11/7/85 - Grand 16 - Chicago, IL

11/7/85 - Grand 16
LOCATION: Rosemont Horizon - Chicago, IL

It was a sold out crowd for the first ever wrestling event held on the new medium, pay-per-view, and Gorilla Monsoon was joined by Lord Alfred Hayes at ringside to call the action for Grand 16! Sixteen teams will all be vying for the honor of winning the Grand 16 trophy signifying being one of the top tag teams in all of wrestling. Hayes said with so many great teams involved, it was impossible to choose a winner. Monsoon added that in addition to the tourney, the World Title was on the line as Bob Backlund's year-plus title reign would be in jeopardy against the #1 contender, King Kong Bundy. Hayes said Backlund is one of the greatest champions in GCW history, but Bundy is an unstoppable monster. Backlund will need to pull out all the stops if he wants to stay the champion. With that, Monsoon through it to the ring to Howard Finkel for our opening contest!

MATCH #1
Grand 16 - First Round
Hector Guerrero/Tito Santana vs. Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

Our opener saw the return of a couple of familiar faces to long time GCW fans, as Hector Guerrero & Tito Santana are back for one night only to compete in Grand 16. They were taking on the formidable team of Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik of Freddie Blassie's Foreign Legion. Guerrero & Santana are the reigning WWA tag team champions and have a lot of experience teaming together, and that showed. Blassie's men completely overlooked our visitors, not taking them seriously at all, which allowed Hector to catch The Iron Sheik completely by surprise with a Victory Roll to get a quick pin just barely a minute in!

[FIRST ROUND]:
Hector Guerrero and Tito Santana defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) when H. Guerrero pinned Sheik after a Victory Roll in 0:01:06.
Rating: * 1/2

Even with being a great team, this has to be considered an upset for Guerrero & Santana, who now find themselves in the quarterfinals. Before we found out who they would be wrestling in the next round, we went back to Mark Niemiller who was standing by.

MARK NIEMILLER INTERVIEWS THE FORMER WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS

Niemiller was standing in front of a large board with the brackets for the tournament on it. He welcomed every to the show again, and then moved Hector & Tito's tag ahead on the board. He then brought in one of the teams competing in the next match, the Rock 'N Roll Express. Niemiller asked for a comment about their title loss last Saturday night on Slam Masters, playing an accompanying video clip. Ricky Morton said that not being the tag team champions anymore hurts, but they should have known that scum like Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen would stop at nothing to steal their titles. Robert Gibson chimed in, saying that they were more than willing to fight fire with fire and if they got to the finals, they would return the favor to the Unholy Alliance. Niemiller thanked them for their time, and sent it back to ringside for the match.

MATCH #2
Grand 16 - First Round
The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. The Fabulous Ones

It was strange, but the Fabulous Ones actually got a decent amount of cheers as they came to the ring for this match against the Rock 'N Roll Express. Steve Keirn & Stan Lane were so blown away by it, I think they forgot how much they love long introductions as they got into the ring in a hurry. What was even stranger was seeing Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson shake hands with them before the match. These two teams have been at each other since the Fabulous Ones debuted, but it looks like Keirn & Lane attempting to save the Express on Saturday has won their respect. The match itself was good, and it was nice to see a good clean fight between the two teams. Ultimately, the motivation the RnR have to get their hands on Slaughter & Hansen helped propel them to the victory.

[FIRST ROUND]:
The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) when R. Morton pinned S. Keirn after a flying cross body press in 0:03:11.
Rating: ** 1/4

Our first quarterfinal match is set - The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. Hector Guerrero & Tito Santana.

MATCH #3
Grand 16 - First Round
The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano) vs. Tony Atlas/"The Japanese Assassin" Shiro Koshinaka (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

The British Bulldogs are coming into Grand 16 with a huge chip on their shoulders. Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith feel that they should be getting a title shot, and feel that the Rock 'N Roll Express have been getting favorable treatment. Well if Lou Albano's team from across the pond could win this tournament, they would definitely have earned a title shot. Their opponents were two members of the Foreign Legion who don't frequently team up in tag competition, Shiro Koshinaka and the now former Intercontinental champion Tony Atlas. Atlas started the match, and when he took a snap suplex from Dynamite Kid early on, it was clear that something wasn't right. Atlas crawled over and made a tag to Koshinaka, and then laid on the ring apron unable to get to his feet. Dynamite & Davey Boy continued that aggressive style on Koshinaka too, and it wasn't long before a desperate Koshinaka poked Smith in the eye to get himself disqualified.

