Welcome back to WCW’s least important hour of programming because it’s now August and Johnny B Badd is STILL in the opening credits – it’s WCW Prime! Dusty Rhodes remains MIA, so our hosts are CHRIS CRUISE and MIKE TENAY.
KEVIN SULLIVAN (with Jimmy Hart) vs. BUTCH LONG
Sullivan attacks before the bell, and throws Long to the outside by the hair. They fight into the stands, and Sullivan throws Long over the stair case back to the entrance way! That’s probably the biggest bump you’ll ever see on this kind of show, holy hell. Sullivan threatens to beat up a hundred pound fan who sits ringside, and that dude is all kinds of awesome because he tells Sullivan to bring it. Sullivan changes his mind and finishes Long with the double stomp at 1:52. *
“LORD” STEVEN REGAL (with Jeeves) vs. SGT. CRAIG PITTMAN (with Teddy Long)
Tenay: “This matches up two of the great submission specialists of WCW.” That’s just insulting. In fact, I think it’s grounds for Regal to commit justifiable homicide. Fans chant USA while Pittman does pushups. ‘MURICA! Regal, rightly, lectures the fans in an unsuccessful effort to educate them. Then he loses a test of strength, and takes great care of his hand in the ropes, including shaking it while making pained faces and blowing on it. This is a man of details, folks. Regal hiptosses Pittman, who pops up and starts re-adjusting his neck. Regal hilariously looks at him with both fear and confusion, like he’s some sort of escaped zoo animal that he doesn’t know what to do with. Pittman offers Regal the chance to ride him, but Regal can’t catch him as he chases him around the ring and throws a tantrum when it doesn’t go his way. Headscissors takeover causes Regal to take a powder where he favors his neck. He stumbles around “blindly” headed right towards Teddy Long, but Pittman is on him and delivers a CYMBAL CLAP which Regal sells like he’s deaf. Back in, Regal manages to take down the Sarge, while Chris Cruise asks “who is this Glacier?” Don’t get me started. Pittman starts wringing at Regal’s arm to set up Code Red, but ROBERT EATON runs in and the referee calls for a DQ at 6:09. Regal holds him down while Eaton drops a knee off the top. I hate the finish, I hate the Sarge, but Regal was amazing here. ***
Meanwhile, here’s a new vignette of Glacier wildly swinging around an oversized pair of chopsticks. This guy’s spent more time coming than a male porn star.
HUGH MORRUS vs. LEX LUGER (in a non-title match)
Luger’s without his belt, so I think we can safely assume this was taped at some time in 1995. This is a seriously stacked card for freakin’ Prime. It’s like they’re trying to steal ratings shares from Rescue 911 or Unsolved Mysteries. Which for the record they’ll never do, since Unsolved Mysteries was the scariest show ever created. Hugh is feeling all kinds of delusional cocky tonight – my favorite trait of any good jobber. He slams Luger and demands adulation. Luger comes back with a firery set of punches, and Morrus begs for his life. Luger instead gives him a suplex, and Morrus calls for time out. Handshake of friendship is offered to his former Dungeonmate, but Luger declines. The scoundrel! Morrus rallies for a second with a springboard crossbody for 2! Luger starts the running clotheslines, but Morrus hits one of his own and goes up for No Laughing Matter. It misses as Luger rolls away, and Luger goes for the Rack. He can’t lift the big man, so he uses a powerslam instead at 6:41. Ripoff finish, we’ve seen him Rack the freakin’ Giant. *1/2
JUSHIN “THUNDER” LIGER vs. STEVE ARMSTRONG
I love that Liger is a staple of Prime for god knows WHAT reason. He mounts and rocks Armstrong back and forth in a surfboard, but Armstrong’s too big and he escapes. A Boston crab is locked on Liger, but he makes the ropes. They criss cross and leapfrog a little until Liger grows tired of that, rolls aside, and dropkicks Armstrong to the floor. Back in, Liger places Armstrong up top but nearly slips as he mounts too. He recovers, and hits a superplex. Top rope splash finishes at 3:30. 1/2*
MEN AT WORK V3.0 vs. THE PUBLIC ENEMY (in the Prime Cut Match of the Week)
Starr and Grunge start, but little comes of it. Mike Winner enters and takes a cheapshot from Rock and a slam from Grunge. Assisted springboard senton gets 2. Rock misses a dive and clotheslines himself with the ropes. Heel shenanigans follow. Starr hits a German with a bridge, but only gets 2. Rock stops a double team attack with a springboard moonsault, and makes the hot tag to Grunge. Grunge cleans house, leaving Winner alone. He takes an atomic drop, which sets up a suplexplex, and Rock flies in with a top rope senton for the win at 5:05. *
Final hype for Hog Wild. The future of WCW rests on the Giant’s shoulders, sez Tenay. Just make that call to your local cable company to find out if it’s all over for all of us. And we wrap.
Originally posted by cfgb Luger’s without his belt, so I think we can safely assume this was taped at some time in 1995.
This would be an amusing gimmick for a modern promotion to steal for a syndicated show: tape matches en masse about a year ahead of time before they air, and then try to edit them to match the current continuity.
Considering the other whitewashing that's been going on i was surprised to see that Benoit was still in the Don't Try This At Home message to tell us he ruptured a disc which fragmented into his spinal column.