11/30/85 - GCW Superstars

11/30/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 11/12/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were at the helm for the big program, one that will include the Mexican Eagles taking on the Hart Foundation! Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik are here, as is Junkyard Dog! Speaking of JYD, he will be part of a coalition out to speak later on the program, along with Bob Backlund, Rick Martel, Barry Windham, & Andre the Giant. Niemiller said he hoped they were out to apologize to the Heenan Family for getting involved in last week's main event, to which Monsoon replied, "Highly unlikely." The Television Title will also be up for grabs today with Tully Blanchard defending against Jacques Rougeau! And not only that, but we're going to get our first idea of the matches taking place at the year-end show in Madison Square Garden, and Saturday Night Slam Masters! But first to the ring with Howard Finkel for our first contest!

Bad News Brown vs. Jim Young

Poor Jim Young. Never a good time when you draw Bad News Brown as your opponent. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan gave him one hell of a fight in Los Angeles, but Brown came out ahead in the Harlem Streetfight. Brown has a lot more fights to pick with the superstars of GCW, but Jim Young was not one of them. The Ghetto Blaster puts this one in the books.

Bad News Brown pinned Jim Young with the Ghetto Blaster in 0:02:00.
Rating: -3/4*

Television Title Match
Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan & "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson) vs. Jacques Rougeau (w/ Raymond Rougeau)

Before this match, Television champion Tully Blanchard gave an interview where he all but told the world that Jacques Rougeau was beneath him, and there was no chance he would even break a sweat, let alone lose the TV Title today. Those words almost came back to bite him. Sure, Jacques did not win the TV Title, but he came within an eyelash of doing so on several occasions. Jacques proved that the Rougeaus aren't just about being goofy tourists - they can also bring it in the ring. Arn Anderson desperately wanted to interfere on Tully's behalf, but with Raymond at ringside as well, he couldn't do that. It took a desperation thumb to the eye from Tully on Jacques to give him the opening to hit the Slingshot Suplex and score the win.

Tully Blanchard pinned Jacques Rougeau with the Slingshot Suplex in 0:07:06.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Tully Blanchard retained the GCW Television Title.)

A great effort from Jacques, but just came up a little short. Raymond got into the ring to make sure that no further damage could be done to Jacques, but he made the mistake in turning his back on Anderson. The Enforcer spun Raymond around and dropped him with the Gourdbuster, much to the delight of Bobby Heenan.

When we got back from commercial, Gorilla Monsoon said that President Jack Tunney has acted fast. As a result of what happened before the break, next week on Superstars, it will be the Rougeaus taking on TV champion Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson. Niemiller said that the Rougeaus will be taught a lesson in respect next week.


If that tag match wasn't bad enough news for the Heenan Family, it was going to get much worse with our next segment. Bob Backlund led the men who he stood tall with last week - Rick Martel, Barry Windham, Junkyard Dog, & Andre the Giant - to the ring for an interview with Mark Niemiller. Niemiller asked Backlund if his friends and he were out here to apologize to Bobby Heenan and the World champion King Kong Bundy for all the torment they have put the Heenan Family through over the past few months. Backlund said nothing was further from the truth. Backlund said that standing with him in the ring was a coalition that has had enough of the Heenan Family's actions here in GCW. Each wrestler went over his issues with members of the Heenan Family, before Backlund said a lot of issues would be settled on December 30 at Madison Square Garden. Backlund said they all talked to Jack Tunney, and Tunney agreed that this all needed to end in the worst way. So at the year-end show, it will be these 5 men taking on the 5 members of the Heenan Family… in WAR GAMES! This is a huge announcement, as there is no more dangerous match than the War Games match, but one way or another, this will be settled. What a huge development!

Junkyard Dog vs. Joe Mirto

The entire team stayed down at ringside with Junkyard Dog in a show of support as he took on Joe Mirto, though it was hardly necessary. JYD is one of the best the world of wrestling has to offer, and the crowd was well behind his juking and jiving as he went on to an easy victory with the Thump Powerslam. This team looks focused and on the same page as we go into War Games next month.

