What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 8, 1995

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Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, FloridaHeenan warns Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage that they do not want Ric Flair reinstated.

Opening Contest:  Alex Wright (23-0) pins Mark Starr after a reverse flying body press at 3:02:

Heenan gets Schiavone to corpse on commentary by implying that he has done some of Alex Wright’s dancing at strip clubs.  Starr runs through some nice offensive moves like a side suplex to put Wright’s win streak in peril, but the young German goes under a clothesline, hits a spin kick, and catches Starr with his finish.  Starr has yet to win a match in 1995 but he is a level above other jobbers because he gets significant offense against his opponents.  This is also the second win that Wright has gotten over Starr this year.  Rating:  **

Gene Okerlund interviews Sting and Randy Savage.  Savage gets upset when Okerlund says that he is “gregarious” before doing a chop exchange with his tag team partner.  The segment is supposed to hype house show main events that pit the babyfaces against Big Bubba Rogers and Avalanche.

The Nasty Boys (16-1-1) defeat the Southern Posse when Jerry Sags pins Sonny Trout after the Trip to Nastyville at 1:53:

Schiavone pitches the Nasties for another tag team title shot because of the inconclusive finish of their recent contest against Harlem Heat on Main Event.  The Nasties make a case for being top contenders as they easily swallow up the Posse.  Heenan subtly makes fun of Jerry Sags flying elbow drop by wondering aloud where he will land when he tries the move at the end of the bout.

Avalanche (1-5) beats John Crystal with an Avalanche Splash at 1:52:

Avalanche gets the predictable “oohs” and “aahs” as he squashes Crystal with an elbow drop, leg drop, and splash before going to his finisher.  Despite his imposing size, Avalanche has had a poor record in singles competition thus far in 1995.  A win here stops a four-match losing streak.

Johnny B. Badd (13-3-1) pins Rip Sawyer after Dreamland at 2:11:

Sawyer was an alumnus of the Maryland-based Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation (MEWF) where he was a tag team champion with Dino fellow WCW jobber Dino Casanova.  The two were known as the Cream Team and had a cup of coffee run in Eastern Championship Wrestling in 1992.  Badd reminds audiences as to why he is a bad man as he dazes Sawyer from the word go with a flurry of strikes, culminating in Dreamland.  He is now on a twelve-match winning streak in overall competition.

The Blue Bloods defeat Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner (2-1) when Earl Robert Eaton pins Horner after the Tower of London at 9:08:

After several weeks of vignettes, this is the debut of Lord Steven Regal-Bobby Eaton pairing.  Their tag team combination is called the Blue Bloods.  They get a lot of heat with the crowd for refusing to take off their entrance jackets because there is not someone suitable to take them backstage, leading to a crowd chant of “Take off the dress!”  Armstrong does an insane spot out of a test of a strength by walking up on Eaton’s shoulders and then launching himself onto Regal, who comes into the ring to aid his partner.  Regal is clearly the best competitor on his team in terms of ring work and his sequences with Armstrong are fun.  However, the finish is lackluster as Armstrong breaks up a Regal Stretch and referee Nick Patrick prevents him from re-entering the bout as Eaton hits his flying leg drop, now christened as the Tower of London, to pin Horner and put the Blue Bloods over.  Rating:  **¼

Tune in next week to see Television Champion Arn Anderson defend his title against Alex Wright!  Also,  Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Frank Andersson, Stars & Stripes, Big Bubba Rogers, and Meng in action!

The Last Word:  This show flew by as the squashes did not take up a lot of time and the feature tag team bout was fun.  The Blue Blood tag team has potential and Bobby Eaton looks reinvigorated in the ring since he now has something to do rather than be a jobber to the stars.

Up Next:  WCW Saturday Night for April 8!