Live from Norfolk, VA

Airdate: November 26, 1995

Attendance: 12,000 (8,038 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Boot up your desktop PC running Windows 3.11, dial up your ISP on your 14.4k modem, and participate in live “electronic” chat on CompuServe: “go conventions.” Gotta love 1995 technology!

On the side stage “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Hulk Hogan, Sting, and Randy Savage. Hogan sheds the Dark side by burning the black bandana and shirt in a can. There’s ABSOLUTELY NO WAY Hulk Hogan is turning heel! He then tells us to “observe this” as he has a copy of the latest Wrestling Observer (he referred to it as “the rag sheet”). According to Hogan Meltzer picked the Giant to win the battle royal and that Savage’s arm is fine. In the Observer Meltzer refutes these comments.

Highlights of the feud between DDP and Badd are shown including the Diamond Doll leaving DDP on WCW Saturday Night.

Match 1 for the World TV title: Johnny B. Badd (champion) versus Diamond Dallas Page (w/ the Diamond Doll and Maxx Muscle)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: The chemistry between these two wrestlers is fantastic, and I’m sure this story hasn’t finished yet.

After the match the Diamond Doll enters the ring and hugs Badd.

By the entrance Gene shills the hotline by hyping a story about further developments in the WWF steroid scandal and the alleged witness tampering by Marty Bergman. Well, not in so many words, but you get the gist. Anyways, he interviews Badd along with the Diamond Doll. Badd offers her a job as his manager, and the Doll will contemplate it.

Match 2 (taped fist): “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan versus Big Bubba Rogers


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Duggan’s charisma held this one together…barely.

On the side stage Gene interviews Ric Flair. Norfolk loves the “Nature Boy.”

Match 3: Akira Hokuto and Bull Nakano (w/ Sonny Onoo) versus Mayumi Ozaki and Cutie Suzuki


Rating: ****

Summary: Once Suzuki got involved the wrestling was less one-sided and became much more exciting. Check this out!

On the side stage Gene shills the hotline again then interviews Jimmy Hart with Lex Luger. “The Total Package” reads his lines from a cue card on the floor. It was THAT obvious.

Match 4 for the WCW US title: Kensuke Sasaki (champion w/ Sonny Onoo) versus “The Crippler” Chris Benoit


Rating: ***

Summary: While the beginning was very slow the offense throughout the match was all high-impact. Good stuff.

Gene interviews the Taskmaster with the Giant and Jimmy Hart. Taskmaster refers to the Giant as the “uncrowned champion.” Gene tries to create mutiny within the Dungeon of Doom. Just for the sake of being hokey the Giant recites a poem in Hogan’s honor.

Tony shills WCW Starrcade ’95 on December 27 (Wednesday) only on PPV! Good luck with the buyrate on the Wednesday after Christmas!

Video package on the Luger-Savage feud.

Gene interviews Randy Savage. Regarding the current condition of his arm Savage believes he’s “a million percent.” OK, then.

Match 5: “The Total Package” Lex Luger (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage


Rating: *

Summary: Somehow I gather that this feud isn’t over. Savage is so limited with his bad arm that they made an angle out of it.

After the match Luger won’t release the hold. Sting runs in to discuss more Main Event Fitness business strategy in order for him to release the hold. So Luger’s both a face and a heel? Tweener-mania, folks!

Video package on the feud between Sting and Flair.

Match 6: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair versus Sting


Rating: ****

Summary: It’s like watching the same great movie over and over again. It never gets old and is always as good as expected.

Promotional video package for the battle royal.

On the side stage Gene interviews Hogan again. Boos can be heard from the crowd especially from my desk.

Match 7 (60-man battle royal for the WCW World title):


  1. Sting
  2. Hulk Hogan
  3. Randy Savage
  4. Lex Luger
  5. Four Horsemen: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, “The Crippler” Chris Benoit, and “Flyin’” Brian Pillman
  6. Dungeon of Doom: The Taskmaster, Meng, Shark, Zodiac, Hugh Morrus, Yeti, Giant
  1. American Males Marcus Bagwell and Scotty Riggs
  2. WCW World tag team champions Harlem Heat Booker T and Stevie Ray
  3. Nasty Boys Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags
  4. Blue Bloods Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton
  5. The Super Assassins #1 and #2 (aka the Powers of Pain: Warlord and Barbarian under masks)
  6. Stud Stable “Dirty” Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck
  7. Barrio Brothers Ricky Santana and Fidel Sierra
  1. Kensuke Sasaki
  2. Johnny B. Badd
  3. DDP
  4. Eddie Guerrero
  5. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan
  6. Big Bubba Rogers
  7. Road Warrior Hawk
  8. Scott “Flash” Norton
  9. VK Wallstreet
  10. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff
  11. One Man Gang
  12. “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright
  13. Mr. JL
  14. Cobra
  15. Disco Inferno
  16. Kurasawa
  1. Sgt. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman
  2. Scott and Steve Armstrong
  3. Big Train Bart
  4. Chris Kanyon
  5. “Jumpin’” Joey Maggs
  6. Maxx Muscle
  7. Buddy Lee Parker
  8. James Earl Wright
  9. Mark Starr
  10. Evad Sullivan
  11. “Squire” David Taylor
  12. Bobby Walker
  13. “Pistol” Pez Whatley
  14. Mike Winner


Rating: NONE

Summary: Once it was paired down to the last ten men the match became a lot more bearable. Before then it was a mess.

After the match Hogan slams the Giant on the floor, hears the bell ringing, and sprints back to the ring. He tries to appeal his case to no avail. Gene enters the ring as Buffer announces Savage as the new World champion. The crowd boos Hogan out of the building. Savage wants to see the film, but Gene says “Wait for Nitro tomorrow night!” Afterwards Hogan and Savage shake hands, share an “Oh yeah,” and embrace.

Conclusion: Pure chaos became pure controversy, but, at least for the time being, the WCW title is no longer held up. The fallout from the battle royal should be pretty good on Nitro. So WCW brought a water cooler topic to the office the next day hoping to lure viewers to Nitro. I wonder if it works.

With that being said, the rest of the card was really good. In spite of the Duggan/Bubba and Savage/Luger matches the rest was very entertaining and worthwhile. If you’ve never seen this show you owe it to yourself to check it out. Just be forewarned the battle royal is long and tedious (much like my list of highlights from it.)

See you for the Monday Night War week 12!

Buyrate: 0.43 (better than IYH 4 but not as good as Survivor Series)

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