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’94 WCW BLOGJECT: 4/16/94

by on May 2, 2011

SCORPIO, BAGWELL & ICE TRAIN FIGHT “Those Princes of Darkness” HARLEM HEAT & RON SIMMONS! AFFIRMATIVE ACTION! SPRING STAMPEDE PREVIEW!  BAD ATTITUDE CLASH WITH THUNDER & LIGHTNING! DUN DUN DUN DUNNNNNN!

JOHNNY B. BADD vs MATT SHEPARD
-They announced Badd against Diamond Dallas Page for the next night at Spring Stampede, but they were vague about it and Shepard had very DDP-esque gear, so I honestly thought it was happening on this show right now.
-Badd glid his junk across Shepard’s head on a low leapfrog before knocking out Shepard in a sub-minute-long bout.
-I’m guessing the Badd Blaster was meant to be phallic, right?

Gene Okerlund’s standing by with Harlem Heat & Ron Simmons. Booker T. tried combining jive talk with big words like “dastardly”. Doesn’t work, bud.
They false-advertised Hulk Hogan, to the point of Gene Okerlund flat-out saying, “I talked to Hulk, he’s got his ticket and he’ll be in Chicago”, for Spring Stampede during the announcers’ three-shot talking segment before the next match.

“The Enforcer” ARN ANDERSON vs HAITO (w/Pat Tanaka)
-Gary Michael Cappetta announced Tanaka not as Haito’s partner or even manager. He announced him as Haito’s countryman. Apparently, being born in the same general place as your charge got you a manager’s license in WCW.
-Paul Diamond/Haito threw chops way too close to the throat. I’d hate to plan out a match with him and hear him suggest, “Kid, tonight I’m going to work you over with some chops”.
-Haito busts out Arn’s own DDT for a nearfall, but Arn’s all like “Nuh-uh, buddy” and doesn’t really sell it.
-I love Arn Anderson as a babyface since he never really switched things up. He didn’t do some fast-paced babyface comeback. Once in a while, he pumped his fists. But, for the most part, Arn Anderson wrestled like Arn Anderson, no matter the situation.
-Really innovative finish for 1994 heavyweight pro wrestling, as Haito jumped off the top rope and Arn caught him with a spinebuster out of the air! Tanaka ran in and caused the DQ, with the Japanese contigent hurting Arn with that straddled hurdle jump deal that the World’s Greatest Tag Team does now. Odd to set up an angle for next week with the pay-per-view being the next day.
A Schiavone voiceover sent to a replay of the finish of Bad Attitude versus Thunder & Lightning from WCW Pro earlier that morning. Ironically enough, the first second of the clip included Jeff Warner tripping over his own feet while running the ropes. Bad Attitude won that match when Keirn (the illegal man) got the pin and got heat for it. Simpler times.

BAD ATTITUDE (Steve Keirn & Bobby Eaton) vs THUNDER & LIGHTNING
-For those of you who think it’s racist when they announce Japanese dudes as just being from Japan: Bad Attitude were announced as being from “Florida”.
-I posted a picture of it in another Blogject post, but seriously I must remind you how awkward Bobby Eaton looks in the costume:

-Apparently Orlando, Florida is the “lightning capital of the world”, according to T&L’s intro.
-Heenan: “Do you know who trained Thunder & Lightning? Willard Scott.”
-Tony Schiavone forgot the names of his children when Heenan tried making a joke about them.
-I enjoyed the spot where Eaton & Lightning did the criss-cross spot, but the heels actually out-smarted the faces, as Keirn got a blind tag and BLASTED Lightning with a forearm.
-Bad Attitude go over with the Attitude Adjustment (a double flapjack, not a horrible-looking Death Valley Driver).
-After the match, Keirn called out the Sullivan Brothers (Kevin & Dave).

ERIK WATTS vs RON OATES
-I noted it back in a January edition of the Blogject, but Watts really seemed to throw a TON of dropkicks to make up for the infamous one from Starrcade ’92.
-Watts reversed a chokeslam with an armdrag. I never thought I’d ever see an enhancement guy go for a chokeslam, let alone Watts go all lucha on his butt to reverse it.
-Watts wins with the STF quickly.

TANAKA SAN (w/Haito) vs KENNY KENDALL

-Yep, it was really spelt “Tanaka San”, like “San” was his last name.
-Tanaka went nuts, bumping for Kendall at the beginning. It really is a pleasure to see Pat Tanaka take his quick bumps.
-Tanaka dumped Kendall with a Liger Bomb before submitting Kendall with a short armscissors.
-Haito jumps Kendall after the match, but Arn Anderson saves Kendall. I wonder if they planned on pushing Kendall as an Anderson protege or something.

CONTROL CENTER
-Gene Okerlund said, “As Kenny Loggins once said, ‘This is it!'”. I really think he could’ve said it without the Kenny Loggins part.
-“Here’s your bonus baby, finger-poppin’ Johnny B. Badd!” – Gene talking about the Badd/DDP match on the PPV.

They replay a Lord Steven Regal interview from WCW Pro that morning with Larry Zbyszko. Regal goes off about John Wayne being a draft dodger and America paying the Russians off, then the Russians spied on us. Zbyszko leaves the interview, mad at the America trash-talk and Regal’s all flustered.

