3/9/85 - GCW Superstars

3/9/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 2/12/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY


We normally kick off Superstars with Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller at the broadcast position, but tonight, we kicked off with Mark Niemiller standing in the middle of the ring with "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, Stan "the Lariat" Hansen, and Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat. Hansen started off by saying that he is back, he is 100%, and he is primed and ready to do the same to Bob Backlund & Jimmy Snuka that they did to him. Niemiller turned to Steamboat, and asked him how his arm is holding up. Steamboat said unlike Hansen, he's not at 100%, but he is focused right now, and there's not anything in the world that's going to stop him from getting even. Niemiller went to Rhodes next, and the American Dream was all fired up! Rhodes said that the three men in the ring were united to right the wrongs Backlund & Snuka have been committing, and they wanted to do it at Super Cade! The three of them were making a challenge for a 6-man tag team match: Rhodes, Hansen, & Steamboat vs. Backlund, Snuka, and whatever scum they could find to team with them.

Before the Dream could go on, his group and he were joined in the ring by someone we had never seen before. Niemiller asked him who he was, and he introduced himself as JIMMY GARVIN. Niemiller asked why he was out here right now, and Garvin said it was simple. He was tired of listening to guys like Rhodes, Hansen, & Steamboat whine and complain about how hard they have it and how everyone is against them. Garvin said that nobody in the wrestling world gets more opportunities than the three men he was looking at. "I've been the best wrestler for YEARS now, and I haven't even been able to get my foot in the door thanks to guys like you!" Hansen interrupted him there and said if Garvin was feeling froggy, he should jump. Garvin back down and said he was just kidding, but we found this was a stall tactic because BOB BACKLUND & JIMMY SNUKA snuck in from behind, Backlund hitting Rhodes in back of the head with the World Title and Snuka doing the same to Steamboat with the Intercontinental Title! Hansen saw he was in trouble and blasted Garvin with a huge right hand, but he was soon overwhelmed by the 3-on-1 odds. When Hansen was put down by a DDT from Garvin, Backlund grabbed Niemiller's microphone that he dropped in the skirmish and said, "We accept." What a gigantic match that we will see on March 31 from the Garden!

Niemiller was back with Gorilla Monsoon when we returned from break, and he discussed how he couldn't believe what he just saw. Monsoon pondered out loud if this was premeditated, because we didn't even known Jimmy Garvin was in the building. Niemiller said it had to have been, but either way, Garvin has made a huge impact going after three of the top stars in all of Global Championship Wrestling. Monsoon turned his focus to today's show, mentioning that Tony Atlas meets Bret Hart in the quarter finals of the TV Title tournament! Jim Duggan will compete, as will Chavo Guerrero. And the main event, 6-man tag team action with the Rougeau Brothers & Bruiser Brody taking on Nick Bockwinkel, King Kong Bundy, & Eddie Gilbert of the Heenan Family, and RICK MARTEL will be in the corner of the Rougeaus & Brody!

Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik (w/ Freddie Blassie) vs. Rusty Brooks/Ron Shaw

"Classy" Freddie Blassie did what he likes to do any time his charges have a match on Superstars, and that's pester Gorilla Monsoon at the commentary position. Monsoon was immediately irritated as Blassie talked about the greatness of Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik in the ring. Monsoon told him he better go pay attention to the match or his men might lose. But really, there was no chance of that, as they dominated Rusty Brooks & Ron Shaw. Niemiller was trying to keep the peace between Monsoon & Blassie while Volkoff made Shaw submit to the Bearhug in the ring.

The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) defeated Rusty Brooks and Ron Shaw when Volkoff made Shaw submit to the Bearhug in 0:03:02.
Rating: 1/2*

By this point, Monsoon had gotten to his feet and he was yelling loudly at Blassie. This brought over Volkoff & Sheik, who tried to intimidate Monsoon. Luckily for the lead announcer, BARRY WINDHAM & TED DIBIASE came down to protect him. Officials came down before any physicality could take place. Monsoon thanked Windham & DiBiase for their help before we went to break.

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. "The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz

Back from break, the young "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan was in the ring ready for a match against the old ring general, Johnny Rodz. You can say what you want about the success Rodz has had in the ring, but he is a huge test for a young wrestler. If you can't hang with Mr. Unpredictability, you're not going to make it very far in GCW. Duggan had his troubles early on as the old school rulebreaking tactics of Rodz, until Rodz ran into a brick wall moonlighting as Duggan's clothesline. The brawler fought his way back with some crushing punches, forearms, and bodyslams before hitting the Three Point Stance to get a win. The future looks bright for Duggan, but Niemiller wondered out loud when he will bring it all together.

Jim Duggan pinned Johnny Rodz with the Three Point Stance in 0:05:10.
Rating: **

Before we headed to commercial, Monsoon let us know our match when we come back will be Tony Atlas vs. Bret Hart in the Television Title tournament. We cut to words from Atlas taped earlier today in regards to the match. Mr. USA said that Hart may have busted him open with a frying pan two weeks ago, but he was going to need a lot more than a frying pan to stop him from getting a whooping today.

