What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – February 18, 1995

Johnny B. Badd and Arn Anderson do dueling promos, with Badd saying that he is coming to get his Television Championship back on tonight’s show.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping were held on February 8 and attracted 785 fans, none of whom had to pay for their ticket.  WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel comes out and says that he is here to meet with Ric Flair tonight.

Big Bubba Rogers (4-0) pins Scott D’Amore after a Bossman slam at 2:14:

This is the first bout for Rogers since his heel turn at Clash of the Champions.  He does not get a lot of competition from D’Amore, who he bowls over with a shoulder block and wipes out with the Bossman slam.

After the match, Rogers keeps beating up D’Amore, bringing out Sting to make the save.  Avalanche walks out to do a brief two-on-one beatdown but Randy Savage evens the odds, send the heels to the locker room, and give us a taste of what we will see at SuperBrawl.  The babyfaces do a weird post-match promo where Sting says that Rogers is no longer an angel, a boss, or his boss.  Savage adds that things are going to “get mental” in Baltimore.

The Nasty Boys (9-0) defeat Greg Sawyer & Rip Rogers when Jerry Sags pins Sawyer after the Trip to Nastyville at 3:29:

Rogers had a small run in WCW in the early 1990s, playing a role in the Brian Pillman “Yellow Dog” angle and securing a win at Battlebowl in 1993.  Sawyer was a long-time WCW enhancement talent going back to the NWA days of the late 1980s, doing jobs for the likes of Sid and Brad Armstrong.  Rogers is taken out of the match early and the Nasties roll, with Jerry Sags’ flying elbow looking more like an awkward splash.

Schiavone interviews the Nasty Boys, who tell Harlem Heat to get ready for the nastiest time of their lives at SuperBrawl.  Brian Knobbs also says that “some people” say that the Nasty Boys are the best “wrestling technicians in the world.”

Gene Okerlund provides the SuperBrawl Report.  Vader does a taped promo about how his destiny has arrived of leaving Hulk Hogan a bloody mess and becoming the new WCW champion.

Bunkhouse Buck (w/Colonel Robert Parker & Meng) (0-2) beats Atom Flash after a right hand at 2:20:

It is rare that one finds a jobber with a gimmick but that is what Flash has.  He has a build like Sean Waltman and is sporting purple tights with atomic symbols on them.  Flash would go on to do some work in ECW, TNA, and have some success with Steve Corino on the independent circuit as a tag team called Lethal Weapon.  Buck brutalizes Flash, knocking him over with a big boot and finishing him with a right hand.

A video package recaps elements of the Dave Sullivan-Kevin Sullivan feud.

Kevin Sullivan (w/the Butcher) (1-1) defeats Scott Sandlin after a double stomp at 2:11:

Sullivan screams throughout the squash, which is supposed to let us know that he is getting out of control before SuperBrawl.  The Butcher does not try to interfere to help Sullivan but it is not like Sullivan needs help in today’s squash.

Schiavone interviews Sullivan and the Butcher.  Sullivan recaps how he used to lock Dave in a closet as a child and that Hulkamania will die at SuperBrawl.  The Butcher says his haircut of Dave a month ago made Dave look better.

Paul Roma (3-2) pins Tim Horner after a flying fist drop at 5:45:

Like Rogers, Horner had a history with WCW and the NWA, having wrestled in the 1980s and early 1990s for the company.  He went by the nickname “White Lightning” in Smoky Mountain Wrestling but was fired from there after a falling out with Jim Cornette.  During the match, Schiavone puts over Sergeant Craig Pittman, who is set to debut soon, saying that he is “one of the toughest men on earth!”  While one might expect a squash, Horner is given a lot of offense, going toe-to-toe with Roma and nearly pinning him with a small package and roll up.  However, a missed dropkick allows Roma to go airborne and head into SuperBrawl with a win.  This woke up the crowd, who really thought Horner had a chance to win by the end.  Rating:  **

Ric Flair comes out to confront Nick Bockwinkel.  Flair says that he has abided by the terms of his retirement but is tired of watching the sport on television.  He says he will get involved in wrestling again, saying that he will look into buying the company from Ted Turner and that he will be at ringside to watch Hulk Hogan and Vader at SuperBrawl.  This was not much of a confrontation and all Bockwinkel did was smile during Flair’s promo.

