2/22/86 - GCW Superstars

2/22/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 1/28/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

JACK TUNNEY MAKES HIS DECISION ON THE RICK MARTEL CASE

The show opened with another video from the office of President Jack Tunney. Tunney said after meeting with the Championship Committee, analyzing the actions of King Kong Bundy and the Heenan Family over the past several months, and factoring in the influx of letters and phone calls received on his behalf, Tunney was officially reinstating Rick Martel's ability to wrestle for the World Heavyweight Title. Tunney announced that it will be King Kong Bundy vs. Rick Martel for the World Title at Super Cade II, with one condition. After meeting with the lawyers of Bobby Heenan, an agreement has been made. The match will take place at Super Cade, but Bundy & Heenan will be allowed to pick the stipulations of the match. Tunney wished both men good luck before the video faded out.

We threw it to the arena where Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were standing by, and Niemiller was already livid about hearing the decision by Tunney. He said Martel whined and cried and because of all of the idiots watching at home, he got what he wanted. Monsoon said justice was served, and now we have a historic main event set for Super Cade II! Monsoon said not only that, but we may have a historic day today on Superstars because in our main event, King Kong Bundy defends the World Title against "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes! Niemiller said that Tunney's decision may be the worst thing that ever happened to Rhodes, because an already angry World champion is going to be even angrier! Monsoon mentioned that we also have Wahoo McDaniel, Big John Studd, and the Mexican Eagles in action today, but first, down to the ring for the Hart Foundation!

MATCH #1
The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Darryl Bowlin/Ivan MacDonald

The Hitman and the Anvil continue to look great with a win to kick off Superstars.

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated Darryl Bowlin and Ivan MacDonald when B. Hart pinned Bowlin after a German suplex in 0:03:36.
Rating: 1/2*

After the match, Niemiller went down to get a word with the Hart Foundation. Jimmy Hart said that there was a lot of talk going around about how the new dominant tag team in GCW was the Road Warriors. Bret Hart said that was not true because the real dominant tag team was the Hart Foundation. They went on to challenge the Hawk & Animal to a match at Saturday Night Slam Masters.

MATCH #2
Wahoo McDaniel vs. The Gladiator

With just a week to go before Slam Masters, Wahoo McDaniel had little trouble putting away the Gladiator. Wahoo & Barry Windham take on Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson next Saturday night live on MTV.

Wahoo McDaniel defeated The Gladiator when Gladiator passed out in the Indian Deathlock in 0:02:41.
Rating: **-1/4
***

RICK MARTEL IS HAPPY WITH TUNNEY'S DECISION

Lord Alfred Hayes was standing by with Rick Martel to get his reaction on the news that he will be allowed to wrestle King Kong Bundy for the World Title at Super Cade II. Martel first of all thanked Jack Tunney for making the right decision and giving him the opportunity he has fought so hard for, and that is a shot to take the biggest title in the game at the biggest show in history. Most importantly though, Martel wanted to thank the fans. He said without all of their calls, their letters, and their support, he would have never gotten this chance. At that point, BOBBY HEENAN came into view, and he had a big smile on his face. Martel asked him why he was smiling. Heenan said Martel whined and cried and got his way, but it will be the biggest mistake of his career. Heenan told Martel to be careful what you wish for, because Bundy & he get to choose the stipulations for the match. Before Heenan left, he told Martel to say goodbye to those same fans who helped him get this title shot, because after April 7, we were never going to see Martel again.

MATCH #3
The Mexican Eagles vs. Dave Barbie/AJ Petruzzi

During this victory by the Mexican Eagles, they cut an insert promo where Chavo Guerrero talked about his busy weekend next week, with matches against The Barbarian & Adrian Adonis. Chavo said that it was going to be a difficult weekend, but the former Intercontinental champion was going to come out on top.

The Mexican Eagles (Chavo Guerrero and Dos Caras) defeated Dave Barbie and AJ Petruzzi when C. Guerrero pinned Barbie after a rolling cradle in 0:04:00.
Rating: **

MATCH #4
Big John Studd (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Neil Carr/Paul Christy

Another handicap match, another domination by Big John Studd. Though these matches have been impressive, it'll be a whole different ball game when he meets Andre the Giant at Super Cade II.

