5/11/85: Saturday Night Slam Masters - Uniondale, NY

5/11/85 - Saturday Night Slam Masters (TAPED: 5/10/85)
LOCATION: Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY


Before we even got to the opening credits, we cut to a video of the one and only CYNDI LAUPER! Lauper looked to be backstage at a concert somewhere. Lauper said hello to all the GCW fans and said she wished she could be there in Uniondale, but she had a big concert to perform at. She congratulated GCW on the big show, and then wished the British Bulldogs good luck in their match tonight. She gave "Captain" Lou Albano a special shout out, telling him to knock that Freddie Blassie out if he got the chance.

With that, we heard "Obsession" by Animotion as the opening graphics played, before we cut to Gorilla Monsoon at the announce position as he welcomed the tv audience to the sold out Nassau Coliseum! Monsoon wanted to run down the card, but first, he needed to find out who his broadcast partner was going to be. It wasn't long before he was joined by BOBBY HEENAN. Heenan had a huge smile on his face as he told Monsoon he was here to make sure we finally had an unbiased broadcast journalist for once. Monsoon was not happy, and he told the Brain he had better behave or else. Heenan retorted by saying as long as he got the respect a man of his stature deserved, there would be no problems. In fact, Heenan said to show why he should be respected, he had some breaking news. Heenan said that according to his sources, Magnum T.A. wasn't in the building. Monsoon told Heenan to stop making up stories or he'd have him thrown out of here. Heenan said it was true - Magnum was running scared because he knew Tully Blanchard was going to take the TV Title from him! Monsoon was done talking at this point, throwing to the ring with announcer Howard Finkel.

The Rock 'N Roll Express/The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano) vs. The Midnight Express/Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik (w/ Jim Cornette/"Classy" Freddie Blassie/Bad News Brown)

Our opening contest promised to not only be fast paced and chaotic, but there was a lot on the line. Whoever made the deciding fall in this match, whatever team they represent would be walking out of Uniondale with a World Tag Team Title shot. If the Rock 'N Roll Express won, they would get to choose who they would defend against in Boston next week. This added stipulation ended up causing a lot of dissension in the ranks of the rulebreaking side. Both teams obviously want to be the next team to get a title shot, and Freddie Blassie & Jim Cornette did a lot of arguing on the outside about who should get the win. Meanwhile, the Rock 'N Roll Express & the British Bulldogs were working together far better. With how clean their teamwork was, you have to believe that Morton & Gibson promised the Bulldogs the title shot if they were to win, and didn't mind if either Dynamite Kid or Davey Boy got the duke either. It didn't take long to see where this was going. The rulebreakers had occasional glimpses of offense, but they were all in it for themselves. The Iron Sheik did get Morton down with a bodyslam and should have made the tag, but he absolutely refused to tag in Randy Rose or Dennis Condrey. That cost him when Morton got back up, got behind the Sheik, brought him down with a rolling reverse cradle and scored the win!

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) and The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) and The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose) when Morton pinned Sheik after a rolling reverse cradle in 0:07:34.
Rating: ** 1/4

With that, Morton & Gibson will get to choose who they will defend the titles against in Boston on May 18. We went to commercial with Blassie & Cornette arguing with each other.


When we got back from a commercial break, "Mean" Gene Okerlund was standing by with the victors of our first match, the Rock 'N Roll Express and the British Bulldogs. Okerlund congratulated them on their win, and Davey Boy Smith said that they knew if they worked together as a team, they would be victorious. Okerlund turned to the Rock 'N Roll Express. He asked since Ricky Morton was the one to get the deciding pinfall, the champs would get to choose any team they wanted to defend the World Tag Team Titles against in the Boston Garden a week from tonight. Morton said that going into the match, Gibson and he put a lot of thought into this decision if they were the ones who won the fall. They said it was a tough decision, but they decided they would give the title shot to… THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy looked like they just took a punch to the stomach - obviously they assumed they would be getting the title shot. It looked like Gibson was going to explain the decision, but he never got the chance as the Bulldogs stormed off. This is highly unexpected to say the least.


When we got back from the break, Tully Blanchard was already standing in the ring along with Baby Doll. Monsoon had to verbally shush Heenan because the Brain wouldn't stop gushing over Blanchard's skills. Blanchard had a microphone as well, and he announced to the crowd that the match everyone wanted to see, Blanchard defeating Magnum T.A. to become the Television champion would NOT be taking place. The crowd booed, but Blanchard assured them that no one is more disappointed than him. Blanchard's said he knew and everyone else knew that he was meant to be a champion, and this was Magnum being a coward and delaying the inevitable. Blanchard then asked referee Joey Marella to ring the bell and count to ten, to prove to everyone that Magnum was a coward. Marella was reluctant, but after Baby Doll threatened to slap him, he did what he was asked. The crowd booed loudly as Blanchard made Marella raise his hand as Monsoon lamented at how disgusting this all was. Heenan couldn't have been happier though, saying that Blanchard should be the TV champion now. That sense of joviality went away though when President JACK TUNNEY came down to the ring. He wasn't alone either, as RICKY STEAMBOAT came along. Tunney grabbed the microphone and told Blanchard that he was signed to wrestle, so he's going to wrestle Steamboat! Blanchard tried to back off, but the bell sounded and the Dragon nailed Blanchard with a chop, causing Heenan to lose his mind at the announce position.

