6/21/85 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Ted DiBiase vs. Bret "Hitman" Hart

We had a sellout crowd on hand for our return to Madison Square Garden, and they were treated to a red hot match to kick off the show. With his partner in a singles match later on in the night that he's not too keen on, Ted DiBiase wanted to let off some steam in a match against Bret "Hitman" Hart. It was interesting to note that Hart came out by himself - Mr. Fuji was nowhere to be found. If Hart was bothered by this, he didn't show it. If anything, he looked even more focused, like he was trying to prove a point that he didn't need Fuji to be successful. These two cut a pace that was going to be hard for anyone to follow for the rest of the event. The Hitman zeroed in on DiBiase's left leg, working it over with such precision. DiBiase kept fighting back though, using a combination of crisp wrestling holds and occasionally rocking Hart's jaw with swinging punches. The momentum swayed back and forth, but it would be Hart missing a huge punch that spelled the end. After DiBiase ducked, he scooped the Hitman up and hit an atomic drop. Hart was shot forward chest first into the turnbuckle, and when he stumbled back, DiBiase locked him in the Cobra Clutch. Hart tried to get himself out of it, but he was too zapped and passed out, putting a hot opener away for DiBiase.

Ted DiBiase defeated Bret Hart when Bret Hart passed out in the Cobra Clutch in 0:09:46.
Rating: **** 1/4

The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious)

The Electric Dream Machine are something else. It's too early to tell how successful they will end up as a tag team, but they're definitely proving to be showmen. They came down to the ring in the sparkliest jackets I have ever seen outside of a Las Vegas showroom, and they were soaking up what they perceived as cheers from the New York fans (they were boos - lots of boos). The Rougeaus were their opponents, and got a much more positive reaction. Jacques & Raymond were obviously thrilled to be in the world's most famous arena, being wide-eyed with wonder as they entered the ring. Once the bell rang, they were all business though. The Rougeaus continue to gain fans each and every time out, and the more support they get from the GCW faithful, the more they produce in the ring. They had the crowd fired up, partly because of what they were doing and partly because the Electric Dream Machine is annoying as hell. People want to see Jimmy "Jam" Garvin & "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal get bounced around the ring, and that's what Jacques & Raymond did. Unfortunately, they forgot to account for Precious. Precious got on the apron and got Raymond's attention, blowing him a kiss. Raymond blushed at the attention, but sadly for him, Precious' intentions were not pure. When Raymond turned back around, he turned right into Garvin & Regal hitting him with tandem rolling clotheslines - a move they call the Rolling Blackout. Regal made the cover, Garvin cut Jacques off with a knee, and the EDM had won.

The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) when S. Regal pinned R. Rougeau after the Rolling Blackout in 0:07:12.
Rating: ** 1/2


Before our next match, the new Television champion DON MURACO came out, flanked by Mr. Fuji. Muraco has clearly already let being the TV champion go to his head. He came out dressed like a bad version of Don Johnson, but he didn't seem to mind. Fuji was all smiles as Muraco grabbed the microphone and proclaimed himself the most famous man on television. Muraco said that now that he is Television champion, his phone has been ringing off the hook from Hollywood with directors wanting him to appear in their movies and on their tv shows. Muraco added that he has been so busy, he shouldn't even be here right now as he has a ton of auditions to get to, but he knew showing up at MSG would be a dream come true to all of his fans. The fans were booing like crazy at this point, but they turned to cheers when CHAVO GUERRERO came down. Chavo snatched the microphone away from Muraco and told him that nobody wanted to hear him run his mouth. He said that holding the Television Title wasn't about movie roles and fancy Hollywood parties. According to Chavo, it was about taking on all comers, and stated that tomorrow on Superstars, he was going to make Muraco's title reign a short one. Muraco didn't like this and took a swing at Chavo, but Guerrero ducked and caught Muraco with a dropkick, causing him to spill outside the ring! Fuji tried to sneak behind Chavo with his cane, but Chavo turned around, causing Fuji to fall backward on his backside out of fright before rolling out of the ring. Chavo picked up the TV Title that Muraco had dropped and held it up as the crowd cheered him on.

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat/Rick Martel vs. Tully Blanchard/"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan/Baby Doll)

This next match showed exactly what can happen when two singles stars work together for a common goal. Ricky Steamboat & Rick Martel are huge stars, and many pundits believe they both possess the skills necessary to be future World champions. They're also motivated by revenge as the Heenan Family, and in particular Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson, have been gigantic thorns in their side for months now. There was no ego involved between Steamboat & Martel, as they knew Bobby Heenan would have his men firing on all cylinders. It's a good thing for the Dragon & Martel, because Blanchard & Anderson were flawless in their execution. You would think they have been teaming for years by the way they wrestled together. For the most part, Heenan & Baby Doll remained uninvolved spectators. As the match wore on, it was impossible to say who had the upperhand. There were so many tide swings. It would take a great counter to end this match. Anderson had Steamboat worn down and brought him over to his corner. He picked the Dragon up in a piledriver position while Blanchard climbed up to the second rope, looking to hit a spike piledriver. Martel knows how dangerous piledrivers can be and knew this would surely end the match, so he intervened by getting in the ring and dropkicking Blanchard over the ropes to the floor! Steamboat kicked his legs and got out of the piledriver attempt. He got a go-behind on the Enforcer and absolutely drilled him with a tiger suplex. Anderson's brains were scrambled and he couldn't kick out, ending a great match.