[FIRST ROUND]:
The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated The Foreign Legion (Shiro Koshinaka and Tony Atlas) when D.B. Smith defeated Koshinaka by disqualification in 0:02:25.
Tony Atlas suffered a neck injury. He will be out for approximately 8 months.
Rating: *
*

All it seemed to do though was make the Bulldogs mad, who sent Koshinaka flying over the top to the floor, cementing their place in the next round. After seeing the doctors, it was revealed that Atlas has suffered a serious neck injury. It wasn't so much from the one suplex, but rather something that has been months in the making. Atlas is going to need to have surgery and will be out for a considerable amount of time. As of now, Ted DiBiase's Intercontinental Title defense that was supposed to take place in Los Angeles next weekend will take place, but a replacement hasn't been announced yet.

MATCH #4
Grand 16 - First Round
Ted DiBiase/Barry Windham vs. The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Speaking of DiBiase, his first round match with partner Barry Windham was next, taking on the impressive Hart Foundation. It has been awhile since DiBiase & Windham teamed, but it is clear that they still get along swimmingly. Both men have really upped their games in the last few months too, Windham nearly winning the World Title and taking on the Heenan Family and DiBiase winning the Intercontinental Title. However, not teaming in awhile clearly showed, because they were rusty compared to the well-oiled machine that is the Hart Foundation. The fan favorites got their licks in, but they just weren't gelling. At a point where Windham probably should have made the tag, he decided to continue at it himself, getting caught in the Anvil Flattener by Jim Neidhart and getting pinned to the mat, eliminating them from the tournament.

[FIRST ROUND]:
The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated Barry Windham and Ted DiBiase when Neidhart pinned Windham with the Anvil Flattener in 0:07:09.
Rating: *** 3/4

A huge win for the Hart Foundation, who now have to take on the British Bulldogs in the quarterfinals in what should be a fantastic match.

MATCH #5
Grand 16 - First Round
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan/"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes vs. Bad News Brown/Steve Lombardi

Well if you needed further proof that Bad News Brown can't get along with anybody, use this match as a reference point. Brown only wanted in this tournament to get his hands on Jim Duggan, and he didn't get that chance because he's a surly bastard, quite frankly. Lombardi was excited for this chance to be in the tournament, as a good showing would be great for his so far struggling career. He wanted to start the match, but Brown had other ideas. Instead of trying to reason with his partner, Bad News instead hit Lombardi with the Ghetto Blaster, knocking him out! So much for teamwork. After Brown dumped his partner out of the ring, he turned back to the ring, only to be caught under the chin by Hacksaw and the Three Point Stance! Three seconds later, and the match was over!

[FIRST ROUND]:
Jim Duggan and Dusty Rhodes defeated Bad News Brown and Steve Lombardi when Duggan pinned Bad News with the Three Point Stance in 0:00:37.
Rating: * 1/4

Brown wasn't hurt for long, and once he realized what happened, he was beside himself. He thought about coming back to fight, but once he saw Duggan & Rhodes poised to take him out, he thought better of it. He's surly, but he's not stupid. Brown left promising Duggan things would be different .

MATCH #6
Grand 16 - First Round
The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious)

The Rougeau Brothers made sure to do a lot of sightseeing in Chicago today, taking in the Windy City. Jacques came down wearing a Chicago Cubs jersey, while Raymond sported one for the rival White Sox. The Rougeaus looked to be having a good time, but the Electric Dream Machine came in looking extra sparkly for the big event. A quick match, but both teams got to showcase some of their skills before Raymond got caught in the ring and hit with the Rolling Blackout to end the match.

[FIRST ROUND]:
The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) when S. Regal pinned R. Rougeau after the Rolling Blackout in 0:03:24.
Rating: * 1/2

The Electric Dream Machine now faces an extremely tough task in the next round as they take on an extremely fresh Dusty Rhodes & Jim Duggan.

