Live from Huntington Beach, CA

Airdate: July 16, 1995

Attendance: 9,500

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Tony and Bobby wear BatB golf shirts and welcome us to the Pacific coast. Seriously this show is being broadcast outdoors on the beach. To provide proper perspective the wrestlers emerge from a tent and walk along a wooden bridge to the ring. Additionally a helicopter flies overhead giving us camera shots from the sky.

Video package on Meng.

“Mean” Gene Okerlund, in his BatB golf shirt and TBS cap, interviews Sting. The Stinger notifies us that his “mom and dad” are in attendance. Aww.

Match 1 for the US title: Sting (champion) versus Meng (w/ Colonel Parker)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Meng’s plodding offense kept this sucker down while Sting’s upbeat offense made it entertaining.

After the match Meng attacks Sting from behind until Road Warrior Hawk comes to Sting’s aid. Hawk had beaten Mark Starr on the Main Event prior to the PPV.

Backstage Gene sans TBS hat interviews “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart with Renegade.

Match 2 for the World TV title: The Renegade (champion) versus “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff


Rating: ½*

Summary: Utter tripe. This match completed exposed the Renegade as a green rookie. Orndorff was walking him through every step of the match. Yuck!

The crowd boos that finish off the beach. After the match Orndorff attacks from behind and receives cheers for his efforts. He then gave the Renegade a piledriver. Renegade shakes off the effects of the piledriver, mounts the top turnbuckle, and delivered a cross-body block. On the replay Orndorff got his right shoulder up. Paul got screwed! Unfortunately I smell a rematch.

Video on the Dungeon of Doom. “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan speaks to King Curtis in the bowels of the CNN Center what can only be termed a dungeon. He bestows Kamala upon Sullivan as the newest member of the Dungeon of Doom.

Backstage Gene interviews Duggan. He proclaims “No more Mr. Nice Guy.”

Match 3: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan versus Kamala


Rating: DUD

Summary: When Ed Leslie is the best worker in the match there’s a big problem. Next!

Backstage Gene interviews Savage who is wearing a Slim Jim hat.

Match 4: DDP (w/ the Diamond Doll and Max Muscle) versus Evad Sullivan


Rating: **

Summary: That was better than it had any right to be.

Backstage Gene interviews Harlem Heat and Sister Sherri. Booker T says it’s “it’s on like…neck bone.”

Match 5 (Triangle) for the World Tag Team titles: Harlem Heat (champions w/ Sister Sherri) versus the Nasty Boys versus the Blue Bloods


Rating: **

Summary: Confusing match with barely any wrestling or cohesiveness.

Now wearing a Slim Jim hat Gene interviews the victorious Harlem Heat. Stevie Ray referred to the Blue Bloods as “so-called foreigners.” I echo his sentiment, especially concerning Alabama native Bobby Eaton. Sherri then makes the challenge to the #1 contender—Stud Stable members “Dirty” Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck.

Gene interviews Flair. Flair goes one mile further than he did at the Great American Bash by stating that Elizabeth took a ride on Space Mountain.

The cast of Baywatch make their way to ringside. Heenan stands on his chair to get a better view.

Match 6 (Lifeguard): “Macho Man” Randy Savage versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair


Rating: ***

Summary: Definitely not as great as their GAB encounter but these guys make wrestling great each time they face one another. In my eyes the lumberjack/lifeguard stipulation hurt the match rather than helped it.

After the match Savage hugged one of the blonde Baywatch beauties. Helicopter shot of the cage being built followed.

Video package on the Vader road kill tour. Cities such as Memphis, TN, Evansville, IN, and Wichita, KS are mentioned; however, WCW did not tour those cities during the summer of 1995. I see it as a dig at the USWA territory.

Gene sans hat interviews Vader. The promo centers around what time it is. Vader should purchase a watch.

Tony shills the taped PPV Collision in Korea shown on August 4. But isn’t there a Clash on 8/6?

Gene then interviews Hulk Hogan who has Jimmy Hart and Dennis Rodman with him. With the Hogan bandana and t-shirt Rodman looks somewhat normal.

Match 7 for the WCW World title: Hulk Hogan (champion w/ Dennis Rodman and Jimmy Hart) versus Vader


Rating: **1/2

Summary: For those of you who enjoyed Vader in WCW from 1991-93 this match sucks. For those of you who believe that Vader was just another monster for Hogan to slay this match works for you. To me Vader has lost all credibility in spite of losing a main event cage match on one of WCW’s biggest PPV telecasts. See King Kong Bundy, Andre the Giant, and Yokozuna as other examples of big men who were not the same once they laid down in support of Hulkamania.

Interestingly while Buffer handled the introductions Penzer handles the final announcement. After Tony and Bobby attempt to sign off Flair rushes down to the ring. He is beyond upset at Vader for failing to end Hulkamania. Vader attacks Flair until Arn Anderson nails him from behind; however, it doesn’t faze him. Flair and Anderson head for higher ground. Afterwards Vader challenges both to a match.

Conclusion: Another outdoor PPV event equals another Hogan victory in the main event. Has it sunk in that Hulk Hogan is the face of WCW yet? While Vader, Flair, and Sullivan find ways to end Hulkamania Hogan reigns supreme in WCW. While it works for the kids I’m sure the wrestling fans that followed WCW from the Jim Crockett days were shaking their heads at the happenings within WCW at this point in time.

Vader was an unstoppable force in WCW in 1992-93. But by 94-95 he was just another monster for Flair and Hogan to decimate. Now Vader wants a handicap match against Flair and Anderson at the Clash on 8/6.

Anyways, I obviously thought the cage match was nothing special. Flair and Savage could not recreate their GAB classic here. And nothing else was good or memorable. Skip this show unless you haven’t seen it. The beach atmosphere was a great concept for WCW although it would have helped if they charged admission to the fans in attendance.

See you at the Clash!

Buyrate: 0.82

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