5/18/85 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

MATCH #1
2-out-of-3 Falls Match
Rick Martel vs. "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

This sold out show in Boston kicked off with a huge bang as the two men in our first match couldn't wait for the show to officially start before they were going at it! Bobby Heenan wants Rick Martel taken out, and he figured a good way to do it would be to have Arn Anderson attack Martel in the locker room. They were fighting down the aisle as referee Tommy Young tried his best to get some order so he could officially get this contest started. Martel had Anderson reeling and charged at the Enforcer, but Anderson sidestepped and sent Martel head first into the ring post. Martel was groggy as Anderson threw him into the ring. Young called for the bell, and it didn't take Anderson long to spike Martel with a DDT to get the 1-2-3 and secure the first fall in only 14 seconds!

Martel was in trouble when it became clear he had a small cut opened up on his forehead. Anderson honed in on it for the next few minutes, busting Martel open even further. Martel has great tenacity though and kept fighting back, but every time he'd get something going, Anderson would cut him off with a shot to that cut. Anderson got Martel cornered and was peppering him with punches. Young tried to break it up, but Anderson was relentless and kept on the attack, leading to Anderson being disqualified in the second fall.

Though the score was tied, Heenan didn't seem worried. This match had been almost all Anderson, and Martel was a bloody mess. But after that second fall, Anderson and Heenan started getting cocky. They were wasting time, Anderson was making lax covers, and slowly but surely, Martel was getting back into it. It was a punch here, a dropkick there, and before you knew it, Anderson was back on his heels. Nothing Anderson could do would cut Martel's momentum, which is when Heenan got up on the apron. The Brain distracted Martel when he was going for the Boston Crab. Martel turned his focus away from the Enforcer and grabbed Heenan by the collar. The crowd was begging Martel to blast him. Anderson got up and tried to dive bomb Martel, but Martel saw it coming and Anderson knocked Heenan off the apron! Martel caught Anderson with an inverted atomic drop, brought him down, and turned him over into the Boston Crab! Anderson struggled to get to the ropes, but Martel pulled Anderson back to the middle of the ring. Anderson knew he was trapped and gave it up! Martel wins!

Two-out-of-three-Falls Match:
Rick Martel beat Arn Anderson 2 falls to 1:
x Anderson beat Martel via a DDT in 0:00:14
x Martel beat Anderson via disqualification in 0:06:18
x Martel beat Anderson via the Boston Crab in 0:14:00
Rating: *** 1/2

A borderline miraculous display by Rick Martel, and now Arn Anderson's undefeated streak is over. Martel got past the Enforcer, so now we'll have to wait and see if the Heenan Family leaves him alone.

MATCH #2
Chavo Guerrero vs. Bad News Brown (w/ Jim Cornette)

Even when he catches a break, Chavo Guerrero just can't catch a break. Chavo finally got himself the winner's share of the purse, but it wasn't exactly the way he would have liked. Chavo took on Bad News Brown, and as Brown usually is, he was in a bad mood. Guerrero caught Brown in the mush with a dropkick right as the bell rang, and honestly, that may have been the worst decision he could have made. Brown went nuts, beating the living tar out of Chavo. Chavo couldn't find any room to breath, causing referee Joey Marella to try to step in and break it up. Brown didn't take too kindly to that, shoving Marella out of the way. Brown was quickly disqualified, as well he should have been.

Chavo Guerrero defeated Bad News Brown by disqualification in 0:02:10.
Rating: -1/4*

Jim Cornette was not pleased about the DQ, not because he cared about Marella's well being, but because he loses out on the winner's money. Brown hit Chavo with the Ghetto Blaster as an exclamation point. Cornette got in Brown's face about this, yelling at him for costing him a lot of money. Bad News tried to take it, but when Cornette wouldn't stop, Brown shoved Cornette to the mat! Cornette couldn't believe it, but the look in Brown's eyes made him realize he needed to get out of the ring and in a hurry. Cornette couldn't leave well enough alone though as he grabbed the ringside microphone from Howard Finkel and told Bad News Brown he was FIRED! Brown made a move toward Cornette, who ran away in the least manly way I have ever seen a grown man run. I don't blame the guy - Bad News Brown might be the last guy I want mad at me.