Handicap-Match:
Big John Studd defeated Neil Carr and Paul Christy when Studd pinned Carr with the Backbreaker in 0:01:40.
Rating: -* 1/4

LIVE EVENT REPORT W/ GENE OKERLUND

We're just one week away from Saturday Night Slam Masters, and "Mean" Gene Okerlund was here with all the news. He actually had breaking news to begin, as he could officially announce that The Road Warriors accepted the challenge of The Hart Foundation from earlier in the program, and the match will go down at Slam Masters! This match rounds out a fantastic night of action that will feature Chavo Guerrero vs. The Barbarian, Wahoo McDaniel & Barry Windham vs. Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson, and Robert Gibson vs. Sgt Slaughter where if Gibson wins, the Rock 'N Roll Express get a World Tag Team Title match at Super Cade II!

The night after that, we head north of the border to the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto for a huge live event! On this show, we will seem the proud Canadian team of The Rougeau Brothers challenging Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen for the World Tag Team Titles! We will also see Koko B. Ware take on The Barbarian, and Chavo Guerrero go one-on-one with Adrian Adonis. And this just in, the tag titles won't be the only titles on the line as just signed, we will have an Intercontinental Title match between champion Ted DiBiase and challenger Shiro Koshinaka. The Japanese Assassin is ever dangerous, and you know "Classy" Freddie Blassie would love to have some gold in The Foreign Legion.

And then the big one, Super Cade II, live from the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Monday, April 7! And what huge news we got earlier today - King Kong Bundy will defend the World Heavyweight Title in the main event against the man we thought would never get another chance at the gold, Rick Martel! To add even more intrigue to the match, Bundy & Bobby Heenan will get to choose the stipulation for the match, and knowing their diabolical minds, it could be nearly anything! Okerlund informed us that the stipulation for the match will be announced next Saturday night on Slam Masters as we will have the official contract signing! Also scheduled is the previously announced Battle of the Giants between Andre the Giant & Big John Studd. And just announced, there will be a 6-man tag team match between the team of Corporal Kirchner, Junkyard Dog, & Koko B. Ware against The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, & Shiro Koshinaka in a Flag Match! The winning team will proudly get to wave their flags high, so you know there will be a lot at stake in this contest.

MATCH #5
World Title Match
King Kong Bundy (c) (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes

We had a rare World Title match on Superstars, and this one was huge. There is perhaps no bigger star in the history of GCW than Dusty Rhodes. He has done it all, and he is a stalwart on the roster. He knows that he isn't as young as he used to be, and he wanted to hold the biggest prize in the game just one more time. The American Dream has overcome the odds so many times in the past, but King Kong Bundy is a different type of mountain to climb. Rhodes was up to the challenge though, no backing down from Bundy for an instance. Rhodes knew he had to get Bundy off his feet, but that is easier said than done. Rhodes kept trying to take out Bundy's legs to get him off his feet. Rhodes also knew he was going to absorb a lot of punishment, which he did, but no one can fight back like the American Dream. Dusty mounted his comeback late, but he made one critical error when he went for an ill-advised bodyslam. The weight of Bundy was too much as he came crashing down on the ribs of Rhodes. The Big Splash followed, and this one was in the books.

King Kong Bundy pinned Dusty Rhodes with the Big Splash in 0:14:04.
Rating: **
(King Kong Bundy retained the GCW World Title.)

A valiant effort from Dusty Rhodes, but his quest to become a three-time World champion fell just short.

Be sure to join us next week on Superstars as we will have the lead-in to Saturday Night Slam Masters! The Electric Dream Machine will be here. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan will be here. The World Tag Team champions, Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen, will be in action. Raymond Rougeau will meet Dino Bravo, and in our main event, Dusty Rhodes will take on Arn Anderson! Don't miss it!

UPCOMING EVENTS

3/1/86 - SATURDAY NIGHT SLAM MASTERS - Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Phoenix, AZ

CONTRACT SIGNING for the World Title match at Super Cade II between King Kong Bundy & Rick Martel
Robert Gibson vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Wahoo McDaniel/Barry Windham vs. Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson
The Road Warriors vs. The Hart Foundation
Chavo Guerrero vs. The Barbarian

3/2/86 - Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, ON, CA

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Shiro Koshinaka
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen (c) vs. The Rougeau Brothers
Koko B. Ware vs. The Barbarian
Chavo Guerrero vs. Adrian Adonis

4/7/86 - SUPER CADE II - Los Angeles Sports Arena - Los Angeles, CA

WORLD TITLE - King Kong Bundy (c) vs. Rick Martel
FLAG MATCH - Corporal Kirchner/Junkyard Dog/Koko B. Ware vs. The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff/Shiro Koshinaka
Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd

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