[TV Rundown] ‘Main Event’ 06.16.1991 – Young Pistols vs. York Foundation, Diamond Studd & Steve Austin in Action

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

Ricky (now Richard) Morton makes his in-ring debut as the newest member of The York Foundation, teaming with Terrence Taylor to take on The Young Pistols in this week’s featured match. Also on the show Diamond Studd continues to prove he’s meant for far bigger things, Mr. Hughes is in action, and Steve Austin damn near kills Scott Sandlin with the most painful Stun Gun in WCW history.

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: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Steve Austin vs. Scott Sandlin
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER
  • The Diamond Studd vs. Ian Weston
  • THE DANGER ZONE w/ Paul E. Dangerously & The York Foundation
  • Mr. Hughes vs. Rob Morgan
  • CLIP: Lex Luger vs. Mean Mark (Great American Bash ‘90: New Revolution)
  • VIGNETTE: The Desperados
  • The Young Pistols vs. The York Foundation (**1/4)

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-Ross and Missy Hyatt welcome the home audience. Hyatt gets catty for no reason and disrespects Lady Blossom, Ross says her man “Stunning” Steve Austin has his sights set on the World Television Championship.


“Stunning” Steve Austin [w/ Lady Blossom] defeated Scott Sandlin via pinfall with a lariat (0:24)

  • Austin wrecks Sandlin in short order, including a Stun Gun on the middle and bottom rope that damn near killed the guy. JESUS CHRIST.

THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER

Paul E. Dangerously announces the (scheduled) main event: Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger for the World Heavyweight Championship in a steel cage. Both men have things to say, neither are all that substantial. More matches to be announced next week. Fingers crossed for a Scaffold match with Capture the Flag rules.


Diamond Dallas Page invites a lady from the crowd to take Diamond Studd’s entrance gear off, trying out to be his personal Studdette. 


The Diamond Studd [w/ Diamond Dallas Page] defeated Ian Weston via pinfall with the Diamond Death Drop (1:48)

  • Diamond Studd looks like a superstar and has a tremendous moveset/finisher. He should be doing way more interesting stuff than this.

GREEN SCREEN SEGMENT: THE DANGER ZONE

Paul E. Dangerously’s guests are The York Foundation (Terrence Taylor, Alexandra York, & Mr. Hughes) and the newest member Richard Morton. York says Morton is an all positive acquisition and sees great things for him. Morton says it’s time to look out for himself and pay his bills, showing no remorse for attacking former best friend Robert Gibson at Knocksville USA.


Mr. Hughes [w/ Alexandra York] defeated Rob Morgan via pinfall with a side slam (1:22)

  • Hughes is so cool he doesn’t even take his shades off to beat the sh*t out of Morgan. I love that so much. 

-Ross hype the Great American Bash main event, Hyatt saying that Lex Luger believes this might be his final shot at the World Title.

-CLIP: Lex Luger vs. “Mean” Mark Callous from The Great American Bash ‘90: New Revolution. Click the words you are reading now for my recap on JVPW.

The Desperados (Dutch Mantell, Black Bart, & Deadeye Dick)  search Ghost Town in search of Stan Hansen, Deadeye Dick gets himself kicked out of a saloon for cheating at cards. I recapped this in much better detail in the other weekend shows but I don’t wanna do it anymore.


The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) vs. The York Foundation (“The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrence Taylor & Richard Morton) [w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes]

Morton is making his in-ring debut as a member of The Foundation and has done absolutely NOTHING to change his look yet. That’s disappointing but at least he’s color-coordinated with Taylor. Ross is absolutely heartbroken about Morton’s turn and the end of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. Poor guy, someone give him a hug or BBQ sauce or something.

Smothers almost gets an early win with a sunset flip, Taylor kicks out and immediately bails to get some COM-PEW-TOR advice and stop the momentum. Smothers brings Taylor to the mat with a hammerlock, half-nelson into a roll-up for a two-count. Taylor escapes with a hip toss, Smothers kicks him away, and they reset once more. York Foundation with some double team offense but Pistols regroup and Armstrong controls Taylor with an armbar. Morton tags in and drops Armstrong with a kneelift. Side headlock, Armstrong whips him off and connects with a dropkick, Morton slides out to regroup with the Foundation. Smothers tags in, Morton connects with a martial arts blow, Smothers skins the cat and tags in Armstrong. Double shoulderblock to Morton, shots to Taylor as well, and they bail ONCE AGAIN. Hughes looks on, stoic as ever. 

Morton hits Armstrong from behind, Taylor with a neck snap, kneedrop, and gutwrench sit-out powerbomb for the 1…2…Armstrong kicks out. Morton tags in, inverted atomic drop and another martial arts blow. Taylor tags in, Armstrong rolls him up with a backslide but the ref gets distracted and Taylor is given enough time to kick out. Taylor drills Armstrong with a jawbreaker, Armstrong fights back with a series of jabs but his backdrop attempt is countered with an elbow to the back of the head. Morton tags in, snap suplex into a lateral press for the 1…2…kickout. Armstrong blocks a suplex and connects with one of his own. Taylor tags in, Morton hangs onto Armstrong’s ankle to prevent a tag on that end. Taylor charges, Armstrong rolls him up, Morton breaks the count. Taylor and Armstrong collide in the center of the ring. Morton tags in but so does Smothers, and it’s the latter who’s all offense with a double noggin knocker on The Foundation. All four men brawl, Morton sends Smothers into a gloved right from Hughes and rolls him up for the 1…2…3.

The York Foundation defeated The Young Pistols via pinfall (9:32)

  • Good tag team match, but it’s going to take a bit for me to accept Morton doing heel stuff after watching so many RNR matches in my time as a wrestling fan. It just feels all the way wrong, you know? But I’m glad the Foundation has another member, maybe they can start challenging for some gold soon. I’d like a Steiners/York Foundation match, not gonna lie. (**1/4)

-Ross announces next week’s featured match on Main Event: Freebirds will defend the U.S. Tag Team Titles against Dustin Rhodes & Big Josh. Cool. Hyatt speaks on Dangerously’s attack on her boyfriend Jason Hervey at Knocksville USA. Hyatt vows REVENGE. Hear more on the WCW Hotline!

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