[TV Review] Worldwide – 3.2.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

We’ve got ourselves a championship match this week as Lex Luger defends the U.S. Title against Sid Vicious. The Six Man Tag Team Champions are also in non-title action, plus we get a match between Tom Zenk and Joey Maggs that was shown in clipped form on last week’s television. Ha.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW World Champion: Ric Flair
  • WCW United States Champion: Lex Luger
  • WCW Television Champion: Arn Anderson
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin)
  • WCW United States Tag Team Champions: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW Six Man Tag Team Champions: Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & Junkyard Dog

The Lineup

  • Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & Junkyard Dog vs. Bill Ford, Greg Sawyer, & Randy Starr
  • Sting vs. Dr. X
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Keith Hart & Lou Fabiano
  • In-Ring Segment: The Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Tom Zenk vs. Joey Maggs
  • Lex Luger [c] vs. Sid Vicious for the WCW UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP

*****

Schiavone and Solie welcome the home audience at ringside. They announce Luger/Vicious for the United States Championship then talk about the break-up of Doom following WrestleWar. Cut to footage from last month’s Omni event where Butch Reed and Teddy Long attacked Ron Simmons following the latter’s match with Barry Windham. They still teamed up a week later to lose the belts proper but whatever.

Dan Spivey cuts a pre-recorded promo, he wants belts and to hurt people. Same promo we’ve already heard today on another show.

Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & Junkyard Dog vs. ‘Scrap Iron’ Bill Ford, Greg Sawyer, & Randy Starr

The champs work over Starr as an insert promo from the trio play. They’re all about defending the championship. They’ve yet to be given belts, though. Solie talks about next month’s Japan Supershow PPV, which sadly isn’t on the Network but I’ve got a copy of it so we’re good to go when it’s time have no fear. Morton and Rich do most of the work but JYD gets the glory and the pin with the Big Thump. Make sense since he’s way out of shape in comparison plus he’s the most popular member. (3:09)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Sting vs. Dr. X

Sting shows off his new airbrushed jacket, the height of fashion in 1991. I never thought we’d see Dr. X again after he got wrecked by Z-Man back in January but here we are. This Dr. X seems a little more built though so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a different guy under the hood. Insert promo plays from Sting and El Gigante who both want a shot at the title. Sting tries to take the mask off Dr. X but he bails to the ropes to force a break. Solie mentions that referee Nick Patrick had a promising career as a pro wrestler until he blew out his knees. Oh wow, that’s kind of a bummer. No shame in being WCW’s head referee though and he’ll get his moment in the spotlight later in the decade. Anyway Sting wins with the Scorpion Death Lock. (2:26)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Barry Windham cuts a pre-recorded promo. He’s on the hunt for championship gold after taking a back seat to the rest of the Horsemen. He even says that his friends Ric Flair and Arn Anderson aren’t safe going forward. Oh snap.

The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) vs. Keith Hart & Lou Fabiano

The Fabulous Freebirds throw shade at The Steiner Brothers in an insert promo. Fabiano gets wrecked for a minute before tagging out to Hart who eats an inverted powerslam from Rick Steiner. Ouch. Rick seats Hart on the top turnbuckle. Hart tries for something but Rick instead backdrops him from the middle turnbuckle. Dude got some AIR, hot damn. Scott tags in and hits the Frankensteiner for the victory. Keith Hart rules. (2:28)

  • Final Rating: FUN SQUASH

In-Ring Segment: The Danger Zone

Paul E. Dangerously introduces his guest this evening: Ron Simmons. It’s a different segment than the one that aired on Pro as Simmons is in his ring gear. He’s still rocking the Doom theme, awesome. Simmons blames Butch Reed and Teddy Long for the end of Doom because they lost what made them a good team, focusing more on riches than wrestling. Dangerously says Reed and Long are Doom as they’re 2/3rds to Simmons’ 1/3rd. Simmons says Reed may have been in the business longer but he doesn’t know more than he does and proclaims Doom is done. Well I mean I figured being attacked twice in two weeks would have actually ended it but thanks for the clarification.

