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

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are handling the studio portion of the show, with Bischoff reminding fans that Vader has been stripped of the U.S. title and Ric Flair has been banned from WCW.

A replay of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Jimmy Hart talking to WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel in his office is shown.

Johnny B. Badd (11-3-1) defeats Paul Orndorff (1-0) when he pins Paul Roma after heel miscommunication at 6:48:

Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko do commentary for this bout, which was taped in Augusta, Georgia on March 25, and features the last appearance of Paul Roma on WCW television as he wanders out a few minutes into the contest to observe.  This is a perfectly acceptable match before dumb booking takes over, with referee Nick Patrick taking an elbow to the face, Badd countering a spike piledriver, and the heels run into each other, allowing Badd to pin Roma.  What is it with WCW loving these finishes where a wrestler wins by pinning the wrong competitor?  They have run that outcome three times over the last three months and it never makes sense.  Rating:  ½*

A replay of the Randy Savage-Avalanche match from last night’s Saturday Night broadcast is shown.  Fans also get a replay of the Steve Austin-Marcus Bagwell match on Worldwide.

Lord Steven Regal takes Bobby Eaton to get a better suit and after trying a few on, Eaton finally gets a suit like Regal’s and his hair is now slicked back to give a more distinguished appearance.

Sting (7-1) pins the Butcher (w/Kevin Sullivan) (1-0) with an O’Connor Roll at 4:39:

Patrick has recovered enough from the last bout to officiate this one, where he thankfully succeeds in not counting the wrong man’s shoulders to the canvas.  The Faces of Fear come off as completely ineffective as Sting fights off their two-on-one attacks and wins a match where neither competitor took more than two bumps.  Rating:  ½*

After the bell, the Butcher and Sullivan argue and get into a shoving match.  They eventually reconcile, though.

The Last Word:  Main Event is a very hit and miss show and this was a BIG miss today with two poor feature matches.  The Kevin Sullivan-Butcher “tension” is dragging out too much and it is making the entire faction look inept.

After Uncensored, WCW ran a few house shows in Georgia while they did another round of TV tapings.  Here is the result of one of those shows (courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com):

Savannah, Georgia – Civic Center – March 23, 1995 (1,500):  Alex Wright defeat Paul Orndorff…Television Champion Arn Anderson beat Johnny B. Badd via disqualification…The Nasty Boys defeat WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat in a non-title match…Hacksaw Jim Duggan beat Steve Austin…Randy Savage & Sting defeated Avalanche & Big Bubba Rogers.

Backstage News*:  Bill Shaw has been replaced as the chief overseer of WCW by Harvey Schiller, a former Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference.  The move reflects an internal shakeup where WCW is now part of TBS Sports rather than TBS programming.  Eric Bischoff will still be running WCW’s day-to-day operations.  Schiller’s influence might be felt in terms of the promotion’s content since he favors a more child-friendly product…Uncensored led to the firing of Dustin Rhodes, the Blacktop Bully, and road agent Mike Graham because Rhodes and the Bully bladed during their King of the Road match, a move that violated company policy.  This explains why there were a lot of wide shots of the bout during the pay-per-view telecast.  Letting go of Dustin might cause Dusty Rhodes to leave the promotion, which might cause a lot of problems for Slamboree because Dusty was supposed to be inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame.  The firings are also controversial because WCW Champion Hulk Hogan bladed against Vader in Chicago a couple of weeks earlier and there are whispers that WCW is using the incident to save $500,000 in contract expenses, something that it was recently ordered to do by Turner executives…The reason that Gene Okerlund was not at Uncensored or some recent television tapings it that he had kidney replacement surgery…WCW is still exploring the idea of recreating the Four Horsemen, possibly looking to pit the group against Sting, Randy Savage, and the Road Warriors at the Great American Bash…The Sting & Savage tag team match against Avalanche and Big Bubba Rogers drew a 2.5 rating for Main Event, the highest rating that show has garnered in months.