MATCH #7
Grand 16 - First Round
Andre the Giant/Rick Martel vs. "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson/Tully Blanchard (Television champion) (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan/Baby Doll)

This match was clearly a setup from the very beginning. Rick Martel probably shouldn't have been in this match to start with after viciously being attacked by who turned out to be Big John Studd at Saturday Night Slam Masters, possibly having his surgery repaired neck re-injured in the process. Doctors recommended that Martel not participate in this tournament, but the opportunity to get his hands on two members of the Heenan Family was too much to pass up. Plus, having Andre the Giant as your partner doesn't hurt whatsoever. However, being jumped just minutes into the match on the outside by KING KONG BUNDY sure does! The match was ruled a disqualification, but there was more to this story.

[FIRST ROUND]:
Andre the Giant and Rick Martel defeated The Heenan Family (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) when Martel defeated Anderson by disqualification in 0:01:28.
Rating: **
[King Kong Bundy interfered against Rick Martel.]

Bundy was clubbing away at Martel on the floor. Andre tried to get down to help, but Anderson & Blanchard jumped on him and caused him to get tangled up in the ropes. Martel was helpless with his already injured neck, and Bundy crushed Martel with an avalanche against the ring post! Bundy was going to hit the Big Splash next, but BARRY WINDHAM ran out, and wasn't alone, wielding a steel chair! The Heenan Family wisely scattered as Windham and officials checked on the condition of Martel.

MATCH #8
Grand 16 - First Round
The Mexican Eagles vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen

The Mexican Eagles weren't going to go down without a fight, but let's be honest here - against Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen, they were majorly overmatched. Chavo & Caras decided to throw caution to the wind and attacked Slaughter & Hansen before they even got into the ring, diving onto them with stereo planchas! It was a great moment, but unfortunately for fans of the Eagles, it would be about the only highlight for them. Once the unholy alliance got their bearings back, this was all but over. Slaughter planted Guerrero with a spinebuster to finish out the first round.

[FIRST ROUND]:
Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen defeated The Mexican Eagles (Chavo Guerrero and Dos Caras) when Slaughter pinned C. Guerrero after a spinebuster slam in 0:05:51.
Rating: *** 1/2

After the match, we cut back to Mark Niemiller who was standing at the big board, now updated to show the quarterfinals. The Rock 'N Roll Express meet Hector Guerrero & Tito Santana, The British Bulldogs face The Hart Foundation, Jim Duggan & Dusty Rhodes take on The Electric Dream Machine, and as it is scheduled now, Andre the Giant & Rick Martel will go up against Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen. Niemiller was saying he hoped to get some more information as soon as possible on the health of Rick Martel, but was interrupted by what he said was a disturbance in the parking lot, and threw it to Gene Okerlund.

BARRY WINDHAM IS ORDERED TO LEAVE THE BUILDING

"Mean" Gene Okerlund was standing by in the parking lot while behind him, there was a slew of security guards swarming somebody we could barely see. Okerlund explained that the man throwing a fit and being escorted from the building was BARRY WINDHAM. Okerlund added that as of that moment, he wasn't sure why Windham was being thrown out of the building, but as soon as he found out, he would let everybody know.

MATCH #9
Grand 16 - Quarterfinals
The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. Hector Guerrero/Tito Santana

Hector Guerrero & Tito Santana turned a lot of heads in the first round with a quick win over Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik, and looked to pull off a similar upset in the quarters. They would have a tough task ahead of them though, taking on former 2-time World Tag Team champions and one of the tournament favorites, the Rock 'N Roll Express. We got a handshake to start the match, which is always nice to see. This was a fantastic technical match that saw a fair amount of high-flying. There are not a lot of teams that can keep up with the Express in a match like this, but Hector & Tito showed that the west coast has some stars who are capable of doing it. By the end of this match, despite the popularity of Morton & Gibson, the fans were equally supporting the WWA contingent, a testament to their performance. It looked like Santana had Gibson down and out when he hit a flying forearm, but he made one small mistake. Instead of going for the pin, Santana went to put on his version of the figure-four leglock. Gibson had enough left in him to reach up, pull Santana down into a small package, and get the 1-2-3!

[QUARTERFINALS]:
The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated Hector Guerrero and Tito Santana when R. Gibson pinned T. Santana after a small package in 0:08:38.
Rating: ***

An amazing effort by Guerrero & Santana, but the Rock 'N Roll Express showed why their one of the best teams in the business. Morton & Gibson knew they were in a battle though, and led the audience in a round of applause for our visitors from California. A great display of sportsmanship, and the Express have punched their ticket to the semi-finals.

