November 29, 1973 - Civic Center - Baltimore, MD

Baron Von Raschke pinned Johnny Rodz after a diving shoulderblock in 0:10:00.
Rating: ** 1/2

The opening match featured the debut of "The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz. Unfortunately for him, that debut was against Baron Von Raschke in a foul mood. Rodz showed a little fire, but he ended up being little more than a punching bag for Raschke who takes the win.

Dick Murdoch defeated The Crusher by countout in 0:06:43.
Rating: * 1/2

The Texas Outlaws have grabbed the bull by the horns, and they were looking tonight to show Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher what they had. There were two singles matches signed, the first of which being The Crusher taking on "Dirty" Dick Murdoch. Murdoch may not have the same experience, but he is under Crusher's skin and he used that to set him up. The fight had spilled to the outside and the two were brawling to a near double countout. At the last second, Murdoch ducked a swinging punch and shoved Crusher face first into the ringpost. Murdoch got back into the ring before the count to steal a victory.

Ivan Koloff pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna with the Russian Sickle in 0:09:34.
Rating: ** 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Baron Mikel Scicluna.]

Baron Mikel Scicluna has broken free from Captain Lou Albano and has branched out on his own, and is looking to make an impact. Unfortunately, the first impact he got to make was in the canvas after he fought Albano's monster, Ivan Koloff. Scicluna was fighting motivated, but like so many have before, the Russian Bear put Scicluna down and out. Albano berated Scicluna after the match, grabbing the microphone and telling Scicluna he is still a loser, and to prove it, he will beat Scicluna himself at MSG on Christmas day!

Blackjack Lanza defeated Don Muraco by disqualification in 0:04:06.
Rating: * 1/2
[Baron Von Raschke interfered against Blackjack Lanza.]

Blackjack Lanza said he wanted Baorn Von Raschke. Well, by golly, he's got him! Lanza was in a match with Don Muraco, but the match itself didn't last long before RASCHKE ran out and attacked Lanza, leading to a disqualification. This was a huge receipt for Lanza's unprovoked attack on Raschke a couple of months ago. Raschke tried to lock his Claw on, but Lanza rolled out of the ring and got to higher ground. These two badly want to tear each other apart, and they will get their chance at MSG. To make it even more interesting, they have both agreed that the only way the match can end is with the Claw finisher! We will get to see once and for all who has the best Claw in the business.

Ernie Ladd pinned Luke Graham with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:07:57.
Rating: *** 1/4
[The Grand Wizard and Billy Graham interfered against Luke Graham.]

For our next match, US champion Billy Graham & his manager The Grand Wizard agreed that if Luke Graham could defeat Ernie Ladd, he would get a title opportunity at the year end show. Luke Graham was more than willing to oblige, especially having another chance to beat the tar out of Ernie Ladd. Luke & Ladd had themselves a nice power brawl, but ultimately it wouldn't be a clean decision for either man. BILLY GRAHAM got involved, nailing Luke Graham in the head with the US Title while referee Jack Davis was checking on Ladd who had been inadvertently poked in the eye. Ladd followed with the Thumb to the Throat and stole a victory. Not only did Luke get cheated out of a win, but it looks like he's also been cheated out of a US Title shot.

Dusty Rhodes pinned Dick the Bruiser with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:03:31.
Rating: * 1/4

Dick Murdoch stole a victory from The Crusher earlier, so Dick the Bruiser wasn't going to fall in the same way that his partner did in his match against Dusty Rhodes. Bruiser wouldn't let Rhodes throw him to the outside, defending against a potential countout. Instead, Rhodes set Bruiser up by having a loaded elbow pad, hitting the Bionic Elbowdrop on Bruiser with a steel plate in the pad. This knocked Bruiser clean out and made the Texas Outlaws 2-0 for the evening.

