[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 5.11.91 – Pillman/Gigante vs. Anderson/Taylor, P.N. News, OMG Goes BDSM

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

World Championship Wrestling is one hour again this week due to the Atlanta Braves but we’ve got some good stuff, including some fun squashes and interviews, a solid tag team opener, and the flagship debut of P.N. News. YO BABY YO BABY YO…read the recap.

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

LINEUP

  • Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. Arn Anderson & Terrence Taylor (**1/2)
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Cody Wayne & Randy Starr
  • DANGER ZONE w/ Paul E. Dangerously & The Steiner Brothers
  • Lex Luger vs. Bob Cook
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • One Man Gang vs. Kenny Kendall
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Missy Hyatt w/ One Man Gang & Kevin Sullivan
  • Ric Flair vs. Kip Abee
  • P.N. News vs. Doug Gilbert

*****

-LAST WEEK: Missy Hyatt attacks Paul E. Dangerously for tricking her out of the Ric Flair interview (WCW – 5.4.91)

-Cut backstage where Ross and Dangerously welcome the home audience, the latter wearing a catcher’s mask to protect himself from Hyatt.

-Hyatt is in a different part of the studio because she doesn’t want to be around Dangerously, will be interviewing One Man Gang & Kevin Sullivan.


“Flyin” Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “The Computerized Wrestler of the 1990s” Terrence Taylor [w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes]

Anderson and Taylor teamed just earlier today on Worldwide, picking up a victory over Big Josh & Tommy Rich. Let’s see if they can go 2-0 for the day. Previously recorded comments from Gigante indicate that the real giant will win the Stretcher Match at SuperBrawl. He clarifies further by saying he’s the real giant. I was wondering what he meant there for a second, glad he cleared it up.

Pillman drops Anderson with a shoulderblock and pummels him with a series of rights, Anderson escapes and runs right into Gigante. He tries some clubbing blows, Gigante goozles him until the ref forces a break. Anderson counters a backdrop with an elbow, Taylor tags in and eats a missile dropkick. Taylor backs off, runs into Gigante as well, and immediately bails to the floor for some COM-PEW-TOR advice. Pillman with a crossbody, Taylor kicks out and gets taken back to the mat with an armdrag. Dangerously says Anderson took this match to weaken Pillman ahead of SuperBrawl, giving this team-up some sort of rhyme and reason. Taylor with a stun gun on Pillman, Anderson tags in and goes a stompin’. Pillman rolls to the floor, Anderson distracts the ref so Taylor can lay in a cheapshot. Anderson knees Pillman off the apron, sending him flying into the guardrail. Pillman re-enters the ring via sunset flip but Taylor makes the tag on his way down and attacks Pillman from behind. Taylor connects with a gutwrench sit-out power bomb but Pillman kicks out of the pinfall attempt. Anderson with a quick tag, raking Pillman’s eyes across the top rope. Pillman slides under Anderson’s legs and makes the tag. Clotheslines and double noggin knockers. Barry Windham shows up, fists taped, to beat up Pillman on the floor. Anderson and Taylor double team Pillman, Bobby Eaton shows up to help and the match is thrown out.

A big ol’ brawl erupts but the faces stand tall at the end. Mr. Hughes doesn’t do sh*t though because he’s too cool. Ross announces that Pillman & Gigante win via DQ, which makes NO SENSE because Eaton interfered in the actual match but whatever.

Brian Pillman & El Gigante defeated Arn Anderson & Terrence Taylor via DQ (5:20)

  • Entertaining match that devolved into an all-out brawl as tempers get even hotter heading into SuperBrawl. Gigante still has no real idea what he’s doing but he’s so over that it’s easily forgivable, I think. (**1/2)

-SUPEBRAWL HYPE: You will find out what Oz looks next Sunday. YES PLEASE.


