7/14/86 - King Of The Ring - Foxboro, MA

Junkyard Dog vs. Honky Tonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart)

We got the tourney kicked off with a match that has a lot of animosity behind it. JYD has been wanting this match with Honky Tonk Man for quite some time, and that over eagerness is probably what cost him tonight. JYD clearly couldn't wait to get his paws on the evil Elvis impersonator, but the cagey HTM used that to his advantage. Honky caught an over aggressive JYD coming in, rolled him up, grabbed a huge handful of tights, and stole a victory. If JYD is going to get even, it's going to have to be another day.

Honky Tonk Man pinned Junkyard Dog with a rollup in 0:03:39.
Rating: * 3/4

Barry Windham vs. Hector Guerrero

Barry Windham has a lot to prove tonight. He has put all his cards on the table when he attacked Ted DiBiase recently on the Flower Shop, but he had to put up or shut up in this tournament. He took on Hector Guerrero in the first round, and despite being thrown off his game early with Guerrero's lucha libre tactics, Windham grounded his opponent and picked up the win with a lariat.

Barry Windham pinned Hector Guerrero a lariat in 0:07:42.
Rating: *** 1/4

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan (Television champion) vs. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Bad News Brown more or less called out Jim Duggan on Saturday morning, and those two could be on a collision course in the quarterfinals. Hacksaw wouldn't have an easy task though as he took on the eccentric Adrian Adonis. Much like Adonis has had trouble with in the past, he starts out fast but then lets his flamboyant tactics take center stage. You don't do that with someone like Hacksaw, who caught Adonis with a huge bodyslam after Adonis spent a moment to blow a kiss at ring announcer Howard Finkel. The Three Point Stance came next, and Duggan punched his ticket to the quarters.

Jim Duggan pinned Adrian Adonis with the Three Point Stance in 0:03:18.
Rating: * 1/2

Dos Caras vs. Bad News Brown

Bad News Brown is always a tough opponent, but this was simply a mauling. Dos Caras looked like his heart wasn't into it after his recent issues with Hector Guerrero. Brown is not somebody you want to be distracted when you wrestle, and we saw that here. Brown just beat the stuffing out of Caras, eventually getting the win when he dropped Caras throat first on the railing outside to get the duke via countout. We're going to get our Duggan/Brown showdown in the quarters.

Bad News Brown defeated Dos Caras by countout in 0:06:21.
Rating: * 1/4

"The Birdman" Koko B. Ware vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger (w/ Bobby "the Brain" Heenan)

Lex Luger came to King of the Ring in a bad mood. This entire match with Koko B. Ware Luger was yelling about Kerry Von Erich, who made his GCW return recently and prevented Luger from taking liberties on a local competitor on Superstars. This match gave us an idea of just what kind of potential Luger has, as he dominated the majority of this contest. Koko B. Ware is a damn fine competitor, and Luger was in total control en route to a win on the first round.

Lex Luger pinned Koko B. Ware after a powerslam in 0:06:44.
Rating: ** 1/4

The Barbarian vs. Big John Studd (w/ Bobby "the Brain" Heenan)

This one was an interesting affair, as this past Saturday on Superstars, Bobby Heenan was down at ringside for The Barbarian's match. Was he there just to scout for this matchup against Big John Studd, or was is he looking to employ The Barbarian in the Heenan Family? Either way, we wouldn't get that answer tonight as instead, we just saw a fight that was brutal but over quickly. These two got into a punching match right away, and it wasn't too long before they stumbled outside and both got counted out. When the fight was finally broken up, The Barbarian got in one last big kick that seemed to really rock Studd. Barbarian might not have moved on, but I'm sure for him, the fight alone was worth it.

Big John Studd and The Barbarian battled to a double countout in 0:02:20.
Rating: *

Bob Backlund vs. "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious)

Bob Backlund has been trying to refocus himself recently, and a crowning as the King of the Ring would go a long way to put him in the right direction. Unfortunately for him, that refocus would get a little derailed. Backlund looked great in this one with Jimmy Garvin, grounding the Gorgeous One with his amateur wrestling acumen and got a nice victory. Unfortunately though, it was clear near the end of the match that Backlund was favoring his left elbow when he winced as referee Joey Marella raised his hand in victory. This wasn't looking good for Backlund's tournament prospects.

