What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – September 2, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary for tonight’s show, which was taped in Atlanta on August 21.  Tonight’s episode is one hour in length.

Opening Contest:  Ric Flair (8-1) pins Barry Houston with a figure-four leglock at 2:07:

Schiavone tells fans that Flair will wrestle Sting on the debut episode of Monday Nitro and he and Heenan discuss why the broadcast will change the face of the wrestling world.  Fans chant “We want Arn!” as Flair dismantles Houston with ease.

Eric Bischoff and Steve McMichael are in Planet Hollywood at the Mall of America, the site of the first Monday Nitro.  Bischoff welcomes McMichael to WCW.  The former Chicago Bear promises that wrestling fans are going to get a great show on Monday night.

Gene Okerlund interviews Ric Flair.  Flair says familiarity breeds contempt and Arn Anderson will be lost without him in his corner.

Schiavone hypes McMichael’s career in the NFL, while Heenan is bitter that McMichael is taking his spot on Nitro.

Brian Pillman (28-4) beats Otis Apollo after a tornado DDT at 1:07:

During the match, Johnny B. Badd cuts an insert promo where he hypes his recent winning streak and how that will carry him to victory over Pillman at Fall Brawl.  Pillman uses very few moves to checkmate Apollo and then tells Badd that he will have a bad day in the near future.

Bischoff and McMichael interview Sting.  Sting says that he is intense and is ready to wrestle Ric Flair immediately.

Sergeant Craig Pittman (31-3) beats Terry Morgan via submission to the Code Red at 1:57:

Schiavone informs the audience that there will be some new talent arriving in WCW in the upcoming weeks, including a wrestler named Disco Inferno.  Pittman is wearing camo gear for this match, doing lots of the typical arm work to set up the Code Red.

Bischoff and McMichael interview Randy Savage, who tells Heenan that he might be on the unemployment line if he, Bischoff, and McMichael decide to team up in the announce booth.

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A video package hypes a Brian Pillman-Marcus Bagwell match scheduled for WCW Main Event, with the winner facing Jushin Liger on the inaugural episode of Monday Nitro.  This is a cool concept that WCW would use throughout 1995 to make Main Event relevant.

McMichael warns Heenan that he should not challenge him and show up on Nitro.

Harlem Heat (w/Sister Sherri) (41-6-2) beat Steve Armstrong & Tim Horner when Stevie Ray pins Steve after a Booker T scissors kick at 5:14:

Like WCW Pro, Sherri is on crutches, which Schiavone says might be due to her chasing Colonel Robert Parker out of the building on the last Saturday Night telecast.  Horner has spent much of the year tagging with the various Armstrong brothers, teaming with Brad nine times and Scott twice.  The glorified jobbers make a good showing after a hot tag, dazing the Heat with a set of double dropkicks but Steve’s splash off the top rope eats knees and Booker T’s scissors kick helps the Heat prevail despite Sherri’s distracted state at ringside.  Rating:  *

A video package hypes the Disco Inferno.

Bischoff and McMichael interview WCW Champion Hulk Hogan.  Hogan hypes his Pastamania restaurant, which is why Monday Nitro is taking place at the Mall of America and delivers his usual shtick about how he is going to destroy Big Bubba Rogers on Monday Nitro.

Big Bubba Rogers (23-6-1) beats Hacksaw Jim Duggan (31-5-1) via disqualification at 5:44:

Dave Sullivan is shown sitting in the crowd with his rabbit during Duggan’s entrance.  Schiavone also announces that Dusty Rhodes will be coming to the Saturday Night announce booth in the weeks to come, sending Heenan into a tizzy about how is being marginalized in the promotion.  Rogers and Duggan have traded wins, with Rogers victory last week on WCW Pro causing Duggan to go back to his taped first roots.  Both men brawl until going to the arena floor, where Sullivan’s rabbit triggers a Rogers allergic reaction.  If Duggan were smart that would lead to a count out win, but instead he tapes up his fist and referee Nick Patrick disqualifies him immediately even though he never hits Rogers.  Rating:  ½*

Okerlund interviews Kevin Sullivan, who says that someone is going to get hurt at the WarGames.  Sullivan says that Hulk Hogan’s biggest fear is that he will become like him and that everyone has skeletons in their closet.

The Last Word:  Everything on this show was a sidebar to the upcoming Monday Nitro telecast as the matches were very short so Eric Bischoff and Steve McMichael could do multiple segments from Planet Hollywood.  The debut of Nitro is also going to turn Saturday Night into a B-show when it had been the A-show for a long while, illustrating how the wrestling world would gradually come to rely on weeknight programming rather than the weekends.

Up Next:  WCW Main Event for September 3!