May 6, 1971 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Stan Stasiak pinned Billy Graham with the Heart Punch in 0:10:18.
Rating: * 3/4

The Grand Wizard has a winner on his hands in the form of Stan "The Man" Stasiak. Stasiak proved again how dangerous his Heart Punch is as tonight's recipient was Billy Graham. Graham took Stasiak to the limit and then some, but that Heart Punch is proving to be the equalizer.

Nick Bockwinkel pinned Rocky Johnson with the Piledriver in 0:14:34.
Rating: *** 1/2

The World Tag Team champions were once again in singles action tonight, first with Nick Bockwinkel taking on Rocky Johnson in a highly competitive match. Johnson would hit the Johnson Shuffle, but Bockwinkel was too close to the ropes to break up the count. Bockwinkel regained his bearings and went on to hit the Piledriver for the win. We have learned that Rocky Johnson has decided to leave GCW and continue his career on the west coast. Best of luck to him.

The Graham Brothers (Eddie Graham and Luke Graham) defeated Bill Watts and Johnny Valentine when L. Graham pinned Watts with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:13:40.
Rating: ***

Luke & Eddie Graham managed to have a little more success than younger brother Billy did earlier with an impressive tag team victory over Bill Watts & Johnny Valentine, no tiny accomplishment. Because of Luke's back and neck issues, it looks like Eddie & he will be teaming regularly while they continue to mentor Billy in singles action.

Ernie Ladd defeated Arnold Skaaland by countout in 0:07:27.
Rating: 1/2*

Arnold Skaaland, the instrumental manager of World champion Bruno Sammartino, is also known for getting involved in the ring as well. Unfortunately, his match tonight was against Ernie Ladd, who has been brutalizing opponents as of late. Skaaland got distracted by fellow manager The Grand Wizard which led to him catching the Boot to the Face and falling to the outside where he would be counted out.

Indian Strap Match:
Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Wahoo McDaniel in 0:27:41.
Rating: ** 1/4

Former World Tag Team champion partners, now bitter rivals. Chief Jay Strongbow & Wahoo McDaniel know each other so well, and that couldn't have been more apparent than in this Indian Strap Match. The two men were strapped together at the wrist with that leather strap and could only win by touching all 4 corners of the ring in succession with no interruptions. The hatred between both men was so strong that neither man made an effort to reach the turnbuckles in the early minutes, instead doing their best to whip each other with the leather strap. By the end of this match, Strongbow & Wahoo were covered in welts. Wahoo was better able to control his emotions and it led to Strongbow taking quite a beating. At one point, Wahoo used the strap to hang Strongbow over the top rope and nearly choked him out. To Strongbow's credit, even when he looked completely out of it, his will to win was evident as he continually stopped Wahoo short of the fourth turnbuckle. Wahoo got frustrated, which left the window wide open for Strongbow to make a comeback. Strongbow wrapped the strap around Wahoo's neck and dragged Wahoo to all four corners, getting the win and violently ending this feud.

Pedro Morales pinned Billy White Wolf after a small package in 0:05:40.
Rating: ** 1/4

After watching his friend get revenge in an Indian Strap Match, Billy White Wolf was in singles action against Pedro Morales, who is still on a full steam ahead journey to a World Title shot. Wolf looked impressive in the early going, but he got trapped in a small package and pinned. Morales keeps building a stronger case for that title shot every show.

Karl Gotch pinned Ray Stevens after hitting him with the title belt in 0:16:05.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Karl Gotch retained the GCW United States Title.)

Ray Stevens thought he had the master plan to dethrone Karl Gotch as the United States champion, but boy did it backfire in a big way! The plan was for Nick Bockwinkel to come down and distract the referee while Stevens clocked Gotch with the US Title. The first stage of the plan went off without a hitch. But when Stevens tried to hit Gotch with the title, Gotch ducked, hit a kick to the midsection, took the US Title, and waffled Stevens with it to get the 1-2-3. Not to be embarrassed (in their eyes), the Cripplers have challenged Gotch to find a partner and wrestle them for the tag titles later this month in Baltimore. Gotch has accepted, but has not announced who his partner will be yet.

The Half-Ton Team (Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun) and Tony Garea defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) and Baron Mikel Scicluna when Monsoon made Bruiser submit to the Airplane Spin in 0:12:14.
Rating: **
[Lou Albano interfered against Haystacks Calhoun.]
[Lou Albano interfered against Tony Garea.]

Tony Garea had a lot at stake in our semi-main event. If he won, he got Lou Albano inside a steel cage in Baltimore. But if he lost, he would have to face the 5-time former tag team champions in a handicap match. Luckily for Garea, he had tremendous partners in Gorilla Monsoon & Haystacks Calhoun, who might be the hottest tag team in wrestling today. The fan favorites would prevail as Monsoon got the Bruiser to submit in the Airplane Spin. Garea now gets to quiet Albano once in for all in a cage on May 30, while Bruiser & Crusher have challenged the Half-Ton Team to a tag match to get retribution.

Cage Match:
Bruno Sammartino defeated Peter Maivia by escaping the cage in 0:14:31.
Rating: **** 1/4
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)

World champion Bruno Sammartino finally got his hands on Peter Maivia in our main event, inside the confines of a steel cage. Maivia looked a bit out of it in this one, especially with the GCW faithful in the Garden ripping him apart. They are still blaming the High Chief for ending the career of Bobo Brazil. Maivia didn't take kindly to this and used it to motivate him. However, with Bruno having dedicated this match to Brazil, there was no way he was going to let Maivia beat him. Sammartino bloodied Maivia up, left through the door, and retained the World Title.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

Three matches have been announced so far for the big show at the Civic Center in Baltimore in just over 3 weeks time!

WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Cripplers (c) vs. Karl Gotch (US champion)/TBA
CAGE MATCH - Tony Garea vs. Lou Albano
The Half-Ton Team vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher

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