[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 5.4.91 – Sid Attacks Gigante, Ron Simmons Teams with…Big Van Vader?!?

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week’s World Championship Wrestling loses an hour thanks to the MLB but what the show lacks in wrestling quality it makes up for with a friggin’ Ron Simmons/Big Van Vader tag team and the beginning of the OZ HYPE TRAIN. GET ON BOARD Y’ALL.

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

  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Joey Maggs & Jamie McKinnon
  • MUSIC VIDEO: A look at The Steiner Brothers and Sting & Lex Luger
  • One Man Gang vs. Tommy Angel
  • VIDEO: Oz will debut at SuperBrawl
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • The Young Pistols vs. Rob Morgan & Mark Merro
  • PROMO: Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes
  • Nikita Koloff vs. Keith Hart
  • PRE-RECORDED INTERVIEW: Jim Ross w/ Nikita Koloff at the Meadowlands
  • El Gigante vs. Chuck Coats
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Missy Hyatt & Paul E. Dangerously w/ Ric Flair
  • Ron Simmons & Big Van Vader vs. Snake Watson & Lt. James Earl Wright

*****

-Ross, Dangerously, & Missy Hyatt welcome the home audience at ringside. Show is only 60 minutes this week, that’s disappointing. Dangerously brags about interviewing Ric Flair, but Hyatt says that “Dan” will be the one who does it. They start arguing like kids and Ross begs for the sweet release of death.

Diamond Dallas Page introduces The Fabulous Freebirds & Big Daddy Dink for the opening contest.


The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin) [w/ Big Daddy Dink] defeated Joey Maggs & Jamie McKinnon when Hayes pinned McKinnon with the DDT (3:42)

  • INSERT PROMO: The Young Pistols can’t be beat in St. Pete. Great rhyming skills, “Superstar” Billy Graham just got chumped out.
  • Maggs gets some babyface offense because her rules, McKinnon tags in and Hayes takes BOTH OF THEM out with left hooks. That was great.
  • Hayes asks the camera if they wonder who Fantasia is. Ross mentions there’s a rumor of a new Freebird, I WONDER IF THAT’S RELATED. Eh probably not.
  • Crowd wants the DDT, Hayes obliges to get the “hard-fought” victory.

Garvin tosses Maggs to the floor, Hayes whips him into a clothesline from a cigar-smoking Big Daddy Dink. Garvin sarcastically tells the camera they’re sorry.


-MUSIC VIDEO: A look at The Steiner Brothers and the team of Sting & Lex Luger heading into their match at SuperBrawl next weekend.


One Man Gang [w/ Kevin Sullivan & Teddy Long] defeated Tommy Angel via pinfall (2:36)

  • Dangerously says no one can take One Man Gang off his feet; One Man Gang was taken off his feet last Sunday by Junkyard Dog.
  • POST-MATCH: Long and Sullivan hold Angel down for two more 747s. Out comes El Gigante to once again intervene AFTER the damage is already done so he looks like a good guy. I see right through you, nerd.

-VIDEO: Oz debuts at SuperBrawl on May 19th. OH BOY Y’ALL, IT’S ALMOST TIME.

-SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER: Gordon Solie runs down the entire card. Main focus on Ron Simmons vs. Butch Reed, Dustin Rhodes vs. Terrence Taylor, and El Gigante vs. Sid Vicious. You know the drill, this was on every other show this weekend.


The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) defeated Rob Morgan & “Marvelous” Mark Merro when Smothers pinned Morgan with a flying back below (2:48)

  • Merro makes a good tackling dummy for the Pistols, taking each hit like a gunshot. Morgan doesn’t do anything except take the final hit and pinfall. Pistols came off far more intense than usual, which was off-putting. These guys are enhancement talent, slow your rolls.

-Another Oz hype video airs. It’s just the word “Oz” and the voiceover announcer asking if we’ve ever wondered what he looks like. I’ve always pictured him as a 7 foot tall former Master Blaster myself, but we’ll see what happens come SuperBrawl.

-GREEN SCREEN PROMO: Alexandra York (flanked by Mr. Hughes) hypes the COM-PEW-TOR Match scheduled for SuperBrawl


“The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff defeated Keith Hart via pinfall with the Russian Sickle (1:28)

  • Pitting Nikita against WCW’s Best Bump Machine is a smart choice as Hart makes him look like a real KILLER.
  • POST-MATCH: Koloff beats the sh*t out of Hart to add insult to injury.

-PRE-RECORDED INTERVIEW: Jim Ross interviews Nikita Koloff in the Meadowlands locker room after his match with Lex Luger. Koloff heard the 1-2-3 and thinks he should be United States Champion. Koloff is coming after Luger and it won’t be over until he’s the champion and has the belt around his waist.


El Gigante defeated Chuck Coats via pinfall with the Claw (0:32)

  • POST-MATCH: Barry Windham and Arn Anderson try to attack Gigante, Gigante puts them both in the Claw. Sid Vicious throws a gurney in the ring and attacks Gigante from behind. Gigante clobbers Sid with a big ol’ right. Windham and Anderson hold Gigante, Sid hits him repeatedly with the metal gurney. 3-on-1 attack until Brian Pillman, Dustin Rhodes, and The Young Pistols make the save.

-RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Hyatt and Dangerously are both standing by with “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Hyatt asks about SuperBrawl but runs off after getting a distressing note, leaving Dangerously to do the interview himself (HOW COINCIDENTAL). Flair will walk that aisle and prove once again that there is only one World’s Heavyweight Champion at SuperBrawl. Flair hypes the PPV altogether but keeps calling it “Super Sunday” and that’s driving me CRAZY.


Ron Simmons & Big Van Vader defeated Snake Watson & Lt. James Earl Wright when Simmons pinned Watson following a shoulderblock (2:17)

  • Ron Simmons teaming with Vader? Lt. James Earl Wright not teaming with his State Patrol buddy? WHAT ELSEWORLDS SH*T IS THIS?!? Am I fever dreaming all this right now?
  • Simmons picks up the win, he and Vader celebrates with BABYFACE HIGH FIVES. WHAT IS THIS?!?

-Hyatt returns to ringside, Dangerously admits to writing the note that sent her away from the interview. Hyatt LOSES IT and beats the hell out of him as the episode ends.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Hyatt beating up Dangerously ruled, the Simmons/Vader tag team is weird and feels like I made that up, and I dug Sid finally beating up Gigante and reminding us all that they do work for the same company and are feuding with each other. No big matches due to the shortened time frame (damn you, Atlanta Braves) but an entertaining show nonetheless.

 

 

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