8/31/85 - GCW Superstars

8/31/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 8/20/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

A HUGE TELEVISION ANNOUNCEMENT

As promised, GCW President Jack Tunney joined us to kick off the broadcast, appearing from his office in New York City. Tunney began by saying he has been busy meeting with several television executives, and the ink has dried on the contracts. It was Tunney's pleasure to make the following announcements. Due to the overwhelming success of Saturday Night Slam Masters back in May, MTV has decided to bring it back, not once, but TWICE! On October 5, Slam Masters will emanate from the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ, and on November 2, GCW makes its debut in Hershey, PA at the Hersheypark Arena. After that, Tunney said that on November 7, GCW will make history by running its first event in the brand new world of pay-per-view. The Rosemont Horizon in Chicago, IL has been chosen as the location for what Tunney hopes will become an annual event. With the prestige associated with the King of the Ring tournament, it has been decided that the great tag teams in GCW deserve the same chance. The show will be a 16-team tournament, open to any teams on the roster. The event is being called the Grand 16, the winning team being presented with the Tag Team Cup trophy.

And finally, what Tunney referred to as "the big one." He said GCW was put on the map earlier this year with Super Cade, and the event would be returning in 1986. On April 7, 1986, we will see Super Cade II! The show took place from Madison Square Garden in New York City this year. Next year, GCW is going to invade the other coast as Super Cade II takes place from the City of Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, in the Los Angeles Sports Arena! Tunney ended by saying these are events you won't want to miss, as Global Championship Wrestling continues to prove why it is the greatest wrestling promotion in the world today.

We cut live to Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller in the arena, in front of a packed crowd for today's episode of GCW Superstars! Monsoon recapped the big announcement by President Tunney, with Saturday Night Slam Masters coming back for not one, but two big shows in the fall. Niemiller was particularly excited about the Grand 16 Tag Team Cup, citing how GCW has the greatest tag team division in the world right now. Monsoon said there will be plenty of time to discuss these shows, but today, they had a huge show on Superstars, with a brand new Television champion being crowned in a match between Ted DiBiase & Tully Blanchard. Niemiller said not only that, but the World Tag Team champions are in action in a non-title match against the sparkliest tag team in wrestling, the Electric Dream Machine! A lot of action to get to, including our first match with Dusty Rhodes!

MATCH #1
"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes vs. Dave Barbie

Dusty Rhodes & Ricky Steamboat issued an epic challenge one week ago by challenging Stan Hansen & Sgt. Slaughter to a steel cage match for Madison Square Garden. It has been a long week as they have waited to get an answer, but they didn't have to wait any longer. As the American Dream was making his way to the ring, we got a backstage interview with Hansen & Slaughter. Slaughter led the interview, saying that this is exactly what they wanted. All of the previous attacks were to set up a moment like this, where the two most dangerous men in wrestling could take Rhodes & Steamboat out once and for all. Hansen said that of course they accepted the challenge, and they wanted to apologize ahead of time to all the fans for what they were going to do to their heroes at MSG. Rhodes wouldn't hear this until later, but he was pumped up none the less, as shown by how quickly he put away Dave Barbie.

Dusty Rhodes pinned Dave Barbie with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:00:41.
Rating: 3/4*

MATCH #2
"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Gino Carabello

Arn Anderson was the next man in the Heenan Family to try to take down Andre the Giant, but back in Detroit, he didn't have an awful lot of luck. He did, along with Tully Blanchard, fully get under the skin of the Eighth Wonder of the World. Blanchard is the one who will have to take on Andre the Giant in the Garden, but Monsoon said he would be shocked if Anderson didn't get involved in that match. Niemiller thought that was a slanderous accusation and called the Enforcer an upstanding citizen. I think we all know that's not the case, but we do know for sure that he is a great in-ring competitor. He systematically picked Gino Carabello apart before drilling him with a beautiful DDT to score the fall.

Arn Anderson pinned Gino Carabello after a DDT in 0:03:47.
Rating: * 1/2

CORPORAL KIRCHNER IS COMING TO GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING

We cut to a video package for a new talent. The video begins with a close shot on an American flag blowing in the wind. From there, we see a man, 6'0", 265 pounds, dressed in military fatigues. He is running through a traditional military-style obstacle course - crawling under barbed wire, climbing the rope, etc. After completing the course, the camera pans up to a bald eagle flying across the sky. Over that, the words "CORPORAL KIRCHNER - COMING TO GCW ON SEPTEMBER 23" popped on the screen.

