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After the current Ric Flair vs Hulk Hogan feud, Steve Austin, is rumoured to receive his long-awaited main event push. But in the World of Hulk Hogan vs. Monster Heels, there are some who believe Austin will just tread water and won’t be able to crack the main event scene.


The story last week about a guy with a gun charging the ring during a Terry Funk match in WCW was apparently blown out of proportion. He was just drunk and happened to have a gun on him when they detained him, he wasn’t brandishing it around and charging the ring or anything.


It seems that Jim Ross is set to remain with WWF, after rumours began circulating that he has been offered a contract extension. With his contract about to expire, there had been some rumours that he could leave, but these now appear unfounded.


Steven Regal was brought before the WCW Wrestler’s Court, accused of being an hour late to pick up his assigned travel partner. The judge, Vader, found him guilty and sentenced him to pay for his travel partner’s meals for the next three shows.


WWF apparently made a major play to try and steal Konnan from AAA after the success of the New York and Chicago AAA shows, but Konnan isn’t jumping and plans to stay where he is.


WCW “Underdog” Joey Maggs sustained a Broken Collar Bone at this week’s Saturday Night show. He is currently out of action and will be back in 17 days.


The plan for WCW wrestling to become a daily DisneyWorld attraction was nixed by higher ups at Turner, so that won’t be happening and the headquarters will remain in Atlanta.


WCW and ECW wrestler, Cactus Jack is reported to have sustained Chronic Knee Pain during the latest episode of ECW Hardcore TV. Initial reports are sketchy, but it is believed that he will not be taking time off, but will work through the pain.


WWF is airing skits where Leslie Neilsen of Naked Gun fame is playing a detective trying to get to the bottom of the Fake Undertaker story.


According to sources within USWA the company has drawn up plans to pit Sid Vicious and Jerry Lawler against Jeff Jarrett and Bam Bam Bigelow in a lengthy 2 vs. 2 storyline that will be the focal point of the promotion for the forseeable future. There has also been talk from within USWA that indicates that Kamala is to begin a lengthy feud with Tommy Rich. There has been no official word yet of course, but we will keep you up to date with any futher happenings.


The ECW World Television Championship changed hands last night at ECW Heat Wave, as Dean Malenko became the new champion, ending the reign of Mikey Whipwreck after thirteen title defences. This is the first time he has won the ECW World Television Championship. The feedback has been that ECW Heat Wave was awesome and the performance of the night belonged to Ron Simmons.


Rumour has it that Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair have suggested that Hulk Hogan should face Sting in a Face vs Face “Dream Match” at Starrcade. But Hogan decided to reject this idea and countered by suggesting it makes better sense for him to face a former WWF monster heel that he already have experience to work with (like John Tenta, One Man Gang, Kamala or Fred Ottman). This story is still developing and we will bring you more news as we get it.


ECW saw a title change last night at ECW Hardcore TV, as Shane Douglas lost the ECW World Heavyweight Championship to Jimmy Snuka. This victory marks his third reign with the title. Shane Douglas managed seven successful title defences prior to this defeat.


Tito Santana ended weeks of speculation last night when he signed a contract extension to keep him with AAA. Many insiders say that this is a key piece of business for the company, as finding a replacement could have been tricky.


Marcus Alexander Bagwell is badly hurt. News has come in that WCW Blue Chipper Marcus Alexander Bagwell has picked up a Broken Ankle. It is said to have happened during a dark match last night, and early reports are that he will need to take time off in order to heal, which is a huge blow for him. He is expected to be back in 44 days.


The vacant SMW United States Jr. Heavyweight Championship was claimed last night, as Brian Armstrong became the new champion at SMW Summer Blast.


Commentator Rob Naylor says Bret Hart’s comments about Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan are completely out of line. “This man’s arrogance far exceeds his wrestling ability, which is saying a lot” and says Bret will have his vote for “Most Obnoxious in the year end Awards”. Bret’s bitter and jealous. “The day will come, sooner than he thinks, when Bret Hart will be rode out to pasture by younger stars like Shawn Michaels.”


The vacant WWF European Championship was claimed last night, as The Underfaker became the new champion at WWF In Your House.


E! Network did a feature on WCW, featuring several wrestlers. WCW United States champion “Stunning” Steve Austin in particular was great on the show.


Veteran Greg “The Hammer” Valentine could soon be returning to the spotlight. Valentine are said to be high on the shortlists of WCW and WWF. “The Hammer” currently works for NWA Dallas, IWCCW and NWA FL.


WWF has had serious discussion about bringing in Chris Benoit as part of a babyface tag team, no word on who the partner would be.


Mark Madden may be getting a job with WCW to take over the hotline on Sundays from Bobby Heenan. The only hotline that is successful in WCW is Gene Okerlund’s Saturday hotline, but even that only does about half the business that it used to do when Jim Ross ran it a few years ago. You can only give teases and trick people into calling so many times before it stops working. People want info for their dollar and Ross used to deliver it, while Okerlund is constantly hyping up that he’s gonna dish some dirt on the hotline, but rarely delivers anything substantial.


WWF star Razor Ramon has told friends he plans to take some time off at the beginning of the year to spend some time with his family.


Sabu and Tazmaniac had a hardcore match at an indie show in Michigan that included the following foreign objects: A car radiator, a television, a radio, a VCR, a freezer door, a baseball bat, a fan, a toaster, a vacuum cleaner, a pool cue and more.


Speaking of Sabu, he’s apparently talking about going to WWF next year, but reportedly ECW has offered “The Homicidal Suicidal Genocidal Death-Defying Maniac” big money to stay with them instead.


Road Warrior Animal is telling people he plans to return to the ring in early 1995 and reform the tag team with Hawk in New Japan and probably WCW. Animal reportedly looks enormous lately.


Indie wrestlers Bill DeMott, John Kronus and Perry Saturn both received tryouts at the WWF tapings, but didn’t get much reaction.


John Tenta (Earthquake) was pulled from an indie show in Canada because WWF has him tied up in a bunch of legal red tape because they’re trying to prevent him from going to WCW. Tenta is good friends with Jimmy Hart and Hart seems to have a lot of pull in WCW right now.


With Bash at the Beach pulling in a bigger buyrate than the recent King of the Ring PPV, WCW has now started a new ad campaign with the slogan “The New #1”.

Bash At The Beach [1994]

WCW Bash Beach

An Event So Hot, They Had To Put It On The Beach!

It’s not going to be just another day at the beach!

It’s going to be the Bash At The Beach!


These are the results from WCW Bash At The Beach, being held by World Championship Wrestling. It is being held in front of 42,219 people at Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. It’s July 17, 1994, and it’s the biggest event in WCW history.


Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Eric Bischoff.

It’s a Clash of Rasslin’ ideals. Ric Flair is “The Man” and “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan is everything that Ric Flair isn’t.


“Since the beginning of time, people have dreamt of the unfathomable. The dreamers have turned into champions. And the champions to immortals. Tonight, WCW brings you the unimaginable. Two champions: 12-time WCW champion Ric Flair and five-time WWF champion Hulk Hogan. When these two worlds collide, a new universe will emerge, with only one ruler. One champion.”


It’s the Match of the Century!

Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair


Tony Schiavone says that he has heard that Hogan is running five miles a day.
Bobby Heenan quickly counters with, “If he’s jogging. He’s wasting time, he’s wasting energy. He’s not conserving his energy or his time”.


Interview w/ Johnny B. Badd

“Mean” Gene Okerlund had an interview with Johnny B. Badd hyping his upcoming singles match with “Lord” Steven Regal.

Johnny B. Badd is the meanest, baddest man on the planet and he wants the WCW World Television Title.

Rating: 84 B+


WCW World Television Championship

Johnny B. Badd vs. Steven Regal

Here comes Johnny B Badd! You don’t want to make him mad. He’s as pretty as a picture. He looks just like Little Richard! Johnny B. Badd makes his entrance with his Badd Blaster. The crowd goes wild when Badd shoots confetti all over the place. “U-S-A!” chants leads the match. Badd is fired up tonight and Regal can’t keep him down and begs off in the corner. Regal tries to wear him down with technical wrestling. In the end, the skilled technician Regal manages to trap Badd into a Regal Stretch. In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Steven Regal defeated Johnny B. Badd in 7:47 by submission with a Regal Stretch. Steven Regal makes defence number 3 of his WCW World Television Championship title.