MATCH #3
The Rougeau Brothers vs. Bret "Hitman" Hart/"The Magnificent" Don Muraco (w/ Mr. Fuji)

Mr. Fuji hasn't decided if Bret Hart & Don Muraco are going to be a permanent team or not, but after tonight, they might want to consider making this a permanent deal. They took on the Rougeau Brothers, and it was a fantastic match. Jacques & Raymond spent most of the day seeing the sights of Boston, including going to Fenway Park to catch a Red Sox game. Unfortunately no one informed them ahead of time that the Red Sox were playing in Cleveland today. That didn't stop them from being ready for the match, as they took it right back to Muraco & Hart. The Rougeaus had the advantage in that they had more high-flying ability, as well as the fact that there is no question that they are a full-time team. Hart did most of the legwork in the match and weathered the storm of the Rougeaus before making the tag to Muraco. The Magnificent Muraco used his tremendous strength edge to drill Raymond with a gutwrench suplex to get the win.

Bret Hart and Don Muraco defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) when Muraco pinned R. Rougeau after a gutwrench suplex in 0:06:20.
Rating: *
***

MATCH #4
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka vs. Jimmy "Jam" Garvin (w/ Unknown Female Valet)

It was crazy to think that just a month and a half ago, Jimmy Snuka and Jimmy Garvin were partners in the main event at Super Cade, and now they were going at it in a match. Jimmy Jam didn't come alone though, as he had a beautiful valet with him. We had no idea who this woman was, but we learned in short order that she was more than willing to get involved in the match on Garvin's behalf, distracting Snuka any chance she got. Snuka looked way off his game tonight, and it hurt him considerably. The Superfly is perhaps the greatest high flyer of all-time, but he never got a chance to do any of that here. He came close at one point when he climbed to the top rope, but he lost his footing, slipped, and fell hard into the ring. That's one of the dangers of going to the top - if you slip, you're in for a rough landing. Jimmy Jam hit the DDT, made an arrogant cover, and had his hand raised.

Jimmy Garvin pinned Jimmy Snuka with the DDT in 0:08:44.
Rating: -*

This unnamed valet entered the ring and presented Garvin to the crowd before giving him a kiss on the cheek before the two left. Snuka, on the other hand, looked a little dazed after that DDT and needed to be assisted to the back by officials.

TONY ATLAS WANTS A PIECE OF SHIRO KOSHINAKA

Our Intercontinental champion wasn't in action tonight, but Tony Atlas did come out next for an interview. The message of Mr. USA was simple - he wanted a piece of Shiro Koshinaka and wanted it NOW! Atlas said Freddie Blassie was free to try whatever he wanted with him, but when you start messing with his friends, he's going to get angry. Atlas said if Blassie & Koshinaka didn't come out now, he would come back and find them. Blassie indeed did come out next, but not with Koshinaka, but rather with Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik, who are scheduled for our next match. "Classy" Blassie told Atlas that for his own safety, the Japanese Assassin isn't here. He continued by saying that Atlas would get his soon enough - but first, he was going to make Atlas watch while Koshinaka destroyed his friends first. This set Atlas into a rage, but with both Volkoff & Sheik there, Atlas thought better of it and lived to fight another day. Atlas didn't have the numbers tonight, but he assured Blassie that he would get his soon.

MATCH #5
The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano) vs. Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

Volkoff & Sheik stuck around as they had a match with the British Bulldogs next. There is no questioning how tough the Foreign Legion members are, but with the mood Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith were in after not getting the World Tag Team Title shot tonight, it was hard for Blassie's men to know what to expect. We all knew the Bulldogs would have the agility advantage, but you sometimes forget that they are deceptively strong too. Dynamite & Davey Boy used some great power moves in this match as well that really set the tone. Despite Volkoff & Sheik resorting to underhanded tactics to try to level the playing field, at this point in the game, there might be none better than the British Bulldogs. Davey Boy showed great power by hitting The Iron Sheik with the Running Powerslam to put this one away.

