Show Date: March 21, 1991 Airdate: April 7, 1991 Venue: Tokyo Dome (Tokyo, Japan) Commentators: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone
After weeks of hearing about it in vague terms, now it’s time to see this Japan Supershow for myself. WCW held the event in conjunction with New Japan Pro Wrestling in March, but WCW waited until April to present it to American audiences. Sadly a lot of the matches are clipped and some didn’t even make the PPV. Oh well. Hopefully it’ll still be a fun watch. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a real big show to sink my teeth into, so I’m hungry for it.
NOTE: due to the clipped nature of this event, the ratings presented for most of these matches should be taken with an even bigger grain of salt than usual.
WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
Venue: Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Phoenix, AZ) Commentators: Jim Ross & Dusty Rhodes
The first PPV for WCW in 1991 features one of the company’s notorious matches, as Sting teams with Brian Pillman and The Steiner Brothers to take on The Four Horsemen in War Games. Also on the show we get our FIFTH Z-Man/Terry Taylor match as the two meet in a No-DQ contest, the WCW Six Man Tag Team Championship gets defended for the first time, and Lex Luger defends the United States Championship against ‘Dangerous’ Dan Spivey. After a month of TV matches I am ready for some actual competitive contests so let’s dive right the hell in.
WCW World Champion: Ric Flair
WCW United States Champion: Lex Luger
WCW Television Champion: Arn Anderson
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed)
WCW United States Tag Team Champions: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
WCW Six-Man Tag Team Champions: Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog
Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & Junkyard Dog [c] vs. Big Cat & The State Patrol for the WCW SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Interview Stage: Terry Taylor & Alexandra York
Brad Armstrong vs. Bobby Eaton
Mami Kitamura & Itsuki Yamasaki vs. Miss A & Miki Handa
Interview Stage: Missy Hyatt
Dustin Rhodes vs. Buddy Landell
The Young Pistols vs. The Royal Family
Interview Stage: Diamond Dallas Page
No Disqualification Match:Tom Zenk vs. Terry Taylor
In-Ring Segment: The Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously
Interview Stage: The Great Muta & Hiro Matsuda
Big Van Vader vs. Stan Hansen
Lex Luger [c] vs. Dan Spivey for the WCW UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP
Interview Stage: U.S. Title Presentation
Doom [c] vs. The Fabulous Freebirds for the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
War Games: The Match Beyond:Sting, Brian Pillman, & The Steiner Brothers vs. Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious, & Larry Zbyszko
The Television Championship is on the line this week on Power Hour as The Z-Man defends against ‘Wild’ Bill Irwin. Also on the show Konnan has his final match of this masked run, we find out the main event for Clash of the Champions, and most importantly we’re granted the presence of Magnum Force.
The Big Cat & The Motor City Madman vs. Allen Iron Eagle & Greg Sawyer
The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Reno Riggins & Italian Stallion
Wrestling News Network w/ Gordon Solie
The Renegade Warriors vs. Magnum Force
Konnan vs. Chuck Coats
Sid Vicious vs. Mountain Man Bailey (Pro 1.12.91)
Tom Zenk (c) vs. Bill Irwin for the WCW TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
Worldwide is the third (!) of four (!!) shows to air on Saturday from WCW. Granted it’s syndication so it did probably vary from area to area but I’m going with the stuff I’ve seen on the internet and the internet never lies to me. Main event is, uh, Ricky Morton vs. Bobby Eaton but not the one from Power Hour. In fact it turns out the Power Hour one was from two weeks ago and originally aired on Worldwide. WCW continuity is going to drive me crazier than I already am, can’t wait!
The Master Blasters vs. Pablo Crenshaw & Todd Brewer