6/28/86 - GCW Superstars

6/28/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 6/3/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY


The show opened with some footage from before the show went on the air. The Road Warriors & Paul Ellering are shown getting out of their car arriving at the arena, but they're jumped right away by SGT. SLAUGHTER & STAN HANSEN! Hansen smashes Hawk's head on the trunk while Slaughter slammed Animal on the hood of the vehicle. Ellering distracts the two enough for Hawk & Animal to mount a comeback, but Slaughter kicked Animal low to wipe him out. Hawk tried to fight both men off, but ultimately was overwhelmed as the Unholy Alliance suplexed him through the windshield of the car! Officials and security arrived to restore order but the damage had clearly been done.

We cut to Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller and Monsoon said surely there will be fines levied against Slaughter & Hansen for their heinous actions. Niemiller said Monsoon was probably right, but, "Do you think the Unholy Alliance care?" Niemiller said they were making a statement, plain and simple. Monsoon commented that the Road Warriors are obviously shaken up but they're more angry than hurt. Niemiller corrected Monsoon by saying they're more crazy than hurt. They moved onto today's show, which will feature Lex Luger in action, as well as The Barbarian! Former World champion King Kong Bundy will be here too and the Rougeau Brothers will take on newcomers, the Russians! All that and more on Superstars!

Junkyard Dog vs. Tony Park

As JYD made his entrance, he cut an insert promo on Honky Tonk Man. He revealed that he was told today that his first round opponent at the King of the Ring would be HTM, and he couldn't wait to give him the thumpin' he deserves. If JYD was looking ahead to KOTR, he didn't show it as he made easy work of Tony Park.

Junkyard Dog pinned Tony Park with the Thump Powerslam in 0:02:01.
Rating: -1/2*

"The Total Package" Lex Luger (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Bob Boyer

Since Lex Luger has come back from his suspension, he has clearly had a chip on his shoulder, being more aggressive than he was before. Luger continued that trend against Bob Boyer, brutalizing him before putting him away with a massive clothesline.

Lex Luger pinned Bob Boyer after a clothesline in 0:03:37.
Rating: DUD

As we have seen before, Luger decided to take liberties after the match, stomping away at the hapless Boyer. Luger picked Boyer up in the Torture Rack as Monsoon screamed at ringside for somebody to come down and put an end to this madness. Well someone did, but it was a huge surprise as KERRY VON ERICH rushed to the ring, kicked Luger in the midsection to make him drop Boyer, and then absolutely CLOCKED the Total Package with the Discus Punch! Luger wisely spilled to the floor and retreated up the ramp. Luger couldn't believe it, and the fans were going crazy to see Von Erich back in GCW! Von Erich grabbed the mic and told Luger if he wanted to pick on somebody, come pick on him. Luger moved as if he was going to get back in the ring, but Bobby Heenan convinced him to retreat to the back, much to the chagrin of Von Erich. Niemiller called Von Erich a madman and said he had no right to put his nose in Luger's business.


We cut to the back where Lord Alfred Hayes was standing by with Hector Guerrero. Hayes wanted to get answers from Hector about why he turned his back on Dos Caras. Hector said it was simple - Caras tried to steal his familia. Hector said there is no closer family in wrestling than the Guerreros, and Caras tried to interject himself in the middle of them. "You're not like the Guerreros, Caras. Our family legacy is the thing of legend in Mexico. Your family is a mere footnote." Hayes asked Hector if he blamed Caras for Chavo Guerrero's recent injury. Hector said of course. He said the injury was directly because of Dos Caras' carelessness, and that he would pay for it.

The Barbarian vs. Ricky Thompson

Watching The Barbarian dominate an opponent is nothing new. What was new was the fact the as this match began, BOBBY HEENAN came down to ringside to watch the action. If Barbarian noticed Heenan was there, he paid him no mind as he devastated Ricky Thompson, possibly pushing him into looking at a new vocation. The Brain did get The Barbarian's attention after the match by giving him a big round of applause, but The Barbarian just looked on confused, trying to mimic him as we went to commercial.

The Barbarian pinned Ricky Thompson with the Diving Headbutt in 0:04:22.
Rating: -1/4*


Back from break, The Flower Shop was all set up as "Adorable" Adrian Adonis & Jimmy Hart welcomed their guest, Intercontinental champion Ted DiBiase. Adonis began his line of questioning by obviously trying to bait DiBiase, asking him how he could treat his friend Barry Windham so poorly. DiBiase said nothing is further from the truth. He said he takes the role of Windham's mentor very seriously and he has always been there for him, and will always be there for him. This is when Windham himself came out. "Always there for me, Ted? Always there for me?" Windham railed into DiBiase, saying how selfish he has been. Windham brought up how they were supposed to go after the World Tag Team Titles when DiBiase arrived, but instead, DiBiase left him high and dry when he became the Intercontinental champion. DiBiase said he was sorry if Windham was hurt by that, but he wasn't going to apologize for his personal success. Windham said he didn't want an apology, but he wanted to put DiBiase on notice. He said he hoped they crossed paths in the King of the Ring, because he was going to show him who the better man was. DiBiase actually said he hoped they met too, so he could show him that they're still friends. It looked like cooler heads were going to prevail, but when DiBiase turned to leave, Windham grabbed a vase off the set and smashed it over the back of DiBiase's head! Well if there were any questions about Windham's true colors, they were answered now. Monsoon commented that Windham was a degenerate, whereas Niemiller of course said DiBiase got exactly what was coming to him.


