3/31/85 - Super Cade - New York, NY

Madison Square Garden was standing room only, and it's hard to blame them as the biggest show in wrestling history was upon us! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcomed everyone to the show, and made mention of all of the media that was in the house for the event. They ran down the historic card and said that there was no doubt that the wrestling world would be changed forever by the time the night was through. With that, Monsoon threw it down to the ring where "Mean" Gene Okerlund sang the National Anthem and got a huge round of applause. And with no further adieu, it was time for the opening contest!

The Rougeau Brothers vs. Arn Anderson/"Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

The Rougeau Brothers and the team of Arn Anderson & "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert got the honor of being the first match to take place at Super Cade, and they made the most of it. Anderson & Gilbert haven't teamed together in a standard tag team match, but as members of the Heenan Family, they are very familiar with each other. On top of that, no one has been able to figure out Anderson in the ring yet, as the youngster is undefeated. The Rougeaus too have looked good, earning some popularity by coming to the aid of their friend Rick Martel. This ended up being a really good match that got the night off to a hot start. The fans were really rallying behind the Rougeaus, but the shady tactics of the Heenan Family would turn out to be too much. Jacques had momentum on his side when he hit the ropes to hit a big move on Gilbert. But Anderson caught Jacques in the spine with a hard knee that referee Danny Davis missed. Gilbert didn't waste any time hitting Jacques with the Hot Shot and stealing a victory for the Heenan Family.

The Heenan Family (Arn Anderson and Eddie Gilbert) defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) when E. Gilbert pinned J. Rougeau with the Hot Shot in 0:11:04.
Rating: *** 3/4

Monsoon was demonstrative about the cheap tactics and that the Heenan Family didn't deserve to win. Niemiller agreed that the tactics may have been cheap, but this is the biggest show in wrestling history, and being able to say that you won your match at Super Cade will be on these wrestlers' resumes for life. Niemiller followed by saying you don't have to like it, but Arn Anderson & Eddie Gilbert now hold the first official victory in Super Cade history.

Chavo Guerrero vs. King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

I hope Chavo Guerrero is content just making it to the show, because this match was a massacre. A lot of people were saying that they were waiting for King Kong Bundy to establish himself as a monster, and I think this was his coming out party. As soon as the bell rang, Chavo didn't stand a chance. Bundy blitzed him with a clothesline right away, dropped a huge elbow on Chavo, propped him up in the corner, smashed him with an avalanche, and got the pin. Total time of match: 19 seconds. This very well may be the shortest match in GCW history, and for Bundy to do this against a former Intercontinental champion is nothing to sneeze at. You wanted a monster, and now that he's here, the roster of Global Championship Wrestling better watch out.

King Kong Bundy pinned Chavo Guerrero after an avalanche in 0:00:19.
Rating: *


To go from the scariest man in wrestling to the most fabulous man in Hollywood, we cut to the back where "Mean" Gene Okerlund was standing by with LIBERACE! Okerlund welcomed Liberace, who was dressed as festively as you could imagine. Liberace was nearly bubbling over with excitement, talking about the spectacle and all the press that is involved in this event, and how he was honored to be a part of it. Okerlund asked him about his role as the timekeeper in the main event, and Liberace admitted he is a little nervous, but would ring the bell like only he could. Okerlund thanked him and threw it back to ringside.

Intercontinental Title Match
"Mr. USA" Tony Atlas (c) vs. "The Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

Tony Atlas has only been Intercontinental champion for 2 weeks, but he is already taking on tough challenges such as his title defense here against Canada's Strongest Man, Dino Bravo. Bravo is widely classified as the greatest tag team wrestler in history, but he is now looking to make his mark in the singles division, and winning the IC Title would go a long way to cementing that. Atlas knew that Freddie Blassie would be willing to do anything to get the IC Title in his stable, including interference from Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik. So Mr. USA was smart and had his friend, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, down at ringside with him. Duggan might not be able to stand up to Volkoff & Sheik by himself, but he brought his trusty 2x4 with him, which helps even the score substantially. The problem was with all of these outside characters at ringside, it was only a matter of time before things got out of control. When Atlas was starting to get the better of Bravo in a test of strength, Blassie wouldn't stand for it and sent Volkoff & Sheik in the ring to break it up.

