1/12/85 - GCW Superstars

We are back in Poughkeepsie, NY for the second week of GCW Superstars! Last week was a tremendous show and we were in store for more of the same tonight. Gorilla Monsoon and Mark Niemiller were once again your announce team and they ran down what was on deck for tonight's show. Tonight we would see the Rougeau Brothers in tag team action, Eddie Gilbert would be in action, Ricky Steamboat would compete as well. We'd have a medical update on the condition of Rick Martel who was viciously attacked by Nick Bockwinkel on last week's show. President Jack Tunney would make a mega announcement, and in our main event, Jim Powers would meet Don Muraco in the first round of the Television Title tournament!

Keith Larson defeated Nick Bockwinkel by disqualification in 0:01:43.
Rating: *

Speaking of Nick Bockwinkel, the former Intercontinental champion was in our first match of the evening against Keith Larson. Bockwinkel is under a lot of scrutiny right now after his heartless attack on Martel. A replay from last week's attack on the stage was shown as Bockwinkel was introduced. Bockwinkel brought more of that into this match with Larson, dominating Larson en route to pinning him with the Piledriver. Bobby Heenan wanted Bockwinkel to send a message to everyone in the locker room and he directed Bockwinkel to hit a second Piledriver, which he did. Bockwinkel wasn't done yet though as he scooped Larson up for a third Piledriver, causing referee Danny Davis to reverse the decision. Larson technically won by disqualification, but he didn't look like much of a winner as he was stretchered out of the arena.

Monsoon said that something needed to be done about Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Heenan because their actions are reprehensible. Niemiller agreed, saying that if President Jack Tunney wants to establish himself as a strong president, he needs to deal with this duo and soon. They then throw to commercial, saying that the Rougeau Brothers will be in action when we return.

The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) defeated Doug Vines and Israel Matia when J. Rougeau pinned Matia after the Bombe de Rougeau in 0:04:44.
Rating: 1/4*

When we returned from break, we got our first dose of the Rougeau Brothers on television. As the match started, we got an insert promo from Jacques & Raymond that was in half-French, half-English declaring how excited they were to be wrestling in the greatest country in the world, the United States of America. They were looking forward to showcasing their skills all the way up to becoming the World Tag Team champions. This match was a step in the right direction as they looked impressive in a winning effort over Doug Vines & Israel Matia. Monsoon spoke of how impressed he was by Jacques & Raymond and said they have a bright future. Niemiller added that they could be the champions one day, but with how competitive the tag team division in GCW is, they would have their work cut out for them.

INTERVIEW: Update on the condition of Rick Martel.

We then went to the GCW Studios and heard from correspondent Lord Alfred Hayes with an update on the medical condition of Rick Martel. Hayes said he had n conversation with Martel's doctor earlier in the day, and that Martel's neck has indeed been re-injured thanks to the Piledriver from Nick Bockwinkel on the stage (which a replay of was simultaneously shown during this report). Hayes said the bit of good news was that the neck wasn't re-broken, but Martel is not out of the woods by any means. More tests will be run this week. Hayes ended by saying when he asked about the future of Martel's wrestling career, the doctor told him it was too soon to say. Back with Monsoon & Niemiller, Monsoon again inferred that Bockwinkel needs to be punished for his actions.

Eddie Gilbert pinned Charlie Fulton with the Hot Shot in 0:03:28.
Rating: *

Back from break, "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert was in the ring taking on Charlie Fulton. If Gilbert or his manager Bobby Heenan were nervous about tomorrow night's streetfight against Bruiser Brody, they didn't show it. That might also have to do with Bruiser Brody not being here, but that's neither here nor there. Gilbert displayed a great amount of skill en route to putting Fulton away with the Hot Shot. He'll need to do that and a whole lot more if he is going to survive Bruiser Brody.

