What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – January 1, 1995

So we start 1995 with WCW Main Event, broadcast on January 1, 1995, but taped in Atlanta, Georgia at Center Stage Theatre on December 8, 1994:

Footage of Randy Savage teasing an attack on Hulk Hogan with the Faces of Fear (Kevin Sullivan, the Butcher, and Avalanche) at Starrcade is shown.

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are doing the studio portion of the show.  They discuss interactive television because that chose the match that would air in the next segment.

A replay of the Sting-Ric Flair match that took place on WCW Saturday Night on July 9, 1994 is shown.  Sting won the match by disqualification when Sensuous Sherri ran in – dressed as a man – and attacked Sting when he put Flair in the Scorpion Deathlock.  After the bell, Hulk Hogan gave Sherri an atomic drop, allowing for Flair to do a token attack on the leg before Mr. T made the save.

Call the WCW Hotline at 1-900-909-9900 to hear all the backstage news from Starrcade!

Fans who missed Starrcade see that Randy Savage did not align with the Faces of Fear and he helped Hulk Hogan attack them instead.  Both men shook hands and back in the locker room, Vader challenged Hogan for the WCW title.

A replay of a Nasty Boys-Harlem Heat match that aired on WCW Saturday Night on December 3, 1994 is shown.  The Nasties won by disqualification after Sister Sherri sprayed perfume in Jerry Sags face.

Sting facing Avalanche on WCW Main Event on November 20, 1994 airs.  Keeping with a theme on today’s show, THIS match also ended via disqualification when the Faces of Fear attacked Sting.  The locker room for both the heels and babyfaces emptied in response to that.

Okerlund and Heenan have some casino banter because Clash of the Champions on January 25 will be from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Opening (and Sole) Contest:  Dustin Rhodes pins Bobby Eaton after a bulldog at 10:03:

Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are doing commentary for this bout, where both competitors were in booking purgatory, as Eaton has tried spicing up the tag ranks with Chris Benoit and Steve Keirn and failed miserably over the past two years, while Rhodes spent much of 1994 feuding with Colonel Robert Parker’s Stud Stable.  That feud spilled into 1995 as Parker and the Blacktop Bully show up at ringside in the early stages of the bout.  Rhodes follows the Randy Savage formula, enduring a lot of boring arm work from Eaton before hitting a bulldog out of nowhere for the win.  At least this had a clean finish.  Rating:  *

Heenan says fans are dangerous and should not be allowed to participate in interactive television.  Okerlund tells fans that the next episode will be interactive as well.

The Last Word:  This show was primarily a recap of action in 1994 and the matches chosen were awful.  It is understandable that New Year’s Day is not going to draw a big rating, but at least take the effort to put on some good matches from the year to get some eyeballs on the product.  The main event showed that Dustin Rhodes soul was dying as his singles push eroded in feuds no one cared about.

Up Next:  WCW Pro for January 7!

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Author: lscisco