[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 06.08.1991 – Eaton vs. Anderson, Pillman/Rhodes vs. Windham/OMG

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week’s World Championship Wrestling features two highlight matches as Bobby Eaton takes on Arn Anderson (supposedly) for the TV Title and Brian Pillman teams with Dustin Rhodes to face Barry Windham and One Man Gang. Diamond Studd, Black Blood, and PN News are also in action, plus another Bull Drop Inn with special guest Arn Anderson.

 

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

  • Steve Austin vs. Keith Hart
  • CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS REPORT w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Bobby Eaton [c] vs. Arn Anderson for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • IN-RING INTERVIEW: Missy Hyatt w/ Johnny B. Badd & Theodore R. Long
  • Black Blood vs. Mike Maverick
  • VIDEO:  A special look at The Great Muta
  • THE BULL DROP INN w/ Dusty Rhodes, Jason Hervey, Arn Anderson, & Paul E. Dangerously
  • PN News vs. Joe Cruz
  • VIDEO: The Desperados arrive to Ghost Town
  • Diamond Studd vs. Scotty Meadows
  • Brian Pillman & Dustin Rhodes vs. Barry Windham & One Man Gang (NR)

*****

-GREEN SCREEN PROMO: Alexandra York will reveal the next member of The York Foundation at the June 12th Clash of the Champions. GEE I WONDER WHO IT COULD BE AND IF HE ROCKS AND/OR ROLLS.

-Ross and Missy Hyatt run down some of the matches to expect this week, Hyatt will be interviewing Johnny B. Badd and Theodore R. Long. Paul E. Dangerously is nowhere to be found as he’s arguing with somebody due to having no Danger Zone in recent weeks.


“Stunning” Steve Austin [w/ Vivacious Veronica] defeated Keith Hart via pinfall with a spinning clothesline (2:28)

  • WCW’s Best Bump Machine does his thing in this one, making Austin look like a million bucks and taking some nasty spills.

CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS REPORT

 Paul E. Dangerously hypes this Wednesday’s live event. Lineup is as follows:

  • Ric Flair [c] vs. Bobby Eaton for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP in a 2 Out of 3 Falls Match
  • Lex Luger vs. The Great Muta in a #1 Contender’s Match; winner challenges for the World Title at the Great American Bash next month
  • Sting vs. Nikita Koloff 
  • Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. Barry Windham & Arn Anderson; loser of the fall must leave WCW
  • Steiner Brothers [c] vs. Hiroshi Hase & Masahiro Chono for the IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Terrence Taylor
  • Z-Man & Young Pistols vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Hayes, Garvin, & Fantasia)
  • Tommy Rich vs. Oz
  • Big Josh vs. Dan Spivey
  • ALSO APPEARING: PN News, Missy Hyatt and much more!

Dangerously then segues into footage hyping Flair/Eaton:

  • CLIP: Flair vs. Eaton from the 12/23/89 Main Event.
  • CLIP: Eaton and Flair beat each other up during an episode of Pro earlier in the month.
  • Flair and Eaton have some green screen words for one another.

Dangerously hypes Luger/Muta, segueing into footage of Muta’s win over Sting at Japan Supershow back in March. Also a clip of Muta beating three men in a single match from his original run in 1989.


“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton [c] vs. “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

These two butted heads over the TV Title last week on Pro, but that was Chicago baby it don’t count unless it’s on TBS. Eaton does not have the TV Title with him and it’s not announced as being for the title but Ross said it was earlier so I’m rolling with it. Dangerously finally joins Ross on commentary.

Anderson and Eaton trade holds until the Beautiful One breaks it up with a right hand. Out comes Ric Flair to ringside to play mind games with his next challenger. Anderson reverses an Irish whip and plants Eaton with a spinebuster, but takes too long to recover and only gets a two-count off the lateral press. Anderson tries to hold his arms to the mat, Eaton catches him with a bodyscissors but Anderson counters with a slingshot into the bottom rope. Anderson rakes Eaton’s eyes across the top rope, both men trade fists and reset. Eaton counters a backdrop attempt with a faceslam and lateral press for a two-count. Anderson grabs the tights and sends Eaton into the middle buckle, then chokes him across the bottom rope right in front of The Nature Boy. Anderson applies an overhead armbar, bending back to increase the pressure. Anderson takes a high risk, Eaton rewards him with a kick to the teeth. Eaton catches him charging with a big boot, driving him to the mat with a clothesline. Corner whip, Anderson ducks a right and connects with a DDT for the 1…2…Eaton gets his foot on the rope. Anderson heads back to the top, Eaton falls against the top rope and crotches him. Eaton knees Anderson off the apron and clotheslines Flair out to the floor when he tries to interfere. I heard a bell so I guess it’s over.