Rating: 73 B-


The camera man is filming the audience. The camera zoom in and looks over at Hogan’s “Thunder in Paradise” co-star Chris Lemmon who happens to be sitting beside the beautiful Linda Hogan. She’s all smiles tonight and shows off her curves in skin-tight dress and of course a lot of cleavage.

And look over here…

It’s Hulk’s friends and actor colleagues Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wesley Snipes. Hulk Hogan has a strong support here tonight.

Bobby Heenan says everyone all over the States is talking about WCW. Tony Schiavone says, “Well as they say, wrestling is cool again.”


Antonio Inoki Is Awarded For A Lifetime Of Contributions To Wrestling

We get a mini-Slamboree-type presentation on Inoki’s career and a standing ovation. “Mean Gene” welcomes Japanese wrestling Icon, Antonio Inoki out and they honor him and award him a plaque for a lifetime of contributions to pro wrestling.

“Lord” Steven Regal comes back out and is disgusted by an outsider to WCW being honored when they have a true English dignitary here who gets no respect.

Regal asks why he hasn’t received an award. He’s in the House of Lords, you know! “I’m sick of these so-called bloody legends!” Regal calls himself far superior to Inoki.

Inoki takes off his jacket ready to fight. Regal says him beating Muhammad Ali and Andre the Giant doesn’t hold up with him, it means nothing, infact, and if he wasn’t such a proper gentleman, he’d throw the first punch and give Inoki a good flogging. The crowd is all about Inoki giving Regal what’s for.

Inoki punches Regal in the face which leads to a Impromptu Match…

Rating: 82 B


Impromptu Match

Antonio Inoki vs. Steven Regal

In a bout that had great technical and hard-hitting wrestling; and a decent reaction from the crowd, Antonio Inoki defeated Steven Regal in an Impromptu match in 7:45 by submission with a Manji Hold. Regal looks utterly disgusted and is complaining to the referee to change the match outcome.

Rating: 73 B-


Tony Schiavone asks Bobby “The Brain” Heenan who he favors in the Hogan vs. Flair match. He quickly responds with an annoyed, “I’ve already made my pick – “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.”


Recap Of The Sting vs. The Great Muta Feud

Here’s a recap of the Sting vs. The Great Muta feud, with Muta spraying green mist in Sting’s eyes.

Muta has returned to WCW, ready to conquer America just as he did Japan. Sting is the former WCW International World Heavyweight Champion and was quickly targeted by Muta.

Rating: 95 A*


Sting vs. The Great Muta

In a bout that had sensational wrestling and fantastic heat, Sting defeated The Great Muta in 30:29 by disqualification after spraying Sting with green mist.

Rating: 76 B-


Recap Of The Dustin Rhodes vs. Stud Stable Feud

Here’s a recap of the Stud Stable vs. Dustin Rhodes feud, including “Double A” Arn Anderson’s involvement.

Col. Parker has a surprise for Dustin Rhodes. what could it be?

Rating: 83 B+


Dustin Rhodes & Arn Anderson vs. Bunkhouse Buck & Terry Funk w/ Col. Parker

In a bout that had great wrestling and good heat, “Double A” Arn Anderson and Bunkhouse Buck shrugs off a couple collar-and-elbow tie-ups to start. Until “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes comes in and starts hammering away on Buck with Bionic Elbows. Terry Funk tags, but Dustin won’t let him into the ring and lands a haymaker to send him out to the floor. Funk goes crazy on the floor and swings at Meng and Col. Robert Parker. Back in the ring, he backs Rhodes into the ropes and fires away with punches. The whole time Funk is mouthing off and belittling Dustin for being a Rhodes.

Rhodes fights back with Bionic Elbows! He hits a stiff Lariat on Terry Funk and crotches Bunkhouse Buck up on the top rope. Dustin throws Buck on top of Funk and finally makes a tag to Arn Anderson! With Dustin physically exhausted, Double A makes the tag resulting that Arn turns on Dustin and drops him with a perfectly-executed DDT! Meanwhile, the referee is with Meng. Double A puts Funk on top as the referee counts three.

 Bunkhouse Buck & Terry Funk defeated Dustin Rhodes and Arn Anderson in 15:40 when Terry Funk defeated Dustin Rhodes by pinfall following a turn by Arn Anderson.

Rating: 81 B


After The Match, Arn Anderson Tries To Break Dustin’s Arm

Post-match, Arn Anderson, Terry Funk, Bunkhouse Buck and Meng quadruple team Dustin Rhodes to break his right arm. Col. Parker has the ref covered up to stop him. “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson that we all know is back and as bad as ever.

WCW Security eventually comes out to stop them. Bobby “The Brain” Heenan remarks that having security have to be the ones to come down and stop you from getting beat up is like having no friends to back you up in a fight in high school and the principal has to be the one to stop it.

“Mean Gene” tries interviewing Arn Anderson on the aisleway, but Arn says if Gene wants to get a word, come backstage and party with them. Gene refuses and is appalled!

Rating: 90 A


Ringside, businessman and former baseball player Hank Aaron is with Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan. Hank Aaron is pulling for both Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. He just wants to see some good stuff tonight.

Anyway, word has filtered from the ring to these two that Dustin Rhodes may have a broken arm.

Still to come, WCW United States Title Match! WCW World Tag Team Title Match! “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair!


Interview w/ Ric Flair and Elizabeth

Let’s go to “The Nature Boy! Ric Flair and “Mean Gene”. Elizabeth looks great tonight.

Ric Flair makes fun of Dustin Rhodes and puts over “Double A” Arn Anderson, congratulating him on making the smart move.

“How ’bout Double A?! How ’bout it? Is he back? I guess he is!” So Flair isn’t hangin’ with Arn, but he puts him over anyway. See? They’re friends. They have no other true friends.

Unfortunately the crowd is still cheering Flair, it would appear. “You, Hulk Hogan, are the challenger. You, Hulk Hogan, are the one who has a failing career. Ric Flair is The Man!”

Rating: 93 A


In The Back, Gene Okerlund Crashes The Stud Stable’s Party

In the back, Gene Okerlund crashes the Stud Stable party. Apparently, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson double-crossed “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes for the chicks and the money. He’s sitting on the couch with a handful of ladies and a briefcase full of cash.

Terry Funk and Bunkhouse Buck are getting hammered. Funk is on his knees babbling on about hating Dusty Rhodes. Funk says on their way back, some kid asks them why they did that to Dustin; because he is a great wrestler and a great person. Funk says so was his daddy and finds that hilarious. Bunkhouse Buck sprays and then spits champagne all over the place.

Col. Parker leads his boys in a toast for the most honorable man he knows, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson. That sets up a great promo from Arn. He told Dustin he would get the old Arn Anderson, and that’s exactly what he got, and then Funk and Buck pour champagne on Arn’s head while he’s talking. Arn badass no-sells it even though the champagne got in his eyes.

Rating: 89 A


Bobby Heenan chuckles and says he heard that The Stud Stable have broken into Hulk Hogan’s locker room and stolen all the champagne he was saving for if he won the WCW World Heavyweight title and drank it.


Interview w/ Vader And Harley Race

“It’s time! It’s time! It’s! Vader! Time!”

He Fears No Man and He Feels No Pain!

Violent

Vile

Volatile

Vicious

Victorious

He has held three different world titles from three different promotions on three continent making him the closest thing professional wrestling has ever had to a true world champion.

Vader is one of the toughest and most hard hitting wrestlers in the history of the industry.

At Bash At The Beach, Vader will destroy The Guardian Angel.

The Guardian Angel interrupts the interview. He is ready to go right now. Gimme Vader and Harley Race right now!

WCW Security Team finally swarms the arena and manage to separate the two powerhouse wrestlers.

Rating: 100 A*


Taped Fist Match

The Guardian Angel vs. Vader w/ Harley Race

These two big brutes had a kickass match at Spring Stampede. Once again it’s a brutal display of power when these two collide. It’s all about clubbering blows and stiff power moves.

Vader eats a right, then they go back in, as Angel suplexes him in from the apron. Then Guardian Angel shoulderblocks Vader into the referee that gets knocked over. Meanwhile, Harley Race has a “Telescopic Night Stick” and hits the Angel in the head. Vader finish Angel with a brutal Triple Powerbomb. Race quickly hides the “telescopic night stick” before the referee wakes up.

In an exceptional stiff slugfest, Vader defeated The Guardian Angel in a Taped Fist match in 13:33 by pinfall with a Triple Powerbomb after Harley Race interfered and hit The Guardian Angel with a “Telescopic Night Stick” while Vader distracted the referee.

