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WCW Worldwide 3/3/1996

Written by: Bob Colling

World Championship Wrestling presents Worldwide
Date: 3/3/1996
From: Orlando, FL

1.) Brian Pillman & Chris Benoit defeated Pat Tanaka & Steve Collins
2.) Bobby Walker defeated Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
3.) Diamond Dallas Page defeated Rick Garcia
4.) Jim Duggan defeated Chris Kanyon
5.) WCW World Champion Ric Flair defeated Alex Wright

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) Brian Pillman got the win for his team in the opening match with a camel clutch. I thought that was an interesting choice to win the match.

2.) Walker messed up walking the ropes, but landed on the apron and hit a slingshot shoulder block to pin Parker in his apparent debut with the company. It was a little funny to see Walker’s expression as he clearly knew he had messed up the spot.

3.) Diamond Dallas Page has lost all of his $13 million dollars and he’s looking like he’s down on his luck. Page doesn’t have the WCW TV Championship and he lost Diamond Doll. It has been a rough time for Page. Page may not have any of his fortune, but he won the match with the diamond cutter.

4.) Wright works over Flair with strikes, but Flair quickly counters with a chop. Wright backdrops Flair coming out of the corner and delivers a few more right hands in the corner. Wright shoulder rams Flair, but Flair stops Wright with an atomic drop. Wright puts a sleeper on Flair and nearly wins with a rollup after Flair countered. Flair eye rakes Wright followed by a stomp to the leg. Flair dumps Wright through the ropes to the floor. Flair chops Wright on the floor and taunts the crowd by walking around ringside. Wright tries for a sunset flip from the apron, but Flair misses a punch on an attempted block. Wright fires back with right hands. Wright sends Flair into the corner and Flair falls to the floor. Flair drops Wright with a back suplex. Flair has something in his hands and jabs Wright a couple of times before putting the object into his trunks. Flair delivers a knee drop and almost gets a three count. They trade strikes in the corner with Wright getting the advantage and dropkicks Flair.

Flair takes Wright down and gets a rollup, but Wright kicks out at two. They bridge out of a rollup and Wright takes Flair over with a backslide for a near fall. Wright chops Flair and manages to drop the champ. Wright hammers away on Flair in the corner. Wright backdrops Flair coming out of the corner for another two count. Flair drops Wright to the mat with a chop. Flair chokes Wright on the mat while taunting the referee. Wright nails Flair with a spinning heel kick. Wright connects with a missile dropkick for a near fall. Flair avoids a dropkick and tries for the figure four, but Wright counters with an inside cradle for a two count. Flair elbows Wright in the corner and goes to the top rope. Wright manages to toss Flair to the mat. Wright goes to the top rope but misses a flying crossbody. Flair locks in the figure four in the middle of the ring to win the match by submission. (**1/2. There were a few sloppy moments, but the action was solid throughout and it held my interest. Flair gave Wright a lot of shine and that helped keep interest in the match.)

Final Thoughts:
A solid episode of Worldwide with an enjoyable feature match that got plenty of time to develop. The enhancement matches featured some good talent and it was an easy hour of TV.

Thanks for reading.

Bob Colling Jr. View All

34-year-old currently living in Syracuse, New York. Long-time fan of the New York Mets, Chicago Bulls, and Minnesota Vikings. An avid fan of professional wrestling and write reviews/articles on the product. Usually focusing on old-school wrestling.

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