May 31, 1973 - Civic Auditorium - Pittsburgh, PA

Carlos Colon pinned Spiros Arion after a flying clothesline in 0:16:17.
Rating: *** 1/4

A new era in Global Championship Wrestling began tonight, and what a memorable night it would be! The first match of the night would be Carlos Colon taking on Spiros Arion. Arion's return to GCW has been anything but memorable, not reaching the level of success he did in his first stint. The Grand Wizard has been trying to turn the fortunes of the Golden Greek around. Colon has been nearly unstoppable in GCW rings, but Arion gave him a run for his money tonight. In the end though, the result was the same - Carlos Colon getting his hand raised.

Match where the title can change hands via DQ:
Billy Graham made Gorilla Monsoon submit to the Bearhug in 0:07:02.
Rating: **
(Billy Graham retained the GCW United States Title.)
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Gorilla Monsoon.]

"Superstar" Billy Graham has twice escaped matches with Gorilla Monsoon with the United States Title still in his possession by getting himself disqualified, but tonight if he got disqualified, Monsoon would become the US champion! Graham, who is usually as cocky as they come, was noticeably nervous about what stood in front of him in 400 pounds of a Manchurian Monster. Monsoon beat on Graham good early, but he went for his big splash too early and hurt his ribs when he missed. After that, Graham showed that he very well be the strongest man in the world today when he locked his massive arms around Monsoon and actually made him submit to end all doubt - Graham is the undisputed United States champion.

Interview:
Ernie Ladd again challenges anyone in the crowd to fight him.

For the second show in a row, Ernie Ladd grabbed the microphone and ran down how "cowardly" Luke Graham is being by not responding to his challenges. Ladd took this as proof that he is still the toughest man in the world because he clearly has retired Luke Graham. Ladd made another open challenge to the crowd, inviting anyone who thought he could beat him to step on into the ring. The Grand Wizard found a willing participant, an overweight man who had to weigh over 400 pounds. Ladd welcomed the challenge, having little trouble outclassing the rather portly gentleman. I hope this is all making Ernie Ladd feel better about himself.

Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka defeated Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea when Tanaka defeated DeNucci by countout in 0:12:50.
Rating: **

Not a lot to say about this one other than it featured two former tag team champion teams looking to earn themselves another shot at the titles. This night would belong to Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka, who get the win over DeNucci & Garea by countout when Fuji nailed DeNucci with the Thrust Kick on the floor while Tanaka had the referee distracted.

Billy Robinson defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna by disqualification in 0:07:06.
Rating: ** 1/4

The winning ways of Billy Robinson continue as he picked up a victory over Baron Mikel Scicluna. As he watched Robinson outclassing his charge with wrestling moves in the middle of the ring, Captain Lou Albano got a little overzealous with his commands for Scicluna to cheat. Scicluna clocked Robinson with a foreign object right in plain view of the referee, leading to a clear DQ. If losing the match wasn't bad enough, Scicluna didn't even get a good shot on Robinson, who would clear the royal from Malta from the ring not long after the bell.

Ivan Koloff pinned Baron Von Raschke with the Russian Sickle in 0:15:42.
Rating: ***
[Lou Albano interfered against Baron Von Raschke.]

The split between Baron Von Raschke and manager Lou Albano was anything but cordial, and in a short time, has turned into a blood feud. Albano sent his undefeated monster Ivan Koloff after Raschke last month, causing Raschke to suffer an embarrassing loss in a steel cage to weasely manager Bobby Heenan. Raschke got to get his hands on Koloff tonight, and if there was ever a match where two monsters were going to kick the crap out of each other, this was it! The atmosphere in the building was amazing as the unstoppable force met the immovable object, neither behemoth garnering a clear advantage for very long. It was going to be a matter of who could hit the one big move to put his man down long enough for the 3, and that would turn out to be the Russian Bear's Russian Sickle, which has stopped every man in his tracks so far. Baron Von Raschke would be no different (though a distraction from Albano directly prior to the move certainly didn't hurt Koloff's chances). After the match, Raschke would even the score a bit by taking Koloff down and temporarily getting the Claw on before Koloff rolled himself out under the bottom rope to break the hold. Albano is learning that Raschke isn't going to go away any time soon.

The Heenan Family (Blackjack Lanza, Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) and Jimmy Snuka when Bockwinkel pinned Crusher with the Piledriver in 0:22:19.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Dick the Bruiser.]
[Bobby Heenan interfered against The Crusher.]

Bobby Heenan was infuriated that instead of The Cripplers getting their rematch for the World Tag Team Titles, it would be a 6-man tag with The Cripplers & Blackjack Lanza against Dick the Bruiser, The Crusher, & Jimmy Snuka. Bruiser & Crusher were wary of Snuka considering his long association with Heenan, but the Superfly made it abundantly clear that he has nothing but contempt against the Heenan Family. Snuka was the quickest man in the match by far, and he put that on display to hold his own against the tougher, stronger individuals in the ring. This match was very crisp and and enjoyable bout from bell to bell, a match that saw the Nick Bockwinkel get the Piledriver on The Crusher for the 1-2-3, and further Heenan's claim that The Cripplers should have gotten a title shot. They will get that opportunity on June 22 at Madison Square Garden!

Pedro Morales and Jerry Lawler never took place.
Rating: N/A
(Pedro Morales retained the GCW World Title.)

We were scheduled to get Pedro Morales' first World Title match defense against a man who's career he tried to end a few weeks ago, Jerry Lawler. However, that would never happen. As Morales started his way to the ring with the World Title in tow, the crowd began to get riled up. Morales seemed to be enjoying taunting the fans, but he didn't realize that doing so in the hometown of the former World champion might not be the best idea. The scene soon became chaotic as the fans started throwing garbage toward Morales. It escalated when Morales was caught in the head with a bottle and he tried to get at the fan who did it. When Morales started toward the crowd, that was all she wrote - the situation officially bubbled over. A full-fledged riot ensued. The police had to be called before the situation really got out of hand. This just gets crazier and crazier.

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

With what happened tonight, who knows what is going to happen at our next show at Madison Square Garden on June 22! The card, thus far, is as follows:

WORLD TITLE - Pedro Morales (c) vs. Jerry Lawler
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher (c) vs. The Cripplers
Baron Von Raschke vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna

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