team one more title shot on July 15th, but warned Kiniski not to let him down again.

Johnny Valentine defeated Edouard Carpentier by countout in 0:17:49.
Rating: **

Lou Albano may not have been victorious himself, but he assisted Johnny Valentine in getting a victory over Edouard Carpentier. While Valentine had the referee distracted, Albano threw Carpentier head first into the ring post which knocked Carpentier out. Valentine hits the pay window with a countout victory. Carpentier is said not to be happy and has challenged Albano to a match in Charlotte on July 15th.

Luke Graham pinned Giant Baba with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:12:32.
Rating: * 3/4

Luke Graham hates it when you call him crazy, but with how brutal and relentless he is in the ring, it's hard not to think he's a little nuts. Giant Baba wanted to take Graham out for his partner Antonio Inoki, but Graham wisely took the 7-footer's knee out from under him. Working it the entire match, Graham was able to slow Baba down to get the win after his Thumb to the Throat. Baba may not be available to assist Inoki later if he needs it.

Antonio Inoki made Hiro Matsuda submit to the Octopus Hold in 0:19:54.
Rating: **** 3/4
(Antonio Inoki retained the GCW United States Title.)
[Luke Graham and Lou Albano interfered against Antonio Inoki.]

Though it may have been a bit ironic that two of the top wrestlers from Japan were wrestling over the United States Title, there was nothing ironic about the fantastic match we saw between champion Antonio Inoki and challenger Hiro Matsuda. Matsuda's manager Lou Albano is desperate to get a hold of championship gold (having a cup of coffee with managing the tag champions late last year). He bet on a good horse with Matsuda who can wrestle Inoki's unique style. This is about as even of a matchup you will see. It took an astounding counter by Inoki for him to lock on the Octopus Hold to get the submission victory. Inoki was exhausted after the match and thus unable to defend himself against LUKE GRAHAM, who ran down and left him in a heap. With Baba's knee being injured earlier, there was no one to come out and help him. This won't be an issue on the 15th as Inoki & Baba will team to take on Matsuda & Graham.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated The Pretty Boys (Pat Patterson and Larry Hennig) when Bruiser made L. Hennig submit to the Stomach Claw in 0:23:55.
Rating: ** 1/4

Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher can finally close the book on their violent feud with the Pretty Boys. This battle was to be settled in tonight's Chicago Streetfight, and settled it was. The beatdown that Bruiser & Crusher put on Patterson & Hennig was hard to watch, especially with the amount of blood that was shed. In the end, Hennig submitted to Bruiser's Stomach Claw. That wasn't enough for the former tag champs though as Hennig & Patterson each received a piledriver on a chair for their troubles. It looks like we aren't going to see the Pretty Boys anymore.

The Firecrackers (Antonino Rocca, Argentina Apollo and Miguel Perez) defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna, Killer Kowalski and Jack Brisco when Apollo defeated Kowalski when Kowalski passed out in the Argentine Backbreaker in 0:14:51.
Rating: *** 1/4

Before our main event, we had a 6-man tag match pitting the Firecrackers against Baron Mikel Scicluna, Killer Kowalski, & Jack Brisco. Rocca, Perez, & Apollo are really firing on all cylinders since forming their stable, and the makeshift rulebreaker team couldn't match their speed and teamwork. The Firecrackers pick up a nice crowd-pleasing win.

Cage Match:
Bobo Brazil pinned Ernie Ladd with the Coco Butt in 0:27:43.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)

The main event had the sold out Comiskey Park buzzing as Bobo Brazil defended the World Title in a steel cage against Ernie Ladd. There's nothing like two powerhouse wrestlers beating the ever-living tar out of each other in a solid steel cage. The Big Cat did everything he could to escape the cage and take the championship, but Brazil pulled it out with a pinfall and ended the historic show by retaining the World Title.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

After a hugely successful show here at Comiskey Park, GCW has solidified itself as the premiere place for wrestling in the world! That will continue as we head to Charlotte on July 15th, with the following matches being announced so far:

WORLD TITLE - Bobo Brazil (c) vs. Johnny Valentine
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Pedro Morales/Dominic DeNucci (c) vs. Gene Kiniski/The Sheik
Antonio Inoki/Giant Baba vs. Hiro Matsuda/Luke Graham
Edouard Carpentier vs. Lou Albano

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