2/16/85 - GCW Superstars

Just one week away from the big show in Pittsburgh, we were here for another GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were the announcers, and they were fired up as they ran down today's card. Arn Anderson made his debut last week and helped Tully Blanchard advance in the Television Title tournament. He will make his first wrestling appearance on Superstars. Magnum T.A. will be in action, as well as two members of two top tag teams going at in in a singles match with Robert Gibson taking on "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey! And in the next to last first round match of the TV Title tournament, Jim Duggan takes on Jim Cornette's menacing bodyguard, Bad News Brown! But to kick things off, Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat!

Ricky Steamboat pinned Mark Fleming with the Flying Crossbody Press in 0:04:17.
Rating: ** 1/2

This was the first we've seen of Steamboat in the ring since Bob Backlund slammed his left arm in a car door. He had it heavily wrapped for his match against Mark Fleming. It was clear that the arm was bothering him somewhat as he favored it during the match, but he had more than enough firepower to get past Fleming with the Flying Crossbody Press. After the match, Mark Niemiller went down to get a word with Steamboat, asking him how the arm feels. The Dragon said it was bothering him, obviously, but there was nothing that was going to keep him from taking the World Title from Backlund in Pittsburgh. Niemiller asked the Dragon if he was at all worried about Jimmy Snuka getting involved. Steamboat said it had crossed his mind, but Dusty Rhodes & he weren't worried, because they had themselves a little secret weapon. When Niemiller pried for more information, Steamboat said he would just have to wait and see like everyone else.

When we returned from commercial, Monsoon & Niemiller speculated as to what the secret weapon could be. They threw out a few ideas but said it added an entirely new wrinkle for the show next Saturday night. Speaking of interesting new wrinkles, Monsoon next threw it to a pre-recorded video from Mr. Fuji, Don Muraco, & Bret Hart.

MR. FUJI MAKES A STRANGE CHALLENGE

Mr. Fuji was NOT in a good mood as he stood between his charges, Don Muraco & Bret Hart. Fuji said that as everyone saw last week, Muraco & he were blatantly disrespected by "that no-talent bimbo" Cindi Lauper. Muraco chimed in by saying when big time celebrities have to stick together, and Lauper broke that code by treating them like they were common trash in Hollywood. Fuji said he demanded an apology, and extended an invite to Lauper to show up on Superstars to give him that apology! When we went back to Monsoon, he said, "Can Fuji be serious!?" Niemiller said he looked pretty serious, and he kind of agreed with Fuji about Lauper treating him with disrespect, especially with their being friends. Monsoon snapped back that there's no way Mr. Fuji, Don Muraco, & Bret Hart are friends with Cindi Lauper. Monsoon believed there was no way that Lauper was going to apologize to Fuji and his men.

Arn Anderson pinned Doug Vines with the Gourdbuster in 0:04:17.
Rating: *

Arn Anderson made a huge impact in his debut last week, aligning himself with Bobby Heenan and helping Tully Blanchard advance all the way to the semi-finals of the Television Title tournament. Tonight, he made his first officially wrestling appearance, and let's just say the man is impressive. A member of the famous Anderson family, he clearly has the bloodline to be successful, but if this match is any indication, he also has the skills. It wasn't flashy, but Anderson picked Doug Vines apart en route to a total domination. The Brain was all smiles, and it's hard to blame him - it looks like he has a winner on his hands.

Robert Gibson defeated Dennis Condrey by countout in 0:10:16.
Rating: ** 1/2

In one week, the former champions the Rock 'N Roll Express will be taking on the current champions the Midnight Express in Pittsburgh, a match that Jim Cornette somehow turned into a non-title match. We got a small preview of that match on Superstars as one member of each team competed in singles competition. Even though Dennis Condrey is the champ, the Loverboy wanted no part of Robert Gibson. There were a lot of combustible elements at ringside - Ricky Morton being in Gibson's corner and Cornette, Randy Rose, & Bad News Brown in Condrey's. There was no interference for awhile, but it as the match wore on, there was a clear tension in the air like it was only a matter of time. "Ravishing" Randy made the first strike, and when he did, Morton lost it and went after him on the floor. You have to appreciate him looking out for his partner, but it wasn't smart as Brown grabbed him and laid him out with one big punch. In the ring though, Gibson backdropped a charging Condrey out of the ring and right onto Brown! Cornette's faction were all out of sorts and he just called for a retreat, resulting in Gibson winning the match by countout. Morton rolled in the ring and the Rock 'N Roll Express called back to the Midnight Express to come back and fight. Even if the titles aren't on the line in Pittsburgh, there is so much bad blood in this feud that it's going to be a hell of a match!

