5/17/86 - GCW Superstars

5/17/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 4/21/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcomed the show, which will feature a lot of great GCW wrestling action. On today's show, we will see Koko B. Ware in competition, as well as the return of Barry Windham who takes on Dino Bravo! The Hart Foundation will be here, we will hear from Honky Tonk Man, and hear more about our next huge show in Pittsburgh! And a huge Television Title match closes our show as Tully Blanchard defends against Jim Duggan! To the ring now and Howard Finkel!

"Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious) vs. Dave Barbie

Wrestling kicked off with Jimmy Garvin taking on Dave Barbie. Precious was at Garvin's side as always, and the Gorgeous One put Barbie's shoulders to the mat in near record time. After the match, Garvin got on the mic briefly and let everyone know he was the most gorgeous man in wrestling. Monsoon & Niemiller mentioned that Garvin has been signed to wrestle Junkyard Dog in Pittsburgh next Saturday night.

Jimmy Garvin pinned Dave Barbie with the DDT in 0:00:24.
Rating: -3/4*


Lord Alfred Hayes was backstage standing by with Honky Tonk Man. Hayes got right to the point and asked HTM about why he cheated to pin Junkyard Dog last week. HTM told Hayes that was a ridiculous accusation and that he did no such thing. Hayes countered by saying HTM clearly pulled the tights to win. HTM said that was a complete accident and he would never do something like that on purpose to win a match, especially a match against a man he considers a friend like JYD. In fact, HTM told us that he would be in the corner of JYD in Pittsburgh when he wrestles Jimmy Garvin to "support my friend to victory."

"The Birdman" Koko B. Ware vs. The Menace

Koko B. Ware will be part of the big 6-man tag in Pittsburgh, but today, the Birdman was in singles action picking up a nice victory over The Menace. The youngster continues to show that he has a mighty bright future in GCW.

Koko B. Ware pinned The Menace with the Ghostbuster in 0:02:58.
Rating: **

Barry Windham vs. "Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Barry Windham was back in action after having his knee injured at Super Cade II, taking on Dino Bravo of the Power Company. Windham showed himself first at Slam Masters when he confronted his friend Ted DiBiase, and Windham came into this match with that chip on his shoulder. Bravo wanted to pose and show off his impressive physique, but Windham was having none of it as he was all over Bravo. Windham was a man possessed with how relentless he was with his attack, which is when Jimmy Hart called HERCULES down. Windham saw Hercules coming as he got on the apron and knocked him down with a hard running knee. But when he turned back, it was right into the Side Suplex from Bravo which was just enough to get the 3 count.

Dino Bravo pinned Barry Windham with the Side Suplex in 0:06:00.
Rating: ***
[Hercules interfered against Barry Windham.]

Hercules got back up and into the ring and we had a 2-on-1 situation on our hands. It was shaping up to be a bad day for Windham, but luckily TED DIBIASE was in the building to make the save. Windham got back up and was fighting side by side with the Intercontinental champion to rid the ring of the Power Company as we went to break.


Back from commercial, Monsoon was in the ring with Windham & DiBiase. Windham said that he may not be seeing eye-to-eye with DiBiase right now, but he appreciated DiBiase coming out to help him today. Windham shook DiBiase's hand. DiBiase said he would always have Windham's back. The two focused on the Power Company next, challenging them to a match for Pittsburgh. As of press time, we have not received an answer, but we hope to get that response next week on Superstars.

The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Bob Marcus/Joe Marcus

During this match, we got a shot of Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson watch the Hart Foundation on a monitor in the back, scouting the next challengers for the World Tag Team Titles. You don't have to like the attitude of Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart, but this team has developed into one of the best in the world. The Rock 'N Roll Express looked impressed but not worried as the Hart Foundation picked up a victory on today's program.

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated Bob Marcus and Joe Marcus when B. Hart pinned J. Marcus after the Hart Attack in 0:03:54.
Rating: 1/2*


Okerlund was as adorable as ever, running down the card for next Saturday's big event in Pittsburgh, adding the signing of Junkyard Dog vs. Jimmy Garvin to the mix. Not much new covered, but there was an interview with The Road Warriors & Paul Ellering where they basically said even though Animal can't be at ringside, Hawk is going to break all of Sgt. Slaughter's bones.

The other announcement was for a show that will take place on June 17. It will be GCW's debut in Tacoma, WA as GCW invades the Tacoma Dome. Tickets are expected to go fast for this debut in the Pacific Northwest, so be sure to pick up your tickets right away!

Television Title Match
Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan

We had a huge feature matchup today as "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan got a chance to bring home his first singles title taking on the reigning Television champion Tully Blanchard. Blanchard has held the TV Title for 9 months at this point and has often escaped by the skin of his teeth to do so. We would get more of the same in this one. The gameplan of Blanchard set forth by his manager Bobby Heenan for this contest was to stall. Duggan is a powerful man capable of beating Blanchard, so Tully ran for most of this match. By the time Hacksaw got a hold of Blanchard, time was running painfully short. Duggan had Tully reeling, but right as he hit the Three Point Stance clothesline, the bell rang. Unfortunately for Duggan, the 10-minute time limit had expired making this contest a draw.

Jim Duggan and Tully Blanchard battled to a draw in 0:10:00.
Rating: ***
(Tully Blanchard retained the GCW Television Title.)

The crowd booed as the Brain greedily snatched the TV Title away from the timekeeper's table, knowing his man has narrowly escaped today. Duggan let the show end on a happy note for the fans though as he grabbed Blanchard trying to leave the ring and clocked him with a hard right hand, sending the TV champion flying over the top to the floor.


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
Junkyard Dog vs. Jimmy Garvin

6/17/86 - Tacoma Dome - TACOMA, WA

Card TBA

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