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Note: The first Worldwide of 1995 was a 1994 best of recap show
January 07, 1995
Taped from Center Stage Theater
Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
(We are at the announcing table where Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and Tony Schiavone welcome us to the show)
Welcome to WCW Saturday Night, I'm Tony Schiavone and as always I'm joined by wrestling smartest man, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.
Glad to see you've finally perked up and realized that Tony. Because its a long time coming.
Just reading whats on the card Bobby. Folks what a night of professional wrestling we have for you tonight. The big main event is signed for tonight's show. United States Champion and number one contender Big Van Vader will defend his title against Sting!
Vader has been on a roll as of late. He is gunning for Hogan. And Tony, I've been waiting a long time for this moment but it is finally here. We may, just may have found the man to end Hulkamania.
Jean-Paul Levesque vs. Brian Pillman
Lock up and back and forth chain wrestling start out this match. Pillman takes Levesque to school early on repeatadly taking him to the mat. Levesque reverses a whip-off-the-ropes and nails a knee lift taking Pillman off his feet. Pillman rolls out of a elbow drop and hits a high drop kick sending Levesque to the mat. The crowd is strongly behind Flyin Brian here.
Pillman crushes Levesque with a running senton, Levesque is thrown off his game. Vicious kicks from Pillman, Pillman hits a suplex and looks to end it and nails a diamond dust for a 2.9 count. Back up and Pillman works Levesque to the corner and attempts an Irish Whip/follow through. Levesque turns the momentum with a boot the gut on a incoming Pillman. Running knee lift from Levesque. Pillman whipped into the ropes and Levesque hits a massive backbreaker. Pin fall attempt but a kick out at 2 by Pillman. Both men to their feet and Pillman slides out of a body slam attempt by Levesque. Pillman springboards from the 2nd turnbuckle with flying back elbow. Pillman climbs the ropes as the crowd goes wild and hits a flying cross body. 1,2,3.
Winner by pin fall: "Flyin" Brian Pillman
Crowd Reaction: 59%
Match Quality: 74%
Backstage with the Studds Stable
(Colonel Parker is standing by with Mean Gene Oakerlund. With him is his tag team Southern Studds [Bunkhouse Buck & Dirty Dick Slater], The Enforcer Arn Anderson and his personal bodyguard Meng)
I'm standing by with Colonel Parker and his Studds Stable. Up next after the commercial break, Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater are in action against Stars N Stripes. Whoever wins this match is in line for a Tag Team title match at a later date. What is the game plan from the Studds Stable?
You see 1995 is going to be a glorious, glorious year in the lives of the Studds Stables. Because it is a year of gold in our lives. I have cigars ready for everyone once we getwhat we have coming to us. You see The Southern Studds Mean Gene, are ready for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. I have the monster behind me, ready for action. Meng is a savage ready to whip those smiles off of those faces in WCW and bring wins to us. And Arn Anderson is ready. Arn Anderson is the best wrestler in WCW today. I could keep talking about that, but I think we'll let Arn answer those questions.
What about it Arn Anderson, you have a World Television title match coming up at Clash of the Champions. What does 1995 mean for Arn Anderson.
Many people wonder why I'm with the Studds Stable. Because at this moment in WCW, there is no other force more capable than this. From Meng to The Southern Studds. And with Stunning Steve Austin making his way back to WCW. This truly is the year of the Studds. And Johnny B. Badd, you have done you job real well as of late. You've been doing well as a place holder. But the true champion is back. So at Clash of the Champions, you can fight and beg. But the outcome will be the same. DDT. 1.2.3.
Overall Rating: 72%
Stars N Strips vs. Southern Studds w/ Colonel Parker
Marcus Alexander Bagwell hits a standing leg lariat on Bunkhouse Buck early on. Buck back up and Bagwell nails a high standing drop kick, for a 2 count. The announcer point out that Stars n Stripes are former WCW World Tag Team Champions, still looking for a rematch against Harlem Heat for those belts. Bunkhouse Buck strikes at Bagwell with some lefts and rights and some vicious chops in the corner. Buck lifts Bagwell up for a weak body slam and tags out to Slater. Slater in and nails Bagwell with a short arm clothesline. Body slam attempt but Bagwell slides out and makes a tag to the Patriot.
