What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – January 28, 1995

Gordon Solie, Larry Zbyszko, and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary and they are taped from Columbus, Georgia.  The taping was done on January 9, attracting a sellout crowd of 5,000 (only 2,000 paid, though, according to thehistoryofwwe.com) to the Municipal Auditorium.  This was the last WCW show at the venue.

Opening Contest:  Dustin Rhodes (3-0) pins George South after a bulldog at 2:29:

Dustin is doing his best to be a traditional babyface, hugging children and slapping their hands during his entrance.  The problem is that he ranks well below Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Sting on the babyface hierarchy.  South does a good job bumping for Rhodes, selling a ten punch spot in the corner like death and that produces the finish.

The horrid Alex Wright music video that played at Clash of the Champions is shown.

The announce team discusses what happened to Dave Sullivan on Saturday Night last week, with footage accompanying their thoughts.

Gene Okerlund provides the SuperBrawl V Report.  WCW Champion Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart say that they will be fighting for the future of Hulkamania.  Other matches signed for the card are Randy Savage & Sting teaming up to face Big Bubba Rogers & Avalanche, Dustin Rhodes facing the Blacktop Bully, Harlem Heat defending the WCW Tag Team Championship against the Nasty Boys, Kevin Sullivan against Dave Sullivan, Hacksaw Jim Duggan squaring off with Bunkhouse Buck, and Alex Wright facing Paul Roma.

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The Nasty Boys (4-0) defeat Mark Starr & Mark Kyle when Jerry Sags pins Kyle after the Trip to Nastyville at 2:09:

Dusty shatters all illusions that this is a competitive contest in the matches first thirty seconds, saying it is an afterthought when the Nasties get to face Harlem Heat for the tag team titles at SuperBrawl.  And indeed, the Nasties give credence to Dusty’s words, swallowing up the jobbers in an effort where they barely break a sweat.

Diamond Dallas Page says that he is not getting suitable competition in his arm wrestling contest because Hulk Hogan, Sting, Randy Savage, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan are not facing him.  He reiterates that the reward for beating him is a date with the Diamond Doll.  Jobber Al Phillips answers today’s challenge and goes down in defeat rather quickly.  Dave Sullivan, now sporting shorter hair, is seen monitoring the proceedings as Page decks the jobber after asking him how he would ask the Diamond Doll out.

A replay of the Brian Pillman video package airs.  WCW is calling Pillman “California Brian” now.

Television Championship Match:  Arn Anderson (Champion w/Colonel Robert Parker & Meng) (2-0) pins Marcus Bagwell (w/Wildcat Willie) after rolling through a flying body press at 6:37:

Anderson is booked to defend the Television Championship against Randy Savage on Saturday Night but he has to get through Bagwell first.  Bagwell’s choice of a second for this match is odd as the Patriot would be a much better way to neutralize the presence of Parker and Meng.  This becomes important as Parker and Meng create distractions to give Anderson advantages throughout the contest and although Bagwell puts up a good fight and tries to win with a flying body press, Anderson uses his veteran wit – and a handful of tights – to retain.  Rating:  **

The announcers hype the Saturday Night main event where Anderson will face Randy Savage for the Television Championship.  Zbyszko flips a coin and predicts Anderson will win.

Tune in next week to see the Blacktop Bully!

The Last Word:  The Okerlund segment gave the full card for SuperBrawl and that was the highlight of the show since the main event was average.  The arm wrestling contests are keeping Diamond Dallas Page’s name out there even though he has not wrestled yet in 1995.

Up Next:  WCW Worldwide for January 28!