[TV Rundown] ‘Worldwide’ 06.29.1991 – New TV Champ Crowned, OMG vs. His Straitjacket

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

Big week on Worldwide as Bobby Eaton puts his World Television Title on the line against “Stunning” Steve Austin which is…pretty strange if you’ve been following along with the other shows from the weekend. We’ve also got other folks in action like Johnny B. Badd, Lex Luger, and the team of One Man Gang, Black Blood, and One Man Gang’s straitjacket.

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)

LINEUP

  • Lex Luger vs. Allen Martin
  • FEUD RECAP: Sting vs. Nikita Koloff
  • The Young Pistols vs. Pat Rose & Gene Spurlock
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Johnny B. Badd vs. Terry Bronson
  • POST-MATCH INTERVIEW: Johnny B. Badd & Theodore R. Long
  • The Hardliners vs. Tim Parker & Mike Jackson
  • One Man Gang & Black Blood vs. Greg Sawyer & Kenny Kendall
  • VIGNETTE: The Desperados Part 4
  • Bobby Eaton [c] vs. Steve Austin for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)

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-KNOCKSVILLE USA CLIP: The Hardliners attack The Steiner Brothers.

-Schiavone and Solie welcome the home audience at ringside. Featured match will be a TV Title match as Bobby Eaton defends against Steve Austin. Uhhh was I supposed to watch this show first or something?

Rick Steiner vows revenge on The Hardliners for injuring his brother.


“The Total Package” Lex Luger defeated Allen Martin via submission with the Torture Rack (1:39)

  • Solie calls this a good workout for Luger but great experience for Martin, not liking his chances. Luger doesn’t even have his wrists taped up so yeah I’d concur with that, also the fact that it’s LEX F*CKING LUGER.

-FEUD RECAP: Sting vs. Nikita Koloff. Clip of the SuperBrawl, uh, brawl. Clip of Koloff attacking Sting before a big 8-man tag team match on the 6.8.91 episode of Pro


The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) [w/ Brad Armstrong] defeated Pat Rose & Gene Spurlock when Armstrong pinned Spurlock following a missile dropkick (1:16)

  • Oh hi Brad Armstrong, nice to see you I guess?

THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER

Paul E. Dangerously quickly runs through the three matches already announced for the PPV, then announces a new match: El Gigante will take on One Man Gang. Clip of Gigante and Gang brawling at SuperBrawl, the former putting the latter on the stretcher that was originally meant for (and not used by) Sid Vicious. Kevin Sullivan throws powder in Gigante’s eyes, Gang throws the gurney on him. 

Dangerously goes on to announce three more matches: Oz vs. ???, Big Josh vs. Black Blood in a Lumberjack Match, and Richard Morton vs. Robert Gibson. Clip from Knocksville USA of Morton’s attack on Gibson.


Johnny B. Badd [w/ Theodore R. Long] defeated Terry Bronson via pinfall with a left hook (1:43)

  • Bronson puts his hands on Badd, Long wipes the grime of Bronson off Badd’s chest. What a manager.
  • Flying sunset flip, high knee, left hook finishes it for Badd. Three moves of doom.
  • POST-MATCH INTERVIEW: After a commercial Schiavone is in the ring with Badd and Long. Long calls PN News a big ugly bear, Badd says News is a good wrestler but he’s a BAAAAAD MAN. Out comes PN News, Badd hiding behind Long so he doesn’t touch him. News says he’s not a big ugly bear and shoves Badd, Badd wants to fight but gets ushered out of the ring by Long. News says he’s going to pump up the jam all over Badd’s face if he keeps talking trash. PHRASING.

The Hardliners (Dick Murdoch & “Dirty” Dick Slater) defeated Tim “Powerhouse” Parker & Mike Jackson when Slater pinned Parker following a Samoan drop (2:10)

  • INSERT PROMO: The Hardliners are here to collect the World Tag Team Championship.
  • Hardliners get the win via pinfall after a couple of matches being submission-focused, proving they can win it either way. 