Rating: 82 B


Hank Aaron, Antonio Inoki and Ted Turner are seated together in the crowd.


WCW World Tag Team Title Match

Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan w/ Dave Sullivan vs. Harlem Heat

In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Harlem Heat defeated Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan in 14:03 when Stevie Ray defeated Kevin Sullivan by pinfall with a Heat Seeker following botched interference by Dave Sullivan. Harlem Heat win the WCW World Tag Team Championship titles. Dave tried to hit Stevie Ray with the crotch, but accidently breaks the crutch on his brother Kevin.

Rating: 78 B


An Argument Breaks Out Between Cactus Jack And The Sullivans

Cactus Jack, Kevin Sullivan and Dave Sullivan are in the ring, and are squaring off, unhappy about losing the match. Eventually a number of officials and other wrestlers have to hit the ring and pull them apart before the argument soon turns physical.

Rating: 88B+


Interview w/ Steve Austin And Jeannie

Gene Okerlund had an interview with Steve Austin hyping his upcoming singles match with Ricky Steamboat. Austin has his awesome “Dragon Slayer” tights on. He mocks and taunts his opponent. He calls Steamboat an relic. Tonight Austin will show the World that he is “The Dragon Slayer”.

“Today, I will slay the dragon!”

Rating: 92 A


WCW United States Title Match

Ricky Steamboat vs. Steve Austin w/ Jeannie

Steve Austin goes full Pearl Harbor on Ricky Steamboat and goes after the knee, but Steamboat counters with Old School wrestling. In a bout that had sensational wrestling and great heat, Steve Austin defeated Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat in 30:08 by pinfall with a Stun Gun after a distraction from Jeannie. Steve Austin makes defence number 18 of his WCW United States Championship title.

Rating: 93 A


Bobby Heenan is discussing his dislike of Hogan. He’s not irate about Hogan, he just truly doesn’t like him, and he can’t figure out how nobody else can see how full of crap, how phony Hogan is, what a fake he is, what an overrated turd he is.


Heel colour commentator Bobby “The Brain” Heenan hypes Ric Flair and keeps bashing Hogan on commentary with anti-Hogan remarks. Heenan also calls Jimmy hart a little runt and Ed Leslie a shmuck. Heenan says “The big guy doesn’t always win, sometimes the small smart guy beats the big stupid slow guy.”


Ring announcer Michael Buffer is announcing the main event of the evening.

“Let’s get ready to rumble!”


Hulk’s WCW Debut

Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel is introduced, and so is Ted Turner. NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal comes out and is the guest time keeper. It’s cool because we’re in Orlando back when he was “Magic”. He’ll award the winner with the title belt.

Huge heat for Ric Flair; and a huge pop for Hulk Hogan. The crowd is split right down the middle; Maybe 60 Hogan and 40 Flair at best.

Rating: 100 A*


WCW World Heavyweight Title Match

Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair

Crowd’s hot and the match has a ton of energy. “The Dirtiest Player in the Game” is controlling the match and tries everything to defeat Hogan. Nothing Flair tries seems to work to finish Hogan. In an unbelievable “Once In A Lifetime” match, Elizabeth gets on the apron with a foreign object, but Mr. T grabs her and takes her to the back. She manages to toss Flair the object during this. The ref yells at Jimmy Hart to get off the apron and Hogan goes to finish the job but Flair decks him with the object and Hogan falls back like a sack of potatos! Flair goes for a pin. 1, 2, Hulk-Up. “Damn it!” Bobby Heenan exclaims.

Flair lays into him with rights and Hogan is shaking it all off. Hogan really no-sells Flair’s offense. Hulk Hogan looks to the right. Hulk Hogan looks to the left. The Hulkamaniacs start to cheer. Hulk Up Time! Hogan, shaking his fists, looks deep within himself and remembers what A Real American Hero is. The finger wag and the crowd goes nuts and he makes his big comeback! Punch, Punch, Punch, Irish Whip, Big Boot and Leg Drop and it’s over.

Hulk Hogan defeated Ric Flair in 44:40 by pinfall with a Leg Drop. Hulk Hogan wins the WCW World Heavyweight Championship title.

Rating: 96 A*


Hogan Celebrates Winning The WCW World Heavyweight Title

Spectacular fireworks go off!

Listen to that epic crowd reaction!

“Ladies and gentlemen!” “We’ve got a NEW WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Hulk Hogan!”

Having picked up the victory, Hulk Hogan celebrates in the ring, with his two black friends Shaq and Mr. T, before posing for several more minutes with Jimmy Hart jumping around like an idiot.

As Hogan goes to the back for a post-match interview, he runs into his buddies Ed Leslie and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. Hogan is flanked by Ed Leslie, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Shaq, Jimmy Hart and Mr T. “It’s all about the thousands of Hulkamaniacs that will be running wild in Orlando brother! Hulkamania will live forever!” Hulks thanks the thousands of Hulkamaniacs that came to the Bash At The Beach and helped him to Hulk Up and defeat “The Nature Boy”.

What a legend!

Larger than Life!

“The Immortal” Hulk Hogan!

Rating: 85 B+


After the match and the celebration, Bobby Heenan is so distraught he won’t call the replay or even look at it.

“It’s the greatest pay-per-view I’ve ever been associated with. But I’ll tell you, the sad thing is standing there right now: That man holding the title.”


Show Rating: 97 A*

 

Comments: Really happy with most of the match ratings and the show rating. Flair vs. Hogan; and Steamboat vs. Austin both scored great ratings. I’m pretty satisfied with the match ratings from Arn Anderson & Dustin Rhodes vs. Bunkhouse Buck & Terry Funk; The Guardian Angel vs. Vader; and Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan vs. Harlem Heat. The only match that was a disappointment is Sting vs. The Great Muta, since both of these two wrestlers have great performance skills.

WCW Main Event – [Sunday] Week 3 [July] [1994]

WCW Main Event

These are the results from WCW Main Event, being held by World Championship Wrestling.


Stars ‘n’ Stripes vs. The Barrio Brothers

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Stars ‘n’ Stripes defeated The Barrio Brothers in 5:33 when Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated Ricky Santana by pinfall with a Hangman’s Neckbreaker. During the match we also saw Bobby Eaton distract M.A. Bagwell, and Steve Keirn also distract The Patriot.

Rating: 57 C-


Interview w/ Stars ‘n’ Stripes

Interview w/ Stars ‘n’ Stripes. Bad Attitude interrupts the interview and challenge Stars ‘n’ Stripes to a match.

Rating: 66 C+


Damon Stryker vs. Scott Norton

In a terrible match, powerhouse Scott Norton defeated jobber Damon Stryker in 2:26 by pinfall with a Release Powerbomb.

Rating: 40 D-


Highlights of Sting vs. Ric Flair [from Last Week]

Flair storms around the ring in anger and tries leaving but Hogan meets him at the entry way and shakes his finger, sending Flair retreating back to the ring. Sting works through his offense like a high powered squash. Flair’s selling and bumping is all great. Hogan pulls up a chair and watches from ringside. Sting’s killing him in there.

Flair doesn’t get any offense in before he clips Sting’s knee. Hogan tells the ref that he cheated and the ref yells at Hogan, allowing Flair to cheat more. Flair only gets a couple moves in though, beforeSting goes back to his super offense, almost decapitating Flair with a Superplex.

“NOOOO!” Flair wants no more of Sting. Not tonight. He wasn’t ready. This isn’t fair to Flair.

Hogan rips his shirt, lunging at Flair. Trying to nailing Flair with the chair, making Flair the winner by DQ.

Flair clips Hogan’s knee and the selling is great!, until Mr. T runs out and chases Flair off. Mr. T helps Hogan up and Hogan is still selling!

Rating: 100 A*


Johnny B. Badd vs. The Gambler

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn’t have much heat, Johnny B. Badd defeated The Gambler in 5:59 by pinfall with a Shooting Star Press.

Rating: 60 C


Bash At The Beach Control Center
Bash at the Beach Control Center segment hosted by Gene Okerlund.

A promo by Ric Flair and Elizabeth hyping Clash Of The Champions. He wasn’t given the nickname “The Dirtiest Player in the Game” for nothing and Hogan’s gonna learn why.

Let’s get back to talking about Bash at the Beach and Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair. Mr. T will be there.

