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’94 WCW BLOGJECT: 6/4/94

by on June 2, 2011

TONIGHT! RANDY ANDERSON SHOWS YOU A TELEVISION WORLD CHAMPION’S BELT!

…Oh, and we see the finish to the Zbyszko/Regal TV Title match. PLUS…HUNKY HEARTTHROB MARCUS BAGWELL FIGHTS FOR THE UNITED STATES TITLE AND THE NASTY BOYS FIGHT IN TAG TEAM ACTION!

The three-announcer stand-up begins the show, as Gene Okerlund says that 96-97% of WCW Hotline callers said they wanted Hulk Hogan in WCW. Bobby Heenan claims he called the Hotline one-hundred fifty times to try to stop the madness. Nick Bockwinkel walks in to announce Sting versus Ric Flair to unify the two World Champions at Clash of the Champions, using his own past and how he hated how the NWA had a World Champion when he was AWA Champion, as partial reasoning.

We go to footage from last week’s main event (in which the ending didn’t air). The art of the cliffhanger ending in wrestling is lost and dead, considering with the internet and 5,000 other television shows how there’s no excuse to be delay airing a finish for a full week. Not only did they cut off the show before the ending last week, but they had the gall to throw in a commercial break between what they aired last week and the ending of the match. They did the Bret/Piper Wrestlemania 8 finish where Regal had Zbyszko in the sleeper and Zbyszko pushed off of the ropes to land on top for the win, only when he did so, he also knocked Sir William off of the apron in a clever touch.

The building went BALLISTIC for the finish. As in, the screen capture above is so blurry since the cameraman was shaking as the crowd noise intensified.
Larry Zbyszko walks over to Gene Okerlund for a post-match interview. It’s only really notable for Gene Okerlund referring to him as “The Steel Man from the Steel City”.

From the WCW Merchandise Catalog commercial…I REALLY want this if someone could find one for me. My birthday is August 11.

Sensuous Sherri comes out for a promo. I’ve figured it out: her WCW gimmick has to be that she has horrible timing in the bedroom and consistantly has the best sex of her life RIGHT before they call her in to do promos. She announces that her new protege will be displayed at the upcoming Clash of the Champions.

RICKY “The Dragon” STEAMBOAT vs RON OATES
-Ron Oates does weird things with his mouth.

-Ron Oakes is extremely lucky that Ricky Steamboat can run while completely squatted down or else he’d have popped a testicle or three due to his low leapfrogs.
-During this match, a NEWS BULLETIN APPEARED ON THE SCREEN. Yes, very MSNBC-esque.

-HULK HOGAN HAS SIGNED WITH WCW! HULK HOGAN HAS SIGNED WITH WCW! WHO CARES ABOUT THIS BULLCRAP WRESTLING MATCH!?!?!? There was a beeping noise, so this is important.
-The commentators announce that next week, they’ll show the official press conference and parade to announce the Hulk Hogan signing. They’re treating this match like there’s no one in the ring; this is ridiculous in a VERY WCW way.
-The announcers paid so much attention to the match that Steamboat won the match and ten seconds later, Tony Schiavone blurts out, “Oh, Steamboat hit
the bodypress? He won the match!”

Ric Flair runs out to the interview area and has an epic FREAKOUT over Hulk Hogan signing with WCW, then brilliantly transitions it to how his unification match is a bigger deal since it’s two WCW-born guys and Hogan hasn’t proven himself yet.

Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan join Gene Okerlund for an interview, sporting their newly-won WCW Tag Team Title belts. Judging by this still, Cactus is better off wearing weird Native American clothing, considering he can’t even pull off this bitchin’ leather jacket.

Sullivan smacks Jack in the face to see if he knew the difference between pain and pleasure. This is one of those super-intense pro wrestling team promos where you kind of think whoever came up with the idea for it wanted the two characters to eventually become lovers.

THE NASTY BOYS (Knobbs & Saggs) vs  LARRY SANTO & MIKE WINNER
-The Nasties got the enhancement wrestler non-entrance announcement for some reason.

-Winner ended up as a co-trainer at the WCW Power Plant. I believe he had a decent run in Portland before he was brought in to work under Jody Hamilton.
-Like with the previous match, the commentators are completely ignoring this match to hype up Hulk Hogan’s big contract signing. It’s a shame, as the Nasties are beating the living tar out of poor Winner. They keep dropping the most painful-looking kneedrops I’ve ever seen; looks like they’re CRUSHING the poor guy’s nose.
-Santo took this AWESOME rolling bump off of an avalanche in the corner from Knobbs, then lost the match for his team after taking Saggs’ top rope elbow drop.

Gene Okerlund shills his Hotline report, saying he can go into wrestlers’ bedrooms if need be. Pervert. Anyway, he sends us to a Ray Traylor video as he trains with the Guardian Angels. I’ll let the screen caps speak for themselves.

United States Title: “Stunning” STEVE AUSTIN (w/Col. Robert Parker & Meng) vs MARCUS ALEXANDER BAGWELL
-Young Marcus Bagwell always amused me when he’d taunt heels by pumping his fists in the air and thrusting his pelvis all up in their business. Was he offering?
-Austin might’ve had better opposition during his Dangerous Alliance run, but 1994 arguably might’ve been his peak (minus the first eight months of 2001). He made guys like Marcus Bagwell look like great little wrestlers with the way he carried them. If you pay close attention, it’s all Austin’s work, but he does it subtly enough that you can’t catch it with the average eye.
-The commentators are doing a slightly better job of actually paying attention to this match, but it’s still about 80% Hogan talk (including an EPIC rant about how Hulk Hogan will cost lots of people their jobs and will tear WCW down brick-by-brick).
-Austin must’ve liked Bagwell or something since they did a spot during the falsies where Bagwell broke the unbreakable Hollywood & Vine leglock not once, but twice.
-Austin won the match with a pin after Bagwell missed a top rope dropkick, where he pulled the tights. Really solid little match.
We close the show with a promo from Col. Robert Parker, discussing Steve Austin’s upcoming US Title defense against Johnny B. Badd at the Clash. Meng was awesome, but possibly could’ve been more awesome if he did a Stevie Wonder gimmick.

If this is what we have to look forward to, with the commentators never talking about anything but Hulk Hogan, the next six months’ worth of shows will be incredibly irritating to get through. I get that it was a big deal, but the emphasis put on it was RIDICULOUS. Steve Austin and Marcus Bagwell had one of the better television matches of the past couple of months on that show and they were mostly ignored. I never thought I’d feel bad for Marc Bagwell…

-TOM.
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