1/11/86 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

Koko B. Ware vs. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Koko B. Ware has been setting GCW on fire since he made his recent debut, scoring a big win over Bad News Brown. Ware has a huge upside, but Adrian Adonis was looking to slow him down in a big way in our opening contest. Adonis is often able to get into his opponents' heads with his flamboyant antics, but let's be honest - Koko B. Ware is an extremely flamboyant man as well with his sparkly ring vest and crazy dance moves. Adonis, despite his unique persona, is still an extremely tough guy who can't be underestimated. Good thing for Koko that he didn't. Instead, Ware used his speed and agility to stay a step ahead of Adonis. Koko B. Ware flew off the middle turnbuckle with a flying forearm which was enough to get the duke.

Koko B. Ware pinned Adrian Adonis after a flying forearm in 0:08:57.
Rating: *** 1/2

Non-Title Match
"Chief" Wahoo McDaniel vs. Tully Blanchard (Television champion) (w/ Bobby Heenan)

Tully Blanchard has held the TV Title since August, whether by hook or crook. He has turned away every challenger one way or another, but one man he has been having issue with recently is Wahoo McDaniel. The veteran has a claim to the TV Title as he never lost the championship in a match last summer, but rather a knee injury forced the title to be vacated. Well Wahoo's left knee is healed, and he is gunning for the strap. Since this was not a televised event, the match was non-title, something Blanchard made sure to remind McDaniel of several times in the early stages of the match. Wahoo wasn't phased by Blanchard's mind games, staying focused on the task at hand. Blanchard worked over Wahoo's left knee, hoping to get that injury to flare up again. But Wahoo wasn't just going to lay down, mounting a rally Blanchard couldn't get out of, locking on the Indian Deathlock, and making he champ submit!

Wahoo McDaniel made Tully Blanchard submit to the Indian Deathlock in 0:10:40.
Rating: ***

Blanchard rolled out of the ring and immediately went into denial mode, clutching the TV Title as he limped to the back with Bobby Heenan. After the show, it was announced that because of this result, Wahoo McDaniel has earned his shot at the TV Title and it will take place in two weeks time! On January 25 on Superstars, it will be Blanchard vs. McDaniel for the gold!

Falls-Count-Anywhere Match for the Intercontinental Title
Ted DiBiase (c) vs. "The Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo

This feud between Ted DiBiase & Dino Bravo has become so personal, featuring more than one pull apart brawl as they tried to settle their differences for the Intercontinental Title. This match was to be contested under falls-count-anywhere rules, meaning that wherever these two wanted to go over the Boston Garden, they were allowed in order to settle the score. With the nature of this match, Bravo's manager Jimmy Hart was barred from ringside, meaning that we were going to get a decisive winner with no outside shenanigans. With pinfalls counting anywhere, DiBiase & Bravo took advantage of the stips, spending very little time in the ring before the brawl spilled to the outside. There were also no disqualifications in this match, so anything that wasn't bolted down ended up being used as a weapon. DiBiase showed that he wasn't ready for his title reign to end yet as he found a way to kick out of Bravo's Side Suplex on the floor, a superhuman feat of strength that only a feud this personal can produce. The tide turned in DiBiase's favor for good when Bravo was trying to pick DiBiase up at ringside. DiBiase shoved Bravo away, causing Bravo's back to smash into the wooden ringsteps. DiBiase scored with a backbreaker, which was just enough to secure victory and put an end to this feud.

Falls-Count-Anywhere Match:
Ted DiBiase pinned Dino Bravo after a backbreaker in 0:10:01.
Ted DiBiase suffered a torn groin. He will be out for approximately 1 month.
Rating: ****
(Ted DiBiase retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

DiBiase is still the Intercontinental champion, but didn't leave without battle scars. He suffered a minor tear in his groin. The injury could have been much worse, but if DiBiase takes it easy for a couple of weeks, he will make a full recovery.


We were expecting to see the match between the Fabulous Ones and the Electric Dream Machine we were supposed to see at Slam Masters before both teams decided their entrances were far more important. However, after the extra sparkly Jimmy Garvin & Steve Regal came to the ring, instead of the Fabulous Ones being announced, Garvin grabbed the mic from Howard Finkel. Garvin told the sold out Boston Garden that Stan Lane & Steve Keirn were not there, and they weren't ever coming back, citing how "scared of the sparkle" they were. Mr. Electricity added that they were right to run scared, and there wasn't a team in the world that wouldn't be shaking in their boots if they found out they had to meet the Electric Dream Machine. Garvin & Regal continued their ridiculous celebration, not noticing that two large men had entered the ring from the crowd and were standing right behind them. It took a bit for the crowd to realize who they were, but the place exploded when they saw it was HAWK & ANIMAL, the Road Warriors! The Road Warriors are in GCW! Hawk & Animal spun the EDM around and leveled them both with huge clotheslines. "Pretty" Paul Ellering hit the ring as well, grabbing the mic and introducing Hawk & Animal to the crowd, telling the EDM that they were looking at the Fabulous Ones' replacements for the night.

The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious)

Garvin & Regal didn't know what hit them. When you prepare for the Fabulous Ones and unexpectedly get the Road Warriors instead, you're in a lot of trouble. The fans in Boston didn't even have time to sit down before the Road Warriors hit the Doomsday Device to put this one away. The entire complexion of the tag team division has changed as Hawk & Animal have put GCW on notice.

