What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – March 19, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are on commentary and they are live from Tupelo, Mississippi, the site of tonight’s Uncensored pay-per-view.  Heenan is still rattled from how Ric Flair snapped last night on WCW Saturday Night, which is replayed for the viewing audience.

Tony Schiavone interviews WCW Champion Hulk Hogan in the aisle.  Hogan mocks Vader’s taunt and says that Jimmy Hart is busy with the “ultimate surprise” backstage.  He then proceeds to go into his usual habit of promising to run wild on Vader tonight.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – March 18, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are tasked with commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.

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

Gordon Solie, Larry Zbyszko, and Dusty Rhodes are calling the action and they are still taped from Gainesville, Georgia.

A recap of Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel suspending Hulk Hogan until Uncensored and Vader and Ric Flair’s antics on WCW Saturday Night are shown.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – March 12, 1995

A replay of Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel appearing on WCW Saturday Night and suspending WCW Champion Hulk Hogan from WCW events until Uncensored is shown.

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are doing the studio portion of the broadcast.  Today’s feature match comes from the Gainesville, Georgia taping on February 21.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – March 11, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings were done on March 7.  Like last week’s broadcast, this show is also one hour.

Gene Okerlund interviews WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel, who says that until Uncensored WCW Champion Hulk Hogan will not be allowed into any WCW event.  This was due to Hogan’s attack on Vader at the end of last week’s show.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – March 11, 1995

Tony Schavione and Bobby Eaton are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

A replay of Steven Regal rejecting Bobby Eaton’s offer to be his tag team partner on last week’s episode of WCW Saturday Night is shown.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – March 11, 1995

Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes & Larry Zybszko are doing commentary and they are still taped from Gainesville, Georgia.

A replay of Hulk Hogan attacking Vader on WCW Saturday Night last week is shown, along with Hogan’s ensuing interview.  Zbyszko notes that Hogan is so scared of Vader that he had to attack him when Vader was not looking.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – March 5, 1995

Footage of Hulk Hogan attacking Vader on WCW Saturday Night is shown.

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are the studio hosts for tonight’s broadcast.  Heenan says Hulk Hogan is out of control because he knows he made a mistake signing a strap match against Vader.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – March 4, 1995

-Here was the feature match from WCW Prime, which aired on February 27.  The New York market actually aired a WrestleMania XI ad during this broadcast:

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – February 26, 1995

Hulk Hogan’s confrontation with Vader on Saturday Night is replayed.

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in charge of the studio on today’s show.

Tony Schiavone’s narration of SuperBrawl pictures is shown.

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What the World Was Watching: SuperBrawl V

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Baltimore, Maryland.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – February 12, 1995

Footage of Dustin Rhodes and Hacksaw Jim Duggan struggling to beat up the Stud Stable on WCW Pro is shown.

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are the studio hosts.  They discuss Ric Flair wanting to confront Nick Bockwinkel on the next episode of WCW Saturday Night.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – February 11, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are today’s commentators and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  Both men hype the Hulk Hogan-Vader main event for SuperBrawl.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – February 4, 1995

Note:  Due to my work schedule picking back up, future reviews of this series will be posted on Tuesdays and Fridays at 4:00 EST.

Sting & Randy Savage and the Stud Stable cut dueling promos against each other.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping was done on January 10 and 11 in Atlanta, Georgia and drew 750 fans, none of whom paid to see the show.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – February 4, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are today’s commentary team and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – February 4, 1995

Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are the commentary team and they are taped from Columbus, Georgia.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – January 28, 1995

Television Champion Arn Anderson and Randy Savage do dueling promos to hype tonight’s main event.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  The announcers recap the end of Clash of the Champions, with the footage not showing Hulk Hogan not selling Big Van Vader’s powerbomb.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – January 28, 1995

Gordon Solie, Larry Zbyszko, and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary and they are taped from Columbus, Georgia.  The taping was done on January 9, attracting a sellout crowd of 5,000 (only 2,000 paid, though, according to thehistoryofwwe.com) to the Municipal Auditorium.  This was the last WCW show at the venue.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – January 21, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing the commentary.  These Worldwide tapings were done on November 1, 1994 in Orlando, Florida.  Heenan puts over the attractiveness of Sister Sherri and warns WCW Champion Hulk Hogan to be on the lookout for Big Van Vader.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – January 14, 1995

Sister Sherri provoking Stars & Stripes on last week’s show is replayed.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  The matches on this telecast were taped on December 8 and January 8.  The announcers discuss the Hulk Hogan-Big Van Vader main event that has been signed for SuperBrawl.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – January 8, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a packed crowd of 785, with no one having to pay for their ticket.

Gene Okerlund; in the heel locker room with Avalanche, the Butcher, Colonel Robert Parker, the Blacktop Bully, Bunkhouse Buck, and Meng; urges fans to call 1-900-370-3WCW to vote for who they wish to see wrestle in the main event.  The calls cost ninety-nine cents.  The babyface locker room, where Tony Schiavone is, features Sting, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the Guardian Angel, and Dustin Rhodes.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – January 1, 1995

Now that we have covered what the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) was doing in 1995, we will shift our focus to what was taking place in Atlanta with World Championship Wrestling (WCW).  Much like the WWF, WCW was fighting against the headwind of a bitter wrestling depression, but it did receive significant publicity in the summer of 1994 when it signed Hulk Hogan.  Hogan would subsequently defeat Ric Flair at Bash at the Beach and immediately claim the WCW title, which he still held as 1995 began.  Despite drawing an impressive television rating for a Clash of the Champions rematch between Hogan and Flair – a number that put WCW’s events on par with, if not exceeding those of the WWF – WCW was still under pressure to cut costs as it lost more than $3 million in 1994.  The cuts were also spurred on by Halloween Havoc drawing a less than expected rating for the third match in the Hogan-Flair series.  In that match, Flair was “retired” after losing and although he said the retirement would be permanent, few in the wrestling world believed him.  Nevertheless, that meant that WCW was starting the year without one of its major draws in the squared circle.  A big question for WCW going into 1995 was how it would attempt to challenge the WWF’s domestic supremacy, and Executive Producer Eric Bischoff’s gamble to launch a new Monday night wrestling show to challenge the WWF’s Monday Night RAW at the end of the summer changed wrestling forever.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Starrcade ’92

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate: December 28, 1992

Attendance:  8,000 (6,500 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who will win Battlebowl? Who will become the King of Cable? Can either Simmons or Chono retain their respective World titles? Or do Rude or Muta stand a chance to unseat them? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XXI

WCW Clash of the Champions XXI

Live from Macon, GA

Airdate:  November 18, 1992

Attendance:  7,500 (700 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who wlll win the Clash of the Sexes? Will Steamboat and Douglas capture tag team gold? What happens in the boxing match? Let’s find out!

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