What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – July 22, 1995

There were no new matches on WCW Prime so we go right to WCW Pro where Chris Cruise, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko.  They are kicking off a new set of tapings in Macon, Georgia that took place on June 26.

A video package recaps the events of Bash at the Beach.

Opening Contest:  Randy Savage (11-1) pins Dino Cassanova after the flying elbow smash at 1:07:

Savage goes through the motions for a little while before stun gunning Cassanova and hitting the flying elbow smash.  Since Savage has finished his feud with Ric Flair, it is likely he will be programmed against the Dungeon of Doom because he is a friend of Hulk Hogan.

Cruise says that the Renegade will defend the television title against Paul Orndorff at Clash of the Champions.  He interviews Savage, who says he feels like a part of all the madness in WCW because of his friendship with Hulk Hogan and his feud with Ric Flair.  He warns Flair and Arn Anderson that they will struggle against Vader at Clash of the Champions because he “has eighteen men inside of him.”

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Gene Okerlund provides the first Clash of the Champions Update.  They show will take place in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The show is headlined by Vader facing Ric Flair and Arn Anderson in a handicap match.

Frank Andersson (3-0) defeats Chris Sawyer after a belly-to-belly suplex at 3:14:

Andersson’s matches typically happened at Disney MGM so he ventures outside of his natural habitat to outwrestle Sawyer.  This would be Andersson’s last WCW appearance, never facing legitimate competition.

Kamala & the Shark (w/Kevin Sullivan) (0-1) defeat Tom Torres & Terry Morgan when the Shark pins Morgan after a falling clothesline at 3:08:

Kamala is reluctant to surrender his mask to Sullivan early in the match, forcing the Dungeon of Doom’s Taskmaster to scream Hulkamania to get him focused.  The heels do not work well as a team, doing their own thing when they tag each other in, and they prevail after a long three minutes.

After the match, Paul Wight is once again noticed by the Dungeon of Doom at ringside.

Vader is interviewed by Cruise, saying that Ric Flair and Arn Anderson will face pain at The Clash of the Champions.  Vader warns Anderson that Flair does not have his best intention at heart.  He also says that Flair took something from deep inside him when they were aligned together.  Their alliance was so short, though, that it is tough to understand what Vader even means.

Non-Title Match:  The Renegade (Television Champion) (9-0) pins Bobby Starr after the Renegade Splash in 49 seconds:

The Renegade runs out, growls, gives Starr a powerslam, and a splash off the top rope and that is all there is to this one.

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The Nasty Boys (35-4-2) defeat Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (14-8) via disqualification when Parker interferes at 10:11:

The bookers of WCW Pro love this matchup since we have gotten it on three of the last four shows.  Slater and Buck appear to be getting a push, albeit by default since Harlem Heat beat their top two challengers in one match at Bash at the Beach.  Both teams work a good pace, with Brian Knobbs doing a crazy spill over the top rope to the floor when he misses diving at Buck and the heels proceed to cheat a lot to antagonize the crowd.  Since Slater and Buck are getting a title shot tonight on Saturday Night it would make sense to put them over, but instead Parker runs in when the Nasties get close to winning after the hot tag.  Is it necessary to protect the Nasty Boys?  As their win-loss record attests, they can take a fall.  Rating:  **½

Parker talks into the camera after the match, warning Harlem Heat that his boys are coming to get them and their titles on Saturday Night.

The Last Word:  The main event was a fun brawl where both teams just kept slugging it out and played to their brawling strengths.  By Saturday morning standards that makes for a good show, especially since Randy Savage made a token appearance.

Up Next:  WCW Worldwide for July 22!