What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – June 3, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  Tonight’s episode is one hour because of Braves baseball.

Television Champion Arn Anderson comes out to talk to the commentators and he says that Randy Savage is backstage “shaking like he has the flu.”  Savage appears on a video screen from the babyface locker room where Sting and the Renegade are holding him back.

Opening Contest:  Alex Wright (36-2-1) pins Manny Fernandez after a reverse flying body press at 1:57:

Wright runs through a lot of moves in quick succession and his belly-to-belly suplex looks better than it used to.

Sting (15-1) defeats Dick Slater (w/Meng & Colonel Robert Parker) after heel miscommunication at 4:43:

Sting and Meng are scheduled to face each other next week in the other semi-final in the United States Championship Tournament so Meng comes out with Parker to get a closer look at his future opponent.  Sting tries to get something serviceable out of Slater, doing a few pinfall reversal sequences near the end.  As expected, Meng tries to get involved as Slater holds Sting in place for a thrust kick, but Sting moves, Slater eats the blow, and Sting wins.  Rating:  ½*

After the bell, Sting does a staredown with Meng.  Meng teases getting ready to fight but nothing comes of it.

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The Renegade (w/Jimmy Hart) defeats Bobby Starr after a Renegade splash in 48 seconds:

WCW did nothing to hype the Renegade’s in-ring debut, a curious choice because he has been immediately placed into a high-profile program with Arn Anderson.  He looks impressive in how quickly he dispatches Starr.  The Renegade’s finisher, a top rope splash, also looks good.

Schiavone interviews Arn Anderson.  Schiavone says that Ric Flair has yet to arrive at the arena, but Anderson says Flair is taking his time.  Anderson does more trash talking, saying that Savage wears yellow because he is a coward.  Savage runs out of the babyface locker room, but the show goes to commercial break before anything comes of it.

Kevin Sullivan is shown running through the woods in his tights, beckoned where he needs to go by “the Master.”  This is supposed to represent where Sullivan was heading after Slamboree.  The Master says Sullivan is the last of the “dark light.”

Harlem Heat (22-3-2) beat Mike Khoury & Scott D’Amore when Booker T pins Khoury after the Harlem Hangover at 5:03:

The Heat wrestle with some attitude, a consequence of losing the tag team titles to the Nasty Boys at Slamboree.  Khoury takes a major beating in this match, taking Booker T’s scissors kick, many punches to the face, and Booker T’s Harlem Hangover.

Gene Okerlund interviews Harlem Heat and Sister Sherri.  Sherri is upset that her team is not getting a return match for the titles, which she says is unAmerican.

The next match is the scheduled Randy Savage-Ric Flair U.S. title tournament semi-final.  However, Flair does not come out when announced so Savage runs backstage and attacks him.  This triggers a bigger brawl that also involves Arn Anderson, Sting, the Renegade, and a host of other WCW officials.  Eventually, Flair and Anderson get away in a limo.  What is amazing is that when the fight spills into the street cars and other pedestrians just keep driving or walking by as if seeing a bunch of men decked out in colorful tights fighting each other is nothing unusual in downtown Atlanta.

Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel tells Okerlund via phone that Savage and Flair are both counted out of the U.S. title tournament.  As a result, the Sting-Meng semi-final will be for the title and that match will now take place at The Great American Bash.  Colonel Robert Parker comes by and is excited that his man is now in the tournament finals.

The Last Word:  This show was heavy on angle development, with the Sting-Meng semi-final now becoming the U.S. title tournament final and being moved to The Great American Bash, Kevin Sullivan moving a stop closer to discovering his mission to form the Dungeon of Doom to oppose Hulkamania, and the Renegade making his in-ring debut to get some exposure for his television championship match with Arn Anderson in a few weeks.  The in-ring action was dull, but all those storyline developments were enough to maintain interest.  WCW has also done a good job building heat for the Randy Savage-Ric Flair match at The Great American Bash, with things feeling fresher in Hulk Hogan’s absence.

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