4/6/85 - GCW Superstars

4/6/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 3/26/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcomed everyone to the show, and what a big show it will be! We are just 6 days removed from Super Cade, and we will have all the news and results from the big event on Superstars! On today's show, we have King Kong Bundy in action, as well as "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. We will hear from Junkyard Dog for the first time since he was attacked and thus eliminated from the Television Title tournament. We are also going to get an exclusive announcement about how will get the next World Heavyweight Title shot against champion Bob Backlund in Providence on April 25. And a gigantic main event for the show with "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes taking on Nick Bockwinkel!

The Rougeau Brothers vs. Carl Fury/Gary Starr

The Rougeau Brothers may not have gotten a win at Super Cade, but they've still been highly impressive in their short time in GCW and have a bright future ahead of them. They didn't spend any time being down about the loss, coming out and having their way with Carl Fury & Gary Starr. Monsoon said in this business, you have to have a short memory, and the Rougeaus were proving they had just that. An impressive win to get back on the right path.

The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) defeated Carl Fury and Gary Starr when R. Rougeau pinned Starr after a flying cross body press in 0:02:01.
Rating: 1/2*


We cut back to Lord Alfred Hayes who was standing by with a man we haven't seen in a few weeks, Junkyard Dog. Hayes told JYD it was good to see him again, and JYD thanked him. JYD said he's feeling much better, but admitted that attack on him was vicious and he thanked God that he was able to come back as quickly as he did. Lord Alfred asked JYD if he had any idea who the attacked was. JYD said he has his suspicions, but he was jumped from behind and knocked out cold, so he couldn't say. What he does know though is that he's going to find out, no matter what it takes, because this random attacker cost him not only a shot to win the Television Title, but a shot to win the Intercontinental Title as well. JYD said he was hoping that his friend, the new IC champion Tony Atlas, would accept the challenge he was about to lay out. He wanted a title shot as soon as possible. Hayes said he would try to get an answer from Mr. USA by the time we go off the air today.

Bad News Brown (w/ Jim Cornette) vs. Aldo Marino

There have been some rumblings in the locker room that since Super Cade, Jim Cornette is not pleased with Bad News Brown. He is blaming Brown for getting himself thrown out of ringside during the World Tag Team Title match, causing the Midnight Express to lose the gold. Of course, he's not saying this to Brown's face, but that's besides the point. That being said, it didn't put Aldo Marino in a better position to win. After a legalized mugging, Brown hit the Ghetto Blaster and an easy win.

Bad News Brown pinned Aldo Marino with the Ghetto Blaster in 0:03:13.
Rating: 1/4*

After the match, Gorilla Monsoon tried to get a word with Bad News Brown, asking him what he thinks about Jim Cornette blaming him for the Midnight Express losing the tag team titles. Brown only got out a, "What!?" before Cornette cut Monsoon off, accusing him of slander and saying that he never said that and this was all ridiculous. Cornette ushered Brown away before Monsoon could ask any further questions.


While Monsoon was still coming back to the announce table, Niemiller threw it to a clip of some words taken from the celebrity guests at Super Cade right after the event was over. We first got words from Liberace, who was just beaming with a huge smile on his face. He said that he was so thankful he got to be a part of such a big event. Next we went to words from Billy Martin, who said more or less the same thing, but he specifically thanked the New York fans for their warm welcome of him. Finally, we went to Cyndi Lauper, who had "Captain" Lou Albano with her. Lauper reenacted the ending of the match and how she thwarted Mr. Fuji's interference and knocked him silly with his own cane. Albano thanked Lauper for everything she did. Lauper said that hopefully this will be the last time we have any problems with Fuji and if Albano needed anymore help, just to give him a call.

Jim Powers vs. King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

While he may not have matched his record-breaking brevity he set at Super Cade, King Kong Bundy again showed that he doesn't work by the hour. I think it's safe to say that Bundy has heard all the critics saying that he's not living up to his full potential. Jim Powers didn't have a chance to get in even a single punch because Bundy dismantled him. In just over a minute, Bundy came crashing down with the Big Splash and this match was a distance memory.

King Kong Bundy pinned Jim Powers with the Big Splash in 0:01:12.
Rating: -3/4*

Bobby Heenan had a smile on his face like a Cheshire Cat. When he walked by the announce position, he yelled to Monsoon & Niemiller: "I have a champion on my hands!"


