What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – May 27, 1995

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

Opening Non-Title Contest:  The Nasty Boys (WCW Tag Team Champions) (24-1-1) beat Dave Dalton & Chris Pillon when Jerry Sags pins Pillon after the Trip to Nastyville at 1:47:

Pillon was ranked 441st in the PWI 500 in 1994.  He primarily competed for Border City Wrestling in Canada.  The Nasties chalk up an easy win, with Heenan continuing to make fun of Sags sloppy flying elbow drop.

Gene Okerlund does a taped interview with Television Champion Arn Anderson.  Anderson does a low-key promo where he warns the Renegade that he will do whatever it takes to keep his title at The Great American Bash.

Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (7-4) defeat Ray Ayala & Armondo Ayala when Buck pins Ray after a double fist at 1:47:

Slater does some bad amateur wrestling at the beginning, just floating around his opponent on the canvas but not hooking anything substantial.  Most of Slater and Buck’s squashes have been long this year, but this one is mercifully short.

Sergeant Craig Pittman (17-0) beats T.A. McCoy via submission to the Code Red at 2:46:

McCoy stands no chance as Pittman takes him down, works the arm, and finishes with the Code Red.  Schiavone tells viewers that Pittman will face Marcus Bagwell at The Great American Bash.

Meng (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (15-0-1) pins Dave Walby after a thrust kick at 1:27:

Walby is able to brush off some of Meng’s initial strikes but after he takes a knife-edge chop it is all over.  Heenan hypes Meng as the next U.S. champion but Meng has a tough challenge ahead in the semi-finals against Sting.

Television Championship Match:  Arn Anderson (Champion) (12-9-2) beats Brian Pillman (16-1) after a stun gun at 7:48:

Pillman has a claim to being a top contender for the Television Championship, much more than the Renegade who is getting a title shot at The Great American Bash despite never appearing in the ring.  He defeated Anderson via disqualification a month ago on Main Event as Anderson was only able to save his title thanks to Ric Flair’s interference.  Pillman and Anderson spend the match exchanging near-falls, although Pillman overshoots on a flying body press and the ensuing reversal sequence is a mess.  A sloppy headscissors that appears to spike Anderson’s skull into the canvas follows, but a stun gun out of desperation, assisted by a Flair pin, helps Anderson retain the title in an incredibly weak finish.  The result here signaled that Pillman was moving down the card since WCW sacrificed him relatively cleanly to Anderson, who often struggled to defeat major stars in feature matches.  Anderson now has four straight victories in singles competition, his longest singles streak of the year.  Rating:  **

Schiavone interviews Ric Flair and Anderson.  They hype their respective matches for The Great American Bash, with Flair warning Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and the Renegade that they are not long for his world.

The Last Word:  The feature bout had a lot of potential but overall sloppiness by Brian Pillman in the high spots weighed it down.  By this time Pillman needed to start going to more of a mat-based style because even in his squashes trying to go for aerial maneuvers rarely worked out or looked good.  Pillman also does not look extremely motivated with this California-style babyface character and a heel turn was desperately needed.

Up Next:  WCW Saturday Night for May 27!