October 3, 1970 - The Spectrum - Philadephia, PA

The Cripplers (Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel) defeated The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) when R. Stevens pinned O. Anderson with the Bombs Away Kneedrop in 0:16:31.
Rating: *** 1/2

Since the Cripplers officially disbanded as a group and now the name exists as the team of Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel, the Minnesota Wrecking Crew have been floundering a bit. They asked for a match against their former allies to try to prove themselves. Though Gene & Ole Anderson didn't get the result they probably wanted, they showed Stevens & Bockwinkel that they were not by any means weak links. The MWC pushed them to the limits before Stevens could finally hit the Bombs Away Kneedrop to pull out a victory they certainly didn't expect to be as difficult as it was.

Gorilla Monsoon defeated Johnny Valentine by countout in 0:07:24.
Rating: **
(Johnny Valentine retained the GCW United States Title.)

US champion Johnny Valentine had to defend his championship against Gorilla Monsoon, who has been with GCW since the beginning but has never held a singles title. He had a great chance here as he was highly motivated and bouncing Valentine around the ring like a bouncy ball. When Valentine's attacks were having little effect on Monsoon, the champion thought better of it and walked out for a countout, losing the match but keeping the title. Valentine will have to wrestle Monsoon again on Halloween night in our debut in Lowell, Massachusetts, but if he gets counted out again, Monsoon will win the US Title.

Pedro Morales pinned Terry Funk after a small package in 0:17:49.
Rating: ***

Terry Funk's descent into madness becomes clearer every month, especially in this match. Everyone expects Funk to break the rules - no surprises there. However, after this hard-hitting match which saw Morales reverse Funk's small package attempt with one of his own to get a flash pin, Funk lost it. Funk jumped Morales and dropped him with a piledriver before grabbing a branding iron and busting the fiery Puerto Rican open with it. What made it even sicker was that he was yelling his brother Dory's name while he did it. Morales had to be helped to the back and treated for his wounds. The Funk Brothers are going to meet sooner or later, and I'm not sure if I'd want to be Dory Jr.

Chief Jay Strongbow and Wahoo McDaniel defeated Bobo Brazil and Thunderbolt Patterson when Wahoo made Thunderbolt submit to the Indian Deathlock in 0:13:48.
Rating: * 1/2

Bobo Brazil & Thunderbolt Patterson are more than capable wrestlers, but their inexperience as a team didn't do them any favors against the former tag team champions, Chief Jay Strongbow & Wahoo McDaniel. The fan favorite team couldn't pull it together which led to Thunderbolt getting stuck in the Indian Deathlock from Wahoo to end the contest.

Karl Gotch pinned Ernie Ladd with the German Suplex in 0:18:09.
Rating: *** 1/4

No excuses for "King" Ernie Ladd this time against Karl Gotch. Gotch simply proved that tonight, he was the better man when he got a clean pin on Ladd with the German Suplex. Word has it that Gotch may be looking to secure a title shot in the near future after his victories over Ladd. Ladd, on the other hand, is going to need to regroup.

Baron Mikel Scicluna pinned Peter Maivia with the Fistdrop in 0:10:27.
Rating: ** 1/2

In what has to be considered a small upset, Baron Mikel Scicluna defeated "High Chief" Peter Maivia. Of course, as he always does, Scicluna cut as many corners as humanly possible, but his confidence has grown astronomically in recent months. Maivia sort of beat himself when he knocked himself loopy charging into the corner and Scicluna moving, but fact remains, a win is a win and a loss is a loss. Scicluna with a ton of momentum going into his World Title shot next month.

Karl Gotch pinned Bill Watts with the German Suplex in 0:09:06.
Rating: ***
(Dory Funk Jr. no-showed.)

This match was supposed to be Bill Watts taking on Dory Funk Jr., but we learned that Dory was attacked by his brother Terry Funk and he would be unable to compete. Watts thought that he was going to be awarded this match by forfeit, but was told there was a replacement opponent in the form of Karl Gotch. Gotch had already wrestled a match earlier, but that didn't stop him much from blitzing Watts en route to a victory. Watts is already crying foul, saying he was prepared for Funk, not Gotch. A rematch between the two is in the works.

Bruno Sammartino and Luke Graham defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when B. Sammartino made Bruiser submit to the Sammartino Backbreaker in 0:25:03.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Bruno Sammartino and Luke Graham won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Luke Graham.]
[Lou Albano interfered against Bruno Sammartino.]

We never thought we would see this main event, but the World Tag Team Titles were on the line as the greatest team in GCW history, Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher, defended the titles against World champion Bruno Sammartino & their former ally, Luke Graham. Bruno & Graham have been battling for months and have recently found themselves on the same side, so one had to wonder how well they were going to work together. Bruno had backup as well as he introduced Arnold Skaaland as his new manager. Skaaland was there to counter Lou Albano's presence and he did a great job of that. Albano didn't interfere once during most of this match as he didn't know how Skaaland would react. When Albano did trip up Bruno, Skaaland went into attack mode and chased after Albano. When he finally got a hold of him, he floored him with a hard right hand. The Crusher didn't take kindly to his manager being punched, and bodyslammed Skaaland on the concrete. This brought out a large muscular blonde man who came and leveled Crusher with a clothesline to take him out. During the commotion while Dick the Bruiser was distracted, Bruno locked him in the Sammartino Backbreaker and got the submission. Sammartino & Luke Graham are the new tag team champions! After the match, we learned that the man who ran down to help out was Luke's younger brother Billy Graham. Congrats to the new champs!

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

BREAKING NEWS!!!

As a result of Bruno Sammartino being the reigning World champion, after an official rule was passed by the GCW Championship Committee, no one wrestler is allowed to hold two championships at once. As a result, Sammartino & Luke Graham have been stripped of the World Tag Team Titles as of October 4, 1970, and the titles are vacant. However, an 8-team tournament has been announced for October 31 in our debut at Lowell, MA to crown new champions. The 8 teams participating are as follows:

Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher
Wahoo McDaniel & Chief Jay Strongbow
The Cripplers
The Minnesota Wrecking Crew
Luke & Billy Graham
Bobo Brazil & Peter Maivia
Pedro Morales & Thunderbolt Patterson
Bill Watts & Terry Funk

In addition, the following two matches are signed:

WORLD TITLE - Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna
UNITED STATES TITLE (If Valentine gets counted out, he loses the title) - Johnny Valentine (c) vs. Gorilla Monsoon

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