11/9/85 - GCW Superstars

11/9/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 10/22/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

It has been an action-packed past few days in Global Championship Wrestling, and the landscape has completely changed! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were on hand to host the show, and they started off with the big news coming out of Grand 16, and that is we have a new World champion in the form of King Kong Bundy. Niemiller cut Monsoon off and declared how he believes Bobby Heenan is the smartest man in all of wrestling. He divided all of Bob Backlund's allies, and then conquered to bring the World Title to where it belongs, and that is with the Heenan Family. Monsoon couldn't have disagreed more, saying that what happened at Grand 16 was larceny at its most shady. Niemiller blew it off like he didn't know what Monsoon was talking about it, and he should show some respect to the new champion. Monsoon said he would let the fans decide for themselves as we would have exclusive footage of what happened at Grand 16 on today's broadcast. Also on the show, we will hear from the winners of Grand 16, the British Bulldogs, as they will appear as guests on the Flower Shop! Dino Bravo is here, and Grand 16 partners who did not get along at all will meet here with Bad News Brown taking on Steve Lombardi! Eddie Gilbert is in action, the Mexican Eagles take on Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik, and our main event has Jim Duggan & Dusty Rhodes meeting the Electric Dream Machine! But first to the ring with the former World champion!

MATCH #1
Bob Backlund vs. Mike Saxon

It was strange seeing Bob Backlund without the World Title after he had it for the last year, but that is what we had here. If Backlund was upset about this, he didn't let it show as he made short work out of Mike Saxon and his rhinestone covered glove with the Crossface Chickenwing.

Bob Backlund made Mike Saxon submit to the Crossface Chickenwing in 0:01:29.
Rating: * 3/4

After the match, Mark Niemiller grabbed a word with Backlund, asking him his thoughts on no longer being the World champion. Backlund said he wasn't going to make excuses. Everybody saw what happened and what lengths the Heenan Family went to in order to steal the World Title. But Backlund said he's not a crybaby. He said he was going to get back up, dust himself off, and become the first 4-time World champion.

When Niemiller sat back down, he immediately went into how crazy Backlund is to think he even deserves a rematch, let alone that he will become World champion again. Monsoon told Niemiller he heard just today that not only will Backlund be getting a rematch, but he is getting it next Saturday night in Los Angeles! Niemiller felt this was grossly unfair. Monsoon added that if Bundy was so dominant, he should have no problem turning back the challenge of the former champ.

MATCH #2
The Mexican Eagles vs. Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

Both of these teams had a pretty rough go of it at Grand 16. The Mexican Eagles ran into the nearly unstoppable buzzsaw that is Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen, whereas Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik lost to Tito Santana and one of the Mexican Eagles' brothers, Hector Guerrero, both from the upstart group in California, WWA. This loss has not sat well with Freddie Blassie, and in an insert promo during this match, Blassie said that the Foreign Legion has been the laughing stock of the locker room since losing to a couple of small time pencil-neck geeks. They wanted to make things right by challenging Santana & Hector to a match in their backyard, Los Angeles, next Saturday night. We haven't gotten word yet if that match will take place, but the Foreign Legion got back on track with a victory over the Mexican Eagles. Chavo & Dos Caras dazzled the fans for a bit with their lucha libre style, but once they got grounded, Sheik got Chavo in the Camel Clutch and finished this one off.

The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) defeated The Mexican Eagles (Chavo Guerrero and Dos Caras) when Sheik defeated C. Guerrero when C. Guerrero passed out in the Camel Clutch in 0:04:34.
Rating: **

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

We got big news as this match started with Dino Bravo in action against Dave Barbie. As everyone knows by this point, Tony Atlas suffered a severe neck injury at Grand 16 and is going to miss a considerable amount of time. The former Intercontinental champion was set to get his title rematch in Los Angeles, but due to the injury, a new opponent needed to be found to take on Ted DiBiase for the gold. That man? Canada's Strongest Man, Dino Bravo. Bravo, arguably the greatest tag team wrestler we have ever seen, is looking for that big breakthrough moment in his singles career. Next Saturday may very well be it. He got a nice tuneup here, having little problem taking out Barbie.

