9/21/85 - GCW Superstars

9/21/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 9/9/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Just two days away from a return to Madison Square Garden, and we would learn more about that show today on GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were at the helm of this ship again this week, and what a big main event we had! In a return of the match for the vacant Television Title from 3 weeks ago, Tully Blanchard will defend the gold against Ted DiBiase! Niemiller said DiBiase was also involved in some sort of confrontation before the show today, and told the audience he would air a tape of that incident later on the show! Monsoon mentioned some of the other superstars in action, including Eddie Gilbert, the Fabulous Ones, and Arn Anderson! Also, the Rougeau Brothers square off with the Hart Foundation! But first, to Howard Finkel for our first matchup.

MATCH #1
Barry Windham vs. AJ Petruzzi

Barry Windham looks on the brink of taking the next step to stardom. He has shown how brave he is on numerous occasions, most recently saving an unsigned talent from a sure hospital visit at the hands of King Kong Bundy. We will see if this bravery was foolish or not on Monday when he meets Bundy 1-on-1. Windham has also been training with World champion Bob Backlund recently, and this showed in his performance today. Windham used a lot of amateur wrestling moves on AJ Petruzzi, frustrating him before putting him down and out with the Superplex.

Barry Windham pinned AJ Petruzzi with the Superplex in 0:02:54.
Rating: **

Monsoon was impressed with the victory and how Windham has picked up Backlund's lessons. Niemiller said that may be so, but did Monsoon really think Windham could throw around the 450-pound King Kong Bundy like that? Niemiller said Windham was in trouble in the Garden.

TED DIBIASE AND TONY ATLAS HAVE A CONFRONTATION BEFORE THE SHOW

As Niemiller had eluded to in the show's opening that Ted DiBiase was involved in some sort of confrontation, and we got the video tape. The video was out in the parking garage and we see Ted DiBiase pull up in his rental car. As he gets out, another car pulls into the lot right behind DiBiase. The driver gets out, and it turns out to be Intercontinental champion TONY ATLAS, and he does not look happy. Atlas starts yelling at DiBiase about taking his parking spot and that he needs to move his car now. DiBiase kind of laughs it off, saying there's no assigned parking spots and he can literally park right next to him. Atlas reiterated that DiBiase was in HIS spot, and he warned him to move his car now or he would pay for it. DiBiase was much more serious now, saying if Atlas wanted him to move his car, why doesn't he make him? It looked like the two were about to come to blows when officials ran in to break it up, both Atlas and DiBiase yelling at each other.

Niemiller couldn't get over how rude DiBiase was, taking the IC champ's spot like that. Monsoon felt this was ridiculous and it was just Atlas trying to start a problem where there wasn't one.

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

Monsoon & Niemiller were still arguing over what we just saw as our next match started, a match that came about due to the ending of last week's show. The Hart Foundation won a tremendously competitive match over Chavo Guerrero & Dos Caras (a team that is now being called The Mexican Eagles), but Jimmy Hart's crew wanted to do more damage. The Rougeau Brothers came in to make sure that didn't happen, and so now we had this match. It began as a standard tag team match, but it didn't take long for DINO BRAVO to come down to ringside. Though he didn't interfere directly, his presence sure was causing a distraction for Jacques & Raymond. That's when GUERRERO & CARAS came out to even the score. There was a lot of tension around ringside, and once Bravo reached in to trip Raymond up, it all exploded. Raymond turned around and kicked Bravo through the ropes, following him out to brawl with him. The crowd loved his fire, but unfortunately as Raymond was brawling with Canada's Strongest Man, he lost track of the count.

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) when Neidhart defeated R. Rougeau by countout in 0:06:26.
Rating: ***

The Hart Foundation wanted to take advantage of Raymond being up the aisle fighting with Bravo to attack Jacques, but the Eagles got in the ring to nip that in the bud. Raymond got away from Bravo and joined his friends in the ring. Jimmy Hart left fuming, once again his best laid plans being foiled.

MATCH #3
"Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Gino Carabello

Nothing more than a showcase match for Eddie Gilbert. Hot Stuff has been in a bit of a cold streak recently, not doing a lot of major things in recent weeks. Monsoon mentioned a rumor in the locker room that ever since Tully Blanchard won the Television Title, there's a little bit of jealousy within the Heenan Family. Niemiller called that preposterous. Even if it isn't true, Gilbert looked extra motivated today, and that intensity translated into a quick victory over Gino Carabello.

Eddie Gilbert pinned Gino Carabello with the Hot Shot in 0:03:27.
Rating: * 1/4

MATCH #4
The Fabulous Ones vs. Barry O/Jerry Adams

As Monsoon put it, it was now time for the annoying portion of the show, as we got the wrestling and extended ring entrance of the Fabulous Ones. The ring entrance didn't take quite as long as usual this time, but only because Barry O & Jerry Adams tried to get the jump on them. It was effective for a bit, but once "Sweet" Stan Lane & Steve Keirn got their bearings, their superior skill came through en route to a victory via the Double Flapjack.

The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) defeated Barry O and Jerry Adams when S. Keirn pinned Barry O after the Double Flapjack in 0:04:46.
Rating: -*

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

"Mean" Gene Okerlund had his game face on for the Live Event Report, the last one before the huge show at Madison Square Garden on Monday. No guests on the show this week, but he did run down the card for Monday's show. Bob Backlund and Rick Martel for the World Title, the Rock 'N Roll Express vs. the British Bulldogs for the World Tag Team Titles, and the big steel cage match between Dusty Rhodes & Ricky Steamboat and Sgt. Slaughter & Stan Hansen. We also got news that next week on Superstars, there will more matches announced for Saturday Night Slam Masters on October 5 (already announced is Bob Backlund vs. King Kong Bundy and a Dog Collar Match between Junkyard Dog and Intercontinental champion Tony Atlas).

