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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] ‘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] ‘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] ‘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 – 4.13.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

The Six Man Tag Team Champs are in action this week on Worldwide as they take on Dutch Mantell and The State Patrol. Also on the show Big Josh takes on Terrance Taylor, The One Man Gang sends a message to Ron Simmons, 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

  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Marc Mero & Joe Cazana
  • El Gigante vs. Terry Bronson
  • SEGMENT: SuperBrawl Control Center w/ Gordon Solie
  • The One Man Gang vs. Greg Sawyer
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: One Man Gang, Teddy Long, & Kevin Sullivan
  • Dan Spivey vs. Larry Santo
  • PROMO: Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes
  • Big Josh vs. Terrance Taylor (**1/2)
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Ricky Nelson & Joe Barrett
  • Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog vs. Dutch Mantell & The State Patrol (**1/4)

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[TV Review] Pro – 4.13.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

This week on Pro the feud between Bobby Eaton, The Z-Man, & The York Foundation continues, The Royal Family shows up to remind us all they’re still employed, Dustin Rhodes stands up to an amused Stan Hansen, 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

  • Bobby Eaton vs. Terrance Taylor (**)
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Hacksaw Higgins
  • The Lightning Express vs. The Royal Family (**)
  • SEGMENT: Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • Ricky Morton & Owen Hart vs. Greg Sawyer & Joey Maggs
  • SEGMENT: SuperBrawl Control Center w/ Gordon Solie
  • Stan Hansen vs. Larry Santo
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Stan Hansen
  • The Young Pistols vs. Chuck Coats & John Faulkner
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Larry Zbyszko & Big Josh
  • Sid Vicious vs. Scott Allen

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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] 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] Worldwide – 3.30.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

All squash matches this week on Worldwide but we do get the beginnings of the build between El Gigante and Sid Vicious plus a Stan Hansen appearance so it’s not all bad.

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: Nikita Koloff attacks Lex Luger (WrestleWar ’91 – 2.24.91)
  • Dustin Rhodes & The Young Pistols vs. Johnny Boyd, Mark Kyle, & Joe Cruz
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Lex Luger
  • Owen Hart vs. Pat Rose
  • PROMO: Sid Vicious
  • Sid Vicious vs. Jamie McKinnon
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Brett Wayne & Tommy Angel
  • Stan Hansen vs. Joey Maggs
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Stan Hansen
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Lou Fabiano
  • PROMO: Ric Flair
  • El Gigante vs. Jim Boss

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