Patriot in and nails a boot to Slater's gut, then follows up with a vertical suplex. Back up Slater is launched off the ropes and Patriot follows through with a huge clothesline. Small USA chant in the crowd as Patriot gets a 2 count. Huge backbreaker by Patriot on Slater. Patriot holds it for a few seconds to lock in the pain but Slater refuses to submit and Patriot lets go. Tag out to Bagwell and he is in on fire. Bagwell with a snapmare and vicious kick to the back of Slater's head. Cover but Buck breaks up the count. Bagwell up and to go after Buck, but Slater spins him around and nails a kick to the gut to reverse the momentum. Tag out to Bunkhouse Buck. Running Clothesline on Bagwell. Bagwell lands near the ropes. Buck takes a cheap shot at Patriot which brings him in the ring, the referee turns to push the Patriot back into his corner giving the Studds a chance to make their move. Colonel Parker on the outside takes his lit cigar and puts it right in the face of Bagwell. Bagwell screams pulling himself up and stumbling back in the ring, where Bunkhouse Buck rolls him up. 1..2..3
Winners by Pin Fall: The Southern Studds
Overall Rating: 66%
Crowd Reaction: 68%
Match Quality: 62%
(The Studds celebrate up the aisle with Patriot checking on Bagwell in the ring. We get replays of what happened. EMTS and trainers down checking on Bagwell as we go to break.)
In Ring w/Randy Savage
Mean Gene Oakerland:
Please Welcome to the ring at this time, "Macho Man" Randy Savage!
(Savage makes his way to the ring to thunderous applause. He enters the ring doing his trademarked spin for the crowd.)
Randy, welcome to WCW. We all saw you make your debut at Starrcade 1994 by saving Hulk Hogan, your friend from an attack by the 3 Faces of Fear. But now, the question begs...what does the future hold for Randy Savage in WCW.
OH YEAH! Macho Man Randy Savage is back at the level he needs to be and he has come to where the big boys play brother! WCW, you better be ready. OH YEAH! Cause the Macho Man is here and he is gunning for a fight, dig it. Hulk Hogan, you and Macho Man go way back but way Macho Man sees it, you have something I can get behind. The WCW World Heavyweight Championship, and the Macho Man is saying he wants a shot brother.
(As Macho Man is talking, US Champion Big Van Vader and Harley Race come to ringside. Harley Race has a microphone.)
Randy Savage, you are out here talking about title shots, but you seem to have forgotten one thing. That the monster Vader is the number one contender.
You got a problem with me?
Savage! You are playing with fire! You are going to get burnt and burnt bad! Vader is going to be WCW World Champion again, and Hogan or you can't do anything but feel the PAIN!
Then lets do this thing brother. Come on!
(Through the crowd, Sid Vicious comes into the ring and attacks Savage from behind. Vader in the ring and cuts off a comeback from Savage and its two on one. Sid Vicious hits a powerbomb on Savage in the middle of the ring. Vader and Vicious stand tall as Harley Race turns to the camera.)
The masters are back, you're next Hogan!
Sid Vicious has returned to WCW and has attacked Randy Savage!
Overall Rating: 87%
World Television Championship
Earl Robert Eaton w/Lord Steven Regal vs. Johnny B. Badd(c)
Tie up to start it out. Earl Robert with a side headlock, Badd fires him off intot he ropes and Eaton returns with a shoulder tackle. Body Slam and leg drop from Eaton, 2 count. Whip-off-the-ropes by Eaton and Badd hits a mule kick out of nowhere. Eaton back up and takes a headbutt from Badd, then Badd hits a bodyslam for a 2 count. Lifting DDT from Badd for another 2 count. Eaton powdersto the outside.
