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’94 WCW BLOGJECT: 6/25/94

by on June 23, 2011

TONIGHT! FLAIR AND HOGAN SIGN A CONTRACT! GUARDIAN ANGEL! THE FIRST PRETTY WONDERFUL OPENING SOUNDBYTE WITHOUT ANY GAY BASHING! DUSTIN RHODES AND ARN ANDERSON VERSUS HARLEM HEAT! A PRE-TAPED MOTORCADE!

 In huge news, Bobby Heenan FINALLY CHANGED CLOTHES! He claimed it was “to get ready for Main Event tomorrow”. Lots of effort for the B-show. Also, Schiavone announces that Ted Turner will be at the Hogan/Flair contract signing later in the show.

GUARDIAN ANGEL vs BUTCH LONG
-How did ANYONE think this was a tough, crimefighting look?

-Why isn’t there anyone in wrestling named Butch anymore?
-Schiavone recapped the entire Clash in about five sentences before the bell rang.
-I like Butch Long. Really good bumper (in particular, he made the Angel’s punches look even more awesome than they were)
-Long also got SPIKED on a side slam. What a man.
-Angel wins with the Bossman Slam…um, is that the Angel Spike? The Guardian Bomb?
-After the match, Angel chants “VADER!” like he’s trying to run some sort of protest to get Vader in the ring.

The Guardian Angel joins Gene at the interview set. He reiterates the whole story of having his nightstick stripped and how the Angels turned his life around. Wrestling needs more fabricated feel-good stories and less real-life falls from grace.

Devon Sawa was  in a Nerf commercial in the sponsored messages spot. Don’t forget to celebrate Devon Sawa Day on September 7th!

PRETTY WONDERFUL (Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma) vs TODD MORTON & CHRIS HOUSTON
-They caught this guy not catcalling the bad guys, but just screaming for no particular reason:

-It’s a mean irony that every person they show in the crowd chanting “PAULA!” is a mannish-lookin’ lady.
-Orndorff delivers his ode to the WWF Superstars arcade game with a suplex into the turnbuckles!

-Houston looked like he was a dream to work with. He seemed like he went up light as a feather for everything and he had no regard for his own body as long as the bump looked good.
-Roma pinned Houston with one finger after Orndorff piledrove him (Is “piledrove” the correct past-tense verb for “piledrive”? Is it “piledriven”?)

The fake contract they showed for the Hogan/Flair preview before the commercial break was epically fake.

They obviously went for the urban youth demographic with this WCW Hotline ad:

We go to the CNN Center for the Hogan/Flair contract signing. The production was put together like they asked the CNN crew to film, light and edit the footage. Compare this to the press conference months ago for the Vader/Flair feud:

They keep using the term “Unified World Title”, so I’m thinking Hogan thought “WCW World Title” was below him. Ted Turner blatantly read a prepared speech that was written by a public relations worker off of a teleprompter when he sat down at the table. Flair cuts a promo about how everyone claims that Hogan made all of these wrestlers millionaires and how people say Hogan’s the sole reason that wrestling became a phenomenon that seemed like he’s played it over in his head for years. They bring up the friction level and get JUST close enough to fisticuffs, but don’t take it there so you want to see it at the pay-per-view. Other than Hogan oddly making himself look like a coward by walking out on Flair, it was a GREAT angle.
One question: what’s that THING in the middle of the table?

They replay clips of the Flair/Sting match from the Clash, specifically around Sherri turning on Sting to join Ric Flair. Thumbs up to Sherri for having enough guts to let Sting bust out a pescado on her.

We go to the Bash at the Beach Control Center, where Gene Okerlund announces that Shaquille O’Neal will hand the winner of the main event the title belt. It was ridiculously blatant that the celebrities were all being brought in for Hogan. Look at this!

Also, I’m surprised no indies with a decent Photoshop guy haven’t tried ripping off/mocking the Bash at the Beach match graphic design with how cheap it looked:

RICKY “The Dragon” STEAMBOAT vs BUDDY WAYNE
-They played a horribly fake-sounding sound effect when Steamboat blew his fire.
-Steamboat must’ve really liked Wayne since the match started really even-steven.
-Like the Pillman match a couple of weeks ago, Wayne took some tremendous bumps for Steamboat.
-I can see why Rip Rogers pushed to run that angle with Bryan Alvarez, Buddy Wayne and Ted McNaler. McNaler wrestles and looks very similar to a young Wayne.
-Steamboat wins with a top rope crossbody that Wayne bumped awesomely for.

HARLEM HEAT (Kane & Kole) vs DUSTIN RHODES & ARN ANDERSON
-Anderson and Rhodes get a picture-in-picture promo before the match.
-Arn Anderson was underrated at taking a beating. Booker T. got him in the corner early on to pound him with repeated punches and Arn made it look like Booker had him on the edge of death.
-Harlem Heat “got the heat” on Dustin, but not much heat was to be gotten as Rhodes pretty much bumped them around the whole time.
-The Heat looked semi-clueless with Arn after he got the hot tag from Rhodes. It was shockingly bad.
-Arn got the pin with the DDT to close out the show.

Overall, this was one of the best episodes of the show in a couple of months. All of the enhancement guys looked great, the Hogan/Flair contract signing was a fantastic angle and the show felt about as major league as WCW had looked in a long time.

-TOM.
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