July 13, 2007
December 14, 1991
The current WCW Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Lex Luger (7/14/1991)
U.S. Champion: Rick Rude (11/19/1991)
World Television Champion: Steve Austin (6/3/1991)
World Light Heavyweight Champion: Brian Pillman (10/27/1991)
World Tag Team Champions: Ricky Steamboat & Dustin Rhodes (11/19/1991)
U.S. Tag Team Champions: The Young Pistols (11/5/1991)
The show starts off with Sting and Rude going at it at a recent house show.
Your host is Tony Schiavone.
Rick Steiner (w/Scott Steiner) vs. Sonny Trout
They’re still pushing Rick as the top challenger to the WCW World title. He rams Trout upside down into the corner and then finishes with the BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPERPLEX. (1:26) Usual Rick Steiner squash.
Eric Bischoff meets up with “rookie sensation” Marcus Alexander Bagwell. He’s great. Everything’s great. Everybody’s smiling and life just can’t be better. Let’s head back to the ring!
Johnny B. Badd vs. Jim Boss
This is the first time that we’ve seen Johnny B. Badd without Teddy Long on Worldwide since he gave Teddy the big left hook at the Clash. He lets some ladies put money in his garters on his way to the ring. We’re in Johnny’s hometown by the way, which would explain why people have HUGE Johnny B. Badd signs. Another short squash as Badd quickly hits the TOOTY FROOTY PUNCH. (1:29) Teddy Long comes down after the match and vows revenge for being dumped.
Steve Austin, Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton (w/Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Big Josh, Arachniman & PN News
Madusa came out with the Alliance, but doesn’t stay. Arachniman starts off with Anderson. They run the ropes a bit, but Arn telegraphs a monkey flip and takes a stomp to the face. Eaton tags in for more of the same and gets nailed with a flying headscissors. PN News gets a tag and uses his rather large butt to control Eaton. Austin tags in and does okay against News until he gets blasted with a clothesline. Josh tags and goes to work on Austin’s arm. Tony mentions a Steve Austin/Scott Steiner match has been signed as well as a Taylor/News match for some time in the near future. Austin takes a Log Roll and runs over to Arn for a tag. Josh blocks a stomp and delivers an atomic drop/clothesline combo to Arn. The heels needs some assistance, so Paul E calls Madusa in the back. She says, “Slow it down and take them to the mat.” What’s the point in having Paul E at ringside as a manager if he just calls somebody else for advice? Back in, Austin pulls Eaton out of harm’s way in the corner and causes Josh to run shoulder-first into the ringpost. Ahh, there’s the mistake we were looking for. Arn comes in and posts the shoulder some more and then follows up with the hammerlock slam. The heels now take turns working on the arm and shoulder until Austin ducks low off a whip and we get a HOT TAG TO ARACHNIMAN! That leads to a big huge brawl. Eaton hits the ALABAMA JAM out of nowhere on Arachniman after he collides with Arn. Eaton slides out and Arn crawls over to cover for 1-2-3. (10:39) An above-average glorified squash match here. Definitely not on the par with some of the other six-man tags, but this wasn’t too bad. **¼
We now go to Gordon Solie in the WNN newsroom. He hypes up Jushin Liger before showing clips from his match with Akira Nogami at the WCW/New Japan Supershow back in March. The highlight being Liger hitting a somersault plancha out onto Nogami and Tony’s reaction. Liger was just so amazing. Of course, he’s coming to WCW for the Light Heavyweight title. They show a pre-taped interview with Pillman who puts over Liger as a serious threat to his belt and how great their matches are going to be. Solie mentions Starrcade being only two weeks away. The “Lethal Lottery” will be drawn randomly by Magnum TA at the show. Why hasn’t he been commentating? Does anybody know this?
WCW World Tag Team Champions Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Steamboat vs. Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker & Greg Sawyer
This is Steamboat’s first time being on Worldwide since his return to WCW. The champs armdrag Parker and Sawyer around a bunch. Parker trips up Rhodes, but it doesn’t matter much because he’s a jobber. A chop combo to Sawyer from Steamboat leads to a BULLDOG from Rhodes for the 1-2-3. (3:00) Good squash for the champs.
Sting vs. Mr. Hughes
The story here is to determine whether Sting is really ready to come back and compete after Luger beat the CRAP out of his bad knee at the Clash. Hughes comes out alone too without Race or Luger, which seems really odd. A post-match attack, perhaps? We’ll see. Sting’s knee isn’t taped or anything here, so you’re at least led to believe he’s okay. Sting dropkicks and clotheslines Hughes out to the floor early on. Back in, Sting SLAMS Hughes and tries for a flying splash, but Hughes gets the knees up. He goes to work on the bad knee by grinding and kicking at it. Sting comes back with an enziguri and then applies a figure-four. Some people in the crowd boo that a little bit. Hughes misses a big splash in the corner and Sting tries to win with a sunset flip, but Hughes is in the ropes. Sting finally just dives at Hughes and makes him fall down for the 1-2-3. (7:56) If I’m not mistaken, this is Hughes’ first pinfall loss on TV. Match was boring. *
Eric Bischoff is standing by with Paul E. Dangerously and Madusa. Bischoff asks Madusa what exactly is Larry Zbyszko’s place in the Dangerous Alliance if Bobby Eaton is now tagging up with Arn. She says that Larry is the “Cruncher” and he’s in charge of “special projects.” In case you didn’t know, Larry breaks bones and laughs. When Bischoff mentions a U.S. title rematch for Sting, Paul E replies saying that last time Rude took Sting’s title, next time he’ll take Sting’s career. Them’s fighting words!
Final Thoughts: It’s almost like there is no Luger or a WCW World Championship. Not that I’m complaining though, because the Dangerous Alliance is awesome. It’s just…weird. As for the match quality, it’s really gone down hill compared to the great month of November. They really need to kick it up a notch. The promos though (especially the Paul E ones) have been really good.