–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Las Vegas, Nevada.
–The Nasty Boys and Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck cut dueling promos against each other to kick off the broadcast.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are wrapping up the January 8 tapings in Atlanta, Georgia. Gene Okerlund lets both of them know that Big Van Vader and Harley Race have purchased ringside seats for Clash of the Champions. Heenan adds that Ric Flair will also make an appearance at the Clash.
–Sister Sherri provoking Stars & Stripes on last week’s show is replayed.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia. The matches on this telecast were taped on December 8 and January 8. The announcers discuss the Hulk Hogan-Big Van Vader main event that has been signed for SuperBrawl.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are tonight’s broadcast team and they are taped from the Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. The tapings were done on December 7, 1994.
–Footage of Big Van Vader confronting WCW Champion Hulk Hogan at the end of Starrcade is shown. The highlight is Vader grabbing Doug Dillinger by the tie and nearly decking him with a right hand.
–Tony Schiavone, substituting for Eric Bischoff who is in Japan, and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida. These tapings were done on October 30, 1994.
–Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are doing commentary and they are taped from Dalton, Georgia. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 1,400 fans attended the tapings.
Now that we have covered what the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) was doing in 1995, we will shift our focus to what was taking place in Atlanta with World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Much like the WWF, WCW was fighting against the headwind of a bitter wrestling depression, but it did receive significant publicity in the summer of 1994 when it signed Hulk Hogan. Hogan would subsequently defeat Ric Flair at Bash at the Beach and immediately claim the WCW title, which he still held as 1995 began. Despite drawing an impressive television rating for a Clash of the Champions rematch between Hogan and Flair – a number that put WCW’s events on par with, if not exceeding those of the WWF – WCW was still under pressure to cut costs as it lost more than $3 million in 1994. The cuts were also spurred on by Halloween Havoc drawing a less than expected rating for the third match in the Hogan-Flair series. In that match, Flair was “retired” after losing and although he said the retirement would be permanent, few in the wrestling world believed him. Nevertheless, that meant that WCW was starting the year without one of its major draws in the squared circle. A big question for WCW going into 1995 was how it would attempt to challenge the WWF’s domestic supremacy, and Executive Producer Eric Bischoff’s gamble to launch a new Monday night wrestling show to challenge the WWF’s Monday Night RAW at the end of the summer changed wrestling forever.
Live from Chattanooga, TN
Airdate: October 27, 1991
Attendance: 8,900 (4,400 paid)
Hosted by Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone
Can Simmons capture gold in Chattanooga? Who will become the new light heavyweight champion? Also, who is the WCW Phantom? Read on!
Live from St. Petersburg, FL
Airdate: May 19, 1991
Attendance: 6,000 (4,887 paid)
Hosted by Jim Ross & the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes
Can Flair regain the NWA World title? Or can he retain the WCW World title? Confused? Read on!
Don’t worry…this column isn’t solely about Kevin Nash.