Live from Nashville, TN

Airdate: December 27, 1994

Attendance:  8,200 (6,400 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Santa Claus (psst..it’s Evad Sullivan) makes his way through the crowd.

Aaron Tippin, wearing a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey, sings the national anthem.

Tony, Bobby, and “Mean” Gene Okerlund debate whether “Macho Man” Randy Savage will shake Hulk Hogan’s hand or slap his face. Quick guess as to who wants the slap. They then show footage from WCW Saturday Night (shown 12/3/94) where Savage finds out that Hogan will be at Starrcade, so that’s where he’ll make his decision.

Yet another major grab for WCW occurred at this point in wrestling history as Savage was added to the WCW roster. He made his last televised appearance on WWF Monday Night RAW on 10/17 (aired 10/31.) As you may or may not know, Savage was not happy just being a color commentator and felt he still had mileage being a wrestler. Coming to WCW enabled him to do just that, and it gave WCW more mainstream attention as well as the Slim Jim endorsement.

Tony shills PWI while Bobby rips up the magazine. Next, a press conference is shown where Bill Apter honors Hulk Hogan as the Wrestler of the Year in 1994 (*cough* Bret Hart *cough*). Methinks some money between PWI and WCW took place for this to truly happen. Hogan accepts his award.

Match 1 for the WCW US title: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (champion) versus Vader (w/ Harley Race)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Duggan and Vader had great chemistry here. Vader was definitely wrestling like he had something to prove. I wonder who his next rival will be.

Back in the dressing room, Gene interviews the Three Faces of Fear. Butcher has a tombstone reserved for Hulkamania. Avalanche promises Sting a visit to the ER. Sullivan vows to end Hulkamania.

Match 2: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright versus Jean-Paul Levesque


Rating: **

Summary: Not a terrible wrestling match considering how green both competitors were, but this had WCW Worldwide main event written all over it.

With regards to Heenan’s “superstar” remark, Levesque was paired with future friend Lord Steven Regal (BTW, where is he tonight?), but saw the (Hogan) writing on the wall and sought greener pastures in the WWF as Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Although Eric Bischoff did not fire Levesque, he lost another future prospect that ended up making a huge impact in wrestling history.

Clash of the Champions XXX will take place on January 25 at 8:05pm on TBS!

Match 3 for the WCW World TV title: Johnny B. Badd (champion) versus the Honkytonk Man “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson (w/ Colonel Parker and Meng)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: When Badd was on offense, the match was really good. Arn’s old school tactics worked for neither Badd nor me as a viewer; however, considering Arn was replacing Honky with his use of old school tactics I will take Arn over Honky any day of the week. The true blemish on this match was that finish. Hopefully given more time for preparation these guys can work a better match.

So where was the Honkytonk Man? Out the door with a NO RE-ENTRY sign on the back of it. The bottom line was Honky basically did not want to lay down for Badd. Considering their draw at Halloween Havoc and their DQ finish at the Clash, Honky’s politicking could only last so long. His matches with Badd were boring, bad, or both. Despite being a friend of Hogan Honky should have done the right thing and lost to Badd. After all, Badd was an up-and-comer that was getting a good mid-card push and reaction from WCW.

According to Tony, not only did Hogan win Wrestler of the Year but also the Nasty Boys won Tag Team of the year. Blech! Their acceptance of said award is shown.

Match 4: Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri) versus the Nasty Boys


Rating: ***

Summary: If not for some of the rest holds, this would have been a great match. As it is, this match is actually pretty good. I look forward to more matches with these teams.

That whispering you hear is the unmentioned tag title change at the WCW Saturday Night tapings on 12/8 (shown 1/14). Yes, WCW actually had the tag titles change prior to in lieu of during Starrcade.

After the match, the Nasty Boys send Sherri to Pity City. YUCK! Poor Sherri.

Backstage Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart talk on the hotline to Chris Cruise about the failed takeover of TNA in 2010 Hulkamania running wild in WCW.

Tony notifies us that Sting is the winner of the PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year award. We then see “The Rock of Gibraltar” accepting the award.

Back in the locker room, Gene interviews Sting.

Match 5: Kevin Sullivan versus Mr. T


Rating: DUD

Summary: Utter tripe. Let’s hope Mr. T never gets another opportunity to wrestle because he can’t.

After the match, Kevin nails Evad then runs him into the ring post. He then gave Evad a piledriver and whips him with the big black belt.

SuperBrawl V will take place on February 19 only on PPV!

Gene interviews Hulk Hogan with Jimmy Hart. Hogan addresses the Butcher as well as Savage. Hart claims to stand by his man no matter what. Hogan wants to throw the rule book completely out.

Match 6: Avalanche (w/ Kevin Sullivan) versus Sting


Rating: *1/2

Summary: S-L-O-W plodding crap. This show is headed in the wrong direction.

More PWI awards! Jimmy Hart wins the PWI Manager of the Year award. Not Sister Sherri? She guided “Nature Boy” Ric Flair to unify the WCW World titles and made Harlem Heat relevant. I smell shenanigans. Hart accepts the award but shares the credit with Hogan.

We get a video montage of the relationship between the Hulkster and Brother Bruti including Gene, in a suit, interviewing the Hulkster on the beach with Bruti by his side, some confrontations from WCW Saturday Night, the revealing of the masked man at Halloween Havoc, and finally the aftermath of the Clash.

Match 7 for the WCW World title: Hulk Hogan (champion w/ Jimmy Hart) versus the Butcher (w/ Kevin Sullivan and Avalanche)


Rating: *

Summary: Ed Leslie in the main event? Are you kidding me? Instead of giving him a PPV payoff, Hogan should have just used Western Union to give his best friend the cash.

After the match, Hogan fought them off until Savage ran in. What will the “Macho Man” do?

Initially Savage appears to orchestrate the 4-on-1 beating, but nails Sullivan instead! Both Hogan and Savage chase the Three Faces of Fear out of the ring. Afterwards, Savage and Hogan have a stare down… and they shake hands. Tony refers to them as the MegaPowers. But where’s Elizabeth?

Back in the face dressing room, Gene interviews both Hogan and Savage. Brad and Scott Armstrong make a cameo appearance as Hogan and Savage run down the Three Faces of Fear.

Suddenly Vader and Race invade the dressing room. As the #1 contender Vader challenges Hogan for the World title. Hogan shoves Vader, and they have to be separated.

Gene then interviews Bockwinkel. The commissioner states that what just happened was out of line.

Conclusion: This show marks the first chink in the armor of Hulk Hogan’s success in WCW. As the buyrate reflects, the WCW audience wasn’t interested in an Ed Leslie main event. After all, it merely served as a backdrop to the Savage angle and the forthcoming match between Hogan and Vader.

As far as the matches are concerned, nothing but the Vader-Duggan match is worth seeking out. Skip the rest and hope for the best come Clash time in January.

See you at the Clash!

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