11/23/85 - GCW Superstars

11/23/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 11/12/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

JACK TUNNEY MAKES A DECISION ON RICK MARTEL

As was the case last week, the show opened in President Jack Tunney's office. Tunney said he was sad to announce that after the actions of Rick Martel last week in Los Angeles, he had to make a difficult decision. He had warned Martel that if he got involved in the World Title match between King Kong Bundy and Bob Backlund, he would no longer be eligible for World Title matches. Even if he felt that Martel was just trying to defend his friend, he broke that decree, and as a result, Rick Martel will no longer get to compete for the World Title for the duration of his career. Tunney knew this would be unpopular, but it was the only decision he could make given the circumstances.

We then got the intro to GCW Superstars and then went to ringside with Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller, and they first talked about what Jack Tunney had just said - Rick Martel can no longer compete for the World Title! Niemiller said it was the right call because Martel is clearly out of control and he brought this on himself. Monsoon said that was ridiculous as Martel was only doing what was right and keeping that monster King Kong Bundy from injuring Bob Backlund, and there's no reason he should be punished like this. Speaking of the World champion, Bundy was going to be in action today in our main event, taking on another man who was upset with what went down in Los Angeles - Barry Windham! Corporal Kirchner was in the house, as was Dino Bravo. The Rock 'N Roll Express, fresh off their steel cage victory in LA, would be competing as well. We'd be hearing from "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan too, but first, Big John Studd!

MATCH #1
Big John Studd (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Mike Saxon

Studd is one of the most imposing men we've seen come along in a long time. If you want further proof, look at what happened in Los Angeles where Studd absolutely dominated one of the hottest rising stars in wrestling, Barry Windham. Studd's competition this week was a lot less in the form of Mike Saxon, who didn't put up much of a fight before Studd put him down with the Backbreaker. Can anyone stop the Heenan Family right now?

Big John Studd pinned Mike Saxon with the Backbreaker in 0:01:08.
Rating: DUD

JIM DUGGAN COMMENTS ON BAD NEWS BROWN, BUT GETS INTERRUPTED

Back from commercial break, Lord Alfred Hayes was out at the interview area with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. Duggan looked a little banged up, but that is to be expected after the war he went through with Bad News Brown in the Harlem Streetfight. Hayes asked him how he was feeling. Duggan said he felt like he got hit by a truck. Hacksaw said he was beaten up and sore, but he went on Bad News' turf and stuck with him shot for shot. He said he had nothing but respect for Brown, and said any time he wanted to fight, he'd be ready. One thing he might not have been ready for was the interruption that came next from SGT. SLAUGHTER & STAN HANSEN, the World Tag Team champions. Duggan had his fists up ready to go, but at first it looked like the champs were just here to talk. Slaughter said that the Unholy Alliance was in a bad mood after Los Angeles, and they were looking to take someone out. And in their eyes, who better than Jim Duggan? They should have known DUSTY RHODES would be out for backup though, and he brought a baseball bat with him! The Unholy Alliance didn't look so keen to fight now, and left yelling that this one wasn't over by a long shot.

MATCH #2
Corporal Kirchner vs. Gary Starr

Corporal Kirchner was in action next, and took care of business against Gary Starr. During the match, Kirchner did an insert promo where he said that another great year for GCW and the United States was almost in the books, but there was still a group of no-good jerks trying to tarnish the good name of the Red, White, and Blue. Kirchner was of course referring to the Foreign Legion. He promised to make sure that 1985 ended on a sour note for the Foreign Scumbags.

Corporal Kirchner pinned Gary Starr after a side step in 0:02:43.
Rating: 1/2*

MATCH #3
"Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Mario Mancini

Dino Bravo had a shot at the Intercontinental Title last Saturday, but fell short to Ted DiBiase. Word in the locker room is that Jimmy Hart is attributing the loss to a lack of preparation time, something that won't be a problem the next time they square off. Bravo did look to be extra focused today, but it wasn't really needed against Mario Mancini. Bravo hits the Side Suplex and gets an easy win.

Dino Bravo pinned Mario Mancini with the Side Suplex in 0:02:40.
Rating: -3/4*

MATCH #4
The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. Ron Shaw/Gino Carabello

As this match started, Gorilla Monsoon had some breaking news for everybody. He announced that after losing the steel cage match to the Rock 'N Roll Express last week in Los Angeles, the British Bulldogs have LEFT Global Championship Wrestling! Monsoon said apparently when the chips were down, the Bulldogs decided they couldn't cut it and tucked their tails between their legs and went home. Niemiller wanted to disagree, but couldn't, saying they lost to Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson fair and square, and apparently decided that leaving was the only option. Speaking of Morton & Gibson, they were in action here, and although they may have been a little banged up from LA, that didn't stop them from getting a timely victory on Superstars. The sky is the limit for the former World Tag Team champions.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated Ron Shaw and Gino Carabello when R. Gibson defeated Shaw when Shaw passed out in the Gibson Leglock in 0:03:47.
Rating: *

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

A fairly short Live Event Report from "Mean" Gene Okerlund this week, but it didn't mean he was any less excited. Okerlund was here to talk about not one big show coming up, but TWO! The first of which is the last big show of the year, and a big tradition in GCW - the end of the year Madison Square Garden show. This will take place on December 30, and as always, the year-end show is always a tremendous night. Okerlund encouraged everyone to get their tickets now as they are going to sell out fast. Okerlund also dropped the news that the first matches for the show would be announced next week on Superstars.

The other big show he could announce was the first big show of 1986, the return of Saturday Night Slam Masters on January 4! It will also be our debut in Tampa, FL at the SunDome. No word yet on the card for this big show yet either, but Okerlund hinted at there being a World Title defense on the show. He told viewers to keep watching Superstars and the Live Event Report for all the latest news.

MATCH #5
Non-Title Match
King Kong Bundy (World champion) (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Barry Windham

Barry Windham was no doubt banged up, which is understandable when you've been on the receiving end of brutal attacks from King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd over the last several weeks. But Windham's hatred for the Heenan Family is so strong that there was no way he was going to sit out of this non-title match against the World champ. The story of this match was Windham using his speed edge over Bundy to stick and move, peppering the monster with hard punches and backing away before the beast could get a hold of him. This worked great early on, and Bundy was clearly getting frustrated. So once Bundy finally did get his hands on Windham, it was ugly. Windham went down swinging, but his last ditch effort came to an end when he maybe foolishly went for a bodyslam and collapsed under the massive weight of Bundy. Bundy followed with the Big Splash, and this one was all over but the shouting.

King Kong Bundy pinned Barry Windham with the Big Splash in 0:06:15.
Rating: **

Bundy did not take kindly to how much fight Windham put up in the match, and neither did Bobby Heenan. Heenan called out the ENTIRE Heenan Family - Big John Studd, Eddie Gilbert, Tully Blanchard, & Arn Anderson, and this was quickly becoming a dangerous situation. That is, until reinforcements arrived! Before any major damage could be done to Windham, out ran BOB BACKLUND, RICK MARTEL, JUNKYARD DOG, & ANDRE THE GIANT, and the brawl was on! The show went off the air with these 10 men going at it tooth and nail!

Match observations:

What a chaotic end to Superstars! Be sure to join us next week on the program, where we will have the Mexican Eagles taking on the Hart Foundation, and Tully Blanchard defends the Television Title against Jacques Rougeau! Plus, the first matches announced for the year-end show!

12/30/85 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - New York, NY

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1/4/86 - SATURDAY NIGHT SLAM MASTERS - SUNDOME - Tampa, FL

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