November 6, 1965 - Civic Center - Baltimore, MD

Spiros Arion defeated Johnny Valentine by countout in 0:10:51.
Rating: ** 1/4

The two men who were injured for our last show by Bill Watts & Bruno Sammartino respectively locked up as Spiros Arion met Johnny Valentine. These two are quite familiar with each other from tag team battles, and wrestled an even match because of it. The difference would come when the battle spilled to the outside and Arion ducked a clothesline, hit Valentine with the Atomic Drop, causing Valentine's head to crack into the ring post. Arion got back in the ring and Valentine was counted out.

Abdullah Farouk challenges James Dudley to a fight.

Before our tag title match, Abdullah Farouk grabbed the microphone and said that there was one man that has been causing him grief for too long, and it had to be settled once and for all. Most thought Farouk was referring to Bobo Brazil, but in typical coward fashion, Farouk said he was challenging Brazil's manager JAMES DUDLEY to a fight! Farouk knew full well that Brazil & Dudley weren't in the building tonight, so he sure talked a big game about what he was going to do to Dudley the next time he saw him. A new low. Simply stunning.

The Golden Grahams (Dr. Jerry Graham and Eddie Graham) defeated Gene Kiniski and The Sheik when E. Graham defeated Sheik by disqualification in 0:06:15.
Rating: * 1/2
(Gene Kiniski and The Sheik retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Abdullah Farouk interfered against Dr. Jerry Graham.]
[The Crusher interfered against Eddie Graham.]

The Golden Grahams thought they had pulled one over on not just Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher, but also Abdullah Farouk as well. Gene Kiniski & The Sheik were prepared to wrestle Dr. Jerry & Luke, but the last second we saw that Eddie Graham was back from injury and he would be wrestling the match. The Grahams thought they were so smart - that is, until during the match, Crusher & Bruiser ran into the ring and starting kicking the tar out of them! The Grahams won via disqualification, but they didn't look like winners after the beating they received - and they didn't win the titles. It looks like the Grahams have angered the wrong guys.

Gorilla Monsoon, Killer Kowalski and Ernie Ladd defeated Antonino Rocca, Miguel Perez and Argentina Apollo when Ernie Ladd pinned Apollo with the Boot to the Face in 0:14:21.
Rating: ***

It seemed like a bad idea for Antonino Rocca, Argentina Apollo, & Miguel Perez to team up in a 6-man tag, and those concerns were proven to be true. They took on Gorilla Monsoon, Killer Kowalski, & Ernie Ladd, and it became apparent early on that Perez had no desire to work alongside Apollo. The match ended when Ladd nailed Apollo with the Boot to the Face. Perez jumped in the ring like he was going to make the save, but then he blatantly ignored it and left the ring. Rocca tried to talk to Perez, but Perez ignored him and went to the back.

Edouard Carpentier pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna with the Somersault Senton in 0:16:32.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Edouard Carpentier retained the GCW United States Title.)

Edouard Carpentier's reign as United States champion continued to build in length as he successfully thwarted Baron Mikel Scicluna once again. Carpentier could be the longest reigning US champion in GCW history if he retains it next show. The man who will challenge him? The current record holder Ernie Ladd.

Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Lou Thesz by countout in 0:17:58.
Rating: ***
(Lou Thesz retained the GCW World Title.)
[Bill Watts interfered against Lou Thesz.]

Lou Thesz just can't seem to catch a break in these Wildcard matches. As has happened to him before, on the night of a big title defense, his name got selected to wrestle in the match, taking on a newcomer to GCW but a veteran of the ring, Chief Jay Strongbow. It was a good match that was wrestled well, but BILL WATTS took this as an opportunity to soften Thesz up even more. When Thesz was out on the floor and referee Greg Massie was checking on Strongbow, Watts ran down and blasted Thesz in the head with the cowbell, busting him open and causing him to be counted out. Thesz retains his title in this one because the title can't change hands on a countout, but what kind of condition is he going to be in for our main event?

The Blond Bombers (Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens) defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when Patterson defeated Bruiser by disqualification in 0:12:58.
Rating: ***

Hard times keep befalling Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher in their matches. This month they were wrestling the Blond Bombers, and throughout the match, Stevens & Patterson kept using a foreign object they were pulling out of their trunks to wear down Bruiser & Crusher. Eventually Dick the Bruiser got a hold of the weapon and clocked Patterson with it, much to the delight of the crowd. But unfortunately, referee Petey Santangelo saw the weapon in Bruiser's hand when he went for the pin and disqualified him, giving this win to the Bombers! Santangelo wisely got out of the ring as the Bruiser was looking to rip his head off.

Luke Graham pinned Danny Hodge after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:13:08.
Rating: ** 3/4

Taking notes from the last match on how NOT to use a foreign object, Luke Graham managed to do so without the referee spotting it in his win against Danny Hodge. Crazy Luke clocked Hodge with a pair of brass knuckles to keep his undefeated streak in tact. We may not like the way he does, but he's winning, and one has to wonder when Luke Graham is going to get a title shot.

Bill Watts pinned Lou Thesz with the Oklahoma Stampede in 0:08:12.
Rating: ****
(Bill Watts won the GCW World Title.)

I never thought we would see the day, but Lou Thesz is no longer the World champion. Thesz was sporting a bandage on his head due to Bill Watts' uncalled for attack on him earlier, and doctors recommended that Thesz not compete tonight. But Thesz is too proud for that and he wrestled the match anyway, and almost got a couple of quick pins with great wrestling holds. However Watts busted Thesz's fresh wound open again and he wore Thesz down. When the Cowboy hit the Oklahoma Stampede, everyone expected Thesz to kick out as he has so many times before. When referee Grizzly Jones' hand slapped the mat for the 3, it sank in. Bill Watts in the World champion, and Lou Thesz would be retiring. The fans in Baltimore gave Thesz a standing ovation as he acknowledged them and thanked them for their support during his career.

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

It will be strange not seeing Lou Thesz as the World champion, but it is going to happen at our last show of 1965 at Madison Square Garden. The lineup looks like this so far:

WORLD TITLE - Bill Watts (c) vs. Spiros Arion
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Gene Kiniski/The Sheik (c) vs. Antonino Rocca/Miguel Perez
UNITED STATES TITLE - Edouard Carpentier (c) vs. Ernie Ladd
The Crusher/Dick the Bruiser/Danny Hodge vs. The Golden Grahams
Bruno Sammartino vs. Johnny Valentine

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