9/28/85 - GCW Superstars

9/28/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 9/9/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to another edition of GCW Superstars from Poughkeepsie, NY! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were hosting the show again, and they were talking about how excited they were for next week's Saturday Night Slam Masters! We will have more information about Slam Masters during the show, but there was a lot of wrestling action on TV here this week. Matches today include the British Bulldogs, Intercontinental champion Tony Atlas, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, and the TV wrestling debut of Corporal Kirchner! And if that wasn't big enough, the World Tag Team Titles are up for grabs when the Rock 'N Roll Express defend against the Electric Dream Machine! Also, Lord Alfred Hayes will have a special interview with World champion Bob Backlund!

MATCH #1
"Adorable" Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Jimmy Jackson

Our opening contest of the day featured "Adorable" Adrian Adonis. Adonis made his return to GCW this past Monday in MSG after months off, and he came back with a far different look. Monsoon was outright disgusted by it, saying a grown man shouldn't be parading around in makeup and a dress, especially someone who with wrestling credentials of Adonis. Even Niemiller, who is usually more sympathetic to the nefarious individuals in GCW, was put off, saying he didn't understand it. Jimmy Hart seems all for it though, yelling to Adonis that he was "beautiful" through his megaphone. Whether you like the new look or not, he did look impressive today, putting away Jimmy Jackson in short order.

Adrian Adonis pinned Jimmy Jackson after a gutwrench suplex in 0:03:20.
Rating: * 1/2

SGT. SLAUGHTER & STAN HANSEN SPEW MORE RHETORIC

A video aired that was taped backstage at Madison Square Garden after the classic cage match against Dusty Rhodes & Jim Duggan. Slaughter called Rhodes & Duggan nothing but a couple of pukes, and if that didn't proof once and for all that the American Dream is dead, nothing would. Hansen talked about how good it felt to take Dusty's head off once again with the Lariat, and said if Rhodes was smart, he would tuck his tail between his legs, and follow that yellow streak down his back all the way out of town. Slaughter chimed in about someone else they retired, and that was Ricky Steamboat. He said that it felt good taking out a friend of Dusty Rhodes', and that now the Dragon is out of the picture completely. He wanted that to be a lesson to anyone who decides to buddy up with the American Dream, and that includes "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. At this point, RICKY MORTON & ROBERT GIBSON entered the scene. Morton said they were walking by and overheard all of this trash. Gibson said that Slaughter & Hansen were nothing but bullies, and they didn't like bullies. Hansen asked what Gibson was going to do about it. Gibson responded by slapping Hansen right across the face! From there, predictably, the brawl was on and it was out of control. It took several officials to pull these four apart, and even when they did, Hansen did some creative redecorating of the area by tossing around whatever wasn't bolted to the floor.

After the video aired, Niemiller was cackling like a mad man at how the Rock 'N Roll Express just signed their death wish. Niemiller couldn't believe how stupid they were to get in the face of Slaughter & Hansen, the two scariest men in wrestling history. Monsoon applauded the tag team champs, saying that more people need to stand up to bullies like that. Niemiller said it's better to just run away and hide, because you don't end up in the hospital that way.

MATCH #2
The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano) vs. Joe Mirto/Mike Gola

The British Bulldogs shocked a lot of fans last Monday when they lost their cool after once again failing to capture the World Tag Team Titles from the Rock 'N Roll Express. It's hard to blame them for being upset, considering it was a knocked out referee missing a pinfall that cost them the gold, but Lou Albano attacking the ref after the match and the subsequent fight between the two teams was a big surprise. The Bulldogs were all business in this tag team match against Joe Mirto & Mike Gola. Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith had a little extra beating their already normally hard hitting shots, and poor Mirto & Gola were black and blue after this one for sure. Dynamite with a snap suplex and the Flying Headbutt to put this one in the books.

The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated Joe Mirto and Mike Gola when Dynamite Kid pinned Mirto with the Flying Headbutt in 0:03:51.
Rating: **

Mark Niemiller tried to get a word with the Bulldogs after the match to ask them what happened in the Garden. Albano cut in and fielded the question, saying that yes, he lost his composure and was deeply sorry for his actions this past Monday. He also wanted to publicly apologize to the Rock 'N Roll Express, and promised that something like that would never happen again. Albano said his team was just frustrated because they were rightfully the World Tag Team champions but the Express are still holding the titles. But he hoped they would accept his apology and they could continue being friends. When Niemiller got back on commentary, Monsoon couldn't believe what he just heard, talking about sour grapes. Niemiller didn't know what he was talking about, saying Albano and the Bulldogs apologized, so it's over and done with.

