What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – April 22, 1995

WCW Prime aired on April 17 with a new feature bout:

Prime “MOOO” Match of the Week:  Alex Wright (26-0-1) defeats Steve Austin (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (8-1) via disqualification when Arn Anderson interferes at 6:05:

As noted before, Austin’s reunion with Parker seems like a downgrade, reinforced by the fact that Arn Anderson has left to the Stud Stable to head onto bigger things.  Austin must feel similarly as he stun guns Wright in the laziest manner possible, with Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes puzzled why Austin does not go for a cover.  Despite that, Austin and Wright quickly exchange some energetic strikes before Anderson does a run-in and attacks Das Wunderkind.  Whoever knew that Wright had televised wins over the future Stone Cold and Triple H in 1995?  Austin would later reference this match in his introductory promo in ECW, saying that he was ordered to make Wright look good.  If true, he succeeded.  Rating:  **

After the bell, the heels try to do a two-on-one attack but Johnny B. Badd makes the save.  What is this?  Angles on Prime?

Tune in next week to see the Blue Bloods square off against the Fantastics!

And now onto WCW Pro for April 22, with Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko doing commentary.

Opening Contest:  Stars & Stripes (15-5) beat Tony Vincent & Bobby Starr when Marcus Bagwell pins Starr after a suplex-flying body press combination at 3:11:

WCW wastes little time reheating Stars & Stripes, who lost a competitive match against Vader and Arn Anderson on Saturday Night.  Vincent throws some weak knees that the Patriot is smart not to sell, and after some jobber miscommunication the babyfaces win a patriotic victory.  After the bell, Bagwell tells the camera that Stars & Stripes have a whole new attitude.

With Gene Okerlund having health problems, Chris Cruise provides the Slamboree Control Segment.  He announces that the show’s main event will be Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, with the Renegade and Jimmy Hart in their corner, against Ric Flair and Vader, who will have Arn Anderson in theirs.  Hogan, Savage, and Hart deliver a promo, with Hogan implying that Stars & Stripes are weak because they “could not fight back” against Flair on Saturday Night.  They also put over the Renegade, who Hogan bills as the number one Monster Maniac.  I am sure that makes Dave Sullivan happy.  The poor guy has Hogan merchandise all over his bedroom!  Cruise later adds that Dusty Rhodes will be the second inductee into this year’s Hall of Fame.

Sergeant Craig Pittman (9-0) defeats Mark Willis after the Code Red at 2:57:

Pittman still acts lost when trying to do some mat wrestling, grabbing Willis’ arm and pulling it up and down.  That looks silly but Zbyszko does his best to sell it as a devastating maneuver, labeling it a “pogo move.”  Dusty makes fun of that as Pittman wins another match, prompting the American Dream to argue that Pittman needs to face more serious competition.

Eric Bischoff catches up with Diamond Dallas Page, Kimberly, and Maxx Muscle at a nice restaurant.  Page is decked out in a nice suit and in a nice piece of continuity Kimberly now has the jewelry that Page was last seen pawning away.  He claims to have won his fortune at blackjack and craps, saying he went through sixty dealers to get it.  After Page says he wants to win a singles title, a man brings flowers for Kimberly.  She reads the card, which Page quickly discards, and the audience is never told its contents.

Bunkhouse Buck (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (2-3) beats Scott Armstrong (0-2) after a right hand at 3:39:

Armstrong is a glorified enhancement talent that owes his sole victories in 1995 to teaming with his brother.  He is used here to give Buck some credibility heading into Saturday Night, where Buck will face Brian Pillman in the first round of the United States Championship Tournament.  If you like rest holds, Buck is your guy.  Rating:  ¼*

Alex Wright (27-0-1) pins the Terrorist after a reverse flying body press at 2:11:

Solie mocks the Renegade video that has been making the rounds on previous WCW broadcasts, saying that it does not tell the audience anything new about Hulk Hogan’s friend.  The Terrorist takes his sweet time getting up for Wright’s finisher, agitating the young German.  The finish is also not very believable because the Terrorist outweighs Wright by more than a hundred pounds so only the physics of wrestling can explain how a reverse flying body press is enough to pin him.

Non-Title Match:  Brian Pillman & Johnny B. Badd defeat Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions w/Sister Sherri) (17-1-2) via disqualification when Sherri interferes at 7:53:

For whatever reason, timing is way off on Pillman’s part, detracting from the match.  He whiffs on a dropkick to Booker T, fails to keep Booker T’s ankle grapevined on a drop toe hold, and then Stevie Ray prepares an axe handle attack when Pillman tags into the match but is forced to awkwardly wait until Pillman enters the ring.  At least Booker T knows how to sell Pillman’s springboard hurricanrana, the first man to take it and bump properly, but Pillman’s delivery of that move is so awkward that he needs to stop doing it.  Despite all of this, though, the crowd is into the babyfaces, and when Sherri goes to interfere behind the referee’s back by jumping off the top rope, she is caught and then ends up falling across the ropes and to the arena floor.  She never touches Pillman or Badd but that still gets her team disqualified.  That does not make a lot of sense, but Nick Patrick is the Joey Crawford of WCW, so the rules are whatever he says they are.  Badd is also getting a subtle push in the midcard as he has now won thirteen straight matches.  Rating:  **

Rhodes predicts that Sting and Pillman will advance in the U.S. Championship Tournament on Saturday Night.  Zbyszko puts his money on Sting and Bunkhouse Buck.

The Last Word:  Pillman and Badd were a nice tag team combination and WCW should have explored the idea of putting them together since that would have produced better high-profile matches than Harlem Heat’s never-ending struggle with the Nasty Boys.  With the way they are pushing Wright in all these squashes they might as well make him the Television Champion.  The young German has nearly thirty singles wins, and we are not a third of the way through the year!

Up Next:  WCW Worldwide for April 22!