11/16/85 - Los Angeles Sports Arena - Los Angeles, CA

We got a special treat to kick off this show in Los Angeles as GCW favorite CYNDI LAUPER was in attendance, and did us the honor of singing the national anthem. After she was finished, she was stopped getting out of the ring by THE FOREIGN LEGION, which earned a huge chorus of boos. Blassie grabbed the microphone and said Lauper was a horrible singer, and it wasn't fair that only the United States national anthem was sung. He then told everyone to get up on their feet and show some respect for Nikolai Volkoff, who would be singing the Russian national anthem. He didn't get very far before the Foreign Legion's opponents for the night, HECTOR GUERRERO & TITO SANTANA, showed up to put an end to this. Blassie yelled at them for interrupting, but Guerrero & Santana responded with stereo dropkicks on Volkoff & The Iron Sheik to get this match underway!

WWA Tag Team Title Match
Hector Guerrero/Tito Santana (c) vs. Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

Hector Guerrero & Tito Santana have both spent some time in GCW in the past, but currently they are the reigning and defending WWA Tag Team champions. WWA is an ever-growing promotion on the west coast, and after Guerrero & Santana made a great showing in the Grand 16 tournament, beating Volkoff & Sheik, they were challenged by Blassie to put their titles on the line here in LA. Volkoff & Sheik were so set on avenging what they declared an embarrassing loss from the PPV that they were going into this match recklessly. The speedy Guerrero & Santana were always a step ahead - that is, until Blassie smashed Guerrero in the ribs with his cane for the disqualification.

Hector Guerrero and Tito Santana defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) when H. Guerrero defeated Volkoff by disqualification in 0:05:01.
Rating: *
(Hector Guerrero and Tito Santana retained the WWA Tag Team Titles.)

With Guerrero hurt, Santana came in to try to save, but he was soon overcome by the numbers game. It wasn't until THE MEXICAN EAGLES rushed down that the tide turned. Hector is of course Chavo Guerrero's brother, so there was no way he was going to sit back and let this happen. When Santana & Hector got back to their feet, the numbers were now on their side and it did not take long to dispatch of the Foreign Legion. The two fan favorite teams celebrated in the ring to end the segment.

Intercontinental Title Match
Ted DiBiase (c) vs. "Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart)

This was the first Intercontinental Title defense for new champion Ted DiBiase, and it was going to be a tough one. He had been prepared to give a rematch to the former champion, Tony Atlas, but after Atlas suffered a serious injury at Grand 16, Dino Bravo was named as his replacement opponent. Bravo is widely considered to be the greatest tag team wrestler in GCW history, but he hasn't quite gotten to the next level in his singles career. A title win here would change that. Bravo came out strong, using his clear power edge to toss DiBiase around. Problem was, instead of following up on his big moves, he would take the time to pose and flex for the crowd, letting them know how strong he was. That's not a mistake you want to make with DiBiase. This gave him plenty of time to shake the cobwebs out and string together some offense, and once DiBiase gets on a roll, he's hard to stop. That being said, Bravo had one last good chance to win, getting DiBiase up for the Side Suplex. DiBiase fought out though, ducked Bravo's clothesline, and got on the Cobra Clutch! Bravo fought, but the harder he did so, the faster his energy was zapped, leading to him passing out and DiBiase's first title defense being a successful one.

Ted DiBiase defeated Dino Bravo when Dino Bravo passed out in the Cobra Clutch in 0:06:48.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Ted DiBiase retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Junkyard Dog vs. "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

Eddie Gilbert was still sporting his ridiculous dance attire, thinking he was going to to a little juking and jiving tonight in his match with Junkyard Dog. I hope after tonight. Gilbert knows it's time to give it a rest. Not only was JYD embarrassing him in the dance department, he also embarrassed him in the ring tonight. Hot Stuff was dead set on getting his dance on, and instead all he got was a huge headbutt and a pinfall loss. JYD took the time after the match to show the fans some real dancing, much to their delight. Hopefully Gilbert's days as a dancer are over.