But before Okerlund wrapped things up, he was proud to announce the first of the 16 teams that will be participating in the inaugural giant tag team tournament, the Grand 16, live on pay-per-view on November 7! The first four teams are:

The Rock 'N Roll Express
The British Bulldogs
The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff
The Fabulous Ones

As more teams are entered, they will be announced only right here, on the Live Event Report!

MATCH #5
"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Mike Saxon

Much like Eddie Gilbert earlier in the show, "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson looked to have a little extra behind his offense in his match against Mike Saxon. This might be exactly what Bobby Heenan was looking to do. With so much extra attention being shown to Tully Blanchard by Heenan for being the only current champion in the Family, it looks like the other members of the Heenan Family have a bit of a chip on their shoulders. The Enforcer picked Saxon apart before hitting the Gourdbuster for the win.

Arn Anderson pinned Mike Saxon with the Gourdbuster in 0:02:08.
Rating: * 3/4

JIMMY HART MAKES A CHALLENGE FOR MSG

We cut back to Lord Alfred Hayes who had with him "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart. Hayes asked Hart why he asked for this time, and Hart said he was irate with what happened earlier with the Rougeaus and the Mexican Eagles. Hart demanded that President Tunney suspend those four for engaging in a blatantly unfair 4-on-3 attack on his men earlier in the program. Hayes tried to say it was Hart's men who started the issue in the first place, but Jimmy would have none of it. Jimmy Hart said it was time he evened the score, and challenged the Rougeaus and the Eagles to an 8-man tag team match on Monday in the Garden. Hayes joked and asked Hart if he was going to be in the match as well, since the last time he checked, Hart only represents 3 men. Jimmy Hart scoffed at the idea, and told Lord Alfred he was wrong - he now represents four men, and he will unveil his fourth charge - IF the Rougeaus and Eagles have the guts to accept his challenge, of course.

Back to Monsoon & Niemiller, they speculated who Jimmy Hart's fourth man could be. Niemiller assumed it would have to be one of the best in the business, because Jimmy Hart doesn't associate with losers. Monsoon, however, couldn't believe there were already 3 guys willing to deal with Hart, let alone a fourth. Niemiller said we'd probably not even going to get to meet the fourth because the Rougeaus & Mexican Eagles would be too scared to accept Hart's challenge anyway.

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

What a miscarriage of justice! Ted DiBiase let a small miscalculation on his part cost him the chance to win the vacant Television Title back on August 31, but he looked poised to win the gold in Tully Blanchard's first title defense. Blanchard was his ultra-cocky self, strutting and stalling in the opening moments, a tactic we've seen him use several times to get into the head of his opponents. Not today though. DiBiase was not messing around, going right at Blanchard and not taking his foot off the accelerator. Blanchard didn't even get his normal chances to stall because DiBiase was all over him. Even with this fast start, it was a shock to everyone when only two and a half minutes into the match, DiBiase already had the champ locked in the Cobra Clutch! The crowd was on its feet in anticipation of seeing a title change, but that is when TONY ATLAS entered the ring and hit DiBiase in the back of the head with the Intercontinental Title!

Ted DiBiase defeated Tully Blanchard by disqualification in 0:03:05.
Rating: ***
(Tully Blanchard retained the GCW Television Title.)
[Tony Atlas interfered against Ted DiBiase.]

What a sickening act! Atlas was still this upset over a parking spot that he ruined DiBiase's shot at becoming Television champion! DiBiase was out cold as Atlas stood over him, yelling a variety of insults at the fallen man. Blanchard took this as an opportunity to grab his title and head for higher ground. The show went off the air with Atlas holding the Intercontinental Title over his head while DiBiase remained unconscious.

Match observations:

!!! BREAKING NEWS !!!

After what happened at the end of today's program, President Jack Tunney was quick to act. After the cowardly assault on Ted DiBiase by Tony Atlas, an Intercontinental Title match has been signed between the two. Originally, it was to be scheduled for this Monday at Madison Square Garden, but the GCW doctors were not sure if DiBiase would be ready to go after suffering a minor concussion thanks to Atlas. So instead, Tunney has set the match for November 2 in Hershey, PA on Saturday Night Slam Masters!

In addition, the Rougeaus and the Mexican Eagles have accepted Jimmy Hart's challenge, and the match will take place on Monday night in New York City!

Also be sure to join us next week on Superstars for all the results and happenings from Monday's show at the Garden! In addition, if the Rock 'N Roll Express are successful in defending their World Tag Team Titles on Monday, they will put them on the line against the Electric Dream Machine! You won't want to miss it!

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
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. The British Bulldogs
Non-Title - Andre the Giant vs. Tully Blanchard (Television champion)
Barry Windham vs. King Kong Bundy
Junkyard Dog vs. Shiro Koshinaka
Jim Duggan vs. Bad News Brown
The Rougeau Brothers/The Mexican Eagles vs. Dino Bravo/The Hart Foundation/???
Corporal Kirchner vs. Steve Lombardi

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

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. King Kong Bundy
DOG COLLAR NON-TITLE MATCH - Junkyard Dog vs. Tony Atlas (Intercontinental champion)

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

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Tony Atlas (c) vs. Ted DiBiase

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

16-Team Tournament - Teams announced so far:

The Rock 'N Roll Express
The British Bulldogs
The Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff
The Fabulous Ones

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