September 14, 1973 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Wrestling I and Mr. Wrestling II defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna and Spiros Arion when I defeated Arion when Arion submitted in an abdominal stretch in 0:10:23.
Rating: ***

To kick off our show in Philly, we were excited to see the debut of a team that comes with a lot of fanfare, the masked duo of Mr. Wrestling I & Mr. Wrestling II, taking on the makeshift team of Baron Mikel Scicluna & Spiros Arion. Scicluna & Arion did not mesh all that well at all, which is especially unhelpful when you saw how much of a well-oiled machine I & II were. Not a lot of douby in the result of this one - a successful debut for Mr. Wrestling I & II.

Billy Graham defeated Don Muraco when Don Muraco passed out in the Bearhug in 0:07:42.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Billy Graham retained the GCW United States Title.)
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Don Muraco.]

This was the chance of a lifetime for young Don Muraco, who shocked everyone by getting a pinfall over the reigning uS champion Billy Graham in a 6-man tag team match in Detroit. The Superstar had to put the gold on the line against Muraco, and to say that Muraco was jazzed would be a vast understatement. Everyone was strongly behind Muraco, wanting to see a huge upset take place. We thought we had it when Muraco was able to hit the Flying Crossbody, but Superstar Graham was too close to the ropes and grabbed them before the 3. Muraco made a rookie mistake and argued with the referee, letting Graham recover. Graham caught Muraco with a thumb to the eye before locking on the Bearhug and squeezing the life out of his challenger. Muraco held on, but eventually passed out from the pain. A valiant effort, but Muraco falls just short in his bid to win the US Title.

Blackjack Lanza defeated Dominic DeNucci when Dominic DeNucci passed out in the Blackjack Claw in 0:10:10.
Rating: ** 3/4

Blackjack Lanza's undefeated path of destruction continued tonight with a win via the Blackjack Claw over Dominic DeNucci.

Gorilla Monsoon and Tony Garea defeated The Cripplers (Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens) when Garea defeated R. Stevens by disqualification in 0:04:18.
Rating: ** 1/4
(The Cripplers retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Tony Garea.]

Dominic DeNucci's normal tag team partner Tony Garea was hoping to have a little more success than DeNucci had, teaming with Gorilla Monsoon to challenge The Cripplers for the World Tag Team Titles. Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel are tough guys, but they don't always show it as their manager Bobby Heenan appreciates the money in having the World Tag Team champions in his stable. Heenan showed that again here tonight, as instead of having Stevens & Bockwinkel go all out to win the match, he got them disqualified on purpose so they retained the championships. Not the most noble way to do so, but at the end of the day, the Cripplers are still the champs. Monsoon & Garea are going to get one more shot at the gold on October 3 at Madison Square Garden, and the kicker is, Bobby Heenan will not be allowed at ringside!

Bullrope Match:
Bobby Duncum defeated Jimmy Snuka in 0:07:21.
Rating: ***

Jimmy Snuka wasn't about to let Bobby Duncum come into GCW and walk all over him, but you have to question whether or not the Superfly dove into the deep end too soon by agreeing to wrestle Duncum in a Bullrope match, a match Duncum is clearly quite skilled at. Snuka did his best, but Duncum knew his way around this match, and it ultimately led to a victory for Heenan's charge. It looks like it's back to the drawing board for Jimmy Snuka.

Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka defeated The Crusher when Fuji pinned Crusher with the Thrust Kick in 0:12:40.
Rating: *** 1/4

Our next match was scheduled to be a tag team encounter, but Dick the Bruiser is still having difficulty with his vision after Mr. Fuji spit blue mist into his eyes in Detroit, so The Crusher agreed to wrestle a handicap match against Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka instead. The Crusher fought like the tough guy that he is, but Fuji & Tanaka are one of the best teams in the world - any one man is not going to stand up to them. Fuji would hit the Thrust Kick to get the pin. Afterwards, Fuji & Tanaka looked to do to Crusher what they did to Bruiser, Tanaka holding Crusher open for Fuji to spew the mist into his eyes, but DICK THE BRUISER ran down with his chain in hand to chase the rulebreakers from the ring. If Bruiser is cleared to wrestle, the tag team match we should have had tonight will take place at Madison Square Garden!

Billy Robinson pinned Ernie Ladd with the Double-Arm Suplex in 0:12:30.
Billy Robinson suffered a back injury. He will be out for approximately 4 months.
Rating: ***
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Billy Robinson.]

Ernie Ladd's confidence seems to have been rocked ever since Luke Graham came back and put him in his place, as he didn't seem like the same arrogant jerk we have grown accustomed to during this match against Billy Robinson. Ladd had his power offense working earlier, but once Robinson grounded him and worked the left leg of the much larger Ladd, it was all just a matter of time before Robinson hit the Double-Arm Suplex to put another one in the win column. Unfortunately for Robinson, during the match, he seemed to severely tweak his back, and the Double-Arm Suplex may have been a mistake as it aggravated it even more. Robinson may have a slipped disk in his back and will need a few weeks to recover as a safety precaution.

Ivan Koloff pinned Carlos Colon with the Russian Sickle in 0:13:08.
Rating: *** 1/4

Carlos Colon took Ivan Koloff further than any competitor has been able to do thus far when he wrestled him to a double countout in Detroit. Not only that, but the Russian Bear injured his arm in the post-match fight when he accidentally hit the Russian Sickle on a steel ringpost. Colon worked that injured arm throughout this match, and he looked like he was going to be the one to finally end this undefeated streak. It even looked like Koloff was going to submit a couple of times, but then the Russian Bear got angry. Once he was riled up, Colon couldn't slow him down and got a face full of the Russian Sickle for the 1-2-3. A valiant showing by Colon in a losing effort.

Baron Von Raschke defeated Pedro Morales by disqualification in 0:14:25.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Pedro Morales retained the GCW World Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Baron Von Raschke.]

The way that Baron Von Raschke sees it, if he can't get his hands on Lou Albano, the next best way to hurt him would be to take the World Title from his top charge Pedro Morales. Morales has been on the receiving of quite a few beatings in recent months, but he has managed to escape with the World Title in tow every time. Thanks to Captain Lou, he would do the same once again. Neither man could get a clear advantage throughout this match as both were a little one-dimensional in trying to set their opponent up for their respective submission finishers. Raschke would be the one to finally lock his on, getting the Claw on Morales deep. Morales was moments away from being unconscious when Albano jumped in the ring and blasted Raschke in the back with his cane! The blow itself didn't do much, but it did cause the DQ and thus, Morales retains the World Title.

Baron Von Raschke wants to put his career on the line against Lou Albano.

Having being screwed out of the World Title, just the next in a long line of transgressions against him by Lou Albano, Baron Von Raschke has had enough. As Morales & Albano were heading to the back with the World Title, Raschke grabbed a microphone. Maybe it was just the heat of the moment, but Raschke challenged Albano to a match for our next show at MSG. Knowing that Albano would never accept the match under normal circumstances, Raschke said that to sweeten the deal, he would put his career on the line in the match! If Albano could somehow defeat Raschke, Raschke would leave GCW forever. After consulting with Morales, Albano agreed to the match!

Card rating: ***

Match observations:

Back to our home on October 3, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN! The landscape of GCW could very well change after this huge event!

WORLD TITLE - Pedro Morales (c) vs. Carlos Colon
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Cripplers (c) vs. Gorilla Monsoon/Tony Garea
RASCHKE'S CAREER ON THE LINE - Baron Von Raschke vs. Lou Albano
Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher vs. Mr. Fuji/Toru Tanaka

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