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–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are handling the studio portion of the show. They recap tensions between the Butcher and the other Faces of Fear and the recent developments regarding Ric Flair’s possible reinstatement. Heenan also praises the heel turn of Big Bubba Rogers, alluding to his past issues with Rogers in the WWF.
–Big Bubba Rogers (11-0) pins Brad Armstrong (1-2) after a spinebuster at 7:47:
This match took place at the March 22 Saturday Night tapings in Atlanta, with Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes doing commentary, and it stemmed from Rogers beating up Tim Horner too much during a singles match. Rhodes laughs a lot when Schiavone says “Big Bubba foot” when Rogers blasts Armstrong with a big boot off the ropes, which is the only entertaining thing that happens when Rogers goes on the offensive and slows things down. Rogers cannot afford to lose here since he is still running off of the momentum of defeating Sting at Uncensored, and he capitalizes when Armstrong takes a blind charge into the ring post to remain undefeated. This could have been a fun brawler-technician showdown but that potential was never realized. Rating: ½*
The Last Word: The outcome of the feature match was never in doubt so that made for a lackluster show. Armstrong is usually a good mechanic but there was not much he could do with Rogers using a lot of rest holds. Rogers seems to have had an underwhelming television taping since he also had to redo his match with Horner before it aired on the previous edition of Saturday Night.
Backstage News*: WCW talent cutbacks are continuing and might include the Butcher, Steve Keirn, Joey Maggs, and Steve Austin. Butcher’s possible release is a fall from grace after he just headlined Starrcade several months ago with Hulk Hogan, but WCW does not want to pay his $150,000 contract for the next couple of years. Austin’s loss to Sting on Saturday Night is a signal that WCW sees little value in him and will job him out before his release. There are some conflicting stories on whether the Road Warriors and Steiner Brothers will be coming into the company by June. The Steiners were reportedly unhappy with the offer WCW gave them, as well as a demand that they put over the Nasty Boys on their first night back, and Animal may not want to come into the company until later in the year. WCW also gave a tryout to the Eliminators (Perry Saturn and John Kronus) on April 5.
*Backstage news provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for April 17.
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