Wrestling Time Machine: February of 1995

Snap into your Slim Jims, and shut off your Super Nintendo Entertainment System, it’s time for the latest installment of Wrestling Time Machine!

We continue forward from our last installment to February of 1995. Buckle up, because as always we’ve got Wrestle Sign, and you know what that means…

That’s right. We’re the first Non-Brazilian people to travel back in time.

So we start with World Championship Wrestling. Now when we last left Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, the organization was still clawing it’s way to a position as a prominent Professional Wrestling Promotion. This charge was led by the 24-inch pythons of one Hulk Hogan, under the classic red and yellow banner of Hulkamania.

This. IS. Wrestling, BROTHER.

As you’ll recall, Hulk Hogan was feuding with Vader for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and all while a “Retired” Ric Flair watched from the sidelines. Vader was breaking out of the restrictions of WCW’s midcard and pushed as an unbeatable monster looking to secure his reign as WCW’s World Heavyweight Champion. The push would begin at Starrcade of ’94, and from a short backstage brawl, to exchanged words throughout the month of January and February, all while Hogan and Hogan’s Pal, Randy Savage would have their hands full with The Faces of Fear, Kevin Sullivan and The Butcher. Big Van Vader had won the WCW United States Championship at the aforementioned Starrcade, though you’d be forgiven for forgetting that he was carrying the gold for one of WCW’s midcard championships, as during the month of February, the title was not defended or even mentioned on television. A strange move considering that with the WCW United States Champion facing the WCW World

If only SOMEONE could decipher what these strange symbols mean!

Heavyweight Champion that the match between Big Van Vader and Hulk Hogan didn’t take place at Clash of the Champions XXX, in January and The Monster Maniacs vs. The Faces of Fear didn’t take place at SuperBrawl V. WCW had a built in Champion vs. Champion feud and a live televised special named specifically for champions clashing. I guess WCW didn’t want to give this match away for free on television, but without a Pay-Per-View in January, there’s no reason they couldn’t have turned Clash of the Champions into a Pay-Per-View event, unless there was some sort of arrangement between WCW and Turner Broadcasting that prevented them from doing so. Hogan would defeat Big Van Vader via Disqualification at SuperBrawl V, but not before ‘The Nature Boy” could come out of retirement to interfere in the match on Vader’s behalf.

The aforementioned tag match between The Monster Maniacs vs. The Faces of Fear would feature Randy Savage reviving Hulk Hogan via Elbow Drop-a classic moment in all the wonder that is Professional Wrestling. Sullivan and The Butcher may have lost this match against Hogan and his pals, but the war was from over. Sullivan would return his attention to his brother Dave, and would come out on top against Dave at SuperBrawl V, with the help of the steel plate surgically embedded in the face of The Butcher, but this would lead to some friction between the two Faces of Fear.

Following the victory of The Monster Maniacs, Randy Savage would go on to help Sting against the focused fury of his colossal corpulent foes in Big Bubba Rogers and Avalanche. While little was done on WCW television to further any feuds beyond promos, and interviews, this would lead not only to a victory for Savage & Sting against the big boys (WCW was where they played, after all), but also a WCW Tag Team Championship match against Harlem Heat. The match between the challengers of Savage & Sting vs. Harlem Heat was a decent match, but culminated in a mildly disappointing finish. Savage and Sting were given no real rhyme or reason to jump to the head of the Tag Team Division beyond just being Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Sting. They’d only just teamed together and defeated Rogers & Avalanche. They weren’t given any build together on WCW Saturday Night, or any respectable challengers in former WCW Tag Team Champions Stars & Stripes, or former contenders The Nasty Boys. So while the match between Harlem Heat vs. Savage & Sting was solid, there was little done to make a viewer care about the outcome of this match, and little reason for this match to even be taking place.

Dove Secret, it ain’t.

During February of 1995, the WCW Tag Team Division would heat up, as Harlem Heat accompanied by the sensational Sister Sherri would successfully defend the titles against resident standard hygiene opponents, The Nasty Boys. As we touched on, very little was actually done to build this feud. The Nasty Boys had no one to really challenge their position as Number 1 contenders, and it reeked of WCW just going through the motions. The Nasty Boys were ultimately wasted potential in WCW without another team that could challenge their position as the toughest tag team in WCW. It wasn’t until The Public Enemy became fixtures on the WCW Roster that The Nasty Boys had equals as brawlers.

The remainder of the WCW midcard would feature WCW Television Champion Arn Anderson accompanied by Colonel Parker continuing to antagonize former champion, Johnny B. Badd, and challenging Badd to a “Wrestler {Arn Anderson} vs. Boxer {Johnny B. Badd}” match at the newest WCW Pay-Per-View, WCW Uncensored.  Colonel Parker would sweeten the pot for anyone willing to challenge Anderson’s position as the WCW Television Champion by now stipulating that if any one challenger should defeat Anderson, not only would they have the glory of being the newest WCW Television Champion, but also a “fishbowl of gold coins” to accompany their new championship belt. Uncensored would be WCW’s attempt to capitalize on the growing popularity of Hardcore Professional Wrestling, pitching the event to fans as featuring crazy matches with quasi-hardcore gimmicks. Colonel Parker and his other goon, The Blacktop Bully would issue another challenge for WCW Uncensored to “The Natural”

European Techno?! My ONE weakness!

