12/7/85 - GCW Superstars

12/7/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 11/12/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to another episode of GCW Superstars! We are closing in quickly on the end of 1985, but there are many battles that are just beginning. On today's broadcast, the Rougeau Brothers meet Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson! Shiro Koshinaka is here, as Andre the Giant! The Fabulous Ones will be in tag team action, and we will get more information on the Madison Square Garden show, as well as Saturday Night Slam Masters! But first up, Intercontinental champion Ted DiBiase in action!

MATCH #1
Non-Title Match
Ted DiBiase (Intercontinental champion) vs. The Gladiator

It didn't take long into our opening contest for the situation to get tense. As DiBiase was schooling The Gladiator in the ring, DINO BRAVO came out to get a closer look. Bravo came up short in his attempt to wrestle the Intercontinental Title from DiBiase in Los Angeles, but he apparently looks like he's not done. DiBiase was distracted and acknowledged Bravo's presence, but he was in no danger of losing the match, winning with the Cobra Clutch.

Ted DiBiase defeated The Gladiator when Gladiator passed out in the Cobra Clutch in 0:02:24.
Rating: * 1/2

DINO BRAVO HAS A UNIQUE CHALLENGE FOR TED DIBIASE

DiBiase joined Howard Finkel at ringside and grabbed his microphone, asking Bravo what he wanted out here. Bravo told DiBiase that he had a challenge for him. Bravo said he was the strongest man in the world, and as such, he should be the Intercontinental champion. DiBiase told Bravo that he indeed might be the strongest man he has ever wrestled, but strength alone doesn't win championships. Bravo took this as an insult, and said he wanted to prove to DiBiase what strength could do. Bravo said he wanted to meet DiBiase in an arm wrestling match! DiBiase said that an arm wrestling match against Bravo was crazy, but being crazy has done him well so far, so he accepted the challenge!

MATCH #2
"The Japanese Assassin" Shiro Koshinaka (w/ "Classy" Freddy Blassie) vs. Terry Gibbs

Shiro Koshinaka was in the ring next, and a big part of the story of this match against Terry Gibbs was "Classy" Freddie Blassie pestering Gorilla Monsoon. Blassie spent his time doing two things: running down the Mexican Eagles and running down Corporal Kirchner. Monsoon was getting visibly annoyed by Blassie's rantings, threatening to knock him out at one point. Niemiller chastised Monsoon for being so rude to a guest - that is, until Monsoon threatened to knock him out too. In the ring, Koshinaka hit the Power Bomb and got the win.

Shiro Koshinaka pinned Terry Gibbs with the Power Bomb in 0:02:53.
Rating: 1/2*

Monsoon mentioned before the commercial break that Corporal Kirchner would be in action next week, and that he would try to speak to Kirchner then about Blassie continually flapping his gums.

MATCH #3
The Rougeau Brothers vs. Tully Blanchard (Television champion)/"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

Bobby Heenan made sure to mention before this match officially started that the Heenan Family would be wrestling this match under protest. Protest or not, Television champion Tully Blanchard almost lost the title to Jacques Rougeau last week before having to resort to underhanded tactics to squeak out the win. Blanchard and partner Arn Anderson tried to take liberties with Jacques after the match, which thankfully was stopped by Jacques' brother Raymond, leading to this tag team match. And what a match it was! I know the program hasn't existed for that long, but this is near the top of the best matches we've seen on our television program so far. The Rougeaus are obviously a cohesive unit as they are brothers and have been together for a lifetime. And despite the tactics often employed by Blanchard & Anderson that are less than stellar, they are proving to be a fantastic team. The match was a classic back-and-forth affair, but it looked as if we were going to see the Heenan Family snag the victory. Jacques was in the ring and was being setup for a spike piledriver. Blanchard climbed to the second rope, but he couldn't jump because Raymond came over and grabbed a hold of his foot! During the struggle, Jacques was able to backdrop Anderson to escape. Blanchard kicked off Raymond, but was caught immediately in a slam by Jacques! Jacques capitalized quickly and put Blanchard in the Boston Crab! Anderson looked to make the save, but before he could, Raymond hooked his leg and pulled him to the outside. Heenan was going insane at ringside, pleading with Blanchard not to give up. Plead as he might, the pain was just too much, and the Television champion gave up!

