In our final few days of WCW Month, we go back to 1995 when a novel concept invaded WCW…the 3-ring, 60-man Battle Royal for the WCW Championship. Quite an interesting concept, and not one I can say have watched before so it will definitely be interesting to see how it is played out. But also, the undercard of the show looks quite ramped so this show could actually be quite promising. I am really looking forward to watching this one, so here we go with the next edition of…
Old School Review: WCW World War 3 (1995)
The opening promo is about WCW declaring war with 3 rings and 1 Battle Royal in the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia. We then go inside the arena with our commentators for the evening; Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, Larry Zbyszko, Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes with the ring arranged in an almost triangle configuration which in itself is quite unique. Heenan and Schiavone then debate who will win the Battle Royal, as well as previewing the other matches for this evening. We then go to Mean Gene Okerlund with Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Sting. Hogan is talking about going to the dark side and how it is over, and how he wants to be their friend. This is a really cool promo, the intensity from each man adds something completely unique to it but is is amusing to see Sting’s hair with a cross between the blonde surfer/jet black style.
WCW Telephone Championship: Johnny B. Badd (c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page (w/ Diamond Doll)
The history package is based around the escalating problems between DDP and Diamond Doll (aka Kimberley) with the winner of the match gaining her services. DDP makes his way to the ring first and is soon followed by Badd. The match gets underway, with DDP controlling a lot of the action. Badd is able to bounce back, and really begins taking it to DDP which sees a lot of near finishes. The end of the match comes when Badd nails DDP with a Flying Leg Drop to pick up the win and retain the championship. Diamond Doll seems surprised by this, but then embraces Badd. To give her credit, her portrayal her leaves you questioning where her allegiances actually are. Surprisingly, that was a really enjoyable opening match.
Winner: Johnny B. Badd, to retain the WCW Television Championship
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
Taped Fist Match: Big Bubba Rogers vs. Jim Duggan
Rogers makes his way to the ring first, but is quickly attacked by Duggan. From what I can see, this is effectively a “cast” match (because that is what they look like) but it appears there is no reasoning behind it. They are soon competing in another ring, which adds a different perspective to the match. Eventually, after a match which I quickly lost interest in, Rogers is able to gain the victory via a technical knockout when Duggan is unable to answer the 10-count. That match is instantly forgettable, I don’t see the point of it or the gimmick.
Winner: Big Bubba Rogers, via Knockout
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars