[PPV Recap] ‘THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH 1991’ – A Baffling Display of Nonsense

DATE: July 14, 1991
VENUE: Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)
COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

The Great American Bash ‘91 features the crowning of a new World Heavyweight Champion as Lex Luger meets Barry Windham inside a Steel Cage to decide who will stand atop the mountain. Also on the show Sting takes on Nikita Koloff in a Russian Chain Match, Rick Steiner & Missy Hyatt are SCHEDULED to face Arn Anderson & Paul E. Dangerously, and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express COLLIDE as Robert Gibson faces former best friend Richard Morton.

CHAMPIONS

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

LINEUP

  • SCAFFOLD MATCH: PN News & Bobby Eaton vs. Steve Austin & Terrence Taylor (DUD)
  • Tom Zenk vs. Diamond Studd (*3/4)
  • Ron Simmons vs. Oz (1/4*)
  • Robert Gibson vs. Richard Morton (*3/4)
  • ELIMINATION MATCH: Dustin Rhodes & The Young Pistols vs. Badstreet & The Fabulous Freebirds (*3/4)
  • BOUNTY FOR THE MASK: The Yellow Dog vs. Johnny B. Badd (**)
  • LUMBERJACK MATCH: Big Josh vs. Black Blood (**1/4)
  • El Gigante vs. One Man Gang (1/4*)
  • RUSSIAN CHAIN MATCH: Sting vs. Nikita Koloff (*1/2)
  • STEEL CAGE MATCH: Lex Luger vs. Barry Windham for the vacant WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • STEEL CAGE MATCH: Rick Steiner vs. Arn Anderson & Paul E. Dangerously (NR)

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[TV Rundown] ‘WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING’ 07.06.1991 – Two Big Jim Herd Announcements, The Patriots Sorta Debut

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

World Championship Wrestling features not one but TWO big announcements from EVP Jim Herd regarding the Great American Bash next week and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, plus a whole lot of folks squashing other folks. Also Firebreaker Chip warns us against the danger of matches.

CHAMPIONS

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

LINEUP

  • Sting vs. Keith Steinborn
  • WCW TOP TEN
  • The Hardliners vs. Joey Maggs & Dave Johnson
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Steve Austin vs. Johnny Rich
  • DEBUT PROMO: The Patriots
  • Lex Luger vs. Jeff Stone
  • Dustin Rhodes & Robert Gibson vs. Black Bart & Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
  • Terrence Taylor vs. Johnny Meadows
  • JIM HERD’S BIG ANNOUNCEMENT PART 1
  • Tom Zenk vs. Joe Cazana
  • PN News vs. Tim Frye
  • Johnny B. Badd vs. Chad Floyd
  • One Man Gang vs. Danny Hornaday
  • Rick Steiner vs. Brian Jernigan (sp?)
  • JIM HERD’S BIG ANNOUNCEMENT PART 2
  • Diamond Studd vs. The Blaze/Blue Blazer
  • Barry Windham vs. Jackie Fulton
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Jim Ross w/ Barry Windham

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[TV Rundown] ‘Power Hour’ 06.29.1991 – Old Pro, New GAB Match Announcements

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Power Hour nabs footage from two episode of Pro plus we get some match announcements for Great American Bash and an injury update on Scott Steiner. Also apparently there’s a new TV Champion?

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

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[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 06.22.1991 – Steiner vs. Slater, DDP & TDS Want Some Z-Man

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week’s World Championship Wrestling features Rick Steiner taking on Dick Slater, a surprisingly competitive match between Steve Austin and Sam Houston, and the beginnings of a feud that’s very much my sh*t as Diamond Dallas Page & The Diamond Studd make an enemy of the returning Z-Man.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Sam Houston vs. Steve Austin (**)
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Mr. Hughes vs. Joey Maggs
  • IN-RING INTERVIEW: Jim Ross w/ The Z-Man
  • Sting vs. Bob Cook
  • VIGNETTE: The Desperados Part 3
  • Rick Steiner vs. Dick Slater (**1/4)
  • El Gigante vs. J.D. Wolf

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[TV Rundown] ‘Worldwide’ 06.15.1991 – Squashes, Desperados, Bash Mains That Will Never Happen

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

This week on Worldwide we’ve got Dan Spivey, PN News, Ric Flair, and others in action plus Brian Pillman buys a ringside ticket right at belltime because WCW has accepted their status.

 

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton(?), “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Barry Windham vs. Greg Sawyer
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Chuck Coats & Jim Boss
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • PN News vs. Hacksaw Higgins
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Tim Frye
  • LAST WEEK ON PRO: 8 Man Tag Team Match Turns into Chaos
  • VIGNETTE: The Desperados are on a mission
  • Dan Spivey vs. Jamie McKinnon
  • Ric Flair vs. Johnny Meadows

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[TV Rundown] ‘Pro’ 06.15.1991 – Desperados Revealed, Squash Match City, Pillman Says Goodbye

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko

This week’s Pro features a host of squashes, Sting brawling with Nikita Koloff, and the reveal of The Desperados’ identities and mission. It is the worst, but hey whatever. 