Tony Atlas defeated Dino Bravo by disqualification in 0:04:14.
Rating: * 3/4
(Tony Atlas retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Of course, Duggan responded right away by getting in the ring and waving his 2x4 around his head like a wild man, sending the Foreign Legion out of the ring. Niemiller couldn't believe Duggan was still allowed to wield that 2x4 when he's obviously willing to use it as a weapon. Monsoon countered by making note that if he didn't have that piece of lumber, the Foreign Legion would still be out there beating Atlas & Duggan to a pulp.


Lord Alfred Hayes was back with one team involved in the main event, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, Stan "The Lariat" Hansen, & Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. The atmosphere was contentious to say the least, and Hayes spoke with Steamboat, who asked for this interview. The Dragon addressed Rhodes & Hansen directly, saying that he knew they had a lot of bad blood in the past between the 3 of them, and that's not going to go away with one speech. But he reminded them that they are in the main event of the biggest wrestling show in history, and that the opposing team is both unified and dangerous. If they don't get their act together, they're all going to get seriously hurt. Steamboat said they could all tear each other apart all they want tomorrow, but for tonight, they need to go out there are get the job done. Rhodes & Hansen looked tentative at first, but after some more urging from the Dragon, they agreed, shook hands, and looked as focused as they have ever looked. It looks like this team is ready to go!

Bruiser Brody vs. "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

Holy moly, was this a fight! We knew that there was a strong desire for Bruiser Brody & Kamala to tear each other apart, but we didn't expect to see what we saw. With how these two brutalized each other before the bell even rang, it's shocking that these two stayed away from each other in the lead-up to Super Cade in the first place. Kamala was introduced first, and "Classy" Freddie Blassie looked understandably nervous as his control of the Ugandan Giant in recent weeks has been lacking. Before Kamala could even get in the ring, Brody came from the back and clubbed him in the back of the head! For several minutes, Brody & Kamala tore up the ringside area, brawling wildly all over the place and hitting each other with whatever they could get a hold of. Hell, at one point, Brody hit Kamala with a fan's hot dog!

When the match finally spilled into the ring, we got a lot more of the same. Referee Tommy Young was helpless to get these brutes apart, because clearly they weren't respecting what he had to say. It was when a strange masked man jumped in the ring and went after Brody that Young just threw this one out.

Bruiser Brody and Kamala battled to a no-contest in 0:04:00.
Rating: * 1/4
[Kim Chee interfered against Bruiser Brody.]

This masked man's attack didn't seem to hurt Brody too much, but it did raise his ire. Brody went after this man, but Kamala then hit Brody from behind, knocking him to the canvas and hitting the Air Africa! We found out later that this man is named KIM CHEE, and he was hired by Freddie Blassie to train and help keep Kamala under control. Whether that will happen or not remains to be seen, but I doubt this one is over by a long shot.

For the vacant Television Title
Magnum T.A. vs. Tully Blanchard (Bobby "The Brain" Heenan & Baby Doll)

This was going to be a monumental match no matter which way you looked at it. No matter what, we were going to see the crowning of a new champion, and a first time champion at that. Magnum T.A. worked his way through the tournament, defeating Larry Zbyszko, Don Muraco, & Bret Hart to get to this match. Tully Blanchard had a little easier go of it thanks to a quarter finals bye, but he still had to beat Sam Houston & Ricky Morton to punch his ticket to Super Cade. Now, there was nothing left except this match, and the crowning of the first Television champion. Magnum likes coming out quickly in his matches, and this was no different. The problem for Magnum was that Bobby Heenan was well aware of this, and instructed Tully to stall whenever he could in the early going, taking Magnum out of his game. It worked like a charm. Magnum was at his wit's end trying to get his hands on Tully, but Blanchard would take a powder to the outside to make Magnum think about it. The third time Blanchard did it, Magnum had seen enough and jumped to the outside to get him. One brief distraction from Baby Doll and Blanchard had the window of opportunity to catch Magnum with a knee to the back, knocking him into the ring post.

From that point on, Blanchard showed that he's not just a pretty boy but that he can be as ruthless as anyone. Blanchard was relentless in his attack, but Magnum kept willing himself to fight back. Magnum's refusal to stay down turned the tables on Blanchard, as it was Tully who was now getting frustrated. Blanchard made an ill-advised trip to the top turnbuckle, only to be caught with a fist to the gut and a huge slam off the top from Magnum! Magnum was rolling now and was in arm's reach of the TV Title when BABY DOLL climbed up on the apron. Magnum didn't waste any time dispatching her with a big old kiss on the lips! The crowd went nuts as Baby Doll fell to the floor, wiping her mouth. Blanchard was furious, taking one more wild swing at Magnum. Magnum saw it coming from a mile away though, ducked the blow, hit the Belly-to-Belly Suplex, and became the first Television champion!