MATCH #3
Non-Title Match
The Rock 'N Roll Express (World Tag Team champions) vs. The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious)

The Electric Dream Machine had a chance to win the World Tag Team Titles from the Rock 'N Roll Express last month in Philadelphia, where they fell short in a competitive contest. They'd have another match against Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson here, albeit in a non-title affair. Monsoon put over the importance of the match, because even if the gold wasn't on the line, a win catapults them to another title shot in the future. Even with that chance looming over them, Jimmy "Jam" Garvin & "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal didn't seem to take this match any more seriously at all. Don't get me wrong - the EDM are not a pushover team by any stretch of the imagination, but they still seem to be in a place now where when they have the upper hand, they would rather play to the crowd than go in for the kill. You can't do that with the tag champs, who make up for their lack of size with their heart. Morton & Gibson got back into the match and looked to have a win when they hit Garvin with the Double Dropkick, but as Morton went for the pin, PRECIOUS of all people was in the ring and jumped on his back!

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) when R. Morton defeated J. Garvin by disqualification in 0:07:03.
Rating: * 3/4

Precious pounded on Morton's back with little effect, but it was still enough to warrant the disqualification. Gibson wasn't exactly sure what to do, so he cautiously went in and picked Precious up by the waist to pull her off of his partner. Garvin saw this and snapped, grabbing Gibson by the hair and bringing him down into the DDT. Morton tried to help his partner, but Regal caught him under the chin with the Superkick. The Electric Dream Machine proved they can have a meanstreak - now can they maintain it?

MATCH #4
Bad News Brown vs. Joe Voigt

Bad News Brown must have had somewhere to be, because he didn't waste any time in putting Joe Voigt away. It took him just over a minute before he connected with the Ghetto Blaster and got his hand raised in victory.

Bad News Brown pinned Joe Voigt with the Ghetto Blaster in 0:01:12.
Rating: -1/4*

Monsoon was highly impressed and said Brown could be the toughest man in all of wrestling. Niemiller agreed, and pondered out loud when the Championship Committee was going to give the man from Harlem some sort of title shot.

THE ROUGEAUS AND CHAVO GUERRERO SHOW DOS CARAS AROUND NYC

Before our next match was to begin, we were shown a video from earlier in the week where America's favorite tourists, the Rougeau Brothers, and Chavo Guerrero took GCW newcomer Dos Caras on a sightseeing tour of New York City, the location of our next huge live event. It's no secret that NYC is the favorite city in the United States for Jacques & Raymond to visit, but we didn't get a true idea of that until we saw this video. Every location they went to - the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Time Square - people seemed to know them on a first name basis. Many people on the street seemed baffled that there was a man in a mask casually walking around, but not as many people as you would think. The spot ended with Jacques telling Dos Caras that no trip to NYC was complete without a stop at their favorite New York pizza joint. They promptly walked into a Pizza Hut as the video concluded.

MATCH #5
Dos Caras vs. Red Walsh

That may have been a fun day for Dos Caras and his friends, but someone who didn't have a fun time was Caras' opponent on Superstars, Red Walsh. Dos Caras has been one of the top wrestlers in Mexico for awhile now, but he has not had any major exposure in the United States until now. I think he's going to do pretty well for himself. The Mexican style is different than a lot of wrestlers are used to, and that could cause a lot of problems for the competitors in the US. Walsh could not solve the puzzle that was Caras' offense as he got caught in the Dos Caras Clutch.

Dos Caras defeated Red Walsh when Red Walsh passed out in the Dos Caras Clutch in 0:03:25.
Rating: **

A fantastic showing for Dos Caras, who has been on fire so far in GCW rings. Niemiller said the rumor going around the locker room is that Jimmy Hart has something to say about Dos Caras & Chavo Guerrero next week.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

We were itching to see who would be crowned the new Television champion, but before we got to that, "Mean" Gene Okerlund had a little business to get to on the Live Event Report. The first order of business was bringing in this week's guest, the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Title, Rick Martel. Okerlund thanked Martel for joining him and congratulated him on being named the #1 contender. Martel said it was his pleasure, and getting the opportunity to wrestle for the World Title, the biggest championship in the sport, and in the most famous arena in the world, no less, was a dream come true. He said he had always dreamed of one day becoming a World champion, and he feels September 23 will be his time. Martel said he has battled through horrible injuries the past few years, from his broken neck to more recently his ribs, and he knew getting this title shot was a blessing. Okerlund asked what strategy he was planning against the reigning champion, Bob Backlund. Martel said he has tangled with Backlund many times, and he's a hard guy to plan for. He's so technically sound, and one of the strongest men in the world. Once he gets a hold of you, you have nowhere to go. Martel said he was going to need to keep his distance and use his speed to keep the champ off his game. Okerlund ended the interview by wishing Martel luck and said he was looking forward to a classic match at MSG.