The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) when D.B. Smith pinned Sheik with the Running Powerslam in 0:05:39.
Rating: *** 1/4

MATCH #6
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat/Ted DiBiase/Barry Windham vs. Tully Blanchard/"Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert/King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan/Baby Doll)

Ricky Steamboat is not on the good side of the Heenan Family right now. Bobby Heenan and Tully Blanchard are claiming that the Dragon ruined their big night at Saturday Night Slam Masters, where Blanchard was supposed to become the Television champion. Instead, Blanchard unexpectedly had to wrestle Steamboat when Magnum T.A. didn't arrive to the arena, and was unceremoniously defeated as well. Heenan rallied the troops and set up this 6-man tag team match, while Steamboat recruited Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham to be his partners. Six man tag matches get chaotic in a hurry in most instances, but this time it didn't. Mostly because King Kong Bundy was stoic on the outside of the ring. The fan favorites are all stellar competitors, but even they know with the roll that Bundy has been on lately, they wouldn't stand much of a chance if he got into the ring. They did that, but unfortunately for them, even that wasn't enough. Bundy never officially got tagged in, but he was responsible for the finish of this match. Eddie Gilbert was in a lot of trouble as DiBiase had him in the Cobra Clutch. Blanchard entered the ring and went after Windham on the apron, causing referee Danny Davis to be distracted. Steamboat got in the ring and clotheslined Blanchard over the top to the floor, but now Davis was tied up with the Dragon! This allowed Bundy to get in the ring and hit a clubbing blow to DiBiase's back. Bundy scooped him up for a bodyslam and then hit the Big Splash! Once Gilbert shook out the cobwebs, he hit DiBiase with the Hot Shot and got the 1-2-3.

The Heenan Family (Eddie Gilbert, King Kong Bundy and Tully Blanchard) defeated Ted DiBiase, Barry Windham and Ricky Steamboat when E. Gilbert pinned DiBiase with the Hot Shot in 0:12:23.
Rating: ***

Steamboat & Windham got back in the ring quickly, causing the Heenan Family to scatter, but the damage had been done. This is how Bobby Heenan likes to operate, and the plan went off without a hitch. Blanchard took Baby Doll by the arm and taunted Steamboat on his way to the back before our intermission.

MATCH #7
World Tag Team Title Match
The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette)

We had three matches left out of intermission, and two of them were for championships, including this contest. The World Tag Team Titles were on the line, and this match between champions, the Rock 'N Roll Express and challengers, the Midnight Express was not without controversy. Most couldn't believe that Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson chose the Midnight Express instead of their friends, the British Bulldogs, for this match. The RnR explained they wanted to end this issue once and for all, as their history with the Midnight Express goes way back. The Midnight Express had a different look as after Bad News Brown was fired by Jim Cornette earlier in the night, the whole dynamic was different. Cornette spent as much time looking down the aisleway to see if Brown was coming after him as he did giving Dennis Condrey & Randy Rose advice. Even with Cornette being less than focused, this ended up being a great way to come out of the break. These two teams know each other so well as they have been feuding for the better part of the last year, so there were some new wrinkles being thrown out there. The Rock 'N Roll Express tried to get into the Midnight Express' head by using some of their signature tandem moves against them, most notably the double flapjack. Not to be outdone, Condrey & Rose tried to do the moves of the Rock 'N Roll Express. Bad idea. The Midnight Express are talented as they come, but when it comes to high flying moves, they should leave them to Morton & Gibson. They tried to hit the Double Dropkick on three occasions, but failed each and every time. Cornette should have given them a different plan of attack, but he was distracted watching his backside. Morton & Gibson showed them how it was done, catching Condrey with their finisher to retain the titles in Boston.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose) when R. Morton pinned Condrey after the Double Dropkick in 0:14:23.
Rating: *** 1/4
(The Rock 'N Roll Express retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Midnight Express were not happy with Cornette, and they argued all the way to the back. There's a lot of trouble in paradise right now it would seem.

