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 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 Worldwide – February 25, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

Tony Schiavone narrates photographs of SuperBrawl V.

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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 Saturday Night – February 18, 1995

Johnny B. Badd and Arn Anderson do dueling promos, with Badd saying that he is coming to get his Television Championship back on tonight’s show.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping were held on February 8 and attracted 785 fans, none of whom had to pay for their ticket.  WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel comes out and says that he is here to meet with Ric Flair tonight.

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

WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat and Stars & Stripes cut promos against each other since they are in the feature match tonight.

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

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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: Clash of the Champions XXX

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

The Nasty Boys and Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck cut dueling promos against each other to kick off the broadcast.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are wrapping up the January 8 tapings in Atlanta, Georgia.  Gene Okerlund lets both of them know that Big Van Vader and Harley Race have purchased ringside seats for Clash of the Champions.  Heenan adds that Ric Flair will also make an appearance at the Clash.

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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 Main Event – January 15, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are the studio hosts for a special ninety minute episode.

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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 Worldwide – January 14, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  Schiavone announces that Hulk Hogan will defend the WCW title against Big Van Vader at SuperBrawl.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – January 7, 1995

Tony Schiavone, substituting for Eric Bischoff who is in Japan, and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida.  These tapings were done on October 30, 1994.

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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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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – November 11, 1995

A video package shows the outcome of the Smoking Gunns-Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid match at In Your House 4 and how the Kid apologized to the Gunns later.  Razor and the Kid warn the Gunns that they are coming after them in today’s rematch.

Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are today’s broadcasters and this is the third of four taped episodes from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of the Champions III: Fall Brawl

Live from Albany, GA

Airdate: September 7, 1988

Attendance:  3,700

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Jim Ross, & Bob Caudle

Prior to the first match, Tony acknowledges that the “Total Package” Lex Luger is Flair’s toughest test to date. Methinks Rhodes did NOT write that line for him.

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WCW Wednesday: Part XIII – The Loose Cannon Edition!

 

Twenty years ago, the term “worked shoot” wasn’t commonplace. But, at SuperBrawl VI, an intellectual concoction created by Brian Pillman, Kevin Sullivan, and Eric Bischoff broke kayfabe in front of God and everybody for the sake of shock value.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Battle of the Belts II

Live from Orlando, FL

Airdate: February 14, 1986

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Gordon Solie and Mike Graham

Prior to the first match, Solie shills the latest copy of Pro Wrestling Illustrated with the Road Warriors on the cover.

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