–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.
–Opening Contest: The Nasty Boys (20-1-1) defeat Romeo Valentino & Dino Casanova when Jerry Sags pins Valentino after the Trip to Nastyville at 2:07:
With as many bouts as Valentino and Casanova has gotten, one wonders how they would do in a jobber-versus-jobber match with the Southern Posse. The Nasties have no trouble, using the squash to yell into the camera about how they are just getting started.
–Gene Okerlund interviews Television Champion Arn Anderson and Colonel Robert Parker. This promo must have been taped over a month ahead of time as Anderson is no longer in the Stud Stable. Anderson promises to make Alex Wright respect him at Slamboree. Okerlund warns Anderson that he is not taking Wright seriously.
–Sergeant Craig Pittman (12-0) beats Bill Payne via submission to the Code Red at 2:15:
Pittman stretches Payne for a couple of minutes before using a hiptoss to transition into the Code Red. Schiavone notes that Pittman has said that the Code Red will never be broken.
–Non-Title Match: Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions w/Sister Sherri) (18-2-2) defeat John Crystal & Barry Hardy when Booker T pins Crystal after a powerbomb-flying elbow drop combination at 2:07:
With the Nasties sending a message in the first match, the Heat do their best to respond by attacking the jobbers before the bell and running through their usual offense. Heenan gets bored and starts pitching Sherri’s looks.
–The U.S. Championship Tournament is recapped.
–Brian Pillman (14-0) defeats Buddy Vale via submission after an octopus hold on the canvas at 2:28:
Schiavone says that the Pillman-Meng U.S. title tournament quarter-final will take place on the live Main Event before Slamboree in several weeks. Thankfully Pillman does not try his springboard hurricanrana spot since Vale would probably have a hard time selling it due to his frame. This was a very methodical squash, but the crowd is still behind Pillman despite his lackluster character.
–Okerlund interviews Alex Wright. Wright has a hard time looking into the camera and Okerlund tries to walk them through a promo where the young German says he will use superior technique to win the Television Championship at Slamboree.
–Ric Flair, Vader, and Arn Anderson give a taped promo where they put over their unity. They yell a lot but the bottom line is that the babyfaces are in for a world of hurt at Slamboree.
–The Blue Bloods (7-0) beat Stars & Stripes (17-5) when Lord Steven Regal pins Marcus Bagwell after Earl Robert Eaton delivers the Tower of London at 6:10:
In many ways this is a number one contenders match as both teams are ranked below the Nasty Boys and Harlem Heat in the WCW tag team hierarchy. The Blue Bloods play well to the Disney crowd, drawing a “USA” chant against them and incurring the fans ire by doing some illegal double teams. After the hot tag, Bagwell catches Regal with a flying body press, but Eaton breaks that up behind the referee’s back with the Tower of London to keep the Blue Bloods undefeated. This was a fun bout that kept rolling, but it needed more time to develop. Rating: **¼
–Okerlund interviews Sting, who makes fun of Big Bubba Rogers old gimmicks in WCW. He promises that he is the real boss of WCW.
–Tune in next week to see Kevin Sullivan wrestle the Butcher! Also, Alex Wright, Bunkhouse Buck, and comments from the participants in the Slamboree main event!
The Last Word: The tag team match was fun, albeit with a predictable ending. It would be good to get some variety in the end of Blue Blood tag matches as all of their feature bouts have ended with Earl Robert Eaton doing the Tower of London behind the referee’s back.
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