As someone who didn’t have cable until just prior to Nitro starting, it’s safe to say that Worldwide was my favorite WCW show growing up since it was the only game in town. From 1993 – 1998, WCW held their Worldwide tapings from the Disney MGM Studios (later Universal Studios). These events were home to the infamous “Yay!” “Boo!” prompts for the fans passing by to escape the hot sun for an hour.
Sure, they’d cheer a little louder for Hogan and Sting and boo Flair and Vader with a little more veracity than they would for the Nasty Neds of the world. But in the grand scheme of things, crowd reactions sounded rather manufactured.
That all changed for one moment on the March 11th, 1995 edition of Worldwide. Arn Anderson was defending his TV Title against Hacksaw Jim Duggan when Duggan had AA in the sleeper. Sensing trouble, Meng ran in to attack his upcoming Uncensored opponent. Seeing this coming, Duggan grabbed his 2×4, gave it a mighty swing, and broke it over Meng’s head. Meng sold this, in the words of the great Larry Zbyszko, like a piece of paper. The vacation goers gasped in amazement as an annoyed Meng bellowed loudly and took a defensive stance. At this point, the refs ushered Duggan out of the ring and I rewound the tape over and over and over and over again.
Heenan closed the segment with an appropriate, “RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!”
For another video of Meng wrecking everything in his path, consult this video from an August 1998 edition of Thunder . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQdfmO0M-dU