Speaking of champions, we had our World champion back with Lord Alfred Hayes for an interview. Also with him was GCW President Jack Tunney, as he would be telling Backlund who he would be defending the World Title against in Providence on April 25. Hayes first asked about Backlund & Jimmy Snuka leaving Jimmy Garvin to fend for himself at Super Cade against Rhodes, Hansen, & Steamboat. Backlund said it was just business. Garvin was not being a part of the team dynamic and he was being downright annoying. Backlund said he was done with Garvin. In fact, Backlund said he was done with the Superfly too. As the World champion, Backlund felt that he didn't need anybody and everyone else was holding him down. Hayes turned to Tunney, and asked him to please tell Mr. Backlund who his opponent would be in Providence. Tunney said that after discussing it with the Championship Committee, they've determined that the next man to get a title shot would be BRUISER BRODY. Backlund just stared at Tunney with disbelief for a few moments before saying, "I have to go talk to Snuka."

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. Barry O

Jim Duggan was in action next, and he had Intercontinental champion Tony Atlas in his corner. Duggan had the fans going from the word go as he took on Barry O. Barry O did his best to slow down Duggan. Much easier said than done. Duggan is a bruiser, and he put a bruising on Barry O, that's for sure. Duggan got a nice exhibition in before putting Barry O away with the Three Point Stance.

Jim Duggan pinned Barry O with the Three Point Stance in 0:03:05.
Barry O injured his left knee. He will be out for approximately 6 months.
Rating: 1/2*


Mark Niemiller ran down and got a word with Tony Atlas in regards to the challenge Junkyard Dog directed at him earlier in the show. Atlas said that he was proud as can be to be the Intercontinental champion, and part of being the Intercontinental champion is defending against any and all comers, and JYD is one of the best out there. Atlas said he would be honored to defend his IC Title against his friend, JYD. We hope to get word on when this match will take place soon.


Hey look, it's "Mean" Gene Okerlund and the Live Event Report! Okerlund started by running down the major happenings from Super Cade, and saying that it really lived up to its billing as the biggest show in wrestling history. He made special mention of the British Bulldogs big win with the help of Cyndi Lauper, new champions in Magnum T.A. and the Rock 'N Roll Express, and Dusty Rhodes, Stan Hansen, & Ricky Steamboat putting their differences aside long enough to win the big 6-man tag team main event. Okerlund concluded that the show was a big success, and should serve as a major springboard for GCW moving forward.

Speaking of moving forward, Okerlund turned the conversation to April 25 and our house show scheduled in Providence, RI. As announced earlier in the night, the main event will be for the World Title, pitting champion Bob Backlund against Bruiser Brody. Okerlund promised to have words from Brody about this big match next week on Superstars. He said he could announce one more match for the show now, and that was "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan taking on Dino Bravo. We got some words from Bravo and his manager, Freddie Blassie, saying that Duggan made the biggest mistake of his short life getting in their business at Super Cade, and that the Canadian Strongman was going to prove that Canada was superior to the USA in every way. Okerlund said more matches for the big show will be announced next week, but tickets are on sale now, encouraging viewers to call the box office right away.

Okerlund ended by saying that next week, he would have one more big announcement to make. He said he couldn't comment on it yet as contracts are still being finalized, but promised that the news was huge and would be great for GCW fans everywhere.

"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes vs. Nick Bockwinkel (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

Our feature match of the show was "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes taking on Nick Bockwinkel. These two had very different nights at Super Cade. Rhodes was successful in the main event along with Stan Hansen & Ricky Steamboat, while Bockwinkel was the losing end of his match with Rick Martel, eating a piledriver in the process. Bockwinkel was holding his neck as he came to the ring, still feeling the ill effects from the match last Sunday. Even if he wasn't quite 100%, Bockwinkel is an all-time great. He was still game to give it his all in this match, because a win against Dusty Rhodes is the perfect way to get past the loss to Martel. The crowd was fully behind the American Dream, which is no surprise considering he's one of the most popular wrestlers of all-time. Bockwinkel is a grizzled veteran, and he knew he had to take the crowd out of the match. When Rhodes gets the fans behind him, he is almost impossible to stop. Bockwinkel did a great job of this is the middle portion of the match, taking the fight to Rhodes. But Rhodes has been doing this in GCW for over a decade, and he found a way to keep coming back, ultimately putting Bockwinkel away with the Bionic Elbowdrop.

Dusty Rhodes pinned Nick Bockwinkel with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:11:38.
Rating: ** 3/4

The fans in Poughkeepsie were happy to see a Rhodes victory to close out today's show. That's it for another episode of GCW Superstars!

Match observations:

On next week's show, some big announcements involving the future of GCW! We will also have more matches announced for the show in Providence, words from #1 contender Bruiser Brody, and in the wrestling main event, the next challengers for the tag team titles will be determined when Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham meet Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik!

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

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Bruiser Brody
Jim Duggan vs. Dino Bravo

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