November 8, 1971 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

Bill Watts pinned Arnold Skaaland with the Oklahoma Stampede in 0:12:00.
Rating: * 1/2

You have to give it up to Arnold Skaaland. He has been great as a manager for World champion Bruno Sammartino, but so far he hasn't had much success in the ring. He keeps going out there though and fighting hard, even after Pedro Morales viciously assaulted him a couple of months ago resulting in 12 stitches in his head. Skaaland gave Bill Watts a good battle, but the Cowboy's Oklahoma Stampede put this one in the books.

Wahoo McDaniel and Eddie Graham battled to a draw in 0:20:00.
Rating: * 1/2
(Wahoo McDaniel retained the GCW United States Title.)

Wahoo McDaniel stunned the wrestling world by defeating a (less than 100%) Karl Gotch and capturing the United States Title at Madison Square Garden. He had his first title defense against veteran Eddie Graham, and I think expected an easier go at it than he received. Eddie Graham has never held gold in GCW and knew this was a huge opportunity, wrestling his heart out and taking McDaniel to a time limit draw. The two will meet in a rematch on December 1 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) defeated Dominic DeNucci and Johnny Weaver when G. Anderson pinned J. Weaver with the Piledriver in 0:11:05.
Rating: ****

Dominic DeNucci & Johnny Weaver have meshed well as a tag team and have stated that their wrestling partnership will be permanent. They've had a nice little rivalry with The Minnesota Wrecking Crew and we got a great match tonight out of this rivalry. Both teams were very evenly matched, but it was the experience of the Andersons that let them sneak out with the victory. Still, a quality outing for DeNucci & Weaver.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf when Crusher defeated Strongbow when Strongbow passed out in a bearhug in 0:08:47.
Rating: * 1/2

Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher are in a bad, bad mood these days, and Chief Jay Strongbow & Billy White Wolf got caught in their wake. Strongbow & Wolf got attacked before the bell and didn't have an opportunity to get out of the blocks, falling to Bruiser & Crusher. Bruiser & Crusher are petitioning hard to get a World Tag Team Title shot against The Half-Ton Team, but the GCW Championship Committee has been thus far hesitant.

Pedro Morales made Tony Garea submit to the Boston Crab in 0:14:52.
Rating: *** 1/4

Pedro Morales continues his in-ring excellence by picking up a hard fought duke against Tony Garea. Morales has not let his intentions be fully known, but Bruno Sammartino was about to get some answers out him.

Bruno Sammartino asks Pedro Morales what he wants.

After Morales' win, World champion BRUNO SAMMARTINO came out, and he wanted answers. Bruno was confused because he offered Morales a title shot, but Morales turned it down, electing to bust Arnold Skaaland open with the ring bell instead. Morales told Bruno that he didn't want his charity, he didn't want to trick anybody to get a title shot. He noted he should have been given one in the first place, but he is going to prove his worth by doing something Sammartino once did, but even better. Morales said he wanted a match with Luke Graham in Lowell, the winner moving on to wrestle Sammartino for the World Title at the annual year-end show at MSG. Bruno agreed, and pending Luke Graham's approval, we have a #1 contenders match set.

Bruno Sammartino made Johnny Valentine submit to the Sammartino Backbreaker in 0:16:29.
Rating: ***
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)

Bruno Sammartino's World Title defense against Johnny Valentine was up next, and Bruno had to get himself focused or Valentine was going to sneak away the World champion. Valentine has done it all in the wrestling world, but one prize that has eluded him is the World Heavyweight Title. Valentine tried to outwrestle Bruno, but Brunos's power was too much as Sammartino recorded yet another title defense. His reign is well over one year now and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Billy Graham made Baron Mikel Scicluna submit to a full nelson in 0:08:15.
Rating: ***
[Ole Anderson interfered against Billy Graham.]

Billy Graham has been on fire since falling victim to Baron Von Raschke's Claw, and Baron Mikel Scicluna was the next man to get the brunt of it. It's as if the brief time Graham was away gave him a chance to see how powerful he really is. Superstar threw Scicluna around the ring before locking him in a full nelson and throwing him around like a rag doll. Perhaps Billy Graham's finest victory to date.

Luke Graham pinned Baron Von Raschke with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:21:47.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Luke Graham.]

Luke Graham has done it! Up until tonight, no man has as much as been able to slow Baron Von Raschke down, let alone defeat him. But there is a reason why many consider Luke Graham to be the most dominant man in GCW's history. While everyone else has been very tentative with Raschke, Graham is crazy enough to go toe-to-toe with him. Raschke tried to assert his dominance, but Luke Graham has NEVER been intimidated by anyone. This turned into a fight early on, and the fans in the Boston Garden absolutely loved it. Graham also knew he had to avoid the Claw at all costs, so he focused a lot of his attack on injuring the hand of Raschke. Raschke did get the Claw on for a short time, but the pain in his hand didn't let him get a good grip. Graham broke the hold, floored Raschke with the Thumb to the Throat, and became the first man to pin the Claw Master's shoulders to the canvas. Pedro Morales may be second guessing challenging the former World champion to a match.

The Half-Ton Team (Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun) defeated The Cripplers (Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel) when Monsoon made Bockwinkel submit to the Airplane Spin in 0:24:37.
Rating: *** 1/4
(The Half-Ton Team retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Cripplers had one chance to regain the World Tag Team Titles they lost to The Half-Ton Team, and they got to do so in tonight's main event. Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel brought back that edge that made them champions in the first place, and they brought the fight straight to Gorilla Monsoon & Haystacks Calhoun. The Cripplers hit hard, fast, and often, but they couldn't find the right combination to put one of these massive men down. After a grueling battle, it came down to one mistake from the Cripplers to end this. Bockwinkel had the upperhand on Monsoon, and made the unwise decision to go for the Piledriver on the 400-plus pounder. Monsoon blocked it and scooped Bockwinkel up into the Airplane Spin. Stevens tried to break it up but was scared off by Haystacks Calhoun. Bockwinkel had no choice but to submit, and The Half-Ton Team's first title defense was a successful one.

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

Winter is almost here, and though the temperature is going down, GCW action continues to heat up! We are back in Lowell, Massachsetts on December 1 on our way to the big year-end show at MSG!

NUMBER-ONE-CONTENDERS MATCH - Luke Graham vs. Pedro Morales
UNITED STATES TITLE - Wahoo McDaniel (c) vs. Eddie Graham
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Half-Ton Team (c) vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
Chief Jay Strongbow/Billy White Wolf vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna/Baron Von Raschke
Dominic DeNucci/Johnny Weaver vs. Bill Watts/Johnny Valentine

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