6/14/86 - GCW Superstars

6/14/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 6/3/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

A packed show this week on GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were on hands, Niemiller wearing a particularly flashy bowtie, which Monsoon had a good time poking fun at. Anyway, they previewed today's show, that will have 3 feature matches: Jim Duggan vs. Jimmy Garvin, Ricky Morton vs. Adrian Adonis, and Koko B. Ware vs. Ricky Steamboat! Bad News Brown will also be here, as will Barry Windham! They also mentioned the special interview with Rick Martel. Niemiller said he hoped Martel quits during the interview, as it will save him the embarrassment of quitting in Tacoma! Monsoon thought that was "highly unlikely." They concluded by throwing it to the ring and Howard Finkel!

MATCH #1
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious)

Jim Duggan is gearing up for a huge match at the Tacoma Dome on Tuesday when he wrestles Bob Backlund for a chance to be the #1 contender for the Television Title. Backlund was actually on commentary with Monsoon & Niemiller, basically putting over what a tough opponent Duggan is. Niemiller tried to stir the pot, of course, but Backlund maintained how much he respected Hacksaw and that they would have a competitive contest in Tacoma. Speaking of competitive contests, Duggan was in one with Jimmy Garvin, who used his ring finesse to counter Duggan's raw power. Near the end of the contest, Precious tried to get involved on Gorgeous Jimmy's behalf, but Backlund left the announce position and prevented her from doing so. Garvin yelled at Backlund to mind his own business. When Garvin turned back around, it was face first into the Three Point Stance from Duggan and this one was over.

Jim Duggan pinned Jimmy Garvin with the Three Point Stance in 0:07:46.
Rating: * 1/4

Duggan & Backlund shook hands after the match and it looks like we're going to have a good clean affair on Tuesday.

MATCH #2
Bad News Brown vs. AJ Petruzzi

Bad News Brown continues to be in the absolute worst mood imagineable. Why? It's hard to say. Probably just because he's a jerk. Either way, he bullied AJ Petruzzi en route to a quick and emphatic victory on Superstars.

Bad News Brown pinned AJ Petruzzi with the Ghetto Blaster in 0:01:28.
Rating: -3/4*

SITDOWN INTERVIEW W/ RICK MARTEL

Next up we had a pre-taped interview that Monsoon conducted with Rick Martel earlier in the week. Martel is usually someone who will joke around and smile at least a little bit, but he was all business during this interview. He said that at Super Cade II, his whole life turned upside down. He said he had fought so hard for so long, coming back from several serious injuries including a severe neck injury which almost ended his career. He went through great adversity to rehab and get himself not only back, but to the top of the mountain in GCW. Super Cade II was supposed to be his night, his crowning, but Ricky Steamboat decided to come back and ruin that for him. Monsoon asked about his past relationship with the Dragon. Martel said he thought the two of them were friends. They had fought side-by-side in battles in the past, but this stab in the back was completely unexpected. But he mentioned that he's not one to get mad - he's one to get even. He promised Steamboat that he would regret his decision, and that he would make sure Steamboat uttered the words, "I quit" on Tuesday.

Back to live, Monsoon mentioned that he's never seen Martel so serious in all his career. Niemiller said he looked flat out scary and should be institutionalized.

MATCH #3
Ricky Morton (World Tag Team champion) vs. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Ricky Morton is obviously a very skilled competitor, being one-half of the reigning World Tag Team champions, but he had an interesting challenge today as he was in singles competition against "Adorable" Adrian Adonis. The Rock 'N Roll Express have had run-ins recently with Adonis' stablemates, the Hart Foundation. Adonis is enough to deal with for anyone one-on-one, but it became worse for him when BRET HART & JIM NEIDHART showed themselves in the aisle. They didn't directly interfere, but their presence was a major distraction, leading to Adonis catching Morton with a short lariat and taking the fall.

