[TV Rundown] ‘POWER HOUR’ 07.20.1991 – The New World Champ Speaks, Jim Ross is Feeling Feisty

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Power Hour this week features the first comments from new World Champion Lex Luger as well as a host of matches you’ve probably already seen if you’ve been watching all the TV like I have.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • 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: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Michael Hayes & Badstreet vs. Mike Jackson & Tim Parker (Pro Chicago – 06.29.1991)
  • Steve Austin vs. Kerry Booth (Pro Chicago – 07.06.1991)
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Allen Martin (Pro Chicago – 07.06.1991)
  • WRESTLING NEWS NETWORK w/ Gordon Solie
  • Richard Morton vs. Chris Sullivan
  • One Man Gang vs. John Peterson (Pro Chicago – 07.06.1991)
  • Diamond Studd vs. Kenny Kendall (Pro Chicago – 06.29.1991)
  • The Hardliners vs. Larry Santo & Scott Sandlin (Pro Chicago – 06.22.1991)

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-Ross and Dangerously welcome the home audience and promise an informative show today. Now THAT’S the kind of wrestling show I want. They talk about Lex Luger’s win last weekend at The Great American Bash, Dangerously is now pro-Luger now that he’s a heel.

-GAB 91 CLIP: Lex Luger beats Barry Windham, wins the World Heavyweight Championship thanks to the words of Harley Race and the…standingness of Mr. Hughes.

-POST-GAB 91 INTERVIEW: Eric Bischoff is with Lex Luger, Harley Race, and Mr. Hughes in the locker room. Luger calls his win long overdue; the past has been forgotten and new history is being made. The Total Package has arrived; get used to his face and his body. There has been an attitude adjustment so to speak, which Windham saw on Sunday (I’m assuming that’s the name of his new Piledriver finisher). Race takes credit for putting Luger in the right frame of mind and The Total Package is now all together. Hughes walks over and puts his hand over the camera, ending the interview.


Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Badstreet [w/ Big Daddy Dink & Diamond Dallas Page] defeated Mike Jackson & Tim “Powerhouse” Parker when Badstreet pinned Jackson following the 9-1-1 (3:29)

  • Ross announces that Harley Race is being retained by Lex Luger as an advisor and Mr. Hughes’ contract was bought from Alexandra York so he’s with him now as well. Mr. Hughes traded up!
  • Also announced: Lex Luger will have to vacate the United States Heavyweight Championship and a tournament will decide a new champ. Participants will be announced on TV next week, but Ross will reveal it early on the WCW Hotline.
  • SO MUCH SHADE thrown as Jim Herd on commentary by Ross, it’s great.
  • Freebirds will defend the U.S. Tag Team Titles tonight against Robert Gibson & The Z-Man. Sh*t Ross was right this is an informative episode!

“Stunning” Steve Austin [w/ Lady Blossom] defeated Kerry Booth via pinfall with a Stun Gun followed by a faceslam (1:15)

  • This match was cut short when it originally aired on Pro due to the Ric Flair announcement, so now we’re getting the whole thing. FINALLY.
  • Ross says the names in the U.S. Title tournament are LUDICROUS and if Jim Herd has a problem with him saying so he can come to him. NO CHILL from good ol’ JR this week, I love it.

-Dangerously and his new black cell phone (with comically large antenna) mock Bobby Eaton’s Alabama drawl. He’s in action next.


“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton defeated Allen Martin via pinfall with the Alabama Jam (2:24)

  • When the match originally aired Eaton’s nonstop assault of Martin was framed as him getting his anger out over losing the Television Championship the week before. Now he’s just…bein’ Bobby.

WRESTLING NEWS NETWORK

Gordon Solie leads off with Badstreet & The Fabulous Freebirds’ Six Man Tag Team Championship win last month, beating Tommy Rich & The Junkyard Dog (Richard Morton didn’t show because he signed with The York Foundation). Solie follows up with Richard Morton’s attack on Robert Gibson at Knocksville U.S.A., a clearly reprehensible act in his opinion. Solie says everyone is motivated by money; he can’t blame Morton for joining The York Foundation but he detests the attack on Gibson. Solie teases a future match between the two…which happened last weekend, Ross quickly explains during the next match.


Richard Morton [w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes] defeated Chris Sullivan via pinfall with a top rope driving knee (2:45)

  • Hughes accompanies York & Morton to the ring, since WCW can’t edit around him now that he’s under Luger’s employ. I assume this is from an episode of Pro or Worldwide but it might be one that I’m missing in my collection so it’s NEW TO ME. 
  • Morton seems to really enjoy playing the heel, mocking the crowd and using dirty tactics in the match. I dig it. Should’ve come with a wardrobe change and maybe shorter hair, but I dig it.
  • POST-MATCH: Dustin Rhodes runs out to try and get his hands on his former friend, but Morton quickly bails to avoid the comeuppance.

One Man Gang [w/ Kevin Sullivan] defeated John Peterson via pinfall with the 747 (1:15)

  • Gigante vs. Gang is signed for the Bash tour stop at the Omni; if Gigante wins he gets to shave Gang’s head, if Gang wins then Gigante has to go back to Argentina. That seems a little…lopsided in terms of stipulations. 
  • POST-MATCH: Gang and Sullivan take Peterson to the back on a cart. AND HE WAS NEVER SEEN AGAIN. Just kidding we’ll probably see him again, don’t get scared.

The Diamond Studd [w/ Diamond Dallas Page] defeated Scotty Williams via pinfall with the Diamond Death Drop (2:20)

  • MORE heated comments from Ross about Herd not liking his Ross Report on the WCW Hotline, saying if he’s going to be censored he’d rather not be in the wrestling business. Dangerously accuses Ross of being burned out and wanting to be fired, Ross tells him to worry about his own receding hairline.

The Hardliners (“Dirty” Dick Slater & Dick Murdoch) defeated Larry Santo & Scott Sandlin when Murdoch made Sandlin submit to a Fujiwara Armbar (2:12)

  • This match was their in-ring debut, the weekend following their attack on The Steiner Brothers at Knocksville U.S.A.
  • Dangerously announces that he will having Barry Windham on The Danger Zone tonight, Windham’s first interview following his loss at The Great American Bash.

-Ross and Dangerously announce that a decision will be made regarding the World Tag Team Championship on tonight’s episode of World Championship Wrestling. Ross then talks about how Lex Luger is now refusing to sign autographs and go to children’s hospitals, like the douchebag he has now become. Big news to come tonight at 6:05!

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