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

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan do the studio duties and they do their best to sell the Shark as a legitimate threat to Hulkamania.

A new Dungeon of Doom vignette sees Vader return in his mastodon mask.  Vader says he has crossed a new dimension and now has more power than Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania and he will fulfill his destiny and win the WCW title at Bash at the Beach.  The Master yells out more geography before he, Vader, and Kevin Sullivan scream “Vader time.”

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

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan call the action to kick off a new set of tapings at Center Stage in Atlanta that were filmed on June 25.  Tonight’s show is a one-hour episode.

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Six of the Best – NWA/WCW Great American Bash

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Back again with another list, this time for The Great American Bash. Just to quickly explain, I’m only covering full Pay-Per-View events that happened under the NWA or WCW umbrella, so basically the previous Bash tours prior to 1988 aren’t included, which means the great War Games matches don’t make the list. Rest assured that I like them a lot however.

Also I’m ignoring the WWE Great American Bash shows for this list and decided just to focus on the NWA/WCW ones. Apologies if you’re a big fan of JBL winning the WWE Title or Muhammad Hassan getting killed off with a powerbomb, but those events aren’t going to be considered for this list because I wanted to give WCW it’s time in the sun. Maybe I can do the WWE ones on their own one day, but to be honest outside of Umaga Vs Jeff Hardy, John Cena Vs Bobby Lashley and Chris Jericho Vs Shawn Michaels I’d be drawing a blank over what matches would actually qualify to make the cut. It certainly wouldn’t be Undertaker and Big Show in a Panjabi Prison that’s for sure. Maybe I could do Six of the Worst for the WWE Bash events? Something to ponder…

This was actually quite difficult to get this down to six matches as I whittled it down to eight and then had to make some tough choices. If you look at the matches in bold in the honourable mentions, they were the two matches that only just missed out. All eight were perfectly valid choices in my mind, so I just went with the six I personally enjoyed the most. The exclusion of the two matches that didn’t make it is no comment on their quality, but I had to have six so I cut them.

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 take a look at Six of the Best for The Great American Bash!

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

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  These tapings were done on May 5.

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

WCW Prime for July 3 featured a few new contests so those will be recapped before we go on to WCW Pro.  Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes called the action for the Prime matches.

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

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are at their desks in the studio for today’s broadcast, headlined by Randy Savage against Big Bubba Rogers.

Okerlund hypes the Dungeon of Doom as a threat and how they are sending Vader out on a roadkill tour before Bash at the Beach.  Heenan says Vader could show up at any major sporting event to beat people up.

A video package recaps the Hulk Hogan-Vader feud going back to Clash of the Champions in January.  Some footage from the USWA is spliced in as well, where Vader beat up some preliminary wrestlers in Memphis.

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

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are still taped from Atlanta on June 7.  This is another shortened broadcast because of baseball season.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – July 1, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – July 1, 1995 (Gordon Solie’s Final Broadcast)

WCW Prime featured two new bouts on its June 26 episode.   Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are in charge of calling both matches.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – June 25, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan do their usual studio duties.  They hype Bash at the Beach, namely the Hulk Hogan-Vader main event.

Okerlund says that Diamond Dallas Page was recently looking for a house in Malibu.  Heenan refutes the rumor floating around WCW that the Diamond Doll won the money that Page is spending as his own.

Heenan openly wonders why the Nasty Boys are so popular when they do a move like the Pit Stop.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – June 24, 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 – June 24, 1995

The June 19 edition of WCW Prime featured a new match between Tim Horner and Bunkhouse Buck.

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What the World Was Watching: The Great American Bash (1995)

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are live from Dayton, Ohio as The Great American Bash returns to pay-per-view for the first time in three years.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – June 18, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are in the booth and they are live from Dayton, Ohio.  Since this is the night of The Great American Bash tonight’s broadcast functions as the pre-show.  Rhodes is in complete hard sell mode, telling fans that if they are going to buy anything in their lives, they must buy the pay-per-view.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – June 17, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  This broadcast included matches that were taped on May 11 and June 7 from the usual Center Stage venue.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – June 17, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action from Orlando, Florida.  This show was taped on May 5.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – June 17, 1995

(Note:  With the school year over, I have time to accelerate my 1995 WCW reviews.  I will post them each afternoon through throughout the week just like Bayless does for his WWF reviews so by the end of this week we should be through the 1995 edition of The Great American Bash)

The June 12 edition of WCW Prime had a new match featuring Paul Orndorff and Tim Horner with Gordon Solie and Dusty Rhodes on the call:

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – June 11, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are doing their usual studio duties for today’s show.  As the show opens, Heenan is on the telephone with an individual he refuses to name.

Okerlund and Heenan plays pogs, with Okerlund winning everything that Heenan had.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – June 10, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  These tapings were done on June 7.  Tonight’s show is one hour in length due to the usual summer interruption provided by Atlanta Braves baseball.

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Six of the Best – WCW Slamboree

Back once again to this feature, with us taking a look at WCW’s annual May event of Slamboree. Originally conceived as a “Legends Reunion” type show for it’s first three years, and flirting with the Battle Bowl format in 1996, Slamboree eventually became just a standard pay per view event from 1997 onwards and was often a show that was rarely treated as a big deal. The fact the 95, 97 and 98 events were all main evented by almost throw away tag matches would be a good example of that. Slamboree was really just there to bridge the gap before the two major summer events of Great American Bash and Bash at the Beach.

That’s not to say that nothing of any value happened at the events of course. Ric Flair’s brutal beatdown of Angelo Poffo at the 95 event started a blood feud with Randy Savage that actually drew good money at house shows, whereas the 98 show saw the unthinkable happen as Scott Hall turned on Kevin Nash to break up The Outsiders tag team. However, these moments were normally the exception as opposed to the rule. By the 2000 event WCW was on it’s last legs, a situation that wasn’t helped by having David Arquette competing in the main event as defending WCW World Champion.

Compiling this list was kind of tricky as Slamboree had quite a lot of middling bouts over the years that weren’t especially bad but also weren’t the sort of exciting and classic matches that immediately jumped out at me as ones I just had to include. Despite this, I eventually found six matches that I was happy with and I had to leave a few out in the end as well, which shows that there was ultimately a healthy amount of decent bouts when all was said and done.

I would just like to give a special shout out to Gorgeous George Vs Charles Robinson from the 1999 event as well, because my word is that match a hundred times more enjoyable than it had any right to be. George looked great for someone with so little experience whilst Little Naitch was making the absolute most of his 15 minutes by giving a brilliant Ric Flair impersonation, complete with all of Flair’s tradional spots. It really is absolutely mountains of fun and I can strongly recommend it as one of the best comedy/manager matches I’ve ever seen.

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 take a look at Six of the Best for WCW Slamboree!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – June 10, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – June 10, 1995

WCW Prime on June 5 featured a new match so we will get to that before heading to WCW Pro.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – June 4, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are doing the studio portion of the show.  They briefly discuss Randy Savage and Ric Flair fighting at the end of the recent edition of WCW Saturday Night.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – June 3, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  Tonight’s episode is one hour because of Braves baseball.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – June 3, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  These tapings took place on May 3.

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