TERRA RYZING vs TERRY TAYLOR

-No wonder HHH was so paranoid about whether he’s “f****’ going over” all the time, since WCW made him wear a magic carpet to the ring.
-Between the way HHH spoke about him on the Big Show DVD and the time Taylor spent working with him on the road, I’m surprised it didn’t get Taylor a lifer spot in WWE like Regal has.
-You can practically see Taylor putting things into Ryzing’s head about working, as Ryzing will put on a hold and move like he just wants to go right into another hold, but Taylor turns his head like he says something and Ryzing stays with that hold, working it more.
-Heenan: “In the ring, Taylor always knows where he’s going. Out of it…he’s illiterate, ya know?”
-The match ended up as a time limit draw. Ryzing jumps Taylor after the bell, setting up a rematch at Spring Stampede the next night.

PRETTY WONDERFUL (Paul Roma & Paul Orndorff) vs BILL PAYNE & BRIAN ARMSTRONG

-At this point in his career, Armstrong really sold like he was fighting a mule.
-Roma hit an AWESOME scoop powerslam on Payne after faking him out while running the ropes. He scooped him up, then spun around like Samoa Joe or Goldust.
-Roma was fantastic, marking out over his own high dropkick.
-Roma hit his swan dive splash off of the top (which looked a HUNDRED times better than it had in the past), then pinned Payne with his fingertips for the win.
-Orndorff won my heart by flicking his armpit sweat at the fans after the match.

We go back to Gene Okerlund, who pitches to a replay of the angle from the March 12 Saturday Night where Steamboat accidentally chopped Flair before going to promos from Flair & Steamboat (Steamboat’s was about how the scenario never changes: Flair’s the champion and Steamboat’s chasing).


THE PATRIOT vs TODD ZANE

-Todd Zane might look sleazier than Tony Zane, which is an accomplishment. He’s also wearing Nick Gage-style red-and-black tights, which I dig.
-Zane is SCARED TO DEATH OF DROPKICKS. He took two in this match and both times covered his face, looking completely frightened.
-Patriot wins with the full nelson slam.

Gene Okerlund then sends us to a replay of the Regal/Pillman piledriver angle from WCW Worldwide at the beginning of March.

THE SULLIVAN BROTHERS (Kevin & Dave) vs DAVE HART & BUTCH LONG
-Sullivan cuts a promo walking to the ring to Steve Keirn, talking about how he does the slapping, not anyone else.
-Terra Ryzing must’ve seen Dave Hart, thought “Man, that look is MONEY!” and the rest is history…

-Dave Hart is taking a BEATING from Kevin Sullivan. Kevin might’ve been a more brutal squasher at this point than Vader, which says a LOT.
-Butch Long was in the ring for approximately ten seconds, which means someone must’ve hated Hart.
-Kevin Sullivan pinned Hart with a double-stomp, then the sound guy played Brian Pillman’s old music as they left. Weird moment.
Gene Okerlund then sent us to clips from Superbrawl 4, when Brian Knobbs hit Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne with the guitar, setting up the Chicago Street Fight at Spring Stampede.

BUNKHOUSE BUCK (w/ Col. Parker) vs BRAD ANDERSON
-For some odd reason, Tony yelled Buck’s name in a Southern accent when he came out. Also, Buck got to come out to the music he eventually made his own, not Austin’s leftover music.
-This is Gene Anderson’s kid? You’d think he was a Peach State Machine Gun…

-Other than almost kneeing Bunkhouse Buck on an O’Connor Roll, Anderson seemed like he was a solid wrestler.
-Buck knocks out Anderson with the loaded glove punch for the win, then hogties Anderson after the match.

We go back to Gene, who pitches to a replay of the finish of last week’s Trophy Match, which was concluded with Bunkhouse Buck laying out Dustin Rhodes with Erik Watts’ trophy.

RON SIMMONS & HARLEM HEAT (Kole & Kane) vs 2 COLD SCORPIO, MARCUS ALEXANDER BAGWELL & ICE TRAIN (w/Teddy Long)
-Do you think Bagwell felt left out during this match?
-Ice Train absolutely wore mis-matched boots to the ring. His tights look very much like a diaper too.

-Say what you will about Bagwell being shoehorned in with Scorpio, but they both were REALLY over (probably because of Scorpio, but still) around this time in Center Stage. Going back to that Nasty Boys title match weeks ago, they had more momentum than most acts in WCW around this time.
-Harlem Heat & Simmons got the heat on Bagwell, which has to be following some sort of sociodemographic horror story theme.
-Lots of chinlockin’ going on, but luckily for the, the crowd’s with Bagwell every inch of the way.
-Ice Train gets the hot tag and looks all cranky like one of Bebe’s Kids!
-The match goes wild like most of these matches do, then Simmons chopblocks Train while he’s going for a gorilla press on Kane, causing Kane to fall on Train for the victory.
-Something caught on fire at the end of the match since the building was filling with smoke during the pinfall.

Gene Okerlund pitches to a replay of the ending of Superbrawl IV’s main event, where the Boss helped Ric Flair beat Vader (which set up Boss vs Vader at Spring Stampede).

After a commercial, we get a replay of the angle where Sting paid some women off to get Rick Rude to sign a contract for Spring Stampede under the guise of it being an autograph and…the show’s over. Huh.

Overall, not an incredibly strong episode, but they sold-sold-sold for the pay-per-view and at least gave a reason for one bonus Spring Stampede match (Taylor/Ryzing) and announced the other (DDP/Badd) ahead of time, unlike in the past when they’d just throw extra stuff on the show for no reason. On the plus side, the former Orient Express being involved in an angle gives me hope for upcoming episodes.

-TOM.
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