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

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action and are taped from Orlando, Florida.

Opening Contest:  Johnny B. Badd (30-4-2) pins “Not THAT” Manny Fernandez with a slingshot splash at 1:48:

Fernandez cannot hold Badd up well when Badd tries to float over him off the ropes but redeems himself when he is in the right place for a somersault plancha.  Badd proceeds to role Fernandez into the ring where he launches himself from the apron back into the ring to win his ninth straight singles match.

Kurasawa (w/Colonel Robert Parker) beats Scott D’Amore via submission to a Fujiwara armbar at 1:40:

Schiavone says that Road Warrior Hawk might be out eight to ten weeks because of the armbar that Kurasawa gave him at The Clash of the Champion.  He then credits Kurasawa with a lot of WCW wrestlers focusing in recent weeks on the arm, something that really cannot be substantiated but it is a creative effort to get the new Japanese star over.  The moment Kurasawa puts D’Amore in the armbar the referee immediately calls for the bell, which Schiavone justifies by saying that WCW officials do not want Kurasawa to break any more arms.

After the bell, Kurasawa refuses to release the armbar until prompted by Parker and another referee.  Kurasawa then meditates in the ring.

Gene Okerlund interviews Brian Pillman.  Pillman talks truth in saying that he and Johnny B. Badd are spinning their wheels in the midcard and their match at Fall Brawl is an opportunity for one of them to break out of the pack.

Brian Pillman (23-4) pins Rick Matrix after Air Pillman at 4:06:

Pillman catches Matrix with a reverse springboard body press for a near-fall but the timekeeper rings the bell, forcing referee Nick Patrick to restart the match.  Once again WCW fails on the production front as this match could have been reshot or edited to get rid of such a bad botch.  Pillman is starting to show a little more attitude in his matches as he gives Matrix some stiff chops and must wait forever for the jobber to get up and walk into an ugly Air Pillman to end the bout.

Arn Anderson (w/Ric Flair) (17-10-2) defeats Alex Wright (42-4-1) after a DDT at 10:34:

Schiavone and Heenan refer to Anderson and Wright’s previous feud, noting that this could be a rubber match between the two since each has a win over the other.  During the early going Brian Pillman is seen near the entrance watching.  As his match with Diamond Dallas Page at The Clash of the Champions attests, Wright was steadily improving by the middle of 1995 as his actions in the ring were becoming more fluid and he was also diversifying his moveset.  It also does not hurt that the Disney crowd loves him in this match.  Anderson wrestles the early going like he is trying to defend the television title, working some rest holds.  But never fear, Flair keeps fans engaged by threatening to fight several of them.  Things pick up after an Anderson blind charge as Wright scores some near-falls, but when he flips off the top rope he hurts his knee and Anderson pounces with the DDT.  That was a great finish and it made Wright look strong in defeat.  Rating:  ***

Okerlund interviews Johnny B. Badd, who says that he and Pillman are going to have a “high-flying, drag it out” fight at Fall Brawl.

Okerlund does a “live” interview with Ric Flair and Arn Anderson.  Anderson says that the Four Horsemen are a symbol of excellence and he and Flair keep getting better.  Of course, there are only two Horsemen right now.  Might there be more in the future?

Tune in next week to see Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck face the Blue Bloods!  Also, Kevin Sullivan, Ric Flair, and Sergeant Craig Pittman will be in action!

The Last Word:  This was a good show, highlighted by the great main event between Alex Wright and Arn Anderson that could have easily gone another fifteen minutes.  Brian Pillman needs to think of shifting to a more mat-based style, though, as his aerial moves have been a mess for much of the year.

Up Next:  WCW Saturday Night for August 19!