November 28, 1970 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

Ernie Ladd pinned Thunderbolt Patterson with the Boot to the Face in 0:14:45.
Rating: ** 1/4

Since a positive start to his career, Thunderbolt Patterson has had a slew of recent woes and his career has sputtered a bit. His latest speed bump would be Ernie Ladd, who wins with the Boot to the Face. Ladd has promised to make a huge announcement at our end of the year Madison Square Garden show on December 26.

Rocky Johnson pinned Ole Anderson with the Johnson Shuffle in 0:11:20.
Rating: * 1/2

We have seen some of Rocky Johnson in the past in co-promoted events, but it was announced that he has officially signed a contract with GCW. His first official match was against the primarily tag team specialist, Ole Anderson. Ole tried to wear Johnson down, but Rocky used his flash and speed to hit the Johnson Shuffle for the 1-2-3 and a successful debut.

Chief Jay Strongbow and Wahoo McDaniel defeated The Graham Brothers (Luke Graham and Billy Graham) when Strongbow pinned B. Graham after a backbreaker in 0:02:46.
Luke Graham suffered a back injury. He will be out for approximately 4 months.
Rating: * 3/4

Luke Graham is still trying to teach his younger brother Billy his way around the ring, and though Billy is learning, he has a long way to go. Chief Jay Strongbow & Wahoo McDaniel are former tag team champions and know how to exploit a weakness. Before the match started, the Native Americans suckered Luke Graham into the ring and injured his back. Luke insisted on still wrestling the match, but he couldn't do much more than stand on the apron - he was too injured. Billy Graham tried his best, but he was overwhelmed by the two veterans who pick up the win. Strongbow & Wahoo are going to get an opportunity to get their World Tag Team Titles back in MSG against the Cripplers (if they keep the titles tonight). Luke Graham, meanwhile, suffered a back injury and is going to miss a few months while he recovers. What will Billy Graham do while he is on his own?

Karl Gotch pinned Bill Watts with the German Suplex in 0:12:55.
Rating: *** 3/4

Bill Watts was the next man to give Karl Gotch a go, and he suffered the same fate as Gotch's previous opponents have - the German Suplex and a loss. Gotch is such a skilled wrestler that I'm starting to wonder if anyone can stop him.

Match where the title can change hands via DQ or countout:
Johnny Valentine pinned Gorilla Monsoon after Bill Watts interfered in 0:07:21.
Rating: 1/2*
(Johnny Valentine retained the GCW United States Title.)
[Bill Watts interfered against Gorilla Monsoon.]

Johnny Valentine was really up against it. He had escaped with the United States Title the last two times he wrestled Gorilla Monsoon, first getting himself counted out and next being disqualified. He had no outs the third time around as if he got counted out OR DQ'ed, Monsoon would be the new US champ! Valentine looked petrified as he tried to keep his distance from Monsoon, but Monsoon did get a hold of Valentine and bounced him around the ring like a basketball. It seemed a matter of when, not if Monsoon would win the title before BILL WATTS made his second appearance of the night, nailing Monsoon in the face with a cowbell in the blink of an eye, going undetected by the referee Dick Kroll. Valentine slumped onto the motionless Monsoon for the cover and the 1-2-3. Watts continued the attack on Monsoon and was joined by Valentine when he regained his bearings. The two-on-one assault got vicious when it looked like Valentine & Watts were going to shatter Monsoon's arm, but KARL GOTCH ran in and chased them off! A tag team match between these four is now set for the end of the year show at MSG!

Pedro Morales defeated Gene Anderson by countout in 0:13:02.
Rating: ***

Not a good night for the Minnesota Wrecking Crew in their individual matches. With Ole Anderson having lost already, Gene Anderson ate a big bowl of defeat too as he lost by countout to Pedro Morales.

Bobo Brazil and Peter Maivia defeated The Cripplers (Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel) when Maivia defeated Bockwinkel by disqualification in 0:08:51.
Rating: ** 1/2
(The Cripplers retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[The Crusher interfered against Peter Maivia.]