Announced so far is Johnny B. Badd vs Steven Regal; Ricky Steamboat vs Steve Austin; Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan vs. Harlem Heat; The Guardian Angel vs. Vader; Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair.

Rating: 95 A*


The Armstrongs II vs. Bad Attitude

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn’t have much heat, Bad Attitude defeated The Armstrongs (Brad and Brian) in 8:02 when Bobby Eaton defeated Brad Armstrong by pinfall with an Alabama Jam.

Rating: 67 C+


Interview w/ Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan

Harlem Heat are going to pay the price for what they did to poor Dave Sullivan.

Rating: 70 C+


Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan w/ Dave Sullivan vs. The Texas Hangmen

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn’t have much heat, Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan defeated The Texas Hangmen in 6:11 when Kevin Sullivan defeated Killer by pinfall with a the most vicious Double Stomp you’ve ever seen.

Rating: 77 B


Show Rating: 74 B-

 

Comments: Not a major setback, but “Groomed for Success from Day One” Marcus Alexander Bagwell received an Broken Ankle injury, so i have to change my booking plans slightly. Stars ‘n’ Stripes were supposed to be put in a feud with Harlem Heat the coming autumn.

 

WCW Saturday Night – [Saturday] Week 3 [July] [1994]

WCW Saturday Night

These are the results from WCW Saturday Night, being held by World Championship Wrestling. It is being held in front of 15,000 people at Dallas Reunion Arena in Texas. It’s a sell out!


Alex Wright vs. Scott Stud

In a poor match, “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright defeated Scott Stud in 6:09 by pinfall with a Hangman’s Neckbreaker.

Rating: 44 D


Highlights of Sting vs. Ric Flair [from Last Week]

Flair storms around the ring in anger and tries leaving but Hogan meets him at the entry way and shakes his finger, sending Flair retreating back to the ring. Sting works through his offense like a high powered squash. Flair’s selling and bumping is all great. Hogan pulls up a chair and watches from ringside. Sting’s killing him in there.

Flair doesn’t get any offense in before he clips Sting’s knee. Hogan tells the ref that he cheated and the ref yells at Hogan, allowing Flair to cheat more. Flair only gets a couple moves in though, before Sting goes back to his super offense, almost decapitating Flair with a Superplex.

“NOOOO!” Flair wants no more of Sting. Not tonight. He wasn’t ready. This isn’t fair to Flair.

Hogan rips his shirt, lunging at Flair. Trying to nailing Flair with the chair, making Flair the winner by DQ.

Flair clips Hogan’s knee and the selling is great!, until Mr. T runs out and chases Flair off. Mr. T helps Hogan up and Hogan is still selling!

Rating: 100 A*


Tim Horner and Erik Watts vs. Harlem Heat

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn’t have much heat, Harlem Heat defeated Tim Horner and Erik Watts in 5:49 when Booker T defeated Erik Watts by pinfall with a Heat Seeker.

Rating: 66 C+


Interview w/ Steve Austin

Gene Okerlund had an interview with Steve Austin and Jeannie hyping Austin’s upcoming singles match with Ricky Steamboat. Steve Austin is a superior wrestler and “The Dragon” is a has-been and a relic.

Rating: 94 A


Sting vs. Chris Champion

In a decent match, Sting defeated Chris Champion in 6:17 by submission with a Scorpion Deathlock.

Rating: 71 C+


Interview w/ Sting

Gene Okerlund had an interview with Sting, when The Great Muta suddenly interrupts. The Great Muta taunts and mocks Sting for losing two recent matches against Ric Flair and losing the WCW International World Heavyweight title. The Great Muta challenges his old rival from the US; Sting to a match at Bash At The Beach to see who is the best of the two classic rivals. Sting accepts the challenge and tells Muta that he fears no man, when The Great Muta suddenly sprays green mist in Sting’s face. Muta leaves the interview, while a medical team quickly arrives and starts the treatment on Sting.

Muta has returned to WCW, ready to conquer America just as he did Japan.

Rating: 80 B


WCW World Television Title Match

Terry Taylor vs. Steven Regal

In a decent match, Steven Regal defeated Terry Taylor in 8:10 by submission with a Regal Stretch. Steven Regal makes defence number 2 of his WCW World Television Championship title.

Rating: 71 C+


Bash At The Beach Control Center: Promo By Hulk Hogan, Shaq, And Jimmy Hart

Bash at the Beach Control Center segment hosted by Gene Okerlund.

A Promo by Hulk Hogan, Shaq and Jimmy Hart
hyping Clash Of The Champions. Hogan wants the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Shaq says that Hogan has the support of Hollywood and from Hulk’s “movie star colleagues”. Hollywood believes in Hulk Hogan.

Let’s get back to talking about Bash at the Beach and Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair. Mr. T will be there and perhaps also Wesley Snipes.

Announced so far is Johnny B. Badd vs Steven Regal; Ricky Steamboat vs Steve Austin; Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan vs. Harlem Heat; The Guardian Angel vs. Vader; Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair.

Rating: 100 A*


Damon Stryker vs. Vader w/ Harley Race

In an extremely stiff squash match, Vader defeated Damon Stryker in 1:30 by pinfall with a Vader Bomb.

Rating: 57 C-


Interview w/ Vader And Harley Race

Interview w/ Vader and Harley Race

“It’s time! It’s time! It’s Vader! Time!”

“He Fears No Man and He Feels No Pain!”

He has held three different world titles from three different promotions on three continent making him the closest thing professional wrestling has ever had to a true world champion.

At Bash At The Beach, Vader will destroy The Guardian Angel.

Rating: 100 A*


Arn Anderson and Dustin Rhodes vs. Sgt. Pittman & The Gambler

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn’t have much heat, Arn Anderson and Dustin Rhodes defeated Sgt. Pittman & The Gambler in 7:18 when Arn Anderson defeated The Gambler by pinfall with a DDT.

Rating: 66 C+


Interview w/ Arn Anderson And Dustin Rhodes

“Mean Gene” interviews Arn & Dustin. Hype for the tag match at Bash At The Beach.

Gene mentions the long-standing rivalry between the Funks and the Rhodes. Arn and Dustin are ready for The Stud Stable. The Colonel and his men will get what they deserve.

Rating: 70 C+


WCW World Tag Team Title Match

Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan w/ Dave Sullivan vs. Bad Attitude

In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan defeated Bad Attitude in 7:35 when Cactus Jack defeated Steve Keirn by pinfall with a vicious Double Arm DDT. Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan make defence number 7 of their WCW World Tag Team Championship titles.

Rating: 75 B-


Highlights Of The Feud Between Hulk Hogan And Ric Flair

Highlights of the feud between “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

There are certain rivalries that will be remembered forever by wrestling fans. Still, none of pro wrestling’s many rivalries are as storied and often fought as that between Hogan and Flair. The historic feud that has spanned decades, between two of wrestling’s most famous and most controversial legends.

Rating: 100 A*


Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair w/ Elizabeth

In a bout that had sensational wrestling and fantastic heat, Ric Flair defeated Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat in 16:22 by submission with a Figure Four Leglock after a distraction from Steve Austin. Austin mocks and taunts Steamboat, before fleing to the backstage area.

Rating: 83 B+


Interview w/ Ric Flair And Elizabeth

“Mean Gene” interviews Ric Flair and Elizabeth to close the show. Flair grows more and more angry with the thought of the fans cheering Hogan and WCW becoming Hogan’s company and he starts beating the hell out of himself and the set. A real old school “Nature Boy” interview mixed with real emotions. Flair promises that if he cannot beat Hulk Hogan at Bash At The Beach and if he is not the WCW World Heavyweight Champion on this program next week, then you can be sure that this place — this place he built with his blood, his tears, with his bare hands — will be dead sooner rather than later — Woooo!

Rating: 96 A*


Show Rating: 88 B+

 

Comments: So i’m building the big feuds; Hogan vs. Flair; Ricky Steamboat vs. Steve Austin; The Rhodes vs. The Stud Stable; and The Guardian Angel vs. Vader. Since Hogan still gets most of the spotlight when facing Flair in the dream match it feels like a waste to not use Sting. So Sting will start a minor feud vs. The Great Muta so that he has something to do, until some of the main eventers are available or i’ll sign any big name free agent.

WCW Worldwide – [Friday] Week 3 [July] [1994]

WCW Worldwide

These are the results from WCW Worldwide, being held by World Championship Wrestling.


Sonny Rogers vs. Scott Norton

In a short squash match, powerhouse Scott Norton defeated jobber Sonny Rogers in 1:16 by pinfall with a Release Powerbomb.