Junkyard Dog pinned Eddie Gilbert after a headbutt in 0:03:30.
Rating: * 1/2

Harlem Streetfight
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. Bad News Brown

Duggan & Brown came out dressed in jeans and t-shirts, as a Harlem Streetfight is "come dressed as you are." Brown was also wearing thick boots while Hacksaw had his fists taped up. We had no false thoughts that this was going to be anything but a brawl. You could count on one hand the amount of wrestling moves each man performed during this match, but that didn't make this any less intense. Most guys would have been knocked out after just one of the punches these two were throwing, let alone the several they were smashing each other with. The match spilled to the floor, which is where Bad News' streetfighting past really started to shine. Duggan was more than willing to throw bones with Brown, but in a streetfight, Bad News is diabolical. Brown used whatever wasn't tied down, including a steel chair, the guardrail, and choking Duggan with the microphone wire. Duggan fought his guts out, but in this environment, he was just a little outmatched.

[HARLEM STREETFIGHT]: No-Countout-No-DQ-Match:
Bad News Brown pinned Jim Duggan after a splash in 0:11:12.
Rating: *

After the match, Brown looked like he was going to keep going after Duggan, but when Hacksaw got himself back up and looked like he was ready to fight, Bad News simply gave him a nod and went to the back.

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

Right before intermission, we had our first main event, and subsequently, the first World Title defense for the new champion, King Kong Bundy. He was defending the gold against the man he (and Bobby Heenan) stole the title from at Grand 16, Bob Backlund. Backlund had the opportunity to become the first 4-time World champion in history, but he had a lot to overcome in order to do that. Not only did he have to figure out how to beat the monster that is Bundy, but with the Brain lurking around ringside, he had a challenge ahead of him. Backlund's offense is primarily based on getting his opponent to the mat, but Bundy is just a guy you can't really get to the mat. In fact, you could probably count how many times Bundy has been knocked down on one hand. Not only that, but Bundy & Heenan were cheating left and right, and Backlund was in bad shape. The cheating got so carried away that there was a good chance Backlund was going to get hurt. Eventually, there was one man who couldn't take it anymore, and that was RICK MARTEL! Even after the warning President Jack Tunney gave him, Martel couldn't stand by and let this travesty go on. Martel went after Bundy, smashing him with right hands.

King Kong Bundy defeated Bob Backlund by disqualification in 0:08:23.
Rating: *
(King Kong Bundy retained the GCW World Title.)
[Rick Martel interfered against King Kong Bundy.]

The disqualification was obvious, but Martel did the right thing. Martel tried to take Bundy down, and was doing okay with the punches, but as soon as he went for a tackle, Bundy's size came into play. One clubbing blow to Martel's bad neck put a stop to the rally. Luckily, no further damage could be done because BARRY WINDHAM came running down to the ring, and he had a piece of metal piping with him, which even makes someone like King Kong Bundy think better of fighting. No one got seriously hurt, but did Rick Martel just cost him any future at being the World champion?

The Mexican Eagles vs. The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious)

After what happened before intermission, we could use a little levity, and we got that with our first match back from the break with the Mexican Eagles taking on the Electric Dream Machine. Before the match, Jimmy "Jam" Garvin & "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal did an interview. They said that there was a very good chance that this could be their last match ever. Garvin said it would be a tragedy for wrestling fans everywhere, but once Hollywood got a load of them, they'd be too busy filming blockbuster movies to be bothered with the "idiot fans." Chavo Guerrero & Dos Caras had heard enough and decided if this was going to be EDM's last match, they were going to give them a loss as a going away present. Regal got caught in a backslide from Guerrero to end the match. Hopefully their auditions go better than this match did.

The Mexican Eagles (Chavo Guerrero and Dos Caras) defeated The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) when C. Guerrero pinned S. Regal after a backslide in 0:04:00.
Rating: 3/4*

The Mexican Eagles were celebrating in the ring, having a good time for the fans in Los Angeles, but it would be short-lived when they were blindsided by NIKOLAI VOLKOFF & THE IRON SHEIK. Freddie Blassie was along with them, yelling about how you shouldn't get in the Foreign Legion's business. Officials ran down to break it up, but the message had definitely been sent. I'm sure there will be more to come from this.