Mr. Wrestling I and Mr. Wrestling II defeated Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when Wrestling II pinned Tanaka with the Million Dollar Kneelift in 0:23:49.
Rating: ****

This match was exactly what tag team wrestling should be all about. Two top teir teams putting it all on the line for an opportunity to wrestle for the World Tag Team Titles. Mr. Wrestling I & II lost their first match in a GCW ring under nefarious circumstances to Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka back in Lowell, but the rematch would determine who would face The Cripplers for the World Tag Team Titles. There weren't any bells or whistles in this one - just a straight up wrestling match that did not disappoint. In the end, I & II cut off Fuji & Tanaka before they could do any of their patented cheating, Mr. Wrestling II plastered Tanaka with the Million Dollar Kneelift, and earned he and his partner a tag title shot in the Garden.

20-Man Battle Royal for $5,000:
Luke Graham won a 20-man Battle Royal:
x Ernie Ladd threw out Lawler in 0:02:53
x DeNucci threw out Bockwinkel in 0:04:26
x Duncum threw out Garea after a snap suplex in 0:04:57
x Scicluna threw out Murdoch after a hiptoss in 0:05:05
x Scicluna threw out Duncum in 0:06:11
x Rodz threw out Raschke in 0:08:33
x L. Graham threw out R. Stevens in 0:08:57
x Ernie Ladd threw out Scicluna after a back suplex in 0:10:36
x Bruiser threw out Lanza in 0:10:50
x J. Snuka threw out Rodz in 0:11:33
x Dusty Rhodes threw out Crusher in 0:14:25
x Bruiser threw out Dusty Rhodes after a back suplex in 0:15:54
x Muraco threw out Ernie Ladd in 0:17:12
x Bruiser threw out DeNucci after an airplane spin in 0:19:12
x Monsoon threw out Bruiser in 0:20:28
x L. Graham threw out J. Snuka in 0:20:58
x Monsoon threw out C. Colon in 0:22:44
x L. Graham threw out Muraco in 0:22:51
x L. Graham threw out Monsoon after a boot choke in 0:23:36
Rating: ****

Before our main event, we had a special treat as we had a 20-man over-the-top-rope battle royal where the winner would receive a $5,000 cash prize. Though he didn't have the best result earlier in the night, Luke Graham ended his night on a good note, outlasting 19 other wrestlers to win the battle royal and take home the $5,000 cash prize.

Cage Match:
Pedro Morales defeated Johnny Valentine by escaping the cage in 0:18:50.
Rating: ***
(Pedro Morales retained the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Johnny Valentine.]

Johnny Valentine had his ultimate chance at revenge against World champion Pedro Morales, as not only did he have the chance to become the World Heavyweight champion, but he also would get to do so inside the confines of a 15-foot high steel cage. As you would expect from two hard-nosed wrestlers who are engaged in a blood feud like this, this was absolutely brutal. Whoever won this match wasn't going to look like a winner when it was over - both men had the crimson mask by matches end. Valentine is one of the stiffest men in all of wrestling, even after his heart attack, and he laid them in against Morales. It would take Captain Lou Albano slamming the cage door in Valentine's face as the only thing that saved Morales' title reign, but when it was all said and done, Pedro Morales was still the World champion.

Ivan Koloff is named the #1 contender.

As Pedro Morales was being handed his World Title, IVAN KOLOFF, another of Lou Albano's charges, came out to tell everyone that he had officially been named the #1 contender and would be getting the shot at the World Title on Christmas night! Morales was outraged, but the man who looked most flustered by it was Lou Albano. His only two charges currently under contract are going to do battle at Madison Square Garden! The argument got heated, but Albano was just barely able to keep these two separated. Will Albano find a way to keep this match from happening? We'll find out on Christmas day!

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

The year end show in Madison Square Garden is always one of the most anticipated shows of the year, and this year will be no exception as it will take place on Christmas Day!

WORLD TITLE - Pedro Morales (c) vs. Ivan Koloff
UNITED STATES TITLE - Billy Graham (c) vs. Jerry Lawler
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Cripplers (c) vs. Mr. Wrestling I/Mr. Wrestling II
TEXAS DEATH MATCH - Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher vs. The Texas Outlaws
MATCH MUST END W/ THE CLAW - Baron Von Raschke vs. Blackjack Lanza
Baron Mikel Scicluna vs. Lou Albano
Also, making his first appearance since a career-ending back injury, a special award will be presented to wrestling legend, BOBO BRAZIL!

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