Rating: 49 D+


Erik Watts and Tim Horner vs. Bunkhouse Buck & Terry Funk w/ Col. Parker

In a decent match, Bunkhouse Buck & Terry Funk defeated Erik Watts and Tim Horner in 6:29 when Terry Funk defeated Erik Watts by pinfall with a Texas Piledriver.

Rating: 74 B-


Interview w/ The Stud Stable

Mike Tenay had an interview with The Stud Stable about the upcoming tag team match against Arn Anderson and Dustin Rhodes. Col. Robert Parker has something special planned for Bash At The Beach. He takes a puff on his trademark Cuban cigar and chuckles.

Rating: 75 B-


Alex Wright vs. Rip Rogers

In a poor match, “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright defeated “The Hustler” Rip Rogers in 5:54 by pinfall with a fast roll up. Great selling from Rogers.

Rating: 52 D+


Arn Anderson and Dustin Rhodes vs. Haito & Tanaka-san

In a decent match, Arn Anderson and Dustin Rhodes defeated Haito & Tanaka-san in 7:48 when Dustin Rhodes defeated Haito by pinfall with a DDT.

Rating: 72 B-


Highlights Of The Feud Between Hulk Hogan And Ric Flair

Highlights Of The Feud Between Hulk Hogan And Ric Flair.

Rating: 100 A*


The Guardian Angel vs. George South

In an extremely short match, The Guardian Angel defeated George South in 4:46 by pinfall with a Bubba Slam.

Rating: 67 C+


Bash At The Beach Control Center With Promo By: The Guardian Angel

Bash at the Beach Control Center segment hosted by Gene Okerlund.

Promo by The Guardian Angel about Vader and Harley Race. Vader is a bully and he will pay the price.

Let’s get back to talking about Bash at the Beach and Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair. Mr. T will be there.

Announced so far is Ricky Steamboat vs Steve Austin; Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan vs. Harlem Heat; The Guardian Angel vs. Vader; Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair.

Rating: 86 B+


The Armstrongs II vs. Bad Attitude

In a decent match, Bad Attitude defeated The Armstrongs (Steve and Scott) in 5:37 when Bobby Eaton defeated Scott Armstrong by pinfall with an Alabama Jam.

Rating: 66 C+


Show Rating: 68 C+

 

Comments: Powerhouse Scott Norton is developing nicely and are also starting his New Japan tour in August, so he looks like a very solid prospect for the future. Great to have some solid performers like Rip Rogers and The Gambler. They can get decent match rating from most opponents. I’ll try to give these guys some wins in the dark matches. Alex Wright is in developement with Deep South Wrestling, but is borrowed a lot and given a lot of TV spotlight in WCW. Still kind of bad match ratings from him, but hopefully they will get better. The Guardian Angel his getting a lot of matches, as i try to develope his performance skills to main event calibre. Hopefully he will have some pretty solid skills in 1995. Bad Attitude is such a skilled tag team and i’m glad they’re on the roster. If Steve Keirn had some more popularity and if i can find a manager that fits; they could be the backbone of the tag team division together with the up-and-coming Harlem Heat.

Latest News from around the World

Davey Boy Smith is also likely returning to WWF soon, probably for the European tour in September.


Word is USWA tag team The Eliminators may be getting a shot with WWF soon. There are some rumours that the young duo might be very high on the wishlist of WWF.


There’s been rumors of Rick Rude returning to WWF, to be managed by SSW and ECWA diva Tammy Sytch.


Hogan is already talking about starting up a Thunder In Paradise spin-off series, starring himself, Sting, Ed Leslie, Jimmy Hart, Jim Duggan, Brian Knobbs, Jerry Sags and Mr. T.


Shane Douglas cut a promo in ECW, making some bitter remarks about WCW World Heavyweight champion Ric Flair and challenging him to a shoot fight. “Kiss my @ss, Dick Flair. Come on up, the invitation’s there.”


Hulk Hogan was interviewed by a Florida newspaper and for the first time, he responded publicly to comments Randy Savage and Bret Hart have made about him. About Savage, Hogan had this to say: “I feel there’s two kinds of people in this world, winners and losers. Whatever his personal problems were with his wife, that’s his problem. He shouldn’t drag other people into it. If he screwed up and can’t keep his marriage together, he shouldn’t blame other people for it. He should be able to handle his own problems. I considered him a friend, yes, but he was just using me. Hulk Hogan made him seven figures. If it wasn’t for Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage would have never gotten to the level he did or made the money he did. Without Hulk Hogan, that doesn’t happen. I thought we were friends, but it turns out he was just using me.” As for Bret Hart, Hogan claimed he wasn’t aware of anything Hart had said about him, so when the reporter told him that Bret had basically called him an old washed up dinosaur that had to go down to a 2nd rate company, Hogan’s response was: “This dinosaur doubled his ratings on pay-per-view. He also made him seven figures. I guess it’s better to be a dinosaur than a sore loser.”


The Bushwhackers could be headed to WCW. Jimmy Hart and Jim Duggan are pushing to bring in the Bushwhackers. Nothing confirmed and Eric Bischoff isn’t thrilled about the idea, but surely it’s just a matter of time with Hogan being the head booker.


A recent marketing survey showed that 84.8% of Americans recognized Hulk Hogan by face, making him the 12th most recognized athlete in America. Magic Johnson, Muhammad Ali, and Michael Jordan were the top 3. Others ahead of Hogan included Mike Tyson, Arnold Palmer, Joe Namath, and others.


SMW saw two title changes last night, as the previously vacant SMW Heavyweight championship was won by Terry Funk defeating Paul Orndorff. This victory marks his first reign with the title. At the same event, Tracy Smothers lost the SMW “Beat the Champ” Television championship to Dick Slater.


Nikita Koloff ended weeks of rumours last night, as a press release on the WAR website revealed that he had signed a contract with them. It is expected that their new signing will be making an appearance of some kind at their next show.


The friendship between Kevin Nash and Shawn Michaels looks to be over. Friends of the two have been reported as saying that while they are far from enemies, the friendship has totally eroded, and they are going their separate ways.


Yesterday evening saw the completion of the signing of Sgt. Slaughter by FMW. The deal is said to be a pay-per-appearance arrangement, meaning that he can work for other promotions too.


Jury selection for the WWF steroid trial begins this week and the trial itself is scheduled to start the next day. It all stems from evidence that the government gathered in 1991 when Dr. Zahorian was tried to steroid distribution. WWF is charged with being part of a conspiracy along with Dr. Zahorian, to get WWF wrestlers to use steroids, and for distributing them.


The trial is expected to last a few weeks and publicly, WWF seems confident. After his herniated disc surgery, Vince McMahon has removed himself from commentary and re-hired Jim Ross to fill in. Ross was only given a 2-month contract as they expect Vince to be back behind the desk soon. The trial of Dr. Zahorian only lasted 4 days but it changed the face of the industry and the repercussions are still being felt. WWF has changed drastically, and features mostly small guys having far more athletic matches, but they’re having those matches in front of about 40% less fans than they used to draw.


The King of the Ring PPV drew a 0.73 buyrate, which is by far the lowest in company history. The heavily hyped return of Roddy Piper was totally overshadowed right before the show by Hulk Hogan signing with WCW.


WCW’s Clash of the Champions, featuring the live arena debut of Hulk Hogan, also drew a low rating, being the 4th lowest rated Clash ever. The show had more advertising hype than any Clash ever, so this is a huge disappointment. Between this and the low-rated Saturday Night episode featuring the Hogan parade and press conference, it’s bad news for WCW. They expected to be riding a huge wave of momentum right now due to Hogan, but it’s clear that they’ve gained no momentum at all.


It’s the PG era! Due to rumors of government regulation of violence on television and in an effort to sanitize their own image, the WWF will no longer show crotch shots, 2-handed choking, eye gouging, or use of foreign objects (chairs, tables, etc.). In promos, you can no longer threaten physical violence, like promising to break someone’s arm or leg or something like that. Also, for whatever reason, Razor Ramon can no longer flick his toothpick at people. On TV a couple weeks back, Jerry Lawler attacked Duke The Dumpster Drose and beat him up with a garbage can. Lawler came up with the angle himself but didn’t clear it with the right people because everyone backstage freaked out due to the new anti-violence policy. The angle took place live on Raw (and they pulled the camera back immediately and showed the crowd while it was happening), otherwise it would have been edited out. After a commercial, Gorilla Monsoon apologized to viewers. The following week on Raw, Lawler was legitimately forced to give an on-screen apology.


