4/26/86 - GCW Superstars

4/26/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 3/31/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

We're fresh off the huge show at Madison Square Garden, and Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were here for Superstars! They went over some of the events of MSG, most notably discussing Hulk Hogan's debut. Monsoon mentioned that World champion King Kong Bundy showed that he was scared of what Hogan can do. Niemiller said that was insane, and that Bundy was just a smart champion saving his strength for the World Title match at Saturday Night Slam Masters. Monsoon said that speaking of Slam Masters, more of that huge card would be revealed on the program. Also on the program, great wrestling action including The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Hart Foundation, The Power Company is here, as is Junkyard Dog! Ricky Steamboat will be in action and will hopefully explain why he sold his soul to join the Heenan Family. And in our main event, the TV Title is on the line as Tully Blanchard defends against Koko B. Ware! But now to Howard Finkel to get us kicked off!

MATCH #1
Junkyard Dog vs. Nelson Veilluex

A great way to get our program started as the GCW fans love Junkyard Dog. JYD had a great time on his way to a victory today.

Junkyard Dog pinned Nelson Veilluex with the Thump Powerslam in 0:03:01.
Rating: -3/4*

MATCH #2
The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Niemiller brought up as this match started that he had heard Jimmy Hart had been doing a lot of maneuvering backstage trying to get The Hart Foundation a World Tag Team Title shot. Monsoon did admit they're impressive, but with their losing to The Road Warriors at Super Cade II, that could be a difficult prospect. They took on the Rougeaus, who also have been suffering a tough string of losses and could use a win to get back on track as well. These two teams were evenly matched, matched to the point where we wouldn't get a winner today. The match would break down when Jimmy Hart tripped Jacques up, leading to Jacques going to the floor and grabbing the Mouth of the South by the collar. Jim Neidhart jumped out and hit Jacques from behind, leading to a four man brawl on the floor and a double countout.

The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) and The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) battled to a double countout in 0:06:03.
Rating: ** 1/2

It didn't take long for it to be announced that these two teams will go at it one more time next Saturday night on Slam Masters.

THE FLOWER SHOP W/ GUEST TED DIBIASE

After a commercial break, we went to the set of The Flower Shop, where "Adorable" Adrian Adonis and Jimmy Hart were set to go. Adonis addressed his recent issues with The Barbarian, saying that he is way to pretty to be messing with a brute like that any longer. Hart said the Adorable One was moving to bigger and better things, which brought out Adonis' guest, Intercontinental champion Ted DiBiase. Adonis wasted no time in badgering DiBiase, saying that at MSG, he took the champ to the limit more than anyone had in the past. DiBiase was inclined to agree, saying that even though Adonis looks ridiculous, he is a great wrestler and pushed him to the edge. But he reminded Adonis that in the end, he left New York City as the IC champ. Hart interrupted and said now that they know how DiBiase operates, it would be different if DiBiase was man enough to give Adonis a rematch. DiBiase replied by saying that was ironic considering Adonis wasn't a man at all. This made Adonis hot who had to be "held back" by Jimmy Hart. Adonis screamed insults at DiBiase until DiBiase finally had enough, saying that if Adonis wanted another piece of him, he could have it at Saturday Night Slam Masters. Adonis & Hart were quick to accept, and now we have an Intercontinental Title match to look forward to!

MATCH #3
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Mr. X

Monsoon commented that it just didn't look right seeing Ricky Steamboat alongside Bobby Heenan. Niemiller said that it looked brilliant. Heenan had a smile from ear to ear as the Dragon took it to the masked Mr. X, easily putting him away with the Flying Crossbody Press.

Ricky Steamboat pinned Mr. X with the Flying Crossbody Press in 0:03:09.
Rating: **

After the match, Niemiller went down to ringside to get a quick word with Heenan and Steamboat, asking Steamboat why he made the brilliant move to come back and align himself with the Heenan Family. Steamboat was only able to get out the word "Well" before RICK MARTEL jumped on him, firing away with right hands as the fans lost their minds. Steamboat fought back and we had ourselves what might possibly be the most intense brawl we've seen in GCW history. By the time it was all said and done, Martel had a ripped shirt and Steamboat had a busted lip. It was a chaotic scene that required Martel actually be handcuffed and escorted out of the building just to keep these two separated. Niemiller got back to the announce position and was out of sorts after being caught in the middle of the brawl, saying that Martel was nuts. Monsoon countered by saying that Steamboat double crossed Martel and cost him the World Title, so he has this and much more coming.