Dino Bravo pinned Dave Barbie with the Side Suplex in 0:03:01.
Rating: * 1/4

THE FLOWER SHOP WITH THE BRITISH BULLDOGS

The elaborate set was all made up for this week's rendition of The Flower Shop with "Adorable" Adrian Adonis. Adonis was as flamboyant as ever, and it looked like he had on a new man-dress just for the occasion. Jimmy Hart was alongside him, and the first couple minute of the segment was these two buffoons making derogatory remarks toward the fans in attendance. After that, they brought out the guests, the winners of Grand 16, the British Bulldogs, along with their manager, "Captain" Lou Albano. Adonis congratulated the Bulldogs on their victory at Grand 16. Dynamite interrupted and said he didn't need any congrats from some freak in a dress, and if he didn't watch it, he would knock him out just like they did all the competition in the tournament. Adonis backs down a little (whereas Jimmy Hart backs down a LOT) before asking about what went down at the PPV. Albano says it is about taking the opportunities that they deserve. He said the Bulldogs have been overlooked over and over again in favor of teams like the Rock 'N Roll Express, and they finally did something about it. In fact, Albano said he just talked to President Jack Tunney before he came out here, and said the the Rock 'N Roll Express won't be getting a title shot in Los Angeles, because now the Express would be wrestling the Bulldogs in a steel cage match! Albano said it's still not right that the Bulldogs aren't getting the title shot, but this is the next best thing - they will get to maim those two pretty boys and take them out of the equation. The segment ended with the Bulldogs again threatening Adonis, sending Hart running, and Adonis backing down (but more to protect his hair than himself).

MATCH #4
Bad News Brown vs. Steve Lombardi

In an incident that surprised absolutely nobody, Bad News Brown couldn't get along with Steve Lombardi during the Grand 16 tournament and as a result, their elimination was quick at the hands of Jim Duggan & Dusty Rhodes. Even though anyone with eyes could tell you that it was Bad News' fault, he is blaming it all on Lombardi, and thus the two locked horns today on Superstars. Lombardi did his best to hold his own, but this was obviously going to be a mugging from the opening bell. And to really cement what a jerk Brown is, he won the match by pulling an object out of his trunks and clocking Lombardi with it when it was entirely unnecessary.

Bad News Brown pinned Steve Lombardi after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:01:45.
Rating: *

Brown looked into the camera after the match and gave Duggan a stern warning, saying this was nothing compared to what he will do to him in LA. Monsoon commented that Duggan has really come into his own as a rising star, but he may be over his head in a Harlem Streetfight against Bad News. Niemiller said if you're a fan of Hacksaw, you better enjoy today's main event, because it might be the last time you see him healthy.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

"Mean" Gene Okerlund was with us once again for another Live Event Report. In what has already been a very busy November, we have another big show lined up on the 16th, next Saturday, live from the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Okerlund said that 8 big matches are set to take place, and none bigger than our World Title rematch pitting the brand new World champion King Kong Bundy against former 3-time champ, Bob Backlund. Okerlund said that Bobby Heenan's sinister plan to win the title worked to perfection, but now keeping the title is a whole other struggle, especially with so many people gunning for you. For instance, Rick Martel, who joined the program via a pre-taped interview. Martel said that is neck is once again hurt. But he said that to keep him from getting his revenge, the Heenan Family is going to have to kill him. Martel promised that even though he isn't cleared to wrestle, he is going to be in Los Angeles and he guaranteed that Bundy will NOT be leaving the City of Angels the GCW World champion.

Another man who has a big issue with the Heenan Family is Barry Windham, who was thrown out of the building at Grand 16 when his temper got the better of him. He has a big score to settle with the Family as well, and he will get a chance for just that when he wrestles Big John Studd in LA. Studd is largely untested in matches here in GCW, but there's no denying what a physical presence he is. Windham will have his work cut out for him next Saturday. Also, in big news that was announced earlier in the program, there has indeed been a change to the card. The Rock 'N Roll Express were originally slated to wrestle Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen for the World Tag Team Titles, but after what went down at Grand 16, a change needed to be made - apparently, one that the Express themselves requested. This already intense rivalry will take the next step when these two teams meet inside the confines of a 15 foot high steel cage! This may easily go down as the most violent match in GCW history.

