[TV Rundown] ‘Main Event’ 06.09.1991 – Pillman/Eaton vs. Flair/Anderson, Ron Simmons vs. AOD

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

This week’s Main Event features a big tag team encounter as Brian Pillman & Bobby Eaton take on Ric Flair & Arn Anderson, plus we’ve got a BOUNTY MATCH of all things as The Angel of Death attempts to take Ron Simmons out once and for all. I don’t want to get ahead of myself but he doesn’t.

CHAMPIONS

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

LINEUP

  • Terrence Taylor vs. Tim Parker
  • CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS REPORT w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. John Peterson
  • THE DANGER ZONE w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Lex Luger
  • BOUNTY MATCH: Ron Simmons vs. The Angel of Death (*1/2)
  • Tommy Rich vs. Joe Cruz
  • Nikita Koloff vs. Terry Bronson
  • Brian Pillman & Bobby Eaton vs. Ric Flair & Arn Anderson (**3/4)

*****

-Ross and Missy Hyatt welcome the home audience. Main event: Pillman/Eaton vs. Anderson/Flair. Hyatt says that Alexandra York will be making a shocking announcement this Wednesday at Clash of the Champions.


“The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrence Taylor [w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes] defeated Tim “Powerhouse” Parker via pinfall with the Five Arm (2:28)


CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS REPORT

 Paul E. Dangerously hypes this Wednesday’s live event. Lineup is as follows:

  • Ric Flair [c] vs. Bobby Eaton for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP in a 2 Out of 3 Falls Match
  • Lex Luger vs. The Great Muta in a #1 Contender’s Match; winner challenges for the World Title at the Great American Bash next month
  • Sting vs. Nikita Koloff 
  • Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. Barry Windham & Arn Anderson; loser of the fall must leave WCW
  • Steiner Brothers [c] vs. Hiroshi Hase & Masahiro Chono for the IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Terrence Taylor
  • Z-Man & Young Pistols vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Hayes, Garvin, & Fantasia)
  • Tommy Rich vs. Oz
  • Big Josh vs. Dan Spivey
  • ALSO APPEARING: PN News, Missy Hyatt and much more!

Dangerously then segues into footage hyping Flair/Eaton:

  • CLIP: Flair vs. Eaton from the 12/23/89 Main Event.
  • CLIP: Eaton and Flair beat each other up during an episode of Pro earlier in the month.
  • Flair and Eaton have some green screen words for one another.

Dangerously hypes Luger/Muta, segueing into footage of Muta’s win over Sting at Japan Supershow back in March. Also a clip of Muta beating three men in a single match from his original run in 1989.


“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes defeated John Peterson via pinfall with the Bulldog (1:25)


IN-RING SEGMENT: THE DANGER ZONE

Paul E. Dangerously welcomes his guest, “The Total Package” Lex Luger. As Luger makes his way out Dangerously mentions his Clash of the Champions opponent The Great Muta became the international #1 contender by beating Sting back in March at the Japan Supershow to catch everyone up to speed. Luger puts over Muta as the greatest wrestler internationally but refuses to be denied his shot at the World Championship this summer. 


-Ross and Hyatt hype the next contest, a Bounty Match between Ron Simmons and The Angel of Death. Clip of The Angel of Death attacking Ron Simmons from behind from the 5/18/91 episode of WCW. 


BOUNTY MATCH
Ron Simmons vs. The Angel of Death [w/ Theodore R. Long]

Long cuts a promo as Simmons’ music hits, saying he wants to call him a bum to his face. Simmons rushes the ring and immediately brawls with AOD, sending him to the floor with a shoulderblock. Simmons stalks Long around the ring, the ref trying to get in between them, AOD finally catches up but can’t capitalize and gets rammed head-first into the guardrail. Simmons rolls AOD back in, AOD counters a corner splash with a big boot. AOD goes on the offensive with some basic power moves, dropping an elbow for the 1…2…Simmons kicks out. Ross calls AOD “a load” which I guess is supposed to mean he’s big but also sounds gross. AOD heads to the top, Simmons slams him off then counters a leapfrog with a spinebuster for the 1…2…3.

