5/3/86 - Saturday Night Slam Masters - Providence, RI

5/3/86 - Saturday Night Slam Masters (taped 5/1/86)
LOCATION - Providence Civic Center - Providence, RI

PRESIDENT JACK TUNNEY SUSPENDS LEX LUGER

Before we even got to the opening video package, we got a video from the offices of President Jack Tunney. Tunney said that as a result of the heinous and excessive attack by Lex Luger on Wahoo McDaniel this morning on Superstars, he has been suspended for 30 days without pay. Tunney said that the 6-man tag team match will still take place, with Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson now being joined by RICKY STEAMBOAT to take on the Mexican Eagles & Koko B. Ware.

"Obsession" by Animotion kicked us off as we got the opening video to Saturday Night Slam Masters, this time on NBC! Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse "the Body" Ventura were on hand to intro the show, and what a huge show it would be, featuring TWO big championship matches! Ventura mentioned that everyone was so excited about Hulkamania running wild in Global Championship Wrestling, but he promised that Hulkamania would come to a screeching halt here in Providence. They ran down the rest of the big card before throwing it to the ring to Howard Finkel!

MATCH #1
Intercontinental Title Match
Ted DiBiase (c) vs. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Our opening contest was a rematch from Madison Square Garden with Ted DiBiase defending the Intercontinental Title against "Adorable" Adrian Adonis. The first match was tremendous, and the second one followed suit. These two have a great ring chemistry and this was a hell of a match. Adonis pushed DiBiase to the limits, but as the IC champ has done so often before, he can take a lot of punishment and find a way to fight back. DiBiase did that here, weathering the storm to get the win with the Cobra Clutch.

Ted DiBiase made Adrian Adonis submit to the Cobra Clutch in 0:12:07.
Rating: **** 1/4
(Ted DiBiase retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

BARRY WINDHAM RETURNS!

After DiBiase was handed the championship, we got a surprise as BARRY WINDHAM came down to the ring. We haven't seen Windham since he was hurt at Super Cade by Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson. DiBiase was happy to see his friend and offered a handshake, but Windham slapped his hand away and instead grabbed the microphone from Howard Finkel. DiBiase looked bewildered, but all Windham did was say, "Where were you?" Windham continued by saying that at Super Cade II, Windham was outnumbered and overwhelmed, but where was DiBiase? Selfishly focusing on himself. Windham said that if DiBiase was really his mentor, hell, really his FRIEND, he would have been down there to help. DiBiase said he had a match too, having to survive Bad News Brown. Windham said that was nothing but an excuse, and he didn't want to hear it. After a bit of back and forth, Windham left the ring in a huff. DiBiase followed, trying to talk some sense into Windham.

Monsoon thought it was highly unfair of Windham to question DiBiase's friendship like that considering DiBiase had an Intercontinental Title defense to contend with at Super Cade. Ventura disagreed, saying that if you claim to be someone's friend, you should be there for them regardless of what you had going on. Ventura said that Monsoon would known that if he actually had any friends, a remark Monsoon did not take kindly to.

MATCH #2
"Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious) vs. "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal

The Electric Dream Machine is no more after Jimmy Garvin blamed Steve Regal for his loss to The Barbarian at MSG. Regal was fired up to get revenge on Garvin for his cowardly attack on him. Regal was running on pure adrenaline, but that made him mistake prone. When Precious got involved, pretending to apologize to Regal and wanting to patch things up, Regal lowered his guard. This let Gorgeous Jimmy catch him with a thumb to the eye, drop him with the DDT, and get the win.

Jimmy Garvin pinned Steve Regal with the DDT in 0:04:29.
Rating: * 1/4

MATCH #3
Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd (w/ Bobby "the Brain" Heenan)

The issues between the two giants of GCW didn't get settled at Super Cade, which is why they were set for another round here on NBC. We got words from both sides before the match, standard "I'm the real giant" stuff, but that didn't take away from how epic this match felt. Wrestling wise, it was an ugly contest. Spectacle wise, you can't do much better than Andre vs. Studd. These two men slugged away at each other like two mastadons battling. It was something to behold, but eventually, Andre did what many had thought impossible before and bodyslammed Studd before hitting him with the Elbowdrop to get the pin.

Andre the Giant pinned Big John Studd with the Elbowdrop in 0:05:37.
Rating: *

HONKY TONK MAN GETS AN UNEXPECTED DANCE PARTNER

After a commercial break, we got the much ballyhooed debut of the Honky Tonk Man. HTM came out and insisted that even though he was a fantastic wrestler, what the people really wanted him to do was sing and dance. He had a guitar (which he conspicuously didn't bother actually playing) and sang a god awful song while doing his best Elvis impression. He was getting booed mercilessly, but those boos turned to wild cheers when JUNKYARD DOG came down to the ring. Honky Tonk looked less than thrilled that his party was being interrupted. JYD was laughing, and said that what Honky Tonk Man did wasn't dancing. He then went on to do his own unique brand of dancing, which the crowd of course ate up. Honky Tonk Man shoved him aside and again tried to show his dancing, but was met with boos. The segment ended with a dejected HTM heading to the back while JYD continued to entertain the Providence fans.

