6/21/86 - GCW Superstars

6/21/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 6/3/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcomed everyone to GCW Superstars, and he could hardly wait to tell everyone that we have a new World champion in GCW, and his name is Hulk Hogan! Niemiller said it was a travesty, and that if Bobby Heenan hadn't been locked in that cage, there was no way this would have happened. Monsoon said we would see the aftermath of Hogan's World Title win later on the show. Also on today's show, Ted DiBiase is in action, as are the Unholy Alliance. Our feature match will pit former World champion Bob Backlund against Bret "Hitman" Hart!

Before we got to our first match, Bobby Heenan invaded the broadcast area and was beside himself, looking like he hadn't slept since June 17. He was yelling incoherently about a conspiracy, Hulk Hogan, and how Jack Tunney was out to get him. The Brain could barely pull himself together and looked on the verge of a heart attack, but did end by saying he was going to get his revenge on Hogan before heading to the ring for our opening contest.

Hector Guerrero/Dos Caras vs. "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson/Tully Blanchard (Television champion) (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

Heenan wasn't of much help for his men during this match, but Anderson & Blanchard didn't need it for this rematch from Tacoma against Hector Guerrero & Dos Caras. Guerrero & Caras didn't really get along too well the first time around, and it was obvious Hector wasn't looking to make it work today. Caras was doing what he could in the ring, but Guerrero kept yelling at him from the apron. Eventually Caras had enough and confronted Guerrero about it. Caras went to turn back toward the action, but Guerrero reached in, grabbed Caras by the head, and dropped him throat first on the top rope. Caras stumbled into the Slingshot Suplex from the TV champ and this one was over.

The Heenan Family (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) defeated Dos Caras and Hector Guerrero when Blanchard pinned Dos Caras with the Slingshot Suplex in 0:06:49.
Rating: ** 3/4

Monsoon couldn't believe the audacity of Hector Guerrero, turning on his brother's partner like that. Niemiller said Caras was just going to hold him down and got exactly what he deserved.

Non-Title Match
Ted DiBiase (Intercontinental champion) vs. Jack Kruger

Word going around the locker room is that the situation between Ted DiBiase & Barry Windham is really getting to the IC champ. If that's true, DiBiase wasn't showing it here. DiBiase picks up an easy win on Superstars.

Ted DiBiase pinned Jack Kruger after a figure-four leglock in 0:03:06.
Rating: * 1/2

Honky Tonk Man vs. Jimmy Kent

Honky Tonk Man has shown his true colors, and that is that he's a jerk. After HTM made short work of Jimmy Kent, HTM bragged about how he beat Koko B. Ware and told the crowd he was going to give them all what they wanted to see, and that's to sing and dance for the live audience. HTM grabbed his guitar and the crowd exploded into cheers, which HTM mistakenly thought was for him and he told the crowd, "Thank you very much!" What they actually were cheering for was JUNKYARD DOG, who got in the ring behind HTM. JYD spun HTM and clocked him with a right hand. Honky Tonk quickly got out of the ring before JYD could do any more damage, but his guitar wasn't as fortunate. JYD proceeded to destroy the guitar, which Niemiller immediately declared should put him in jail. Monsoon said HTM was lucky this was all that happened to HTM today.

Honky Tonk Man pinned Jimmy Kent with the Shake Rattle'n'Roll in 0:03:01.
Rating: 1/2*

Sgt. Slaughter/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen vs. Max Blue/Les Thornton

Well, this was a massacre. Max Blue & Les Thornton may be dead. Only time will tell.

Sgt. Slaughter and Stan Hansen defeated Max Blue and Les Thornton when Hansen pinned Blue with the Lariat in 0:04:17.
Rating: 1/2*


After Slaughter & Hansen tossed the carcasses of Blue & Thornton out of the ring, Jesse "the Body" Ventura joined the Unholy Alliance in the ring for an interview. Ventura talked about the dominance displayed, but Hansen grabbed the mic and started yelling a lot of incoherent things, mostly about doing bad things to Hawk & Animal. Slaughter was far more articulate, saying that they wouldn't be done with the Road Warriors until those maggots were dead and buried. They were joined by THE RUSSIANS, who made it clear right away that this wasn't a social call. Ivan Koloff told the Unholy Alliance they were waiting for their thank you and that a new dominant team was on the scene. Slaughter & Hansen didn't take too kindly to that and we looked like we were going to have quite the clash take place. We did, but it was instigated by THE ROAD WARRIORS as Hawk & Animal ran down to ringside and threw punches at whoever was in the way! We had a huge 6-man brawl on our hands that took a cavalry of officials to break up. Monsoon pondered on how these 3 teams could possibly be contained, and Niemiller said he hopes they aren't because he wants to see them tear each other apart.


