October 7, 1984 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Bad News Brown pinned Jim Powers with the Ghetto Blaster in 0:01:53.
Rating: -1/4*

Not the best of starts to the wrestling career of Jim Powers. He has shown heart by the truck load so far, never backing down from any opponent even though he is often outmatched. That was the case here as Jim Cornette unleashed his bodyguard for a singles match tonight, Bad News Brown. Cornette was back to normal here, claiming that he was "miraculously healed" from his blindness, and that made him annoying as can be. He wouldn't have time to be much of a factor in this match because Brown wasn't working by the hour, so to speak. He put Powers away in under 2 minutes with a standing enzuigiri that he calls the Ghetto Blaster. I'll tell you, even though Brown is primarily a bodyguard for Cornette, if he is fully released onto the singles division, he could be in title contention in a hurry.

Tully Blanchard pinned Bret Hart with the Slingshot Suplex in 0:09:42.
Rating: *** 1/2

Tully Blanchard and Bret Hart just couldn't put their egos aside to work together against Bruiser Brody, letting the greed of the $10,000 bounty cause their teamwork to completely fall apart in Albany. A singles match was signed for tonight, and it was a great contest. The fans weren't sure how to react given they detest both of these competitors. One man who wasn't on the fence about his allegiance was Bobby Heenan, sticking with Blanchard and letting Hart know in no uncertain terms that he didn't want to manage him. As the match was wearing on, the Brain was looking like he might be regretting that decision because Hart was dazzling in the ring with his technical wrestling skills. Eventually though, Blanchard's cheating was more effective than Hart's cheating, poking the Hitman in the eye to then hit the Slingshot Suplex for the win.

Bruiser Brody defeated Don Muraco by disqualification in 0:01:41.
Rating: 3/4*

Before this match, Mr. Fuji got on the microphone and in his unique brand of broken English said that Don Muraco was going to take the bounty of Bobby Heenan by beating down Bruiser Brody, and then using the money to buy new muscle shirts. An odd choice for the use of the money, but hey, who am I to judge? Either way, he was going to have to get by Brody, and that has been no easy task so far since he returned to GCW. The Magnificent One, we found out, wasn't looking to win a hard fought match to earn his money that way. No, he was looking to hurt Brody, using a pair of brass knuckles to clean Brody's clock and get himself DQ'ed. Muraco may have been able to earn the bounty had he kept up the pressure, but instead he decided to go through a variety of poses. While doing this, he was completely oblivious to the fact that Brody got back up. Fuji did see this though and was waving his arms like a wild man to get his attention, but it was far too late. When Muraco finally turned around, it was right into a big boot to the face. Muraco rolled out of the ring, but said he will not make this same mistake on November 3 in Hartford.

Davey Boy Smith pinned Nick Bockwinkel after a Victory Roll in 0:05:22.
Rating: ***

We haven't seen much of Nick Bockwinkel recently, but he was back here in the Garden with that same cocky swagger we are accustomed to. He was taking on Davey Boy Smith of the British Bulldogs, and Bockwinkel spent the early minutes of the contest showing no respect at all for Davey Boy. He was out wrestling Davey Boy, sure, but he was also slapping Smith in the back of the head, and generally strut around like he was the cock of the walk. Bobby Heenan didn't help matters by encouraging this activity, applauding every time Bockwinkel was a jerk. Bockwinkel looked like he could have put the match away earlier than he did, but lifted Davey Boy's shoulders up off the mat after hitting a gutwrench suplex. Heenan laughed and told Bockwinkel to put Davey on the top rope. Bockwinkel did so, but took too much time and caught a boot from Davey Boy right in the face. Smith grabbed Bockwinkel by the hair and brought him in, getting on his shoulders and taking him down with a Victory Roll for the flash 3 count! Bockwinkel & Heenan were flabbergasted as Smith was announced the winner in what has to be considered a huge upset. After the show in an interview with PWI, Heenan said that the Bulldogs may be riding high now, but we'd all see how happy they were when they took on Bockwinkel & King Kong Bundy in Hartford.

The Foreign Legion (Dino Bravo and Nikolai Volkoff) defeated The U.S. Express (Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo) when Volkoff defeated Windham when Windham passed out in the Bearhug in 0:14:10.
Rating: ** 1/2
(The Foreign Legion retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

Well, both members of the tag team champs showed up, which was a start. After Dino Bravo was suspiciously absent from the match in Albany, Freddie Blassie was told if both members of his tag team championship squad weren't present, the U.S. Express would be awarded the titles. The Foreign Legion was here in full force, and Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham were primed and ready to become 2-time champs. Despite the sometimes nefarious tactics of the Foreign Legion, there is no questioning the ability of Bravo & Volkoff. They don't wrestle a pretty style, but these foreign fanatics are brutes and inflicted a lot of offense on the young Rotundo & Windham. But even though they're young, the U.S. Express have a lot of spunk, using their quickness and great tandem offense to keep themselves on par with the Foreign Legion. But when you have the power of Bravo & Volkoff, sometimes it only takes one big move to finish a match, and that's what we saw here when Volkoff ducked a big clothesline by Windham and locked him in the Bearhug. Rotundo made the attempt at the save, but Bravo scooped him up and dumped him over the top rope. Windham fought to get out of the hold, but he fell just short, passing out to the pain. Bravo & Volkoff retain the World Tag Team Titles, but a valiant effort by the U.S. Express.