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Tully Blanchard (w/ Baby Doll)

Blanchard didn't even have time to protest as Steamboat was all over him like white on rice. Blanchard almost got pinned early with a great German suplex by the Dragon, but Blanchard barely kicked out and escaped to the floor. This is not at all what the Heenan Family had planned, and Heenan was about to blow a gasket on commentary. Once Blanchard finally got back into the ring, the Dragon didn't take his foot off the gas, knowing he had a good chance of winning the match if he didn't let Blanchard get his bearings. Blanchard is as cerebral a wrestler as you are ever going to find, and he showed off that skill by suckering Steamboat into making a mistake. Tully begged off and when Steamboat went in for the attack, Blanchard grabbed him by the front of the tights and sent him crashing face first into the second turnbuckle. Blanchard went on the offensive, but he also showed that his tactics can sometimes get the better of him. While Baby Doll had Dick Woehrle distracted, Tully took the turnbuckle pad off in one of the corners, exposing the cold steel beneath. Tully continued his assault with the ultimate goal being to send the Dragon crashing into the exposed steel. Blanchard would eventually go for an irish whip into that corner, but Steamboat reversed it and Blanchard had his back smash into the steel instead! Steamboat followed up with the Flying Crossbody Press and got the 1-2-3.

Ricky Steamboat pinned Tully Blanchard with the Flying Crossbody Press in 0:09:52.
Rating: ***
(Magnum T.A. no-showed.)

Heenan again flipped his lid, almost losing his voice yelling about how Steamboat "cheated." Monsoon tried to explain that it was Blanchard who took the turnbuckle pad off in the first place. Heenan was furious at this implication, threw his headset down, but not before vowing revenge on that cheater Ricky Steamboat. Monsoon was left by himself as we cut to commercial.

When we came back from the break, Monsoon was now joined by Lord Alfred Hayes. Hayes and Monsoon discussed what just transpired, and took a small amount of pleasure in how Heenan lost his cool and stormed out. They moved onto our next match, and warned viewers at home that this match might not be for the weak at heart.

Falls-Count-Anywhere Match
Bruiser Brody vs. "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala (w/ Kim Chee)

The feud between Bruiser Brody and Kamala reached a point where there was no other way to settle it than this. Barring firing one or both of them, the only way this feud was going to reach its finish was if these two monsters beat the hell out of each other. I can honestly say this was unlike any fight I have ever seen. In this match, a pinfall or submission could be achieved anywhere in the building, and they took full advantage of these stipulations. The match started out in the ring, but it didn't take long for Brody to tackle the Ugandan Giant, sending both men spilling to the floor. The funny thing about this match though is as they brawled on the floor, even though they could go for a cover out there, neither of them did. They were content beating the stuffing out of one another. Kamala smashed Brody's face into the guardrail. Kamala threw Brody onto the announce table, sending Monsoon and Hayes running for higher ground. The fight continued over to the merchandise stand. Brody got the advantage with a bodyslam on the concrete. Brody grabbed a Dusty Rhodes t-shirt and put it over Kamala's head, temporarily blinding him so he could throw action figures at him. Yes, action figures. Kamala got out of the shirt and cut Brody off with a shot to the throat before dragging him over to the nearby concession stand. Kamala dumped a pot of nacho cheese on Brody, both burning him and making him look delicious. By the end of their time in the concession area, Brody had nacho cheese all over him and Kamala was covered in ketchup and mustard. The fight spilled to the back near a loading dock, where it looked like Kamala was about to put this one away. He had Brody stunned and up against a metal door. Kamala charged in, but Brody moved and the Ugandan Giant smashed through the door and fell outside! Outside, Brody ripped a road sign off the wall and smashed Kamala in the head with it. This knocked Kamala out cold, allowing Brody to get the pin and end this crazy battle.

Falls-Count-Anywhere Match:
Bruiser Brody pinned Kamala after hitting him with a road sign in 0:12:22.
Rating: ** 3/4

Both Monsoon & Hayes agreed that in all of their years in this great business, they had never seen anything like this before. It was a crazy brawl, but Brody can finally put this issue with Kamala behind him once and for all. They both speculated about what Brody's next move would be as we went to another break.


With Mother's Day being tomorrow, we had what was supposed to be a special moment that ended up getting a little out of control. Junkyard Dog had his mother, Bertha, as his guest for the show, and he wanted to present her with some gifts in this video that was filmed earlier in the day. JYD first gave his mother flowers, then a necklace, and he also had a cake. At this point, JIM DUGGAN appeared on the scene and introduced himself to Bertha Ritter. Now everyone could see that Hacksaw meant no disrespect and he sincerely just wanted to introduce himself to JYD's mom, but with the tensions what they are between JYD and Duggan, it came as no surprise that the Dog took offense. It didn't take long before JYD shoved Duggan. Hacksaw shoved back, and in doing so, caused JYD to accidentally hit his mother in the face with the cake! As JYD yelled, Duggan made a smart decision and left the scene, leaving JYD apologizing to his mother.

