2/8/86 - GCW Superstars

2/8/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 1/28/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were here for this week's episode of GCW Superstars! Dino Bravo will be here, as will "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan! Not only that, but we will see the World Tag Team champions, Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen! And in our feature match, the Rougeau Brothers meet Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson! But to the ring for our first contest!

MATCH #1
The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious)

The Electric Dream Machine are insane, plain and simple. To not only agree to face the Road Warriors, but volunteer!? Lunacy. This was the TV debut of Hawk & Animal, along with manager Paul Ellering, and they were DOMINANT. Jimmy Garvin & Steve Regal literally didn't get in a single offensive move in this massacre. The fans were in a frenzy by the end of this as Hawk mercifully put down Mr. Electricity with a flying shoulderblock.

The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) defeated The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) when Hawk pinned S. Regal after a flying shoulderblock in 0:03:53.
Rating: *

Monsoon said this might be the most impressive tag team he has ever seen, and as someone who is a former 3-time World Tag Team champion, he knows what he is talking about. Even the disagreeable Niemiller couldn't dispute that, saying that the entire complexion of the tag team division in GCW has changed.

Monsoon threw it back to Lord Alfred Hayes who had a special guest.

TED DIBIASE'S OPEN CHALLENGE IS ANSWERED

Lord Alfred was standing by with Bad News Brown. Hayes looked a little flustered as he mentioned that Brown essentially grabbed him by the shirt and dragged him here to do this interview, so he told Brown to get on with it. Brown kept it short and sweet, saying that he heard Ted DiBiase running his mouth last week about he was willing to take on anyone for the Intercontinental Title. Brown said that the list is going to be short, because next week on Superstars, he was answering DiBiase's challenge and he would bring the IC Title to a real man.

MATCH #2
"Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Rudy Diamond

Dino Bravo really highlighted the "strong" part of his nickname, using a variety of power moves in this match with Rudy Diamond. The Side Suplex did Diamond in.

Dino Bravo pinned Rudy Diamond with the Side Suplex in 0:03:20.
Rating: 1/2*

RICK MARTEL IN LOS ANGELES

We cut to a video from earlier this week of Rick Martel in Los Angeles, the home of the upcoming Super Cade II show, again doing his man on the street campaign to get signatures in his quest for President Jack Tunney to overturn his decision that Martel can never wrestle for the World Title. The address and phone number you could contact to support Martel's cause flashed on the screen before we cut to commercial.

MATCH #3
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. Jim Londos

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and his 2x4 keep rolling along with a victory.

Jim Duggan pinned Jim Londos with the Three Point Stance in 0:02:42.
Rating: DUD

MATCH #4
Non-Title Match
Sgt. Slaughter/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen (World Tag Team champions) vs. Menace/Ron Shaw

Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen are once again World Tag Team champions, which is bad news for the rest of the tag team division. Ron Shaw & Menace were not much match for the Unholy Alliance, and poor Shaw looked like he would rather be anywhere else than in the ring with these monsters. Shaw more or less left Menace on his own, letting Hansen Lariat Menace's head off for the win.

Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen defeated Menace and Ron Shaw when Hansen pinned Menace with the Lariat in 0:02:50.
Rating: 1/2*

After the match, Slaughter & Hansen forced a scared Howard Finkel to hold the microphone for them while they acknowledged the Rock 'N Roll Express' recent challenge to a World Tag Team Title match. Slaughter laughed at how insane Robert Gibson must be to want to have anything to do with them when the Unholy Alliance was all set to just leave them alone for good. Slaughter said he could find it in his heart to beat the tar out of Gibson one more time. He offered Gibson a proposition. If Gibson could survive a 1-on-1 match with him at Saturday Night Slam Masters on March 1, the Unholy Alliance would be more than happy to grant them another shot at the tag team titles.

