WCW Saturday Night 1/20/1996
Written by: Bob Colling
World Championship Wrestling presents Saturday Night
From: Atlanta, GA
1.) Eddie Guerrero defeated Chris Benoit
2.) Scott Norton defeated Bill Payne
3.) Men At Work defeated Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater
4.) Arn Anderson defeated Big Bubba Rogers
5.) Kevin Sullivan defeated Chris Nelson
6.) WCW United States Champion One Man Gang defeated Super Giant Ninja
7.) Brian Pillman defeated Todd Morton
8.) Alex Wright defeated Dean Malenko by disqualification
9.) WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat defeated Sting & Lex Luger by disqualification to retain the titles
1.) Early on the match, Pillman wraps Guerrero’s leg around the ring post to help out Benoit. Guerrero fights back with a top rope hurricanrana and reverses a knee breaker with a rollup for a near fall. Benoit sends Guerrero to the floor where Pillman continues to get involved by choking Guerrero with his jacket. Eddie nearly wins after countering a back suplex. Guerrero takes Benoit down with a tilt a whirl back breaker. Pillman gets involved again but this time accidentally hits Benoit allowing Guerrero to get the win. (**. These two are capable of much better, but it is only Saturday Night.)
2.) Mean Gene talks to Eddie Guerrero about his match with Pillman at the Clash. Eddie is tired of Pillman’s talk and will shut Brian’s mouth once and for all.
3.) The team of Chris Kanyon and Mark Starr, Men At Work, earned their biggest win when Kanyon rolled Buck up for the upset victory. To think three months ago Buck and Slater were tag champions.
4.) Arn and Bubba start off slow trading right hands and abdominal stretches. Rogers uppercuts Arn on the floor and sends Anderson back first into the apron. Anderson slams Bubba face first into the apron. Anderson leaps off the middle rope but Rogers hits a spine buster for a near win. Anderson fights back with a swinging neck breaker but is soon sent to the floor. VK Wallstreet comes out and attacks Anderson until Jim Duggan runs down to help Arn. Back in the ring, Arn knocks Bubba out with a chain that was wrapped in his tape to win the match. (*. A slow paced match that wasn’t overly appealing.)
5.) Backstage, Mean Gene is with Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. Hogan is annoyed that he is having to wrestle the entire Dungeon of Doom while Savage, who has lost a lot recently, gets a WCW World Championship match. Savage chimes in to say that Flair and Giant will take each other out.
6.) We hear from Diamond Dallas Page who wants Johnny B. Badd one more time.
7.) Kevin Sullivan cuts a promo saying that he is going to beat respect into Disco Inferno and will break his fingers.
8.) Early on, Wright gets the advantage with a backdrop, head scissors and a dropkick to send Malenko to the floor. Wright’s offense doesn’t last as Malenko begins to drop knees on Alex’s knee. Wright counters the Cloverleaf into a rollup and nearly wins the match. Wright counters a suplex attempt by dropkicking Dean into a corner chest first. Wright gets a near fall after a gut wrench suplex. Wright works over Malenko with an uppercut and an elbow shot in the corner. Wright follows up with a spinning heel kick but Malenko counters a suplex with a rollup for a two count. Wright goes to the top but Malenko dropkicks Alex’s knee and locks in the Cloverleaf. Wright reaches the ropes but Malenko refuses to let go of the hold causing a disqualification. (*1/2. The match clearly just sets up their match for the Clash since they are scheduled to wrestle each other at the show anyway. There were a few good moments but nothing overly great.)
9.) We hear from WCW Television Champion Johnny B. Badd who tells us that there will not be a rematch with Diamond Dallas Page.
10.) Jim Belushi did an interview where he put Mongo over as the toughest man on the Bears team and how he is like a brother to him. Jim shows a picture of Mongo bleeding after having a good time with some friends. They hype up a new movie for Jim and that’s it.
11.) Booker and Sting kick off the main event with Sting fighting back with a dropkick and tags in Luger to maintain control. Ray gets the tag and exchanges blows with Luger briefly. Luger clotheslines Booker and Ray but is soon met with a leaping sidekick from Booker. Booker continues with a scissors kick and tags in Ray who hits a clothesline for a near fall. Booker gets tagged back in to hit a spinning forearm shot for a near fall. Sting comes in to cause a distraction and Ray super kicks Luger on the floor. Luger avoids a leg drop from Booker and tags in Sting who cleans house. Sting locks in the Scorpion Death Lock on Booker and Luger tosses Ray over the top rope causing the DQ. (**. An average tag match to close the show and we’re just going to see more tension between Luger and Sting.)
12.) We hear from both Savage and Flair. Savage says he is going to leave Vegas with the championship while Flair says he remembers how sweet Liz was. Yeah, that will sit well with Savage.
A couple of decent matches and an upset on Saturday Night. Not a bad overall show as there were plenty of matches involving feature talent.
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