[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 05.25.1991 – Rhodes/Morton vs. Taylor/OMG, A Stunning Debut

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week’s World Championship Wrestling features the in-ring debut of The Diamond Studd, the WCW debut of “Stunning” Steve Austin (never heard of him), and much more!

CHAMPIONS

  • 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

LINEUP

  • The Diamond Studd vs. Tommy Angel
  • CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS REPORT w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • PN News vs. Kevin Diamond
  • IN-RING INTERVIEW: Missy Hyatt w/ Steve Austin & Vivacious Veronica
  • Sting vs. Sam Cody
  • THE BULL DROP INN w/ Dusty Rhodes, Jason Hervey, & PN News
  • Barry Windham vs. Kenny Kendall
  • Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. Terrence Taylor & One Man Gang (**1/4)

*****

“The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes hypes his upcoming interview segment, which will feature Jason Hervey of The Wonder Years and “The Rapmaster” PN News. Things about to be very white, poor PN News.

-Ross, Dangerously, and Missy Hyatt welcome the home audience. The Diamond Studd will be making his in-ring debut as Dustin Rhodes will team with Ricky Morton to face Terrence Taylor and One Man Gang. I hope Rhodes has better luck with Morton than he did on Worldwide. Hyatt hypes her interview with the debuting “Stunning” Steve Austin and his valet Vivacious Veronica. Dangerously can’t find The Danger Zone on the run sheet, Hyatt says he doesn’t get one this week. Dangerously refuses to let this stand.

Diamond Dallas Page, chairman of the board of The Diamond Exchange, introduces the latest member of his group: The Diamond Studd…chico. Page says he needs to find a special lady for his Diamond Studd. Page points out a brunette in the crowd named Laurie, who rips the entrance gear off Studd. She doesn’t pass the “Studette Test”. I thought she did fine.


The Diamond Studd [w/ Diamond Dallas Page] defeated Tommy Angel via pinfall with the Razor’s Edge (1:14)

  • If you’ve watched a Razor Ramon squash before you know what this match entails.
  • Debut of the Razor’s/Outsider’s Edge, yet to be named.
  • Diamond Studd already looks like a megastar in the making.

-CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS REPORT: Dangerously takes over hosting duties from Gordon Solie. Booo. Next COTC is called “Knocksville U.S.A”, airing live on TBS on June 12th. Main event announced: Ric Flair will defend the World Title against Bobby Eaton in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match. Cut to footage of Flair/Eaton from Pro earlier in the day; it’s not the Chicago version I’ve been recapping though, completely different announce team. Dangerously also announces that #1 contender Lex Luger will take on #2 contender The Great Muta, the latter getting the designation based on his victory over Sting at Japan Supershow (cue footage). Winner of this match will get a World Title match at The Great American Bash later in the summer.

PN News ALMOST raps in time with the music this week! A group of adult white dudes dance wildly to it, most likely to be ironic. F*ck em and their khakis.


“The Rapmaster” PN News defeated Kevin Diamond via pinfall with the Broken Record (1:38)

  • Dangerously will be interviewing News tomorrow night on Main Event and will also be debuting his new single at the Omni that same night.
  • Watching News get CRAZY reactions really contradicts with the slander thrown on him over the years by places like WrestleCrap.
  • POST-MATCH: News does a little victory rap and the crowd eats it up.

-IN-RING INTERVIEW: Hyatt introduces her guests “Stunning” Steve Austin and Vivacious Veronica. Hyatt asks what their plans are; Veronica says she’s here to business and her business is Austin. Their business is none of anyone’s business. BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS. Austin says business some more and says when the time is right they’ll let her know. Steve Austin with long flowing hair and working knees is SUPER WEIRD to see in 2020. Also business.


Sting defeated Sam Cody via submission with the Scorpion Death Lock (1:46)

  • Sam Cody looks like a rabid Appalachian mountain man and I am terrified of him.
  • INSERT PROMO: Nikita Koloff says Sting was at the wrong place at the wrong time at SuperBrawl and to stay out of his way. Somehow I doubt that’ll happen.

-THE BULL DROP INN: Jason Hervey introduces “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes to the set of the Bull Drop Inn. Rhodes asks Hervey who he’d pick between Sting & Nikita Koloff; Hervey, ever the heel, picks Koloff because he’s watched the workout tapes. They have a seat and Rhodes introduces “The Rapmaster” PN News. Rhodes has News perform one of his rap songs while Rhodes and Hervey boogie along. 1991 WCW is great, f*ck the haters. News leaves, Rhodes announces his guests for next week: One Man Gang and Kevin Sullivan. A totally pointless segment but TREMENDOUSLY ENTERTAINING so I’ll give it a pass.