LIVE EVENT REPORT W/ GENE OKERLUND

"Mean" Gene Okerlund was here for the Live Event Report, and he was excited, even for him. The first show he went over was Saturday Night Slam Masters, taking place March 1 from Phoenix, AZ. Okerlund was happy to announce that after what we just heard from the Unholy Alliance, on Slam Masters, it will be Robert Gibson taking on Sgt. Slaughter, and we now know that if Gibson wins, the Rock 'N Roll Express will wrestle for the World Tag Team Titles at Super Cade II! Gibson has wanted this for weeks, and now on March 1, he is going to get it! This match, along with Wahoo McDaniel & Barry Windham vs. Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson, is going to make this a show you don't want to miss. And there are still more matches to be announced.

Okerlund made a quick mention of the March 2 event from the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Okerlund said that he can now officially announce the first two matches for this show. The first would be GCW newcomer, The Barbarian, taking on another fresh face, Koko B. Ware! The other match is a title match that could change the entire complexion of Super Cade II. We know that Robert Gibson is fighting for the right to a tag team title shot for the Rock 'N Roll Express at Slam Masters, but Slaughter & Hansen may not even be champions by that point regardless, as on March 2, they defend the titles against the Rougeau Brothers! The Rougeaus have been very impressive in recent months, and they will have the opportunity of a lifetime in their home country!

And finally, Okerlund hit the big one. Super Cade II, live from the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Monday, April 7. Okerlund gave an injury update on Andre the Giant, who is signed to take on Big John Studd in a Battle of True Giants. Okerlund said he talked to Andre's personal physician who made note that Andre's rehab is on schedule and he will be ready to go at Super Cade. In addition, Okerlund brought up how Tommy Lasorda & Elvira will be on hand. We also know now that the incomparable RAY CHARLES will be singing "America, the Beautiful" to kick off the show! Okerlund plugged how to order the pay-per-view before throwing it back to ringside.

MATCH #5
The Rougeau Brothers vs. Tully Blanchard (Television champion)/"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby Heenan)

Featured match time, and we got an insert promo from the Rougeau Brothers. They talked about the excitement they feel that they will get a shot at the World Tag Team Titles in their homeland of Canada. Jacques said how great it would be to go on their next bird watching tour with the GCW World Tag Team Titles. They had Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson to contend with first, and these teams are no strangers to each other. The Rougeaus looked very motivated and want to go into their title shot with momentum, but there are few depths Bobby Heenan's men won't go to in order to win. Jacques thought he had the match locked up when he threw Blanchard to the ropes and clotheslined him down before quickly putting on the Boston Crab. Unfortunately he did not see that Blanchard had made a blind tag to Anderson. The Enforcer slid in, dropped Jacques with the Gourdbuster, and this one was over.

The Heenan Family (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) when Anderson pinned J. Rougeau with the Gourdbuster in 0:08:04.
Rating: ***

A great showing for the Rougeaus, but they came up just short. They'll have time to regroup before their big title opportunity.

BOBBY HEENAN HAS AN ANSWER FOR DUSTY RHODES

To end the show, we had a video interview recorded earlier with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and the World Heavyweight champion King Kong Bundy. Heenan tried to bury Rick Martel's campaign saying that the worst thing that could happen to him would be for Jack Tunney to reverse his ruling because it would be the last match that Martel ever wrestled. In regards to the challenge of Dusty Rhodes, Heenan said that just like Martel, the American Dream just doesn't know when to quit. Heenan said that Bundy accepts Rhodes' challenge, and promises the match will be a message to Rick Martel and anyone else who wants to stand up to the Monster that it will have a sad ending. Bundy said that in two weeks on Superstars, the American Dream turns into a nightmare.

Join us next week on Superstars where we will have an action-packed hour of wrestling for you. Barry Windham will be here, as will the Rock 'N Roll Express! The Barbarian will be in action, and we will see Corporal Kirchner take on Nikolai Volkoff! And in our main event, the open challenge has been answered - Bad News Brown will challenge Ted DiBiase for the Intercontinental Title!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Robert Gibson vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Wahoo McDaniel/Barry Windham vs. Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson

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

WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen (c) vs. The Rougeau Brothers
Koko B. Ware vs. The Barbarian

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

Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd

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