What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – December 9, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these shows were taped on November 16 and 29 at Center Stage.

Opening Contest:  The Blue Bloods (w/Jeeves) (24-9-2) defeat Buck Quartermaine & Butch Long when Lord Steven Regal makes Long submit to the Regal Stretch at 8:07:

Reeling from a five-match losing streak, the Bloods debut an assistant named Jeeves, played by Gary Hedrick.  If that name does not ring a bell it was the same guy who was under the Wildcat Willie costume on previous Saturday Night telecasts.  Dusty immediately jumps on the silliness of a name named Jeeves – calling him Chives – and the act does not warrant serious consideration as Regal and Earl Robert Eaton seem annoyed by the guy right after they come out.  The jobbers get to wrestle a competitive match against the Bloods and while it is serviceable it is not what the Bloods need to regain some credibility in the tag ranks.  Quartermaine misses a flying body press on Eaton, causing him to be placed in peril.  Long’s hot tag spurt never gets off the ground as Regal suplexes him, Eaton delivers the Tower of London, and Regal locks in the Regal Stretch.  In a great piece of heeling, Regal puts his hand over Long’s mouth, not allowing the jobber to tell referee Randy Anderson that he has given up and prolonging Long’s agony in the hold.

Gene Okerlund interviews WCW Champion Randy Savage.  He makes fun of Hiroyoshi Tenzan’s name and says his priority is who wins the triangle match and defending his title against them on pay-per-view.  It is amazing to see WCW pivot away from the World Cup tournament and start selling the triangle match as the focal point of the show, possibly in recognition that the World Cup concept was falling flat.

Television Championship Match:  Johnny B. Badd (Champion w/the Diamond Doll) (47-5-3) defeats the Disco Inferno (7-7) after the Tutti Frutti at 8:00:

Like the Blue Bloods, Disco is also on a five-match losing streak.  Despite that he remains over with the fans as they boo him and dance to his theme song.  Disco fares better than he did against Hacksaw Jim Duggan on Pro, keeping Badd off balance with a stun gun and kicking out of the Badd Mood.  That alone shows WCW has not given up on the character.  Disco kicks out of a sit out powerbomb and top rope sunset flip and comes close to winning the title with a schoolboy roll up and a handful of tights.  Perplexed with what the to do, Badd resorts to the Tutti Frutti and that finally puts Disco away.  This was a fun match, although Badd seemed to have to wrestle at a much slower speed so Disco could keep up.  Rating:  **½

Chris Benoit & Brian Pillman beat Dino Cassanova & Frankie Lancaster when Benoit pins Cassanova after a dropkick-dragon suplex combination at 8:03:

Cassanova and Lancaster have been heavily featured as enhancement guys in 1995 so their pairing is a jobber dream team.  The WWF equivalent would be Barry Horowitz teaming with Reno Riggins.  Like the opener, this goes longer than it needs to.  It differs in that the jobbers mount little offense.  That makes things tedious because fans are treated to about five minutes of Benoit beating the tar out of Cassanova.  The heels get too cute on the finish, as Pillman dropkicks Cassanova and Benoit tries to do the dragon suplex but cannot hold onto it, so he just has to float over and pin Cassanova instead.

Okerlund interviews Ric Flair, who says he has been waiting for more than a year to get back in the WCW title picture.  He says that he likes his chances to walk the aisle and become champion at Starrcade.

Hugh Morrus (w/the One Man Gang) (1-2) pins Mark Thorn after the No Laughing Matter at 2:03:

Dungeon unity is why the Gang accompanies Morrus to the ring for this squash.  Morrus knocks Thorn down with a spinning heel kick and finishes with the No Laughing Matter.

The Super Assassins (2-0) wrestle the Nasty Boys (44-7-3) to a double count out at 5:07:

The Assassins are managed by Colonel Robert Parker, but Parker is AWOL due to his recent engagement to Sister Sherri.  The Nasties, probably sore over losing to the Assassins last week on Worldwide, rush the ring.  That is the lone highlight, other than Schiavone and Dusty joking about being unable to decide who is Assassin #1 and #2.  After Jerry Sags receives the hot tag both teams quickly pour onto the floor and brawl out of Center Stage.  At least this was short.  Rating:  ½*

A taped segment sees Sonny Onoo, who gives his New Japan squad a pep talk.  He tells Koji Kanemoto and Shinjiro Otani to take out WCW’s champions; Jushin Liger, who is the only person on the squad too cool to wear a suit, to fly high; Masahiro Chono to lock in an STF; Masa Saito to be Mr. Torture; and United States Champion Kensuke Sasaki that he will soon be world champion.  Hiroyoshi Tenzan must not have been able to be bothered to attend, but he has also missed participating in showcase matches on WCW Pro and WCW Worldwide.

The Zodiac (2-2) beats Chris Sawyer after a hangman neckbreaker at 1:24:

This is Zodiac’s first singles match since quickly losing to Randy Savage at Halloween Havoc.  Sawyer looks scared out of his wits and never finds his footing, allowing Zodiac to choke him and then finish with a hangman’s neckbreaker.

Okerlund interviews Sting, who ditches the face paint and just wears sunglasses.  Sting says he looks forward to facing the Horsemen with Hulk Hogan on Monday Nitro, that Kensuke Sasaki will be on his turf for Starrcade, and that he will hold nothing back in the Starrcade triangle match.

Eddie Guerrero (13-3-4) beats Big Bubba Rogers (30-11-2) via disqualification when Rogers throws Guerrero over the top rope at 13:36 shown:

WCW has hyped this as a David versus Goliath struggle on all of its syndicated shows and both men play that basic story well, with Rogers toying with Guerrero early and not taking him seriously until Guerrero dazes him with a dropkick to the back of the head and side suplex.  A spinebuster puts Guerrero on the defensive.  He kicks out of a powerbomb and starts working over Rogers left knee.  That makes it difficult for Rogers to sustain his offense or cover Guerrero after big moves.  Eventually Rogers becomes frustrated, tossing Guerrero over the top rope after he catches a springboard flying body press effort.  The story of the match was excellent, but its pacing could have been improved.  Lots of chinlocks by Rogers messed with the flow.  Rating:  ***

After the bell, Rogers beats up Guerrero until Hacksaw Jim Duggan comes out of the stands and forces Rogers to flee with his 2×4.  Duggan helps Guerrero to the locker room as the show goes to a commercial break.

Okerlund interviews Lex Luger and Jimmy Hart.  Luger says that Japanese wrestlers are genetically shortchanged.  He tells Ric Flair that he is the new man in WCW.

Tune in next week to see Johnny B. Badd against Brian Pillman!  Also, Sting faces Sergeant Craig Pittman!  And the Disco Inferno will be in action!

The Last Word:  WCW Saturday Night squashes tend to be longer because of the two-hour format but the time given to the first two tag team matches was incredibly excessive.  WCW would have been best served trimming each bout down and giving that time for another squash match to hype an existing talent.  Despite that, the show did feature two fun feature bouts with Johnny B. Badd defending his title against the Disco Inferno.  Props to Big Bubba Rogers for working with the smaller Eddie Guerrero and making them both look good in the main event.

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