7/13/85 - GCW Superstars

7/13/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 6/17/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcomed us to this week's episode of GCW Superstars! Monsoon said that a new king has been crowned, and his name is Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat! Niemiller added that Steamboat's reign over the kingdom got off to an auspicious start as he was assaulted viciously by Stan Hansen after the tournament. Monsoon said we had some exclusive footage that took place after the show in Foxboro on Monday. Also on today's show, the British Bulldogs will compete, as will the volatile Sgt. Slaughter! The Rougeau Brothers take on the Electric Dream Machine, and our feature match will be Junkyard Dog taking on "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert! But first, down to Howard Finkel and our first match of the day.

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

King Kong Bundy may not have won the King of the Ring, but he certainly made his impact felt. Bundy made it to the semi-finals, getting himself disqualified against Rick Martel when he shoved the referee and brutalized Martel after the fact. Bobby Heenan's special mission for Bundy, instead of going for the World Title, is to finish Martel off. But today, his job was to destroy one Mike Gola, and he did just that in under a minute.

King Kong Bundy pinned Mike Gola with the Big Splash in 0:00:42.
Rating: -1/2*

As long as the Brain can keep Bundy under control, he is going to be an extremely dangerous weapon for him.


We were shown the footage of what happened after Monday's King of the Ring show in Foxboro. After the show ended, Lord Alfred Hayes tried to get a word with Stan Hansen, asking the Lariat why he felt the need to brutally attack Ricky Steamboat during his coronation as king. Hansen was as boisterous as ever, saying that he has no love lost for Steamboat. He mentioned how they teamed together along with Dusty Rhodes at Super Cade, and just like Rhodes, Steamboat was a no good, yellow-bellied fraud. Hayes fired back and said the attack was completely uncalled for. Hansen threated Hayes, saying that if you're friends with Dusty Rhodes, you deserve to get the tar beat out of you. Hansen was continuing his hate-filled diatribe when RICKY STEAMBOAT rushed in and smashed Hansen with a forearm, knocking Hansen hard into the wall. Steamboat kept punching away at Hansen, showing an aggression that we don't often see in the Dragon. Officials ran in and broke it up. The video ended with Steamboat & Hansen trying to get a hold of each other, screaming the entire time.

Monsoon showered Steamboat with praise, saying he was glad to see the Dragon stand up for himself. Niemiller thought it was a stupid move. He said we all know what Hansen is capable of, and the best thing Steamboat could do is tuck his tail between his legs and get out while he still can. Niemiller added that Hansen might not even get a chance to get him as Tully Blanchard might just take him out in Philadelphia. Monsoon said he disagreed, but admitted that the Dragon better not let himself be distracted by Hansen, or Blanchard could hurt him badly in the no-disqualification match.

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

The Electric Dream Machine were looking even more sparkly today. Even Precious got in on the act as her dress was exceptionally shiny. It's hard to blame them, because they're in a great mood after being named the top contenders for the World Tag Team Titles. Speaking of which, Monsoon informed us that we would hear from the champion Rock 'N Roll Express following this match. The EDM were not going to have an easy go at it today as they took on America's favorite tourists, the Rougeau Brothers. Though the Rougeaus are a little further down on the championship contenders list, a win over the current #1 contenders would be huge in getting Jacques & Raymond in position to get a title shot themselves. Jimmy "Jam" Garvin & "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal controlled the early moments of the match, but failed to capitalize on it. Instead of following up with more offensive moves, Garvin & Regal would primp their hair and strut for the crowd. It kept getting them in trouble as the Rougeaus would recover and crack them with an effective offensive move. The Electric Dream Machine finally decided they had enough of this and Regal nailed Raymond with a blatant low blow, bringing this match to a violent close.

The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) defeated The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) when R. Rougeau defeated S. Regal by disqualification in 0:04:55.
Rating: 1/2*

Jacques ran in the ring to help his brother, but he didn't have much luck as he ran right into the Rolling Blackout from the Electric Dream Machine. They may not have officially won, but Garvin & Regal standing tall after this match was a clear message to the Rock 'N Roll Express.


Speaking of, we went to the back to the World Tag Team champions, standing by with Lord Alfred Hayes. Hayes asked Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson about the state of the tag division right now. Morton said that the competition has never been stronger in tag team wrestling than it is right now. He said that their focus right now was on the team they just saw, the Electric Dream Machine. Gibson added that the EDM are willing to do anything and everything to get their titles, but they were going to make sure that didn't happen in Philadelphia. Hayes brought up the Fabulous Ones, mentioning that it was the Fabulous Ones who pinned Morton at the King of the Ring. Morton said that the Fabulous Ones were no joke, and clearly very talented competitors, but also said that they are back fighters. Gibson chimed in that they would be watching their match against the British Bulldogs at the Spectrum very closely.