After the commercial, Lord Alfred Hayes tried to catch up with Ted DiBiase after he had just been attacked by Barry Windham. DiBiase is holding a bloody bandage on the back of his head, but he doesn't seem to be feeling the pain. DiBiase doesn't even give Hayes a chance to speak before he says that he hopes, no - he PRAYS that Windham makes it far enough in the King of the Ring to cross paths, because he is going to beat some respect out of him.


"Mean" Gene Okerlund's complexion shows that he hasn't been out getting a tan now that summer has arrived, because he's too busy keeping us up to date on the Live Event Report! The first big news he was able to report is that he had the full listing of the 8 first round matchups for July 14th's King of the Ring tournament. A graphic displayed showing the following:

Junkyard Dog vs. Honky Tonk Man
Barry Windham vs. Hector Guerrero
Jim Duggan vs. Adrian Adonis
Dos Caras vs. Bad News Brown
Koko B. Ware vs. Lex Luger
The Barbarian vs. Big John Studd
Bob Backlund vs. Jimmy Garvin
Ted DiBiase vs. Arn Anderson

The stage is set for a fantastic tournament to crown the next King.

Okerlund did have one more match to announce for the Philadelphia show on July 26, and that is a battle royal. But this isn't just a regular battle royal, but rather a battle royal for a HUGE opportunity. The winner of this battle royal will earn a shot at the World Title. But not only that, he will earn that shot at a show that will take place on August 28 at CNE Stadium in Toronto, ON, CA, at an event being dubbed "The Big Event." With the popularity of wrestling exploding, GCW is expecting upwards of 60,000 fans at The Big Event, so this title match is of mammoth proportions! Other matches for this event will be announced as we get closer.

The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Russians

This was the in-ring debut of The Russians, who unexpectedly made a surprise debut by attacking The Road Warriors in Tacoma. We still haven't received any reasoning for that, but with guys like the Koloffs, I don't think a reason is necessary. Their opponents would be The Rougeau Brothers, who were more than up to the challenge of the Commies. It has been a considerable amount of time since we saw Ivan Koloff, who is a former World champion, but he is as vicious as ever. And after seeing this match, I'd say there's a chance that Nikita Koloff is even more vicious! The Rougeaus tried to use their speed, but they were more or less mauled in this contest. It also didn't help that Ivan Koloff smashed Raymond Rougeau with a steel chain when the referee was distracted, which is going to keep anyone down. Monsoon said that you might not agree with their tactics, but it's hard not to believe that The Russians are going to cause chaos in GCW. Niemiller added anyone bad enough to willingly anger the Road Warriors have to be considered threats.

The Russians (Nikita Koloff and Ivan Koloff) defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) when I. Koloff pinned R. Rougeau after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:07:24.
Rating: * 3/4

King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Mike Lucca

The result of our final match of the day was clearly never in doubt.

King Kong Bundy pinned Mike Lucca after a powerslam in 0:01:50.
Rating: -1/4*

After the pinfall (which Bundy demanded be made into a 5 count), Bundy got on the microphone and called out Hulk Hogan, saying he didn't want to wait for their cage match! The crowd loved the idea, and someone else who loved the idea was Hogan himself, who came down to the ring! Hogan was obviously here ready to fight, and Bundy looked like he was too, but before they locked up, he bailed from the ring, eliciting a loud chorus of boos. Bundy and Bobby Heenan clearly trying to play mind games as they try to bring the World Title back to the Heenan Family.

Next week on Superstars is looking to be a packed show as we will see Kerry Von Erich in action, as well as Big John Studd! Ricky Steamboat will compete, and we will have two major feature bouts. First, The Russians will take on the Unholy Alliance in a preview of the round robin in Philly, and Jim Duggan will get his Television Title shot as he takes on champion Tully Blanchard!


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:

FIRST ROUND - Junkyard Dog vs. Honky Tonk Man
FIRST ROUND - Barry Windham vs. Hector Guerrero
FIRST ROUND - Jim Duggan vs. Adrian Adonis
FIRST ROUND - Dos Caras vs. Bad News Brown
FIRST ROUND - Koko B. Ware vs. Lex Luger
FIRST ROUND - The Barbarian vs. Big John Studd
FIRST ROUND - Bob Backlund vs. Jimmy Garvin
FIRST ROUND - Ted DiBiase vs. Arn Anderson

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

Battle Royal for World Title shot at The Big Event
The Road Warriors vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen
The Road Warriors vs. The Russians
Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen vs. The Russians

8/28/86 - THE BIG EVENT - CNE Stadium - Toronto, ON, CA

Card TBA

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