11/16/85 - GCW Superstars

11/16/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 10/22/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY


Before we even got to this week's Superstars, we got a pre-recorded video from GCW President Jack Tunney. Tunney mentioned how excited everyone at GCW was about the big show in Los Angeles. He did have to address one thing, and that had to do with the World Title match between King Kong Bundy & Bob Backlund. Tunney said there was obviously a lot at stake in this huge rematch tonight, and he wanted to make sure nothing interfered with that. Based on the comments of one Rick Martel last week, Tunney had no choice but to declare the following: if Martel got himself involved in any way during tonight's World Title match, Martel would no longer be eligible to compete for that championship. Tunney acknowledged it may not be the most popular decision, but the sanctity of the World championship must be protected at all costs. He concluded by telling the fans he hopes they enjoy tonight's show.

We cut to Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller in the arena, and Niemiller immediately went into how he normally doesn't agree with anything Tunney says, but that he felt this was the absolute right decision. Monsoon was a little less onboard, saying that with everything the Heenan Family, and particularly King Kong Bundy had done to him, could you blame Martel for wanting to get involved? Niemiller countered by saying Martel was a loose cannon and this is exactly what he deserved, but now we'll see if he can restrain himself tonight. Monsoon changed gears and said we'd have plenty more on the big Los Angeles show on today's broadcast. Also on today's Superstars, we have Arn Anderson in action, as well as the Rock 'N Roll Express. But first up, it's Dynamite Kid vs. Bret Hart!

Dynamite Kid (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano) vs. Bret "Hitman" Hart (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Despite what you may think of the new attitude of the British Bulldogs, you can't deny what they can do in the ring. After all, they did win the grueling Grand 16 tournament. This was singles action though, and that bad attitude of Dynamite Kid bled into this match as well against the technical wrestling specialist, Bret "Hitman" Hart. Monsoon hinted at the history these two have before coming to GCW, and the familiarity these two showed in the ring was a good indication of that. The Bulldogs did an insert promo during the match saying that tonight they would prove once and for all that not only are they the best team in wrestling, but that they are far superior to the Rock 'N Roll Express in every way. Tempers were flaring during this singles match as the match became a case of "can you top this?" In the end, the true colors of Dynamite Kid continued to show when he caught Hart in a backslide, put his feet on the ropes, and had his hand raised in victory.

Dynamite Kid pinned Bret Hart after a backslide in 0:10:12.
Rating: **** 1/4

He's not going to be able to win the cage match like that tonight. I hope Dynamite is ready for a fight, because the Rock 'N Roll Express sure will be.

"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson vs. Steve Gatorwolf

I'm not why Arn Anderson was in such a bad mood, but he sure was. The Enforcer is a pretty no nonsense guy in most cases anyway, but today he had a particularly large chip on his shoulder. Steve Gatorwolf didn't even have enough time to hear his name announced before Anderson was all over him. Not long in, Anderson plants him with a DDT and the match was over.

Arn Anderson pinned Steve Gatorwolf after a DDT in 0:00:38.
Rating: *


Usually, "Mean" Gene Okerlund does his Live Event Report from the GCW Studios in New York. Today, due to the long commute, he was already in sunny Los Angeles, CA! Okerlund was pumped as tonight is a big night for Global Championship Wrestling as they visit the Los Angeles Sports Arena, the home for Super Cade II! The main event tonight is big, as it will be the first World Title defense for new champion, King Kong Bundy, putting the title on the line against the man he beat (i.e. stole) for the title, Bob Backlund. We cut to an interview with King Kong Bundy & manager Bobby Heenan. Heenan talked about how this master plan has been in the works for some time and at Grand 16, it went off flawlessly. And now, the plan keeps on working to perfection as thanks to Rick Martel's hot temper, he wouldn't be allowed to get involved or he would never get a title shot for the rest of his career! Heenan concluded by saying that with Bundy's brawn and his brain, the Heenan Family was unstoppable.

Other members of the Heenan Family would be in action as well with Eddie Gilbert trying to avenge his embarrassing dance contest loss to Junkyard Dog, this time in a real wrestling match, and Big John Studd wrestling for the first time in GCW against Barry Windham. Windham has a lot of reason to want payback against Studd, and the City of Angels will be his first shot to get it.

The other huge match will be the steel cage match pitting fierce rivals the Rock 'N Roll Express & the British Bulldogs against one another. This rivalry has spanned for months now, and just recently took an incredibly violent turn with the Bulldogs showing their true colors en route to winning Grand 16. The Express put their tag title rematch on hold to get their hands on the Bulldogs in a cage and hopefully end this feud once and for all.

Okerlund ran down the rest of the card, which includes Dusty Rhodes & Stan Hansen writing the next chapter in their storied rivalry, Ted DiBiase defending the Intercontinental Title against Dino Bravo, a rare inter-promotional match with Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero defending the WWA Tag Team Titles against GCW superstars The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, and in what is sure to be a bloodbath, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan taking on Bad News Brown in a Harlem Streetfight. Cut to a promo with Brown where he said that Duggan was nothing but a dumb punk kid and that he didn't know what he was getting into in this Harlem streetfight. Brown said he was going to bloody Duggan beyond the point of recognition. Now a promo from Duggan. Duggan said he knew this wasn't his element, and that a Harlem Streetfight was Bad News' specialty. Hacksaw knew he was going to get hurt tonight - but what people might not know is that Brown was going to get hurt too. Hacksaw said Bad News was nothing more than a jerk, and sometimes you have to punch a jerk in the mouth to shut him up, which is exactly what he intended to do in Los Angeles.

The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. Mr. X/The Menace

With the British Bulldogs still in the building after Dynamite Kid's match in the opener, we knew with the Rock 'N Roll Express in action now, there was the potential for a confrontation. It wasn't long after this match began that the Bulldogs & Albano came out and stood halfway down the aisle, watching intently as Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson did their thing in the ring. Morton & Gibson were clearly distracted, but as former 2-time tag team champions, they overcame those distractions and picked up a win.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated Mr. X and The Menace when R. Gibson pinned The Menace after a crucifix in 0:03:24.
Rating: DUD

As you would expect, Morton & Gibson were back on their guard and turned their attentions to the aisle. Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith took this as an invitation to fight, apparently, and rushed the ring! Morton & Gibson met them coming in, and we had a donnybrook on our hands! The show went off the air with the two teams exchanging blows and Monsoon reminding everyone to get their tickets for the Los Angeles show right away!

Match observations:

11/16/85 - LOS ANGELES SPORTS ARENA - Los Angeles, CA

WORLD TITLE - King Kong Bundy (c) vs. Bob Backlund
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Dino Bravo
STEEL CAGE MATCH - The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. The British Bulldogs
HARLEM STREETFIGHT - Jim Duggan vs. Bad News Brown
Dusty Rhodes vs. Stan Hansen
Barry Windham vs. Big John Studd
Junkyard Dog vs. Eddie Gilbert
WWA TAG TEAM TITLES - Tito Santana/Hector Guerrero (c) vs. Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik

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