What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – July 1, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

Opening Contest:  Brian Pillman (20-4) beats Jeff Bradley after the Atomic Blonde at 2:53:

Bradley’s most noted achievement in wrestling was wrestling as Dudley Dudley in ECW.  He gets some basic offense until a blind charge turns the tide in Pillman’s favor.  Pillman uses the Atomic Blonde, a top rope splash, as his finish today, which is much better than the awkward octopus hold on the canvas he has used to win a lot of squashes this year.

Gene Okerlund interviews Meng and Colonel Robert Parker.  Okerlund tries to get comments from Meng but he does not speak in English.  Parker tells Sting that when Meng is done with him that his value will be that of “a midsized American car.”

Dave Sullivan (4-2) beats Ned Brady via submission to an inverted bearhug at 2:16:

The Disney crowd loves Dave, working itself into a frenzy when he takes Brady’s head into the turnbuckles ten times before applying the inverted bearhug.  After the match, Dave gives referee Nick Patrick a hug.

Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (12-6) defeat Scott D’Amore & Tommy Tanner when Slater pins Tanner after a double fist at 3:09:

D’Amore’s name is misspelled in the pre-match graphic.  That is the real highlight here as Slater and Buck slowly punch, kick, and stomp their way to another boring win.

Kamala (w/Kevin Sullivan) pins Mike Khoury after a splash at 1:34:

Kamala had not wrestled in the big leagues since he was released by the WWF in 1993.  He worked as a truck driver before Hulk Hogan called him to participate in the Dungeon of Doom angle.  Kamala still works his “I’m a savage, so I’m ignorant” angle as he splashes Khoury and covers him the wrong way before rolling him over to score the winning pin.  After the bell, Kamala keeps attacking Khoury until Sullivan gets into the ring and covers his eyes, which is enough to pacify the Ugandan Giant.

Okerlund interviews Sting, who is sporting a bottle of cleaning liquid.  He teases drinking it before going back to his adrenaline analogy.  He makes a parallel to a mother who can lift a car “because she has adrenaline running through her brains.”

Vader delivers a taped promo where he names his two arms “Itsy” and “Bitsy.”  He says his arms do not like Hulk Hogan and he swears that there will be a winner at Bash at the Beach.

Scott Armstrong & Tim Horner (0-1) defeat the State Patrol (0-3) when Horner pins Lieutenant James Earl after a half nelson bridging cradle at 5:38:

One wonders if WCW bookers thought they could swap Scott for Brad and no one would care.  As far as Worldwide main events go, this is lousy but since last week’s broadcast lacked any feature matches, I suppose this is an upgrade.  If anything, this match settles who is on the bottom of WCW’s tag team pecking order.  And that happens to be the State Patrol as they experience some miscommunication during the hot tag segment and Armstrong and Horner double team Earl for the victory.  The match was okay, but the offense was incredibly basic and not terribly interesting.  Maybe the State Patrol had some ring rust because they have not teamed up since April 8 when they lost to, you guessed it, Brad Armstrong and Horner on an episode of WCW Pro.  Rating:  *½

Tune in next week to see Sting & the Renegade collide with Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck!  Also, Diamond Dallas Page and the Blue Bloods will be in action!

The Last Word:  The only notable thing on this telecast was Kamala’s debut.  But hey, Scott Armstrong and Tim Horner snapped their ten and nine-match losing streaks, respectively, so that makes this show a major feather in their caps.

Up Next:  WCW Saturday Night for July 1!