[TV Review] World Championship Wrestling – 4.6.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week on World Championship Wrestling Sting and El Gigante team up to face Arn Anderson & Sid Vicious, The One Man Gang makes an example out of The Junkyard Dog, Bobby Eaton & Tom Zenk face Terrance Taylor & Larry Zbyszko and much more!

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

  • CLIP: The Luger/Koloff Brawl (WCW – 3.30.91)
  • Ric Flair vs. Joey Maggs
  • INTERVIEW STAGE: Ric Flair
  • Barry Windham vs. Joe Barrett
  • Brian Pillman vs. Mike Thor
  • PROMO: Grizzly Smith discusses the United States Tag Team Title situation
  • The Young Pistols vs. Terry Bronson & Tom Burke
  • The Junkyard Dog vs. Rick Stockhauser
  • SEGMENT: Wrestling Wrap-Up w/ Gordon Solie
  • Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. The State Patrol
  • INTERVIEW: Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes
  • Bobby Eaton & Tom Zenk vs. Terrance Taylor & Larry Zbyszko (**1/4)
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Joe Cazana & Mark Kyle
  • HANICAP MATCH: Nikita Koloff vs. Dave Diamond & Jim Boss
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Nikita Koloff
  • One Man Gang vs. Larry Santo
  • THE DANGER ZONE: Ron Simmons
  • Sting & El Gigante vs. Arn Anderson & Sid Vicious (*)

*****

-CLIP: Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff brawl (WCW – 3.30.91)

-Ross, Dangerously, and Missy Hyatt welcome the home audience at ringside. Dangerously and his 5 o’ clock shadow announce that he will interview Ron Simmons on The Danger Zone, Hyatt one-ups him by announcing that she has an interview with Ric Flair. Dangerously calls Hyatt a “floozy”, despite saying last week that he was going to make amends with her. Huh.

“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair defeated “Jumping” Joey Maggs via submission with the Figure Four Leglock (4:55)

  • Ross hypes up the Japan Supershow which starts its PPV run tomorrow. Apparently Flair’s opponent, Tatsumi Fujinami, has a claim to the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. I’m interested to see how that shakes out when I recap the show this week.
  • Maggs actually gets in a fair amount of offense, and Flair even honors him with a Flair Flop. This helps elevate this from a boring squash to a fun, slightly competitive match. Hell yeah.
  • POST-MATCH: Flair throws Maggs out of the ring and adds insult to injury with chops and kicks.

-INTERVIEW STAGE: Missy Hyatt is with Ric Flair. Flair says his whole career is built on controversy, and the PPV will prove to the entire wrestling world that he is the greatest. Flair then puts over how sexy he and Hyatt both are?

Barry Windham defeated Joe Barrett via pinfall with the Superplex (5:27)

  • Barrett took the worst shoulderblock I’ve ever seen during this one, real awkward.
  • Windham meets Brian Pillman in a rematch tomorrow on Main Event.

“Flyin” Brian Pillman defeated Mike Thor via pinfall with Air Pillman (5:29)

  • PILLMAN INJURY WATCH: no shoulder tape/sling, arm seems perfectly fine.
  • Ross says that Mike Thor has “Barney Rubble hair” but to be honest it’s not that far removed from the blonde mane that Sting was rocking at this time. Bet Ross wouldn’t say the same thing about him.
  • Pillman absolutely WRECKED Thor with a chop so loud I almost jumped out of my seat. Jeeeesus.

Grizzly Smith once again says that the United States Tag Team Championship is vacated and new champions will be decided next month at SuperBrawl. The two teams will be announced next week.

The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) defeated Terry Bronson & Tom Burke when Armstrong pinned Burke following a missile dropkick (6:39 or so)

  • Young Pistols proving once again just how much better they are than 99% of the tag teams in WCW (Steiner Brothers are on top, of course).
  • The timekeeper accidentally rang the bell after Smothers pinned Burke with a superkick but they kept on going until the real finish. Right on. I would have muted the commentary/bell in post-production but hey editing was way harder in 1991.

The Junkyard Dog defeated Rick Stockhauser via pinfall with the Big Thump (1:08)

  • This is Stockhauser’s Legacy of WCW debut. Welcome to the hallowed jobber halls, my mulleted friend.
  • POST-MATCH: Theodore R. Long gets up in JYD’s business. Kevin Sullivan and The One Man Gang attack, Gang squashing him with 747 Splashes until Ron Simmons makes the save.

