10/5/85 - Saturday Night Slam Masters - East Rutherford, NJ

10/5/85 - Saturday Night Slam Masters (TAPED: 10/3/85)
LOCATION: The Meadowlands - East Rutherford, NJ

BOB BACKLUND IS READY FOR KING KONG BUNDY

The first thing we saw on MTV when the broadcast of Saturday Night Slam Masters kicked off was "Mean" Gene Okerlund standing by with World champion Bob Backlund and his training partner, Barry Windham. Okerlund welcomed everyone to the show, and then asked Backlund how he could get past King Kong Bundy and retain the World Title here tonight. Backlund said that tonight was his biggest challenge as World champion. Bundy has been on the biggest roll of his career, and has been absolutely unstoppable in the ring. "Unstoppable, until tonight." Backlund reminded everyone that he was the one who brought Bundy to GCW in the first place. Thus, Backlund knows Bundy's strengths, and more importantly, knows his weaknesses. Backlund promised he would exploit those weaknesses and remain GCW World Heavyweight champion. Okerlund asked Windham about Backlund's preparation for this match. Windham said that Backlund and he have been training hard for this match, and Backlund has never been better prepared. Windham guaranteed a Backlund victory to end the segment.

Now out to ringside for the first time, we had Gorilla Monsoon out with the man who would be broadcasting the first part of the show, the manager of the #1 contender, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Monsoon could barely get the introductions in before Heenan was out going nuts, saying that Bob Backlund was out of his mind if he thought he stood any chance against King Kong Bundy. Heenan said Bundy was going to wipe the floor with Backlund and that by the end of the night, the World Title would be right where it belongs - in the Heenan Family. Monsoon tried arguing but it was like talking to a brick wall, so he threw it to Howard Finkel for our first match.

MATCH #1
"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes/The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen/Bad News Brown

An absolutely huge match to kick off the show as it was the 6-man tag team match. Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen just decided on Bad News Brown as their partner earlier in the day. On Superstars, the new team worked well together. Tonight was an entirely different proposition. My guess is it had to do with the increase in competition. Dusty Rhodes and the World Tag Team champions had no trouble working together. It was obvious they had gotten together and came up with a game plan. Each man knew his role in the plan and they were executing it to perfection, making frequent tags and staying one step ahead of their opponents. This was really getting under the skin of Slaughter & Hansen, and they began to blame it on Bad News. They were clearly not all on the same page, and it escalated when Brown was in the ring. He had taken a bit of a beating, but got enough separation where he could make a tag. Problem was, Slaughter & Hansen had jumped to the floor, leaving Brown on his own! Bad News yelled out at them, but it was no use. When Brown turned back toward the ring, he was met in the face by the Double Dropkick of the Rock 'N Roll Express. Morton made the cover, and this one was over.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) and Dusty Rhodes defeated Bad News Brown, Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen when R. Morton pinned Bad News after the Double Dropkick in 0:07:46.
Rating: ** 1/4

Brown rolled out of the ring in a hurry, and once he shook out the cobwebs, he stormed to the back. Rhodes, Morton, & Gibson celebrated in the ring before Monsoon threw it to Mean Gene.

GENE OKERLUND GETS A WORD WITH SLAUGHTER & HANSEN

Okerlund caught up with Slaughter & Hansen as they were walking toward the parking lot to leave the Meadowlands. Okerlund flinched when Hansen turned around and almost punched him. Okerlund powered on though, asking Slaughter & Hansen for a comment about their loss. Slaughter snapped, saying they didn't lose, but rather Bad News Brown lost. Slaughter said he should have known better than to think some pathetic thug from Harlem would be able to keep up with them. He said from now on, Hansen and he didn't want help from anybody. Okerlund retorted by saying that even if Brown took the pinfall, it still goes down as a loss for them, and that maybe the American Dream isn't dead after all. This caused Hansen to stop and grab Okerlund by the shirt, who yelled in his face, "THE AMERICAN DREAM IS DEAD!" Okerlund cowered and didn't dare press his luck any further. Slaughter & Hansen got into their car and sped away. A bit after the car peeled away, BAD NEWS BROWN appeared, grabbing Okerlund by the shirt again. He demanded to know where Slaughter & Hansen went, Okerlund telling him they just left. Brown shoved Okerlund away and stomped back into the arena.

