–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in charge of the studio on today’s show.
–Dustin Rhodes & Johnny B. Badd defeat Arn Anderson & the Blacktop Bully (w/Colonel Robert Parker) after Badd pins Anderson with a roll up out of an abdominal stretch at 7:47:
Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes do commentary for this bout, which was taped in Gainesville, Georgia on February 21. It features a fun spot of Anderson knocking Badd off the apron with a cheap shot, only to end up on the arena floor courtesy of Dustin thereby allowing Badd to extract some revenge with a right hand of his own. This standard tag team match simply works to further the feuds that Badd and Dustin have with Anderson and the Bully, respectively, capped off by Badd scoring a pin over the Television Champion after Dustin blasts Anderson with an elbow. Rating: **
The Last Word: There was not a lot of action on today’s show, which is really the norm unless Main Event is used as the pre-show for a pay-per-view. The tag team match was decent because of Badd and Anderson’s participation. Poor Dustin Rhodes is not doing a lot of inspired wrestling. It is as if this feud with the Blacktop Bully is killing his soul.
WCW ran a few cards in Chicago and Detroit a week after SuperBrawl. The results at both shows were the same, but here were the results of the Chicago show (courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com):
Chicago, Illinois – The Rosemont Horizon – February 25, 1995 (7,900; 5,082 paid): Stars & Stripes defeated Steve Austin (substituting for Bobby Eaton) & Lord Steven Regal…Alex Wright beat Paul Roma…WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat defeated the Nasty Boys in a no disqualification match…Television Champion Arn Anderson beat Johnny B. Badd…Randy Savage & Sting defeated Big Bubba Rogers & Avalanche…WCW Champion Hulk Hogan defeat United States Champion Vader via count out. Reports say that Hogan bled during the match, thereby violating WCW policy.
Backstage News*: Uncensored will be the first WCW pay-per-view that carries a $32.50 price after the company decided to raise the cost of its shows from $27.50. The big question is whether this will bring in additional revenue or will cause fewer people to purchase the company’s big events.
*WCW was very pleased with the $90,000 gate it drew in Chicago, thereby creating the best non-pay-per-view draw for the company in three years. However, there are some concerns that there may never be a clear blowoff to the Hulk Hogan-Vader feud because of Vader’s Japanese commitments and how WCW cannot have Hogan lose due to the investments that they have made in him. Hogan likely bladed at the Chicago event because there were Japanese reporters there and he wanted to make Vader look strong.
*In other Hogan news, he is unlikely to appear at the Great American Bash in June.
*WCW might use Jacques Rougeau to get into the Canadian market since Rougeau has had a falling out with the WWF.
*Tony Schiavone is going to be getting neck surgery but should not miss any time in front of the camera.
*WCW will take a small financial hit after Toys R Us decided not to sell its merchandise because of outside pressure.
*News items are taken from Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for March 7, 1995.
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