WRESTLING WRAP-UP: Gordon Solie is in hype mode for the WCW Japan Supershow starting tomorrow on PPV. Solie mentions all these matches were contested under Japanese rules, which will be an important factor concerning the “controversy” surrounding Flair vs. Fujinami. We get a video of Sting’s entrance for his match against The Great Muta, decked out in the red, white, and blue. Clip of Ric Flair’s entrance for the main event, led to the ring by a bevy of beautiful women.

“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton defeated The State Patrol (Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker & Lt. James Earl Wright) when Rhodes pinned Wright with the Bulldog (6:54)

  • INSERT PROMO: Dustin Rhodes makes veiled threats while doing his Dusty impression. Immediately after Jim Ross says that Dustin isn’t living in his father’s shadow. Amazing.
  • Why are Dustin Rhodes and Ricky Morton teaming suddenly? BECAUSE REASONS. I wonder if Tommy Rich feels slighted.
  • Ross calls a 2×4 a “tuba four”, and I will no longer accept any other pronunciations.
  • Lots of armdrags and armbars as babyfaces are wont to do. Takes 6 minutes before The State Patrol finally go on the offensive but that only lasts like thirty seconds tops. They still manage to show off some fluid tandem offense though, because The State Patrol are great.

-Ross is standing by with Alexandra York and Mr. Hughes. York says that Larry Zbyszko’s performance in the next match will decide his standing with the York Foundation. I’m sure Zbyszko really cares.

 “The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrance Taylor & “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko [w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes] defeated “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton & “The Z-Man” Tom Zenk via DQ (13:36)

Eaton and Zenk are wearing matching colors while Taylor and Zbyszko aren’t, so I think we all know which team is on the same page. Zbyszko attacks a distracted Eaton from behind, taking him to the mat with a hip toss and stomping on the ribs. Eaton reverses a corner Irish whip and connects with a belly-to-back suplex and a scoop slam. Zbyszko counters a splash with a pair of knees and tags out to Taylor, who goes a stompin’. Eaton absorbs a right hand and connects with a pair of his own. Zenk tags in and they drop Taylor with a double back elbow. Taylor bails to the corner, Zenk grabs the legs and catapults him out. Taylor bails to the floor after a dropkick to regroup with the COM-PEW-TOR. Ross thinks joining The York Foundation would be a feather in Zbyszko’s cap. Ross is drunk.

Taylor counters a backdrop with an elbow to the back of the head followed by a jawbreaker. Zbyszko tags in and connects with a “karate” kick for a two-count followed by a vertical suplex for another two-count. Zbyszko with a standing front facelock; Zenk gets the tag but the ref didn’t see it so he doesn’t allow it. Taylor, however, takes Zbyszko’s place with the front facelock and the ref allows that. Man I hate that trope. Taylor elbows Zenk into his own corner, allowing Eaton to get the tag. Eaton connects with a neckbreaker on Taylor and heads to the top, Zbyszko hammers him from behind. Eaton decks Zbyszko with a right hand, Taylor sends Eaton to the floor. Ref gets distracted with a hot-headed Zenk while Zbyszko chokes Eaton with a camera cable and rams his head into the steel post. Eaton with a sunset flip, Zbyszko distracts the ref so Taylor can escape with a thumb to the eye. Eaton counters a piledriver with a backdrop, Zenk and Zbyszko both tag in. Zenk with a dropkick followed by a sleeperhold. Zbyszko rams Zenk’s head into the top buckle to break the hold and covers for the 1…2…nope. Zenk blocks a suplex and connects with one of his own, covering for a two-count. Zbyszko rakes the eyes, Taylor tags in and drills Zenk with a belly-to-back suplex, settling into a reverse chinlock as he bends Zenk’s head back. Zenk escapes, Taylor buries a charging Z-Man with a knee to the ribs. Double team behind the ref’s back, Zbyszko with an abdominal stretch. Dangerously says he would sign Zbyszko immediately if he was still a manager. Hmmmmmmmmm, we’ll get back to that later in the year. Zenk reverses the hold, Taylor breaks it up. Taylor absorbs some rights from Zenk and pulls him face-first into the buckles by the tights. Taylor catches a kick, Zenk counters with an enzuigiri. Zbyszko tags in just in time to prevent the tag. Zenk counters a neckbreaker with a backslide for the 1…2…Zbyszko kicks out. Both men collide in the center of the ring.

Taylor gets the tag, Zenk with a sunset flip for the 1…2…Taylor escapes. Zenk with a crossbody from the middle buckle for the 1…2…Zbyszko breaks it up. Zenk dodges a chop and connects with a superkick for the 1…2…Zbyszko breaks it up again, this time Eaton belts him with a right hook. Eaton steals the COM-PEW-TOR from the heels and uses it on both of them, forcing the ref to call for a DQ!

