7/20/85 - GCW Superstars

7/20/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 7/9/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were at the helm of this ship, and it was going to be a great show as we head into Philadelphia next week. On today's show, we will have the first match of Andre the Giant since he made his return! We will also see the new King of the Ring in action as Ricky Steamboat takes on Steve Lombardi! Sgt. Slaughter is here, as is the Electric Dream Machine, and rivals meet in the form of Chavo Guerrero & Bret Hart! All that and more on Superstars, but Monsoon mentioned there was a disturbance in the ring and threw it there.

DON MURACO PUTS HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH

We found out quickly what that disturbance was - Television champion DON MURACO, and, of course, MR. FUJI! Muraco was decked out like he was on his way to a Hollywood party instead of a wrestling ring. Fuji grabbed the microphone and said they couldn't stay long, but they wanted to do everyone a huge favor by giving them the thrill of a lifetime by showing up on Superstars. Muraco said that he was a busy man, what with all of his auditions and meetings with high-powered Hollywood executives. Muraco said that he was told before he came out that he was supposed to defend the TV Title today, but that just wasn't going to happen because he was "too busy and too important." At this point, Lord Alfred Hayes joined Muraco in the ring and told Muraco he had received word from President Jack Tunney that if Muraco didn't defend the title today, he would be stripped of the title! Muraco lost it, saying that Tunney couldn't do this! Hayes asked that the messenger not be killed, and that the match would be today's main event. We went to commercial with Muraco & Fuji still throwing a fit in the ring.

MATCH #1
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Steve Lombardi

Though this match started with Monsoon & Niemiller talking about our impending TV Title match, it didn't take long for them to shift to Ricky Steamboat, who was in action against Steve Lombardi. Steamboat is fresh off winning the King of the Ring, but he didn't get to enjoy it as he was attacked by Stan Hansen after the finals. The Dragon cut an insert promo during this match where he told Hansen he would deal with him soon enough, but first he was going to make sure he shut Tully Blanchard's mouth in Philadelphia next week. Lombardi gave Steamboat some trouble, using underhanded tactics to ground him. But once the Dragon got some separation and could use his quickness and agility, that was all she wrote. Steamboat takes the win with the Flying Crossbody Press.

Ricky Steamboat pinned Steve Lombardi with the Flying Crossbody Press in 0:04:09.
Rating: ** 3/4

MATCH #2
The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious) vs. Doc Butler/Gary Starr

The Electric Dream Machine were on Superstars for the second week in a row, and they looked impressive once again. They technically lost the match last week against the Rougeaus, but the #1 contenders left the brother tandem laid out to send a message to the Rock 'N Roll Express. Today the message was a bit different as they dominated Doc Butler & Gary Starr. Monsoon was very vocal on how much Jimmy Garvin & Steve Regal annoyed him, but admitted that they function like a well-oiled machine as a tag team. Niemiller was too busy drooling over Precious to add anything of note. Garvin locked Butler in a very painful abdominal stretch to put this one in the books.

The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) defeated Doc Butler and Gary Starr when J. Garvin made Butler submit to an abdominal stretch in 0:03:44.
Rating: **

Monsoon hated to say it, but he thought the Electric Dream Machine had a great chance to win the World Tag Team Titles next week. Niemiller kept drooling over Precious as we went to break.

MATCH #3
Chavo Guerrero vs. Bret "Hitman" Hart (w/ Jimmy Hart)

A rivalry has budded in recent weeks between Chavo Guerrero & Bret Hart, and after what took place today, it's only going to intensify. Jimmy Hart was surprisingly quiet (for him, anyway) at ringside for this one, and Monsoon pondered out loud that something might be up. We had the makings of a quick paced match going as Chavo was using his eccentric offense to throw the Hitman all out of sorts. Chavo got Hart into a surfboard, and that's when the Mouth of the South unleashed his plan. While Chavo had Hart tied up, a very large man with a long red beard came down to the ring and stomped Chavo in the face, causing a DQ.

Chavo Guerrero defeated Bret Hart by disqualification in 0:04:19.
Rating: ** 1/2
[Unknown Man interfered against Chavo Guerrero.]

This man was laughing like a crazy man as he kicked away at Guerrero before picking him up and dropping him with a powerslam. The punctuation mark was put on the assault when this big man lifted Chavo up while Hart hit the ropes and nearly took Guerrero's head off with a clothesline. We don't know who this man is, but there is no question that he makes Jimmy Hart's stable that much stronger.

MATCH #4
Andre the Giant vs. AJ Petruzzi/Jerry Adams

The roar that Andre the Giant got from the crowd was enormous. Andre may very well be the most popular wrestler of all-time, and the fans of GCW are pumped that he is now exclusive to Global Championship Wrestling. As a way to showcase Andre's colossal size and power, he was pitted in a handicap match against AJ Petruzzi & Jerry Adams. In theory, this was to make it more fair, but the two of them combined were still smaller than Andre. Andre had his way with his opponents before drilling Adams with the Elbowdrop to get the win.

