8/24/85 - GCW Superstars

8/24/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 7/30/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to GCW Superstars! After a wild night in Philadelphia last night, Gorilla Monsoon & Sgt. Slaughter and all of the superstars of Global Championship Wrestling were here to bring you the hottest wrestling action in the world! Today's show is jammed packed with action, including Andre the Giant being here! Shiro Koshinaka will be competing, as will the sparkliest team in the world, the Electric Dream Machine! The Rougeau Brothers have a tough task against Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik, and in a huge main event, the Intercontinental Title is up for grabs as Tony Atlas defends against "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan!

Monsoon & Niemiller first talked about some of the happenings from the show in Detroit last night, namely the main event where Sgt. Slaughter, Stan Hansen, & King Kong Bundy defeated Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, & Rick Martel. Monsoon said that we were about to show a video that was recorded after the show last night.

DUSTY RHODES & RICKY STEAMBOAT HAVE AN EPIC CHALLENGE FOR STAN HANSEN & SGT. SLAUGHTER

We cut back to see "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes & Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat still in their wrestling gear. Rhodes is all fired up, talking about how despite his best efforts, Rhodes couldn't get the job done again tonight as he was the one that was pinned during the match. Steamboat was quick to have the Dream's back, telling him that they win as a team, and they lose as a team. But there was one thing the Dragon was sure they agreed on, and that was that they weren't done with Slaughter & Hansen, not by a long shot! Rhodes could get behind that, and said that Hansen & Slaughter might think they have won the war, but that's just not the case. "You may have won a few battles, baby, but we're fixin' to win the war!" Steamboat said that Rhodes was right - this was warfare, and if they were going to come out on top, they were going to have to fight in the most sacred of battlegrounds. The Dream said he thought they were on the same page, but wanted to be sure. So he said at the count of 3, they both said what they have in mind. After the 3 count, they said in unison: "steel cage match!" That's right: they were challenging Hansen & Slaughter to a steel cage match, and they could think of no better place to do it than Madison Square Garden on September 23. They ended the interview with Rhodes saying the ball was now in the court of Hansen & Slaughter.

Back to the arena, Niemiller thought that Rhodes & Steamboat were out of their minds. He couldn't believe that if Rhodes & Steamboat couldn't beat them in a regular match that they actually believed they could win in a steel cage. Monsoon said that Rhodes & Steamboat are like wounded animals. They've been backed into a corner, and now they're dangerous. Monsoon hoped that Hansen & Slaughter wouldn't take long to respond to this as he threw it to the ring for our opening contest.

MATCH #1
"The Japanese Assassin" Shiro Koshinaka (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie) vs. Dan Rymonti

The first match of the day featured Freddie Blassie's dangerous Japanese Assassin, Shiro Koshinaka, taking on Dan Rymonti. Koshinaka does a lot of the dirty work for the Foreign Legion, which makes him extremely dangerous in the ring. Just ask Rymonti, who suffered a major league beating in this match. Rymonti got in some token offense, but it didn't take long for the Japanese Assassin to drill the Power Bomb and get his hand raised.

Shiro Koshinaka pinned Dan Rymonti with the Power Bomb in 0:02:26.
Rating: * 1/4

JUNKYARD DOG PROMISES TO HAVE JIM DUGGAN'S BACK

Speaking of the Foreign Legion, the man holding gold in the group, Tony Atlas, defends the Intercontinental Title against "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. We got an interview with Duggan's friend and Atlas' biggest rival, Junkyard Dog. Lord Alfred Hayes asked JYD if he had a prediction for today's main event. JYD made it known that he was firmly in the corner of Hacksaw and believed we would have ourselves a new Intercontinental champion at the end of the show. Hayes reminded JYD that Freddie Blassie would stop at nothing to make sure Tony Atlas kept the gold. JYD called "'Classless' Blassie" a no-good slime and knew there were no depths he wouldn't go. That's why JYD promised that he would be watching Duggan's back and if Blassie tried any funny business, he would knock him back to Beverly Hills.

