What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 1, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

Opening Contest:  Brian Pillman (7-0) beats Bobby Starr via submission to an Octopus hold on the canvas at 3:23:

Starr gets a few spurts of offense in between Pillman’s high flying moves.  Things go awry for the finish when Pillman waits too long to do launch himself onto Starr’s shoulders for a hurricanrana and then Starr compounds the problem by not taking a proper bump.  This forces Pillman to improvise and finish with a submission hold instead.

Kevin Sullivan & the Butcher (4-1) defeat Vern Henderson & Barry Hardy when Sullivan pins Hardy after a double stomp at 3:03:

After pummeling the jobbers, Sullivan and the Butcher have another disagreement as Sullivan tags himself in when the Butcher puts Hardy in a sleeper so he can hit his finisher and get the win instead.  The Butcher is puzzled about why Sullivan would do that after the bell, but Sullivan offers no explanation.  One would think that the Butcher should have realized that Sullivan did not care about him after SuperBrawl where Sullivan left him in the aisle as he suffered from a facial injury.

Sergeant Craig Pittman (5-0) beats Tracey Benton via submission to the Code Red at 2:25:

Pittman keeps screaming about the Marine Corps as he works over Benton’s arm.  Benton could easily reach the ropes during the Code Red at the end but he opts to submit instead.  It is still unclear why Pittman is a heel.

Heenan warns Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage that they do not want to have Ric Flair reinstated by the WCW Executive Board.

Big Bubba Rogers (8-0) pins Manny Fernandez after a Bossman slam at 2:58:

Fernandez thinks he is onto something when he dazes Rogers with a dropkick but a clothesline quickly reminds him of where he is in the pecking order.  Rogers stays undefeated as he presumably prepares for a rematch with Sting at Slamboree.

Gene Okerlund interviews Johnny B. Badd, who puts over his Golden Gloves past and his 58-2 record in the amateur ranks.  He attributes his success to hard work as any good babyface would.

Dustin Rhodes & Alex Wright defeat The Blacktop Bully & Arn Anderson (w/Colonel Robert Parker) via disqualification when Parker interferes at 6:51:

Since Rhodes and the Bully were fired after Uncensored it is surprising that WCW decided to air this bout.  A big reason that probably happened is to put over Wright as a potential challenger for Anderson’s television title as the young German surprises Anderson with a reverse flying body press and has him pinned before Parker interjects himself.  The outcome keeps Wright undefeated through twenty-five matches and it allows Rhodes to exit the company with a win, presumably ending his feud with the Bully in a successful way.  Rating:  **

Tune in next week to see Alex Wright, the Nasty Boys, and Avalanche in action!

The Last Word:  There was not much to see on this episode, aside from the awkwardness of seeing the Bully and Rhodes wrestle after Uncensored.  Tony Schiavone did not clue the audience in that we would never see either competitor again so viewers probably expected to see the feud between the two continue at a later date, possibly on the “A” show later in the evening.

Up Next:  WCW Saturday Night for April 1!

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