March 23, 1968 - Civic Center - Baltimore, MD

Luke Graham vacates the US Title to focus on the World Title.

The show kicked off with Lou Albano and United States champion Luke Graham out for an interview. Albano & Graham said that the main goal they have is to win the World Title and to make Bobo Brazil suffer for what he deserves. They then announced that they were vacating the US Title to focus on winning the World Title, which they guarantee will happen tonight. Albano then called out Johnny Valentine with the intention of handing the US Title over to him, but that was broken up by head referee Dick Kroll. Kroll informed them all that a title cannot change hands in such a fashion and that instead, the US Title would be up for grabs in a battle royal later tonight.

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) defeated The Half-Ton Team (Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun) when G. Anderson pinned Monsoon after a flying axhandle in 0:15:01.
Rating: * 1/4

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew has caused a stir in the tag team division in a short time, doing so more tonight with a victory over the Half-Ton Team. Gene & Ole Anderson have made it clear that they want the World Tag Team Titles. They will get that chance on April 20th at MSG.

Terry Funk pinned Dory Funk Jr. after a side suplex in 0:40:43.
Rating: **** 1/4

After months of being at each other's throats, brother Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk wanted to settle their differences once and for all, and with no time limit, they were going to do just that. This fight waged on for 40 minutes, the intensity behind each blow off the charts. By the end of the contest, both men were bleeding profusely. This fight was years in the making and in the end, a vicious side suplex from Terry after duccking a lariat from Dory gave the younger brother the win. After the match, Terry looked to continue his assault and grabbed a branding iron with intentions to smash it between the eyes of an already bloody Dory. Dory struggled to his feet and instead of bracing for the impact, he reached his hand out to Terry and screamed, "SHAKE MY HAND!" Terry hesitated and again raised the branding iron to strike Dory, who again yelled for his brother to shake his hand. After another long hesitation, Terry dropped the branding iron and shook Dory's hand to a huge ovation. The brothers embraced, and it's great to see them on the same page.

Pat Patterson will do anything to get revenge.

Pat Patterson was out for an interview and he had a completely different look and attitude to match it. Patterson was far more menacing and said that he has now dedicated his life to making the lives of Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher hell. Bruiser & Crusher came out and laughed at Patterson, telling him he is just aa "pretty boy" and that he isn't nearly tough enough to stand up to the two biggest and baddest men on the planet. Patterson said he would prove them both wrong, and said he would start by taking out The Sheik next month. Bruiser & Crusher laughed at him and wished him the best of luck.

Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
Gene Kiniski beat Jack Brisco 2 falls to 1:
x Jack Brisco beat Kiniski via the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:18:04
x Kiniski beat Jack Brisco via the Backbreaker in 0:20:39
x Kiniski beat Jack Brisco via a cross-body block in 0:23:41
Gene Kiniski suffered an elbow injury. He will be out for approximately 3 months.
Rating: ** 1/2

Gene Kiniski and Jack Brisco have developed a rivalry in recent months, with Brisco claiming that Kiniski is past his prime and can't keep up with a young gun like himself. Brisco wanted to show his stamina in a two of three falls match. Brisco's strategy was to outlast Kiniski, and it seemed to work well as he got the first fall with the Figure-Four Leglock at around the 18 minute mark. Brisco thought he was in firm control until a recovered Kiniski nailed him with the Backbreaker two minutes later to tie the score. Brisco turned up the energy and really went on the attack, but couldn't seem to pin Kiniski. Brisco had Kiniski up for a back suplex, but Kiniski turned in midair and landed on Brisco to get the 1-2-3. Brisco was upset that he lost after the match and attacked Kiniski, focusing on his left elbow. It turns out that Kiniski suffered an elbow injury and will be out for a few months. Brisco is using this to further his claims that Kiniski is washed up and claims that Kiniski will never return.

18-Man Battle Royal for the vacant GCW United States Title:
Chief Jay Strongbow won an 18-man Battle Royal:
x DeNucci threw out Perez after a grapevine in 0:00:15
x Patterson threw out Matsuda after a kick to the midsection in 0:01:17
x Bockwinkel threw out Carpentier in 0:01:55
x Scicluna threw out DeNucci in 0:03:50
x Kowalski threw out Patterson in 0:06:12
x Bruiser threw out Rocca after a bodyslam in 0:08:35
x Morales threw out Bruiser in 0:08:40
x Morales threw out Kowalski after a facerake in 0:10:06
x Maivia threw out Bockwinkel after a stomp in 0:12:25
x Strongbow threw out J. Valentine after an armdrag in 0:16:29
x Morales threw out Crusher in 0:17:53
x Scicluna threw out Apollo in 0:20:35
x Scicluna threw out Morales in 0:22:06
x Maivia threw out Sheik after the Stump Puller in 0:26:19
x Scicluna threw out Maivia in 0:28:59
x Strongbow threw out Scicluna after a snap mare in 0:29:19
x Strongbow threw out Ernie Ladd in 0:35:04
Rating: **** 1/4
(Chief Jay Strongbow won the GCW United States Title.)

We have a brand new United States champion and his name is Chief Jay Strongbow! Strongbow outlasted 17 other men to win his first title in Global Championship Wrestling. Major notes from this match include Pedro Morales' great performance, including eliminating both Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher (which the former tag team champions haven't taken kindly to). Also, it looked like Ernie Ladd was going to steal this match as he spent most of it out on the floor avoiding wrestling, but in the end, Strongbow dumped his tope foe and earned the United States Title.

Luke Graham defeated Bobo Brazil by countout in 0:29:22.
Rating: * 3/4
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

With the vacating of the United States Title, Luke Graham and his manager Lou Albano have put all of their focus on taking the World Title from Bobo Brazil. Graham is perhaps Brazil's biggest threat to the World Title, and it showed. This was the first time in a long time that Brazil was dominated so thoroughly in a match. Brazil doesn't quit though and he dished it right back. Graham showed how ruthless he can be though when he bodyslammed Brazil on the concrete floor, causing the World champion to get counted out. Albano grabbed the microphone after the match and accused Brazil of getting himself counted out on purpose as he is scared to death of Luke Graham. Albano then challenged Brazil to put the World Title on the line against Graham one more time at MSG on April 20th in a steel cage match! Brazil's pride at stake, he agreed and we have perhaps the biggest main event in GCW history!

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

The MSG show on April 20th has all the makings to be the biggest in history with the following matches signed:

WORLD TITLE CAGE MATCH - Bobo Brazil (c) vs. Luke Graham
UNITED STATES TITLE - Chief Jay Strongbow (c) vs. Ernie Ladd
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Pedro Morales/Dominic DeNucci (c) vs. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew
Pat Patterson vs. The Sheik

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