[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 4.20.91 – Rhodes & Morton vs. Taylor & Zbyszko, Sting & Luger in Action

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week’s truncated World Championship Wrestling features a tag team main event as Dustin Rhodes teams up with Ricky Morton to take on Terrance Taylor and Larry Zbyszko. Big Van Vader, Nikita Koloff, and the team of Sting & Lex Luger are also in action, plus the real heroes of WCW: MAGNUM FORCE.

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 CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Joe Cruz & Mike Samples
  • Tommy Rich vs. One Man Gang (NR)
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Big Van Vader vs. Jeff Sword
  • THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously w/ Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, & Barry Windham
  • Nikita Koloff vs. Rob Morgan
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Nikita Koloff
  • Big Josh & The Young Pistols vs. Chuck Coats & Magnum Force
  • Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. Terrance Taylor & Larry Zbyszko (**1/4)

*****

-LAST WEEK: Brian Pillman has Ric Flair beaten, but out comes Arn Anderson to ruin it.

-Ross, Dangerously, & Missy Hyatt welcome the home audience. Dangerously will have Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, & Barry Windham on The Danger Zone tonight. Ross also announces a new segment called Heroes & Friends hosted by Dusty Rhodes, which briefly unites Dangerously and Hyatt in jealousy.


Sting & “The Total Package” Lex Luger defeated Joe Cruz & Mike Samples when Luger made Cruz submit to the Torture Rack (2:55)

  • Props to Cruz and Samples for showing up in matching colors. Yes I’ll call this out whenever I see it, this is one of my favorite tag team things.
  • Cruz tries a Stinger Splash but he ain’t Sting so it has no impact. Sting makes sure to add extra stink to his.
  • Quick and easy way to remind everyone that Sting & Luger are in fact a tag team despite the fact one of them holding a singles title and the other pursuing the World Title.
  • Lex Luger will be on The Danger Zone tomorrow night on Main Event.

“Wildfire” Tommy Rich vs. One Man Gang [w/ Kevin Sullivan & Teddy Long]

Rich takes it to Gang early with a series of rights and elbows in the corner. No matter how many blows Rich lands, the Gang won’t fall. Rich charges with a clothesline, Gang staggers but up comes Long to the apron to distract him. Gang takes advantage and knocks Rich to the mat, hitting the 747 to get the pinfall. Wait that’s it?

One Man Gang defeated Tommy Rich via pinfall (1:45)

  • Well I certainly wasn’t expecting this one to be as short as it was, I was hoping for something a bit more competitive. Makes sense overall though, puts Gang over as a monster heel by absorbing everything Rich had while Rich gets to lose via shenanigans(ish) and save some face. (NR)

Long and Sullivan hold Rich down and Gang delivers another 747. Junkyard Dog comes out to help Six Man Tag Team Title partner (not that anyone acknowledges it) but gets 747ed for his troubles as well. Finally out comes Ron Simmons to clear the ring and make the true save. Sullivan holds Gang back as Simmons gets so heated he REMOVES HIS SHIRT. MANLY MAN.


-SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER: Gordon Solie lists the previously announced matches from last week, and announces two more: El Gigante vs. Sid Vicious in a Stretcher Match and The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting & Lex Luger for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. Both teams have things say things about it via green screen promos.


Big Van Vader defeated Jeff Sword via pinfall with a running splash (1:39)

  • Ross is HORNY about the new SuperBrawl match announcements. Even he already knew Sting & Luger vs. The Steiners was going to be a banger.
  • Vader yells for Stan Hansen into the camera between bouts of clobbering Jeff Sword into dust.

-THE DANGER ZONE: Dangerously welcomes “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, & “No Nickname” Barry Windham. Flair and Windham’s hair are slowly recovering from their respective awful haircuts. Dangerously asks Flair about his SuperBrawl opponent Tatsumi Fujinami. Oh hey that’s one way to announce this match. Flair brags about showing everyone in Japan what the sport of pro wrestling was all about, and at SuperBrawl Fujinami will pay the price. Dangerously asks Flair who will be next in line after SuperBrawl, Flair says the only great wrestlers in his mind are at his side and puts over Anderson and Windham. Dangerously asks again, Flair says anyone who wants to sign on the dotted line and calls Paul “Helen Keller” a bunch. HEH? Why did Anderson and Windham even come out, I thought everyone was focusing on their own careers now or some sh*t.


