Live from Asheville, NC

Airdate: September 17, 1995

Attendance: 6,600 (5,100 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Match 1 for the #1 contender to US title: Johnny B. Badd versus “Flyin’” Brian Pillman


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Just like at the Great American Bash Pillman brought the goods. The good news is that Johnny brought them too. Check this one out as soon as you can.

Backstage “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Ric Flair. He refers to Asheville as “Horsemen country.” He also states that Arn Anderson will “face greatness.”

Match 2: Sergeant Craig “Pit Bull” Pittman versus Cobra


Rating: DUD

Summary: Popcorn, anyone? Get someone a cold one? This was definitely the bathroom break match everyone needed after the 30-minute opener. Next!

On WCW Worldwide (aired 9/2) “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff faced Randy Savage and lost. Afterwards Orndorff was tremendously despondent over the direction of his career. Wait a minute! He’s mad about HIS career? What about Vader or his former partner Roma? Anyways, Gary Spivey, who claims to be psychic, enters Paul’s dressing room with his trademark wig. He boosts Paul’s spirits and helps him to recover his self-esteem. Why is this on a wrestling PPV?

Match 3 for the TV title: The Renegade (champion w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Diamond Dallas Page (w/ the Diamond Doll and Maxx Muscle)


Rating: **

Summary: Whew! Finally the Renegade experiment is over. DDP, with his meticulous pre-match planning, has grown leaps and bounds over the type of wrestler he was just a couple of years prior. He deserved to win the title here.

I have to give credit where it’s due. Tony could usually handle Bobby’s humor and not crack up, but after Bobby mentioned the possible offspring between Colonel Parker and Sister Sherri Tony lost it. Great job, Bobby!

Match 4 for the World tag team titles: Bunkhouse Buck and “Dirty” Dick Slater (champions w/ Colonel Parker) versus Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri)


Rating: *

Summary: Get Bunk and Slater out of here already! Harlem Heat had zero chemistry with them making this a boring match with hardly any cohesion. Meanwhile the love affair between Sherri and Colonel Parker continues.

Gene interviews Bunkhouse Buck and Colonel Parker. Buck confronts Parker about his current distraction. After Buck and Slater leave Colonel Parker informs us that he’s on cloud nine.

Tony shills Halloween Havoc on October 29.

Excellent video package on the turmoil between Anderson and Flair.

Backstage Gene interviews Arn Anderson. Fantastic promo.

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


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: While that rating may be a bit high, this match was great, and there is a lot more of this story to come.

Pre-recorded promo by Kevin Sullivan the Taskmaster. Wow! That was insulting, juvenile, and stupid altogether.

We then see a video where the Giant using a monster truck crushed Hogan’s brand new motorcycle. Somewhere Fonzie is crying.

Video package on the feud between the Dungeon of Doom and Hulk Hogan.

Backstage Gene interviews Hogan, Sting, Savage, and Luger. They are dressed in camouflage including war paint. These guys must be on something because they are way too excited and chummy with one another.

Match 6 (WarGames): The Hulkamaniacs (WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, US Champion Sting, and Lex Luger) versus the Dungeon of Doom (Meng, Zodiac, Shark, and Kamala (w/ the Taskmaster))


Rating: ***

Summary: By default this match gets three stars. Last year’s debacle was marred by a telegraphed finish. This year’s debacle was marred by a weak set of Hogan antagonists. The Savage-Luger story could garner some future interest however.

After the match the Taskmaster attempted to flee, but head of security Doug Dillenger stopped him. Sting throws him in the cage so that Hogan can get revenge for his motorcycle. Hogan rams Taskmaster seven times into the cage before Taskmaster escapes the cage. Hogan rams him twice into the cage before bringing him back inside. After a clothesline Hogan chokes him with his wrist tape. He then delivers the big boot. Suddenly the Giant makes his way to the ring. Giant with amazing agility leaps over both sets of ropes to get his hands on Hogan. He then twists Hogan’s neck worse than his last chiropractic visit. The Hulkamaniacs return to save Hogan.

Conclusion: Two title changes and two stellar matches make this show a must-see. Pillman and Badd put on an excellent 30-minute engagement while Flair and Anderson told a great story of two friends on opposite sides of an argument. In addition the drama post-WarGames tells a good story leading to next month.

Let’s see what happens on Nitro. See you there!

Buyrate: 0.48 (Ouch!)

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