Handicap-Match:
Andre the Giant defeated AJ Petruzzi and Jerry Adams when Andre pinned Adams with the Elbowdrop in 0:02:20.
Rating: 1/2*

Monsoon hoped that Bobby Heenan was watching, because this was what the Giant was capable of when he was in a good mood. Imagine what he's going to do to Eddie Gilbert in Philadelphia? Niemiller reminded Monsoon that Gilbert is no slouch and not to overlook Hot Stuff. Monsoon didn't want to take anything away from Gilbert, but said that Andre is a giant and Heenan better have his running shoes on.

MATCH #5
Sgt. Slaughter vs. Larry Finnegan

We were going to be hearing from Dusty Rhodes during the Live Event Report, but before we got to Gene Okerlund's super popular segment, we had Rhodes' opponent in Philadelphia in action, Sgt. Slaughter. Just like he did last week, Slaughter brutalized his opposition. This week, it was Larry Finnegan. Finnegan tried to shake Slaughter's hand to start the match, but that just made Slaughter angry. Slaughter kept yelling during the match that Finnegan was Rhodes and that he was a bum. Finnegan never got any offense in before Slaughter put him out with the Cobra Clutch.

Sgt. Slaughter made Larry Finnegan submit to the Cobra Clutch in 0:02:17.
Rating: *

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

"Mean" Gene Okerlund had Dusty Rhodes in the studio for the Live Event Report, and this was going to be interesting. This was the first time we had heard from Rhodes since Sgt. Slaughter attacked him almost a month ago. Okerlund asked Rhodes how he was feeling. Rhodes said he was cleared to wrestle Sgt. Slaughter next week, and that's all that really mattered. Okerlund asked about Slaughter next, particularly about whether or not he knew why Slaughter targeted him with that vicious sneak attack. Rhodes said he knew what Slaughter was all about. He said that the Sarge was one of those guys who claims to be pro-American, but then shows the traits of a coward, which is very un-American. Rhodes said Slaughter likes to say that "the American Dream is dead." Rhodes wanted Slaughter to keep thinking that, because he will show him in the Spectrum how very much alive he really is. Rhodes finished by saying he hadn't forgotten about Stan Hansen either, and saw the cowardly way he jumped Steamboat after the Dragon had won his fourth match of the night to win the King of the Ring. Rhodes said if Hansen wanted to attack his friends, he knew his friends would be more than willing to dish it right back.

Okerlund ran down the rest of the card and reminded fans that there are still tickets available and you should get yours now.

MATCH #6
Television Title Match
"The Magnificent" Don Muraco (c) (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Wahoo McDaniel

Before our feature match began, Don Muraco grabbed the microphone and said that he was wrestling this match under protest. He changed his tune though when the man announced as his challenger for the TV Title was WAHOO MCDANIEL. Muraco could hardly contain his laughter, making jokes about how old Wahoo was as he got into the ring. His smile was wiped right off his face with a big chop though, and the match was on. Wahoo came out fast and almost ended this match several times in the first couple minutes. Muraco had to take a powder (and check his face for any damage) to get some separation. He goaded Wahoo into trying to reach out after him, allowing the Magnificent One to clothesline Wahoo on the top rope. Muraco got in the ring and started to pick Wahoo apart, doing so in an entirely cocky fashion. Muraco hit a powerslam and probably could have pinned McDaniel, but he pulled his shoulders up before the 3. All this served to do was anger the fans and anger Wahoo even more. Wahoo got all fired up, blocking Muraco's punches and firing back with overhead chops. Muraco temporarily stopped the momentum with a poke to the eye, but when he hit the ropes, he was met with a backdrop on the way back. Wahoo didn't waste any time locking on the Indian Deathlock. Muraco was desperately trying to crawl to the ropes, but as he inched closer, Wahoo put more pressure on the hold. Muraco finally couldn't take it and cried uncle! New Television champion!

Wahoo McDaniel made Don Muraco submit to the Indian Deathlock in 0:08:39.
Rating: * 1/4
(Wahoo McDaniel won the GCW Television Title.)

The fans exploded as Wahoo McDaniel was presented with the Television Title. Many have said he was too old, but he is now holding the Television Title. After Wahoo left the ring, Muraco was left in the ring with Mr. Fuji. Muraco was throwing a hissy fit, drawing the laughter from the crowd. Muraco eventually grabbed the microphone and warned the fans to stop laughing at him, which, predictably, made them laugh even harder. Muraco finally couldn't take it anymore and yelled, "You know what? I quit!" The show went off the air with Muraco and Fuji leaving the ring in a huff.

Match observations:

Next week on Superstars, we will have a preview show as we prepare for next Saturday night's Philadelphia house show! Ted DiBiase will be here, as will be Dino Bravo! The Rougeau Brothers are in tag team action, Robert Gibson meets Stan Lane, and in our feature match, the British Bulldogs will take on Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik!

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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