WCW Clash of the Champions XXXII
Live from Las Vegas, NV
Airdate: January 23, 1996
Attendance: 3,100 (2,750 paid)
Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
We open with highlights from last night of the World title victory by Randy Savage followed by the victory by Sting and Lex Luger for the WCW World tag team titles.
Tony and Heenan inform us that both Elizabeth and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene will be here. Also a wedding between Colonel Parker and Sister Sherri will take place.
At Little White Chapel “Mean” Gene Okerlund promotes the wedding then makes an Elizabeth Taylor joke. Way to stay current (even in 1996), Gene.
Match 1: Public Enemy versus the Nasty Boys
Summary: Since both teams are known for brawling and garbage matches they make a great pairing. Unfortunately they have to tone it down a notch from the ECW model for WCW.
After the match Sags mounts the top turnbuckle, but Rock nails him sending him all the way to the floor. Subsequently Rock mounts the top turnbuckle and moonsaults Knobbs through the table. Said table barely broke. OUCH! Grunge breaks off a piece of the table in order to whack Knobbs, but Sags steals it. He then wallops Grunge with it splintering the wood into the crowd. YIKES!
Holy flying lumber, Batman! Sags picks up the table and tosses it directly at Grunge’s head on target. Wow! Finally the table has been broken. The bastard. Sags chases Grunge down the aisle while hitting him with a piece of table.
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By the entrance Eric Bischoff interviews Ric Flair with the Giant and Jimmy Hart. Flair refers to the WCW World title as “my title.” Attaboy, champ!
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Prior to the next match we see highlights from WCW Saturday Night this past weekend (taped 1/10) where Malenko wrapped up Wright with the Texas Cloverleaf, refused to release the hold, and was promptly disqualified.
Match 2: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright versus Dean Malenko
Summary: Lazy finish aside this was a short but good technical match that you would expect from these guys.
After the match Tony mentions Malenko’s winning streak. What winning streak? He lost to Brian Pillman (by nefarious means) last night. C’mon, Tony!
Match 3: Disco Inferno versus the Taskmaster (w/ Jimmy Hart)
Meanwhile Gene is out in front of Little White Chapel and interviews Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater. Buck has no idea where Colonel Parker is. The whereabouts of Sister Sherri is also unknown.
Back at the arena Eric interviews the NEW WCW World tag team champions Sting and Lex Luger. Thankfully the Road Warriors interrupt Luger’s egomaniacal ranting. Animal is happy to be back in WCW. This is Animal’s first US wrestling appearance since the 1993 Fall Brawl. Previously he had been collecting on an insurance policy from Lloyd’s of London due to a severe back problem. Nevertheless Animal requests a title shot for the Road Warriors. While Sting is in favor, Luger isn’t. In fact he states that Harlem Heat, American Males, and even the State Patrol (?) have title matches that take precedence over a match against the Road Warriors. I smell shenanigans.
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In a pre-taped segment “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff explains his current health issues and impending retirement then thanks Gary Spivey for boosting his confidence. While he doesn’t name-drop Vader he refers to him as a “450-pound gorilla who sucker-punched him.” He questions the Four Horsemen’s understanding of the word respect and adds that he was recruited to become a member. According to Orndorff “(the Four Horsemen) may have crippled my body, but they haven’t crippled my heart.” Lastly, he threatens them with not having seen the last of him. Kudos to Mr. Wonderful!
Back at the arena Gary Spivey is shown in the crowd.
Back at the chapel Colonel Parker needs $50 for the cab driver. His phone rings, and Gene believes there is “trouble in paradise.”
Match 4: The “Loose Cannon” Brian Pillman versus Eddie Guerrero
Summary: Criminally short match with the same finish as the Badd-Pillman match at the 1995 Fall Brawl. Still, with the F-bomb dropped by Heenan, this is a can’t-miss moment in wrestling history.
At the entrance Eric interviews the NEW WCW World champion Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, and Kevin Greene of the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers. All three men share an “Oh Yeah.” Keep in mind that Greene was involved in the upcoming Super Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona just five days after this show.
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Match 5 for the WCW World tag team titles: Sting and Lex Luger (champions) versus the Blue Bloods
Summary: According to Meltzer Regal blew out his knee in a dark match against Benoit earlier in the evening; therefore, Regal’s participation was severely limited. That, along with Luger being the fall guy, made for a messy tag match.
Outside the chapel Harlem Heat is at the buffet table complaining about the lack of neckbone. HA! Suddenly the bride arrives, and Colonel Parker informs her that he’s broke. Understandably Sister Sherri is beside herself.
Back in the arena Eric interviews Brian Pillman. The “Loose Cannon” threatens to rattle off the seven words you can’t say on television much to Eric’s chagrin, but instead he addresses the word respect.
Match 6 for the Mexican heavyweight title: Konnan (champion) versus Psicosis
Summary: I’m begging WCW to put these guys on PPV and give them more time. Five minutes was all they got due to the length of the show, and that sucks. By the way a motivated Konnan is someone I can watch every day.
Back at the chapel Sister Sherri is getting dressed in the back of the limousine while Colonel Parker begs for money. Gene offers to walk Sherri down the aisle.
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When we return to the chapel Gene notifies us that the wedding will take place at the drive-thru. He then walks Sherri down the aisle until Disco Inferno dances in front of them. Slater is about to cry as Charlotte officiates the wedding. All of a sudden Madusa exits the trailer and attacks Sherri even throwing Sherri into her own wedding cake. A catfight ensues.
Tony speculates that Madusa is the “fried pie” Colonel Parker was talking to earlier on the phone.
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Match 7: WCW World champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and the Giant (w/ Jimmy Hart)
Summary: Surprising finish to a match that limited the Giant successfully and continued the feud between Hogan/Savage, the Dungeon of Doom, and the Four Horsemen.
After the match Zodiac and Pillman run in only to get manhandled by Hogan 1-on-2. Sigh. Greene re-enters the ring and assists Hogan in ejecting Pillman out of the ring via over the top rope. Zodiac receives the same treatment. Truthfully Hogan should have waited until Greene got in the ring before touching Zodiac and Pillman.
Conclusion: As expected the wedding was hokey and didn’t occur. What did occur was a great wrestling night in Sin City. While the main event was more sports-entertainment than wrestling the rest of the card featured what Nitro would become later in 1996. I give my whole-hearted recommendation to this show.
As a final note, I certainly hope you enjoyed ALL of the restaurant recommendations as several WCW wrestlers tasted the steel railing in homage to Las Vegas cuisine. Hope you’re hungry.
TV Rating: 3.50
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