11/2/85 - GCW Superstars

11/2/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 10/22/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

We are just a few short hours from Saturday Night Slam Masters in Hershey, PA, but the fans got to whet their appetite with GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were the announce team, and they ran down the card for today's show. In a rematch from a recent episode of Superstars, The Fabulous Ones face Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen! Adrian Adonis is here, as is Barry Windham! And in our main event, Tully Blanchard defends the Television Title against Junkyard Dog! But first up, Raymond Rougeau meets King Kong Bundy!

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

Two weeks ago, King Kong Bundy wrestled Raymond Rougeau's brother, Jacques, and used him to send a message to Rick Martel, who the Rougeaus are friends with. Raymond didn't take too kindly to Bundy trying to injure his little brother, so he requested this match against the monster. You have to admire his want to stand up for his sibling, but this wasn't going to end well for Raymond. Bundy has been on fire, and that was going to continue here. Even with Jacques at ringside, Raymond just didn't have an answer for over 450 pounds of a scary, dangerous man. Bundy would win this match by countout after he had scooped Raymond up and drove his back into the steel ring post.

King Kong Bundy defeated Raymond Rougeau by countout in 0:02:54.
Rating: 1/2*

Monsoon commended the effort by Raymond, but said it was just too big of a mountain to climb.


Heenan grabbed the microphone as King Kong Bundy stood menacingly by him. Heenan told everyone that they were looking at the next World champion, because Bundy was unstoppable. Heenan said that Bundy would win the battle royal tonight and go on to become the World champion. Heenan said that wasn't a surprise, but he did say he would have another surprise tonight - a surprise that would change GCW, and especially Rick Martel, forever.

Barry Windham vs. John Rizzo

Another man in tonight's battle royal was up next in action, the exciting young superstar, Barry Windham. Windham did an insert promo directed toward King Kong Bundy and Bobby Heenan, telling them he hasn't forgotten about how he was attacked last month at Slam Masters, and added that they can deny it all they want, but he was still going to toss Bundy out of the ring and win the battle royal. Windham might just be plucky enough to do that. He certainly looked ready and on top of his game as he made short work of John Rizzo with the Superplex.

Barry Windham pinned John Rizzo with the Superplex in 0:02:05.
Rating: * 1/4

The Fabulous Ones vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen

I hate to say it, but we may be looking at the next World Tag Team champions. Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen get that opportunity tonight at Slam Masters, but first they were looking to even the odds against the one team that has defeated them so far in GCW, the Fabulous Ones (though Niemiller did note correctly that it was only by countout after a distraction by the Rock 'N Roll Express). A shot of the Rock 'N Roll Express backstage was shown, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson accompanied by an official to ensure they wouldn't come out to ringside and get involved again. Without the champs to distract, the Fabulous Ones were in trouble. Not even a long intro could help them, as Slaughter & Hansen brutalized them. They toyed with them before Slaughter finally put Keirn out of his misery with the Cobra Clutch.

Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen defeated The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) when Slaughter defeated S. Keirn when S. Keirn passed out in the Cobra Clutch in 0:06:47.
Rating: ** 3/4

The Rock 'N Roll Express may not have been allowed to come out during the match, but when the Unholy Alliance started to take liberties with the Fabulous Ones, Morton & Gibson ran down to put a stop to it. Slaughter & Hansen took wild swings at them, but the Express ducked and sent both men sprawling from the ring with stereo dropkicks. Monsoon said we might be looking at what's going to happen tonight at Slam Masters. Niemiller told Monsoon not to get ahead of himself, calling the champs back fighters and that they will get theirs in just a few hours.

"Adorable" Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Jimmy Jackson

Adrian Adonis wasn't making many news fans to begin with as a result of his new performance, but last week's debut of The Flower Shop didn't help matters much. The more flamboyant he gets, the more he is making everyone mad, which is exactly what he is looking to do. He feeds off the jeers, and though his physique may not be what it once was, he is still as skilled as ever in the ring. Now Jimmy Jackson isn't tonight's battle royal, but Adonis picks up a good win to go into the match on the right foot.

