[TV Rundown] ‘Main Event’ 4.14.91 – Pillman vs. Anderson

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

This week on Main Event Brian Pillman takes on Arn Anderson plus another recap of the feud between Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff in case you have short-term memory loss.

CHAMPIONS

  • 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

LINEUP

  • El Gigante vs. Lt. James Earl Wright
  • Barry Windham vs. Joey Maggs
  • THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously w/ The Junkyard Dog
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Jim Boss & Tom Burke
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Chuck Coats
  • Brian Pillman vs. Arn Anderson (**1/2)
  • FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff

*****

-Ross and Missy Hyatt welcome the home audience. Hype for Pillman/Anderson. Hyatt doesn’t think El Gigante is a good dancer, Ross says he’s a great wrestler. One of them is right, one of them is Jim Ross.


El Gigante defeated Lt. James Earl Wright via pinfall with the Claw (1:28)

  • Ross hypes tonight’s Omni show, upper level seats only 5 dollars. Gigante and Sting are teaming against Barry Windham & Ric Flair. That’s cool. I’d spend five dollars on that. Also talk about the brewing feud between Gigante and Sid about who the real giant in WCW is.
  • Gigante tries a leaping kick and it’s…passable. That’s the most athletic thing I’ve seen from this man.

-Ross & Hyatt segue into Dusty Rhodes’ recent interview with Barry Windham from the 3/30/91 episode of WCW. Windham says the Horsemen has done everything for the team but now it’s time for each to focus on their own careers, although they will still team from time to time. Like tonight at the Omni, for example.


Barry Windham defeated Joey Maggs via pinfall with the superplex (3:47)

  • Windham dicks around, playing to the crowd, and refusing to pin Maggs early. Maggs, to his credit, kicks ass as he usually does. I love Joey Maggs.

-THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously welcomes his guest The Junkyard Dog to the ring. Dangerously admits to being a JYD fan, JYD tells Dangerously not to grease him up. JYD says he hasn’t involved himself with Ron Simmons, Butch Reed, or One Man Gang. But he did get attacked last week so he kind of is. Dangerously asks JYD if he thinks he can give the Big Thump to The One Man Gang. JYD says he KNOWS he can do it. Out comes Teddy Long to interrupt, asking him to join his side. JYD is very much not interested, but Long puts his hands on him so he gets the Big Thump for his troubles. Kevin Sullivan runs in, JYD decks him. One Man Gang also wants to attack but Sullivan holds him back by the hair. Gang helps Long to the back after Sullivan gives him the okay.


The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) defeated Jim Boss & Tom Burke when Scott Steiner pinned Burke following a Doomsday Bulldog (3:09)

  • Tom Burke is the big boi of his team so naturally Scott Steiner throws him around like nothing to amuse himself/show off.
  • Burke hides in the ropes, Rick Steiner bites him on the butt, ref almost gets it too. I appreciate the comedy aspects of Rick Steiner, especially when compared to his dull heel sh*t at the end of WCW’s life.

“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton defeated Chuck Coats via pinfall with the Alabama Jam (TIME NOT RECORDED)

  • Ross hypes the four matches announced for SuperBrawl next month, including Eaton’s TV Title match against Arn Anderson. Two more matches (at least) to be announced next week.
  • Eaton, the wonderful guy he is, does a little selling for Coats.

“Flyin” Brian Pillman vs. “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson

Pillman and Anderson wrestled yesterday morning on Power Hour (which really happened the week before on Pro) but here we are again. Anderson helped Ric Flair in his match against Pillman last night on World Championship Wrestling.

Pillman and Anderson attack each other immediately. Anderson tosses Pillman out, Pillman skins the cat and keeps the attack going. Anderson bails to the floor, Pillman follows him out and ducks a chop, Anderson hitting nothing but post. Pillman immediately focuses on that left arm, wrenching it across the top rope and connecting with an armbreaker into a lateral press for a two-count. Anderson headbutts the midsection, Pillman fights back with a series of rights. Ross reminds us that it’s a 10 minute time limit sooooo that’s probably foreshadowing. Pillman rams Anderson’s left arm into the post, wrapping it around the steel, as the crowd cheers him on (I think; could be crowd sweetening, you never know). Ref gets in between them, Pillman shoves the ref and Anderson rakes the eye and drops Pillman crotch-first across the top rope. ENFORCER, BABY.

Five minutes remaining as Anderson chokes Pillman in the corner. Abdominal stretch, Anderson uses the ropes for leverage until he’s caught. Pillman escapes via hip toss, Anderson counters a splash with a pair of knees for the 1…2…Pillman kicks out. Pillman attempts a sunset flip, Anderson counters with a right hand and covers for the 1…2…Pillman kicks out once again as three minutes remain in the match. What does Anderson do? CHINLOCK OF COURSE. Pillman revives and escapes, Anderson counters a backdrop with an elbow to the back of the neck for the 1…2…Pillman kicks out. Anderson tries again, same result. Back to the chinlock with less than two minutes remaining. One minute remaining and out comes Barry Windham to “cheer” Anderson on. Pillman belts Anderson with a missile dropkick but plays to the crowd instead of going for the pin. Pillman connects with a leaping clothesline for the 1…2…Anderson kicks out. Inside cradle for the 1…2…Anderson kicks out again. Anderson goes for a slam, Pillman shifts weight and lands on top for the 1…2…Anderson kicks out. Pillman hits Anderson with his own move, the DDT, but instead of going for the cover he pummels him instead and time runs out.

Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson fought to a time limit draw (10:00)

  • WCW played their hand again and gave away the finish by focusing on the time limit, so that was a bummer. It was still a good match, lots of intensity but also a fair amount of stalling to make sure they hit ten minutes exactly. Oh well. (**1/2)

Barry Windham immediately attacks Pillman, driving him into the canvas with a DDT. Windham and Anderson add insult to injury with a Spike Piledriver, out comes El Gigante to finally scare them off. YOU’RE A LITTLE LATE, BRO.


-FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff. Koloff dents the U.S. Title against the ring post. I thought they were pretending he did it over Luger’s head. My bad.

*****

 

 

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