1/19/85 - GCW Superstars

INTERVIEW: Jack Tunney gives some breaking news.

We cold opened the show this week with a shot of President Jack Tunney sitting behind his desk in the GCW offices in New York. Tunney addressed what happened in Phoenix, AZ with Larry Zbyszko. After losing to Magnum T.A. on January 13, Zbyszko completely lost it, tearing up the ringside area and even attacking ring announcer Howard Finkel, who narrowly escaped unscathed. Tunney said that he conducted meetings with the board of directors all week and that the decision has been made to FIRE the Cruncher! This is shocking news, but a GCW staple is now gone from the promotion.

We cut to Gorilla Monsoon and Mark Niemiller, who discussed this big news - Larry Zbyszko is no longer in GCW! They also ran down the card for tonight, mentioning that we would see The Iron Sheik in action, as well as Bruiser Brody. Niemiller said you never know what to expect when Brody is in the house, and Monsoon added that Eddie Gilbert may be in the building as well, so we may see some fireworks. They continued by saying that Tully Blanchard will meet Sam Houston, and in our feature match, the TV Title Tournament continues as former Intercontinental champion Chavo Guerrero meets Mr. Fuji's newest client, Bret "Hitman" Hart! But first, they threw it to the ring for the British Bulldogs in action!

The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated AJ Petruzzi and Jeff Craney when Dynamite Kid pinned Craney after a flying headbutt in 0:02:32.
Rating: * 1/2

The British Bulldogs picked up a quality win over Don Muraco & Bret Hart in Phoenix, and they kept up their winning ways against AJ Petruzzi & Jeff Craney here on Superstars. The enhancement talent got little in the form of offense as Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid took care of them handedly to get the win. Monsoon said he was very impressed, and Niemiller went as far as to say that he felt if they kept this up, the Bulldogs could be the World Tag Team champions before 1985 came to a close.

INTERVIEW: A word with the new World Tag Team champions.

Speaking of the champions, Monsoon directed us to a video that was shot on January 13 in Phoenix, just moments after the Midnight Express captured the World Tag Team Titles. "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey & "Ravishing" Randy Rose were still sweating from their match, and they were clutching the tag titles like they might float away if they let go. Condrey said that everyone has doubted them since they came to GCW, but nobody is going to doubt them anymore because now they are the World Tag Team champions. Rose said that all the attentions has gone to the Rock 'N Roll Express, how they are the hottest tag team in wrestling. "Well not anymore, punks!" Jim Cornette joined them at this point, still as ecstatic as he was when they captured the titles. Cornette said that now that he is in the possession of the tag titles, everyone at home, and all the other teams in GCW better get used to it, because this is the way it's going to be for a long, long time. Cornette said that the Midnight Express would defend the titles against any team that wants a shot… EXCEPT the Rock 'N Roll Express!

We cut back to Monsoon & Niemiller, who were flabbergasted by what they just heard. Monsoon wondered how long the new champs would be able to avoid the former champs, to which Niemiller added that after what Cornette said, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson would find them soon enough.

The Iron Sheik made Mark Fleming submit to the Camel Clutch in 0:03:19.
Rating: -* 1/4

We returned from break to see "Classy" Freddie Blassie cheering The Iron Sheik on in the ring while Sheik gave us a display with the Persian clubs, a great feat of strength indeed. As Sheik put the clubs down, his opponent Mark Fleming jumped him from behind, hoping to get the jump on the match. It was effective for about 30 seconds until Fleming went for a dropkick, which The Iron Sheik swatted away like Fleming was a gnat. Blassie told Sheik to punish the youngster, and that's what Sheik did en route to locking him in the Camel Clutch and getting his first win on Superstars. Sheik refused to release the hold and almost got himself disqualified for it before Blassie finally convinced him to let go. Monsoon said it was a sickening display and that Blassie was scum, sentiments that Niemiller echoed. Even so, Blassie's method's have been successful and the Foreign Legion have been impressive.