Dustin Rhodes, in the form of a “King of the Road” match, wherein the two combatants would have to fight whilst being driven around in the bed of the Blacktop Bully’s 18-wheeler truck. The highlight of the lower WCW midcard would be Alex Wright successfully defeating Paul Roma at WCW SuperBrawl V, to definitively prove who the prettiest man was.

We now move on to the then-WWF side of things. The WWF main event scene would see Shawn Michaels preparing for his challenge against reigning WWF Champion Diesel at WrestleMania XI. Michaels would prepare to transition to the Main Event of the WWF by securing a new bodyguard in Sid. Sid hadn’t yet

That’s Better. They’re just jealous of how we’re BEST BROS.

earned the “Sycho” portion of his moniker, and for now he and Michaels were just bros Best Bros.  Michaels would later antagonize the other final opponent from The Royal Rumble, The British Bulldog, attempting to cost The British Bulldog an additional opportunity at winning a 20-Man Battle Royal, with Michaels interference doing little to deter the efforts of The British Bulldog. The Bulldog would win the match, and this would set-up a match between Michaels and Davey Boy for the beginning of March of 1995. Diesel would prepare for the match against his former guardee by facing off against the new WWF Intercontinental Champion, “Double J” Jeff Jarrett in the Main Event of the February 20th edition of WWF Monday Night Raw. Jarrett and his Roadie were no match for the big man, and the matchup between the two champions was little more than a squash match, as Jarrett was booked as a continuously conniving, but very lucky heel.

NOW WITH REAL KUNG-FU GRIP!!!

The WWF midcard would feature The Undertaker continuing to feud against Ted DiBiase and his Million Dollar Corporation, as DiBiase and his lackeys took possession of The Undertaker’s Urn at The Royal Rumble in January. During the month of February of 1995, The WWF didn’t have a Pay-Per-View event or even a televised special event, and was even pre-empted on the USA Network for a week. Little to no television time was dedicated to the buildup of the feud between The Undertaker and “The Walking Condominium” King Kong Bundy during the month of February, except for comments about DiBiase being in possession of the prized Urn, and DiBiase carrying said Urn to the ring, whilst managing the other members of the roster of The Million Dollar Corporation. A future Million Dollar Corporation member and Undertaker opponent would debut during the month of February, “The Supreme Fighting Machine” Kama.

Bam Bam Bigelow’s war of words would lead to the 390 lb man to challenge NFL Linebacker, Lawrence Taylor to a match at WrestleMania XI. Lex Luger would also go on to challenge a member of The Million Dollar Corporation, Tatanka, as fallout for what happened between Tatanka and the legendary Chief Jay Strongbow at SummerSlam of 1994.

No. Still not quite the RIGHT level of extreme.

This brings us to Extreme Championship Wrestling. “The Franchise” Shane Douglas and the dominance of his organization The Triple Threat would help to carve out a niche for the fledgling promotion. The Triple Threat arguably represented everything ECW itself stood for. In “The Franchise” Shane Douglas, not only did you have a young champion, but a champion who had formerly been a part of the larger organization, who left to forge his own path. “The Franchise” wasn’t about being an “Entertainer” like Hulk Hogan, or about staking his claim on solely being “Larger than Life” like Diesel. Douglas was only content to reign as a champion of Professional WrestlingDouglas would capitalize in a victory over former Four Horsemen, Tully Blanchard in the beginning of February of 1995. The other members of The Triple Threat, Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko, were both gifted mat technicians, but like Douglas himself, weren’t afraid to pick up whatever weapons were available. This was best evidenced by Benoit and Malenko’s victory over the newly crowned ECW World Tag Team Champions, The Dangerous Alliance (Sabu & The Tazmaniac) at the ECW Supercard, Return of the Funker. 

The ECW midcard would be dominated by The Sandman with Woman vs. Cactus Jack. The Sandman would attempt to blind Cactus Jack with a cigarette, and Jack with a legitimate broken hand would fend off the efforts of The Sandman, and come out victorious in a Texas Death Match against the beer-binging brawler. The war

between the two hardcore superstars was far from over, as The Texas Death Match would result in a concussion for The Sandman, leading the superstar to be placed on the disabled list. The Sandman found a replacement in DC Drake, but Drake would fall at the hands of Cactus Jack as well. The Sandman, not

Terry Funk does not respect “No Smoking” signs.

content with being bested by Cactus Jack would find a much more suitable replacement in Jack’s former idol, and evil hillbilly wizard, Terry Funk.

Raven would continue to push Tommy Dreamer, hinting at a past between the two superstars. Stevie Richards for all he’s worth, would attempt to seek forgiveness from Raven with regards to his loss at the hands of Dreamer by bringing in former ECW World Tag Team Champions, The Broad Street Bullies to help Raven in his quest against Dreamer. Richards’ sniveling toadying at the feet of Raven would begin to hint here, that the relationship between Raven and Richards was far from healthy.

The “C” in ECW actually stood for “Copyright Infringement”

Meanwhile, “The Sexiest Man Alive” Jason and his “Giant” Paul Lauria would continue to try and dominate Mikey Whipwreck, and transition up the card. Jason would introduce…well. Jason. The second Jason would be quickly removed from Television, because lawyers have always been a pricey luxury. Lauria meanwhile would be handed a humiliating beating at the hands of 911, but what else could be expected when he calls himself, “The Giant”.

This concludes February of 1995! We know you have a choice in whom you travel through time with, and we thank you for flying Nerdfect Strangers.

 

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