2/23/85 - Civic Auditorium - Pittsburgh, PA

MATCH #1 - BATTLE ROYAL FOR INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE SHOT ON 3/17/85
PARTICIPANTS: Tony Atlas, Magnum T.A., The Rougeau Brothers, King Kong Bundy, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, Eddie Gilbert, Ted DiBiase, Barry Windham, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Dino Bravo, Junkyard Dog, Sam Houston, Don Muraco, Bret Hart, Bad News Brown, Johnny Rodz, Nick Bockwinkel, Chavo Guerrero, Kamala, Jim Duggan, Jim Powers, Bruiser Brody

The Civic Auditorium was sold out, and what a way to kick off the show than with a huge 25-man battle royal for an Intercontinental Title shot on March 17 in Minneapolis. Battle royals are extremely dangerous because with that many men in the ring, it's very easy to end up with an injury. But with the allure of a title shot, it's no surprise that 25 men jumped at the chance to be in this match. Unfortunately for Jim Powers, his night wouldn't last long as it only took 8 second for Magnum T.A. to catch him in the back with a double-axhandle that sent him flying over the top.

x Magnum threw out Powers after a double-axhandle to the back in 0:00:08

In the early goings of a big battle royal, they resemble a huge mess. There are so many arms and legs flying around, that it's just a matter of survival. A lot of times wrestlers will attempt to gang up on the bigger wrestlers, which is what a group of guys did against King Kong Bundy, the biggest man in the match. They almost got Bundy out, but the rest of the Heenan Family came to his aid and peeled wrestlers off. During this confusion, Bundy got a hold of big Jim Duggan and hip blocked him over the top and out of the match.

x Bundy threw out Duggan in 0:01:39

The Heenan Family had a big time advantage here, with 5 men in the match, and it was obvious that they were looking to work together. They found their way into a corner, and were taking shots at anyone who was unlucky enough to get near, like a spider waiting for a fly to end up in its web. Sam Houston would be the first to get caught in that trap, getting dumped over the ropes by Tully Blanchard.

x Blanchard threw out S. Houston in 0:02:33

Bruiser Brody tried to break up the Heenan Family logjam in the corner by picking off Eddie Gilbert, his opponent for tonight. Brody was swinging wildly, and any time anyone tried to get involved, he would nail them with a blow too. He wanted Gilbert all for himself, a little preview of the match later. Meanwhile, Bret Hart was doing everything he could to stay away from Tony Atlas, a man who he busted home with a skillet just this morning. Hart finally got caught, but Atlas didn't get much in before Dino Bravo hit Atlas in the back with a forearm. On the other side of the ring, The Iron Sheik muscled Chavo Guerrero to the ground and kicked him hard in the head. Chavo was knocked loopy enough for Sheik to dump him to the outside and out of the match.

x Sheik threw out C. Guerrero after a kick to the head in 0:04:16

Brody was really putting a hurting on Gilbert, but someone finally came to his aid that could actually slow Brody down and that was "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala. These two had a wild brawl a couple of weeks back on Superstars, and that was quickly rekindled here. The volume of the fight got turned up to 11 in short order, and despite Freddie Blassie yelling for Kamala to back off, the war raged on. Eventually Brody took a running start at Kamala, and both men tumbled over the top rope and eliminated each other!

x Brody and Kamala threw out each other in 0:04:51

That was a huge blow for the Foreign Legion, as one of Blassie's troops was now heading to the back. Eddie Gilbert looked thrilled though as not only was he safe from Brody for awhile, but the fight between Brody & Kamala went all the way to the back, so Brody was surely going to be worn down for their match later. Even with Kamala out, the Foreign Legion was still three men strong. They grouped together like the Heenan Family had been doing, and they pulled aside the Rougeaus to work them over. There were a lot of teams left in this match, and they were all working together which made for an interesting dynamic in this match. One man who didn't have a teammate in there was Bad News Brown, and I think he liked it that way. I'm not even entirely sure how much Brown likes the man he bodyguards for, Jim Cornette. Brown took turns going to every group and throwing a hard punch on anyone he could reach. He was doing pretty well for himself until he ran into Ted DiBiase. With how new DiBiase is to GCW, a lot of people don't realize that this guy has been around the block and he is a highly skilled competitor. Brown got too overzealous and tried to throw a big punch on DiBiase, but DiBiase ducked and clotheslined the big bodyguard out of the match!

