[TV Review] Worldwide – 4.13.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

The Six Man Tag Team Champs are in action this week on Worldwide as they take on Dutch Mantell and The State Patrol. Also on the show Big Josh takes on Terrance Taylor, The One Man Gang sends a message to Ron Simmons, and much more.

CHAMPIONS

  • 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

LINEUP

  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Marc Mero & Joe Cazana
  • El Gigante vs. Terry Bronson
  • SEGMENT: SuperBrawl Control Center w/ Gordon Solie
  • The One Man Gang vs. Greg Sawyer
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: One Man Gang, Teddy Long, & Kevin Sullivan
  • Dan Spivey vs. Larry Santo
  • PROMO: Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes
  • Big Josh vs. Terrance Taylor (**1/2)
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Ricky Nelson & Joe Barrett
  • Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog vs. Dutch Mantell & The State Patrol (**1/4)

*****

-LAST WEEK: El Gigante beats up Ric Flair and Barry Windham in tag team action.

Sting & “The Total Package” Lex Luger defeated Marc Mero & Joe Cazana when Sting pinned Cazana following a top rope splash (3:24)

  • The graphics spell Marc Mero’s name as “Mark Merol” which is definitely an…interpretation.
  • INSERT PROMO: The Steiner Brothers are in the hurtin’ business. Yes this promo has been used before.
  • Mero and Cazana get the tiniest amount of offense that no one really sells.
  • Sting and Luger debut a new finisher: Luger gorilla press slams the opponent, Sting finishes them off with a top rope splash.

El Gigante defeated Terry Bronson via pinfall with the Claw (0:53)

  • Bronson oversells the Claw and gets an extra few seconds out of it before falling to the mat for the pin. Respect.

-SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER: Gordon Solie makes all the same SuperBrawl announcements as before because this is the same Control Center as on the other shows this week.

The One Man Gang [w/ Kevin Sullivan & Teddy Long] defeated Greg Sawyer with the 747 (1:43)

  • Sawyer sees where this is going and tries to attack Gang from behind but unfortunately for him and his family it does not go well.
  • Gang and Sullivan’s “demonic” gimmick or whatever still doesn’t make any sense to me but I think it’s funny so I’m letting it slide.
  • POST-MATCH: Gang continues beating on Sawyer, Sullivan uses his weird mind control thing and gets Gang to leave with he and Long.

-After a replay of the action we go ringside where Schiavone interviews Gang, Sullivan, and Long. Sullivan says the solution to the Ron Simmons problem is The One Man Gang (not Butch Reed?). Long says he’s brought the neighborhood of evil to Simmons, and Sullivan concludes by threatening that the HORROR HAS BEGUN. I mean cool, but what the f*ck is going on with these guys?

“Dangerous” Dan Spivey defeated Larry Santo via pinfall with the side slam (2:28)

  • INSERT PROMO: Spivey says he’s here to stay in WCW, and what he plans to do will shock World Championship Wrestling. Is his plan to beat up jobbers but lose championship matches? That’s been his shtick so far.
  • Spivey mauls Santo as expected, throwing in a cravate as well which didn’t have its name in American wrestling circa 1991.

-GREEN SCREEN PROMO: Alexandra York, flanked by Mr. Hughes, says she’s spent little time using her COM-PEW-TOR on the next match because Big Josh is an ignorant mountain man and it shouldn’t take much to beat him.

 “The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrance Taylor [w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes] defeated Big Josh via DQ (5:28)

Taylor with a waistlock, Josh powers out. Camera cuts to York typing into her COM-PEW-TOR. She might want to power it on if she wants to use it. Taylor charges, Josh picks him up and seats him on the top turnbuckle, backing off instead of attacking. Josh blocks a hip toss and swats Taylor to the mat, forcing the Computerized Man to seek guidance on the outside. I guess she needed to use that COM-PEW-TOR a little more than expected. Taylor tries to slam Josh, Josh counters with a pair of his own. Taylor bails, Josh follows him out but Hughes distracts him so Taylor attacks and goes on the offensive. Taylor connects with a backbreaker and covers, Josh powers out with ease. Taylor with a clothesline and pointed kneedrop for the 1…2…Josh powers out again. Josh finds his second wind and uses all sorts of clubbing blows to mount a comeback, plus a log roll. Taylor tries to use the COM-PEW-TOR but Josh takes it from him and hits Taylor with it, causing a DQ.

  • Entertaining enough TV match, with Taylor and company absolutely bewildered on how to handle the “unorthodox” Big Josh. Matt Borne really committed to the character and he continues being a highlight on WCW TV despite how dumb it is on paper. (**1/2)

After the match Josh teases breaking the COM-PEW-TOR with his axe handle (literal axe handle), but Mr. Hughes enters the ring to take it back and prevent it, Josh taken aback by his size.

Diamond Dallas Page and his Doll of the week make their way to the ring. Dallas handles the introduction for The Fabulous Freebirds and Big Daddy Dink, then takes off to the back.

The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin) [w/ Big Daddy Dink] defeated Ricky Nelson & Joe Barrett when Hayes pinned Barrett with a DDT (3:29)

  • INSERT PROMO: DDP vows victory for The Freebirds at “the” SuperBrawl.
  • POST-MATCH: Freebirds and Dink beat on Nelson. The Young Pistols intervene and clear the ring as the crowd goes somewhat wild.

Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog defeated “Dirty” Dutch Mantell & The State Patrol (Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker & Lt. James Earl Wright) when Morton pinned Parker with an O’Connor Roll (5:17)

  • INSERT PROMO: The World Six Man Tag Team Champions are willing to defend their titles against anyone. They would have to actually DEFEND them first, but I like the spirit.
  • The champs cheat with phantom tags but it’s okay because they’re good guys.
  • Heel offense on Rich, State Patrol get to show off their double team moves including a Hart Attack from the middle rope.
  • RATING: **1/4

*****

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