Ricky Steamboat pinned Johnny Rodz with the Flying Crossbody Press in 0:08:59.
Rating: ** 1/2

Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller hyped Ricky Steamboat pretty heavily during this match against "The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz. Monsoon ran down his credentials and said that he would not at all be surprised to see the Dragon holding the World Title someday. Even with that endorsement, Steamboat had a tough challenge ahead of him in Rodz. Rodz may not have the most decorated win-loss record in the history of wrestling, there is no doubt that he is as tough as they come. Rodz took Steamboat to the limit, and actually almost beat him a couple of times (which would be the most unpredictable act of his career). But the Dragon fought through, hit the Flying Crossbody Press and picked up the win going into Phoenix tomorrow night.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

Before we got to our main event, we had the Live Event Report with "Mean" Gene Okerlund, hyping tomorrow night's GCW debut at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ. Okerlund said that tickets have sold well, but there are still good seats available to see this historic event. The main event of the show is a tag team match pitting "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes & Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat against World champion Bob Backlund & Intercontinental champion Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. We cut to remarks from Backlund first. Backlund had the World Title around his waist, and said that it's not fair that the fans don't like him. He said he is the greatest World champion in wrestling history, and the fans should treat him as such. He finished by saying after he defeat Rhodes in Phoenix, he would prove to everyone that he should be the most popular wrestler in the world. We then cut to words from the American Dream, saying that the way that Backlund & Snuka get things done is a disgrace. The Dream said the fans support him, not through trickery or his accolades, but because he is the hardest working man in GCW, and he is a common man. He's not trying to be something he's not, and he doesn't expect the fans' respect - he EARNS it. Rhodes promised Backlund he would give him something to cry about in Phoenix. Mean Gene went over the rest of the announced card, which includes the Midnight Express challenging the Rock 'N Roll Express for the World Tag Team Titles, Bruiser Brody vs. Eddie Gilbert in a streetfight, Tony Atlas against Bad News Brown, Larry Zbyszko going against the exciting newcomer Magnum T.A., and the British Bulldogs doing battle with Bret Hart & Don Muraco. Should be a great debut in the desert!

[TV TITLE TOURNAMENT - FIRST ROUND]:
Don Muraco pinned Jim Powers after a powerslam in 0:08:45.
Rating: 1/4*

Our wrestling main event of the evening was the continuation of the TV Title tournament with Jim Powers taking on Don Muraco. There's a lot of history between these two, which Monsoon & Niemiller recapped, mentioning how Powers was a fan and how Muraco attacked him, leading to an eventual match and Powers earning a contract by defeating Muraco. If he could repeat that magic tonight, he'd be one step closer to his first championship. Powers has done very well against Muraco in the past, and he used much of that prior strategy to his advantage here. Powers gets better each and every time out, as he's been said to take his training very seriously and he wants to be a champion one day. It will be a day in the future though, because the Magnificent Muraco (along with the distractions of his manager Mr. Fuji) was too much for Powers to overcome. Muraco punches his ticket to the quarterfinals.

INTERVIEW - Jack Tunney announces Super Cade.

The final segment tonight was a pre-taped interview with President Jack Tunney, sitting behind his desk in his offices in New York City. Tunney first thanked all of the fans watching GCW Superstars and helping to make the best wrestling organization in the world even better. Tunney continued by making his big announcement. He was here to announce an event, but not just any event. He described it as the biggest supercard in wrestling history. He said it will take place on March 31 from the most famous arena in the world, Madison Square Garden, and will be called Super Cade. Not only that, but in GCW's effort to go national, Super Cade will be the first wrestling show ever shown on closed circuit television. In theaters all across the country, wrestling fans will be able to witness just why Global Championship Wrestling is far and away the greatest wrestling organization in the world. Tunney said we will have more information in the coming weeks leading up to this historic event.

Match observations:

What a huge announcement! Super Cade on March 31! No matches announced yet, but that will change in the weeks to come, and we are sure it will be the best wrestling you are going to see. But first, next week on GCW Superstars! The Television Title tournament keeps chugging along with Bret "Hitman" Hart taking on a man making his return to GCW, former Intercontinental champion Chavo Guerrero! In addition, we will see The Iron Sheik in action, along with Bruiser Brody, and Sam Houston taking on Tully Blanchard. Plus, we will have all the news and notes from the big show in Phoenix! See you all next week!

1/13/85 - VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM - Phoenix, AZ

MAIN EVENT - Dusty Rhodes/Ricky Steamboat vs. Bob Backlund/Jimmy Snuka
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. The Midnight Express
STREETFIGHT - Bruiser Brody vs. Eddie Gilbert
Tony Atlas vs. Bad News Brown
The British Bulldogs vs. Don Muraco/Bret Hart
Magnum T.A. vs. Larry Zbyszko

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