[TV Review] Power Hour – 3.9.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Sting looks for revenge this week on Power Hour as he takes on Larry Zbyszko in the main event. Also on the show we have a Main Event rematch as Bobby Eaton teams with Terry Taylor and Buddy Landell to take on Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, and The Junkyard Dog. Has the bad blood from their loss last week subsided? Ehhhh. All this, plus footage from TOMORROW’S MAIN EVENT THAT ISN’T AIRING DUE TO A JAMES BOND MARATHON, coming your way next!

Champion Roll-Call

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

The Lineup

  • Sid Vicious vs. David Isley
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Rob Morgan
  • Big Josh vs. Cruel Connection
  • SEGMENT: Wrestling News Network w/ Gordon Solie
  • Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog vs. Terry Taylor, Buddy Landell, & Bobby Eaton
  • Sting vs. Larry Zbyszko

*****

“Big” Sid Vicious vs. David Isley

Happy Saturday morning fans in 1991, let’s start your day with a MASSACRE. Sid wins via Power Bomb, in case you’re wondering. (1:49)

Arn Anderson and Barry Windham bring the stretcher out for Sid’s latest victim, joining in on the pummeling of Isley. I guess Sid’s regular EMT team got the night off, good for them. Hopefully they treated themselves to sushi.

“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes vs. Rob Morgan

Ross once again mentions there will be no Main Event tomorrow night. I’m thinking the episode on my hard drive is a clip show. Rhodes wins with the Bulldog. That’s a killer finishing move, I wish it was still a thing in modern wrestling. (2:47)

-Ross and Dangerously talk about Big Josh who’s up next. Dangerously doesn’t go hunting or fishing because he’s Jewish (?!?). Funny little segment, props to Dangerously going “HUH?” in a high-pitched voice when Ross asked him about doing outdoorsy stuff.

Big Josh vs. The Cruel Connection

Cruel Connection makes sense as a tag team name, but for a singles wrestler it just sounds weird. Also, his neon green bodysuit and mask are making my eyes hurt. Josh is big and tough, but not big and tough enough to be unfazed by an eye rake. Josh no-sells the rest of it though and beats the tar out of Connection for being a mean bad guy. Seated splash wins the match for Josh. Josh lecturing Connection while wrecking the dude was funny. (2:33)

-Hey look it’s that Omni footage of Butch Reed turning on Ron Simmons again. Lots of empty seats in the arena. Ross can’t believe that it happened. Someone didn’t watch WrestleWar ’91. Honestly WCW pushing this Simmons/Reed feud using two separate attacks is getting annoying.

-Time for Wrestling News Network with Gordon Solie, which focuses on the Sting/Larry Zbyszko confrontation from last week’s Main Event leading to their match today. We then go to footage of Sting’s appearance on the Danger Zone…ON TOMORROW’S EPISODE OF MAIN EVENT, THE ONE THAT IS NOT AIRING BECAUSE OF A JAMES BOND MARATHON. What the f*ck? Zbyszko attacks Sting and sends him into the ring post, Ross says they will do battle “later this morning” on Power Hour which I thought was on Saturday and not Sunday? Seriously, WHAT THE F*CK? Solie changes gears to the end of last week’s Main Event where Bobby Eaton accidentally broke Alexandra York’s computer and was later pinned after his partners Buddy Landell and Terry Taylor accidentally double clotheslined him.

Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog vs. “The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terry Taylor, “Nature Boy” Buddy Landell, & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton [w/ Alexandra York]

This is a rematch from last week’s Main Event; Eaton is still side-eying his teammates, but they’ve patched things up enough for another go. I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Eaton backs Morton in the corner and decks him, Morton hits back and Eaton falls to the mat. Morton slides under Eaton and connects with a hip toss followed by a headscissors takeover. Eaton bails to the corner and is directed to check out York’s COM-PEW-TOR for guidance. Taylor tags in and trades wristlocks with Morton until forcing a rope break. Rich tags in and rolls Taylor up for two, JYD tags in and grabs an armbar. Taylor escapes and tries a buckle shot but JYD has a THICC SKULL and no-sells it, dropping Taylor with a right hand. Morton and Rich quick tag to keep the offense applied, JYD looking like he would rather be doing anything else at this moment. Landell tags in, Rich belts him with a pair of clothesline and the rest of his team with back elbows.

