September 11, 1965 - Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, ON, CA

Bill Watts pinned Spiros Arion after a powerslam in 0:03:09.
Rating: **

The show kicked off with a huge brawl as when Spiros Arion was being introduced, he was attacked in the aisle by his opponent, "Cowboy" Bill Watts! Watts put a huge beatdown on Arion before the match even started, so by the time that Watts threw Arion in the ring and the match officially started, Arion was easy pickings. Watts kept assaulting Arion and bloodied him up until BRUNO SAMMARTINO ran down and chased him away.

Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) defeated Gorilla Monsoon and Killer Kowalski when Bruiser defeated Kowalski when Kowalski passed out in the Stomach Claw in 0:10:37.
Rating: * 3/4

Both of these teams are former World Tag Team champions and want another crack at the gold, and a win here would help boost them up the standings. That win would go to Crusher & Bruiser as Kowalski couldn't escape the Stomach Claw of Dick the Bruiser.

Danny Hodge and Edouard Carpentier battled to a double countout in 0:13:29.
Rating: ** 3/4
(Edouard Carpentier retained the GCW United States Title.)

Edouard Carpentier & Danny Hodge were in the middle of a great match for the United States Title when Ernie Ladd, bitter over losing the #1 contenders match to Hodge last month and still bitter that he lost the US Title to Carpentier to begin with, came down to the ring to mess with the match. Carpentier & Hodge foiled that plan though as they joined forces and disposed of the Big Cat. Unfortunately, the match was ruled a no-contest and thus we had no clear winner. We hope to have that remedied next month as these two will wrestle one more time on October 9th.

Luke Graham pinned Haystacks Calhoun with the Thumb to the Throat in 0:14:37.
Rating: * 1/2

It's a rare feat that someone has pinned Haystacks Calhoun cleanly in the middle of the ring. In fact, this may have been the first time since Calhoun has been in GCW that it has happened. And the man who took him down was the undefeated "Crazy" Luke Graham. Graham is nuts, but he has shown to be a monster in the ring, having not yet been defeated in singles competition. It's only a matter of time before he receives a shot at a championship.

Bobo Brazil pinned Ernie Ladd with the Coco Butt in 0:17:12.
Rating: **

Ernie Ladd was still reeling from his failed sneak attack on Edouard Carpentier & Danny Hodge earlier in the evening, and it's hard enough to defeat Bobo Brazil when you're 100%. Brazil didn't have much trouble getting pass the already wounded Big Cat.

Antonino Rocca and Argentina Apollo defeated Gene Kiniski and The Sheik when Apollo defeated Sheik by disqualification in 0:04:43.
Rating: 3/4*
(Gene Kiniski and The Sheik retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Abdullah Farouk and Miguel Perez interfered against Argentina Apollo.]

Miguel Perez has made his return to GCW from injury, but one has to question the way he returned. Antonino Rocca & Argentina Apollo looked to be on their way to regaining the World Tag Team Titles against Gene Kiniski & The Sheik, when Perez unexpectedly ran down and attacked Apollo in the ring! Nobody knew what was going on as Perez leveled Apollo with shot after shot. The match was thrown out, and Rocca was finally able to pull his original partner off of his current one. Rocca wanted an explanation from Perez, but Perez just went to the back.

Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci defeated The Blond Bombers (Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens) when Morales defeated R. Stevens by disqualification in 0:18:54.
Rating: * 3/4

Pedro Morales & Dominic DeNucci and the Blond Bombers wrestled for the second show in a row, and just like last time, nothing was really settled. This time, after a great long match, Morales had Ray Stevens in the Boston Crab, but Pat Patterson ran in to save his partner… with the ring bell. The match ended in a disqualification, but the fight didn't stop there. The two teams will meet again next month.

Bruno Sammartino defeated Johnny Valentine when Johnny Valentine passed out in the Sammartino Backbreaker in 0:16:19.
Rating: *** 3/4

Bruno Sammartino was still bothered by Spiros Arion being injured by his arch nemesis Bill Watts earlier in the show, so Bruno completely lost it when he wrestled Watts' former tag team partner, Johnny Valentine. It was a great match, but near the end, Sammartino just lost it and was brutalizing Valentine, locking him in the Sammartino Backbreaker. Sammartino caused Valentine to pass out from the pain of the hold. After the bell sounded, Bruno refused to release the hold, sending a clear message to Watts that he is next.

Lou Thesz made Baron Mikel Scicluna submit to the STF in 0:23:36.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Lou Thesz retained the GCW World Title.)
[Abdullah Farouk interfered against Lou Thesz.]

Another month, another successful title defense for Lou Thesz. This month's opponent was Baron Mikel Scicluna. The fans were on the edge of their seats as Scicluna looked like he was going to cheat his way to the World Title and forcing Thesz to retire, but Thesz wasn't about to let his career end that way as he ducked a loaded punch from Scicluna and reversed into the STF, getting the submission victory.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

We are back at our favorite arena, Madison Square Garden, on October 19th for some great GCW action!

#1 CONTENDERS MATCH - Bruno Sammartino vs. Bill Watts
UNITED STATES TITLE - Edouard Carpentier (c) vs. Danny Hodge
Argentina Apollo vs. Miguel Perez
Pedro Morales/Dominic DeNucci vs. The Blond Bombers

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