The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) defeated Cody Wayne & Randy Starr when Scott Steiner pinned Wayne following a Doomsday DDT (2:07)

  • Oh booy the quality of the VHS this was ripped from is REAL BAD. Picture keeps cutting out and it’s making me nauseous.
  • Rick Steiner folds Starr up with a STIFF belly-to-back suplex but makes him tag out to Wayne because he wants to have some more fun. He apparently hates Wayne’s tattoo and punches the f*ck out of him for it.
  • That Doomsday DDT thing The Steiners sometimes do seems like the most dangerous move in the whole company. Easily could break a dude’s neck. I cringe every time I see it.

-DANGER ZONE: Dangerously welcomes The Steiner Brothers to ringside. Scott Steiner says SuperBrawl is not about friendship, it’s about defending their Tag Team Titles. Scott tells Sting & Lex Luger they better be ready to go. Rick Steiner repeats “READY” a lot and freaks Dangerously out.


“The Total Package” Lex Luger defeated Bob Cook via submission with the Torture Rack (2:07)

  • Footage I have was damn near unwatchable but I caught the ending at least. Goddammit. Sorry in advance as this recap turns into me complaining about pirated content not working correctly.

-SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER: Gordon Solie runs down the entire card scheduled for next week, which now includes the debuting Oz against Tim “Powerhouse” Parker. I’m all about Parker getting that PPV money. The Steiner Brothers and Sting & Lex Luger have stuff to say about their Tag Team Title match. Sting likes pain and wants both the Steinerline and Frankensteiner. Jeez. Diamond Dallas Page hypes up his Diamond Mine segment…with Sid Vicious, and not Sting & Luger as Solie said. Heh? Solie focuses on Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami. Flair hypes the match up via green screen promo as well as SuperBrawl itself. Something about limousines and walking aisles. You know the drill.


One Man Gang [w/ Kevin Sullivan] defeated Kenny Kendall via pinfall with the 747 (1:32)

  • Gang is now coming out IN A GIMP MASK led by Sullivan on a dog leash. WCW getting kinky as f*ck in 1991. No Teddy Long though, he wanted no part in this weird BDSM thing.
  • POST-MATCH: Gang gives Kendall another 747, this time directly to the spine. Sullivan puts the gimp mask on Gang to regain control of him.

-RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Missy Hyatt is with One Man Gang and Kevin Sullivan. Hyatt asks if Gang is criminally insane, Sullivan asks who told her about “the incident”. LOL. Sullivan says Gang is the only one true giant of professional wrestling and it’s the beginning of the end for Ron Simmons. Gang only knows brutality and pain, and he likes the latter.


“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair defeated Kip Abee via submission with the Figure Four (2:13)

  • Shot of a group of dorks in suits cheering Flair on. Carryover from the studio days.
  • I don’t know about you but I could never be intimidated by a dude with a name like KIP ABEE.

“The Rapmaster” P.N. News makes his way out for his flagship show debut. As a former dorky ass white kid in the 90s I totally get why this Atlanta crowd is EATING IT UP. His rap once again does not match the beat AT ALL.


“The Rapmaster” P.N. News defeated Doug Gilbert via pinfall with a top rope splash (1:22)

  • News has impressive hops for a big man, but WHAT A GIMMICK he got stuck with goddamn.
  • News’ theme hits as he climbs the buckles and connects with the Superfly Splash. YO BABY YO BABY YO.

-Dangerously screams like a girl and hides behind Ross when Hyatt shows up for the closing of the show. Dangerously will be interviewing Bobby Eaton on Main Event tomorrow.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Solid tag team match to start the hour-long version of World Championship Wrestling and some fun squash matches followed. P.N. News is one of those “so bad it’s hilarious” gimmicks that bombed in 1991 but that I love seeing almost thirty years later. Dangerously being terrified of Hyatt now is also pretty great, a bully who is now scared because his target fought back. Technical issues aside I enjoyed this, but I hope we get back to 2 hours soon. Probably not due to the MLB season but a man can dream.

 

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