MATCH #2
The Rougeau Brothers vs. Nikolai Volkoff/The Iron Sheik (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie)

This was a busy day for Freddie Blassie as everyone in the Foreign Legion was in action today. Monsoon said at the beginning of this match that he spoke with the Rougeau Brothers earlier today and Raymond was upset with himself for losing the fall in the 8-man tag team match in Detroit to the Foreign Legion. He was looking to redeem himself here as his brother and he took on Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik. Raymond took last night's setback and turned it into motivation because he was banging on all cylinders here. Jacques even had to reel him in a couple of times because Raymond was wrestling with so much emotion, taking the much larger Volkoff & Sheik off their feet with armdrags and dropkicks. A distraction from Blassie slowed Raymond down though and let Volkoff & Sheik work him over for several minutes in the middle portion of the match. The fans were firmly behind the plucky American-loving team though, and Raymond used that support to get back in it. He ducked a double back elbow from Volkoff & Sheik and came back off the far ropes with a double crossbody, buying him enough time to make the hot tag to his brother Jacques. Jacques fired off with lefts and rights, but the numbers game got to him when Sheik hit him in the back from behind. Volkoff & Sheik looked to double irish whip Jacques, but Raymond reached in from the outside and caused Volkoff to face plant before pulling him outside the ring. Jacques still got whipped into the ropes, but he came back with a flying clothesline. Jacques was quick to put Sheik in the Boston Crab (one of his favorite cities, Monsoon added) to get the submission victory.

The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) when J. Rougeau made Sheik submit to the Boston Crab in 0:11:36.
Rating: ** 3/4

Niemiller called this a major upset, and he may not be too far off. Volkoff himself has held tag team gold in the past, and his team with The Iron Sheik has been amongst the top contenders for awhile now. We went to commercial with the Rougeaus celebrating like crazy.

MATCH #3
The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious) vs. Al Diamond/Keith Diamond

Speaking of tag teams, we were treated to a special ring announcer for the next match - Precious. Precious was rocking a sparkly dress as she introduced "the sparkliest tag team in all of professional wrestling - Jimmy "Jam" Garvin - "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal - THE ELECTRIC DREAM MACHINE!" A little excessive on the intro, but in all fairness, Garvin & Regal were looking extra sparkly today. In fact, they were so proud of their brand new sparkly jackets that they once again reversed to take them off for the match. Eccentric, but it didn't cost them here as they made quick work out of Al & Keith Diamond.

The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) defeated Al Diamond and Keith Diamond when J. Garvin pinned K. Diamond after the Rolling Blackout in 0:01:38.
Rating: -* 1/4

MATCH #4
Andre the Giant vs. John Rizzo/Jim Young

Before our next match, we were shown a brief video of Andre the Giant walking around the streets of Detroit yesterday before the show, being surrounded by fans, shaking hands with people, and finally, a brief shot of him with NBA superstar ISIAH THOMAS of the Detroit Pistons, towering over the star point guard by well over a foot. Niemiller joked that Andre could probably dunk Thomas if he wanted to. Monsoon commented that Andre might be better suited for the Detroit Lions, maybe as a nose guard. Either way, he's a damn good wrestler, once again dispatching of two opponents in short order.

Handicap-Match:
Andre the Giant defeated John Rizzo and Jim Young when Andre pinned Rizzo with the Elbowdrop in 0:01:24.
Rating: -*

Andre didn't get much time to celebrate before he was joined in the ring by TULLY BLANCHARD, who was flanked by Baby Doll (conspicuous by his absence was Bobby Heenan, which Niemiller made sure to mention had nothing to do with the Brain being scared of Andre). Blanchard was very bold in how he addressed Andre once he got a hold of the microphone, telling the "big dumb oaf" to get out of "his ring" so the "future Television champion could tell these buffoons something." Andre was a little less than agreeable, getting more and more enraged as Blanchard continued to run him down. Eventually Blanchard got a little too big for his britches as he hauled off and slapped Andre across the face! The look on Andre's face was something nobody should ever hope to see as Andre grabbed a hold of Blanchard by his shirt collar and started shaking him. The crowd was ready to see the Giant tear the arrogant Tully limb from limb, when Baby Doll intervened and hit Andre in the back! Sure, the shot had zero effect whatsoever, but it did serve to distract Andre enough for Blanchard to break Andre's grip and head for higher ground. With such a big opportunity awaiting Blanchard next week, Monsoon wondered why on earth he would go out of his way to anger Andre. Niemiller said it was simple - the Heenan Family sticks together. Niemiller went as far as to say once Blanchard beat Ted DiBiase for the TV Title next week, maybe he'd go beat Andre up too. Monsoon laughed it off as he threw it to "Mean" Gene Okerlund for the Live Event Report.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

