7/6/85 - GCW Superstars

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

With only two days remaining until King of the Ring, we had some great television to put on with GCW Superstars! As always, Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller welcomed the show, a show which will feature Don Muraco defending his Television Title against "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan! Ricky Steamboat will here, as will his friend, Rick Martel! The entire Foreign Legion will be wrestling in an 8-man tag team match, and Chavo Guerrero meets Dino Bravo! We will also get an update on the condition of Dusty Rhodes after he was viciously attacked by Sgt. Slaughter last week. Now to the ring and Howard Finkel!

MATCH #1
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. AJ Petruzzi

We kicked off the day with Ricky Steamboat, who is one of the 16 men in the King of the Ring tournament, where he will take on recent free agent Bret Hart in the first round. We had an insert promo with the Dragon talking about how this tournament has 16 of the best wrestlers in the world, and that it will be a difficult journey, but when all is said and done, Steamboat will be holding the crown. He got past AJ Petruzzi easily here, but it will not be as easy a go for him on Monday.

Ricky Steamboat defeated AJ Petruzzi via pinfall in 0:01:54.
Rating: * 3/4

TED DIBIASE CHALLENGES STAN HANSEN

Lord Alfred Hayes was back in the locker room to get a word with Ted DiBiase. DiBiase had one person on his mind, and that was Stan Hansen. DiBiase was doing his best to keep himself under control as he talked about what a lowly thing it was to do by the Lariat to take liberties with Barry Windham. DiBiase said, like Hansen, he is from the old guard, and that is just not something that you do. DiBiase added that he agreed with Dusty Rhodes - Hansen was nothing more than a yellow-bellied coward. DiBiase ended the short but intense interview by challenging Stan Hansen to a fight on July 27 in Philadelphia. He promised to expose Hansen as the coward he is in front of everyone in the Spectrum. After DiBiase left, Lord Alfred said Hansen will be the live studio guest on the Live Event Report with "Mean" Gene Okerlund later on in the program and he hoped we'd get an answer from Hansen then.

MATCH #2
Chavo Guerrero vs. "Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart)

We saw Jimmy Hart chatting with Bret Hart on a recent episode of Superstars, and we now know why. Jimmy Hart's only official client coming into today was Dino Bravo, who was in action against Chavo Guerrero. Chavo came within an eyelash of winning the Television Title recently, and looked to rebound from falling just short with a win over the Canadian Strongman. Chavo was doing a good job of leading himself to that promised land, keeping the more powerful off balance with his lucha libre-inspired offense. Chavo had the fans well behind him too, and that is when BRET HART walked down to the ring to talk to the Mouth of the South. Monsoon speculated as to what this could mean, and Niemiller said if Bret Hart was smart, it meant he signed a contract to be in Jimmy Hart's stable. Monsoon wasn't so sure about that, but that is when the Hitman asked to borrow Jimmy Hart's megaphone. Monsoon was happy we got a temporary reprieve from Jimmy Hart's constant babbling, but that turned to outrage when Bret used the megaphone to wallop Chavo in the back as he hit the ropes, out of view of the referee! Chavo was obviously hurt and couldn't fend off Bravo's Side Suplex, which put this one away.

Dino Bravo pinned Chavo Guerrero with the Side Suplex in 0:05:19.
Rating: *
[Bret Hart interfered against Chavo Guerrero.]

Bret Hart & Jimmy Hart joined Bravo in the ring after the match and all celebrated together, showing that the Hitman has indeed joined forces with the Mouth of the South. His alliance with Mr. Fuji was less than fruitful, so it remains to be seen how this new relationship with Jimmy Hart goes. Niemiller commented that one thing is for sure though - Jimmy Hart is already making waves in GCW.

AN UPDATE ON THE CONDITION OF DUSTY RHODES

We went to the back where Lord Alfred Hayes was standing by with Dr. Anthony Thompson, the doctor on hand for GCW events. Dr. Thompson was the man who treated Dusty Rhodes last week after he was attacked by the returning Sgt. Slaughter. Hayes asked for an update on Rhodes' condition. Thompson said all things considered, Rhodes was doing very well. He did suffer what is being diagnosed as a minor concussion after being struck by the steel chair. Dr. Thompson added that Rhodes should be ready to go in a couple of weeks. At this point, SGT. SLAUGHTER burst into the office, scaring both Dr. Thompson and Lord Alfred half to death. Slaughter had the chair with him again, and by the looks of it, was not afraid to use it if necessary. Slaughter screamed in Dr. Thompson's face, demanding that he tell everyone that, "The American Dream is dead!" Dr. Thompson was scared silent at first, but when Slaughter made a move at him, Thompson finally relented and yelled, "The American Dream is dead! The American Dream is dead!" Slaughter yelled into the camera now, repeating that phrase over and over before we cut back to ringside.

Monsoon & Niemiller were once again in shock. Monsoon said it was one thing to attack another wrestler - though deplorable, Dusty Rhodes can fight his own battles. But the GCW doctor? That was just outrageous. And on top of that, we still don't even know why Slaughter is here! Niemiller told Monsoon he better watch what he says because Slaughter might come out for him next.