JYD tags in, Landell teases locking up but instead tags in an annoyed Eaton. The heels work JYD over, JYD throwing them off when they attempt a cover. Eaton grabs a standing front facelock, Morton gets the tag but the ref doesn’t see it. JYD fights Eaton off with a right and Rich gets the, uh, lukewarm tag, connecting with a dropkick followed by a backdrop. Landell breaks up the pinfall attempt, Taylor tags in and gets belted with right hands. Rich charges into the corner, Taylor catches him with a boot to the jaw and Eaton ONCE AGAIN is tagged in. Rich catches him with a Thesz Press for the 1…2..Taylor runs in to break it up with a kick but Rich moves and Eaton is accidentally hit. Rich goes for another cover, Landell runs in to break up but accidentally drops an elbow on Eaton. Fed up, Eaton knocks Landell out with a hook and Rich covers him (I guess he’s the legal man now) for the 1…2..3. MUCH better match than on Main Event. JYD was terrible at being the babyface in peril but I like the switch from using Morton, and Eaton finally getting fed up and decking Landell ruled. BRING ON THE BABYFACE BEAUTIFUL ONE. (8:58)

  • FINAL RATING: **1/2

The champs celebrate as Eaton walks off, leaving his partners.

Sting vs. Larry Zbyszko

Sting rushes in and immediately attacks Zbyszko, wanting revenge for being attacked on two consecutive Danger Zones. Action moves to the floor and Sting rams Zbyszko into the guardrail, then rolls him in. Zbyszko rakes the eyes, Sting reverses a corner Irish whip and applies a sleeperhold. Zbyszko forces a rope break, but Sting doesn’t let him breathe, choking him with his boot in the corner and begging Zbyszko to bring it. Sting goes for the Scorpion Death Lock, Zbyszko kicks him out to the floor. Zbyszko continually stops Sting from entering the ring, kicking him off the apron and choking him on the top rope. Zbyszko rolls Sting into the ring finally and viciously chokes him. Abdominal stretch with the rope assist. Back to the floor goes the Stinger, Zbyszko rams him shoulder-first into the post. Sting pulls Zbyszko back to the floor and drops him sternum-first across the railing and rolls him back in. STINGER SPLASH! Sting locks in the Scorpion Death Lock for real, Zbyszko immediately reaches for the ropes and the ref tries to force a break but Sting won’t let go and the ref calls for the DQ. Nice babyface fire from Sting, who really looked like he wanted to maim Zbyszko. I appreciate when two wrestlers who are supposed to hate each other immediately attack one another from the start instead of doing a wrestling match. Sting losing via DQ doesn’t hurt him as it happened due to his emotions getting the best of him as opposed to blatantly cheating, and Zbyszko doesn’t lose his first high-profile singles match as a member of the active roster. Win win for everyone. (6:17)

  • FINAL RATING: **1/2

Sting keeps the hold applied, tossing out a pair of referees with his free hand. Sting finally lets go and Zbyszko collapses on the floor, the also-hurt refs checking on The Living Legend. Sting stalks off, happy with his work.

-Ross and Dangerously vamp about the Sting/Zbyszko match, Dangerously saying Sting has lost his mind after the Black Scorpion stuff and Ric Flair beating him for the World Title at the beginning of the year. Ross asks Dangerously about his “secret” interview, Dangerously jokes and says it’s James Bond and that’s the show!

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: A solid (Power) hour of action this week, with the squash matches short like they should be and the two featured matches getting some time/story development. I would like to see the Six Man Tag Team Championship actually acknowledged in the taped footage though instead of just referenced by the post-production announce team.

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