4/12/86 - GCW Superstars

4/12/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 3/31/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were on hand for another edition of GCW Superstars, just 5 days removed from Super Cade II! Monsoon talked about what a momentous night it was, especially highlighting the GCW debut of HULK HOGAN! Niemiller said that yes, Hogan was here, but wanted to remind everyone that King Kong Bundy is still the World champion. Monsoon then went to go over tonight's show, where we will hear from Bundy and his manager Bobby Heenan. Also on the show, the new World Tag Team champions will be in action, as will Jim Duggan! The Road Warriors meet The Electric Dream Machine, and in a rematch from Super Cade, The Barbarian will go one-on-one with Adrian Adonis! But now let's go down to ringside and Howard Finkel for our first match!

Bob Backlund vs. Jerry Adams

Bob Backlund is looking for a career resurgence, and wanted to kick that off on Superstars. Backlund may feel like his career needs a reboot, but his in-ring skills have never been in question. Backlund outclassed Jerry Adams en route to a solid double underhook suplex victory.

Bob Backlund pinned Jerry Adams after a double underhook suplex in 0:02:20.
Rating: 3/4*

After the match, Backlund did an interview with Howard Finkel. Backlund said that his not being on the card for Super Cade II has lit a fire under him. He mentioned he will use it as motivation to reach even greater heights than he had before. At this point, he was unexpectedly joined in the ring by BAD NEWS BROWN. Brown tried to hijack the interview, saying that no one cares about Bob Backlund. He tried to talk about how he was upset about losing to Ted DiBiase at Super Cade when Backlund interrupted and told him this was his interview time. Brown brushed him off, but Backlund persisted. That's when Brown threw a punch and the fight was on! Backlund took Brown down with a double leg takedown, and the two exchanged punches until officials got them apart. Niemiller said that if Backlund wanted to reinvent himself, he could do it as a hospital patient after Brown got a hold of him. Monsoon gave a patented, "Would you be serious!?"


Lord Alfred Hayes was standing by in the back with Television champion Tully Blanchard and his partner in crime, "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson. Hayes asked Blanchard why he asked for this time. Blanchard said he wanted the interview time to remind everyone that he is officially the greatest TV champion in history. Hayes tried to interject that the title hasn't even existed that long all things considered, but Blanchard steamrolled saying that what he "singlehandedly" did to Barry Windham at Super Cade was proof. Hayes again tried to interject saying that Arn Anderson had a huge part in that, but Blanchard continued to let his ego go out on control. At this point he was stopped by KOKO B. WARE, who told Blanchard that what he and Anderson did at Super Cade was a disgrace. Blanchard laughed and asked Koko, What are you going to do about it? Challenge us to a tag match with your disgusting bird as a partner?" Koko laughed and said no, but he did talk to President Jack Tunney who granted him a TV Title shot in two weeks here on Superstars. Blanchard & Anderson threw a fit as Koko quite hilariously flapped his arms and "flew away."

Non-Title Match
The Rock 'N Roll Express (World Tag Team champions) vs. Johnny K-9/Joe Mirto

For the third time, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson have been crowned the World Tag Team champions after doing the unthinkable and defeating Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen at Super Cade. Even after taking an immense amount of punishment, the Rock 'N Roll Express were riding high on Superstars, picking up an impressive win over Johnny K-9 & Joe Mirto. Now that they have regained the titles, we have to wonder what teams are going to step up to challenge them for the gold.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated Johnny K-9 and Joe Mirto when R. Morton pinned Mirto after a flying cross body press in 0:03:09.
Rating: * 1/4

The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious)

The Road Warriors have made themselves new enemies after what happened at Super Cade when they prevented Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen from injuring the Rock 'N Roll Express after they lost the titles to them. During this match, we had an insert promo with Hawk, Animal, & their manager Paul Ellering. The gist of the interview was they were coming to Madison Square Garden looking for a fight. Unfortunately for Jimmy Garvin & Steve Regal, that meant they were on the tracks when the freight train was coming. It did not take long for Regal to be hit with the Doomsday Device and this one to be mercifully over.

