September 9, 1967 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Argentina Apollo defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna when Baron Mikel Scicluna passed out in the Argentine Backbreaker in 0:06:28.
Rating: ****

The show kicked off with a bang as we had great match between Argentina Apollo and Baron Mikel Scicluna. Since Scicluna has been on his own, he hasn't had much success. The trend continued as Apollo picked up the win despite Scicluna's constant cheating.

Chief Jay Strongbow takes a sabbatical.

Chief Jay strongbow came out for an emotional in-ring interview. Strongbow said that what Ernie Ladd did to him last month was the worst thing anyone could do, a blatant insult to both him and his proud heritage. Strongbow said he would be taking some time off to refocus and recover, but he vowed that there will be hell to pay for Ernie Ladd.

Giant Baba pinned Lou Albano after a running neckbreaker drop in 0:03:42.
Rating: 3/4*

Lou Albano blames Giant Baba for messing up his plan to get Luke Graham the US Title last month, so Albano looked to take Baba out himself tonight. Well, he tried anyway. Baba would pick up the win in fairly easy fashion, but this was just a red herring to set Baba up for an assault by Hiro Matsuda & Johnny Valentine, leaving Baba out in the ring.

Gene Kiniski defeated The Sheik by disqualification in 0:08:17.
Rating: DUD

The first match between former tag team champion partners was a straight up fight. The Sheik is not happy that Abdullah Farouk is no longer his manager, a manager he had for 4 years. The Sheik blames Kiniski for this happening and wants to get rid of Kiniski. He tried to do so tonight by getting himself disqualified thanks to stabbing in the forehead with a pencil. Sheik repeatedly brought the pencil down on Kiniski's forehead, but seeing his blood fired him up and he fought The Sheik off. These two former partners will go at it again on October 7th in Atlantic City.

Jack Brisco and Terry Funk defeated The Half-Ton Team (Gorilla Monsoon and Haystacks Calhoun) when Jack Brisco defeated Calhoun via pinfall in 0:11:16.
Rating: * 1/4

Tag team action was next as the Half-Ton Team took on Jack Brisco & Terry Funk. Gorilla Monsoon & Haystacks Calhoun don't care much for the sibling spat between the Funks - they just wanted to win this match. However, Brisco & Funk showed just what lengths they will go to in order to pick up a win. Brisco put a metal object in his boot and blasted Calhoun with a kick to the head, knocking the 600 pounder out to pick up the win.

Dory Funk Jr. confronts his brother.

After his tag team victory with Jack Brisco, Terry Funk was confronted down in the ring by his brother, Dory Funk Jr. Dory had some questions, namely why his own brother would team with his arch rival Jack Brisco. Terry said that he didn't owe Dory any answers because the fact that he doesn't know why should be answer enough. Dory said that Brisco was a scourge and that Terry is hitching his wagon to the wrong horse. Terry told Dory he was out of touch and a horrible brother, and then challenged him to a match! Dory didn't have an answer as he was stunned his own brother would challenge him, and Terry gave him until the Atlantic City show to answer.

Luke Graham defeated Antonio Inoki via pinfall in 0:14:03.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Luke Graham won the GCW United States Title.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Antonio Inoki.]

Antonio Inoki is the only man in GCW to have the number of Luke Graham, beating him twice already. The third time was not the charm though for Inoki as Crazy Luke has regained the United States Title. The plan to take Giant Baba out earlier worked perfectly. With no Baba for backup, Hiro Matsuda & Johnny Valentine were able to come to the ring to interfere while Inoki had Graham in the Octopus Hold. Inoki released the hold to knock Valentine & Matsuda down off the apron. Referee Terry Taranova was trying to send Valentine & Matsuda to the back and thus didn't see Lou Albano jump in the ring and bash Inoki over the head with his cane! Inoki dropped like a sack of potatoes as Graham made the cover to recapture the coveted US Title. Albano got what he wanted and now has control of the US Title. Knowing Albano, this isn't going to be enough.

Johnny Valentine pinned Edouard Carpentier with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:17:04.
Johnny Valentine suffered a dislocated left knee. He will be out for approximately 4 months.
Rating: ***
[Lou Albano interfered against Edouard Carpentier.]

Though you don't have to like his attitude, Johnny Valentine proved tonight how tough of a guy he is. During this grudge match against Edouard Carpentier, Carpentier relentlessly worked over Valentine's left knee after Valentine landed funny and the knee buckled. Valentine was in obvious discomfort but continued to wrestle the match, moving out of the way of Carpentier's Somersault Senton and quickly locking on the Figure-Four Leglock to get the win. It was revealed that the injury was more serious than we thought. Johnny Valentine dislocated his left knee and looks to miss 3-4 months of action.

Ernie Ladd pinned Danny Hodge with the Boot to the Face in 0:24:01.
Rating: ****
[Jack Davis interfered against Danny Hodge.]

Before this match, Ernie Ladd grabbed the mic. First of all, he had some of the feathers from Strongbow's headdress on a hat he wore to the ring, which is simply disgusting. Secondly, Ladd said that Strongbow was a coward and a crybaby for taking a leave of absence and was going to take it out on Danny Hodge tonight. Hodge wasn't going to let that happen easily, and put on a wrestling clinic that frustrated Ladd throughout. Ladd became increasinglyy upset as every time he'd get close to getting the advantage, Hodge would ground him with a mat hold. Though the match went for over 24 minutes, Hodge seemed in control during most of it. However being in control and winning the match are two completely different things as shown by this contest as Ladd hit the Boot to the Face out of nowhere to get the 3 count.

Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci defeated Crusher & Bruiser (The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser) when Morales pinned Bruiser after a small package in 0:16:37.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Pedro Morales and Dominic DeNucci retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Pedro Morales & Dominic DeNucci had perhaps their toughest challenge to date since winning the World Tag Team Titles when they had to defend against the team who never were beaten for the titles, Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. Both of these teams have an immense amount of respect for one another and wrestled accordingly. The match was too close to call and ended suddenly when Morales caught Bruiser by surprise with a small package to get the flash pin. Bruiser & Crusher couldn't believe it and didn't take the loss well. When Morales & DeNucci offered a handshake after the match, Bruiser & Crusher snapped and beat the living crap out of the tag champions, leaving them in the ring. Bruiser & Crusher then stole the World Tag Team Titles, claiming they should have never lost them in the first place! A rematch has been signed for Atlantic City, and although they are carrying the gold, rest assured that Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher are NOT the champions.

Bobo Brazil pinned Killer Kowalski with the Coco Butt in 0:07:21.
Rating: * 1/4
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)

This match was probably our most dominating performance to date for World champion Bobo Brazil, who again retained the gold in impressive fashion. Killer Kowalski has been trying off and on all of 1967 to get his hands on the World Title, but it just hasn't been meant to be yet. Brazil keeps getting better every match, and one has to wonder who is going to be able to defeat him for the title.

Card rating: ** 1/4

Match observations:

Three matches have been signed for the show on October 7th in Atlantic City:

WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Pedro Morales/Dominic DeNucci (c) vs. Dick the Bruiser/The Crusher
Gene Kiniski vs. The Sheik
Antonio Inoki/Giant Baba/Edouard Carpentier vs. Luke Graham/Hiro Matsuda/Lou Albano

Also, GCW is proud to announce their debut at the Cow Palace in San Francisco for a very special supershow on November 19th! The show will be highlighted by the first annual Cow Palace battle royal, which will feature wrestlers both from GCW and around the world. The winner of the battle royal will be awarded with a trophy. Participants will not be revealed until the night of the show.

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