–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.
–Tonight’s show is a hybrid broadcast as some matches were taped at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia on May 10 and 11 and others were shown live from Speed Street in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of the Charlotte Speed Street Festival. Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary in Charlotte, while Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing it in Atlanta.
–The promo poster for this show is odd as it makes it seem like Ric Flair is the babyface since he is “seeking revenge.”
–Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from St. Petersburg, Florida. Bischoff is substituting for Tony Schiavone who is on the shelf with neck surgery.
–A video package hypes Harlem Heat, spliced with a generic promo of how they are going to beat the Nasty Boys tonight.
–Gene Okerlund and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary and they are live from St. Petersburg, Florida since tonight’s broadcast is the Slamboree pre-show.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing today’s broadcast and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.
–Schiavone hosts an interview with Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, the Renegade, and Jimmy Hart. Savage says that today is a tune up for Slamboree as the Renegade flexes and bangs his head a lot. Hogan makes sure to add that Vader is “wart infested.”
After spending the last few weeks recovering from mono, our journey through 1995 WCW resumes!
WCW Prime had a WCW Tag Team Championship match that aired on May 8, so here is a recap of that match before we move onto WCW Worldwide:
With the sad news of the death of King Kong Bundy reverberating through the wrestling world, I decided I’d have a look at possibly his most famous match, where he entered the main event of WrestleMania 2 against reigning WWF Champion Hulk Hogan.
The set up for this match had seen Bundy crush Hogan in the corner with his dreaded “Avalanche” splash, injuring the champ’s ribs in the process. Bundy also switched managers from Jimmy Hart to Bobby Heenan as well, due to Heenan’s camp of wrestlers being Hogan’s main rivals at the time.
Hogan came into the match with a taped mid-section and designs on revenge, whilst Bundy was looking to end Hogan’s over two year reign as champion. As was usually the case with the WWF, this match is about escaping the cage itself, rather than winning by pin fall or submission.
So, without further ado, let’s set the way back machine to 1986 for the main event of the 2nd WrestleMania!
–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.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia. Heenan says that WCW Champion Hulk Hogan has showed up with an entourage. This is a one hour episode because of an Atlanta Braves baseball game.
–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.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.
–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.
WCW Prime aired on April 17 with a new feature bout:
–Prime “MOOO” Match of the Week: Alex Wright (26-0-1) defeats Steve Austin (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (8-1) via disqualification when Arn Anderson interferes at 6:05:
(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.
–Stars & Stripes promise that Arn Anderson & Vader will face their Waterloo tonight. Vader says he is very excited to team with Anderson for the first time.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, this episode was taped on April 4. Heenan paces behind Schiavone and Gene Okerlund, who discuss whether Ric Flair will be reinstated tonight.
–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.
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.
–Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are handling the studio portion of the show, with Bischoff reminding fans that Vader has been stripped of the U.S. title and Ric Flair has been banned from WCW.
–A replay of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Jimmy Hart talking to WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel in his office is shown.
–Footage of Vader and Ric Flair beating up Dave Sullivan on last week’s show is aired. The video package also hypes tonight’s Randy Savage-Avalanche main event and Sergeant Craig Pittman.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia. This show occurred on March 8 and, according to the historyofwwe.com, it attracted 785 fans.
(Note: I meant to get this up on Friday as per my usual Tuesday/Friday rotation. However, taking the LSAT scuttled those plans. So we resume 1995 WCW with this barn burner of a show…)
–The opening video package reminds us that tonight there are no rules and the action we are about to see is not authorized by World Championship Wrestling.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are live from Tupelo, Mississippi. Mike Tenay also reminds fans that the first minute on the WCW Hotline is free for tonight only.
–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.
Come on Vince, think!
–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.
–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.
–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.