The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano) vs. Frank Marconi/Joe Mirto

The Rock 'N Roll Express aren't the only ones who have an axe to grind with the Fabulous Ones. The British Bulldogs were attacked from behind by Stan Lane & Steve Keirn as well, and they will get the first crack at taking them out in two weeks time in Philadelphia. They had a tuneup match today, and it was a bad time to be Frank Marconi & Joe Mirto. Dynamite Kid, Davey Boy Smith, and "Captain" Lou Albano are three of the best guys you'll ever meet, but when they get mad, you don't want to be anywhere near them. Marconi & Mirto got brutalized en route to a quick victory for the Bulldogs.

The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated Frank Marconi and Joe Mirto when D.B. Smith pinned Mirto with the Running Powerslam in 0:01:11.
Rating: 1/2*

Sgt. Slaughter vs. Israel Matia

Sgt. Slaughter has come back with a bang, causing havoc for Dusty Rhodes. We still don't have a full explanation for why Slaughter has targeted Rhodes, but we do know that he has already injured the American Dream and will lock up with him in Philadelphia in two weeks. Slaughter was booed mercilessly during this match, but all it served to do was make him hit Israel Matia even harder. Slaughter tossed Matia around like a ragdoll before putting him out of his misery with the Cobra Clutch.

Sgt. Slaughter defeated Israel Matia when Matia passed out in the Cobra Clutch in 0:02:51.
Rating: * 3/4

After the match, Slaughter again went around screaming, "THE AMERICAN DREAM IS DEAD" over and over again. I would never question Dusty Rhodes' toughness, but he might want to seriously consider pulling out of the match with Slaughter on July 27, especially if he is not 100%.


The Live Event Report was next, and "Mean" Gene Okerlund was here as he is every week to inform the fans about the big upcoming events in GCW. The next one is of course in two weeks time from the Specturm in Philadelphia. Okerlund ran down the card, mentioning first the two title matches that will take place. The first is for the Intercontinental Title as Junkyard Dog gets his chance to get revenge on Tony Atlas for the hell he has put him through for the last few months. The other title match was hit earlier on the show as the Electric Dream Machine challenge the Rock 'N Roll Express for the World Tag Team Titles. Okerlund also brought up the other matches currently signed for the show, including Ted DiBiase vs. Stan Hansen, Andre the Giant making his return to Philly against Eddie Gilbert of the Heenan Family, a distracted Ricky Steamboat taking on Tully Blanchard in a no-disqualification match, the British Bulldogs vs. the Fabulous Ones, and an injured Dusty Rhodes coming back from his injury to take on the man who put him on the shelf in the first place, Sgt. Slaughter.

Okerlund then welcomed his guest this week, Rick Martel. Martel was moving gingerly, favoring his ribs. Who could blame him after what he went through at the King of the Ring? Okerlund welcomed Martel and asked him about his ribs. Martel said he was hurt and still in a lot of pain, but he wasn't going to make excuses. This is not ballet - it's wrestling, and injuries happen. He still almost won the King of the Ring, and made sure to congratulate his friend Ricky Steamboat for taking the crown. Martel said what he was here to talk about was the man who injured his ribs, King Kong Bundy. Martel said he knows Bobby Heenan thinks he took Martel out and wouldn't want to come at him anymore, but noted that the Weasel was mistaken. Martel said he was hurt, but he's been hurt worse in the past and it wasn't going to stop him from taking out the "big smelly beast, King Kong Bundy." Martel said he wanted to wrestle Bundy at the Spectrum, injured ribs or not. Okerlund said this was a blockbuster announcement and applauded Martel for his guts. We would find out after the show that the match indeed has been signed to take place in Philly.

Junkyard Dog vs. "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

Main event time, and we had a fired up Junkyard Dog going up against the man Bobby Heenan has sent to take out Andre the Giant, "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert. As we have been seeing recently, JYD was far more serious than usual. Gilbert more than made up for it though, strutting around any time he got an advantage and hitting on as many women as possible in the audience. JYD just kept coming at him though with his style of brawling, leading to Gilbert stalling a considerable amount. Heenan had Gilbert try several tactics to slow JYD down, but nothing seemed to work. It always ended with Hot Stuff getting a headbutt and getting knocked to the floor. Heenan appeared to have run out of ideas, and in telling Gilbert he wanted to keep him fresh for Andre the Giant, told Gilbert to stop wasting time with this lower and go to the back.

Junkyard Dog defeated Eddie Gilbert by countout in 0:08:34.
Rating: * 3/4

JYD got the win, but he wasn't happy with the way it happened. The shows came to a close with JYD chasing Heenan & Gilbert to the locker room.

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Be sure to join us next week on Superstars! We will see Andre the Giant's first match since coming back to GCW, as well as Chavo Guerrero meeting Bret Hart! Sgt. Slaughter is here, and we will hear from Dusty Rhodes about his match with Slaughter in Philly! You won't want to miss it!

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

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Tony Atlas (c) vs. Junkyard Dog
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. The Electric Dream Machine
NO-DISQUALIFICATION - Ricky Steamboat vs. Tully Blanchard
Dusty Rhodes vs. Sgt. Slaughter
The British Bulldogs vs. The Fabulous Ones
Andre the Giant vs. Eddie Gilbert
Ted DiBiase vs. Stan Hansen
Rick Martel vs. King Kong Bundy

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