6/15/85 - GCW Superstars

6/15/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 6/4/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

It's Saturday morning which means it is time for another episode of GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcomed the fans to the program, the last one before we return to Madison Square Garden on Friday night. On today's show, a stellar match between Ricky Steamboat & Arn Anderson! Barry Windham is in singles action as well! And the main event will finally see Tony Atlas, Junkyard Dog, & Jim Duggan as a cohesive unit to get their hands on the Foreign Legion in a 6-man tag team battle!

THE MOUTH OF THE SOUTH INTRODUCES HIMSELF TO GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING

Our first match was scheduled to kick off the show, but instead we got a tiny man in an obnoxious suit carrying a megaphone instead. This man got a hold of Howard Finkel's microphone and introduced himself to the world as "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart. Hart gave a little background on himself, mentioning he's from Memphis, TN and he's here to give this yankee company a little Southern class. Hart said he will be building up an unstoppable roster of wrestlers to help him do just that. He said his first client would be in the next match, and is someone he was going to take to the next level. Hart put in an offer to Freddie Blassie and was able to purchase this contract. His first charge - DINO BRAVO.

MATCH #1
"Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Jeff Craney

Monsoon said Jimmy Hart has already made a big splash by purchasing the contract of the Canadian Strongman. Niemiller agreed, saying Bravo has been lost in the shuffle a bit in the Foreign Legion and a new direction could do him a lot of good. Bravo did seem to have extra skip in his step, so to speak, as he powered his way through Jeff Craney. Bravo showed another wrinkle of offense as he put Craney away with a Canadian backbreaker submission.

Dino Bravo defeated Jeff Craney when Craney passed out in a Canadian backbreaker in 0:03:22.
Rating: **

Jimmy Hart yelled through his megaphone how Dino Bravo was on his way to the top. Monsoon said it is too early to make that claim, but so far, so good.

THE FABULOUS ONES ARE COMING

Once again, "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top was the soundtrack for a promo of the Fabulous Ones. Steve Keirn & Stan Lane were decked out in fancy clothes yet again. It was made quite clear how highly these two think of themselves. The end of the promo was the two of them in sleeveless vests (and no shirts for whatever reason) riding on motorcycles. A graphic appeared on the screen that said, "THE FABULOUS ONES - ALMOST HERE…"

MATCH #2
Barry Windham vs. Steve Lombardi

Ted DiBiase joined the commentary team for our next match as his tag team partner, Barry Windham, was in action against Steve Lombardi. Niemiller asked DiBiase point blank if Windham was nuts to challenge Kamala at MSG. DiBiase replied by saying he's been asking himself the same thing the last week, but noted that Windham is taking the match very seriously and is as focused as he's ever been, so he fully supports his partner. Monsoon asked if DiBiase will be in Windham's corner for the match against the Ugandan Giant. DiBiase said he wanted to, but Windham made him promise to stay away so he could do it alone, so he is going to honor that request. Windham, meanwhile, looked impressive in singles action here, putting Lombardi away with the Superplex.

Barry Windham pinned Steve Lombardi with the Superplex in 0:04:21.
Rating: **

Monsoon thanked DiBiase for joining them as DiBiase went to celebrate with Windham. Niemiller admitted Windham looked impressive here, but there was no way he could hit the Superplex on someone like Kamala. Monsoon agreed, and though he admired Windham's courage, felt the youngster may be in for a very long night this Friday.

MATCH #3
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

We had a treat next as we had a fantastic wrestling encounter, a preview of one of our tag team matches on Friday. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat took on "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson, and it was a tremendous wrestling match. Both of these guys are fantastic ring technicians, and that was on display here early on. They were exchanging holds and counters throughout this match, each one more impressive than the last. Part way through the match, TULLY BLANCHARD came down to ringside to be in Anderson's corner. Tully didn't get much time to be a distraction though as RICK MARTEL came down to Steamboat's corner to even the odds! Even with the theatrics on the floor, it didn't matter much to the Dragon or the Enforcer as they just kept tearing into each other. Steamboat had taken Anderson down with a flurry of big chops and ascended the turnbuckles to go for the Flying Crossbody Press. Blanchard moved in closer to distract the Dragon, which was enough for Anderson to catch him with a punch in the gut. Anderson himself climbed the turnbuckles with Steamboat, but he got distracted when Martel ran around the ring and planted a punch right in Blanchard's jaw! Steamboat fought the Enforcer off and knocked him to the mat. He finished up by leaping through the air with the Flying Crossbody Press and taking the win here on Superstars!

Ricky Steamboat pinned Arn Anderson with the Flying Crossbody Press in 0:08:51.
Rating: *** 1/2

Monsoon accurately noted that Steamboat & Martel have all the momentum now going into Madison Square Garden. Niemiller said Bobby Heenan would have a plan though, as he always does, before we went to commercial.

A NEW TAG TEAM IS BORN

When we returned from break, Jimmy "Jam" Garvin was already in the ring along with his valet, Precious. Garvin had the mic, and he was excited about something. Garvin let the crowd know that over the past few weeks, he has been on a secret mission to find himself a tag team partner. He said it has been a long and difficult journey finding someone who wouldn't crumble under the massive star power that permeates from Jimmy Jam, but he has finally been able to do it. "Without further adieu, I present to you my new tag team partner… 'MR. ELECTRICITY' STEVE REGAL!" Regal came out, and he was wearing matching tights (and don't forget sparkly jacket) to Garvin. Regal said that we were all witnessing the future of tag team wrestling and the dream of every fan was about to come true, because they were THE ELECTRIC DREAM MACHINE. Oh boy…

MATCH #4
The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious) vs. Kevin Collins/Mike Gola

You can say what you want about the ridiculously large egos of Garvin & Regal, but this brand new tag team looks to add an entire new wrinkle to the tag team division. They had their debut match against Kevin Collins & Mike Gola, and did they ever look impressive! The fans may have hated them, but that didn't stop them from putting this match away in short order, Garvin hitting Gola with his DDT to punctuate the match. Niemiller said you might not have to like them, but it looks like the Electric Dream Machine were going to be a force to be reckoned with in GCW.

