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[PPV Review] WCW/NJPW Japan Supershow I – Flair/Fujinami, Sting/Muta

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.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Tatsumi Fujinami
  • IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Jushin “Thunder” Liger
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki

THE LINEUP

  • Brian Pillman, Tom Zenk, & Tim Horner vs. Takayuki Iizuka, Kuniaki Kobayashi, & Shiro Koshinaka (***)
  • Jushin Liger [c] vs. Akira Nogami for the IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Masahiro Chono & Masa Saito vs. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham (***1/2)
  • El Gigante vs. The Big Cat (NR)
  • The Steiner Brothers [WCW] vs. Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki [IWGP] for the WCW and IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (****)
  • Sting vs. The Great Muta (***1/2)
  • Ric Flair [WCW] vs. Tatsumi Fujinami [IWGP] for the NWA AND IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS (***)

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[PPV Review] WrestleWar 1991: War Games – 2.24.91

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.

Champion Roll-Call

  • 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

The Lineup

  • 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

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[TV Review] Worldwide – 1.19.91

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Commentators: Tony Schiavone & ‘Dirty’ Dutch Mantell

Worldwide this week is pretty much this week’s episode of Power Hour with new commentary and a new Sullivan’s Saloon. At least we have that.

The Lineup

  • Konnan vs. Chuck Coats (Power Hour – 1.19.91)
  • Big Cat & The Motor City Madman vs. Allen Iron Eagle & Greg Sawyer (Power Hour – 1.19.91)
  • Wrestling Wrap-Up w/ Gordon Solie
  • The Renegade Warriors vs. Magnum Force (Power Hour – 1.19.91)
  • Tom Zenk (c) vs. Bill Irwin for the WCW TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (Power Hour – 1.19.91)
  • Sullivan’s Saloon w/ The Steiner Brothers
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Reno Riggins & Italian Stallion (Power Hour – 1.19.91)
  • Terry Taylor vs. Mike Thor (Power Hour – 1.12.91)

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[TV Review] Power Hour – 1.19.91

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Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

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 Lineup

  • 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

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[TV Review] Worldwide – 1.5.91

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Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Dutch Mantell

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 Lineup

  • The Master Blasters vs. Pablo Crenshaw & Todd Brewer
  • Dutch Mantell vs. Dave Johnson
  • Wrestling Wrap-Up w/ Gordon Solie
  • Tom Zenk vs. Tim Hughes
  • The Big Cat vs. Jamie McKinnon
  • Ricky Morton vs. Bobby Eaton
  • Michael Wallstreet vs. Scott Sadlin

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