Larry Zbyszko pinned Dynamite Kid with the Crunch Time in 0:07:20.
Rating: *** 3/4

Larry Zbyszko just isn't a team player. His obsession with his inability to defeat Bob Backlund has made him just unpleasant to be around, and the British Bulldogs learned that after a 6-man tag team match that they teamed up in back in Albany. Zbyszko & Dynamite Kid got into a scrap after the loss, leading to this match tonight. Even though it's been a month since tempers flared, it was apparent right from the opening bell that they have been harboring that hostility ever since September 13. These two are exceptional athletes known for their intensity, and that was displayed in spades. Dynamite Kid was just a little too intense, missing the Flying Headbutt when he went for it as the Cruncher was playing possum. Dynamite stumbled to his feet and right into the Crunch Time. Zbyszko put the bad mouth on Dynamite before heading to the back. Looks like that chip on the Cruncher's shoulder is here to stay.

Gorilla Monsoon has a huge announcement.

We got a special treat next as GCW legend Gorilla Monsoon was in the house, coming out to a standing ovation. Monsoon thanked Madison Square Garden for the wonderful reaction, but said he was here with an important announcement. Monsoon said that there is no wrestling organization in the world with the rich history that GCW has, and starting in 1985, that history is going to become even richer. Starting on January 5, 1985, Global Championship Wrestling will be making their debut on television. Each week across the country in syndication, and soon, around the world, GCW will bring the fans a show entitled GCW Superstars of Wrestling. And on top of that, Gorilla Monsoon himself would be the lead announcer of this show. With a new television show, GCW will be taking it to the next level.

King Kong Bundy and Tony Atlas battled to a double countout in 0:02:03.
Rating: *

This match turned ugly in a hurry. Tony Atlas has hit a rough patch recently, and his way of trying to get out of it was to be more aggressive, which he needed to be anyway against the mammoth King Kong Bundy. This is the type of fight Bundy likes, and it wasn't 30 seconds in before these two were raining bombs on each other. Atlas even got the better of the scrap, knocking Bundy out with a huge haymaker. Atlas had the crowd all fired up, but then he was pulled out to the floor by Bundy and the fight continued there. The two went back and forth with clubbing blows, each man getting counted out in the process. It took a cavalry of officials to keep these big boys apart. Mr. USA didn't get the win, but it was a positive to see him show some fire against the Heenan Family's resident monster.

Kamala pinned Junkyard Dog after hitting him with the cane in 0:04:18.
Rating: 1/4*

It took 3 tries, but we finally got the match between Junkyard Dog & Kamala. "Classy" Freddie Blassie was hoping to continue with his quality night, and when you have the Ugandan Giant in your camp, you're going to have a lot of quality nights. From what we've seen of Kamala, he's not exactly the smartest competitor you will ever see. He often looks to Blassie with a look of pure confusion, as if he's asking, "What do I do next?" But there is one thing we do know that Kamala knows for sure, and that's how to maim his opposition. JYD was game and ready for the fight, but he was having trouble slowly this monster down. Blassie distracting referee Danny Davis and then throwing the Ugandan Giant his cane didn't help JYD's case either. Kamala took the cane and hit JYD in the dome with it to get a cheap, but effective pinfall victory. Blassie insists we haven't even scratched the surface of what Kamala is capable of. I shudder to think what else could be in store for the superstars of GCW.

Ricky Steamboat pinned Jimmy Snuka with the Flying Crossbody Press in 0:09:56.
Rating: *** 3/4
(Ricky Steamboat retained the GCW Intercontinental Title.)

