9/7/85 - GCW Superstars

9/7/85 - GCW Superstars (TAPED: 8/20/85)
LOCATION: Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY

Welcome to GCW Superstars! Gorilla Monsoon & Mark Niemiller were on hand once again this week for the show, which should be a big one. The ever-popular Junkyard Dog is here, as is the monster that is King Kong Bundy! The man who could be the next World champion, Rick Martel, will join us, as will Barry Windham and Stan Hansen! And in our big main event, we will find out who will get the next crack at the World Tag Team Titles as the British Bulldogs meet the Fabulous Ones! Let's get to the ring where we have the new Television champion!

TULLY BLANCHARD IS THE NEW TELEVISION CHAMPION

Tully Blanchard was out in the ring alongside Bobby "The Brain" Heenan & Baby Doll, and most importantly with what he called his "new valet, the GCW Television Title." Blanchard declared officially that the so-called "Curse of the TV Title" was over, and that this was an image the people had better get used to, because he was going to hold onto this title for a very long time. Blanchard turned his attention to his opponent in the Garden, Andre the Giant. Heenan took the mic and told Blanchard not even to waste his breath mentioning that big oaf's name. Blanchard stepped back and smiled as Baby Doll clung to his arm. The Brain got himself all worked up as he talked about how when Andre turned down his managerial services, what he did was sign his death warrant. Heenan made it clear that he is not somebody you say no to, and that he didn't care how long it took but he was going to make sure that Andre paid for his sins. Heenan then got himself carried away and even claimed that if Andre were there right now, he would slap him across the face! That was a mistake, because right on cue, out came ANDRE THE GIANT! Heenan was immediately backpedaling, and Andre had a big smile on his face. Once Andre got in the ring, Heenan was cowering as far away as he possibly could. Blanchard got in Andre's face and started poking him in the chest. Big mistake. The smile left Andre's face as he grabbed Tully by his shirt collar and chucked him over the top rope like he was nothing. The segment ended with Andre standing tall in the ring and Blanchard, Heenan, and Baby Doll backing their way up the aisle.

MATCH #1
Barry Windham vs. Jimmy Jackson

When we came back from break, Niemiller was still fuming about the disrespect that Andre the Giant just showed Tully Blanchard. Monsoon responded with, "Will you be serious!?" Monsoon said you don't poke the bear like that, and there is no bigger bear than the Eighth Wonder of the World. The match in the ring featured Barry Windham, going up against Jimmy Jackson. Monsoon mentioned that he heard a rumor that Windham was spotted recently training with World champion Bob Backlund. It looks like Windham has really made an impression with Backlund. Niemiller said it made him sick. Niemiller's illness aside, Windham looked great here, hitting the Superplex to secure a win.

Barry Windham pinned Jimmy Jackson with the Superplex in 0:01:54.
Rating: * 1/4

MATCH #2
Junkyard Dog vs. Jerry Adams

Junkyard Dog has a busy month ahead of him. Not only will he be taking on Shiro Koshinaka in Madison Square Garden, but we found out in an insert promo that JYD spoke with President Jack Tunney and he got himself another match signed, this one for Saturday Night Slam Masters on October 5. JYD said he was disappointed it wouldn't be a title match, but he wanted one more shot to make Tony Atlas pay for what he has done this year. So that is why it will be JYD vs. Atlas… in a DOG COLLAR MATCH! JYD was his jovial self today in his defeating of Jerry Adams, but he's going to have to let his dark side out on SNSM as he looks to settle the score with Atlas once and for all.

Junkyard Dog pinned Jerry Adams with the Thump Powerslam in 0:02:50.
Rating: -*

CORPORAL KIRCHNER PROMO

The same promo video that aired last week for Corporal Kirchner aired again this week. For anyone who has forgotten, Kirchner will make his debut at Madison Square Garden.

MATCH #3
Stan "The Lariat" Hansen vs. Terry Gibbs

This was just scary, plain and simple. I know that Dusty Rhodes & Ricky Steamboat are battle-tested warriors who have accomplished a stunning amount of things in GCW, but Stan Hansen & Sgt. Slaughter might be the scariest alliance we have ever witnessed. Slaughter was at ringside with Hansen, but boy, they weren't down here for long. Hansen blitzed Terry Gibbs right when the bell rang, and about put him through the canvas with a bodyslam. As soon as Gibbs got up, he was met with the Lariat and that was that.

Stan Hansen pinned Terry Gibbs with the Lariat in 0:00:17.
Rating: *

Slaughter decided he wanted in on the action as he put Gibbs in the Cobra Clutch, before tossing Gibbs to the side. If Hansen & Slaughter are this dangerous in a regular match, what are they going to do in the cage against Rhodes & Steamboat? Niemiller said that if Rhodes & Steamboat were smart, they should back out of the match now. Monsoon thought that was insane, and that the American Dream & the Dragon will fight until they can't fight anymore.

