[TV Review] Power Hour – 2.9.91

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Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Power Hour this week is a whole lot of reused footage from the past two weeks. You honestly don’t even need to read this one. But do it anyway.

The Lineup

  • Tommy Rich vs. John Peterson (Worldwide – 2.2.91)
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. The Master Blasters (Worldwide – 2.2.91)
  • Sid Vicious vs. Todd Gallina (Pro – 1.26.91)
  • Brian Pillman & Brad Armstrong vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Worldwide – 2.2.91)
  • Segment: Wrestling News Network w/ Gordon Solie
  • Doom vs. Greg Sawyer & John Faulkner (Worldwide – 1.26.91)
  • Barry Windham vs. Carl Robertson
  • Tom Zenk (c) vs. Arn Anderson for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (Worldwide – 2.2.91)

*****

‘Wildfire’ Tommy Rich vs. John Peterson
This match originally aired on the 2.2.91 edition of Worldwide but I wasn’t paying close enough attention so I recapped it anyway. Go me.

There’s apparently no time to waste this week as we go right into this opening contest. Ross talks about Rich having a successful hunting trip. Uh…good for him, I guess? Lots of hype for Rich’s upcoming bid for the Six-Man Tag Team Championship alongside Ricky Morton and The Junkyard Dog. The match is happening an untelevised house show at the Omni just in case you’re wondering how important that title really is. Anyway Rich wins with the Thesz Press. Peterson seemed weirdly off his game during this match, he’s normally a more fluid jobber. (3:01)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

The Steiner Brothers vs. The Master Blasters
This match happened on last week’s episode of Worldwide. The Master Blasters were supposed to be WCW’s new Road Warriors team but lacked the charisma or talent so that quickly fizzled. Hell they didn’t even get in Master Blaster gear for this one, they just wore generic wrestling attire like a couple of jobbers. Steiners win in under a minute. (0:51)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

The Fabulous Freebirds attack but are quickly cleared from the ring after their DDT attempts are countered. Ross and Dangerously talk about how the Freebirds want a title belt, not the Steiners’ U.S. Tag Team Championship specifically. So is this feud not going to be a thing anymore? Are they gonna move on to the main tag team division?

Cut to pre-recorded comments from Sting, Brian Pillman, and The Steiner Brothers about their upcoming War Games match against The Horsemen at WrestleWar. It’s high tech firepowers versus the Horsemen’s outdated artillery.

Sid Vicious vs. Todd Gallina
This match is two weeks old, having aired originally on the 1.26.91 edition of Pro. The graphic spells Todd’s name as ‘Todd Galinia’ so now I’ve seen that dude’s name spelled three different ways in his three different appearances. My kingdom for consistency. Anyway Sid kills the dude, sending him out on a stretcher to keep that gimmick going. (1:35)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman & Brad Armstrong vs. The Fabulous Freebirds
Another retread from last week’s Worldwide. Freebirds win with a DDT. Actually a pretty good match, but I don’t feel like recapping it again. (6:17)

  • Final Rating: **1/4

Segment: Wrestling News Network w/ Gordon Solie
Solie is here to class up the joint a little bit. He begins by highlighting the time limit draw between Tom Zenk and Terry Taylor on last week’s Main Event, which resulted in Taylor slapping Zenk in the face out of frustration. A rematch will be held on tomorrow’s Main Event. Solie then pivots to the debut of Diamond Dallas Page on Main Event, where Teddy Long agreed to let Doom face DDP’s ‘rookie’ team on tomorrow’s show.

Doom [w/ Teddy Long] vs. Greg Sawyer & John Faulkner
WCW reaches back to the 1.26.91 edition of Worldwide for this one. Brilliant. At least the segment before this one led to this match, so that was a nice touch. Doom wins. (4:40)

  • Final Rating: EXTENDED SQUASH

Barry Windham vs. Carl Robertson
Hey look we actually have a fresh squash! Cool beans, I guess. Windham dominates as expected as Ross and Dangerously hype the War Games match at WrestleWar. A Superplex ends it as Windham picks up the win. (3:08)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

WCW World Television Championship
‘The Z-Man’ Tom Zenk (c) vs. ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson
Yet another match from the 2.2.91 Worldwide but this one is important at least and it finally gets its rightful spot as the main event of a television episode. Ross and Dangerously talk about how Anderson is already the new champion so they are also acknowledging this is a reairing of old footage. Nice moment of clarity for them. Anderson wins by rolling through a crossbody and pinning Zenk with his feet on the ropes. New champion and I still don’t super agree with it. I think Zenk could’ve been a decent long-term champion; at the very least it was nice getting some fresh faces in the championship scene. (5:47)

  • Final Rating: **1/4

Ross and Dangerously sign off by talking about the Zenk/Taylor rematch scheduled for Main Event tomorrow and hyping World Championship Wrestling later tonight.

*****

Final Thoughts: Should I keep writing these up even though they are mostly recycled stuff? Let me know.

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