Jimmy Snuka has been hanging on his last thread of sanity it seems, and tonight, that thread may have snapped. Ricky Steamboat & Snuka still considered themselves friends before this match, but I don't think that's the case anymore. The Superfly has lost previous Intercontinental Title challenges to the Dragon, but each under controversial or close circumstances. This was another of the same. There was a lot less friendly exchanges in this one as Snuka was all business, trying to guarantee that this would be the night he would take home the championship that has eluded him for the past several months. That being said, Steamboat was wrestling on top of his game, and hit Snuka with the Flying Crossbody Press for the 1-2-3. Or did he? Snuka had gotten his foot on the ropes right before the 3 count, but referee Tommy Young didn't see it and made the count. A blown call, but referee decisions are final in GCW. Snuka about flipped his lid, yelling at Young about how he was blind and how it was the worst call anyone had ever made. It got heated to the point where the Superfly grabbed Young by the collar and was threatening to hit him, but Steamboat interjected himself and pulled Snuka away… only to be caught by an intentional elbow to the face by Snuka! Steamboat was rocked, but when he cleared the cobwebs and stared down Snuka, Snuka ran out of the ring in a hurry. What a sore loser Snuka has become. I'm certain we haven't seen the last of this.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose) when R. Gibson pinned Rose after a backslide in 0:12:34.
Rating: ** 3/4

The Rock 'N Roll Express & the Midnight Express have had some battles recently, including Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson beating Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton last month. The teams were signed to face off again, with the added bonus that whichever squad won would be the next challengers for the World Tag Team Titles. Jim Cornette threw a major curveball as he came out with Condrey, but Beautiful Bobby wasn't there, but rather, a different competitor. Cornette announced the man as "Ravishing" Randy Rose, and that he would be the permanent new partner of "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey. This definitely threw Morton & Gibson off their game in the early going. We don't know much about Rose, but he meshed seamlessly with Condrey. It took RnR awhile to get their bearings, but they picked up steam in latter half of the contest, with their tremendous heart and quickness. They were still wrestling from the defensive though, and it was a tremendous reversal of a missed clothesline from Rose that let Gibson pin him with a backslide. The Rock 'N Roll Express are the new #1 contenders! Cornette was furious and sent Bad News Brown after Morton & Gibson, but the #1 contenders got out of the ring and celebrated with the fans as the Midnight Express were sore in the ring.

Bob Backlund wants to know why he didn't have a match tonight.

As the ring crew were setting up the cage for our main event, BOB BACKLUND came out and ripped the microphone away from Howard Finkel. Backlund pondered out loud why he wasn't booked for a match in Madison Square Garden, an arena he has sold out numerous times in the past. Backlund said that he should be getting World Title shots, not having to steal ring announcer's microphones just to get on the show. At this point, World champion STAN HANSEN came to the ringside area and got in Backlund face, telling him that instead of whining about it, he could step in the ring with the Lariat whenever he wants if he's mad about who is World champ. Backlund begged off, backing away and saying he didn't want any trouble. When Hansen turned around to start getting into the cage, Backlund attacked him from behind, throwing him shoulder first into the ring post! Backlund then locked on the Crossface Chickenwing, really wrenching back on that damaged left shoulder until DUSTY RHODES ran him off through the crowd. Hansen was hurting, but said that he would be fine to wrestle in the cage match. What a crybaby Backlund was tonight.

Cage Match:
Dusty Rhodes and Stan Hansen defeated North-South Connection (Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch) when Hansen pinned Murdoch with the Lariat in 0:17:58.
Rating: *** 1/4

Stan Hansen insisted to Dusty Rhodes that his arm was fine and he could wrestle this match, but by the looks of things, he was anything but fine. His left arm dangled from his body like a limp noodle, and it was clear that he was in an immense amount of pain. Factor in as well that this was a cage match and it wasn't looking like a positive situation for the World champion and the American Dream. But when his opponents were men who have blasted him with a chair and tried to hang him with a length of rope, you would have had to lock Hansen up for him not to wrestle this match. Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch may have had a game plan coming in, but when they saw Hansen's dangling left arm, they changed it to attacking that injured body part like it had a bullseye on it. Hansen is a fighter though, and he just fought double with his right arm, and having the former 2-time World champion as his partner definitely didn't hurt any. As this match raged on, you could tell we were looking at the end of this feud, one way or another. There was blood, and a lot of it. In fact, when all was said and done and the smoke had cleared, all four men were wearing the crimson mask. Unlike in a lot of cage matches, there was to be no escape - this one was going to end in a pinfall or submission. Hansen's shoulder got worse and worse as the match wore on, Adonis & Murdoch targeting it with a ruthlessness rarely matched. But the World champion just doesn't say die, and didn't through the course of this match. While Rhodes had Adonis in between the ropes and the cage and was slamming him face first into the cage, Hansen caught Murdoch under the chin with the Lariat (using his good arm, of course) and got the 3 count in a hellacious match to put the final nail in the coffin of this feud.

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

11/3/84 - HARTFORD CIVIC CENTER - Hartford, CT

WORLD TITLE - Stan Hansen (c) vs. Bob Backlund
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Dino Bravo/Nikolai Volkoff (c) vs. The Rock 'N Roll Express
The British Bulldogs vs. Nick Bockwinkel/King Kong Bundy
The U.S. Express vs. The Midnight Express
Bruiser Brody vs. Don Muraco

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