*Backstage news provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for March 27

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

Top Twenty-Five Overall Records

1—Alex Wright (24-0)

2—Brian Pillman (7-0)

T3—Hulk Hogan (6-0)

T3—Steve Austin (6-0)

T5—Meng (5-0)

T5—Sergeant Craig Pittman (5-0)

7—Diamond Dallas Page (1-0)

8—Randy Savage (11-0-1)

T9—Brian Knobbs (15-1)

T9—Jerry Sags (15-1)

T11—Booker T (16-1-1)

T11—Stevie Ray (16-1-1)

13—Sting (13-1-1)

14—Hacksaw Jim Duggan (16-2)

15—Big Bubba Rogers (10-2)

16—Johnny B. Badd (15-3-1)

17—Lord Steven Regal (6-1-1)

T18—Kevin Sullivan (10-3)

T18—Vader (10-3)

20—The Patriot (13-5)

21—Marcus Bagwell (12-6)

22—The Butcher (5-4)

23—Avalanche (9-8)

24—Arn Anderson (10-11-1)

25—Dick Slater (3-4)

Inactive Wrestlers That Would Have Qualified:  Dustin Rhodes (17-2), the Blacktop Bully (15-4), Paul Roma (5-6)

Top Ten Singles Records

1—Alex Wright (23-0)

2—Big Bubba Rogers (8-0)

3—Brian Pillman (7-0)

4—Steve Austin (6-0)

T5—Meng (5-0)

T5—Randy Savage (5-0)

T5—Sergeant Craig Pittman (5-0)

8—Hulk Hogan (2-0)

9—Diamond Dallas Page (1-0)

10—Hacksaw Jim Duggan (13-1)

Inactive Wrestlers That Would Have Qualified:  The Blacktop Bully (15-0)

Top Ten Tag Team Records

T1—Kevin Sullivan & Avalanche (3-0)

T1—The Monster Maniacs (3-0)

3—The Nasty Boys (15-1)

4—Harlem Heat (16-1-1)

5—Sting & Randy Savage (2-0-1)

6—Kevin Sullivan & the Butcher (4-1)

7—Stars & Stripes (11-4)

8—Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (3-3)

9—Big Bubba Rogers & Avalanche (2-2)

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

T10—Brad & Scott Armstrong (1-2)

Inactive Teams That Would Have Qualified:  Dustin Rhodes & Johnny B. Badd (3-0), Lord Steven Regal & Jean Paul Levesque (1-0)

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

1—Alex Wright (24)

2—Arn Anderson (22)

T3—Dustin Rhodes (19)

T3—Johnny B. Badd (19)

T3—The Blacktop Bully (19)

T6—Booker T (18)

T6—Hacksaw Jim Duggan (18)

T6—Marcus Bagwell (18)

T6—Stevie Ray (18)

T6—The Patriot (18)

Most Appearances By Show:  Pro­-Alex Wright, Dustin Rhodes, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan (6); Worldwide-Hacksaw Jim Duggan (7); Saturday Night-Arn Anderson and the Patriot (8), Main Event-Alex Wright, Arn Anderson, Dustin Rhodes, and Johnny B. Badd (4)

Top Five Matches in March 1995

1—Arn Anderson vs. Alex Wright (WCW Television Championship Match, WCW Saturday Night, March 11) – ***½

2—Dustin Rhodes & Johnny B. Badd vs. Pretty Wonderful (WCW Saturday Night, March 18) – ***

3—Pretty Wonderful vs. The Fantastics (WCW Worldwide, March 25) – ***

4—Johnny B. Badd vs. Arn Anderson (Boxer vs. Wrestler Match, Uncensored, March 19) – **½

5—Big Bubba Rogers vs. Sting (No Disqualification Match, Uncensored, March 19) – **

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—Arn Anderson vs. Alex Wright (WCW Television Championship Match, WCW Saturday Night, March 11) – ***½

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

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

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

Up Next:  WCW Pro for April 1!