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

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are still taped from Atlanta on June 7.  This is another shortened broadcast because of baseball season.

Opening Contest:  The Nasty Boys (32-3-2) defeat Los Especialistas when Jerry Sags pins Especialista #1 after the Trip to Nastyville at 1:49:

Another Nasties squash, another Nasties win.  The match simply allows for Bischoff and Heenan to discuss the triangle match for the tag team titles at Bash at the Beach.

Gene Okerlund interviews the Nasty Boys, with Sags saying that he is going to turn the triangle match into an L-shaped angle.  Okerlund is puzzled by that but does not ask for clarification.  Brian Knobbs repeats his love of beating up Sister Sherri if she tries to interfere.

Footage of Dave Sullivan’s date with the Diamond Doll is shown.  They go and see The Lion King, with Dave incredibly nervous and spilling his popcorn all over the place, and then go to a French restaurant.  The Doll says she is having a great time and wants him to call her Kimberly.  Sullivan gets a message delivered from Diamond Dallas Page, who tells Sullivan to enjoy the rabbit stew.  Sullivan, fearing Ralph has been killed, runs out to his car, only to find that the animal is okay despite being left in a car on a hot summer day.  The Doll tells Sullivan that Page would never do something to harm his rabbit and gives him a kiss on the cheek, but then Page and Maxx Muscle attack Sullivan, with some ridiculous karate sound effects being used to emphasize their blows.

Meng (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (21-1-1) beats Gary Jackson after a thrust kick in 41 seconds:

It takes Meng eight seconds to give Jackson a piledriver, but he picks him up off the canvas to hit a few more moves before getting the win.

Okerlund interviews Meng and Parker.  Parker tells Sting that his last day as champion will be Bash at the Beach.

The latest Dungeon of Doom vignette sees the Master summon Vader.  Vader demands to know why he has been brought to the Dungeon and Kevin Sullivan tells him that he will be given the task of going on a coast-to-coast destruction tour before he faces Hulk Hogan at Bash at the Beach.  Vader leaves and Sullivan tells the Master that they will soon know Vader’s power because he will have to beat Hogan all by himself.

Johnny B. Badd (22-4-1) wrestles Diamond Dallas Page (w/the Diamond Doll & Maxx Muscle) (5-0) to a double count out at 7:41:

Badd and Page do not have any stakes for this main event, but they always had good chemistry in their series of matches between 1994-1996.  Page has not faced a name talent yet in 1995, so he struggles with Badd’s speed and aerial ability.  For example, Page tries to conference with Muscle outside of the ring but Badd dives onto both men.  After exchanging a quick series of near-falls, the action spills to the floor and Badd and Page end up counted out, although Page tries to tell the referee that he got into the ring before the ten count.  Referee Nick Patrick does not buy that, though, so we get a sad, inconclusive finish to what was becoming a highly entertaining encounter.  Rating:  **½

After the bell, Badd wants to keep fighting Page but Page hides behind the Doll.  Muscle then attacks Badd from behind and a heel beatdown occurs.  One would expect Dave Sullivan to make a save but he does not.

Okerlund interviews Randy Savage.  Savage is wrestling Big Bubba Rogers on Main Event and Bunkhouse Buck on next week’s telecast.  Savage says that Rogers will be a stepping stone to Bash at the Beach.

The Last Word:  There was some healthy angle development on this broadcast, but as was noted above, it made little sense of Dave Sullivan not to help out Johnny B. Badd during the heel beatdown after the main event, especially if the company is trying to build to a wrestling match between Page and Sullivan in the near future.  Vader’s affiliation with the Dungeon of Doom feels like overkill too because Vader is above getting dragged into a cartoonish angle and already has enough motivation to defeat Hulk Hogan at Bash at the Beach without having to touch base with the supernatural.

Up Next:  WCW Main Event for July 2!

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