–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Baltimore, Maryland.
–Footage of Dustin Rhodes and Hacksaw Jim Duggan struggling to beat up the Stud Stable on WCW Pro is shown.
–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are the studio hosts. They discuss Ric Flair wanting to confront Nick Bockwinkel on the next episode of WCW Saturday Night.
–Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are today’s commentators and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. Both men hype the Hulk Hogan-Vader main event for SuperBrawl.
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–Sting & Randy Savage and the Stud Stable cut dueling promos against each other.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping was done on January 10 and 11 in Atlanta, Georgia and drew 750 fans, none of whom paid to see the show.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are today’s commentary team and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.
–Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are the commentary team and they are taped from Columbus, Georgia.
–Television Champion Arn Anderson and Randy Savage do dueling promos to hype tonight’s main event.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia. The announcers recap the end of Clash of the Champions, with the footage not showing Hulk Hogan not selling Big Van Vader’s powerbomb.
–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.
–Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing the commentary. These Worldwide tapings were done on November 1, 1994 in Orlando, Florida. Heenan puts over the attractiveness of Sister Sherri and warns WCW Champion Hulk Hogan to be on the lookout for Big Van Vader.
–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.
–Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Atlanta, Georgia. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a packed crowd of 785, with no one having to pay for their ticket.
–Gene Okerlund; in the heel locker room with Avalanche, the Butcher, Colonel Robert Parker, the Blacktop Bully, Bunkhouse Buck, and Meng; urges fans to call 1-900-370-3WCW to vote for who they wish to see wrestle in the main event. The calls cost ninety-nine cents. The babyface locker room, where Tony Schiavone is, features Sting, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the Guardian Angel, and Dustin Rhodes.
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.