4/7/86 - Super Cade II - Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles Sports Arena was completely sold out as people clamored to get the hottest ticket in town, and that was for the pay-per-view spectacular, Super Cade II! Gorilla Monsoon was joined by Jesse "The Body" Ventura at ringside for what promised to be an epic night of wrestling, perhaps the biggest one in history! After hyping the card, Monsoon sent it to the ring where the incomparable RAY CHARLES gave a stirring rendition of "America, the Beautiful." After that, the intro video showed and it was sent to the ring and Howard Finkel for our first match!

MATCH #1
TELEVISION TITLE MATCH
Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Barry Windham

The crowd was on fire for our first match, and they got a hell of a wrestling match for the Television Title with Tully Blanchard defending the gold against Barry Windham, a man who has pinned him in a tag team match recently. Blanchard got under the skin of the loud Los Angeles crowd with his stalling tactics early in the contest. The tactics worked well though as they got Windham quite frustrated to where he made a mistake. Windham went outside to chase after Blanchard, and it got him sent hard into the guardrail when Blanchard grabbed his tights and pulled him into it. From there, Blanchard methodically worked Windham over, taking time in between to play to the crowd. Windham would get in his shots, but Blanchard found a way to cut him off at the pass every time. That was until Blanchard took way too much time on the top rope before attempting a kneedrop. Blanchard missed, and Windham went into offensive mode. As he was bouncing Tully around the ring like a basketball, all signs were pointing to a brand new TV champion. Blanchard again tried to take a powder to the floor, but Windham went after him and bodyslammed him on the concrete. Windham rolled Tully in as Bobby Heenan jumped on the far side of the ring apron to yell at referee Joey Marella to disqualify Windham. As Windham was trying to get back in the ring, ARN ANDERSON ran down and clipped Windham's knee! Windham howled in pain while the Enforcer picked him up and violently wrapped his leg around the ringpost before tossing him back in the ring. Blanchard hit the Slingshot Suplex and once again, had stolen a win to retain the TV Title.

Tully Blanchard pinned Barry Windham with the Slingshot Suplex in 0:16:53.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Tully Blanchard retained the GCW Television Title.)

Windham had been screwed again, but the worst was to come for him. Blanchard was still apparently smarting over Windham pinning him in that tag match, so he & Anderson wanted to make an example out of him. As Heenan barked orders, Anderson held Windham's leg prone while Blanchard grabbed a chair and brought it down on his injured knee over and over. Blanchard had to have hit his knee at least 10 times before eventually officials ran out to break it up. Monsoon was outraged over what happened as Windham was being stretchered out. Ventura said that it was unfortunate, but this is what happens when you mess with the Heenan Family, something Rick Martel should take note of for later. Monsoon was appalled over Ventura's comments.

MATCH #2
The Barbarian vs. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart)

For our second match, Elvira joined Monsoon & Ventura on commentary. Her contributions included flirting with Jesse and repeatedly stating how she is going to take makeup tips from Adrian Adonis. As far as the match itself, Adonis was a little more serious than he usually is, knowing that when you're in there with The Barbarian, you better take it seriously or you're going to get your head kicked off. Unfortunately for Adonis, even wrestling with intent didn't stop him from getting his head kicked off. Barbarian hit a mafia kick and then the Diving Headbutt to take a big win at Super Cade.

The Barbarian pinned Adrian Adonis with the Diving Headbutt in 0:06:44.
Rating: * 3/4

MATCH #3
FLAG MATCH
Corporal Kirchner/Junkyard Dog/"The Birdman" Koko B. Ware vs. The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff/"The Japanese Assassin" Shiro Koshinaka (w/ Freddie Blassie)

Two major takeaways from this match - Koko B. Ware debuted a new mascot in the form of Frankie the Parrot, and good old-fashioned American pride was at a fevered pitched in this Flag Match. The Foreign Legion used every dirty tactic in the book to have the chance to wave their respective countries' flags high, but Kirchner, Koko, & JYD were not to be denied. Koko would catch Shiro Koshinaka with a swinging neckbreaker, Kirchner & JYD would cut off Volkoff & Iron Sheik, and this match was in the books.

[FLAG MATCH]:
Corporal Kirchner, Junkyard Dog and Koko B. Ware defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff, Shiro Koshinaka and The Iron Sheik) when K. B. Ware pinned Koshinaka after a swinging neckbreaker in 0:07:04.
Rating: * 1/4

After the match, Kirchner led the charge as he waved Old Glory high as Koko B. Ware & Junkyard Dog celebrated along with the "USA!" chanting crowd.