The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) defeated The Heenan Family (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) when J. Rougeau made Blanchard submit to the Boston Crab in 0:12:57.
Rating: **** 1/4

This is a massive victory for the Rougeaus, and especially Jacques as he just made the Television champion give up! Heenan was piping mad as he went to the back with a battered and bruised team.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

Back from commercial break, we were right in the GCW studios with "Mean" Gene Okerlund for the Live Event Report. Okerlund was almost overflowing with excitement, especially with the big announcement he was about to make. With what just happened in the ring with Jacques Rougeau forcing Tully Blanchard to submit in the tag team match, he is being granted one more shot at the Television Title, and it will take place at Saturday Night Slam Masters on January 4th! Not only that, as a decree from the Championship Committee, all partners will be banned from ringside so that hopefully, we get a good, clean fight! That isn't the only title match on that show though, as we have already announced that Bob Backlund will get one final shot at regaining the World Heavyweight Title against King Kong Bundy, with a referee to be name. We cut to an insert promo with Bundy and his manager Bobby Heenan that was recorded earlier in the day. Heenan did all of the talking, saying that Backlund must think it was a major victory to get a special referee named for this title match. Heenan said there are a lot of people out there who are jealous of the success of King Kong Bundy and the Heenan Family. But ultimately, he said, it didn't matter who walked out with the striped shirt because at the end of the day, Bundy would still be the World champion.

But before we get to the MTV special, we have to go back to the most famous arena in the world, Madison Square Garden, on December 30 for a big live event! Now we all know about our huge main event, which will be the team of Bob Backlund, Rick Martel, Barry Windham, Junkyard Dog, & Andre the Giant taking on the Heenan Family in War Games. It's just going to be a matter if these ten can not tear each other apart before then! Also the World Tag Team Titles are on the line with the unholy alliance of Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen, the thus far near unstoppable duo, defending the gold against the former two-time champs, the Rock 'N Roll Express. Okerlund wanted to announce more matches, but he was told that he's not allowed to… yet. He promised that next week will have several match announcements, and from what he has been hearing through the grapevine, they're going to be HUGE!

Back to Monsoon & Niemiller, Monsoon mentioned that in two weeks time, we will get a preview of the War Games match when Tully Blanchard defends the Television Title against Junkyard Dog! Niemiller said that match was extremely unfair because Blanchard has a title defense at Slam Masters, plus War Games coming up. Monsoon said he would just have to suck it up and be a fighting champion.

MATCH #4
Andre the Giant vs. Steve Lombardi

One of the other men in the War Games match was in action next, as we got to see Andre the Giant go at it with Steve Lombardi. Andre was all smiles in the ring, waving to fans. Lombardi took offense to this and hit Andre from behind with a forearm. All this did was serve to anger the Giant, who then made quick work of Lombardi. Monsoon made a good point by saying that the Heenan Family will be hard pressed to find a way to neutralize an angry giant in the cage at MSG.

Andre the Giant pinned Steve Lombardi after a bodyslam in 0:00:51.
Rating: * 1/2

MATCH #5
The Fabulous Ones vs. AJ Petruzzi/Mr. X

Tag team action closed up the wrestling portion of Superstars with the Fabulous Ones. Little by little, this team is winning over the fans, but it's strange because they're not really acting that differently. Their entrance is still ridiculously long, but it's almost as if the crowd is growing to both expect it and appreciate it. They're starting to appreciate the crowd too as the Fabulous Ones played to the crowd en route to an easy victory.

The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) defeated AJ Petruzzi and Mr. X when S. Keirn pinned Petruzzi with the Facedrill in 0:01:48.
Rating: -3/4*

They didn't have much time to celebrate the win with the crowd though before the World Tag Team champions, SGT. SLAUGHTER & STAN HANSEN, were in the ring and beating them down. This was a direct message being sent to the Rock 'N Roll Express. Message received, as the Express ran out with chairs in hand to make the save. Just more fuel to the fire going into the tag title rematch at MSG.

THE FLOWER SHOP WITH GUEST DUSTY RHODES

Our final segment of the day was the always interesting Flower Shop. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis was fully decked out in his, ahem, "unique" attire, and the crowd was all over him from the word go. Jimmy Hart was in tow as well, being as annoying as ever. Adonis' guest was an old teammate and even fiercer rival, GCW legend Dusty Rhodes. The crowd was very into the Dream, but Adonis was unimpressed. Adonis railed on Rhodes for his recent failures against the unholy alliance. Sure, Adonis said, Rhodes was able to beat Hansen in Los Angeles, but the Adorable One called that a fluke. Adonis told Rhodes to face it - he just doesn't have what it takes anymore to compete with guys with Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen. This is where Dusty took offense, first making various jokes about Adonis by questioning his sexuality. Rhodes then said he had plenty left in the tank, and alongside "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, he knew they could beat the unholy alliance. Adonis said he wasn't sure Rhodes could beat anyone at this point. Dusty invited Adonis to try to beat him next week on Superstars! Jimmy Hart tried to convince Adonis it was a bad idea, but Adonis accepted, and we have ourselves a big match for next week!

The next show is stacking up to be big. Not only will be see Dusty Rhodes vs. Adrian Adonis, but Monsoon announced we will also see a preview of Madison Square Garden's tag title match when Sgt. Slaughter meets Robert Gibson!

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. The Rock 'N Roll Express

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

WORLD TITLE - King Kong Bundy (c) vs. Bob Backlund
TELEVISION TITLE - Partners banned from ringside - Tully Blanchard (c) vs. Jacques Rougeau

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