What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – August 27, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for today’s episode.  They hype the Hulkamaniacs-Dungeon of Doom main event scheduled for Fall Brawl and discuss Meng’s acquisition of the golden spike from the Master.

Okerlund and Heenan discuss the “fatal attraction” element of the Colonel Robert Parker-Sister Sherri relationship.

Heenan has difficulties understanding the difference between “Morse Code” and “Morris Code.”

Brian Pillman (27-4) beats Alex Wright (42-6-1) after rolling through a flying body press at 6:11:

This is correctly billed as a return match from The Great American Bash where Wright defeated Pillman in a ***+ struggle.  At that time it seemed Wright was still being groomed for a push toward a title but the roles are now reversed with Pillman plugged into the United States title scene.  Some work on the canvas segways into a quick exchange of near-falls, with Pillman kicking out of a German suplex and Wright doing the same off of a tornado DDT.  Wright manages to block a superplex effort but when he flies off the top rope Pillman rolls through and avenges a prior loss.  This was not as good at The Great American Bash but that was due to the time constraints.  It is also Wright’s fourth straight loss in a feature singles match.  Rating:  **½

Okerlund and Heenan joke about making another bet about Fall Brawl and use that to hype WCW trading cards and the WCW Hotline.

The Last Word:  After months of toiling in the midcard it looks like Brian Pillman is due for a push as WCW Worldwide a few weeks back hinted that he is an ally of Arn Anderson, and he has a high profile match at Fall Brawl with title implications.  Pillman also seems more comfortable in the ring since he is not being pressured to be a cruiserweight as WCW has delayed the debut of that division for the time being.

WCW went out west to do a few house shows in New Mexico and Nevada and here is the result of one of those shows (courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com):

Las Vegas, Nevada – The Thomas & Mack Center – August 26, 1995 (2000; 1,400 paid):  Marcus Bagwell & Alex Wright beat Harlem Heat at 12:27 when Bagwell pinned Booker T with a crossbody off the ropes after heel miscommunication…Hacksaw Jim Duggan pinned Kamala with a roll up at 8:43 after hitting him with a 2×4 when Kamala shoved the referee…Diamond Dallas Page beat Dave Sullivan with a Flair pin at 9:04…Television Champion the Renegade pinned Arn Anderson at 10:39 after the referee stopped Anderson from using the ropes to block a sunset flip…The Nasty Boys defeated the Blue Bloods at 7:57 when Brian Knobbs pinned Lord Steven Regal after Earl Robert Eaton and Jerry Sags took turns hitting elbow drops to their opponent behind the referee’s back and putting their partner on top for the cover…U.S. Champion Sting beat Meng via disqualification at 7:10 when Meng tossed Sting over the top rope…Randy Savage pinned Ric Flair with a roll up at 11:43.  Flair initially won the match by using a foreign object but the referee noticed it after counting the pinfall and ordered the match to continue.

Backstage News*:        WCW recent house shows in New Mexico and Nevaada lost money and attendance was blamed on some thunderstorms in the area.  Attendance at the Thomas & Mack Center was disappointing, and wrestlers were said to have sleepwalked through their matches.

*WCW is hyping that $1 of every order for Fall Brawl is going to be going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) but they are not taking a cut to their bottom line as the price of show is $25.95 instead of the usual $24.95.

*At the August 26 ECW Arena show, Paul E. Dangerously announced that he was declaring war on WCW in a thirty-minute speech, although he praised Eddy Guerrero, Dean Malenko, and Chris Benoit and said that he hoped they would return one day.  He also told fans that the Public Enemy, 911, and others were not going anywhere and blamed New Japan for Guerrero, Malenko, and Benoit’s departures.

*TNT executives are banking on Monday Nitro drawing at least a 2.0 rating and are selling ads to reflect that number.  The first Nitro telecasts will be running against taped episodes of RAW.

*Guerrero and Malenko will debut at the WCW Pro tapings in Florence, South Carolina against each other and they may work with Benoit in a tag team match at Halloween Havoc.

*Ric Flair is battling a shoulder injury and will have some minor eye surgery after September 18, so he may miss two weeks of action.

*Sabu’s debut at the WCW Pro tapings in Anderson, South Carolina went well on August 22, although a table did not break for one of his moves and he took a swing at a fan during a match.

*In talent relations news, four All-Japan women talents have been signed for a November 26 pay-per-view and November 27 Nitro.  Bull Nakano and Manami Toyota are two of those women.  WCW has reportedly signed Ron Simmons and Butch Reed to come back as Doom for the November 26 pay-per-view as well.  Simmons has given ECW his notice.

*Backstage news courtesy of the September 4 edition of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer.

