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

MATCH #1
World Tag Team Title Match
The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart)

The sold out show here in Pittsburgh kicked off with the first of our two title matches as The Rock 'N Roll Express had their first major title defense of their third reign against The Hart Foundation. This was a fantastic way to kick off the show as we had a fast paced tag team match where both teams got to showcase what they do best. Early Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson were able to use their speed to make frequent tags and keep the Hitman & the Anvil off balance, but the Hart Foundation managed to take as many shortcuts as possible to get back on the offensive. The match went back and forth for awhile before Morton got isolated in the ring. However, nothing Jimmy Hart's charges did was enough to keep Morton's shoulders on the mat. The Mouth of the South decided to try to take matters into his own hands. While Bret Hart had referee Danny Davis distracted, Jimmy Hart jumped up and removed the turnbuckle pad from one of the neutral corners. This would come into play in the finish of the match. Neidhart was looking to whip Morton into that exposed turnbuckle, but Gibson ran over and put his body in between Morton and the corner to protect him from hitting the exposed steel. The Anvil saw that and was not happy about it. He charged toward Morton, but Morton moved and Neidhart's face smashed into the unprotected metal! Morton quickly followed up with the Flying Dropkick which was enough to get the pinfall and retain the titles.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) when R. Morton pinned Neidhart with the Flying Dropkick in 0:16:58.
Rating: *** 1/2
(The Rock 'N Roll Express retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

MATCH #2
Raymond Rougeau vs. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart)

This was a bonus match, and it was filled with a lot of action despite being so short. Raymond Rougeau came right after Adrian Adonis, getting sick and tired of Adonis' primping and prancing around. Raymond had the Adorable One reeling from the opening bell, and looked to have this one over in short order. Raymond went to the top and went for the Rougeau Bomb, but Adonis ducked out of the way and Rougeau crashed onto the mat HARD. Adonis wasted no time in locking on the Goodnight Irene. Raymond struggled to get out and almost reached the ropes on a couple of occasions, but each time Adonis pulled him back to the center of the ring. Raymond would pass out, and Adonis would have his hand raised in victory. To add insult to injury, Adonis applied lipstick to the unconscious Rougeau's face.

Adrian Adonis defeated Raymond Rougeau when Raymond Rougeau passed out in the Goodnight Irene in 0:02:34.
Rating: **

MATCH #3
Junkyard Dog vs. "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin

This one had some intrigue to it, and it all revolved around a man not even officially in the match, Honky Tonk Man. HTM said that he was going to be down at ringside to support his "friend" JYD, but JYD warned GCW's resident Elvis impersonator to stay far away from the ring. HTM did stay away from the ring at first, but when Garvin started taking liberties on JYD on the floor, HTM "had enough" and ran to the ring. While still on the floor, HTM confronted Garvin about the underhanded tactics he was using and demanded that he stop. Precious had referee Joey Marella's attention in the ring as HTM hauled off to hit Garvin. HTM of course missed wildly and nailed JYD instead, knocking the Dog into the ringpost. Precious dropped down from the apron, Garvin got back in the ring, Marella made the count, and HTM feigned innocence as JYD lost via countout.

Jimmy Garvin defeated Junkyard Dog by countout in 0:04:53.
Rating: 3/4*
[Honky Tonk Man interfered against Junkyard Dog.]

When JYD came to, he was furious with HTM and was asking just what on earth he was doing there when he told him not to. HTM begged for forgiveness saying it was clearly an accident, but JYD was having none of it, chasing HTM to the back.

MATCH #4
Andre the Giant/Dos Caras/"The Birdman" Koko B. Ware vs. The Heenan Family (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

The team of Andre the Giant, Dos Caras, & Koko B. Ware might look mismatched on paper, but they were united and ready to take action against representatives of The Heenan Family - Big John Studd, Arn Anderson, & Television champion Tully Blanchard. This ended up being a very even matched contest. The fan favorite team showed great teamwork, but in the end, they weren't the well oiled machine that The Heenan Family are. Say what you will about the methods Bobby Heenan has his charges use, but it's hard to argue with how successful they have been. They did a masterful job of keeping Andre out of the ring for the most part, which allowed Studd to catch Dos Caras in the Backbreaker to get the win.

