COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously
And we’re back to reusing old footage this week on Power Hour, this time the 5.25.91 episode of Pro getting the new commentary/story framing treatment.
- WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
- WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
- WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
- WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
- WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
- WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog
- One Man Gang & Angel of Death vs. Phillip Parrish & Larry Santo (Pro – 5.25.91)
- Ron Simmons & Junkyard Dog vs. Jeff Sword & Jim Corbett (Pro – 5.25.91)
- CLIP: Great Muta vs. Eddie Gilbert (Power Hour – 10.20.89)
- CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS REPORT w/ Paul E. Dangerously
- Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. The State Patrol (Pro – 5.25.91)
- LARRY Z’S LEGENDS w/ Larry Zbyszko & Sting (Pro – 5.25.91)
- Nikita Koloff vs. Scott Allen (Pro – 5.25.91)
- Bobby Eaton & Big Josh vs. Ric Flair & Arn Anderson (Pro – 5.25.91)
-Dangerously hypes tonight’s big match: Bobby Eaton & Big Josh vs. Ric Flair & Arn Anderson. Dangerously says there’s only one place to see this match, but we all saw it two weeks ago so he is a LIAR.
One Man Gang & The Angel of Death [w/ Kevin Sullivan & Teddy Long] defeated Phillip Parrish & Larry Santo when Gang pinned Parrish with the 747 (2:38)
- POST-MATCH: Sullivan and Death hold Parrish down for another 747.
-Ross and Dangerously talk about the Tag Team Title prospects of One Man Gang & Angel of Death. Oh, no thanks.
Ron Simmons & The Junkyard Dog defeated Jeff Sword & “Gentleman” Jim Corbett when Simmons pinned Corbett after a flying clothesline (2:42)
-Ross and Dangerously hype the #1 contendership match between Lex Luger and The Great Muta scheduled for this Wednesday at Clash of the Champions.
-CLIP: Great Muta vs. Eddie Gilbert (Power Hour – 10.20.89). Ross and Dangerously add new commentary for Clash of the Champions hype purposes.
-CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS REPORT: Dangerously hypes this Wednesday’s show, then takes it to a Ross-narrated rundown of the card, shown below. Clip of Flair/Eaton from a match in 1989 and the Eaton/Josh vs. Anderson/Flair tag team match…that is scheduled for today?!? Words from Flair and Eaton. Clip of Great Muta beating Sting at Japan SuperShow to become the “international” #1 contender, plus an old clip of Muta beating three people at once on an old WCW TV episode from 1989.
- Ric Flair [c] vs. Bobby Eaton in a 2 Out of 3 Falls match for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
- Lex Luger vs. The Great Muta in a #1 Contender’s Match; winner challenges for the World Title next month at The Great American Bash.
- Sting vs. Nikita Koloff
- Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham; loser of the fall must leave WCW
- The Steiner Brothers [c] vs. Hiroshi Hase & Masahiro Chono for the IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
- Dustin Rhodes vs. Terrence Taylor in a SuperBrawl return match (hyped as “RETURN COMPUTER” in the graphic)
- The Young Pistols & Tom Zenk vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Hayes, Garvin, & Fantasia)
- Tommy Rich vs. Oz
- Big Josh vs. Dan Spivey
- PN News, Danger Zone, Missy Hyatt, and MORE
-ADVERTISEMENT: Come join WCW wrestlers on the BRUISE CRUISE. Ehhh do I have to?
“Flyin” Brian Pillman & El Gigante defeated The State Patrol (Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker & Lt. James Earl Wright) when Pillman pinned Wright with a flying crossbody (2:36)
- Old footage reworked as a “warm-up” match for their Clash of the Champions match on _
- Wednesday against Anderson & Windham.
-LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Larry Zbyszko welcomes his guest Sting to the ring, calling him the premiere golden boy of professional wrestling. Sting immediately launches into shading Nikita Koloff for snatching away a potential victory at SuperBrawl. Nikita Koloff, SHOCK AND AWE, interrupts, much to the chagrin of Zbyszko. Koloff tells Sting he doesn’t have a problem with him, he has a problem with his partner Lex Luger. Koloff tells Sting to stay out of his business…then drills him with a Russian Sickle. Sting quickly recovers and attacks Koloff, fighting into the backstage area.
- WCW at least admits this was previously recorded and on the 5.25.91 Pro.
-Ross and Dangerously discuss Sting/Koloff and how physical the match it’s going to be on Wednesday. Dangerously says it’ll be LIVE TELEVISION so if there’s blood they can’t censor it.
“The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff defeated Scott Allen via pinfall with the Russian Sickle (1:07)
- POST-MATCH: Sting runs in and a roll around brawl breaks out until all sorts of jobbers and refs do their best to keep them apart. They aren’t super successful.
“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton & Big Josh vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair & “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
Eaton is the new Television Champion but this was taped before so he doesn’t have the belt; neither does Arn though. Eaton & Josh is an odd pair but I’m starved for a competitive match on the show so I’ll take it. Josh blocks a slam and tosses Anderson to the mat. Anderson backs Josh against the ropes and buries a series of shoulders to the midsection until Josh counters with a knee to send him crashing down. Anderson tries a corner whip, Josh blocks it and sends him into the buckles followed by a series of rights that sends him flopping to the mat. Flair and Eaton tag in, the latter dropping the former with a right hook. They lock up, Flair whips Eaton into the ropes and gets dropped with a shoulderblock. Eaton with a series of rights, Flair flops as he’s wont to do. HELL YEAH. Flair and Eaton trade shots, Eaton with a backdrop out of the corner and a tag to Josh as Flair rolls to the floor.
Flair spits at Eaton, so Eaton tags back in and connects with another backdrop out of the corner followed by a clothesline out to the floor as the crowd goes wild. Anderson protests this, Flair sends Eaton crashing into the ring post. Action moves back into the ring, Anderson tags in and drills Eaton with a spinebuster. Flair tags back in and repeatedly slaps Eaton, sending him to the floor so Anderson can connect with a cheapshot. Flair brings Eaton to the apron and bends him back for an elbow to the bridge of the nose followed by a snapmare over the top rope. Eaton matches Flair’s shots with right hands of his own, Eaton blocks a hip toss and rolls him up with a backslide for the 1…2…champ kicks out. Count-a-long rights in the corner followed by a vertical suplex. Flair sent to the apron, Eaton drops him to the floor with a right. Flair pulls Eaton out and rams him into the guardrail and back into the ring. Flair heads to the top, Eaton slams him off and follows up with a swinging neckbreaker. Eaton drops Anderson on the apron, slams Flair and hits the Alabama Jam for the 1…2…Anderson breaks it up. Josh runs in, Anderson knees him out to the floor. Anderson grabs the axe handle, Eaton takes it away and hits him with it, ref calling for the bell.
Ric Flair & Arn Anderson defeated Bobby Eaton & Big Josh via DQ (10:10)
- Match slapped as much as it did when I watched it last week. Reframed as a preview of Clash of the Champions this Wednesday. (***1/4)
-Ross and Dangerously hype tomorrow night’s Main Event, featuring Bobby Eaton & Brian Pillman vs. Ric Flair & Arn Anderson.