What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – April 1, 1995

Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are doing commentary and they are taped from an unspecified location.

Opening Contest:  Johnny B. Badd (12-3-1) pins Mike Khoury after Dreamland at 2:31:

At the beginning of the match Solie tells fans that Badd and Alex Wright will face Arn Anderson and Steve Austin on WCW Saturday Night.  Rhodes is in an April Fools mood as he ribs Larry during the bout, messing with Zbyszko’s commentary about how Badd’s Dreamland punch is illegal.  Khoury has jobbed to most of WCW’s roster over the past three months and he continues that streak here, losing to Badd’s right hand that the announcers refer to by its old Tutti Frutti name.

Lord Steven Regal’s prior segments with Bobby Eaton are replayed.

Steve Austin (6-0) beats Eddie Jackson after a piledriver at 3:29:

Jackson proceeds to do one of the smartest things I have ever seen a jobber do in grabbing a headlock and holding on for dear life.  Austin appears to be unmotivated today, possibly because he has to wrestle a semi-competitive match with an enhancement talent, but he remains undefeated with the piledriver.

Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner defeat the Southern Posse when both men score simultaneous pins over their opponents at 2:29:

Armstrong and Horner wrestled as the Lightning Express in the 1980s NWA and early 1990s WCW.  They show some rust as Armstrong is briefly put into peril, but they recover quickly after the hot tag as Armstrong pins Sonny Trout after a side Russian leg sweep and Horner pins Rick Thames with a half nelson bridging cradle.  Zbyszko insists that Horner is the legal man so that means his pinfall should count in the official record.

Gene Okerlund urges fans to call 1-900-909-9900 to hear about the three men who were recently fired from WCW and where they might be headed!

Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (3-3) beat Kip Abee & Al Phillips when Slater pins Philipps after a double fist at 5:27:

As is usually the case, Buck and Slater deliberately beat on their opponents until finishing them off.  It is the perfect time for the viewing audience to take a restroom break.  Can WCW not put these guys on a shorter time limit for their squashes?  Their bouts usually take four to five minutes and are usually the worst thing on these shows.

Fans are reminded that Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Jimmy Hart want Ric Flair reinstated by the WCW Executive Board.

Stars & Stripes (11-4) defeat Pretty Wonderful (1-3) when Marcus Bagwell pins Paul Roma after an O’Connor Roll at 12:22:

Solie tells fans that Ric Flair has purchased television time during WCW Saturday Night about how the WCW Executive Board needs to “be fair to Flair.”  I thought that Roma’s last appearance would have been on Main Event but the Pretty Wonderful farewell job tour is not over yet.  These two teams have a history, feuding over the tag team titles the previous year so they have seen better days.  This checks off all the boxes of good tag team wrestling with some timely heel cheating and well-timed babyface comebacks but too many rest holds throughout drag it down a little.  Still, the crowd was into the finish, where Roma misses a top rope dive and is, predictably, rolled up and defeated.  Rating:  **½

Tune in next week to see Hacksaw Jim Duggan face Avalanche!

The Last Word:  The main event was fun but everything else on this show was forgettable as one bad squash followed another.  Seeing Pretty Wonderful jobbed out is sad as it appears that they still had something to offer the division but budget cuts, along with Paul Roma’s attitude about jobbing to Alex Wright at SuperBrawl, contributed to the team’s demise.

Up Next:  WCW Worldwide for April 1!

Author: lscisco