MATCH #4
The Power Company (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. The Gladiator/Dave Barbie

It has been well documented that Dino Bravo is a tremendous tag team wrestler, having individually been a tag team champion longer than anyone in GCW history. He has gotten himself back into the tag team ranks with new partner Hercules, and it looks like Jimmy Hart has a winning combination on his hands here. Bravo & Hercules made quick work of their opponents today. It shouldn't take the Power Company long before they are in the tag team title mix.

The Power Company (Dino Bravo and Hercules) defeated The Gladiator and Dave Barbie when Bravo pinned Barbie after a bodyslam in 0:02:44.
Rating: -1/4*

LIVE EVENT REPORT W/ GENE OKERLUND

Gene Okerlund talked about the upcoming NBC special, Saturday Night Slam Masters, airing next weekend from the Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI. He talked about how the historic World Title match is reason alone to tune in, and the iconic rematch between Andre the Giant & Big John Studd will be wonderful, but he had more matches to announce for the show. He brought up that after what we saw on the Flower Shop earlier, it has been made official that Ted DiBiase will defend the Intercontinental Title against Adrian Adonis. In addition, we found out earlier as well that the Rougeaus & the Hart Foundation will meet one more time. The other match he could announce came about as a direct result of an incident at Madison Square Garden. Okerlund showed a clip of the implosion of the Electric Dream Machine when Jimmy Garvin turned on partner Steve Regal after the match. Okerlund announced that these former teammates would meet one-on-one at Slam Masters.

Okerlund concluded the segment by officially announcing our next huge live event which is on May 24 from the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. There is one match to announce, and it is an absolute blockbuster. President Jack Tunney has made it official - one-on-one, RICK MARTEL vs. RICKY STEAMBOAT. That match alone is set to blow the roof off of the Civic Arena.

MATCH #5
Television Title Match
Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Bobby Heenan/Arn Anderson) vs. "The Birdman" Koko B. Ware

Tully Blanchard didn't take too kindly to Koko B. Ware interrupting his declaration of being the greatest Television champion in history (considering the title has only been around for a little over a year, that's not much of a declaration, but I digress). Koko was on fire here, coming out with Frankie, and wanting to capture his first championship gold in GCW. You could tell early on that Blanchard wasn't taking this match seriously at all. Koko is flamboyant, he might even think he's part bird, so you could see why someone would underestimate him. Blanchard was more interested in making fun of Koko with Bobby Heenan and Arn Anderson that he was barely focusing on the task at hand which was retaining the TV Title. Once Koko started to build momentum though, you could see the jovial mood of the Heenan Family turn into panic. No matter what Blanchard tried, Koko had an answer for it and looked primed to capture the championship as he climbed to the top rope. Arn Anderson had other plans though, as he shoved Koko off the top in blatant view of referee Joey Marella, prompting the blatant disqualification.

Koko B. Ware defeated Tully Blanchard by disqualification in 0:06:37.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Tully Blanchard retained the GCW Television Title.)
[Arn Anderson interfered against Koko B. Ware.]

The Enforcer got in the ring and put the boots to Koko, trying to make an example of him. Blanchard got his bearings back and looked to join in, but THE MEXICAN EAGLES ran down and chased them off before any further damage could be done. Our show went off the air with Chavo Guerrero, Dos Caras, & Koko B. Ware inviting the Heenan Family back in the ring.

Next week on Superstars, we will be getting ourselves ready for Saturday Night Slam Masters! Lex Luger will be here, as will be fellow Heenan Family member Big John Studd! The Barbarian looks to stay undefeated against Shiro Koshinaka, and the World Tag Team champions will be competing. And in the main event, we have a match that could resemble a bar fight more than a wrestling contest when Animal or the Road Warriors takes on Stan "The Lariat" Hansen!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

WORLD TITLE - King Kong Bundy (c) vs. Hulk Hogan
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Adrian Adonis
Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd
The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Hart Foundation
Jimmy Garvin vs. Steve Regal
An appearance by Honky Tonk Man

5/24/86 - Civic Arena - Pittsburgh, PA

Rick Martel vs. Ricky Steamboat

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