WCW Clash of the Champions XXX

Live from Las Vegas, NV

Airdate: January 25, 1995

Attendance:  3,500 (2,300 paid)

<>Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Once again “Mean” Gene Okerlund joins Tony and Bobby to open the show. Gene mentions that Vader has bought two tickets for tonight’s show. Also, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair may be here.

Match 1 for the WCW World TV title: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson (champion w/ Colonel Parker and Meng) versus Johnny B. Badd


Rating: ***

Summary: Nifty little opening match with good psychology. These two have not seen the last of one another.

Back in the dressing room Gene interviews Kevin Sullivan and the Butcher. Gene refers to Hogan and Savage as the Monster Maniacs rather than the MegaPowers. Methinks WCW got a nasty letter after Starrcade from Stamford, CT. Anyways Sullivan and Butcher cut a promo on them.

Call the Hulk Hogan hotline!

Alex Wright video.

Tune into WCW Saturday Night to see “Macho Man” Randy Savage battle Arn Anderson for the World TV title! Then again, check it out here.

Match 2: Bobby Eaton versus “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Two things happened here. Wright wrestled very well as Eaton guided him beautifully. See what I did there?

Gene shills SuperBrawl V on 2/19 where Hogan will defend the World title against Vader. He also states that the two combatants will not face one another until the PPV. But how do they rehearse? Dammit! Next he interviews Vader sans Harley Race. Vader has his ticket handy. Vader indirectly notifies Hogan that he has been stalking him.

Match 3 for the WCW World tag team titles: Harlem Heat (champions w/ Sister Sherri) versus Stars and Stripes


Rating: ***

Summary: Decent tag match here that adhered itself to the tag team formula. In other words both teams showed what they can do. Considering how often these titles have changed hands lately it was good to see the champs retain.

Back in the dressing room Gene interviews the Monster Maniacs with Jimmy Hart. Hogan asks Hart to be the lookout in case Vader and/or Flair infiltrate the main event.

Call the Hulk Hogan hotline!

From the WCW Control Center Gene promotes SuperBrawl V. What? No mention of “Pretty” Paul Roma? What a travesty!

Match 4: Sting versus Avalanche


Rating: **

Summary: Not as slow as their Starrcade match but nothing worthwhile. Let’s hope this feud doesn’t continue.

After the match Patrick raises Sting’s arm in victory. Angel shoves Patrick to the mat then shoves Sting. Another shove causes Sting to land a haymaker off the ropes. Angel comes back with a clothesline then tosses Patrick over the top rope. Stars and Stripes and Alex Wright arrive to rescue Sting.

Immediately thereafter Gene interviews Angel and Avalanche. Angel claims Avalanche never submitted. He then tears his shirt off and changes his name back to Big Bubba Rogers. The heel turn is cemented.

Match 5: Kevin Sullivan and the Butcher versus WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Sports-entertainment at its finest here as the reviving elbow rallies Hulkamania to continue. On a different note a boring heat segment on Savage extended this match well beyond its expiration date.

After the match Vader leaves his ringside seat and invades the ring. He nails Savage sending him to the floor then confronts Hogan. The Hulkster’s right hands have no effect on Vader. He then wallops Hogan in the back then gives him a powerbomb.

After a minute or so Hogan stands straight up! Now Hogan’s right hands affect Vader. Savage returns and the Monster Maniacs slug Vader down to the mat. Hart gives Savage and Hogan chairs as they have the higher ground.

Conclusion: Two major instances stand out from this show. First let’s start with the reviving elbow. While on one hand it looked like Savage was stabbing Hogan in the back WCW told the opposite story and broke the fourth wall albeit in subtle fashion. Long-time wrestling fans know the history between Hogan and Savage and realize that Hogan kicked out of the elbow drop at WrestleMania V. Therefore, Hogan was impervious to the elbow drop as it would have the reverse effect. Personally I don’t buy it. It’s very cartoonish and belittles Savage’s patented finisher and credibility.

Now let’s address the other major instance—Hogan’s no-selling of Vader’s powerbomb. While it was very important to send the fans home happy from Las Vegas it was completely unnecessary to make Vader look foolish. After all Vader’s powerbomb had won him titles and sent victims to the ER. I don’t see Vader as a viable opponent to Hogan at SuperBrawl, and that’s another bad thing for WCW. Let’s hope I’m wrong, and the PPV match is both competitive and entertaining.

As far as the rest of the show is concerned the opening match was good. The foundation of newcomer Alex Wright was constructed. And Harlem Heat as the tag champs worked well. Sting got a passable match out of Tenta, but the match was built for the heel turn rather than the other way around.

Check this out if you have never seen it; otherwise, skip to SuperBrawl. See you then!

TV Rating: 3.50

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