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    Bash at the Beach
    July 16, 1995



    Sting © vs Meng w/Col. Parker - WCW US Title
    A rematch from the US Title tournament finals at Great American Bash ‘95. Although it follows the same story as their GAB match with it being a lesser version of Sting vs Vader, I dug this one even more. Meng is presented as a total monster that just keeps swatting Sting away. There’s a few big bumps including Meng getting his foot up during a Sting Splash attempt that ended up looking far more believable than any other time someone gets a foot up to block a move. That’s not to say Meng is the only one who gets in the big bumps. During a Meng sunset flip attempt, Sting leaped high into the air and landed ass first on Meng’s head. Even Meng, the supreme bad ass, had to take a few moments to hold his face and try to recover from being so frazzled. Admittedly, one of the last things I’d ever want to do is actually hurt Meng and be perhaps in line for a receipt. The finish of the match agreed with me far more than the finish to GAB. If you’re not going to allow Meng to win, at least don’t have him lose in a proper manner. At GAB, he lost after a DDT with Sting looking as if he was the better man. Here, Sting won with a small package, showing that Sting may have been the winner, but Sting was really just the one who was lucky enough to escape. A rare moment where Sting’s US Title reign actually came off as meaningful. Really dug this. *** ½


    After the match, Meng attacks Sting and kicks him out of the ring. That brings out Road Warrior Hawk to check on his buddy, Sting, and to have a staredown with Meng. Just a little tease for the upcoming Clash of the Champions 31 match between Sting/Hawk and Meng/Kurosawa.

    The Renegade © w/Jimmy Hart vs Paul Orndorff - WCW TV Title
    I’ve already seen their rematch at Clash of the Champions 31 and that was an 1 star dud. Here’s hoping this one can be a bit better. It sure can’t be much worse. How do you know that you’re a colossal failure? The crowd boos the Renegade and cheers Mr. Wonderful of all people. At this point in time, The Renegade brought nothing to the table. Although he’s in shape, his look is awful. He resembles some guy’s cheap Halloween costume for The Ultimate Warrior. Unlike Warrior, he doesn’t have any speeds or explosive behavior. He’s just this slow, lumbering short guys that was trying to play a character that was so NOT him. While he wasn’t a botch machine, The Renegade didn’t do anything of interest in this. Just a lot of slow movements and a headlock spot. Orndorff did the most interesting move of the match by grabbing a handful of sand and throwing it into the Renegade’s face. The finish involved Renegade sorta countering a suplex by falling on his feet to the side (Instead of behind Orndorff) and hitting a bridging (Sorta) belly-to-back suplex to get the three count. The planned finish had Orndorff having a shoulder up the entire time, but all he did was lift his arm up, leaving his shoulder down the entire time. So not only was it a lame finish with Renegade hitting the weakest looking suplex around, but Orndorff couldn’t even make the finish look right. Even worse than their Clash 31 match. ¾ *

    After the match, the crowd boos the result until Orndorff attacks the Renegade and delivers a piledriver. The crowd cheers until the Renegade recovers and very slowly climbs to the top rope to hit a top rope shoulder block to cause the crowd to boo again.

    Jim Duggan vs Kamala w/Kevin Sullivan
    Oh god. This sounds like an awful match I’d watch on some random 1987 WWE house show. Kamala was the first wrestler that The Master presented Kevin Sullivan while in the Dungeon of Doom location. If you have the WWE Network, throw on Bash at the Beach ‘95 just to see that awful segment. The commentators also mention that the Dungeon of Doom revealed their second member last night on WCW Saturday Night with The Zodiac. This match was something to behold. On PPV in 1995, WCW actually booked this nonsense. Early on, Duggan struggled to knock Kamala over, I swear Kamala was nearly falling for over a minute. This spot didn’t have any value when by 1995 standards, Kamala wasn’t notably big thanks to Avalanche and Vader also being on the roster. Another highlight sequence involved Kamala using a nerve hold on Duggan’s pec. It’s a titty twister on live ppv~! Sullivan keeps calling Duggan a Hulkamanic to cause Kamala to focus his rage on Duggan. I feel as if I’ve said this before, but looking back, I’m shocked that Duggan wasn’t on Hogan’s side as he feuded with the Three Faces of Fear and the Dungeon of Doom. Seemed like an obvious pairing. This very dull match finally came to an end when the referee was busy with Sullivan, allowing Zodiac to rush in with Kamala’s wooden mask and knock Duggan out from behind. That gave Kamala the easy pinfall victory. Kamala, the Ugandan giant, did not come across as a monster at all. What’s even the point of having him on your roster if you’re not booking him as a monster? Just awful. *


