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[1994-12-03-WCW-Saturday Night] Eric Bischoff announcement / Interview: Hulk Hogan / Interview: Randy Savage

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Announcement that Randy Savage will be joining us live on the show. Was Saturday Night actually live on a occasion? They have a weird Savage message over Bischoff and Heenan talking.

 

Hogan versus Butcher will be the most important night in wrestling. When Hogan is chilling at home looking at his and Butcher’s bikes he noticed something. There wa a little butcher with an ax trying to chop off Hogan’s head. This was premeditated!

 

Savage in WCW doesn’t feel right. He’s here to take it to the limit. Savage is here for one reason and one reason only to confront Hulk Hogan. Hogan is not here now though. He will be at Starrcade to see Hogan.

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First, to start the show, Eric Bischoff announces that Randy Savage is in the building and will be on the show! Heenan is skeptical, and Savage's voice makes a cameo, yet he's nowhere to be seen. Whaa?

 

Next, Hogan and Jimmy Hart talk in front of a green screen. Hogan and WCW are the only things happening in wrestling today. Starrcade '94 will be the most important day in the history of wrestling. Hogan tells a drug-induced story of hanging out in his garage and seeing things on the pipe of Beefcake's motorcycle.

 

Next up, Savage appears in front of the live crowd. This is the first Savage appearance in WCW! He gets the hero's welcome from the Center Stage crowd. He says he's around for only one reason, and that's to confront Hulk Hogan. I watch this and think they could have drawn big with Savage coming in as a heel and turning on Hogan at Starrcade. The two of them as a babyface tag team feels like wasted time. Here, he says he's either going to shake Hogan's hand or slap him in the face.

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It wouldn't surprise me if the idea was to try to recreate the Mega Powers angle and have them team for a year and then Savage turns for a Savage/Hogan match at Starrcade or SuperBrawl VI, but they never got around to the Savage turn for one reason or another.

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It's kinda sad that Savage whole career from 88 on was basically centered around being Hogan's little bitch over and over again.

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The voice-over Bischoff and Heenan was so poorly executed. I didn't bother listening to Hogan's promo, I do have a life. Savage's comes out and cuts a rather heelish (and good) promo, to say the least. He comes off like a huge star, but the idea of him feuding with Hogan is yet another step toward the WWFization of the promotion. Meanwhile, Vince is pissed and depressed.

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Bobby and Bischoff have NO chemistry or timing at all--they make Bobby & Schiavone look like Abbott & Costello. And the Savage voiceover was just bizarre.

 

Green-screen Hogan promo re: the Butcher. This setting is so 1989. This is apparently the most important night in WCW history, brother. Apparently Butcher's plan went all the way back to "day one." Not half as entertaining as Hogan's more batshit promos in the WWF.

 

Randy Savage is here! Coming out to a cheapo keyboard version of Pomp & Circumstance. Still quite a coup for WCW. And this is quite a promo--Randy has new life in him, and he's nice and focused. I have to agree that Savage as a babyface seems like kind of a waste at this point. Savage vs. Hogan was always the money match but we wouldn't get it for another 2 years, under circumstances no one could have anticipated.

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