And since it is the end of the month here are some win/loss standings for WCW talent at the end of August 1995:

Top Twenty-Five Overall Records

1—The Renegade (20-0)

2—Hulk Hogan (9-0)

3—Cobra (1-0)

4—Sting (31-1-1)

5—Diamond Dallas Page (13-0-2)

6—Randy Savage (20-1-1)

7—Road Warrior Hawk (5-0-1)

8—Sergeant Craig Pittman (31-3)

9—Brian Pillman (31-4)

10—Meng (26-3-1)

T11—Brian Knobbs (40-5-2)

T11—Jerry Sags (40-5-2)

13—Johnny B. Badd (39-5-2)

T14—Booker T (41-6-2)

T14—Stevie Ray (41-6-2)

16—Alex Wright (49-8-1)

17—Lord Steven Regal (27-4-3)

18—The Shark (5-1)

19—Hacksaw Jim Duggan (36-7-1)

20—Vader (22-5)

21—Kamala (13-3)

22—Kurasawa (4-1)

23—Big Bubba Rogers (24-8-1)

24—Kevin Sullivan (23-8)

25—Steve Austin (14-5)

Inactive Wrestlers that Would Have Qualified:  Frank Andersson (4-0), Wahoo McDaniel (1-0), the Great Muta (1-0), Dustin Rhodes (18-2), the Blacktop Bully (15-5)

Top Ten Singles Records

1—The Renegade (18-0)

2—Hulk Hogan (4-0)

3—Kurasawa (3-0)

4—The Shark (2-0)

5—Cobra (1-0)

6—Sting (23-1)

7—Diamond Dallas Page (13-0-2)

8—Randy Savage (13-1)

9—Sergeant Craig Pittman (31-3)

10—Meng (25-2)

Inactive Wrestlers that Would Have Qualified:  The Blacktop Bully (15-0), Wahoo McDaniel (1-0), the Great Muta (1-0)

Top Ten Tag Team Records

1—The Monster Manaics (4-0)

2—The Nasty Boys (40-5-2)

3—Harlem Heat (40-6-2)

4—The Blue Bloods (21-3-2)

5—Sting & Randy Savage (2-0-1)

T6—Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Marcus Bagwell (2-1)

T6—Kamala & the Shark (2-1)

8—Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (20-10-1)

T9—Scott Armstrong & Tim Horner (1-1)

T9—Marcus Bagwell & Alex Wright (1-1)

Inactive Teams that Would Have Qualified:  Ric Flair & Arn Anderson (3-0), Kevin Sullivan & Avalanche (3-0), Dustin Rhodes & Johnny B. Badd (3-0), Lord Steven Regal & Jean Paul Levesque (1-0), Kevin Sullivan & the Butcher (6-2), Stars & Stripes (21-7), Big Bubba Rogers & Avalanche (2-2), Brad & Scott Armstrong (2-2)

Top Ten in Televised Match Appearances (Iron Worker Award):

1—Alex Wright (58)

2—Bunkhouse Buck (51)

T3—Booker T (49)

T3—Stevie Ray (49)

T5—Brian Knobbs (47)

T5—Jerry Sags (47)

7—Johnny B. Badd (46)

8—Arn Anderson (45)

9—Hacksaw Jim Duggan (44)

10—Marcus Bagwell (43)

Most Appearances By Show:  Prime-Bunkhouse Buck, Johnny B. Badd, and Steve Austin (4); Pro­-Hacksaw Jim Duggan (15); Worldwide-Bunkhouse Buck (13); Saturday Night-Alex Wright, Arn Anderson, Booker T, and Stevie Ray (18), Main Event-Johnny B. Badd (8)

Top Five Matches in August 1995

1—Alex Wright vs. Ric Flair (WCW Saturday Night, August 19) – ***½

2—Arn Anderson vs. Alex Wright (WCW Worldwide, August 19) – ***

3—Brian Pillman vs. Marcus Bagwell (Main Event, August 6) – ***

4—Diamond Dallas Page vs. Alex Wright (Clash of the Champions XXXI, August 6) – **½

5—Brian Pillman vs. Alex Wright (Main Event, August 27) – **½

Top Five Overall Matches in 1995 (to this point)

1—Brian Pillman vs. Alex Wright (The Great American Bash, June 18) – ***¾

2—Harlem Heat vs. Sting & Randy Savage (WCW Tag Team Championship Match, WCW Saturday Night, February 25) – ***½

3—The Patriot vs. Ric Flair (U.S. Championship Tournament First Round, WCW Main Event, May 14) – ***½

4—Arn Anderson vs. Alex Wright (WCW Television Championship Match, WCW Saturday Night, March 11) – ***½

5— Alex Wright vs. Ric Flair (WCW Saturday Night, August 19) – ***½

Up Next:  WCW Pro for September 2!