    DDP w/Max Muscle and The Diamond Doll vs Evad Sullivan
    It was back at Great American Bash ‘95 that Sullivan won an arm wrestling contest against Page to score a date with The Diamond Doll (Kimberly). While watching this, it’s hard to believe that DDP would be main eventing WCW PPV’s in just two years. Since he’s working against such a lousy wrestler in Sullivan, he’s not even able to hit any interesting moves. All of Sullivan’s moves looked rather poor. At one point the crowd started making a lot of noise, making me think something was going down out of camera range because they certainly weren’t into this match. Sullivan had perhaps the worst finisher ever - the dreaded inverted bear hug~! The move was simply Sullivan picking DDP up in a piledriver position and keeping him hanging upside down. That’s the move. That’s it. Luckily for Page, Max climbed onto the ring apron to distract Sullivan, allowing DDP to be let go of that terribly painful submission hold. Once DDP recovered enough, he turned Sullivan around and hit the Diamond Cutter for the victory. For the third match in a row, WCW has put on a match that makes them look like the biggest joke around. Who is booking these awful looking matches with cheesy acts that clearly won’t be having good matches? * ¼


    Harlem Heat © w/Sister Sherri vs The Nasty Boys vs The Blue Bloods - WCW Tag Titles
    In kayfabe, this match has a nice little build. Harlem Heat and Nasty Boys had been feuding since the end of 1994. It was at Slamboree ‘95 that Nasty Boys won the titles from Harlem Heat in their final title shot, despite The Blue Bloods attacking the Nasties earlier in the night on WCW Main Event. Then at Great American Bash ‘95, Harlem Heat’s interference to cost the Nasties the tag titles backfired as they accidentally helped Nasty Boys win. Finally, days after GAB, Harlem Heat won the titles back on WCW Worldwide. Now this match is to wrap up this long tag team titles feud. What’s REALLY entertaining though is the real dates for the title changes. Slamboree took place on May 21st, however; the Nasty Boys had recorded the match where they dropped the titles back to Harlem Heat on May 3rd (WCW Worldwide). Although Harlem Heat is going into this match as tag champions, they’ve also already recorded their title loss against Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck way back on June 21 (WCW Saturday Night). Onto the actual match, which is far less interesting. There’s not much to it. Wrestlers get tagged in, they hit a few spots, and they tag out. There isn’t anything resembling an actual story. The commentators are clearly confused as to what’s going on as this is an early example of a triple threat. Any time a wrestler tags out to a different team, the commentators can’t understand why they would. Bobby Heenan can’t keep track whether the titles can change hands if Harlem Heat are involved in the finish or not. Since he’s so rarely in the ring, even Steven Regal can’t do much to make this interesting. The finishing stretch is one of the most stupid from WCW 1995, which is saying a lot. With Regal and Sags the legal men, Stevie Ray and Eaton are tossed to the outside with Nasties working over Regal and Booker T. Booker T is given a back body drop by Sags onto Regal. Knobbs hits his running splash and Sags sits on both Regal and Booker T’s chests to get the pinfall and apparently win the tag titles. That’s when it’s announced that Harlem Heat have retained the titles. The idea is that Booker was covering Regal, so it invalidated Sags’ cover. Not only was Booker T not the legal man, but even if he was, the cover could not count since in that case, Sags would be breaking up the cover by sitting on both men. Someone was paid US currency to come up with that finish. * ½

