Our weekly Chairshot Classics WCW PPV series continues with Bash At The Beach 1995!
Open: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is waiting backstage and welcomes in WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Sting. Meng may know 7 forms of martial arts, but Sting knows 7 forms of crazy, and there is no way he’s going down in front of his hometown crowd, especially with his parents in the front row!
Match #1 for the WCW United States Championship: Meng w/Col. Robert Parker vs. WCW United States Champion Sting
The Sting chants break out and the bell rings. They dance around and Meng backs him into a corner. Sting is cautious as Meng swings about. They reach up high for a test of strength, Sting takes position in the corner and they back off to regroup. Collar and elbow, Meng gets him in the corner, catches him with some high impact chops. Sting battles back and they go toe to toe. Sting gets the upperhand, but Meng has plenty of reserves. Collar and elbow, neutral position, Meng takes position. The ref tries to get him to back off and Meng obliges. They lock horns and this time, Meng catches him with shoulder blocks to the midsection. Chops to the traps on Sting and he eats an elbow. Meng tries a nerve hold, Sting rips his hands off.
Meng with a blatant choke in the corner, Sting drops to a knee and the ref has to break it. High elevation leg drop on Sting, lateral press and Sting kicks out. Nerve hold to the back of Sting’s neck, he reverses into a wrist lock and works into an arm bar. Meng goes for the eyes and backs Stinger into the corner. Front face lock, Sting blocks vertical suplexes twice. The hold is broken in the corner. They tie up once again, Meng with a cheap backhand chop. They hit the ropes hard, Sting can’t take Meng down with a clothesline. the Tongan is fired up. Collar and elbow tie up, a head butt and chop from Meng followed by a scoop slam. He goes for the 2nd rope, tries a big splash but Sting moves.
He sets for the Scorpion Deathlock, struggles to turn him but finally does. Parker is up on the apron and Sting takes the bait. Meng dumps him on the outside. From the apron, Meng smashes Sting into the turn buckle. A vertical suplex brings Sting back into the ring and Sting barely kicks out. Back breakers from Meng over and over again, he makes the cover and Sting gets his shoulder up again. Submission work from the big killer on the mat. Meng chucks Sting into the corner and locks in an abdominal stretch. A chop on the ropes and a whip in, Sting leaps for a sunset flip and he gets the big man over but its too close to the ropes.
Meng tries a sunset flip, Sting leaps into the air and lands on Meng’s face. Meng is up first and he locks in a modified Boston crab. Meng thinks he’s won but it was really broken on the ropes. He moves in for an elbow, Sting rolls out of the way and comes back with a belly to back suplex. Running clotheslines by Sting, he sends Meng for a big back body drop. Sting measures and takes out Meng at the knee and follows it with a Thesz Press. Sting leaps, takes him over with a hurricanrana but can’t put Meng away. Meng reverses the Irish whip. Sting uses the 2nd turnbuckle to come back with a cross body.
Meng is dazed, Sting wants the Stinger Splash but Meng cuts him off with a foot to the face. He tries a cover and Sting gets a boot on the bottom rope. From the 2nd rope, Meng lands a splash. The ref counts and Sting gets the shoulder up in the knick of time. Meng sends Sting for the ride, Stinger ducks a kick and rolls Meng up for the win.
Winner and STILL WCW United States Champion: Sting (Roll-Up)
- After The Bell: Meng is angry and ambushes Sting from behind. He looks like he wants more, but Road Warrior Hawk rushes down to stand by Sting’s side and stares him off.
- EA’s Take: Not sure if it’s the hot outdoor weather, but this match felt surprisingly slow. Lots of locking up and breaking it off. Some long holds toward the end. Not the flow I’m used to out of these guys and a disappointment after their match the previous month at Great American Bash.
Backstage: Mean Gene is getting a word with WCW World Television Champion The Renegade & Jimmy Hart. Hart has programmed Renegade to terminate on site. He is ready for Mr. Wonderful.
Match #2 for the WCW World Television Championship: ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff vs. WCW World Television Champion The Renegade w/Jimmy Hart
Renegade rushes Orndorff hard and Mr. Wonderful cuts him off with a boot to the gut. And knee to the head and Orndorff lays in some stomps and an elbow to the inside thigh. Orndorff climbs the turnbuckles but he’s too focused on Jimmy Hart. He lepas, Renegade gets the boot up. He runs Wonderful down and clotheslines him over the top rope. Up on the apron, Renegade pulls him over the top rope and drops him on his face. Side headlock by Renegade and he cranks away. Into the ropes, shoulder block by Renegade, they criss-cross and Renegade leaps for a kick to the gut, knocking Orndorff out.
