[TV Rundown] ‘MAIN EVENT’ 07.21.1991 – Yellow Dog vs. Mr. Hughes, That’s About It

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

The Yellow Dog tries to save his mask this week on Main Event as Mr. Hughes looks to cash in on the bounty. Also on the show Steve Austin defends his TV Title against a total jobber, Paul E. Dangerously hypes the World Tag Team Title tournament, and much more! Well not a lot more but enough more.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant (I think)
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Badstreet & The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)

LINEUP

  • Tom Zenk vs. Rip Rogers
  • The Hardliners vs. Ricky Nelson & Joey Maggs
  • THE DANGER ZONE w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Johnny B. Badd vs. Jackie Fulton
  • Steve Austin [c] vs. Chad Floyd for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
  • BOUNTY FOR THE MASK: The Yellow Dog vs. Mr. Hughes (*1/2)

*****

-Ross welcomes the home audience with Missy Hyatt, who is now a brunette. She may or may not divulge the secret behind her true hair color on the Wrestling Hotline.

“The Z-Man” Tom Zenk defeated Rip Rogers via KO with a sleeperhold (1:58)

-Ross and Hyatt discuss last Sunday’s Great American Bash. Hyatt says that she set out to do what she wanted on the PPV, which apparently was to be kidnapped by The Hardliners and not allowed to wrestle because no one cleared an intergender match with the Baltimore Athletic Commission. 

-GAB CLIP: Lex Luger beats Barry Windham to become the new World Champion, taking on Harley Race as his new advisor and Mr. Hughes as his new bodyguard. Luger sets the tone going forward as a heel with his post-match locker room promo.

The Hardliners (“Dirty” Dick Slater & Dick Murdoch) defeated  Ricky Nelson & “Jumpin” Joey Maggs when Murdoch made Nelson submit to a Fujiwara Armbar (2:57)

  • Hardliners will be taking on The Fabulous Freebirds next Saturday on World Championship Wrestling in the opening round of the World Tag Team Title tournament. A strange match-up as it puts two heel teams together and neither team being particularly interesting to watch but I’m perversely intrigued.
  • Ricky Nelson was done dirty by the graphics department, who spelled his name “Rikki”. Come on. COME ON.

-THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously discusses the vacant World Tag Team Championship, saying if he was part of the committee he would hand them over to The Hardliners for proving The Steiner Brothers are human beings like everyone else. Dangerously takes it to a clip of Gordon Solie talking about the 30-day title defense rule in the WCW by-laws. After hype for Freebirds/Hardliners for next weekend, we cut to a clip of The Enforcers beating on Johnny Rich & Ian Weston on Worldwide Wrestling…which airs next weekend I think because this certainly didn’t happen on this week’s show.

Johnny B. Badd [w/ “The Godfather of WCW” Theodore R. Long] defeated Jackie Fulton via pinfall with the Tutti Frutti (2:04)

WCW TOP TEN

  • 10. “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
  • 09. Johnny B. Badd
  • 08. One Man Gang
  • 07. Diamond Studd
  • 06. “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • 05. El Gigante
  • 04. “The All-American” Ron Simmons
  • 03. Sting
  • 02. “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff
  • 01. Barry Windham
  • WORLD CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger

“Stunning” Steve Austin [c] [w/ Lady Blossom] defeated Chad Floyd via pinfall with a Stun Gun/faceslam combo to retain the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (1:42)

  • Who the heck did Chad Floyd ever beat to earn a title shot?!?

BOUNTY FOR THE MASK
The Yellow Dog vs. Mr. Hughes [w/ Alexandra York, “The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrence Taylor, & Richard Morton]

Ross made sure to mention this match was taped before The Great American Bash to explain away why Hughes still has The York Foundation flanking him. I appreciate that.

Dog trades shots initially but a clothesline from Hughes puts a stop to that exchange. Hughes brushes off Dog’s strikes and throws him like nothing with a slam. Dog sorta kinda misses an elbowdrop and grabs an armbar, Hughes easily slams him off with his free arm. Dog catches a charging Hughes with a knee but Hughes catches him mid-air and slams him back to the canvas. Hughes follows up with a vertical suplex and stops to convene with the Foundation and the COM-PEW-TOR. Hughes connects with a DROPKICK and goes after the mask. Ref gets distracted, Hughes tosses Dog over the top and to the floor. Dog launches back in with a sunset flip attempt, Hughes easily counters with a right hand and slows it back down with a standing bearhug. Dog almost passes out but manages to fight his way out, Hughes counters corner mount rights with an inverted atomic drop and he’s back in control. Dog dodges a leg lariat and mounts some offense but Hughes drives him back down with a spinebuster for the 1…2…3.

Mr. Hughes defeated The Yellow Dog via pinfall (7:58)

  • Felt like an extended squash for Hughes but goddamn did he look good wrecking Yellow Dog’s sh*t for almost eight minutes. Should’ve been four minutes but they were trying to give the illusion that it was Brian Pillman under the mask so it had to be competitive. (*1/2)

Hughes and The Foundation go to unmask Dog but out comes BRIAN PILLMAN who’s apparently allowed to still hang out ringside despite not being allowed to wrestle in WCW anymore. Pillman gets in Morton’s face and ducks in time for Taylor to accidentally clothesline his own business partner. Pillman saves The Yellow Dog and they escape to the back.

-Hyatt hypes up the WCW Hotline because she’s got some juicy gossip to spill. Ross hypes next week’s Main Event which will feature Ron Simmons taking on The Diamond Studd. HELL YEAH that’s a match worth looking forward to.

*****

 

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