1/5/85 - GCW Superstars

We are in Poughkeepsie, NY at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center for a very monumental occasion - the debut of Global Championship Wrestling on television with GCW Superstars! Each and every week, GCW will be bringing you the greatest wrestling action in the world! Announcers Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcomed the show and thanked everyone for tuning into this historic hour of action. Monsoon ran down tonight's card, saying that we would see the debut of Jim Duggan. Niemiller said that he has heard a lot about Duggan and is very happy to see him here in GCW. Monsoon mentioned that we would also see the Midnight Express in action, which got a jeer from Niemiller who added when you see the Midnight Express, you're also going to see the annoying Jim Cornette. Monsoon then mentioned our huge main event, the Rock 'N Roll Express defending the World Tag Team Titles against Dino Bravo & Nikolai Volkoff! They then threw it to ring announcer Howard Finkel for our opening contest.

Kamala pinned Ron Shaw with the Air Africa in 0:00:25.
Rating: DUD

Our first match in GCW televised history featured the Ugandan Giant Kamala in action. We're not exactly sure how "Classy" Freddie Blassie found this guy, but we do know that he is an absolute monster in the ring. Just ask poor Ron Shaw, who couldn't even make it 30 seconds with this runaway elephant of a man. With a man like this under his employ, it's going to be extremely tough for anyone to slow down Blassie.

We cut back to the announcers where Niemiller said that Kamala scares him and he was glad that Monsoon was there to protect him if necessary. Monsoon said his wrestling days are over and if Kamala decides that he wants a piece of Niemiller, Niemiller is on his own. Niemiller looked nervous as we went to commercial.

Jim Duggan pinned RT Reynolds with the Three Point Stance in 0:03:26.
Rating: -** 1/2

When we returned from break, Jim Duggan was already standing in the ring for his debut match with the company. Duggan goes by the nickname of Hacksaw, and he carried a 2x4 to the ring with him. Duggan's football background was discussed and was on display in this match. Duggan's wrestling style isn't pretty at all, but it is definitely effective. If you don't believe me, ask RT Reynolds who ate the Three Point Stance and the pinfall loss. Monsoon & Niemiller pontificated that this would be the first of many wins for "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. Monsoon then threw it back to "Mean" Gene Okerlund in the locker room.

INTERVIEW: "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert & Bobby "the Brain" Heenan

Gene Okerlund introduced himself to the fans and said he was happy to be a part of Global Championship Wrestling before Eddie Gilbert cut him off and told him nobody cared who he was, but rather were interested in hearing all about the man the ladies call Hot Stuff. Okerlund was taken aback, but then countered by saying that one man who was definitely interested in Gilbert was Bruiser Brody. Heenan brushed it off, indicating that Gilbert is done with Brody and that they are moving on to bigger and better things. Okerlund informed Heenan that he might not be quite done with Brody yet, because he was happy to announce that signed for January 13 from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ, it will be Gilbert vs. Brody… in a streetfight! Heenan & Gilbert were flabbergasted by this, and Heenan said he was going to get to the bottom of this travesty, indicating that there might be a lawsuit involved.

INTERVIEW: A new championship is announced.

When we return from break, a man in a suit is standing in the ring and he is holding a new championship. He is joined by Mark Niemiller. The man introduces himself as the new president of GCW, Jack Tunney. Tunney started by thanking all of the fans for showing up for the first edition of GCW Superstars, and promised the best wrestling action in the world each and every week. Tunney continued that he was proud to announce that in honor of the new television show, a new championship is being introduced - the first such occurrence in more than a decade. The title is the Television Title, a title exclusively to be defended on GCW televised events. A 16-man tournament will take place over the coming weeks on Superstars with the winner having the honor of being forever known as the first Television champion.

Tunney was interrupted by LARRY ZBYSZKO, who had a big smile on his face. Zbyszko said that it was cute that Tunney thought that a 16-man tournament was necessary to crown a new champion, when it was obvious who the face of television was going to be - "The Cruncher" Larry Zbyszko. Zbyszko told Tunney to save everyone's time and just declare him the TV champion right now. Tunney told Zbyszko he would have his chance to become the Television champion, but he would have to earn it by winning the tournament like everybody else. In fact, Zbyszko's first round match would be right now against this man… MAGNUM T.A.!

[TV TITLE TOURNAMENT - FIRST ROUND]:
Magnum T.A. pinned Larry Zbyszko with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 0:12:25.
Rating: *** 1/2

The TV Title tournament kicked off in a huge way with this match between Magnum T.A. & Larry Zbyszko, and what a match it was! Magnum is a newcomer to GCW, but not a newcomer to the world of wrestling as shown by the way he took it to one of GCW's best. Zbyszko has established himself as one of the best technical wrestlers in the world, and his willingness to do anything to win has made him a huge success. These two are very evenly matched, and the pace of this match never slowed down for a minute. For nearly 13 minutes, the tide swung back and forth, both men taking turns being on the offensive but not finding the move that would put this one in the books. Zbyszko looked to realize that he couldn't put Magnum away legitimately, so he began to cheat, poking Magnum in the eye. Zbyszko shot Magnum into the ropes and was looking for Crunch Time, but Magnum reversed it quicker than a hiccup and drove Zbyszko into the mat with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex to get the 1-2-3. Magnum T.A. is the first man to move on to the quarterfinals of the TV Title tournament!

INTERVIEW: Rick Martel returns.

