[TV Review] Main Event – 3.24.91

Commentator: Jim Ross

This week on Main Event Bobby Eaton teams up with a (very obvious) mystery partner to take on Terrance Taylor & Buddy Landell. Also on the show Brian Pillman continues his quest for revenge against the Horsemen by facing Barry Windham, The Young Pistols take on The State Patrol for what feels like the millionth time, and…not much more really. It’s only an hour after all.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • 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, & The Junkyard Dog

THE LINEUP

  • Brian Pillman vs. Barry Windham (**1/2)
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Chuck Coats
  • Dan Spivey vs. Scott Sandlin
  • The Young Pistols vs. The State Patrol
  • Bobby Eaton & ??? vs. Terrance Taylor & Buddy Landell

*****

-Ross and Missy Hyatt welcome the home audience and run down the card. Hyatt predicts Barry Windham will defeat Brian Pillman in the opening contest because Pillman is small. Ross disagrees; not about the being small thing though, because that’s empirically true.

“Flyin” Brian Pillman vs. Barry Windham

Unsurprisingly Windham targets Pillman’s taped up shoulder immediately, but Pillman uses his speed and almost gets the pin with a crucifix. Pillman chops Windham down like a redwood and goes to work on his left knee. Windham sends Pillman to the apron, Pillman launches back in with a sunset flip for another two-count. Pillman drops an elbow on Windham’s left leg and grapevines it with his legs to weaken it further. Windham tries to beg off, Pillman refuses and wrenches in a real deep toehold. Windham reverses a corner Irish whip and sends Pillman injured shoulder-first into the buckles. Windham continues work on the arm, applying a hammerlock while driving a series of knees onto the wing. Pillman tries to fight out, Windham transitions into a wristlock, twisting the entire arm for extra torque. Pillman almost fights out, Windham belts him with a clothesline for the 1…2…Pillman kicks out just in time. Pillman ducks a clothesline and hits a leaping one of his own, beginning his comeback. Pillman takes flight, connecting with a missile dropkick that sends him to the floor. Pillman hits his own injured arm a few times, apparently curing it, and flattens Windham with a splash. Arn Anderson makes his way out, Pillman fights him off but the ref calls for the bell anyway. (7:01)

  • Good television match, better than what I was expecting. I figured Anderson or Sid was going to interfere before any action really took place, so I’m glad we got most of a match before it happened. Windham focusing on Pillman’s arm was the logical move and he kept it interesting enough and Pillman to his credit sold it…until he had to do something using said arm and then “fixed” it by hitting it a few times. Fair enough. NOW BRING ME PILLMAN VS. SID YOU COWARDS. (**1/2)

The DAMNED NUMBERS GAME leads to a 2-on-1 attack in the ring until The Steiner Brothers rush in to make the save. Match result is officially announced as a double count-out.

“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes vs. Chuck Coats

Pretty much the same Dustin Rhodes squash. He wins with the Bulldog which Coats sells well. (3:26)

“Dangerous” Dan Spivey vs. Scott Sandlin

Did Sandlin have this mustache back in January? I don’t remember. It’s damn good though, much respect. Anyway Spivey wrecks him both in and out of the ring before winning with the Side Slam. Apparently next week’s Main Event will be entirely focused on the U.S. Title and will air Luger/Spivey from WrestleWar ’91 in its entirety. Easy recap for me! (2:56)

The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) vs. The State Patrol (Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker & Lt. James Earl Wright)

Armstrong backs Wright into the corner, Wright complains of a hair pull despite barely having any. HILARIOUS. Armstrong makes Wright run the ropes before connecting with a hip toss; Parker runs in and the Pistols clear the ring with a pair of double dropkicks. Smothers tags in, outruns Wright, and connects with a twisting clothesline from the top for the 1…2…Parker breaks it up. Smothers counters a slam attempt with an armdrag takeover into an armbar. Armstrong back in and the Pistols connect with a double chop. Wright slams Armstrong, Parker tags in and runs right into an armdrag. Ross isn’t really paying attention, talking instead about the controversy surrounding the World Title match from Tokyo. The ref gets distracted and Wright hits Armstrong from behind with the nightstick but they can’t put the man away. I guess nightsticks aren’t as useful as police want you to believe. Ross announces that the Japan Supershow will begin airing on PPV starting April 7th. Look for the recap of that (truncated version of the) show around that timeframe. Patrol can’t put Armstrong away, Smothers gets the hot tag but misses a dropkick. Patrol with a double Irish whip, Armstrong blasts both with a flying clothesline. All four men in the ring, Patrol get rammed. Pistols knock Wright to the floor with a double shoulderblock and finish Parker with the flying elbow for the 1…2…3. (5:24)

-Ross and Hyatt hype the tag team main event, which will feature The York Foundation taking on Bobby Eaton and a mystery partner. I thought they already said it was The Z-Man? Maybe I just assumed. Cut to a recap of the feud between Eaton and the Foundation.

“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton & “The Z-Man” Tom Zenk vs. “The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrance Taylor & “Nature Boy” Buddy Landell [w/ Alexandra York]

Zenk and Eaton have been cautiously helping each other out lately against The York Foundation, so why WCW tried to make this a big deal by doing the mystery partner thing is beyond me. Maybe they felt like disappointing some folks who wanted a Midnight Express reunion. Always a nice thing to do to your fans.

Zenk backs Taylor into the corner and tries to throw a right, but Taylor immediately bails from the ring to avoid it. Zenk with a side headlock, Taylor whips him off and gets hip tossed. Zenk follows up with a dropkick and once again Taylor bails to the floor. Landell shows off his guns to York while she’s trying to talk strategy. K. Taylor with a right hand, Zenk drops him with one of his own. Eaton and Landell tag in and trade blows. Landell catches Eaton with a back kick and chokes Eaton on the bottom rope, the ref getting in his face about it. Taylor tags in, Eaton counters a suplex with an inside cradle for the 1…2…Taylor kicks out, Eaton drives him to the mat with a clothesline. Zenk tags in and connects with a superkick for the 1…2…Taylor barely kicks out. Zenk takes Taylor to the mat with a side headlock, Taylor repeatedly tries to shift his weight to turn it into a pin but the Z-Man kicks out. Zenk hits Landell for no reason, Taylor attacks Zenk from behind for being a dummy. Heels make quick tags trying to wear Zenk down, Zenk fights back and he and Taylor bowl one another over. Eaton gets the hot tag, house of fire on Landell. Taylor tries to interfere, Eaton sends him to the floor with a right hook. Taylor trips Eaton, Eaton bounces back and hits a neckbreaker on Landell for the 1…2…3! There goes your York Foundation membership, chump. (7:19)

  • A decent match; no real flow to it but Eaton and Zenk were over like rover and Eaton getting a measure of revenge made sense. I’m sad that Mr. Hughes wasn’t there to…stand around and do nothing, probably. (*1/2)

-Ross and Hyatt vamp for a second and sign off.

*****

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