3/30/85 - GCW Superstars

3/30/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 3/5/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

We are finally almost there, just one day away from Super Cade! The wrestling world is buzzing about what we might see tomorrow in Madison Square Garden, but we still had one more stop before we got there - GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcomed us to the show, and there were some big implications going into tomorrow night. Magnum T.A. is already in the finals of the Television Title tournament, and he awaits the winner of today's match between Ricky Morton & Tully Blanchard! Others involved in Super Cade will be in action too, including the British Bulldogs, "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala, & Nick Bockwinkel! And in the main event, we will see how well World champion Bob Backlund, Jimmy Snuka, & Jimmy Garvin meet Chavo Guerrero, Sam Houston, & Jim Powers! But first, the brand new Intercontinental champion Tony Atlas!

Non-Title Match
"Mr. USA" Tony Atlas (Intercontinental champion) vs. Rocky Jones

Mr. USA has been riding a wave of momentum, most recently capturing his first singles championship by becoming the Intercontinental champion. He has his first title defense tomorrow against "The Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo. As the match began against Rocky Jones, we had an insert promo with Atlas' friend, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. Duggan thanked Atlas for helping him out in Minneapolis and he promised he would have Atlas' back at Super Cade in case Freddie Blassie & the Foreign Legion decide to get involved. Atlas put Rocky Jones away with the Bearhug. Monsoon said this could be the start of a very long reign for Atlas, which Niemiller agreed. But Niemiller added that Atlas better be careful at Super Cade, because Blassie is capable of anything.

Tony Atlas defeated Rocky Jones when Jones passed out in the Bearhug in 0:02:44.
Rating: * 3/4


Lord Alfred Hayes caught a word in the locker room with "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes to ask him about the recent issues his team has had going into tomorrow night. Rhodes downplayed the tension, saying that his team is made up of three world-class athletes who all strive to be the best, so of course there's going to be some minor butting of heads. He assured Hayes and everyone watching at home that his team was going to be ready to whoop some butt at Super Cade. This is when STAN HANSEN entered the frame, and he was in a foul mood. He got Rhodes' case for referring to it as "his team" and called Rhodes a gigantic egomaniac (in far less flowery language, mind you). Rhodes & Hansen got nose-to-nose until RICKY STEAMBOAT showed up and got between them. It took everything he had, but the Dragon finally got the two separated.

Monsoon couldn't believe what we just saw. Niemiller said that unless something major happens before tomorrow, this team is going to be picked apart by Backlund, Snuka, & Garvin. Monsoon hated to say it, but he had to agree.

"The Ugandan Giant" Kamala (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie) vs. Gene Ligon

"Classy" Freddie Blassie wanted to give Kamala a tune-up match going into his fight with Bruiser Brody tomorrow, and poor Gene Ligon was the unfortunate victim. Ligon looked scared out of his wits, and it's hard to say I blame him. Even Blassie looks a little nervous around the Ugandan Giant. Kamala played with Ligon like an animal with a piece of meat before Air Africa got him to the winner's circle.

Kamala pinned Gene Ligon with the Air Africa in 0:01:45.
Rating: 1/4*

As anyone could predict, after the bell rang, out came BRUISER BRODY, and as is Brody's natural state, he looked to be coming out for a fight. Officials came out to try to nip this in the bud, but let's face it, when you have two beasts like Bruiser Brody and Kamala, they will do pretty much whatever they want. Blassie was practically begging Kamala to just go to the back and wait until tomorrow (not wanting to miss out on the payday, surely) but the Ugandan Giant looked content to get into a scrap with Brody at all costs. Brody pulled out a surprise though, as instead of going after Kamala, he picked up Gene Ligon and planted him with a power bomb! And just as quickly as he arrived, Brody hussed his way to the back. The match tomorrow is going to be as hard-hitting as they come, no question.

Television Title Tournament - Semi-Finals
Ricky Morton vs. Tully Blanchard (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan & Baby Doll)

Magnum T.A. joined Monsoon & Niemiller at commentary as he had a vested interest in this match - the winner of Ricky Morton vs. Tully Blanchard would meet Magnum tomorrow to see who would be crowned the first Television champion. Niemiller asked Magnum right away if he had a preference on who he'd like to fight, and Magnum said it didn't matter. He was prepared either way, and he was going to do whatever it took to become the champion. Morton didn't seem phased by Magnum being there for commentary, but Blanchard sure did. Instead of focusing solely on defeating Morton, Tully would take time to jawjack with Magnum instead. Magnum didn't let this bother him, but when Bobby Heenan started razzing on him, things changed. It eventually escalated when the Brain knocked the headset off of Magnum's head, raising the fiery redhead's ire. Magnum got up to go after Heenan, prompting referee Danny Davis to jump to the floor to separate them. With Davis preoccupied, Baby Doll tossed one of her heels into Blanchard, who used it to smack Morton right in the face! The force of the blow caused Morton to fall outside of the ring and hit hard. Once Davis regained order on the floor, he got back in the ring and levied the count on Morton. Morton struggled to his feet, but he couldn't get in the ring in time and was counted out.

Tully Blanchard defeated Ricky Morton by countout in 0:09:59.
Rating: * 1/4

You don't have to like the way it was done, but Tully Blanchard has made his way to the main event. Magnum T.A. went over and checked on Ricky Morton to see if he was all right, and yelled at Blanchard that he won't be doing anything like he pulled here tomorrow night. While that remains to be seen, we are sure to see a great match in our crowning of the inaugural champion.