x DiBiase threw out Bad News after a clothesline in 0:06:38

From here, DiBiase got together with partner Barry Windham and they took over this portion of the match. Their main goal was to break up the strangehold that the Heenan Family had on the match, and they did that with an all-guns-blazing type attack on the fearsome fivesome. Even with the 5-2 odds, DiBiase & Windham were coming so hard and fast that they were winning the battle, and made a big elimination by getting Arn Anderson to the outside.

x DiBiase and Windham threw out Anderson in 0:08:00

They got a small assist Magnum T.A. who picked off Nick Bockwinkel and smashed his face into the turnbuckle. Bundy charged at DiBiase & Windham, but the duo ducked and sent Bundy spilling over the top and out of there!

x DiBiase and Windham threw out Bundy in 0:08:11

The crowd exploded as the biggest man in the match was now gone, and that would change the entire complexion. Heenan looked like he was about to have a heart attack on the outside as he saw this match slipping away from him. Bockwinkel turned the tables on Magnum with a poke to the eye while Muraco & Hart double teamed Atlas. DiBiase made one more elimination by sending Johnny Rodz to the showers.

x DiBiase threw out Rodz in 0:09:30

The wrestlers were starting to get tired at this point, and with the pace this battle royal had been going that wasn't a surprise. Blanchard took an interesting strategy by ducking himself down in a corner and hooking onto the bottom rope. He wasn't going to make many eliminations that way, but he wasn't going to be eliminated either. We haven't talked much about the Rougeaus to this point, but they had a good showing to this point. One thing they had working against them as brothers though as they take it a little more personally when their partner is being attacked than a normal team might. That happened when Raymond was cornered and almost thrown out by The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, & Dino Bravo. Jacques rushed in like a man possessed to help his brother, losing all of his focus which let Gilbert sneak up from behind and send the younger Rougeau to the outside.

x E. Gilbert threw out J. Rougeau in 0:11:05

Jacques was distraught on the floor and tried to get back in as Gilbert taunted him from inside the ring. Jacques had to be restrained by officials, but he got a small bit of satisfaction because while Gilbert was egging Jacques on, he got planted in the ring by Magnum with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex! Not too long after this, the DiBiase/Windham domination of the match came to a close thanks to the Foreign Legion. They were able to overwhelm the duo, starting with Sheik pushing DiBiase out of the ring,

x Sheik threw out DiBiase in 0:12:09

Just moments later, Windham joined his partner in the locker room as brutal punch from Bravo propelled him up and over.

x Bravo threw out Windham after a punch in 0:12:25

Another man that hadn't gotten much press in this match but was doing well for himself was Junkyard Dog. With his win in the TV Title tournament this morning, JYD had the chance to make this a super Saturday. He rekindled his battle with Gilbert from this morning, hitting Hot Stuff with a series of headbutts. Gilbert was on wobbly legs before Bockwinkel came to his aid with a back suplex. With as much punishment as Gilbert had taken so far, it was surprising to see him still in the contest. He essentially "tagged out" to Blanchard and took his spot hiding in the corner while Tully got in the action. He was met immediately by Magnum T.A., and the two engaged in a small game of oneupsmanship. It resulted in Blanchard picking Magnum up in a suplex and getting him over the top, but Magnum landed on the apron. Magnum didn't let go on Blanchard and lifted him up in a suplex next, causing Tully to also land on the apron. The two exchanged punches and it looked like either man could topple to the floor at any time. It wasn't until BOBBY HEENAN grabbed on Magnum's ankle that the tide shifted. That small distraction was just enough for Blanchard to catch Magnum with a back kick, causing him to tumble to the concrete below.

