What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – August 12, 1995

WCW Prime on August 7 had one new feature bout, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes on commentary.

Prime “MOOO” Match of the Week:  Kamala (w/Kevin Sullivan) (6-2) pins Frankie Lancaster after a splash at 2:26:

WCW Prime continues to use squashes as feature matches.  Sullivan hits Lancaster with Kamala’s mask when he is thrown to the floor but that is overkill since Kamala shows no vulnerability before hitting the splash.

WCW Pro on August 12 had Chris Cruise, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko on commentary.

A video package highlights the action that took place at The Clash of the Champions XXXI.

Opening Contest:  Harlem Heat (w/Sister Sherri) (37-6-2) defeat Todd Wilder & Tracy Benton when Stevie Ray pins Benton after the Big Apple Blast at 5:03:

Cruise predicts big things from Booker T by the end of the decade and says that the Heat will face Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck for the tag team titles at Fall Brawl.  The Heat pound on the jobbers for a long time before winning with the Big Apple Bomb, which is their version of the Hart Attack.

Non-Title Match:  The Renegade (Television Champion w/Jimmy Hart) (13-0) defeats Sledgehammer McGill after the Renegade Splash in 52 seconds:

McGill follows the path of other jobbers before him by jobbing to the Renegade in less than a minute.  However, you must give him credit for trying to attack the Renegade before the bell.  The Renegade puts McGill too far away to do the Renegade Splash so it looks terrible.

Gene Okerlund does the first Fall Brawl Control Center.  The show will take place on September 17 in Asheville, North Carolina and will be main evented by a WarGames match that is to be determined.

Call 1-900-909-9900 to hear some speculation surrounding Fall Brawl!

The Shark (w/Kevin Sullivan) (1-0) pins Scott D’Amore after the Shark Attack at 3:04:

During the match, Sullivan does an insert promo warning Vader that the Dungeon of Doom knows how to deal with him.  The Shark gets tired of wearing his headband, so he just tosses it aside as Zbyszko acts like he has never seen the Shark before.  After doing some slow pounding, the Shark prevails.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Marcus Bagwell (1-0) beat Mark Kyle & Tony Vincent when Bagwell pins Vincent after a fisherman’s suplex at 6:46:

Cruise heralds Duggan and Bagwell as WCW’s newest tag team – although they teamed last month on WCW Main Event and defeated Kamala and the Shark via disqualification – and announces that they will face Arn Anderson and Ric Flair on WCW Saturday Night.  The piped in crowd noise makes one think that Duggan and Bagwell are the second coming of the Rockers.  It would have been in the company’s best interest to put Duggan and Bagwell over strongly, but the team struggles against the jobbers, with Bagwell ending up in peril and kicking out of several pinning combinations before Duggan can do mop up duty.  The recuperative powers of the ring apron allow Bagwell to tag in and hit his finisher to put the team over.

Diamond Dallas Page (w/Maxx Muscle) (12-0-1) wrestles Dave Sullivan (6-5) to a double count out at 8:19:

Sullivan does not want to give up in this feud, wrestling Page again despite having a three-match losing streak against him.  Page tells the Diamond Doll not to come to the ringside area, so only Muscle accompanies him.  Sullivan brings out Ralph but fails to successfully lock him into his cage, so Ralph wanders off as Sullivan works a long wristlock.  After both guys do some basic exchanges, Sullivan notices that Ralph is done but Jimmy Hart shows up with him.  Page and Sullivan sort of wander back to the ring but cannot get back in time and end up counted out, which was a bad finish to this match.  Rating:  **

After the bell, Muscle goes after Hart, but the Renegade runs out, clotheslines Muscle, and stops Page’s beatdown of Sullivan in the ring.

Cruise interviews Page, who brags about the roll his has been on and he tells the Renegade not to mess with him.

The Last Word:  Diamond Dallas Page and Dave Sullivan have produced a decent series of matches, likely helped by Page’s insistence on laying out a lot of what takes place in a match ahead of time.  The Renegade’s involvement in the last match will likely produce a new television title feud for him, thankfully ending the awful series of matches with Paul Orndorff.  However, the piped in crowd noise was annoying during this broadcast, especially the end when the television audience could not hear the Renegade’s theme music before he ran out.

Up Next:  WCW Worldwide for August 12!