Match for the vacant GCW Television Title:
Magnum T.A. pinned Tully Blanchard with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 0:11:30.
Rating: ***
(Magnum T.A. won the GCW Television Title.)


"Mean" Gene Okerlund joined Magnum T.A. in the ring and add the Television Title with him. Okerlund congratulated Magnum on becoming a part of history and he can forever be called the first man to win the TV Title. Before Magnum could even say anything, TULLY BLANCHARD jumped him from behind, driving a knee into his back. Blanchard snatched the TV Title away from Okerlund, who was then backed into a corner and kept at bay by Bobby Heenan. Magnum got back to his feet, but only to turn right into Blanchard smashing him in the face with the championship belt! Blanchard added the final insult to injury by throwing the TV Title down Magnum's unconscious body. Gorilla Monsoon chimed in here that he's seen some poor losers in his time, but that this was completely uncalled for. Niemiller said that nobody likes to lose, and Blanchard was just asking Magnum for a rematch. Monsoon gave his patented, "Will you be serious!?" before sending it back to pre-recorded interviews before our next match.


The first team to get interview time was Don Muraco & Bret Hart, along with the devious Mr. Fuji. Fuji did most of the talking, saying that tonight he would finally get the revenge he deserved for Cyndi Lauper embarrassing him in Hollywood. Fuji said Lauper thinks she's such a big deal, but Fuji would prove that he was the even bigger star. He finished by saying that if that "no-good, stinky Lou Albano" wanted to get involved, he would just have to knock his block off.

We then cut to the British Bulldogs, who were flanked by "Captain" Lou Albano & Cyndi Lauper. Lauper was dressed in her unique garb and about as excited as could be. Lauper said that Mr. Fuji was nothing but a big jerk, and what he and his goons did to Captain Lou at the award ceremony was completely uncalled for. Albano said that if they were trying to scramble his brains, they were too late, because his brains had always been scrambled! Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith said that the time for talk was over, and that they were going to end the conversation in the ring tonight.

The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano & Cyndi Lauper) vs. "The Magnificent" Don Muraco/Bret "Hitman" Hart (w/ Mr. Fuji)

Not only was there a lot of spectacle involved in this match with the presence of Cyndi Lauper, but we also got a damn good wrestling match out of the deal. Say what you will about the tactics of Mr. Fuji & his men, but Don Muraco & Bret Hart are exceptional wrestlers (many forget Muraco had an Intercontinental Title reign of over a year earlier in his career). The British Bulldogs were seriously focused on this match. They've never had more eyes on them than in this match, and they definitely rose to the occasion. The two teams cut a pace that would be hard for anyone to match, and they had the MSG fans in the palms of their hands from the word 'go.' Lauper's presence was merely as a cheerleader - that is, until the end of the match. Referee Danny Davis was checking on Lou Albano who got knocked off the apron just moments before. Muraco had Dynamite Kid prone as Fuji got in the ring with his cane. Fuji was about to smash Dynamite in the face with it, when LAUPER got behind him and pulled the cane away! Fuji turned around, only for Lauper to hit him over the head with the cane! Fuji rolled out of the ring while Dynamite got himself free by catching Muraco in the chin with a back elbow. Dynamite hit the ropes and jumped over with a sunset flip. Davey Boy Smith cut Bret Hart off with a dropkick while Dynamite got the 1-2-3 as the crowd exploded in cheers!

The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated Bret Hart and Don Muraco when Dynamite Kid pinned Muraco after a sunset flip in 0:15:48.
Rating: **** 1/4

Niemiller was a bit upset, saying that the Bulldogs should have been disqualified for Cyndi Lauper's interference, which Monsoon countered by saying Fuji tried to interfere first and he got what he deserved. The Bulldogs, Albano, and Cyndi Lauper all celebrated by dancing in the ring before we cut to Lord Alfred Hayes standing by with Rick Martel.