Barry Windham defeated Kenny Kendall via pinfall with the Superplex (2:01)

  • WCW graphic says “Benny Kendall” which is an insult to Kendall and his alliterative name.
  • INSERT PROMO: Barry Windham brags about ridding WCW of Brian Pillman.
  • A dude in a rat mascot costume shows up ringside to watch the proceedings.
  • POST-MATCH: Rat Guy taunts Windham by shaking his butt and running to the back. This is so goofy, GIVE ME MORE.

“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. “The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrence Taylor & One Man Gang [w/ Alexandra York, Mr. Hughes, & Kevin Sullivan]

York Foundation teaming up with Sullivan and his BDSM slave is an odd pairing to say the least. Morton ditched Rhodes during their other tag team match together earlier in the day, hopefully he decides to be a better teammate this go around or Rhodes is going to end up a grease spot.

Taylor backs Rhodes into the corner and breaks clean, smirk on his face. Rhodes responds with an armdrag and back-to-back dropkicks to send him scrambling to the floor for some COM-PEW-TOR advice. Ross hypes next week’s show, featuring Johnny B. Badd and Black Blood making their in-ring debuts plus the first vignette of THE DESPERADOS. Oh maaan, that’s going to be something else. Dangerously says if this match ends quick enough there will still be a Danger Zone on the show. Rhodes puts his dukes up, Taylor goes back to the floor to stall again. Gang tags in, backs Rhodes into the corner but he doesn’t break clean. Rhodes doesn’t care though, firing a series of rights that stagger the crazy man into the corner. They lock knuckles and Rhodes is immediately brought to his knees. Morton gets the crowd behind Rhodes, who kicks Gang away and tags him in. Morton uses his speed advantage to hit and move until Taylor tags in. WHY WOULD YOU TAG BACK IN MAN?!? Morton nearly gets the pin with a sunset flip and connects with an armdrag. Rhodes tags in, continues working Taylor’s left arm over. Taylor goes down for another sunset flip but kicks out and Rhodes takes him back to the mat with an armdrag into an armbar.

Morton with a near-fall off an O’Connor Roll and we’re back to the armbar. Gang runs in and clobbers Morton, Rhodes hits him from behind to even the odds. Taylor escapes with a headbutt, Morton with a JAPANESE armdrag and now we’re doing wristlocks. Gang tags in and hits Morton as Taylor holds his arms back, following up with a right hand that sends him crashing to the mat like a bag of garbage. Gang connects with a clothesline and goes a chokin’/slamming the back of Morton’s head against the mat. Gang lets go, legdrop and tag to Taylor…who gets caught with an armdrag and HEY AN ARMBAR. Rhodes tags in and goes to work as Alexandra York walks over to talk to Morton. Morton hops off the apron and LEAVES TO THE BACK ONCE AGAIN. What a dork. Rhodes counters a backdrop with a kick but has no one to make a tag to, confusingly walking into a right hand. Gang tags in and tosses Rhodes to the floor. Rhodes comes back in with a sunset flip attempt, Gang counters by sitting on him. Taylor tags in, Rhodes with an inside cradle for the 1…2…Taylor kicks out. Rhodes with a backslide for the 1…2…Taylor escapes again. Rhodes connects with a whole lot of right hands and a Bionic Elbow. Taylor pokes Rhodes in the eye, Rhodes ducks a back elbow and catches him with a crossbody for the 1…2…Gang runs in and Rhodes moves, Gang hitting his own partner with the 747. Rhodes sends Gang to the floor and in comes Mr. Hughes to get between Taylor and Rhodes. No bell but I guess the match is over?

Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton fought Terrence Taylor & One Man Gang fought to a no contest? (11:50 I guess)

  • If you don’t want Dustin Rhodes to take a pinfall loss, maybe stop putting him in situations where it would be the actual logical move? I dunno. Morton did this on Worldwide during another tag team contest so Rhodes shouldn’t be all that surprised, but who knows if WCW even considers all these shows as part of the same continuity at this point in time. Match itself was fine if you like armbars but I liked the Worldwide match better. (**1/4)

Chaos and referees and arguments ensue as Ross signs off. No Danger Zone after all.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Strange to see the EXACT SAME STORYLINE on two shows back to back this week; the match was better on Worldwide but the storyline made more sense here since it wasn’t Barry Windham randomly goading Morton to the back. All in all a fun episode of World Championship Wrestling this week, flowed great and had two history-making debuts in The Diamond Studd and “Stunning” Steve Austin.

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