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

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  This show wraps up the tapings done at Center Stage on July 11.

Opening Contest:  Johnny B. Badd (27-4-2) beats Steve Armstrong after a flying sunset flip at 4:48:

Schiavone laments the fact that Badd has not gotten a title shot in recent months, with Heenan suggesting that Sting should give Badd a shot at the United States title.  Armstrong wrestles as a heel, refusing a handshake after bumping for some Mexican arm drags and posing after dropping Badd with an inverted suplex.  However, Armstrong’s dive into the ring misses and Badd comes off the top with a sunset flip to run his singles match winning streak to six.  Rating:  **

Schiavone interviews Badd, who says he does not like being a former television champion.  He announces that he wants to focus on the United States title and issues a quasi-challenge to Sting.

A video package hypes a new talent coming to WCW called Cobra.  Morse Code plays over footage of Cobra doing some martial arts moves and Cobra talking about laying in the jungle and eating nasty things.  He warns Sergeant Craig Pittman that he is coming for him and when Pittman hears Morse Code that means Cobra is getting closer to him.

Sergeant Craig Pittman (27-2) defeats Eddie Jackie via submission to the Code Red at 4:30:

Jackie lost to Pittman on Saturday Night back on April 1 and like that match, he does a poor job protecting his arm from Pittman who works it over and wins with the Code Red.  To pass the time, Heenan laments that he cannot win the Harley-Davidson motorcycle and complains about not making any money in WCW.  Gene Okerlund pipes in about that issue and Heenan hilariously complains to Schiavone to stop doing an Okerlund impression.

Okerlund interviews Pittman.  The segment goes nowhere until Okerlund brings up Cobra’s name.  That causes Pittman’s eyes to get big and walk away.

Non-Title Match:  Sting (United States Champion) (22-1) defeats Dino Cassanova via submission to the Scorpion Deathlock at 2:04:

Heenan spends the match upset that he has not been contacted to do commentary for Monday Nitro.  Sting makes the kids happy by doing a few power moves and winning with the Scorpion Deathlock.

A backstage segment from Clash of the Champions XXXI is shown where WCW Champion Hulk Hogan tells Vader that if he helps him against the Dungeon of Doom that they will face off for the title one more time at a future date.  Vader agrees to help Hogan and hilariously screams that he is going to take a shower.  Hogan tells Okerlund that he, Vader, Sting, and Randy Savage will be his team to face the Dungeon of Doom and he wants Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel to do something about it.

Non-Title Match:  Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (WCW Tag Team Champions w/Colonel Robert Parker) (17-9) defeat the Nasty Boys (39-4-2) when Slater pins Jerry Sags after hitting him with a boot at 7:48:

Slater and Buck have a three-match losing streak against the Nasties, with all three of those losses taking place the previous month on WCW Pro.  In a fun spot, Slater and Buck try their own version of the Pit Stop, but that gets reversed and Slater goes into Buck’s pit as Buck unknowingly smiles at the audience like he is a genius.  Sadly, that is the lone highlight as the bout is a lot of slow action that does not play to the brawling strengths of these teams.  The Nasties get the advantage in the late going but when they go for the Trip to Nastyville, Parker throws coffee in Sags face and Slater catches the Nasty Boy with his boot for a cheap win.  Rating:  ¾*

Television Championship Match:  The Renegade (Champion w/Jimmy Hart) (15-0) pins Chris Sawyer after the Renegade Splash at 1:18:

Schiavone noted earlier in the broadcast that the Renegade was going to defend the title, so this must be a title match.  The Renegade gets a mixed reaction as he quickly works through another squash.

Okerlund interviews WCW Tag Team Champions Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck along with Colonel Robert Parker.  Parker says that he is a great businessman because he does not listen to women, although he admits that his sympathy for Sister Sherri caused his team to lose at The Clash of the Champions.  Parker adds that after his team wins at Fall Brawl he will take Sherri home and make a good woman out of her.

As part of the Fall Brawl Control Center, Harlem Heat and Sister Sherri tell Slater and Buck that they will get their butt kicked and feel a hangover that they are not used to.

The Blue Bloods (19-3-1) defeat Tracy Benton & Brian Logan when Lord Steven Regal forces Benton to submit to the Regal Stretch at 3:59:

The Blue Bloods have had their momentum impaired after they have failed to win the tag team titles over the last two pay-per-views.  They sleepwalk through this squash, although they still do their fun bit of taking turns beating up the jobbers behind the referee’s back after the bell.

Okerlund interviews the Blue Bloods.  Regal complains about Harlem Heat getting a title shot at Fall Brawl and insults Colonel Robert Parker and Sister Sherri.

Kamala (w/Kevin Sullivan) (8-2) pins Mike Legacy after a splash at 2:19:

Legacy, whose name is spelled “Ligacy” for this squash, was a Scott D’Amore trainee that spent much of his career in Border City Wrestling, working his last match in 2013.  Sullivan plays with Kamala’s mask at ringside, wearing it for a short while to yell into the camera as his charge easily wins.

Okerlund interviews Sullivan about Hulk Hogan’s challenge for Fall Brawl.  Sullivan implies that Hulk Hogan cannot trust Vader because Vader gave his word to the Dungeon of Doom before Bash at the Beach.  Sullivan concludes by saying that next week the “balance of power will turn.”

Okerlund announces that the feature match on tomorrow night’s Main Event telecast will be Johnny B. Badd against Sergeant Craig Pittman.

Ric Flair & Arn Anderson (2-0) defeat Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Marcus Bagwell (2-0) when Flair pins Bagwell after an Anderson DDT at 12:56:

During the early stages of the match, Anderson cuts an insert promo that says he and Flair have put aside their differences from The Clash of the Champions.  Although the match has respectable star power, its pacing is a big problem as Duggan and Bagwell spend time in peril, Duggan moreso surprisingly, but the action is dull and low on drama.  Part of that can be explained by a lack of chemistry between Duggan and Bagwell as they have few moves they can do collectively.  Bagwell traps Flair in the fisherman’s suplex after the hot tag but Anderson breaks that up and DDTs the former Stars & Stripes behind the referee’s back to put the heels over.  Rating:  **¼

The Last Word:  After The Clash of the Champions one might expect there to be some miscommunication spots in the main event to continue the slow burn toward a Ric Flair-Arn Anderson program but that did not occur.  The main event showed that WCW still had high hopes for Bagwell, allowing him to go toe-to-toe with Flair at various points in the match and get two visual pins on Flair before Anderson broke them up.  However, the pairing with Hacksaw Jim Duggan is not working as well as Bagwell’s pairing with the Patriot so WCW would soon look to switch that up in the fall.

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