Junkyard Dog pinned Joe Mirto with the Thump Powerslam in 0:01:25.
Rating: -1/2*

Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie) vs. Sal Gee/Rick Hunter

During the opening moments of this tag team match, we got an insert promo from Nikolai Volkoff, The Iron Sheik, & "Classy" Freddie Blassie. The main topic was the Mexican Eagles who his charges had a run in with in Los Angeles. Blassie said that he didn't care if it was his brother, Chavo Guerrero should have known better than to stick his nose in Foreign Legion business. Blassie did have Volkoff & Sheik wrestling more aggressively tonight, and that led to an easy victory today on Superstars.

The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) defeated Sal Gee and Rick Hunter when Volkoff defeated Hunter when Hunter passed out in the Bearhug in 0:03:16.
Rating: -1/2*


"Mean" Gene Okerlund is always an excited guy, but he gets especially excited when it's time for the Live Event Report. This one was particularly good too, as he had two big cards to announce some matches for. The first one is on December 30 from Madison Square Garden for the big year-end show. As we found out earlier in today's broadcast, we know what the main event will be. It will be the most dangerous match in all of in the form of War Games. On one side, it will be Bob Backlund, Rick Martel, Barry Windham, Junkyard Dog, & Andre the Giant, taking on the Heenan Family's team of World champion King Kong Bundy, Big John Studd, Television champion Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, & Eddie Gilbert. There have not been many of these matches before, and for good reason. They can easily shorten or end a career in one night. It is certainly going to be something to behold. The other match scheduled will be a match that we originally were going to see in Los Angeles, but we will now get now in the Garden. Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen have been running rampant through GCW since they started teaming up. They will be putting the titles on the line against the team they beat, the Rock 'N Roll Express. Even though they are former 2-time World Tag Team champions, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson have to be considered the underdogs going into this match. But one thing is for sure, this will be a fantastic contest.

And of course, our first big show of the new year will be on MTV on January 4th, from the SunDome in Tampa, FL - Saturday Night Slam Masters! So far, only one match has been officially signed, but boy is it a big one! Because of the circumstances of their last two matches, President Jack Tunney has ordered one final World Title match between champion King Kong Bundy and former champion Bob Backlund. And because there has been so much outside interference from both sides in their previous two matches, Tunney has announced that there will be a special guest referee to help keep order in the match. The identity of the referee has not been named yet, but Okerlund assured everyone that in the coming weeks, as soon as he knew, the whole world would know.

The Mexican Eagles vs. The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart)

The Mexican Eagles appear to have gotten the goat of Freddie Blassie, but if they heard the Foreign Legion's words earlier, it didn't have any effect on them going into today's main event with the Hart Foundation. The Eagles like to have fun, but Dos Caras & Chavo Guerrero also know how to get it done in the ring. The Hart Foundation weren't in the mood for the Eagles' tactics and took to grounding them right away. Jim Neidhart's power & Bret Hart's technical prowess managed to subdue a lot of the lucha libre influenced wrestling on the Eagles. Once Chavo & Caras got some separation though, this battle spilled to the floor where Caras & Chavo jumped on the Hart Foundation with stereo planchas. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the planchas wiped them out too, and both teams were counted out.

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) and The Mexican Eagles (Chavo Guerrero and Dos Caras) battled to a double countout in 0:04:56.
Rating: * 3/4

Be sure to join us next week on Superstars where our featured match will be the Rougeau Brothers taking on Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson! Andre the Giant will be here, as will the Intercontinental champion Ted DiBiase. And we will also have the Flower Shop with special guest "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes! All that and more on GCW Superstars!

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

WAR GAMES - Bob Backlund/Rick Martel/Barry Windham/Junkyard Dog/Andre the Giant vs. King Kong Bundy/Big John Studd/Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson/Eddie Gilbert
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen (c) vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express


WORLD TITLE - King Kong Bundy (c) vs. Bob Backlund

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