Rick Martel and Ricky Steamboat defeated The Heenan Family (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) when Steamboat pinned Anderson after a tiger suplex in 0:13:36.
Rating: *** 1/2

A damn good match that could have gone either way. It was announced after the show that the issues between Steamboat & Blanchard will hopefully end once and for all on July 27 in Philadelphia. These two rivals have been signed to compete in a no-disqualification match! When there are no rules, who knows what depths the Heenan Family will sink to in order to obtain a victory.

Wahoo McDaniel vs. Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart)

This next match was a nice surprise for the fans at MSG. "Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo was all set for action, along with his new enthusiastic manager Jimmy Hart. Bravo was shocked when his opponent was announced as WAHOO MCDANIEL. It has been 12 years since we last saw Wahoo, and the former United States & World Tag Team champion is in the twilight part of his career. Wahoo is back to make one last run at glory, and he showed here he has plenty of gas left in the tank. Bravo was poking some fun at Wahoo as the match began, pantomiming walking with a cane and holding his back, indicating that Wahoo was too old to be here. Sure, McDaniel is up there in age, but he showed he is still tough as nails by flooring Bravo with a big overhand chop. From there, this one became two guys slugging it out, and it wouldn't take long before the battle spilled to the floor. They were more content pounding away at each other with clubbing blows to worry about the referee's count, and as a result, we got a double countout.

Dino Bravo and Wahoo McDaniel battled to a double countout in 0:03:08.
Rating: 1/2*

Wahoo got the better of the exchange on the floor, and Jimmy Hart decided that a hasty retreat would be in the best interest of his client. Welcome back to Global Championship Wrestling, Wahoo McDaniel!

Junkyard Dog/"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. Tony Atlas (Intercontinental champion)/"The Japanese Assassin" Shiro Koshinaka (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

The negative reaction that Tony Atlas got when he entered the arena for this match was off the charts. The Intercontinental champion turned his back on not only his best friends, but on his country, and the worst part is, we don't even know why yet. We did know that Atlas has dropped the "Mr. USA" moniker, which also served to anger the fans even more. JYD & Duggan were foaming at the mouth wanting to tear Atlas apart, and Blassie knew that. The Classy One instructed Atlas to stay out of the ring except when they had a clear advantage and let the Japanese Assassin do the heavy lifting. The plan worked as JYD & Duggan were worked into a frenzy. Atlas continued to taunt them from the apron. Late in the match, Hacksaw took a big swing at Atlas on the apron. The Intercontinental champion ducked and dropped to the floor. Duggan yelled down at him, but when he turned back to Koshinaka, he walked right into a thrust kick. Koshinaka followed with the Power Bomb, JYD couldn't get in the ring for the save in time, and this one was over.

The Foreign Legion (Shiro Koshinaka and Tony Atlas) defeated Jim Duggan and Junkyard Dog when Koshinaka pinned Duggan with the Power Bomb in 0:07:26.
Rating: **

The Foreign Legion may have gotten the better of this exchange, but in Philadelphia next month, we do know that Junkyard Dog will get his shot to take the Intercontinental Title from Tony Atlas and make him regret ever turning his back on him.

World Tag Team Title Match
The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano)

This was the tag team title match a lot of people had been looking forward to. There was a ton of hype about it coming into this, and let me be the first to officially say it lived up to the hype. The fans were split on who to cheer for as the champion Rock 'N Roll Express and the British Bulldogs are easily the two most popular teams in wrestling. The match started off cordially enough, both teams shaking hands. Even in the early minutes of the contest, sportsmanship was the word of the day as there were several holds exchanged back and forth, and essentially the match was a stalemate. As the match wore on though, the enormity of the situation really set in, and the reality of the situation became apparent - we had the two best teams in the world wrestling for the most important tag team titles in the business at the world's most famous arena. All sense of friendship went by the wayside, tempers flared, and the teams tore into each other like they were heated enemies. Both sides had extended periods when they were in control and everyone was sure the match was going to be over soon. But then seemingly in the blink of an eye, the whole tide which shift and the other team would be within an eyelash of winning. The match had a 45-minute time limit, and they used every bit of it. To show how evenly matched these teams really are, the time limit expired with all four men in the ring brawling.

The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) and The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) battled to a draw in 0:45:00.
Rating: **** 1/4
(The Rock 'N Roll Express retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The crowd was originally disappointed by the time limit draw, chanting for five more minutes, but the decision was final and the match was over. The jeers turned to cheers when Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Dynamite Kid, & Davey Boy Smith all shook hands in the ring, knowing they just had one hell of a battle. The four men were exhausted, which left them prone to a sneak attack from STAN LANE & STEVE KEIRN! The Fabulous Ones have been airing vignettes promoting their debut, but nobody expected it to be tonight! The RnR Express & Bulldogs tried to fight back, but given the Pearl Harbor nature of the assault, and the fact they had all been through a 45 minute war, they were overwhelmed. The Fabulous Ones left all four men laid out before picking up the World Tag Team Titles and strutting around the ring. What an impact the Fabulous Ones have already made.

