September 11, 1972 - Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, NC

Johnny Valentine pinned Jerry Lawler with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:07:12.
Rating: ***

Global Championship Wrestling was stoked for our debut in Greensboro, and so were the fans in North Carolina as tales of GCW have worked their way down to the Mid-Atlantic. The opening contest featured Jerry "The King" Lawler taking on Johnny Valentine. Valentine is now back on his own after helping to send his former partner Bill Watts packing, and is wanting to make his mark once again as a singles competitor. Lawler is a young up-and-coming competitor, but Valentine is as griseled a veteran as they come. He lured Lawler into a false sense of security before clipping his knee and immediately locking in the Figure-Four Leglock to get the win. Lawler has asked for a rematch against Valentine, saying that he won't make a mistake like that again. The match will take place on October 2 in Baltimore, Maryland.

[WINNERS GET TITLE MATCH LATER TONIGHT]:
Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna and Baron Von Raschke when Garea pinned Scicluna after a small package in 0:11:41.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Tony Garea.]

Our next tag match would determine who would challenge Mr. Fuji & Toru Tanaka for the World Tag Team Titles later on in the evening, so whether it be Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea or the Barons, one team was in for a long night. DeNucci & Garea tried to strike early to get a flash pin, as they knew the longer the match went, the more punishment the larger Baron Mikel Scicluna & Baron Von Raschke could inflict on them. They didn't get the win when they wanted it, and Lou Albano had his men punish them for it. The Barons perhaps could have won the match on more than one occasion, but Albano's desire to see DeNucci & Garea suffer overcame his common sense, which left Garea the opportunity to surprise Scicluna with a small package to get the 1-2-3! The Barons didn't take the loss in stride, decimating DeNucci & Garea after the match. DeNucci & Garea get the title shot later tonight, but they appear to be in no condition to compete with Fuji & Tanaka.

Jimmy Snuka pinned Billy White Wolf with the Superfly Splash in 0:09:13.
Rating: * 3/4

Jimmy Snuka's decision to hire Bobby Heenan as a manager, but the success he has already obtained is quite clear. Snuka picked up another huge win, albeit not an easy one over Billy White Wolf. After tonight's event, Wolf officially left GCW as he wants to head back to Texas for the time being to continue his career there. We wish him the best of luck in the future. Meanwhile, the young Superfly keeps finding a way to win.

Loser-Leaves-Town Match:
Ernie Ladd pinned Stan Stasiak with the Boot to the Face in 0:13:32.
Rating: -1/4*

Stan Stasiak has been ousted from the ranks of The Grand Wizard's faction due to what he called "poor performances." The Grand Wizard was so anxious to get rid of Stan the Man, that he put up the career of Ernie Ladd as well to make this a loser-leaves-town match! Due to the actions of his past, the crowd was not rabidly behind Stasiak, but the fans definitely hate Ernie Ladd. Ladd looked to be feeling the pressure early as he ate the Heart Punch in the opening minutes, but The Grand Wizard put Ladd's foot on the ropes before the 3. Ladd regained his composure and with the help of distractions from The Grand Wizard holding Stasiak's foot for Ladd to hit the Boot to the Face to get the 3 count. Thanks to this result, Stasiak will now have to leave GCW.

Wahoo McDaniel defeated Luke Graham when Luke Graham passed out in the Indian Deathlock in 0:11:40.
Rating: ** 3/4

Luke Graham was offended that Wahoo McDaniel diminished the quality of Luke's victory in Lowell, Mass., and had a rematch to beat some respect into Wahoo. McDaniel is still petitioning to get "his" United States Title back, but as of yet, no luck. Wahoo did take Luke Graham very seriously this time though, as he wanted to prove without a shadow of a doubt that he deserved the US Title by beating a former 2-time champion. This was a good match and it was clear the fans in Greensboro were solidly behind Luke Graham. Graham made a huge mistake when he rushed into the corner with a running knee, but Wahoo moved out of the way. Wahoo quickly followed up by putting Graham in the Indian Deathlock. To Luke's credit, he never gave up, but he couldn't find his way out of the Indian Deathlock and passed out from the pain, awarding the victory to Wahoo. This is a gigantic victory for Wahoo and certainly solidifies his case about getting another shot at the US Title.

Interview:
Pedro Morales issues an open challenge.

Speaking of the US Title, the reigning US champion Pedro Morales came out to offer an open challenge to "any wrestler [I] have never wrestled before!" Morales claimed that no one in GCW deserved a shot at the title, and was opening it up to anyone in the world. The man to respond was BILLY ROBINSON, known the world over as one of the best technical wrestlers. Morales did not look happy as Robinson's reputation precedes him.

Billy Robinson pinned Pedro Morales with the Double-Arm Suplex in 0:15:09.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Billy Robinson won the GCW United States Title.)

