Written by: Bob Colling
World Championship Wrestling presents Saturday Night
From: Atlanta, GA
1.) Ricky Steamboat defeated Ron Oates
2.) Nasty Boys defeated Larry Santo & Mike Winner
3.) WCW United States Champion Steve Austin defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell to retain the title
1.) Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan and Mean Gene talk about Hulk Hogan asking the fans if he should return to WCW to battle Ric Flair. Gene says it’s overwhelming that the fans want Hogan to return to wrestling and meet Flair in the ring. Heenan doesn’t believe Hogan belongs in WCW. Nick Bockwinkel enters the scene and discusses the Clash of the Champions. At the Clash of the Champions event, there will be a unification match between WCW World Champion Ric Flair and WCW International Champion Sting so there will be one champion.
2.) We get the ending of the Regal vs. Zbyszko match from last week for the WCW Television Championship since the show ended before the match concluded. Regal has a sleeper hold on Zbyszko, but Zbyszko was able to use his legs to push off Sir William, who was on the apron, and landed on top of Regal to win the WCW Television Championship.
3.) Mean Gene interviewed Larry Zbyszko after the title win and Zbyszko says that he would have said Gene was nuts if three months ago he asked if Larry were to return to the ring. Zbyszko did it for USA and for the people. Next time, Regal better address the US with some respect.
4.) Sherri Martel is interviewed by Mean Gene. Sherri has apparently found her man and she is excited about it. This man has brains and everything that a woman would want professionally. Sherri says her man won’t let anything stand in her way. Sherri will tell Gene at the Clash of the Champions who her man is.
5.) During the Steamboat match, a bulletin appears on the screen noting that Hulk Hogan has signed a contract with World Championship Wrestling. It noted that Hogan was a former 5-time WWF World Champion.
6.) WCW World Champion Ric Flair is furious about Hulk Hogan returning to wrestling. Flair says his name is the franchise for WCW. Flair doesn’t think it’s a big deal that Hogan is coming to WCW. Instead, it’s a big deal that he has a unification match with Sting at the Clash. Flair says he is the kingpin and not Hogan.
7.) WCW Tag Team Champions Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan are interviewed by Mean Gene. Sullivan feels like he is walking a thin line between pain and pleasure. Kevin recalls his brother Dave being taken out by the Nasty Boys. Kevin asks if Cactus knows the difference between pain and pleasure. Cactus goes to answer but Kevin slaps him and Cactus says that Kevin taught him everything he knows. Cactus suggests Sullivan listen to him now and tells Kevin to never slap him again.
8.) A video highlighting the transformation of Ray Traylor into a Guardian Angel is aired. Traylor was in New York City training with the group. They are essentially the good guy gang.
9.) Bagwell decides to move his hips at the start to taunt Austin, which oddly gets very little of a reaction even at Center Stage. Bagwell comes off the ropes to shoulder block Austin but doesn’t follow up on the advantage. We get another bulletin saying that next week will have Hogan’s press conference regarding his signing to WCW. Bagwell controls Austin with a side headlock. Austin tries to get out of the hold, but Bagwell hangs on and keeps Austin on the canvas. Bagwell gets a two count after a cross body and keeps control of Austin by working over his arm. Austin fights out of the corner with a few boots to drop Bagwell to his knees. Austin continues with a few knee lifts and a right hand to drop Bagwell to the canvas. Austin knocks Bagwell back down with a back elbow shot and drops a knee across Bagwell’s chest. Bagwell gets out of a sleeper and attempts a sunset flip but Austin stops Bagwell with a right hand. Austin comes off the ropes to deliver another knee drop. Austin had a rollup on Bagwell, but the referee didn’t go down for a pin attempt. Bagwell takes Austin down to the canvas with a backdrop. Bagwell hammers away on Austin to get the crowd behind him. Bagwell scoop slams Austin and hits a big splash but Austin powers out at two. Bagwell barely hits a dropkick when Austin hit the corner. Bagwell goes to the top rope and misses a missile dropkick. Austin takes advantage and pins Bagwell with a handful of tights. (*1/2. Well, it’s as basic of a match as you’re going to get, something that Bagwell was only ever capable of doing, especially at this time as a young babyface. It’s inoffensive but a weak main event.)
10.) WCW US Champion Steve Austin and Col. Robert Parker are interviewed with Meng by their side. Austin will defend the gold against Johnny B. Badd at the Clash. Parker puts over Austin as the greatest star and is confident that Austin will take care of Badd. Austin wants to know why he isn’t getting shots at the WCW World Championship. Austin says it’s going to be a sad day for Badd at the Clash.
Well, we got some development for the Clash, which is perfectly fine. However, this show is mostly just an hour of “hey, we got Hogan!” and there’s nothing much else to it.
Thanks for reading.
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