x Blanchard threw out Magnum in 0:14:20

That was a huge elimination as Magnum was positioning himself to be one of the favorites. Blanchard was all smiles as he got back in the ring and waved goodbye to Magnum, but the smile was wiped off his face when Raymond Rougeau popped him with a dropkick. On the other side of the ring, Fuji directed from the outside for both Muraco & Hart to work over Atlas and get him out of the ring. Atlas was fighting back with all he had, but Muraco caught him with a hard shot that opened up that cut that Bret opened up this morning. Atlas wouldn't be eliminated, but the more his cut bled, the slimmer his chances were going to be. Back on the other side, Raymond climbed to the top rope for a high risk move on Tully, but Blanchard tripped him up, crotching Raymond on the top. Blanchard pushed Raymond, causing the flyer to topple to the floor.

x Blanchard threw out R. Rougeau in 0:15:05

We only had 10 men left, and shockingly, the Heenan Family had 3 men in the match, the Foreign Legion had 3 men left, and both of Fuji's men remained, along with Tony Atlas and JYD. JYD had his hands full with The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff. The two big foreigners were taking turns beating down JYD. They had everything going their way and had huge smiles etched on their faces, having a ton of fun taking liberties with JYD. Sheik held JYD open for Volkoff. Volkoff went for a clothesline, but JYD got himself free. Volkoff hit Sheik with the clothesline instead and over the top!

x Volkoff threw out Sheik in 0:17:29

Right after that, JYD grabbed a distracted Volkoff by the tights and sent him out as well!

x JYD threw out Volkoff in 0:17:31

And just like that, two members of the Foreign Legion were out of there. And just like that, Blassie saw his chances of getting a win disappearing, especially when JYD quickly almost had Bravo out of the ring as well. Bravo was about half way out when Muraco caught JYD in the ribs with a punch. Muraco leaving Atlas gave Mr. USA a chance to turn the tide on Bret Hart, planting him with a bodyslam. The Heenan Family were still holding strong with 3 of the final 8 men, and they made a big mistake by splitting up. Blanchard thought he could get JYD out of the ring since Muraco & Bravo were doing a number on him. Blanchard asked Muraco & Bravo to step aside so he could do it, citing wanting to show off for Baby Doll at ringside. Muraco & Bravo obliged, and Tully blew a kiss to Baby Doll before charging at JYD in the corner. Tully should have known better, as JYD moved out of the way, got Blanchard by the tights, and dumped him from the match!

x JYD threw out Blanchard in 0:19:05

Muraco & Bravo shrugged at each other and went back to work on JYD. Atlas was having himself a bad time on the other side of the ring as he had to contend with Hart & Bockwinkel (Gilbert still had himself firmly planted holding onto the bottom rope). Atlas was also bleeding a lot now, and it looked like all the strength was zapped out of him. This was awful news if you like the fan favorites, because the odds were certainly against them. That was until JYD blocked a Muraco punch and fired back with one of his own. Bravo had his blocked too, and JYD nailed him as well. JYD grabbed both their heads and hit a double noggin knocker. Bravo fell to the canvas, but Muraco stayed on his feet long enough for JYD to hit the Magnificent One with a kneelift. Muraco elevated over the top and was out of the match.

x JYD threw out Muraco after a kneelift in 0:20:43

On the other side of the ring, Atlas got a second wind and picked Bret up in a Gorilla Press, dropping him out of the ring. In the blink of an eye, Fuji's men were both out of contention!

x Atlas threw out B. Hart in 0:20:59

With only five men left, and two of them being members of the Family, the Brain instructed Gilbert to get up and help out Bockwinkel while they had the numbers advantage. Gilbert looked around and saw that Heenan was right and got up, cocky as can be. Hot Stuff got back up and slowly started to strut his way over to help Bockwinkel with Atlas, but he was too slow. He didn't see JYD come from behind, grab his tights, and send him flying over the top.