The Cripplers wanted to avoid a short reign with the World Tag Team Titles having just won them last month. There was a good chance that a title change could have happened though as their first defense was against the team they beat in the finals, Bobo Brazil & Peter Maivia. Many experts believe that Brazil & The High Chief would have been the champs had Dick the Bruiser not knocked Brazil out with the steel chain in the semi-finals. Bruiser & The Crusher would get involved in this one, again costing Brazil & Maivia the titles when they interfered to cause the disqualification. Bruiser & Crusher are blaming Brazil & Maivia for "costing them what is rightfully theirs" and showed it with costing them the titles here - eye for an eye. Maybe not the way they wanted to retain the gold, but the Cripplers are still the champs. Meanwhile, Brazil & Maivia have demanded that they get Bruiser & Crusher in the ring, which Lou Albano has willingly to oblige. Another big match signed for MSG.

Dory Funk Sr. puts son Terry in line.

Before our main event, we had a very special guest. The legendary DORY FUNK SR., father of both Terry & Dory Jr., was in Boston. Dory Sr. wasted no time in asking his son Terry to come to the ring. Terry did, but he didn't look happy about it. Senior said that he has been disappointed in Terry's actions as of late and the feuding between he & Junior was tearing the family apart. Senior said he wasn't going to just watch the family be ripped to shreds like this and wanted Terry & Junior to make amends before this got any more out of hand. Terry saw how serious his father was and something in his head seemed to click. Terry apologized and said he let his jealousy get the best of him and he just wanted to make him proud. Terry was almost in tears as he apologized and hugged his dad, but we found out it was all a setup as he then nailed his dad from behind with a hard punch to the back of the head! Nobody could believe how dastardly this was as the fans in Boston pelted the ring with garbage. It nearly became a riot when Terry Funk picked his own father up and dropped him with a devastating piledriver! Fans were trying to get over the barricade before DORY FUNK JR. ran down and chased his brother out of the ring. Dory stayed with his dad as he was loaded onto a stretcher and helped out of the ring. This may go down as one of the most disturbing and reprehensible acts I have ever witnessed. Terry may live to regret this, as we have just learned that he will be wrestling Dory Jr. at MSG… in a Texas Death Match!

Bruno Sammartino and Baron Mikel Scicluna battled to a no contest in 0:19:01.
Rating: * 3/4
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)
[Arnold Skaaland interfered against Baron Mikel Scicluna.]
[Lou Albano interfered against Bruno Sammartino.]

Baron Mikel Scicluna promised he would have some backup going into his title rematch against World champ Bruno Sammartino, and he did when he revealed his new manager as Bruno's nemesis, LOU ALBANO! Scicluna's confidence was through the roof as Albano guaranteed him he would bring him the title. Bruno's manager Arnold Skaaland kept a close eye on Albano through the match to make sure he wouldn't interfere. When Albano did finally interfere, Skaaland went nuts and attacked Albano, much to the crowd's delight! Albano tried desperately to get away from Skaaland, eventually trying to find sanctuary in the ring. The match stopped in the ring as both Sammartino & Scicluna tried to peel away their respective managers from each other. The match was thrown out and officially ended in a no contest. Officials came out and broke the heated battle up. Because of the events of our main event, two matches have been signed for MSG - Bruno Sammartino & Baron Mikel Scicluna will meet for a third time to hopefully finally get a clear winner, and managers will lock horns as Arnold Skaaland goes up against Lou Albano!

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

As GCW always does, the big year-end show will take place from Madison Square Garden, this year on December 26. Tons of huge matches have been signed, including the following:

WORLD TITLE - Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Cripplers (c) vs. Chief Jay Strongbow/Wahoo McDaniel
TEXAS DEATH MATCH - Dory Funk Jr. vs. Terry Funk
MANAGER VS. MANAGER - Arnold Skaaland vs. Lou Albano
Johnny Valentine (US champion)/Bill Watts vs. Gorilla Monsoon/Karl Gotch
Bobo Brazil/Peter Maivia vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
Billy Graham vs. Ernie Ladd

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