10/19/85 - GCW Superstars

10/19/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 10/1/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to another episode of GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were the announcers for the program, and they ran down the lineup. Shiro Koshinaka is on the program, as is Junkyard Dog. Bad News Brown and the Mexican Eagles will compete, and Jacques Rougeau will take on King Kong Bundy! And in a huge tag team main event, Andre the Giant & Ted DiBiase team up to take on Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson! Let's get to the ring with Howard Finkel for our first match!

MATCH #1
The Mexican Eagles vs. Joe Mirto/AJ Petruzzi

The Mexican Eagles are already entered into Grand 16, and as they came out for action today, they gave an insert promo. Chavo Guerrero did most of the talking (as he is the one who knows English, after all) saying that they are all fired up about the big tournament, and plan on making a deep run in the tournament. Their opponents today were Joe Mirto & AJ Petruzzi, and although they are not up to the talent level that the Mexican Eagles will see in Grand 16, but that didn't stop them from putting on an athletic display here. Chavo put Mirto away with the Gory Special.

The Mexican Eagles (Chavo Guerrero and Dos Caras) defeated Joe Mirto and AJ Petruzzi when C. Guerrero defeated Mirto when Mirto passed out in the Gory Special in 0:03:16.
Rating: *

MATCH #2
"The Japanese Assassin" Shiro Koshinaka (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie) vs. Jim Young

The Japanese Assassin was in action next, and he certainly wasn't getting paid by the hour when he went against Jim Young. Koshinaka used his martial arts background to not let Young out of the blocks, before putting him away in under the minute with the Power Bomb.

Shiro Koshinaka pinned Jim Young with the Power Bomb in 0:00:54.
Rating: *

After the match, Monsoon got a word with Koshinaka, or more aptly, with "Classy" Freddie Blassie. Monsoon asked Blassie if he was going to be a man or a coward in regards to Corporal Kirchner's challenge to a member of the Foreign Legion at Saturday Night Slam Masters. Blassie snapped at Monsoon, calling him an imbecile. Blassie added that the only person in GCW stupider than Gorilla Buffoon was Corporal Kirchner. Kirchner had to be dumb if he wanted to start a war with the Foreign Legion. Blassie said that they accepted Kirchner's challenge, and the man to take Kirchner out would be the Japanese Assassin himself, Shiro Koshinaka. Koshinaka punctuated the interview by yelling something menacing in Japanese in the direction of the camera. When Monsoon returned to the booth, Niemiller gave him a hard time for how rude he was. Niemiller went too far when he echoed the "Gorilla Buffoon" line and almost got himself slapped for it before we went to commercial.

THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION HAS A MESSAGE FOR TED DIBIASE

We came back from commercial to see Lord Alfred Hayes standing by with Freddie Blassie and his charge, the Intercontinental champion Tony Atlas. Blassie tried to hijack the interview right away, saying that it is criminal how much the Intercontinental champion is being overlooked by Ted DiBiase right now. Blassie chided the #1 contender to the IC Title, telling him that while he was messing around with that 7 foot goof, Andre the Giant, Tony Atlas was training like crazy for his next title defense. In fact, Atlas was going to show just how ready he was. With that, Atlas pulled out a steel bar and proceeded to bend it with his bare hands! Hayes couldn't believe the feat of strength he just saw. Atlas said that at Slam Masters, it won't be a bar he bends, but DiBiase's spine!

MATCH #3
Jacques Rougeau vs. King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

This match just ended up being a massacre, and nothing more than a vehicle for King Kong Bundy to send a message to Rick Martel. Jacques Rougeau is a good friend of Martel, as they both reside from Quebec. Bobby Heenan knew that and wanted Bundy to make an example out of America's favorite tourist. Right when the bell rang, Bundy went nuts, backing Jacques into a corner and pummeling him. Referee Danny Davis tried to intervene, but Bundy kept on with the attack. Once Davis put his hands on Bundy to try to physically get him to step back, Bundy grabbed Davis by the head and tossed him over the top rope, a clear disqualification.

Jacques Rougeau defeated King Kong Bundy by disqualification in 0:00:26.
Rating: -1/4*

That's going to lead to a hefty fine, I'm sure, but Bobby Heenan didn't mind writing a check for the message he was looking to send. Bundy kept beating on Jacques, working over his ribs. He set Jacques in the corner and followed in with an avalanche. That was bad enough, but the Big Splash really put the exclamation point on this attack. Heenan grabbed the microphone and made a simple point - what just happened to Jacques Rougeau is going to happen to Rick Martel as soon as Bundy can get his hands on him.

MATCH #4
Junkyard Dog vs. Darryl Bowlin

After winning his brutal dog collar match against Tony Atlas at Slam Masters, it was nice to see a happier, more jovial Junkyard Dog. He is so good with the kids with his dancing and positive energy, that seeing it again here in his match against Darryl Bowlin was a breath of fresh air. He danced and jived his way to a quick victory over Bowlin.

Junkyard Dog pinned Darryl Bowlin after a splash in 0:02:17.
Rating: -3/4*

One man who wasn't happy to see JYD dancing again was EDDIE GILBERT. Now Gilbert & JYD have no long sitting issues with each other, but apparently Hot Stuff was in a bad mood. Gilbert grabbed the microphone from Howard Finkel, got in the ring, and flat out told JYD his dancing was ridiculous. He went further and said there was nobody on earth who enjoys his dancing. This prompted JYD to ask the crowd if they liked his dancing, getting a loud roar of approval back. This made Gilbert mad, but not as mad as when JYD told him maybe he was just jealous because he was a bad dancer. Gilbert said that was not true, because he had the hottest dance moves in the world. He positioned himself to show us one of them, but JYD didn't want to see it, grabbing Gilbert from behind and sending him over the top rope to a big pop. JYD resumed his dancing while an embarrassed Gilbert fumed on the outside before we went to break.

