What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – March 12, 1995

A replay of Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel appearing on WCW Saturday Night and suspending WCW Champion Hulk Hogan from WCW events until Uncensored is shown.

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are doing the studio portion of the broadcast.  Today’s feature match comes from the Gainesville, Georgia taping on February 21.

Footage of the Arn Anderson-Alex Wright match for the Television Championship on WCW Saturday Night is aired.  Heenan says that the only way Johnny B. Badd was able to knock Anderson out at the end of that match was because Badd loaded his glove.

The audience is treated to another Arn Anderson match as his title defense against Hacksaw Jim Duggan on WCW Worldwide is shown.

Okerlund does the Uncensored Report.  Uncensored is only a week away!  WCW Champion Hulk Hogan rants about wanting to whip Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel with his strap for suspending him.  He does some shameless plugging of his hotline while putting over his “ultimate” surprise.

Call 1-900-909-9900 to hear Heenan’s comments on the King of the Road match!

A replay of Vader’s squash on WCW Saturday Night airs, along with the promo he and Ric Flair cut to end the broadcast.

Dustin Rhodes’ squash on WCW Worldwide airs.

Okerlund and Heenan puts over how crazy Uncensored is going to be.

Sting & Randy Savage (1-0-1) defeat Big Bubba Rogers & Avalanche (2-1) via disqualification when Rogers tosses Savage over the top rope at 6:53:

Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko are the commentary team for this SuperBrawl rematch.  This contest gives a small preview of the singles bouts at Uncensored between Sting and Rogers and Savage and Avalanche.  An average tag team bout follows, with Sting looking like Superman because he manages to kick out of a splash from Avalanche.  Since the pay-per-view is around the corner, a clean finish is out of the realm of possibility and the babyfaces win via a cheap disqualification.  Rating:  **

After the bell, Avalanche tries to give Sting an Avalanche Splash but Savage grabs a chair to force the heels to flee the ring.

Okerlund and Heenan discuss the “ultimate” surprise, with Heenan going through the recent edition of WCW Magazine to try to figure out who it could be.

The Last Word:  The “ultimate” surprise was trying to make wrestling fans believe that the Ultimate Warrior was going to show up at Uncensored and help Hulk Hogan counter Ric Flair and Vader.  It was a tasteless tactic as WCW had not signed the Warrior and we will see how this played out in the coming weeks.  This episode was a good way for fans to catch up on some of the weekly action but was entirely forgettable.  Next week’s broadcast will be the live pay-per-view pre-show from Tupelo so it has the potential to be more entertaining.

After doing a few television tapings in Atlanta, WCW went out west to do a few shows before Uncensored.  Here is the result of one of those shows, courtesy of the historyofwwe.com:

Salt Lake City, Utah – March 11, 1995 (2,600):  Television Champion Arn Anderson beat Johnny B. Badd via disqualification…Alex Wright beat Diamond Dallas Page (substituting for Paul Roma)…WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat defeated Stars & Stripes…Dustin Rhodes beat the Blacktop Bully via count out…United States Champion Vader defeated Hacksaw Jim Duggan…Randy Savage & Sting defeated Avalanche & Big Bubba Rogers.

Backstage News*:  WCW’s decision to shift to more of a monthly pay-per-view model might be bearing some fruit in its competition with the WWF as pay-per-view providers are not running commercials for WrestleMania XI until after Uncensored.  There has been some significant backstage drama over the past week as Ric Flair threatened to quit the promotion on March 6 based on how he has been booked but was calmed down a few days later.  Flair was reportedly upset that Hulk Hogan was not working the Saturday Night television tapings before Uncensored, which is why Nick Bockwinkel suspended Hogan on this week’s telecast.  Hogan and Flair are engaged in a backstage power struggle as Flair wants to focus the company’s attention on a revived Four Horsemen, with WCW looking into bringing in Curt Hennig for the group, while Hogan wants to redo his older WWF programs with a new Ultimate Warrior, with independent wrestler Rio Lord of the Jungle playing a knock off, and a new Andre the Giant, which would be Paul Wight.  The sniping is doing very little for other talent like Dustin Rhodes, Brian Pillman, or Steve Austin, all of whom are trapped in the midcard with no discernable way to the top.  Flair is also angry that Randy Savage wants to have the power to book his own programs, which is a privilege that only Hogan enjoys.  WCW hoped that they could get the Road Warriors to debut at Uncensored as Hogan’s surprise but Hawk had commitments in Japan.  WCW is unwilling to pay for the actual Ultimate Warrior and it is questionable whether Warrior would want to work with Hogan anyway.  Gene Okerlund was bashed again for the Jerry Blackwell hotline controversy in TV Guide as they put him in their “Cheers and Jeers” column.  The “King of the Road” match at Uncensored between Rhodes and the Blacktop Bully will be taped in Atlanta since WCW does not want to air the match live because it has too much potential to be a mess in terms of production.  Announcers will act like it is happening in Tupelo, though.  Although fans who watched WCW Worldwide got to see Hacksaw Jim Duggan crack a 2×4 over Meng’s head, the angle was edited off WCW’s other telecasts because of violent content.  In talent relations news, Marcus Bagwell recently signed a two-year contract renewal and the company might want to bring in Miss Elizabeth, Mike Enos, and Wayne Bloom.  And Paul Roma has been given his notice, although he did not appear on house shows because of a knee injury.

*News provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for March 20, 1995.

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