Okerlund ran down the rest of the card so far, including the other big main event that was finalized earlier on the show - Dusty Rhodes & Ricky Steamboat meeting Stan Hansen & Sgt. Slaughter in a steel cage match! He reminded fans of the match that was signed last week that will pit Andre the Giant against Tully Blanchard, adding that if Blanchard wins the Television Title in our next match, the gold will NOT be on the line. He also said the exciting newcomer, Corporal Kirchner, will make his GCW debut. And just signed, as a result of what happened at the end of the broadcast last week, Junkyard Dog has challenged Shiro Koshinaka to a match, and it has been accepted and will take place on September 23! Okerlund shilled the show one last time and told fans to get their tickets today.

MATCH #6
For the vacant Television Title
Ted DiBiase vs. Tully Blanchard (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan/Baby Doll)

Before our main event started, we got highlights from the battle royal two weeks ago, including the exciting ending sequence that led to Ted DiBiase & Tully Blanchard being the final men in the match to earn this chance to become the Television champion. This was Blanchard's second chance to wrestle for the vacant TV Title, and he looked to have a better outcome than he did the first go around. Blanchard had a good shot at making that happen as he had his entourage with him, and Bobby Heenan & Baby Doll have a known history of getting involved in matches. It didn't take long before the Brain did get involved, tripping DiBiase up when he hit the ropes. The problem was Heenan wasn't nearly as sneaky with it as he generally is, and referee Dick Kroll saw it! Kroll could have called for the DQ right there on the spot, but instead he made a great call and threw Heenan out! Heenan did leave, but not before throwing a hissy fit.

Blanchard now had to figure out a way to beat DiBiase by himself, and that is a difficult task for anybody, especially with how on fire DiBiase has been. That being said, when Blanchard wants to, he can go toe-to-toe with anybody in GCW. Blanchard could sense this match getting away from him as time went on, as obviously not having his manager was causing him all kinds of problems. DiBiase kept stringing moves together though, and he looked all set to lock on the Cobra Clutch and capture his first GCW championship. This is when BABY DOLL got up on the ring apron to get DiBiase's attention. She got it all right as DiBiase got a hold of her and laid a big kiss on her lips, much to the crowd's delight! It may have gotten the crowd riled up, but it also pissed off Blanchard, who caught him with a knee to the back that sent DiBiase hard into the turnbuckle. DiBiase was stunned enough for Blanchard to hit the Slingshot Suplex, make the cover, and finally capture the TV Title!

Match for the vacant GCW Television Title:
Tully Blanchard pinned Ted DiBiase with the Slingshot Suplex in 0:08:08.
Rating: ***
(Tully Blanchard won the GCW Television Title.)

Monsoon couldn't believe it, saying this was essentially a handicap match from the second the bell rang. Niemiller countered by saying no one made DiBiase go assault Baby Doll with a kiss, and he got exactly what he had coming to him. The show went off the air with Heenan coming back out and strapping the Television Title around Blanchard's waist. Hopefully this is the end of the curse as well.

Match observations:

Next week on Superstars, we will see King Kong Bundy compete, as well as Junkyard Dog! Barry Windham will be in the ring, not to mention Stan "The Lariat" Hansen! The #1 contender tries to gain momentum as Rick Martel takes on Steve Lombardi! And speaking of #1 contenders, our main event will see us determine who will be the next challengers for the World Tag Team Titles as The British Bulldogs meet their rivals, The Fabulous Ones, the winners moving on to face the Rock 'N Roll Express at Madison Square Garden!

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

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Rick Martel
STEEL CAGE MATCH - Dusty Rhodes/Ricky Steamboat vs. Stan Hansen/Sgt. Slaughter
Non-Title - Andre the Giant vs. Tully Blanchard (Television champion)
Junkyard Dog vs. Shiro Koshinaka
Corporal Kirchner debuts

10/5/85 - SATURDAY NIGHT SLAM MASTERS - THE MEADOWLANDS - East Rutherford, NJ

Matches TBA

11/2/85 - SATURDAY NIGHT SLAM MASTERS - HERSHEYPARK ARENA - Hershey, PA

Matches TBA

11/7/85 - GRAND 16 - ROSEMONT HORIZON - Chicago, IL

16-Team Tournament - Teams TBA

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