‘The Z-Man’ Tom Zenk vs. Joey Maggs

Zenk isn’t wrestling Terry Taylor? IT’S A MIRACLE. Maggs has a nice five o’ clock shadow going, a change of pace from his clean-shaven look that all of us who grew up watching squash matches in the 90s remember. Zenk connects with a hip toss, Maggs bails to the floor to regroup. Zenk works over Maggs, Alexandra York shows up at ringside to enter data into her COM-PEW-TOR. Maggs catches Zenk with a cheap shot but that’s about it for his offense as he’s quickly felled by a dropkick. One Superkick and Missile Dropkick later and it’s over. Good squash. (3:38)

  • Final Rating: FUN SQUASH

Zenk gets distracted by York, allowing Terry Taylor (goddammit) to attack him from behind (GODDAMMIT). Fun fact about this one: they used a clip of this match/attack last week to hype Zenk/Taylor for WrestleWar. Hilarious. Not hilarious though: WCW WON’T LET THIS FEUD DIE.

Sid Vicious vows to be the next U.S. Champion via pre-recorded promo. Lex Luger counters by being hyped and not all that worried about it. Respect.

WCW United States Championship
‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger [c] vs. Sid Vicious

Hot damn this is probably the biggest match on Worldwide to date. I can’t wait to see it at least once more on a different WCW TV show this month. Luger still has the old title belt as this was taped before WrestleWar. Bell rings and they lock horns, Luger backing Sid into the corner. Sid, the intimidating monster that he is, complains of a hair pull. Luger reverses a corner Irish whip and rolls Sid up for two, then rolls him up for another two when he gets in the ref’s face. Sid calls for a test of strength but Luger doesn’t trust it. The tape machines roll as we go to commercial and a Buddy Landell promo. Same one from Pro during that commercial break too.

Back live Luger catches Sid with a crossbody but only gets a one-count so he moves on to a wristlock. Sid backs Luger into the corner and catches him with a right to the jaw. Sid follows up with a double axhandle as the crowd chants for Luger. He’s over, brother. Luger tries to turn it around but Sid stops him with a rake to the eyes and actually takes him to the mat with a side headlock takeover. Luger counters with a headscissors, SID KIPS THE HELL OUT OF IT and catches Luger with a clothesline. Awesome. Sid connects with a powerslam off the Irish whip but only gets two so he sends the champ out to the floor. Sid rams Luger’s back into the guardrail then rolls back in. Luger climbs the apron, Sid hits him with another clothesline and Solie talks about the financial positives of being a champion. Solie rules. Sid hits a neckbreaker and covers for the 1…2…KICKOUT. Sid tosses him back out but Luger quickly enters the ring and no-sells Sid’s kick to the gut by posing. Luger connects with a scoop slam and a vertical suplex for the 1…2…kickout. Luger hits Sid with a back elbow, Sid rolls out to the floor. Luger follows, hitting a double axhandle from the apron and ramming him into guardrail. They trade right hands, Luger sends Sid into the ring post and rolls back in before Sid to get the countout victory! Cheap way to get the win but it makes sense; gotta keep Sid looking strong and Luger obviously wasn’t going to lose the title. Good match all around, Sid’s kip up escape from the headscissors ruled my world. (8:32 shown)

  • Final Rating: ***

Sid attacks Luger after the match, upset at the loss. He calls for his EMT squad and the gurney. Sid tries for the Power Bomb but Luger counters with a backdrop. Luger then clotheslines Sid out to the floor onto his own stretcher, shocking the big man. Luger stands tall to end the show.

*****

Final Thoughts: Great episode this week, fun squashes and a great main event with fun post-match shenanigans. Plus we got some unintentional hilarity of a match airing a week after it was used in clipped form to push a PPV feud. Five out of five Sid kip-ups.

 

 

 

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