GENE OKERLUND GIVES AN UPDATE

Okerlund joined us again from the backstage area, and had an update on Barry Windham. Okerlund said he spoke to President Jack Tunney, and Tunney said it was because of the current unstable emotional state of Windham, it was in his best interest, and in the best interest of the World Title match later tonight, that he be sent out of the arena. Okerlund said it might be unpopular, but it was probably in the best interest of everyone involved that it be done this way.

MATCH #10
Grand 16 - Quarterfinals
The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano) vs. The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart)

If you thought the Bulldogs were aggressive in the first round, they were even more so in the quarters against the Hart Foundation. Not only were they aggressive in their attacks on Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart, but when Dynamite & Davey Boy were trying to intimidate referee Joey Marella when he was attempting to gain some order, the fans started turning against the Bulldogs as well. This didn't really phase the Bulldogs, but it did make Captain Lou start getting into it with the fans at ringside. Let's make one thing clear - the Hart Foundation weren't completely dominated in this match. When you have the technical skills of the Hitman and the unadulterated power of the Anvil, you're never going to be dominated. It's just that they were wrestling on their heels from bell-to-bell, and when that happens, you're not going to win a lot of matches. The Bulldogs get the win, and now in a very interesting semi-final, will take on their biggest rivals, the Rock 'N Roll Express.

[QUARTERFINALS]:
The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) when Dynamite Kid defeated Neidhart via pinfall in 0:05:01.
Rating: ** 3/4

MATCH #11
Grand 16 - Quarterfinals
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan/"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes vs. The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious)

Duggan & Rhodes had an easy time of it in the first round when Bad News Brown once again showed he can't get along with anybody, but it wouldn't be quite so easy in the quarters against the Electric Dream Machine. Even if you would think on paper this was a clear win for the fan favorites, you have to remember that Regal & Garvin are a permanent team, whereas Hacksaw & the Dream are friends who team up on occasion for common goals. Their goal for this tournament was to get their hands on Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen, and that was enough motivation to propel them on to the semis. Garvin & Regal had some flashes of brilliance, but once Regal got floored by the Three Point Stance from the much larger Duggan, it was all over but the shouting.

[QUARTERFINALS]:
Jim Duggan and Dusty Rhodes defeated The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) when Duggan pinned S. Regal with the Three Point Stance in 0:03:44.
Rating: * 1/2

JACK TUNNEY MAKES AN ANNOUNCEMENT

After that match wrapped up, President Jack Tunney came out and joined Duggan & Rhodes in the ring. Tunney told Duggan & Rhodes to stay as it concerned them why he was out there. Tunney said that after speaking to the doctors, he couldn't possibly allow Rick Martel compete in the quarterfinals of Grand 16. Therefore, he had no choice but to announce that Martel & Andre the Giant were eliminated from the tournament, giving Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen a bye into the semi finals. The crowd booed the decision, but that somewhat turned to cheers as when Tunney made mentioned that that means Duggan & Rhodes will get what they wanted, a match with Slaughter & Hansen in the semis!

MATCH #12
Grand 16 - Semi-Finals
The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano)

But before we get to that match, we had the first semi-final match, and to say this match was an instant classic would be doing it a great disservice. The rivalry between the Rock 'N Roll Express and the British Bulldogs has shaped up to be one of the best in wrestling history, and the chapter written tonight will only enhance that. The Bulldogs were once again focused in on their opponents with an assassin's stare, not even noticing that their normally loyal legion of fans would all but turn against them by the end of this match. Morton & Gibson had a new-found focus as well. They're normally as jovial as can be, playing to the fans and having an all-around good time. With how important this match was though, and with the lengths this rivalry has gone, there was no sign of that. Each shot levied by the combatants in this match had a little extra behind it, and by the end of this, all four men would be worse for wear. Monsoon wondered out loud how the winning team was going to have anything left in the tank for the finals.