Jim Powers came in and worked a match on Raw this week and got a lot of people talking because he’s very obviously on steroids. A WWF spokesman responded saying that Powers was only brought in as an extra to work that match and isn’t signed and WWF does not drug test unsigned jobbers.


WWF and WCW both have European tours happening at the same time in September, and both sides have reportedly reached out to Davey Boy Smith to work the shows. Likely he’ll end up working the WWF tour since there is still bad blood with WCW over how he left last year.


Kevin Nash reportedly contacted Sid Vicious and told him to call WWF because they were interested in him, but Sid never called because he’s supposedly not interested in working there at the moment and would rather work in All Japan, New Japan or WCW.


WCW will be spending more than double the amount of money on advertising for Bash at the Beach than for any other PPV in its history.


At a recent WCW TV taping, Terry Funk pissed off a fan so much that the fan tried to jump the barricade with a gun, but security stopped him.


Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling saw a title change last night, as the previously vacant King Of Pancrase was won by Bas Rutten defeating Masakatsu Funaki at Pancrase 9. This victory marks his first reign with the title. The feedback has been that the show was awesome. Performance of the night belonged to Ken Shamrock that defeated Minoru Suzuki.


The vacant NWA World Welterweight Championship was claimed last night, as Dos Caras became the new champion. This victory marks his first reign with the belt.


Jake Roberts no-showed three SMW shows he was booked for and was expected to main event. Jake kept calling before the shows and promising he’d be late but he’d be there and then didn’t show up each time. The last of the shows was 20 minutes from Jake’s house and he still didn’t show. After the 3rd show, Roberts hasn’t been mentioned again at any tapings since then, so he’s been written out of the promotion for now.


Antonio Inoki is coming to the United States later this month to attend Bash at the Beach and to meet with Ted Turner and George Foreman. It’s been Inoki’s dream, dating back to the 70s, to have a match with Foreman and with his planned retirement later this year, this might be the last chance to put it together.


Jim Crockett is planning to start a new promotion that will be called Jim Crockett Promotions Presents the NWA and plans to run in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Alabama. The first taping is scheduled later this month. No word on who’s involved, but Dave says Paul Heyman and the ECW crew won’t be involved like they were last time because Crockett has a different vision of what wrestling should be than what Heyman wants to do. It’s thought Cornette and some SMW stars may appear.


Mark Madden may be getting a job with WCW to take over the hotline on Sundays from Bobby Heenan. Dave mentions that the only hotline that is successful in WCW is Gene Okerlund’s Saturday hotline, but even that only does about half the business that it used to do when Jim Ross ran it a few years ago. Dave says you can only give teases and trick people into calling so many times before it stops working. People want info for their dollar and Ross used to deliver it, while Okerlund is constantly hyping up that he’s gonna dish some dirt on the hotline, but rarely delivers anything substantial.


AAA is not only trying to get Vampiro to jump, but they’re also trying to get Black Magic (Norman Smiley), El Dandy and Negro Casas. Meanwhile, EMLL is trying to get Lizmark and Lizmark Jr. to jump ship to them.


The Warlord, Sgt. Slaughter, and Tito Santana were all backstage at the latest WCW tapings, looking for work. The Warlord was telling people he’d been off steroids for the last 18 months, but everyone who saw him felt he was insulting their intelligence. The Warlord currently works for AAA, UWA, WAR, MEWF and UWF; while Tito Santana works for IWCCW and IWF.


Latest on the Chris Benoit to WWF rumors: the plan was to bring him in as tag team partners with Konnan, but when Konnan turned down the offer to return to the company, that put Benoit in limbo, so for now, still nada.


 

WCW Main Event – [Sunday] Week 2 [July] [1994]

WCW Main Event

These are the results from WCW Main Event, being held by World Championship Wrestling.


Interview w/ Steve Austin – He Introduces His New Valet Jeannie!

Gene Okerlund had an interview with Steve Austin hyping his upcoming US title match with Ricky Steamboat. Steve Austin introduce his new valet; Jeannie and then mocks the lifestyle of Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and declares himself the biggest star of WCW.

Rating: 85 B+


Damon Stryker vs. Steve Austin

In an extremely short match, Steve Austin defeated Damon Stryker in 4:53 by pinfall with a Schoolboy.

Rating: 63C


Interview w/ Harlem Heat

“Harlem Heat is here to dominate the WCW tag team ranks, suckas got to know!” “Heat Will Take The Titles, Sucka!”

Rating: 70C+


The Guardian Angel vs. The Samoan Savage

In an extremely short match, The Guardian Angel defeated The Samoan Savage in 5:28 by pinfall with a Bubba Slam.

Rating: 71 C+


Tim Horner and Erik Watts vs. The Nasty Boys

In an extremely short match, The Nasty Boys defeated Tim Horner and Erik Watts in 4:31 when Jerry Sags defeated Erik Watts by pinfall with a Trip to Nastyville.

Rating: 70 C+


Interview w/ Vader & Harley Race

Gene Okerlund interviews Harley Race and Vader. They mock The Guardian Angel. “Harley says God can’t even save Angel now and that sometimes, it’s hell getting to heaven.”

Rating: 87 B+


The Cole Twins vs. Bunkhouse Buck & Terry Funk

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Bunkhouse Buck & Terry Funk defeated The Cole Twins in 4:55 when Terry Funk defeated Keith Cole by pinfall with a Brainbuster.

Rating: 63 C


Bash At The Beach Control Center With Promos By: Hulk Hogan Then Ric Flair

Bash at the Beach Control Center segment hosted by Gene Okerlund.

Promo by Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart about Ric Flair

Hogan is putting WCW over as the place to be, saying he’s beaten the biggest and baddest dudes in professional wrestling, but he saw the competition in WCW and knew that he had to part of it.

Then a promo by Ric Flair

“The Nature Boy” is The Dirtiest Player in the Game! A limousine-ridin’, jet-flyin’, wheelin’ dealin’ kiss-stealin’ — Woooo! — Son-Of-A-Gun! “To be the man — Woooo! , you gotta beat the man!”

Let’s get back to talking about Bash at the Beach and Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair. Mr. T will be there.

Announced so far is Ricky Steamboat vs Steve Austin; Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan vs. Harlem Heat; The Guardian Angel vs. Vader; Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair.

Rating: 90 A


Johnny B. Badd and Brian Pillman vs. Bad Attitude

In a decent match, Johnny B. Badd and Brian Pillman defeated Bad Attitude in 7:49 when Johnny B. Badd defeated Steve Keirn by pinfall with a quick cradle.

Rating: 73 B-


Show Rating: 74 B-

WCW Saturday Night – [Saturday] Week 2 [July] [1994]

WCW Saturday Night

These are the results from WCW Saturday Night, being held by World Championship Wrestling. It is being held in front of 18,504 people at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Fan Interactive Night. You Choose The Main Event

And we’re LIVE! from Charlotte on July 9, 1994, eight days out from Bash at the Beach.

Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan & Gene Okerlund open the show telling us tonight’s Main Event is interactive. One thing you might remember from last week: the fans will choose the main event. Call the hotline and vote for one person from the Red locker room, and one from the Blue locker room.


You Choose The Main Event From Locker Room Blue

Gene Okerlund is backstage with the faces. Here are the wrestlers you can choose from Locker Room Blue: Alex Wright, Brad Armstrong, Cactus Jack, Johnny B. Badd, Kevin Sullivan, Sting and The Guardian Angel.

Rating: 82 B


You Choose The Main Event From Locker Room Red

And Eric Bischoff has your heel choices from Locker Room Red: Bunkhouse Buck, Diamond Dallas Page, Paul Orndorff, Steve Austin, Terry Funk, Ric Flair and Vader.

Rating: 88 B+


WCW World Television Title Match

Brian Pillman vs. Steven Regal

In a bout that had great wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Brian Pillman drew with “Lord” Steven Regal in 15:00 when the time limit expired.

Rating: 78 B


Hogan vs Flair Hype Video

Highlights of Ric Flair’s and Hulk Hogan’s careers.

Then a motorcade is shown accompanying a limosuine to the arena, Hulk Hogan will be here tonight.

Rating: 100 A*


Interview w/ Vader And Harley Race From The Red Locker Room

Then there’s a break, and now we’re back with Eric Bischoff and the Red Locker Room. Vader yells, he feels no pain. Vader wants Guardian Angel. “‘Who’s the Man?’ “I fear no man and I feel no pain!”

