What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – July 15, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary as WCW Saturday Night returns to two hours in the lead up to Bash at the Beach.  The matches here were taped in Atlanta on June 21.

A video package recaps the feud over the tag team titles between Harlem Heat, the Nasty Boys, and the Blue Bloods.

Opening Non-Title Contest:  Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions w/Sister Sherri) (32-4-2) defeat Los Especialistas when Booker T pins Especialista #1 after the Harlem Hangover at 5:22:

The Especialistas get more offense against the tag team champions than other teams they have faced this year, working in some nice double teams on Stevie Ray before he shrugs it off and re-establishes control.  The Heat do some more deliberate work before the finish and this was not the best way to showcase them.  The tag team champions should not be struggling against a team that the Nasty Boys squashed in less than two minutes.

Gene Okerlund interviews the Heat and Sherri.  Booker T casts the Heat as survivors and Stevie Ray promises that the tag team champions will make history when they beat two top contenders in one match.  Sherri explodes when asked by Okerlund about Colonel Robert Parker.

A video package recaps the Dave Sullivan-Diamond Dallas Page feud.

Dave Sullivan (5-2) beats Dino DiMeglio via submission to an inverted backbreaker at 1:50:

DiMeglio is just jobber Dino Cassanova wrestling under his real last name.  Sullivan squashes him with little difficulty as Schiavone tells fans that they need to get their chairs parked on Huntington Beach since fans have already started saving their places for tomorrow night’s Bash at the Beach pay-per-view.

Okerlund interviews Sullivan, who says he is going to show Diamond Dallas Page that what he did to him on his date with the Diamond Doll is wrong.  He also promises to bring Ralph to the ring with him for the encounter.

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Meng (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (23-1-1) pins Chris Sawyer after a thrust kick at 2:12:

Sawyer serves as today’s sacrificial lamb for Meng, who hopes to win the U.S. title at Bash at the Beach.

Okerlund interviews Meng and Parker.  Parker says that he will eventually have his way with Sister Sherri and that Sting better have the U.S. title belt in mint condition so that Meng has a shiny new toy.

In a new Dungeon of Doom vignette the Master introduces a new warrior “that can feel neither pain, nor pleasure” and “will be the biggest key of all.”  This is the Zodiac, who can only say “yes” and “no” and is Ed Leslie’s newest gimmick after the Man with No Name did not go anywhere.  The Master goes on to herald someone else as the best warrior to face Hulk Hogan.  Kamala hilariously emerges out of the mist, thinking it is him, but he is sent back.  The same happens to the Zodiac and the Shark as this parade of wrestlecrap continues.  The Master says that the greatest warrior will be coming soon.

Kamala (w/Kevin Sullivan) (3-0) pins Chris Nelson after a splash at 2:01:

The crowd chants for Hulk Hogan but gets Hacksaw Jim Duggan instead, who does some ringside scouting for his opponent at Bash at the Beach.  This has no benefit for Nelson as he gets choked by Kamala’s gigantic mask when the referee has his back turned.  After Kamala wins the match, Sullivan puts the mask back on Kamala to stop his attack on the jobber rather than covering his eyes with his hands.  When Kamala rolls out of the ring, he spots Paul Wight at ringside once again and Sullivan takes Kamala’s mask off, showing that the African warrior is in awe of Wight’s size.

Johnny B. Badd (22-4-2) beats Lieutenant James Earl (0-5) after the Badd Day at 2:06:

Badd wrestles well below his usual speed, taking some of Earl’s basic offense before doing a headscissors, an ugly sit out powerbomb where Earl thinks he is taking a piledriver, and the Badd Day.  Badd is occupying that middle ground babyface purgatory right now with the likes of Alex Wright and Brian Pillman.

Okerlund interviews Randy Savage.  Savage says that his father wants him to pull out all the stops to defeat Ric Flair at Bash at the Beach.  He promises a horrible beating for the Nature Boy regardless of who the lifeguards happen to be.

A video package recaps the Savage-Flair feud.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan (27-3-1) pins Sonny Trout after a three-point stance clothesline at 1:00:

These two faced off on the April 8 edition of WCW Saturday Night.  That match resulted in a Duggan victory in less than ninety seconds.  Trout is finished off even quicker this time.  Maybe three times can be a charm if Trout can get another match.

