5/10/86 - GCW Superstars

5/10/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 4/21/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were here as always to intro the show, which will include the Rougeau Brothers in action. Ricky Steamboat will be here, as will Andre the Giant! And in our feature bout, Bob Backlund meets Bad News Brown!


"Lord" Alfred Hayes was backstage with new superstar, HONKY TONK MAN. HTM said that last Saturday night should have been the best night of his life, but it was ruined by Junkyard Dog. HTM mentioned that he was going to sing and dance and prove to the largest TV audience in wrestling history that he was the greatest entertainer of all time, but JYD showed him up. At this point, JYD interrupted and told Honky Tonk he needs to relax. "You need to go with the flow, Honky. I'm all about having a good time, and I had a really good time on Saturday!" HTM told JYD that if anyone knows how to have a good time it's the Honky Tonk Man. JYD said he was hoping HTM would say that, because they have a match later today, and they're going to have a great time. JYD exited as HTM was left fuming.

The Rougeau Brothers vs. Dan King/Andre Malo

The Rougeaus came up a little bit short at Slam Masters, but they looked good in getting a quick win to open up the wrestling portion of our broadcast.

The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) defeated Dan King and Andre Malo when R. Rougeau pinned Malo after a side step in 0:02:21.
Rating: *

Andre the Giant vs. Mike Saxton

Poor Mike Saxon looked scared out of his mind, and rightfully so. If I had to face Andre, I'd be scared out of my wits too. Saxon did everything but mess his pants trying to get away from Andre, but the Giant's Elbowdrop was the inevitable conclusion to this match.

Andre the Giant pinned Mike Saxton with the Elbowdrop in 0:01:44.
Rating: DUD


The Flower Shop was next, and "Adorable" Adrian Adonis had one massive guest - literally. His guest would be World champion King Kong Bundy, and Bundy was in a foul mood. Bobby Heenan was with him, and he was beside himself. Heenan ranted about how Hulk Hogan in GCW was the worst thing that has ever happened to the company as shown by what the lunatic did with that steel chair at Slam Masters. A video clip was shown of the Hulkster getting DQ'ed last Saturday night after attacking Bundy with a chair. Heenan said that footage was enough to give him nightmares, and he felt that Hogan needed to be stopped before he got started. Heenan demanded that President Jack Tunney fire Hulk Hogan because he was a menace. Tunney actually did come out, but he wasn't out to fire Hogan. Instead, he reminded Heenan that it was the Brain who introduced the chair into the match in the first place. He ended by saying that Hogan would get a rematch for the World Title on May 24 in Pittsburgh. We went to commercial with Heenan & Bundy about to lose their minds.

Junkyard Dog vs. Honky Tonk Man

Honky Tonk Man didn't look pleased to be in this match, already upset about what Junkyard Dog did to upstage him at Slam Masters last week. HTM tried to keep his focus though to wrestle the match. JYD, however, was doing his normal thing which is to have as much fun as possible in the ring. JYD was jiving and dancing all throughout the contest, even trying to get Honky Tonk Man to dance with him. HTM looked like he was going to go along with it, but any time he'd start to dance, JYD would scoop him up for a slam or slap on a headlock. JYD was having fun at HTM's expense, but eventually Honky Tonk would get the last laugh when he rolled JYD, and with a handful of tights, picked up the win.

Honky Tonk Man pinned Junkyard Dog after a roll up in 0:04:19.
Rating: * 1/2

JYD was not happy after the match, but Honky Tonk insisted it was an accident and that his hand got tied up. He promised JYD he didn't mean to do it, something Monsoon on commentary vehemently denied. Niemiller told Monsoon he should be more trusting as clearly it was an accident. JYD seemed to take HTM at his word as we went to commercial.

Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat (w/ Bobby "the Brain" Heenan) vs. Al Navarro

Bobby Heenan was still obvious out of sorts about the announcement earlier for the World Title match in Pittsburgh. He was out to support Ricky Steamboat, but luckily for the Dragon, he didn't really need any guidance to defeat Al Navarro. He could have used the Brain being more focused though. Maybe then he would have been warned that RICK MARTEL was coming to the ring. Martel slid in and tackled Steamboat before unloading on him with lefts and rights. Steamboat just had to cover up as Martel was all over him. Officials had to run down and pull Martel away, but Martel kept breaking loose to fire away on the Dragon some more. Eventually, police officers had to actually handcuff Martel in order to keep him from attacking Steamboat, and even then he was still kicking wildly at him as Steamboat & Heenan headed for higher ground. This one is so personal, I can't even imagine what Pittsburgh is going to be like.

Ricky Steamboat pinned Al Navarro with the Flying Crossbody Press in 0:02:56.
Rating: * 1/4


"Mean" Gene was here as always for the Live Event Report, talking about our next huge show which takes place on May 24 from the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The card is really starting to take shape. Okerlund mentioned the World Tag Team Title match between the Rock 'N Roll Express and the Hart Foundation. There was a promo from Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson. The reigning champs said that they had to admit they were impressed by the Hart Foundation at Slam Masters, but promised they would leave Pittsburgh still the champs. Okerlund continued by mentioning the other previously announced matches including Hawk vs. Sgt. Slaughter, and the match that is sure to blow the roof off the place, Rick Martel vs. Ricky Steamboat. And of course, the huge rematch for the World Title between champion King Kong Bundy and "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan. Okerlund had one more match to announce that was just signed today. It will be a 6-man tag team match featuring Andre the Giant, Dos Caras, & Koko B. Ware against Big John Studd, Arn Anderson, & Television champion Tully Blanchard.

Bob Backlund vs. Bad News Brown

These two met recently in a match that Bad News Brown won after using a foreign object. Bob Backlund wanted a rematch and it was granted, and was our feature match of the program. Backlund knew he couldn't get into a fight with Brown or he would likely see himself on the losing end again. Backlund managed to ground Brown for a large portion of this match with mat wrestling, and Bad News was finding himself getting more and more frustrated. Brown would get shots in here and there, but Backlund had firm control of this contest. Brown reached a boiling over point and reached into his tights for a foreign object, but before he could secure it, Backlund got behind him and locked him in the Crossface Chickenwing! Brown knew he was stuck and immediately gave up.

Bob Backlund made Bad News Brown submit to the Crossface Chickenwing in 0:12:00.
Rating: * 1/4

After the match, Brown yelled at anyone who would listen that he never gave up and he was cheated. Niemiller of course agreed, but Monsoon said that was ridiculous. Niemiller ended the conversation by saying that Backlund would get his for stealing from Bad News Brown.


A third match between Bob Backlund & Bad News Brown has been signed and will take place on May 24 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Be sure to join us next week on Superstars! The Hart Foundation will be here, as will Koko B. Ware. Jimmy Garvin will be in action too. Barry Windham makes his return to take on Dino Bravo of the Power Company. And in our main event, Tully Blanchard defends the Television Title against "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan!


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

WORLD TITLE - King Kong Bundy (c) vs. Hulk Hogan
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. The Hart Foundation
Rick Martel vs. Ricky Steamboat
Bob Backlund vs. Bad News Brown
Andre the Giant/Dos Caras/Koko B. Ware vs. Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson/Big John Studd

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