3/29/86 - GCW Superstars

3/29/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 3/11/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcomed us to a big time edition of GCW Superstars! Monsoon was happy to announce there would be three huge featured match today, including one for the Television Title! Niemiller mentioned that Tully Blanchard would be leaving the show how he entered, as the TV champion, whether Chavo Guerrero liked it or not. Monsoon went on to mention the Rock 'N Roll Express meeting The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff. Niemiller said to watch that match closely, because it will be a small preview of what Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen are going to do to the RnR Express at Super Cade. And finally, Hawk of the Road Warriors will meet Bret Hart of the Hart Foundation 1-on-1. Niemiller said that the superior wrestling skill of the Hitman was going to expose how lost Hawk is without his partner. Monsoon replied only time would tell. He added that The Barbarian was here, as was former World champion Bob Backlund! He then threw it to Howard Finkel is the ring for our first match.

Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Chavo Guerrero (w/ Dos Caras)

Bobby Heenan jumped on commentary early on in this match and let everyone know how insane it was that Blanchard had to defend the Television Title this close to Super Cade, yelling something about a conspiracy. Chavo Guerrero didn't care about a conspiracy - he just wanted to win the TV Title. Blanchard looked very much out of it, seemingly flustered over having to defend his title. Chavo was taking full advantage, using his lucha style to keep Blanchard off balance. That is, until ARN ANDERSON caused a distraction at ringside, as he has done so many times before. This allowed Blanchard to hit the Slingshot Suplex, get the 1-2-3, and remain the Television champion.

Tully Blanchard pinned Chavo Guerrero with the Slingshot Suplex in 0:08:03.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Tully Blanchard retained the GCW Television Title.)

The Barbarian vs. Jim Young

A brief clip of "Adorable" Adrian Adonis and Jimmy Hart in the back watching The Barbarian come to the ring was shown. Niemiller mentioned how confident they looked in their ability to hand The Barbarian his first defeat at Super Cade. Then the match happened, where Barbarian decimated poor Jim Young. The camera cut back to Adonis & Hart, who now looked terrified. Monsoon laughed that they didn't look confident anymore.

The Barbarian pinned Jim Young after an elbowdrop in 0:01:36.
Rating: -3/4*


Lord Alfred Hayes had a special interview with Koko B. Ware, asking him about his match next week on Superstars against Big John Studd. Koko said he was excited for the opportunity. Hayes asked if he was worried about the size and strength of Studd. Koko said of course he was worried, but he certainly wasn't scared. Koko said he knew he had an uphill battle, but he had been fighting uphill battles his entire life. Koko promised he would be ready.

The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff (w/ Freddie Blassie)

The Rock 'N Roll Express kept their wave of momentum going leading into their epic clash against the Unholy Alliance at Super Cade with a good win over The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff. Monsoon commented that Morton & Gibson showed that they could contend with a team with a big strength and size advantage. Niemiller said it was impressive, but noted that nobody is as scary in that ring as Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) when R. Morton pinned Volkoff after a flying cross body press in 0:04:16.
Rating: * 3/4

Bob Backlund vs. Yvon Laverdue

The former World champion made quick work of Yvon Laverdue in this one. Backlund does not have a match for Super Cade II, and the rumor going around the locker room is that he is not happy about it.

Bob Backlund made Yvon Laverdue submit to the Crossface Chickenwing in 0:02:53.
Rating: * 1/2


Super Cade II is now set! With 9 days to go, we have a full card as one more match was announced officially by "Mean" Gene today. After that double countout brawl we had last week, President Jack Tunney has decided to let "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan & "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson go at it one more time in Los Angeles. Okerlund ran down the rest of the card, and said next week on the LER, he would have a very special interview with the one and only ELVIRA!

Hawk (w/ Animal & Paul Ellering) vs. Bret "Hitman" Hart (w/ Jim Neidhart & Jimmy Hart)

We don't get to see a lot of these two in singles action, but our final contest of the day acted as a preview of their tag match in 9 days with Hawk taking on Bret Hart. Hawk dominated the early portion as the Road Warriors always come out fast and hard. The Hitman managed to survive the opening onslaught and go to work on Hawk's left knee, trying to keep the much bigger man on the mat. Hart's technical expertise worked to keep Hawk grounded like no one has before, and Hawk showed that he has some issues fighting from the ground. However, it's hard to combat raw power, and that's what Hawk has in spades. Hawk fought back enough to hit the Flying Clothesline to pull out the victory, a major stepping stone going into

Hawk pinned Bret Hart with the Flying Clothesline in 0:07:16.
Rating: *** 1/4

Next week, the final Superstars before Super Cade II! Wahoo McDaniel, Dino Bravo, and Shiro Koshinaka will all be here. Plus, Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen take on Corporal Kirchner & Junkyard Dog in a non-title match, and Koko B. Ware meets Big John Studd! Not only that, but Jesse Ventura will have a very special interview with the #1 contender, Rick Martel! Goodbye, everybody!


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/???
Jim Duggan vs. Arn Anderson

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