Lord Alfred Hayes was with a very stoic looking Rick Martel, who was just moments away from his match with Nick Bockwinkel. Hayes asked Martel about his state of mind going into this match, a match he has been looking forward to for almost a year. Martel said that he was very tense leading up to this day, but now that Super Cade is here, he is in a state of relaxation. He said the return back from his neck injury has been the most difficult struggle of his life, but for this moment right here right now, it was all worth it. Hayes asked if Martel is worried about the condition of his neck, noting that it looked to still be bothering him in Minneapolis during the 10-man tag. Martel hesitated before saying that he can't worry about things like that, and he was going to go out to do to Bockwinkel what he did to him.

Rick Martel vs. Nick Bockwinkel (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Heenan had to be escorted to the ring with extra security due to how much anger he has drawn toward him for what he has done to Rick Martel in the past year. If Bockwinkel was bothered by the volatile atmosphere in the arena, he didn't show it as he looked cool as a cucumber in the ring as he waited for Martel to come down to the ring. The crowd was clearly firmly on Martel's side, but Martel didn't seem to notice as he was burning a hole in Bockwinkel from the moment he stepped out from behind the curtain. How Martel didn't just go right after Bockwinkel is still a mystery to me, but he kept his cool. That is, until the bell rang. As soon as the match started, Martel was an uncaged animal, firing away at Bockwinkel with a diet of punches and kicks. Bockwinkel tried to get away and put some distance between Martel and himself, but Martel was having none of it as he would chase Bockwinkel to the floor and continue the attack. It looked like this fight was going to be over soon, especially when Martel's fists opened up a cut over Bockwinkel's left eye. Bockwinkel needed to do something quickly, and he found an equalizer when he grabbed a hold of the front of Martel's fights and sent him crashing neck first over the middle turnbuckle. This was a scary situation, because there are a lot of reports floating around out there that Martel's previously broken neck is still not at 100%. The Brain told Bockwinkel to break his neck again, instructing Bockwinkel to work on Martel's neck. Bockwinkel was ruthless in his attack, not only hitting Martel's neck with clubbing strikes, but locking him in a series of malicious submission holds targeting the injured body part. Martel was in dire straights, and in fact, a lot of ringside fans could be audibly heard begging Martel to give up so that he wasn't permanently hurt. Martel wouldn't dream of it though, finding a way to not give up and get his shoulder off the mat every time he was covered. Bockwinkel was getting enraged now, not understanding how Martel kept getting back up. Bockwinkel eventually went for the Piledriver, a move that would certainly put Martel down and out again. Martel still had the will to fight though, countering with a backdrop. Martel just went nuts at this point, looking like a straight up crazy person. Bockwinkel's face was a bloody mess now as Martel kept punching him over and over in the cut he had opened up earlier in the match. After a big vertical suplex, Bockwinkel looked like he was out and Martel could have beaten him. Martel grabbed Bockwinkel's legs in what appeared to be a setup for the Boston Crab, but he stopped and looked out to the crowd, who were at a fevered pitch by this point. Instead, Martel picked Bockwinkel up, lifted him high, and dropped him with a piledriver to finally put this one away.

Rick Martel pinned Nick Bockwinkel after a piledriver in 0:10:16.
Rating: *** 3/4

What a piece of poetic justice! Martel had finally gotten the revenge he wanted, and can put this hellacious year behind him. Niemiller pontificated that Martel went too far here, but Monsoon shut that down, saying that after everything Bockwinkel did over the past 12 months, he got exactly what he deserved.

World Tag Team Title Match
The Midnight Express (c) (w/ Jim Cornette & Bad News Brown) vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express

Jim Cornette tried to avoid this match for so long. After the Midnight Express essentially stole the World Tag Team Titles from the Rock 'N Roll Express, Cornette has done whatever he could think of to keep from giving Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson their rematch. Morton & Gibson found their way to back Cornette into a corner and get him to agree to the rematch, and so here we were. Cornette had another plan though, and it was to utilize the skills of his bodyguard, Bad News Brown. It didn't take long for that plan to be hatched when Dennis Condrey tossed Gibson to the floor. In plain sight of referee Joey Marella, Brown clotheslined Gibson. Cornette assumed this would be a disqualification and went to grab the World Tag Team Titles to head to the back, but Marella made a different call. Instead of calling for the disqualification, he instead threw Brown out of the ringside area! Cornette about popped a blood vessel as Brown was escorted from ringside. With that plan being a complete failure, the Midnight Express were completely lost. It seems that Cornette didn't have a backup plan, because from here on, the RnR Express were rolling. Cornette was broken down to yelling, "Cheat! Cheat!" Condrey & Rose tried, but it couldn't save them from Rose eating the Double Dropkick and the Rock 'N Roll Express starting their second title reign.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose) when R. Morton pinned Rose after the Double Dropkick in 0:06:45.
Rating: *** 3/4
(The Rock 'N Roll Express won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Cornette was almost in tears as he left with the Midnight Express, looking considerably dejected. Meanwhile, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson went into the crowd to celebrate their title win before we went back to "Mean" Gene Okerlund with one-half of tonight's main event.


