November 19, 1967 - Cow Palace Battle Royal - San Francisco, CA

Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci defeated Pepper Gomez and Peter Maivia when Morales pinned Maivia after a backslide in 0:31:48.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

For the huge show here at the Cow Palace, in addition to the huge 30-man battle royal, the World Title and World Tag Team Titles would be defended against wrestlers from NWA San Francisco. The first match was Pedro Morales & Dominic DeNucci defending the tag titles against Peter Maivia & Pepper Gomez. This was a great match as Maivia & Gomez were highly impressive and the champs didn't have much time to prepare for them. Morales & DeNucci also had to deal with the hometown biased as the fans wanted to see new tag champions. It looked like that would happen until Morales caught Maivia with a backslide for the flash pin. After the match, the four men shook hands to celebrate the great match.

Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
Bobo Brazil beat King Curtis Iaukea 2 falls to 1:
x Brazil beat Iaukea via a back suplex in 0:07:27
x Iaukea beat Brazil via the Big Splash in 0:22:32
x Brazil beat Iaukea via the Coco Butt in 0:30:49
Rating: **
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)

The GCW World Title was on the line as well as Bobo Brazil defended against NWA-SF's King Curtis Iaukea in a 2 out of 3 falls match. Iaukea wanted to assert himself early against the World champion, working Brazil over with a headlock. The headlock was working well until Brazil countered with a back suplex. Iaukea was dropped on his head and pinned for the first fall. Iaukea is a brawler and mauler though and fought to get the second fall after the Big Splash which nearly cracked Brazil's ribs. Bobo Brazil was a fall away from losing the World Title to Iaukea and would never live it down if NWA-SF had control of the GCW World Title. Brazil kicked it into gear and barely survived to win the third fall and retain the World Title.

[COW PALACE BATTLE ROYAL]: 30-Man Battle Royal
Rocky Johnson won a 30-man Battle Royal:
x Sheik threw out Apollo after a jawbreaker in 0:01:16
x Lothario threw out W. Von Erich in 0:03:45
x Scicluna threw out Monsoon in 0:05:18
x Albano threw out Inoki in 0:05:39
x Lothario threw out Jack Brisco after a punch in 0:07:04
x Kowalski threw out Calhoun in 0:07:09
x Morales threw out T. Funk after an Indian deathlock in 0:08:04
x Crusher threw out Patterson in 0:10:05
x Matsuda threw out D. Funk Jr. in 0:10:14
x Morales threw out Matsuda after a forearm to the back in 0:11:32
x Crusher threw out Baba in 0:12:18
x Sheik threw out Mascaras after an abdominal stretch in 0:13:53
x V. Gagne threw out Scicluna after a duck-down move in 0:14:11
x Perez threw out Bockwinkel after a forearm smash in 0:15:39
x Kowalski threw out Perez in 0:15:49
x Rocca threw out Crusher in 0:18:21
x Rocca threw out Ernie Ladd after a hiptoss in 0:18:36
x Blassie threw out V. Gagne after the Swinging Neckbreaker in 0:20:58
x Carpentier threw out Blassie in 0:22:14
x Rocca threw out Sheik in 0:23:02
x Malenko threw out Lothario after an elbowdrop in 0:25:22
x L. Graham threw out Carpentier in 0:27:28
x R. Johnson threw out Malenko after an abdominal stretch in 0:29:27
x Rocca threw out Bruiser after a headbutt in 0:31:00
x R. Johnson threw out Albano in 0:32:44
x Morales threw out Kowalski in 0:33:16
x L. Graham threw out Morales in 0:35:46
x R. Johnson threw out L. Graham in 0:37:49
x R. Johnson threw out Rocca in 0:40:41
Rating: **** 1/4

The main event was the 30-man First Annual Cow Palace battle royal featuring stars from not only GCW, but around the world as well. Other wrestlers involved included Mil Mascaras and Jose Lothario from Mexico, former GCW wrestlers Freddie Blassie & Boris Malenko, Waldo Von Erich from Germany, Rocky Johnson, and the great Verne Gagne. This night would belong to Rocky Johnson, who outlasted the 29 other men en route to winning the Cow Palace Battle Royal, lastly eliminating Luke Graham & Antonino Rocca. Johnson was presented with a large trophy for his efforts.

Card rating: *** 1/2

Match observations:

We get back to our normal touring schedule in the Boston Garden on December 2 with the following lineup:

WORLD TITLE - Bobo Brazil (c) vs. Ernie Ladd
UNITED STATES - Luke Graham (c) vs. Antonio Inoki
Pat Patterson vs. Dick the Bruiser
Dory Funk Jr. vs. World Tag Team champion Pedro Morales
Terry Funk vs. World Tag Team champion Dominic DeNucci
Antonino Rocca vs. Nick Bockwinkel

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