Monday, October 29, 2012
Scott Watches WCW Worldwide (May 28, 1994)
This week: Johnny B. Badd! The US champ Stunning Steve! Stars n' Stripes! The Marquess of Queensberry Cup final!
Johnny gives the Kiss That Don't Miss to some fat lady at ringside, though not the fattest lady at ringside, and Jesse gets a few good jokes out of that. Johnny B. is doing his usual shtick, then gets an advantage on Parker where he might could butt-fuck him, and makes this face, but he doesn't butt-fuck him, and no one even really thinks about it. Jesse goes back to fat girl jokes. "Jesse, that's someone's mother you're talking about." "How do you know? It's not your mom, is it?" DROPKICK! ARMDRAG! And a wristlock. This Johnny B. Badd crap doesn't end soon enough for me. I just don't enjoy watching him wrestle. I don't really know why -- at this point, he's competent, he's quicker-paced than most guys, he's OK, but he bores the fuck out of me, always did, always will. This has too many fucking holds for a goddamn Worldwide squash opener. Parker isn't doing anything, it's just Badd with a bunch of wristlocks and shit. So Parker eventually gets a hold on, and Badd uses one of his three moves to get out of it, but runs into a clothesline. Suddenly, Badd is very tired and beaten up. You know what, fuck it, he's not competent, he's awful. The guy is awful. Real athlete, but awful. And there's Badd's stupid punch, and people chant, "Whoomp there it is!" and he hits his finishing maneuver: The flying sunset flip. Fuck off, Johnny.
Austin manhandles Bobby Dee and tells the camera that the world titleholders are ducking him because they're scared. It's very Margarito circa 2006. Hollywood and Vine finishes off poor Bobby Dee in short order. I guess growing up in the Bronx didn't help him much.
Stars n' Stripes vs Chris Sullivan & Dick Slater
Ugh, another Bagwell team. "Yeah! Stars n' Stripes! Yeah! Woo!" I fucking hate you, Marcus. Here's Dick Slater, once a top star, serving as Worldwide enhancement talent after a while out of the spotlight. I think the last time we saw him on the Mission was Clash of the Champions VIII, in 1989, when he replaced Terry Funk in the main event. Slater was only 43 at this point, not some washed-up old man, really, though if you're 16 or a stupid 25, I'm sure that sounds old as fuck to you, because you don't know anything about rasslin and you're constantly worried about new talent being elevated every single week of every single year. Slater gets in and does some work on Bagwell, which amuses me. Once Chris Sullivan is back in, it's curtains for his team, as Patriot hits the Uncle Slam, covers, Slater hits him in the back of the head, nobody stops counting, and Patriot ignores him. Then Slater doesn't want to take any shots from Patriot. Slater was hilarious here. He doesn't give a fuck.
Chris Cruise is with Ricky Steamboat. Guess what? He's boring as fuck and talks about traveling around the world in a very dry fashion.
Marquess of Queensberry Cup Final: Ric Flair vs Lord Steven Regal
The match is really good, as pretty much all of this thing was. Regal and Flair had some real chemistry so it's nice they got to do this, since Regal wouldn't have been able to work with Flair much if they hadn't done it. Ventura believes Regal has it won. Tony isn't so sure. "It's up to the judges. So the judges go to hand in their scores. They score it a draw; Ventura is outraged. Nick Patrick orders five more minutes. Ventura goes all Teddy Atlas: "This is an atrocity, Schiavone! You're telling me Regal lost that?" Flair takes the advantage. "This is absurd!" Ventura's great in his outrage. Schiavone says "Hulk Hogan" out loud. It's coming. No more hiding. It's going to happen so soon. Flair eventually wins with a backslide, but Ventura is right. Regal was robbed in the first place. Total bunk. Arn Anderson comes out to congratulate Flair. People cheer.
"Let me take this opportunity to thank all these fans for cheering tonight. But the bottom line is, cheer because you believe in it, not 'cause you need to, guys. When Ric Flair's up at the plate, you cheer because it's pure solid gold belief. As Steamboat found out, Regal found out, and now, ya know what? I hear the rumor the immortal one is comin' in to find out. Well Hulk Hogan, this goes out to you, brother. And it goes out to you, too, if you don't like what I'm about to say. Hogan, this is WCW, pal. And in my terms, that means the big time. And if you got it, don't whisper it, don't tell it to your son, don't talk about it at night with your wife. Bring it down to Ted Turner, to WCW, and bring it to Ric Flair, 'cause baby, whether you like it or don't like it, you, big man, will have to learn to love it."