10/5/85 - GCW Superstars

10/5/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 9/9/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Everyone is geared up for Saturday Night Slam Masters tonight on MTV, but we had a little business to attend to first here on Superstars! As they usually are, Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller handled the announcing duty, and they ran down today's program. The matches will include two men who have major issues with the Foreign Legion, Junkyard Dog & Ted DiBiase, joining forces to take on Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik! Dino Bravo is in action, as are the increasingly popular Mexican Eagles! How about Shiro Koshinaka in the ring, as well as a huge main event where Monsoon said we will see a new Television champion when Tully Blanchard has to defend against Andre the Giant! Niemiller said that the Heenan Family has had some issues with Andre so far, but he has heard a rumor that Bobby Heenan has come up with a brilliant plan to keep the TV Title right where it belongs.

But before we get to all of that, there was the matter of the tag team partner of Stan Hansen & Sgt. Slaughter, who take on Dusty Rhodes & The Rock 'N Roll Express on Slam Masters. We cut to them live as they were standing by in the locker room.

STAN HANSEN & SGT. SLAUGHTER REVEAL WHO THEIR PARTNER WILL BE TONIGHT

A quick interview with Stan Hansen & Sgt. Slaughter to kick off the show. Hansen & Slaughter were here in reveal the tag team partner for tonight. Slaughter said all of the maggots in GCW hate them because they tell the truth and the truth hurts. Hansen said they didn't care what people thought of them because he knew they were right. Slaughter continued by saying since everyone hated them, they had to find a partner who hated everybody, and that man is BAD NEWS BROWN. Brown joined them and said he doesn't care about Hansen, Slaughter, or their message. He just likes to kick people's teeth in, and said tonight, he's got 3 guys with smiles too big right now in Dusty Rhodes & The Rock 'N Roll Express. Hansen said they had a 6-man tag team match later on Superstars to show the world just how much trouble Rhodes and "those long-haired sissies" were in tonight. Slaughter finished the interview by once again exclaiming the American Dream was dead.

Back at the booth, Niemiller said Bad News Brown was the perfect choice for a partner. He just wants to beat people up, so he is the only possible partner for a team hated as much as Hansen & Slaughter. Monsoon said on paper this team was extremely dangerous, but if they can't get along tonight, it won't matter how dangerous they are individually, because we all know that Dusty Rhodes and the World Tag Team champions will be able to coexist.

MATCH #1
Junkyard Dog/Ted DiBiase vs. Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

Freddie Blassie gave Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik one simple instruction for this match: hurt Junkyard Dog & Ted DiBiase. JYD wrestles against another member of the Foreign Legion, Tony Atlas, in a Dog Collar Match on Slam Masters, while DiBiase challenges Atlas for his Intercontinental Title on November 2 on our next Slam Masters show. This was DiBiase's first match since suffering a minor concussion at the hands of Atlas, but he looked healthy and ready to go after his first in-ring action today. JYD & DiBiase have never teamed up before, but with a common goal of getting through this match with no injuries and taking the Foreign Legion down a peg, they wrestled exceptionally well together. Once DiBiase got The Iron Sheik in the Cobra Clutch, it was all but over. Volkoff tried to break it up, but JYD intervened with a powerful headbutt and this one was over.

Junkyard Dog and Ted DiBiase defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) when DiBiase made Sheik submit to the Cobra Clutch in 0:06:01.
Rating: **

KING KONG BUNDY & BOBBY HEENAN EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Back to the interview position with Lord Alfred Hayes, who was joined by Bobby Heenan and the #1 contender to the World Title, King Kong Bundy. Hayes asked the question that was on everyone's mind, and that was why did Bundy cost Rick Martel the World Title back on September 23 in Madison Square Garden. The Brain fielded the question, saying there were two simple reasons why it happened. For starters, King Kong Bundy HATES Rick Martel. Martel has been a constant thorn in his side, and no matter how many times Bundy's 450-pound crashes down on Martel, he won't leave him alone. And secondly, if Martel won the World Title from Bob Backlund in the Garden, that would have meant Bundy's match with Backlund tonight would not have been for the World Title. Heenan said that the World Title has eluded the Heenan Family long enough, and the time for so-called "fighting champions" like Backlund ducking Bundy was over. Heenan said that he had worked together with Backlund in the past, but now it was time to go into business for himself, and that business involved King Kong Bundy being crowned the new World champion. Bundy chimed in with a short and simple message for Backlund - he would crush him like a bug tonight in the Meadowlands.

