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

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  Schiavone announces that Hulk Hogan will defend the WCW title against Big Van Vader at SuperBrawl.

Opening Contest:  Johnny B. Badd (2-1) defeats Rick Thames with the Badd Day at 2:03:

Showing how the taping cycle is out of whack, Badd is wearing the Television title despite losing it Arn Anderson last week on Saturday Night.  Thames had a recurring role as an enhancement talent for WCW between 1991 and 1997, sometimes forming a tag team called Southern Posse with Sonny Trout.  In fact, that team name is seen on his tights.  Badd does a great job playing to the tourist crowd at the Disney/MGM Studios, going into the crowd to shoot his confetti.  Thames gets a decent amount of offense but succumbs to one of Badd’s high-risk moves.

Gene Okerlund interviews Sting, who says that Avalanche cannot escape the Scorpion Deathlock and that he will not do so at Clash of the Champions.

The Guardian Angel (2-0) pins Sonny Trout after a Bossman slam at 2:31:

And speaking of Southern Posse here is Thames’ partner, who fares much worse.  Trout has a hard time getting up for an Angel spinebuster but takes a good beating otherwise.

Okerlund provides the Clash of the Champions Report.

Kevin Sullivan & Avalanche beat Vern Henderson & Brian Costello when Avalanche pins Costello after the Avalanche Splash at 2:36:

Anderson was a Malenko trainee that did some token work for WCW in the 1990s, while Costello was used more by the WWF, making twenty-one appearances in 1988.  The heels mercilessly beat on the jobber team, with Costello taking the brunt of the punishment.  Avalanche seems to delight in squashing him like a pancake with power moves before getting the pin with his finisher.

Lord Steven Regal defeats Brian Armstrong with a rolling cradle at 3:35:

Regal was a television champion in late 1994 and he was going to be put into a tag team with Jean Paul Levesque, who WWF fans know better as Hunter-Hearst Helmsley, before Levesque decided to jump ship around the time that this program aired.  According to reports, the pair were going to be the original Blue Bloods, feud with Harlem Heat, and be given a tag team title reign.  Armstrong is the future Road Dogg and by the time this episode aired he was in the WWF, helping Jeff Jarrett become the Intercontinental Champion in his role as the Roadie.  While most fans would anticipate this as a squash, Armstrong matches Regal’s strikes and gets a near-fall from a sunset flip.  However, Regal escapes and cradles Armstrong for the victory in a fun enhancement match.

Okerlund interviews the Guardian Angel, who says he is happy to be the guest referee for the Sting-Avalanche match at Clash of the Champions.  He promises to be fair, warning Sting not to heel it up and Avalanche to stay out of his way.

Non-Title Match:  Stars & Stripes (WCW Tag Team Champions) (2-0) beat Arn Anderson & Bunkhouse Buck (w/Colonel Robert Parker & Meng) (1-0) via disqualification when Meng interferes at 9:17:

Stars & Stripes are definitely a team to be admired, willing to wrestle three matches in one day and two before they have to defend the WCW tag team titles against Harlem Heat on Saturday Night.  The heels work some really, really long rest holds on Bagwell until the Patriot gets tired of waiting for the tag and kicks off a four-way brawl.  In the midst of that, Parker gets involved by tripping the Patriot and when the Patriot tries to retaliate Meng attacks him, triggering the disqualification.  The finish makes little sense because the Patriot should have been disqualified for inserting himself into the match without permission.  Rating:  ½*

Tune in next week to see Vader, the Blacktop Bully, and Dustin Rhodes in action!  Also, Harlem Heat square off against the Fantastics!

The Last Word:  On three consecutive shows WCW has had a disqualification in a feature match.  That protects the losers but it does not put the winners over strongly, especially when the winners of two of those matches were the tag team champions.  Stars & Stripes have no momentum heading into their tag team title defense against Harlem Heat, and it would not be surprising to have them lose the titles since they were afraid of Dick Slater’s boot on WCW Pro and Meng ate up the Patriot at the end of today’s feature match.

Up Next:  WCW Saturday Night for January 14!