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 Saturday Night – February 25, 1995

The ending of the Hulk Hogan-Vader main event at SuperBrawl is shown.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are tonight’s commentary team and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  These tapings were done on February 22.

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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: WCW Pro – February 25, 1995

-Here was the feature match from WCW Prime, which aired on February 20:

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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: 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 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: 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 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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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF March to WrestleMania IX

Taped from Fayetteville, NC

Airdate: March 28, 1993 (taped 3/7)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Savage derail the runaway locomotive known as Yokozuna? Will Bigelow destroy Undertaker prior to WrestleMania IX? Let’s find out!

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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 Saturday Night – January 7, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are tonight’s broadcast team and they are taped from the Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.  The tapings were done on December 7, 1994.

Footage of Big Van Vader confronting WCW Champion Hulk Hogan at the end of Starrcade is shown.  The highlight is Vader grabbing Doug Dillinger by the tie and nearly decking him with a right hand.

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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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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 01-25-93

 

Taped from New York, NY

Airdate: January 25, 1993

Attendance: 1,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & Rob Bartlett

Who will be forced to leave the WWF? Will Savage repossess his hat from Repo Man? How will the New Yorkers treat Kamala? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 01-18-93

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: January 18, 1993

Attendance: 1,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett

Can the sequel be as good as the first installment? Will it disappoint or will it surpass the original? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Survivor Series ’92

Live from Richfield, OH

Airdate: November 25, 1992

Attendance:  17,500

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Shawn Michaels win his first WWF title? How will Savage fare against Flair/Ramon? Who’s his partner? Also, who will win the casket and nightstick matches? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXXI

Taped from Terre Haute, IN

Airdate:  November 14, 1992 (taped 10/27)

Attendance:  4,300

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Papa Shango become WWF champion? Will the Ultimate Maniacs achieve tag team gold? How will Michaels fare against Smith for the IC title? It’s a triple-crown show so let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Summerslam ’92

WWF Summerslam ‘92

Taped from London, England

Airdate: August 31, 1991 (taped 8/29)

Attendance:  78,927 (75,000 paid)

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Bret retain the IC title against home country favorite Davey Boy? Will Warrior recapture the WWF title from Savage? In whose corner will Mr. Perfect occupy? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF WrestleMania VIII

Live from Indianapolis, IN

Airdate: April 5, 1992

Attendance:  62,167 (heavily papered)

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Savage regain the WWF title from Flair? Will Bret recapture the IC title from Piper? What’s the deal with Sid? Let’s find out!

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