5/31/86 - GCW Superstars

5/31/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 5/13/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to the final GCW Superstars of May! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were on hand as always to introduce the show, a show that will feature Bad News Brown, Ricky Steamboat (who Niemiller made sure to mention was victorious in Pittsburgh), and Animal of the Road Warriors taking on Big John Studd! We will also see the in ring return of Hector Guerrero, who made his comeback in Pittsburgh to save his partner tonight, Dos Caras! We will get some updates on our debut in Tacoma, and in the featured match, Tully Blanchard defends the Television Title against Bob Backlund! And not only that, but we will have exclusive footage from last Saturday's epic title match between King Kong Bundy & Hulk Hogan! But to kick off the show, to the set of the Flower Shop!


The show kicked off with The Flower Shop, and "Adorable" Adrian Adonis was in one of his finest moomoos today. He had Jimmy Hart with him as always, and they welcomed guest Barry Windham. The question on everyone's mind was why Windham walked out on his friend Ted DiBiase and left him all alone to take on Hart's charges, Dino Bravo & Hercules. Windham maintained that he did nothing wrong, saying that it was pretty clear during the match that DiBiase was looking out only for himself. So, he let him fight by himself. At this point, TED DIBIASE himself came out and he was not happy. DiBiase yelled at Windham that if he had a problem with him, he should have confronted him about it like a man and not left him high and dry like a coward. Windham said that he was plenty man and he would prove it. He challenged DiBiase straight up to a match in Tacoma on June 17. Windham added, "And if YOU are a man, Ted, you will put that Intercontinental Title on the line as well!" DiBiase didn't hesitate in saying yes, saying that he we knock the bad attitude out of Windham one way or another. The two shook hands to seal the deal, but it was a very tense handshake to say the least. Either way, what a match we have lined up for the Tacoma Dome!

Hector Guerrero/Dos Caras vs. Jim Kent/Al Navarro

It was nice to see Hector Guerrero back in a GCW ring, teaming with his brother's partner Dos Caras. As a team, they looked great and ended up getting a win. After the match, Monsoon got a quick interview with the duo, namely Hector (as he's the one who can speak clear English, after all). Monsoon welcomed him back and asked what made him decide to come back now. Hector said that he wanted to be where the hottest wrestling in the world was and that was GCW. He also send a get well soon message to his brother Chavo, who will be out of action for quite some time with his neck injury. He said he hoped to do Chavo proud in his place.

Hector Guerrero and Dos Caras defeated Jim Kent and Al Navarro when Dos Caras pinned Kent after a flying cross body press in 0:03:25.
Rating: *

Animal (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Big John Studd (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

This feud between The Road Warriors & The Unholy Alliance is going to only get worse if something major isn't done. Animal was in action against Big John Studd, and the match barely had a shot to get out of the gate before SGT. SLAUGHTER & STAN HANSEN were at ringside, pummeling Animal without mercy.

Animal defeated Big John Studd by disqualification in 0:01:52.
Rating: -1/4*
[Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen interfered against Animal.]

Animal was getting a massive beatdown until his partner HAWK ran down to even the odds. The fight was getting intense, but the Road Warriors forgot that Studd was still at ringside and he was all the willing to help the Unholy Alliance beat down Hawk & Animal. What wasn't expected was an appearance by THE BARBARIAN, who was obviously harboring a grudge over his run in with Slaughter & Hansen last week. Barbarian helped the Road Warriors turn the tide and clear the ring.

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Bob Bradley

Ricky Steamboat won one of the greatest matches in GCW history last Saturday, barely surviving an angry Rick Martel. Steamboat was back in action today against Bob Bradley. This was nothing more than an exhibition for the Dragon, who had little problem putting Bradley away.

Ricky Steamboat pinned Bob Bradley with the Flying Crossbody Press in 0:03:41.
Rating: * 1/4

He did have problem getting away from RICK MARTEL though, who ran down and tackled Steamboat, unloading on him with a fury of right hands before Bobby Heenan helped pull his charge to the floor. Martel angrily snatched the microphone away from ring announcer Howard Finkel and had some pointed words for Steamboat. Martel said that the Dragon might have gotten the best of him in Pittsburgh, but Martel wouldn't stop until he had his revenge. "I will NEVER quit until I take you out!" That gave Martel an idea actually - he promptly challenged Steamboat to an I Quit match for Tacoma! The Brain backed off yelling that Martel was nuts if he thought Steamboat would accept that challenge, but little did he know that Steamboat was about to yell, "I accept!" This match is on! Oh my!

Bad News Brown vs. Chris Duffy

Bad News Brown came up short against Bob Backlund in Pittsburgh, and he took it out on his hapless opponent today. This was a mugging, plain and simple, than mercifully came to an end when Brown swatted an attempted dropkick hard to the mat. Not a good 1986 for Brown so far, but he seems to be in an even worse mood than usual now, which could be bad news for the roster.