Bobby Eaton [c] defeated Arn Anderson via DQ I guess to retain the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (5:41)

  • They needed to kill time before Flair interfered and made a decent match out of it. Can’t hate Eaton and Anderson. (**1/2)

Flair sends Eaton into the post and lights him up with rights and chops. Back in the ring Flair connects with another chop and drops a knee, officials trying in vain to separate the two. Flair connects with one final blow before ending his assault. I CAN’T WAIT FOR KNOCKSVILLE USA, Y’ALL.


IN-RING INTERVIEW

Missy Hyatt welcomes her guests, Johnny B. Badd and his manager Theodore R. Long. Hyatt wants to touch Badd, Badd slaps her hand away. Long tells her not to put his hands on him, homey don’t play that. Badd says he’s so pretty he should’ve been born a little girl, but he’s a BAAAADDD MAAAN. Badd compliments Hyatt’s perfume and wants to get some. Long concludes with the ol’ saying “you can’t achieve without your weave”. The f*ck does that mean?


Black Blood [w/ Kevin Sullivan] defeated Mike Maverick via pinfall with the Guillotine (1:50)

  • Dangerously asks for Jason Hervey to do a Danger Zone with him this Wednesday at the Clash of the Champions about his possible romance with Missy Hyatt and teases showing up on the Bull Drop Inn later in the show.
  • Blood puts the executioner’s hood on Maverick and finishes Maverick off with the Guillotine (flying kneedrop).
  • POST-MATCH: Sullivan hands Blood his ax but instead of chopping Sullivan puts a hood over his hood and brings him to the back.

-VIDEO: A special look at The Great Muta. It’s perfect because The Great Muta is perfect.


THE BULL DROP INN

Jason Hervey introduces the host, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, who makes sure the young Wonder Years star doesn’t have a voodoo doll this week. We’re safe. Rhodes brings out his guest, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson. Rhodes puts over Anderson’s match with Eaton earlier but brings up that he’s once again “enforcing” for Ric Flair. He asks if Anderson would take the opportunity to be World Champion no matter who held the title, Anderson says he’s an underwriter of a lot of people’s success but he’s a moneymaker. He accuses Rhodes of playing mind games and walks off, refusing to directly answer the question.

Out goes Anderson, in comes Paul E. Dangerously. Dangerously asks Hervey what he’s doing out here, Hervey says anything he wants then asks how Dangerously feels not being able to do anything. Dangerously wants to fight, Hervey hides behind “Uncle Dusty” and Rhodes forces him to leave to end the segment. That happened!


“The Rapmaster” PN News defeated Joe Cruz via pinfall with the Broken Record (0:50)

  • POST-MATCH: Bill Alfonso starts dancing then corrects himself to check on Cruz, embarrassed at his whiteness.

-VIDEO: The Desperados arrive to “Ghost Town” and are about to get into a shootout with a sheriff-looking dude until the video cuts out. We’ll have to wait until next week to see a murder. Darn.

Diamond Studd and Diamond Dallas Page make their way out for the next contest. Page plucks TWINS out of the crowd to rip Studd’s entrance gear off. 


The Diamond Studd [w/ Diamond Dallas Page] defeated Scotty Meadows (?) via pinfall with a splash mountain (1:31)


“Flyin” Brian Pillman & “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes vs. Barry Windham & One Man Gang [w/ Kevin Sullivan]

Bell rings as we return from a commercial break, all four brawling. Windham covers Pillman, Rhodes breaks it up and gets tossed outside. Someone in a rat mascot costume comes out and distracts Windham, Pillman catches him with a flying crossbody for the 1…2…3!

Brian Pillman & Dustin Rhodes defeated Barry Windham & One Man Gang (0:52)

  • BOOOOOOOOO I was hoping for a longer match but I guess they ran out of time. Having a second man show up in a rat mascot costume was a nice touch though, throw Windham off the very obvious scent. (NR)

Windham immediately DDTs Pillman and pummels him with kicks. Gang rolls Rhodes in, Rhodes clears the ring and saves Pillman from further damage…and that’s the end!

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: An abrupt end to this week’s show which is disappointing. Not a lot of memorable stuff here, but entertaining nonetheless. 

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