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[1995-01-25-WCW-Clash of the Champions XXX] Sting vs Avalanche

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Last few minutes. Special referee the Guardian Angel turns on Sting and declares himself Big Bubba Rogers again. Tenta may have been an underrated wrestler, as this was better than I thought it would be. Bubba never called for the bell despite Avalanche submitting, so Nick Patrick comes in to stop the match. Bubba takes exception and ends up in a shouting match with Sting. Alex Wright and Stars and Stripes make a quick save, so this moment gets cut a little short.

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Last few minutes. Special referee the Guardian Angel turns on Sting and declares himself Big Bubba Rogers again. Tenta may have been an underrated wrestler, as this was better than I thought it would be. Bubba never called for the bell despite Avalanche submitting, so Nick Patrick comes in to stop the match. Bubba takes exception and ends up in a shouting match with Sting. Alex Wright and Stars and Stripes make a quick save, so this moment gets cut a little short.

MAY?

 

Tenta was a great (and yes, I mean great) big man. Excellent timing. Some of the most credible looking offense ever. Good at knowing when to give and when not to give. And freakish strength that was too easy to overlook.

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Why did Bubba go through 3 different names when he came back to WCW? I laughed at Gene's delayed reaction to Bubba saying "ass".

"The Boss" and "The Man" were nixed because WWF threatened them with copyright violations over similarity to Bossman.

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Did Traylor get injured around the time he switched from original recipe Big Bubba Rogers to Dungeon of Doom biker Big Bubba? That was when his work nosedived and he never got his groove back.

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Good match, with Tenta being really efficient again. I wouldn't go to "great", but I totally agree he was a damn good monster worker. He's totally carrying those Sting matches.

The post-match is a case of Gene sucking badly, throwing Big Bubba Rogers name for absolutely no reason before Trailor alluded to it. This third name and gimmick change really hurt Trailor, he's already lost a lot of steam with the Guardian Angel gimmick.

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Okay, getting back to this years after the fact, I think WCW was using "The Man Who Stands for Law & Order" as a placeholder name--they used that term a lot while waiting for the Angel gimmick to be finalized.

 

Really cool tease by Schiavone as we join in, reminding us that Bockwinkel stripped the Angel of his name and nightstick and how that "really got under the skin of the Guardian Angel." Sting and Avalanche do the accidental-headbutt-to-the-groin spot that they were fond of. Sting hits four Stinger Splashes, a bodyslam, and the Scorpion to decisively ice this one away, but Angel won't call for the bell, so Nick Patrick takes it upon himself to do it. Angel's not exactly in the wrong here--Bockwinkel trusted him to officiate then threw him under the bus. It's a two-on-one beatdown on Sting before the babyfaces make the save.

 

Okerlund: "What is this, the old Big Bubba Rogers??!" Subtle, Gene. Take some notes from Schiavone. The old Big Bubba Rogers is back, which was the proper way to go. The Angel gimmick and the repeated jobs to Vader absolutely killed Traylor's babyface character.

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