WCW Clash of the Champions XXXI

Live from Daytona Beach, FL

Airdate: August 6, 1995

Attendance: 4,039

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Match 1: Sting and Road Warrior Hawk versus Meng and Kurasawa (w/ Colonel Parker)


Rating: ***

Summary: Is it me or was Hawk under the influence here? Regardless Sting and Hawk (mostly Sting) brought the goods and made this worthwhile.

After the match Meng makes Sting eat the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Super Burgers at the Brickyard Lounge. Kurasawa then grabs Hawk’s arm and bends it THE WRONG WAY! YEE-OUCH!

Tony mentions the match on the Main Event preceding the show between Hulk Hogan and Kamala. We then see highlights from the end of the match as the members of the Dungeon of Doom attempt to destroy the Hulkster. In addition to Kamala and the Taskmaster both the Zodiac and Shark (the recently repackaged Avalanche) get involved. Sting and “Macho Man” Randy Savage come to Hogan’s aid. Tony then promises that Hogan will enter the Dungeon of Doom.

Backstage “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Colonel Parker and his Stud Stable. A quick eye notices that Bunkhouse Buck and “Dirty” Dick Slater are wearing the World tag team belts. How and when did that happen? On 7/22 (taped 6/21) they defeated Harlem Heat on WCW Saturday Night.

Wait a minute! So Harlem Heat defended the titles at Bash at the Beach (7/16) in spite of their loss three weeks prior. While I understand not waiting until PPVs and Clashes for title changes the taping schedule was completely skewed when attempting to follow true title reigns. As I said in my BatB recap WCW Monday Nitro fixed this issue.

After Buck describes himself as smelling as ripe as an unkempt barn during a heat wave Slater threatens Sister Sherri with a “Good night Irene” shot. Gene then questions whether or not there is a romantic interest between Parker and Sherri. Parker’s “ready for romance.”

Match 2: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright versus Diamond Dallas Page (w/ the Diamond Doll)


Rating: ***

Summary: DDP’s execution combined with Wright’s aerial moves made this match very entertaining. Once again Wright’s lack of experience cost him the victory.

Backstage Gene interviews Arn Anderson and Ric Flair. Great promo by these two as always.

Promotional consideration provided by the following: Judge Dredd and Slim Jim.

Match 3 for the WCW World TV title: The Renegade (champion w/ Jimmy Hart) versus “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff


Rating: DUD

Summary: Um, no. This match was kept short (thankfully) but was terrible.

Gene interviews Vader.

After the commercial break Gene shills Fall Brawl on September 17. A video package on the Stud Stable/Harlem Heat feud follows.

Match 4: Bunkhouse Buck, “Dirty” Dick Slater, and Colonel Parker versus Harlem Heat and Sister Sherri


Rating: **1/2

Summary: This match was put together strictly for the love angle between Sherri and Parker. Sherri did supply the high-flying for the match, so I’ll give her credit for that.

After the match Sherri chases Parker down the aisle and to the back.

Gene interviews Hulk Hogan with Jimmy Hart. Hogan’s aware of “Andre the Giant’s son.” He even makes a McMahon reference.

After the commercial break Gene shills the MDA and welcomes Tomas Diaz. Tomas is short on words, but “Macho Man” Randy Savage comes out to shake his hand.

Video package on Randy Savage.

Call to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle as well as a trip to Halloween Havoc.

Down in the Dungeon of Doom King Curtis and the Taskmaster are ready to destroy Hulkamania. Hogan then appears. From behind the Giant rips Hogan’s chain off and chokes him down. The entire Dungeon of Doom attack him until Vader appears out of nowhere to rescue him. Vader, really? And Paul Wight’s wrestling career begins.

Promotional consideration paid for by Hot Pockets and Big A Auto Parts.

Promo for Fall Brawl on September 17.

WCW Monday Nitro will debut on TNT at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN on 9/4.

Match 5: Vader versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: The face turn of Vader is cemented. I wonder what WCW has in store for him next.

After the match Flair shows his disappointment to Arn. Before Flair can leave the ring Arn stops him. Sensing discord with his best friend Flair heads for higher ground.

At the entryway Gene gets interrupted by Hogan, Savage, and Sting. Hogan notes the similarity between Andre’s ripping the cross from his neck and the Giant’s. Vader sticks his nose in to say they have familiar foes and wants to fight. To end the show Hogan declares war on the Dungeon of Doom.

Conclusion: Only having five matches in a two-hour show can be a chore to watch but the two opening matches along with the main event made the show worthwhile. Unfortunately one of the main event players would lose his playing card shortly after this show.

Regardless this show served two purposes--to shill Fall Brawl and WCW Monday Nitro. I can recall watching WCW Saturday Night during this time period and eagerly awaiting the arrival of Nitro.

TV Rating: 3.00

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