Alex Wright (14-0) beats Dave Dalton after a reverse flying body press at 1:22:

A WCW television program would not be complete without an Alex Wright squash.  Wright wrestles with more fire than prior encounters, possibly spurred on by Dalton’s sneak attack before the bell.  With this win, Wright completes the WCW “Saturday Sweep” for the second time in 1995.

After the match, Paul Roma comes out but Doug Dillinger and WCW referees keep Roma from coming into the ring.

A video package recaps the Dustin Rhodes-Blacktop Bully feud.

The Blacktop Bully (w/Colonel Robert Parker & Meng) (6-0) defeats Buddy Wayne via submission to the Breaker 1-9 at 1:59:

Wayne was a competitor in the Pacific Northwest, wrestling for Sandy Barr’s Championship Wrestling USA.  He later became a trainer and guest of the Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online website, sadly passing away from a sudden heart attack in June 2017.  Wayne makes the Bully look tough by doing a 360 sell off of a clothesline and is submitted in less than two minutes.

Schiavone interviews Colonel Robert Parker and his Stud Stable.  The Bully says that he hates Dustin Rhodes with a passion and will break his arm at SuperBrawl.  Television Champion Arn Anderson says that he is the greatest TV champion ever because he keeps fending off challengers for his title.

Non-Title Match:  Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions w/Sister Sherri) (9-0) beat Mike Davis & Scott Armstrong when Booker T pins Davis after a Harlem Hangover at 4:31:

Armstrong and Davis get some brief offense against the WCW Tag Team Champions, but Davis is kicked in the back of the head by Booker T and eats brutal Stevie Ray kick to the face, thereby turning the tide in favor of the heels.  This match is historically significant because it marks the debut of the Harlem Hangover as Booker T uses it to win the match.  Schiavone and Heenan put it over as a big deal as the Heat complete the “Saturday Sweep.”

Schiavone interviews Harlem Heat and Sister Sherri.  Sherri says that her men will turn up the heat at SuperBrawl and there is not a damn thing the Nasty Boys can do about it.

Television Championship Match:  Arn Anderson (Champion w/Colonel Robert Parker & Meng) (4-3) wrestles Johnny B. Badd (6-2) to a time limit draw at 10:22:

Badd’s credibility as a challenger would be severely impaired with a loss here so WCW books a time limit draw, giving Badd a moral victory when he blasts Anderson with the Tutti Frutti in the closing moments but runs out of time to get the winning pin.  The match was good, with some solid technical wrestling, although it seems like they were trying to sell a storyline of Anderson trying to run away from Badd and Anderson did not leave the ring enough to make that work.  If anything, Badd needs to blame the guy that is featured in the next segment for ruining a chance at the title because the match was stopped to give that guy more television time.  Rating:  ***

WCW Champion Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart come out for an interview.  Hogan hypes his match with Vader as a test of who will lead wrestling into the future.  Hogan assigns Hart the role of watching Ric Flair at ringside.

Nick Bockwinkel announces that Arn Anderson will defend the Television Championship on the Main Event against Johnny B. Badd in a lumberjack match.  This will make sure that there is a clear winner.

The Last Word:  This was an action packed episode of Saturday Night as WCW was doing the big sell for SuperBrawl and featured nearly everyone on the card.  Anderson and Badd did an exciting time limit draw, making fans believe that Badd was on the verge of winning the title with some pinning combinations in the closing seconds.  WCW was smart to book a return bout for the Main Event in an effort to rope in fans and get them to purchase SuperBrawl.

Up Next:  The Main Event for February 19!