x JYD threw out E. Gilbert in 0:21:41

Gilbert couldn't believe it. Maybe he should have just stayed tucked in the corner. This brought us to the final four, and then men paired off into makeshift teams: Atlas & JYD on one side, Bravo & Bockwinkel on the other. Bravo went after Atlas while Bockwinkel lunged at JYD, and the fights were on! Atlas was pumped up as he fired on Bravo with lefts and rights. The problem was that Atlas had lost a ton of blood in this contest, and once Bravo slowed him down with an eye poke, it was the beginning of the end. Bravo scooped Atlas up and hit him with the Side Suplex. Atlas had nothing left in the tank and couldn't stop himself from being tossed out.

x Bravo threw out Atlas in 0:23:07

A valiant effort by Atlas, but he just didn't have quite enough. This put JYD in the unenviable position of going 2-on-1, because it certainly looked like Bravo & Bockwinkel were going to work together to eliminate him first before going at it to determine the winner. Bravo hit JYD in the back to save Bockwinkel from being thrown out. Bravo followed up with a bodyslam and an elbowdrop before beating his chest and hollering to the crowd. Bockwinkel came over and exchanged a double high five with Bravo, but when Bravo turned his back, Bockwinkel grabbed him from behind and tried to throw him out! Bockwinkel got Bravo over and thought he had eliminated him, but the Canadian Strongman landed on the apron and pulled himself back in. Bravo whipped Bockwinkel around and yelled at him, getting right in his face. While the two were arguing, neither saw JYD get back to his feet. JYD ran and hit Bravo with a knee to the back, causing Bravo's head to smash into Bockwinkel's head. JYD grabbed Bravo and tossed him out, and we were down to two!

x JYD threw out Bravo in 0:23:59

When Bockwinkel realized what had happened, he begged off a bit, trying to reason with JYD to make a deal. JYD would have none of it though as the crowd was going crazy. Bockwinkel went for a kick, but JYD caught it, spun Bockwinkel around and hit an atomic drop. Bockwinkel was on spaghetti legs, but that didn't last long as JYD took him to the mat with a clothesline. Bockwinkel got back up, but only to be hit with a big headbutt, before being sent soaring through the air and to the floor, putting an end to this match!

x JYD threw out Bockwinkel in 0:24:31

25-Man Battle Royal:
Junkyard Dog won a 25-man Battle Royal
Rating: ****

What a fantastic match that was! As a result of his win, Junkyard Dog now has an Intercontinental Title shot awaiting him on March 17 when we head to Minneapolis, no matter who the champion may be. Between that and a spot in the quarterfinals of the TV Title tournament, there could be a lot of gold in JYD's future.

MATCH #2
The British Bulldogs vs. The North-South Connection

The North-South Connection have not made it a secret that they want a shot at the World Tag Team Titles, and they feel they're being overshadowed by some of the talented, young teams in GCW. One of those teams is the British Bulldogs, so they were looking for a win tonight to show that they should be the team getting all the attention. Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid welcomed the challenge, feeling that instead of just talking, Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis needed to step up to the plate. Murdoch & Adonis needed to slow the pace down as the Bulldogs are one of the quickest teams we have. In the early goings, they were quite adept at it using some old school holds and an awful lot of cheating. Once the Bulldogs got the pace quickened, the North-South Connection couldn't keep up. They were all out of sorts and their teamwork fell apart, ultimately leading to Murdoch getting caught with a running powerslam from Davey Boy and a flying headbutt from Dynamite to put this one in the books.

The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated The North-South Connection (Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch) when Dynamite Kid pinned Murdoch after a flying headbutt in 0:10:43.
Rating: ** 1/4

This win will surely move the Bulldogs up the ladder, while Murdoch & Adonis once again take a step back. Murdoch & Adonis seemed to be bickering with one another as they left the ring. There may be more to this story than meets the eye.

