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WCW Worldwide 5/7/1994

Written by: Bob Colling

World Championship Wrestling presents Worldwide
Date:
5/7/1994
From: Orlando, FL

Matches:
1.) Pretty Wonderful defeated Kenny Kendall & Brady Boone
2.) WCW World Champion Ric Flair fought WCW TV Champion Lord Steven Regal to a draw in a Marquee Of Queensbury Rules Round 2
3.) Ricky Steamboat defeated Bill Payne
4.) WCW US Champion Steve Austin defeated Johnny B. Badd in a non-title tuxedo match

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) Mean Gene interviews Vader and Harley Race regarding WCW Slamboree where Vader will be wrestling WCW International Champion Rick Rude. Vader wants Rude to listen to him and says he never liked Rude the few times they teamed. Rude appears on the big screen. Rude says he is going prove that Vader has a small brain when they meet at Slamboree. Rude is going to show Vader how stupid he really is at the pay per view. Vader promises to show Rude how big he is. Rude says it is the survival of the fittest not the fattest.

2.) Flair takes Regal down to the mat to kickoff the contest controlling the arm. Regal countered with a head scissors, but that didn’t last long. Flair works over the left knee of Regal on the canvas but Regal reaches the bottom rope. Regal counters the figure four with a rollup for a near fall. Flair puts the figure four on Regal but the hold is let go quickly. Regal uppercuts Flair but Flair drops Regal with a chop. They focus with some mat wrestling until Flair delivers a chop. Regal takes Flair down and they wrestle around on the mat to end the round. (*1/2. They are really focusing on the wrestling aspect, which is fine. But, I’d much rather see actual pro-wrestling action. There is no way the match was a draw as Flair seemed to have dominated the match.)

3.) Dustin Rhodes is interviewed regarding his upcoming battle with Bunkhouse Buck at Slamboree. They will be meeting each other in a bull rope match. On the video wall, Bunkhouse Buck and Col. Robert Parker appear. Buck says that he is going to stomp Dustin’s face through the mat. He’s going to make Dustin squeal when they meet at Slamboree. Dustin gets a chance to speak saying that the bull rope has tamed many bulls. He’s going to beat Buck real bad and will get a three count. That was a basic promo given the circumstance.

4.) I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s not a dream of mine to watch Austin and Badd rip a tuxedo off each other. Badd backdrops Austin at the start and rips the jacket off of Austin. Badd has Austin blinded delivering strikes and Austin bails to the floor asking for a timeout. Austin whacks Badd’s leg over the apron and punches Badd a few times to keep control. Austin leaps off the middle rope to deliver a forearm drop. They are both topless at this point as Badd is pummeling Austin with rights and lefts until a poke to the eyes stops that momentum. Badd puts a sleeper hold on Austin but Austin ends that with a jawbreaker. Badd hits a head scissors and a backdrop. Johnny goes to take off the pants but Austin gets out of that position. Austin misses a splash against the ropes. Austin shoves Badd out of the corner on a monkey flip attempt. Badd shoves Austin out of the corner. Badd is stripped by Col. Robert Parker in the corner and Badd loses the match. (1/2*. Yeah, I’ve never liked tuxedo matches and this was just silly.)

Final Thoughts:
Considering there were two feature matches that didn’t deliver solid enough action, I’d say this was a disappointing program.

Thanks for reading.

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