May 2, 1973 - Paul Sauvé Arena - Montreal, QB, CA

Billy Robinson pinned Toru Tanaka with the Double-Arm Suplex in 0:14:32.
Rating: ****

Billy Robinson will take on all comers as he tries to ascend back to title contention, tonight taking on former World Tag Team champion Professor Toru Tanaka. Tanaka controlled much of the match with his underhanded tactics, but Robinson fought through it en route to getting the win with the Double-Arm Suplex in our opener of what would turn out to be a historic night.

Interview:
Ernie Ladd challenges a fan from the crowd to fight him.

Ernie Ladd is really trying to hammer home how much tougher he believes he is than the injured (or as Ladd calls him, "retired") Luke Graham. Ladd wanted to prove how tough he was by challenging any man in the crowd with the guts to face him to come into the ring and see if he could take him down. The Grand Wizard selected a rather burly looking gentleman to answer the challenge. The fan tried to strong arm Ladd in the early goings, and even looked to have the advantage, but Ladd caught him with an undetected poke in the eye. Ladd was frustrated and blasted the fan with the Boot to the Face. To finish him off, Ladd hit Graham's Thumb to the Throat on the poor fan, putting him out of his misery. It's easy to bully around a fan, but I'd like to see Ladd bully around Luke Graham like that.

Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea defeated The High Flyers (Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne) when Garea pinned Brunzell with the High Cross Body in 0:09:28.
Rating: ** 1/4

A good tag team match with no animosity was next with Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea taking on The High Flyers. In the end, the experience of DeNucci would be what made the difference, allowing the former tag team champions to pull off the win.

Blackjack Lanza made Jimmy Snuka submit to the Blackjack Claw in 0:08:34.
Rating: ***

Bobby Heenan sent Blackjack Lanza after Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka for being, what Heenan calls, "ungrateful." No one has been able to slow Lanza down yet, but if anyone could, it would be Snuka, who knows him well from travelling with him for the past several months. Snuka did seem to know Lanza's weaknesses, using a hit and run style and keeping a safe distance in the early going with dropkicks and armdrags. But Lanza is a tough customer, and once he grounded Snuka, the result was inevitable. The Blackjack Claw and Lanza remains undefeated, and Bobby Heenan gets a means of satisfaction, which he could really use considering Baron Von Raschke was probably going to murder him in the cage later on in the night.

Carlos Colon made Mr. Fuji submit to the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:05:15.
Rating: ***

Carlos Colon just recently suffered his first loss in a GCW ring, falling to Ernie Ladd. Colon showed he could bounce back from adversity with a win tonight over Mr. Fuji in singles action. Fuji got caught when he was trying to pull salt out of his tights, but Colon saw it coming and dropped him with a dropkick before putting on the Figure-Four Leglock for the win.

Gorilla Monsoon defeated Billy Graham by disqualification in 0:04:04.
Rating: 1/2*
(Billy Graham retained the GCW United States Title.)
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Gorilla Monsoon.]

"Superstar" Billy Graham has again showed that there is nothing he won't do to keep the United States Title. Gorilla Monsoon was granted a rematch thanks to his DQ win over Graham in Toronto, but he would get the same result this time. Graham made no bones about the fact that he wants no part of Monsoon, choking him out and refusing to let go, leaving referee Terry Taranova with no choice but to throw the match out again. Monsoon was left unconscious in the ring as Graham & The Grand Wizard gloated over what they had done. They wouldn't be gloating when the announcement was made that in Pittsburgh on May 31, Monsoon will get one final title shot. And this time, if Graham gets disqualified, Monsoon is the new US champion!

Wahoo McDaniel defeated Jerry Lawler when Jerry Lawler passed out in the Indian Deathlock in 0:09:53.
Rating: ****

This was the first time we were seeing Jerry Lawler in action since the brutal beating he suffered at the hands of Pedro Morales, and from the look of things, Lawler returned way too early to wrestle Wahoo McDaniel. Lawler couldn't put any offense together and was easy pickings for Wahoo's Indian Deathlock. You have to admire Lawler's courage, but he may have had more guts than brains tonight.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) when Crusher made R. Stevens submit to a sleeperhold in 0:21:59.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Crusher & Bruiser won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

For a record-setting 7th time, Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher are the World Tag Team champions! Bobby Heenan has done everything in his power over the past few months to eliminate the top threat to The Cripplers' title reign, and came very close to doing so, but there would be no stopping Bruiser & Crusher here. Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel tried to wear Bruiser & Crusher down with holds, but even after all these years, teams haven't learned that if you let Bruiser & Crusher breathe even a little bit, they're going to make you pay for it. That's what they did, and for the 7th time, they are riding high atop the tag team division.

