3/2/85 - GCW Superstars

3/2/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 2/12/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

It's Saturday morning, so of course it as time for the hottest wrestling show on television, GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcomed the fans to the show, and it was going to be a good one. Monsoon said that we should all pay special attention to the Live Event Report this week, because "Mean" Gene Okerlund was going to reveal the first matches for Super Cade! Niemiller said that Bad News Brown would be in action, as well as "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala! Monsoon talked of our main event, the first quarter final matchup in the Television Title tournament with Magnum T.A. going up against Don Muraco! And the biggest news of all, Cyndi Lauper was in the house! But first up, a grudge match between Jacques Rougeau & Nick Bockwinkel!

MATCH #1
Jacques Rougeau vs. Nick Bockwinkel (w/ Bobby Heenan)

Jacques Rougeau has been at the front lines along with his brother Raymond to get at Nick Bockwinkel. The Rougeaus are good friends with Rick Martel, the man whose career may have been ended thanks to Bockwinkel. As the match began, a video was shown of of Bockwinkel hitting the Piledriver on the stage area, severely re-injuring Martel's neck and possibly putting him out of commission forever. Jacques was not in the mood for Bockwinkel's antics of primping and strutting, and he let him know with a big slap across the face to kick off the match. Bockwinkel was deeply offended that someone like Jacques would dare slap him, but he got more when Jacques dropkicked him right in the mush. Bockwinkel had a fight on his hands as Jacques didn't let up at all, but his aggressiveness got out of control. Bockwinkel lured Rougeau to go for an elbowdrop from the second turnbuckle late, and Jacques crashed and burned hard. Bockwinkel hit the Piledriver next and that was all he needed to get the win.

Nick Bockwinkel pinned Jacques Rougeau with the Piledriver in 0:07:36.
Rating: ** 1/4

Bockwinkel said it was now time to teach Jacques a lesson as he set him up for a second Piledriver, but out came RAYMOND ROUGEAU to break it up with some fiery right hands. Rougeau hit a spinning back kick, but then found himself cornered by KING KONG BUNDY & EDDIE GILBERT, who had come down to the ring. This looked like a horrible situation for Raymond before BRUISER BRODY ran down swinging a chair wildly above his head, chasing the Heenan Family from it! Bobby Heenan regrouped his troops as Jacques Rougeau called for the microphone.

BRUISER BRODY & THE ROUGEAU BROTHERS CHALLENGE THE HEENAN FAMILY FOR NEXT WEEK

Jacques Rougeau was as angry as we've ever seen him, and yelled that this nonsense with the Heenan Family thinking they could do whatever they want had to stop. Jacques said that Raymond and Bruiser Brody were going to put an end to it themselves if they had to, and challenged Bockwinkel, Bundy, & Gilbert to a 6-man tag match next week on Superstars! Heenan said he wasn't scared of these three ham-n-eggers and accepted the challenge. Jacques added that he forgot to mention, RICK MARTEL would be in their corner! Heenan lost it as the crowd exploded, and no one looked more nervous than Nick Bockwinkel. What a huge match this is going to be.

MATCH #2
Bad News Brown (w/ Jim Cornette) vs. Hans Schroeder

After break, Bad News Brown was already in the ring ready for his match against Hans Schroeder. Monsoon & Niemiller were still talking about the huge news that Rick Martel will be on Superstars next week. Monsoon said he was surely going to be looking for revenge against Bockwinkel, but Niemiller wondered if this wasn't a mistake as the last time Martel was here, Bockwinkel hit him with the Piledriver up on the stage. The attention then turned to the ring where Brown was steamrolling the hapless Schroeder. Brown would need little time to hit the Ghetto Blaster to get the win. Monsoon reminded everyone that Brown is still in the TV Title tournament and could be the man who wins it all.

