3/16/85 - GCW Superstars

3/16/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 3/5/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY


The show kicked off with President Jack Tunney sitting behind his desk in the GCW Offices in New York, NY. Tunney expounded that with Super Cade being the biggest show in wrestling history, and a 6-man tag team main event with a lot of combustible elements, one official was simply not going to be enough to maintain order. Tunney knew a second set of eyes would be needed, but he wanted to find someone who would be up to the task. Well it looks like he's done just that because the special guest referee will be none other than the incomparable MUHAMMAD ALI! Ali has proved his toughness in the ring for years, both in boxing and in GCW. Tunney concluded by saying he was sure that this match would be contested right down the middle.

We then cut to the arena with Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller who welcomed everyone to GCW Superstars. They were buzzing about the announcement of Muhammad Ali as the special referee for the Super Cade main event! Monsoon reminded viewers that he has a long history with Ali and knows firsthand how tough he is. He was sure there would be no shenanigans on March 31! But before then, we had a packed show today, including the wrestling return of Stan Hansen, Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham in a tag team encounter, Arn Anderson is here, and the last quarter final match in the Television Title tournament with Junkyard Dog meeting Bad News Brown! But to kick things off, the debut of Jimmy Garvin!

Jimmy Garvin vs. Richard Charland

This match might not have seem liked a lot when you saw the opponent was Richard Charland, but for Jimmy Garvin, this match was huge. He has thrust himself into one of the most high-profile feuds in GCW history against men who have a combined four World Title reigns between them, and teaming with two men who have a combined four World Title reigns between them, and being in the main event of the biggest wrestling show in history. He has to bring it and bring it fast, and I hate to say it given what a jerk he seems to be, but he sure did. Even Gorilla Monsoon, who is as adverse to jerks as someone can be, was impressed by Garvin. Garvin made sure to audibly let the crowd know how great he was too before he planted Charland with the DDT for the 1-2-3.

Jimmy Garvin pinned Richard Charland with the DDT in 0:02:44.
Rating: -1/4*

Niemiller was very forthcoming of the praise for Garvin, telling Monsoon that you don't have to like him, but that this guy clearly is bringing a lot to the table. Monsoon did concede that he was impressed, but it would be an entirely different ball game tomorrow night in Minneapolis against Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. When we returned from commercial, Monsoon threw us to a video that was taken this Thursday in Los Angeles. He warned viewers that it may be a bit too graphic for some and that viewer discretion was advised.


Lord Alfred Hayes was on hand at a special ceremony in Los Angeles. "Captain" Lou Albano was being presented an award for the work that he has done in recent years to support MS research, and the person presenting him the award was his good friend Cyndi Lauper. Lauper said a few words before presenting Albano with an honorary gold record. There was a round of applause from the fans and reporters on hand. Albano was genuine in thanking everyone for this, and said that he doesn't do what he does for awards but because it's the right thing to do. As Albano was wrapping up, there was a disturbance coming from his right. The camera turned and saw MR. FUJI along with DON MURACO & BRET HART there to break up the festivities. Fuji was yelling at Albano in Japanese and Albano was getting heated. Fuji took a wild swing with his cane at Albano that missed, but the distraction allowed Muraco to wrestle the gold record away from Lauper and WALLOW the Captain in the back of the head with it! Albano dropped like a sack of bricks, and a large cut opened up on the back of his head. Security came in and ushered Fuji and his men away as Lauper rushed to Albano's side before the video ended.

Monsoon was horrified when we returned back to the arena, not believing the level that Fuji and his men would stoop to. Though Niemiller didn't necessarily agree with the specific tactics, he did have to hand it to Fuji for taking the initiative after Cyndi Lauper disrespected him. Monsoon said that was absurd, and that this was completely uncalled for. Monsoon tossed it to break so he could compose himself.

Ted DiBiase/Barry Windham vs. Barry O/"The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz

Monsoon & Niemiller were still quite distracted as this next match started, but they got back around to the action as it went on. Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham keep rolling along, but they got some unpredictably stiff competition from the team of Johnny Rodz & Barry O. Rodz is a staple of GCW, but Barry O is not and he looked motivated to make a big impact. That's the thing with these lesser known talents - you might laugh at them for sometimes being out of their league, but they are doing whatever they can to impress officials and move up in this business. This match was a good example of that. Rodz & Barry O worked hard to stay competitive, and I think even DiBiase & Windham were taken by surprise. Windham in particular got frustrated that he couldn't put either of his opponents away. DiBiase took this as a chance to teach a wrestling lesson and got Windham back focused. In the end, DiBiase put on the Figure-Four Leglock on Rodz to get the win. Niemiller added at the end that Monsoon's boys are going to need to look better than this against Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik tomorrow, or Freddie Blassie would never let him hear the end of it. Monsoon was sure DiBiase would have the team ready for Minneapolis.

