[TV Review] Power Hour – 3.2.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

WrestleWar 91 fallout coverage plus repurposed footage from the 2.16.91 episode of Pro so it’s a short read at least.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair
  • WCW United States Champion: Lex Luger
  • WCW Television Champion: Arn Anderson
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin)
  • WCW United States Tag Team Champions: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW Six Man Tag Team Champions: Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & Junkyard Dog

The Lineup

  • The Royal Family vs. Dave Johnson & John Peterson (Pro – 2.16.91)
  • Tom Zenk vs. Lt. James Earl Wright (Pro – 2.16.91)
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Joe Cruz (Pro – 2.16.91)
  • JOINED IN PROGRESS: Terry Taylor & The Lightning Express vs. Master Blaster, Pat Rose, & Rip Rogers (Pro – 2.9.91)
  • Wrestling News Network w/ Gordon Solie
  • Sid Vicious vs. Thad Clark (Pro – 2.16.91)
  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Magnum Force (Pro – 2.16.91)
  • El Gigante vs. Barry Windham (Pro – 2.16.91)

*****

The Royal Family (Jack Victory & Rip Morgan) vs. Dave Johnson & John Peterson

Royal Family win with their finisher. (2:56)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Ross and Dangerously talk about the dissolution of Doom last week at WrestleWar. We’ll see footage from that event plus some footage from the week before at the Omni that also signaled their impending breakup. Well at least that’s sorta new footage, yay!

‘The Z-Man’ Tom Zenk vs. Lt. James Earl Wright

This is a weird one as Z-Man ends up winning with a sleeperhold of all things. Strange when I first reviewed the match, strange now. (3:20)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

‘The Natural’ Dustin Rhodes vs. Joe Cruz

Rhodes wins with the Bulldog. Maybe I should just recap all of the squashes like this, it’s way quicker to read for y’all. There’s going to be another Omni house show on March 10th though so that’s a thing. (2:11)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Ross and Dangerously segue into footage from the 2.9.91 edition of Pro where Terry Taylor, still a face, teamed up with Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner to take on Rip Rogers, The Master Blaster (Kevin Nash), and Rip Rogers. The commentary talks about the match after the fact, trying to see if they could see Taylor’s heel turn coming. Taylor’s heel turn came a week before this episode at Clash of the Champions but hey whatever I’ve beat that drum enough. Also Taylor didn’t even show any heel tendencies in this one, they just needed to kill time. Ugh. I’m not wasting time doing this as a match review, no point.

Wrestling News Network

Gordon Solie’s focus this week is the break-up of Doom and how we got there. Cut to footage from the 2.17.91 house show at the Omni where Ron Simmons took on Barry Windham in singles action. Ross does commentary. The ref gets bumped, Windham hits Simmons with a briefcase and has the match won. Butch Reed shows up to attack Windham. Simmons holds Windham up so Reed can hit him with his belt buckle. Windham moves though and Reed hits Simmons instead, so Windham gets the pinfall win. Reed and Teddy Long yell at Simmons after the match, blaming him for the loss. Simmons goozles Long, Reed attacks him from behind. Yikes that arena looks empty. This whole thing happened a week before WrestleWar by the way where Doom broke up for real. Given how brutal and humiliating the attack is, it makes NO GODDAMN SENSE why he’d team with Reed a week later at the PPV to defend the Tag Team Titles.

Apparently someone at WCW knew that was going to make some eyes cross so Solie brushes all of that off with ‘Simmons had a contractual obligation to defend the titles’ so that’s why Doom showed up at WrestleWar like nothing happened. Anyway The Fabulous Freebirds end up winning the World Tag Team Titles after Reed hits Simmons with brass knuckles by accident, then Reed and Long turn on Simmons after the match. So that’s that for WCW’s biggest team of the past year I guess, get ready for the Simmons/Reed feud. Probably the best Wrestling News Network segment I’ve seen so far though, this filled in some gaps to the Doom break-up. As dumb as the Omni footage was from a storytelling perspective it was cool to see.

Sid Vicious vs. Thad Clark

Sid wins with the Power Bomb. Come on. (2:03)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

In a fun twist Sid’s Four Horsemen stablemates Arn Anderson and Barry Windham dress up as his EMT team to help beat up/insult Clark.

Sting & ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger vs. Magnum Force

Sting wins the match with a Scorpion Death Lock. Dangerously mocks the ring announcer for his voice cracking during introductions. Awesome. Lex is taking on Sid at the Omni come March 10th, Lex’s U.S. Title on the line. (2:32)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

El Gigante vs. Barry Windham

Match barely gets started before Ric Flair interferes to cause a DQ. (0:38)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Flair and Windham try to attack Gigante but are run off by Sting.

Dangerously hypes tomorrow night’s Danger Zone on Main Event as he interviews Larry Zbyszko. The WCW Six Man Tag Team Championship will also be on the line as Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & Junkyard Dog defend against Terry Taylor, Bobby Eaton, & Buddy Landell. And that’s the show.

*****

Final Thoughts: A whole lot of recycled wrestling but a good Wrestling News Network segment that I got a little too angry at for bad storytelling (not from Solie, from WCW as a whole). My situation is obviously different as I’m watching five WCW TV shows a week so I’m sure folks who didn’t do that found Power Hour okay but that’s them and I’m me.

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