Wonderful grabs a handful of sand and gets Renegade in the eyes. Belly to back suplex and he slaps Renegade down to the mat. He wears him down with a nerve hold and lays in some elbows. Renegade is run head first into the turnbuckle and he eats some forearms. Renegade is sent to the ropes for a dropkick to the face. Renegade blocks the spike piledriver with a back drop. Sloppy drop kicks by Renegade, Orndorff is sent to the ropes for a power slam. He pursues Orndorff but he’s dumped through the middle ropes. Orndorff drives his fist to the top of the head on the apron, and back in the ring, he tries a vertical suplex. Renegade blocks it, hits a belly to back suplex and there is a 3 count.
Winner and STILL WCW World Television Champion: The Renegade (Belly-To-Back Suplex)
- After The Bell: Orndorff claims he had his right shoulder up. He ambushes Renegade who no-sells the spike suplex and comes off the top rope with a crossbody.
- EA’s Take: Go back a decade and Orndorff is in the main event of the first-ever WrestleMania. Now he’s jobbing to The Renegade. Poor Mr. Wonderful. Botched finish after another painful appearance from the TV Champ who is getting an inexplicable push. The crowd was audibly bored by his offense, and there were even some “Wonderful” chants breaking out.
Backstage: ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan rages into the room to talk with Mean Gene. He tries to play by the rules, but it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy. He’s not afraid to use his 2×4, and he’s particularly interested in giving some comeuppance to The Taskmaster.
Match #3: ‘The Ugandan Warrior’ Kamala w/’The Taskmaster’ Kevin Sullivan vs. ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan
Duggan backs Kamala up with the 2×4 and gets the crowd going. Collar and elbow and they exchange toe to toe chops. Duggan gets the better of it, he hits clotheslines to a wobbly Kamala. A third one finally takes him down. Kamala slows things down and then goes on offense. Headbutt and a big kick by Kamala followed by a blatant choke. Sullivan points out some Hulkamaniacs to pump up Kamala. Chops from Kamala, Duggan absorbs and battles back. To the ropes, Duggan is caught in a bear hug. Duggan tries using his forearms to break the hold as well as a head butt. It seems to knock him out, the ref drop checks the arm but doesn’t get to 3.
Duggan backs him into the corner and stomps on toes. Irish whip but Kamala moves out of the way. Kamala locks in the arm, Duggan tries some rights. He finally bites the bridge of the nose, the ref tries to back him off from the corner. Whip to the ropes and a big lariat by Duggan. He lifts Kamala for a body slam and sets up in the 3 point stance. The Taskmaster is up on the apron, Duggan tries running him off giving the opportunity for The Zodiac to run in and strike Hacksaw from behind with a foreign object. Kamala makes the cover and the new member of The Dungeon of Doom picks up the win.
Winner: ‘The Ugandan Warrior’ Kamala (Outside Interference)
- EA’s Take: The Dungeon of Doom is being built up, so this match is what it is. Until they got the likes of Meng and The Giant, some of the membership in the early DOD was… interesting, to put it mildly.
Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is joined by ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. Bash at the Beach will come to an abrupt halt. They’re on the beach but there is a chill in the air. It doesn’t matter who is in front of them, it’s about emotion and family and survival. He may be from Florida, but he feels really good on the beach. The Macho Man is going to get the Nature Boy, Oooohh Yea!
Match #4: Dave Sullivan vs. Diamond Dallas Page w/The Diamond Doll & Max Muscle
A young Hulkamaniac presents The Diamond Doll with flowers, and DDP doesn’t like it one bit. Sullivan rushes the ring and goes right at it, knocking DDP to the apron. He jams the flowers in Page’s face and runs him into the turnbuckle. Vertical suplex back into the ring. DDP baits him and pulls him into the turnbuckle. Sullivan turns it around quickly with an atomic drop and a clothesline. Shoulder blocks by Dave and he tells Max to shut up before waving to the Diamond Doll. Snap suplex by Sullivan and he reaches out toward the Doll. DDP blindsides him and stomps away.
He lectures the Doll about paying Sullivan any attention. DDP runs Sullivan over in the corner. He tries again, Sullivan catches him out of the air but Page goes to the eyes. Irish whip by DDP, he tries a splash but Sullivan moves. They exchange rights, DDP is spun around and clotheslined. Sullivan bashes him into the turnbuckle, goes to the eyes and hits a big clothesline. He lifts DDP for a piledriver, Max Muscle leaps up on the apron to distract him. It work, and Sullivan turns around into a Diamond Cutter.
Winner: Diamond Dallas Page (Diamond Cutter)
- EA’s Take: The non-traditional, touristy beach crowd was getting a little restless and rowdy, throwing cans and clearly getting the attention and concern of referee Nick Patrick. Despite it being a short match, this was easily the most condensed entertainment of the show so far. Dave Sullivan pulls off his gimmick quite well.