What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – July 8, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  These tapings were done on May 5.

Opening Contest:  Mark Starr (0-9) beats Chris Nelson with a La Magistral Cradle at 2:36:

Schiavone says that Starr has had a lot of success in WCW in recent months, although his singles record says otherwise.  This is a clue that he might be positioned for a push.  Starr and Nelson do a very basic match, with Starr eventually rolling up Nelson and securing his first-ever WCW win, a fact acknowledged by Schiavone and Heenan.

Gene Okerlund interviews the Nasty Boys.  They promise that nasty sensation will be running wild at Bash at the Beach.

Diamond Dallas Page (w/the Diamond Doll & Maxx Muscle) (5-0-1) pins Ron Thompson after the Diamond Cutter at 1:55:

Page copies his usual formula of yelling at the Doll, allowing Thompson to get a few hope moves, and then hitting him with the Diamond Cutter to prevail.

The Blue Bloods (14-1-1) defeat T.A. McCoy & Bart Sawyer when Lord Steven Regal makes Sawyer submit to the Regal Stretch at 2:24:

The Blue Bloods destroy Sawyer when he tags in as Regal gives him a Tombstone piledriver, Earl Robert Eaton follows up with the Tower of London, and Regal applies the Regal Stretch for the submission win.

Tex Slazenger (0-1) beats Eddie Jackie after a reverse DDT at 2:55:

Slazenger is not under contract and this was the second of three appearances on WCW television in 1995.  Slazenger tries to do some type of spinning neck hold with his legs but it looks ridiculous as his legs move over Jackie’s head and do not make any contact with the neck.  Jackie does sell the inverted DDT well, though, as he bends back so far as to spike his own head straight into the canvas.

Okerlund interviews WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat and Sister Sherri.  The champions say that they are showing up to Bash at the Beach to beat the stuffing out of their challengers.  Okerlund asks Sherri what is going on between her and Colonel Robert Parker, causing Sherri to freak out.

Sting & the Renegade defeat Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (13-7) when Sting pins Buck after a flying body press at 5:15:

It is surprising that the Renegade ends up in peril because he has been incredibly protected since making his in-ring debut a month ago.  His selling does not last for long, though, as he powers out of the heel corner, gives the hot tag to Sting, and the United States champion cleans house by himself as Blade Runners 2.0 squash the fourth ranked tag team in WCW.  Rating:  *

The Last Word:  This was a very strange edition of Worldwide as perennial jobber Mark Starr got a victory in the opening match and then Tex Slazenger won a squash out of nowhere (although why he got a win would be revealed the following week).  Things at Disney tend to work in their own universe but even by those standards this was an unusual telecast.

Up Next:  WCW Saturday Night for July 8!