8/2/86 - GCW Superstars

8/2/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 7/15/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were on hand to welcome us to this week's episode of GCW Superstars. They would go over everything that happened at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, including the shocking ending to the night! But we also had some great wrestling action ahead of us, with The Rougeau Brothers taking on The Hart Foundation, Ivan Koloff would be here, as well as in our featured contest, rivals collide as "The Modern Day Warrior" Kerry Von Erich takes on "The Total Package" Lex Luger! But first to the ring for our first matchup!

MATCH #1
King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Roger Kirby

During this short but brutal squash match, an insert promo aired with Bobby Heenan reassuring King Kong Bundy that he is his most important client, and even though it's been a rough couple of months, the main priority is Bundy. Bundy asked what was the deal with his new clients (which we will get into later), but the Brain glossed over it, saying he was going to get Bundy back on track. He has signed a tag team match for The Big Event where Bundy will team with Big John Studd to take on The Barbarian and Andre the Giant! Bundy said he doesn't want a tag match, but after he breaks them, he wants Heenan to get him a World Title rematch.

King Kong Bundy pinned Roger Kirby after a splash in 0:02:51.
Rating: -1/2*

Monsoon & Niemiller recapped the events from Philadelphia's show last Saturday, namely the fact that we have a new Intercontinental champion in Barry Windham. Video was shown of the ending of the match, including Windham joining forces with Bobby Heenan and defeating Ted DiBiase with the help of the returning RIC FLAIR. After that, they threw it to a pre-taped video from last Saturday night.

THE FOUR HORSEMEN ARE HERE

We are back in the locker room of The Spectrum and champagne is already flowing as everyone celebrates the new IC champion Barry Windham. Bobby Heenan is laughing and basically says he proved once and for all he is the premiere mind in professional wrestling. The main person we wanted to hear talk was RIC FLAIR, who returned after a long absence from GCW. Flair said that yes, he had been gone, but he was waiting for the right time to come back. When he saw someone like Hulk Hogan come in, not pay his dues, not earn his keep and be given everything on silver platter, he knew it was time to come back. The Nature Boy talked about the limousines and the jets, the champagne and the women, but noted that he worked hard for that lifestyle. Flair said he wanted to find some like-minded people to help him run wrestling, and that's when he contacted Bobby Heenan. He called the Brain a genius and they put the plan in motion to form what you saw here - the Four Horsemen of wrestling. The video package ended with everyone involved putting up four fingers.

Back to the arena, Niemiller was loving what he just saw and said he can't wait until the Horsemen are running the show. Monsoon had trouble finding an argument against that.

MATCH #2
The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Every time these two teams lock up, it's a fantastic affair, and this week was no different. If there's a major criticism against the Rougeaus it's that they often focus more on having fun and sightseeing than getting it done in the ring. That seems to change when they take on the Hart Foundation. This was a highly competitive contest, but in the end, Raymond Rougeau got caught in the Hart Attack and ate defeat. Niemiller was entirely impressed by this, saying that it won't be long before the Hart Foundation were tag team champions. Monsoon said they would still have to go through the Rock 'N Roll Express though, which is no easy task.

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) when B. Hart pinned R. Rougeau after the Hart Attack in 0:10:45.
Rating: *** 1/2

Monsoon said they now had a very special interview as they had a video filmed earlier this week with World champion HULK HOGAN!

HULK HOGAN WILL DEAL WITH WHAT COMES WITH THE FOUR HORSEMEN

We are on the set of a Honey Nut Cheerios commercial the Immortal One was filming during a break where he was joined by Lord Alfred Hayes. Hayes asked if Hogan had heard the words of the newly formed Four Horsemen after Saturday's show in Philly. The Hulkster said he had been shown the video earlier in the day, and said if the Horsemen want to play, he's ready to play. Hayes brought up Flair's comments that Hulk didn't deserve what he's gotten. Hogan said if the Nature Boy thinks he's being spoonfed opportunities, he was more than happy to get in the ring and feed Flair some fists. Hogan added that he knows he'll have to watch his back in Toronto when he defends the World Title against Arn Anderson, but he's not going to shy away from the Horsemen or anyone else. He'll be ready on August 28.

MATCH #3
"The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff vs. Chris Duffy

With his nephew, Nikita Koloff, out of action for awhile with a knee injury, Ivan Koloff needs something to do. This week, that something to do was beat up Chris Duffy.

Ivan Koloff pinned Chris Duffy with the Russian Sickle in 0:03:51.
Rating: * 1/2

LIVE EVENT REPORT W/ GENE OKERLUND

Gene Okerlund was way too hyped up for how early in the day it was, but who could blame him - it's Live Event Report time! Mean Gene may have never been more excited as he talked about what very well could end up being the largest wrestling event in history, The Big Event! We already knew that Hulk Hogan will be defending the World Title against Arn Anderson, Bad News Brown will defend the Television Title against Jim Duggan, and King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd will face The Barbarian & Andre the Giant. We got a fourth match announced as Okerlund was joined by GCW President Jack Tunney. Tunney announced that because of the recent brawls between The Road Warriors & The Unholy Alliance, it was going to come to an end at The Big Event. The two teams will take place in a no rules, anything goes Boot Camp Match! Tunney said that if these two teams wanted to rip each other apart, they could in Toronto. However, they would be barred from GCW arenas until that night as they were becoming a safety risk.

Before we got to our main event, Monsoon & Niemiller had an announcement regarding the very program we were watching. Starting on September 6, the format of Superstars will change. Instead of being 60 minutes, Superstars will now be 90 minutes! Even more GCW action for us all!

MATCH #4
"The Modern Day Warrior" Kerry Von Erich vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)

Lex Luger has been trying to bully everyone since Bobby Heenan brought him to GCW, but upon Kerry Von Erich's return, he decided someone needed to put the young powerhouse in his place. This match was going to be Luger's biggest challenge to date, and we were all going to see if The Total Package is ready for it. Luger was easily frustrated early on with Von Erich taking advantage of his inexperience, causing Luger to make some rookie mistakes. Luger did have Heenan in his corner though, and a distraction let Luger get the upperhand and show what he does best. Von Erich fought back though, and looked like he was about to put a major blemish on the youngster's record. Von Erich had just gotten the dreaded Claw locked on, but Heenan wasn't about to see his young charge submit today. Heenan jumped in the ring and hit Von Erich in the back for the blatant disqualification.

Kerry Von Erich defeated Lex Luger by disqualification in 0:08:33.
Rating: 1/2*
[Bobby Heenan interfered against Kerry Von Erich.]

Von Erich wasn't hurt, but he was mad as he turned his attention to the Brain. Heenan was lucky he was wearing dark pants as he jumped out of the ring in a hurry and hightailed it out of Dodge. Von Erich was oblivious to Luger getting back up, who grabbed Von Erich jumped behind and put him in the Torture Rack! Officials ran out to finally break it up, but the damage was definitely done. Monsoon opined that this one wasn't over by a long shot, and I would be inclined to agree.

Be sure to join us next week on Superstars where we will see Ricky Steamboat in action, as well as Tully Blanchard & #1 contender Arn Anderson! Dos Caras will meet Honky Tonk Man, The Power Company will also be in action, as well as the now former Intercontinental champion Ted DiBiase taking on Jimmy Garvin! See you next week!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

WORLD TITLE - Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Arn Anderson
TELEVISION TITLE - Bad News Brown (c) vs. Jim Duggan
BOOT CAMP MATCH - The Road Warriors vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen
The Barbarian/Andre the Giant vs. King Kong Bundy/Big John Studd

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