Ron Simmons defeated The Angel of Death via pinfall (2:24)

  • Simmons absolutely shillacked AOD here, which honestly is about what he deserved considering how ineffectual he’s been on the WCW roster. Wouldn’t be surprised if this is his big WCW goodbye but I feel like I’ve said that before about other people and then they showed back up anyway. (*1/2)

Simmons doesn’t even dignify the Angel of Death with any post-match stuff, he’s just that forgettable. I don’t think we’re even getting Simmons vs. One Man Gang and that makes me sad.


“Wildfire” Tommy Rich defeated Joe Cruz via pinfall with the Thesz Press (2:20)

  • Ross announces that SALT ‘N’ PEPA are going to accompany PN News to the ring at the Clash of the Champions this Wednesday. But they are ACTUAL celebrities, what the f*ck are they doing slumming it for WCW?

“The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff defeated Terry Bronson via pinfall with the Russian Sickle (1:57)

  • Ross calls Koloff’s Russian Sickle, VERY MUCH A CLOTHESLINE, a “clothesline-like” maneuver. For some reason that annoys the sh*t out of me. We have eyes, JR.

“Flyin” Brian Pillman & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair & “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson

All four men pay off, Eaton and Flair battling on one side and Pillman/Anderson duking it out on the floor. Eaton with a corner whip and back body drop, Flair rolls to the floor and gets lit up with chops from Flyin’ Brian. Things settle down into a wrestling match, Pillman and Anderson trading wristlocks. Pillman dropkicks him to the floor and follows out, Anderson misses a clothesline and goes arm-first right into the pole. Pillman rolls Anderson in and brings him to his knees with a twisting wristlock. Eaton tags in and works the same arm over with a hammerlock. Anderson fights his way out and tags into Flair, who wrecks Eaton’s day with a pair of chops. Eaton fights back with right hooks and a clothesline out to the floor. Ref doesn’t call for a DQ. Flair pulls Eaton out, Eaton catches him with a right and we gets us a FLAIR FLOP. Flair catches Eaton with a cheapshot and rolls Eaton in, tagging out to Anderson to keep the offense going. Eaton reverses a suplex into one of his own and makes the tag to Pillman. Anderson buries shoulders to the midsection, Pillman reverses an Irish whip and get sent to the apron. Pillman rams his head on the top buckle and connects with a top-rope missile dropkick. Anderson rolls out, Pillman counters a piledriver attempt with a backdrop to save his life. Back in the ring Anderson pokes the eye and sends Pillman into the ropes, Flair burying a knee to the back.

Flair tags in, Pillman connects with a pair of chops, Flair hits a move off-camera and drops a knee across the bridge of Pillman’s nose. Anderson tags in and wraps his left leg around the steel post. Anderson continues going to work on the left knee, tagging in Flair so he can join in and weaken it for his Figure Four. Pillman ducks a back elbow and connects with a right. Eaton gets the tag and lays in the jabs to Flair, corner whip and backdrop plus a right to Anderson as well. Eaton sends Flair to the apron, right hand clears him off and Eaton quickly rolls him back in. Flair and Eaton exchange shots, Eaton counters a backdrop with a neckbreaker for the 1…2…Anderson breaks it up and Pillman runs in to clear Double A from the ring. Eaton clears Flair from the ring as well. Flair and Eaton brawl on the floor, ref I guess counts them out, but everybody’s still fighting.

Brian Pillman & Bobby Eaton fought Ric Flair & Arn Anderson to a double countout (8:08)

  • Entertaining tag match highlighting two matches at once scheduled for this Wednesday’s Clash of the Champions. Probably would have made more sense to have Windham in this one instead of Anderson but I appreciated it all the time. Eaton and Flair is going to SLAP HARD isn’t it? I really hope so. Knocksville USA looks so good on paper. (**3/4)

-Ross and Hyatt make the final hard sell for Clash of the Champions this Wednesday. Can’t wait. Let’s do it. Hyatt will give her predictions on the WCW Hotline, get your parent’s permission.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Is it weird that I found this way more fun than World Championship Wrestling this week? The two featured matches were leagues better and I even liked the squashes more. Huh.

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