Badd follows and chops Eaton outside, whip into the guard rail. He rolls Eaton back in the ropes and Lord Steven Regal is right there trying to pull him back off the apron. Badd turns to kick Regal, giving Eaton a chance to take advantage of it and nails Badd. Eaton suplexes Badd from the outside into the ring. 2 count. Big clothesline from Eaton on Badd. 2 count. Hard elbow from Eaton to the side of Badd's head, a little stiff there. Badd tries an armwringer but Eaton counters with another stiff elbow to the side of the head. Badd is dazed. Badd recieves a tornado DDT from Eaton, 2 count. Eaton is up on the 2nd rope and tries a flying axe handle, but Badd launches a stiff right into Eaton's gut. A few left jabs and a right hook send Eaton down to the mat. Stiff kick to the back from Badd. The two go at it and grapple but Badd comes out on tope. Neckbreaker by Badd. Regal up on the apron and he takes a hard right from Badd. Badd turns and Eaton with a kick to the gut. Eaton tries an Irish whip but Badd reverses. Eaton feeds out and Badd hits Tutti Frutti. 1..2..3!
Winner by pin fall and Still WCW World Television Champion Johnny B. Badd
Overall Rating: 71%
Crowd Reaction: 67%
Match Quality: 76%
(Johnny B. Badd celebrates as Arn Anderson rushes the ring, Badd turns and Anderson plants Badd with a spinning spinebuster. Anderson grabs the TV title and holds it up above his head. Anderson bails, taking the belt with him.)
Clash of the Champions XXX
Live on TBS January 25, 1995
from Caesars Palace Las Vegas NV
Paul Roma vs. Dustin Rhodes
Dustin starts things off with an armbar, Roma out and hits a kick to the gut. Roma hits the ropes and comes off and Rhodes hits a backdrop on Roma. Rhodes with a quick cover. 2 Count. Roma reverses an Irish whip and nails a clothesline in the corner. Roma chops and punches Rhodes in the corner very stiffly. Rhodes fires back but Roma is no selling the moves. Roma hits a poorly executed spinning neckbreaker. 2 count. Both men back up and Roma whips Rhodes off the ropes, Roma goes for a running clothesline but Rhodes ducks. Rhodes hits a spike slam. Roma stumbles back up and Rhodes hits a bulldog. 1.2.3.
Winner by Pin Fall: Dustin Rhodes
Overall Rating: 58%
Crowd Reaction: 59%
Match Quality: 57%
(Dustin Rhodes celebrates climbing the ring post as the crowd cheers.)
(We move to the announce booth where they replay Sid Vicious attacking Randy Savage.)
Update on Randy Savage, he came to backstage and was in a rage. He had to be asked to leave the building by WCW officials. But what a surprise Harley Race has brought Sid Vicious back to WCW to join forces with Vader!
Just another nail in the coffin of Hulkamania Tony. Hogan's title reign is all but done. Mark my words. The Masters of the Powerbomb are back and Hulkamania is in its twilight!
Tony Schiavone: More big news we can announce right now is that at Clash of the Champions not only will we see Arn Anderson and Johnny B. Badd for the WCW Television Championship but we will see the return of former WCW World Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers! Big news Brain. To get the current WCW World Tag Team Champions take on this news, lets go back to Mean Gene.
Interview w/Harlem Heat & Sensational Sherri
Thanks Tony. Harlem Heat, the news is announced that The Steiner Brothers are returning to WCW at Clash of the Champions. Many are saying that your days as champions are near an end.
What! You have the guts to ask us a question like that? We are the baddest tag team on the planet earth today. All these suckas can try to take these titles away from us, but it just won't happen.
Nasty Boys, Stars N Stripes, the Redneck Brothers...none of them are in our league Gene. And you can add the Steiners to that list. Nothin but punks. Sherri will tell you.
I know these guys are confident but The Steiners are multi-time World Tag Team Champions.
Gene, Gene. Please. My boys aren't going to sweat The Steiner Brothers. Are you boys.
Ain't nuthin but a thing.
(Harlem Heat exit as Mean Gene looks back to the camera)
A very sure Harlem Heat on Saturday Night.
