–A replay of Hulk Hogan’s attempted altercation with Vader on last week’s episode is shown.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia. These tapings were done on February 22. Tonight’s episode of Saturday Night is only an hour long.
–Opening Contest: The Nasty Boys (12-1) defeat Tracy Benton & Bob Starr when Jerry Sags pins Benton after the Trip to Nastyville:
My copy of this telecast has some messed up tracking, so it makes doing match times impossible so they will not appear in this recap of the show. The Nasties are still getting a strong push since they are Harlem Heat’s number one challengers and are getting a specialty match against them at Uncensored for the tag team titles. The Nasties roll through their usual offense to triumph yet against after Jerry Sags ugly flying elbow drop, which I am surprised WCW lets them use because of Randy Savage using that as a finisher. Then again, Sags elbow is so poor that it makes Savage’s look even better by comparison.
–Gene Okerlund interviews the Nasties, who pledge to use a lot of weapons to defeat Harlem Heat at Uncensored. Dusty Rhodes would later refer to that as “plunda.”
–Meng (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (1-0) beats Steve Neely via knockout after a thrust kick in less than fifteen seconds:
Neely was a Nashville-based talent, brought in today to put Meng over as a devastating force in the run up to Meng’s battle against Hacksaw Jim Duggan at Uncensored. Just like Worldwide, Meng wins with a thrust kick, although it only takes him one blow instead of two minutes. This had to be one of the easiest paydays Neely ever earned.
–Okerlund interviews Parker and Meng, with Parker telling Duggan that Meng is coming for him at Uncensored and he should be worried.
–Lord Steven Regal (3-1) defeats Mike Davis via submission to the Regal Stretch:
Regal is still floating around the midcard, getting an occasional appearance on television and not doing much of that. That will soon change, but for today he is back in singles action, outwrestling Davis in his unique European, mat based style until finishing via submission.
–Okerlund interviews Regal, who says that he needs a tag team partner to challenge for the WCW Tag Team Championship but cannot find one. Bobby Eaton walks out to volunteer his services, because jobbing to Alex Wright as a byproduct of Wright’s feud with Paul Roma would make anyone beg for new work, but Regal is disgusted with the way Eaton carries himself and refuses his offer. Regal believes he can find something better in the weeks ahead.
–Non-Title Match: Arn Anderson (Television Champion w/Colonel Robert Parker) (6-4-1) pins John Crystal after a DDT
Anderson is barely over .500 even though he is the Television Champion and this match helps pad his record as he has few problems with Crystal, planting the long-time WWF and WCW jobber with a DDT to keep rolling toward his wrestler vs. boxer match with Johnny B. Badd.
–Vader (w/Ric Flair) (6-1) defeats the Patriot via disqualification when Hulk Hogan interfered:
Even though the Patriot is part of the Stars & Stripes tag team, Marcus Bagwell does not accompany him to the ring, continuing a puzzling system of behavior for that squad since the Patriot did not second Bagwell to the ring when Bagwell challenged Arn Anderson for the Television Championship in late January. This also does not make a lot of sense because Vader attacked both members of Stars & Stripes on the SuperBrawl pre-show, which aired on Main Event. Anyway, the Patriot is not made to appear on Vader’s level, only building small comebacks when Vader makes a miscalculation with his weight, like missing a sit down splash halfway through the match. Flair gets in some token shots – which is why the Patriot needs Marcus Bagwell with him – and Vader hits a powerbomb, but Hulk Hogan runs in before Vader can make the cover. Rating: *½
–After the bell, Hogan whips and chokes Vader with a strap, while Jimmy Hart keeps Ric Flair at bay, which really does not make much sense because Flair is a former world champion. Hogan continues his assault until the Nasty Boys and Hacksaw Jim Duggan get him away from Vader.
–Schiavone interviews Hogan, who continues to say that he has a surprise for Vader at Uncensored and that the big man only got a taste of what is to come at Uncensored.
The Last Word: This episode of Saturday Night flew by, likely aided by WCW having to get a lot of angle development into a one-hour broadcast. Steven Regal moving into the tag division will help bolster some of its ranks since the company suffers from the WWF’s problem of having very few credible teams. The Hulk Hogan-Vader feud remains the best thing WCW has going and the last two weeks have shown a more aggressive side of Hogan that is doing a lot to freshen up his character.
Up Next: WCW Main Event for March 5!
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