The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) defeated The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) when Hawk pinned S. Regal after the Doomsday Device in 0:01:22.
Rating: * 1/4

15-Man Battle Royal
Participants: Barry Windham, Junkyard Dog, Bad News Brown, Big John Studd, Arn Anderson, Chavo Guerrero, Dos Caras, Jacques Rougeau, Raymond Rougeau, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Shiro Koshinaka, Corporal Kirchner, Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart

There was a lot of big talent in this battle royal, but there were none bigger than Big John Studd. By the time this 15-man battle royal was over, Studd accounted for eliminating a third of the field by himself. He also had fellow Heenan Family member Arn Anderson alongside him to watch his back. Alliances proved to be very important in this match as the Foreign Legion also did quite well for themselves. The final 5 men were Studd, Barry Windham (who managed to take Anderson out to take out Studd's backup), and then all 3 members of the Foreign Legion - The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, & Shiro Koshinaka. This was a dangerous situation for Windham, because there was no chance he was going to join forces with Studd given his issues with the Heenan Family, so he was essentially on an island. Freddie Blassie had his lieges go after Windham first. Windham struck back quickly and even managed to get Volkoff out of the match with a forearm smash, but that is when Studd came over and took charge. Studd shoved Koshinaka & Sheik out of the way, locked a chokehold on Windham before dumping him out of the ring.

Sheik & Koshinaka tried to double team Studd, but Studd was not going to be detoured. They had the big man reeling for a bit, but Sheik missed a clothesline on Studd, accidentally hitting the Japanese Assassin instead. Koshinaka flew over the top and we were down to two. Sheik came right at Studd, and he is a man who has the strength to get Studd out of the ring. But it just wasn't going to be his night. Studd shook off Sheik's attack, grabbed him by the head, and took him to the floor, earning the victory.

15-Man Battle Royal:
Big John Studd won a 15-man Battle Royal:
x Kirchner threw out Neidhart after a Hotshot in 0:01:59
x Windham threw out B. Hart in 0:02:33
x Studd threw out Dos Caras after a hiptoss in 0:03:09
x JYD threw out Bad News in 0:04:01
x Sheik threw out JYD after a facerake in 0:04:10
x Studd threw out R. Rougeau after a kick to the midsection in 0:04:50
x Anderson threw out C. Guerrero in 0:06:15
x Sheik threw out Kirchner after a kick to the midsection in 0:06:44
x Studd threw out J. Rougeau in 0:07:08
x Windham threw out Anderson in 0:08:53
x Windham threw out Volkoff after a forearm smash in 0:09:09
x Studd threw out Windham in 0:10:01
x Sheik threw out Koshinaka with an errant clothesline in 0:11:11
x Studd threw out Sheik in 0:11:42
Rating: **

Bobby Heenan grabbed the microphone from Finkel after the Fink announced Studd the winner, declaring Big John Studd the TRUE giant of wrestling. There's a certain Andre the Giant who would beg to differ once he returns from injury.

Steel Cage Match for the World Tag Team Titles
"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes/"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan (c) vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan "the Lariat" Hansen

After a brief intermission, the cage was constructed, and it was time for our huge main event. Dusty Rhodes & Jim Duggan shocked the world when they won the World Tag Team Titles at the year-end show in MSG, not because of who they are, but because of how relatively short their time as a team has been. Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen got their rematch tonight, and in no surprise, they were pissed. Then again, when are they not? Regardless, putting this kind of battle inside of a steel cage was a recipe for destruction. This match was contested under escape rules only, meaning you would have to beat up your opponents so badly that they wouldn't be able to prevent you from leaving. Early on, neither team had any visions of leaving the ring as they were more concerned with beating the tar out of each other. As the fight raged on, the first man to get to the outside was Duggan. Duggan found some separation when he ducked a charging Hansen, causing Hansen to smash his face on the cage, getting busted open in the process. Duggan was on the floor, but the catch is, both members of the team had to make it to the floor for a winner to be declared. Once Hansen got his bearings, the Unholy Alliance took advantage of the numbers edge, double teaming Rhodes mercilessly. Duggan had all he could take and tried to get back into the ring, but once he got to the open door, Slaughter ran at him and caught him with a knee. Duggan flew off the apron to the floor, crashing into the ring barricade, getting knocked unconscious in the process. This left the American Dream all alone, which is not an enviable place to be in. Despite some valiant attempts at a comeback from Rhodes, Slaughter & Hansen were just simply too much. Rhodes was left lying, Slaughter & Hansen climbed out of the ring, and we had new tag team champions.

Cage Match:
Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen defeated Dusty Rhodes and Jim Duggan by escaping the cage in 0:13:13.
Rating: **
(Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Whether we like it or not, Slaughter & Hansen are once again holding the tag team gold in GCW. The fans in Boston certainly didn't like it as they pelted the new champs with garbage, Hansen narrowly missing getting struck with a beer bottle and having to be held back by police officers from running in the crowd to attack the man who threw it. All I know is GCW is a much more dangerous place when this tag team has the gold.

Card rating: ** 1/4

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Another big show in the books. Be sure to join us next weekend for GCW Superstars as we inch our way closer to Super Cade II!

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