Adrian Adonis pinned Ricky Morton after a short lariat in 0:05:48.
Rating: **

Jimmy Hart called for his tag team to start down toward the ring, but they never quite made it as ROBERT GIBSON sprinted passed them with a chair in hand for good measure! This allowed Morton to recover, and none of the First Family wanted anything to do with a chair-wielding RNR Express.

MATCH #4
Barry Windham vs. Jerry Monti

I don't know why Barry Windham has such a big chip on his shoulder, but he is definitely wrestling like he has something to prove. He has a huge opportunity on Tuesday when he wrestles his friend and mentor Ted DiBiase for the Intercontinental Title, and you can tell by his focused dismantling of Jerry Monti today that he is not going to let that opportunity pass him by. I am expecting a great contest in Tacoma.

Barry Windham pinned Jerry Monti with the Superplex in 0:03:02.
Rating: * 1/4

LIVE EVENT REPORT W/ GENE OKERLUND

Mean Gene was here with a twinkle in his eye and a song in his heart to give us this week's Live Event Report. Okerlund always gets a little giddier when we get close to a big event, and he was like a schoolgirl talking about GCW's debut in Tacoma, WA. He talked about all the big matches, including bringing in The Barbarian for an "interview." I put that in quotations because every question Okerlund asked him, The Barbarian clearly couldn't understand what he was saying. At the end of it, Barbarian grunted and walked away, leaving Mean Gene a little flustered. He was able to announce the rematch that Jimmy Hart wanted from a couple of weeks ago, as his Power Company will meet the Rougeaus in tag team action.

As promised last week, Okerlund did have the first names announced for the King of the Ring tournament as well. A total of 16 men will compete for the right to be called King, and the first 4 officially set for the one-night tournament are Bob Backlund, Honky Tonk Man, Koko B. Ware, & Adrian Adonis. Okerlund promised there would be more names announced next week on Superstars.

MATCH #5
"The Birdman" Koko B. Ware vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

Koko B. Ware has to be excited to be part of the King of the Ring, but he had a big challenge in today's final match as he was taking on Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. People don't like this new attitude of Steamboat (namely Rick Martel), but one can't argue with his credentials. He's a former 3-time Intercontinental champion, and if you said he was the best pure wrestler in the world, it would be hard to find an argument against that. Koko may not have those credentials yet, but the Birdman is fun and flashy and has a freakin' giant bird with him at ringside. Koko showed that he can hang with the top echelon of superstars in GCW, and has a bright future as a potential future champion, but he would have to settle for merely pushing one of the world's best to the limits. Koko narrowly was defeated, but he got hit with the Flying Crossbody Press and this one was in the books.

Ricky Steamboat pinned Koko B. Ware with the Flying Crossbody Press in 0:08:53.
Rating: *** 3/4

Join us next week on GCW Superstars! We will have the results from Tacoma, as well as more names announced for King of the Ring. Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen will be in action, as will Honky Tonk Man. The feature match will pit Bob Backlund, who may possibly be #1 contender for the TV Title by this point, taking on Bret "Hitman" Hart! And we will have an interview with the World champion, whether it be King Kong Bundy or Hulk Hogan! See you next week, everyone!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

WORLD TITLE STRAP MATCH - King Kong Bundy (c) vs. Hulk Hogan
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Barry Windham
I QUIT MATCH - Rick Martel vs. Ricky Steamboat
#1 CONTENDER FOR THE TELEVISION TITLE - Bob Backlund vs. Jim Duggan
The Road Warriors vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen
The Barbarian vs. Big John Studd
Koko B. Ware vs. Honky Tonk Man
Dos Caras/Hector Guerrero vs. Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson
The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Power Company

7/14/86 - KING OF THE RING - Sullivan Stadium - Foxboro, MA

Tournament Participants:

Bob Backlund
Honky Tonk Man
Koko B. Ware
Adrian Adonis

More to be announced!

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