–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in charge of the studio portion of the show. Okerlund spoils the result of the feature match by calling it a “warm up” match for Ric Flair for Slamboree.
–Heenan picks up a Butcher trading card and says it will soon be a collector’s item because the Butcher has no name anymore.
–Call 1-900-909-9900 to hear Heenan’s predictions for Slamboree.
–United States Championship Tournament First Round: Ric Flair (w/Arn Anderson) beats the Patriot (w/Marcus Bagwell) (1-1) via pinfall with the figure-four leglock at 10:16:
This is the last first round match in the sixteen-man tournament, with the winner facing Alex Wright in the quarter-finals. It is also Flair’s first singles match since being reinstated. The Patriot has a lot of limitations, namely that his offense revolves solely around a handful of power moves, but Flair maintains interest by riling up the crowd through some creative cheating like an eye poke off of a feigned shoulder injury and exaggerating his selling of missed moves such as a fist drop to block a sunset flip. The Patriot appears headed for victory after a flying shoulder block but he messes up his knee. When Flair goes for the figure-four the Patriot counters with a small package, but the crowd’s hopes for an upset are stymied when Anderson provokes Bagwell to enter the ring, gives the Patriot a DDT behind the referee’s back, and Flair locks in his finisher to advance in what was easily the best first round match of the tournament. Rating: ***½
–Okerlund tries to show Heenan how to play pogs. Heenan does not understand it.
The Last Word: If you have never seen the Ric Flair-Patriot match it is worth checking out as Flair utilizes all of his old tricks and makes the Patriot look like a million bucks. It will be interesting to see how Flair wrestles Alex Wright in the quarter-finals.
Backstage News*: Steve Austin, who has been unhappy with his bookings recently, had a meeting with Eric Bischoff. In return for doing some jobs at television tapings he was reportedly promised a new push with Brian Pillman in the tag team division as the two would reform the Hollywood Blondes. However, if this occurs it will have to happen after Slamboree.
*The name for the new stable that Kevin Sullivan will be putting together to fight Hulk Hogan will be called the Dungeon of Doom. The group will include Kamala, Avalanche, and Paul Wight, a seven-two talent that is likely to be booked against Hogan so that WCW could have its own Hogan-Andre the Giant feud.
*Paul Orndorff’s deal is on a per appearance basis and has been appearing on the Georgia independents, recently winning the Peach State Wrestling Cordele, Georgia City title from Rob Van Dam.
*In talent relations news, WCW was not able to come to an agreement with the Steiner Brothers due to financial reasons. New Japan, where the Steiners have bookings, did not want them to come in and immediately look inferior to the Nasty Boys, who were positioned to beat the Steiners at next month’s Great American Bash pay-per-view.
*Ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta has been released due to budget cuts. Cappetta was earning over $100,000 a year and WCW felt that the contract his contract was expendable despite the fact that they renewed their agreement with Michael Buffer for pay-per-views. Dave Penzer will take Cappetta’s place.
*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for May 22, 1995.
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