    Ric Flair vs Randy Savage - Lifeguard Match
    It’s a lumberjack match, but since we’re on the beach, the lumberjacks are lifeguards~! Lifeguards include Harlem Heat, Dick Slater, Bunkhouse Buck, Men at Work (Mark Starr and Chris Kanyon), Max Muscle, DDP, Arn Anderson, Nasty Boys, Johnny B. Badd, Jim Duggan, and Evad Sullivan. On a terrible show like this, it’s promising when you know you have Flair vs Savage to look forward to since they’re clearly going to have a good match to help save this show. Instead, they put on the disappointment of the show. It’s not a bad match, but one that never stopped feeling as if it was just some house show match. There’s a lot of dumping each other to the outside so the lifeguards can toss the wrestlers back into the ring. Although there’s some shoves, the lifeguards are surprisingly civil towards each other. Then again, there’s so many more heels than faces that it wouldn’t even be much of a fight if the lifeguards went to war with each other. Like most Savage matches, he spent a good deal on defense, although other than a tiny bit of leg work, none of Flair’s offense was story based. The match did start to pick up near the end with the crowd coming alive and making a lot of noise. There was a big tease that Savage was going to be screwed when the referee was distracted, allowing Anderson to climb in and deliver a DDT to Savage. Macho Man was able to kick out when Flair covered him though. The finishing stretch needed one more moment like that to push it into feeling like a properly big ending. Instead, Savage simply delivered a body slam and the flying elbow drop to win the match. Second best match of the show, but that’s not saying anything. ** ¾


    Hulk Hogan © w/Jimmy Hart vs Vader - Steel Cage Match - WCW World Title
    Sadly, all good things must come to an end. It’s the final WCW PPV match for Big Van Vader. Also at ringside in Hogan’s corner is Dennis Rodman, making this yet another appearance at Bash at the Beach. Although the commentators would often mention the fact that to win the match, you could also climb out of the cage, it wasn’t actually a source for any drama. The only times there was any sort of action of someone trying to escape saw Vader try to push open the door, but it was still locked and at the very end when someone finally tries to climb out of the cage with Hogan managing to do so after causing Vader to crotch himself on the top rope. I have a suspicion that this steel cage stipulation, something rarely seen in WCW, was just added because Vader wasn’t interested in putting Hogan over. In all four of their PPV matches (Including the tag at Slamboree), Vader always lost, but was never pinned. I enjoyed this one though. I’d say it’s the superior of their three matches. There was a wacky, fun spot where Hogan put on Vader’s helmet piece, lumbered around, and even gave Vader a few (Weak) headbutts with it. They worked in the typical Wrestlemania 3 story with Hogan failing to slam Vader, but managing to do it later on in the match. Vader hit a lot of big moves including the Vader Bomb and an attempt at a top rope splash, but Hogan mostly just no sold it all. At one point, Kevin Sullivan and The Zodiac tried to break into the cage, but Dennis Rodman scared them off with a chair. The lead up to the finish was a bit screwy as Hogan gave Vader a weak as fuck kick to the gut and then proceeded to nail multiple leg drops without ever trying to go for the pin. Hogan finally decided to try climbing out of the cage, but Vader recovered enough to try and stop him. As I said, Hogan crotched Vader and finished climbing out of the cage to win the match and retain the WCW World Title. ***


    After the match, the commentators quickly wrap up the show and we’re apparently just about to go off of the air when Ric Flair runs out and climbs into the cage. Flair begins berating Vader for failing to win the World Title and kill Hulkamania. Flair makes the mistake of annoying Vader enough that Vader is more than willing to beat some respect into him. Instead, Arn Anderson rushes out to attack Vader from behind to save his buddy. The former Horsemen manage to escape. Vader grabs a cameraman and challenges both men to a match in the future.

    Overall
    Taking place just the night before the one year anniversary of Bash at the Beach '94, Hulk Hogan's debut match with WCW, it's brutal to see how far WCW has fallen. You look at this show and it's not just bad matches, it's a lot of really embarrassing stuff that shouldn't have even seen the light of day on TV, let alone PPV. Looking back, it's no wonder the WCW main eventers dominated WCW Monday Nitro. What else were you going to do? Devote Nitro time to The Renegade or Evad Sullivan? To varying degrees, the three matches featuring main eventers delivered. Although Flair/Savage was a disappointment, it's still a fine house show match. Looking around at other reviews online, it seems as if I'm alone in my love of Sting/Meng. I think it's well worth the watch though. Even if you believe it's not as good as I view it to be, it's still a major step up from what would happen to the US Title over the next few months. As I said, Bash at the Beach '95 features the final WCW PPV match from Vader. It's a real shame too because he's one of the few guys that was able to produce a mostly good series of matches against Hogan in this company. For a guy who was around WCW during their unstable years, Vader's matches on PPV/Clash were mostly really good and consistent. Sure, he had some duds (EG. vs Hulk Hogan at Uncensored 1995), but I can't think of many. As of right now, the TV Title division is literally in one of it's worst phases in WCW history. The title is around the waist of someone who isn't over, zero credibility, and is putting on some of the worst matches of the year. I do not understand why the company moved Johnny B. Badd away from the division for the middle portion of 1995 when he's one of the few undercard babyfaces that has some popularity and you can depend on him to have a competent match. Furthermore, why wasn't Badd even booked on this PPV? He was a lifeguard, so he was in town. This is now the third PPV in a row where Badd wasn't booked on the PPV. What gives? Bash at the Beach '95 isn't a good PPV, but there's enough quality to save it from being one of the worst ever. They did, however; do a lot to build up to Clash of the Champions 31. Still, watch this show and then realize that WCW planned on going to war with the WWE's Monday Night Raw a month later and it seems laughable.