A lot of the crowd was unfamiliar with Billy Robinson coming into this match, but after it was over, Robinson had earned their respect. Morales was far too brazen with his open challenge, and he was not prepared for someone the caliber of Robinson. Morales is a consummate professional and wasn't going to let Robinson simply take his US Title though, and we got a tremendous wrestling clinic as a result. Morales tried to lock on the Boston Crab, but Robinson's wrestling prowess allowed him to block it before ultimately hitting the Double-Arm Suplex to get the duke and become the brand-new US champion in his debut match! Morales was LIVID over what happened and vowed that Robinson has made a huge mistake. Morales will have to wait to get his rematch though as it has been announced that Wahoo McDaniel gets his rematch first on October 2 in Baltimore.

[WINNERS GET TITLE SHOT ON 10/2/72]: Number-One-Contenders-Match:
The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when Bockwinkel pinned Bruiser with the Piledriver in 0:19:38.
Rating: ***

Who would be the tag team champions on October 2 was still in doubt, but after this match, we knew who would be challenging for them as Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher met Bobby Heenan's Cripplers - Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel. Heenan promised his men that with his services, they would be very successful, and so far, he seems to be sticking to his word. He also proved that agreeing to manage Jimmy Snuka was highly beneficial for everyone involved, as Snuka would be directly involved in the outcome of this match. It would be Snuka's attempted attack on the Bruiser that would lead to the finish of the match. Snuka ran in late, climbed to the top and jumped off at Bruiser, who saw him coming and caught him coming down in a bearhug. While Bruiser wrenched away at Superfly, Bockwinkel hit Bruiser in the back to break the hold. The Crusher cleared the ring of Snuka and brawled with him on the floor. Bruiser grabbed Bockwinkel in a clawhold, but Stevens clipped his knee to break the hold. Bockwinkel then dropped Bruiser with the Piledriver and just like that, the match was over. The Cripplers will now face the tag team champions in Baltimore, no matter who they may be. Snuka may end up regretting his decision in a big way as he now has to face The Crusher in Baltimore! Not only that, but Heenan isn't getting away scot-free either, as he will have to go one-on-one with Dick the Bruiser!

Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea defeated Toru Tanaka and Mr. Fuji when DeNucci pinned Tanaka with the Airplane Spin in 0:13:44.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Dominic DeNucci and Tony Garea won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The odds were clearly against Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea. Not only did they already have to wrestle a tough match against Baron Mikel Scicluna & Baron Von Raschke, but the Barons left them laying in the middle of the ring. DeNucci & Garea got the tar kicked out of them in this one, plain and simple. Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka toyed with DeNucci & Garea the entire match, knowing they could put this one away anytime they wanted to. If you don't finish a team off when you have the chance, however, it can come back and bite you in the backside. DeNucci was on spaghetti things when Tanaka was tagged in. He went to finish DeNucci off, but DeNucci reversed it and sent Tanaka crashing into Fuji. Fuji flew to the floor as DeNucci scooped Tanaka up in the Airplane Spin. DeNucci dumped Tanaka to the floor, made the cover on the disoriented professor, and in a gigantic upset, we had new World Tag Team champions! DeNucci & Garea defied the odds much to the delight of Greensboro, North Carolina. This is Garea's first championship reign, while this is DeNucci's third.

Bruno Sammartino pinned Billy Graham after a powerslam in 0:24:41.
Rating: **** 1/4
(Bruno Sammartino retained the GCW World Title.)
[Arnold Skaaland interfered against Billy Graham.]

If the events of the night were any indication, the chances of Bruno Sammartino retaining the World Heavyweight Title were not good. Billy Graham has been trying to dethrone Bruno for much of 1972, and this seemed to be his best chance. With the number of times Graham has wrestled Bruno, along with The Grand Wizard's direction, Graham was primed to end Bruno's 2 year plus title reign. This was the best and most exciting match these two have had and a great main event for our Greensboro debut. In Bruno's lengthy reign, this is the closest anyone has ever come to dethroning the champ, but as Bruno has so many times before, he took a huge beating and managed to find a way to win. Bruno caught Graham with a powerslam that drove the air out of the Superstar's lungs just long enough for Sammartino to retain the championship. Graham would get the last laugh though as The Grand Wizard handed him the GCW World Title which the Superstar used to knock Bruno out cold. After that, Graham did the unthinkable as in an amazing feat of strength, Graham ripped the World Title clean in half! What a total showing of disrespect for not only Bruno Sammartino, but for the prestigue of the World Heavyweight Title! What a shocking way to close out our show.

Card rating: *** 1/4

Match observations:

We are well on our way to the huge scheduled 10-year anniversary to take place on New Year's Day from Madison Square Garden, and the first stop on the setup in October 2 from the Civic Center in Baltimore! Here are the matches signed so far:

BALTIMORE STREETFIGHT FOR THE WORLD TITLE - Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. Billy Graham
UNITED STATES TITLE - Billy Robinson (c) vs. Wahoo McDaniel
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Dominic DeNucci/Tony Garea (c) vs. The Cripplers
Jerry Lawler vs. Johnny Valentine
The Crusher vs. Jimmy Snuka
Dick the Bruiser vs. Bobby Heenan

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