MATCH #5
Bad News Brown vs. Jimmy Jackson

While being introduced, a short insert promo with Bad News Brown was shown. Brown kept his words short and sweet, saying that with those jokers, Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen, as well as Jim Duggan, being in the Grand 16, he wanted in the tournament as well. Monsoon had trouble believing anyone would willingly want to be Brown's partner, because he's not exactly the easiest guy in the world to get along with. I don't think Jimmy Jackson will want to be his partner, because Brown mauled him en route to an easy victory on Superstars.

Bad News Brown pinned Jimmy Jackson after a powerslam in 0:01:40.
Rating: -3/4*

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

"Mean" Gene Okerlund joined us next for his weekly segment, the Live Event Report. This segment is particularly busy these days as we inch closer to not only Saturday Night Slam Masters on November 2, but Grand 16 on pay-per-view on November 7. He started with Slam Masters, mentioning the big battle royal to determine the #1 contender to the World Title and the Intercontinental Title match between Tony Atlas and Ted DiBiase that were previously announced. He added that based on the acceptance of the challenge earlier today, Corporal Kirchner will meet Shiro Koshinaka 1-on-1 on the show. He also had breaking news, saying he could officially announce that the World Tag Team Titles will be on the line as well, with the Rock 'N Roll Express defending the gold against the unholy alliance, Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen! The RnR Express had a little fun at the expense of Slaughter & Hansen last week, but will they be laughing after Slam Masters?

On to Grand 16, the entire field is almost set. Two more teams have been added to the field. One team is quite the coup for Freddie Blassie. He already has The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff in the tournament. Now, he has a second team as Tony Atlas & Shiro Koshinaka have been added. The fourteenth team is a team that to Okerlund's knowledge, had never teamed before, but they could be difficult to beat. The team will be ANDRE THE GIANT & RICK MARTEL. We cut to an interview with Andre & Martel where they talked about why they decided to enter the tournament together. Martel said it was simple. They had a common enemy in the Heenan Family, and both know they could be prone to a sneak attack at any time. This way, they can watch each other's backs. Okerlund commented that this might be his pick to win the whole thing. The other match that will take place is going to be for the World Title with Bob Backlund defending the gold against the winner of the Slam Masters battle royal. Okerlund mentioned that in the case that someone currently entered in the tag tournament wins the battle royal, they will be replaced in the tournament to allow for the World Title match.

MATCH #6
Andre the Giant/Ted DiBiase vs. Tully Blanchard/"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Baby Doll)

Back to the ring for our main event. One of the teams involved is entered into Grand 16, that being Television champion Tully Blanchard & "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson. Andre the Giant will of course be in the tourney as well as just announced, and so will his partner for today, Ted DiBiase, who teams with Barry Windham. Tully & Anderson looked lost at first in this match, because Bobby "the Brain" Heenan had been banned from ringside. He was shown in the back watching on a monitor, and looked like he was about to have a heart attack. They did have Baby Doll at ringside though, who was instrumental in keeping them in this match. She distracted referee Tommy Young when it looked like DiBiase had Anderson pinned. This let the Heenan Family work over DiBiase. No offense to the skills of DiBiase, who may be the next Intercontinental champion, but he was the one that Tully & Arn wanted in the ring. You just can't wear down Andre for long and they knew that. DiBiase did a great job staying in it though, doing just enough to survive and get himself a tag to Andre after hitting his opponents with a double clothesline. Once Andre got in, that was all she wrote. He bodyslammed Anderson, tossed Blanchard over the top, and dropped the big Elbowdrop on the Enforcer.

Andre the Giant and Ted DiBiase defeated The Heenan Family (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) when Andre pinned Anderson with the Elbowdrop in 0:08:47.
Rating: *** 1/4

The show went off the air with Andre & DiBiase celebrating their victory.

Match observations:

Be sure to join us next week on Superstars! Jim Duggan will be here, as will the Intercontinental champion Tony Atlas. We also hear rumblings that Adrian Adonis has an announcement, more updates on Slam Masters and Grand 16, and the feature match will be Ricky Morton taking on the Dynamite Kid! See you next week!

11/2/85 - SATURDAY NIGHT SLAM MASTERS - HERSHEYPARK ARENA - Hershey, PA

BATTLE ROYAL - Winner receives World Title shot at Grand 16
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Tony Atlas (c) vs. Ted DiBiase
Corporal Kirchner vs. Shiro Koshinaka

11/7/85 - GRAND 16 - ROSEMONT HORIZON - Chicago, IL

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Winner of 11/2/85 Battle Royal
16-Team Tournament - Teams announced so far:

The Rock 'N Roll Express
The British Bulldogs
The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff
The Fabulous Ones
The Hart Foundation
The Rougeau Brothers
The Mexican Eagles
The Electric Dream Machine
Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson
Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen
Dusty Rhodes/Jim Duggan
Ted DiBiase/Barry Windham
Andre the Giant/Rick Martel
Tony Atlas/Shiro Koshinaka

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