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

It's time for our favorite short, bald announcer - "Mean" Gene Okerlund and the Live Event Report! And there's a big live event next Saturday at the Civic Auditorium in Pittsburgh, PA. Okerlund said tickets are nearly sold out, and when you hear the card, it will be obvious why. For starters, there's a huge double main event. For the World Title, Bob Backlund defends his title against Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat. We got words from Backlund saying that Steamboat can lie to himself all he wants, but there's no way his arm is going to be healthy enough to compete next Saturday. Backlund said he was going to lock on that Crossface Chickenwing, and if he didn't give up immediately, he would end his career. The second main event would also be a title match, pitting Intercontinental champion Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka against "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. Okerlund ran down the rest of the card, including the Rock 'N Roll Express against the Midnight Express, Bruiser Brody taking on Eddie Gilbert, the British Bulldogs against the North-South Connection, a big battle royal for an Intercontinental Title shot on March 17, and just added, Chavo Guerrero vs. Arn Anderson! Okerlund also said he has been in talks with GCW officials, and matches are almost finalized for Super Cade from Madison Square Garden on March 31. He said to keep tuning in to Superstars and the Live Event Report to get all the late breaking news on this huge event!

Magnum T.A. pinned RT Reynolds with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 0:02:42.
Rating: -*

Magnum T.A. has been on fire since coming to GCW, picking up a lot of huge victories. He's in the quarterfinals of the TV Title tournament as well, and looks to be one of the favorites. He'll be wrestling Don Muraco in the quarters on March 2, but tonight he was in action against RT Reynolds. The fans were firmly behind Magnum from the opening bell, and he's starting to get treated a lot like a rock star. And it's not hard to see why. He was on top of his game here, putting Reynolds away with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in short order. Monsoon & Niemiller couldn't sing Magnum's praises enough.

[TV TITLE TOURNAMENT - FIRST ROUND]:
Bad News Brown pinned Jim Duggan with the Ghetto Blaster in 0:08:48.
Rating: DUD

The main event was the continuation of the Television Title tournament, and this was an interesting one because it involved two guys we don't know a ton about. We've seen bad News Brown a little bit, but primarily serving as the bodyguard for Jim Cornette. Jim Duggan is a newcomer and we have limited film on him, so this was going to be a good test for both of these men to show what they have. This match was bowling shoe ugly, no doubt, but that's part to do with the style Duggan & Brown wrestle. It's all about punching the other guy as hard as you can as often as you can. We got a lot of that, and a lot of brawling on the floor too. It would be after one of these floor fights that the tide would change drastically. Duggan got the better of the exchange and tossed Brown back into the ring. As Duggan tried to get in himself, Jim Cornette grabbed Duggan's ankle. Duggan kicked him off and sent him back into the guardrail, but the distraction was enough for Brown to hit the Ghetto Blaster and get the 1-2-3. Cornette couldn't let the show end without running his mouth, and said no one can beat Brown in this tournament, and soon he will be the manager of the tag champs and the Television champ. Monsoon's last words as the show went off the air were, "Get that microphone away from him, Fink!"

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Next week on Superstars, we kick off a double-header Saturday as we have wrestling action on tv in the morning before we rock the Civic Auditorium in Pittsburgh that night! Dino Bravo will be in action next week, as will the great team of Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham! The British Bulldogs will wrestle, as will Arn Anderson! And in our main event, the first round of the TV Title tournament wraps up with Junkyard Dog meeting "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert! You won't want to miss it!

2/23/85 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM - Pittsburgh, PA

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Ricky Steamboat
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Jimmy Snuka (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes
Non-Title - The Midnight Express (c) vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express
Bruiser Brody vs. Eddie Gilbert
The British Bulldogs vs. The North-South Connection
Chavo Guerrero vs. Arn Anderson
Battle royal for an Intercontinental Title shot

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