World War 3 (1995)
|World War 3 (1995)|
Promotional poster featuring Sting
|Promotion||World Championship Wrestling|
|Date||November 26, 1995|
|Tagline(s)||Sixty Men... Three Rings... Three Giants... One Battle Royal|
|World War 3 chronology|
World War 3 (1995) was the inaugural World War 3 professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The event took place on November 26, 1995 from the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia.
Seven matches were contested at the event. The main event was the first-ever 60-Man World War 3 battle royal for the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship after the previous champion The Giant was stripped of the title due to his controversial title win over Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc. Randy Savage was declared the winner of the World War 3 after eliminating One Man Gang. Other featured matches on the card were Sting versus Ric Flair, Lex Luger versus Randy Savage, a Japanese female wrestling tag team showcase between Bull Nakano and Akira Hokuto from All Japan Pro Wrestling and Mayumi Ozaki and Cutie Suzuki from JWP Joshi Puroresu and a WCW World Television Championship match between Johnny B. Badd and Diamond Dallas Page, with the stipulation that if Badd won, he would gain the managerial services of Kimberly Page.
The event featured wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
Johnny B. Badd defeated Diamond Dallas Page to retain the WCW World Television Championship in a match, which stipulated that if Badd won, he would win the managerial services of Page's valet Diamond Doll. Badd won her services but freed her and she opted to remain in his corner.
The World War 3 battle royal was the main event. Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan had been working on eliminating One Man Gang but Hogan decided to assist Sting and Lex Luger in eliminating The Giant from the match. In the process, Hogan eliminated all three men from the match, leaving himself, Savage and Gang as the final three entrants. While referee Randy Anderson was busy watching Savage as he eliminated Gang, The Giant pulled Hogan out of the ring through the bottom rope. Hogan went to attack Giant, but since Anderson saw Hogan on the floor he called for the bell and declared Savage the winner of the match and the new world champion despite Hogan's protests.
|1||Johnny B. Badd (c) defeated Diamond Dallas Page (with The Diamond Doll)||Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship||12:35|
|2||Big Bubba Rogers defeated Jim Duggan||Taped Fist match||10:08|
|3||Bull Nakano and Akira Hokuto (with Sonny Onoo) defeated Mayumi Ozaki and Cutie Suzuki||Tag team match||9:16|
|4||Kensuke Sasaki (c) (with Sonny Onoo) defeated Chris Benoit||Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship||10:00|
|5||Lex Luger defeated Randy Savage by submission||Singles match||5:28|
|6||Sting defeated Ric Flair||Singles match||14:30|
|7||Randy Savage won by last eliminating One Man Gang||60-Man World War 3 match for the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship1||29:40|
^1 Other competitors were Scott Armstrong, Steve Armstrong, Arn Anderson, Johnny B. Badd, Marcus Bagwell, Chris Benoit, Big Train Bart, Bunkhouse Buck, Cobra, Disco Inferno, Jim Duggan, Bobby Eaton, Ric Flair, The Giant, Eddie Guerrero, Hulk Hogan, Mr. JL, Chris Kanyon, Brian Knobbs, Kurasawa, Lex Luger, Joey Maggs, Meng, Hugh Morrus, Max Muscle, Scott Norton, One Man Gang, Paul Orndorff, Diamond Dallas Page, Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker, Brian Pillman, Sgt. Craig Pittman, Lord Steven Regal, Scotty Riggs, Road Warrior Hawk, Big Bubba Rogers, Jerry Sags, Ricky Santana, Kensuke Sasaki, Shark, Fidel Sierra, Dick Slater, Mark Starr, Stevie Ray, Sting, Dave Sullivan, The Taskmaster, Super Assassin #1, Super Assassin #2, Booker T, Squire David Taylor, Bobby Walker, VK Wallstreet, Pez Whatley, Mike Winner, Alex Wright, James Earl Wright, The Yeti and The Zodiac