November 15, 1972 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA

The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) defeated Dominic DeNucci and Gorilla Monsoon when R. Stevens defeated Monsoon by disqualification in 0:15:22.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Tony Garea no-showed.)

The Cripplers were all slated to defend the World Tag Team Titles against the former champions Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea in their rematch, but DeNucci came out alone. When questioned about it, DeNucci said that Garea had trouble issues and couldn't make it to the show tonight. He did mention that he found another partner though who was willing to take Garea's place if Bobby Heenan was willing to accept it. Heenan consulted with his men, and the confident trio told DeNucci to bring out this partner of his. The Cripplers & Heenan were shocked when the partner turned out to be GORILLA MONSOON. Monsoon has been on the shelf for months thanks to Heenan & Jimmy Snuka, but Monsoon is back, and taking the tag titles would be a great form of revenge! The Cripplers were completely unprepared for this, and their second title reign was almost over in a flash several times. Finally Heenan tried to call an audible, but Monsoon snapped and got himself disqualified before the Heenan Family made a hasty retreat. Heenan and his boys already have their hands full with Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher, and with Monsoon back, things have gone from bad to worse!

Lou Albano reveals his newest charge.

Before our next match, Captain Lou Albano did an interview talking about being a forgotten man in Global Championship Wrestling. He went from managing the World champion to being an after thought, but he said that was about to change. He introduced his newest client, and the man he said will end Bruno Sammartino's World Title reign, "THE RUSSIAN BEAR" IVAN KOLOFF.

Ivan Koloff pinned Jim Brunzell with the Russian Sickle in 0:04:39.
Rating: ***

Koloff is Albano's newest find, and the Russian Bear is a monster if there ever was one. At 6'2" and 250 pounds of pure muscle, Koloff is going to make life difficult for a lot of GCW's finest, and already has his eyes on World champion Bruno Sammartino. Jim Brunzell was Koloff's first opponent, and although Brunzell wrestled with a lot of heart, he was no match for Koloff's sheer power. The Russian Sickle nearly took Brunzell's head off and Koloff's first match was a victory. Sammartino better take this threat VERY seriously, because Koloff has all of the tools to be a World champion.

Johnny Valentine pinned Greg Gagne with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:12:10.
Rating: ** 3/4

The bad night continued for the High Flyers as Greg Gagne wrestled in a losing effort to veteran Johnny Valentine and his dreaded Figure-Four Leglock.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna and Baron Von Raschke when Crusher defeated Raschke by disqualification in 0:08:04.
Rating: 3/4*
[Jimmy Snuka interfered against The Crusher.]

Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher are at their wits' end, as once again Bobby Heenan's masked man made his presence felt in one of their matches, this time attacking both Bruiser & Crusher with vicious clotheslines that knocked them loopy. Sure, Bruiser & Crusher got the win by DQ over Baron Mikel Scicluna & Baron Von Raschke, but they didn't look at all like winners as this masked man had completely laid them out.

Jimmy Snuka and Carlos Colon battled to a draw in 0:20:00.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Carlos Colon.]

Another one of Bobby Heenan's charges was in action next as Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka took on one of GCW's newest competitors, Carlos Colon. Colon was victorious in his debut match last month and wrestled another high-spirited contest here against Snuka, who improves by leaps and bounds every time we see him in the ring. The fans in Philadelphia got to see everything in this match except for a clear winner, as twenty minutes wasn't long enough for these two to settle who was the better man. A hard fought time limit draw for Colon and Snuka.

Toru Tanaka pinned Jerry Lawler after a flying karate chop in 0:11:58.
Rating: *** 3/4

It's a good thing for Jerry "The King" Lawler that his recent string of matches with Johnny Valentine earned Valentine's respect, because Lawler got a much needed assist after his match with Professor Toru Tanaka. Tanaka stole a victory from Lawler thanks to interference from Mr. Fuji, who threw salt into Lawler's eyes. Tanaka followed with a flying karate chop that put this one away. Fuji & Tanaka continued to beat on Lawler post-match, but Valentine ran out to help chase Fuji & Tanaka off. Valentine made it clear to Lawler that the two aren't friends, but Lawler has definitely earned Valentine's respect. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a tag match in the works.