MATCH #3
The Foreign Legion (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie) vs. Steve Lombardi/Dave Barbie/Mario Mancini/Mr. X

If Monsoon wasn't rattled by what he just saw with Sgt. Slaughter, it wasn't going to help him that one of his least favorite people on the planet, "Classy" Freddie Blassie, was out next with the entire Foreign Legion. Blassie was ranting and raving at ringside in Monsoon's general direction that this is the strongest that the Foreign Legion has ever been, and he wanted to showcase this by having all four members wrestle in an 8-man tag team match. Monsoon didn't like anything that he saw, especially the turncoat Intercontinental champion Tony Atlas in there, but he had a difficult time disputing imposing this fearsome foursome looked. A great showcase for all four men, who got their big moves in before Nikolai Volkoff clamped on the Bearhug on Dave Barbie to secure the victory.

The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff, Shiro Koshinaka, The Iron Sheik and Tony Atlas) defeated Steve Lombardi, Dave Barbie, Mario Mancini and Mr. X when Volkoff made Barbie submit to the Bearhug in 0:04:04.
Rating: 1/4*

MATCH #4
Rick Martel vs. Rocky Jones

Much like earlier in the night with Ricky Steamboat, Rick Martel cut an insert promo during his match today with Rocky Jones. Martel talked about his first round opponent this Monday in the King of the Ring, Arn Anderson. Martel said he has had many battles with the Enforcer, and knew with any of Bobby Heenan's Family, Anderson would stop at nothing to make sure he wouldn't make it out of the tournament. Martel stated that he's had the odds stacked against him in the past and overcome, and that in Foxboro, it would be no different. Back to the match itself, Martel got a quick win when he locked on his Boston Crab.

Rick Martel made Rocky Jones submit to the Boston Crab in 0:01:50.
Rating: *

If Martel thought the odds were stacked against him before, he had no idea how bad it was going to get. While Martel was celebrating, he was hit from behind by KING KONG BUNDY. Bobby Heenan wasn't far behind, shouting instructions at Bundy. Bundy crushed Martel in the corner with an avalanche, and proceeded to drop down on Martel's ribs with not one but two massive Big Splashes. Officials finally came down and restored order, but the damage had clearly been done. Martel needed to be assisted to the back. Monsoon commented that Martel's chances of winning the King of the Ring were not looking good after that assault. Niemiller took it a step further and said he could guarantee Martel wouldn't even make the King of the Ring after that.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

The Live Event Report started off with a bang as Stan Hansen was already causing a ruckus in the studio. "Mean" Gene Okerlund couldn't even get himself to together as Hansen was a wild man, ranting about Ted DiBiase having the audacity to challenge him to a match. The Lariat finally got to the point and said that if DiBiase wanted to die, he would make it happen in Philadelphia. Hansen stormed off as violently as he had started this segment, yelling something about sending Dusty Rhodes a message through DiBiase. Okerlund composed himself and said it looks like we will be seeing this match in Philadelphia. Okerlund added it wouldn't be the only new match announced for the Spectrum show, as it has officially been announced that Dusty Rhodes will meet Sgt. Slaughter! Rhodes should be cleared from his concussion by then, and you know with the American Dream's history, he is going to be out for Slaughter's blood.

Okerlund reminded everyone that on Monday, we will also be having the King of the Ring! Plenty of tickets for Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, MA are still available, and it comes to us this Monday night. Okerlund recapped what the event will be, and that's 16 of the world's finest wrestlers vying for the title of king. Okerlund said that this is a huge opportunity for any of these 16 competitors and could skyrocket them to the top. Okerlund promised all of the results next week on Superstars.

MATCH #5
Television Title Match
"The Magnificent" Don Muraco (c) (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan

Boy, is Don Muraco ever becoming unbearable. He always has had a big ego, but ever since becoming Television champion, he has taken it to another level. In fact, before his title defense tonight, Muraco told all of the fans not to worry about the King of the Ring on Monday because he is already the King - the King of Television! "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan was not impressed by this as he got the match started by spinning Muraco around and clocking him with a big right hand. Duggan may be young and have a lot of improvement he can do, but he already has one of the most heavy-handed punches in the game. If you don't move, Duggan can knock your teeth out. Muraco got bounced around for the first couple minutes, and it took Mr. Fuji jumping up on the ring apron to turn the tide in favor of the Magnificent One. Muraco put a beating on Duggan, but the fans were solidly behind Hacksaw and were willing him back into it. Duggan made one final push to win the title, going for the Three Point Stance, but Muraco ducked out of the way and sent Duggan crashing into the turnbuckles. The Tombstone was next, and in a hard fought match, Muraco was still the TV champion.

Don Muraco pinned Jim Duggan with the Tombstone in 0:07:23.
Rating: ** 1/4
(Don Muraco retained the GCW Television Title.)

Muraco was in a battle, but the arrogant superstar found a way to walk out of Superstars with his title reign still in tact.

Match observations:

Be sure to join us next week on Superstars, where we will have all the results and happenings from the King of the Ring! Plus, we will have the in-ring debut of Sgt. Slaughter! And in our featured contest, Junkyard Dog will take on "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert!

7/8/85 - KING OF THE RING - SULLIVAN STADIUM - Foxboro, MA

16-man King of the Ring Tournament - First Round Matches

Ricky Steamboat vs. Bret Hart
Junkyard Dog vs. Tully Blanchard
Jim Duggan vs. Stan Hansen
Wahoo McDaniel vs. Dino Bravo
Rick Martel vs. Arn Anderson
Chavo Guerrero vs. Shiro Koshinaka
Bruiser Brody vs. King Kong Bundy
Ted DiBiase vs. Bad News Brown

NON-TOURNAMENT MATCHES

The Rock 'N Roll Express/The British Bulldogs vs. The Fabulous Ones/The Electric Dream Machine

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

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Tony Atlas (c) vs. Junkyard Dog
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

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