September 13, 1984 - Washington Avenue Armory - Albany, NY

The Heenan Family (King Kong Bundy and Nick Bockwinkel) and Bob Backlund defeated The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) and Larry Zbyszko when Backlund pinned Zbyszko after a rolling reverse cradle into a bridge in 0:10:00.
Rating: *** 1/4

We had an interesting 6-man tag team match to kick off our night in Albany. Larry Zbyszko did get another chance to get Bob Backlund in the ring on separate teams, Zbyszko teaming with the British Bulldogs and Backlund teaming with King Kong Bundy & Nick Bockwinkel. Backlund knows how to push all of Zbyszko's buttons, and he did that for the majority of this match. Backlund wouldn't get in the ring with Zbyszko, and it was working the Cruncher into a frenzy. The more upset Zbyszko got, the less teamwork he was developing with the Bulldogs. Zbyszko refused to tag out until he got his hands on Backlund. He took a lot of punishment from Bundy & Bockwinkel as Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid became increasingly rabid on the ring apron. They never got much of a chance to get back in the ring. They eventually confronted Zbyszko about it. Zbyszko wasn't about to put up with that and yelled at the Bulldogs to leave him alone. While Zbyszko was yelling, Backlund tagged himself in, and surprised the Cruncher with a rolling reverse cradle into a bridge. And yet again, Backlund has figured out a way to pin Zbyszko.

Zbyszko was out of his mind with anger, but Backlund and the Heenan Family were already out of there, so he took it out on the Bulldogs. Zbyszko blamed the loss exclusively on Davey Boy & Dynamite Kid, saying they could have warned him about Backlund tagging in. The situation got heated, and eventually Zbyszko hauled off and slapped Dynamite across the face. Dynamite Kid is not someone you should piss off as Zbyszko found out when he was tackled by the fiery Englishman. Dynamite got a couple of good shots in before Zbyszko rolled out of the ring. Zbyszko is slowly making a lot of enemies in GCW.

Don Muraco pinned Jim Powers with the Tombstone in 0:02:04.
Rating: DUD

Jim Powers is living his dream as a GCW superstar, but outside of a win over Don Muraco to earn his contract, he hasn't had a lot of success in the win/loss department. Muraco has been hearing some laughter and ribbing because he lost to Powers, so he was looking to put an end to the jabs by beating Powers tonight. Muraco had some pressure on him tonight, but he used it and didn't have much trouble putting Powers down and out with the Tombstone. Mr. Fuji was very pleased with the Magnificent One's performance, and has stated he plans to get Muraco an Intercontinental Title shot.

Larry Zbyszko pinned Junkyard Dog with the Crunch Time in 0:04:45.
Rating: * 3/4
(Kamala no-showed.)

Larry Zbyszko was not in a good mood at all after what took place in the first match, so when it was announced that Kamala wasn't here tonight for his match against Junkyard Dog, Zbyszko stepped out to the ring and said he would take Kamala's place. JYD was a little taken aback by this, as Zbyszko is not somebody he's had any issues with and they are at least friendly in the locker room. Zbyszko wasn't in a friendly mood though, and when he slapped JYD across the face, that's all it took for him to accept the match. It looked like Zbyszko was going to come to regret his decision as JYD unleashed a flurry of right hands and headbutts on the Cruncher to start the contest. JYD was rocking and rolling in the ring, but that all came to an end thanks to a thumb to the eye by Zbyszko, uncharacteristic of the Cruncher in recent months. Zbyszko was as malicious as we've seen him recently, and it ended with the Crunch Time putting JYD away. Zbyszko looked down at JYD with a tinge of disgust before he went to the back.

The U.S. Express (Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo) defeated The Foreign Legion (Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik) when Rotundo pinned Volkoff after a sunset flip in 0:08:28.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Dino Bravo no-showed.)

This match was supposed to be for the World Tag Team Titles, the U.S. Express challenging Dino Bravo & Nikolai Volkoff. But much like another member of the Foreign Legion in the previous match, Bravo did not come down when he was announced, but rather, Freddie Blassie brought out The Iron Sheik. For two members of the Foreign Legion to not show up tonight simply reeks of chicanery. Blassie said that Bravo had some undisclosed business back in Canada and couldn't be bothered to come to a garbage town like Albany (to an understandable chorus of boos). Therefore, Bravo would be replaced by the Iron Sheik, and, "unfortunately," the tag titles wouldn't be on the line. This clearly upset Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham, but they quickly got over it once the bell rang. Though Volkoff & Sheik aren't regular partners, they did work well together. But Rotundo & Windham were wrestling on pure adrenaline, disappointed that they didn't get their title shot tonight. They used that to pick up a huge win tonight, Rotundo catching Volkoff by surprise by reversing a backdrop into a sunset flip for the 3 count. With this win, the U.S. Express will get one more shot at the tag titles on October 7 at Madison Square Garden, and if either Bravo or Volkoff don't show up, Rotundo & Windham will win the titles by forfeit! This decision has not made Blassie happy, who vowed they would taking it out on U.S. Express.

