[TV Rundown] ‘Worldwide’ 4.27.91 – Steiners vs. State Patrol, SuperBrawl Hype

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

All squash matches this week on Worldwide but WCW does drip feed more about the Flair/Fujinami controversy to hype SuperBrawl and Sting applies the worst Scorpion Deathlock of his entire damn life so that’s…something.

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

  • Sid Vicious vs. Mark Merro
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. The State Patrol
  • CLIP: The controversial end of Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (Japan Supershow)
  • PROMO: Ric Flair
  • Ron Simmons vs. Terry Bronson
  • One Man Gang vs. Joey Maggs
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Keith Hart & Jamie McKinnon
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Tony Schiavone w/ The Fabulous Freebirds, Big Daddy Dink, & Diamond Dallas Page
  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Chuck Coats & Kevin Dalton

*****

-CLIP: Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (Japan Supershow – 4.7.91)

-Schiavone and Solie welcome the home audience at ringside, and run down the show. Nothing stands out too much but I’m hoping for something cool.


Sid Vicious defeated “Marvelous” Marc Mero via pinfall with the Power Bomb (TIME NOT RECORDED)

  • As usual Mero’s name is spelled “Mark Merro”. I should just change it for the recaps, but he’s changing gimmicks soon and I’m too far in. This is the debut of his “Marvelous” nickname though which he would use seven years later in the WWF.
  • Like any wrestling crowd with a brain they LOVE them some Sid. Effortless over.
  • POST-MATCH: The EMTs put Mero on the gurney, Sid knocks him off with a big boot which the crowd, again, LOVES. He rules the world.

-SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER: Solie runs down the ENTIRE card for next month’s PPV:

  • Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami, a rematch from the Japan Supershow, is announced. Winner will determine the true World Champion.
  • Ron Simmons vs. Butch Reed in a ThunderDOOM (HA!) match with Teddy Long suspended above the ring in a shark cage
  • Brian Pillman vs. Barry Windham in a Taped Fist Match. Comments from both Pillman and Windham. Aren’t they wrestling on World Championship Wrestling tonight?
  • Steiner Bros. vs. Sting & Lex Luger for the Tag Team Titles.
  • El Gigante vs. Sid Vicious in a Stretcher Match
  • Young Pistols vs. Fabulous Freebirds for the vacant U.S. Tag Team Championship
  • Ricky Morton vs. Dan Spivey
  • Big Josh vs. Larry Zbyszko
  • Arn Anderson [c] vs. Bobby Eaton for the Television Title. Comments from Eaton and Anderson.
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Terrance (spelled Terrence, dammit) Taylor in a COM-PEW-TOR Match
  • Tommy Rich vs. Nikita Koloff
  • SEGMENT: Diamond Mine w/ DDP, Sting, & Lex Luger
  • SEGMENT: Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Stan Hansen

The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) defeated The State Patrol (Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker & Lt. James Earl Wright) when Scott Steiner pinned Wright with the Frankensteiner (3:38)

  • INSERT PROMO: Sting & Lex Luger vow to be serious business at SuperBrawl.
  • Wright gets some offense on Rick Steiner until he’s caught mid-air and slammed off a leapfrog attempt. Parker also tries this on Scott Steiner with the same result.
  • Entertaining squash as always from The Steiners, plus who doesn’t love a little State Patrol? Remember when they WON a match back in January? Feels like a lifetime, mostly because I covered four years ago.

-CLIP: ending of Flair vs. Fujinami. Fujinami tossed Flair over the top rope, causing a DQ in WCW rules, but the match goes on and Fujinami gets the pin, with the NJPW ref counting the pinfall.

-Schiavone makes sure to say Flair is still WCW World Champion because he was thrown over the top rope. Hype for the SuperBrawl main event.

-GREEN SCREEN PROMO: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and his country club polo shirt hypes up SuperBrawl and the party to be thrown by Mike Graham. Flair will end the World Title dispute come May.


Ron Simmons defeated Terry Bronson via pinfall with a spinebuster (1:59)

  • Bronson hops on Simmons before the bell to get the advantage. It does not work. I can feel your shock.
  • INSERT PROMO: Teddy Long hypes SuperBrawl and the ThunderDOOM Cage match. Where’s Butch Reed been anyway?
  • I appreciated this squash match. Simmons was extra vicious on Bronson due to the sneak attack, so there was a TINY story to it. The smallest of stories.

One Man Gang [w/ Kevin Sullivan & Teddy Long] defeated “Jumpin” Joey Maggs with the 747 (2:11)

  • Maggs tries a sneak attack, gets turned inside out by a clothesline. Nice try, man.
  • You think Ron Simmons vs. One Man Gang is actually going to happen, or are they just going to tease it FOREVER? I wanna see those big meaty men slapping meat already!
  • POST-MATCH: Sullivan and Long hold Maggs down for another 747. Out comes El Gigante to make the save, much like he did on Pro.

Diamond Dallas Page and his Diamond Doll of the week handles the introduction for The Fabulous Freebirds and Big Daddy Dink.


The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin) [w/ Big Daddy Dink] defeated Keith Hart & Jamie McKinnon when Hayes pinned McKinnon with the DDT (3:34)

  • Diamond Doll lights up Dink’s cigar before she and DDP leave. YOU COULD SMOKE IN ARENAS STILL IN 1991?!? Oh man somebody give me a time machine.
  • McKinnon takes most of the punishment, including four slams in a row like he’s still in wrestling school.
  • POST-MATCH: Big Daddy Dink lays Keith Hart out with a lariat. Hart rules and oversells it.

-RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: After a replay we go to Schiavone at ringside with The Freebirds and Big Daddy Dink. Dink says DDP has hired him to make sure The Freebirds are on top again, and knows The Young Pistols can’t get it done at SuperBrawl. Diamond Dallas Page is back too apparently, and teases the coming of the third Bird: Fantasia.


Sting & “The Total Package” Lex Luger defeated Chuck Coats & Kevin Dalton when Sting made Dalton submit to the Scorpion Deathlock (2:15)

  • INSERT PROMO: The Steiner Brothers aren’t ducking anybody at SuperBrawl
  • Sting gets the win with the WORST-LOOKING SCORPION DEATHLOCK I HAVE EVER SEEN. Jesus.

-Schiavone and Solie talk about next week’s show, which will continue the Flair/Fujinami story with words from the referee of record, Bill Alfonso. No whistle.

-CLIP: Flair confront Fujinami at the post-Japan Supershow press conference.

*****

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