What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – March 4, 1995

-Here was the feature match from WCW Prime, which aired on February 27.  The New York market actually aired a WrestleMania XI ad during this broadcast:

Prime Match of the Week for the Television Championship:  Johnny B. Badd (7-3-1) defeats Arn Anderson (Champion w/Colonel Robert Parker) (6-3-1) via disqualification when Parker interferes at 5:20:

Eric Bischoff leads into the match by hyping the Tutti Frutti, although Badd renamed that move “Dreamland” on WCW Saturday Night.  Old habits die hard, I guess.  This is the fifth time that these two men have wrestled within the last two months and both men zone it in, with Anderson working long rest holds in front of a crowd that is ready to go home after a long WCW Pro taping.  Badd still tries to fire them up during a comeback, but Parker breaks up a pinfall effort by Badd after a knee lift to trigger a lame disqualification.  After the match, Badd decks Anderson with Dreamland and Bischoff says Badd will face Anderson at Uncensored, proclaiming this as a “new” development despite fans being told for the last two weeks that Badd and Anderson will face off in a boxer versus wrestler match at the pay-per-view.  Rating:  ½*

-And here is WCW Pro, with Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko doing the commentary duties.  They are still taped from Gainesville, Georgia.

A replay of Hulk Hogan’s confrontation with Vader on WCW Saturday Night is shown.

Opening Contest:   Brian Pillman (3-0) defeats Tony Vincent with a springboard clothesline from the apron:

It is hard to get a reliable match time on this as my copy of the show fast forwards itself due to bad recording techniques.  Pillman’s vanquishes his opponent with a move more suited to his “flying” gimmick.

Vader and Ric Flair vow to vanquish Hulkamania at Uncensored.

Kevin Sullivan & the Butcher (1-1) beat Atom Flash & Quinn Nash when Sullivan pins Flash after a Tree of Woe attack:

Despite some recent mishaps, Sullivan and the Butcher appear to have put it behind them and are teaming yet again, with Sullivan and the Butcher easily demolishing each of their enhancement challengers in turn with some basic strikes chokes.  However, Sullivan tags himself in when the Butcher has Flash in a sleeperhold and gets the winning pin.  This causes the two to argue afterwards since the Butcher did not get it through his head – literally – at SuperBrawl that Sullivan does not want him around.

Eric Bischoff interviews Diamond Dallas Page, Max Muscle, and the Diamond Doll.  Page puts over his work ethic in the ring.  Bischoff proceeds to show footage of Page living a much less luxurious lifestyle than what he shows for the cameras, visiting a pawn shop and going to a local blood bank to get money.

Sting (4-0) defeats Romeo Valentino via submission to the Scorpion Deathlock at 2:04:

Solie notes during the match that Vader faces the Patriot tonight on WCW Saturday Night.  Sting avoids a leapfrog from Valentino, letting his opponent crash to the mat and giving him the perfect opportunity to lock in the Scorpion Deathlock for a relatively easy fifth win in 1995.

Footage of Colonel Robert Parker announcing that Meng would return to in-ring action last week on WCW Saturday Night is shown.

Gene Okerlund urges fans to call 1-900-909-9900 to find out the cover up in the Vader-Ric Flair relationship.

Dustin Rhodes & Johnny B. Badd beat Pretty Wonderful when Rhodes pins Roma after a small package at 10:12:

Pretty Wonderful was composed of Paul Orndorff and Paul Roma.  They were two-time WCW Tag Team Champions, spending 1994 feuding with Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan as well as Stars & Stripes.  The team was mostly relegated to house shows at this point, waiting until March to finally wrestle as a team on television.  Orndorff waits a while to lock up with Rhodes, causing Zbyszko to cheer and celebrate the stalling as a perfect display of “human chess.”  This bout is akin to a WWF Coliseum Video exclusive since Rhodes and Badd are a makeshift team facing a more established squad and their two rivals, the Blacktop Bully and Arn Anderson, do not make an appearance.  It also debunks the news that has always circulated that Roma was immediately fired after his display at SuperBrawl against Alex Wright.  Since Roma was in the doghouse, though, it is not surprising that Pretty Wonderful lose, with Roma taking the pin after Badd gives him Dreamland and Rhodes rolls him up shortly thereafter.  Rating:  **

Tune in next week to see Sergeant Craig Pittman in action!

The Last Word:  WCW is putting more work in Diamond Dallas Page’s character than they are doing for anyone else on the roster.  The Bischoff segment was a missed opportunity, though, because it would have been better for another wrestler to expose Page rather than give the rub to a broadcaster.  Aside from the Page angle, there was also continued storyline development between Kevin Sullivan and the Butcher, with WCW teasing their breakup several times in recent weeks but opting not to pull the trigger.

Up Next:  WCW Worldwide for March 4!