4/20/85 - GCW Superstars

4/20/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 3/26/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to today's GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon and Mark Niemiller were at the helm of the ship as we once again brought you the finest professional wrestling on television. Today's show had a terrific main event as we would see an Intercontinental Title defense with champion Tony Atlas putting the gold on the line against his good friend, Junkyard Dog! Not only that, but on the brink of his World Title match, Bruiser Brody would be competing! Adrian Adonis was here, as well as Stan "The Lariat" Hansen taking on Bret "Hitman" Hart! The Rock N Roll Express was here as well, so this is a show you should be happy you're not missing! But first things first - we kicked things off with Monsoon & Niemiller throwing it to an interview recorded earlier this week with "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes!

DUSTY RHODES COMMENTS ON THE WORLD TITLE MATCH IN PROVIDENCE

Rhodes was in his street clothes, but that didn't curb his enthusiasm in the least. Rhodes said it has been a rough road the past couple years, facing mighty foes left and right, but the Common Man has persevered. The Dream hasn't held the World Title in almost 2 years, but on May 11, he would get the chance to become only the third man to hold the most prestigious title in all of wrestling for a third time. Rhodes put over both current champion Bob Backlund and Bruiser Brody, saying that those two are amongst the toughest there have ever been. Rhodes concluded by saying he would be watching the main event this Thursday night very closely.

Back to ringside, Monsoon commented on how ready Rhodes looks and that at Saturday Night Slam Masters, we may see a new World champion. Niemiller wasn't so sure, bringing up the point that Rhodes has had chances to take the title from Backlund in the past and hasn't been able to get the job done. Monsoon countered by saying there was no guarantee that it would be Backlund defending the title. Niemiller said Bruiser Brody would be no picnic for the American Dream either, before throwing it to Howard Finkel for our first match of the day.

MATCH #1
Non-Title Match
The Rock N Roll Express (World Tag Team champions) vs. Dave Wagner/Kevin Collins

As the Rock N Roll Express were being announced, we had an insert promo from them. Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson mentioned how thrilled they were to be 2-time World Tag Team champions. Morton said they had a tough title defense in Providence as he knew Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik were tough customers. Gibson added that Freddie Blassie was as low-down and sneaky as they come, so they'd have to have eyes in the back of their heads the whole match. They concluded by saying that the Foreign Legion could try what they want, but the RnR Express would be leaving as the World Tag Team champions. This match itself was nothing more than a tuneup for the champs as they made short work of Dave Wagner & Kevin Collins. Morton & Gibson are going to need to be on top of their game if they hope to get past Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated Dave Wagner and Kevin Collins when R. Morton pinned Wagner with the Flying Dropkick in 0:03:17.
Rating: ** 1/4

TULLY BLANCHARD WANTS A TELEVISION TITLE SHOT

Back to the interview position in the backstage area now with Tully Blanchard, along with his valet Baby Doll and manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Blanchard was not in his normal, cocky mood, instead taking on a far more serious tone. The first thing he did when addressing Lord Alfred Hayes was talk about how he should be the one holding the Television Title, not Magnum T.A. If Hayes wanted any further proof, Blanchard directed him to the tape of what happened right after the match at Super Cade, and that was Blanchard blasting T.A. upside the head with the TV Title and knocking him out cold. Blanchard told Hayes that was all the proof he needed that he should be the TV champion. Hayes tried to interject, but Heenan cut him off, saying that he should shut his limey mouth. Heenan said he wanted his client to have a TV Title shot, and he wanted it immediately. Hayes got the interjection in this time, telling Heenan Blanchard will get that chance…IF he can beat Magnum in the non-title match in Providence. Tully didn't look happy as he stormed off, Heenan hot on his heels to calm him down. This left only Lord Alfred and Baby Doll. After an awkward pause, Hayes said, "So what are you doing later?" Baby Doll didn't bat an eye, saying "Not you," before taking off after the others, leaving Hayes embarrassed.

MATCH #2
Adrian Adonis vs. Rick Renslow

Back in the ring, we got a rare appearance from Adrian Adonis. He hasn't been around GCW rings very much in recent weeks, but he showed that he still can get it done in the ring in this match. A stiff short lariat under the jaw of Rick Renslow put this one in the record books.