Gene Okerlund is always excited about the Live Event Report, but he was nearly giddy with anticipation because our next big live event is at the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden! And not only that, but Okerlund had a very special guest on the show today - the esteemed President of Global Championship Wrestling, Jack Tunney! Tunney thanked Okerlund for having him on the show, and said he was here for a couple of reasons. First of all, he said that he just witnessed what happened with Tully Blanchard & Andre the Giant. He said that if Tully wants to slap Andre across the face, he'll have that opportunity on September 23 because he was announcing for MSG, Andre the Giant vs. Tully Blanchard! Secondly, Tunney said that he has been in some major meetings this week with big television executives, and once everything gets finalized, there will be a big announcement about the future of GCW programming for the rest of the year and beyond. Okerlund asked for a hint on what it was about. Tunney wasn't cracking though, saying that his lips were sealed until all of the i's were dotted and the t's were crossed. Tunney had one more thing to announce, and that was the new #1 contender for the World Title and the man who will challenge Bob Backlund on September 23 in New York City. Tunney said when it came to declaring a new top contender, this one was a no-brainer. He put this man over as showing more heart than anyone in GCW. A man who has battled back from several severe injuries that would have put most men in the retirement home. Tunney said it was his pleasure to announce that the next man to challenge for the World Title will be… RICK MARTEL. Okerlund couldn't believe it, double checking with the President that it would be Bob Backlund vs. Rick Martel. Tunney said that Martel earned it, and he believes this will be one of the greatest World Title matches we've ever seen. Okerlund thanked Tunney for joining him, and ended the segment by putting over how big this MSG show is going to be.

MATCH #5
Intercontinental Title Match
Tony Atlas (c) (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie) vs. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan

Tony Atlas had been the Intercontinental champion for over 5 months now, essentially turning his back on his country to join up with the Foreign Legion in order to retain the title. Many men have tried to wrest the title away from him, but no one had as much momentum going into a title match as "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan did today. Before the match started, we saw footage from three weeks ago when Duggan pinned Atlas right here on Superstars during a tag team match. If Duggan could repeat that performance here, he would be the IC champ. Freddie Blassie knew Duggan would be coming in with a lot of emotion, so he tried to get himself involved right away when he hit Hacksaw in the back with his cane as he hit the ropes. This was all JUNKYARD DOG needed to see. JYD promised he would have Duggan's back, and he proved it by coming out and chasing Blassie to the back right as were going to commercial!

When we came back, Niemiller was talking about how unfair it was that Atlas' manager wasn't out there now because "someone let that rabid dog off his leash." Monsoon was unsympathetic, saying if Atlas was the champion he claimed to be, he could do it on his own. Atlas did well for himself, but he did look off his game as this was clearly not the plan Blassie and he had come up with. But Duggan knew this was his moment, and he planned to capitalize on it. He was blocking all of Atlas' shots and firing back with lefts and rights of his own. Hacksaw was in position for the Three Point Stance when Atlas thought fast and got a hold of referee Joey Marella, grabbing him around the waist to protect himself. It also served to distract Marella so he couldn't see SHIRO KOSHINAKA enter the ring! Duggan didn't see him either so he had no defense for when the Japanese Assassin kicked him in the back of the head. Duggan was out like a light, and once Atlas saw that, suddenly he didn't need Marella's support anymore. Once Koshinaka was out of the ring, Atlas went over and cockily put Hacksaw in the Bearhug. Marella saw that Duggan was out and called for the bell.

Tony Atlas defeated Jim Duggan when Jim Duggan passed out in the Bearhug in 0:07:58.
Rating: **
(Tony Atlas retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)
[Shiro Koshinaka interfered against Jim Duggan.]

Even without Freddie Blassie, Atlas found a way to steal another one. Atlas & Koshinaka looked like they had more bad intentions, but JUNKYARD DOG ran back out again and chased them off to put a stop to that as we went off the air.

Match observations:

A packed show next week on Superstars! Dusty Rhodes is here, Arn Anderson is here, Dos Caras will make his television debut, and a champion will be crowned as Ted DiBiase meets Tully Blanchard for the vacant Television Title! All that, plus Jack Tunney's major announcement, and hopefully an answer from Stan Hansen & Sgt. Slaughter regarding the steel cage challenge! All that and more, on Superstars! Have a great week, everybody!

9/23/85 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - New York, NY

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Rick Martel
Andre the Giant vs. Tully Blanchard

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