MATCH #3
Chavo Guerrero vs. Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby Heenan)

Though we have a small sample size, Arn Anderson has been lights out in the ring so far for the Heenan Family. He was facing his toughest competition to date in Chavo Guerrero. Chavo is a former Intercontinental champion and a tough match for everyone, and his Mexican style high-flying was a big problem for Anderson. Anderson likes to ground a man, lock him in holds, work on a body part. Chavo never gave him that chance. From the opening bell, Chavo was flying all over the place, keeping Anderson off balance. Anderson kept trying to get Chavo in a hold to slow him down, but Chavo would have a Mexican-style counter and would get back on top. With as much stock as Heenan has put in Anderson, he didn't want to see him get his first loss like this. While Anderson was struggling to get to his feet in the ring by grabbing a hold of referee Tommy Young, Chavo had visions of flying off the top rope. He didn't get that chance though, as Heenan jumped on the apron and pushed him off. Chavo took a bad landing on his back in the middle of the ring. From there, Anderson did what he does best and grinded away on Chavo, focusing his attack on the back. Chavo had a brief flash of a comeback late, but his back was too damaged. Chavo couldn't prevent the Gourdbuster and Anderson walked out of Pittsburgh with his hand raised.

Arn Anderson pinned Chavo Guerrero with the Gourdbuster in 0:07:44.
Rating: ****

MATCH #4
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (c) vs. "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes

We were up to our first of the two main event, and it was for the Intercontinental Title. The ovation for Rhodes nearly blew the roof off the Civic Auditorium, and there was no question who the sold out crowd was dying to see win this match. Jimmy Snuka is one of the all time greats, but even he looked taken aback by the reaction of the crowd. You very rarely see the Superfly look nervous, but that's exactly what he was as the bell rang and he looked across at an amped up American Dream. Snuka spent a lot of this match stalling, because in the early minutes, any time Snuka would try to grapple with Rhodes, the Dream would get the upperhand and end the exchange with a lightning fast Bionic Elbow. Snuka finally found his opening, and that was by cheating. When Rhodes had pushed Snuka into the corner, referee Danny Davis got between them to break it up. This left Davis blind to Snuka putting a thumb in Rhodes' eye. The Superfly knew this was his chance, and he picked up his intensity and went crazy on Rhodes with headbutts, chops, and a variety of kicks. Rhodes was in trouble, but he kept kicking out of Snuka's pinfall attempts. Snuka had it all going his way until he went for a jumping headbutt to a downed Rhodes, but the Dream rolled away and Snuka hit the canvas hard. Snuka is known for his hard skull, but even that jostled him a bit. Rhodes got his second wind and was dancing while he hit Snuka with a series of jabs and a big Bionic Elbow to knock Snuka to the mat. Snuka got up and ran right into a backdrop by Rhodes. Rhodes picked Snuka up one more time and hit him with a clothesline, causing the Superfly to fall out of the ring. Danny Davis kept Rhodes at bay, not noticing that Snuka had grabbed the Intercontinental Title from the timekeeper's table and was heading to the locker room! The crowd was booing heavily, but Snuka was clearly done and he was counted out.

Dusty Rhodes defeated Jimmy Snuka by countout in 0:07:07.
Rating: *
(Jimmy Snuka retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Snuka lost the match, but in GCW, titles cannot change hands on a countout so he was still the Intercontinental champion. The crowd hated this and let their displeasure be known with loud jeers and pelting Snuka with garbage. Rhodes may not have been able to leave Pittsburgh a champion, but he could get the last word. He chased Snuka down and grabbed him by the hair before he could get away and brought him back into the ring. Snuka took a wild swing with a clothesline when Rhodes got in, but the Dream ducked and hit an atomic drop, followed by a Bionic Elbow. Rhodes then dropped a big elbowdrop on Snuka, before tossing him out of the ring. A disappointing result for Rhodes, but he still had some fun by dancing to his music in the ring before the show went to intermission.

