September 7, 1968 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

George Steele pinned Edouard Carpentier after a roundhouse right in 0:08:39.
Rating: ** 3/4

Lou Albano's Animal, George Steele, finally got his first official win after his unsuccessful attempts to take the World Title from Bobo Brazil, mauling Edouard Carpentier in our opener. As long as Steele is under Albano's control, life is going to be hard for the fan favorites in GCW.

Nick Bockwinkel pinned Pedro Morales with the Piledriver in 0:11:40.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Killer Kowalski interfered against Pedro Morales.]

Pedro Morales is not thrilled with what happened in his match with Nick Bockwinkel tonight, but when the odds are 2-on-1, this is going to happen. Morales ended up losing to Bockwinkel, but it was mostly thanks to Killer Kowalski's interference. Morales has since challenged Kowalski to a match next month on October 5th in Boston.

Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna when Baron Mikel Scicluna passed out in the Indian Deathlock in 0:09:08.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Chief Jay Strongbow retained the GCW United States Title.)

A pretty standard United States Title defense for Chief Jay Strongbow as he got past Baron Mikel Scicluna (when is the last time the man of royal descent from Malta picked up a win anyway?). Next on Strongbow's dance card will be Nick Bockwinkel in Boston.

Ernie Ladd and Jack Brisco defeated Gorilla Monsoon and Gene Kiniski when Ernie Ladd pinned Monsoon with the Boot to the Face in 0:18:24.
Rating: ** 3/4

If Ernie Ladd felt he had bragging rights before, pinning Gorilla Monsoon in this tag match is just going to put more fuel on the fire. Gene Kiniski & Jack Brisco ended up battling to the back when they couldn't keep it under control, which allowed the Big Cat to blindside Monsoon with the Boot to the Face for the sneaky win. He won't be able to be so sneaky next month when they meet one-on-one.

The Sheik made Dominic DeNucci submit to the Camel Clutch in 0:06:49.
Rating: **
[The Princess interfered against Dominic DeNucci.]

The Sheik was out for his match with Dominic DeNucci, and the woman who came out last month to soothe him was at ringside with him. The woman was introduced as The Princess and she looks to be The Sheik's new manager. With DeNucci having been primarily in the tag ranks for the past several years, he didn't adjust well to a singles match with the vicious Sheik, who brutalized his opponent before winning with the Camel Clutch. But unlike in the past, instead of continuing the assault, when the bell rang, The Princess subdued The Sheik and they returned to the locker room without incident.

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) defeated The Funk Brothers (Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.) when O. Anderson made D. Funk Jr. submit to the Armbar in 0:26:39.
Rating: ***
(The Minnesota Wrecking Crew won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew and the Funk Brothers showed just how evenly matched they are as for the second show in a row, we have a World Tag Team Title change. Gene & Ole Anderson are once again the champions, besting Terry & Dory Funk Jr. to become 2-time champions. The match could have went either way, but when Dory Funk missed a clothesline on the outside and hit his arm on the ringpost, that was the beginning of the end. The Andersons worked over his arm and when Ole got on the Armbar, Dory had to submit. These two teams will meet in a rubber match in Boston.

Peter Maivia defeated Hiro Matsuda by disqualification in 0:05:40.
Rating: * 3/4
[Lou Albano interfered against Peter Maivia.]

Lou Albano and his men continue to show the depths they will sink to as Hiro Matsuda got himself disqualified in his match against Peter Maivia. The High Chief was rolling and had victory in his sights when Albano took some salt and threw it right into Maivia's eyes - a clear disqualification. Maivia had his eyes flushed out and will have no permanent damage, but he sure is angry.

The Blond Bombers (Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens) defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when R. Stevens pinned Bruiser after a powerslam in 0:11:18.
Rating: ***

It was great to see the Blond Bombers together again in action, and they looked flawless in this grudge match against Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. Bruiser & Crusher have taken much delight in making Pat Patterson's life hell, and now that Ray Stvens is back, it is the Bombers' turn to turn the tide. Bruiser & Crusher were completely floored in this match, losing relatively easily for the former 3-time tag team champs. Bruiser & Crusher have said it was a fluke and wanted a rematch for Boston. The Bombers were happy to oblige.

Bobo Brazil defeated Johnny Valentine by disqualification in 0:10:54.
Rating: * 1/2
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)
[Hiro Matsuda interfered against Bobo Brazil.]

With George Steele being unable to get the World Title out of the grasp of Bobo Brazil, Lou Albano sent Johnny Valentine to get the job done. As the match wore on, it became apparent that the match was nothing more than a distraction as it didn't take long before GEORGE STEELE & HIRO MATSUDA were out and beating on the World champion! The 3-on-1 attack became 3-on-2 when PETER MAIVIA came down to even the odds, but he was quickly overwhelmed as well. Then we all got a huge shock when the man who would make the save was LUKE GRAHAM! Graham, Albano's apparently former charge, was out and he absolutely destroyed his former stablemates. Albano was enraged as he couldn't believe that Graham had defected. He was even more upset when Luke Graham actually shook Bobo Brazil's hand! This is a huge development to say the least.

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

We are back in Boston on October 5th at the Boston Garden with 7 matches already signed!

MAIN EVENT - Bobo Brazil/Luke Graham/Peter Maivia vs. George Steele/Johnny Valentine/Hiro Matsuda
UNITED STATES TITLE - Chief Jay Strongbow (c) vs. Nick Bockwinkel
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (c) vs. The Funk Brothers
The Blond Bombers vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
Gene Kiniski vs. Jack Brisco
Gorilla Monsoon vs. Ernie Ladd
Pedro Morales vs. Killer Kowalski

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