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

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are today’s hosts and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

Opening Contest:  Johnny B. Badd (8-3-1) pins Marcus Watson after Dreamland at 2:16:

Badd dances around mid-match like he is Tatanka, shrugging off Watson’s blows and sending him to the arena floor with a clothesline.  That is the thing about WCW’s over the top rope disqualification rule:  a clothesline was not deemed as “intentionally” sending your opponent over the top even though there was nowhere else for your opponent to go after you delivered the move.  The crowd loves Badd’s quick offense as he blitzes Watson to set up his finisher.

Gene Okerlund interviews Television Champion Arn Anderson and Colonel Robert Parker.  Okerlund reiterates that at Uncensored there will be no rules, causing Parker to spout a lot of Southern analogies and Anderson to say that Badd has no chance fighting him in boxing gloves.

Meng (w/Colonel Robert Parker) defeats LeRoy Howard after a thrust kick at 1:57:

Although Meng is supposed to debut on WCW Saturday Night that is pre-empted by today’s broadcast, which did not air in some markets until Sunday.  WCW is attempting to get him over as a hired killer but Meng jobbed so much in the 1990s in the WWF as Haku that it is tough to buy into this gimmick.  Meng may have been helped more if they changed his look but he is back to looking like a Pacific Islander that loves the martial arts.  Meng goes over strong in this squash, having Howard beat after a piledriver and flying headbutt, but he picks the jobber up both times to inflict more punishment before getting a pinfall win.

Okerlund tells fans that Meng will face Hacksaw Jim Duggan in a martial arts match at Uncensored before interviewing Meng and Parker.  Parker promises Duggan that Meng will be in his face at the pay-per-view.

Okerlund does the Uncensored Report.  WCW Champion Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart say that they survived SuperBrawl and Hogan adds that he is turned on by having Vader attached to him with a strap.  Hart warns Ric Flair that a surprise awaits him at Uncensored.

Sting (5-0) beats Sledgehammer McGill via submission to the Scorpion Deathlock at 2:16:

McGill, who sports a robe for his entrance, was occasionally called on to be an enhancement talent for WCW, doing some matches for the company in 1993 and 1995.  He misses his version of the Stinger’s Splash and Sting takes offense to this level of gimmick infringement by responding with his version of the move to stay undefeated.

Vader and Ric Flair deliver a taped promo, with Vader claiming to have achieved his vision of breaking Hulk Hogan’s body at SuperBrawl.  He says that Hogan is crazy for facing him in a strap match.  Flair echoes those sentiments.  Vader and Flair look good as a team but they do not mesh well for promos.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan (11-0) pins Tom Burton after a three-point stance clothesline at 2:01:

Duggan laughs off Burton’s blows in the corner and does his greatest hits, chanting “USA” on his way to victory.  How Duggan expects to learn martial arts to face Meng at Uncensored is not known, though.

Okerlund interviews Big Bubba Rogers, who says WCW welcomed him and then stripped away his old gimmick.  He promises to take Sting’s pride and physical abilities at Uncensored.

WCW Tag Team Championship Match:  Harlem Heat (Champions w/Sister Sherri) (12-0-1) defeat Stars & Stripes (8-3) when Stevie Ray pins the Patriot after slamming him off the top rope at 5:49:

Bischoff is more interested in hyping Uncensored during this bout than call the action, highlighting how WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel has been criticized for putting the pay-per-view together – and then noting how that criticism is not justified because the event is not sanctioned.  The pacing of this contest is odd, as the Heat control the opening segment and Stars & Stripes controls the middle portion, basically putting the Heat in peril.  This means that the Patriot’s hot tag gets a lackluster response from the crowd because his partner has not generated any significant sympathy heat.  Sherri gets involved when the Patriot goes to the top rope, spraying something in his face, and Stevie Ray capitalizes so that the Heat retain.  Both of these teams could do much better but seemed to be zoning it in for the MGM crowd.  Rating:  *

Schiavone interviews Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who says Arn Anderson is a great technical wrestler but that he is going to fight and win the Television Championship next week.  Duggan also warns Colonel Robert Parker and Meng to stay out of his business.

Tune in next week to see Arn Anderson defend the Television Championship against Hacksaw Jim Duggan!  Also, Dustin Rhodes, Steve Austin, and Stars & Stripes will be in action!

The Last Word:  Eric Bischoff spent a lot of this broadcast hyping the “no rules” element of Uncensored, putting it over as an ECW-themed show that parents should think twice about ordering for their kid.  The only problem with that is that WCW’s action has been incredibly tame this year so it is very doubtful that the pay-per-view is going to have as much brutality as WCW claims.  Aside from that, today’s broadcast was forgettable as both teams sleepwalked through the feature match.

Up Next:  WCW Saturday Night for March 4!