MATCH #4
Tully Blanchard (Television champion)/"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson/Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat (w/ Bobby "the Brain" Heenan) vs. The Mexican Eagles/Koko B. Ware

Before the 6-man tag could kick off, Bobby Heenan grabbed the microphone from Howard Finkel and yelled about how unfair it was that Lex Luger was suspended just for retiring that washed up has been Wahoo McDaniel, saying that he was doing the world a favor. Heenan says his men were going to take it out on the Mexican Eagles & Koko B. Ware instead. It didn't seem like that would be the case early as the speed advantage of the fan favorites, but the complexion changed dramatically when Chavo Guerrero took a nasty fall on an Arn Anderson backdrop. Guerrero landed badly on his neck and was clearly hurt. The match continued while doctors worked on Chavo. Dos Caras & Koko fought bravely, but with being a man short, they just couldn't deal with the wrestling prowess of Anderson, Blanchard, & Steamboat. The Dragon caught Caras with the Flying Crossbody Press to get the win.

The Heenan Family (Arn Anderson, Ricky Steamboat and Tully Blanchard) defeated The Mexican Eagles (Chavo Guerrero and Dos Caras) and Koko B. Ware when Steamboat pinned Dos Caras with the Flying Crossbody Press in 0:08:24.
Chavo Guerrero suffered a neck injury. He will be out for approximately 11 months.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Lex Luger no-showed.)

The camera cut away to Monsoon & Ventura who talked about the upcoming title match. In the background you could see Chavo Guerrero being wheeled away on a stretcher before we cut to a hype video for Hulk Hogan. A generic hype video was shown of Hogan training for the match tonight, including an impressive display of weight lifting feats. When we got back to ringside, Monsoon said that Hogan looked ready to be a champion. Ventura agreed that Hogan looked to be in excellent physical condition, but lifting weights is not going to be enough to lift King Kong Bundy, because unlike the barbells, Bundy can fight back.

MATCH #5
The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart)

The Hart Foundation told the World Tag Team champions to watch this match closely tonight, so Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson took them up on the offer by watching the match from down at ringside. The Rougeau Brothers were the competition for Jimmy Hart's charges, and this was a tremendous match. It was very competitive from the opening bell, and occasional camera shots of the Rock 'N Roll Express showed that they were indeed impressed with Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart. Jacques & Raymond were not simply going to be a stepping stone here. After a hotly contested match, the Rougeaus just couldn't quite pull it out as Jacques was pinned after being hit with the Hart Attack.

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) when B. Hart pinned J. Rougeau after the Hart Attack in 0:11:33.
Rating: **** 1/4

After the match, the Hitman & the Anvil looked like they may have had intentions to continue the assault, but the Rock 'N Roll Express were quick to get into the ring to walk them off. Morton & Gibson made the mistake of turning their backs to check on the Rougeaus before the Hart Foundation had left the ring, leaving the door wide open for Hart & Neidhart to jump them from behind. The Hart Foundation had the brief advantage, but Morton & Gibson turned the tides by knocking them out of the ring with stereo dropkicks. Morton grabbed the microphone and was all fired up when he yelled to the Hart Foundation, "If you boys want a tag title shot, you got one!" We found out in the post show press conference that this title match will take place on May 24 in Pittsburgh.

MATCH #6
World Title Match
King Kong Bundy (c) (w/ Bobby "the Brain" Heenan) vs. "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan

We were now to the match the whole world had been waiting for. This match alone may make this the most watched wrestling event in television history. Hulk Hogan has taken Global Championship Wrestling by storm and could end the tyrannical reign of King Kong Bundy once and for all. Even with as impressive as the Hulkster is, he still had a proverbial mountain to climb in the dominant World champion. Hogan was running on pure adrenaline to start and was peppering Bundy with punches, chops, and elbows in an attempt to knock the gargantuan champ off his feet. Bundy survived that initial wave though and flattened Hogan with a body attack. This is the first time we really saw Hogan in trouble, and he did absorb a great deal of punishment in a short amount of time. Hogan has come too far though to just lay down, and he ended up Hulking up after Bundy hit him with an avalanche. Bundy tried his best to stop Hogan, but the Hulkster fought back with hard right hands. Bobby Heenan saw everything slipping away, so he slid a chair into the ring to Bundy. Problem was, Hogan saw it and stopped Bundy from picking it up by stepping on it. Hogan got a little carried away, hitting Bundy with a hard punch, picking up the chair, and whacking Bundy over the head with it! Unfortunately, this was done right in plain sight of Tommy Young making this a disqualification.

King Kong Bundy defeated Hulk Hogan by disqualification in 0:06:09.
Rating: -1/2*
(King Kong Bundy retained the GCW World Title.)

Hogan seemed to snap out of whatever trance he was in, and pleaded his case with Young, but the decision was final. King Kong Bundy was still the World champion. The crowd booed wildly, but this match was over. The action wasn't though, as Hogan soon found himself surrounded by TULLY BLANCHARD, ARN ANDERSON, RICKY STEAMBOAT, & BIG JOHN STUDD! Hogan had a chair, but he was looking down the barrel of being outnumbered 5 on 1. Luckily for him, the odds were evened when ANDRE THE GIANT, RICK MARTEL, KOKO B. WARE, & DOS CARAS came out. Our broadcast went off the air with a huge staredown and the Heenan Family backing off down the aisle.

Card rating: * 3/4

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. The Hart Foundation
Rick Martel vs. Ricky Steamboat
TAG PARTNERS BANNED FROM RINGSIDE - Hawk vs. Sgt. Slaughter

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