Sunday, August 20, 2006

WCW Bash at the Beach 1995

1) Sting vs. Meng – 6
2) Paul Orndorff vs. The Renegade – 3
3) Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Kamala – 2
4) Diamond Dallas Page vs. Dave Sullivan – 3
5) The Nasty Boys vs. Harlem Heat vs. The Blue Bloods – Triangle Match – 5
6) Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage – Lumberjack Match – 6
7) Hulk Hogan vs. Vader – Steel Cage Match – 5

Sting and Meng had a solid opener which featured Meng getting some good offense in. Suprisingly, the match went about 15 minutes when I figured that they would keep everything short and sweet being that they were outside on a beach. Yes, you read that right. This show was actually held on a beach in front of a few thousand people. Anyway, back to the matches. Renegade’s dropkicks looked like shit and Orndorff didn’t sell a damn thing. He did, however, take a crazy bump off the platform which the ring was on into some sand. My only question is why, in their infinite wisdom, did they put Renegade over Orndorff? Duggan looks the exact same now as he did ten years ago with the same gimmick he’s been doing for the last twenty. His match with Kamala was slow, sloppy, and prodding and was about what you would expect from them. DDP and Sullivan was just that bad and isn’t even worth writing about. Thus far, except for the opening bout, it looks like the WCW brass just closed their eyes and threw darts to choose the matches.

The triangle match was pretty cool and I believe that it was the first time that the concept was used in a tag team environment. There was a neat video before the match which featured the Blue Bloods touring Hollywood and Bobby Eaton finding a knife in the bushes at OJ’s house. The finish was interesting as well but got lost in the shuffle as it happened so fast you missed it. Flair and Savage tried to re-create their match from WrestleMania in 1992 but failed miserably. Flair took some pretty daring bumps such as a suplex to the outside and a backdrop over the top rope into Brian Knobbs. Those bumps alone are worth watching the match. Hogan and Vader had a basic cage match which featured Hogan putting on Vader’s headgear and headbutting him with it. After the match, Flair ran in and yelled at Vader. Vader chased him up the cage and Flair took the bump of the night when he jumped fell off the top of the cage. While the card itself wasn’t spectacular, the environment which made up the show and some of the crazy video packages make this worth searching out.

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