The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) defeated Kevin Collins and Mike Gola when J. Garvin pinned Gola with the DDT in 0:01:23.
Rating: -3/4*

After the match, Monsoon announced that we will get to see the Electric Dream Machine again this Friday as they make their Madison Square Garden debut (as a team, anyway) against the Rougeau Brothers.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

"Mean" Gene Okerlund's Live Event Report was next, and with the Madison Square Garden show being this Friday, Okerlund had all the latest news. Okerlund said the show was almost sold out but if you acted now, you could still find a way to be there for this historic event. Okerlund said you need to be at this show, especially if you love tag team action, because we were going to have it in spades at the Garden. In the main event, the World champion has finally found his tag team partner as Bob Backlund has chosen King Kong Bundy to team with him against Dusty Rhodes & Stan Hansen. Backlund & Bundy have a history together, Okerlund reminds us, mentioning that it was Backlund who originally brought Bundy to GCW. The two have gone separate ways and from the words of Bobby Heenan last week, the two aren't friends, but money speaks volumes and this team looks dangerous. Rhodes & Hansen, on the other hand, are not doing as well. Okerlund showed a video clip from earlier this week of Rhodes & Hansen had the gym. We're not sure what spawned the argument, but they were in the middle of a heated conversation that required many other gym patrons to get between them. They have less than a week to get it together, or as Backlund has predicted, they may truly be eliminated from GCW.

The World Tag Team Titles are also up for grabs as the Rock 'N Roll Express defend the titles against the #1 contenders, the British Bulldogs. Okerlund commented on how there may not be two more evenly matched tag teams going at it in the history of wrestling, and that this match is impossible to predict. Okerlund said he has been talking to fans all week and the predictions for this match are right down the middle. Okerlund mentioned Ricky Steamboat & Rick Martel vs. Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson next, showing the finish of the Steamboat/Anderson match earlier today. Bobby Heenan has declared Steamboat & Martel as the top two targets of the Family, and that justice would be served at MSG. The final two matches signed right now are the just announced match of The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Electric Dream Machine, and Barry Windham squaring off against "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala. More matches will be taking place on Friday, and you most certainly will not want to miss it!

MATCH #5
"Mr. USA" Tony Atlas (Intercontinental champion)/Junkyard Dog/"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. "The Japanese Assassin' Shiro Koshinaka/The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

Going into this match, I don't think anybody could have predicted what we were going to witness. Tony Atlas, Junkyard Dog, & Jim Duggan have been put through hell by Freddie Blassie's Foreign Legion for months now. JYD & Duggan have been attacked numerous times, including JYD losing his Intercontinental Title shot when he was attacked on March 17. Atlas stepped in and replaced JYD that night, capturing the IC Title, and we would learn after this 6-man tag team match that was all part of the plan. JYD started the match and controlled the pace. He tagged in Hacksaw when Duggan wanted him a piece, and Duggan had the same success. For the most part, it looked like this match was going strongly in the direction of the fan favorites, but when Duggan came over to tag in Atlas, Atlas had other ideas. Atlas pulled his hand back, and instead clocked Duggan in the face, causing Duggan to drop like a bag of doorknobs. Atlas jumped down to the floor before JYD really registered what happened. A camera shot showed that Atlas had brass knuckles in his hand, which is why Duggan was knocked out. The disqualification was called for, and justifiably so.

Jim Duggan, Junkyard Dog and Tony Atlas defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff, Shiro Koshinaka and The Iron Sheik) when Duggan defeated Koshinaka by disqualification in 0:05:28.
Rating: **

JYD went to confront Atlas, but he didn't get very far before The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff jumped him. To make matters even more sickening, Atlas got in the ring where Blassie met him, shaking his hand! This was a setup all along! Monsoon was beside himself at the commentary booth, asking how Atlas could turn his back on his friends and on his fans. Niemiller said it was a brilliant move, and if you can't beat them, join them! Monsoon was appalled as we went off the air with the Foreign Legion standing tall.

Match observations:

On Superstars next week, all of the results and fallout from this Friday's Madison Square Garden show! Not only that, but the Rougeau Brothers will be in action, as well as Bad News Brown! We are also going to try to get an explanation from Tony Atlas on why he turned his back on everyone and joined Freddie Blassie's Foreign Legion. And Don Muraco will make his first defense of the Television Title, defending against the runner up of the battle royal, Chavo Guerrero!

!!! BREAKING NEWS !!!

After the events of today's show, President Jack Tunney was quick to act and signed another tag team match for Friday night at MSG. It will be Junkyard Dog & "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan taking on Intercontinental champion Tony Atlas & "The Japanese Assassin" Shiro Koshinaka!

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

Bob Backlund/King Kong Bundy vs. Dusty Rhodes/Stan Hansen
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. The British Bulldogs
Rick Martel/Ricky Steamboat vs. Arn Anderson/Tully Blanchard
Junkyard Dog/Jim Duggan vs. Tony Atlas/Shiro Koshinaka
Barry Windham vs. Kamala
The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Electric Dream Machine

7/8/85 - KING OF THE RING - SULLIVAN STADIUM - Foxboro, MA

16-man King of the Ring Tournament - Participants TBA

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