[TV Rundown] ‘Main Event’ 5.5.91 – Anderson vs. Big Josh, Lots of Clips

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

Arn Anderson defends the World Television Championship against Big Josh in this week’s only original match. Rest of it is essentially a clip show. Guess WCW ran out of footage.

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

  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie (clipped in my footage)
  • CLIP: The Steiner Brothers vs. Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki (Japan Supershow)
  • MUSIC VIDEO: A look at The Steiner Brothers and Sting & Lex Luger to hype SuperBrawl
  • CLIP: El Gigante confronts Sid Vicious (Worldwide – 5.4.91)
  • El Gigante vs. Joe Cruz (Pro – 5.4.91)
  • INTERVIEW CLIP: Paul E. Dangerously & Missy Hyatt w/ Ric Flair (WCW – 5.4.91)
  • CLIP: Missy Hyatt attacks Paul E. Dangerously (WCW – 5.4.91)
  • Arn Anderson [c] vs. Big Josh for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (*)

*****

-NOTE: The footage I have started mid-SuperBrawl Control Center so I’m not sure how much I missed. I saw the Simmons/Long stuff as well as the clips of Rhodes/Taylor and Gigante/Sid.

Jim Ross welcomes the audience back from commercial. He takes it to a clip of The Steiner Brothers defeating Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki for the IWGP Tag Team Championship at Japan Supershow. Back to Ross who hypes Steiners/Sting & Lex Luger for SuperBrawl.

-MUSIC VIDEO: A look at The Steiner Brothers and the team of Sting & Lex Luger. I love the Rocky-ish montage song they use for it.

-Back from commercial Ross hypes the Stretcher Match between El Gigante and Sid Vicious scheduled for SuperBrawl.

-CLIP: El Gigante dresses up as one of Sid’s EMTs and scares him out of the ring (Worldwide – 5.4.91)


El Gigante defeated Joe Cruz via pinfall with the Claw (1:46)

  • I love that the ring announce hypes El Gigante based on how large his shoes and shirts are. He’s very large in case you didn’t know; some would say a Giant.
  • Cruz tries some dropkicks and a clothesline but Gigante doesn’t budge and drops him with a shoulderblock.

-Ross says Missy Hyatt and Paul E. Dangerously are not here today as they are in an “executive hearing” with Jim Herd due to last night’s shenanigans.

-CLIP: Dangerously interviews Ric Flair (WCW – 5.4.91). Hyatt initially starts the interview but gets a “Confidential” message and rushes off in a panic.

-CLIP: Hyatt attacks Dangerously for the deception (WCW – 5.4.91)


“The Enforcer” Arn Anderson [c] vs. Big Josh for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

Looks like WCW had at least one match still left in the can from these tapings, that’s good. This is Josh’s first shot at a championship in WCW and if he wins then he’ll defend against Larry Zbyszko at SuperBrawl. Ross hypes next week’s show, which will feature the debut of “The Rapmaster” P.N. News. First an Oz promo and now hype for P.N. News? We are beginning our descent, y’all!

Josh grabs a side headlock and keeps it cinched in during an Irish whip attempt, dropping the champ to his knees. Anderson finally escapes the hold but gets dropped with a shoulderblock; Josh offers to help him up because he’s a NICE BOY but the champ wants nothing to do with it. Anderson grabs a side headlock, Josh escapes and drops him with a shoulderblock, bewildering The Enforcer with his strength. Dangerously and Hyatt will have an Arm Wrestling rematch at the Omni in three weeks. I’m okay with missing that. Josh backs Anderson in the corner, ref tries to break it up and Anderson connects with a cheap shot left. Josh gets tossed to the floor, Anderson tries to send him into the pole but Josh blocks it. Josh blocks a piledriver and connects with a backdrop. He tries to use the axe handle, ref stops him. Back in the ring Josh drops Anderson with a back elbow and wants to pummel him, but the ref talks him out of it and he reverts to being a GOOD BOY. Anderson brings Josh to the mat with a snapmare, Josh catches a kick and trips him, then connects with a stomp.

Josh brings Anderson to his knees with a wristlock as we get a five minute warning in this match. Hmm I wonder if that’s going to factor in. Anderson counters a backdrop with an elbow to the back of the neck and chokes him against the top rope. Ross hypes next week’s Main Event which will feature Sting & Lex Luger vs. The Royal Family, a Captain’s Match, and a Computer Match. That’s a stacked show, yo. Anderson traps Josh in an overhead armbar, Josh escapes with a low-blow that’s apparently legal. Josh gets dropped with a right to the gut and goes a hoking’ with two minutes remaining. Josh no-sells some buckle shots and throws his flannel shirt at Anderson out of anger. Count-a-long lefts in the corner from the lumberjack, there is ONE MINUTE REMAINING. Josh slingshots Anderson out of the corner and connects with a suplex after blocking one from the champ. Anderson begs off, Josh connects with a left and a backdrop for the 1…2…Anderson kicks out. Josh counters a backdrop with a kick and covers for the 1…2…Anderson kicks out. Both men trade fists and the bell rings

Arn Anderson [c] and Big Josh fought to a time limit draw; Anderson retains the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (10:00)

  • Lifeless match, slow as sh*t to make sure they hit the time limit draw. Not a fan at all, but in the interest of positivity I will say I do appreciate WCW not going with the “Josh hit his finisher but the time ran out during the pinfall” thing I guess. (*)

-Ross hypes the WCW Hotline and the return of both Dangerously and Hyatt next week and that’s the show.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Only original match was dull as sh*t, rest was a clip show. Having watched all the other TV from the weekend this gave me nothing new but it was good in a sense for those who only watched the TBS shows to get caught up.

 

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