Dynamite & Davey Boy took to cutting some corners and breaking the rules as they became more and more frustrated with their inability to secure a win. As rules were broken, the Express came back even faster, and before you knew it, this match had turned into a chaotic brawl. Referee Tommy Young did his best to maintain order, but when four men who don't like each other all spill into the ring, that's a tough row to hoe for anybody. During the pandemonium, Young was over with Morton & Dynamite trying to get them out of the ring as they weren't the legal men. With Young's back turned, Albano tried to throw his cane into Davey Boy, but Gibson intercepted it! Davey begged off as the crowd was going nuts, begging for Gibson to use the cane upside Smith's skull. Before he got the chance though, Albano was up on the apron. Gibson turned to hit Captain Lou with the cane instead. The crowd wanted it, but Gibson never got the chance as before he could swing, Davey Boy stole the cane back, and blasted Gibson right between the eyes, knocking him out! Davey Boy eliminated the evidence, made the cover, and when Young saw it, he ran over and made the 1-2-3.

[SEMI-FINALS]:
The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) when D.B. Smith pinned R. Gibson after hitting him with a cane in 0:16:18.
Rating: **** 1/2

We now know EXACTLY what the Bulldogs' true colors are. They escaped to the back, having to dodge various debris being thrown by the Chicago fans. The Bulldogs are now one step away from winning the Grand 16. Morton and Young helped a groggy Gibson to the back.

OKERLUND GETS A WORD WITH THE BRITISH BULLDOGS

Right after the match, Gene Okerlund tried to get a word with the British Bulldogs & Lou Albano for their actions in the last match, defeating the Rock 'N Roll Express under controversial means. Albano said it was a long time coming. The Bulldogs had been overlooked for too long now while other teams have gotten all of the opportunities. He said they didn't turn their back on GCW, GCW turned their back on them. He added that from now on, the Bulldogs aren't going to wait for their chance - they're going to TAKE it. At this point, RICKY MORTON & ROBERT GIBSON stormed into the room, quickly followed by a horde of officials who separated them from getting at the Bulldogs. Officials had to pull the situation apart as a frantic Mean Gene sent it back to ringside.

MATCH #13
Grand 16 - Semi-Finals
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan/"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen

Even after the disappointment the fans felt with what happened in the last match, they got back up for the other semi-final, another match embroiled in a huge personal issue. Jim Duggan & Dusty Rhodes entered Grand 16 as a team in hopes of getting their hands on Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen, and they worked their way through two rounds for just that. Hacksaw & especially the Dream were chomping at the bit to get at the World Tag Team champions, and Slaughter & Hansen knew that. They employed a lot of stalling tactics to lure the fan favorites into making some early mistakes. It was looking like the opportunity for some payback wasn't going to materialize as the champs had isolated the young Duggan in the ring and completely cut the ring in half. This was going to be a major test to see what Duggan was made of, and he passed with flying colors. Duggan was taking a major beating, but he kept firing back with just enough to keep himself in the contest. It was now Slaughter & Hansen getting frustrated as they thought surely Duggan would be out by then. Slaughter was the next one to make a big mistake, foolishly climbing up to the middle turnbuckle. When he jumped though, Hacksaw caught him with a punch to the gut, causing Slaughter to do a complete flip! This gave Duggan just enough time to dive and make the hot tag to Rhodes, who came in with Bionic elbows blazing! Hansen tried to get in, but Rhodes send him through the ropes with a Bionic elbow. Rhodes had all the momentum on his side and had Slaughter reeling. It looked like a big backdrop was going to have Slaughter down and out, but what Rhodes didn't notice is that Slaughter made the blind tag when he was sent into the ropes. The Dream couldn't figure out why there was no count from Tommy Young. Once Young explained it to him, it was too late. Rhodes got up and was immediately sent back down with the Lariat. Duggan tried to get in, but Slaughter had just enough left to grab his ankle and trip him up.

[SEMI-FINALS]:
Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen defeated Jim Duggan and Dusty Rhodes when Hansen pinned Dusty Rhodes with the Lariat in 0:08:58.
Rating: ***

Slaughter & Hansen rolled out of the ring in a hurry, knowing they just barely escaped from this one. Rhodes & Duggan were obviously extremely disappointed with the outcome, but after coming that close to beating the World Tag Team champions, you know that these two are going to get their day sooner rather than later. But now, the tag champions look to truly cement their place as the best team in the world when they meet the surly British Bulldogs in the finals!