Bad News Brown pinned Chris Duffy after a side step in 0:03:19.
Rating: -* 1/4


Lord Alfred Hayes was backstage with Junkyard Dog, and the usually jovial JYD was anything but on today's program. Hayes asked him for his thoughts on Honky Tonk Man. JYD said he was livid, because he warned HTM to leave him alone and stay away during his match in Pittsburgh, but he did just the opposite and because of it, JYD ate defeat. JYD wanted to make a promise to HTM right now - if he saw him in one of his matches again, there was going to be trouble. At this point, HONKY TONK MAN himself appeared, trying to apologize to JYD. Honky Tonk said it was a complete accident and their friendship means the world to him. JYD blew him off, telling HTM, "We're not friends!" before turning around to leave. HTM didn't much like that, as he spun JYD around and smashed the guitar right over his head! JYD went out like a light as HTM put the bad mouth on him. Medical officials rushed to JYD's aid as Lord Alfred ran for the hills. We found out later that JYD was taken to the hospital with potentially serious injuries. Monsoon called HTM scum while Niemiller applauded him for showing that "ungrateful Junkyard Dog who's boss."


Gene Okerlund was late to the Live Event Report. Literally, we had 10 seconds of dead air before Mean Gene slid into frame. He explained why he was late by saying he was just talking to President Jack Tunney and had the first 4 matches to officially announce for our debut in Tacoma, WA on June 17! The first match to announce is that after the confrontation during the Flower Shop, Ted DiBiase will officially defend the Intercontinental Title against his friend and long time partner, Barry Windham. We will also officially be seeing The Road Warriors taking on The Unholy Alliance in what Tunney is hoping will finally be the end to their increasingly wild battles. The other match to come from that earlier pier six brawl is that the undefeated Barbarian will go one-on-one with Big John Studd! No one has been able to stop The Barbarian to this point, but Studd is a literal giant. We'll see what The Barbarian is made of in Tacoma. And lastly, based on the earlier challenge, Okerlund was proud to announce that Rick Martel & Ricky Steamboat would be meeting one more time… in an I QUIT MATCH! Okerlund put over how the last match between these two was possibly the greatest match in GCW history, and that the rematch could be even better. Okerlund ended the segment by saying there was another big announcement brewing, but he could announce anything just yet. He hoped to be able to on next week's Superstars.

Television Title Match
Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Bob Backlund

Tully Blanchard's Television Title reign is quickly approaching one year, and it's amazing how many times he's been able to escape with his title reign in tact by the skin of his teeth. He had a very tough test in today's feature match as he defended against former 3-time World champion Bob Backlund. Backlund has never held the TV Title and would like to add the championship to his trophy case. This was a great technical match, and throughout the early stages, there was no sign of Blanchard trying to be, well, Blanchard. No cheating, no underhanded backdoor tactics. He took the challenge of facing a world class wrestler seriously and wanted to out wrestle Backlund. Easier said than done though. The longer the match went, the more obvious it became that Backlund was going to win this type of match. So Blanchard did what any great champion would do - blatantly poke Backlund in the eye right in front of the referee and getting himself disqualified.

Bob Backlund defeated Tully Blanchard by disqualification in 0:07:21.
Rating: **
(Tully Blanchard retained the GCW Television Title.)

Blanchard grabbed the TV Title from the timekeeper and sprinted toward the back, but before he got there, he was met by JIM DUGGAN! Duggan wasn't going to let Blanchard run away like a coward and nailed him with a right hand, put him on his shoulder, and carried him to the ring! Backlund was waiting for him and sent him flying with a backdrop and then tossed him over the top to the floor. The show came to an end with Backlund & Duggan celebrating together in the ring.


To end the program Monsoon & Niemiller talked about the footage they were about to show of highlights from the World Title match in Pittsburgh between champion King Kong Bundy & challenger Hulk Hogan. Monsoon says the video will show that Hogan was clearly just about to become World champ if it wasn't for that weasel Bobby Heenan. Niemiller said that was lunacy. They showed the ending of the match which saw Hogan hit the Big Leg Drop in what should have gotten the pinfall before Heenan broke it up. They then showed Bundy laying into Hogan with a leather strap, leaving large welts on the Hulkster's flesh. Monsoon commented on how deplorable this was and surely the actions of a desperate man. Niemiller laughed that off, saying that Bundy was simply teaching Hogan that only the tough survive here in Global Championship Wrestling. Monsoon did have breaking news that next week on Superstars, Jesse Ventura will be sitting down with both King Kong Bundy AND Hulk Hogan in a face-to-face interview! With those two together in a room (and with The Body there to egg them on), who knows what could happen!

We have a huge Superstars ahead of us next week. Not only that face-to-face interview, but we will have some great wrestling as well! Andre the Giant will be here, as will Koko B. Ware. We will see the return from suspension of "The Total Package" Lex Luger, and the Rougeau Brothers will face the Power Company! And in an absolutely huge main event, a rare World Tag Team Title match as in a rematch from Pittsburgh, the Rock 'N Roll Express defend the gold against the Hart Foundation!


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

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Barry Windham
I QUIT MATCH - Rick Martel vs. Ricky Steamboat
The Road Warriors vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen
The Barbarian vs. Big John Studd

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