Live from Baltimore, MD

Airdate: February 19, 1995

Attendance:  13,390 (10,000 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

We begin the show with a wonderful message from the WWE Network: “Presented in the most complete form possible, due to original production technical difficulties.”  So I wander over to Dailymotion and find the first ten minutes of the show. Whew!

Dueling promos from Hulk Hogan and Vader begin the show.

Tony, Bobby, and “Mean” Gene Okerlund make prognostications regarding the main event. They state that “Nature Boy” Ric Flair is here tonight.

Earlier in the night two men were having a conversation in the back of a long white limousine. Tony speculates that one of them is Flair. Vader emerges and harasses the cameraman.  A second limousine pulls up, and Vader harasses the driver. He believes Hogan is in the limousine then busts out the passenger window.

Following that Vader storms the podium where Eric Bischoff and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes are located. He then runs to the ring, pulls Marcus Bagwell from the apron, and rams him into the ring apron.

After the Patriot pins his opponent (either Romeo Valentino or Dino Casanova) Vader drops an elbow into the center of Patriot’s back. He delivers a powerbomb to either Valentino or Casanova then gives one to the Patriot.

Match 1: “Pretty” Paul Roma versus “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright


Rating: *1/2

Summary:  My assertions were correct. Roma was being such an incredible prick here. According to his shoot interview he was told to make Wright look good. Well, genius, you did the polar opposite here. Instead you made the rookie look like a jobber, <insult redacted>!

Meanwhile Wright remains undefeated.

So what did WCW do about this situation? Possibly they’d kill Wright’s push in order to give a former tag team champion the rub? Although I’m speculating I’m fairly certain that’s what Roma thought, but we’d both be wrong. WCW wanted to push Wright as an up-and-coming young star. Due to his lack of professionalism here Roma was turfed from WCW. His last WCW match took place on 3/8 where he lost to “Flyin’” Brian Pillman. Good riddance!

Gene interviews Harlem Heat and Sister Sherri. After Sherri has a conniption during her promo Gene calls Stevie Ray by his brother’s name and rightly gets chastised for it. Booker T promises the Nasty Boys a Harlem Hangover tonight. Personally I hope that doesn’t involve peach schnapps. Yuck!

Backstage “Macho Man” Randy Savage is on the hotline praising Jay Lethal for his excellent impersonation skills Sting as his tag partner tonight against Big Bubba and Avalanche.

Match 2: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan versus Bunkhouse Buck (w/ Colonel Parker and Meng)


Rating: DUD

Summary: I thought the jobber matches were supposed to happen on the pre-show. Buck barely got any offense in here.

After the match Meng gets into the ring and destroys Duggan with a savate kick. He then applies a nerve hold. Now I know why the above match occurred.

Back in the dressing room Gene interviews the Nasty Boys. At least Gene didn’t call one by the other one’s name. Before Gene would visit Pity City I’m sure he’d have his lawyer on speed-dial.

Match 3: Kevin Sullivan (w/ the Butcher) versus Evad Sullivan


Rating: DUD

Summary: In case you didn’t already know Kevin Sullivan was one of the bookers for WCW. Similar to Starrcade he booked himself a meaningless PPV match that was worthless to the viewer. Pass on this crap immediately please!

After the match Butcher is seen writhing in pain on the floor while holding his face. Kevin assists him from the ring down the aisle then leaves him there. Why not? Heels like Sullivan are supposed to lack compassion.

Tony gives a shout-out to the Spanish announcing team of Miguel Alonzo and Pedro Morales.

Back in the dressing room Gene interviews Avalanche and Big Bubba Rogers. Bubba once again is wearing a derby and a suit. Bubba’s education (or lack thereof) comes into play for a moment.

Sting is backstage talking with Mike Tenay on the WCW hotline about saving TNA’s skin at Victory Road after Jeff Hardy participated in no condition to perform bashing Bubba’s brains in to help with his math skills.

Match 4 for the WCW World Tag Team titles: Harlem Heat (champions w/ Sister Sherri) versus the Nasty Boys


Rating: **

Summary: What you just witnessed/smelled was a Dusty finish…in 1995! As a booker Dusty Rhodes made this type of finish popular over 10 years prior to this match. It is a terrible finish and insults the intelligence of the wrestling fan. They should be abolished immediately.

Back in the dressing room Gene disgusts me by calling this show one of the best shows he’s attended. He then interviews Sting and Savage. The “Macho Man” isn’t talking. Sting shows us a scar that Savage gave him during a heated discussion. Lover’s quarrel, I bet.

Tony shills Uncensored on March 19…in the same month as WM XI…fascinating.

We then see highlights of the Blacktop Bully being arrested and Colonel Parker bailing him out to the tune of $75,000. Next we get highlights from WCW Saturday Night shown on 2/4 (taped 1/11/95) of Rhodes, Sting, and Savage against the Blacktop Bully, Bunkhouse Buck, and new Stud Stable member “Dirty” Dick Slater.

Match 5: “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes versus the Blacktop Bully (w/ Colonel Parker and Meng)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: This match had its moments. With a little more seasoning I bet these guys could pull off a much better match at the next PPV.

Back in the dressing room Gene interviews Vader who is raving like a lunatic.

In the entranceway Gene interviews “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. He questions Flair about being in Vader’s limousine. Flair states he will be sitting in the front row, and the party will be at the Marriott all night long. Afterwards Doug Dellinger escorts him to his seat.

Match 6: Avalanche and Big Bubba Rogers versus Sting and “Macho Man” Randy Savage


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Great match as Sting and Savage brought the goods against the big men.

Call the hotline to speak with Harlem Heat. If you don’t then you’ll wake up tomorrow with a Harlem hangover.

Highlights of Vader are shown including his face-to-face confrontation with Hogan at Starrcade. Also included is the powerbomb from Vader at the Clash. What wasn’t shown was Hogan’s no-selling of said powerbomb.

Gene interviews Hogan and Hart back in the dressing room.

Match 7 for the WCW World title: Hulk Hogan (champion w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Vader


Rating: ***

Summary: Surprisingly not a bad match between these two big men. Vader worked in his spots while Hogan got his. Flair’s interference at the end leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but I want to see a rematch.

After the match Hogan gives Flair the big boot and chokes him. Vader re-enters the ring and double-teams Hogan with Flair. The currently retired twelve-time former champion slaps on the figure-four leg lock while Vader mounts the top turnbuckle. Before any chicanery can occur Savage and Sting hit the ring with chairs. Tony smells collusion between Vader and Flair.

Conclusion: Well, this show ended a lot better than it started. There is definitely more to the story between Hogan and Vader. Hopefully there is a rematch at Uncensored. The semi-main event tag team match was really good. Seek that out not only for the good versus evil component but also the big man versus smaller man component.

Since the Blacktop Bully stole a victory from Dustin Rhodes I smell a rematch between those two. Whether you’re a fan of Harlem Heat or of a Dusty finish you got your wish with the tag title match. Neither Kevin nor Evad Sullivan belongs anywhere near a wrestling ring. Please make them stop! On top of that a Duggan squash of Bunkhouse Bunk belongs on WCW Saturday Night rather than a PPV.

As an addendum to my comments regarding the first match Roma did not work another televised match for a major wrestling company after his match here. Hence his unprofessional attitude blackballed him from the industry. I hope he saved his money and found a niche befitting such an egomaniac.

As far as my recommendation is concerned I would stay far away from this show. Besides the Roma debacle nothing truly historic happened.

See you at Uncensored!

Buyrate: 0.95

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