GENE OKERLUND GIVES AN UPDATE ON BARRY WINDHAM

Mean Gene checked in with a report on the condition of Barry Windham. Okerlund was standing outside the trainer's room where you could hear Windham screaming in pain in the background. Okerlund said he had spoken to the doctors and they said that Windham's knee is seriously injured, but they won't know for sure the extent of the injury until he is taken to the hospital for further tests. At this point, TULLY BLANCHARD & ARN ANDERSON ran into the scene, bursting open the door and barging in. Though they didn't physically attack Windham, they did make certain to taunt him with more insults. Such disgusting individuals.

MATCH #4
The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart)

The Hart Foundation have been thorns in the side of the Road Warriors since Hawk & Animal debuted in GCW. Even though it was by disqualification, Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart can say they handed the Warriors their first loss. Unfortunately for the Hart Foundation, that pissed Hawk & Animal off. It looked like the plan was to make the Road Warriors lose their cool and get DQ'ed again. Well, they got it half right. They did piss Hawk & Animal off, but only enough to get a worse beating. It was a solid match, but Neidhart got caught in the Doomsday Device and this one was over.

The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) when Hawk pinned Neidhart after the Doomsday Device in 0:09:49.
Rating: ** 3/4

MATCH #5
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Bad News Brown

Sometimes matches have big elaborate back stories. And sometimes, two guys just plain don't like each other and want to fight. This match was the latter. Ted DiBiase has shown that he will fight and claw and scratch to every match in order to keep the Intercontinental Title, and he would need that in spades against Bad News Brown, who may just be the baddest streetfighter on the planet. DiBiase used his technical wrestling skill to keep Brown at a distance and off his game early, but once Bad News was able to get in what amounted to a rabbit punch to the throat, this one became a knock down drag out fight. DiBiase was doing everything in his power just to survive, but Brown was beating the holy living hell out of DiBiase. There was a part in this match where you got the feeling that some DiBiase fans were begging him to stay down just so the beating would stop. But that is not in DiBiase's blood. DiBiase absolutely refused to stay down no matter what Brown tried. Once DiBiase got busted open, the sight of his own blood seemed to fire him up. He almost became impervious to pain and started firing back. Bad News almost looked like he was retreating somewhat, which is shocking for him. DiBiase was a man possessed though as he would get the Cobra Clutch on and secure a successful title defense in an epic performance.

Ted DiBiase made Bad News Brown submit to the Cobra Clutch in 0:14:12.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Ted DiBiase retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

MATCH #6
Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd (w/ Bobby Heenan)

We did get to see an Andre the Giant appearance on Superstars this past Saturday, the first time we had seen him in months, but there were still a lot of questions about how he would fare in his first official match since returning from injury. This was his first match back, and he looked as good as ever. Studd is used to being able to bully and overwhelm his opponents, but there is no one bigger than the Eighth Wonder of the World. Studd tried to assert his will on Andre, but Andre shrugged him off. It was when Andre picked Studd up for a bodyslam when Bobby Heenan had seen enough, running in and hitting Andre in the back with a forearm. It was generally ineffective, but it did cause a disqualification.

Andre the Giant defeated Big John Studd by disqualification in 0:05:20.
Rating: 1/2*

Heenan looked like a man who will need a fresh pair of shorts when Andre locked eyes with him. The Brain begged off as Andre stalked him. Studd caught Andre from behind, but Andre quickly turned the tables by sending Studd to the floor. This one looks to be far from over.

A HUGE RETURNING SUPERSTAR IS INTRODUCED TO THE CROWD

Right before our next match, Howard Finkel gave a special introduction to a man who is returning to GCW after a hiatus from the company. Finkel introduced with great pleasure the return of RICKY "THE DRAGON" STEAMBOAT! Steamboat received a great ovation as he came out and waved to the crowd. Monsoon talked about how great it was to see the Dragon back in GCW. Ventura was less than impressed, saying Steamboat took his ball and went home once, and that it's only a matter of time before it happens again. Monsoon gave a "Will you be serious!?" before we went to our next match.

MATCH #7
The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Power Company (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Dino Bravo has taken umbrage with the Rougeau Brothers, saying that they have been embarrassing his great homeland of Canada. Bravo is often referred to as the greatest tag team wrestler in GCW history, and he wanted to prove that by saying he'd find a new partner and humble the Rougeaus. There was a lot of speculation over who the new partner would be, and it turned out to be a man who might be as strong if not stronger than Bravo himself, the Mighty Hercules! I don't think anyone expected this. There may not be a stronger tag team in the history of pro wrestling, and they definitely showcased their power. Jacques & Raymond did what they could to counter the power with their speed and some mat wrestling, but the raw power of Bravo & Hercules was too much. Bravo hit Raymond with the Side Suplex and this match was in the books.

