Rip Rogers

[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’ 4.20.91 – TV Title Match, Luger/Koloff Recap

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko

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

  • Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. Doug Vines & Mark Kyle
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Arn Anderson [c] vs. Tim Horner for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • The Young Pistols vs. Dave Johnson & Lou Fabiano
  • BRICKHOUSE BONUS w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog vs. Rip Rogers, Don Allen, & Joe Cazana
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Larry Zbyszko w/ Ron Simmons
  • Barry Windham vs. Scott Allen
  • FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff
  • Lex Luger vs. Pat Rose

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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] Pro – 4.6.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

Pro kills it this week with a great match between Brian Pillman and Barry Windham, story development for THREE feuds, and a whole lot more. Pro gives me LIFE.

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

  • The Junkyard Dog vs. Jim Sexton
  • Sid Vicious vs. Randy Starr
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Grizzly Smith speaks on the U.S. Tag Team Title situation
  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Rip Rogers & Doug Vines
  • SEGMENT: Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • CLIP: Tom Zenk vs. Terrance Taylor (Pro – 3.30.91)
  • IN-RING SEGMENT: Larry Z’s Legends w/ Larry Zbyszko & El Gigante
  • CLIP: Nikita Koloff attacks Lex Luger (WrestleWar ’91 – 2.24.91)
  • VIGNETTE: Nikita Koloff works out in the Dungeon
  • Brian Pillman vs. Barry Windham (***1/2)
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Barry Windham
  • PROMO: Theodore R. Long
  • Ron Simmons vs. Joe Cruz

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[TV Review] World Championship Wrestling – 3.30.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week on World Championship Wrestling the Television Title is on the line as Arn Anderson defends against “Wildfire” Tommy Rich. Sting, Sid Vicious, and The Steiner Brothers are also in action and after weeks of jaw jacking back and forth Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff finally come to blows.

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

  • Terrance Taylor & Larry Zbyszko vs. Chuck Coates & Scott Sandlin
  • Big Josh vs. Bill Ford
  • SEGMENT: The Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Nikita Koloff
  • Sting vs. Hacksaw Higgins
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Sting
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. John Faulkner & Carl Robertson
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Doug Vines
  • SEGMENT: Wrestling Wrap-Up w/ Gordon Solie
  • Brian Pillman vs. Joe Cruz
  • INTERVIEW: Brian Pillman
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Jeff Stone & Brian Carr
  • Sid Vicious vs. T.C. Carter
  • PRE-RECORDED INTERVIEW: Barry Windham
  • Arn Anderson [c] vs. Tommy Rich for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • SEGMENT: Lex Luger/Nikita Koloff brawl
  • One Man Gang vs. Ricky Nelson
  • El Gigante vs. Rip Rogers

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[TV Review] Worldwide – 3.23.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

This week on Worldwide Tommy Rich pulls double duty in two tag team matches, El Gigante wants something that I couldn’t quite make out (the belt, maybe?), and Ron Simmons wrecks two different fools who try to step to him.

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: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

The Lineup

  • CLIP: Flair attacks Gigante (Worldwide – 3.16.91)
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Joey Maggs
  • PROMO: The York Foundation (Terrance Taylor, Mr. Hughes, & Alexandra York)
  • CLIP: Nikita Koloff’s Dungeon
  • Lex Luger vs. Snake Watson
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Lex Luger
  • Big Josh & Tommy Rich vs. The State Patrol
  • PROMO: Sid Vicious
  • Terrance Taylor vs. Ricky Nelson
  • PROMO: Sting & El Gigante
  • Ricky Morton vs. Barry Windham
  • Junkyard Dog & Tommy Rich vs. The Fabulous Freebirds
  • Ron Simmons vs. Rip Rogers

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[TV Review] Pro – 3.23.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

This week on Pro Brian Pillman looks for revenge against Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton’s singles match with Terrance Taylor turns into a tag team contest (HOLLA), and Larry Zbyszko does triple duty as commentator, segment host, and wrestler.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES 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: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