"Mean" Gene Okerlund was anything but mean as he was nice enough to present the Live Event Report. We're not far off from the King of the Ring, just over 3 weeks away. Okerlund went over the 16-man single elimination tournament format, and also brought up that Bob Backlund, Honky Tonk Man, Koko B. Ware, & Adrian Adonis had been previously announced. Okerlund gave us 6 more confirmed names for the tournament: Junkyard Dog, Jimmy Garvin, The Barbarian, Bad News Brown, Intercontinental champion Ted DiBiase, and Okerlund's guest today, Barry Windham. Windham said he was excited for the tournament and was going to make his way through the tournament. Okerlund asked him if he wanted to face DiBiase considering the IC champ just beat him in Tacoma. Windham said he hoped that he gets a chance to meet DiBiase one more time, because he promises he won't lose by a fluke this time and prove he is the better man. Okerlund was taken aback and asked Windham if he and DiBiase were still even friends. Windham simply said, "You can think whatever you want to think" before walking off.

Okerlund had one more announcement to make, and that was for another big show taking place in July. This one would be on July 26 as GCW is returning to Philadelphia at the Spectrum! Not only that, Okerlund was just giddy to announce the first matches. He said that he had been in contact with President Jack Tunney during the commercial break, and because of what took place earlier on the program, there would be an interesting set of matches. The Road Warriors, Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen, and The Russians will all compete in a series of matches. Since these 3 teams want to beat the stuffing out of each other, GCW is going to allow them to. There will be 3 individual matches where each team will compete once against the other 2. All 3 teams have issues with each other, and they're going to get a chance to work those issues out in Philly.

Bob Backlund vs. Bret "Hitman" Hart (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Our featured contest was a great technical match between Bob Backlund & Bret "Hitman" Hart. Hart is primarily a tag team wrestler, but this match showed he may have a future in the singles division as well. A couple of minutes into the match, JIMMY GARVIN came down and interrupted the commentary, essentially saying he was going to make Backlund pay for getting into his business in his recent match with Jim Duggan. Garvin left as quickly as he arrived, obviously not wanting to make Backlund pay now. Bret Hart put in a great showing, but in singles competition, he's just not quite on the former World champion's level yet as Backlund picks up the win to end today's wrestling content.

Bob Backlund made Bret Hart submit to the Crossface Chickenwing in 0:11:09.
Rating: *** 3/4


To close the show, we cut to this past Tuesday in Tacoma and the aftermath of Hulk Hogan winning the World Title. This is back in the locker room, and the atmosphere is jovial to say the least. Hogan is joined by many of the top fan favorites, including Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Junkyard Dog, Bob Backlund, Koko B. Ware, and most notably Andre the Giant, who pours a large bottle of champagne over the Hulkster's head. Gene Okerlund was on hand to interview Hogan, congratulating him on his big win. The interview itself didn't have a lot of substance, but it did have power, officially declaring this the start of the era of Hulkamania. Hogan said he planned on being a fighting champion, and Hulkamania would take professional wrestling to new heights.



After this show aired, we learned that Bobby Heenan, on behalf of his client King Kong Bundy, has enacted the clause in the contract for his World Title rematch. This match will take place during the King of the Ring event on July 14. And if that wasn't big enough, we learned the match will take place inside the confines of a steel cage!

Join us next week on Superstars, where we will see Lex Luger in action, as well as Junkyard Dog! King Kong Bundy will compete, and we will also see The Barbarian. And our feature match will pit the Rougeau Brothers against the in-ring debut of the vicious Russians! And in what is sure to be explosive, Intercontinental champion Ted DiBiase will appear on the Flower Shop! So long everyone!

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

WORLD TITLE STEEL CAGE MATCH - Hulk Hogan (c) vs. King Kong Bundy

Tournament Participants:

Bob Backlund
Honky Tonk Man
Koko B. Ware
Adrian Adonis
Ted DiBiase
Barry Windham
Bad News Brown
The Barbarian
Jimmy Garvin
Junkyard Dog

More to be announced!

7/26/86 - The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA

The Road Warriors vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen
The Road Warriors vs. The Russians
Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen vs. The Russians

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