[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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[PPV Review] WCW/NJPW Japan Supershow I – Flair/Fujinami, Sting/Muta

Show Date: March 21, 1991
Airdate: April 7, 1991
Venue: Tokyo Dome (Tokyo, Japan)
Commentators: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

After weeks of hearing about it in vague terms, now it’s time to see this Japan Supershow for myself. WCW held the event in conjunction with New Japan Pro Wrestling in March, but WCW waited until April to present it to American audiences. Sadly a lot of the matches are clipped and some didn’t even make the PPV. Oh well. Hopefully it’ll still be a fun watch. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a real big show to sink my teeth into, so I’m hungry for it.

NOTE: due to the clipped nature of this event, the ratings presented for most of these matches should be taken with an even bigger grain of salt than usual.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Tatsumi Fujinami
  • IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Jushin “Thunder” Liger
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki

THE LINEUP

  • Brian Pillman, Tom Zenk, & Tim Horner vs. Takayuki Iizuka, Kuniaki Kobayashi, & Shiro Koshinaka (***)
  • Jushin Liger [c] vs. Akira Nogami for the IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Masahiro Chono & Masa Saito vs. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham (***1/2)
  • El Gigante vs. The Big Cat (NR)
  • The Steiner Brothers [WCW] vs. Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki [IWGP] for the WCW and IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (****)
  • Sting vs. The Great Muta (***1/2)
  • Ric Flair [WCW] vs. Tatsumi Fujinami [IWGP] for the NWA AND IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS (***)

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[TV Review] Pro – 2.16.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

The Ric Flair/El Gigante feud continues, Dustin Rhodes makes his WCW in-ring debut, and Sid Vicious destroys a jobber with a very 80s teen movie villain name. Fun episode of Pro is what I’m saying.

The Lineup

  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Magnum Force
  • Tom Zenk vs. Lt. James Earl Wright
  • Footage: Riki Choshu [c] vs. Tatsumi Fujinami for IWGP Championship (Tokyo, Japan)
  • The Royal Family vs. Dave Johnson & John Peterson
  • Sid Vicious vs. Thad Clark
  • In-Ring Segment: The Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Joe Cruz
  • El Gigante vs. Barry Windham

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