Live from Orlando, FL

Airdate: July 17, 1994

Attendance: 14,000 (9,111 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Daron Norwood sings the National Anthem.

On July 9 LIVE on WCW Saturday Night WCW World Champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair faced Sting. Dressed like a male fan Sensuous Sherri interfered and knocked Sting out of action for this PPV. Afterwards Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, and Jimmy Hart came to aid Sting.

Holy missing pieces, Batman! The ramp is GONE! Hogan’s influence, perhaps?

Match 1 for the WCW World TV title: Lord Steven Regal (champion w/ Sir William)versus Johnny B. Badd


Rating: ***

Summary: Really good opening match. You could tell this show is something special with the Regal dropkick and the plancha by Badd. Johnny is now 0-2 in title matches in consecutive shows.

After the match Badd brought Sir William into the ring the hard way then gave him a back body drop. To add insult to injury he stomped his top hat. How gauche!

As Tony and Bobby yak about the main event the Hulk Hogan impersonator is shown at ringside. In the ring “Mean” Gene Okerlund introduces Antonio Inoki then presents a plaque to him. Regal interrupts the ceremony claiming shenanigans. He challenges Inoki but backs down when Inoki removes his jacket. Could a Regal-Inoki match be brewing here?

Match 2: The Guardian Angel versus Vader (w/ Harley Race)


Rating: **

Summary: Excellent exhibition of strength shown by both men in this match prior to that crappy finish.

Ventura’s career-long disdain for Hogan is evident with his quick pick of “Nature Boy” Ric Flair in the main event. Jesse would get the last laugh on Hogan as he would become a more successful politician.

In the dressing room Chris Cruise and Mike Tenay contemplate the future of the Tazmaniac attempt to interview Terry Funk to no avail. As Tony shills the hotline Jesse looks utterly BORED. His stay in WCW would end shortly after this show.

A video package of the feud between Dustin Rhodes and the Colonel Parker stable is shown including the plea from Rhodes to Arn Anderson for his partnership on WCW Saturday Night then the latter’s acceptance at the Clash.

They must be running ahead of schedule as they show highlights of Molly McShane winning a handicap match prior to the show. “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart was the referee.

Match 3: “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes and “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson versus Terry Funk and Bunkhouse Buck (w/ Colonel Parker)


Rating: ***

Summary: If you’re into old-school NWA tag team matches this one fits the bill for you. Classic heel turn by Anderson makes him relevant again.

After the match, the three men triple-team Rhodes. Anderson uses the ropes to kick at Rhodes’ right arm a few times. From the sounds of Rhodes it would appear that his arm is broken. WCW officials including Greg Gagne break it up. On the replay you see people jumping for joy. I guess a heel Anderson is a good Anderson.

Okerlund tries to interview Anderson, but Arn is ready to celebrate. I guess the Miller Lite’s already on ice. In the meantime baseball legend Hank Aaron joins Tony and Bobby. Hank doesn’t have a horse in the main event race.

Fall Brawl will take place on September 18.

Okerlund is backstage with WCW World champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Sensuous Sherri. Flair touts Arn’s win then he and Sherri cut a promo on Hogan.

Match 4 for the US title: “Stunning” Steve Austin (champion) versus Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat


Rating: ****1/2

Summary:< Wow! This is definitely Steve Austin’s best singles match in WCW. While he played the heel (midcarder) to the nth degree he also hung with Steamboat with respect to workrate and wrestling. While I must give a lot of credit to Steamboat, Austin was certainly coming into his own by this point in his career.

Chris Cruise and Mike Tenay are in the back pondering TNA’s future interviewing Pretty Wonderful. Call the hotline to find out the booking decision prior to the match!

In the dressing room Okerlund interviews Colonel Parker’s stable as they celebrate the decimation of Dustin Rhodes. Anderson cements his heel turn while taking a champagne shower. Anderson’s promos were always money.

Match 5 for the WCW World tag team titles: Kevin Sullivan and Cactus Jack (champions) versus Pretty Wonderful


Rating: *

Summary: Pedantic, boring tag team match with zero psychology or flow. Neither team made a distinct effort for anyone to care about this match which garnered zero heat. Obviously the answer to the earlier question about Cactus Jack was “get the title off the guy ASAP.”

Heenan continues to show his disdain for Hulk Hogan as he and Tony preview the main event.

So here it is…the WrestleMania main event that never happened. The WWF (now WWE) couldn’t pull it off in 1992, but WCW pulls it off just two years later. And with the main event came mainstream attention. For example Mr. T and Shaquille O’Neal (then just a young center for the up-and-coming Orlando Magic) make appearances at this show whereas before Hulk Hogan arrived, WCW wasn’t able to get this type of attention.

Match 6 for the WCW World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion w/ Sensuous Sherri) versus Hulk Hogan (w/ Mr. T and Jimmy Hart)


Rating: ***

Summary: Not a wrestling classic but it’s definitely an historic match to check out if you’ve never seen it.

After the match Mr. T and Shaq raise the arms of Hulk Hogan. Fireworks and cheers accompany Hogan’s post-match pose down. Hyperbole spews from both Tony and Bobby about the match although Bobby’s quite despondent.

Backstage Hogan receives congratulations from “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. Hogan and his entourage make their way to the interview room. Okerlund conducts the interview and offers congratulations. Typical victory interview for Hogan follows. Okerlund spots Ed Leslie and refers to him as Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. If I’m not mistaken that would be an infringement upon a WWF trademark.

Heenan storms from the broadcast table pissed off about the Hogan championship victory. Tony closes us out with “wrestling is cool again.”

Conclusion: Take a quick glance at the buyrate below this entry. THAT information alone should tell you that Hulk Hogan was still relevant and a huge buy for WCW.

So the Hogan era in WCW has begun. As the introductions of Leslie and Duggan show, Hogan’s buddies tagged along with him to “where the big boys play.” Let’s hope this doesn’t lead to a more sports-entertainment-based product instead of a great wrestling product like it has been.

How will WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan fare going forward? If I were to make a prediction I’d say that Hogan would get a better reaction outside of Flair country than within it. If the 1991 Great American Bash told us anything it’s that WCW fans love Ric Flair whether he’s a face or a heel.

As far as the rest of the show is concerned the Austin-Steamboat match is a classic that everyone should watch. In addition the old school Rhodes-Parker stable match has future value to it with the fantastic Anderson double-cross. This show is a must-see for all wrestling fans despite every match not being spectacular.

See you at the Clash!

Buyrate: 1.02

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