7/27/85 - GCW Superstars

7/27/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 7/9/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Before we got to the Spectrum tonight in Philadelphia for a huge live event, we had one more episode of GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller introduced the show, and they were excited to say the least. On today's program, Arn Anderson is here, as are the Rougeau Brothers! Also we have Ted DiBiase, and Dino Bravo! Plus, in our feature match, the British Bulldogs take on Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik! But to kick things off, we had a huge singles match between Robert Gibson & "Sweet" Stan Lane!

MATCH #1
Robert Gibson (w/ Ricky Morton) vs. "Sweet" Stan Lane (w/ Steve Keirn)

Monsoon commented right away at what a dangerous match this was for Robert Gibson to take. In just a few hours, he would have to travel to Philadelphia and defend the World Tag Team Titles along with Ricky Morton against the Electric Dream Machine. However, with an opportunity to get his hands on Stan Lane presented to him, he simply couldn't let that go. Niemiller called it stupid, and all but guaranteed that Jimmy Garvin & Steve Regal would be the new tag champs after tonight. Gibson and Lane both had their partners at ringside with them, which made this a very combustible situation. The match was a very good one, with both men showing they're not just tag team specialists. Lane tried to play the pretty boy, but Gibson wasn't about to let him just strut around after attacking him last month. Gibson used a lot more hard-hitting moves than we'd normally see out of him, and it left Lane reeling.

As the match wore on, it went back and forth, but the light at the end of the tunnel seemed to be Gibson's to obtain. He had Lane in place for the Gibson Leglock, which is when Steve Keirn jumped up on the apron. Gibson let go of the hold and dropkicked Keirn in the mush, sending him flying to the guardrail! Morton came over and made sure Keirn stayed down. Gibson jawjacked with Keirn a bit, but he would end up getting his own jaw jacked when he turned around right into the Savate Kick from Sweet Stan. Gibson wasn't getting up from that.

Stan Lane pinned Robert Gibson with the Savate Kick in 0:11:54.
Rating: *** 1/4

The Fabulous Ones steal a victory, and will be looking to do the same tonight against the British Bulldogs. Niemiller gave Monsoon an "I told you so" and said Gibson is going to be hard pressed to recover in time for the Rock 'N Roll Express' title defense tonight. Niemiller said that next week, he would get to announce the Electric Dream Machine as the new tag team champions. Monsoon had a hard time disagreeing.

MATCH #2
Ted DiBiase vs. Mr. X

Ted DiBiase has a huge mountain to climb tonight against Stan Hansen, and he wanted to get a little work in today against Mr. X. DiBiase cut an insert promo during this match and told Hansen he better be ready for him. DiBiase said Hansen's head is all over the place dealing with Ricky Steamboat & Dusty Rhodes. DiBiase said that would be the Lariat's downfall tonight because he was 100% focused on teaching Hansen a lesson he would never forget. DiBiase showed his great wrestling ability against the masked competitor today, putting him away with a beautiful gutwrench suplex.

Ted DiBiase pinned Mr. X after a gutwrench suplex in 0:03:38.
Rating: * 1/2

MATCH #3
"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan/Tully Blanchard/Baby Doll) vs. Joe Mirto

The next match was a showcase for "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson. He is not scheduled for a match tonight currently, so he wanted to get some action here against Joe Mirto. It was interesting that he had not only his manager Bobby Heenan with him at ringside, but also Tully Blanchard and Blanchard's valet, Baby Doll. We would find out why in a little bit. Anderson is as no nonsense as they come, and it didn't take him long to drill Mirto with the Gourdbuster and get the win.

Arn Anderson pinned Joe Mirto with the Gourdbuster in 0:02:01.
Rating: ** 1/4

TULLY BLANCHARD MAKES HIS CASE

After the match, Blanchard got in the ring and brought a microphone with him. He said that tonight, he wrestles Ricky Steamboat in a no-DQ match. Blanchard was upset, because he felt that everyone has been overlooking him going into this contest - especially the Dragon. He said Steamboat was all wrapped up in the King of the Ring and issues with Stan Hansen, and he didn't seem to care that he had a much bigger problem waiting for him tonight in Philadelphia. Blanchard said a lot of people aren't taking him seriously going into this match, saying that someone has outlandishly handsome as him couldn't get down and dirty in a fight. At that point, he told the crowd he was going to show him just how dirty he could get. Anderson lifted up Mirto off the canvas and held him in place for a piledriver. Blanchard got on the second turnbuckle and came down, spiking Mirto's neck into the canvas. Blanchard got the mic again and asked if that was dirty enough for everyone. Blanchard ended by reminding everyone that it was no disqualification tonight, so he might bring himself a little reinforcement, indicating Anderson.