Rating: 88 B+


Interview w/ Guardian Angel From The Blue Locker Room

Over to “Mean” Gene, and The Guardian Angel. The Guardian Angel wants Vader. “Everybody knows how bad I hate Vader!!” “Give him to me NOW!!”

Rating: 90 A


Arn Anderson & Dustin Rhodes vs. Bad Attitude

In a good match, Dustin Rhodes and Arn Anderson defeated Bad Attitude in 8:07 when Arn Anderson defeated Steve Keirn by submission with a Figure Four Leglock.

Rating: 72 B-


Interview w/ Hulk Hogan And Jimmy Hart. Hogan Brings Out Mr. T

Here comes Hulk Hogan with Jimmy Hart. He urges fans to vote Flair vs. Sting tonight, so Sting can get revenge and beat up Flair and make it easy pickings. “Mean” Gene mention that Flair always has friends in low places that could hurt Hogan next weekend, but Hogan brings out his back-up and it’s…oh my god! It’s Mr. T, who Hogan says is the best Streetfighter in the World.

Basically Hogan is explaining that since Flair has a woman in his corner, he’s going to have Jimmy Hart, Mr. T, Shaq, George Foreman and possibly also Wesley Snipes in his corner.

Mr. T will patrol the outside; the balconies and the alleyways. He’s got Hogan covered.

Rating: 100 A*


Stars ‘n’ Stripes vs. Harlem Heat

In a decent match, Harlem Heat defeated Stars ‘n’ Stripes in 8:22 when Stevie Ray defeated The Patriot by pinfall with a Heat Seeker following botched interference by Kevin Sullivan. During the match we also saw Dave Sullivan distract Stevie Ray, and Kevin Sullivan also distract Booker T.

Rating: 69 C+


The Sullivan’s Came Ringside Interfering

Dave Sullivan comes out because he’s mad at Harlem Heat for beating him up last week. And here’s Kevin Sullivan barking in front of Dave and daring Booker T and Stevie Ray to come at him. “Harlem Heat is here to dominate the WCW tag team ranks, suckas got to know! Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan, we comin’ for You, Suckaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” Eventually a number of officials and other wrestlers have to hit the ring and pull them apart before they kill each other.

Rating: 68 C+


Ricky Steamboat vs. Ron Simmons

In a bout that had superb wrestling and good heat, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated powerhouse Ron Simmons in 10:07 by pinfall with a Diving Crossbody.

Rating: 80 B


It’s Time For The Result

Now Tony and Gene have a couple of corporate suits from the WCW office. So they talk, and then we come back to find out what our main event match is. Heenan’s on the phone, but the tabulations are in. Heenan is incensed. He blames Hulk Hogan. “Open your eyes, both of ya!”

Sting (60%) vs Ric Flair (57%)

The Flair vs. Sting Saga: Clash of the Champions / Clash of the Champions VIII / Halloween Havoc ’89 / Starrcade ’89 / Great American Bash ’90 / Starrcade ’90 / WrestleWar ’91 / Clash of the Champions XXVI / Clash of the Champions XXVII


Interview w/ Ric Flair From The Red Locker Room (Nick Bockwinkel Interrupts Him) Then Sting From The Blue Locker Room

Backstage after break, Ric Flair flips out at Eric Bischoff saying he will not wrestle Sting tonight and calls Hulk Hogan a “Cheat and a Scam”. Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel comes on and says if Flair wants to leave, he can leave, he can go party on the town in Atlanta, or whatever — but the WCW World Heavyweight title stays here because Ric Flair is not WCW. Flair flips out more.

In the back, you can see Col. Parker, Meng, Vader and Harley Race conversing.

They Show A Pissed Of Ric Flair Leaving The Red Locker Room. Flair, in red trunks, is mad, but he’s making his way out.

After a break, we’re with Gene in the Blue Locker Room. Sting pimps the Hulkamaniacs. “Not to mention the Stingers out there.” “Owwwwww!”

Rating: 94 A


Tony Schiavone is outraged that Bobby Heenan has made 78 calls to the hotline.


Sting vs. Ric Flair

“It’s Showtime, folks!” Sting is cupping his hands together and yelling “Owwwwww!” In a bout that had sensational wrestling and fantastic heat, Ric Flair defeated Sting in 15:52 when Sting was disqualified when Hulk Hogan ran in and attacked Ric Flair. During the match we also saw Elizabeth distract Sting, and Mr. T also distract Ric Flair.

Rating: 82 B


Hulk Hogan Interfering During The Match

“The Nature Boy” storms around the ring in anger and tries leaving, but Hulk Hogan meets him at the entry way and shakes his finger, sending Flair retreating back to the ring. Sting works through his offense like a high powered squash. Flair’s selling and bumping is all great. Hogan pulls up a chair and watches from ringside. Sting’s really killing him in there.

Flair doesn’t get any offense in before he clips Sting’s knee. Hogan tells the ref that he cheated and the ref yells at Hogan, allowing Flair to cheat some more. It’s not cheating unless you get caught. Flair only gets a couple of moves in though, before Sting goes back to his super offense, almost decapitating Flair with a Superplex.

“NOOOO!” Ric Flair wants no more of Sting. Not tonight. He wasn’t ready. This isn’t fair to Flair.

Hogan rips his shirt, lunging at Flair. Trying to nailing Flair with the chair, making Flair the winner by DQ.

Flair clips Hogan’s knee and the selling is great!, until Mr. T runs out and chases Flair off. Mr. T helps Hogan up and Hogan is still selling!

Rating: 95 A*


Interview w/ Ric Flair Then Hulk Hogan

Interview w/ Ric Flair And Elizabeth. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Elizabeth storm the announcer’s set and say this is only a taste of Bash at the Beach and he’s going to tear Hulk Hogan limb from limb and make sure he stays out of HIS company. “To be the man, you gotta beat the man! Woooo!”

Then A Interview w/ Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Hart, And Mr. T

Hogan gets to talk. “You know he talked about having the deck stacked, brother!”

Hogan limps towards the set at fast pace and Mr. T is with him, so Flair bails. More Hogan shilling and posing as he continue to sell the knee.

Rating: 95 A*


Show Rating: 90 A

WCW Worldwide – [Friday] Week 2 [July] [1994]

WCW Worldwide

These are the results from WCW Worldwide, being held by World Championship Wrestling.


Alex Wright vs. Erik Watts

In a terrible match, rising star “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright defeated Erik Watts in 5:06 by pinfall with a Hangman’s Neckbreaker.

Rating: 43 D


Interview w/ The Stud Stable

Mike Tenay had an interview with The Stud Stable hyping their upcoming tag team match versus Dustin Rhodes and Arn Anderson at Bash At The Beach. Terry Funk says that he hates The Rhodes and that “Dusty Sucks Eggs!” It’s in his blood to hate The Rhodes.

Rating: 78 B


The Guardian Angel vs. Damon Stryker

In an squash match, powerhouse The Guardian Angel defeated jobber Damon Stryker in 4:41 by pinfall with a Spinebuster.

Rating: 64 C


Stars ‘n’ Stripes vs. Haito & Tanaka-san

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn’t have much heat, up-and-coming Stars ‘n’ Stripes defeated Haito & Tanaka-san in 8:14 when The Patriot defeated Haito by pinfall with a Patriot Missile.

Rating: 58 C-


Bash At The Beach Control Center With Promos By: Hulk Hogan Then Ric Flair

Bash at the Beach Control Center segment hosted by Gene Okerlund.

Promo by Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart about Ric Flair

Then a promo by Ric Flair

Let’s get back to talking about Bash at the Beach and Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair. Mr. T will be there.

Announced so far is: Ricky Steamboat vs Steve Austin; Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan vs. Harlem Heat; The Guardian Angel vs. Vader; Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair.

Rating: 95 A*


Johnny B. Badd vs. Diamond Dallas Page

In a decent match, popular babyface Johnny B. Badd defeated arrogant heel Diamond Dallas Page in 7:22 by pinfall with a Shooting Star Press.

Rating: 70 C+


Interview w/ Steve Austin and Jeannie

Interview w/ Steve Austin and his new valet Jeannie hyping the upcoming match versus Ricky Steamboat at Bash At The Beach. Steamboat is simply way past his prime and Austin will have no problems defending his US title.