Nick Bockwinkel (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Rocca Verona

If there was any doubt that Nick Bockwinkel is a hated man, look no further than this match here. Not long after his match with Rocca Verona began, a furious fan jumped the rail trying to get in the ring after Bockwinkel, but was stopped and carried out by security. Bockwinkel grabbed the microphone and yelled, "That guy must be a Rick Martel fan, because he's an idiot! Get that bum out of here!" which only garnered more boos for Bockwinkel. The atmosphere was very tense in the arena, and the crowd exploded when Verona had a small opening in getting in some offense, but Bockwinkel's dangerous Piledriver was all it took to put this one away.

Nick Bockwinkel pinned Rocca Verona with the Piledriver in 0:03:39.
Rating: **

Bockwinkel might be reveling in how angry he is making everyone now, but he may be singing a different tune tomorrow when he has to stare Rick Martel in the face.

The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano) vs. Tony Russo/Terry Gibbs

The British Bulldogs have the biggest match of their career at Super Cade, no doubt about it. They couldn't have imagined when they came to the aid of "Captain" Lou Albano & Cyndi Lauper that their world would be turned upside down like it has, but it has. A small clip of Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid being interviewed on Entertainment Tonight by Mary Hart, just a small snippet of the whirlwind media tour the Bulldogs have been on. If they were mentally drained from all the media appearances, they didn't show it in the ring here. The Bulldogs showed exactly why they are such a great team by picking apart Tony Russo & Terry Gibbs to pick up the win.

The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated Tony Russo and Terry Gibbs when D.B. Smith pinned Gibbs with the Running Powerslam in 0:02:57.
Rating: * 1/4

Monsoon said it point blank - he thought Mr. Fuji's men were in for a world of hurt tomorrow in MSG. Niemiller said he thought the Bulldogs have held up to the pressure so far, but with all the attention on their match tomorrow, Cyndi Lauper could end up being more of a distraction than an advantage.


"Mean" Gene Okerlund joined us next for the final Live Event Report before Super Cade, and Okerlund was as excited as they come! Okerlund said there was little more that could be said to hype this huge show, but he was going to try, starting by throwing it to an interview with BILLY MARTIN! Lord Alfred Hayes asked Martin about being involved in this historic event. Martin said he was happy to be asked to be a part of history, especially in front of the most passionate fans in the world in New York City. He finished by saying he was going to try his best not to flub up his lines when he does the ring announcing for the main event. When we came back to Okerlund, he ran down the main event, which will be Dusty Rhodes, Stan Hansen, & Ricky Steamboat taking on the team that will be in action coming up next in the main event of Superstars, World champion Bob Backlund, Jimmy Snuka, & Jimmy Garvin. The fan favorite team is having all kinds of problems getting along, so Okerlund pondered if the rulebreakers would have the same issues today.

Okerlund mentioned that if they huge main event wasn't enough, the match that had all of Hollywood talking had to be. The incomparable CYNDI LAUPER will be in the corner of the British Bulldogs to take on Mr. Fuji's team of "The Magnificent" Don Muraco & Bret "Hitman" Hart. If the tensions weren't high enough, the cowardly attack on "Captain" Lou Albano at a recent awards presentation has brought this to a fevered pitch. Okerlund said that he couldn't pick a winner, but he did know that the world would be talking about this one on Monday morning. Okerlund ran down the rest of the show, including the announcement that Chavo Guerrero will meet King Kong Bundy in a singles encounter. Okerlund reminded fans that tickets were sold out and that the only way to witness history would be to go to a theater offering the show across the country on closed-circuit television. It's going to be one for the ages!

Chavo Guerrero/Jim Powers/Sam Houston vs. Bob Backlund (World champion)/Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka/Jimmy Garvin

I hate to say it, but the team of Bob Backlund, Jimmy Snuka, & Jimmy Garvin are far more cohesive than their counterparts in the Super Cade main event. While Rhodes, Hansen, & Steamboat are in-fighting, Backlund, Snuka, & Garvin simply took care of business today against Chavo Guerrero, Jim Powers, & Sam Houston. The fan favorites here had a little success in the opening minute or so of the match, using their superior speed to keep their opponents off-balance. They couldn't keep the momentum going though as the experience of Backlund & Snuka and the overall irritating nature of Garvin got them back in control for good. Backlund or Snuka easily could have put the match away, but as a show of team solidarity, they deferred and let Garvin get the win, planting Powers with the DDT to do so.

Bob Backlund, Jimmy Snuka and Jimmy Garvin defeated Chavo Guerrero, Jim Powers and Sam Houston when J. Garvin pinned Powers with the DDT in 0:05:30.
Rating: *

Niemiller said it was official: Rhodes, Hansen, & Steamboat are in trouble. Monsoon hated to agree, but the evidence was clear that it could very well be a horrible night for the fan favorites. The show went off the air with Backlund, Snuka, & Garvin standing united in the ring.

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Next week on Superstars, all the aftermath of Super Cade!


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
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Tony Atlas (c) vs. Dino Bravo
The British Bulldogs (w/ Cyndi Lauper) vs. Don Muraco/Bret Hart
Bruiser Brody vs. Kamala
Rick Martel vs. Nick Bockwinkel
The Rougeau Brothers vs. Arn Anderson/Eddie Gilbert
Chavo Guerrero vs. King Kong Bundy

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