[TV Review] World Championship Wrestling – 3.30.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week on World Championship Wrestling the Television Title is on the line as Arn Anderson defends against “Wildfire” Tommy Rich. Sting, Sid Vicious, and The Steiner Brothers are also in action and after weeks of jaw jacking back and forth Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff finally come to blows.

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

  • Terrance Taylor & Larry Zbyszko vs. Chuck Coates & Scott Sandlin
  • Big Josh vs. Bill Ford
  • SEGMENT: The Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Nikita Koloff
  • Sting vs. Hacksaw Higgins
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Sting
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. John Faulkner & Carl Robertson
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Doug Vines
  • SEGMENT: Wrestling Wrap-Up w/ Gordon Solie
  • Brian Pillman vs. Joe Cruz
  • INTERVIEW: Brian Pillman
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Jeff Stone & Brian Carr
  • Sid Vicious vs. T.C. Carter
  • PRE-RECORDED INTERVIEW: Barry Windham
  • Arn Anderson [c] vs. Tommy Rich for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • SEGMENT: Lex Luger/Nikita Koloff brawl
  • One Man Gang vs. Ricky Nelson
  • El Gigante vs. Rip Rogers

*****

Jim Ross is at ringside with Paul E. Dangerously and Missy Hyatt. Dangerously is mad that Dusty Rhodes gets to interview Barry Windham. Hyatt says she’s going to interview Brian Pillman while Dangerously will have Nikita Koloff on The Danger Zone. Ross also announces a Television Championship for tonight’s show. F*CKING FINALLY.

“The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrance Taylor & The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko [w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes] defeated Chuck Coates & Scott Sandlin when Zbyszko pinned Coates following a Piledriver (5:31)

  • INSERT PROMO: Alexandra York will be taking a COM-PEW-TORized look at how well Taylor and Zbyszko work as a team.
  • Chuck Coates took ALL the offense in this one, Sandlin might as well have been reading a book.

Big Josh defeated “Scrap Iron” Bill Ford via pinfall with the seated splash (4:00)

  • Josh showed off some personality on this one, hanging out with fans and making fun of a hopping Ford when he caught a kick. Big Josh is great, Matt Borne was a pro at making dumb gimmicks work.

-THE DANGER ZONE: Dangerously is joined by “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff (hey he’s finally here in person and not working out!). Koloff calls Lex Luger an “innocent victim” as he wants the United States Title and Luger is the one who has it. “USA” chants start as Koloff tells Luger to remember one thing about him: HIS MUSCLES. He doesn’t actually say that, he poses, but that would have been awesome.

Sting defeated Hacksaw Higgins via pinfall after a Stinger Splash (4:06)

  • INSERT PROMO: Ric Flair says the next time he meets Sting it might be the last time, WOO!
  • The Japan Supershow PPV will begin airing on PPV on April 7th; for those without PPV it’ll be on the Hotline for listening purposes, which sounds like THE MOST EXPENSIVE THING EVER. That had to have cost some poor family 300 bucks or something, dang.

-After a commercial we go ringside where Ross is with Sting. Sting cuts one final promo on his upcoming cage match against Ric Flair.

-WCW Hotline (sorry, the FUNline) ad. Enter the SuperBrawl sweepstakes where you could win TWO cars, a camcorder, or…sunglasses? I would be SO MAD if I won the damn sunglasses.

Diamond Dallas Page does his introductions for The Fabulous Freebirds and Big Daddy Dink.

The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin) [w/ Big Daddy Dink] defeated John Faulkner and Carl Robertson when Garvin pinned Faulkner with the DDT (4:28)

  • INSERT PROMO: Diamond Dallas Page says the third Freebird is coming and gives a name: Fantasia.
  • Big Daddy Dink gets physically involved a couple of times to justify his existence as the road boss.
  • Garvin picks up the win by countering a backdrop with a DDT, which I dug a lot. Reminds everyone how that move can come from out of nowhere.

 

“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton defeated Doug Vines via pinfall with the Alabama Jam (6:00)

  • Eaton is now being billed from his real hometown of Huntsville, AL and not “The Dark Side” for he is a babyface now.
  • Ross hypes the next Omni show on April 14th, which will feature Big Van Vader. Some seats are going for FIVE BUCKS. Someone get me a damn time machine.

-WRESTLING WRAP-UP: Gordon Solie focuses on the Japan Supershow from a couple weeks ago that’ll be airing on PPV starting April 7th. He hypes the crowd size (65,000) then takes it to a couple of clips of the “ambience” surrounding the event. Can’t wait to cover it. We then get clips of the introductions of both Ric Flair and Tatsumi Fujinami, each led out by their respective country’s American flag. And…that’s it? I thought we were going to see footage from the “controversial” ending of Flair/Fujinami! BOOOOO.

“Flyin” Brian Pillman defeated Joe Cruz via pinfall with Air Pillman (4:55)

  • Pillman no longer has his shoulder taped up, appears that the injury he was barely selling is now better.
  • Cruz tries to slingshot Pillman back into the ring, but Pillman lands on his feet and dropkicks Cruz out to the floor. That was cool. Cruz later sold a right hand from Pillman that came nowhere near him, which was not as cool.

-After a commercial Hyatt is standing by with Pillman. Hyatt asks why he doesn’t just give up (?!?), Pillman is too much of a man for that. He’s coming full throttle at the Horsemen. Gross.