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    Re: WCW Bash at the Beach 1995 Review

    This was painful just reading this.

    The WCW roster for July 1995 was as follows: Earl Bobby Eaton, Sting,
    "Fly'in" Brian Pillman, "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson, Big Van Vader, Johnny
    B. Badd, "Stunning" Steve Austin, "Diamond" Dallas Page, Marcus Alexander
    Bagwell, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Lord Steve Regal, "The Nature Boy"
    Ric Flair, Stevie Ray, Booker T., Dave Sullivan, Brian Knobbs, Jerry Saggs,
    Mark Starr, The Guardian Angel, Kevin Sullivan, Bunkhouse Buck, Steve
    Armstrong, Meng, "Das Wunderkind" Alex Wright, Hulk Hogan, Brutus Beefcake,
    "Hacksaw" Jim Duggin, "Jump'in" Joey Maggs, The Avalanche, "Dirty" Dick
    Slaytor, Scott Armstrong, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Sgt. Craig "Pitbull"
    Pittman, The Renegade, Kamala the Uygandan Giant, Kurosawa, Road Warrior
    Hawk, Max Muscle, Disco Inferno, "Mr. JL" Jerry Lynn
    TOTAL ROSTER: 38
    If this is an active roster, man they could have done so much more than they did. Al though I'm not sure who was injured on this roster at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necro View Post
    This was painful just reading this.

    If this is an active roster, man they could have done so much more than they did. Al though I'm not sure who was injured on this roster at the time.
    Seems mostly accurate. Some of the guys listed there were working different gimmicks then was listed (EG. The Guardian Angel had been Big Bubba Rogers for months). The ones who shouldn't be on the list are Jerry Lynn (Couple months away from debuting) and Steve Austin (Hadn't worked a match since May). Guys not listed, but should be are Chris Kanyon (One half of Men at Work and was a lifeguard on this show) and the lowcard heel team of Los Especialistas.

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    Re: WCW Bash at the Beach 1995 Review

    I've always been a fan of Meng/Haku and this match with Sting was one of the very few times in his WCW Run where he was booked correctly.

    And I loved how awesomely shitty The Renegade was lol. Pure Wrestlecrap at it's finest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flock U View Post
    I've always been a fan of Meng/Haku and this match with Sting was one of the very few times in his WCW Run where he was booked correctly.
    Meng was a rather unique figure in WCW history. As a character, Meng was almost as treated perfectly. They had him be a monster and I believe the fans bought into the act. The problem is that the booking was never there to take advantage of his character. His character was protected enough to be a main eventer, but WCW instead opted to just have him be a lowcarder. It's very odd especially since with Meng's lack of a push, I would have expected WCW to treat him closer to how they treated The Barbarian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Meng was a rather unique figure in WCW history. As a character, Meng was almost as treated perfectly. They had him be a monster and I believe the fans bought into the act. The problem is that the booking was never there to take advantage of his character. His character was protected enough to be a main eventer, but WCW instead opted to just have him be a lowcarder. It's very odd especially since with Meng's lack of a push, I would have expected WCW to treat him closer to how they treated The Barbarian.

    That's always been one of the things about that period of WCW that always pissed me off was their treatment of Barbarian and Meng those two were tremendous workers and were over and yet neither got pushed as they should have been yet they would push shit like Alex Wright. Maddening at times.

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    I loved Meng in WCW in 94-95, he was such a bad ass.

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    Re: WCW Bash at the Beach 1995 Review

    Who was booking WCW at this time? Man it sounds like this show tanked hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodger View Post
    Who was booking WCW at this time? Man it sounds like this show tanked hard.
    Sometimes it can get pretty confusing keeping all the behind the scenes roles straight in WCW, but often times there were booking committee or multiple times. At this point in time, I believe Kevin Sullivan had just taken over as head booker.