Gene Okerlund had guests Jimmy Garvin, Jimmy Snuka, and World Heavyweight champion Bob Backlund standing by just moments before our huge main event. Okerlund led by saying that it looks like Dusty Rhodes, Stan Hansen, & Ricky Steamboat are ready to work together. Garvin immediately interjected, saying that it was clearly all a show. According to him, the egos involved on the other team were too big and it would be there downfall. Okerlund asked Backlund if he agreed, and Garvin again interrupted and said, "Of course he agrees! We're a united team here!" Backlund looked annoyed, but nodded his agreement. Okerlund tried to ask another question, but Garvin cut him off, saying they had a main event to go win.

Before the main event officially got started, Howard Finkel first announced our special timekeeper, the one and only LIBERACE! Liberace was in a garish outfit, and he didn't come alone - he had the world famous Rockettes with him! They formed one of the most fabulous kick lines you would ever hope to see. After he took his place at ringside near the ring bell, out came BILLY MARTIN! The former New York Yankees manager came out to a rousing ovation, and he got himself all set up to announce the participants in the main event.

Guest Referee: Muhammad Ali
"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen/Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Bob Backlund (World champion)/Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka/Jimmy Garvin

It was hard to believe that it was already time for the main event. This had been a terrific night, and we still had this gigantic match to go! Backlund, Snuka, & Garvin were the first to hit the ring, Garvin going out of his way to jawjack with anyone who would listen while Backlund & Snuka were considerably more stoic. The sold out crowd in the Garden nearly blew the roof off when Dusty Rhodes, Stan Hansen, & Ricky Steamboat made it out to the ring. The match was slow to build as both teams tried to establish themselves. The fan favorites team was getting the better of every exchange early on, showing that Steamboat's pep talk really worked as that team was on fire. As the match wore on, Backlund, Snuka, & Garvin looked like the team that was going to fall apart. As the match wore on, the teamwork between the rule breakers was getting flimsy, leading to some very vocal arguments, while the fan favorites were working together flawlessly. That's not to say this was a one-sided affair - Backlund, Snuka, & Garvin all had their time getting the offense in. It turned into hotly contested match, and by the end of it, there wasn't anyone still in their seat. The end of this match came when Garvin got himself caught in the ring. His antics were getting on everyone's nerves, but none more than Backlund & Snuka. They had enough of his nonsense, and left him high and dry in the ring.

Garvin yelled at his partners to come back, but they were long gone. Garvin was furious, and decided to get in guest referee Muhammad Ali's face about it. Ali tried to be diplomatic about it and told Garvin to focus on the match, but Garvin pushed it, slapping Ali across the face! Ali responded the only way he knows how to, and that's my punching Garvin right in the jaw, knocking him out cold! The American Dream followed up by dropping the Bionic Elbowdrop on Garvin, made the cover, Ali counted 3, and the match was in the books!

Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat and Stan Hansen defeated Bob Backlund, Jimmy Garvin and Jimmy Snuka when Dusty Rhodes pinned J. Garvin with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:21:26.
Rating: *** 1/4

What a way to end the show! The crowd gave them a standing ovation while Rhodes, Hansen, Steamboat, & Muhammad Ali all celebrated in the ring. They were soon joined by BILLY MARTIN & LIBERACE as the show came to a close.

Card rating: *** 1/4

Match observations:

There was a lot of hype going into Super Cade, and I think it's safe to say that Global Championship Wrestling delivered! From top to bottom, this show had it all. We have two new champions with the Rock 'N Roll Express winning the World Tag Team Titles for the second time, and Magnum T.A. becoming the very first Television champion. Not only that, but the main event win by Dusty Rhodes, Stan Hansen, & Ricky Steamboat has the whole wrestling world talking. And equally as big, the celebrity involvement on the shows as garnered GCW a lot of press, and they hope to capitalize on that press in the months to come. Stay tune, folks - you haven't seen anything yet!

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