Adrian Adonis pinned Jimmy Jackson after an enzuilariato in 0:03:18.
Rating: DUD


As is tradition on the day of a big show, "Mean" Gene Okerlund was all packed up and ready to travel, and tonight, he would be traveling to Hershey, PA for Saturday Night Slam Masters! The stage was already set for the event, as the card has been finalized. Now, there's only one thing to do, and that's wait for the show to start! Two big titles match, a grudge match between Corporal Kirchner and Shiro Koshinaka, and the big battle royal to determine who wrestles Bob Backlund for the World Title at Grand 16 on Thursday, live on pay-per-view!

Speaking of, that show is almost set in stone as well. Outside of who will challenge for the World Title, the field is all laid out, as 16 top teams will all challenge for the title of winner of the Grand 16 Cup. Okerlund said that with the field involved, it would be impossible to predict a winner, but he could predict that it was an event you won't want to miss!

Okerlund almost left, but he remembered he had one more thing to announce. On November 16, two weeks from now, GCW will invade Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Sports Arena for a big live show! Much of the card is still to be determined based on the results of the next two big events, but there was one match he could announce. Jim Duggan and Bad News Brown have been involved in a war of words over the last several weeks, and in two weeks time, they will be able to remedy their issues in a match. But not just any match - it will be a Harlem Streetfight! No countout, no disqualification, come dressed as you are, and everything goes! This is a fight you are not going to want to miss!


Junkyard Dog came out to the interview area before his Television Title match against Tully Blanchard in today's main event. Niemiller didn't want to talk to him about the title match, but rather, what JYD's answer to Eddie Gilbert's super dangerous dance challenge was going to be. Niemiller said he assumed the answer would be no, and there would be no shame in JYD tucking his tail between his legs and heading back to the pound. JYD grabbed the microphone away and told Niemiller be better stop talking trash because he definitely couldn't back it up. JYD then kept it short and sweet, saying first he would win the Television Title, and then he would dance his butt off at Slam Masters and make Eddie Gilbert look like the jive turkey he is!

Television Title Match
Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan/Baby Doll) vs. Junkyard Dog

JYD was all fired up and ready to dance against Eddie Gilbert tonight, but he was here to win a championship on Superstars. More directly, the Television Title currently held by Tully Blanchard. Blanchard knew that the best way to defeat JYD is to not let him build momentum. That wasn't working early, as JYD's dancing got the crowd behind him, and when he has the crowd behind him, he can string together a great series of moves. Blanchard knew he had to take a powder, and when he got away from JYD right before the Dog was going to hit the Thump Powerslam, he regrouped on the outside. It wasn't long before he was joined by EDDIE GILBERT, and the four members of the Heenan Family began to discuss their strategy. It should be noted that Gilbert was wearing a ridiculous dance outfit that even the Electric Dream Machine would be envious of. Once Blanchard got back in the ring, Hot Stuff's distractions helped him get the advantage. Blanchard kept on the attack, trying to take out JYD's leg to keep him on the mat and neutralize his size and strength edge. JYD would fight back though, getting the momentum back. When he looked poised to go in for the kill, Gilbert jumped up on the ring apron. JYD floored him with a headbutt, but this let Blanchard catch him in the back with a knee, hit the Slingshot Suplex, and keep his title.

Tully Blanchard pinned Junkyard Dog with the Slingshot Suplex in 0:10:30.
Rating: ***
(Tully Blanchard retained the GCW Television Title.)
[Eddie Gilbert interfered against Junkyard Dog.]

Blanchard retains his TV Title, but Gilbert may end up getting the worst of this because I don't see JYD keeping his cool in the dance off tonight.

Match observations:

Join us for Slam Masters tonight on MTV!


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
Bad News Brown/Steve Lombardi
WWA Tag Team champions Tito Santana/Hector Guerrero

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

HARLEM STREETFIGHT - Jim Duggan vs. Bad News Brown

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