United States Championship
Sting vs. Big Van Vader(c) w/Harley Race
Lock up with Vader using his power to push Sting back in the corner. Clean break. Lock up attempt 2, same result this time Vader takes a shot at Sting. Sting charges Vader, who nails a scoop body slam. Sting up and he recieves a backbreaker from Vader. Vader then drops a standing elbow drop. 2 count. The two lock up and begin to grapple, which Sting fights out of. Sting fires a few shots to the side of Vader's head. Sting hits the ropes and nails a clothesline, Vader doesn't go down. Sting hits the ropes for a 2nd time and hits another clothesline. Vader still won't go down. Sting hits the ropes and this time nails a flying clothesline. Vader hit the ground hard. The crowd goes crazy. Sting on fire is up and goes for the scorpion death lock but Vader powers out.
Vader to his knees, Sting plants a few lefts and right. Vader to his feet and Sting on fire lifts the monster up for a body slam. Sting off the ropes and drops a knee, right out of Ric Flair's play book. 2 count. Sting with Vader in the corner and lays into Vader with some chops. Irish whip by Sting, Sting comes in with a stinger Splash. Vader stumbles out and Sting plants Vader with a one hand bulldog. 2 Count. Sting up and nails a Rude Awakining neckbreaker. 2 Count.
Vader powders to the outside to clear the cobwebs. Harley Race shouts instructions to him. Sting follows and lands a thunderous chop on Vader. Sting rolls Vader back in the ring and follows. Vader clotheslines Sting as he enters the ropes. Vader tosses Sting into the corner and goes to work. Vader with nasty lefts and rights. A vicious head butt. Eye rack. Vader with an upper cut. Vader goes for a huge right left and Sting blocks it. Sting fires back with chops and rights. Vader whips Sting off the ropes and tries a clothesline but Sting ducks. Spinning heel kick by Sting. Vader is down. Vader back up and takes a DDT from Sting.
Sting gets a two count.
Back into the main event and Vader is now in control. A replay shows us that Vader hit a powerslam out of nowhere as Sting came off the ropes.
Vader whips Sting off the ropes, Sting ducks a clothesline but Turns and Vader hits a monster clothesline on Sting. Vader poses for the crowd before lifting Sting up for a Gorilla press, Sting slides out. Sting off the ropes and Vader telegraphs it, but Sting is over with a sunset flip. Vader drops down all of his weight on Sting crushing him. Vader up and drops and elbow. Cover. 2 Count. Sting looks hurt. Vader up, and drops two more elbows. Sting slowly gets to his feet as Vader puts Sting back in the corner. A few shots then an irish whip. Vader follows in with a huge splash of his own. Vader powerslams Sting before hitting the ropes and a big splash for a 1...2...2.9 count. Sting slolwy to his feet as Vader continues the assult. Sting reverses an Irish Whip. Sting nails a back elbow. Vader goes for a suplex, Sting slides out and hits a belly to back suplex. Sting to the top rope and comes off with a flying splash, 1..2..kickout. Vader up and Sting hits a standing drop kick.
Vader to the outside again. Sting follows. They trade punches and chops. Vader whips Sting into the post. He follows in with a splash but Sting moves. Vader hits hard. Sting rolls into the ring to break the 10 count. Vader back up and Sting nails a knee to Vader's gut and rolls him back in the ring. Sting hits another Stinger Splash and the place is going crazy.
Sting goes for the scorpion death lock and he locks it in on Vader. Suddenly Sid Vicious is up on the Apron. Sting up in his face pushing him off the apron. Sting turns and Vader hits a powerbomb out of nowhere. 1..2.3.
Winner by pin fall and still WCW US Champion: Vader
Overall Rating: 90%
Crowd Reaction: 93%
Match Quality: 84%
(Vader holds up the strap as Vicious enters the ring and puts the boots to Sting. Race tells Vicious to powerbomb him. Vicious sets it up but suddenly out of the back Jimmy Hart lead Hulk Hogan into the ring with chair in hand. Masters of the Powerbomb bail as Hogan checks on Sting. Hogan grabs a microphone.)
