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[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 4.27.91 – Pillman vs. Windham, Longest Squash Ever, Poor Joe Cruz

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week’s World Championship Wrestling features a preview of SuperBrawl as Brian Pillman takes on Barry Windham in the featured match. Big Van Vader, Big Josh, and others are also in squash matches, and we get another look at the controversy from Japan Supershow.

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

  • Big Van Vader vs. Rip Rogers
  • El Gigante vs. Paul Lee
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Magnum Force #2 (Rick)
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Jim Ross w/ Dustin Rhodes
  • Big Josh vs. Jim Corbett
  • Ron Simmons vs. Snake Watson
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Pat Rose & Joe Cruz
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Missy Hyatt w/ Nikita Koloff
  • Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog vs. Mike Thor, Randy Tatum, & Greg Sawyer
  • PRE-TAPED DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously w/ Lex Luger
  • Sid Vicious vs. Lynn Fields
  • CLIP: ending of Flair/Fujinami (Japan Supershow)
  • CLIP: Flair steals the belt back at the post-Supershow press conference
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Jim Ross w/ Ric Flair
  • Brian Pillman vs. Barry Windham (**1/4)
  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Lou Fabiano & Jeff Stone

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[TV Rundown] ‘Pro’ 4.27.91 – Sting & Luger vs. Magnum Force, ENTIRE SuperBrawl Lineup Announced

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

This week on Pro Dustin Rhodes pulls double duty in tag team action and as a guest on Larry Z’s Legends, Sting & Lex Luger try to defeat the overwhelming power of MANGUM FORCE, the “controversy” around the World Title is discussed, and Gordon Solie lays out the ENTIRE lineup for next month’s SuperBrawl PPV.

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

  • Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. Rob Morgan & Chuck Coats
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Big Josh vs. Jeff Sword
  • GREEN SCREEN PROMO: The Steiner Brothers
  • Big Van Vader. Mark Merro
  • CLIP: Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (Japan Supershow – 4.7.91)
  • INTERVIEW: Ric Flair
  • Ron Simmons vs. Tony Mella
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Larry Zbyszko w/ Dustin Rhodes
  • One Man Gang vs. Keith Hart
  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Magnum Force

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[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 4.20.91 – Rhodes & Morton vs. Taylor & Zbyszko, Sting & Luger in Action

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week’s truncated World Championship Wrestling features a tag team main event as Dustin Rhodes teams up with Ricky Morton to take on Terrance Taylor and Larry Zbyszko. Big Van Vader, Nikita Koloff, and the team of Sting & Lex Luger are also in action, plus the real heroes of WCW: MAGNUM FORCE.

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. Joe Cruz & Mike Samples
  • Tommy Rich vs. One Man Gang (NR)
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Big Van Vader vs. Jeff Sword
  • THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously w/ Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, & Barry Windham
  • Nikita Koloff vs. Rob Morgan
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Nikita Koloff
  • Big Josh & The Young Pistols vs. Chuck Coats & Magnum Force
  • Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. Terrance Taylor & Larry Zbyszko (**1/4)

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[TV Rundown] ‘Worldwide’ 4.20.91 – Flair and Vader in Action, Meadowlands Footage

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

This week on Worldwide we’ve got squash matches galore, the same SuperBrawl Control Center we’ve seen on every other episode this weekend, and another look at the feud between Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff. At least this one features new Meadowlands footage.

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

  • CLIP: Luger vs. Koloff from the Meadowlands
  • Big Van Vader vs. Snake Watson
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • GREEN SCREEN PROMO: Sting
  • Ric Flair vs. Tim Parker
  • POST-MATCH INTERVIEW: Ric Flair
  • Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. Mike Thor & Jeff Stone
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Greg Sawyer
  • FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Jim Corbett & Paul Lee
  • MEADOWLANDS INTERVIEW: Paul E. Dangerously w/ Lex Luger
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Lynn Fields & Randy Tatum

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[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 4.13.91 – Pillman vs. Flair, Rhodes vs. Zbyszko

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Brian Pillman continues his crusade against The Horsemen this week on World Championship Wrestling, taking on its leader “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Also on the show Dustin Rhodes takes on Larry Zbyszko, Gordon Solie announces some SuperBrawl matches, 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

  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Don Allen & Lou Fabiano
  • The One Man Gang vs. Rick Hardrock
  • Big Van Vader vs. Mark Kyle
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Missy Hyatt w/ Big Van Vader
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Pat Rose
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Dave Johnson & Terry Bronson
  • Terrance Taylor vs. Tim Parker
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Larry Zbyszko (**1/4)
  • FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff
  • THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously w/ Arn Anderson
  • Barry Windham vs. Tommy Angel
  • Brian Pillman vs. Ric Flair (***1/2)

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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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