  • A solid tag team match to keep the feud going. Zbyszko being slotted in suddenly instead of Buddy Landell does feel like an upgrade star-wise but not quality-wise as Landell was WAY BETTER. Also Zbyszko feels “above” being stuck in something like this, which sounds weird and disrespectful but whatever I said what I said. (**1/4)

Eaton beats on Taylor and Zbyszko, Hughes grabs the COM-PEW-TOR and stares Beautiful Bobby down, stopping him in his tracks. Hughes leaves the ring instead of doing anything though. Keep that suspense building on Hughes, y’all…if we ignore that he’s already beaten up on both of these guys.

The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) defeated Joe Cazana & Mark Kyle when Scott Steiner pinned Cazana following a Doomsday DDT (2:40)

  • The Steiners are announced as being both WCW and IWGP Tag Team Champions, the latter of which they won in Tokyo. We’ll hit that match up when we get to the Japan Supershow
  • INSERT PROMO: The Steiner Brothers brag about having all of the belts, including the US Tag Team Titles (which have been vacated) and the Japanese Tag Team Titles (which is NOT the name).
  • Rick Steiner misses a couple of elbowdrops to remind everyone that he’s the “dumb” brother. Honestly it feels a little forced at this point, as amusing as it is.
  • Ross puts over how The Steiners will face ANYBODY, even their own friends, which feels like they’re planting the seeds for something.
  • Steiners end the match with a Doomsday DDT from Scott Steiner instead of the usual Doomsday Bulldog. Not sure if they meant to finish it that way or if they realized they needed to end things and improvised. I thought it was cool though. Props to Cazana for taking all of the bumps.

HANDICAP MATCH
“The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff defeated Dave Diamond & Jim Boss via pinfall with the Russian Sickle (1:38)

  • INSERT PROMO: Lex Luger throws shade at Nikita Koloff.
  • I think this is Koloff’s actual in-ring TV debut. FINALLY.

-Ross is ringside with the victorious Nikita Koloff. Koloff says he IS the United States Champion. The actual champ, Lex Luger, shows up and a brawl breaks out until a host of jobbers try to separate the two. Koloff grabs the United States belt and belts Luger with it. Koloff takes the title and SMASHES it repeatedly against the ring post, denting the sh*t out of it. Cool idea to make way for a new belt, but I was under the impression they already swapped it out at WrestleWar ’91 last month when Koloff made his return?

One Man Gang [w/ Kevin Sullivan & Theodore R. Long] defeated Larry Santo via pinfall with the 747 (2:52)

  • Sullivan holds Gang by the hair to “hold him back” during the entrance, giving Gang the aura of being an unstoppable force…but then he slows it all down during his squash match so not really.

THE DANGER ZONE: Dangerously is on the interview stage with Ron Simmons. Footage of One Man Gang’s attack on Junkyard Dog earlier in the show. Dangerously hypes Simmons’ match with Butch Reed in a lumberjack match next week at the Omni (LET ME SEE SOMETHING, WCW). Simmons is going to whoop everyone, and says JYD will have his back at the Omni if Gang tries to interfere.

Sting & El Gigante defeated “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & Sid Vicious when Sting pinned Anderson with a flying crossbody (4:08)

Gigante and Sid stare one another down, the former being MUCH LARGER than the latter but the latter being MUCH MORE INTIMIDATING than the former. They don’t fight though; instead Sting and Anderson start the match. Anderson with a wristlock and uses the hair to bring Sting to the mat, but Sting kips up immediately. Sting with a right hand, Anderson stumbles into Gigante and quickly backs away, wide-eyed and terrified. Sid tags in, shoving match breaks out. Sting with right hands and a clothesline and goes for the cover but Sid gets his foot on the rope. Anderson tags in and clobbers Sting in the corner. Sting fights out with a pair of rights, Gigante tags in and clobbers Anderson to the floor. Sid attacks Gigante from behind, Gigante no-sells all of his offense. He goes for the Claw, Sid blocks it and Anderson hits him from behind. Sting with a crossbody on Anderson while Sid has Gigante in a front facelock for the 1…2…3!

  • Uhhhh so that happened. Seeing Gigante and Sid actually throw hands was pretty cool, which I’m sure was the point of this, but this felt like a big ball of mess. (*)

Sid goes for the Power Bomb, Sting clobbers Sid and sends him to the floor. Sting & Gigante stand tall and announced as victors.

*****

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