Bob Backlund pinned Jimmy Garvin after a fisherman suplex in 0:04:05.
Bob Backlund suffered a left elbow injury. He will be out for approximately 3 months.
Rating: * 3/4

Ted DiBiase (Intercontinental champion) vs. "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby "the Brain" Heenan)

The final match of the first round ended up being a classic confrontation as the Intercontinental champion Ted DiBiase took on Arn Anderson of the Heenan Family. This was a tremendous pure wrestling match. Now clearly Anderson and Bobby Heenan are not above taking any advantage they can during a match, but there were no shortcuts in this one. The Enforcer is often overlooked in the Heenan Family, but he showed without a shadow of a doubt that overlooking him is a bad idea. DiBiase and Anderson had a great wrestling match, one Anderson almost won when he hit the Gourdbuster a little too closely to the ropes, allowing the IC champ to get his foot on the ropes. This would turn out to be Anderson's best chance, as he got himself stuck in the Cobra Clutch not long after. DiBiase may have won, but the Enforcer showed he may be in line for an IC Title shot going forward.

Ted DiBiase made Arn Anderson submit to the Cobra Clutch in 0:11:29.
Rating: *** 3/4

Barry Windham vs. Honky Tonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Windham was laser focused in this, our first quarter final matchup. Honky is usually pretty good at getting in the head of his opponents, and he tried those antics early on. Windham treated him with a punch to the mouth. I wouldn't say this was an easy victory for Windham by any means as HTM is always up to cutting corners to get an edge. But the match result wasn't really in doubt here as Windham got an impressive win with a figure-four leglock.

Barry Windham made Honky Tonk Man submit to a figure-four leglock in 0:05:33.
Rating: ** 1/2

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan (Television champion) vs. Bad News Brown

Bad News Brown has taken much umbrage with the fact that Jim Duggan is the new TV champion, feeling his not getting an opportunity is a sign of the systematic problem with black competitors not getting the same chances that white competitors do. Though most would agree that's probably not the case, for Brown that is his perceived reality, so he was coming into this quarter final match with a huge chip on his shoulder. Duggan wasn't going to back down from anyone challenging that he deserves his place, so we had ourselves a good old fashioned fight. Nothing at all pretty about this. I can tell you that even though this only lasted 5 minutes, both men are going to wake up sore tomorrow. The finish came as Brown grabbed a chain that he brought with him to the ring to use. Referee Tommy Young saw this as it was clear as day and he took it away. Problem was, as Young was disposing of the weapon, Brown then grabbed Duggan's own 4x4 and cracked the TV champ with it. Bad News disposed of the evidence and had stole himself a spot in the semi-finals.

Bad News Brown pinned Jim Duggan after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:04:59.
Rating: 3/4*

And that would be the end of the quarter finals, as Lex Luger moved on thanks to the double countout between The Barbarian and Big John Studd…

Lex Luger won via default.

…and Intercontinental champion Ted DiBiase moved on as it was revealed that Bob Backlund suffered an elbow injury in his first round victory over Jimmy Garvin and would be unable to compete going forward in the tournament.

Ted DiBiase won over Bob Backlund via default.

Barry Windham vs. Bad News Brown

This led to a problem for Bad News Brown. He had very little time to rest before his semi-final match (something he will be sure to complain about later) and he was going against an ultra focused Barry Windham. Brown is no dummy and knew Windham was going to be much fresher than him, so his best bet was going to be to put this one away as early as possible. Windham took a veritable barrage from Bad News in the opening minutes, but Windham played great defense to withstand this. Windham played the long game and managed to get the win after dodging a Brown charge in the corner and taking him down with a bulldog. Windham has done his part to get to the finals, and now awaits the winner of Ted DiBiase vs. Lex Luger.

Barry Windham pinned Bad News Brown after a bulldog in 0:09:12.
Rating: **

Ted DiBiase (Intercontinental champion) vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger

Conspicuous by his absence was Bobby Heenan, who would normally be in Luger's corner but was back in the locker room with King Kong Bundy preparing for Bundy's chance to regain the World Title. This might not seem like a huge deal, but one has to remember how new Luger is to wrestling. He is a freakish athlete and clearly has a huge future, but he has very little experience. DiBiase took advantage of this fact several times throughout the match, coaxing Luger into making rookie mistakes. Luger would manage to use his raw power to come back and eventually even got the IC champ into the Torture Rack! The match took an unexpected turn at this point as BARRY WINDHAM ran down, but instead of going after DiBiase like one might expect, he distracted Luger. Luger yelled for Windham to get out of there, which allowed DiBiase to slip down and roll Luger up for the 1-2-3.