The Heenan Family (Arn Anderson, Big John Studd and Tully Blanchard) defeated Andre the Giant, Dos Caras and Koko B. Ware when Studd pinned Dos Caras with the Backbreaker in 0:13:29.
Rating: *** 3/4

Studd looked like he was going to take liberties, but Andre came in and chased him off. Anderson & Blanchard looked like they would do the same to the downed Caras, but Koko was in to make sure we wouldn't see that. He made a mistake though by turning his back to check on Caras before Anderson & Blanchard left the ring. They jumped Koko, beat him down, and threw him out to the floor. They then turned their attentions to Caras, but suddenly someone ran out from the back, climbed to the top rope, and took down both Anderson & Blanchard with a flying crossbody! Upon closer look, we saw the man was HECTOR GUERRERO, apparently making his return to GCW! Hector caught Anderson with a dropkick that sent him flying outside, and then caught Tully running in with a backdrop to send him to the floor! Hector helped Caras to his feet and hugged him. Hector is of course the brother of Caras' tag team partner Chavo Guerrero, who is out of action with a major neck injury right now. It looks like Hector is here to pick up where Chavo left off!

MATCH #5
Bob Backlund vs. Bad News Brown

Bob Backlund & Bad News Brown have been at each other for the better part of the last two months, and they were looking to settle their differences once and for all tonight. There was a sense that this one was going to go the way of whoever could make it their style of match - either a mat wrestling contest from Backlund or a streetfight from Brown. Brown did what he could to make this a fight, but Backlund's amateur wrestling past worked well in his favor. The finish would come when Brown would grab the object out of his tights he has used before and took a wild swing at Backlund. Backlund saw it coming though and countered, catching Bad News with a crucifix and holding him down for the 3 count! Backlund now moves on to his TV Title shot next week on Superstars.

Bob Backlund pinned Bad News Brown after a crucifix in 0:06:29.
Rating: *

MATCH #6
Rick Martel vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

It's very rare that you see this kind of hatred in a match, but I think calling the issues between Rick Martel & Ricky Steamboat "personal" would be a vast understatement. Steamboat shocked the world with his return to GCW at Super Cade II, turning his back on the fans, joining the Heenan Family, and costing Martel his long-awaited chance to become World champion in the process. The tone of the match was set early as Martel was introduced first. When the Dragon was introduced, Martel met him in the aisle and the fight was on!

You would never have been able to guess that these two competitors are widely considered two of the most technically skilled athletes in all of wrestling, because this resembled a fight. To the credit of referee Tommy Young, he knew how personal this feud was and he allowed a lot of leeway so that this situation could potentially be settled. It wasn't long into the match that Steamboat was busted open. That was like blood in the water for Martel, who somehow became even more aggressive. Steamboat managed to fight back though, using the aggressiveness of Martel against him when he lured him to the outside and sent him face first into the ring post, busting him open as well.

By the end of this back and forth affair, both men were nearly out on their feet exchanging haymakers. Martel would duck one of those wild blows from the Dragon, taking him down with a double leg takedown. Martel looked to be going for the Boston Crab, but he was too exhausted to fully get it applied. He almost had Steamboat turned, but the Dragon reached up and pulled him down into a small package, enough to secure the pinfall in an absolute classic match.

Ricky Steamboat pinned Rick Martel with a small package in 0:21:00.
Rating: *****

An exhausted and bloody Steamboat rolled out of the ring as Bobby Heenan celebrated like he just won the World Title. Martel pulled himself back up, but was clearly disappointed in the result. He did receive a standing ovation for his efforts though, and rightfully so.

