12/28/85 - GCW Superstars

12/28/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 12/3/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

We are only two days away from Madison Square Garden and the year-end show, and that means we're only two days away from WAR GAMES! But first, we still had an episode of GCW Superstars first! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcomed everyone to the show, and what a show it would be! The #1 contenders for the World Tag Team Titles, Dusty Rhodes & Jim Duggan, will be in action, as well as Raymond Rougeau in singles action! Ricky Morton will go for a measure of revenge against Stan Hansen as well! First up though, to Howard Finkel in the ring for Barry Windham vs. Arn Anderson!

MATCH #1
Barry Windham vs. "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

With us being only two days away from War Games, Monsoon made the point that this was a dangerous match for both Windham & Anderson to take. If either was to suffer an injury, their team would be at a great disadvantage. Niemiller thought that they might take it easy as a result. We found out immediately that wouldn't be the case when as soon as the bell rang, these two were tearing into each other in a wild brawl! It is shocking this match went as long as it did because the fists were flying like crazy and didn't let up until the final bell. Anderson held his own, but in a fist fight, it's hard to beat Windham as he has some of the heaviest fists in GCW. But one thing the Enforcer did have though was BOBBY HEENAN, who hooked Windham's foot when he was up on the turnbuckles going for the Superplex. Anderson caught Windham with a stiff right hand to knock him off the turnbuckles, quickly followed with the Gourdbuster, and stole a win.

Arn Anderson pinned Barry Windham with the Gourdbuster in 0:07:23.
Rating: *** 1/2

It's hard to say, but this match could have a lot of impact on War Games because currently, the Heenan Family has all of the momentum.

MATCH #2
"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes/"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. Sal Gee/Tony Mateo

If there were any questions about if Dusty Rhodes & Jim Duggan were ready for their World Tag Team Title shot in two days, this should have answered them. Not only did they win today, they won in dominant fashion. It only took them 25 seconds before Rhodes smacked Sal Gee with the Bionic Elbow to knock him out of the ring while Hacksaw hit Tony Mateo with the Three Point Stance for the 1-2-3.

Dusty Rhodes and Jim Duggan defeated Sal Gee and Tony Mateo when Duggan pinned Mateo with the Three Point Stance in 0:00:25.
Rating: -1/2*

Even Niemiller was impressed with Rhodes & Duggan. Monsoon asked if he thought they would win the titles in New York. Niemiller responded with "not that impressed."

MATCH #3
Raymond Rougeau vs. Steve Lombardi

Raymond Rougeau cut an insert promo as he was being introduced for his match against Steve Lombardi. Raymond said he was very proud of his brother Jacques, and discussed how happy they both were to be in the United States. Raymond said they were especially thrilled to be on MTV on January 4 when Jacques will become the Television champion. Raymond showed that he has some chops in singles competition as well. He had some problems early with the brawling Lombardi, but Raymond's speed proved to be enough to hit the Rougeau Bomb to get the duke.

Raymond Rougeau pinned Steve Lombardi with the Rougeau Bomb in 0:03:43.
Rating: **

TULLY BLANCHARD CONFRONTS RAYMOND ROUGEAU

After the match, Television champion Tully Blanchard came out to confront Raymond Rougeau, knowing full well that Jacques Rougeau wasn't here this week. Blanchard said he wanted Raymond to give his brother a message, and that message was… SMACK! Before he finished his sentence, he hit Raymond in the face with the TV Title! Officials ran out to help before any further damage could be done, but I think the message was made abundantly clear.

MATCH #4
Ricky Morton vs. Stan "The Lariat" Hansen

You have to give credit to Ricky Morton. His partner was brutally attacked by Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen, and even without Robert Gibson around, he went into a match against the Lariat with no hesitation. Slaughter was barred from ringside so that we didn't have a repeat performance of the Gibson/Slaughter match. Morton jumped on Hansen with a crossbody to the floor before the match started. Morton knew his best shot at winning was to catch Hansen early before he could use his power, and Morton got a flurry of nearfalls with roll ups, small packages, and sunset flips. Morton went for another crossbody, but Hansen caught him and dropped him with a fallaway slam. Hansen wore him out to where we could barely see how Morton was conscious. Morton got one last flurry in when he dodged a charging Hansen in the corner, rocking him with a back kick before going to the top for the Flying Dropkick. Morton jumped off, but right into the Lariat. Game, set, match.

Stan Hansen pinned Ricky Morton with the Lariat in 0:06:11.
Rating: *** 1/4

Morton fought valiantly, but Hansen was simply too much to overcome. Things might be very different once Gibson is back though.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

"Mean" Gene Okerlund back again this weekend for all the happenings in Global Championship Wrestling in the Live Event Report. It will be Monday night at Madison Square Garden where we will see War Games! We got an interview with Bobby Heenan where he talked about how out of their league Bob Backlund's team was. He said that individually, Backlund's team is fantastic, putting over each man on the team. But he said compared to the Heenan Family, they were a mess. He concluded with saying that when all of these guys were locked in the two-ringed cage, it was going to be a bloodbath, not to mention they would have a big surprise coming for them very soon. Okerlund moved on to the Intercontinental Title match between champion Ted DiBiase and top challenger Dino Bravo. Okerlund showed the clip from last week on Superstars when DiBiase attacked Bravo and threw him over a table, retribution for Bravo's assault during the arm wrestling challenge. He finally mentioned the open challenge that Bad News Brown put out, including getting more words from Brown about the challenge itself. Brown said he didn't care who stepped in between those ropes, they were in for the butt kicking of a lifetime. Okerlund concluded by saying that the year end shows have been a GCW tradition for over 20 years, and if there's any show you're going to want to see this year, it is the show from the Garden!

MATCH #5
Bob Backlund/Rick Martel/Andre the Giant vs. Dave Barbie/Greg Eberhardt/Neil Carr

Our final match of the day was 6-man tag team action. Bob Backlund wanted to build a little teamwork between his team going into War Games, so he teamed up with Rick Martel & Andre the Giant. Let's just say, Backlund's team is ready. Word around the locker room said that Bobby Heenan was sure that his team would be dominant because his team was a well-oiled machine while Backlund's had too many differing personalities. Well they certainly meshed well today. Every man got in some great offense, and they even hit some tandem moves we wouldn't have expected en route to victory.

Andre the Giant, Bob Backlund and Rick Martel defeated Dave Barbie, Greg Eberhardt and Neil Carr when Andre pinned Eberhardt with the Elbowdrop in 0:02:52.
Rating: 3/4*

Next week on Superstars, we'll have all the results of the year-end show in New York City, not to mention we will be gearing up for next Saturday's huge show on MTV, Saturday Night Slam Masters! Thanks for joining us, everybody!

Match observations:

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. Dusty Rhodes/Jim Duggan
IC TITLE - Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Dino Bravo
Corporal Kirchner/The Mexican Eagles vs. The Foreign Legion
Bad News Brown's Open Challenge

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

WORLD TITLE w/ Special Referee Lou Thesz - King Kong Bundy (c) vs. Bob Backlund
TELEVISION TITLE - Partners banned from ringside - Tully Blanchard (c) vs. Jacques Rougeau
Rick Martel vs. Big John Studd
The Fabulous Ones vs. The Electric Dream Machine

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