"Mr. USA" Tony Atlas vs. Bret "Hitman" Hart (w/ Mr. Fuji)

We're getting down to the nitty gritty, so to speak, of the TV Title tournament, and this match had a lot of bad blood going into it. A replay was shown from two weeks ago where the Hitman busted Atlas open with a frying pan that Atlas was going to bend as a part of a strength display. Atlas was at 100%, but he was extremely angry. Right as the bell rang, we had an insert promo from the British Bulldogs, and they had Lou Albano & CYNDI LAUPER with them! Albano was talking a mile a minute, but the gist of it was, the Bulldogs were challenging Bret Hart & Don Muraco to a match at Super Cade! Lauper chimed in and said she would be in the corner of the Bulldogs to make sure that lousy Mr. Fuji doesn't get involved. What a blockbuster challenge!

Hart didn't have time to worry about that yet though, as he had his hands full with Atlas. Atlas was damn mad, and he took that out on the Hitman with some big throws and slams that rattled Hart's teeth. But the strategy of getting Atlas mad ahead of time ended up working in Hart's favor, because Atlas was way too aggressive trying to inflict pain and walked right into Hart's game plan. The Hitman is a great mat wrestler, and he can take an opponent's overzealous actions and counter it into great offense. Hart wore Atlas down with a variety of submissions on Mr. USA's arm. Atlas was in trouble, but he is strong enough that he used his free hand to punch free of Hart's holds. Fuji jumped up on the apron to complain about the closed fists, but more importantly got the attention of Joey Marella. While Marella tried to get Fuji to return to his rightful place on the floor, Fuji tossed his cane into Hart. Hart caught it, and popped Atlas right in the jaw with it. Hart removed the evidence and made the cover, and after Fuji conveniently decided now would be a good time to obey Marella's demands, the count was made.

Bret Hart pinned Tony Atlas after hitting him with the cane in 0:07:02.
Rating: ** 3/4

A stolen victory, and Fuji & Hart knew it as they got out of Dodge before Atlas recovered. Monsoon said that there would be no shenanigans like that at Super Cade if Fuji accepts the challenge. Niemiller asked why, because of Cyndi Lauper? He said Lauper might be a music superstar, but Fuji is a master manager. Atlas sprinted to the back looking for Hart & Fuji as we went to commercial.

Chavo Guerrero vs. Paul Kelly

Chavo Guerrero was in action next, and he wowed the crowd with his athleticism in this short match. The match didn't last long, but Chavo sprinkled in enough lucha libre to get some oohs and ahhs from the fans before an Oklahoma roll got him the pin.

Chavo Guerrero pinned Paul Kelly after an Oklahoma roll in 0:02:07.
Rating: * 1/4


"Mean" Gene Okerlund had a lot to talk about tonight, so he wasted no time getting right down to brass tacks, starting with the next big live event in 8 days in Minneapolis at the Met Center. Okerlund went over the two previously announced matches, that being Stan Hansen getting his chance to regain the World Title he feels was stolen from him by the thief in question, champion Bob Backlund. Also, the Intercontinental Title is up for grabs when Jimmy Snuka defends against the winner of the big battle royal in Pittsburgh, Junkyard Dog. Okerlund had two more matches to announce, both stemming from events earlier on in the show. The first will be a tag team with Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham meeting Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik, and the other being the first major match for Jimmy Garvin as he takes on Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat! He made a huge splash by joining forces with Backlund & Snuka earlier tonight, but we will get to see if he can back up that big mouth in the ring on March 17.

Okerlund turned focus to the biggest wrestling show of all-time, Super Cade! Live from Madison Square Garden on March 31, the card is already shaking up to be one of the most astounding in wrestling history. Okerlund was happy to announce that after talking to President Jack Tunney right before this segment went on the air, he can now say it is official. After what happened to kick off today's show, the main event will be a monster 6-man tag team match with Backlund, Snuka, & Garvin against Steamboat, Hansen, & "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes! You could write a book with all the history between these men, and I can't think of a more fitting main event for Super Cade! And President Tunney knows the magnitude of this match and with so many volatile personalities involved, one referee will not be able to handle it by himself. He is in negotiations with a major special referee to help keep the peace, and that will be announced next week here on the Live Event Report! The other huge match Okerlund could announce that is now official is one that has all of Hollywood stirring. Mr. Fuji has accepted Cyndi Lauper's challenge, so at Super Cade it will be his team of Don Muraco & Bret Hart against the British Bulldogs with "Captain" Lou Albano and the incomparable Cyndi Lauper in their corner! These two huge matches, along with the already announced Bruiser Brody vs. Kamala, The Midnight Express vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express for the World Tag Team Titles, and the finals of the Television Title tournament, and you can see why the whole world is talking about Global Championship Wrestling!

