1/25/86 - GCW Superstars

1/25/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 1/7/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

RICK MARTEL STARTS A PETITION

Before we got to the live arena, we got a pre-recorded video with Rick Martel. Martel continued stating what he has been saying recently and that is that King Kong Bundy & Bobby Heenan have gone too far. Martel said if something wasn't done about them, Bundy would continue hurting people. Martel added that the power of Bundy is aided by the fact that he holds the biggest title in the world, the GCW World Heavyweight Title. Martel said everyone knows that because of a misguided ruling by President Jack Tunney, he is no longer allowed to compete for the World Title during his career. Martel wants that overturned, and to do so, he said he needed the help of the fans. An address and telephone number popped up on the screen. Martel implored all of the fans watching at home to either write in or call the number on the screen, letting Tunney know that they want to see Martel beat Bundy for the World Title and end his reign of terror.

The opening for GCW Superstars followed, and Mark Niemiller was already talking about how insane Rick Martel was for thinking this ruling should be overturned. Gorilla Monsoon didn't think it was so crazy, saying that King Kong Bundy has went way too far in recent weeks and needs to be stopped. Niemiller said if anyone is going to stop Bundy, it's not going to be Martel - ever. With that, they went over the show, which will see Dino Bravo in action, as well as the Hart Foundation. Dusty Rhodes will meet Steve Regal, and in the featured bout, Wahoo McDaniel finally gets his chance to regain the Television Title against Tully Blanchard! Now to the ring for our first match.

MATCH #1
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. Rusty Brooks

Duggan may have had a setback when Dusty Rhodes & he lost the World Tag Team Titles in Boston, but he took the first step in getting back on track today with a solid victory. Duggan definitely seems to be a star on the rise.

Jim Duggan pinned Rusty Brooks with the Three Point Stance in 0:02:07.
Rating: DUD

MATCH #2
"Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Tony Stetson

Dino Bravo came up short in his attempt to defeat Ted DiBiase for the Intercontinental Title, but all that seemed to do was put him in a bad mood for today. It took the Canadian Strongman less than 2 minutes to put Tony Stetson away. Niemiller said the word going around the locker room is that Bravo's quest for gold is not over.

Dino Bravo pinned Tony Stetson with the Side Suplex in 0:01:50.
Rating: -1/2*

THE ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS ARE BACK AND WANT TO GET THEIR HANDS ON THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE

We got a video of an interview recorded last week with Lord Alfred Hayes by the Rock 'N Roll Express. Hayes welcomed Robert Gibson back, and Gibson said it was great to be back. But he wasn't coming back just for the feel good story; he was here to get back at the men who put him on the shelf in the first place. Morton echoed his partner's sentiments, saying that this wasn't just about the tag team titles. It was very personal, and they weren't going to rest until they had their revenge.

MATCH #3
"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes vs. "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal (w/ Jimmy Garvin/Precious)

The other half of the recent former World Tag Team champions was in action next as Dusty Rhodes took on Steve Regal of the Electric Dream Machine. Mr. Electricity as he is known had Jimmy Garvin & Precious as ringside with him, who spent most of the match yelling at Gorilla Monsoon about what the Road Warriors did to them in Boston. They should have been paying more attention to the American Dream. Maybe they could have prevented Regal from getting caught in a figure-four leglock and being forced to give up.

Dusty Rhodes made Steve Regal submit to a figure-four leglock in 0:06:00.
Rating: **

A good win for Rhodes who, like Duggan, seems to have shaken off losing the tag titles. Monsoon let everyone know that next week on Superstars, Rhodes will be the guest on the Flower Shop to see what is next for the already legendary career of the American Dream.

MATCH #4
The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Mr. X/Joe Mirto

The Hart Foundation are really starting to come into their own, getting better every time we see them. Their combination of power and technical prowess is hard to contend with. Just ask Mr. X & Joe Mirto, who fell to them in this one. Niemiller made a bold prediction and said it was only a matter of time before the Hart Foundation win the World Tag Team Titles. Monsoon said they definitely have the talent, but noted that the little pipsqueak Jimmy Hart may be more of a hindrance than a help, a point Niemiller blew off.

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated Mr. X and Joe Mirto when B. Hart pinned Mr. X after the Hart Attack in 0:03:51.
Rating: 1/2*

THE ROAD WARRIORS ARE READY TO DEBUT

The same video that aired last week hyping the TV debut of the Road Warriors aired again this week, this time saying the debut was taking place in two weeks.

