What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – June 24, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are still taped from Atlanta, Georgia as of June 7.  Atlanta Braves baseball limits tonight’s broadcast to one hour.

Opening Non-Title Contest:  The Renegade (Television Champion w/Jimmy Hart) (4-0) pins John Faulkner after the Renegade Splash in 31 seconds:

The Renegade rushes the ring, ruining Faulkner’s ring introduction, and he wins in less than a minute so as not to expose his lack of in-ring ability.

Johnny B. Badd (19-4-1) beats Julio Sanchez after the Badd Day in 44 seconds:

Sanchez was an Axl Rotten and Hack Meyers trainee who later wrestled 2 Cold Scorpio as Julio Dinero on the infamous Heroes of Wrestling pay-per-view.  He also worked in Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling as part of a Raven stable called the Gathering that also included CM Punk.  Badd has not done anything of note since losing to Paul Orndorff in the United States Championship Tournament in early May and with babyfaces holding the U.S. and television titles his future booking is uncertain.

A new Dungeon of Doom vignette sees Kevin Sullivan talk about drinking from “the goblet of darkness” that has given him the Master’s power.  The Master unveils Kamala as the Dungeon’s newest member, with Kamala emerging from some mist slapping his belly and moaning.

Alex Wright (39-3-1) pins Butch Long after a reverse flying body press in 33 seconds:

Tonight’s quick series of squashes continues as Long attacks Wright before the bell but eats a knee and the young German’s finish.  This is the second time that Wright has defeated Long in 1995.

Randy Savage comes out for an interview with Gene Okerlund.  Savage says that Ric Flair cannot handle his madness.

Diamond Dallas Page (w/the Diamond Doll & Maxx Muscle) (4-0) defeats Chris Kanyon after a Diamond Cutter at 1:47:

Page rebuffs a kiss from the Doll so he can wrestle his future Triad ally, showing significant focus and dedication to his craft.  Kanyon gets some token moves, but Page turns a hiptoss effort into the Diamond Cutter and gives Kanyon a zero score.

Okerlund interviews Page, the Doll, and Muscle.  Okerlund says that Dave Sullivan is getting his date with the Doll next week as Page still refuses to admit that he lost the arm wrestling match with Sullivan at The Great American Bash.

Non-Title Match:  Sting & Road Warrior Hawk defeat Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions w/Sister Sherri) (29-3-2) when Sting pins Booker T after a flying body press at 7:49:

Since WCW Worldwide airs in some markets on Sundays, Harlem Heat are not billed as the tag team champions, so this is just a standard feature match.  Sting and Hawk have a history as partners, challenging for the tag team titles at Starrcade ’93.  Both teams work quick tags, culminating in Sting trapping Booker T in the Scorpion Deathlock.  Sherri is supposed to fly off the top to break it up with her shoe, but she whiffs on her dive, so Stevie Ray has to intervene.  That is probably saved Sting’s life because mid-1990s WCW booked women’s shoes as the most powerful foreign object in the wrestling world.  Chaos continues until Sting gets the win for his team thereby continuing his company-leading thirteen-match winning streak.  The outcome also ends Harlem Heat’s seven-match winning streak.  Rating:  **½

Schiavone interviews Sting and Hawk.  Sting tells Meng that he will be full of adrenaline when they meet again, and he will lock in the Scorpion Deathlock to get the win.  This is the second time this has been a storyline for a Sting feud as he used this same approach in his battle with Avalanche earlier in the year.

The Last Word:  This show was very rushed as WCW tried to throw as much in as they possibly could before the Atlanta Braves stole the other scheduled hour of the program.  The outcome of the main event could lead to a rematch later since Sting and Hawk now own a win over the champions and based on where WCW’s tag team division is at the moment there could be much worse matches to show for those titles in primetime.

Up Next:  WCW Main Event for June 25!

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