–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are doing their usual studio duties for today’s show. As the show opens, Heenan is on the telephone with an individual he refuses to name.
–Okerlund and Heenan plays pogs, with Okerlund winning everything that Heenan had.
–Heenan defends the Blue Bloods for doing a sneak attack on the Nasty Boys several weeks ago before Slamboree aired. He argues that it is smarter to attack a man from the rear because he cannot see it coming.
–Non-Title Match: The Blue Bloods (10-0) defeat the Nasty Boys (WCW Tag Team Champions) (28-1-1) via disqualification when the Nasties throw Lord Steven Regal over the top rope at 7:59:
As noted before, the Blue Bloods have not wrestled since May 21, hardly a good sign for a team that is getting a title shot at the next pay-per-view. When the match hits a lull, Schiavone says that Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel will make an announcement on next week’s telecast about the future of the Hulk Hogan-Vader feud. The Nasties overwhelm the Blue Bloods, not waiting to be announced to launch their attack and Regal does a great facial expression to sell the Pit Stop. The Bloods are able to cheat to turn the tide, frustrating the Nasties and a false tag spot leads to Regal getting tossed over the top rope, costing the Nasties their twelve-match winning streak. After the bell, both teams keep brawling with each other, getting a good reaction from the crowd until the Bloods decide to retreat. Rating: **
–Okerlund, frustrated that Heenan will not tell him who he is talking to, grabs the phone and finds out that Heenan has been on hold with the weather bureau during the entire broadcast.
The Last Word: The featured match continued the solid build for The Great American Bash as the Blue Bloods earned a cheap victory, thereby making fans want to see the Nasty Boys get revenge on the pay-per-view telecast. Bobby Eaton looks highly motivated as well now that he has something to do other than be a jobber to the stars.
Backstage News*: The June 5 meeting between Eric Bischoff and Ted Turner created a new WCW television program that will air on Monday nights on TNT to challenge the WWF’s Monday Night RAW. The name of the show has yet to be determined but it may be called “Head-to-Head.” The decision will be put up or shut up for Bischoff, who has long argued that WCW was at a programming disadvantage relative to the WWF since RAW airs on prime time weekday television while WCW Saturday Night airs on weekends in an early evening timeslot.
*WCW looked to move the Clash of the Champions scheduled for August 6 and book that as the first Monday show on August 7, but Turner executives turned that down, saying that summer Clash numbers have traditionally been good.
*Terry Taylor was recently added to the booking committee, a victory for Ric Flair’s side in his ongoing backstage struggles against Hulk Hogan.
*Some injuries are affecting talent as Marcus Bagwell is battling a lower leg infection after complications from calf implant surgery and Stevie Ray was recently involved in a motorcycle accident.
*The recent WCW Saturday Night ratings have been poor with the live Charlotte show only pulling a 1.9 and the announced Ric Flair-Randy Savage match only doing a 1.8.
*In talent relations news, Kamala should be debuting soon and will probably have a match with Hacksaw Jim Duggan at Bash at the Beach. The Rock N’ Roll Express were going to be used on the next Main Event before The Great American Bash, but contract talks fell apart because the Express do not want to be used as jobbers and they wanted more money. WCW is supposedly interested in signing Tommy Dreamer away from ECW. Finally, Gordon Solie has quit the promotion.
*Backstage news provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for June 19.
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