[TV Rundown] ‘Main Event’ 5.12.91 – Morton vs. Taylor, Sting & Luger vs. Royal Family

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

Main Event this week has all sorts of meaningful matches, including a “Computer Match” between Ricky Morton and Terrence Taylor and a Captain’s Match between Steve Armstrong and Michael Hayes.

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

  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. The Royal Family (**)
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • CAPTAIN’S MATCH: Steve Armstrong vs. Michael Hayes (NR)
  • DANGER ZONE w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Bobby Eaton
  • Ricky Morton vs. Terrence Taylor (***)

*****

-Ross and Missy Hyatt welcome the home audience. We are getting a Captain’s Match, a COM-PEW-TOR Match, AND Sting & Lex Luger in a real tag team match (theoretically).


Sting & “The Total Package” Lex Luger vs. The Royal Family (Rip Morgan & Jack Victory)

Morgan and Victory attack before the bell, but Sting & Luger battle back and clear the ring. Interesting (only to me) note: they came out to Luger’s music this week instead of Sting’s. That’s a first. Luger drops Morgan with a shoulderblock followed by a scoop slam and hip toss. Luger with a corner whip and clothesline as the crowd goes NUTS (supposedly). Victory tags in and demands to face Sting, which he’s only too happy to oblige. Sting grabs a wristlock and yanks so hard Victory drops face-first to the mat three times. Sting ducks a clothesline, Morgan hits him from behind and Victory clotheslines him out to the floor. Victory distracts the ref, Morgan drops Sting across the guardrail. Morgan suplexes Sting back in and covers for a two-count. Victory tags in, Sting rams him into the buckles but gets kicked and Victory applies a standing bearhug. Victory whips Sting into the corner and runs into a knee. Luger gets the hot tag and connects with a backdrop on Victory and clothesline to Morgan. Luger connects with a powerslam and signals for the Rack. Sting attacks Morgan while Luger lifts the 300 lb Victory up, almost dropping him on his damn head while stumbling, for the submission.

Sting & Lex Luger defeated The Royal Family via submission (4:44)

  • A somewhat competitive match. Royal Family got some basic bitch offense in but the finish was never in doubt. Sting & Luger do make a great tag team. (**)

-SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER: Gordon Solie runs down the entire card scheduled for next week, which now includes the debuting Oz against Tim “Powerhouse” Parker. I’m all about Parker getting that PPV money. The Steiner Brothers and Sting & Lex Luger have stuff to say about their Tag Team Title match. Sting likes pain and wants both the Steinerline and Frankensteiner. Jeez. Diamond Dallas Page hypes up his Diamond Mine segment…with Sid Vicious, and not Sting & Luger as Solie said. Heh? Solie focuses on Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami. Flair hypes the match up via green screen promo as well as SuperBrawl itself. Something about limousines and walking aisles. You know the drill.

-After Steve Armstrong is introduced, out comes Diamond Dallas Page and his Doll of the Week to introduce The Freebirds.


CAPTAIN’S MATCH
Steve Armstrong [w/ Tracy Smothers] vs. Michael “P.S.” Hayes [w/ Jimmy “Jam” Garvin & Big Daddy Dink]

Armstrong and Hayes trade holds and reset. Hayes shoves Armstrong, Armstrong shoves back, Ross teases a rumor of a new Freebird to debut at SuperBrawl and also announces that the next Clash of the Champions will take place in June. Its subtitle? KNOCKSVILLE USA. I love it. Armstrong connects with a dropkick, Hayes bails to the corner and eats some count-a-long rights. Armstrong blocks the inverted atomic drop attempt and connects with a clothesline followed by a back elbow. Hayes sidesteps Armstrong who misses a top rope crossbody, while out on the floor Smothers is dropped with a clothesline by Big Daddy Dink. Armstrong blocks the DDT and rolls Hayes up for the 1…2…3!

Steve Armstrong defeated Michael Hayes via pinfall (2:04)

  • Right on. Match existed to hype Pistols/Freebirds for SuperBrawl but to me didn’t really accomplish much. Cool that Armstrong can beat Hayes in singles competition? They aren’t wrestling for a singles title next weekend. (NR)

Garvin lays Armstrong out with a DDT, Smothers recovers (brothers) and scares the Freebirds off.


-DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously welcomes his guest, “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, to the ring. Clip of Eaton and Anderson brawling from last week’s World Championship Wrestling airs during his entrance. Dangerously wants no issues and says Eaton is one of the reasons he quit being a manager because of how dangerous he is. Dangerously says that Arn Anderson told him to remind Eaton that his TV Title makes him the best SINGLES wrestler, not TAG TEAM where Eaton has had all of his success. Eaton promises Anderson he’s leaving SuperBrawl with the TV Title…and we immediately cut to a SuperBrawl promo video. Did whoever tape this cut the rest out or was it just going so bad they cut it early?

-Ross and Hyatt segue to Flair/Fujinami footage from Japan Supershow in March. Not the finish though because it’s TOO BLOODY for TBS.


“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair defeated Sam Houston via submission with the Figure Four (4:09)

  • SAM HOUSTON?!? That’s a random pull from the WCW pool. In 85-87 this would have been gone the full Broadway at a house show.
  • Ross touts Flair’s cardio prowess on the Stairmaster. But how is he on a Nordic Track?
  • Since Houston has held championships in the NWA back in the 80s he’s allowed a little offense.
  • Flair continues his aggressive streak seen throughout the weekend, wanting to send a message to Tatsumi Fujinami.
  • Houston takes some good bumps, including missing a missile dropkick and landing face-first on the floor. He also was HALF A FOOT AWAY from the bottom rope but gave up in the Figure Four anyway.
  • Competitive-ish but not enough to give a rating too.

Ricky Morton vs. “The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrence Taylor [w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes]

This was hyped as a Computer Match by Ross earlier in the show (and on other shows over the weekend) but isn’t mentioned by the ring announcer during introductions. York gets on the mic before the bell rings and says Taylor will beat Morton is less than ten minutes. Considering they announced a ten minute time limit I would certainly hope so.

Morton in control early, blocking a hip toss out of the corner and reversing into one of his own followed by another. Taylor slithers to the corner, but is stopped by the ring post, Morton picks him up and connects with a Japanese armdrag and a dropkick that sends him out to the floor. Taylor connects with a right, Morton hits back, Taylor charges but gets scared when Morton puts his dukes up. Morton brings Taylor to the mat with a hammerlock, grabbing the other arm for a roll-up and a two-count. Taylor backs Morton into the corner and catches him with an errant elbow followed by a jawbreaker. Morton gets tossed to the floor, Morton blocks a top rope neck snap and hits a top rope crossbody for the 1…2…Taylor kicks out and connects with a double-thrust to the throat to regain control. Ring announcer announces that five minutes remain in the match. OH NO.

Taylor counters a backdrop with an elbow to the back of the head, following up with a gutwrench bomb for the 1…2…Morton kicks out. That move is WAY TOO COOL to be just part of his arsenal and not the finish. Taylor drives his knee into the spine and pulls the hair to bend Morton in an unnatural position. Morton catches Taylor with a sunset flip for the 1…2…Taylor kicks out and rakes the eyes to regain control once more. Ross reminds us this is a Computer Match, so I guess that means the computer decided the time limit that Taylor has to win in, otherwise he loses. Computer Match after all I guess! Morton gets dumped at the feet of Hughes, who drops him with a clothesline behind the ref’s back. HUGHES DID SOMETHING. Morton gets rolled in and propped up, Taylor rolls him up with an inside cradle for the 1…2…3!

Terrence Taylor defeated Ricky Morton via pinfall (7:38)

  • THANK YOU FOR NOT MAKING THIS A DRAW. They faked me out with the ring announcer giving updates, well-played WCW. I liked this match a lot actually; no one did anything new but they worked well together. Hughes getting involved and costing Morton the match was good too, help remind everyone that he actually does make a difference being at ringside when he chooses to. (***)

Dustin Rhodes rolls in to make sure Morton is not attacked after the bell. Rhodes dares Hughes to fight him but he doesn’t. Don’t want to mess up that suit, he can’t return it after if he gets something on it.


-Ross announces that there will be no Main Event next Sunday as it’s SuperBrawl. Hyatt hypes her Arm Wrestling rematch against Dangerously at the Omni in two weeks.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Helluva Main Event this week. Every match mattered more or less, or featured actual competition. Hell even SAM HOUSTON got some TV time and I thought he had retired by now. I’m pumped up for next weekend y’all, let’s do this SuperBrawl thing.

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