The SmarK Rant for WCW Clash of the Champions XXX

The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions XXX (January 1995)

(Originally written sometime in 2015, whenever the initial dump of Clash content onto the Network was.  Figured that since we covered the Observer with this show yesterday, might as well repost it.)  

Oh god, THIS show.

Live from Las Vegas, NV.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Bobby Heenan

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – May 7, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in charge of the studio portion.  They argue over whether Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage really wanted Ric Flair back in WCW.

Heenan goes through a big stack of WCW trading cards and offers to trade a bunch of cards to get a Gordon Solie card, which he proceeds to toss casually over his shoulder.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – May 6, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

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Six of the Best – WCW SuperBrawl

This time out we look at one of WCW’s gala events in the form of SuperBrawl. Indeed, for some within WCW itself, SuperBrawl was actually the event they considered to be the biggest event of the year, even bigger than Starrcade. This mostly was the case when Eric Bischoff took over, as he’s gone on record saying he never really cared for Starrcade due to it happening in December and preferred SuperBrawl’s February date.

SuperBrawl was generally a decent effort from WCW, and usually saw some pretty newsworthy big matches, such as Hollywood Hogan battling with Roddy Piper, Sting and Ric Flair in 97, 98 and 99 respectively. One SuperBrawl event in particular ended up dominating the list however, but in my defence you could probably make an argument for it being the best pay per view event WCW ever put on!

As always, these are just my own personal picks. This isn’t supposed to be some sort of objective list or anything. If I leave out a match that you think warrants inclusion, then please feel free to put it down in the comments section below. As with previous lists, I’ll be listing the matches in chronological order.

So without further to do, let’s get to it!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – May 6, 1995

WCW Prime did not feature any original bouts so we head into WCW Pro where Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are on commentary.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XXV

Live from St. Petersburg, FL

Airdate:  November 10, 1993

Attendance:  6,000 (1,700 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Can Flair regain the WCW World title? Will Hawk become World champion? What will be the result of the explosion of the Hollywood Blonds? Let’s find out!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 29, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – April 29, 1995

WCW Prime on April 24 featured one original bout, which was not the Blue Bloods vs. Fantastic bout that was promoted the previous week:

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – April 23, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are on studio duty for today’s broadcast.  Heenan argues that Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Jimmy Hart are not happy about Ric Flair being reinstated.

Bischoff hypes WCW’s trading cards that are coming out this week.  He notes that the Diamond Doll is nowhere to be seen on Diamond Dallas Page’s card.  Heenan says that is simply because there was not enough room on it.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 22, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Halloween Havoc 1993

WCW Halloween Havoc ’93

Live from New Orleans, LA

Airdate: October 24, 1993

Attendance:  6,000 (3,000 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Can Cactus Jack exact revenge upon Vader and defeat him? Will Flair regain a “World” title? Who will be the “franchise” of WCW? Let’s find out!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – April 16, 1995

(Check back tomorrow night for Doomie Award results!)

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing studio duties for today’s broadcast.  They briefly discuss Ric Flair’s reinstatement.

Bischoff hypes WCW’s rubber action figures.  Heenan uses the Vader figure to knock the Hulk Hogan figure off his desk.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 15, 1995

(Note:  Don’t forget to vote for the Doomies by Friday!)

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  Heenan rants that French indecision on whether to reinstate Ric Flair is ruining Flair’s career.

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Six of the Best – WCW Souled Out

Souled Out was an event that only ran for four years, with most of them being awful. However, there were enough good matches that I was able to find six of them for this feature, so I decided to do Six of the Best for the event. SuperBrawl next month should provide more options, due to more than one SuperBrawl event actually being good.

As always, these are just my own personal picks. This isn’t supposed to be some sort of objective list or anything. If I leave out a match that you think warrants inclusion, then please feel free to put it down in the comments section below. As with previous lists, I’ll be listing the matches in chronological order.

So without further to do, let’s get to it!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – April 15, 1995

WCW Prime aired on April 10 with a couple of new bouts.  Those will be recapped before going into the April 15 episode of WCW Pro.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – April 9, 1995

(Note:  Instructions for Doomie voting will be up by the end of the week so check back regularly to the Blog for that posting.  Also, Happy New Year!)

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are handling the studio portion of the show.  They recap tensions between the Butcher and the other Faces of Fear and the recent developments regarding Ric Flair’s possible reinstatement.  Heenan also praises the heel turn of Big Bubba Rogers, alluding to his past issues with Rogers in the WWF.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – April 8, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are still taped from Atlanta, Georgia from March 22.  Heenan says that he could easily break the WCW Executive Board’s tie and reinstate Ric Flair.

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Mike Reviews: WCW Souled Out 2000

I hope everyone has had a pleasant holiday season. Sadly for me, severe asthma and a gnarly cold saw me taking a brief trip to the hospital due to breathing difficulties. Thankfully they didn’t have to keep me in overnight and sent me on my way with a new inhaler and some steroids (No, I haven’t leant any of them out to Jon Jones)

Unfortunately I’m still suffering with a terrible wheezy chest and a mother grabber of a cough, which is pretty much stopping me from sleeping, so I’ve been spending most of my nights watching WWE Network until I pass out from exhaustion. I decided to start work on Six of the Best for the WCW Souled Out pay per view (Spoiler; 1998’s event will feature heavily) and whilst skimming the 2000 show I decided to recap it.

For those unaware, WCW was in the midst of one of its many periods of dysfunction in January 2000. Head writer Vince Russo had been writing some pretty horrible television and pay per view buy rates were crashing, so then WCW head honcho Bill Busch decided to make Russo part of a committee instead. Russo wasn’t having that however, so decided to go home. Meanwhile, Bret Hart and Jeff Jarrett both dropped out of the show due to concussions, so a large chunk of the card had to be rewritten on the fly, which led to a WCW Title match between Sid Vicious and Chris Benoit hastily being put together.

Another issue loomed on the horizon however, as the man scheduled to replace Russo was Kevin Sullivan, a man who was hated by Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn, Shane Douglas, Billy Kidman, Rey Mysterio Jr and Konnan. Indeed, he was hated so much by this crew that they actively threatened to quit the company if he acquired the role. This was mostly due to them thinking he’d held them all down during his previous stint as booker. Despite all of this, WCW still booked Benoit in the main event of this show, even though he was liable to leave at any moment. Now that’s some classic WCWing if I ever saw it!

Could WCW still find a way to put on an enjoyable pay per view event despite all of this madness? Let’s read on and find out!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 8, 1995

(This might be the first year that my column is released on Christmas, so Merry Christmas to all of the readers of the Blog!)

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, FloridaHeenan warns Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage that they do not want Ric Flair reinstated.

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Six of the Best – WCW Starrcade matches from the 90’s

Yes, I’ve finally managed to get around to this after many weeks removed from the 80’s list.

As always, these are just my own personal picks. This isn’t supposed to be some sort of objective list or anything. If I leave out a match that you think warrants inclusion, then please feel free to put it down in the comments section below. As with previous lists, I’ll be listing the matches in chronological order.

So without further to do, let’s get to it!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – April 8, 1995

After having some broadcasts that lacked original matches, WCW Prime featured a new bout on April 3:

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – April 2, 1995

Note:  Since some of these broadcasts, such as Main Event, provide a lot of replays of past action, I will avoid recapping those segments and just provide a description of the new content that aired as part of the telecast.

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are handling studio duties for today’s broadcast.  They quickly recap the existing storylines surrounding Ric Flair and the Nasty Boys-Harlem Heat feud.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – April 1, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action tonight and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings were held on March 22.

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