WCW Worldwide 3/17/1996

Written by: Bob Colling

World Championship Wrestling presents Worldwide
Date: 3/17/1996
From: Orlando, FL

1.) Johnny B. Badd defeated Brad Armstrong
2.) Kurasawa defeated Buck Quartermain
3.) Sgt. Craig Pittman defeated Mark Starr
4.) One Man Gang defeated Cobra
5.) Nasty Boys defeated Public Enemy

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) Badd takes Armstrong down with a headlock but they have a standoff quickly. They trade a couple of wrist locks until Badd arm drags Armstrong leading to another standoff. Armstrong keeps Badd on the mat focusing on leg control, but Badd rolls through to get out of the hold. Armstrong shoulder rams Badd a few times in the corner and takes Armstrong over with another arm drag. They continued standoffs is a bit annoying at this point. Armstrong takes Badd over with a headlock. Badd nearly wins with a rollup. Armstrong tries for a back suplex, but Badd counters and gets a rollup from behind to win the match. (1/2*. A very disappointing match as they did virtually nothing.)

2.) Mark Starr and Chris Kanyon tried to remove the top turnbuckle to hurt Pittman, but they failed at doing so. Pittman pinned Starr while taking Kanyon down with a drop toe hold. Failing to remove the turnbuckle fits the Men At Work gimmick.

3.) Knobbs and Rock kickoff the match with Rock acting like he got hit by Sags while the referee was distracted. That allowed Public Enemy to double team Knobbs while the referee was distracted. Rock works over Knobbs with strikes in the corner and against the ropes. Rock comes off the ropes to drop Knobbs with a leaping headbutt. Grunge rubs Knobbs eyes over the top rope and continues with right hands. Grunge sends Knobbs into the corner face first. Knobbs comes off the ropes and is met with a double back elbow. Rock continues to beat on Knobbs with right hands and is met with a spinebuster in midair. Sags enters the match and rams Rock into the buckle before hitting a running clothesline. Rock is shoulder blocked through the ropes to the floor. Public Enemy are not thrilled while the Nasty Boys are playing to the crowd.

Grunge tries to kick Sags after begging off, but Sags trips Grunge and delivers a headbutt to the lower midsection. Knobbs returns to the match and splashes Grunge in the corner. Knobbs shoulder blocks Rock and goes off the ropes, but Grunge pulls the ropes down to send Knobbs crashing to the floor. Sags tries to come over and help, but the referee stops him. Knobbs is sent into the ring post face first. Sags has grabbed a portion of the guard railing, but doesn’t use it. Grunge rams Knobbs into the corner face first to keep control. Knbobs rams Rock and Grunge face first down to the mat. Sags enters and clotheslines Rock followed by a backdrop to Grunge. Sags backdrops Rock and clotheslines Grunge. Sags slams Rock for a two count. Knobbs goes after Grunge while Rock takes Sags out with a somersault dive to the floor. Knobbs slams Grunge, but Rock comes off the top and splashes Grunge on accident. The referee had counted three, but they did the pin again after Rock is pulled out and the Nasty Boys win the match. Schiavone notes that the wrong man pinned the wrong man. (*1/2. Well, the finish was clearly a train wreck. The action wasn’t awful, but as I have always said, these guys work best when there’s a hardcore stipulation attached to it. The finish was messed up, but it was more comical than anything.)

Final Thoughts:
A poor episode this week as the two feature matches were not very entertaining at all. Plus, the enhancement matches were lackluster and weren’t the talents I even care about.

Thanks for reading.

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