What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – July 1, 1995 (Gordon Solie’s Final Broadcast)

WCW Prime featured two new bouts on its June 26 episode.   Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are in charge of calling both matches.

Johnny B. Badd (20-4-1) defeats Sergeant Buddy Lee Parker after the Badd Day at 3:47:

This is from an old Worldwide taping on May 3 when ring announcer Gary Michael Capetta was still on the payroll.  Parker scores a few near-falls but takes too long to climb the top rope, which leads to him being crotched, and eating Badd’s finisher.  Rating:  **

Prime “MOOOO” Match of the Week:  Steve Austin (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (12-2) pins Scott Armstrong (0-4) after an inverted suplex at 3:05:

After spending four years in WCW and becoming a United States, television, and tag team titleholder, this is where Austin’s run comes to a close as this was his last televised match before suffering an arm injury in Japan that would serve as the pretext for Eric Bischoff terminating his contract.  Armstrong musters very little offense as Austin triumphs in a glorified squash.  Rating:  ½*

And onto the July 1 edition of WCW Pro.  Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are handling commentary as per usual as they are still in Dalton, Georgia.  This would be Solie’s last appearance as a WCW commentator.

Opening Non-Title Contest:  Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions w/Sister Sherri) (29-4-2) defeat Kip Abee & Chris Kanyon when Booker T pins Kanyon after the Harlem Hangover at 4:05:

During the squash the Blue Bloods come down the ring, mirroring what Harlem Heat did on last week’s show.  The Nasties are then seen in the crowd watching later in the match.  Kanyon takes a long beating, eventually succumbing to the Harlem Hangover.

Gene Okerlund does the weekly Bash at the Beach Control Center.  In a pre-taped promo, women swarm Okerlund at the behest of Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart.  Hogan says that beautiful women will distract Vader in their cage match and Hart says that Hogan is completely focused for the Bash at the Beach main event.  Sounds like it.

Johnny B. Badd (21-4-1) beats Butch Long after the Badd Day at 1:41:

During the opening moments of the match, Dusty announces that Solie will be retiring and this is his last broadcast.  This causes Dusty and Zbyszko to argue over who is going to take over play-by-play duties in the future.  Badd is realizing that allowing jobbers to kick out of the sitout powerbomb is not a good idea so he uses it to knock Long out so he can set him on the turnbuckles for the Badd Day.  Badd now has a five-match winning streak in singles competition and he will put that streak on the line against Diamond Dallas Page on the next episode of Saturday Night.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan (23-3) beats John Faulkner after the three-point stance clothesline at 1:48:

Duggan spams clotheslines at the start of the match but sadly fails to transition that immediately into his three-point stance finisher, which would have made for a funny ending.  Instead, Duggan does a big slam to set up his finisher to bump his winning streak to six matches.

Eddie Jackie defeats Kevin Sullivan (8-2) via disqualification in eight seconds:

This is Sullivan’s first match as “the Taskmaster” of the Dungeon of Doom and his first bout since defeating the Man with No Name at Slamboree.  He is now wearing a red and yellow singlet and he runs into the ring and immediately tosses Jackie over the top rope to get disqualified.  After the bell, Sullivan beats up Jackie on the arena floor until some referees and jobbers intervene.  Sullivan gets to beat up the jobbers for good measure before they rescue Jackie’s body and run him to the locker room.

The Nasty Boys (31-3-2) defeat Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (12-5) when Brian Knobbs pins Buck after a schoolboy at 7:57:

As Jim Ross would say, this one is “bowling shoe ugly” since both teams rely on brawling and usually fare best when they face a team with a different style.  It is not like both sides do not try as they work the usual tag team formula, but the action is not very hard hitting or interesting.  As expected, Harlem Heat and the Blue Bloods scout some of the match but WCW security prevent them from getting involved so as to make this a fair fight.  Buck uses his leather belt to whip Knobbs, but Jerry Sags gets a hold of it, blasts Buck with it, and Knobbs uses a roll up to win.  So Knobbs gets hit with the belt a lot and is able to remain standing but Buck takes one blow and that is it?  Horrible finish.  Let us hope that WCW does not book these teams into a long-term feud.  Rating:  ½*

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Meng (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (20-1-1) pins Julio Sanchez after a thrust kick at 1:42:

Solie encourages fans to turn out for some WCW house shows due to the intense excitement that has taken place on today’s broadcast.  Meng does his two big power moves – a sit out powerbomb and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker – and hits his weakest thrust kick to date to win.

Chris Cruise announces that there will be a triangle match between Harlem Heat, the Nasty Boys, and the Blue Bloods at Bash at the Beach for the tag team titles.  The Nasties come in for an interview, with Brian Knobbs saying that the Nasties “do not cry over spilled garbage.  They eat it up and spit it back out.”

The Last Word:  It is sad that Gordon Solie’s broadcasting career had to end with such a poor show.  At least his last match on record was not the ugly Nasty Boys-Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck main event.  If there was one positive from the broadcast it was the continued build for the Bash at the Beach triangle match between Harlem Heat, the Nasties, and the Blue Bloods.  One could argue that each team has been equally positioned as a possible winner so that is a nice draw for the pay-per-view.

Up Next:  WCW Worldwide for July 1!