October 3, 1973 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Don Muraco pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna with the Flying Crossbody in 0:05:50.
Rating: ** 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Don Muraco.]

Don Muraco didn't win the US Title at our last show, but he has shown that he has the skills to compete with the big boys. Muraco got back on the winning track by hitting the Flying Crossbody on veteran Baron Mikel Scicluna.

Ernie Ladd defeated Dominic DeNucci by countout in 0:02:58.
Rating: ** 1/4

Ernie Ladd had a fire lit under him tonight, absolutely blitzing Dominic DeNucci from the opening bell en route to hitting him with the Thumb to the Throat on the concrete floor, leaving DeNucci unable to answer the count and eat a countout loss.

Mr. Wrestling I and Mr. Wrestling II defeated The Heenan Family (Blackjack Lanza and Bobby Duncum) when Wrestling II pinned Duncum with the Million Dollar Kneelift in 0:21:58.
Rating: **** 1/4
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Mr. Wrestling I.]
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Mr. Wrestling II.]

Mr. Wrestling I & II have already garnered quite a buzz in the wrestling world, and that has followed them to Global Championship Wrestling. They showed the type of skills they are bringing to the table here in their MSG debut, taking on Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum of the Heenan Family. This was a tremendous athletic contest, a match that had the crowd on its feet by the end. For over 20 minutes, the result of this one was up in the air as the two teams jockeyed for position. Wrestling I & II are of course masked wrestlers, and that would make all the difference in the finish. Wrestling I was in a lot of trouble, but while the referee was distracted keeping Blackjack Lanza out of the ring, Wrestling I & II made a switch, which allowed Mr. Wrestling II to hit what he calls his Million Dollar Kneelift on Duncum to get the 1-2-3.

Match with Managers Banned From Ringside:
The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) defeated Gorilla Monsoon and Tony Garea when R. Stevens pinned Garea after a piledriver in 0:10:15.
Rating: ** 3/4
(The Cripplers retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

This had all the makings to be a horrible night for Bobby Heenan. Not only was he outsmarted by Mr. Wrestling I & II in the previous match, but he was also banned from ringside as The Cripplers defended the World Tag Team Titles against Gorilla Monsoon & Tony Garea. Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel have started calling themselves the team of the 70s, and until somebody proves them wrong, it's hard to argue with them. Stevens & Bockwinkel wisely prevented Monsoon from getting into the ring for the majority of this match, methodically wearing Garea down before Stevens dropped him with a piledriver to retain the gold.

Ivan Koloff pinned Jimmy Snuka with the Russian Sickle in 0:07:20.
Rating: ** 1/2

Ivan Koloff cannot be stopped! Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka made his attempt to be the first man to put a mark in the loss column for the Russian Bear, but once again, Koloff picked Snuka apart before nearly taking his head off with the Russian Sickle.

Interview:
Ivan Koloff makes a surprising challenge.

After the match, Ivan Koloff unexpectedly grabbed the microphone while his manager Captain Lou Albano was trying to lead him to the back. Koloff made mention of putting yet another unfortunate competitor down and out, and said that it was time for the Championship Committee to make the right call and grant him a shot at the World Heavyweight Title. That clearly surprised Albano, as the reigning champion is another one of his charges, Pedro Morales. Albano tried to calm Koloff down, saying they would talk about it in the back, but Koloff reaffirmed his stance about wanting a World Title shot. This brought out PEDRO MORALES himself, and he did not look happy, getting right into Koloff's face! The fans in the Garden wanted to see these two go at it, but fortunately for Albano, cooler heads prevailed and he got his two men to shake hands and head to the back peacefully.

Luke Graham pinned Spiros Arion with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:04:17.
Rating: ***
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Luke Graham.]

Luke Graham is wanting to get back in title contention after a long layoff this year due to injuries, and he keeps making big strides to do so. Tonight's stride was the decimation of Spiros Arion. Luke Graham is starting to look a lot like the Luke Graham of old who terrorized GCW in the late 60s. Now that he's healthy, I'd hate to be anyone who has to stand across the ring from Crazy Luke.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when Crusher defeated Fuji by disqualification in 0:14:00.
Rating: ** 1/2
[Dick Murdoch and Dusty Rhodes interfered against Dick the Bruiser.]
[Dusty Rhodes interfered against The Crusher.]