Bruiser Brody pinned Dale Veasy with the Bombs Away in 0:01:52.
Rating: 1/4*

After another commercial break, we got to see Bruiser Brody compete against Dale Veasy, who was tragically over-matched. Brody mauled Veasy right from the opening bell, the barbaric Bruiser didn't even mind that EDDIE GILBERT made an appearance in the aisle, watching intently as Brody dismantled his hapless opponent. Brody burned a hole right through Gilbert before hitting the Bombs Away to get the win. Hot Stuff stole a victory in the streetfight, but there's no question that these two are on a collision course again in the very near future. Gilbert went to the back as soon as Brody invited him to come in the ring and fight.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

Monsoon introduced "Mean" Gene Okerlund for our Live Event Report. Okerlund ran down the results from the show in Phoenix, starting with the main event. Select highlights were shown, finishing with Ricky Steamboat hitting the Flying Crossbody Press to pin the World champion Bob Backlund. Okerlund was pleased to announce that because of this, on February 23 at the Civic Auditorium in Pittsburgh, PA, the Dragon will have his first big chance to become the World champion, as he will take on Backlund in the main event. Backlund & Steamboat had an epic feud in 1983, a feud where Steamboat came out on top. If the Dragon can do that again, he will be holding the World Title for the first time. Okerlund said we would have comments from Steamboat next week on Superstars. The only other match announced was a rematch from Phoenix between Bruiser Brody & Eddie Gilbert. Gilbert cheated his way to a win last week over Brody, and a pissed off Brody is ready to tear his head off. He'll have that chance again on February 23. Okerlund ended by saying more matches would be announced in the weeks to come.

INTERVIEW: Bobby Heenan has a surprise for Tully Blanchard.

Bobby Heenan got on the microphone before this match, telling everyone in the crowd that we were looking at the next Television champion in Tully Blanchard. The Brain responded to the boos of the crowd by saying that they wouldn't know true talent if it slapped them in the face, which Blanchard would do to each and every one of them if they didn't show him the respect that he deserved. Heenan continued by saying that he knew Blanchard would win the TV Title by the time the tournament came to a close at Super Cade, so he had a victory present for him tonight. With that, Heenan introduced Blanchard to his new valet, the gorgeous BABY DOLL! A very beautiful blonde woman in a long silver dress came out, and Blanchard looked pleased as punch, looking Baby Doll up and down. Blanchard thanked Heenan, and said that he wouldn't let him down and would win the TV Title Tournament.

Tully Blanchard pinned Sam Houston with the Slingshot Suplex in 0:06:36.
Rating: * 3/4

Tully Blanchard was in a great mood after the introduction of Baby Doll, but he still had a tough match ahead of him against Sam Houston. Blanchard may have been in a bit too good of a mood, because any time he would have the advantage, he would mug to and flirt with Baby Doll. Baby Doll looked to be enjoying it, but every time Blanchard would do this, Houston would have time to recover and get back on track with the offense. Though Baby Doll proved that she could be a distraction to Tully, she also proved how distracting she could be to Tully's opponents too. Houston had just hit the Bulldog and probably had the win locked up, but Baby Doll got up on the apron and blew a kiss to Houston. Houston foolishly got back up and confronted Baby Doll, telling her to get back down on the floor. She did, but only after Blanchard was up and hit Houston in the back with a forearm. He quickly hit the Slingshot Suplex and walked away with a win. Baby Doll is going to be an effective weapon in the corner of Tully Blanchard, but he will need to keep his eye on the prize if he is going to take the Television Title.

[TV TITLE TOURNAMENT - FIRST ROUND]:
Bret Hart made Chavo Guerrero submit to the Sharpshooter in 0:08:13.
Rating: ***

The main event of the even saw Mr. Fuji's newest client, Bret "Hitman" Hart taking on the freshly returned Chavo Guerrero. As the match started, Chavo did an insert promo talking about how excited he was to be back in GCW and how he would do his family proud by becoming the first Television champion. An insert promo for Hart & Mr. Fuji followed, with Fuji speaking very confidently in Japanese. When he stopped, Bret said, "I don't know what he just said, but I agree!" The match itself was a damn good one. Both men are mat technicians, and they traded holds with precision at a rapid pace. Bret was doing his best to keep Chavo grounded, because once Chavo can utilize his lucha libre background, he can be a hard man to stop. Chavo did get to fly, and he looked within moments of putting the Hitman away. That's where Fuji got involved, hitting Chavo in the ankle to distract him when Chavo looked primed to climb the ropes to go high risk. The distraction was minute, but it was enough for Bret to regain his bearings. When Chavo approached Bret, Bret grabbed Chavo by the tights and pulled him throat first into the second rope. He locked on the Sharpshooter after that, and nobody gets out of that. The Hitman is the third man to punch his ticket to the quarterfinals.

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Be sure to join us next week on Superstars! We will see the Junkyard Dog in action, as well as the monster that is King Kong Bundy. Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham in tag action, and in our main event, Tony Atlas meets Dino Bravo in the Television Title tournament!

2/23/85 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM - Pittsburgh, PA

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Ricky Steamboat
Bruiser Brody vs. Eddie Gilbert

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