The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) defeated The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) when Hawk pinned S. Regal after the Doomsday Device in*0:01:36.
Rating: *


As promised earlier in the show, we next heard from Bobby Heenan and the World champion King Kong Bundy. Heenan first put over how it is an amazing time for the Heenan Family. He talked about Tully Blanchard still being the Television champion. Heenan dropped some news and said next week on Superstars, he would unveil his newest protégé to the world. But he said most importantly, King Kong Bundy is still the World Heavyweight champion. Heenan in a backhanded way put over the heart of Rick Martel, but said that he's not called the Brain for nothing, and talked about how brilliant he was for getting RICKY STEAMBOAT into the Family. Heenan said Steamboat would explain his actions soon enough. Finally, Heenan addressed HULK HOGAN. The Brain said that Hogan made an enemy for life, and that Hulk's biggest regret will go down as having messed with the Heenan Family. He added that Hogan is in the big leagues now, and his time here would be short. Bundy chimed in and said he would squash Hogan like the bug that he is and send him back to Hollywood.

Back to ringside, Niemiller said he looked forward to seeing Bundy destroy Hulk Hogan. Monsoon said the chances of that happening were highly unlikely, but he did hear rumors that Rick Martel has been a man possessed after what that traitor Ricky Steamboat did to him. Niemiller brushed it off, saying Steamboat made the right choice in hitching his wagon to Bobby Heenan. Monsoon then broke the news that Hulk Hogan would be on Superstars next week in a very special sitdown interview with Jesse Ventura!

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. Andre Malo

After getting a big win on Monday, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan kept the ball rolling with a good showing here today.

Jim Duggan pinned Andre Malo with the Three Point Stance in 0:02:09.
Rating: DUD


"Mean" Gene was still giddy as he went over the events of Super Cade II on the Live Event Report. One of the biggest stories in GCW history took place with the debut of Hulk Hogan, who saved Rick Martel from King Kong Bundy & Ricky Steamboat after the cage match main event. We've been wanting to see the Hulkster in GCW for years to see how he performs against the best wrestlers in the world, and we are going to get it. We'll see him wrestle his debut match on April 22 at the most famous arena in the world. Hogan will team with Rick Martel & Andre the Giant to take on the Heenan Family contingent of World champion King Kong Bundy, Big John Studd, & traitor Ricky Steamboat, who also shocked the world by returning and joining forces with Bobby Heenan. Okerlund hyped the interview Jesse Ventura with Hogan next week on Superstars.

In addition, there are other matches announced for MSG. We already knew about the Road Warriors vs. the Unholy Alliance, but Okerlund had two more matches to tell us about. The first would be tag team rematch from Super Cade between the Rougeau Brothers and Dino Bravo & Hercules, collectively known as the Power Company. A video from the Rougeaus aired where they set they admittedly were surprised by the debut of Hercules, but there wouldn't be unprepared at MSG. In addition to that, the so far undefeated Barbarian will be in action against "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin of the Electric Dream Machine.

Before the segment ended, Okerlund had some breaking news. He said that on May 3, we would witness the return of Saturday Night Slam Masters! Not only that, but for the first time ever, the show would preempt Saturday Night Live on NBC! This is huge news for GCW, and so far, one huge match has already been signed. We will see Andre the Giant meet Big John Studd in a rematch of the giants! More matches will be announced soon, but what a night this should turn out to be!

The Barbarian vs. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart)

The Barbarian has been all but unstoppable since coming to GCW, and in our feature match this week, we again showed how dominant he can be. Adrian Adonis wanted one more shot to take down this beast, but The Barbarian is seemingly impervious to pain. Adonis was all business leaving the theatrics in the back, but it still wasn't enough as Barbarian plowed through the Adorable One to win again.

The Barbarian pinned Adrian Adonis with the Diving Headbutt in 0:05:22.
Rating: * 1/4

Be sure to join us next week on Superstars! We have a packed show lined up with Bad News Brown in action, the Intercontinental champion Ted DiBiase will be here, as well as Arn Anderson. Bobby Heenan will debut his new protégé, and our massive feature match will pit Rick Martel & Andre the Giant against King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd! And who can forget, for the first time we will hear from HULK HOGAN as he is interview by Jesse "the Body" Ventura! This is a show you won't want to miss!


4/22/86 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Hulk Hogan/Rick Martel/Andre the Giant vs. King Kong Bundy/Big John Studd/Ricky Steamboat
The Road Warriors vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen
The Barbarian vs. Jimmy Garvin
The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Power Company

5/3/86 - SATURDAY NIGHT SLAM MASTERS - Providence Civic Center - Providence, RI

Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd

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