THE LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

"Mean" Gene Okerlund was all fired up for this week's Live Event Report, because unlike last week, he had some big news to share in regards to the big events of GCW. First off, he had some news regarding the biggest event of the year, Super Cade II, taking place on Monday, April 7 from the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Okerlund said as of now, no matches have been announced, but of course the first place to hear about them would be here on the LER. What Okerlund could announce though is the first of the big time celebrities that will be at Super Cade II. The first who is confirmed to be there is Tommy Lasorda, the controversial manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Secondly, the scream queen will be there, the one and only lady of darkness, Elvira. Okerlund was particularly excited about that, saying he might just make his move on April 7.

Before we get to that though, Okerlund was proud to announce that on March 1, we will be having another MTV special, Saturday Night Slam Masters! The huge show will take place in Phoenix, AZ from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Again, just like Super Cade II, no matches have been officially announced yet, but Okerlund has heard rumblings from the President's office that we will be able to start announcing some of the show next week on Superstars.

MATCH #5
Television Title Match
Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Bobby Heenan/"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson) vs. "Chief" Wahoo McDaniel

Wahoo McDaniel has been looking forward to this opportunity since an injury forced him to vacate the Television Title back in August of last year. Since Wahoo has returned, he not only got the deciding fall in War Games, but just two weeks ago, McDaniel made Tully Blanchard cry uncle in a non-title match. If he could do that today, Wahoo would be the new TV champion. Blanchard was not happy about this title defense and looked to get out of it early. Blanchard was hoping to get disqualified so he'd get to retain the gold, throwing Wahoo to the floor where Arn Anderson was waiting. The Enforcer caught Wahoo with a blatant clothesline right in front of referee Danny Davis. Blanchard immediately told Davis to ring the bell, he lost by DQ but kept the title. Davis didn't do that, however. Instead, he ordered Anderson to leave ringside and said the match MUST continue! Heenan protested, getting in the ring and getting right in Davis' face. Heenan went as far as to shove Davis hoping to get that DQ, but instead, he was thrown out too!

Blanchard's plan was foiled, and now he was going to have to defeat Wahoo straight up. Blanchard was having all kinds of trouble with the veteran McDaniel, who was picking Blanchard apart. This is when the crafty TV champion went to work, slowing Wahoo down with a eye poke and then clipping Wahoo's previously injured left knee. Blanchard was ruthless in his targeting of the knee, seemingly trying to make it so Wahoo could never walk again. Tully couldn't put Wahoo away though which was getting him quite out of sorts. Blanchard made a mistake by going up to the top rope, looking to drop a knee on Wahoo's leg, but Wahoo moved and Tully connected only with canvas. Wahoo knew this was his chance, quickly locking on the Indian Deathlock. It looked like Blanchard was going to quit, but he managed to reach up and "accidentally" poke Wahoo in the eye again. Blanchard hit the Slingshot Suplex and narrowly escaped with the Television Title.

Tully Blanchard pinned Wahoo McDaniel with the Slingshot Suplex in 0:11:24.
Rating: **
(Tully Blanchard retained the GCW Television Title.)

Heenan & Anderson joined Blanchard in the ring for the celebration, but you could tell Blanchard knew he got away by the skin of his teeth. Now that the match was over, Blanchard & Anderson could attack Wahoo freely, putting the boots to him. They had him setup for a spike piledriver when BARRY WINDHAM ran in and clocked Blanchard in the back of the head. He then grabbed Blanchard and threw him into the corner Anderson was up on, sending Blanchard's head into Anderson where the sun don't shine. Anderson fell over the ropes and to the floor. Blanchard would soon join him after Wahoo caught him with a knee. The show went off the air with Windham & Wahoo standing tall in the ring.

Be sure to join us next week on Superstars! Dusty Rhodes will be the special guest on the Flower Shop, Chavo Guerrero will take on Arn Anderson, Barry Windham will be in action, and in the featured bout, Junkyard Dog will join forces with Koko B. Ware to take on The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff! Don't miss it!

UPCOMING EVENTS

3/1/86 - SATURDAY NIGHT SLAM MASTERS - Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Phoenix, AZ

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4/7/86 - SUPER CADE II - Los Angeles Sports Arena - Los Angeles, CA

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