We got a nice surprise next as up in the interview area, Mark Niemiller introduced RICK MARTEL! Martel has been out of action since breaking his neck during a match back in April, a match where he won the Intercontinental Title in fact. Martel is still not 100% recovered as shown by the neck brace he was still wearing, but he received a warm welcome from the fans in Poughkeepsie. Niemiller welcomed Martel back and said it was great to see him. Martel thanked Niemiller, and thanked all of the GCW fans for all of their support, saying the hundreds of letters he received have helped make this trying time so much easier. Niemiller asked Martel what everyone was thinking, and that was when we would see him back in the ring again. Martel said he has been working hard to rehab from the injury and that it has been the hardest thing he has ever done in his life, and he still has a lot of work to do. But he is getting better every day and he promises he will be back and pick up where he left off.

At this point, Martel was interrupted by NICK BOCKWINKEL, along with his manager BOBBY HEENAN. If you'll remember, Bockwinkel is the man who broke Martel's neck back in April. Bockwinkel immediately mocked Martel about his injury, saying that he had a lot of nerve to show his face around here. Bockwinkel said that Martel should have learned his lesson that the wrestling business wasn't for him when he broke his neck. Martel said that true, Bockwinkel broke his neck, but even with a broken neck, it couldn't stop him from pinning Bockwinkel 1-2-3 in the middle of the ring and taking the Intercontinental Title from him. Bockwinkel was enraged by this, and even Bobby Heenan couldn't stop Bockwinkel from slapping Martel hard across the face! Martel grabbed his neck immediately, but it was about to get worse as Bockwinkel picked Martel up and hit him with the Piledriver right on the stage! A stunned silence fell over the crowd as Martel laid motionless on the stage. Officials pulled Bockwinkel & Heenan away while paramedics checked on Martel.

When we returned from a commercial break, Martel was being carted out of the arena on a stretcher while Monsoon & Niemiller expounded on how they couldn't believe how low of a human being Nick Bockwinkel was. They sent Martel their best wishes and said they hoped to have an update on his condition as soon as possible.

The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose) defeated Jim Young and Dave Barbie when Condrey pinned Young after the Rocket Launcher in 0:03:32.
Rating: 1/2*

The show had to go on, and we had tag team wrestling featuring "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey & "Ravishing" Randy Rose, the Midnight Express, along with the Prince of Polyester, Jim Cornette (who for some reason demanded his own ring announcement). During the match against Jim Young & Dave Barbie, we got an insert promo from the Midnight Express saying that if the Rock 'N Roll Express think they are finished with them, they are sadly mistaken and would find that out in Phoenix on January 13. That being said, the Midnight Express had little difficulty in dispatching of their opponents tonight with the Rocket Launcher.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

After a commercial break, we are in the GCW Studios with Mean Gene for the GCW Live Event Report. The topic of discussion is GCW's debut in Phoenix, AZ on January 13 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Okerlund runs down the card, starting with the huge main event tag team match pitting "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes & Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat taking on World champion Bob Backlund & Intercontinental champion Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. We got comments from both teams, each essentially saying that they will come out on top in Phoenix. Okerlund continues to run down the lineup, which includes the Rock 'N Roll Express defending the World Tag Team Titles against the Midnight Express (provided Morton & Gibson retain tonight in our main event), Bruiser Brody & Eddie Gilbert in a streetfight, the British Bulldogs taking on Don Muraco & Bret Hart along with Mr. Fuji, and "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas going 1-on-1 with Bad News Brown. Okerlund said tickets are still available and to call the box office now.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Foreign Legion (Dino Bravo and Nikolai Volkoff) when R. Morton defeated Bravo by disqualification in 0:05:57.
Rating: 3/4*
(The Rock 'N Roll Express retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Our main event was a big one as the World Tag Team Titles were on the line. The Rock 'N Roll Express have been the champions since November 3, beating the challengers for tonight, Dino Bravo & Nikolai Volkoff of Freddie Blassie's Foreign Legion. This was the return match that all former champions are promised when they lose a championship, and Blassie wanted nothing more than to have championship gold back in his camp. Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson controlled the tempo early, having the very obvious speed advantage and keeping one step ahead of the much bigger Bravo & Volkoff with dropkicks and high-flying maneuvers. The powerful former champs got the edge when Morton got caught in a crossbody attempt and dropped with a backbreaker by Volkoff. For the next couple of minutes, Bravo & Volkoff worked over Morton's back, but the chippy Morton refused to stay down thanks to the crowd being soundly behind him. Morton needed to make a tag badly, and he got that chance when Bravo missed a charge in the corner and Morton took him down with a flying headscissors. Morton was crawling over to make the tag, but he never quite got there before Volkoff got a bit overzealous and hit Morton in the back with Blassie's cane for the disqualification. This could have been a bad situation, but Gibson was quit to defend his partner by catching Volkoff in the jaw with a dropkick. Volkoff dropped the cane, and Gibson picked it up, chasing the Foreign Legion out of the ring. The show came to an end with the Rock 'N Roll Express celebrating in the ring.

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Next week on Superstars, the Television Title tournament continues with Jim Powers taking on Don Muraco! In addition, we will have an update on the condition of Rick Martel, Ricky Steamboat will be in action, as will be the Rougeau Brothers. "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert will step in the ring, and we've been told that President Jack Tunney will have another huge announcement! Be sure to tune in 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

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