“The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff defeated Rob Morgan via pinfall with the Russian Sickle (2:21)

  • Koloff is mad that he won’t get Luger at SuperBrawl and will be taking it out on Rob Morgan.
  • “NIKITA” chant from the Atlanta crowd, what smarks.
  • Dangerously is all shook up about Flair’s response to his question about his next challenger post-SuperBrawl. Dissension brewing in the ranks of a group that isn’t really a group anymore?
  • POST-MATCH: Ross catches up with Koloff at ringside. Ross says Koloff will be fined for destroying the US Title. Koloff says if the US Champ had been Anderson or Windham people would have cheered him for the attack in February, which I agree with. Koloff tells Luger it’s far from over.

Big Josh & The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) defeated Chuck Coats & Magnum Force (Rick & Speedy) when Josh pinned Coats with a seated splash (4:30)

  • Magnum Force Rick calls for Big Josh and attacks him when he tries to enter the ring, enraging the fair play lumberjack.
  • Josh & The Pistols both have scheduled matches for SuperBrawl, so this is just a highlight match for them to keep them on the minds of the WCW fans. Or because they ran out of ideas mid-taping. I don’t know, man.
  • Magnum Force get a brief bout of offense on Smothers, but that ends quickly when an elbowdrop is missed.

-GREEN SCREEN INTERVIEW: Hyatt is with Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton. Rhodes says he knows nothing about computers but he knows he will NEVER join The York Foundation. Morton says they’ve got something for Zbyszko and Taylor. Is it a cake?


“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. “The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrance Taylor & “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko [w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes]

Morton and Taylor lock up, Taylor with a cheapshot when the ref tries to break them up. Morton responds with a Japanese armdrag and an inverted atomic drop. Rhodes tags in for a regular atomic drop, and he and Morton hit a series of rights. Taylor bails to the floor to Zbyszko and York. Taylor tries a slam, Rhodes blocks and counters with one of his own. Zbyszko tags in, Rhodes dodges a dropkick attempt and connects with a bionic elbow. Morton tags in, Zbyszko turns it into a roll-up for a two-count. Taylor tags in, Morton counters a backdrop with a sunset flip but Zbyszko distracts the ref long enough that he doesn’t get the pinfall. Zbyszko knees Morton from the apron and a double team breaks out while Rhodes accidentally distracts the ref. Zbyszko with a vertical suplex into a lateral press, Morton kicks out at two. Taylor connects with a jawbreaker and exchanges right hands with Morton. Taylor kicks Morton and hits what looks like a piledriver but without ANY SUPPORT and the dude gets his bell shoot rung. That looked deadly, goddamn.

Zbyszko tags in and applies a Boston Crab in the center of the ring, placing himself between Morton and Rhodes so a tag can’t be made. Rhodes runs in and decks Zbyszko to break it up, ref gets tangled up with him and Taylor phantom tags in, Morton rolls him up with a backslide for the 1…2…Taylor kicks out and goes back on the attack. Morton dodges an elbowdrop, Taylor grabs a front facelock and Rhodes tags in but the ref doesn’t see it. Morton and Zbyszko ram into each other, Taylor gets the tag but so does Rhodes! Rhodes with all of the bionic elbows and rights to Taylor and Zbyszko. Zbyszko attacks Rhodes from behind, Rhodes red rovers the double clothesline attempt and rolls Taylor up with an inside cradle for the 1…2…3!

Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton defeated Terrance Taylor & Larry Zbyszko via pinfall (7:52)

  • Decent by the numbers TV match. Ricky Morton did his Ricky Morton thing to build the drama, Taylor and Zbyszko were as entertaining as two stalling heels can be, and Dustin Rhodes continues to be WAY BETTER than he should be so early in his career. Dude was a star right out the gate. (**1/4)

Zbyszko and Taylor knock Rhodes out of the ring and try to spike Morton but in comes Bobby Eaton to make the save…until Mr. Hughes flattens him with a clothesline. Morton runs in and Hughes drops HIM with a side slam. Rhodes checks on Morton as the show concludes.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Not a lot of substance on this shortened episode but I’m always down to watch Vader wreck a jobber so that was cool.

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