Bruiser Brody defeated Bret Hart and Tully Blanchard when Brody pinned Blanchard with the Bombs Away in 0:11:11.
Rating: ** 3/4

On paper, Bret Hart & Tully Blanchard teaming up to take out Bruiser Brody was a tremendous idea. They're both technically sound athletes, and even someone as tough as Brody would have his hands more than full with these two men. But then came in the issue of the $10,000 bounty. Hart & Blanchard each wanted it, as who wouldn't want ten grand? Problem was, since each wanted it, they didn't want the other person in the ring to claim it. They started out well enough, using some good tag team maneuvers to take the advantage of their numbers. But once Brody was down, all semblance of teamwork flew out the window in a hurry. First it was tagging themselves in when they were the man on the apron. Then it was actually breaking up pinfall attempts of their partner when possibly the match could have been won. Bobby Heenan did his best to keep Tully & Bret on the same page, but it was a losing prospect. Once the shoving match started, Brody nailed Blanchard with a knee to the back. Blanchard flew forward, bonking heads with Bret Hart and sending the Hitman flying to the outside. Blanchard was stumbling around like a drunk baby, his head filled with cobwebs after that collision. Brody nailed him with a boot to the face, and followed up with the Bombs Away for the 1-2-3. Another show, another night with the bounty unclaimed. Heenan yelled at Bret for not working with Tully. Hart just blew him off, wiping his hands of the whole situation and going to the back in disgust. Hart and Blanchard will lock up at MSG, and now it's back to the drawing board to see if someone can claim Heenan's bounty.

Dusty Rhodes pinned Adrian Adonis with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:03:01.
Rating: ** 1/2

Adrian Adonis made a major impact in GCW already, debuting as Dick Murdoch's running buddy and helping him bust open Dusty Rhodes and lay a beating on World champion Stan Hansen. But now Adonis had to pay the piper, so to speak, as he met the American Dream 1-on-1. Adonis didn't even have a chance to get in the ring as Rhodes met him in the aisle, taking the fight right to the man from New York City. Before the match could even start, Rhodes & Adonis beat the hell out of each other for nearly ten minutes outside of the ring. Adonis managed to re-open the cut on the Dream's head, but the sight of the blood just seemed to make Rhodes angrier. Adonis was running a little scared at this point, rolling back in the ring. Rhodes followed quickly, and the bell rang. Rhodes was all over Adonis like melting butter, and was almost in a state where he couldn't feel pain. Any shot that Adonis hit him with barely phased him, and in just over the 3 minute mark, Rhodes hit the shot that put Adonis down for the 3 count - a big Bionic Elbowdrop. Adonis wasn't down long though, and the fight continued after the match, these two tearing up the ringside area beating each other up. Adonis made his impact, but now we'll have to see if he can survive the aftermath.

Ricky Steamboat wants an explanation from Jimmy Snuka.

Intercontinental Title champion Ricky Steamboat came out for an interview, and after greeting the fans, he got down to serious business. Steamboat has had a lot of time to think about what happened with Jimmy Snuka at the end of their match in Boston. The Dragon said that he has nothing but respect for the accomplishments of the Superfly over the years, but what Snuka did to him after their match was inexcusable. Steamboat said he would put up with a lot of things in the wrestling business - you had to if you wanted to last long, but to spit in another man's face, especially someone who is supposed to be your friend? Steamboat knew Snuka wasn't in the building tonight, and he hasn't returned his calls either. The Dragon finished by saying if he can't get an apology for what Snuka did, he'll beat one out of him at MSG. I am really looking forward to this rematch at the Garden.

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) when R. Morton pinned Eaton after the Double Dropkick in 0:14:32.
Rating: *** 3/4

Bad News Brown did a number on Ricky Morton's eye back in Boston. Jim Cornette's massive bodyguard took a metal spike to Morton's right eye, causing some severe, albeit hopefully not permanent damage. Morton wanted to get his hands on the Midnight Express in the worst way, but since Brown has shown he can't be trusted at ringside, he was forced to be locked inside of a cage for this tag team encounter. Brown was pretty stoic about the whole thing, but Jim Cornette looked like he had been stabbed with the look of anguish on his face (the bandages on his eyes didn't help with this look). Cornette was worried that with how enraged the Rock 'N Roll Express were that he wasn't safe with his bodyguard locked up in a cage. The match itself was fantastic. Early on Morton's injury didn't seem to be hindering him too much and RnR was firing on all cylinders with great quickness and frequent tags. But once Condrey caught Morton with a back elbow to that injured eye of Morton, the complexion of the match shifted in a hurry. Loverboy Dennis and Beautiful Bobby were doing a number on Morton, working over that eye with a viciousness only reserved for your worst enemy. Gibson was pacing on the apron like a caged animal as his partner was taking an incredible amount of punishment from the Midnight Express. Still, Morton refused to say die, not keeping his shoulders down for the 3 count when perhaps it was in his best interests to do so. Brown was describing the action to Cornette the entire time, bringing great delight and screeching noises of approval from the Prince of Polyester. When it looked like Morton couldn't possibly take any more punishment, on pure instinct alone he reversed a double backdrop into a double face plant and made the hot tag to Gibson. Gibson was a house of fire, doing quite well for himself against Condrey & Eaton. Eventually Cornette couldn't take it anymore and jumped up on the apron with the hairspray - and then he froze. At that moment he realized that he had outed himself as not being blind at all! This momentary hesitation was enough for Morton to get back in the ring and drop Cornette to the floor with a huge dropkick to a huge pop. Morton & Gibson then caught Eaton on the chin with the Double Dropkick and got the 1-2-3. This couldn't have been the way Cornette saw (pun intended) this night going.