With the tag title match now off, there's been another change. Slaughter & Hansen originally thought they would now be getting the night off, but instead, Hansen will compete in a singles match against rival Dusty Rhodes! Rhodes hasn't been able to get over the hump against the Unholy Alliance, but now with a singles match against his old nemesis, the tide may turn. Rhodes' tag team partner, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan is in action as well, taking on Bad News Brown in a Harlem Streetfight! Junkyard Dog meets Eddie Gilbert, Ted DiBiase makes his first Intercontinental Title defense against Dino Bravo, and in what is a GCW first, the titles of a rival promotion will be defended on a GCW show as WWA tag team champions, Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero, put their titles on the line against Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik! Tickets are still available, so get yours today!

MATCH #5
"Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Jim Haley

Eddie Gilbert was wearing his ridiculous dance outfit that he had on for the dance contest at Slam Masters, and it looks like his pending match with Junkyard Dog in Los Angeles that his dancing days are not quite over yet. During this match with Jim Haley, whenever Hot Stuff had the advantage, he took a moment to do a little dance move. Sure, he had no problems with Haley, but I think if he tries that with JYD next Saturday night, it is going to be an entirely different story.

Eddie Gilbert pinned Jim Haley with the Hot Shot in 0:02:05.
Rating: ** 1/4

MATCH #6
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan/"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes vs. The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious)

Our main event was the rematch from Grand 16, a match in the quarters that saw "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan & "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes defeat the Electric Dream Machine. From what Niemiller said he heard backstage, the EDM are saying they lost because they weren't sparkly enough. That's one theory… anyway, despite their silliness, "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal & Jimmy "Jam" Garvin were on their game tonight, showing that there is a lot of skill behind their wild antics. Duggan & Rhodes are really coming into their own as a team though, and even after a few hiccups, Duggan's Three Point Stance was enough to put this one in the books.

Dusty Rhodes and Jim Duggan defeated The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) when Duggan pinned S. Regal with the Three Point Stance in 0:08:49.
Rating: *

BAD NEWS BROWN was still in the building after his win earlier, and he chose this time to make another appearance, seemingly not content in waiting until next Saturday to get his hand on Hacksaw. Not only that, but Brown had a pair of brass knuckles on his fist, as he was clearly here looking to cause some trouble. When Brown got up on the apron, he stopped there to turn and yell at Monsoon, who was telling him to get out of there with those knux. While Bad News was yelling, he didn't notice Duggan grab his 2x4 and aim it in Brown's direction like it was a rifle. When Brown got in the ring, he turned face-to-face with the board and stumbled backward, falling out through the ropes and onto his backside! Brown was embarrassed and went to the back, deciding now wasn't the time for a fight anyway while Duggan & Rhodes played to the crowd.

Back from our final commercial, as was promised, the video of how King Kong Bundy captured the World Title was shown. When the clip ended, Niemiller as all smiles, again singing the praises of Bobby Heenan's brilliance. Monsoon chastised Niemiller on how he could support highway robbery like that. Niemiller said that in this business, only the strong survive, and there's nothing stronger than the Heenan Family. Monsoon said we'd see about that next week in Los Angeles.

Match observations:

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

WORLD TITLE - King Kong Bundy (c) vs. Bob Backlund
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Dino Bravo
STEEL CAGE MATCH - The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. The British Bulldogs
HARLEM STREETFIGHT - Jim Duggan vs. Bad News Brown
Dusty Rhodes vs. Stan Hansen
Barry Windham vs. Big John Studd
Junkyard Dog vs. Eddie Gilbert
WWA TAG TEAM TITLES - Tito Santana/Hector Guerrero (c) vs. Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik

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