[TV Rundown] ‘Main Event’ 4.21.91 – Pillman/Gigante vs. Anderson/Windham, Handicap Match

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

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

  • Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. Joe Cazana & Doug Vines
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously w/ Lex Luger
  • HANDICAP MATCH: Nikita Koloff vs. Scott Sandlin & T.C. Carter
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Ricky Nelson & Larry Santo
  • Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham (**1/2)

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 “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton defeated Joe Cazana & Doug Vines when Rhodes pinned Cazana with the Bulldog (4:30)

  • WCW wasting no time this week, with the show starting right after the bell has rung for this opening contest. That or the footage I have missed the opening preamble. I hope it’s the former.
  • Armdrags and armbars = kryptonite for heels.

–SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER: Gordon Solie lists the previously announced matches from last week, and announces two more: El Gigante vs. Sid Vicious in a Stretcher Match and The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting & Lex Luger for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. Both teams have things say things about it via green screen promos. Solie will return next week with the BIGGEST NEWS YET. I think Paul E. gave that away last night on World Championship Wrestling but whatever.

-THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously introduces his guest “The Total Package” Lex Luger to the ring, saying he is no longer the United States Champion. HEH? Somebody gets too handsy with Luger on his way out and he has to yank himself off. Horny on main, this crowd is. Dangerously recaps Luger’s feud with Nikita Koloff, including Koloff destroying the US Title belt so now NOBODY has it. Luger brags about avoiding nobody as U.S. Champion, and Koloff will getting his full share of title fights. What happens to Nikita is no longer his fault. Dangerously says there’s more at stake than titles, it’s honor. This was all weird and dumb.


HANDICAP MATCH
“The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff defeated Scott Sandlin & T.C. Carter via pinfall when he pinned Sandlin following the Russian Sickle (2:39)

  • Props to WCW for picking two of the more pipsqueak-looking jobbers in their rolodex for this one. Nikita is tough but if he was dealing with MAGNUM FORCE he’d lose in nanoseconds.
  • POST-MATCH: Carter attacks Koloff, Koloff hits him with a Russian Sickle and pins him as well.

Diamond Dallas Page introduces The Fabulous Freebirds and Big Daddy Dink for the next squash match.


The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin) [w/ Big Daddy Dink] defeated Ricky Nelson & Larry Santo when Hayes pinned Santo with the DDT (3:36)

  • WCW graphics department spell Ricky as “Rikki”. Y’all need to lay off the sauce, guys. Take my advice from 29 years in the future.
  • Big Daddy Dink gets physically involved, dropping Ricky Nelson with a clothesline behind the ref’s back. Nelson is allowed TWO offensive moves as payment for bumping for the Dinkster.
  • Left hook by Hayes once again does NOT connect but to be fair he swings so fast the air does the work for him.
  • Next week’s Main Event is going to be TWO hours.

“Flyin” Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & Barry Windham

This is match number THREE for Pillman & Gigante this weekend. Pillman with a shoulderblock and a pair of dropkicks to Windham at the start, driving his hated rival into the corner to get a breather. Pillman/Windham will happen next week on World Championship Wrestling. Anderson tags in and brings Pillman to the mat with a wristlock, but Pillman bridges back to his feet, backflips and decks him with a right hand. Pillman sends Anderson into the corner, Anderson recoils bug-eyed when Gigante almost connects with a right of his own. Loved that reaction at Great American Bash 1990 and I love it now.

Gigante tags in proper, Anderson asks for a time-out. Windham, who is taller than his partner, tags in and shows no fear, shoving Gigante who doesn’t budge. Gigante wants a test of strength, Windham agrees and is immediately brought to his knees. Windham tries to slam Gigante, Gigante easily fights that off and slams him with ease. Windham climbs the middle buckle to get the height advantage, Gigante grabs him and slams him off. Anderson tags in and rakes the eyes, Gigante makes him pay with a goozle off the middle buckle and a clothesline. Pillman decks Anderson as well, Anderson bails to the floor. Pillman tags back in, side headlock to Anderson who whips him off into Windham who attacks from behind. Windham with a series of rights, Pillman counters a backdrop with a DDT which Ross freaks out about because he’s never used that move before apparently. Windham, however, brushes it off and connects with a snap suplex into a float-over lateral press for a two-count. Anderson tags in and goes a stompin’ on the sternum, then sends Pillman throat-first into the bottom rope with a slingshot. Anderson trash talks Gigante as Windham chokes Pillman from the apron, Anderson covers for the 1…2…not yet. Pillman leapfrogs Windham and tags into Gigante. Clothesline to Windham, clubberin’ forearm to Anderson. Pillman quickly tags in, Gigante and Windham fight to the floor. Pillman climbs to the top turnbuckle, out comes Ric Flair to push him off behind the ref’s back and Anderson covers for the 1…2…3.

Arn Anderson & Barry Windham defeated Brian Pillman & El Gigante via pinfall (9:23)

  • Anderson’s reactions to El Gigante are GOLD, JERRY. Match itself was fine for what it was, WCW using Gigante in small doses and paring him up with much better tag team partners is a smart move. As sh*tty as he is he’s definitely over. Glad the Horsemen got the pinfall though, Anderson & Windham promised a new style of violence back in January and never delivered so I’ll take what I can get. (**1/2)

Flair, Windham, and Anderson bail from the ring to avoid the wrath of El Gigante.


-Ross and Missy Hyatt hype next week’s 2 hour edition of Main Event which will feature Sting/El Gigante/Brian Pillman vs. Ric Flair/Barry Windham/Arn Anderson.

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