[TV Review] Worldwide – 1.12.91

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Commentators: Tony Schiavone & ‘Dirty’ Dutch Mantell

We’re one week in and WCW is already running dangerously low on pretaped footage so Worldwide this week pads the show with matches we’ve already seen plus a couple of squashes and the debut of the absolutely ridiculous (in a fun way I think?) interview segment Sullivan’s Saloon.

The Lineup

  • Lex Luger vs. Mike Hart (Main Event 1.6.91)
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Tommy Angel (Power Hour 1.12.91)
  • Tim Horner vs. Rip Rogers (Power Hour 1.12.91)
  • Brian Pillman vs. Dutch Mantell (Power Hour 1.12.91)
  • Sullivan’s Saloon w/ The Fabulous Freebirds
  • Rick Steiner vs. Topp Gallian
  • ‘Lethal’ Larry Cameron vs. Ray Hammer
  • End of Show Interview: Lethal Larry & Theodore R. Long

*****

Tony Schiavone and Dutch Mantell open the show. Mantell wants to conduct an interview today and Schiavone says okay…but his subject is going to be hated rival Brian Pillman. This interview doesn’t happen but a match does later. A match that already aired on a different show but shhhhhhh.

‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger vs. Mike Hart
This matched aired on the 1.6.91 edition of Main Event. Luger wins via Torture Rack. Schiavone does solo commentary. (3:12)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton vs. Tommy Angel
This match originally aired earlier in the damn day on the 1.12.91 edition of Power Hour. Yeesh. Mantell hypes his upcoming match with Pillman, which actually main-evented the same Power Hour episode that this match aired on, so I’m starting to think that I’m watching these in the wrong order. Eaton wins with the Alabama Jam. (2:46)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Vignette: Anderon & Windham
I already covered this vignette in my review of the 1.12.91 (yup same day as this show) edition of Pro but it’s still pretty cool. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham are looking to commit violence…but in a legal way unlike ‘gang violence’. Subtly racist jab. Didn’t notice that last time.

‘White Lightning’ Tim Horner vs. Rip Rogers
This match opened the 1.12.91 edition of Power Hour and is still super fun to watch so that’s a plus. Rip Rogers forever. Horner picks up the win via bridging roll-up. (4:57)

  • Final Rating: **1/4

‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman vs. ‘Dirty’ Dutch Mantell
This was the main event of this morning’s episode of Power Hour. Pillman wins via pinfall after Air Pillman. (4:01)

  • Final Rating: *3/4

Schiavone is standing by with post-match comments from Pillman. Pillman hopes his win over Mantell gives him momentum as he aims for championship gold in 1991.

Segment: Sullivan’s Saloon
Kevin Sullivan apparently owns a bar for some reason. Sullivan overacts the shit out of putting over his guests, The Fabulous Freebirds. Like full-on manic delivery, yelling for no reason. Jimmy Garvin gifts Sullivan with their gold record, which Sullivan is so excited about he almost has a heart attack. Segue into their trickery of Rick Steiner that got them a future U.S. Tag Team Title shot back at the end of 1990. Garvin threw in a board and Michael Hayes sold it like Steiner hit him with it. Back to the saloon and everyone is laughing about it. Hayes makes some vague threats and Sullivan tells them it’s “closing time”. This is…very weird. Very very weird. I have no words. It has to be seen to be believed.

Rick Steiner vs. Topp Gallian
Hey look we actually get an original match on the show! WCW is really stretching out their previously taped footage only two weeks into the year. Also there’s still been no appearance from Scott Steiner yet. Gallian has Jimmy Garvin hair, both head and chest, which I’m sure angers Steiner but that’s not something the commentators pick up on so I’m just projecting. Mantell is back on commentary and he’s super mad about losing to Pillman. Steiner dominates, a smile across his face as he plays with his food. A flying Belly-to-Belly suplex from the middle buckle finishes Gallian off. Cool finishing move, love that Steiner was just smiling his way through this, but a squash is a squash is a squash.

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

‘Lethal’ Larry Cameron [w/ Theodore R. Long] vs. Ray Hammer
Okay fine I guess I’ll stop calling him Teddy Long for now, didn’t realize he was going by his full serious business name. Actually he probably said it in his promo last week but look man sometimes I’m an idiot. Long and Cameron offer Hammer a chance to leave before he gets hurt but Hammer ain’t got time for that so he gets his ass kicked instead. Cameron is a former Stampede Wrestling North American Heavweight Champion and, being from Minnesota and all, spent some time in the AWA. Anyway Cameron wins with a front-facing piledriver. Solid recap, eh? (3:20)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

After a commercial break and hype for next week’s show (Z-Man will be defending the Television Title) we cut to Schiavone who’s with Theodore R. Long and Lethal Larry. Long already has the Tag Team Titles and has brought in Lethal Larry to take over the singles ranks. Lethal Larry speaks in rhymes, Long concludes with other generic, erm, black sayings (homie don’t play that, etc.) to conclude the show. Oh, Larry Cameron doesn’t last long so don’t get too attached to the idea of his taking over the singles ranks.

*****

Final Thoughts: The bulk of the show was recycled footage and the two new matches were simple squashes but at the same time Sullivan’s Saloon was completely insane and I can’t help but admire that.

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