What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – September 30, 1995

WCW Prime for September 25 featured a few new bouts, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes on commentary.

Sabu (0-1) beats Harry New Baker after a springboard moonsault at 4:02

Cruise hypes this as Sabu’s debut and indeed, this match may have come from the August 22 Pro tapings in Anderson, South Carolina on August 22.  However, by the time this broadcast aired Sabu had already debuted on Monday Nitro.  Sabu hits most of his high spots in this squash, although they are spaced out to the point where the bout drags.  That must be why WCW opted to air this match on Prime, a show few fans watched.

Kamala & the Zodiac (w/Kevin Sullivan) defeat Scott D’Amore & Terry Morgan when Kamala pins Morgan after a splash at 2:22:

This match comes from a WCW Worldwide taping, date undetermined.  It is a mess because Kamala and the Zodiac do not bother to tag, so Kamala beats up Morgan inside the ring and the Zodiac tears apart D’Amore outside with Sullivan’s help.  A Kamala splash puts an end to things, although he has not learned you cannot pin a man on his belly.

Prime “MOOOO” Match of the Week:  The Nasty Boys (41-6-2) defeat Otis Apollo & Ron Vegas when Brian Knobbs pins Apollo after the Nasty Splash at 2:12:

Vegas wrestled a lot in Indiana as part of the Hoosier Pro Wrestling organization.  The Nasties have been removed from the tag team title picture, sparing fans from their two-year series of matches against Harlem Heat.  This squash keeps them relevant until WCW figures out to what to do with them next.

And now we turn to WCW Pro for September 30, with Cruise, Dusty, and Larry Zbyszko calling the action.

Opening Contest:  Alex Wright (47-7-2) beats Joey Maggs after a missile dropkick at 4:31:

Cruise announces that Wright is now twenty years old and no longer qualifies as a teenage talent.  To emphasize that this match does not matter, WCW fully cuts away from it so we can replay the Lex Luger-Randy Savage confrontation on Monday Nitro.  When things return, Wright works an armbar for a long time before busting out a new finisher – a missile dropkick – to win his third straight match.

Gene Okerlund does the first Halloween Havoc Control Center.  Matches booked for the card include WCW Champion Hulk Hogan defending the title against the Giant, with the two also squaring off in monster trucks.  Other matches include Lex Luger against Meng and Randy Savage against Kamala.

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Kurasawa (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (5-0) defeats the Italian Stallion via submission to a Fujiwara armbar at 1:32:

Kurasawa’s squashes are getting better as he blitzes the Stallion, slams him hard into the canvas, and catches him with a Fujiwara armbar off the ropes to get a submission win.

Kurasawa is still meditating in the ring when Meng makes his entrance for the next bout.  Meng and Kurasawa have a staredown before Parker gets Kurasawa out of the ring.  The announcers miss the angle that Meng and Kurasawa teamed together less than two months ago at The Clash of the Champions and Meng was a former charge of Parker’s.

Meng (26-2-1) defeats Jeremy Heller via submission to a nerve hold at 1:34:

Since this show was taped, Meng is wearing the face paint that he later abandoned.  The face paint is not even consistent, as the right side of Meng’s face is gold and the left side just has some lazy black streaks.  Meng opts not to pin Heller after a piledriver, using a nerve hold to prevail.  After seeing Yokozuna spam that as a rest hold in the WWF, it is bizarre to see someone win a match with it.

A taped segment in the Dungeon of Doom features the Master, Kevin Sullivan, and the Giant.  After the Master nonsense, the Giant promises to snap the myth of Hulk Hogan.  For a rookie, the Giant’s promo skills were impressive as his voice and intensity matches his imposing size.

The Disco Inferno (3-1) pins Mark Thorn after a swinging neckbreaker at 2:26:

Thorn makes fun of Disco so much that he nearly fails to get Disco up for a bodyslam.  That is the lone highlight as Disco wins a quick squash to recover from his loss to Alex Wright on Monday Nitro.

A vignette for “The Man of Question” (the future Hugh Morrus) airs, with Morrus saying that he wants to eliminate Randy Savage.  The vignette includes footage of a Morrus squash and he and Savage in the ring.

Non-Title Match:  Sting (United States Champion) (28-2) defeats Earl Robert Eaton (w/Lord Steven Regal) (3-6-1) after a side suplex at 6:40:

Eaton has not wrestled a singles match since March 18, when he went to no contest against Regal and formed the Blue Bloods.  The impetus for this bout is that Eaton tried to help Regal beat Sting on the recent WCW Saturday Night, an effort that failed miserably.  It is also the second time these two have wrestled in 1995, with Sting beating Eaton on the January 7 edition of WCW Worldwide.  During the match, Dusty makes a weird legal argument that if you hit someone with your car and did not see them then you are not liable or responsible for your actions.  Regal gets tossed from ringside for pulling Eaton out of the ring to avoid some Sting offense.  Eaton scores some near-falls but knocks his head against Sting off the top rope, and a blind charge allows Sting to go over with a side suplex.  Rating:  **

After the match, Cruise interviews Sting in the aisle about Ric Flair recruiting him as a tag team partner.  Sting looks in the camera and says his fans would never want him to be Flair’s partner.

The Last Word:  This was just a basic wrestling broadcast with a decent feature match and nothing more.  The squashes were good, though, because of the short time allotted to them.

Up Next:  WCW Worldwide for September 30!