Adrian Adonis pinned Rick Renslow after a short lariat in 0:02:06.
Rating: * 3/4

Monsoon & Niemiller showed the replay of Adonis' lariat three or four times, commenting on how they're not entirely sure how Renslow's head was still on his shoulders.

MATCH #3
Stan "The Lariat" Hansen vs. Bret "Hitman" Hart (w/ Mr. Fuji)

Speaking of lariats, we had the master of the move in our next match, taking on Mr. Fuji's charge, Bret "Hitman" Hart. When you talk about matches with competitors of differing styles, this match would be a perfect example of that. Hart is smooth as butter in the ring. He knows about any wrestling hold you can think of and if you're looking for a ring general, he'd be a damn fine choice. Hansen, however, would rather run right through you than try to put you in a wristlock. Hansen tried to do just that, using his substantial might to bowl over Hart any chance he got. To the Hitman's credit, he didn't let this get him too flustered. Hart knew if he could just stay alive long enough, he would get his chance. He did that when caught Hansen running into the corner with a drop toehold, smashing the Lariat's face into the middle turnbuckle. Hart's plan at this point was obvious, and that was to keep Hansen on the mat at all costs. He had some mixed results and got some good offense in. Hansen got back on the offensive when he caught Hart's crossbody attempt and threw him backward with a fallaway slam. Hansen was primed for the Lariat, but he never got a chance as DON MURACO ran in and jumped him, calling for the DQ.

Stan Hansen defeated Bret Hart by disqualification in 0:09:22.
Rating: *** 1/4
[Don Muraco interfered against Stan Hansen.]

Muraco pounded on Hansen and looked to hit him with the Tombstone, but Hansen got out of it and rattled Muraco's skull with the Lariat! Hart tried to sneak up on Hansen, but Hansen turned around and saw him, prompting Hart to take a walk. Niemiller said that was the smartest thing Hart had ever done in his life before Monsoon sent it to commercial.

MATCH #4
Bruiser Brody vs. "The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz

Bruiser Brody is such a difficult man to read. He has the chance to become the heavyweight champion of the world in just 5 days, but he hasn't even really acknowledged this huge opportunity. I think Brody just sees it as another night where he gets to beat somebody up - that somebody just happens to be the World champion Bob Backlund. Speaking of beating somebody up, Brody's victim here was Johnny Rodz, whose only unpredictable act is that he didn't mess himself. Brody had his version of fun with Rodz before the Bombs Away put it down and out. Bob Backlund's third World Title reign is officially in some serious trouble.

Bruiser Brody pinned Johnny Rodz with the Bombs Away in 0:03:05.
Rating: * 1/4

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

Well I'll be damned - it's the Live Event Report with "Mean" Gene Okerlund! Okerlund was rocking a particularly dapper bow tie for this week's LER, and who can blame him - we're only 5 days away from the huge show in Providence! Okerlund started at the very top with the main event, for the World Title, Bob Backlund defending the gold against Bruiser Brody. We got words from Backlund, who seemed better composed this week than he did when he was told about the match. Backlund knew he was going up against a dangerous man. He put over Brody as a legendary brawler. But Backlund reminded everyone that he is the 3-time World champion, and he did so by doing what nobody does better than him on the planet - by WRESTLING. Backlund promised Brody wouldn't have a chance to beat anybody up because Backlund wasn't going to let him off the mat. Back to Okerlund, as he reminded fans that the winner of this World Title match would go on to defend the title at Saturday Night Slam Masters in Uniondale, NY against the incomparable Dusty Rhodes. Back to the Providence show, Okerlund mentioned the other title match on the card. Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik defeated Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham recently on Superstars, and as a result will get the title shot against World Tag Team champions, the Rock N Roll Express.

That wouldn't be the only tag team match in question as we would be seeing the British Bulldogs taking on the former World Tag Team champions, the Midnight Express. Highlights were shown of the skirmish between these two teams a couple of weeks ago on Superstars. Jim Cornette is said to not be happy with this match, feeling his team should be getting the World Tag Team Title shot. Either way, it should be one great match. Also on the show, Television champion Magnum T.A. meets Tully Blanchard in a non-title match where if Blanchard wins, he gets a crack at the TV Title next week on Superstars! Rick Martel will meet the man who attacked him recently, the Heenan Family's Arn Anderson, Jim Duggan will meet Dino Bravo, based on what happened earlier, Stan Hansen will take on Don Muraco. That's not all, as the Dragon will be in action as Ricky Steamboat clashes with Bret "Hitman" Hart, and Dusty Rhodes will take on "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala! What a night this is going to be!

