Here we are after the events of World War 3! The very face of WCW was changed, let’s see what the fallout entails from Salem, Virginia on November 27, 1995.
Bischoff, Heenan and McMichael on commentary as usual, start talking right away about possible controversy surrounding Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage from the World War 3 pay per view the night before. Sting and Lex Luger are set to team up against Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson later in the episode. Will they be able to coexist?
Johnny B. Badd(with Diamond Doll) vs Diamond Dallas Page
This is a return match from World War 3, as Badd retained his World Television Title and gained the managerial services of Kimberly. DDP comes to the ring with a bouquet of roses, looking very distraught. Page hands the flowers to Kimberly and sucker punched Badd to start the match. Kimberly looks somewhat torn as to where she should be leaning. Kimberly looks into the flowers and pulls out a chain during the match. Page is in firm control of the match until Badd hits a flying head scissors. Page asks Kimberly for the chain, she throws it in, it goes between Page’s legs and Badd gets it, wraps it around his fist and hits DDP for the victory. After the match, Badd asks Kimberly who she was throwing it to, she acts flustered and is just happy that Badd won. Interesting twist there, wasn’t expecting how that went down.
Winner: Johnny B. Badd via pinfall
Back from break, we find that Hulk Hogan is slated to face the Dungeon of Doom’s newest member, Hugh Morrus later. Mean Gene Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and Kevin Sullivan on the entrance ramp. Sullivan confronts Hart about Sting and Luger acting chummy the night before, saying if Sting didn’t talk Luger into breaking the hold, The Dungeon would hold the Heavyweight Championship. Jimmy counters, saying that him, Luger and Sting have a plan, which Sullivan seems to be ok with.
Cutie Suzuki and Mayumi Okami vs Bull Nakano and Akira Hokuto
This is another return match from World War 3, with Nakano and Hokuto picking up the victory previously. Hokuto stats off eating a double clothesline but Nakano quickly evens the odds. Bull hits power moves then tags Hokuto in again. Suzuki and Okami start double teaming, and Suzuki hits a full nelson suplex with bridge for a a near fall. Nakano misses a top rope leg drop and the faces hit her with double foot stomps from the top rope. Nakano fights back with a double suplex and Hokuto comes in with a splash to both faces from the top rope. Hokuto hits a nice powerbomb and northern lights suplex for a nearfall. Hokuto goes for a somersalt senton from the top to the outside but her partner is the only one there to take the punishment. Hokuto hits Suzuki with a beautiful fisherman’s buster for the pinfall win. Fun match, much more clean and crisp compared to the night before.
Winners: Bull Nakano and Arika Hokuto via pinfall
Hugh Morrus vs Hulk Hogan
Commentary is putting Morrus and his unstable mentality over big time, that he is unpredictable and dangerous. Apparently, he laughs for no reason, gets serious looking, then laughs again and that is crazy. Hulk in control early with a wristlock, but Morrus is able to counter it but misses an elbow drop. Hogan bites Morrus’ head, not exactly the most baby face move. Morrus gets whipped into the corner but comes of the 2nd turnbuckle with a clothesline. Bischoff says you can hear the crowd chanting for Hogan, I disagree completely. Morrus goes for a moonsault, but it is more like a backflip headbutt. Hugh goes for the pin but Hogan hulks up, 3 punches, big boot, leg drop, pinfall win for the Hulkster. This was nothing impressive or entertaining. Morrus getting a moonsault was great, the rest was overly boring and average.
Winner: Hulk Hogan via pinfall
Mean Gene brings out the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Macho Man Randy Savage. Savage says he’s going on a reign of terror, no matter how long it lasts and will take on all challengers. He addresses the controversy and Hogan comes out and says he didn’t get thrown over the top rope. The video cuts out and The Giant comes out to attack both men. Savage eats a chokeslam on the entrance ramp(OUCH) and Giant attacks Hogan. Sting comes to try and save Hulk and Hogan takes a chair to Giant’s back 5 times before he was dumped over the top rope. Hogan keeps going after Giant with weak looking chairshots(but in hindsight, I’m glad they aren’t swinging for the fences) until Giant leaves and Hogan and Sting tend to Savage. Back at commentary, Heenan defends The Giant, but all three of them are confused why Sting has called off Luger the night before and Hogan tonight.
Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson vs Lex Luger and Sting
Anderson and Sting start off the match and Arn hits a huge spinebuster but Luger breaks up a pin attempt. Luger and Sting get stereo military press slams on Anderson and Pillman as the heels take some time outside to gather themselves. Anderson has Luger tag in and it backfires, Luger is in control and tags in Sting. Stinger splash in the corner and he locks in the Scorpion Death Lock. Pillman goes to the top rope, but Luger pushes him off right into Sting and Anderson. Commentary can’t decide if that was intentional or not. Sting rolls up Pillman out of nowhere and gets the pinfall win. Ric Flair runs out and 3 of the 4 horsemen beatdown on Luger and Sting. Hogan runs out to save the day and clears the ring before attending to Sting. Hogan goes to hit Luger, but Sting stops him, and Hulk is not happy about it. They argue a bit but shake hands in the end.
Winners: Sting and Lex Luger via pinfall
Commentary has no update on Macho Man’s condition but talk up his tenacity as the show ends. Some good stuff on this episode, more action packed than I’ve seen over the past episodes. I also have to admit, it’s getting a little annoying seeing so much focus on Hulk Hogan. I understand that he was the biggest star they had, but the other main event players deserve more and the undercard talent feels like an afterthought with no real storylines to speak of. I know that one hour isn’t enough time to touch on those characters, but it also feels as if there is no effort here. With names like Ric Flair, Sting, Giant and Lex Luger in the main event scene along with Benoit, Guerrero, Pillman, Malenko, DDP and Harlem Heat, there’s no reason for so many throw away matches.
Speaking of the tag teams, where have they been???? Hopefully that gets answered soon, I’d like to see the titles and contenders more, instead of Big Name A and B teaming to face Big Name C and D.