[TV Review] Worldwide – 4.13.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

The Six Man Tag Team Champs are in action this week on Worldwide as they take on Dutch Mantell and The State Patrol. Also on the show Big Josh takes on Terrance Taylor, The One Man Gang sends a message to Ron Simmons, and much more.

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. Marc Mero & Joe Cazana
  • El Gigante vs. Terry Bronson
  • SEGMENT: SuperBrawl Control Center w/ Gordon Solie
  • The One Man Gang vs. Greg Sawyer
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: One Man Gang, Teddy Long, & Kevin Sullivan
  • Dan Spivey vs. Larry Santo
  • PROMO: Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes
  • Big Josh vs. Terrance Taylor (**1/2)
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Ricky Nelson & Joe Barrett
  • Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog vs. Dutch Mantell & The State Patrol (**1/4)

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[TV Review] Pro – 4.13.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

This week on Pro the feud between Bobby Eaton, The Z-Man, & The York Foundation continues, The Royal Family shows up to remind us all they’re still employed, Dustin Rhodes stands up to an amused Stan Hansen, and much more!

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

  • Bobby Eaton vs. Terrance Taylor (**)
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Hacksaw Higgins
  • The Lightning Express vs. The Royal Family (**)
  • SEGMENT: Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • Ricky Morton & Owen Hart vs. Greg Sawyer & Joey Maggs
  • SEGMENT: SuperBrawl Control Center w/ Gordon Solie
  • Stan Hansen vs. Larry Santo
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Stan Hansen
  • The Young Pistols vs. Chuck Coats & John Faulkner
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Larry Zbyszko & Big Josh
  • Sid Vicious vs. Scott Allen

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[TV Review] Power Hour – 4.13.91

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Let’s begin with the week with Power Hour, which features recycled content from the 3.16 and 3.23 episodes of Pro plus the first four matches announced for next month’s SuperBrawl PPV.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • 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

THE LINEUP

  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Greg Sawyer (Pro – 3.23.91)
  • Big Josh & Tommy Rich vs. Mike Samples & Keith Hart (Pro – 3.23.91)
  • Ron Simmons vs. Rip Rogers (Pro – 3.23.91)
  • Sting vs. Tom Sawyer (Pro – 3.16.91)
  • WRESTLING NEWS NETWORK w/ Gordon Solie
  • Barry Windham vs. Tommy Angel (Pro – 3.23.91)
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Brian Pillman vs. Arn Anderson (Pro – 3.23.91)

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[PPV Review] WCW/NJPW Japan Supershow I – Flair/Fujinami, Sting/Muta

Show Date: March 21, 1991
Airdate: April 7, 1991
Venue: Tokyo Dome (Tokyo, Japan)
Commentators: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

After weeks of hearing about it in vague terms, now it’s time to see this Japan Supershow for myself. WCW held the event in conjunction with New Japan Pro Wrestling in March, but WCW waited until April to present it to American audiences. Sadly a lot of the matches are clipped and some didn’t even make the PPV. Oh well. Hopefully it’ll still be a fun watch. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a real big show to sink my teeth into, so I’m hungry for it.

NOTE: due to the clipped nature of this event, the ratings presented for most of these matches should be taken with an even bigger grain of salt than usual.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Tatsumi Fujinami
  • IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Jushin “Thunder” Liger
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki

THE LINEUP

  • Brian Pillman, Tom Zenk, & Tim Horner vs. Takayuki Iizuka, Kuniaki Kobayashi, & Shiro Koshinaka (***)
  • Jushin Liger [c] vs. Akira Nogami for the IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Masahiro Chono & Masa Saito vs. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham (***1/2)
  • El Gigante vs. The Big Cat (NR)
  • The Steiner Brothers [WCW] vs. Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki [IWGP] for the WCW and IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (****)
  • Sting vs. The Great Muta (***1/2)
  • Ric Flair [WCW] vs. Tatsumi Fujinami [IWGP] for the NWA AND IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS (***)

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[TV Review] Main Event – 4.7.91

Commentator: Jim Ross

This week on Main Event it’s recycle city as the show is frankensteined with matches from the 3.30.91 and 4.6.91 episodes of Pro, including that tremendous Brian Pillman/Barry Windham stuff from the latter. Paul E. Dangerously also presents Missy Hyatt with a tribute to her journalism career, and as you can guess it’s super nice and not at all demeaning.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • 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

THE LINEUP

  • Big Josh & Tommy Rich vs. Lou Fabiano & Pat Rose (Pro – 3.30.91)
  • Dustin Rhodes & The Young Pistols vs. Paul Lee & Magnum Force (Pro – 3.30.91)
  • Sid Vicious vs. Randy Starr (Pro – 4.6.91)
  • Ron Simmons vs. Joe Cruz (Pro – 4.6.91)
  • JOINED IN PROGRESS: Mami Kitamura & Itsuki Yamasaki vs. Miss A & Miki Handa (WrestleWar ’91 – 2.24.91)
  • Brian Pillman vs. Barry Windham (Pro – 4.6.91)

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[TV Review] World Championship Wrestling – 4.6.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week on World Championship Wrestling Sting and El Gigante team up to face Arn Anderson & Sid Vicious, The One Man Gang makes an example out of The Junkyard Dog, Bobby Eaton & Tom Zenk face Terrance Taylor & Larry Zbyszko and much more!