The Power Company (Dino Bravo and Hercules) defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) when Bravo pinned R. Rougeau with the Side Suplex in 0:08:08.
Rating: ***

Ventura was highly impressed with this new team, saying that with their strength and the brains of Jimmy Hart, this could be a most formidable tag team. Monsoon hated to do it, but he had to agree, saying the Power Company is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the GCW tag team division.

MATCH #8
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
Sgt. Slaughter/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen (c) vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express

This was a match for the ages. The journey of Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson to even get to this point is a great story in and of itself, but it remained to be seen if they could get the fairy tale ending by dethroning perhaps the most dominant tag team in wrestling history, Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen. Regardless of end result, everyone knew that the Rock 'N Roll Express were going to be on the receiving end of a ridiculous beating, and that was the story for much of this match. Especially poor Ricky Morton. Morton was kept in the ring for a large part of the beating, but to his credit, as Ventura put it, he was either too tough or too stupid to stay down. Morton & Gibson kept finding a way to stay alive, and in the process, got in enough high-flying moves to wear the Unholy Alliance down.

Despite having guts in spades, it did look like time was going to run out on the Express' luck. Slaughter & Hansen were just laying into them, but their inability to put the challengers away was clearly frustrating them. The atmosphere in the building was electric as the fans tried to will the RnR to victory. Their opportunity came when Slaughter tagged Hansen in and held Gibson open. Hansen hit the ropes and went to take Gibson out with the Lariat, but Gibson slipped away and Hansen nearly decapitated Slaughter instead! Hansen checked on his partner only for Gibson to catch him in the nose with a dropkick, staggering the former World champ. Gibson dove and made the tag to Morton, who jumped to the top rope, came off with a flying cross body press, and managed to hold down a stunned Hansen long enough to win the titles!

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen when R. Morton pinned Hansen after a flying cross body press in 0:31:19.
Rating: **** 1/4
(The Rock 'N Roll Express won the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

This was nothing short of a miracle as the arena exploded in cheers. The cheers were cut off though as Hansen was quickly up and leveled Morton with the Lariat. Slaughter was back up and he snatched one of the World Tag Team Titles away from referee Danny Davis. Slaughter had every intention in the world of taking Gibson's head off with it, but he never got the chance because THE ROAD WARRIORS sprinted to the ring! Hawk tackled Slaughter to the mat and peppered him with punches as Animal came flying at Hansen with a flying shoulderblock that sent him to the outside. Hawk & Animal shot Slaughter into the ropes and hit him with a huge double backdrop. Hansen reached in and pulled Slaughter to safety as the former champs retreated to the back. Hawk & Animal helped Morton & Gibson up and presented them with the tag team titles.

MATCH #9
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby Heenan)

Jim Duggan has been building a lot of momentum in recent months, and may just be the breakout star of 1986. He had a tough test ahead of him tonight in Arn Anderson. The Enforcer of the Heenan Family jumped Duggan from behind before the bell rang, trying to get the early advantage. Anderson knew he wouldn't be able to go blow-for-blow with Hacksaw, so he was trying to get every edge he could. Duggan weathered that storm though, and once he got a chance to start throwing bombs, Anderson was in trouble. Hacksaw rocked Anderson's jaw with the Three Point Stance and picked up a big win at Super Cade II.

Jim Duggan pinned Arn Anderson with the Three Point Stance in 0:05:50.
Rating: ***

KING KONG BUNDY AND RICK MARTEL ARE READY

Before our main event, we got a video package highlighting Rick Martel's journey to getting this World Heavyweight Title opportunity. It highlighted his losing any shot at title matches when he interfered in a match to save his good friend Bob Backlund against King Kong Bundy's assaults, and the campaign Martel spearheaded to get President Jack Tunney to overturn the decision on a lifetime title match ban. We then got words from both competitors, starting with Bundy with Bobby Heenan. The Brain put over how hard Martel has worked to get here, but said it would all be for nothing when Bundy put him out of wrestling for good. Martel's interview was next, and he said he fought too long and too hard to fail now. He said that he has always been at his best when the deck is stacked against him, and he would be walking out of Los Angeles as the new GCW World Heavyweight champion.

