4/5/86 - GCW Superstars

4/5/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 3/11/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

It's the final Superstars before Super Cade II, and you could feel the energy in the air! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were on hand to run down today's show, which will see Wahoo McDaniel in action, as well as Shiro Koshinaka. Niemiller said that the World Tag Team champs will be here too taking on Corporal Kirchner & Junkyard Dog in a non-title match, mentioning how unfair it was that they would have to wrestle but the Rock 'N Roll Express wouldn't. Monsoon discounted the conspiracy theory as silliness. He then mentioned our featured match would be Koko B. Ware trying to climb the mountain that is Big John Studd! And we will also have Jesse "The Body" Ventura conducting a special sitdown interview with the #1 contender to the World Title, Rick Martel! Niemiller said the people at home might want to record that interview, because it would be the last time Martel would ever speak because King Kong Bundy will make him leave Los Angeles with his mouth wired shut. A "would you be serious!?" led us into our first match.

"Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Andre Malo

While Dino Bravo was decimating his opponent in the ring, Jimmy Hart's moniker of "The Mouth of the South" was evident as he was talking at Monsoon & Niemiller the entire time. He was basically saying that on Monday you would all bear witness to the birth of the greatest tag team in wrestling history, and the Rougeaus are just the first victims.

Dino Bravo pinned Andre Malo with the Side Suplex in 0:01:24.
Rating: DUD


We cut to the backstage area where Lord Alfred Hayes was with Barry Windham, the top contender for the Television Title. Hayes asked Windham how he was feeling going into his title match against Tully Blanchard at Super Cade II. Windham said this was the biggest match of his career. Windham said that Blanchard had been making excuses about losing to him in the tag match recently, and that after Monday, there would be no excuses. Windham would be the new Television champion.

"Chief" Wahoo McDaniel vs. Bob Bradley

Wahoo keeps chugging along as the veteran picks up a win on Superstars.

Wahoo McDaniel defeated Bob Bradley when Bradley passed out in the Indian Deathlock in 0:02:29.
Rating: 3/4*

Non-Title Match
Sgt. Slaughter/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen (World Tag Team champions) vs. Corporal Kirchner/Junkyard Dog

Slaughter & Hansen were furious that they had to take on a match against Kirchner & JYD this close to Super Cade, and that didn't bode well for their opponents. Kirchner & JYD have a a big match ahead of them as well, being a part of the Flag Match, but that didn't mean they were here to fight. Kirchner & JYD brought it to the Unholy Alliance, but they just didn't have the experience as a team to pick up the win. JYD got caught delivering mounted punches in the corner on Hansen, who countered it into a huge power bomb for the 1-2-3.

Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen defeated Corporal Kirchner and Junkyard Dog when Hansen pinned JYD after a power bomb in 0:06:21.
Rating: ** 1/2

Post-match, Niemiller said this was the worst thing that could have happened for the Rock 'N Roll Express. Slaughter & Hansen are bad enough as is, but when they're angry? Forget about it. Monsoon said not to count out Morton & Gibson, as they have more heart than any team in GCW.

"The Japanese Assassin" Shiro Koshinaka (w/ Freddie Blassie) vs. Ricky Hunter

The Japanese Assassin made quick work out of Ricky Hunter today.

Shiro Koshinaka pinned Ricky Hunter after a waistlock suplex in 0:00:41.
Rating: 1/2*


Not a lot of new information on the Live Event Report, as being only 2 days away from Super Cade II, we are all set. Ten big matches, 3 big celebrities, surely a ton of surprises. That equals an excited Mean Gene. One of those celebrities was interview by Okerlund during this segment, that being the one and only Elvira. Elvira said she was excited to go to Super Cade and flirted with Mean Gene, who responded as awkwardly as one would expect.

Koko B. Ware vs. Big John Studd (w/ Bobby Heenan)

Our feature matchup was definitely lopsided on paper. Big John Studd has had his way with just about everyone he's come across in GCW, but that didn't mean his much smaller opponent, Koko B. Ware, was going to be intimidated. Koko doesn't back away from a fight, no matter how big the challenge is. Studd could break Koko in half, but he'd have to catch him first, and Koko wasn't going to make it easy. Koko weaved in and out, catching Studd with punches and dropkicks, trying to get the big man off his feet. He almost got him staggered as he went to the top rope. He dove off for a crossbody press, but Studd caught him. Studd hit the Backbreaker and that was the end of this one.

Big John Studd pinned Koko B. Ware with the Backbreaker in 0:01:51.
Rating: * 1/2

A valiant effort by Koko B. Ware was going to turn into a bad deal as Studd was looking to make an example out of him. Studd lifted Koko up for another Backbreaker, but we all got a shock. ANDRE THE GIANT was walking down the aisle! We haven't seen Andre in months and weren't expecting to see him before Super Cade II, but he was here on Superstars! No one looked more shocked than Big John Studd, who looked like he saw a ghost. Studd let go of Koko and backed out of the ring as Andre entered. The live action portion of the show came to a close with Andre pointing at Studd & Bobby Heenan who were backing up the aisle to the back.


As we closed out the show, we got to a video of Jesse "The Body" Ventura conducting a very special interview with Rick Martel. Ventura was all but insulting Martel in his questions, essentially asking Martel how he thinks he has a chance in hell at beating King Kong Bundy in a steel cage at Super Cade. Martel said that on paper, Bundy should wipe the floor with him. "He's big, he's strong, and he's mean." Martel also said that with Bobby Heenan at ringside, Bundy is a nearly unstoppable monster. But he told Ventura that nobody is unstoppable. Martel brought up how he almost had his career ended when he broke is neck a couple of years back. He said that doctors told him he should retire right then and there or he could end up paralyzed. "But I've never been one to back away from a challenge." Martel said that wrestling doesn't take place on paper. He said he has more heart, more passion, and more desire than any wrestler on the planet, and especially more than King Kong Bundy. Martel finished by saying he was sure he was going to take a beating on Monday, but he would be walking out as the new World Heavyweight champion.


4/7/86 - SUPER CADE II - Los Angeles Sports Arena - Los Angeles, CA

STEEL CAGE MATCH FOR THE WORLD TITLE - King Kong Bundy (c) vs. Rick Martel
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Bad News Brown
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen (c) vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express
TELEVISION TITLE - Tully Blanchard (c) vs. Barry Windham
FLAG MATCH - Corporal Kirchner/Junkyard Dog/Koko B. Ware vs. The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff/Shiro Koshinaka
Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd
The Road Warriors vs. The Hart Foundation
Adrian Adonis vs. The Barbarian
The Rougeau Brothers vs. Dino Bravo/???
Jim Duggan vs. Arn Anderson

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