MATCH #7
Ted DiBiase (Intercontinental champion)/Barry Windham vs. The Power Company (w/ Jimmy Hart)

It was a nice sight to see Intercontinental champion Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham back on the same page again. They will be the first to tell you that they have had their recent issues, but they were back on the same wavelength - or so we thought. Early on, everything seemed great. Frequent tags, even some crisp double team maneuvers. The Power Company was reeling to say the least. However, DiBiase got caught by a big powerslam from Hercules and the momentum shifted. DiBiase got isolated, and for the next few minutes suffered a lot of punishment. He stayed in it though and would eventually find his opening when he ducked a double clothes attempt from the Power Company and took them both down with a double clothesline of his own! The crowd was hot as he crawled over to make the tag to the outstretched hand of Windham, but once he got there, Windham dropped down to the floor, waived his hands dismissively, and walked to the back! DiBiase looked on with a combination of hurt and confusion, but he was now outnumbered and had big problems. DiBiase did all he could to fight back, but 2 against 1 is rarely going to work out in the favor of the 1, and he would be defeated by the Power Company. I thought these issues were over, so what is going on in the head of Barry Windham? We hope to get some answers to that soon on Superstars.

The Power Company (Dino Bravo and Hercules) defeated Barry Windham and Ted DiBiase when Bravo pinned DiBiase with the Side Suplex in 0:08:12.
Rating: ****

MATCH #8
Partners banned from ringside
Hawk (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Sgt. Slaughter

The tag team partners may have been banned from ringside, but that didn't mean this battle between Hawk of the Road Warriors and Sgt. Slaughter of the Unholy Alliance was going to be any less brutal. The partners being banned stipulation was added in an attempt to get a decisive winner, but these two teams aren't actually known for their propensity to follow the rules. It didn't take long before STAN HANSEN came lumbering out to the ring looking to get involved, but he was quickly met by ANIMAL running down and nailing him from behind. While those two were brawling on the floor, referee Joey Marella jumped outside to attempt to restore some order. In doing so, he took his eyes off the ring and didn't notice Slaughter throw powder right in Hawk's eyes! Hawk is a tough guy, but no one is going to be the same after being blinded. Slaughter followed up with a spinebuster slam and went for the cover. Marella slid back in the ring to make the count, not noticing Slaughter's feet on the ropes as well. Well this stipulation sure didn't work. If this war is going to be settled, there looks to be more battles on the way.

Sgt. Slaughter pinned Hawk after a spinebuster slam in 0:07:26.
Rating: **

MATCH #9
World Title Match
King Kong Bundy (c) (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan

Last month, many feel that Hulk Hogan was robbed out of the World Heavyweight Title, so the packed house in Pittsburgh was chomping at the bit to see the Hulkster get a second chance. King Kong Bundy was fortunate to escape with the title, but he was looking to do the same thing here in our main event. The crowd was buzzing as these titans clashed, Hogan being the early aggressor. His strategy was to end this early because with a monster like Bundy, you don't want to give him a chance to be on the offensive. Hogan did everything he could, but he couldn't get the big man off his feet. He tried for a bodyslam, but the sheer girth of the champion prevented that as he crashed hard on Hogan's ribs. From there, Bundy went to work, softening Hogan's ribs up with hard shots. Bundy seemed to have this one in control when he went for the Big Splash, but Hogan rolled out of the way and was filled with new life! Hogan Hulked up, and was unstoppable. Hard punches, a big boot, and the Big Leg Drop followed for the 1….2… BOBBY HEENAN BREAKS IT UP! OH C'MON!

Hulk Hogan defeated King Kong Bundy by disqualification in 0:08:56.
Rating: DUD
(King Kong Bundy retained the GCW World Title.)

That was a blatant disqualification if there ever was one! Hogan was furious and was staring bullets through Heenan, and the Brain looked about as terrified as a grown man ever could. Heenan begged and pleaded for his life, but Hogan grabbed him around the collar and looked to knock his lights out. Before he could though, Bundy nailed him in the back with a forearm! Hogan collapsed to the canvas, and Bundy followed up with the Big Splash! If that wasn't bad enough, Heenan handed Bundy a leather strap which Bundy unloaded on the Immortal One with, leaving many unsightly welts on his back. Officials ran out and eventually restored order, but Hogan had to be helped out of the building. A somber way to end an otherwise fantastic show. You have to believe the Hulkster will come back looking for revenge after that heinous attack.

Card rating: ** 1/4

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

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