What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – January 14, 1995

Gordon Solie, Larry Zbyszko, and Dusty Rhodes are today’s broadcasters and they are still taped from Dalton, Georgia.

Opening Contest:  The Nasty Boys (2-0) defeat George South & Gary McAllister when Jerry Sags pins McAllister with the Trip to Nastyville at 2:29:

South was a noted preliminary wrestler in the NWA/WCW and WWF in the 1990s while also wrestling as the top heel in the Italian Stallion’s Pro Wrestling Federation (PWF) in the Carolinas.  The Nasties barely break a sweat in today’s squash, with Sags hitting an ugly flying elbow for the victory.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan (2-0) pins Mark Kyle after the three-point stance clothesline at 2:47:

During the 1990s, Kyle enjoyed success in Smoky Mountain Wrestling as Killer Kyle, winning the company’s television title.  He shows no signs of that kind of prowess here, though, as Duggan plays to the crowd in winning his third match of 1995.

Gene Okerlund provides the Clash of the Champions Report.  A new match added to the card is Arn Anderson defending his newly won television title against Johnny B. Badd.

Call 1-900-909-9900 to find out why Ric Flair was in New York City this past week!

Brad & Scott Armstrong (0-1) beat Rob Starr & Ricky Santana when Brad pins Starr after a side Russian leg sweep at 4:45:

Starr and Santana look like a credible tag team, wearing matching purple tights.  This squash does not put over the Armstrongs as big threats as Scott spams arm drags and they take longer than usual to defeat a smaller team.  Most of the match is Scott against Starr, although it is Brad who gets the win when his brother superkicks Starr into him for a side Russian leg sweep.

This week’s WCW flashback segment shows clips of Steve Austin defending the United States title against Ricky Steamboat at Clash of the Champions on August 24, 1994.  This was Steamboat’s last WCW match since he suffered a back injury and was forced to retire until 2009.

Diamond Dallas Page squares off against Mike Corey in his weekly arm wrestling challenge.  Corey has a good physique so he was a good pick for this segment, and once again Dave Sullivan comes out to watch.  Page wins with ease, struggling less than last week.  Like a good jobber, Corey sells an arm injury.

Non-Title Match:  Stars & Stripes (WCW Tag Team Champions) (1-0) defeat Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (w/Colonel Robert Parker & Meng) via disqualification when Slater hits Bagwell with a boot at 8:32:

One of the problems of having three television shows airing on the same day is that Stars & Stripes wrestle here, but we are also to believe that they are facing Harlem Heat in a tag team title defense later in the day on Saturday Night.  In that case, why would they take this match, which would make them vulnerable to injury before a major title defense?  Slater, in his twenty-seventh year as a pro, was near the end of his career in the major promotions, having settled into a tag team role ever since returning to WCW in 1991.  The heels put the Patriot in peril and do some boring back work until a four-way brawl results in Slater resorting to cheating and getting caught.  Stars & Stripes find that it is better to exit the ring from a wild Slater so they get their hands raised on the arena floor and head to the locker room.  Rating:  *

The announcers kill some time to hype WCW Saturday Night and Clash of the Champions.  Rhodes predicts that Harlem Heat will win the tag team titles later tonight.

Tune in next week to see Big Van Vader in action!

The Last Word:  The main event did not put over the tag team champions strongly, a strange choice because of their title defense on Saturday Night.  This was not a good show as the squashes were dull and the main event could put anyone to sleep.

Up Next:  WCW Worldwide for January 14!

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