The Lineup

  • PROMO: Ron Simmons
  • Big Josh & Tommy Rich vs. Mike Samples & Keith Hart
  • PROMO: Buddy Landell
  • PROMO: Ric Flair
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Greg Sawyer
  • IN-RING SEGMENT: Larry Z’s Legends w/ Larry Zbyszko & Diamond Dallas Page
  • PROMO: Sid Vicious
  • Barry Windham vs. Tommy Angel
  • Brian Pillman vs. Arn Anderson
  • SEGMENT: Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Terrance Taylor
  • Bobby Eaton & Tom Zenk vs. Terrance Taylor & Buddy Landell
  • Larry Zbyszko vs. Thad Clark
  • PROMO: Big Josh & Tommy Rich
  • PROMO: Sting
  • Ron Simmons vs. Rip Rogers

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[TV Review] World Championship Wrestling – 3.16.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Six man tag team action this week on World Championship Wrestling as Sting teams with Lex Luger and El Gigante to take on new archnemesis Larry Zbyszko, Dan Spivey, and Barry Windham. Also on the show Bobby Eaton looks for revenge against Terrance Taylor, Hacksaw Higgins tries and fails to get Ron Simmons to have a competitive match, and OWEN HART of all people makes his debut. All that plus some stuff I missed because the recording cut out coming right after the jump!

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES 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: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

The Lineup

  • VIGNETTE: Nikita Koloff’s Dungeon
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Joe Barrett & Keith Hart
  • BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW: Jim Ross w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Terrance Taylor
  • Rick Steiner vs. Marc Mero (Mark Mero)
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Pat Rose
  • RINGSIDE SEGMENT: The Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Big Daddy Dink
  • The Young Pistols vs. Steve Stax & Rip Rogers
  • SEGMENT: Wrestling Wrap-Up w/ Gordon Solie (Sting/Zbyszko and Simmons/Reed feud recaps)
  • Ron Simmons vs. Hacksaw Higgins
  • INTERVIEW: Lex Luger
  • Sting, Lex Luger, & El Gigante vs. Larry Zbyszko, Dan Spivey, & Barry Windham
  • Sid Vicious vs. Brett Wayne
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Sid Vicious
  • Owen Hart (?!?!) vs Mark Kyle
  • CLIP: Big Van Vader and Stan Hansen beat each other up (WrestleWar ’91)
  • Big Josh vs. Rob Morgan
  • One Mang Gang vs. Tommy Angel (not reviewed, tape cut out)

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[TV Review] World Championship Wrestling – 3.9.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week’s Flagship features El Gigante in handicap action, a co-opted Danger Zone as the feud between Missy Hyatt and Paul E. Dangerously continues, the return of The Z-Man to televised action, and JOEY MAGGS coming out of nowhere to have possibly the best match I’ve seen this month on WCW TV. I’m as surprised as you are.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES 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: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

The Lineup

  • CLIP: Nikita Koloff attacks Lex Luger (WrestleWar ’91)
  • Big Josh vs. Jim Boss
  • Larry Zbyszko vs. Tim Parker
  • The Young Pistols vs. Lou Fabiano & Dave Johnson
  • INTERVIEW: The Junkyard Dog
  • Tom Zenk vs. Buddy Landell
  • SEGMENT: Wrestling Wrap-Up w/ Gordon Solie
  • Barry Windham vs. Pablo Crenshaw
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Buddy Landell
  • Ricky Morton vs. Joey Maggs
  • HANDICAP MATCH: El Gigante vs. Pat Rose & Ned Brady
  • RINGSIDE SEGMENT: The Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously, Missy Hyatt, & Theodore R. Long
  • CLIP: Nikita Koloff does sit-ups in sweatpants like a TOUGH BOY
  • Lex Luger vs. Joe Cruz
  • Sid Vicious vs. Tommy Angel
  • Ranger Ross vs. Rip Rogers
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Ranger Ross

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[TV Review] Pro – 3.9.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

The Lineup

  • The Young Pistols vs. Joe Cazana & Rip Rogers
  • PROMO: Dan Spivey
  • FEUD RECAP: Ric Flair vs. El Gigante
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Pat Rose
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Buddy Landell
  • SEGMENT: Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • PROMO: Barry Windham
  • Barry Windham vs. Terry Bronson
  • The Fabulous Freebirds [c] vs. The Steiner Brothers for the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN-RING SEGMENT: Larry Z’s Legends w/ Larry Zbyszko & The Steiner Brothers
  • Sid Vicious vs. Scott Allen
  • PROMO: Terry Taylor & Alexandra York
  • PROMO: Sting & Lex Luger
  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Mick Drago & Mark Kyle

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