November 9, 1963 - Civic Center - Baltimore, MD

Lou Thesz makes an announcement.

World champion Lou Thesz did a short interview to kick off our show. Thesz said he has had a great career and he has shown he can still get it done in the ring, but he knows he is nearing the end of his career. So he announced that he will be retiring from wrestling whenever he is beaten for the GCW World Title.

Argentina Apollo and Edouard Carpentier defeated Skull Murphy and Brute Bernard when Apollo pinned S. Murphy after a sunset flip in 0:16:01.
Rating: * 1/2

A smart counter by Argentina Apollo earned he and Eduoard Carpentier a tag team victory over Skull Murphy & Brute Bernard. Apollo reversed a backdrop into a quick sunset flip on Murphy to get the win.

Freddie Blassie pinned Pedro Morales with the Swinging Neckbreaker in 0:14:18.
Rating: * 1/2
[Masked Man interfered against Pedro Morales.]

What a travesty of justice! Pedro Morales had "Classy" Freddie Blassie beaten, but a masked man snuck out of the crowd and blasted Morales in the back with a chair! Blassie didn't see what happened and followed up with the Swinging Neckbreaker. When Blassie got eye of the masked man, he looked just as confused as everyone else. Who is this masked man, and what problem does he have with Pedro Morales?

The Madmen (Abdullah the Butcher and The Sheik) defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when Abdullah pinned Crusher after a powerslam in 0:12:37.
Rating: *

Abdullah Farouk was finally able to get the Madmen under some semblance of control this month as they actually worked to defeated Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. As a result, The Sheik & Abdullah the Butcher will meet the tag team champions at our December show at MSG.

Don Leo Jonathan defeated Mark Lewin by disqualification in 0:16:32.
Rating: ** 1/2

After wrestling to a double countout the last show, Don Leo Jonathan got the better of the "Maniac" Mark Lewin when the Maniac got himself disqualified with a blatant low blow. One more rematch has been signed between the two.

Bobo Brazil defeated Gene Kiniski by disqualification in 0:17:42.
Rating: * 1/2
[Abdullah Farouk interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

Abdullah Farouk wanted US champion Gene Kiniski to put a hurting on Bobo Brazil, and that's exactly what he did. Brazil put a beating on Kiniski too, but when Kiniski stopped listening to the referee's instructions when he was stomping on Brazil, getting himself DQ'ed. As a result, Bobo Brazil will get another match with Kiniski next month, but this time it will be for the United States Title!

Ernie Ladd pinned Bill Watts with the Boot to the Face in 0:15:10.
Rating: ** 1/4

Ladd & Watts have had their problems in the past, and had another spirited contest tonight. Watts tried but he couldn't avoid the Boot to the Face and was pinned by the Big Cat.

Johnny Valentine pinned Danny Hodge after a back suplex in 0:22:35.
Rating: ** 1/2

Johnny Valentine's winning ways continued tonight over Danny Hodge. Hodge is so patient and methodical that he frustrates his opponents, but Valentine stayed focused and took his opportunity to hit a big back suplex. With a hook of the tights, Valentine ensured his win.

Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez defeated Gorilla Monsoon and Killer Kowalski when Rocca defeated Monsoon by disqualification in 0:12:35.
Rating: 3/4*
(Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Gorilla Monsoon completely lost his cool and in turn, cost himself & Killer Kowalski the World Tag Team Titles. When Monsoon thought he had Rocca pinned with a splash and referee Greg Massie said Rocca kick out, Monsoon snapped and tossed him out of the ring. When Petey Santangelo came down to chastise Monsoon, he got crushed in the corner, ending this match in a DQ.

Lou Thesz and Bruno Sammartino battled to a double pin in 0:56:06.
Rating: **** 1/4
(Lou Thesz retained the GCW World Title.)

Another epic battle between World champion Lou Thesz and former champion Bruno Sammartino. The two superstars battled for almost an hour, going back and forth. The match didn't get a conclusive finish as Thesz hit a German suplex on Bruno, but both men were exhausted and neither man could get his shoulder up in time. The result was a double pin and a draw. Both men couldn't believe it and wanted the match to restart, but the referee's decision was final. It looks like Lou Thesz's career continues for at least another month.

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

Our final show of 1963 will be at Madison Square Garden, and will include the following matches:

World Title - Lou Thesz (c) vs. Bruno Sammartino
United States Title - Gene Kiniski (c) vs. Bobo Brazil
World Tag Team Titles - Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez (c) vs. The Madmen
Pedro Morales vs. Freddie Blassie
Don Leo Jonathan vs. Mark Lewin

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