What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – January 28, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are wrapping up Worldwide tapings that took place on November 1, 1994.

Opening Contest:  The Nasty Boys (5-0) defeat Tom Burton & Derek Lambert when Jerry Sags pins Lambert after a Trip to Nastyville at 3:14:

Bischoff actually provides information on the jobbers, noting that Lambert has a career on the independents on the West Coast and that Burton wrestled for UWF International, a shoot-style promotion in Japan that had Vader as its world champion in early 1995.  At the very least, this puts the Nasties over strongly with viewers because they do not struggle to wipe out the makeshift jobber team as they prepare for SuperBrawl.  Right before the finish Bischoff also puts over the Nasties beating up Ken Shamrock after a show in North Carolina several years ago.  In actuality, there was a fight but from what Shamrock says it was a two-on-one assault where he was blindsided.

Gene Okerlund conducts a pre-taped interview with WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat and Sister Sherri.  Sherri promises that the temperature in Baltimore will be raised, and her team puts over their chances of beating the Nasties at SuperBrawl.

Footage of Kevin Sullivan and the Butcher beating up Dave Sullivan on WCW Saturday Night last week is shown.

Alex Wright (8-0) pins Ned Brady after a reverse flying body press at 3:07:

Wright opts to keep this bout on the mat as much as possible, coming to life in the last minute with a spinning heel kick and a belly-to-belly suplex that drops Brady on his arm.  The young German needs a better finisher, though, as a replay shows Brady’s right shoulder was off the canvas for the entire three count.

Okerlund provides the SuperBrawl Report.  WCW Champion Hulk Hogan’s promo that aired on WCW Pro, where he says Hulkamaniacs are the “real new generation” – thereby taking a shot at the WWF’s slogan at the time – is replayed.

The Brian Pillman video package airs.  He is going after that cruiserweight title!

Diamond Dallas Page (w/the Diamond Doll & Max Muscle) beat Vern Henderson with a Diamond Cutter at 3:15:

This is Page’s first match of the year after doing his arm wrestling challenge on WCW Pro.  We also get the first appearance of Max Muscle, a former bodybuilder who was a Power Plant project.  He would serve as Page’s bodyguard throughout the year, interfering in various matches.  Bischoff calls attention to how poorly Page treats the Diamond Doll, which is the highlight here as the Universal Studios crowd is silent for most of the squash.

Okerlund interviews the Blacktop Bully, Colonel Robert Parker, and Meng.  Parker says that he is getting revenge for Rhodes crushing a cigar in his face, while the Bully promises to rearrange Rhodes’ face at SuperBrawl.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan (4-0) defeats Bunkhouse Buck (w/Colonel Robert Parker & Meng) via disqualification when Arn Anderson interferes at 6:35:

To provide cover for why this match is happening before SuperBrawl, Bischoff says that both men demanded that WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel allow them to wrestle before the pay-per-view.  Buck’s offense is very one dimensional, full of chokes with his hands, the ropes, and his boot.  This makes for a bad match which is put to a merciful end after Arn Anderson runs in to prevent Duggan from delivering the three-point stance clothesline.  Rating:  DUD

Big Van Vader and Harley Race deliver a pre-taped promo, with Vader hyping his match with Hogan as the biggest match in wrestling history.

Tune in next week to see Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Sting wrestle Arn Anderson & Bunkhouse Buck!  Also, Dustin Rhodes and the Blacktop Bully are in action!

The Last Word:  There was lots of bad wrestling on this show.  If WCW wanted to build next week’s tag team match then Sting should have rushed the ring to end the main event after Arn Anderson’s interference rather than have Bischoff imply that Duggan found an ally in the locker room.

Up Next:  WCW Saturday Night for January 28!