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • 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

THE LINEUP

  • CLIP: The Luger/Koloff Brawl (WCW – 3.30.91)
  • Ric Flair vs. Joey Maggs
  • INTERVIEW STAGE: Ric Flair
  • Barry Windham vs. Joe Barrett
  • Brian Pillman vs. Mike Thor
  • PROMO: Grizzly Smith discusses the United States Tag Team Title situation
  • The Young Pistols vs. Terry Bronson & Tom Burke
  • The Junkyard Dog vs. Rick Stockhauser
  • SEGMENT: Wrestling Wrap-Up w/ Gordon Solie
  • Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. The State Patrol
  • INTERVIEW: Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes
  • Bobby Eaton & Tom Zenk vs. Terrance Taylor & Larry Zbyszko (**1/4)
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Joe Cazana & Mark Kyle
  • HANICAP MATCH: Nikita Koloff vs. Dave Diamond & Jim Boss
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Nikita Koloff
  • One Man Gang vs. Larry Santo
  • THE DANGER ZONE: Ron Simmons
  • Sting & El Gigante vs. Arn Anderson & Sid Vicious (*)

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[TV Review] Worldwide – 4.6.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

The World Heavyweight Champion is in tag team action this week on Worldwide as Ric Flair teams with Barry Windham to take on Ricky Morton Tommy Rich in the featured match. Rick Steiner, The Z-Man, and the goddamn dream team of Sid Vicious & Stan Hansen are also in action.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • 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

THE LINEUP

  • Sid Vicious & Stan Hansen vs. David Isley & Keith Hart
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Mike Thor
  • CLIP: Nikita Koloff’s post-attack comments (WrestleWar ’91 – 2.24.91)
  • Rick Steiner vs. John Douglas
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: El Gigante
  • Owen Hart vs. Rip Rogers
  • PROMO: Ric Flair & Barry Windham
  • Ricky Morton & Tommy Rich vs. Ric Flair & Barry Windham (**1/2)
  • PROMO: The York Foundation
  • Tom Zenk vs. Hacksaw Higgins

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[TV Review] Pro – 4.6.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

Pro kills it this week with a great match between Brian Pillman and Barry Windham, story development for THREE feuds, and a whole lot more. Pro gives me LIFE.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • 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

THE LINEUP

  • The Junkyard Dog vs. Jim Sexton
  • Sid Vicious vs. Randy Starr
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Grizzly Smith speaks on the U.S. Tag Team Title situation
  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Rip Rogers & Doug Vines
  • SEGMENT: Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • CLIP: Tom Zenk vs. Terrance Taylor (Pro – 3.30.91)
  • IN-RING SEGMENT: Larry Z’s Legends w/ Larry Zbyszko & El Gigante
  • CLIP: Nikita Koloff attacks Lex Luger (WrestleWar ’91 – 2.24.91)
  • VIGNETTE: Nikita Koloff works out in the Dungeon
  • Brian Pillman vs. Barry Windham (***1/2)
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Barry Windham
  • PROMO: Theodore R. Long
  • Ron Simmons vs. Joe Cruz

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[TV Review] Power Hour – 4.6.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

April kicks off with a Power Hour chock full of recycled footage from two different episodes of Pro. Gotta love it.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • 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

THE LINEUP

  • Dan Spivey vs. Larry Santo (Pro – 3.16.91)
  • Sid Vicious vs. Carl Robertson (Pro – 3.16.91)
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Brian Carr & Lou Fabiano (Pro – 3.16.91)
  • Ron Simmons vs. Mike Thor (Pro – 3.16.91)
  • SEGMENT: Wrestling News Network w/ Gordon Solie
  • Bobby Eaton & Tom Zenk vs. Terrance Taylor & Buddy Landell (Pro – 3.23.91)
  • The Young Pistols vs. The State Patrol (Pro – 3.16.91)

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[TV Review] Main Event – 3.31.91

Commentator: Jim Ross

WCW doesn’t even wait a week and fills Main Event this week with matches from Pro which aired THE DAY BEFORE and a focus on the United States Title scene. What’s Power Hour going to do now for next week? Won’t somebody think of the Power Hour?!?

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • 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

THE LINEUP

  • Owen Hart vs. Keith Stark (Pro – 3.30.91)
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Reno Riggins & Tim Parker (Pro – 3.30.91)
  • Tom Zenk vs. Terrance Taylor (Pro – 3.30.91)
  • Sting & El Gigante vs. Jeff Sword & Jim Boss (Pro – 3.30.91)
  • JOINED IN PROGRESS: Lex Luger [c] vs. Dan Spivey for the WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (WrestleWar ’91 – 2.24.91)
  • CLIP: Nikita Koloff attacks Lex Luger (WrestleWar ’91 – 2.24.91)
  • VIGNETTE: Nikita Koloff trains
  • PROMO: Lex Luger
  • Lex Luger vs. Joey Maggs (Pro – 3.30.91)

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