MATCH #2
The Mexican Eagles vs. Mario Mancini/Mike Rice

The Mexican Eagles have been exceeding expectations since Dos Caras made his debut in GCW a few short weeks ago. They have had a great amount of success in a short amount of time and look poised to have a bright future in GCW. They continue rolling along with a win here on Superstars.

The Mexican Eagles (Chavo Guerrero and Dos Caras) defeated Mario Mancini and Mike Rice when C. Guerrero made Rice submit to the Gory Special in 0:04:00.
Rating: * 3/4

MATCH #3
"The Japanese Assassin" Shiro Koshinaka (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie) vs. Red Walsh

Freddie Blassie has a lot on his mind. It's been a rough show for him so far with Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik losing to the two biggest threats to the Foreign Legion in our opening contest. While Blassie's charge Shiro Koshinaka was making short work of Red Walsh in the ring, Blassie was ranting and raving to Gorilla Monsoon about the unfair treatment the Intercontinental champion had been receiving recently, and how he wanted both the Dog Collar Match with JYD and the Intercontinental Title match with DiBiase called off. Monsoon called him a buffoon as Koshinaka pinned Walsh with a dropkick in the ring.

Shiro Koshinaka pinned Red Walsh after a dropkick in 0:01:02.
Rating: *

As Blassie left to the back with the Japanese Assassin, hooting and hollering the entire time, Monsoon said he hoped JYD whipped some sense into Tony Atlas tonight. Niemiller mocked Monsoon for being biased as we went to commercial break.

MATCH #4
Sgt. Slaughter/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen/Bad News Brown vs. Gary Starr/Chuck Greenlee/Sal Gee

As promised, Sgt. Slaughter, Stan Hansen, & Bad News Brown were in action as a test run for their 6-man team tonight on Slam Masters. Needless to say, they dominated. We would expect domination against the level of competition they faced today, but it was the fact that they even showed some tag team cohesion in such a short contest, Slaughter & Hansen involving Bad News Brown in some tandem offense. Hansen put the match that was figuratively over when the bell rang officially away with the Lariat.

Bad News Brown, Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen defeated Gary Starr, Chuck Greenlee and Sal Gee when Hansen pinned Gee with the Lariat in 0:02:58.
Rating: 1/2*

Niemiller said this team looked unstoppable. Even Monsoon had to admit they worked together a lot better than he thought, but assured Niemiller that Dusty Rhodes, Rick Morton, & Robert Gibson would be ready for them.

MATCH #5
"Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Frank Marconi

Dino Bravo claims to be Canada's Strongest Man, and his partnership with Jimmy Hart is really starting to take shape. Bravo is kind of treading water these days, but Hart has been saying backstage that it is only a matter of time before the best tag team wrestler in history became the best singles wrestler in history as well. Whether that will happen or not remains to be seen, but either way, Frank Marconi wasn't stopping him, eating the Side Suplex to end this match.

Dino Bravo pinned Frank Marconi with the Side Suplex in 0:03:57.
Rating: 1/4*

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

Tonight is the night, and who was more excited than "Mean" Gene Okerlund about Saturday Night Slam Masters in East Rutherford, NJ? Nobody, that's who! And it's hard to blame him with the card that will take place. There are four big matches signed for the show. On top, World champion Bob Backlund defends the championship he has held for nearly a year against the biggest threat he's ever had to his reign, King Kong Bundy. Junkyard Dog and Tony Atlas will finally put an end to their blood feud in what promises to be a wild Dog Collar Match. Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen have recruited Bad News Brown to team up with them against Dusty Rhodes and the World Tag Team champions, the Rock 'N Roll Express. And finally, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan will lock up with "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert.

