Live from Roanoke, VA

Airdate: September 18, 1994

Attendance: 6,500 (5,200 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Martin DelRay sings the National Anthem.

Tony, Bobby, and “Mean” Gene Okerlund welcome us to the show. Gene states that he will have a satellite interview with both Hulk Hogan and “Nature Boy” Ric Flair later in the show. They also mention an injury with respect to the US title match. More on this later.

Match 1 for the WCW World TV title: Lord Steven Regal (champion w/ Sir William) versus Johnny B. Badd


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: The improvement in Badd’s wrestling skills is paid off here with a title victory. Way to go, Johnny!

According to Tony, Flair was suspended by WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel back on 8/27 on WCW Saturday Night. They replay the events from Clash XXVIII. Okerlund implicates Heenan in the attack.

Match 2 (Loser leaves town): Kevin Sullivan (with Evad Sullivan) versus Cactus Jack


Rating: **

Summary: As a WCW fan this match made me sad. Mick Foley was given his walking papers over a misunderstood ECW promo. While I don’t condone besmirching one of your employer’s highest accomplishments (World tag team titles) on TV the message of the promo had nothing to do with WCW. While the grass became greener for Mick after a stint in ECW and his extensive tenure in WWE he was a future prospect that WCW’s mismanagement let slip through the cracks.

Back in the dressing room Colonel Parker and his Stud stable cut a promo. Parker will be the fourth man in the ring instead of Meng. I don’t like his chances. Arn demonstrates the essence of making a main event match feel important.

Match 3 for the WCW US title: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (champion) versus “Stunning” Steve Austin


REAL Match 3 for the WCW US title: “Stunning” Steve Austin (champion) versus “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan


Rating: DUD

Summary: The less said about this the better. Another potential future World title prospect loses a match to what amounts to be a Hogan colleague. Poor Austin. Huge pop for Duggan though.

After the match Gene interviews Duggan. He mentions Flair walking around with a bogus championship belt.

Match 4 for the WCW World tag team titles: Pretty Wonderful (champions) versus Stars and Stripes


Rating: ***

Summary: Really good tag match here. Pretty Wonderful’s retaining the belts shows some strength in their ability as a team. Hopefully these two teams can hook up again soon.

Backstage in the locker room Gene interviews Team Rhodes. Dusty’s wearing a shirt that says “Nasty Dream.” He cuts a great promo as usual. He threatens to make Colonel Parker “squeal like a pig.”

Halloween Havoc will be on October 23. Muhammad Ali will be there!

Promo for the triangle match.

Match 5 (Triangle Elimination): Sting versus the Guardian Angel versus Vader (w/ Harley Race)

Highlights (match 1):

Highlights (match 2):

Rating: ****

Summary: Wow! What a match! The initial contest had the great big man versus big man dynamic while the secondary had the big man versus smaller man dynamic. Both worked to a great level. Check this out if you get a chance!

Gene speaks to Hulk Hogan via satellite. The crowd reaction is mixed at best. There may have been some audio sweetening. Hogan teases a surprise for Flair. On a split screen we see Flair with a bogus title belt and four young ladies. WCW is playing the actual World champion versus the “real” World champion angle that the WWF should have played up better in 1991.

Over the phone Hogan states that he’ll put his career on the line for their match at Halloween Havoc. Flair accepts. Unbeknownst to Flair Hogan’s knee is fine as he unwraps it. He even has “Flair” written on his knee pad.

Back on 8/27 WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel suspended both Flair and Sensuous Sherri for their actions at the Clash. Therefore, he must reinstate Flair in order for him to compete at Halloween Havoc. The story continues.

Gene interviews Bockwinkel. He decries that Hogan will defend the WCW World title against Flair at Halloween Havoc…inside a STEEL CAGE! I guess Flair’s agreement to the match lifted his suspension.

Match 6 (War Games): Team Rhodes versus the Stud Stable


Rating: **

Summary: The formula of this match saved this match from being awful. The lack of blood in a match like this is glaring. Parker’s selling of the leg injury after the match was a nice touch however.

After the match Meng entered the ring and intimidated the cameraman by giving the camera a head butt. Someone feed this man ASAP! He’s hungry!

Tony, Bobby and Gene close out the show.

Conclusion: Let’s start with the positives then move on to the negatives.

The positives:

  1. The Sting-Vader portion of the triangle match was awesome. Even if you think each match between them must be the same that isn’t the case.
  2. Badd’s winning the TV title is a great accomplishment in Mero’s career at this point. Hopefully he won’t be jerking the curtain any longer. The hype (while elongated) for Halloween Havoc makes you want to watch that show. WCW pulled out all the stops to get their audience to buy the PPV.

The negatives:

  1. Steve Austin’s credibility within WCW taking a nosedive thanks to the “upset” by Duggan.
  2. The loser leaves town match sent Foley packing to ECW, and WCW took parting shots at him during the show.
  3. While the concept and execution of the main event kept my attention having Parker in the match gave away the ending a mile away.

If you’ve never seen this show check it out, but if you are trying to revisit it just watch the matches I highlighted.

See you at Halloween Havoc!

Buyrate: 0.53

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