MATCH #14
World Title Match
Bob Backlund (c) vs. King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

This match was for all the marbles, and the deck was certainly stacked against World champion Bob Backlund. Not only is King Kong Bundy an absolute scary monster, but with Barry Windham had been escorted out of the building earlier and Bundy injuring Rick Martel, Backlund was on an island. That being said, it still is hard to bet against Bob Backlund. Backlund is arguably the greatest champion in GCW history, and he has found a way countless times to overcome the odds to keep the gold. In fact, the 3-time champion's current reign has quietly gone over one year in length. Still, Backlund knew his back was against the wall, so he came out swinging.

Backlund insisted on being introduced first, which is strange as the champion is normally second out. We found out why when Backlund attacked Bundy right when he got through the ropes, knowing he had to put the monster on his back early to have a strong chance of keeping his title. Backlund was relentless, and every time Bundy would shove him off, Backlund was right back on him. Backlund even shocked everyone when three clothesline, the third of the diving variety, put Bundy to the canvas! Backlund went for the quick cover, but Bundy kicked out with such force that Backlund flew to the floor. Backlund hit hard on the concrete and was shaken up a bit. As Bundy got up, he grabbed a hold of referee Dick Woehrle and complained about being injured. We soon found out this was all a setup as it served as a distraction for BIG JOHN STUDD to run down, pick Backlund up, and throw him head first into the ring post! If that wasn't bad enough, the massive Studd also bodyslammed Backlund on the concrete floor! After Studd tossed Backlund back in the ring, out came ANDRE THE GIANT. Andre went after Studd, chasing him to the back as the crowd went nuts.

Unfortunately for Backlund, Andre's help came just a bit too late. Backlund tried to get his bearings back, but he was in no condition. Bundy was suddenly all better, hitting an avalanche. Bundy gloated to the crowd for a bit before dropping his considerable frame down onto Backlund with the Big Splash. Bundy made the cover, and in a travesty of justice (as said by Gorilla Monsoon), we had a new World champion.

King Kong Bundy pinned Bob Backlund with the Big Splash in 0:04:04.
Rating: * 3/4
(King Kong Bundy won the GCW World Title.)
[Big John Studd interfered against Bob Backlund.]

Bobby Heenan grabbed the World Title from the timekeeper's table and jumped around ringside with the exuberance of a child on Christmas morning. He got in the ring and presented King Kong Bundy with the title. They were joined by Lord Alfred Hayes for a quick interview. Hayes asked Heenan how he could be proud of a victory like that. The Brain said that if this doesn't prove why he is called the Brain, nothing will to all of these half wits. He promised that this is only the beginning, and people should get used to this sight, because Bundy is going to be champion for a long, long time.

MATCH #15
Grand 16 - Finals
The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano) vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen

It was now time for the match to determine all of the marbles. Before the match began, President Jack Tunney came out with the Grand 16 Cup, and wished both teams luck. You want to know who didn't wish the two teams luck? The crowd. With the British Bulldogs' change in attitude and Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen being, well, them, the fans in attendance were somehow wishing both of these teams could lose. Even without crowd support though, both teams had a lot on the line here. For Slaughter & Hansen, as the reigning champions, this would cement their place at the top of the food chain. If the Bulldogs won, there would be no way to deny them their claim that they absolutely deserve a shot at the World Tag Team Titles.

Given what has happened through this night already, it was surprising how clean this match was. There's not to say there were some face rakes and chokes here and there, but this was more two teams trying to beat the stuffing out of each other than taking a cheap way to victory. The size and power disparity played a big part in this match at times, but Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith can be like jackals blood-thirsty for the kill. When all was said and done, it was that tenacity that proved to be enough. The Bulldogs also being somewhat fresher left them with just a little more in the tank, and when Davey Boy caught Hansen with the Running Powerslam, Dynamite's Flying Headbutt followed and we had ourselves a winning team, the inaugural Grand 16 champions!

[FINALS]:
The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen when Dynamite Kid pinned Hansen with the Flying Headbutt in 0:10:27.
Rating: *** 3/4

We were quickly running out of time, but we did get to see enough on the feed of the Bulldogs being presented with the trophy, while being bombarded with boos from the crowd. Thank you for watching Grand 16! Goodnight, everyone!

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

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

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Ted DiBiase (c) vs. ???
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen (c) vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express
HARLEM STREETFIGHT - Jim Duggan vs. Bad News Brown
Junkyard Dog vs. Eddie Gilbert

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