Monsoon said that Slaughter & Hansen may have made a huge mistake by making someone like Bad News Brown angry. Heenan of course disagreed, saying it was Brown who lost the match, so he didn't deserve anything but what Slaughter & Hansen gave him. Monsoon felt Slaughter & Hansen were going to get theirs soon, because they are making far too many enemies far too quickly.

MATCH #2
Non-Title Dog Collar Match
Junkyard Dog vs. Tony Atlas (Intercontinental champion) (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

This had been months in the making, but the blood feud between Junkyard Dog & Tony Atlas was going to come to a violent end, one way or another. JYD made the challenge for the dog collar match, and with Atlas agreeing only if the Intercontinental Title wasn't on the line, we got this match. Heenan referred to JYD as a rabid dog, because JYD had this look on his face like he was going to tear Atlas limb from limb. And that's almost what happened in the early section of this match. JYD came out with hate in his heart and that spelled bad news for the IC champ. JYD didn't even bother with the large chain that connected Atlas to himself, just using the firsts God gave him to inflict punishment on his mortal foe. Atlas looked like he might not get any offense in, but in a lucky move, JYD was straddling the chain. Atlas saw this and pulled on the chain, causing it to rack JYD below the belt. This would be a disqualification under normal circumstances, but not in a dog collar match. Atlas was not as shy about using the chain, whipping JYD with it, sure to leave some welts on his back. Atlas wrapped the chain around his fist and punched JYD in an effort to bust him open. He wasn't successful at drawing blood, but he did succeed at making the Dog angry. JYD came back as furious as ever. Not even an attempted distraction from Freddie Blassie was going to put an end to this. By the end, Atlas was trying to run for the hills, but with the dog collar attaching him to JYD, there was no escape. JYD pulled him back in by the chain, right into the Thump Powerslam, putting an emphatic end to this feud.

Dog Collar Match:
Junkyard Dog pinned Tony Atlas with the Thump Powerslam in 0:08:18.
Rating: ** 1/4

As Bobby Heenan was leaving the broadcast position to join the Heenan Family for their upcoming series of matches, Monsoon was getting word that something had happened in the back. He sent it back to Lord Alfred Hayes, who was standing by.

BARRY WINDHAM ATTACKED!

There was a big commotion going on behind Lord Alfred Hayes where officials and medical staff were swarming around the scene. Hayes said that the details were still sketchy, but apparently Barry Windham had been attacked in the backstage area. Hayes said no word has been given on who perpetrated the assault, but Windham was going to be taken to a local medical facility for further observation. At this point, BOB BACKLUND ran in, a little frantic. The World champ asked Hayes if he saw King Kong Bundy anywhere near the scene. Hayes apparently didn't answer Backlund quickly enough, because Backlund was even more frantic this time, getting in Hayes' face. Hayes fired back that no one knew who did it. Backlund didn't like this as he stormed off yelling for Bundy to come out and face him.

Gorilla Monsoon was now joined at the commentary position by Gene Okerlund, and both men were stunned by what happened. Monsoon felt it was obvious that King Kong Bundy and Bobby Heenan were behind this attack. Okerlund agreed that all signs pointed to that, but until they knew for sure, it was dangerous to make assumptions. With Heenan coming out for our next match, Okerlund promised to try to get the scoop on the situation.

MATCH #3
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

The crowd was thoroughly behind "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, who is building his popularity more and more every time we see him. He was up against "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, who looked to put an end to Duggan's momentum. As the match began, Okerlund grabbed a microphone and asked Heenan if he was responsible for the attack on Barry Windham. Heenan tried to ignore Okerlund at first, focusing on his client who was in the ring. Okerlund persisted, until Heenan finally snapped t him and said unless he can come up with any proof, to leave him alone as he had to focus on Gilbert in the ring. It wouldn't do Hot Stuff much good, as Hacksaw is going to be hard to beat right now. Duggan hit the Three Point Stance and walked away with another solid victory.

