[TV Rundown] ‘Main Event’ 4.28.91 – Sting/Gigante/Pillman vs. Horsemen, JYD vs. OMG

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

This week Main Event adds an extra hour to accommodate two featured matches: Junkyard Dog taking on One Man Gang and a six man tag team match pitting Sting, El Gigante, & Brian Pillman against Ric Flair, Barry Windham, & Arn Anderson. Also on the show Dusty Rhodes has a special interview with Flair, we get more footage from Japan Supershow, and Black Bart makes his spectacular return! Okay maybe I hyperbolized the last one.

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 CAHMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Big Josh vs. Hacksaw Higgins
  • THE DANGER ZONE w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Brian Pillman
  • The Young Pistols vs. Rip Rogers & Jeff Stone
  • Larry Zbyszko vs. Terry Bronson
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Sting, El Gigante, & Brian Pillman vs. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, & Barry Windham (**1/2)
  • FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff
  • HANDICAP MATCH: Nikita Koloff vs. Larry Santo & Rick Stockhauser
  • Tom Zenk vs. Brian Carr
  • The Junkyard Dog vs. The One Man Gang (*)
  • Black Bart vs. Joe Cruz
  • CLIP: Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (Japan Supershow)
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Dusty Rhodes w/ Ric Flair
  • Lex Luger vs. Mike Thor

*****

-Ross and Missy Hyatt welcome the home audience. Ross reminds us this is a two-hour special, and the six-man tag team match will be in the first hour. Hyatt is mad that Dusty Rhodes got the interview with Ric Flair instead of her. IT’S NAWT FAY-UH.


Big Josh defeated Hacksaw Higgins via pinfall with the seated splash (4:17)

  • Ross announces that Josh will be accompanied by two LIVE bears at SuperBrawl. This could end badly. I mean it doesn’t, I’m watching this 30 years later, but it COULD HAVE.
  • In an alternate timeline Josh and Higgins are a mid-card lumberjack tag team.
  • Josh makes fun of Higgins’ weight with the fans at ringside, and totally no sells the ONE kid that wanted to shake his hand. That’s great. I wonder if that kid went to therapy because the big boi lumberjack didn’t care about him.
  • Ref gets bumped, Higgins tries to use the (literal) axe handle but Josh wrestles it away, hits him with it, and gets the win. WHAT A GUY. An entertaining squash, Higgins got to show some personality and have a little shine which I didn’t expect.

-SUPERBRAWL AD: Do you think Missy Hyatt should be allowed in the male locker room to do her job? Send in a SASE to WCW and you might win a prize! Ah 1991, when a woman wanting to be treated as an equal is played for laughs.

-THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously welcomes “Flyin” Brian Pillman to the ring. Dangerously admires Pillman’s post-WrestleWar courage then makes fun of him, Pillman retorts by accusing Paul E. of being gay. Ughhhh. An annoyed Dangerously asks Pillman what it’s like to lose a tag team match, Pillman says it’s not about wins and losses it’s about pride. Dangerously brings up tonight’s six man tag team match and doesn’t think Pillman’s team can beat the Horsemen. Pillman retorts by once again accusing Dangerously of being gay (to the ROAR of the crowd). This…has not aged well.


The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) defeated Rip Rogers & Jeff Stone when Armstrong pinned Stone following a doomsday back elbow/Six Shooter (5:52)

  • Rip Rogers looking like a beautiful unicorn for this one. Naturally Ross makes fun of him for being gay or whatever. Perfect compliment to the previous segment.
  • Rogers tries to abandon the match but gets brought back in by Armstrong, screaming all along the way. Rip Rogers has way more personality than some of the actual WCW roster members.
  • Young Pistols do the phantom tag thing, which I always like to mention IS F*CKING DUMB.
  • Jeff Stone looks like the mountain man from Home Improvement and Boy Meets World so from now on I assume they’re the same person.

“The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko defeated Terry Bronson via pinfall with the Piledriver (3:48)

  • WCW still teasing Zbyszko joining The York Foundation, though Ross is dubious of that rumor so at least there’s ONE person paying attention.
  • Zbyszko releases an armbar to jaw jack at a fan and dare him to get in the ring.
  • Honestly this was more entertaining than some of Zbyszko’s “real” matches.

-SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER: Solie runs down the ENTIRE card for next month’s PPV:

  • Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami, a rematch from the Japan Supershow, is announced. Winner will determine the true World Champion.
  • Ron Simmons vs. Butch Reed in a ThunderDOOM (HA!) match with Teddy Long suspended above the ring in a shark cage
  • Brian Pillman vs. Barry Windham in a Taped Fist Match. Comments from both Pillman and Windham. Aren’t they wrestling on World Championship Wrestling tonight?
  • Steiner Bros. vs. Sting & Lex Luger for the Tag Team Titles.
  • El Gigante vs. Sid Vicious in a Stretcher Match
  • Young Pistols vs. Fabulous Freebirds for the vacant U.S. Tag Team Championship
  • Ricky Morton vs. Dan Spivey
  • Big Josh vs. Larry Zbyszko
  • Arn Anderson [c] vs. Bobby Eaton for the Television Title. Comments from Eaton and Anderson.
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Terrance (spelled Terrence, dammit) Taylor in a COM-PEW-TOR Match
  • Tommy Rich vs. Nikita Koloff
  • SEGMENT: Diamond Mine w/ DDP, Sting, & Lex Luger
  • SEGMENT: Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Stan Hansen

Sting, El Gigante, & “Flyin” Brian Pillman vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, & Barry Windham

Sting starts with a side headlock takeover on Flair. Flair with chops, Sting no-sells them and connects with a military press slam, following up with a clothesline. Flair with a corner whip, Sting drops to his knees. Sting counters an Irish whip and connects with a second military press and a hip toss out of the corner. Flair begs off into the WRONG corner and shoves Gigante, wanting to face him much to the chagrin of Anderson. Gigante tags in, Flair thumbs in the eye and heads to the top, Gigante slams him off. Flair’s strikes do nothing, Windham tags in to try his luck with the big man. Windham rakes the eyes, Anderson tags in and they get dropped with a double clothesline. Gigante slams Windham, Anderson cautiously re-enters and wants Pillman. Pillman tags in, Anderson catches him with a left hook. Pillman ducks a clothesline and dropkicks both Anderson and Windham, followed by a flying crossbody and double dropkick to clear the ring.

Flair tags in, Pillman backs him into the corner and slaps the taste out of his mouth. The two exchange chops, Pillman with a backdrop out of the corner and the World Champ once again begs for mercy. Flair with a single leg pickup, Pillman counters a Figure Four attempt with an inside cradle for the 1…2…Flair kicks out and they reset. Pillman with a series of slaps, Flair flops to the mat and tags in Sting. Flair rakes the eyes and goes to the top, Sting slams him off. That’s TWICE now. Things escalate quickly to an all out brawl with all six men, Gigante catches Pillman mid-air and throws him onto Anderson into a lateral press, and Gigante puts his foot on both for the 1…2…3! Wait what?

Sting, El Gigante, & Brian Pillman defeated Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, & Barry Windham via pinfall (7:28)

  • A fun match full of actual stars, but with low stakes. Not sure how Pillman pinned Anderson considering both men weren’t legal but hey maybe I missed a tag and I’m just being an idiot. Enjoyable for what it was. (**1/2)

Everybody continues brawling until Sting scares the Horsemen out of the ring. Faces celebrate their win.


-Ross and Hyatt talk about Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff. The U.S. Title was destroyed so technically that means no one is champion for some reason, Hyatt thinks Koloff is going to beat Luger and be given a new belt.

-FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff. This video at least skips the WrestleWar stuff to focus on their recent altercations on TV and at the Meadowlands, including the destruction of the U.S. Title belt.

-Back to Ross and Hyatt, Hyatt once again backs Koloff in the feud.


HANDICAP MATCH
“The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff defeated Larry Santo & Rick Stockhauser via pinfall with the Russian Sickle (2:51)

  • Santo and Stockhauser attack early but it amounts to a HILL OF BEANS. At least they’re bigger than Koloff’s other handicap match opponents so he looks tougher.
  • Ross mentions Koloff being irate that he’s not getting Luger at SuperBrawl due to the Tag Team Title match; instead he will be facing Tommy Rich. Honestly that would make me pretty mad too. As a viewer that annoys me a bit, especially because they KEEP RECAPPING THIS FEUD and I’m not going to see a PPV payoff for it.
  • POST-MATCH: Koloff drops Stockhauser with a Russian Sickle to the floor and makes the ref count the three so he can say he pinned both men.

“The Z-Man” Tom Zenk defeated Brian Carr via pinfall with the missile dropkick (3:53)

  • Feels like YEARS since Z-Man was in singles action. Welcome back, Mr. Minnesota!

