What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – February 25, 1995

-Here was the feature match from WCW Prime, which aired on February 20:

Prime Match of the Week:  Hulk Hogan & Sting defeat the Bruise Brothers when Hogan pins one of the Bruises Brothers after a leg drop in 24 seconds:

Eric Bischoff hypes this as a tryout match for the Bruise Brothers.  If so, they got a really bad draw to show their worth to the company as Hogan and Sting annihilate them with their finishing moves in less than thirty seconds.  Bischoff says that the Bruises are going back to “AAA wrestling,” a dig at the WWF, who the Bruises were now working for as the Blu Brothers.

-And onto WCW Pro, where Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zybszko are the commentators.

Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are the commentators and they are taped from Gainesville, Georgia.  The tapings were done on February 21, and according to thehistoryofwwe.com, the tapings drew a sellout crowd of 1,800 fans, with most tickets given away for free.

Tony Schiavone recaps SuperBrawl, narrating some pictures of the event.

Opening Contest:  The Nasty Boys (10-1) defeat Mike Khoury & Dave Dalton when Jerry Sags pins Khoury after the Trip to Nastyville at 5:13:

WCW has finally started spelling Khoury’s last name right, not that it will do him any good against the reigning top contenders to the WCW Tag Team Championship.  Zbyszko notes that the Nasties should be disqualified for their Pit Stop maneuver, but fans know that if Zbyszko was facing them that he would stall for ten minutes after taking it.  This squash takes far too long since the jobbers do not mount any offense.  Jerry Sags flying elbow drop is so sloppy it is going to kill someone.

Sergeant Craig Pittman says that today will be a good day for the corps.

The Blacktop Bully (w/Colonel Robert Parker & Meng) (8-0) beats Larry Santo via submission to the Breaker 1-9 at 5:11:

Solie tells the audience that Harlem Heat will be defending the WCW Tag Team Championship against Sting and Randy Savage on Saturday Night later in the evening.  The Bully is coming off a win over Dustin Rhodes at SuperBrawl and just like that match, this is a slow squash.  Santo tries to fire up the crowd after a hammerlock sequence but they do not bite and the Breaker 1-9 follows.

Gene Okerlund provides the first Uncensored report.  The pay-per-view is coming from Tupelo, Mississippi, although Okerlund says that is because the action was “too hot” for Madison Square Garden.  The announced card so far includes Sting facing Big Bubba Rogers, Randy Savage squaring off against Avalanche, Harlem Heat defending the WCW Tag Team titles against the Nasty Boys in a Texas Tornado rules match, Johnny B. Badd faces Arn Anderson in a boxing match, and in a “King of the Road” match Dustin Rhodes faces the Blacktop Bully.  WCW keeps saying that what happened at SuperBrawl is why officials decided to not sanction Uncensored but nothing unusually violent happened at the previous pay-per-view to warrant such a move.

Diamond Dallas Page comes out with Max Muscle and the Diamond Doll for his arm wrestling contest segment.  Bob Starr is booked as Page’s opponent, but Van Hammer convinces Starr to let him be his replacement and he alters the guardrail to prevent Page from leaving.  Page stalls before locking up and when they do Muscle trips Hammer and Page prevails.  This would be the last appearance for Hammer until 1997, when he would reappear as a member of Raven’s Flock.

Big Bubba Rogers & Avalanche (0-1) beat Barry Hardy & Walter Slowe when Rogers pins Slowe after a Bossman Slam at 2:13:

Hardy was a teammate of Duane Gill on the independent circuit, forming a jobber dream team of sorts.  He worked as an enhancement talent for the WWF, teaming with Gill as the masked Executioners on the first episode of Monday Night RAW and they were most famous for having one match as the Toxic Turtles, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rip off, that found its way onto the WWE Unreleased DVD.  Rogers and Avalanche make a good tag team but they are heading back to singles competition for Uncensored after quickly dismantling their opponents today with some fun double team moves.

Call 1-900-909-9900 to find out what big star was seen in the Atlanta airport!  This news will shock the WWF!

Sting and Randy Savage tell Harlem Heat that they are coming for their titles on WCW Saturday Night.

Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions w/Sister Sherri) (11-0) defeat the Fantastics (0-1) when Booker T pins Tommy Rogers after an ax kick at 8:23:

These two teams wrestled each other last month on Worldwide and this match is much better, as the Fantastics work a quick pace and catch the champions off guard with some well timed double teams.  Old fans in the crowd are into the Fantastic, but a lot of the younger fans do not know why they should be taken seriously.  The Fantastic appear headed for an upset after the hot tag, using a double dropkick to send Stevie Ray out of the ring, but Sherri trips Rogers and that allows Booker T to use the ax kick to prevail.  WCW has struggled with finishes for feature matches, but this was great.  Rating:  ***¼

The announce crew hypes WCW Saturday Night.

The Last Word:  The last couple of segments made up for a lackluster start to the show.  The feature match should have caused WCW to give the Fantastics more of a look instead of recycling Harlem Heat-Nasty Boys matches for months.

Up Next:  WCW Worldwide from February 25!