[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

*****

-CLIP: Bobby Eaton interrupts Alexandra York’s interview (Worldwide – 3.30.91)

-A VERY SPECIAL STATEMENT: Grizzly Smith announces that the United States Tag Team Championship are vacated, but the top two contenders will do battle at SuperBrawl in May. The two teams will be announced next week.

Sid Vicious & Stan “The Lariat” Hansen defeated David Isley & Keith Hart when Sid pinned Hart with the Power Bomb (2:33)

  • INSERT PROMO: Sting & Lex Luger are fine going through Sid & Hansen to get to the top of the tag team ranks.
  • Congrats to Keith Hart for getting his last name back just in time to get completely obliterated by the greatest tag team of all-time.
  • POST-MATCH: Hansen slams Isley onto Sid’ gurney, Sid then throws Hart ON TOP OF ISLEY AND ROLLS ISLEY INTO THE POST. So good. So so good. This is an A+ team right here, I thought I was never going to see it again so I’m THRILLED.

“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes defeated Mike Thor via pinfall with the Bulldog (2:26)

  • INSERT PROMO: Dustin ain’t afraid of Stan Hansen. Boy everybody wants a piece of The Lariat, I don’t think they understand what a BAD IDEA that is.

-CLIP: Nikita Koloff’s post-attack promo (WrestleWar ’91 – 2.24.91). I feel like WCW is mocking me at this point.

Rick Steiner [w/ Scott Steiner] defeated John Douglas via pinfall with a second-rope release overhead belly-to-belly suplex (1:14)

  • INSERT PROMO: The Steiner Brothers are in the hurtin’ business and will not give anyone a helping hand.
  • Not sure why this match happened, or why Rick was going solo, but I got to hear Gordon Solie calls his finish a SOO-PLAY so all is forgiven.

-Schiavone welcomes El Gigante to ringside for an interview. Gigante doesn’t like what happened to Brian Pillman at WrestleWar ’91 (as he said on Larry Z’s Legends like a few hours ago). Gigante gives a message to his fans in Spanish then tells Schiavone in English that he said he loves his fans.

Owen Hart defeated Rip Rogers via pinfall with a twisting crossbody (4:25)

  • Crowd busts out a “F*GGOT” chant which Owen approves of. The chant sounds like it’s all little kids saying it too. Yiiiiikes.
  • Rogers’ mere existence made this one the best Owen Hart squash of them all. It’s a shame WCW didn’t keep Owen around long enough to get him in the ring with Brian Pillman. Or Jushin Liger. OH MAN I hope NJPW World has an Owen/Liger match somewhere.

-PROMO: Ric Flair & Barry Windham shade Ricky Morton & Tommy Rich ahead of their match.

Ricky Morton & “Wildfire” Tommy Rich (and also El Gigante I guess?) defeated Ric Flair & Barry Windham via DQ when Sid Vicious interfered (9:54 shown)

Morton peppers Windham with a flurry of right hands, fighting his way out of the corner, which frustrates the big man. Flair tags in and LAYS INTO HIM with some of the hardest chops I’ve ever seen. JESUS. Morton fights out of the corner and connects with a high back bodydrop, forcing the champ to beg off. Morton with count-a-long rights, Morton dodges the inverted atomic drop and connects with a right, Rich gets a right in as well, and Flair flops to the mat before bailing to the floor to regroup. Morton with a corner Irish whip, Flair flips to the apron and Rich drops him with a right hand. Morton follows him around the ring, ramming him into the guardrail. Flair with a poke to the eye and he tags in Windham. Rich tags in as well and the faces hit a double back elbow. Rich with a backdrop, Windham bails to the corner but it’s the wrong one and gets dropped with a right hand from Morton. Windham tosses Rich to the floor for a right hand, and we’re back in the ring.

Apparently there was a commercial break (?!?) but Morton and Rich are still in control. Flair tags in, Rich with right hands in the corner despite the ref trying to separate them. Rich with a lace rake, Morton with a right hand and Flair flops again. Morton tags in and drops a forearm off a snap mare. Morton rakes Flair’s eyes across the top rope, Flair backs him into the Horsemen corner. Morton manages to fight out of the corner quickly and gets the tag to Rich. Rich with count-a-long rights, Flair counters with an inverted atomic drop. Flair drops a knee across the forehead and tags in Windham who connects with a leaping clothesline. Quick tag to Flair, double punch to the gut and the Nature Boy rakes the eyes. Flair goads Morton into the ring so Windham can hit all sorts of cheap shots. Rich is the Ricky Morton in a tag team match that Ricky Morton is wrestling in? Weeeeird. Rich catches Flair off-guard with a backslide for the 1…2…Windham breaks it up and sends him out to the floor. Windham sends Rich into the post, then he hits the back of his skull on the guardrail. Now Ricky Morton is the legal man (?!?) as Big Josh carries Rich to the back. “WE WANT STING” chant from the crowd, Windham ignores them and drills Morton with a suplex. Out comes El Gigante, who is now Morton’s partner?!? Gigante gets the hot tag and gets the Claw on Windham but out comes Sid Vicious to interfere and cause the DQ.

  • Once again Tommy Rich is taken out of a match and is replaced by a random babyface. I see you, WCW. Before all that nonsense happened this was a really fun matchup between four of the better workers on the roster. Flair sold beautifully for everyone, as did Windham, and Rich and Morton had some great babyface fire. Too bad they gave up on it for the sake of a post-match brawl. (**1/2)

The attack continues until Big Josh chases them off with his axhandle but no time to linger, The York Foundation need to talk!

-PROMO: Alexandra York continues saying she didn’t even like Bobby Eaton anyway, and Terrance Taylor will do the bidding of the COM-PEW-TOR for it is infallible.

“The Z-Man” Tom Zenk defeated Hacksaw Higgins via pinfall with the missile dropkick (3:29)

  • Next week’s show is going to feature a genuine Six Man Tag Team Championship defense! THE TITLES LIVE! Terrance Taylor will also meet Big Josh, which makes total sense after Josh saved Morton and El Gigante from…The Horsemen. Eh is what it is.
  • OOGLY missile dropkick ended this one. Yikes.

-Schiavone and Solie hype next week’s show…and I assume that’s it because the footage just cut out. COOL.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Morton/Rich vs. The Horsemen is fun as is seeing Sid & Stan Hansen obliterate jobbers, but the rest can be skipped.

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