And finally, Okerlund was happy to announce that Cyndi Lauper would not be the only celebrity in the house at Super Cade. Okerlund could confirm now that GCW has come to terms with some other big stars will be at the show. New York Yankees legendary manager BILLY MARTIN will serve as guest ring announcer, and the one and only LIBERACE will be the guest timekeeper! It doesn't get much bigger than that!

The Rougeau Brothers/Bruiser Brody (w/ Rick Martel) vs. The Heenan Family (Nick Bockwinkel/King Kong Bundy/"Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert) (w/ Bobby Heenan)

If this night hadn't been big enough, we had a massive main event. There was a lot of emotion involved in the match because in the corner of the Rougeau Brothers & Bruiser Brody was RICK MARTEL, who we hadn't seen near a GCW ring since Nick Bockwinkel dropped him on his already injured neck with the Piledriver on our debut edition of Superstars on January 5. It was great to see Martel back, but you also had to be a little nervous for him because he was still wearing a neck brace and the Heenan Family, especially Bockwinkel, have proven there is no action too vile for them.

To the match itself, the Rougeaus & Brody had an extra chip on their shoulder and wrestled even harder than they normally do with Martel in their corner for moral support. Bobby Heenan's troops were floored early on by this and couldn't get a toe hold. But say what you want about the kind of people Bockwinkel, Bundy, & Gilbert are, you can't take away from what they can do in the ring. Bundy would be the catalyst for the Heenan Family turn-around, using his great size to isolate Raymond Rougeau. Raymond would take quite a beating as the 3 members of the Heenan Family took turns pounding on him, hitting him with moves that might have normally put him down. Raymond continued to fight though with his good friend Martel cheering him on. The complexion changed in the blink of the eye when Bundy was back in the ring and went to avalanche Raymond in the corner, but Raymond moved. The problem was, referee Dick Kroll couldn't get out of the way and he got squashed by the monster, effectively wiping him out of the match. The match completely devolved into a brawl, with all six men getting in the ring. It peeled off with Brody & Bundy fighting on the floor and up the aisle, Jacques Rougeau & Gilbert fighting at ringside while Bockwinkel zeroed in on a already weakened Raymond. Raymond was barely hanging on when Bockwinkel set him up for the Piledriver, but Martel interrupted it by crawling into the ring. Bockwinkel threw Raymond aside and stalked Martel, yelling that he was going to put Martel down and out once and for all. Bockwinkel grabbed a hold of Martel and shoved him to the ground, causing Martel to hold his neck. Bockwinkel turned around and conferred with Heenan, saying he was going to break Martel's neck one more time. But what Bockwinkel didn't see was Martel spring up to his feet and take off the neck brace! Martel was healed and he had pulled the wool right over Bockwinkel's eyes! When Bockwinkel turned back to Martel, the smile on his face faded when he saw the eyes of Martel burning a hole through him. Martel lunged at Bockwinkel and tore into him like a starving rottweiler on a t-bone steak. Bockwinkel tried to get some space between Martel and himself, but Martel wouldn't allow it. Bockwinkel was on jello legs, and a revitalized Raymond & Jacques dropped Bockwinkel with the Bombe de Rougeau. A groggy Dick Kroll made the count, and the match was over!

The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) and Bruiser Brody defeated The Heenan Family (King Kong Bundy, Nick Bockwinkel and Eddie Gilbert) when J. Rougeau pinned Bockwinkel after the Bombe de Rougeau in 0:10:48.
Rating: ** 3/4

What an electric way for the show to end! Rick Martel is back, and more importantly, he is healthy!

Match observations:

Next week on Superstars, we will see the wrestling debut of Jimmy Garvin! We will also be seeing for the first time since coming back from his injury, in an official match, Stan Hansen! A huge announcement by President Jack Tunney on a guest referee for Super Cade, and the final quarter final match in the Television Title tourney with Junkyard Dog meeting Bad News Brown!


In the aftermath of today's Superstars, a huge match has been announced for the 3/17 show in Minneapolis. Rick Martel will have his first match in nearly a year when he participates in a 10-man tag team match, teaming with Bruiser Brody, Magnum T.A., & the Rougeau Brothers to take on the entirety of the Heenan Family: Nick Bockwinkel, King Kong Bundy, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, & Eddie Gilbert! This match solidifies that the show at the Met Center is a can't-miss affair!

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

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Stan Hansen
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Jimmy Snuka (c) vs. Junkyard Dog
Ted DiBiase/Barry Windham vs. Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik
Ricky Steamboat vs. Jimmy Garvin
Rick Martel/Bruiser Brody/Magnum T.A./The Rougeau Brothers vs. Nick Bockwinkel/King Kong Bundy/Eddie Gilbert/Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson


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
The British Bulldogs (w/ Cyndi Lauper) vs. Don Muraco/Bret Hart
Bruiser Brody vs. Kamala

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