Ted DiBiase and Barry Windham defeated Barry O and Johnny Rodz when DiBiase defeated Rodz when Rodz passed out in the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:07:58.
Rating: ** 1/4

Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Bill Dixon

Bobby Heenan had one of his Family wrestle on Superstars in the form of Arn Anderson. The rest of the Family was in Minneapolis already in preparation for the huge 10-man tag team match scheduled for the event. As the match started, an insert promo aired with Heenan standing with the entire Heenan Family. The gist of the message was that all of the men opposing them, especially Rick Martel, were going to regret ever getting involved in the Family's business. The match itself went about as you would expect. Anderson isn't flashy, but he is a meticulous technician that is adept at narrowing in on a body part and working it over. He chose Bill Dixon's leg, but it wasn't long before he put this match away with the Gourdbuster.

Arn Anderson pinned Bill Dixon with the Gourdbuster in 0:02:11.
Rating: * 1/2

Before we went to commercial, Monsoon informed the audience that he had just received word that there had been a disturbance in the locker room and he sent it back to Lord Alfred Hayes in the locker room area. Hayes said the details were sketchy, but he had just spoken to GCW officials who told him that just moments ago, Junkyard Dog had been attacked coming out of his locker room by an unknown assailant. JYD was being treated by doctors in the training room, but it was clear to him that he would be unable to compete in his quarter final match against Bad News Brown in the Television Title tournament.

Back from commercial, Bad News Brown was in the ring with manager Jim Cornette. Cornette had the microphone and was emphatic in saying that he had nothing to do JYD being attacked, but one couldn't mourn forever and he was more than happy to accept the bye into semi-finals of the tournament. Howard Finkel grabbed the microphone back (earning a dirty look from Cornette in the process) and announced that with JYD out, a replacement has been named for JYD - RICKY MORTON! Cornette was beside himself, yelling at the Fink how unfair this was. Fink just shrugged his shoulders and told Cornette he was just the messenger. Morton came out to a huge ovation and an even more huge opportunity!

Ricky Morton vs. Bad News Brown (w/ Jim Cornette)

All things equal, in a singles match, the bigger and meaner Bad News Brown would have the advantage against Ricky Morton. But Morton had the element of surprise, and Brown and Cornette couldn't recover from that. Morton was sticking and moving and Brown couldn't catch up with him. Morton knew he had to strike early if he had a chance, and he did when he went up top and hit Brown in the mush with the Flying Dropkick. Morton covered, hooked the leg, and was able to hold the stunned Brown down just long enough to get the win. Out of nowhere, Ricky Morton is now in the semi-finals of the TV Title tournament! Morton got out of the ring before Brown could get a hold of him and celebrated down the aisle as Cornette threw a fit in the ring. With this shocking development, the semi-finals are set. Next week on Superstars, Magnum T.A. meets Bret Hart, and in two weeks time, Ricky Morton meets Tully Blanchard.

Ricky Morton pinned Bad News Brown with the Flying Dropkick in 0:01:12.
Rating: * 1/2
(Junkyard Dog no-showed.)


It's time for the Live Event Report with everyone's favorite bald announcer, "Mean" Gene Okerlund. There was a lot of news to get to, starting with running down what is signed for tomorrow's big time show in Minneapolis, MN at the Met Center. Five matches are officially set for the show, headlined by Stan Hansen getting his chance to win back the World Title against the man that effectively stole it from him. Okerlund said Hansen would be wrestling his first match back after the Live Event Report, and that would go a long way into seeing how healthy he is back from his injury. The other title match now has a huge wrinkle in it. It is scheduled to be Jimmy Snuka defending the Intercontinental Title against the winner of the big battle royal in Pittsburgh, Junkyard Dog. However, as we just heard, JYD was attacked before his TV Title tournament match and wasn't able to compete. As of now, JYD is still slated to be in the match, but Okerlund said we will have to keep a close eye on his health going into tomorrow. The other matches include another preview match for the Super Cade main event with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat taking on Jimmy Garvin, Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham meeting Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik, and Rick Martel making his triumphant return to the ring after missing almost a year with a broken neck, teaming with Magnum T.A., Bruiser Brody, & The Rougeau Brothers to take on the Heenan Family!

