What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – August 19, 1995

WCW Prime for August 14 featured a new feature bout, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes calling the action.

Prime “MOOO” Match of the Week:  Kevin Sullivan (w/the Shark) (10-4) defeats Mark Starr (1-11) after a suplex and a handful of tights at 3:45:

Starr gets a plucky babyface entrance and maintains a consistent attack in the early going, although he gets too antsy and prevents himself from awkwardly diving through the ropes onto Sullivan on the arena floor.  It takes an incredible amount of interference from the Shark for Sullivan to win, a surprising booking decision because of Sullivan’s position in a main event feud and Starr’s role as a glorified enhancement talent.  That said, this was the best Prime match in weeks, which is more of an indictment of the program than anything because this still did not crack one star.  Rating:  ¾*

And now to WCW Pro where Cruise, Dusty, and Larry Zbyszko are doing commentary and they are taped from Augusta, Georgia on July 10.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the tapings drew 4,900 fans but only 1,500 fans paid for their tickets.

Opening Handicap Contest:  Vader defeats Brian Logan & Mike Legacy when he pins both jobbers after a second rope splash at 2:42:

Since this show was taped before Bash at the Beach, Vader is booed by kids on his way to the ring.  One would think WCW would at least try to scrub these things to get Vader over as a babyface considering current storylines.  It does not take long for Vader to decimate Logan with a powerbomb.  Then, he gorilla press drops Legacy onto Logan and comes off the second rope to smash the jobber sandwich.

Johnny B. Badd (29-4-2) pins Mark Starr (1-12) after a flying sunset flip at 3:20:

Zbyszko correctly notes that one of the reasons Badd is so popular is because of his high-flying moves.  Starr switches his role from WCW Prime, wrestling as a heel, but only gets some token back work before Badd makes an energetic comeback, winning with a flying sunset flip.  It seems like Badd keeps trying to find that “perfect” finisher, but the flying sunset flip is only marginally better than the Badd Day because the opponent must bend over and wander toward the corner Badd is positioned in.  Rating:  ½*

Cruise interviews United States Champion Sting.  He says that Brian Pillman and Johnny B. Badd want a shot at that title.  He rambles about how lots of people want a shot at his title.

Gene Okerlund provides the weekly Fall Brawl Command Center.  One team for the war games match will be Hulkamaniacs, composed of Hulk Hogan, Sting, Randy Savage, and Vader.  The Dungeon of Doom’s team has not been announced, though.  WCW Tag Team Champions Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck and Colonel Robert Parker tell Sister Sherri to stay in her corner, with Slater cutting his promo facing the wrong camera.  A new match announced for the pay-per-view is a number one contender’s match between Brian Pillman and Johnny B. Badd, with the winner getting a future title shot against Sting.

Chris Sawyer defeats Kevin Sullivan (11-4) via disqualification when the Shark interferes at 1:29:

Cruise announces that two big matches on WCW Saturday Night will be the Renegade against Maxx Muscle and Alex Wright against Ric Flair.  After taking some punishment, Sawyer manages to mount Sullivan and punch him continuously, causing the Shark to run in for the disqualification.  What a weird finish.

After the bell, the Shark destroys Sawyer and gives the Shark Attack to other jobbers like Chris Kanyon, Red Tyler, and Barry Houston.

WCW Tag Team Championship Match:  Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (Champions w/Colonel Robert Parker) (18-9) defeat Steve & Scott Armstrong (0-1) when Slater pins Steve after a Bunkhouse Buck top rope ax handle to the back of Steve’s head at 11:42:

Buck spams the rest holds when the heels take over, slowing the match down and boring the audience.  Steve has a smart counter for Slater and Buck’s double fist finisher, holding his brother on the ropes before he runs into the move.  That paves the way for the hot tag and Steve covers Slater after an elbow drop, but Buck dives off the top rope onto him behind the referee’s back and the champions retain.  When the Armstrongs were in control this was fun but too much was dominated by the boring heels.  Rating:  ½*

Cruise interviews Slater, Buck, and Parker.  He repeats the same promo that he gave on WCW Saturday Night the previous week.

The Last Word:  The Armstrongs were a technically proficient team but their “traditional” gimmick was stale by 1990s standards and they were just going to be used to lose to better teams.  It is just a shame that those “better” teams were those like Slater and Buck that are a lowlight of the division.

Up Next:  WCW Worldwide for August 19!