-Ross and Hyatt hype JYD/One Man Gang by showing footage of JYD giving Teddy Long the Big Thump from a few weeks ago.


The Junkyard Dog vs. The One Man Gang [w/ Kevin Sullivan & Teddy Long]

Holy sh*t y’all WCW is delivering a match they’ve been building for a few weeks on TV! It’s a miracle, god bless us everyone.

Gang charges at JYD, JYD dodges and drops him with a headbutt and clothesline. JYD sends Gang to the floor with a massive headbutt. Gang quickly gets back in and backs JYD in the corner for some clubbering rights. JYD fights back with rights of his own, Gang splashes him and drops him with a clothesline. Gang connects with a legdrop, which JYD sells like he was being electrocuted. I miss people selling moves like that. Gang sends JYD to the floor, Long gets some kicks in and Sullivan knees him from behind. Things slow down as Gang cinches in a rear chinlock, yelling at and dead-eying the crowd/camera. JYD breaks out but runs right into a back elbow and drops to the canvas once again. MOAR CHINLOCKS. JYD and Gang trade rights, JYD dodges a corner splash and drops him with a clothesline. Sullivan distracts the ref, Long hops on JYD’s back and gets tossed off. JYD beats on Long, Gang tries a 747 but HITS TEDDY LONG INSTEAD. JYD picks Gang up, Sullivan trips him and holds the foot for the 1…2…JYD kicks out. Ross REALLY thinks the match is over but it ain’t (should’ve been) and Sullivan distracts the ref once more so Gang can belt JYD with a chain for the 1…2…3.

One Man Gang defeated Junkyard Dog via pinfall (7:17)

  • Am I happy they actually showed the match they spent weeks building on TV? Yes. Was it any good? Not really. I mean obviously BIG MEATY MEAN SLAPPIN’ MEAT and all but it was also very slow and the ending was far more convoluted than it needed to be. But hey the Gang gets another win over an established star, so that’s cool. If Gang beats Ricky Morton next he has claim to being the Six Man Tag Team Champions all by himself. (*)

Black Bart defeated Joe Cruz via pinfall with a backbreaker (3:06)

  • Bart is a former WCCW World Champion and is making his WCW return. Bart was previously jobbing in the WWF the year before so this is an upgrade for him.
  • Ross is going to start hosting an AM Radio wrestling show in Atlanta starting the next week. If any of you have these archived please send them my way.
  • Crowd sweetening in full effect for this, almost AWF-level.

-Ross and Hyatt hype next month’s SuperBrawl and the main event pitting Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami for the WCW World Championship. Hyatt says there’s no controversy because Flair is “OUR” champion.

-CLIPPED: Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (WCW Japan Supershow). Flair’s entrance with his American babes carrying the flag leading him to the ring is shown. A big chunk of this match is shown since there’s two hours to fill this week on Main Event. The conclusion can’t be shown due to the “graphic nature” (Flair bled because of course he did). That was abrupt.

-RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes welcomes his guest, and longtime rival, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. He has a completely different hairstyle than the bowl he was rocking earlier in the show. Hmmmm. Flair says no man from a country 8,000 miles away is going to come to SuperBrawl and beat him. Rhodes talks about the controversy surrounding the Four Horsemen, and asks what Flair will do if he is next challenger is someone like Arn Anderson. Flair scoffs at Rhodes trying to cause chaos, but says that he’ll beat anyone who signs that dotted line. Okay now I’m intrigued: who are they going to build from the Horsemen to be his next challenger?


“The Total Package” Lex Luger defeated Mike Thor via submission with the Torture Rack (2:45)

  • Ross hypes the special video for next week’s episode of World Championship Wrestling that will feature The Steiner Brothers/Sting & Lex Luger to hype SuperBrawl. Hell yeah man, I hope there’s shots of them hanging out in Zubaz and neon graphics.

-Ross and Hyatt talk AGAIN about Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff. WE GET IT. Ross thanks us all for watching the 2-hour Main Event and that’s that.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Not sure why Main Event was two hours this week but it was an okay show overall with two featured matches and some story development. I’m liking the idea of Flair having to defend the World Title against a current Horseman, despite the fact it kind of brushes off the SuperBrawl main event. I won’t say this is a breezy watch, some of the squashes feel like they take AGES to end, but it’s a decent episode overall.

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