The Iron Sheik defeated Tony Atlas when Tony Atlas passed out in the Camel Clutch in 0:09:40.
Rating: ***

The Iron Sheik had wrestled once before in the tag match, but he was still looking fresh and up for his match with Tony Atlas of the All-Americans. The Foreign Legion are riding a wave of momentum after winning the War Games match back in July, while the All-Americans have faltered a little bit. Atlas had a great showing in the War Games match in a losing effort, but he didn't do so well in a match against King Kong Bundy last month in Uniondale. Atlas looked to rebound against the Sheik, but it didn't work out that way for him. Sheik didn't get off scot-free by any means, as the strength of Mr. USA is always an effective weapon in any match. Sheik had Freddie Blassie though, which is a difference maker a lot of the time. Blassie caught Atlas with a discreet shot to the ribs with his cane, giving Sheik the opening to hit a big bodyslam and lock on the Camel Clutch. Atlas struggled as best he could to break free of the hold, but Sheik had it cinched on tight. The more Atlas struggled, the worse it got for him until eventually he passed out. A busy night for The Iron Sheik, but it ended on a good note for him. This, plus his recent countout victory over Stan Hansen should put him in contention for another World Title shot.

Texas Bullrope Match:
Stan Hansen defeated Dick Murdoch in 0:14:47.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Stan Hansen retained the GCW World Title.)

A World Title match is a huge deal in and of itself. A World Title Texas Bullrope match is something all together. Especially one that came about because the challenger recently hanged the champion with a bullrope. Hansen & Murdoch were chomping at the bit to tear each other apart - in fact, Hansen attacked Murdoch before Hansen even had the the rope around his wrist. Hansen wasted little time wrapping the rope around Captain Redneck's neck and hanging him over the top rope, just as Murdoch had done to him. The crowd was in a frenzy as Murdoch was starting to turn purple, but Dirty Dick got his hands on the cowbell and slammed it into Hansen's midsection, interrupting the hanging. Murdoch got the bell as he rolled into the ring and caught Hansen in the face with it. Dick Kroll then put the rope around the barely conscious Hansen's wrist, and the match could officially start. The match hadn't even been going for 30 seconds and both combatants were worse for wear. Murdoch had the advantage early, and he brought his expertise in the Texas Bullrope match. Murdoch made great use of the rope, choking Hansen with it, whipping him with it, using it to tie Hansen up and pound on him. Hansen has been in his fair share of Texas scraps, and he found a way to get back into the mix by pulling Murdoch into a kick to the midsection while Murdoch went for turnbuckle #3, and then dropped him with a power bomb. Hansen may have been able to get a pin at this point in a regular match, but in the Texas Bullrope match, you had to touch all four turnbuckles in succession. Hansen made his first real attempt at that, but Murdoch cut him off with back suplex before buckle #3. The match ebbed and flowed like this from then on, both men getting increasingly closer to winning but being stopped right at the last second. The ending sequence saw Murdoch wrap the ropes around Hansen's neck and start dragging him around to the turnbuckles. He didn't realize that Hansen was touching the turnbuckles right behind him. ADRIAN ADONIS ran out to warn his partner of this, but DUSTY RHODES jumped him from behind on the floor. This served as a distraction to Murdoch, who loosened his grip on the rope just enough for Hansen to escape. Hansen pulled Murdoch in by the rope, nearly Lariat'ed his head off, touched the last turnbuckle, and had won the match! That didn't stop the fight from continuing though, as all four upheld the assault for nearly 10 more minutes before police officers had to pull them all apart. As a result, a STEEL CAGE MATCH has been signed between these warring teams for October 7 at Madison Square Garden!

Card rating: ** 3/4

Match observations:

CAGE MATCH - Stan Hansen/Dusty Rhodes vs. Adrian Adonis/Dick Murdoch
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE - Ricky Steamboat (c) vs. Jimmy Snuka
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES - Dino Bravo/Nikolai Volkoff (c) vs. The U.S. Express
Dynamite Kid vs. Larry Zbyszko
Bret Hart vs. Tully Blanchard

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