5/11/85 - GCW Superstars

5/11/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 4/16/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

It's the day of Saturday Night Slam Masters, and GCW is buzzing with anticipation! This is a big day of wrestling, starting with Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcoming us to GCW Superstars! Arn Anderson was here, as well as "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala. Don Muraco & Bret Hart would be in tag team action, and Chavo Guerrero would meet Bad News Brown! The main event would be a preview of the 8-man tag team match tonight with some mixed teams: Dynamite Kid & Ricky Morton vs. Nikolai Volkoff & Randy Rose! But first thing's first: Monsoon & Niemiller tossed it back at Lord Alfred Hayes, who was standing by with the #1 contender, Dusty Rhodes!

DUSTY RHODES HYPES HIS MATCH WITH BOB BACKLUND

Lord Alfred had Dusty Rhodes, and the American Dream could barely contain himself he was so excited. Rhodes said that he had worked long and hard for this opportunity, and that tonight at Slam Masters, he finally had his big chance to become the 3-time World champion. Rhodes said the World Title meant everything to him, because it's not just an accolade, but it's the proof that all your hard work truly means something. Rhodes put over Backlund and says he knows Backlund has worked hard too, and is one of the greatest champions this business has ever seen. But Rhodes reiterated that when you take shortcuts, it will come back to bite you on the behind. Rhodes ended the interview by saying that when the smoke cleared, he would be on top of the mountain as the GCW World Heavyweight champion.

MATCH #1
"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Frank Lane

Monsoon & Niemiller were joined at the announcer position by Rick Martel, who was down there to scout the man who was in action in our first match, "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson. Bobby Heenan was very leery of Martel down at ringside, but Martel kept his distance and did his best to ignore the Brain. Anderson was as impressive as always, and Martel put him over big time. Niemiller asked Martel if he was worried about Anderson, reminding him that Anderson is both undefeated and owns a victory over him already. Martel said he knows from experience how tough Anderson is, but he also knows that everyone can be beaten. He also said that the 2-of-3 falls stipulations for the match in Boston work in his favor, because now some cheap interference "by that weasel Bobby Heenan" might affect a fall, but won't affect all 3 falls. Anderson, meanwhile, went through Frank Lane with ease, putting him out with the Gourdbuster.

Arn Anderson pinned Frank Lane with the Gourdbuster in 0:03:53.
Rating: * 1/2

Anderson & Heenan had words for Martel after the match, but it was all basic posturing. Monsoon said that he was looking forward to this match next week in Boston in a big way.

MATCH #2
"The Magnificent" Don Muraco/Bret "Hitman" Hart (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Mark Fleming/Doug Vines

Back from commercial, we had some tag team action as Mr. Fuji's duo took on Mark Fleming & Doug Vines. The last month or so has been a little rough on Don Muraco & Bret Hart, but according to the insert promo that aired as the match began, that's all about to turn around. How, exactly, remains to be seen, but they did have a nice showing here. They've been developing some impactful tandem moves, including a big double backbreaker. Muraco would put the match away himself though with the Tombstone.

Bret Hart and Don Muraco defeated Mark Fleming and Doug Vines when Muraco pinned Vines with the Tombstone in 0:03:41.
Rating: *

THE ROUGEAUS VISIT NEW YORK CITY

After the previous match, we cut to a vignette filmed yesterday of the Rougeau Brothers, Jacques & Raymond, visiting New York City. New York is just a stone's throw away from Uniondale, the site of tonight's Saturday Night Slam Masters, so the Rougeaus decided to take in some of the sights. The theme of the skit was that Jacques & Raymond were bright eyed and full of life, but no matter where they went, the locals didn't treat them too kindly. There was the Rougeaus trying (and failing) to get on the subway when a rude swarm shoved them out of the way. There was Jacques asking a cab driver where the Empire State Building was and the driver responding, "It's right behind you, moron!" There was Raymond seeing an old woman drop her scarf, so he ran over and picked it up for her. She thanked him by hitting him repeatedly with her purse and yelling, "I'm being mugged!" The skit ended at the end of the day with an exhausted Jacques & Raymond looking out at the Statue of Liberty and saying, "AMERICA!" in unison.

MATCH #3
Bad News Brown (w/ Jim Cornette) vs. Chavo Guerrero

Chavo Guerrero needs a big win and he needs it bad. If you're a newer fan, you might not remember that Chavo is a former Intercontinental champion. Chavo has the skills, and he has the genetics to be great, but since coming back to GCW late last year, he has been almost goose egged. He needed to change his fortunes in a big way, but he had to contend with Bad News Brown. The fans might be strongly behind Chavo to get things going his way, but one man who doesn't care is Bad News Brown. Hell, Brown doesn't care about anybody, including James E. Cornette. At one point in this match, after Chavo had taken down Brown with a couple of armdrags and a dropkick, Brown got into the ropes to slow the pace down. Cornette was yelling instructions at Brown, but Bad News shot Cornette a cold look. I didn't think it was possible, but Cornette shut up immediately. Chavo had some momentum, but one hard right hand cut that off instantly. Chavo would get some desperation offense in later, but this match belonged to Brown and the Ghetto Blaster.

Bad News Brown pinned Chavo Guerrero with the Ghetto Blaster in 0:05:47.
Rating: 1/2*

Monsoon speculated that Cornette might be holding back Bad News Brown, worrying more about protecting his own hide than letting Brown's career flourish. Niemiller reminded Monsoon that Brown was brought in to be Cornette's bodyguard, not be a full-time wrestler. Brown should do what he is being paid to do, and that's protect Cornette's hide.

