8/9/86 - GCW Superstars

8/9/86 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 7/15/86)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to another episode of GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were here once again to run down our show, which included Ricky Steamboat in action, The Power Company as well, and Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard of the newly formed Four Horsemen! And in our feature match, former Intercontinental champion Ted DiBiase meets Jimmy Garvin! But first, to the ring and Howard Finkel.

MATCH #1
Dos Caras vs. Honky Tonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Say what you want about the way he does it, Honky Tonk Man is proving to be a competent and dangerous opponent in the ring. He showed that again in our opener as he withstood Dos Caras' unorthodox offense to take the win.

Honky Tonk Man pinned Dos Caras with the Shake Rattle'n'Roll in 0:07:17.
Rating: ** 1/4

ANDRE THE GIANT'S & THE BARBARIAN'S TRAINING IS UNORTHODOX TO SAY THE LEAST

We were treated to a compilation video of Andre the Giant & The Barbarian training for their upcoming tag team bout against King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd. The unlikely duo had much different versions of training. Barbarian was seen running around the woods, throwing around logs and the like. Meanwhile, Andre looked annoyed to be there, but he did appear to have a six pack with him, so it wasn't a complete loss. Despite how unorthodox these two are, they will surely form a formidable team against Bundy & Studd.

MATCH #2
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Mark Faban

As one would expect, an easy and dominant win for The Dragon.

Ricky Steamboat pinned Mark Faban with the Flying Crossbody Press in 0:02:08.
Rating: **

RICKY STEAMBOAT WANTS TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE HEENAN FAMILY

After the match, Lord Alfred Hayes tried to get a word with Steamboat & Heenan after the win, but The Dragon had something else on his mind. He had a question for Bobby Heenan: "What is going on with the Four Horsemen?" Heenan tried to avoid answering the question and told Steamboat they should discuss this in the back, but Steamboat persisted. Heenan said that Steamboat has nothing to worry about - he's still a priority. The Brain added he wanted to wait to surprise Steamboat, but he has signed him in a 6-man tag match next week teaming with Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard, who came out for their scheduled match. Steamboat looked a little less than thrilled, but he shook hands with his partners for next week before leaving to the back.

MATCH #3
"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson/Tully Blanchard (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Terry Gibbs/Dave Barbie

Arn & Tully are good. Very good. They systematically picked their opponents apart en route to an easy duke. Monsoon opined that these two were going to be future tag team champions, and it's hard to disagree. Niemiller reminded Monsoon that The Enforcer might end up being the World champion soon.

The Four Horsemen (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) defeated Terry Gibbs and Dave Barbie when Anderson pinned Barbie with the Gourdbuster in 0:05:49.
Rating: 3/4*

MATCH #4
The Power Company (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Brickhouse Brown/Buddy Ryder

The Power Company are riding a wave of success, coming away with victories in Philadelphia over both the Road Warriors & the Unholy Alliance (no matter the circumstances), and they continued that wave today with an easy victory.

The Power Company (Dino Bravo and Hercules) defeated Brickhouse Brown and Buddy Ryder when Hercules pinned Ryder after a gutwrench suplex in 0:01:54.
Rating: 3/4*

After the match, Jimmy Hart grabbed the microphone and said that the Power Company deserves a shot at the World Tag Team Titles. Two men who agreed were THE ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS, as Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson came out, putting Bravo & Hercules over and saying that they were fighting champions. Morton & Gibson said that if the Power Company wanted it, they could have their title shot at The Big Event on August 28.

LIVE EVENT REPORT W/ GENE OKERLUND

"Mean" Gene Okerlund was speaking to someone in an ear piece as we cut to him for the Live Event Report. When he was finished, he announced that the match The Rock 'N Roll Express requested was now official as they will defend the World Tag Team Titles against The Power Company. Okerlund briefly went over Dino Bravo's history as a tag team champ, mentioning how he has held the titles in the past 6 different times with 5 different partners. Mean Gene added that we may be seeing a 6th on August 28.

Okerlund looked like he had more to announce, but he was interrupted by a celebrating HONKY TONK MAN, who had JIMMY HART & ADRIAN ADONIS alongside him. The party was clearly on, and during the celebration, Honky Tonk stated he was going to treat everyone next week with what they all want to see - him sing and dance. As they left, Okerlund looked too sickened to continue and threw it back to ringside.

MATCH #5
Ted DiBiase vs. "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious)

Ted DiBiase was in a mood today in our feature bout. This was the first time we had seen him since losing the Intercontinental Title to Barry Windham, and considering the way that happened, you can't blame him for being in a bad mood. This worked both to his advantage and disadvantage during certain points of this match with "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin. When DiBiase was on top, he was downright ruthless. This also led to him being too aggressive though, and Garvin is someone who is so devious and crafty, you don't want to make mistakes against him. DiBiase had his work cut out for him, but he was eventually able to get the Cobra Clutch on and take the win.

Ted DiBiase made Jimmy Garvin submit to the Cobra Clutch in 0:09:00.
Rating: ****
[Precious interfered against Ted DiBiase.]

DiBiase wasn't in the mood to celebrate though, as he even cut off Howard Finkel and stole his microphone, just simply saying, "BARRY WINDHAM! GET OUT HERE… NOW!" Windham did come out with a big smile on his face, taunting DiBiase. DiBiase didn't even wait for Windham to get near the ring as he rushed him and the brawl was on! We were tragically out of time and didn't get to see the ending of the fight, but we hope to get an update next week on Superstars!

Join us next week on Superstars where Kerry Von Erich will be here, as well as The Rock 'N Roll Express! Bobby Heenan has set up a 6-man tag team match with Ricky Steamboat, Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard teaming up, but will they be able to co-exist given the Dragon's reaction earlier? And our feature bout will be for the Television Title as Bad News Brown defends against Dos Caras! See you next week, everyone!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

WORLD TITLE - Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Arn Anderson
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. The Power Company
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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