One Man Gang & Black Blood [w/ Kevin Sullivan] defeated Greg Sawyer & Kenny Kendall when Blood pinned Sawyer following the Guillotine (1:47)

  • Gang, wrapped in a straitjacket, is led out by Sullivan in a dog caller. Some real dom/sub stuff happening here, I can dig it. Gang is really in that straitjacket, so much so that he ends up wrestling with it on, only one arm free. Ha.
  • POST-MATCH: Gang continues attacking but they quickly cut away because that damn straitjacket just won’t come off. Awkward for them, hilarious for me.

VIGNETTE: THE DESPERADOS: PART 4

Dutch Mantell, Black Bart, & Dead-Eye Dick are around a campfire making dinner. Mantell says he could feel that Stan Hansen was in town but they missed him due to being stuck in jail. Dick gives Mantell and Bart some beans; Dick loves them but Mantell and Bart are not impressed. They smell something foul but it ain’t the beans and they slap Dick with their hats.


“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton [c] vs. “Stunning” Steve Austin for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

A reminder: Austin has already been announced (and interviewed) as the new Television Champion starting with Power Hour earlier in the day, so you can guess how this one is going to go. At least it’s on television, I thought it was one of those non-taped Omni matches. Austin’s valet Lady Blossom is nowhere to be found…yet.

They lock up, Austin throws Eaton into the corner with relative ease. Second lockup, same result. Third lockup and Austin connects with a scoop slam that really rattles the champ, hurting his left shoulder a bit. Eaton ducks a clothesline and tags Austin with four right hands, sending the challenger to the corner begging for a time-out. Eaton escapes the corner, backdrop followed by more rights that rattles his cages before settling into a side headlock on the mat. Back to a vertical base, Eaton blocks a hip toss and connects with one of his own before taking him back to the mat with a side headlock. Austin backs Eaton into the corner and buries a right to the midsection followed by a right to the side of the head. Eaton dodges a corner splash and connects with more right hands, lateral press only gets a one-count and we’re back to the side headlock as the champ remains in control. Austin sends Eaton to the floor with a kick and rocket launches him onto the guardrail from the apron. Nice. Schiavone and Solie desperately are trying to get over Eaton having knee issues stemming from Knocksville USA but that is not factoring in at all. Stop making fetch happen, guys. Austin misses a splash and sends himself into the ropes, Eaton connects with a pair of jabs and a backdrop. Eaton drives Austin to the mat with a clothesline followed by a swinging neckbreaker. Eaton comes off the top and hits the Alabama Jam but in comes Lady Blossom. Blossom rakes the eyes with her claw-like FEMININE NAILS and Austin rolls him up for the 1…2…3! Oh it wasn’t a kiss like I thought. I need to get my eyes checked.

Steve Austin defeated Bobby Eaton [c] via pinfall to win the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (7:56)

  • Austin upsets Eaton to become TV Champion not even a month into his WCW career. Dude was going to be money from the start, Rattlesnake or not. I liked the match overall but Schiavone and Solie trying to bring up possible knee problems to give Eaton an out just didn’t work and contradicted what was actually happening in the match. Grasping at straws as it were. That was a little distracting. Poor Eaton, I don’t even think he defended the title much before losing it. (**1/2)

-Schiavone and Solie discuss what just happened, a replay of Austin’s win over Eaton. Solie calls it an “ill-gotten gain”, which is a GREAT phrase. The Yellow Dog shows up for an interview and says he just completed wrestling camp and is excited to wrestle for WCW. Voice sounds real familiar but I can’t place it. It’ll come to me later, I’m sure. Dog has his sights set on Barry Windham. And that’s the show!

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Title change makes this episode of Worldwide a significant one. Let The Austin Era BEGIN…sorta. He does a bit more in the WWF once he gets there, I guess.

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