"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes vs. Stan "The Lariat" Hansen (w/ Sgt. Slaughter)

Dusty Rhodes & Stan Hansen have been the best of friends, but right now they're the worst of enemies. Rhodes was in a precarious position though with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, his regular partner, being in a war already tonight with Bad News Brown. If Sgt. Slaughter chose to get involved, Rhodes wasn't going to have any backup. Early on in the match, Slaughter did try just that when he ambushed Rhodes on the floor behind the referee's back. It wasn't behind Hansen's back though. Hansen got in Slaughter's face about it and told him he wanted to do this himself. They had some tense words before Slaughter relented and went to the back on his own volition. It almost cost Hansen as he got back in the ring and got smashed with a Bionic elbow that would have been a pin had Hansen not landed so close to the ropes. Once Hansen got his bearings, this turned into the fight that we expected. Rhodes can brawl with the best of them, but Hansen is an animal. The more the match was breaking down, the more Hansen's wild brawling was taking control. Hansen was savoring beating down Rhodes, but when he went for the Lariat, he swung wildly, missing completely. He turned back and got caught in the face with the Bionic Elbow and got a quick pin!

Dusty Rhodes pinned Stan Hansen with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:09:34.
Rating: ****

Hansen wasn't down long, but the Dream bailed from the ring before he got struck by Hansen's wild shots. This was huge for Rhodes, who in recent months had been on the losing end of many battles with the Unholy Alliance. Is this the start of a turnaround?

Barry Windham vs. Big John Studd (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

This was Big John Studd's first singles match since coming to GCW as the newest member of the Heenan Family, and he'd have a fired up opponent as he took on Barry Windham. We found out after the fact that Studd was the one who had mysteriously been attacking people backstage, notably Windham. Windham vowed revenge and was all ready for a fight. Windham is a hell of a young competitor, and has all the tools to break out as a big time player in the wrestling world, which makes Studd's domination of him all the more impressive. Windham had the will, but Studd is such a massive, imposing man that Windham couldn't mount any real offense. Studd nearly took Windham's head off with a short lariat and mercifully put this match to a quick end.

Big John Studd pinned Barry Windham after a short lariat in 0:03:15.
Rating: * 3/4

Windham has all the guts in the world, but he is going to need a different gameplan if he wants to go against the monsters in the the Heenan Family.

Cage Match
The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. The British Bulldogs

The first thing to point out after the cage was constructed for the violent main event was that Lou Albano was nowhere in sight. Word has it that before even flying out to LA for this show, Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith told him to stay behind. The reasoning was not known, but at the very least we knew whichever team was going to be victorious was going to do so on their own merits. A cage match is the most dangerous match in all of wrestling, and there's a reason they are so rare. This match cemented that, because by the end of the contest, there wasn't a man in sight who wasn't bleeding. This match was also made an escapes-only cage match, because President Jack Tunney deemed it too dangerous for one of his officials to be in the ring with these four. It's a good thing too, because this fight was crazy. There wasn't a spot inside the cage that was safe. The Bulldogs showed that they were the more ruthless team in the middle chunk of the match, doing everything they could to not only beat the Express down, but end their careers. But if you want to know about resiliency, look no further than Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson. They fought back from everything that the Bulldogs could throw at them, and dished out their own form of punishment. There wasn't a man, woman, or child not on their feet by the end of this one. In the end, all four men were fighting on top of the cage. It was a very dangerous situation. On one side, Morton and Dynamite had climbed over the side and were dangling on the outside wall. On the other, Gibson and Davey Boy were straddling the top and exchanging blows. Morton grabbed Dynamite by the hair and slammed his head into the cage. Dynamite fell back, getting his leg caught in between the bars and dangling, allowing Morton to hit the floor! At nearly the same time, Gibson walloped Davey Boy with one hard punch that sent him toppling into the ring. Gibson climbed over and to the floor, and the Rock 'N Roll Express had won it!

Cage Match:
The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) by escaping the cage in 0:14:52.
Rating: **** 1/4

What a tremendous way to end the night (unless you're the British Bulldogs). The Bulldogs didn't take too kindly to the loss and threw a big fit, destroying the ringside area before going to the back escorted by police officers.

Card rating: ** 1/4

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We will have all the details on the last huge show of the year, scheduled for December 30 at Madison Square Garden, coming up next week's edition of GCW Superstars!

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