Before Okerlund got on the road for the show on MTV tonight, he had a couple of other announcements. First, next week on Superstars he would have a big announcement regarding the November 2 Slam Masters, which emanates from Hershey, PA. Secondly, he had two more teams to announce for Grand 16, the big tag team tournament taking place on November 7 from Chicago, IL, live on pay-per-view. Those teams are Arn Anderson and Television champion (for now) Tully Blanchard of the Heenan Family, and in bad news for the rest of the field, the unholy alliance, Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen! That has us at 10 total teams, with 6 more to be named! Okerlund teased that more teams may be announced next week on Superstars.

MATCH #6
Television Title Match
Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan/Baby Doll/Arn Anderson) vs. Andre the Giant

This had all the makings of being a disastrous day for Bobby Heenan and the Heenan Family. Tully Blanchard survived his last match with Andre the Giant, but that was non-title and it was because of a DQ. This time, the Television Title was on the line, and that meant bad news for an obviously worried Blanchard. The plan in place was to do the same thing that was done in New York, and that was for Arn Anderson to get involved and interfere. Problem was, referee Tommy Young seemed to know this was the plan, and before it could even take place, he said Anderson didn't have a manager's license and threw him out from ringside! From then on, the match was Andre bouncing Blanchard around like a hairy-chested basketball. Blanchard couldn't find a corner to hide in long enough for Andre to not blast him with a punch or a kick. Blanchard was calling out for Heenan or Baby Doll to do something, ANYTHING to save him. Finally, it was Baby Doll who did. Andre had sat down on Blanchard when Blanchard tried an ill-advised sunset flip, and the pinfall was academic. But Baby Doll jumped in the ring and hopped on Andre's back, swatting away at him feverishly! The blows were ineffectual, but the result was a disqualification none the less.

Tully Blanchard defeated Andre the Giant by disqualification in 0:05:45.
Rating: * 3/4
(Tully Blanchard retained the GCW Television Title.)

ARN ANDERSON ran back down to attack Andre as well, but he was hit with a headbutt before Andre flung Baby Doll forward off his back, causing her to crash on the mat hard on her backside. Blanchard got back up and joined the Enforcer in hitting Andre with as many lefts and rights as they could muster. Andre took some shots, but he was able to shove both Blanchard and Anderson off, sending them flying across the ring to a huge pop. The Heenan Family took this as their cue to retreat, heading to the back in a hurry to end the broadcast.

Match observations:

!!! BREAKING NEWS !!!

Andre the Giant was fuming mad over what happened at the end of Superstars, and he plans on doing something about it. He went to President Jack Tunney and requested a match for tonight's Saturday Night Slam Masters show, and though Tunney was reluctant, he has granted it. It will be Andre the Giant vs. Tully Blanchard… AND Arn Anderson! Though Andre has been dominant since returning to GCW, a handicap match against the Television champion and the Enforcer is a dangerous proposition. We'll see how he does tonight on MTV!

Also, big show next week. More teams announced for Grand 16, a big announcement about the next Saturday Night Slam Masters, and Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen take on the Fabulous Ones!

10/5/85 - SATURDAY NIGHT SLAM MASTERS - THE MEADOWLANDS - East Rutherford, NJ

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. King Kong Bundy
DOG COLLAR NON-TITLE MATCH - Junkyard Dog vs. Tony Atlas (Intercontinental champion)
Dusty Rhodes/The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen/Bad News Brown
HANDICAP MATCH - Andre the Giant vs. Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson
Jim Duggan vs. Eddie Gilbert

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

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Tony Atlas (c) vs. Ted DiBiase

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

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

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