MATCH #3
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. Steve Lombardi

Jim Duggan had himself a huge night at MSG. Not only did he get perhaps the biggest singles win of his young career by beating Bad News Brown in stunning fashion, but he stepped in for the injured Ricky Steamboat to put up one hell of a fight as Dusty Rhodes' partner in the steel cage match. Duggan got a nice ovation from the fans as he came down with his 2x4. The fans may have been solidly behind Hacksaw, but one man who wasn't impressed was Steve Lombardi. Lombardi came out swinging, but Duggan was always a step ahead of him. Lombardi got more and more flustered, and took some strange liberties. At one point, Lombardi took off thee top turnbuckle pad. Referee Danny Davis caught him and went to fix the turnbuckle. While Davis had his back turned, Lombardi grabbed Duggan's 2x4 and pointed to his head like he had outsmarted everyone. When he turned back to Duggan, Hacksaw blasted him with a hard right hand. The 2x4 flew into the air, Duggan caught it, and clocked Lombardi across the back! Duggan removed the evidence and at that point, the pin was academic.

Jim Duggan pinned Steve Lombardi after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:04:46.
Rating: * 1/4

Duggan continues his hot streak. He has some guys looking to cool him down though, including Bad News Brown.

MATCH #4
Corporal Kirchner vs. Jim Young

After a successful debut at MSG, we got the Superstars debut of our newest wrestler, Corporal Kirchner. As Kirchner was coming down to ringside waving an American flag for his match with Jim Young, we got an insert promo from the military man. Kirchner said he was honored to be in GCW and to represent the best country in the world, the United States of America. Kirchner said there are a lot of enemies out there who want to bring harm to the country he loves, especially guys like Freddie Blassie and his Foreign Legion. Kirchner said he will take the fight to anyone who disrespects the red, white, and blue. Kirchner impressed again today, controlling the action and putting Young down with a big clothesline.

Corporal Kirchner pinned Jim Young after a clothesline in 0:02:49.
Rating: -1/4*

MATCH #5
Non-Title Match
Tony Atlas (Intercontinental champion) (w/ "Classy" Freddie Blassie) vs. John Rizzo

Back from break with Intercontinental champion Tony Atlas and his opponent John Rizzo already in the ring. Also already taking place was "Classy" Freddie Blassie ranting and raving to Gorilla Monsoon about the comments Corporal Kirchner made earlier in the program. During the entire duration of this match (a match Atlas won easily with the Bearhug), Blassie called Kirchner every name in the book, using a constant theme that the United States was in worse shape than he thought if they were going to make someone like Kirchner their hero. Blassie warned Kirchner to stay out of his business. As Blassie left to go celebrate with Atlas, Monsoon started calling Blassie every name in the book, and said he hopes Kirchner gets his hands on Blassie some day really soon. Niemiller told Monsoon he better watch what he says, or Blassie might come back over to the booth and hit him with his cane. Monsoon laughed at that thought as he threw it to "Mean" Gene Okerlund for the Live Event Report.

Tony Atlas made John Rizzo submit to the Bearhug in 0:03:35.
Rating: * 3/4

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

Gene Okerlund put over how good the Madison Square Garden show was to kick off the Live Event Report, using it as a way to remind the fans that if GCW comes to your town, you are doing yourself a disservice by not buying a ticket and attending live. If you live in New Jersey, for instance, a great chance to see the best wrestling in the world live will be on October 5, because in East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands, we will have our second Saturday Night Slam Masters! That is just one week away, and the show will broadcast on MTV, and is sure to be watched by millions. Of course the biggest match on the show that is filled with big matches is Bob Backlund defending the World Title against #1 contender, King Kong Bundy. Bundy got himself involved in Backlund's title defense this past Monday against Rick Martel, making sure that his old enemy Martel didn't win the match. We will be hearing from Backlund later on in the program to discuss what may be his toughest title defense to date. Also scheduled for the show is the culmination of a feud that has raged on for over half a year between former friends Tony Atlas and Junkyard Dog. Even though the Intercontinental Title of Atlas will not be up for grabs, JYD will get his chance to settle this once and for all, no questions asked, when they wrestle in a Dog Collar Match! And just added to the show, the red hot "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan will be in action in a match against "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert of the Heenan Family.