Bad News Brown pinned Hans Schroeder with the Ghetto Blaster in 0:02:19.
Rating: -*

MATCH #3
The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. Scott Farris/Ben Alexander

The Rock 'N Roll Express are riding a wave of momentum. Their win in Pittsburgh over the Midnight Express should guarantee them their deserved rematch for the World Tag Team Titles, but as of yet, that match has not been made official. Right as the match started, JIM CORNETTE joined Monsoon & Niemiller on commentary. Monsoon was instantly annoyed and wanted to know what he was doing there. Cornette said he was there just to make it known that there was absolutely no way that the Rock 'N Roll Express would ever get a title shot after the way they cheated in Pittsburgh. Monsoon said that was ridiculous, and to just look in the ring if he didn't think Morton & Gibson deserved a title shot. Just as Monsoon said that, Morton caught Ben Alexander with the Flying Dropkick and got the cover.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated Scott Farris and Ben Alexander when R. Morton pinned Alexander with the Flying Dropkick in 0:03:25.
Rating: * 1/4

THE ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS WANT A TITLE SHOT

Jim Cornette continued to bad mouth Morton & Gibson, and he got so heated with Monsoon that he didn't even notice the Rock 'N Roll Express go to the floor and corner Cornette in his chair. Cornette freaked out, saying he was going to file a lawsuit. Cornette kind of brought this on himself though by coming out without Bad News Brown, so there was no one there to help him. Morton & Gibson yelled that they weren't letting Cornette get up until he agreed to give them a title shot. Cornette became even more scared, curling up into a ball in his chair and almost crying as the RnR put on the pressure. Cornette finally screamed, "Okay, okay, you got it! Just leave me alone!" So the Rock 'N Roll Express will get their World Tag Team Title rematch, and the fans in the Mid-Hudson Civic Center were very pleased to hear it. Cornette kept asking, "Are they gone?" before he would finally open his eyes. Monsoon told him yes and that he needed to get out of there, joking he may need to go change his drawers after that display of manhood. As is customary, Cornette threatened Monsoon with a lawsuit before heading to the back.

MATCH #4
"The Ugandan Giant" Kamala (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie) vs. Roger Kirby

If you needed any more proof that Kamala was an untamed animal, look no further than the brawls he has had with Bruiser Brody lately. Poor Roger Kirby looked scared to death to be in the ring with the Ugandan Giant, and I can't say I blame him. Kirby didn't get any offensive moves in as Kamala bum rushed him, putting him away with the Air Africa in just over a minute.

Kamala pinned Roger Kirby with the Air Africa in 0:01:01.
Rating: -3/4*

Kamala barely got to get to his feet before BRUISER BRODY made his second appearance of the night and smashed Kamala in the back of the head with a clothesline. Just like they did in Pittsburgh, these two beasts tore into each other like crazed dogs. A veritable battalion of officials had to come separate these two as we went to break.

When we got back from break, we saw Lord Alfred Hayes who was standing by with GCW President Jack Tunney. Tunney said that he had seen enough of these fights between Bruiser Brody & Kamala. He said if they wanted to tear into each other so badly, he was going to allow it… but NOT until March 31 at Super Cade. If they got into any major altercation before then, the match will be called off and both men will be fined heavily and suspended. Big news as we now have our first official match for Super Cade! And now for the Live Event Report.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

"Mean" Gene Okerlund could barely contain himself as he had a lot of big information to share about the upcoming shows in GCW. The first one was the March 17 St. Paddy's Day show from the Met Center in Minneapolis, MN. This card is going to shape itself up considerably this week as the Championship Committee is meeting to get the rest of the card in order, but there were two matches he could announce as ready to go. As a result of winning the battle royal in Pittsburgh, Junkyard Dog will challenge Jimmy Snuka for the Intercontinental Title. And in a huge main event, the recently returned Stan Hansen will challenge the man that stole the World Title from him back in November, Bob Backlund, and the title will be on the line! We cut to words from Bob Backlund, who had Jimmy Snuka with him. Backlund couldn't believe that Hansen just came back and cowardly attacked both he and the Superfly, and he's being rewarded with a World Title shot in Minneapolis. Backlund said it was fine though, this is exactly why Snuka and he joined forces to begin with. If everyone wanted to gang up on them, they would find someone to help them out too. Backlund finished by saying that there was no way he wasn't walking out of Minneapolis without the World Heavyweight Title.