MATCH #10
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE STEEL CAGE MATCH
King Kong Bundy (c) (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Rick Martel

The blue cage was put up, and the time for talking was over. A match months in the making. King Kong Bundy vs. Rick Martel for the World Title. TOMMY LASORDA served as the guest ring announcer, and he did a fantastic job helping get the fans fired up for this main event. Martel was clearly the crowd favorite, but once the door was locked and the bell rang, he had an uphill battle ahead of him. Martel wanted to stick and move, but within the confines of the cage, he only had so much space to keep distance. Bundy would eventually get his hands on him, and that meant bad news for the challenger. Bundy started systematically dismantling Martel, paying special attention to Martel's neck, which he has a well-known history of injuries to. Martel was doing everything in his power to fight back against Bundy, using the crowd's loud cheers to keep him going, but every time he'd get some momentum back, Bundy's size would come into play. Bundy wasn't even making any real attempts to leave the cage. Bobby Heenan was instructing him to eliminate Martel for good, and it was looking like that might just happen.

After a crushing powerslam, it looked like Bundy was finally going to make his way out the door to retain his title. But he took a lot of time jawing with the fans instead of just getting out of the ring. Martel mustered up all of his strength and caught Bundy in the back with a flying knee, sending Bundy face first into the cage! Not only that, but Bundy was busted open. Martel saw Bundy's blood and knew this was his chance. Martel unloaded on Bundy, peppering him with punches to open up that cut even further. Martel took Bundy's head and slammed it over and over again into the cage, and for the first time in a long, long time, Bundy looked completely vulnerable. Martel climbed to the top and jumped off with a clothesline, knocking Bundy off his feet. The crowd, however, was on its feet as Martel made his way toward the door. He had almost gotten there when we saw Heenan wildly waving from the back. On cue, out came BIG JOHN STUDD.

Studd went straight to the door, standing in the way so that Martel couldn't get out. Martel yelled for Studd to get out of the way, but Studd wasn't moving. Well, that is until we heard a commotion from the fans. It was RICKY STEAMBOAT, and he brought a chair with him! Studd is tough, but even he didn't want a chair upside the head, so he backed away as the Dragon held him at bay. Martel climbed through the ropes and started out the door, when the unthinkable happened. Steamboat turned and absolutely BLASTED Martel in the skull with the chair! The crowd was in stunned silence as Martel crumpled in the ring, and in a sight we thought we'd never see, Steamboat actually HUGGED Bobby Heenan. Bundy had gotten his bearings back and got himself to the door, climbed out, and dropped to the floor to successfully retain the World Title.

Cage Match:
King Kong Bundy defeated Rick Martel by escaping the cage in 0:13:08.
Rating: *
(King Kong Bundy retained the GCW World Title.)

Monsoon kept saying, "Why, Ricky, why?" as Ventura talked about how brilliant the Brain was. They weren't done yet though as Bundy, Studd, & Steamboat all got back into the cage looking to finish Rick Martel off. The vultures were circling the downed Martel, when we heard something over the PA system. Ventura said, "Oh God no," as he realized the song he was hearing was that of… HULK HOGAN. Hulk Hogan is at Super Cade! The arena absolutely exploded as Hogan ran down to the ring and got into the cage. Studd went after Hogan first, but Hogan blocked his punched and returned fire, throwing Studd face first into the cage. As Studd rolled out, Steamboat ran at Hogan only to be sent high into the air with a backdrop. Hogan fired a couple of punches on the Dragon before throwing him out the door as well. This left us with an epic staredown between Hogan & Bundy. Bundy went to Hogan's eyes and leveled him with a clothesline. Bundy then hit the Hulkster with the Big Splash, but right as Bundy got up, Hogan got right up too! The decibel level in the Los Angeles Sports Arena was off the charts as Hogan spun Bundy around and cracked him with a right hand. Hogan hit a clothesline but Bundy didn't fall. He hit another one and the same result. That's when Hogan showed his immortal strength by lifting Bundy up and bodyslammed the 450-pound World champion! Bundy got himself out of the ring as Heenan was losing his mind at ringside. Hogan helped Martel up to his feet as they begged the Heenan Family to get back in the ring. The pay-per-view came to a close with Hulk Hogan & Rick Martel celebrating together in the ring. Even Tommy Lasorda & Elvira got in there to celebrate too. Thanks for joining us, everyone!

Card rating: ** 1/2

!!! BREAKING NEWS !!!

It didn't take long for GCW to announce the official debut of Hulk Hogan! At the post-Super Cade press conference, it was announced by President Jack Tunney that on April 22 at Madison Square Garden, there will be a 6-man tag team match. It will be World champion King Kong Bundy, Big John Studd, & that traitor Ricky Steamboat going up against Andre the Giant, Rick Martel, and Hulk Hogan! Unbelievable! Not only that, but we learned that because of what happened tonight, The Road Warriors will be facing Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen!

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

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