[TV Rundown] ‘Main Event’ 06.30.1991 – Austin vs. Z-Man, Six Man Tag Team Title Change

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

“Stunning” Steve Austin makes his first defense of the TV Title this week on Main Event against former champion The Z-Man. Also on the show Ric Flair enters THE DANGER ZONE and we finally see how The Fabulous Freebirds won the World SIx Man Tag Team Championship we all forgot existed until they showed up last week wearing the belts (that also didn’t exist until last week).

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • 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

  • PN News vs. Carl Nelson
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Johnny B. Badd vs. Larry Santo
  • THE DANGER ZONE w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Ric Flair
  • The Diamond Studd vs. Keith Hart
  • THE DESPERADOS: PART 4
  • Tommy Rich & The Junkyard Dog [c] vs. The Fabulous Freebirds for the WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (NR)
  • Steve Austin [c] vs. Tom Zenk for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (*3/4)

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-Ross and Missy Hyatt welcome the home audience. Hyatt picks the Z-Man in the main event tonight because she likes him and he can win on his own; she also throws some shade at Austin’s valet Lady Blossom for some reason.


“The Rapmaster” PN News defeated Carl Nelson via pinfall with the Broken Record (2:16)

  • News is all about showing off his agility in this one, with sunset flips and rolling splashes and whatnot. What a baller.

THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER

Paul E. Dangerously quickly runs through the three matches already announced for the PPV, then announces a new match: El Gigante will take on One Man Gang. Clip of Gigante and Gang brawling at SuperBrawl, the former putting the latter on the stretcher that was originally meant for (and not used by) Sid Vicious. Kevin Sullivan throws powder in Gigante’s eyes, Gang throws the gurney on him. 

Dangerously goes on to announce three more matches: Oz vs. ???, Big Josh vs. Black Blood in a Lumberjack Match, and Richard Morton vs. Robert Gibson. Clip from Knocksville USA of Morton’s attack on Gibson.


Johnny B. Badd [w/ Theodore R. Long] defeated Larry Santo via pinfall with a left hook (1:14)


THE DANGER ZONE

Paul E. Dangerously is joined by “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair to talk about his (scheduled) Great American Bash World Title defense against Lex Luger. Before that though we get some clips of Flair from 1989 beating up on both Terry Funk and Ricky Steamboat. Back to the interview, Flair calls Luger the most physically awesome athlete alive today but he’s the Nolan Ryan of professional wrestling and has proven to be the best seven times over. Flair vows to once again rise to the occasion once again in Baltimore and Luger will have to walk the aisle and prove himself. WOOOO.


Diamond Dallas Page and The Diamond Studd try out another Studdette. She does a decent job. Love those Mom jeans.


The Diamond Studd [w/ Diamond Dallas Page] defeated Keith Hart via pinfall with the Diamond Death Drop (1:10)

  • To the surprise of no one WCW’s Best Bump Machine makes Studd look like a million dollars here. Not that Studd needs a lot to make him look like a star. 

VIGNETTE: THE DESPERADOS: PART 4

Dutch Mantell, Black Bart, & Dead-Eye Dick are around a campfire making dinner. Mantell says he could feel that Stan Hansen was in town but they missed him due to being stuck in jail. Dick gives Mantell and Bart some beans; Dick loves them but Mantell and Bart are not impressed. They smell something foul but it ain’t the beans and they slap Dick with their hats.


The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam Garvin, & Badstreet) [w/ Big Daddy Dink] defeated “Wildfire” Tommy Rich & The Junkyard Dog [c] to win the WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP when Garvin pinned JYD following a Double DDT (1:38)

  • Ross and Hyatt sum up the situation before we get to the match: Ricky Morton ditched his partners for The York Foundation, leaving Rich & JYD one man down in their title defense and making them easy pray for the ‘Birds.
  • Not much of a match here, JYD hits some basic stuff before getting hit with a Double DDT and being pinned. Badstreet is still feathered up here, probably still going by “Fantasia” at the time it was recorded.
  • I appreciate WCW trying to stick with the storyline and having Morton abandon his partners to move the Six Man Tag Team Titles to a real team, but let’s be real: would any of us have even noticed the titles changed hands? They’ve been less than a presence on WCW TV this year.

“Stunning” Steve Austin [c] [w/ Lady Blossom] vs. “The Z-Man” Tom Zenk for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

Austin with a waistlock takedown, Zenk quickly sits out and they both reset. Austin grabs a hammerlock, Zenk struggles a bit then reverses, Austin escapes via snapmare, Zenk escapes a chinlock and reapplies a hammerlock this time on the mat. WRESTLERS DOING WRESTLING. Rope breaks forces another reset. Zenk with a side headlock takeover as Ross updates us on Scott Steiner’s condition: bicep has been surgically repaired and Scott will be out for up to four months. What will happen to the World Tag Team Titles? WHO KNOWS. Zenk dodges a pair of clotheslines, crossbody for the 1…2…Austin kicks out, Zenk with more roll-ups and cradles but the champ kicks out each time and bails to the floor to stop the momentum. 

Austin works Zenk over in the corner as Ross talks about Z-Man coming close to winning the TV Title on previous challenges. MOTHERF*CKER HE STARTED THE YEAR AS TELEVISION CHAMPION, COME ON. Blossom distracts Zenk, Austin knees him to the floor. Blossom slaps Zenk and distracts him once more, allowing Austin to attack from behind with a double ax off the apron. Cappeta announces a five minute time limit warning, I guess we all know where this is going. Austin suplexes Zenk back in the ring and covers for the 1…2…Z-Man emphatically kicks out. Austin slows things down with a chinlock as the time continues to tick down, knowing he doesn’t have to necessarily win to retain the title (which Ross does bring up in between bouts of wondering if Z-Man can ever win a singles title). Zenk almost passes out but wakes up, one minute remaining. Zenk escapes but runs into a knee to the midsection, Austin covers for the 1…2…kickout. Zenk goes on a comeback string then decides to lock in a sleeperhold and the damn time limit runs out. 

Steve Austin [c] and Tom Zenk fought to a draw; Austin retains the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (10:00)

  • Oh boy these draws are gonna be the death of me, aren’t they? I appreciate that they give the champ a natural advantage but goddamn man as soon as you start counting the time on the house mic it’s pretty much a guarantee how the match is going to end. Not a lot to say about the match itself; it was fine but also made no sense as Zenk went for a sleeperhold with not enough time to really get a win from it. Poor decision-making by the Z-Man. (*3/4)

-Ross and Hyatt close the show hyping next weekend’s TV as well as The Desperados. Ross then asks Hyatt about her scheduled Cage Match at The Great American Bash; she’s confident she can take care of Paul E. Probably.

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