Okerlund turned his attention to Super Cade, the biggest show in wrestling history, that will take place on March 31 from Madison Square Garden! This show will be star-studded as the best in both wrestling and Hollywood will come together for this epic event. For starters, the main event is a 6-man tag team match of gigantic proportions. On one side, it will be World champion (for now, anyway) Bob Backlund, Intercontinental champion (for now, anyway) Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, & Jimmy Garvin taking on "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, Stan "The Lariat" Hansen, & Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. There is no shortage of bad blood in this one, so as we learned earlier in the night, President Jack Tunney has assigned a guest referee to help keep the peace - the one and only MUHAMMAD ALI! If there's anyone tough enough to keep these 6 men in line, it's the greatest boxer that ever lived. To add even more star power to the match, former New York Yankees manager Billy Martin will handle the ring announcing duties, while the flamboyant Liberace will hold down the fort at the timekeeper's table! Those won't be the only other celebrities involved as music superstar Cyndi Lauper will be in the corner of the British Bulldogs as they take on Don Muraco & Bret Hart, with Mr. Fuji in their corner. After what Fuji and his men did to Lou Albano this week, busting that gold record over his head at an award presentation ceremony in Los Angeles, the stakes couldn't be higher. Two championship matches have been signed as well, starting with The Midnight Express defending the World Tag Team Titles against the former champs, the Rock 'N Roll Express. Also, we will see a historic first crowning of the Television champion when the tournament comes to a close. We will have our semi-final matches the next two weeks on Superstars to set up this final. Next week it's Magnum T.A. vs. Bret Hart, and the following week it is Ricky Morton vs. Tully Blanchard. The other previously announced match Okerlund said is bound to be a fight like we've never seen before when Bruiser Brody takes on "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala. And Okerlund had breaking news of another huge match that has just been signed. They will meet tomorrow night in the 10-man tag team match, but at Super Cade, they will settle the score once and for all as Rick Martel meets Nick Bockwinkel, one-on-one! A video of Martel was shown where he said that he lost a year of his career and was almost paralyzed by Bockwinkel, and that Bockwinkel & Bobby Heenan showed no remorse for what they did to him. Martel said that at Super Cade, he would be the one showing no remorse when he took out Bockwinkel This is just another reason why Super Cade will go down as the greatest show in the history of the sport!

Stan "the Lariat" Hansen vs. Gerald Finley

The main event of the show was the official in ring return of Stan Hansen. He came back in Pittsburgh to save Ricky Steamboat & Dusty Rhodes, but we hadn't seen him in an actual match until here against Gerald Finley. Finley looked scared to death, and I can't say that I blame him. Hansen has a lot of pent up aggression after the way he not only had the World Title stolen from him but also had months of his career taken away from him, and he took just a small piece of that out on poor Finley. Hansen relished beating the stuffing out of Finley before nearly taking his head off with the Lariat to get the win. Monsoon said that this was as impressive a performance as he had seen and Bob Backlund is in a lot of trouble tomorrow night. Niemiller reminded Monsoon that Gerald Finley is not Bob Backlund and Hansen may end up on the shelf again if he's not careful.

Stan Hansen pinned Gerald Finley with the Lariat in 0:04:22.
Rating: *


Speaking of Backlund, our final segment on today's show featured the World champion, along with his partners for the main event at Super Cade, Jimmy Garvin & Intercontinental champion Jimmy Snuka. Garvin did most of the talking in this backstage segment, saying that the three of them are standing as a united front. Garvin said that unlike this team, he didn't believe that Hansen, Rhodes, & Steamboat could function as a team because they have too much "bad blood" with one another. Backlund chimed in here and challenged Hansen, Rhodes, & Steamboat to prove they could work together by wrestling in a 6-man tag team match next week on Superstars.

Match observations:

After the show, we found out that Stan Hansen, Dusty Rhodes, & Ricky Steamboat have indeed accepted this 6-man tag team challenge, and they will take on Nikolai Volkoff, The Iron Sheik, & Dino Bravo in next week's main event! Not only that, but on Superstars next week, we will see King Kong Bundy in action, as well as the Rougeau Brothers. Rick Martel will wrestle his first match on Superstars since returning from his neck injury, and the first competitor in the Television Title match at Super Cade will be determined when Magnum T.A. meets Bret Hart!

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

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Stan Hansen
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Jimmy Snuka (c) vs. Junkyard Dog
Ted DiBiase/Barry Windham vs. Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik
Ricky Steamboat vs. Jimmy Garvin
Rick Martel/Bruiser Brody/Magnum T.A./The Rougeau Brothers vs. Nick Bockwinkel/King Kong Bundy/Eddie Gilbert/Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson


MAIN EVENT - Dusty Rhodes/Stan Hansen/Ricky Steamboat vs. Bob Backlund/Jimmy Snuka/Jimmy Garvin
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Midnight Express (c) vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express
The British Bulldogs (w/ Cyndi Lauper) vs. Don Muraco/Bret Hart
Bruiser Brody vs. Kamala
Rick Martel vs. Nick Bockwinkel

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