What an absolute shocking ending to this grudge match between Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher and Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka. The Bruiser was fortunate not to have any lasting damage to his eyes after Fuji spewed blue mist into them a couple of months back, but that didn't make him any less desiring of ripping Fuji's head off. Bruiser & Crusher aren't pretty when they do it, but they are the best brawlers in all of wrestling if you want my humble opinion. After a brutal match, it looked like Bruiser & Crusher were about to finish Fuji & Tanaka off, when two large men jumped in the ring and smashed Bruiser & Crusher in the back with chairs! These two individuals unleashed hell on Bruiser & Crusher, leaving both men a bloodied mess in the middle of the ring, completely motionless. We found out these two assailants were DUSTY RHODES & DICK MURDOCH, collectively known as The Texas Outlaws. These young bulls were looking to make a statement, and beating Bruiser & Crusher down worse than anyone ever has is a helluva way to do so!

Billy Graham defeated Jerry Lawler when Jerry Lawler passed out in the Bearhug in 0:15:16.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Billy Graham retained the GCW United States Title.)
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Jerry Lawler.]

"Superstar" Billy Graham has been the US champion for almost all of 1973, turning back opponent after opponent as he continues to improve every match he wrestles. He had to defend the title against another up-and-coming superstar, Jerry "The King" Lawler, who would love to earn his first championship in Madison Square Garden. As we have seen time and time again, Lawler fought his heart out, but the brute strength of Graham was too much as he knocked Lawler out by throwing him into the ring post before putting him away officially with the Bearhug. Billy Graham refused to release the hold until his brother LUKE GRAHAM walked out. Billy wanted no part of his older brother, releasing the hold and leaving the ring at the request of manager The Grand Wizard before they came to blows.

[BARON VON RASCHKE'S CAREER ON THE LINE]:
Baron Von Raschke made Lou Albano submit to the Claw in 0:07:13.
Rating: * 1/2

Baron Von Raschke has finally got the monkey off his back that is Captain Lou Albano once and for all! Raschke was so desperate to get his hands on Albano that he put his career on the line in a match against Albano. Now on paper, this match was a no-brainer - Raschke should have killed Albano. But Albano is as crafty as they come, and he had a plan. Unfortunately for him, that plan was Baron Mikel Scicluna, who as of late has been hapless and hopeless. After referee Terry Taranova had been knocked down and was out of it, Albano called Scicluna in the ring who had a roll of quarters in his hand. Scicluna went to nail Raschke, but Raschke moved and Scicluna cleaned Albano's clock instead! Raschke threw Scicluna out of the ring, and put the Claw on Albano to a huge ovation! Albano wasted no time in submitting, giving this win to Raschke and preserving his career.

Raschke's celebration was shortlived though as out of nowhere, BLACKJACK LANZA put Raschke in the Blackjack Claw! It took several officials to finally pry Lanza off of Raschke, but the damage had been done. The question still remains though - what motivated Lanza to attack Raschke like that?

Pedro Morales pinned Carlos Colon after a sunset flip in 0:19:34.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Pedro Morales retained the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Carlos Colon.]

Our main event was for the World Title, and it was a rematch of the fantastic match that we saw at the Rumble at Wrigley pitting champion Pedro Morales against challenger Carlos Colon. Colon got himself disqualified in the last match when he lost his cool, so he knew he had to keep himself under control if he wanted to pry the World Title away from the most hated man in wrestling. What we got was a second fantastic match between the two native Puerto Ricans, dazzling the fans at MSG who strongly were hoping to see a brand new World champion crowned. Colon came close to doing so on several occasions, but Morales escaped again, catching Colon in a sunset flip and putting his feet on the middle ropes for extra leverage and ultimately, a 3 count.

Morales didn't get to gloat for long as JOHNNY VALENTINE ran out from the crowd and tackled Morales, unloading on him with punches before officials realized what was going on and split them up. Valentine has been out for months after suffering a heart attack, but he is back, and he wants his hands on the man who has been taking credit for putting him on the shelf, the World champion!

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

The weather is starting to cool down, but the action in GCW continues to heat up! Our next stop will be on November 1, as GCW invades Lowell, MA!

WORLD TITLE - Pedro Morales (c) vs. Johnny Valentine
Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher vs. The Texas Outlaws
Mr. Wrestling I & II vs. Mr. Fuji & Toru Tanaka
In addition… Blackjack Lanza will explain why he assaulted Baron Von Raschke!

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