1/4/86 - GCW Superstars

1/4/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 12/17/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

It's 1986, and with the new year, there always feels like there is a new feeling in the air. Many wrestlers can get fresh starts, and that was the point Gorilla Monsoon was making as we kicked off Superstars. Mark Niemiller of course had to counter by saying winners will still be winners and loser will always be losers. After a brief argument, we went to the ring for our first match of 1986.

MATCH #1
The Mexican Eagles vs. The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Two teams looking to get off on the right foot in 1986. Tons of potential for both, but neither as quite put it together yet. The Hart Foundation made the best of the opportunity today, catching Chavo Guerrero with the Hart Attack in a competitive match. Jimmy Hart came over to the announce position after the match and declared by the end of the year, the Hart Foundation would be wearing tag team gold.

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated The Mexican Eagles (Chavo Guerrero and Dos Caras) when B. Hart pinned C. Guerrero after the Hart Attack in 0:07:36.
Rating: ** 1/2

MATCH #2
"The Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Rick Jacobs

Dino Bravo has come up short in his attempts to wrestle the Intercontinental Title away from Ted DiBiase, but the feud is still very much alive and very personal. That was quite evident today as Bravo took on Rick Jacobs. The Canadian Strongman wasn't having much problem with Jacobs, but he suddenly got a big problem when DIBIASE ran out and attacked Bravo, causing the blatant DQ.

Dino Bravo defeated Rick Jacobs by disqualification in 0:03:08.
Rating: -* 1/2
[Ted DiBiase interfered against Dino Bravo.]

DiBiase obviously hasn't gotten himself enough of Bravo and wanted to take a piece out of him here. DiBiase only got a few good shots in before locking on the Cobra Clutch, but Bravo was close enough to the ropes to get a hold of them and pull himself to safety. DiBiase grabbed the mic from Howard Finkel and said he wanted to end the issue with Bravo once and for all and challenged him to a Falls Count Anywhere match on January 11 in Boston! We learned later that Bravo indeed accepted and promised that he would finally become the Intercontinental champion!

MATCH #3
Sgt. Slaughter/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen vs. Brian O'Connor/Mario Mancini

Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen were in a foul mood just days removed from losing the World Tag Team Titles to Dusty Rhodes & Jim Duggan. During this match that they won easily, they did an insert promo talking about what scum Rhodes & Duggan were, and how they should have had the night off instead of having to defend their titles against a replacement team. Slaughter said that in Boston, he wouldn't be satisfied with just winning back the titles; no, he would only be happy with spilling the blood of Rhodes & Duggan. Hansen added that the titles were coming back to them and that Rhodes & Duggan are going to get a Texas-sized whooping.

Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen defeated Brian O'Connor and Mario Mancini when Slaughter made Mancini submit to the Cobra Clutch in 0:01:55.
Rating: 3/4*

BOB BACKLUND ATTACKED!

At this point, Monsoon & Niemiller threw it to a video that was recorded yesterday. Bob Backlund was down in Tampa, the site of tonight's Saturday Night Slam Masters, doing some promotional work for GCW. Backlund was doing an autograph signing out front of a car dealership, shaking hands with fans at a table. One of the fans in line turned out to be BOBBY HEENAN. Heenan made fun of Backlund and said that these dumb fans should be in line to get his autograph instead because he's a winner. Backlund got fed up and stood up, yelling at Heenan to get out of there. That was all the distraction KING KONG BUNDY needed to clock Backlund from behind. He picked the #1 contender up and bodyslammed him on top of the autograph table. It didn't stop there though as Bundy propped Backlund up against a car and crushed him against it with the Avalanche! Bundy yelled at Backlund that the World Title was going nowhere at Slam Masters.

MATCH #4
Corporal Kirchner vs. Rusty Brooks

Corporal Kirchner keeps racking up wins, putting Rusty Brooks away with the Corporal Clutch today. If Kirchner keeps this up, it won't be long before he's in the title picture.

Corporal Kirchner made Rusty Brooks submit to the Corporal Clutch in 0:02:02.
Rating: -1/4*

LIVE EVENT REPORT W/ GENE OKERLUND

"Mean" Gene Okerlund did a special edition of the Live Event Report from the Sundome in Tampa, FL, the home of tonight's Saturday Night Slam Masters. The empty arena could be seen behind him as he hyped tonight's show. He started with the main event, and first of all assured everyone that it would take place as scheduled. Bob Backlund will be competing against King Kong Bundy despite Bundy's heinous attack on him earlier. Backlund will be less than 100%, but he's not going to pass up a chance to become the first man in GCW history to hold the World Heavyweight Title 4 times. Okerlund said we definitely wouldn't have any shenanigans though as the special referee would be Lou Thesz. We got an interview now with Thesz who said he guaranteed there would be no nonsense in this title match and we would have a clear winner. Not the only title on the line as Tully Blanchard would be defending the Television Title against Jacques Rougeau with their respective partners banned from ringside. Jacques proved recently that he could beat Blanchard in tag team action, and if history repeats itself tonight, we will have a new TV champ. In addition, we will see Rick Martel take on Big John Studd and the Fabulous Ones meeting the Electric Dream Machine.

The superstars of GCW won't be resting long though as next Saturday in Boston at the Boston Garden, we will have another huge live event. So far only three matches have been signed, but they all huge. Dusty Rhodes & Jim Duggan shocked the world by becoming the new World Tag Team champions, but Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen have already invoked their rematch clause, and it will be held within the confines of a steel cage! Not only that, but Okerlund did officially announce at this point that Ted DiBiase will once again defend the Intercontinental Title against Dino Bravo, and to settle this once and for all, it will be Falls Count Anywhere! The final match announced so far is going to be a battle royal. Battle royals are very dangerous matches, but exciting, and winning one can really be a shot in the arm for a wrestler to make his mark. More matches will be announced, but first, we will see you tonight in Tampa!

MATCH #5
Barry Windham vs. "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby Heenan)

For our feature match, both Barry Windham and Arn Anderson were showing some signs of injury after War Games just a few short days ago. Anderson had a slight but noticeable limp, and that is what Windham focused on. Anderson is quite the technician himself though and managed to wear Windham down with a variety of painful holds. But Windham's kept the bullseye on Anderson's tweaked leg and once he got the Enforcer in a figure-four leglock, Anderson had to say uncle.

Barry Windham made Arn Anderson submit to a figure-four leglock in 0:09:17.
Rating: *** 1/2

A solid match to end today's broadcast.

Join us next week on Superstars for some great action. Wahoo McDaniel will make his return to television. The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff will compete, as will the Rougeaus (who may see Jacques Rougeau as Television champion by then). And in our feature bout, if he is still the champion, Tully Blanchard will defend the Television Title against "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan! See you next week!

Match observations:

1/4/86 - SATURDAY NIGHT SLAM MASTERS - SUNDOME - Tampa, FL

WORLD TITLE w/ Special Referee Lou Thesz - King Kong Bundy (c) vs. Bob Backlund
TELEVISION TITLE - Partners banned from ringside - Tully Blanchard (c) vs. Jacques Rougeau
Rick Martel vs. Big John Studd
The Fabulous Ones vs. The Electric Dream Machine

1/11/86 - BOSTON GARDEN - Boston, MA

WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE CAGE MATCH - Dusty Rhodes/Jim Duggan (c) vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE MATCH - Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Dino Bravo
Plus, a battle royal!

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