Hold on a minute brother! Because this has gone on long enough. I've talked to the right people in the back, so get ready. Cause at Clash of the Champion, its a tag match. You two punks against Macho Man Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan brother. Watcha gonna do?
(The place is going crazy as we go off air with The Masters of the Powerbomb being chased off by Sting and Hogan).
Alex Wright def. Tim Horner
WCW Saturday Night
TV Rating: 2.06
Overall Rating: 74%
Alex Wright wins with impressive German Suplex, proving why he was voted "one to watch in 1995".
Overall Rating: 61%
Crowd Reaction: 49%
Match Quality: 74%
(Video hyping the Masters of the Powerbomb vs. The Mega Powers at Clash of the Champions is show next.)
overall rating: 84%
WCW World Tag Champions Harlem Heat def. The Armstrong Brothers (Scott & Steve) in Non-Title
Overall Rating: 58%
Crowd Raction: 56%
Match Quality: 61%
Masters of the Powerbomb
Harley Race brought Sid Vicious to the ring, where they tore into Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan. Saying that 1995 is the year of the Powerbomb! Ended segment with a promise to break anyone's back who tried to stop them.
Overall Rating: 78%
Dustin Rhodes def. Diamond Dallas Page w/The Rhodes Elbow DropOverall Rating: 67%
Crowd Reaction: 66%
Match Quality: 68%
Nasty Boys def. The Blue Bloods
Overall Rating: 74%
Crowd Reaction: 69%
Match Quality: 80%
(After the match, Steven Regal and Bobby Eaton teased tension by arguing)
Randy Savage cut a pre-taped promo calling out Sid Vicious for the next WCW Saturday Night broadcast.
Overall Rating: 93%
Arn Anderson def. Brian PillmanOverall Rating: 75
Crowd Reaction: 76%
Match Quality: 73%
(After the match Meng and Anderson went to work on Pillman prompting Johnny B. Badd to come in and make the save. Anderson grabbed the TV Title he stole on Saturday Night and exited quickly.)
Overall Rating: 73%
TV Rating: 1.26
The Dirt Sheet
WCW Officials not Happy with Paul Roma
Word coming out of this weekend shows is WCW officials and Eric Bischoff is upset with Paul Roma's work. Roma, who has been outspoken about the way he is being used wrestled Dustin Rhodes in one of the featured bouts on Saturday Night's broadcast. No one backstage is happy with Roma's no selling of Rhodes moves and the near brawl that errupted in the match between the two men.
All the blame is being laid at Roma's feet and he is "on thin Ice" with WCW. Roma's long time tag team partner Paul Orndorff is fed up as well, not wanting to tag with him any longer.
TBS not happy as well?
While WCW Saturday Night is doing very well in the ratings, they are not happy with the sunday morning show, Worldwide. Getting crushed by WWF Superstars doesn't help.
Bischoff is working on the next broadcast tapped after the Saturday Night tapping this weekend. Word is he is going to bring in a few of the bigger draws to boost raitings.
Sid Vicious, the Steiner Brothers...who could be next. Word is a former WWF star is about to join up with WCW in the coming weeks. Who could it be? No one knows for sure but word is the signing is near perfection.
Other signing news. Word is Hulk Hogan has handpicked the first student of the Power Plant and WCW Power Pro system...a 7 foot 2 monster? More on this up and comer as it develops.
And the raids continue? Word is Bischoff is close to signing several current ECW stars to developmental deals in the near future. If signed they'll hone their skills in Power Pro before joining the main roster.
Hulk Hogan injured?
Rumor is Hulk Hogan, current WCW World Champion, injured his hand at his Florida home early this week. No word on the severity of the injury of if he'll have to miss ring time. More on this in the coming weeks.
If this is true it is a major blow to WCW, who had built the promotion the past year around Hogan and had planned for Hogan and Randy Savage to team against Vader and Sid Vicious at Clash of the Champions
Tag Team Action
Big Van Vader & Sid Vicious w/Harley Race vs. Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage w/Jimmy Hart
World Television Championship
Arn Anderson vs. Johnny B. Badd(c)