Ivan Koloff pinned Chief Jay Strongbow with the Russian Sickle in 0:06:54.
Rating: * 3/4

Can anyone stop Ivan Koloff? I'm starting to think no. Chief Jay Strongbow, who has challenged Koloff in the past, wanted one more crack at the Russian Bear, and Captain Lou Albano was more than happy to oblige his request. Koloff just keeps mowing through his competition, and Strongbow faired no better here than he did in previous attempts, nearly getting his head taken off by the Russian Sickle.

Interview:
Lou Albano tells Baron Von Raschke to take a dive to Bobby Heenan.

The cage match between Baron Von Raschke and Bobby Heenan was scheduled next, with Raschke being announced first. Before Heenan arrived, Raschke's manager Lou Albano grabbed the microphone. Albano told Raschke that he had reached a business deal with Heenan, and a lot of money was exchanged for Raschke to lay down for Heenan and throw the match. Raschke was in disbelief, and Heenan entered the cage with a huge smile of confidence and a feeling of having outsmarted everyone. The crowd booed wildly as Albano told Raschke to take the dive. Raschke thought about it long and hard as the fans pleaded with him not to do it, and at first it looked like he would do it. But then out of nowhere, Raschke clocked Heenan with a right hand and then gave Albano the death stare! Albano ran for his life and got out of the cage as the Baron from Germany went to work on Heenan and the match began officially.

Cage Match:
Bobby Heenan pinned Baron Von Raschke with the Double Stomp in 0:11:10.
Rating: **
[Ivan Koloff interfered against Baron Von Raschke.]

Bobby Heenan got the tar kicked out of him in this match, plain and simple. Baron Von Raschke was a man possessed, unleashing months of frustration on Heenan in this one match. Raschke used the cage as a weapon to perfection, and Heenan was bleeding like a stuck pig all over the ring. Heenan didn't get in a single offensive move as Raschke revelled in the destruction of the pesky leader of the Heenan Family. However, Raschke didn't account for what happened next, and that was a spiteful Lou Albano coming back down to the ring with his monster IVAN KOLOFF. Albano stole the key from referee Danny Bartfield who was manning the door, and unlocked the cage. Koloff took the chain that was keeping the door shut and wrapped it around his arm, got in the ring, and DESTROYED Raschke with the Russian Sickle! Raschke was busted wide open as Koloff pounded away at his face, leaving him an unconscious bloody mess. Heenan took this opportunity to hit a token Double Stomp on Raschke, and referee Terry Taranova had no other choice but to count the 1-2-3. Bobby Heenan has defeated Baron Von Raschke, and worse yet, Lou Albano has turned his back on his man. There is no question that Raschke is going to stop at nothing to do the same to Albano that he wanted to do to Heenan.

Pedro Morales defeated Bruno Sammartino via pinfall in 0:08:05.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Pedro Morales won the GCW World Title.)

Remember the date May 2, 1973, as it may go down as the most important day in wrestling history. Pedro Morales is the brand new World champion, ending Bruno Sammartino's nearly 3-year long reign. And he did so in highly controversial fashion. The match started out as you would expect, two wrestlers who don't like each other and both having fiery tempers trying to establish their dominance. It wouldn't be long before we all that something else was going on. At about the 8 minute mark, Morales hit what looked like a routine bodyslam on Bruno and went for a cover, a move that Sammartino would surely kick out of. Except he didn't get that chance as referee Dick Kroll gave what has to be the fastest 3 count in all of history and awarded the match, and the GCW World Heavyweight Title, to Pedro Morales! Dick Kroll was out of the ring and to the locker room before anyone knew what was going on, and word has it that he was rushed to a car and taken from the building right away. Sammartino looked absolutely livid about what happened and looked like he was going to rip Morales' head off. We couldn't hear what Morales was saying, but if I can read lips properly, it looked like he was saying, "I had nothing to do with it!" The ring was filled with garbage as the fans were both confused and angry with what happened. We have a lot of unanswered questions right now, but as of right now, Pedro Morales is the World champion.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

There is a lot of controversy in Global Championship Wrestling right now. We have a new World champion, but under very questionable circumstances. We don't know what the next few weeks will bring, but we do know that we have a show scheduled in Pittsburgh on May 31, with the following matches formally announced:

UNITED STATES TITLE (If Graham is DQ'ed, Monsoon wins the title) - Billy Graham (c) vs. Gorilla Monsoon
Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher/Jimmy Snuka vs. Ray Stevens/Nick Bockwinkel/Blackjack Lanza
Baron Von Raschke vs. Ivan Koloff

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