3/15/86 - GCW Superstars

3/15/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 2/18/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Only 23 days away from Super Cade II, and we had a big day of action on GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller ran down the card, which will feature Barry Windham, the #1 contender to the World Title, Rick Martel, Bad News Brown, and a huge 10-man tag team main event! Niemiller also mentioned that The Barbarian will be on The Flower Shop, so who knows what might go down there! But first to Howard Finkel for our first matchup of the day.

MATCH #1
The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. Jeff Gripley/Ivan MacDonald

Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson were firing on all cylinders in their win here to kick off the show. They did an insert promo during the contest saying that with every day they get a little more excited because they get one step closer to once again becoming the World Tag Team champions. Gibson mentioned that Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen are bigger than them and stronger than them, but they don't have more heart than them. Morton said that it won't be long before they are the 3-time champs. Niemiller found that laughable, until Monsoon brought up that Gibson pinned Slaughter recently on Saturday Night Slam Masters.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated Jeff Gripley and Ivan MacDonald when R. Gibson made Gripley submit to the Gibson Leglock in 0:03:04.
Rating: * 3/4

MATCH #2
Barry Windham vs. Mr. X

After getting a decisive win over Mr. X, Barry Windham informed everyone that he heard from a representative of the Championship Committee that because he pinned Tully Blanchard recently, he will be wrestling him for the Television Title at Super Cade! The crowd popped as he said that after April 7, he would be representing GCW Superstars as the Television champion.

Barry Windham pinned Mr. X with the Superplex in 0:02:14.
Rating: * 1/2

THE FLOWER SHOP W/ GUEST THE BARBARIAN

You have to hand it to Adrian Adonis - he may not be smart, but he sure does have guts. His guest on The Flower Shop this week was the man he had a falling out with in a tag team match last week, The Barbarian. We have yet to hear The Barbarian speak, and that would continue here. The Barbarian showed up on the show, only to have Adonis & Jimmy Hart run him down, making some rather offensive cultural jokes about The Barbarian's heritage. It eventually got to Adonis challenging him to a match at Super Cade! When Barbarian didn't respond, Adonis made fun of him, asking if he could even speak at all. That's when The Barbarian floored him with a mafia kick. I'd consider that challenge accepted.

MATCH #3
Rick Martel vs. Barry O

Rick Martel looks focused and ready for the main event at Super Cade II. Martel looked crisp in making quick work out of Barry O. But one has to remember, according to Niemiller, that Barry O is not King Kong Bundy and this was not a cage match. Monsoon said that may be so, but have you ever seen Martel more focused than he is right now? Niemiller (begrudgingly) said no, he hadn't.

Rick Martel made Barry O submit to the Boston Crab in 0:02:23.
Rating: *

MATCH #4
Bad News Brown vs. AJ Petruzzi

This could be better qualified as a mugging than a match. Bad News Brown decimates AJ Petruzzi in just over a minute. This might not bode well for Ted DiBiase at Super Cade II.

Bad News Brown pinned AJ Petruzzi after a German suplex in 0:01:01.
Rating: -*

LIVE EVENT REPORT W/ GENE OKERLUND

As we inch closer to Super Cade, "Mean" Gene gets more and more excited. Today he got to announce 3 new matches. As mentioned by Barry Windham earlier, he will get his Television Title shot against Tully Blanchard on the show. After what happened earlier, Okerlund could officially announce that Adrian Adonis and The Barbarian would go 1-on-1. And lastly, the Rougeaus will indeed be taking on Dino Bravo and his mystery partner. Who that partner is remains to be seen, but knowing Bravo's history as a tag team wrestler, the team should prove to be a threat.

MATCH #5
The Road Warriors/Corporal Kirchner/Junkyard Dog/Koko B. Ware (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff/Shiro Koshinaka/The Hart Foundation (w/ Freddie Blassie & Jimmy Hart)

This was a lot of chaos as you would expect with 10 men who generally don't like each other involved. This was a preview of sorts for two matches at Super Cade, and we found that the competitors in those respective matches had a tendency to want to go at it in this one. The match was back and forth, but would eventually be won by the fan favorites when Animal reversed a rana attempt by Shiro Koshinaka into a massive power bomb for the 3 count.

The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal), Corporal Kirchner, Junkyard Dog and Koko B. Ware defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff, Shiro Koshinaka and The Iron Sheik) and The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) when Animal pinned Koshinaka after a power bomb in 0:08:16.
Rating: * 3/4

We went off the air with the fan favorites celebrating in the ring, punctuated by Corporal Kirchner waving the American flag.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

STEEL CAGE MATCH FOR THE WORLD TITLE - King Kong Bundy (c) vs. Rick Martel
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Bad News Brown
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen (c) vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express
TELEVISION TITLE - Tully Blanchard (c) vs. Barry Windham
FLAG MATCH - Corporal Kirchner/Junkyard Dog/Koko B. Ware vs. The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff/Shiro Koshinaka
Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd
The Road Warriors vs. The Hart Foundation
Adrian Adonis vs. The Barbarian
The Rougeau Brothers vs. Dino Bravo/???

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