What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – February 26, 1995

Hulk Hogan’s confrontation with Vader on Saturday Night is replayed.

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in charge of the studio on today’s show.

Tony Schiavone’s narration of SuperBrawl pictures is shown.

A replay airs the Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage-Avalache & Butcher match from WCW Worldwide.

Okerlund does the Uncensored Report.

Sergeant Craig Pittman’s debut on WCW Worldwide is shown.

The ending of the Sting & Randy Savage-Harlem Heat tag team title match on WCW Saturday Night airs.

Opening Contest:  Dustin Rhodes & Johnny B. Badd defeat Arn Anderson & the Blacktop Bully (w/Colonel Robert Parker) after Badd pins Anderson with a roll up out of an abdominal stretch at 7:47:

Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes do commentary for this bout, which was taped in Gainesville, Georgia on February 21.  It features a fun spot of Anderson knocking Badd off the apron with a cheap shot, only to end up on the arena floor courtesy of Dustin thereby allowing Badd to extract some revenge with a right hand of his own.  This standard tag team match simply works to further the feuds that Badd and Dustin have with Anderson and the Bully, respectively, capped off by Badd scoring a pin over the Television Champion after Dustin blasts Anderson with an elbow.  Rating:  **

The Last Word:  There was not a lot of action on today’s show, which is really the norm unless Main Event is used as the pre-show for a pay-per-view.  The tag team match was decent because of Badd and Anderson’s participation.  Poor Dustin Rhodes is not doing a lot of inspired wrestling.  It is as if this feud with the Blacktop Bully is killing his soul.

WCW ran a few cards in Chicago and Detroit a week after SuperBrawl.  The results at both shows were the same, but here were the results of the Chicago show (courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com):

Chicago, Illinois – The Rosemont Horizon – February 25, 1995 (7,900; 5,082 paid):  Stars & Stripes defeated Steve Austin (substituting for Bobby Eaton) & Lord Steven Regal…Alex Wright beat Paul Roma…WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat defeated the Nasty Boys in a no disqualification match…Television Champion Arn Anderson beat Johnny B. Badd…Randy Savage & Sting defeated Big Bubba Rogers & Avalanche…WCW Champion Hulk Hogan defeat United States Champion Vader via count out.  Reports say that Hogan bled during the match, thereby violating WCW policy.

Backstage News*:  Uncensored will be the first WCW pay-per-view that carries a $32.50 price after the company decided to raise the cost of its shows from $27.50.  The big question is whether this will bring in additional revenue or will cause fewer people to purchase the company’s big events.  WCW was very pleased with the $90,000 gate it drew in Chicago, thereby creating the best non-pay-per-view draw for the company in three years.  However, there are some concerns that there may never be a clear blowoff to the Hulk Hogan-Vader feud because of Vader’s Japanese commitments and how WCW cannot have Hogan lose due to the investments that they have made in him.  Hogan likely bladed at the Chicago event because there were Japanese reporters there and he wanted to make Vader look strong.  In other Hogan news, he is unlikely to appear at the Great American Bash in June.  WCW might use Jacques Rougeau to get into the Canadian market since Rougeau has had a falling out with the WWF.  Tony Schiavone is going to be getting neck surgery but should not miss any time in front of the camera.  And WCW will take a small financial hit after Toys R Us decided not to sell its merchandise because of outside pressure.

*News items are taken from Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for March 7, 1995.

And since it is the end of the month here are some win/loss standings for WCW talent at the end of February 1995:

Top Twenty-Five Overall Records

1—Alex Wright (19-0)

2—Hacksaw Jim Duggan (13-0)

3—Hulk Hogan (4-0)

4—Brian Pillman (3-0)

T5—Diamond Dallas Page (1-0)

T5—Paul Orndorff (1-0)

T5—Sergeant Craig Pittman (1-0)

T8—Booker T (12-0-1)

T8—Stevie Ray (12-0-1)

10—Sting (8-0-1)

T11—Dustin Rhodes (12-1)

T11—Brian Knobbs (12-1)

T11—Jerry Sags (12-1)

14—Randy Savage (5-0-1)

15—Big Bubba Rogers (7-1)

16—Lord Steven Regal (4-1)

T17—Vader (7-2)

T17—Kevin Sullivan (7-2)

19—The Patriot (8-3)

20—The Blacktop Bully (10-4)

21—Johnny B. Badd (8-3-1)

T22—Avalanche (8-4)

T22—Marcus Bagwell (8-4)

24—Paul Roma (4-3)

25—Arn Anderson (7-7-1)

Top Ten Singles Records

1—Alex Wright (18-0)

2—Hacksaw Jim Duggan (11-0)

3—The Blacktop Bully (10-0)

4—Big Bubba Rogers (5-0)

5—Sting (4-0)

6—Brian Pillman (3-0)

T7—Hulk Hogan (1-0)

T7—Diamond Dallas Page (1-0)

T7—Sergeant Craig Pittman (1-0)

T7—The Butcher (1-0)

Top Ten Tag Team Records

1—Kevin Sullivan & Avalanche (3-0)

2—The Monster Maniacs (2-0)

3—Harlem Heat (12-0-1)

4—The Nasty Boys (12-1)

5—Sting & Randy Savage (1-0-1)

6—Stars & Stripes (8-3)

7—Big Bubba Rogers & Avalanche (2-1)

8—Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (3-2)

9—Kevin Sullivan & the Butcher (1-1)

T10—Arn Anderson & Bunkhouse Buck (1-2)

T10—Brad Armstrong & Scott Armstrong (1-2)

Inactive Teams:  Lord Steven Regal & Jean Paul Levesque (1-0)

Top Ten in Televised Match Appearances (Iron Worker Award):

1—Alex Wright (19)

2—Arn Anderson (15)

T3—Bunkhouse Buck (14)

T3—The Blacktop Bully (14)

T5—Brian Knobbs (13)

T5—Jerry Sags (13)

T5—Booker T (13)

T5—Stevie Ray (13)

T5—Dustin Rhodes (13)

T5—Hacksaw Jim Duggan (13)

Most Appearances By Show:  Pro­-Alex Wright (5); Worldwide-Hacksaw Jim Duggan (5); Saturday Night-Bunkhouse Buck, Booker T, Stevie Ray, Marcus Bagwell, and the Patriot (6), Main Event-Arn Anderson and Dustin Rhodes (4)

Top Five Matches in February 1995

1—Harlem Heat vs. Sting & Randy Savage (WCW Tag Team Championship Match, WCW Saturday Night, February 25) – ***½

2—Hulk Hogan vs. Vader (WCW Championship Match, SuperBrawl V, February 19) – ***¼

3—Harlem Heat vs. The Fantastics (WCW Pro, February 25) – ***¼

4—Harlem Heat vs. Stars & Stripes (WCW Tag Team Championship Match, WCW Saturday Night, February 11) – ***

5—Arn Anderson vs. Johnny B. Badd (Television Championship Match, WCW Saturday Night, February 18) – ***

Top Five Overall Matches in 1995 (to this point)

1—Harlem Heat vs. Sting & Randy Savage (WCW Tag Team Championship Match, WCW Saturday Night, February 25) – ***½

2—Hulk Hogan vs. Vader (WCW Championship Match, SuperBrawl V, February 19) – ***¼

3—Harlem Heat vs. The Fantastics (WCW Pro, February 25) – ***¼

4—Harlem Heat vs. Stars & Stripes (WCW Tag Team Championship Match, WCW Saturday Night, February 11) – ***

5—Stars & Stripes vs. the Cuban Connection (WCW Saturday Night, January 28) – ***

Up Next:  WCW Pro for March 4!