Ted DiBiase pinned Lex Luger after a roll-up in 0:09:34.
Rating: **** 1/4

Luger was stunned as Windham jumped in the ring and blasted DiBiase with a kick to the head. Windham yelled at Luger that he wanted DiBiase and nobody was going to stand in his way. Luger looked ready to fight, but BOBBY HEENAN ran down and talked Luger into leaving the ring (probably a wise decision with the mood Windham is in). Windham yelled at referee Dick Kroll to ring the bell and get this match started.

Ted DiBiase (Intercontinental champion) vs. Barry Windham

DiBiase had to wrestle from behind from the opening bell, and you can't argue with what a good strategy this was by Barry Windham. DiBiase may have just wrestled a hard match against Lex Luger, but he also has had one less match overall than Windham in this tournament. Windham's prematch assault negated that advantage. Windham was absolutely malicious, and you could tell that with how personal this was, he wanted to not only beat DiBiase, but humiliate him. DiBiase wasn't about to just let that happen though. DiBiase did everything in his power to salvage this friendship, but Windham threw that out the window when he smashed a vase over his head. DiBiase was just as excited to turn this into a fight, and that's what we got. Over 22 minutes of back and forth action between two of the world's very best. Despite all of the ill will, there wasn't a lot of underhanded tactics involved. Neither man wanted to give the other any sliver of an excuse for why they lost. After an exhausting battle, the finish would come when DiBiase tried to lock on the Cobra Clutch. He couldn't quite get it locked in all the way as Windham fought him off, driving him backward into the turnbuckle. With DiBiase's wind out of him, Windham wasted no time hitting the Superplex. With that, Barry Windham is the 1986 King of the Ring.

Barry Windham pinned Ted DiBiase with the Superplex in 0:22:04.
Rating: **** 1/2

The crowd gave these two a standing ovation for their performance tonight, and rightfully so. As both men staggered to their feet, they looked like they were going to come to blows once more. DiBiase lowered his hands first, and then extended a hand to Windham. Despite everything that has happened, despite the absolute war these two just went through, you could tell there was still some mutual respect here. We all thought we would get the handshake, but then Windham spit right in DiBiase's face! DiBiase was filled with rage and went right after Windham, but officials and security were quick to intercede.

"The Immortal" Hulk Hogan (c) vs. King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

After a brief intermission to put the cage up, we had our huge main event. This was for all intents and purposes the last chance for King Kong Bundy to regain the World Title, and this was perhaps the best scenario to do so. Bundy is a monster at any time, but if you're locked in a cage with him, look out. Bundy was rabid in the cage, and Hogan knew he had his work cut out for him. Hogan got early shots in, but the middle portion of this match largely focused on Bundy working over Hogan's ribs. The Hulkster was in a bad way, and it looked like it was only a matter of time before Hogan wasn't going to get back up. But if we have learned anything about Hogan in his time with GCW, it's that he is incredibly tenacious. Bundy squashed Hogan in the corner with the Avalanche, and then came crashing down with the Big Splash. Bundy got up and looked at Heenan, and didn't notice that Hulk Hogan got up behind him! The crowd was in a frenzy as Bundy turned back toward Hogan only to see the Hulkster on his feet. Bundy attacked, Hogan Hulked up, hit the big boot and Big Leg Drop, left the cage through the door, and retained his championship.

Cage Match:
Hulk Hogan defeated King Kong Bundy by escaping the cage in 0:13:50.
Rating: 1/4*
(Hulk Hogan retained the GCW World Title.)

The fans were definitely sent home happy as Hogan posed for the crowd to celebrate his victory. He has thwarted King Kong Bundy, but there will be many more challenges on the horizon for the Hulkster.

Card rating: ** 1/4


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 Power Company
Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen vs. The Power Company
Bob Backlund vs. Tully Blanchard

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

Card TBA

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