October 16, 1971 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Johnny Weaver and Gene Anderson battled to a double countout in 0:03:01.
Rating: ** 1/4

Johnny Weaver put himself on the radar last month in his debut matches, but one man who wasn't impressed was Gene Anderson. Anderson was on the losing end of a tag team match against Weaver & Dominic DeNucci, and wanted to show that it was all a fluke. the match got out of control in a hurry, and it wasn't long before both men were counted out. This issue is far from over.

Dick the Bruiser made Tony Garea submit to the Stomach Claw in 0:03:25.
Rating: ** 3/4

Dick the Bruiser was in a foul mood after losing the cage match to The Half-Ton Team to be pushed out of the tag title picture for the time being, and he wanted to take it out on somebody here. That unfortunate soul was Tony Garea. Garea barely got out of the blocks as Bruiser was in no mood to play around, finishing off Garea in short order with the Stomach Claw.

Wahoo McDaniel defeated Karl Gotch after a kick to the head in 0:19:31.
Rating: ***
(Wahoo McDaniel won the GCW United States Title.)

Karl Gotch was instructed by doctors not to wrestle this match against Wahoo McDaniel due to the serious concussions he has suffered, but Gotch is about as prideful as they get. Not only that, but he wanted revenge against the man who gave him the concussions in the first place. Gotch came out a house of fire, and it looked like Wahoo was going to regret ever attacking the US champion. However, as the match raged on, you could see that Gotch was suffering the ill effects from his head injury. Gotch almost got Wahoo with the German Suplex, but Wahoo hit an elbow to get out, and then a vicious kick to Gotch's head to get the 1-2-3. Wahoo McDaniel's plan worked, and now this disgusting xenophobe is now the United States champion. His plan worked to perfection, and Karl Gotch's undefeated streak is over.

Baron Mikel Scicluna and Baron Von Raschke defeated The Graham Brothers (Eddie Graham and Luke Graham) when Scicluna pinned E. Graham with the Fistdrop in 0:17:53.
Rating: ** 3/4

Luke & Eddie Graham wanted one more shot against Baron Mikel Scicluna & the thus far unstoppable Baron Von Raschke, and Lou Albano was more than happy to oblige. The Grahams had a much better strategy this time and did exactly what brought them to the dance - fight. Raschke showed the first chinks in the armor as Luke Graham went right at him, brawling with him at ringside. Unfortunately for the Grahams, while this fight was going on, Scicluna hit Eddie with the Fistdrop (aided by a roll of quarters in his hand) to get the pinfall. Luke Graham still thinks he has Baron Von Raschke's number, and the two will meet in a singles clash on November 8 in Boston!

Billy Graham made Ole Anderson submit to the Bearhug in 0:11:04.
Rating: ** 3/4

Billy Graham was back in action tonight after suffering from the Claw by Baron Von Raschke back on August 3. The Superstar came back with a chip on his shoulder, and if you don't believe me, ask his opponent tonight, Ole Anderson. Ole tried to wrestle Graham, and Billy was in no mood for that, using his tremendous raw power to lock Ole in the Bearhug and get the submission victory. Billy Graham is back in a big way.

Bruno Sammartino pinned Bill Watts after a powerslam in 0:18:48.
Rating: ****
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)
[Arnold Skaaland interfered against Bill Watts.]

Bruno Sammartino has had to face challenge after challenge, and he continued his streak of title defenses against a former World champion, Bill Watts. Arnold Skaaland was back in Bruno's corner. It is no secret in the wrestling world that Sammartino & Watts hate each other's guts, and even if they haven't been at each other's throats in awhile, it is always a war when they lock horns. Watts knows Bruno almost better than anyone and came within an eyelash of becoming a 2-time World champion, but Bruno's massive powerslam kept the gold around his waist for yet another show.

Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf defeated Ernie Ladd and Stan Stasiak when White Wolf defeated Stan Stasiak when Stan Stasiak passed out in the Indian Deathlock in 0:11:12.
Rating: ** 1/4
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Billy White Wolf.]

Our next match has to be considered an upset as Chief Jay Strongbow & Billy White Wolf somehow managed to defeat the ultra violent team of Ernie Ladd & Stan Stasiak. The Grand Wizard was extra confident going into this match as for some reason he considered this match, as he called it, a "sure thing." It turned out to be anything but as a misfire by Stasiak, accidentally running himself into the ringpost on a missed avalanche. Stasiak was knocked out cold and when strongbow locked on the Indian Deathlock, he couldn't respond to referee Terry Taranova and the match was awarded to the Indian contingent.

Pedro Morales pinned Dominic DeNucci after a piledriver in 0:08:39.
Rating: ** 1/4

Pedro Morales keeps reaching new lows each and every time we see them. Here in the Garden, he demanded that he get a match against his former tag team partner Dominic DeNucci. Morales & DeNucci held the World Tag Team Titles for over a year in 1967 & 1968, but they were two very different people back then. DeNucci was more than happy to accept the match, hoping he could knock a little sense back into Morales. Early on in the match, it looked like DeNucci was talking some sense back into Morales, but it was all a charade. Morales lulled DeNucci in before he unleashed the assault. Morales never let up on DeNucci, hitting him with two piledrivers before finally taking the pinfall. After the match, BRUNO SAMMARTINO tried to get into the ring, but he was held back by security. GCW officials are not going to have the ability to keep these two separated very much longer.

The Half-Ton Team (Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun) defeated The Cripplers (Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel) when Calhoun pinned R. Stevens after a senton in 0:18:09.
Rating: *** 1/2
(The Half-Ton Team won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Dick the Bruiser interfered against Haystacks Calhoun.]

We have new World Tag Team champions! After months of climbing up the ladder and going through battle after battle, Gorilla Monsoon & Haystacks Calhoun defeated The Cripplers to win the biggest prize in tag team wrestling. Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel tried to get themselves disqualified early in the match, but senior referee Dick Kroll made a great decision by letting the match continue. Stevens & Bockwinkel got desperate and tried to intentionally get counted out as well, but Kroll refused to make the count. Stevens & Bockwinkel were forced to wrestle, and though they did everything they could, but they couldn't overcome the 1000 pounds of combined size and their lengthy tag title reign ended to close out our show.

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

Two new champions tonight in the Garden… what a night! We're back on the road on November 8 though as we head back to Boston!

WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE REMATCH - The Half-Ton Team (c) vs. The Cripplers
Luke Graham vs. Baron Von Raschke
Dominic DeNucci/Johnny Weaver vs. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew

And the rumor mill is buzzing that there might be a set confrontation between World champion Bruno Sammartino & Pedro Morales that you won't want to miss!

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