–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are doing the studio portion of the show. They briefly discuss Randy Savage and Ric Flair fighting at the end of the recent edition of WCW Saturday Night.
–Okerlund and Heenan highlight Kevin Sullivan’s recent behavior. They continue to insist that he feared the Master, who appeared on the video screen at Slamboree. If that was the case, though, why is Sullivan running through the woods to find him?
–Heenan makes jokes about Randy Savage’s father and uses a Ric Flair action figure to joke about what Savage wants to do to Flair at The Great American Bash.
– Sting, the Renegade & Alex Wright (w/Jimmy Hart) defeat Ric Flair, Arn Anderson & Steve Austin via disqualification at 9:51:
This match took place at a Saturday Night taping in Atlanta on May 11 and Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes call the action. The Flair, Anderson, and Austin team is a nice snapshot in time of a Four Horsemen that never was. The match is full of fun moments, with Sting and Flair working their usual match in the midst of the chaos and Alex Wright getting some licks on Flair to avenge his defeat in their U.S. title tournament quarter-final. Unsurprisingly, Wright ends up as the face in peril because he can afford to show some vulnerability relative to his teammates. The young German must not be a Flair fan, though, as he fails to follow some of Flair’s cues, trying to do a blind charge when Flair does his usual corner flip and laying on the canvas as if heel Flair is actually going to hit a move off the top rope. In the end it is up to Sting to clean up the heels after the hot tag and he puts Flair in the Scorpion Deathlock, but Anderson and Austin break that up and after all sides keep brawling the referee makes the curious decision to disqualify the heels. This was a lot of fun, although it got a little sloppy at the end. The match also puts an end to Anderson’s six-match winning streak. Rating: **¾
The Last Word: The main event had a lot of starpower but WCW did not do anything to hype it on any of their shows during the course of the week. Sting did a good job guiding two rookies through the match, though, and still managed to look like a big star while doing so.
Backstage News*: WCW plans to push Hulk Hogan’s record album hard. Hogan is expected to go on Jay Leno to promote it and WCW wants to do part of the July 8 Saturday Night from a Tampa nightclub where Hogan, Jimmy Hart, and other musicians can do live performances of the songs.
*Brian Pillman was arrested in Cincinnati for a DUI and drug charges when he went looking for an ex-girlfriend with whom he has a custody dispute. Police found an anti-inflammatory drug that was not in its container in his vehicle. Pillman later took a drug test to show that he was clean and that he had a prescription for the drug, but he will need to go to court on August 3 for the DUI. WCW is in negotiations with Little Richard to appear at a future pay-per-view with plans to put Richard in the corner of Johnny B. Badd.
*Backstage news provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for June 12.
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