THE WORLD CHAMPION CHALLENGES THE NEW TELEVISION CHAMPION

When we came back from break, Lord Alfred Hayes was standing by with World champion Bob Backlund. Hayes informed us all that Backlund asked for this time and gave him the floor. Backlund said it was ridiculous that he was the World champion, and he had been becoming nothing more than an afterthought. Backlund listed his credentials, including being one of only two men to hold the most prestigious title in the world, the GCW World Heavyweight Title, on 3 separate occasions. And yet it is the night of a huge show in the Spectrum, and he's nowhere on the card. Not only that, but instead of being featured week in and week out on Superstars, washed up jokes like Wahoo McDaniel were highlighting the show. Backlund went on to run down Wahoo, saying his time is past and he got lucky in becoming the Television champion. Backlund continued to call him a joke until Wahoo himself finally showed up on the scene. McDaniel told Backlund if he had a problem with him, why didn't he just step into the ring with him next week? Backlund scoffed at it until Wahoo even agreed to put the TV Title on the line to show just how much he deserved it. Backlund agreed, and we have a stellar match lined up for Superstars next week!

MATCH #4
The Rougeau Brothers vs. Ron Shaw/Jim Young

Monsoon mentioned as the Rougeau Brothers were coming down to the ring that Jacques & Raymond were excited to get to Philadelphia tonight. When Niemiller asked him for more information, Monsoon said it was because they wanted to see the Liberty Bell. Niemiller verbally rolled his eyes. The Rougeaus may be a little wide-eyed in terms of their love of America, but they are all business in the ring. The Rougeaus had a great showing today, putting away Ron Shaw & Jim Young.

The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) defeated Ron Shaw and Jim Young when J. Rougeau pinned Young after the Bombe de Rougeau in 0:03:42.
Rating: 3/4*

MATCH #5
"Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Mario Mancini

An insert promo aired from Jimmy Hart during this Dino Bravo match. Hart said that all of his plans were falling into place to become the most dominant manager in GCW. He has Bret Hart, he has Dino Bravo, and he has the mad man from Nevada, who he introduced as Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Hart even hinted that there might be even more clients on the horizon. The Canadian Strongman was the one in action today, and he physically asserted his will over Mario Mancini. In just over a minute, Bravo hit the Side Suplex and took the duke.

Dino Bravo pinned Mario Mancini with the Side Suplex in 0:01:02.
Rating: *

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

"Mean" Gene Okerlund was in the studio for the Live Event Report, and he had a suitcase with him. Okerlund explained that right when this segment was over, he was hopping in his car and driving to Philadelphia because he wanted to see all the action of tonight's show at the Spectrum up close and personal! Okerlund said that there were 9 big matches signed for the show. The one on everyone's lips right now was Dusty Rhodes taking on Sgt. Slaughter. Okerlund said he spoke personally with Dr. Anthony Thompson, the GCW physician, and Dr. Thompson told him that Rhodes was indeed medically cleared and ready to compete tonight. This wouldn't be the only big match, and the pun was completely intended, as Andre the Giant makes his return to Philadelphia as he takes on a member of the spurned Bobby Heenan's Family, Eddie Gilbert. Two titles will be decided too as Tony Atlas defends the Intercontinental Title against his former friend and the man he stabbed squarely in the back, Junkyard Dog. The Rock 'N Roll Express put the World Tag Team Titles on the line against the sparkliest team in wrestling, the Electric Dream Machine.

The no-disqualification match between Ricky Steamboat & Tully Blanchard was spotlighted earlier, but Steamboat's good friend Rick Martel would also be in action against a member of the Heenan Family, King Kong Bundy. Martel's ribs are definitely not 100%, but he's not going to make any excuses win, lose, or draw. The British Bulldogs will meet the Fabulous Ones, a fired up Ted DiBiase takes on Stan Hansen, and in a match that was just added today, Bruiser Brody meets Bad News Brown in what is sure to be a knock down drag out fight! Okerlund said he hated to cut this short, but he had to get on the road because he didn't want to miss a minute of GCW action tonight, and neither should you!

MATCH #6
The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano) vs. Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

Just like in our opening match, Niemiller questioned the British Bulldogs agreeing to take a match of this magnitude when they have an impending matchup with the Fabulous Ones in just a few hours, but Monsoon countered by saying it was because they're competitors. Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik didn't care about softening anybody up - they just wanted to win the match. They've fallen a bit down the ladder of contenders behind teams like the Bulldogs, Fabulous Ones, and the Electric Dream Machine, but winning this match would put them right up there in position for a title shot. The Bulldogs are in a tremendously bad mood these days though, and they showed the Foreign Legion right off the bat in this match that they weren't going to put up with any nonsense. Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith can out finesse you if they want, but they proved in this match that they can also slap you in the mouth if you make them angry. Davey Boy muscled Volkoff up on his shoulder and hit the Running Powerslam while Dynamite kept Sheik at bay with a jumping headbutt to win the match.

The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) when D.B. Smith pinned Volkoff with the Running Powerslam in 0:07:07.
Rating: *** 1/4

Monsoon told Niemiller that the Bulldogs looked to be in great position going into their match tonight. Niemiller said it all remained to be seen and they could discuss it more next week.

Match observations:

Speaking of next week, a huge main event on Superstars as World champion Bob Backlund tries to add a second championship to his collection as he challenges new Television champion Wahoo McDaniel! Also, we will have an emotional tag team match as Junkyard Dog & Jim Duggan team to take on "The Japanese Assassin' Shiro Koshinaka & the Intercontinental champion (for now, at least) Tony Atlas!

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
Bruiser Brody vs. Bad News Brown

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