WCW Clash of the Champions XXIX

Live from Jacksonville, FL

Airdate: November 16, 1994

Attendance:  4,000

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

“Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Colonel Parker with Meng in tow. The Colonel has a contract for Arn Anderson and Bunkhouse Bunk to face the winner of the tag team title match on WCW Saturday Night. Who thinks the Pauls stand a chance here?

Match 1 for the WCW World tag team titles: Pretty Wonderful (champions) versus Stars and Stripes


Rating: ***

Summary: Great opening bout accompanied by a title change.  As is the case the live show here promotes the upcoming taped match as Stars and Stripes faced Buck and Anderson on 11/19 (taped 11/8).

Call the Hulk Hogan hotline!

Match 2 for the WCW World TV title: Johnny B. Badd (champion) versus The Honkytonk Man


Rating: *1/2

Summary: While it wasn’t as boring as last month’s match it wasn’t good either.

After the match Honky hit Badd with the guitar again. If you wonder where Jeff Jarrett borrowed the guitar gimmick here you go.

After a commercial break Tony shills the hotline. Backstage the Honkytonk Man is on the hotline with Mike Tenay and Chris Cruise discussing the heat between former WWE diva Victoria and TNA President Dixie Carter his guitar smash hit he performed in the ring.

The Three Faces of Fear cut a promo. Ed Leslie has been repackaged as Butcher while John Tenta is now Avalanche. Keep that fresh in your mind as it will appear on the test.

Match 3: The Nasty Boys versus Harlem Heat


Rating: ***

Summary: The last five minutes of this match showed exactly how good Harlem Heat was as a tag team. Adding Sherri as their manager made them infinitely better and more relevant. I look forward to what Harlem Heat does next.

After the match Harlem Heat and Sherri share a hug. Aww.

Starrcade will be on Tuesday December 27! Tuesday? Honestly?Buyrate beware!

Match 4: “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes versus Vader (w/ Harley Race)


Rating: ****

Summary: Amazing match here. Both Rhodes and Vader brought the goods. Check this one out!

After the match Vader and Race position Rhodes for more punishment. As Vader attempts another Vader bomb “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan comes to the ring, knocks Race down, and guides Rhodes out of the ring. Vader hits nothing but mat. Duggan stands tall as the crowd voices its approval.

Call the Hulk Hogan hotline!

Back in the dressing room Hulk Hogan, Sting, and Evad Sullivan along with Jimmy Hart are interviewed by Okerlund. Sting and Evad are wearing red and yellow face paint. Hogan makes a Natural Disaster reference.

On the WCW hotline Booker T tells Mike Tenay and Chris Cruise that the Main Event Mafia was on like neckbone Harlem Heat with Sensuous Sherri are World tag team title contenders.

Match 5 for the WCW US title: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan versus “Stunning” Steve Austin


Rating: DUD

Summary: This was just a setup for the match between Duggan and Vader at Starrcade. Poor Austin was just window dressing.

In case you missed it Starrcade will be on December 27.

Match 6: WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan, Sting, and Evad Sullivan (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Kevin Sullivan, Avalanche, and the Butcher


Rating: **

Summary: Bad finish to a sports entertainment type of match. It did, however, promote three matches from Starrcade.

After the match Sullivan levels Mr. T with the megaphone. Avalanche slams Sting as Butcher works over Hogan in the corner. Avalanche drop on Sting. Just as Hogan tries to break things up Sullivan nails him with the megaphone three times. Butcher then applies the sleeper on Hogan.

Brian and Brad Armstrong attempt to stop the chicanery but are dismissed immediately. Shortly thereafter Stars and Stripes hit the ring but to no avail. Meanwhile Butcher still has the sleeper on Hogan. Finally WCW security and trainer stop this mess and tend to Hogan.

Conclusion: The proper job of these free telecasts is to promote the PPV. It certainly accomplished that feat as five matches for the upcoming Starrcade had their seeds planted with this show.

As far as the main event is concerned your mileage may vary depending upon your like/dislike for the Hulkster. However, the bout between Vader and Sting took me by surprise in a very good way. The Harlem Heat match had a very nice back story that made sense and garnered a worthwhile rematch. The tag team title match was solid as well.

Check this show out if you’ve never seen it especially for the Vader-Rhodes match. See you at Starrcade!

TV Rating: 3.60

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