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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] ‘Worldwide’ 4.27.91 – Steiners vs. State Patrol, SuperBrawl Hype

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

All squash matches this week on Worldwide but WCW does drip feed more about the Flair/Fujinami controversy to hype SuperBrawl and Sting applies the worst Scorpion Deathlock of his entire damn life so that’s…something.

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

  • Sid Vicious vs. Mark Merro
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. The State Patrol
  • CLIP: The controversial end of Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (Japan Supershow)
  • PROMO: Ric Flair
  • Ron Simmons vs. Terry Bronson
  • One Man Gang vs. Joey Maggs
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Keith Hart & Jamie McKinnon
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Tony Schiavone w/ The Fabulous Freebirds, Big Daddy Dink, & Diamond Dallas Page
  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Chuck Coats & Kevin Dalton

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[TV Rundown] ‘Power Hour’ 4.27.91 – Steiners vs. Hase/Sasaki, old Pro Stuff

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Hey it’s the 4.20.91 episode of Pro, but this time on the SUPERSTATION. Also Dangerously calls SuperBrawl “Super Sunday” a bunch. That’s weird.

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 Young Pistols vs. Dave Johnson & Lou Fabiano (Pro – 4.20.91)
  • Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog vs. Rip Rogers, Don Allen, & Joe Cazana (Pro – 4.20.91)
  • Barry Windham vs. Scott Allen (Pro – 4.20.91)
  • Lex Luger vs. Pat Rose (Pro – 4.20.91)
  • WRESTLING NEWS NETWORK w/ Gordon Solie
  • Arn Anderson [c] vs. Tim Horner for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (Pro – 4.20.91)
  • JOINED IN PROGRESS: The Steiner Brothers vs. Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki (Japan Supershow – 3.21.91)

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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] ‘Main Event’ 4.14.91 – Pillman vs. Anderson

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

This week on Main Event Brian Pillman takes on Arn Anderson plus another recap of the feud between Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff in case you have short-term memory loss.

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

  • El Gigante vs. Lt. James Earl Wright
  • Barry Windham vs. Joey Maggs
  • THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously w/ The Junkyard Dog
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Jim Boss & Tom Burke
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Chuck Coats
  • Brian Pillman vs. Arn Anderson (**1/2)
  • FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff

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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] 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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[TV Review] World Championship Wrestling – 4.6.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week on World Championship Wrestling Sting and El Gigante team up to face Arn Anderson & Sid Vicious, The One Man Gang makes an example out of The Junkyard Dog, Bobby Eaton & Tom Zenk face Terrance Taylor & Larry Zbyszko and much more!

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

  • CLIP: The Luger/Koloff Brawl (WCW – 3.30.91)
  • Ric Flair vs. Joey Maggs
  • INTERVIEW STAGE: Ric Flair
  • Barry Windham vs. Joe Barrett
  • Brian Pillman vs. Mike Thor
  • PROMO: Grizzly Smith discusses the United States Tag Team Title situation
  • The Young Pistols vs. Terry Bronson & Tom Burke
  • The Junkyard Dog vs. Rick Stockhauser
  • SEGMENT: Wrestling Wrap-Up w/ Gordon Solie
  • Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. The State Patrol
  • INTERVIEW: Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes
  • Bobby Eaton & Tom Zenk vs. Terrance Taylor & Larry Zbyszko (**1/4)
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Joe Cazana & Mark Kyle
  • HANICAP MATCH: Nikita Koloff vs. Dave Diamond & Jim Boss
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Nikita Koloff
  • One Man Gang vs. Larry Santo
  • THE DANGER ZONE: Ron Simmons
  • Sting & El Gigante vs. Arn Anderson & Sid Vicious (*)

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[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

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[TV Review] Power Hour – 4.6.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

April kicks off with a Power Hour chock full of recycled footage from two different episodes of Pro. Gotta love it.

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

  • Dan Spivey vs. Larry Santo (Pro – 3.16.91)
  • Sid Vicious vs. Carl Robertson (Pro – 3.16.91)
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Brian Carr & Lou Fabiano (Pro – 3.16.91)
  • Ron Simmons vs. Mike Thor (Pro – 3.16.91)
  • SEGMENT: Wrestling News Network w/ Gordon Solie
  • Bobby Eaton & Tom Zenk vs. Terrance Taylor & Buddy Landell (Pro – 3.23.91)
  • The Young Pistols vs. The State Patrol (Pro – 3.16.91)

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