Barry Windham vs. "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala (w/ Kim Chee)

Barry Windham had a tall mountain to climb. You have to admire his courage when he came out to prevent Kamala from further injuring a helpless competitor. But now that Windham was standing across the ring from the Ugandan Giant, who was going to prevent him from getting injured? Windham tried to get the jump on Kamala by attacking him before the bell, but Kamala quickly thwarted that. At Kim Chee's urging, Kamala spent the next several minutes decimating Windham. Even though he said he wouldn't, TED DIBIASE ran out and looked poised to jump in the ring and help his partner and protege', but a downed Windham yelled at him to stay back and let him do this himself. It looked like it was physically killing DiBiase, but he relented and stayed back acting only as a cheerleader. Despite this, it looked like Kamala was about to put the match away. Windham showed that he is chock full of heart though, as when the Ugandan Giant went for the Air Africa, Windham rolled out of the way! Kamala knocked the wind right out of himself and bellowed like a wounded elephant. Kim Chee jumped up on the apron, but DiBiase pulled him down and leveled him with a punch. Windham got to his feet and locked the stunned Kamala in a small package, and pulled off the colossal upset!

Barry Windham pinned Kamala after a small package in 0:06:31.
Rating: ** 1/4

DiBiase jumped in the ring and helped Windham to his feet, celebrating this huge victory. Kamala rolled out of the ring where he got an earful from Kim Chee all the way to the back. Nobody thought he had it in him, but what an upset victory by Barry Windham.


Before we got to our much anticipated main event, "Mean" Gene Okerlund came out to a big ovation from the sold out crowd. Okerlund said he had a huge announcement to make. Negotiations were finalized just earlier today, and Okerlund was thrilled to be able to officially announce the signing of a long term deal fr this man… ANDRE THE GIANT! The big man himself came out to a thunderous ovation, shaking Okerlund's hand when he got to the ring. Okerlund welcomed Andre back to GCW, and commented on how big his hands were. They did a bit where they held their hands together, showing just how much Andre's dwarfed Okerlund's. Okerlund asked Andre why he was coming back to GCW now, and signing a long term deal to boot. Andre said he has traveled all over the world and wrestled anyone who is anyone, but one thing he has never done is win a World Heavyweight championship. At this point, BOBBY HEENAN came down to ringside. Heenan shook Andre's hand and said it was good to see him back in the biggest wrestling promotion in the world. Heenan said that if any man could be a World champion, it would be Andre the Giant. Heenan said that things are a bit different in GCW now since the last time Andre was here, and he would need a manager to guide him through the trials and tribulations. Heenan was offering his services right now to be that beacon of light for the 8th Wonder of the World. Andre thought about it as the crowd was screaming for him to turn down the offer. We all thought Andre had made his decision when he put his arm around the Brain, but the crowd exploded in cheers when Andre grabbed Heenan by the shirt and threw him out of the ring. Andre the Giant is back, and he doesn't need any slimy managers to help him get where he wants to go.

"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen vs. Bob Backlund (World champion)/King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

Bobby Heenan had a quick turn-around to get himself put back together, because he was accompanying his charge King Kong Bundy & World champion Bob Backlund to the ring for our main event. They would be taking on "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes & Stan "The Lariat" Hansen, and it became obvious right from the get go that the rulebreakers had a distinct advantage. Rhodes & Hansen could barely make eye contact, let alone function as a team. That was a problem for them in a major way, because Backlund & Bundy were definitely on the same page - not because they're good friends, but when money is involved, it's easy to work hard for your partner. That's not to say Backlund & Bundy simply ran away with the match. There's clearly a ton of individual talent in Rhodes & Hansen, and just because they weren't interested in working together as a team didn't mean they weren't getting their licks in. The problem came later, when Hansen was in the ring. The Dream wanted in the match, apparently, and he did so by tagging himself in when Hansen wasn't looking. This pissed Hansen off something fierce, and instead of talking it out, he just left the ring and went to the back, leaving Rhodes by himself! The crowd booed Hansen relentlessly, but the Lariat didn't care, bellowing back at the fans and even threatening to strike a few of them. Rhodes did his best to fight back, but let's face it - any one man against the World champion and a 450-pound monster is going to be in trouble. Bundy hit Rhodes with a powerslam to officially put this one in the books.

Bob Backlund and King Kong Bundy defeated Stan Hansen and Dusty Rhodes when Bundy pinned Dusty Rhodes after a powerslam in 0:12:17.
Rating: *** 1/4

Backlund's pick of a partner was a good one, and it's official - the friendship of Rhodes & Hansen is over. Hansen is definitely going to have some explaining to do going forward.

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:


16-man King of the Ring Tournament - Participants TBA

7/27/85 - THE SPECTRUM - Philadelphia, PA

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Tony Atlas (c) vs. Junkyard Dog
NO-DISQUALIFICATION - Ricky Steamboat vs. Tully Blanchard

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