Okerlund wasn't done with the announcements though, as November also brings about our first journey into pay-per-view with the Grand 16 tournament! Sixteen of the best tag teams in the world will compete in this single-elimination tournament to crown the Grand 16 tournament champion. Last week, the Rock 'N Roll Express, the British Bulldogs, The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, and the Fabulous Ones were announced for the tournament. "Mean" Gene had the next 4 teams to announce this week, and they are as follows:

The Hart Foundation
The Rougeau Brothers
The Mexican Eagles
The Electric Dream Machine

That brings us to half of the field being set. In the coming weeks, the rest of the teams that will round out this historic tournament will be set!

MATCH #6
World Tag Team Title Match
The Rock 'N Roll Express (c) vs. The Electric Dream Machine (w/ Precious)

The Rock 'N Roll Express have cut a tremendous pace during their second run as World Tag Team champions. Any and all teams who have wanted a title shot, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson have been willing to step up to the plate and give them one. Jimmy "Jam" Garvin and "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal were the opponents for this next title defense, and looked ready considering how sparkly they were. The Electric Dream Machine are extremely deceptive. They come out in these extra-sparkly vests and do all of this ridiculous posturing, but if you see that and take them lightly, you're going to end up on the losing end of the stick. The Express have battled with the EDM before and knew this quite well. At the urging of Precious, Garvin & Regal took a far more serious approach to this match, because they are goofy, but the allure of championship gold is strong with everyone. Ultimately though, this was not the Machine's night. The Rock 'N Roll Express continue their impressive title reign with a solid victory on Superstars.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Electric Dream Machine (Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal) when R. Gibson made S. Regal submit to the Gibson Leglock in 0:08:59.
Rating: ** 1/4
(The Rock 'N Roll Express retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Mark Niemiller had intentions of interviewing the champs after the match in regards to what happened with the British Bulldogs in New York, but he never got the chance. As Niemiller went to get in the ring, SGT SLAUGHTER & STAN HANSEN beat him to it, attacking Morton & Gibson! A lot of bad blood was stirred up at the MSG show, and it's already boiled over! Slaughter & Hansen quickly got the upper hand, and it was looking like this could have been a massacre if it wasn't for DUSTY RHODES running down, and he had a steel chair with him! Slaughter & Hansen bailed in a heartbeat, retreating to the back in the process as the American Dream tried to goad them into getting back to the ring to fight.

SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH BOB BACKLUND

To end the show, we had a special interview Lord Alfred Hayes conduced with World champion Bob Backlund. Hayes asked Backlund about his World Title match against Rick Martel at MSG this past week. Backlund said it was one of the hardest fought matches of his career, and that Martel brought out a passion in him he hasn't had in awhile. He called Martel one of his toughest opponents he has ever faced (which is high praise) and said he was as disappointed as anyone that the match didn't get a clean, decisive finish. Backlund said if he has his way, he will be wrestling Martel again very soon. Hayes mentioned the finish of the match, saying there has been some speculation as to what King Kong Bundy was thinking by attacking Martel, even going as far as to say some people have said Backlund orchestrated the whole thing! Backlund admitted that he has done some horrible things in the past in order to retain the World Title, and with Backlund being the one who originally brought Bundy to GCW, that type of speculation makes sense. Backlund wanted to make one thing clear though - he wants the fans to trust him again, and he wouldn't jeopardize that by pulling a stunt so low and unsavory. Backlund said in one week, he puts the World Title on the line against this seemingly unstoppable monster. Backlund said no one is unstoppable, and that he would find a way to put Bundy down and out and retain the World Title.

Match observations:

!!! BREAKING NEWS !!!

After the events of both Madison Square Garden and today's program, GCW officials were quick to act and have signed a blockbuster match for Saturday Night Slam Masters next Saturday night. It will be a 6-man tag team match pitting Dusty Rhodes & the Rock 'N Roll Express against Sgt. Slaughter, Stan Hansen, and a partner of their choosing. Slaughter & Hansen do not have much time to find themselves a partner, and with how generally unpopular they are, it may be a tough sell for them to find one. We hope to have an update on that entire situation next week on Superstars!

Speaking of Superstars, next week's lead-in show to Saturday Night Slam Masters will be big. We will have an interview with King Kong Bundy and Bobby Heenan to discuss why they did what they did at MSG. Dino Bravo will be in action, as will Shiro Koshinaka! The Mexican Eagles compete, Junkyard Dog teams with Ted DiBiase (if he is ready to go after his recent concussion) to take on The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, and in the main event, Tully Blanchard defends the Television Title against Andre the Giant!

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)
Dusty Rhodes/The Rock 'N Roll Express vs. Sgt. Slaughter/Stan Hansen/???
Jim Duggan vs. Eddie Gilbert

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
The Hart Foundation
The Rougeau Brothers
The Mexican Eagles
The Electric Dream Machine

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