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

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

Opening Contest:  Sting (9-1) beats Cliff Sheets via submission to the Scorpion Deathlock at 1:11:

Sheets was a Florida talent, wrestling for NWA Florida and Coastal Championship Wrestling in between jobber runs in the WWF and WCW in the 1990s and 2000s.  If one wishes to assume that all of these shows are live, this can be seen as a tune up match for Sting, who wrestles Arn Anderson on Saturday Night in the first round of the United States Championship Tournament.  Predictably, Sting wins with ease.

Non-Title Match:  Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions w/Sister Sherri) (17-2-2) defeat Kip Abee & Vern Henderson when Booker T pins Henderson after a powerbomb-flying elbow drop combination at 2:06:

Harlem Heat show no vulnerability in today’s contest as Henderson rolls under a clothesline to give Abee the hot tag and Abee proceeds to get his rear end handed to him by the WCW Tag Team Champions.  The Heat’s finisher is very dangerous in this match as Stevie Ray barely gets Abee over his head before Booker T comes off the top rope with an elbow drop, causing Abee’s head to smack the mat hard.

Sergeant Craig Pittman (10-0) beats Walter Slowe via submission to the Code Red at 1:50:

Pittman channels his inner Scott Steiner in suplexing Slowe all over the ring, something that does more to put over his character than boring or awkward arm work.  Slowe also makes Pittman looks good by going high into the air for a hiptoss, which Pittman uses as a transition move into the Code Red.  Based on his record, Pittman was really robbed of a spot in the U.S. title tournament.

Ric Flair, Vader, and Arn Anderson deliver a great taped promo that puts over their championship pedigree and how the babyfaces will not be able to stop them at Slamboree.

Stars & Stripes (16-5) defeat Kevin Sullivan & the Butcher (6-1) when Marcus Bagwell pins Sullivan after the Butcher gives Sullivan an elbow drop off the second rope at 8:14:

It does not take long for Sullivan and the Butcher to show some dissension as they argue over who is going to start the match.  Both men overcome that, slowing the match down with chokes and strikes.  Things also far apart during the build to the hot tag as Bagwell and the Butcher lay on the ropes, seemingly unable to communicate on what to do next, and then putter around until another hot tag sequence can commence.  What that happens we get more heel miscommunication that has become the norm of the Sullivan-Butcher team as the Butcher inadvertently gives Sullivan an elbow drop off the second rope when he tries to break up a pin, and Stars & Stripes prevails.  Rating:  *½

After the match, Okerlund talks with Sullivan and the Butcher.  Sullivan is irate, blaming the Butcher for blowing Starrcade and their tag team match at Clash of the Champions against Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.  The Butcher tells Sullivan that he does not think things are that bad, causing Sullivan to turn on him and piledrive him on the Worldwide stage.

Tune in next week to see the Blue Bloods take on the Fantastics!  Also, Johnny B. Badd, Meng, and Pretty Wonderful will be in action, as well as an interview with Vader and Ric Flair!

The Last Word:  The main event had potential, but a bad middle portion brought it down.  Still, the ending interview segment made up for it as Kevin Sullivan’s crazed antics made the crowd sympathize with some of the Butcher’s recent in-ring difficulties.  That segment also renders the Faces of Fear to be an extinct stable as Avalanche is taking some time off and Sullivan just kicked out the remaining member.

Up Next:  WCW Saturday Night for April 22!

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