Okerlund turned his attention to Super Cade, the biggest wrestling event in history, that will take place from the world's most famous arena Madison Square Garden on March 31. Here is what we know so far of the card. Announced earlier tonight, Bruiser Brody will meet Kamala - that is, if they can stop beating the hell out of each other before then. And as we saw earlier after the Rock 'N Roll Express' win, Jim Cornette agreed to give them a title shot against the Midnight Express. That rematch will take place in MSG! And though we don't know the participants, we do know that we will see the crowning of our first Television champion when the tournament comes to a close. What a special night this should turn out to be!

MATCH #5
TELEVISION TITLE TOURNAMENT - QUARTER FINALS
Magnum T.A. vs. "The Magnificent" Don Muraco (w/ Mr. Fuji)

If this night wasn't packed with enough news, we still had Cyndi Lauper ready to appear. Don Muraco had a match to wrestle though, but it was clear that Mr. Fuji and he were looking past this match to what they were dubbing a "major confrontation of a huge magnitude" later on. Magnum T.A. is not someone you want to look past though, especially when a place in the semi-finals in TV Title tournament is at stake. Fuji kept taking time in the opening couple of minutes to find the camera and put the bad mouth on Cyndi Lauper instead of paying attention to what was going on in the ring. Even Monsoon tried to get Fuji to pay attention to the match, because the way things were going, Muraco could have used it. Once Muraco & Fuji realized they needed to be more focused on this than the upcoming encounter with Lauper, it was too late. Magnum needed a couple of tries to hit it, but once he nailed the Belly-to-Belly Suplex, that was all she wrote.

[TV TITLE TOURNAMENT - QUARTER FINALS]:
Magnum T.A. pinned Don Muraco with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 0:08:57.
Rating: * 3/4

So Magnum T.A. joins Tully Blanchard in the semi-finals of the tournament. Muraco & Fuji had to regain their composure because after the break, Cyndi Lauper!

CYNDI LAUPER IS IN THE HOUSE

When we returned from break, Muraco & Fuji were joined in the ring by Bret Hart. Fuji grabbed the microphone and said he knew Cyndi Lauper was here and ready to apologize, so she could come on out and do so now. A moment later, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" blared over the sound system and out came Lauper herself! Lauper was flanked by her manager, David Wolff, and took time to slap hands with the fans as she made her way into the ring. Lauper grabbed a microphone from Howard Finkel and got into the ring, thanking all of the fans for the warm welcome and she couldn't express how excited she was to be there. She then turned to the trio in the ring, and said she wasn't exactly sure what she was supposed to be apologizing for. Fuji nearly lost his cool, breaking into Japanese as he retorted back to Lauper. Lauper said what everyone was thinking in response: "I don't have any idea what you just said." This just enraged Fuji and his men more, and it started to get volatile in the ring. Muraco & Hart closed in on Lauper, and when David Wolff stepped in the way, he got thrown to the side. The crowd was in a frenzy at about what was going on, when Lauper received help from an unexpected source - CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO! It has been years since we have seen Lou Albano in a GCW ring, but he was here to support his friend, Cyndi Lauper. The two appeared together in the video for "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." You have to appreciate Albano coming out to help, but he is a 51-year old man and way past his prime as an active competitor. Muraco & Hart turned their aggressions toward Albano, shoving him back into a corner and threatening to beat him up. Finally, THE BRITISH BULLDOGS had seen enough and sprinted to the ring, going toe-to-toe with Muraco & Hart and sending them out of the ring with stereo dropkicks while Fuji fell out of the ring trying to get away. The show went off the air with Davey Boy Smith, Dynamite Kid, & Lou Albano begging Fuji & his men to get back in the ring.

Match observations:

What an exciting end to an exciting episode of wrestling! Don't forget to join us next week on Superstars, where Chavo Guerrero will be in action, as well as The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff in a tag team encounter. Jim Duggan will be in the house, as well as Tony Atlas vs. Bret Hart in a quarter final of the TV Title tournament! And the huge 6-man tag team match pitting Bruiser Brody & the Rougeau Brothers against King Kong Bundy, Nick Bockwinkel, & Eddie Gilbert! That, and more announcements regarding Super Cade!

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

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Stan Hansen
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Jimmy Snuka (c) vs. Junkyard Dog

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

WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Midnight Express (c) vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express
TELEVISION TITLE TOURNAMENT FINALS - ??? vs. ???
Bruiser Brody vs. Kamala

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