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

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

Tony Schiavone narrates photographs of SuperBrawl V.

Opening Contest:  The Nasty Boys (11-1) defeat Quinn Nash & Atom Flash when Jerry Sags pins Nash after the Trip to Nastyville at 1:51:

Nash was a cruiserweight in the Maryland area, winning the Maryland Championship Wrestling Cruiserweight Championship twice.  The Nasties offense looks devastating against their smaller opponents as they easily roll to a win today.

Gene Okerlund interviews Sting, who says that Big Bubba Rogers is going through an identity crisis.  He promises to tie Rogers in knots and break his bones at Uncensored.

Alex Wright (16-0) pins Buddy Vale with a reverse flying body press at 2:15:

Vale also went by the names Buddy Valentine and Buddy Roberts, and also jobbed in the NWA in the 1980s as the Russian Assassin.  He outweighs Wright to a large degree but is unable to deal with the young German’s speed and aerial maneuvers.

Okerlund provides the Uncensored Report.  The big announcement is that Hulk Hogan will defend the WCW World Championship against Vader in a strap match.  Vader cuts a promo about how he dominated at SuperBrawl and that Hollywood wants Hogan back.  Television Champion Arn Anderson promises to rearrange Johnny B. Badd’s face in their boxing match, while Badd counters by saying he will send Anderson to dream land with a big left hook.

Sergeant Craig Pittman defeats Todd Morton via submission to the Code Red at 1:51:

Pittman was a heralded amateur wrestling in the Marine Corps, winning the 1989 USA Senior Greco-Roman Championships as a heavyweight.  Dave Meltzer wrote in The Wrestling Observer that Bischoff pushed to get Pittman into UFC IV as wrestling’s representative, but the UFC opted to put Dan Severn into their tournament instead.  Pittman is programmed as a heel, booed by the Disney MGM crowd, and he uses several double leg takedowns and some awkward amateur wrestling moves.  His finisher is a cross armbreaker that would later be called the Code Red.

Brian Pillman (2-0) beats Ned Brady via submission to an octopus hold on the canvas at 2:42:

Bischoff continues to promise fans details on the upcoming cruiserweight title tournament and heralds Pillman as a top WCW talent that will compete in that division.  Pillman plants Brady on his head with a hurricanrana and cuts off an aerial comeback with a dropkick to the face.  Brady gets the unusual jobber kickout in this match as a Northern Lights suplex does not put him away.  No worries for Pillman, though, as he traps Brady in an octopus hold on the canvas to win.  For a talent billed as a high flyer that is a very unusual finishing choice.

Okerlund interviews Colonel Robert Parker and the Blacktop Bully.  Parker reiterates all the reasons he hates Rhodes, while the Bully promises to use Rhodes’ body to clean his truck.

Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage (w/Jimmy Hart) (1-0) defeat The Butcher & Avalanche (w/Kevin Sullivan) when Hogan pins the Butcher after heel miscommunication at 6:04:

This bout is another case of WCW’s taping schedule getting in the way as Sullivan and the Butcher appeared to have a falling out at SuperBrawl but are aligned together on today’s show.  Bischoff and Heenan do not even try to explain the situation to fans.  This bout follows the Hogan main event formula as Savage takes a long beating, gives Hogan the hot tag, and Hogan mows through the opposition so that good can triumph over evil.  Sullivan and the Butcher have another falling out, with Savage reversing a whip into Sullivan on the apron and Beefcake takes a boot to the gut and is rolled up by Hogan.  Rating:  **

After the bell, the Butcher argues with Sullivan and Avalanche, who leave him alone by the ring.

Okerlund interviews Hogan, Savage, and Hart.  Hogan rips off Savage’s catchphrase to say that he will slam Vader at Uncensored and possibly even bust out of a powerbomb.  Savage says WCW is out of control, which suits him well.

Tune in next week to see Harlem Heat defend the WCW Tag Team Championship against Stars & Stripes!  Also, Johnny B. Badd, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and Sting will be in action!

The Last Word:  It was rare to see Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage on Worldwide so that made this show unique.  Eric Bischoff really wanted Sergeant Craig Pittman to be a star, but his squash illustrated how taking someone from the amateur ranks and expecting them to an immediate top talent was easier said than done.

Up Next:  WCW Saturday Night for February 25!