Diamond Dallas Page (w/the Diamond Doll & Maxx Muscle) (7-0-1) beats Tim Horner (0-9) after the Diamond Cutter at 5:40:

Horner loves roll ups so much that he would be a natural fit for today’s WWE when that is one of the most devastating moves in the history of wrestling.  He spams a lot of those before Page tosses him out of the ring and Muscle pounces.  That allows Page to get a ten for a tilt-a-whirl powerslam, which the crowd thinks deserves a zero, and he reverses a hiptoss into the Diamond Cutter.  Horner’s offense kept this thing together at the beginning and the end.  Rating:  *

Non-Title Match:  The Renegade (Television Champion) (7-0) pins Butch Long after the Renegade Splash in 43 seconds:

The Renegade nearly puts Long too far away from the corner to do the Renegade Splash, but he has the athletic ability to launch himself seventy-five percent across the ring to deliver his finisher.

A vignette hypes an unnamed Japanese talent that aims to reclaim the glory of the Land of the Rising Sun.  The talent is Manabu Nakanishi, a New Japan talent that won the Young Lions Cup in 1995.  Schiavone says that the man will be managed by Colonel Robert Parker.

The Blue Bloods (16-1-1) defeat Chris Kanyon & Scott Armstrong when Lord Steven Regal makes Kanyon submit to the Regal Stretch at 5:21:

Heenan implies that the Blue Bloods have posed nude in WCW Magazine because they are a centerfold in the latest issue, something that Schiavone hastily corrects.  Armstrong dazes the Blue Bloods with a series of dropkicks but makes the mistake of tagging Kanyon, the lowest man on WCW’s pecking order in the match, and he is suplexed all over the ring.  As was the case with the opener, this went far too long for what it aimed to do.

Okerlund interviews the Bloods, with Regal saying that they want to show American fans what scientific wrestling is all about.  He says that Great Britain has never lost at war – obviously glossing over the American Revolution – and they will not lose the triangle match because Britain is invincible.

Vader delivers a taped promo from the roadkill tour, with new footage of Vader destroying some wrestlers in Wichita, Kansas.  Vader promises that the roadkill tour will end in Huntington Beach tomorrow night.

Ric Flair comes out for an interview with Okerlund, accompanied by a cadre of women in black and gold t-shirts that read “Ric Flair.”  Flair says that these are going to be his “Space Mountain cadets” and he orders them to surround the ring for the next match.

Ric Flair (w/the Space Mountain Cadets) (4-0) defeats an unnamed jobber after Randy Savage interferes in thirty seconds:

Flair treats the jobber with no respect, wrestling in his suit and tossing the jobber to the floor, where the cadets roll him back in.  Before this develops further, though, Savage races into the ring and attacks Flair.

After the match ends, Savage keeps attacking Flair and when Flair tries to flee, his cadets toss him back into the ring.  I suppose they are so brainless that they can only follow one command without context.  Some WCW jobbers flood the ring and hold Savage back, but that allows Flair to hit Savage a few times with his shoe before fleeing.  Eventually Savage gets away to chase Flair and he returns to the ring to deck some of the jobbers, forcing others to take cover outside of the ring.

Okerlund interviews Savage again, with Savage saying that he can wait twenty-four more hours to lock horns with the Nature Boy at Bash at the Beach.  He says another trying to hold him back, though, is an enemy as far as he is concerned.

Tune in tomorrow night for WCW Main Event where Alex Wright & Marcus Bagwell face Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater in a number one contenders match for the WCW Tag Team Championship!

The Last Word:  The antics surrounding the main event were entertaining and there were ten matches on the broadcast so it was not light on in-ring action.  The show also did a good job building up Bash at the Beach, recapping the major feuds to encourage some buys the following day.  Sadly, there was not a lot of feature match drama and that made the show incredibly dull before the Randy Savage-Ric Flair interaction at the end.  WCW would be well served to build up more talents so they could fill in the gaps between pay-per-views on some of these shows.

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