JIMMY HART MAKES A CHALLENGE FOR NEXT WEEK

After that short-but-not-painless massacre, we cut to a pre-taped interview with "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart. Jimmy Hart is steaming mad, and the target of his anger is at those "dirty border-crossers," Chavo Guerrero & Dos Caras. Hart said his team, the Hart Foundation, is far superior, and were simply taken off guard because Guerrero was too scared to reveal who his partner was ahead of time. He said that was fine, because now the Hitman and the Anvil were ready, and they wanted a rematch next week. After the interview was over, Monsoon said he didn't want to speak for Guerrero & Caras, but he was sure they would accept the challenge. Niemiller hoped they did, so that the Hart Foundation can expose them for the frauds they really are.

MATCH #4
Rick Martel vs. Steve Lombardi

Many pundits feel that there has never been a more opportune time for Rick Martel to ascend to the top of the wrestling world. He has battled back from seemingly insurmountable odds to not only compete, but excel. He has been granted an opportunity at the World Title, and he wanted to make sure he is in prime condition before then. He took a match with Steve Lombardi today. Monsoon put Lombardi over as someone who will always take the fight to you, even if his win-loss record leans more toward loss. He's rugged, and he knows how to hurt you if you're not careful. Lombardi put up a fight, but everything is just going Martel's way right now. He dumped Lombardi with a beautiful suplex before putting him away with the Boston Crab.

Rick Martel made Steve Lombardi submit to the Boston Crab in 0:05:50.
Rating: ** 1/4

Bob Backlund is one of the greatest champions of all time, but it would be hard to bet against Rick Martel right now.

MATCH #5
King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) vs. Mike Saxon

This one wasn't quite as big a display of brutality as Stan Hansen's beatdown earlier, but it was close. King Kong Bundy is simply out of control these says, and the King of Pop inspired Mike Saxon was today's hapless victim. Saxon tried to do a moonwalk before the match, but Bundy was not impressed, punishing him with a clubbing clothesline to the back of the head. The onslaught was brief, but it was brutal, as Bundy hit the Big Splash to capture the win.

King Kong Bundy pinned Mike Saxon with the Big Splash in 0:00:57.
Rating: -1/2*

Bundy wasn't done though, as Bobby Heenan wanted him to make an example out of Saxon. Bundy hit the ropes and hit another Big Splash, crashing down on Saxon's ribs. Heenan called for a third one, but he was stopped when BARRY WINDHAM ran down and stood between Bundy & the fallen Saxon. Heenan warned Windham to get out of the way, but we've seen Windham do this before, and he wasn't backing down. Bundy took a wild swing at Windham, but Windham ducked and peppered the monster with right hands. The crowd was going wild as Windham hit the ropes, but that momentum was stopped short when Bundy hit a massive shoulderblock on Windham. Heenan called for the Big Splash, but BOB BACKLUND ran out and pulled Windham to safety before more damage could be done. Bundy yelled down at Backlund that he should mind his own business as Heenan did his best to hold the behemoth back. Niemiller said that the World champion may have made the biggest mistake of his life as we cut to commercial.

LIVE EVENT REPORT WITH GENE OKERLUND

On this week's Live Event Report, "Mean" Gene Okerlund was joined by special guests, the World Tag Team champions, the Rock 'N Roll Express. Okerlund welcomed Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson to the show, and mentioned that they would be involved in next big show that GCW was holding from its homebase, Madison Square Garden, on September 23, as they will defend the World Tag Team Titles against the winners of our next match, either the British Bulldogs or the Fabulous Ones. Okerlund asked the champs if they had any preference as to who they wanted to face in 16 days. Morton said that as the champions, Robert & he had to be ready for all challengers as everyone was gunning for them. Gibson added that both teams are amongst the best in the world, and they've fought each before and know what they're bringing to the table. Morton made a joke that if it's the Fabulous Ones they end up facing, Stan Lane & Steve Keirn better start their entrances soon so they might actually get in the ring on time by September 23. Okerlund brought up the 45-minute time limit draw the Express had with the Bulldogs back in July. Gibson said they remember it quite well, and that it still bothers them that no clear winner was decided. Gibson said he would love to get in the ring with the Bulldogs one more time. Morton also threw in that they haven't forgotten about the Electric Dream Machine, who left them laid out on a recent episode of Superstars. Morton promised that those sparkly freaks would be dealt with very soon. Okerlund thanked the Express for their time as they left to get ready to watch the main event.