JUNKYARD DOG DOESN'T TRUST JIM DUGGAN

Before we got to our main event, Monsoon sent it back to "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan who was standing by backstage. Monsoon asked Duggan if he had any predictions for the Intercontinental Title match between Tony Atlas & Junkyard Dog. Duggan said that both men are extremely tough guys and he knew it was going to be a hell of a fight no matter who won. Niemiller asked Duggan who he was rooting for. Before Hacksaw could answer, he was stopped by JYD himself. JYD told Duggan flat out that even though he knows Hacksaw is Atlas' friend, he was asking him not to come out to ringside. Duggan argued that he promised Atlas he would watch his back, and JYD knew that. But JYD also mentioned that he still doesn't know who it was that attacked him last month and cost him his IC Title shot in the first place. JYD said as far as he knew, Duggan himself could have been the culprit! Duggan fired back how crazy that was. JYD said he wasn't accusing him of anything, but until he figured out what had happened, he couldn't take any chances and again asked Duggan to stay put. Duggan wasn't happy about it, but he reluctantly agreed.

MATCH #5
Intercontinental Title Match
"Mr. USA" Tony Atlas (c) vs. Junkyard Dog

As this main event for the Intercontinental Title kicked off, Niemiller couldn't talk enough about the confrontation we just witnessed backstage. Niemiller said Duggan is as much a suspect as anyone. Monsoon was quick to dismiss that, saying how well he knew Duggan and Hacksaw isn't that kind of kid. Niemiller countered by saying it made sense, considering it was Duggan's best friend Tony Atlas who benefited the most from it. A light bulb then went off in his head as Niemiller pondered that it could have been Atlas himself. Monsoon thought this was just ridiculous and wanted to focus on the match. The match itself wasn't going to interest you if you are a wrestling purist, but if you like a slugfest, this one was for you. For a couple of guys who are supposed to still be friends, they sure weren't wrestling like that was the case. It was looking pretty clear that JYD also considers Atlas to be a suspect in his attack. Unfortunately, we wouldn't get to see where that fight was going because seemingly out of nowhere, JIMMY SNUKA rushed in and attacked both men, prompting the match to be thrown out!

Tony Atlas and Junkyard Dog battled to a double disqualification in 0:04:46.
Rating: * 3/4
(Tony Atlas retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)
[Jimmy Snuka interfered against Junkyard Dog.]
[Jimmy Snuka interfered against Tony Atlas.]

The Superfly is someone we have overlooked in this situation, but in his mind, he had every right to be mad considering it was him that lost the Intercontinental Title in the first place. The show went off the air with Snuka stomping away on both Atlas & JYD.

Match observations:

Next week on Superstars, we will have all the news about what took place in Providence! Also, regardless of who is the World champion, we will have the official contract signing for the World Title match for Saturday Night Slam Masters right here on Superstars!

!!! BREAKING NEWS !!!

We heard reports that after the show, Snuka found President Jack Tunney and demanded a rematch for the IC Title in Providence. Instead, Tunney gave him a match, but it was a tag match against Atlas & JYD! Snuka's partner? Jimmy Garvin. Snuka and Garvin were both said to be quite upset with this as they're not really getting along, but Tunney said the match was going to happen.

4/25/85 - PROVIDENCE CIVIC CENTER - Providence, RI

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Bruiser Brody
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik
NON-TITLE MATCH - Magnum T.A. vs. Tully Blanchard
The British Bulldogs vs. The Midnight Express
Rick Martel vs. Arn Anderson
Tony Atlas/Junkyard Dog vs. Jimmy Snuka/Jimmy Garvin
Dusty Rhodes vs. Kamala
Ricky Steamboat vs. Bret Hart
Stan Hansen vs. Don Muraco
Jim Duggan vs. Dino Bravo

5/11/85 - SATURDAY NIGHT SLAM MASTERS - NASSAU COLISEUM - Uniondale, NY

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund/Bruiser Brody (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes

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