What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – November 18, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  WCW Pro got a great new set but Worldwide must be the neglected child because their presentation looks incredibly outdated relative to the other shows.

Colonel Robert Parker hypes his new tag team:  the Super Assassins.  He puts over the fact that they weigh over three hundred pounds.

Opening Contest:  Eddie Guerrero (9-2-3) pins Buck Quartermaine after a frog splash at 2:50:

Quartermaine was a jobber for the WWF during the first half of 1995.  While in the promotion he won a dark match against the Brooklyn Brawler at the Royal Rumble.  He later wrestled for Total Nonstop Action (TNA) in 2005 and 2006.  Guerrero gives Quartermaine a decent amount of offense before using the brainbuster and frog splash.

Schiavone interviews Road Warrior Hawk.  In a wild, wandering promo he calls out Kurasawa, says that battle royals fit his style, calls out the cameraman’s facial hair, and floats the idea of forming a tag team with Schiavone.

Meng (w/Kevin Sullivan) (31-4-1) beats Louis Astea via submission to the Asiatic Spike at 1:20:

It seems that Dragon Meng is a thing of the past as the new taping schedule now features Meng’s updated lucha look.  Astea, a veteran of Championship Wrestling of Florida in the 1980s, stands no chance and Meng demolishes him in less than ninety seconds.

Diamond Dallas Page (w/the Diamond Doll) (21-3-2) beats Chuck Williams after the Diamond Cutter at 1:30:

Schiavone informs fans that Page has made a challenge to Television Champion Johnny B. Badd, putting the Doll on the line for a title shot.  Badd accepts the challenge in the split screen, giving World War 3 a new match.  The run of quick squashes continues with Page using a few basic moves to set up the Diamond Cutter.

During the World War 3 Control Center, Gene Okerlund confirms Dave Meltzer’s report in the Wrestling Observer that Hulk Hogan will be the final “giant” to round out the three-ring battle royal.  The other two are the Yeti and the Giant.

Chris Benoit (6-1) beats Otis Apollo after a dragon suplex at 2:07:

With Benoit wrestling Eddie Guerrero on WCW Saturday Night, WCW wisely used squashes on its Saturday C-shows to build up each guy.  Heenan loves Benoit’s hard knife-edge chops as the Crippler refuses to give up as much offense to Apollo as he did to Vern Henderson on WCW Pro.  A dragon suplex sends Apollo to the showers after a little more than two minutes.

Schiavone interviews Colonel Robert Parker and Bunkhouse Buck.  Parker says that his man cannot wait for the three-ring battle royal while Buck puts over his mud water drinking ability.  This was a good promo, but Buck has zero chance of lasting more than twenty minutes at World War 3.

WCW Worldwide is so out of the loop that Schiavone and Heenan are unaware of who the fourth Horseman is even though this was revealed on WCW Saturday Night a week ago!  In fairness, WCW did that reveal in the blandest way possible, but it is still a bad look for this show.

Ric Flair, Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman defeat Dave Sullivan, Joey Maggs & Mr. J.L. when Flair makes Maggs submit to a figure-four leglock at 5:48:

Teddy Long shows up for the match because Maggs is involved and also because his prescription for tag team wrestling can be filled.  The babyface faction in this match is quite the eclectic group but all of them have jobbing in their blood, ideal of putting over the Four Horseman as a powerful faction, Schiavone and Heenan’s inability to remember the fourth member aside.  This is a boring feature match, with the Horseman working over Maggs for four minutes before Flair clamps on the figure-four for the submission.  And no, Maggs did not even get to make a hot tag.  Rating:  ¼*

Schiavone interviews the Horsemen.  They are also unaware who their fourth member is!  All of them vow to destroy Sting at World War 3.

Tune in next week to see Kurasawa and Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman in action!

The Last Word:  The main event had a unique finish in that the babyfaces never got the hot tag, but that is about all it had going for it.  Having everyone oblivious about Chris Benoit being in the Horsemen was not a good look either.

Up Next:  WCW Saturday Night for November 18!