MATCH #5
Bruiser Brody vs. "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert (w/ Bobby Heenan)

This feud has been raging for months, and it looked like this might finally draw it to a close. Bobby Heenan has had it in for Bruiser Brody since Brody came back to GCW, even going as far as putting a bounty on his head. Eddie Gilbert is the man that claimed that bounty, and showed why he is called "Hot Stuff" by throwing a fireball in Brody's face. The feud has only gotten more violent from there. These two were involved in the battle royal earlier, and you have to think both would be tired. Brody didn't last too long, but he got into a huge brawl with Kamala that we understand went on for about ten minutes in the back. Gilbert, meanwhile, was one of the final five in the battle royal, so he has to be gassed from that. Well if Brody was tired, he didn't show it as he came bowling at Gilbert right away. Gilbert tried to hold onto the bottom rope again like he did in the battle royal, but when there's only one other guy in the match, you're not going to get lost in the shuffle. Brody peeled Gilbert away and hit him with a powerful bodyslam. Brody followed with a suplex and a Gorilla Press slam, asserting his will with ease. Gilbert had no answers for Brody as even Gilbert's desperation punches were having little to no effect. Gilbert was audibly begging for his life at one point, praying that Brody spare him. Well, his prayers got answered in a way when KAMALA jumped in the ring and nailed Brody for the disqualification!

Bruiser Brody defeated Eddie Gilbert by disqualification in 0:04:01.
Rating: ** 1/4
[Kamala interfered against Bruiser Brody.]

Kamala obviously didn't get himself enough of Brody earlier and still had a hankering for a fight. This installment wasn't much of a battle though as Kamala caught Brody completely by surprise. Brody couldn't defend himself as the Ugandan Giant came crashing down on him with not one, but two Air Africas before a swarm of officials broke it up. Freddie Blassie finally wrangled this untamed beast, but he had a huge smile on his face as he did so. It looks like Brody has himself an entirely different problem to deal with now.

MATCH #6
NON-TITLE MATCH
The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. The Midnight Express (World Tag Team champions) (w/ Jim Cornette & Bad News Brown)

There is a lot of tension in the tag team division, and there might not be a more heated rivalry that the Rock 'N Roll Express & the Midnight Express. The history between these two teams is thick, with the latest chapter involving "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey & "Ravishing" Randy Rose stealing the World Tag Team Titles from Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson thanks to interference from Bad News Brown. Brown was there again for this match, and was sure to get himself involved if he found the chance. Jim Cornette has been running scared of the RnR, and he should be, especially after somehow getting his lawyers to make this match a non-title match. Morton & Gibson clearly deserve a rematch for the titles, but at this point, they were more than happy to settle for just getting their hands on the Midnight Express. Early in the match, Brown would get involved, hitting Gibson with a big clothesline on the floor. Referee Dick Woehrle saw it, and he made a great judgment call. Instead of disqualifying the Midnight Express, he instead threw Brown out and made him go to the back! Cornette was beside himself, saying Woehrle couldn't throw Brown out because he was his bodyguard. Woehrle then threatened to throw Cornette out, which caused the Prince of Polyester to relent (and start hyperventilating in the process). From that point, we had a much more even match. The funny thing is, when the Midnight Express are just allowed to go do their thing, they're a damn good team. This match went back and forth and was hotly contested. Cornette couldn't take it anymore and tried to get up on the apron later in the contest, but as soon as he did, Morton caught him with a dropkick that sent him crashing to the floor. Gibson got Condrey down and locked in the Gibson Leglock, a very painful submission hold. Morton held Rose at bay, Condrey submitted, and this match was over!

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose) when R. Gibson made Condrey submit to the Gibson Leglock in 0:11:36.
Rating: ****

The Rock 'N Roll Express were victorious, and you have to think that they'll get their title shot now. Cornette oversold the dropkick like he had been stabbed, and Condrey & Rose literally carried Cornette to the back while he muttered something about a lawsuit. This guy is ridiculous.

