Live from Dayton, OH

Airdate: June 18, 1995

Attendance: 6,000 (5,218 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Match 1: “Flyin’” Brian Pillman versus “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Outstanding match between these guys. The only blemish I saw was the surfboard attempt that Wright was unable to execute. I got my wish from Slamboree regarding a great match here in WCW.

After the match both men shake hands and embrace.

We recap DDP’s arm wrestling success in WCW. If someone were to beat DDP then they win a date with the Diamond Doll (Kimberly Page). Van Hammer came close but lost due to interference by Max Muscle.

“Mean” Gene interviews Evad Sullivan who has Ralph the rabbit in his arms. If Evad loses then DDP gets Ralph.

Match 2 (Arm wrestling): Diamond Dallas Page (w/ the Diamond Doll and Max Muscle) versus Evad Sullivan


Rating: Don’t even think about it.

Summary: Bathroom break “match” if there ever was one.

Afterwards Max and DDP shove one another before finally embracing. DDP then berates the Diamond Doll. Better days for DDP were certainly ahead.

At the entrance Gene interviews DDP who wants a “do-over.”

Match 3: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan versus Sgt. Craig “Pit bull” Pittman


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Trying to wrestle Jim Duggan is like trying to wrestle a grizzly bear. You might get him down, but you cannot make it look good.

After the match Duggan retrieved his 2x4 in order to thwart any further attack by the Marine.

Gene interviews the Blue Bloods. Earl Robert (“Bobby”) Eaton looks vastly different than his days in the Midnight Express.

Earlier on the Main Event Colonel Parker negotiated a match with Sister Sherri between his men and Harlem Heat. He then planted a big kiss on her. In response Sherri walloped him.

Match 4: Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri) versus “Dirty” Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck (w/ Colonel Parker)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: This was certainly not one of Harlem Heat’s better matches.

On the Main Event WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel was being interviewed by Eric Bischoff until Vader violently interrupted. He shoved Bockwinkel down until Hogan retaliated.

At the announcing position Bockwinkel decrees that at Bash at the Beach that Vader will meet Hulk Hogan in a steel cage!

Backstage Gene interviews “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. During this promo he wants to ruin Randy and Angelo’s Father’s Day. He also mentions “(taking) your wife in 1992.”

Match 5 for the WCW World TV title: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson (champion) versus the Renegade (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Well, if Renegade wanted to emulate the Ultimate Warrior so much being walked through a match step-by-step made perfect sense. Poor Arn.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that this was the high point of Renegade’s career. Unfortunately Rick Wilson was pushed too hard and too fast by WCW. Once his initial push stalled he never recovered. In fact he committed suicide at the young age of 33 in 1999. RIP Rick.

After the match fireworks explode as Tony cannot believe the upset. Meanwhile a huge man is shown in the front row (Paul Wight/Big Show).

Video package on the Nasty Boys/Blue Bloods feud. Afterwards Gene interviews the Nasty Boys. While I get the idea of gimmicks referring to Bobby Eaton as “English” is the biggest stretch I’ve seen in pro wrestling.

Match 6 for the WCW World Tag Team titles: the Nasty Boys (champions) versus the Blue Bloods


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Regal and Eaton are not the perfect opponents for the Nasty Boys.

Video recap of the US title tournament. Wait a minute! I thought Vader was the titleholder. Back on 3/25 (Bockwinkel stripped Vader of the US title due to his and Flair’s demolition of Evad Sullivan on 3/18 (taped 3/7). Here are the match-ups:

  1. Sting versus Arn Anderson
  2. Johnny B. Badd versus Paul Orndorff
  3. Meng versus Marcus Bagwell
  4. Brian Pillman versus Bunkhouse Buck
  5. Jim Duggan versus Steve Austin
  6. Randy Savage versus Butcher
  7. Big Bubba versus Alex Wright
  8. The Patriot versus Ric Flair
  9. Quarterfinal: Sting versus Orndorff
  10. Quarterfinal: Meng versus Pillman
  11. Quarterfinal: Austin versus Savage
  12. Quarterfinal: Wright versus Flair
  13. Semifinal: Sting versus Meng
  14. Semifinal: Savage versus Flair

Flair and Savage fought to a double-countout; therefore, the semi-final match between Sting and Meng became the final.

Backstage Gene interviews Colonel Parker with Meng.

Video package on Bash at the Beach on July 16.

Backstage Gene interviews Sting.

Match 7 for the vacant WCW US title: Sting versus Meng (w/ Colonel Parker)

Rating: ***

Summary: Sting pulled out all his tricks to beat the tough Tongan. Unfortunately Meng on offense was neither strategic nor entertaining.

Billy Ray Helms won the WCW look-a-like contest. He resembled Big Bubba Rogers.

Video package on the Savage-Flair feud.

Backstage Gene interviews Savage. He congratulates the Renegade then proceeds to talk at a very low level.

Match 8: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Angelo Poffo)


Rating: *****

Summary: Wow! What an intense brawl by two wrestlers who know every which way to beat one another. Get all this! Oh, and this feud isn’t over by a long shot.

Conclusion: Holy summer spectaculars, Batman! Two excellent matches and one good match make for a great show. There may have been a few bad matches in the middle of the show, but the opener, the semi-main, and the main event more than made up for it. Grab some cold ones, call your friends, and watch this show!

See you at Bash at the Beach!

Buyrate: 0.51

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