Junkyard Dog vs. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan

With what happened earlier in the day, there was even more hostility built up for this match. The crowd wasn't sure on who to cheer for because this was a rare match between two fan favorites. Not that you would expect a technical mat classic between these two anyway, but with all the bad blood that has built up here, it was even more of a slug fest than anticipated. It was just going to get uglier until the crowd began to stir and look down toward the entrance way. We quickly found out the stir was being caused by FREDDIE BLASSIE, and he wasn't alone! He had a mystery man with him, and Monsoon & Hayes were at a loss for who it was. All we could tell is that he was with Blassie and he was of Japanese descent. That, and he was here to attack both JYD and Duggan. The first thing he did was grab Duggan and hit him with a vicious European uppercut. JYD turned toward him, but caught a back kick to the mush for his troubles. Referee Danny Davis threw the match out, and rightfully so.

Junkyard Dog and Jim Duggan wrestled to a double disqualification in 0:03:22.
Rating: 1/2*
[Mystery Man interfered against Jim Duggan.]
[Mystery Man interfered against Junkyard Dog.]

At Blassie's urging, this anonymous assassin lifted Duggan up and dropped him with a hard back suplex, causing Hacksaw to land hard on the back of his head. JYD connected with a couple of punches when he got up, but a chop to the throat cut that off. The man lifted JYD up and in an impressive show of power, drilled him into the canvas with a power bomb. The crowd was chanting for Tony Atlas to make the save, but Monsoon informed the television audience that Atlas was not in attendance tonight. Blassie and his cronie were showered with boos before we went to commercial.


Back from commercial, Gene Okerlund was in the locker room area and trying to get a word with Blassie over what just happened. "Classy" Blassie wasn't in much of a mood to talk though, and called Okerlund a pencil-neck geek before telling him to buzz off. Mean Gene made an effort to speak to the mystery man, but the mystery man merely shot him a cold look that froze Okerlund in his tracks. Blassie and the mystery man escaped into a locker room and slammed the door.

Bob Backlund (c) vs. "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes

It was main event time, and to say there was a big fight feel in the Nassau Coliseum would be a vast understatement. This is one of the biggest matchups in GCW history, so any time we have a World Title match between Bob Backlund and Dusty Rhodes, it is going to be huge. Backlund's third reign with the World Title began last November, but this was the first time that his title has truly felt in danger. Backlund always had a plan before, usually involving Jimmy Snuka, but their alliance is no more, so Backlund was out there on his own. The American Dream had everything to gain and nothing to lose. Not only that, but the crowd was dying to see the World Title change hands. For awhile, it didn't look like they were going to get their wish. Backlund controlled the pace right from the onset. Rhodes wants to hit you hard early and often, and Backlund knew that. Backlund kept using amateur wrestling moves to ground his bigger and stronger opponent, and it was doing a lot to frustrate both the Dream and the Dream's fans. With as much as this match was hyped, it was looking like an easy title defense for Backlund - that's how much he was dominating. But when Rhodes is in the match, he is never out of it - he only needs an opening. Rhodes started with a punch here, then a punch there. Before you knew it, Rhodes was stringing together a little bit of offense and was getting himself right back in this. Backlund kept trying to lock on a hold to stop that momentum, but he was wearing down, and Rhodes was building up momentum.

Nobody could have expected what would happen at the end of this match though. If Rhodes was hurting, he was blocking it out because he had the World Title in his sights. Backlund did everything he could to slow the son of a plumber down, but nothing seemed to be working. Backlund fled to the floor to get his bearings, but Rhodes was right on top of him. Rhodes jumped off the apron with a double axhandle, and then hit a big bodyslam on the concrete! The crowd was in a frenzy as Rhodes threw Backlund back in the ring. But what nobody had noticed was that STAN HANSEN had gotten into the ring! When Backlund got up to his feet on pure instinct, Hansen took his head off with the Lariat, giving Dick Kroll no choice but to disqualify Rhodes!

Bob Backlund defeated Dusty Rhodes by disqualification in 0:15:31.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Bob Backlund retained the GCW World Title.)
[Stan Hansen interfered against Bob Backlund.]

There was an eerie silence in the arena as no one could believe what just happened. Hansen just cost Rhodes the World Title! After the initial shock set in, Rhodes was LIVID. Rhodes got in Hansen's face yelling, "What are you doing!?" Hansen got back in Rhodes' face, and that's when the GCW officials sprinted to the ring. We had a chaotic scene as the security and officials were trying desperately to keep these men apart. The show went off the air with this craziness still going on.

Card rating: **

Match observations:

What an exciting night to be a GCW fan! Be sure to join us next week on Superstars for all of the fallout of Slam Masters! Goodnight, everybody!

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

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Stan Hansen
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. The Midnight Express
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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