MATCH #7
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH
Bob Backlund (c) vs. Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat

Main event number 2, and what a tremendous match that it was! Bob Backlund is one of the best wrestlers in GCW history, in the midst of his third World Title reign. He's especially dangerous because he has proven he will do whatever it takes to keep the gold around his waist. Just ask the challenger tonight, Ricky Steamboat, and his heavily taped left arm. Steamboat was not at 100%, but he was not going to let this opportunity go by the wayside. In the early goings of the match, Steamboat blocked the pain out and was going at 1000 mph. Backlund was on his heels from the start, trying desperately to get some distance from the Dragon. Backlund rolled to the outside to get some space, but that didn't last long as Steamboat dove onto him with a flying crossbody! This one looked like it could end early, but once Backlund was back in the ring, he lured Steamboat in, grabbed the Dragon by the tights, and sent him bad arm fist into the middle turnbuckle.

All of the adrenaline that was fueling Steamboat before to help him block out the pain was gone, and the malicious Backlund zeroed in on the Dragon's left arm. Steamboat did everything he could to fight back, but his arm was in bad shape, and Backlund is the master of holds. Backlund was all over that arm, bending it in directions that a human arm is not supposed to bend. It got so bad at one point that some fans were screaming for Steamboat to give up - not because they wanted him to lose, but because they didn't want to see him get permanently injured. Steamboat wouldn't give up though, and against all logic, he kept fighting back with his good arm. The Dragon did enough to keep Backlund honest, but it looked like it was only going to be a matter of time before Backlund put Steamboat down. The match wore on for over half an hour. Steamboat fired back with one final flurry, catching a charging Backlund in the face with a foot. Steamboat put together a few moves with some dropkicks, some arm drags, and a big backdrop. Steamboat ascended to the top in a last ditch ever. He was going to go for the Flying Crossbody Press, but he was very drained and hurting, giving Backlund time to recover. Backlund grabbed Steamboat by his left arm, and dropped it down on the top rope, causing it to whiplash violently. Backlund latched on the Crossface Chickenwing, pulling the injured arm way back. Steamboat tried valiantly to fight out of it, but there was just too much damage done already. Steamboat had to submit or risk permanent injury.

Bob Backlund made Ricky Steamboat submit to the Crossface Chickenwing in 0:32:37.
Rating: **** 3/4
(Bob Backlund retained the GCW World Title.)

That should have been enough, but Backlund was looking to put Steamboat out for good. He refused to let go of the Chickenwing, and as one of the most dangerous holds in all of wrestling, this was a scary situation. It didn't take long before DUSTY RHODES ran down, but before he could get in the ring, JIMMY SNUKA hit him from behind with the Intercontinental Title! Snuka picked Rhodes up and tossed him into the ring, stomping away at the Dream's head while Backlund continued to rear back on the Chickenwing on the Dragon. The situation was getting dire until there was a commotion coming from the aisleway. It didn't take long before we saw that it was STAN HANSEN! The Lariat is back! Snuka saw Hansen getting in the ring and went for a clothesline. Hansen ducked, hit the far ropes, and nearly decapitated the Superfly with the Lariat! Backlund released the Chickenwing on Steamboat, but didn't have much of a chance to do anything else as Hansen clotheslined him over the top rope!

Interview:
Stan Hansen is back and he is angry.

Stan Hansen helped Steamboat & Rhodes to their feet and grabbed the house microphone. Hansen said that he was back, and he was mad as hell! Hansen said that he lost several months of his career and the World Title, and so he was going to do the same thing to Backlund that Backlund did to him. Rhodes was fired up too, saying he was thrilled Hansen was back and the three of them were going to give Backlund & Snuka a taste of their own medicine!

Card rating: *** 1/4

Match observations:

What a night! Stan Hansen is back, and that means bad news for Bob Backlund & Jimmy Snuka! The stage is now set for the road to Super Cade.

3/17/85 - MET CENTER - Minneapolis, MN

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Jimmy Snuka (c) vs. Junkyard Dog

3/31/85 - SUPER CADE - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - New York, NY

TELEVISION TITLE TOURNAMENT FINALS - ??? vs. ???

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