[TV Review] Main Event – 2.10.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Missy Hyatt

This week on Main Event Doom takes on Diamond Dallas Page’s mystery team and Terry Taylor meets Tom Zenk in a rematch from last week.

The Lineup

  • Doom vs. Diamond Dallas Page’s Mystery Team
  • Tommy Rich vs. Tom Burke
  • Sid Vicious vs. Brian Worley (Worldwide – 1.26.91)
  • In-Ring Segment: The Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Tom Zenk vs. Terry Taylor

*****

Jim Ross and Missy Hyatt welcome the home audience and lead into footage from last week’s Main Event where Diamond Dallas Page asked Teddy Long for a match against Doom for his mystery tag team. Hyatt tries to figure out who it is, Ross makes fun of her because she’s a woman.

The mystery team facing Doom turns out to be…The Fabulous Freebirds. Goddammit. Wait I mean GOOD GAWD. Doom are mad at Long for talking them into a match with what they thought were rookies.

Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed) [w/ Teddy Long] vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael ‘P.S.’ Hayes & Jimmy ‘Jam’ Garvin) [w/ Diamond Dallas Page]

Simmons and Garvin start, the former outpowering the latter initially until Garvin hits a crossbody to start an offensive flurry. Simmons bails to the floor, the crowd cheers because I guess they have to. This is a heel vs. heel match. Reed tags in and Garvin rolls him up with a sunset flip for two. Ross hypes the big Omni show taking place next Sunday so we’re thisclose to them shutting up about it. WrestleWar is the weekend after, so it’s a big couple of weeks for WCW coming up. Hayes tags in and after a couple of offensive moves crashes to the mat following a gorilla press. Hayes blocks an O’Connor roll and Garvin tags in for shots to everybody. Doom argues with Long once again, Long tells them not to worry about it. His doo-rag is the same sparkly purple as Hayes’ tights. CONSPIRACY. Eh probably not. Reed with a snapmare to Garvin followed by a series of rights to the side of the head. Simmons tags in and connects with a scoop slam followed by a legdrop for two. Ross hates Hyatt so much he gets mad about her asking about Simmons’ college football background. Usually he’s got a big hard on for that stuff. Hayes tags in and goes right at the now-legal Reed, connecting with a running elbowdrop that Reed kicks out of. Reed counters a front chancery with an inverted atomic drop followed by a regular ol’ atomic drop. Simmons and Garvin tag in, Garvin reverses an Irish whip and tries a monkey flip but Simmons counters with an inverted atomic drop. 50/50 the whole way here so far. Reed tags back in and Garvin rakes the eyes, Hayes tagging back in. Reed chokes Hayes, Hayes rakes the eyes and chokes Reed back. Quick tags for Doom, Simmons hits both Freebirds with a powerslam. Simmons covers Garvin but Long jumps in the ring and threatens Hayes with a shoe so the ref calls for the bell. Freebirds win via DQ. That’s stupid. Bad match. I guess The Freebirds are done with The Steiner Brothers already? Make up your damn minds, WCW! (9:43)

  • Final Rating: *

Freebirds hit Reed with a double DDT before bailing from the ring and the wrath of Simmons. Again that was a dull match but at least Long being an idiot is fueling a Simmons face turn? I don’t know.

‘Wildfire’ Tommy Rich vs. Tom Burke

After a commercial we go right to the ring for the next match. Not a lot of time to waste on this show since there’s only 38 minutes or so of TV time not including ad breaks. Dustin Rhodes is making his in-ring debut next weekend on World Championship Wrestling. Aw yeah. Nepotism be damned, Dustin Rhodes is damn good. Ross brings up Terry Taylor’s new alliance with Alexandra York (THANK YOU!) but says she’s so confident she won’t be at his side during his match later tonight. Nice cover for the fact this show was taped before Clash of the Champions. Burke takes control for a minute, raking Rich’s eyes across the ropes, but the fans rally behind Wildfire and he quickly regains control. Thesz Press ends it, as it usually does. (3:47)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Sid Vicious vs. Brian Worley

Sid’s rocking the red singlet. Powerbomb ends it in short order. This match aired on Worldwide last month. Knew this felt familiar and it explains why the ring announcer changed for no reason. (0:48)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

In-Ring Segment: The Danger Zone

Paul E. Dangerously introduces his guests, Barry Windham and Sid Vicious of the Four Horsemen. Sid is in wrestling gear but not the same gear as the match before this one. Dangerously goes over the basic jist of War Games. Windham vows to be victorious at WrestleWar. Vicious says all of his opponents at WrestleWar will be stretchered out and the Horsemen will win because they rule. Can’t argue with that.

Cut to a pre-recorded promo from Sting, Brian Pillman, and The Steiner Brothers. Rick Steiner is hyped as hell to beat them up at WrestleWar, Sting has to hold him back. Pillman says the Horsemen are bringing conventional weaponry against their high-tech firepower. Hey this promo has aired before.

We then get video from Terry Taylor slapping Tom Zenk last week on Main Event that sets up the return match this week. Pre-recorded comments from Zenk who vows to beat Taylor now that he knows the kind of man he is. Pre-recorded comments from Taylor next, Taylor says no one is pushing him out the way towards a Television Title shot.

‘The Z-Man’ Tom Zenk vs. Terry Taylor

Zenk catches Taylor with a pair of dropkicks to start, prompting Taylor to bail to the floor for regrouping purposes. Lots o’ pimping for the Wrestling Wrap-Up Magazine as well as the WCW Hotline. Hyatt wants to bang all of the wrestlers, Ross actually chuckles. Hyatt vows to get into the men’s locker room to conduct an interview next week on WCW. There’s a match going on too but it’s basic wrestling stuff so they have time to talk about all that nonsense. Taylor tosses Zenk to the floor but Zenk quickly reenters so Taylor bails once more, teasing that he’s going to walk out but doesn’t. Taylor connects with a jawbreaker and does a little strut, reminiscent of his Red Rooster gimmick which is probably why he stops a few steps in. Zenk bounces back with a side headlock takeover and Taylor bails to the corner. More stalling from the soon to be Computerized Man of the 1990s. Zenk chases Taylor back into the ring and eats a right hand for his troubles. Zenk deserves it for being a dumb babyface. Taylor continues the offense, connecting with a backbreaker. ‘Z-Man’ chants from the crowd. Zenk whips Taylor into the corner, Taylor gets a boot up during a splash attack and rolls him up but only gets two. Taylor with a sleeperhold, Zenk with a jawbreaker counter. Zenk follows up with a back bodydrop and Taylor bails to the corner. Ross keeps up the talk about Taylor joining The York Foundation and I want to high five this man for paying attention. Corner mount punches from Zenk and Z-Man covers but can only get two. Zenk rolls Taylor up with an inside cradle but Taylor is wrapped up in the ropes. Zenk connects with a superkick and covers for the 1…2…Taylor gets his foot on the bottom rope. Taylor pokes Zenk in the eye and throws him over the top rope, giving Zenk the win via DQ. Oh okay. Match was alright, I forgot the over the top rule was a thing. Easy way out for Taylor to heel it up. The rivalry continues probably? (8:47)

  • Final Rating: *3/4

Ross and Hyatt sign us off and that does it for this week’s batch of programming.

*****

Final Thoughts: Zenk/Taylor II was alright but that’s about it for the highlights. The Freebirds being DDP’s mystery team, and I guess the new contenders for the WCW World Tag Team Championship, is a bummer but at least it’s going to give DDP some facetime in WCW. He’s one of my favorites but it’s gonna be a long time before we get to see why.

 

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