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    Re: WCW Bash at the Beach 1995 Review

    I thought Flair or Kevin Sullivan was booking. I could be wrong though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necro View Post
    I thought Flair or Kevin Sullivan was booking. I could be wrong though.
    They were both head bookers in 1995 with Sullivan taking over duties from Flair. With the Dungeon of Doom being Kevin Sullivan's creation and the faction just starting out, I'm willing to bet Sullivan had the book as a result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    They were both head bookers in 1995 with Sullivan taking over duties from Flair. With the Dungeon of Doom being Kevin Sullivan's creation and the faction just starting out, I'm willing to bet Sullivan had the book as a result.
    Whenever I hear Sullivan talk on his show, not sure if you heard it. His co-host MSL talks to him like he's a genius. The whole Dungeon of Doom shit was just terrible to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necro View Post
    Whenever I hear Sullivan talk on his show, not sure if you heard it. His co-host MSL talks to him like he's a genius. The whole Dungeon of Doom shit was just terrible to me.
    Keep in mind, there are other factors in which plays into all of this. The biggest problem is whenever there's a power struggle with the head booker wanting to do one thing, but the VP wanting to do something different. There were plenty of problems at the end of 1988 with Dusty finding that he had less and less power despite being the head booker due to his problems with Ric Flair. Once Turner bought the company, that was going to be it for Dusty. Jim Herd and Ole Anderson had a difficult time being together as well in 1991.

    Here's a list that someone came up with to try and keep track of who was booking when:

    Head booker:

    85-8: Dusty Rhodes

    1988: Jim Crockett Jr. (Dec only)

    1989: George Scott

    1989-90: Booking comittee (Ric Flair, Jim Cornette, Jim Ross, Kevin Sullivan and Eddie Gilbert)

    1990: Ole Anderson

    1991-4: Dusty Rhodes (& Ole Anderson with Jim Ross)

    1994-5: Ric Flair

    1995-8: Kevin Sullivan (with Terry Taylor)

    1998-99: Kevin Nash

    1999: Kevin Sullivan and Terry Taylor (+ committee)

    1999-00: Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara

    2000: Kevin Sullivan, Terry Taylor and Ed Ferrara (+ committee which included JJ Dillon)

    2000: Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff

    2000-01: Terry Taylor, Johnny Ace and Ed Ferrara

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    Re: WCW Bash at the Beach 1995 Review

    Do you think the Radicalz would have stayed if Kevin Sullivan wasn't brought back as booker? Or do you think that wasn't even the reason they left, and just saw the writing on the wall with the company?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necro View Post
    Do you think the Radicalz would have stayed if Kevin Sullivan wasn't brought back as booker? Or do you think that wasn't even the reason they left, and just saw the writing on the wall with the company?
    Eh, considering how long Sullivan was the head booker in WCW, I'm sure he was just the last straw for the Radicalz. Had Sullivan not been brought back as a booker, maybe the Radicalz would have stuck around longer, but I'd be shocked if they would remain for the rest of the year. Something to remember about the Radicalz leaving is that other than Benoit, none of those guys had any sort of expected deals waiting for them from the WWE. Guerrero, Saturn, and Malenko could have easily left WCW only to learn that McMahon didn't have any interest in signing them. So for them to quit over a common booker returning would suggest that they had loads of other issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Eh, considering how long Sullivan was the head booker in WCW, I'm sure he was just the last straw for the Radicalz. Had Sullivan not been brought back as a booker, maybe the Radicalz would have stuck around longer, but I'd be shocked if they would remain for the rest of the year. Something to remember about the Radicalz leaving is that other than Benoit, none of those guys had any sort of expected deals waiting for them from the WWE. Guerrero, Saturn, and Malenko could have easily left WCW only to learn that McMahon didn't have any interest in signing them. So for them to quit over a common booker returning would suggest that they had loads of other issues.
    Eddie said in an RF shoot that had WWE not wanted them, they'd have done ECW, Japan, and Mexico. They were out either way.

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    Re: WCW Bash at the Beach 1995 Review

    this brings back bad memories. I thought WCW in 1995 was absolutely horrible. It was disappointing because I thought 1993 was terrible, but 1994 it got better. And then we get a year like this.

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