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

MATCH #1
Chavo Guerrero (w/ Dos Caras) vs. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart)

This match became very personal very quickly thanks to the actions of Adonis last night on Slam Masters. Adonis came out last night during Chavo's match with The Barbarian, trying to disrespect him afterwards by putting lipstick on him when Dos Caras made the save. Caras was down at ringside with his partner to make sure no shenanigans like that happened. During the match, Adonis taunted Caras at ringside the entire time, blowing kisses at him and generally trying to make him uncomfortable. It almost cost him when Chavo got him in a rollup, but not long after, Adonis got him in the Goodnight Irene for the win.

Adrian Adonis made Chavo Guerrero submit to the Goodnight Irene in 0:08:55.
Rating: ***

Afterwards, Adonis grabbed the lipstick from Jimmy Hart and was looking to use it on Chavo, but Caras quickly got in the ring and caught Adonis in the mush with a dropkick. Adonis stumbled out of the ring yelling about how his makeup was ruined now and that Caras was going to get it. I shudder to think what he means by "it."

MATCH #2
The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff (w/ Freddie Blassie)

The Road Warriors have been mowing through the competition, but hit a snag last night when thanks to some chicanery from the Hart Foundation, Hawk & Animal suffered their first loss, albeit via disqualification. You could tell they came into this match with an angry chip on their shoulder, because they came out with guns blazing against Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik. Paul Ellering was able to counteract anything "Classy" Freddie Blassie may have thought about doing, and the Doomsday Device on Volkoff put this one in the books.

The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) when Hawk pinned Volkoff after the Doomsday Device in 0:05:29.
Rating: *

Hawk had barely even gotten the three count when BRET HART & JIM NEIDHART were in the ring beating him down. Animal joined the fray and had the Hart Foundation reeling, but The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff were back up and joined in. The Road Warriors fought valiantly, but the numbers were too great and for the first time, we saw Hawk & Animal laid out in the ring. A small victory for the Hart Foundation, but I don't know how happy they're going to be when the Road Warriors get a hold of them.

MATCH #3
Intercontinental Title Match
Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Shiro Koshinaka (w/ Freddie Blassie)

Freddie Blassie didn't have to go far as his other charge, "The Japanese Assassin" Shiro Koshinaka, had a huge opportunity as he had a chance to take the Intercontinental Title back to Japan with him against reigning champion Ted DiBiase. Koshinaka's martial arts background was a lot for DiBiase to handle early, but once DiBiase got a hold of the challenger, his technical savvy took over. A double underhook superplex put this one in the books. Another successful title defense for DiBiase, but he does have Bad News Brown breathing down his neck.

Ted DiBiase pinned Shiro Koshinaka after a double underhook superplex in 0:07:40.
Rating: **
(Ted DiBiase retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

MATCH #4
"Chief" Wahoo McDaniel vs. Big John Studd (w/ Bobby Heenan)

You have to give Wahoo McDaniel credit. He's been in many battles over his illustrious career, and he didn't back down from Big John Studd one bit. Bobby Heenan even got on the microphone before the match and gave Wahoo the chance to just leave unscathed, but Wahoo responded by attacking Studd with chops to signal the start of the match. Wahoo's flurry staggered Studd and almost knocked him off his feet, but Studd cut him off with a big clubbing blow. Wahoo had a couple more glimmers of hope, but the inevitable came and Studd won the match in convincing fashion. Studd has been impressive, but will he be able to dominate Andre the Giant like that?

Big John Studd pinned Wahoo McDaniel after an enzuilariato in 0:04:11.
Rating: * 3/4

MATCH #5
World Tag Team Title Match
Sgt. Slaughter/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen (c) vs. The Rougeau Brothers

The Rougeau Brothers have a ton of heart, and they had the Canadian crowd fully on their side as they had the chance of a lifetime against the World Tag Team champions, Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen. Now on paper, this should have been an easy and possibly scary victory for Slaughter & Hansen, but matches in GCW aren't wrestled on paper (well…). Sure, Jacques & Raymond took quite a beating during stages of this match, as anyone is going to have happen against the Unholy Alliance. But this match had the makings of a perfect storm. Challengers being overlooked, challengers that have nothing to lose, challengers wrestling with the overwhelming support of their home country. The Rougeaus had several instances where a roll up or flash pin almost got the win, and the champs looked out of sorts for a good portion of this one. That is, until Hansen nearly decapitated Jacques out of nowhere with the Lariat to put this one in the books. After the match, the Rougeaus received a standing ovation for their efforts. Tonight wasn't their night, but they definitely showed they can hang with the big boys in the tag team division.

Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) when Hansen pinned J. Rougeau with the Lariat in 0:12:25.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

MATCH #6
Rick Martel/Bob Backlund vs. Tully Blanchard (Television champion)/"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby Heenan)

After intermission, we had this big tag team match, and it was a classic. Bob Backlund has returned to watch Rick Martel's back in their ongoing battles against the Heenan Family, as Martel prepares for the fight of his life against King Kong Bundy at Super Cade II. Heenan wants nothing more than for Martel to not make it to the match at 100%, which is where Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson come in. Their goal here wasn't just to win the match; it was to soften Martel up so that Bundy's job would be much easier. This match went over 20 minutes, and a lot of that time was spent with Blanchard & Anderson working over Martel's neck, his one well-known weakness. Martel might have been better suited just taking a loss here instead of taking all this punishment, but that's not in Martel's DNA. Backlund was cheering him on the entire time as well, and helped Martel get back on the offensive and eventually lead to Martel getting Anderson in the Boston Crab to secure victory.

Bob Backlund and Rick Martel defeated The Heenan Family (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) when Martel made Anderson submit to the Boston Crab in 0:21:18.
Rating: **** 1/2

This didn't go the way that Bobby Heenan wanted it to, but one couldn't help but notice Martel favoring his neck after the match. This does not bode well for Martel only a month away from the biggest match of his life.

MATCH #7
Koko B. Ware vs. The Barbarian

Both of these men have made a big splash in GCW since their recent debuts, but something had to give when they fought each other tonight. Koko B. Ware had the speed advantage, but he was giving up a lot of size and strength to The Barbarian. If Ware could stay out of his grasps, he had a good shot of pulling this off. He did an exceptional job of that early using dropkicks and stiff jabs, but once The Barbarian got a hold of him… yikes.

The Barbarian pinned Koko B. Ware with the Diving Headbutt in 0:06:24.
Rating: ** 3/4

MATCH #8
MAIN EVENT
World Title Match
King Kong Bundy (c) (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes

This was the ultimate do or die for Dusty Rhodes. Either he defeats King Kong Bundy and walks out the World champion, or he willingly leaves GCW forever. Rhodes has been in high pressure situations before, but never like this, and especially never against somebody as dangerous as our reigning World champ. The American Dream came out with all guns blazing, bumrushing Bundy before he even had handed over the gold to referee Tommy Young. Rhodes wanted to put this away quickly and almost did more than once, but Bundy's size helped the champ survive and get on the offensive. When Bundy is fighting from on top, he's extremely dangerous, and with every passing moment, it looked like Rhodes' career was coming ever closer to being done. But if there's one thing you can always count on from the Dream, it's that he's never going to give up. Rhodes dodged an Avalanche attempt and went to work. Rhodes was developing momentum as he fired away at Bundy with bionic elbows, trying to knock the monster of a man off his feet. Rhodes was throwing everything at the big man, staggering him, but not getting him down to the mat. Eventually Rhodes went up top, an uncharacteristic move for him, but he connected with a huge top rope bionic elbow. Bundy staggered and fell to the mat! Rhodes got the 1..2.. Bobby Heenan put Bundy's foot on the ropes! The Dream reached out and got a hold of Heenan, pulling him up onto the apron. The crowd begged Rhodes to clock him, and Rhodes obliged, knocking the Weasel to the floor. Unfortunately, when he turned back into the ring, Bundy dropped him with a powerslam. Bundy hit the Big Splash, and despite the fans' pleas, Rhodes could not kick out.

[IF RHODES LOSES, HE WILL LEAVE GCW]:
King Kong Bundy pinned Dusty Rhodes with the Big Splash in 0:12:34.
Rating: ** 1/2
(King Kong Bundy retained the GCW World Title.)

This is the end of Dusty Rhodes in GCW. A valiant effort, but Bundy was just a bit too much for him. After Bundy & Heenan left, Rhodes got to his feet and it sunk in that his career here in GCW was over. The crowd gave him a big standing ovation as he waved his thanks. A large portion of the locker room spilled out and applauded Rhodes from the aisle, including Bob Backlund, Rick Martel, Jim Duggan, Ted DiBiase, and others. The Dream grabbed the microphone to say a few words, thanking the fans for following him all of these years, through the good times and the bad times. He told them he would never forget them and thanks for a hell of a ride. A classy departure for one of the all-time greats.

Card rating: ***

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
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen (c) vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express
FLAG MATCH - Corporal Kirchner/Junkyard Dog/Koko B. Ware vs. The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff/Shiro Koshinaka
Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd

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