Jim Duggan pinned Eddie Gilbert with the Three Point Stance in 0:05:44.
Rating: **

MATCH #4
Handicap Match
Andre the Giant vs. "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson/Tully Blanchard (Television champion) (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan/Baby Doll)

Bobby Heenan had to shake off any disappointment from the last match pretty quickly, because right after a commercial break, it was time for the handicap match pitting Television champion Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson against Andre the Giant. Anderson & Blanchard haven't teamed much, but as members of the Heenan Family, that wasn't going to be a big issue, because say what you want about the Brain, but his charges are always well prepared. They needed to be, because even together, they didn't weigh as much as one Andre. Now technically, this handicap match was supposed to involve Blanchard & Anderson tagging in and out, but they pretty much ignored that whenever they could. Referee Danny Davis gave a lot of leeway though, mostly because Andre was holding his own and then some. Anderson & Blanchard started throwing themselves at Andre with reckless abandon, trying to take him off his feet. Andre was doing his best to swat them away, but he was getting a little winded for sure. He got a small reprieve when he tossed the Enforcer over the top to the floor, which is when BOBBY HEENAN jumped on the apron to yell at Andre. Andre walked over, but Heenan held his ground. Once Heenan reached in and slapped Andre in the face though, Andre's jovial demeanor went away. Heenan realized his mistake and made a break for it. Andre stepped over the ropes and got on the floor, backing the Brain up the entrance way. Problem was, Andre lost track of the count. Before he knew what was going on, the bell sounded, and this match was over.

Handicap Match:
The Heenan Family (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) defeated Andre the Giant when Blanchard defeated Andre by countout in 0:06:30.
Rating: ** 1/4

Blanchard & Anderson were beginning to celebrate in the ring, but then they made the mistake of forgetting Andre was still at ringside. Andre turned back and got back in the ring. He got behind Anderson & Blanchard, grabbing them both by the back of the head. After ramming their heads together, he dumped them unceremoniously over the top to the floor.

CORPORAL KIRCHNER ISSUES A CHALLENGE TO THE FOREIGN LEGION

As Andre was playing up to the fans, we went back to Lord Alfred Hayes who was standing by with GCW newcomer, Corporal Kirchner. Kirchner thanked Hayes for having him, but said he had something important to get off his chest. Kirchner said he had heard what, "Classless" Freddie Blassie, as he called him, had said about him recently, and he wasn't going to stand for it. Kirchner said he's a proud American, and as an American, he doesn't back down from anyone who puts the bad mouth on him. Kirchner said that he didn't just want to talk, because he's a man of action. He said that if the losers in the Foreign Legion had the guts, one of them will wrestle him on the next Saturday Night Slam Masters on November 2 in Hershey, PA.

MATCH #5
World Title Match
Bob Backlund (c) vs. King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

It was now time for the main event, and it was a match that we could very well see a World Title change in. Not only is King Kong Bundy just a monster, but someone had attacked Bob Backlund's protege earlier in the show, so Backlund's mind couldn't be completely focused. It's very rare that you seen Backlund look flustered, but that's what we saw in this match. Backlund usually lies back, finds his opportunity, and exploits the mistakes of his opponent. But Backlund was the one making the mistakes here, and Bundy was just throwing him around like a rag doll. Backlund was fighting from underneath, but it looked like with where his mind was, Bundy was going to steamroll him and end the nearly one year reign of the 3-time champ. Backlund got his licks in, but these shots weren't having a lot of effect and looked to be just putting off the inevitable. Heenan had a smile like the cat who ate the canary as he could sense the World Title coming to the Heenan Family. One thing he hadn't encountered for was that Bundy has some enemies out there, namely, RICK MARTEL. When it looked like Bundy was about to hit the Big Splash, Martel came in with a steel chair and hit Bundy in the back, right in clear view of Dick Kroll!

King Kong Bundy defeated Bob Backlund by disqualification in 0:08:05.
Rating: *
(Bob Backlund retained the GCW World Title.)
[Rick Martel interfered against King Kong Bundy.]

Just like Bundy had done to him, Martel had cost Bundy the World Title! Martel hit Bundy in the back with two more chair shots, which sent the big man spilling through the ropes to the floor. The crowd was at a fever pitch as Martel begged Bundy to get back in the ring. Bundy wanted to, but Bobby Heenan was pleading with him to stay out of the ring considering Martel was wielding a chair. This is how the show went off the air as Monsoon & Okerlund wished everyone a good night.

Match observations:

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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