MATCH #4
"The Ugandan Giant" Kamala (w/ Kim Chee) vs. Richard Cummings

Richard Cummings looked scared out of his bird. You might not find that manly, especially if you're a professional wrestler. But when the Ugandan Giant is standing across the ring from you, if you're not at least a little scared, something is wrong with you. Kim Chee had Kamala nearly foaming at the mouth as the bell rang, and Cummings subsequently got destroyed. Cummings didn't even get a single punch in as Kamala mauled him. Kamala hit the Air Africa and that was that.

Kamala pinned Richard Cummings with the Air Africa in 0:02:01.
Rating: DUD

Monsoon said that there was absolutely no one on the planet he thought could stand up to Bruiser Brody - except for Kamala. Niemiller echoed those sentiments, saying that he has a ton of respect for how tough Brody is, but when falls-count-anywhere tonight at Slam Masters, Brody could be in a lot of trouble.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's "Mean" Gene Okerlund and the Live Event Report! Okerlund couldn't contain his excitement as he said that Slam Masters is just hours away. The show comes to us on MTV, and will take place from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. The World Title match has the potential to be one of the greatest of all-time between champion Bob Backlund and challenger Dusty Rhodes. The falls-count-anywhere match between Bruiser Brody and Kamala might end up being the craziest match we have ever witnessed. Magnum T.A. and Tully Blanchard for the Television Title has instant classic written all over it. The 8-man tag team match has huge implications in the tag team division. And two friends who have become embattled enemies will take place between Junkyard Dog & "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. We got word from Duggan, and he was fired up to say the least. He hammered home that he is not the man who attacked JYD, and he has said it dozens of times. Duggan said if JYD won't believe him, he will make him believe him by knocking his lights out. Strong words from a strong man.

Okerlund reminded everyone that we have another big show, and it will take place next Saturday night in the Boston Garden. We already knew that we would have a 2-0f-3 falls match with Rick Martel and Arn Anderson, a grudge match between Jimmy Snuka and Jimmy Garvin, and just added, the Rougeau Brothers will meet Don Muraco & Bret Hart. But the big one is going to be the main event for the World Title, with Stan "The Lariat" Hansen taking on the winner of tonight's match at Slam Masters. We got words from Hansen, and though Hansen and Rhodes are friends, you wouldn't know it by this interview. Hansen only had two things on his mind - kicking somebody's ass and becoming the World champion. He said he didn't care who he faced in Boston; either way, they were in for a Texas-sized whooping. Okerlund did one final hype pitch before sending it back to ringside for our main event.

MATCH #5
Dynamite Kid/Ricky Morton (w/ Davey Boy Smith/Robert Gibson/"Captain" Lou Albano) vs. Nikolai Volkoff/"Ravishing" Randy Rose (w/ The Iron Sheik/"Loverboy" Dennis Condrey/"Classy" Freddie Blassie/Jim Cornette/Bad News Brown)

This was unlike any tag team match you're ever going to see. Now the rules were standard one fall rules. But the teams were a mish-mash of other teams. On one side was Dynamite Kid of the British Bulldogs and Ricky Morton of the World Tag Team champion Rock 'N Roll Express. One the other, it was Randy Rose of the Midnight Express and Nikolai Volkoff of the Foreign Legion. Normally you would think that this was going to lead to a lot of chaos, but both sides had their regular tag team partners, plus managers, PLUS Bad News Brown at ringside! It looked more like a lumberjack match than a standard tag team match, but that was not the case. It became obvious that the team that managed to work together the best was going to be the team to pull off the victory. Though the British Bulldogs would love to get a crack at the tag team titles, Dynamite Kid knew this match wasn't the time to make a move for it. They would get that shot if either he or Davey Boy Smith scored the fall tonight, so Dynamite had no problems teaming with Morton. The other side, however, had way too many cooks in the kitchen. Volkoff & Rose had *FIVE* men in their corner, and it got to be a big distraction. While the men on the floor were arguing, Dynamite & Morton put the match away. Morton drilled Volkoff in the mush with a dropkick followed by Dynamite diving off the top with the Flying Headbutt. Morton cut Rose off from the save to put this one in the books.

Dynamite Kid and Ricky Morton defeated Nikolai Volkoff and Randy Rose when Dynamite Kid pinned Volkoff with the Flying Headbutt in 0:11:37.
Rating: ** 1/2

This doesn't bode well for the momentum of the Midnight Express & the Foreign Legion. The show came to a close with that rulebreakers arguing all the way up the aisle while the fan favorites celebrated in the ring.

Match observations:

Make sure to join us next week on Superstars! We will have all the fall out from Slam Masters. Ricky Steamboat will be in the house, as will Bruiser Brody! And our feature match will be Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham vs. The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff! See you tonight on MTV!

5/11/85 - SATURDAY NIGHT SLAM MASTERS - NASSAU COLISEUM - Uniondale, NY

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes
TELEVISION TITLE - Magnum T.A. (c) vs. Tully Blanchard
FALLS-COUNT-ANYWHERE - Bruiser Brody vs. Kamala
The Rock 'N Roll Express/The British Bulldogs vs. The Midnight Express/Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik
Junkyard Dog vs. Jim Duggan

5/18/85 - BOSTON GARDEN - Boston, MA

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund or Dusty Rhodes (c) vs. Stan Hansen
2-OUT-OF-3 FALLS - Rick Martel vs. Arn Anderson
Jimmy Snuka vs. Jimmy Garvin
The Rougeau Brothers vs. Don Muraco/Bret Hart

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