Okerlund ran down the rest of the card as it stands now, including what is now being billed as a double main event. The first Okerlund says has a chance to be one of the most violent matches in wrestling history as it will be the thus far unstoppable tandem of Stan Hansen & Sgt. Slaughter taking on Dusty Rhodes & Ricky Steamboat… in a steel cage match! Rhodes & Steamboat have been in some absolute wars in the past, but this is an entirely different animal. Okerlund hoped out loud that the American Dream & the Dragon knew what they were getting into. The other main event wasn't a blood feud, but instead it could end up being the best pure wrestling of the year. Not only that, but it's for the biggest prize in the game as Bob Backlund defends the World Title against Rick Martel. Okerlund went over a bit of the history of these two, as they traded wins back at the tail end of 1983 (in fact, Martel beating Backlund in MSG is considered the win that put him on the map). Since then, Martel has had a 1-day Intercontinental Title reign cut short when he broke his neck during the match and lost nearly a year of his career. Martel has fought back to get to this point as the #1 contender. Backlund, on the other hand, has just kept winning. His third reign as World champion has lasted nearly a year now, and has shown him have a change of heart as of late. Backlund is a man who operates a lot based on respect, and recently, Barry Windham earned that respect by taking him to the limit. Backlund gave the young Windham the seal of approval after that match, but now one has to wonder if this new side of Backlund will make him weaker in the ring. I guess we're all going to find out on September 23!

The other matches will be the brand new Television champion Tully Blanchard being the next man in the Heenan Family to try to stop Andre the Giant, Junkyard Dog taking on Shiro Koshinaka, and the very anticipated debut of Corporal Kirchner! Okerlund ended by giving the hard sell saying that tickets are going fast, and that if you want to see this historic event, the only way to do so is to be there live!

MATCH #6
#1 Contenders Match
The British Bulldogs (w/ "Captain" Lou Albano) vs. The Fabulous Ones

As our main event started, Monsoon informed us that the Fabulous Ones had to begin their ring entrance during the Live Event Report to make sure they got in the ring in time for the match to start. The British Bulldogs were chomping at the bit to get their hands on Stan Lane & Steve Keirn, especially with a shot at the World Tag Team Titles at stake. After wrestling an epic 45-minute draw with the Rock 'N Roll Express back in June, many have wondered why Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid hadn't been granted a return title match already. Niemiller reminded fans that the Fabulous Ones beat the Bulldogs in July in Philadelphia, to which Monsoon chimed in, "Yeah, after a low blow!" So, there was obviously a lot of aggression from the Bulldogs camp. "Captain" Lou Albano tried to keep them under control, but as Lane & Keirn stalled more and more, the ire of the popular British duo raised significantly. There were several points during this match where the Bulldogs theoretically could have been disqualified, making liberal use of the 5 counts of referee Dick Kroll. Eventually, this match turned into chaos with all four men brawling in the ring. It looked like during this commotion, Keirn was once again going to utilize a low blow on Davey Boy while the referee was predisposed, but Albano had other plans. While Keirn set it up, he took too long, allowing Albano to sneak in the ring himself and hit Keirn with a low blow! The place went absolutely nuts. Davey Boy turned around and saw what had happened, and with a big smile on his face, drilled Keirn with the running powerslam. Dynamite sent Lane out of the ring, climbed to the top, and connected with a flying headbutt to bring this match to a dramatic close.

Number-One-Contenders-Match:
The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) when Dynamite Kid pinned S. Keirn after a flying headbutt in 0:13:14.
Rating: ** 1/2

Niemiller was irate, but Monsoon was all for it, saying sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. Niemiller said Albano should be ashamed of himself. Either way, we are going to see that big rematch as the Rock 'N Roll Express defend the World Tag Team Titles against the British Bulldogs in just over two weeks!

KING KONG BUNDY WANTS A PIECE OF BOB BACKLUND

As Monsoon & Niemiller were trying to go over next week's show, there was a commotion as KING KONG BUNDY stormed onto the scene and was in the announce position. Bobby Heenan was close behind, and didn't look too happy that Bundy was out there. Bundy was yelling that Bob Backlund made a huge mistake getting involved in his business, and that he wanted a piece of him in the ring, so he could take the World Title and send him to the hospital at the same time! The show went off the air with Bundy still yelling and the Brain trying to restrain his charge.

Match observations:

A lot of top flight wrestling is on tap for next week on Superstars, including appearances by Shiro Koshinaka, Jim Duggan, Ricky Steamboat, and Sgt. Slaughter! Raymond Rougeau will make a rare appearance in a singles match against Dino Bravo, and in a match just signed, Chavo Guerrero & Dos Caras have indeed accepted Jimmy Hart's challenge, and they will take on the Hart Foundation!

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)
Junkyard Dog vs. Shiro Koshinaka
Corporal Kirchner debuts

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

DOG COLLAR NON-TITLE MATCH - Junkyard Dog vs. Tony Atlas (Intercontinental champion)

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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