 

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Mike Thor & Hacksaw Higgins
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Chuck Coats
  • GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • PN News vs. Mark Kyle
  • BRICKHOUSE BONUS w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS w/ Larry Zbyszko, Diamond Dallas Page, & Big Daddy Dink
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Doug Gilbert
  • VIDEO: The Desperados search for Stan Hansen
  • One Man Gang vs. Ian Weston
  • Sting vs. Tim Frye
  • Barry Windham vs. Rob Morgan

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[Event Recap] ‘Clash of the Champions XV: Knocksville U.S.A.” – Flair vs. Eaton, Luger vs. Muta, New York Foundation Member Revealed

DATE: June 12, 1991
VENUE: Civic Auditorium (Knoxville, TN)
COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

Clash of the Champions XV: Knocksville USA features a gangbuster of a main event as Ric Flair defends the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Bobby Eaton in a 2 out of 3 Falls match. Also on the show Lex Luger takes on The Great Muta in a #1 Contender’s Match, Sting looks for revenge against Nikita Koloff, and much more!

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Tom Zenk & The Young Pistols vs. Badstreet & The Fabulous Freebirds (**1/2)
  • Johnny Rich vs. Oz (SQUASH)
  • Big Josh vs. Dan Spivey (**)
  • THE DANGER ZONE w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Jason Hervey
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Terrence Taylor (**)
  • Sting vs. Nikita Koloff (**3/4)
  • IN-RING SEGMENT: PN News w/ Pepa & DJ Spinderella
  • LOSER LEAVES WCW: Brain Pillman & El Gigante vs. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham (***)
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH REPORT w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • The Steiner Brothers [c] vs. Hiroshi Hase & Masahiro Chono for the IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • Tommy Rich vs. The Diamond Studd (SQUASH)
  • RINGSIDE SEGMENT: The Sting Lookalike Contest Winner
  • #1 CONTENDER’S MATCH: Lex Luger vs. The Great Muta (**1/4)
  • Steve Austin vs. Joey Maggs (SQUASH)
  • IN-RING SEGMENT: New York Foundation Member Revealed (Again)
  • 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS: Ric Flair [c] vs. Bobby Eaton for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)

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[TV Rundown] ‘Worldwide’ 06.08.1991 – SuperBrawl Rematch, Rhodes/Eaton vs. Taylor/Anderson

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

Two feature matches this week on Worldwide as Dustin Rhodes & Bobby Eaton take on Terrence Taylor & Arn Anderson and Tommy Rich tries to avenge his Superbrawl loss against Nikita Koloff. It goes really well for him. No it doesn’t.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Dustin Rhodes & Bobby Eaton vs. Terrence Taylor & Arn Anderson (**)
  • PN News vs. Greg Sawyer
  • VIDEO: The Desperados arrive to Ghost Town
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Tim Frye & Rob Morgan
  • FEUD RECAP: Sting/Nikita Koloff
  • Tommy Rich vs. Nikita Koloff (NR)
  • Brian Pillman vs. Doug Gilbert
  • One Man Gang vs. Dave Johnson
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Tony Schiavone w/ One Man Gang & Kevin Sullivan
  • Barry Windham vs. Ian Weston

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[TV Rundown] ‘Power Hour’ 5.25.91 – COTC Matches Announced, Will Dustin Join The York Foundation?

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week’s Power Hour features matches from the 5-11 and 5-18 episodes of Pro, plus initial match announcements for next month’s Clash of the Champions event.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Big Josh vs. Mike Steel (Pro – 5.18.91)
  • Nikita Koloff vs. Ian Weston (Pro – 5.11.91)
  • Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & Junkyard Dog vs. Tom Burke, Jeff Sword, & Joe Cazana (Pro – 5.18.91)
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Mike Maverick & Dave Johnson (Pro – 5.18.91)
  • Brian Pillman vs. Jim Corbett (Pro – 5.18.91)
  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Mark Kyle & Hacksaw Higgins (Pro – 5.18.91)
  • WRESTLING NEWS NETWORK w/ Gordon Solie
  • CLIP: Sting vs. The Great Muta (Japan Supershow)
  • HIGHLIGHTS: Great Muta in action
  • Ric Flair vs. Johnny Rich (**) (Pro – 5.18.91)
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Doug Vines (Pro – 5.18.91)

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[PPV Recap] ‘SuperBrawl’ – Flair vs. Fujinami, Steiners vs. Sting & Lex Luger, Welcome to Oz!

DATE: May 19, 1991
VENUE: Bayfront Arena (St. Petersburg, FL)
COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes

The first annual SuperBrawl features the end to the controversy as Ric Flair takes on Tatsumi Fujinami to decide who the real World Champion is (even though WCW has already said who it was many times over). Also on the show we get an absolute classic of a tag team match, two regular debuts and one absolutely insane debut, and Bobby Eaton gets his big shot at singles stardom.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • The Young Pistols vs. The Fabulous Freebirds for the vacant WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • Ricky Morton vs. Dan Spivey (*1/2)
  • DEBUT PROMO: Johnny B. Badd & Teddy Long
  • Tommy Rich vs. Nikita Koloff (*3/4)
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Terrence Taylor (**1/4)
  • Big Josh vs. Black Bart (*1/2)
  • THE DANGER ZONE w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Stan Hansen
  • Oz vs. Tim Parker (SQUASH)
  • TAPED FIST MATCH: Brian Pillman vs. Barry Windham (**3/4)
  • DIAMOND MINE w/ Diamond Dallas Page & The Diamond Studd
  • STRETCHER MATCH: El Gigante vs. Sid Vicious (DUD)
  • THUNDERDOOM CAGE MATCH: Ron Simmons vs. Butch Reed (**3/4)
  • The Steiner Brothers [c] vs. Sting & Lex Luger for the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/2)
  • Arn Anderson [c] vs. Bobby Eaton for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • Ric Flair [c] vs. Tatsumi Fujinami for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***)

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