October 9, 1965 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Chief Jay Strongbow made Mark Lewin submit to the Sleeper in 0:05:30.
Rating: *** 1/2

"Maniac" Mark Lewin was on the microphone before this match started and said he was going to end his losing streak tonight, and that if he didn't win his match, he was going to leave GCW! The catch was he wanted to wrestle someone he's never wrestled before. Well he got his wish when he got to wrestle the debuting CHIEF JAY STRONGBOW. Lewin couldn't believe his eyes and tried to back out of his deal, but the bell was rung and the match was on! Lewin never got out of the blocks and it wasn't long before Strongbow locked him in a sleeper and that was all she wrote. What a debut for Chief Jay Strongbow!

Argentina Apollo pinned Miguel Perez after a sunset flip in 0:13:02.
Rating: *** 1/2

Before this match which we thought would be a grudge match, Miguel Perez apologized to Argentina Apollo for attacking him last month, saying he was having issues after his injury and he was wrong. Apollo seemed to accept the apology and they agreed to have a clean, spirited match. And they did. It was the after match that wasn't so clean. After a great technical match, Apollo pinned Perez when he reversed a backdrop into a sunset flip and got the 1-2-3. Apollo offered Perez a handshake after the match, but instead, Perez slapped him across the face! The two started to brawl before ANTONINO ROCCA ran in and separated his two partners. It looked like Rocca was able to smooth things over, but there is definitely some issues in this group.

The Blond Bombers (Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens) defeated Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci when R. Stevens pinned DeNucci with the Bombs Away Kneedrop in 0:20:43.
Rating: ** 1/2

The back-and-forth between the Blond Bombers and Pedro Morales & Dominic DeNucci continued with another match this month. This one went to the Stevens & Patterson, and what makes it even worse is that these two braggadocios competitors did so cleanly. They won this battle, but I doubt this war is over by any means.

Edouard Carpentier pinned Danny Hodge after a flying senton in 0:17:34.
Rating: ****
(Edouard Carpentier retained the GCW United States Title.)

Edouard Carpentier & Danny Hodge got to have their match without Ernie Ladd getting involved, and what a great wrestling match it was. We rarely see a match between two fan favorites, so the crowd was split on who to cheer for. They were just excited to see such a good match, one that was one after some great counter wrestling that allowed Carpentier to hit a flying senton and get the 1-2-3. Hodge was disappointed, but still offered a handshake much to the crowd's delight.

The Grahams challenge the winners of our next match.

Before our World Tag Team Title match could begin, we were joined by DR. JERRY & LUKE GRAHAM. They were out to issue a challenge, saying they wanted to wrestle the winners of the next match, saying they didn't care who were the champions, because they'd be the champions next.

Gene Kiniski and The Sheik defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when Kiniski defeated Bruiser via pinfall in 0:13:23.
Rating: * 1/2
(Gene Kiniski and The Sheik retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

We quickly found out why Dr. Jerry & Luke Graham decided to stick around ringside and "observe" the World Tag Team Title match between champions Gene Kiniski & The Sheik and challengers The Crusher & Dick the Bruiser - Abdullah Farouk had paid them off. The Grahams stayed out of the action until the end when The Sheik distracted referee Greg Massie. While the ref's attention was kept, the Grahams jumped in the ring and beat down Dick the Bruiser with a vicious 2 on 1 assault. As soon as they left the ring, Kiniski made a nonchalant one fingered pin to let them officially retain the titles. The deal was revealed that if the Grahams helped them win this match, they'd get the next title shot next month in Baltimore on November 6th.

Bobo Brazil pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna with the Coco Butt in 0:15:14.
Rating: * 3/4
[Abdullah Farouk interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

Abdullah Farouk's night didn't end as well in the second match his charge was in as Baron Mikel Scicluna fell short in his match against one of Farouk's greatest enemies, Bobo Brazil. Farouk didn't take kindly to James Dudley celebrating his charge's victory by waving his towel around, so Farouk ripped it out of his hands and tried to rip it in half (and failed because he is weak). Farouk then ran like a scalded dog when Brazil caught sight of him messing with his manager.

Lou Thesz pinned Ernie Ladd after a spinebuster slam in 0:17:44.
Rating: **** 1/4
(Lou Thesz retained the GCW World Title.)
[Jack Davis interfered against Lou Thesz.]

Since Ernie Ladd lost the United States Title, he has had a lot of difficulties in his matches. He had a big chance to turn it around as he challenged Lou Thesz for the World Title. Unfortunately for Ladd, Thesz didn't care at all about the tough times that have befallen him. Ladd brought his A-game though as everyone does against the World champ, but Thesz's superior wrestling helped him put this one away and keep this incredible run he's on going.

Haystacks Calhoun pinned Killer Kowalski with the Big Splash in 0:12:56.
Rating: ** 1/4

Before we got to our main event, we had the highly popular Haystacks Calhoun in action against Killer Kowalski. Like so many before him, Kowalski couldn't contend with the massive size of the hillbilly from Morgan's Corner, Arkansas, getting squashed by the Big Splash.

Bill Watts defeated Bruno Sammartino by referee stoppage in 0:14:08.
Rating: *** 1/4

Not only was our main event a match between the two men who hate each other most in GCW, but it was also a no-disqualification match to determine the #1 contender to the World Title! This was as intense a match as it gets as the fans were screaming for Sammartino to pummel Watts. However, the Cowboy brought something with him - his bullrope, and cut Bruno open with it during the match. Bruno bled a lot during the match, but he was able to eventually put Watts in the Sammartino Backbreaker. However before Watts submitted, referee Petey Santangelo checked Bruno's cut and determined he had lost too much blood. He stopped the match and awarded the contest to Bill Watts! The fans couldn't believe it, but no one was as shocked as Bruno Sammartino, who went after Santangelo (who luckily ducked the punch that surely would have knocked him out if it connected). It may not be popular, but Bill Watts is the #1 contender for Lou Thesz's World Title.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

We return to the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland on November 6th, highlighted by the following matches:

WORLD TITLE - Lou Thesz (c) vs. Bill Watts
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Gene Kiniski/The Sheik (c) vs. The Golden Grahams
Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher vs. The Blond Bombers
Spiros Arion vs. Johnny Valentine
Antonino Rocca/Miguel Perez/Argentina Apollo vs. Gorilla Monsoon/Killer Kowalski/???

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