Rating: 81 B


The Armstrongs vs. The Nasty Boys and The Samoan Savage

In a decent match, The Samoan Savage and The Nasty Boys defeated The Armstrongs (Brian Armstrong, Scott Armstrong and Steve Armstrong) in 8:21 when Brian Knobbs defeated Scott Armstrong by pinfall with a Running Powerslam.

Rating: 64 C


Show Rating: 67 C+

 

Comments: Well so the main focus is obviously to spam Hogan vs. Flair, since they got both the drawing power and the entertainment skills. This should be the main focus for the rest of 1994. The minor focus is to continue build the other main event feuds; The Guardian Angel vs. Vader and Ricky Steamboat vs. Steve Austin. Steamboat and Austin has the tools to deliver great matches and a interesting feud. The Guardian Angel needs to be booked in a way to hide his flaws, since his performance skills are just decent, but since Vader is great in the ring and has superb menace skills for the angles i think it should work.

As you can see, The Samoan Savage is signed. The reason for this is that i could’t find The Coconut Savage in the database

One other minor focus is to build the tag team division and the key focus is to use Bad Attitude a lot, since Bobby Eaton and Steve Keirn has great performance skills. The Armstrongs are also important to use, since they also has good performance skills. These proven teams mentioned above will be the key to develope Harlem Heat, The Nasty Boys, Stars ‘n’ Stripes and Haito & Tanaka-san.

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Hulk Hogan takes over WCW. Hulk Hogan became the new head of WCW last night, somehow managing to grab the reigns of power in one lightning-fast move. Insiders and investors alike are said to be bewildered, with one leading analyst being heard to remark “what the f**k just happened?”


WWF reign supreme. Reports indicate that World Wrestling Federation officials are looking at ways to consolidate their position as the undisputed top wrestling promotion in the world. Recocnising that their position gives them an enviable amount of leverage, they are said to be keen to act forcefully and quickly to make sure that their rivals have little chance of tripping them up.


The Warrior in Magazine. American wrestler The Warrior is on the cover of a major international fitness magazine this month. The muscular powerhouse is interviewed inside, talking about his fitness regime and some of his feats of strenght.


Inside sources claim that WWF has parted ways with veteran wrestler Randy Savage. Although Savage’s inexplicable banishment from the company is not explained, Vince McMahon has said, “I do not wish to do business with that man.”


WWF are looking to bolster their roster with Sherri Martel. She returns to WWF after a short stint in WCW.


Former WCW workers Mark Canterbury and Dennis Knight have signed contracts with the WWF. Shanghai Pierce and Tex Slazenger debuted on WWF Monday Night Raw as The Godwinns; two cousins who are hog farmers from Arkansas.


WWF spent the entire King of the Ring show pushing the “New Generation” catchphrase to counter WCW’s signing of Hogan. Of course, it’s ludicrous since the show was main evented by 2 guys older than Hogan and the company has already brought back or is planning to bring back such “new generation” stars as King Kong Bundy, Jim Neidhart, Sgt. Slaughter, Greg Valentine, Koko Ware, Lanny Poffo and Nikolai Volkoff. They then interviewed Maryland’s governor William Schaffer who was at the show. Schaffer mentioned that his favorite wrestler is Hulk Hogan, and Todd Pettingill nearly wet his pants and set a new record in mic-pulling-away-speed.


The upcoming house show tours feature “such New Generation performers” as Virgil, Sgt. Slaughter, Greg Valentine, Koko B. Ware, Lanny Poffi, King Kong Bundy, and more.


WCW desperately needs Bash at the Beach to be the biggest show in years and they’re pulling out all the stops. They filmed interviews with George Foreman and Shaquille O’Neal and both are scheduled to appear at the show. Mr. T and Wesley Snipes are also rumored to be coming in for the show. They’re also negotiating with Mike Tyson to appear via phone call during the broadcast, but that might backfire and cause bad publicity since, well, he’s in prison. Antonio Inoki is also expected to appear on the show. If WCW can pull all this off, it will be a list of celebrities bigger than any that have ever appeared at Wrestlemania.


Gossip around the WWF locker room is that the promotion has lost faith with Bret Hart and no longer consider him to be their figurehead. The change comes with business struggling, the blame for that apparently pinned firmly on Bret Hart.


Inside sources claim that Dusty Rhodes is causing rifts by manipulating the WCW locker room against Ric Flair.


The vacant USWA Heavyweight Championship was claimed last night, as Doug Gilbert became the new champion after defeating Steve Doll. This victory marks his fourth reign with the belt.


If rumours are to be believed, the next big WWF storylines will center around Typhoon vs. Rick Martel; Shawn Michaels vs. Lex Luger; Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna; Tatanka vs. Jerry Lawler; and Diesel & The Underfaker vs. Razor Ramon & The Undertaker.


A lot of fans are critical of WCW for bringing in Hogan and building the whole company around him and sacrificing the future of the company for him. In our opinion there was no future for WCW and it was necessary because WCW was on life-support. The only reason they hadn’t already folded was 100% because Ted Turner chose to let it live. But WCW had been losing money for years and the Hogan gamble was necessary if they ever want to be profitable or successful. It might not work in the long-term, but it’s a chance they have to take. Thunder In Paradise was also renewed this week, which means Hogan won’t be around full-time. WCW is pretty much entirely dependent on having Hulk Hogan right now are expected to continue build the promotion around him for the next several years.


Paul Levesque did a radio interview where he buried WCW and said he was disgusted with all the money they spent signing Hulk Hogan. He also buried Eric Bischoff and said that he will prove him wrong and become one of the greatest superstars of all time.


Is WCW looking for a new giant? According to a inside source, Hulk Hogan has let Eric Bischoff know that he would very much like to work with a “giant” after his current storyline with Ric Flair ends. Is Hogan trying to avoid facing off with Vader? Who is this “giant”? El Gigante? Giant Haystacks?


WCW has decided to remove Jesse Ventura from TV with 5 months remaining on his contract. Ventura has had a tumultuous tenure in WCW. He was demoted to commentate on the B-level shows when Bobby Heenan was brought in and made no secret about being unhappy about it. Ever since, he’s been openly half-assing his commentary duties and sometimes no-showed appointments to go to Atlanta and record voice-overs, which upset many in the company because Ventura is one of the highest paid employees in WCW. Ventura will sit out the remainder of his contract and will be paid for it, but WCW is no longer going to use him. There are rumors that this could lead to Ventura returning to WWF to do commentary on Monday Night Raw, but he can’t even legally talk to them until March 1st when his contract expires. If Ventura did return to WWF, it would be interesting given all the recent legal issues between Ventura and McMahon, but people in this business often find ways to bury the bad blood if they can make money together.


Chris Jericho’s broken arm has apparently spelled the end of he and Lance Storm’s tag team in SMW. Cornette was paying them each a $900 a week guarantee, which is more than anyone else in the company is making, because he expected the team to turn the promotion around. But the Thrillseekers didn’t get over as well as Cornette hoped and with the promotion struggling, they can’t justify the price tag, especially with Jericho on the shelf, so they’re gone.


The latest issue of WWF magazine did an article that was a major burial of Hulk Hogan, talking about him being old and noted that he jumped ship to another promotion where most of the talent is past their prime.


Bret Hart was back on the same radio show in Toronto where he made waves with his comments about Ric Flair last year and decided to do it again. When one of the hosts asked Hart’s opinion about Hogan signing with WCW, Hart said it was sad and said Hogan built his legacy with the WWF but couldn’t bring himself to put over younger stars so now he’s moved down to the minor leagues. He also called Hogan’s movie career “a dud, a disaster.” When talking about the current Hogan/Flair feud, Hart said, “There’s a lot of talk of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, this great match. The greatest match-up of all-time kind of stuff. It might have been the greatest match-up in some people’s minds 15 years ago, but it’s a little bit like that old Sheik wrestling in Detroit. It’s like Bobo Brazil wrestling The Sheik. That doesn’t do anything. I think you’re really going to see that Ric Flair is very limited in the ring. In my opinion, his best days were over long before he ever lost to me. And Hulk Hogan, I don’t know if anyone’s seen him now. I’m embarrassed for him. The guy used to be a hero to me. I’m embarrassed to see what’s he’s become. It’s like flogging a dead horse. The WCW thing, there will be some interest initially but it’ll wane fast.”


Rumours indicate that the friendship between Diamond Dallas Page and Van Hammer is over. While it is said they are still civil to each other, and are definetely not feuding, there is a definite lack of warmth between the two.