THE BRITISH BULLDOGS CHALLENGE THE ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS TO A TITLE MATCH

The night wasn't over for the Rock 'N Roll Express, as after they were presented with their titles, they were joined in the ring by THE BRITISH BULLDOGS. They weren't there to fight though, but rather, to make a challenge. Dynamite Kid did the talking, and congratulated the RnR Express on their successful title defense. He added that the Bulldogs still have unfinished business with the champs though, and that now they wanted the next title shot. Morton told Dynamite that he appreciated his kind words, and that now that the Midnight Express were in their rearview mirror, it would be their honor and privilege to defend the gold against the Bulldogs. We would find out after the show that this title match has been signed for June 21 at Madison Square Garden! This has the potential to be the greatest tag team match in GCW history.

MATCH #8
Bruiser Brody vs. "Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

Bruiser Brody went through a hell of a fight just a week ago with Kamala, and he was still in the mood to fight as he took on Dino Bravo. Bravo didn't back down from Brody at all, as with his strength he is in the fight each and every time he's out there. But as we have seen many times in the past, no matter what Brody has gone through, he has a seemingly endless supply of crazy in him. No matter how hurt he might be, Brody doesn't let that stop him from fighting like a madman. Bravo tried his best to wear Brody down with power moves, almost getting a win with a vertical suplex. When Brody fought back like a crazed man, Bravo took the cheap way and attacked Brody's eyes, getting himself disqualified.

Bruiser Brody defeated Dino Bravo by disqualification in 0:05:39.
Rating: * 3/4

Bravo thought he had the upper hand, but all it did was make Brody mad. Brody started stomping around like a man possessed. Once he got a hold of Howard Finkel's microphone and started waving it wildly above his head, Bravo and Freddie Blassie knew it was time to head for higher ground.

MATCH #9
World Title Match
Bob Backlund (c) vs. Stan "The Lariat" Hansen

Bob Backlund has had quite the last week. Not only did he have to defend the World Title against Dusty Rhodes at Slam Masters, but tonight, just one week later, he had to put the gold up for grabs against Stan "The Lariat" Hansen. That is a horrible gauntlet to have to run for any man, but to Backlund's credit, he never complained about it. I think in Backlund's mind, he thought that if he could survive both Rhodes and Hansen with the title in tact, he would cement his place as the top man in the business today. This is a match we have seen before, but these two guys always ramp up the intensity any time they're across the ring from each other. Backlund showed a lot of fire, standing toe-to-toe with Hansen in the Lariat's own game. But he wasn't the only one who showed a different side. When Backlund tried to take Hansen to the mat, Hansen showed he had a little bit of wrestling technique too, showing some great counters and putting Backlund in some holds we hadn't previously seen out of the burly Texan. Hansen was poised to win the title back when Backlund was on spaghetti legs and Hansen was ready to hit the Lariat. He would never get that chance as DUSTY RHODES ran in and smacked Backlund with a Bionic elbow, and then tossed Backlund over the top to the floor!

Bob Backlund defeated Stan Hansen by disqualification in 0:18:16.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Bob Backlund retained the GCW World Title.)
[Dusty Rhodes interfered against Bob Backlund.]

Hansen was about to come apart at the seams, but all Rhodes could tell him was, "Now we're even!" Rhodes went to the back without further incident, but the night was about to get worse for Backlund. Before he could escape, a pissed off Hansen tossed him back in the ring and ended the night by nearly decapitating the World champion with the Lariat. Backlund somehow managed to keep the World Title again, but these issues between Rhodes and Hansen are going to boil over sooner or later.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

6/21/85 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - New York, NY

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