The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) defeated Jeff Stone & Brian Clark when Scott Steiner pinned Stone after a Doomsday Bulldog (3:27)

  • Gary Michael Cappetta announces The Steiners as both WCW & IWGP Tag Team Champions, the team having won the latter at the Tokyo Dome show. We can see that victory on Japan Supershow next month. SPOILERS.
  • Rick Steiner does some comedy spots with Stone, including chasing him around the ring and trying to pin the leg.

Sid Vicious defeated T.C. Carter via pinfall with the Power Bomb (1:47)

  • INSERT PROMO: Sid Vicious threatens to take El Gigante out on a stretcher if he sticks his nose in Vicious business again. Sid refuses to say “El Gigante” because he is very white so he just calls him GIANT. Fair enough.
  • Dangerously announces Sting/El Gigante vs. Sid/Arn Anderson for next week’s episode of World Championship Wrestling. Nice!
  • Sid goes with the kneeling version of the Power Bomb to win this one. It may or may not drive me nuts that his delivery of the move is so inconsistent.
  • POST-MATCH: The EMTs put Carter on the gurney, Sid brutally clotheslines him off. Carter sold beautifully the whole match and did so once again in the post-match. Respect to you, T.C. Carter.

-PRE-RECORDED INTERVIEW: “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes is standing by with Barry Windham in an empty arena. Rhodes asks when Windham is going to get his head on straight to finally reach his destiny as World Championship. Windham brushes him off, saying he still has the talent to get there EEEF YOU WHEEEL (nice). Rhodes asks Windham about The Four Horsemen, Windham says they are all focusing on their own careers but will still be teaming from time to time.

“The Enforcer” Arn Anderson [c] and “Wildfire” Tommy Rich fought to a time-limit draw; Anderson retains the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (15:04, but officially 15:00)

Anderson is finally recovered from his injury and we are FINALLY getting a Television Title defense. It feels like it’s been a decade since that belt has been defended. Lots of talk about Rich’s injured leg after last week’s tag team match, but Rich looks like he’s walking on it just fine.

Anderson takes Rich down with a shoulderblock and sarcastically offers him a chance to quit on the match. Awesome. Arn Anderson is the best. Rich tries to attack, Anderson bails to the corner to force referee interruption. Dangerously is complaining about not getting to interview Barry Windham, Ross GOES OFF about his whining, sick of both Dangerously and Hyatt’s bs. Rich finally gets his hands on Anderson with a series of rights and buckle shots, sending the dazed champ bailing to the floor asking for a time-out. Anderson with an armbar, Rich quickly counters into a headscissors. Anderson bails to the floor, Rich chases him back and applies a sleeperhold. Anderson whips Rich off and applies a sleeperhold of his own. Rich escapes by sending Anderson into the turnbuckle and locks in the Figure Four. Anderson struggles and almost passes out but reaches the ropes. Rich attacks Anderson in the corner, ref steps in between and Anderson decks Rich with a cheap shot.

Anderson tosses Rich to the floor, Rich grabs the right leg and wraps it around the post. Rich continues going after the leg, applying a standing leglock. Anderson escapes by a rake of the eyes, Rich regains control and once again applies a leglock, transitioning into a toehold. Anderson pokes the eye to escape as Cappeta announces that five minutes remain in the time limit. Anderson sends Rich to the floor and distracts the ref, allowing Sid Vicious to interfere and take Rich’s legs out from under him, reinjuring the leg hurt last week. Rich beats the count, Anderson beats on him and tries various pinfalls but Rich manages to keep kicking out so he settles into a chinlock with two minutes remaining. Rich reverses an Irish whip, Anderson drops an elbow to counter a backdrop attempt for the 1…2…Rich kicks out. One minute remains as Anderson keeps trying once again to pin his challenger to no avail. Rich traps Anderson in a bodyscissors, Anderson counters with a Boston Crab. Rich powers out into a cover for the 1…2…kickout. Anderson with an inside cradle for the 1…2…Rich kicks out! Anderson hits a DDT and the ref calls for the bell.

  • A good match that made Rich look better that he has in months by virtue of going the distance with the champ. I’m so happy Anderson is back and can make title defenses like this now, so we get some real matches on these shows. Heck yeah. (***)

-Ross is joined at ringside by “The Total Package” Lex Luger, who is days away from battling Nikita Koloff. Luger’s interview is immediately interrupted by Koloff who is on the interview stage. Luger charges and the two brawl to the back as various wrestlers try to separate the two.

WCW Japan Supershow promo.

The One Man Gang [w/ Kevin Sullivan & Theodore R. Long] defeated Ricky Nelson via pinfall with the 747 (1:36)

  • INSERT PROMO: Ron Simmons tells Long to send a man at him next time, not a boy. No mention of One Man Gang though, so it was probably taped before this story was developed.
  • Nelson tries to attack Gang before the bell, his ring jacket still on, but to no avail because Gang is YUUUUGE.
  • POST-MATCH: Gang tries to attack Nelson, Sullivan grabs him by the head and hair to regain control of his charge.

El Gigante defeated Rip Rogers via pinfall with the Claw (2:07)

-Ross and Dangerously close the show by hyping tomorrow night’s Main Event and talking about the Luger/Koloff brawl.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: A great TV Title match as the storylines continue treading water. One Man Gang getting his chance to shine is pretty cool. And FINALLY Luger and Koloff made contact after constant promos/Dungeon vignettes, though again we will never see that damn match.

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