Billy Graham and Ernie Ladd defeated Chief Jay Strongbow and Spiros Arion when Ernie Ladd pinned Strongbow with the Boot to the Face in 0:05:24.
Chief Jay Strongbow suffered a sprained ankle. He will be out for approximately 2 months.
Rating: ** 1/2

Spiros Arion made a surprise return last month to save Chief Jay Strongbow from an attack on him by Ernie Ladd & The Grand Wizard, and teamed with Strongbow tonight to take on the Wizard's charges of Ladd & "Superstar" Billy Graham. The Golden Greek looked as good as ever as it appeared he hadn't lost a step. He started the match and showed some impressive holds and moves before tagging Strongbow in. Strongbow was about to lock up with Ladd when Arion out of nowhere blasted him with a clothesline to the back of the head! The crowd was shocked as Strongbow stumbled into the Boot to the Face from Ladd to get the 1-2-3. When Arion embraced The Grand Wizard, we knew this was a setup from the get-go. Arion, Ladd, & Graham beat on Strongbow mercilessly before tying him up in the ropes. Arion then grabbed Strongbow's ceremonial headdress and put it on. The headdress is sacred to Strongbow & his people, and Arion was completely mocking his culture. If that wasn't enough, Arion went way too far and proceeded to DESTROY the headdress right in front of a helpless Strongbow. The Grand Wizard and his men left a completely demoralized Strongbow to pick up the pieces of his tattered headdress. If that wasn't enough, Strongbow had extra salt in his wounds as the attack caused him to sprain his ankle to which he will miss some ring time as a result.

Billy Robinson pinned Wahoo McDaniel with the Double-Arm Suplex in 0:27:49.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Billy Robinson retained the GCW United States Title.)

Because of the quality of their last match which may be the match of 1972, Wahoo McDaniel was granted one more shot at the United States Title in a match against champion Billy Robinson. Though this match wasn't quite as good as their first encounter (but in all fairness, how could it be?), this was still a high quality match that went nearly 30 minutes. Wahoo wrestled a more brawling style this time, as you're just not going to outwrestle Europe's finest technical wrestler. In the end though, the result was the same as Robinson stays undefeated and retains the United States Title. No word yet as to who is next challenger will be, but there are rumors that his friend LUKE GRAHAM is looking to get a title shot in the near future.

Mr. Fuji pinned Bruno Sammartino with the Thrust Kick in 0:14:37.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Toru Tanaka interfered against Bruno Sammartino.]

Our main event tonight was a unique match as it was the first ever blindfold match. World champion Bruno Sammartino is still suffering some ill effects from Mr. Fuji spitting blue mist into his eyes in the Garden, but his eyesight will fully recover. He wanted to get his hands on Fuji as soon as possible though, so this blindfold match was arranged. Both men were forced to where a blindfold and try to find each other around the ring. While the action itself was a bit lacking, the fans were really into the concept, trying to cheer Bruno in the right direction while he was looking for Fuji. There were a few wrestling exchanges that impressed, but it was the controversial end of this match that will be remember. While Bruno was looking for Fuji, he accidentally caught referee Dick Kroll with an errant elbow, temporarily putting him out of the match. TORU TANAKA took this opening to jump off the top with a flying karate chop on Sammartino and took Fuji's blindfold off. Fuji could see and hit Bruno with a vicious Thrust Kick that completely wiped the World champion out. Dick Kroll recovered right after Fuji put his blindfold back on and made the cover for the 1-2-3. Mr. Fuji has pinned the World champion! Fuji instantly took the blindfold off and he & Tanaka laid the boots to Bruno before unexpectedly, ANTONIO INOKI ran out to make the save! Inoki will be challenging Sammartino for the World Title at the 10th anniversary show, but no one even knew he was in the building tonight. Bruno shook Inoki's hand after Fuji & Tanaka retreated to the back. A huge tag team main event has been signed for the December 9 Chicago show that will put Bruno & Inoki against Fuji & Tanaka!

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

These matches have been signed so far for the card to take place at Chicago Stadium on December 9:

Bruno Sammartino (World champion)/Antonio Inoki vs. Mr. Fuji/Toru Tanaka
Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher/Gorilla Monsoon/Carlos Colin vs. The Cripplers/Jimmy Snuka/Bobby Heenan
Wahoo McDaniel vs. Billy Graham
Chief Jay Strongbow/Luke Graham vs. Ernie Ladd/Spiros Arion

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