WCW Power Hour
Taped Wednesday Week 3, February 1991 (Airs Friday Week 3, February 1991)
*The Road to WrestleWar*
Jim Ross did his best to welcome fans to the show and talked about the excitement in the arena and in the locker room with WrestleWar only being two days away. Paul E. Dangerously wasn’t having any of it, still upset that there had yet to be a Television Champion declared.
”What do I have to do to get a proper meeting with the boss, Jim? Bobby Eaton had his foot on the rope, the referee ignores it. I begged, I pleaded, I bargained, and eventually I just had to confront Dusty on his own show to get that rematch. My client would have had Tom Zenk beaten, but he ran and played it safe for the entire fifteen minutes. Again, I can’t get a single response. Justice will be served!”
Despite Paul E. Dangerously’s rant, Jim Ross was able to indicate that all four men involved in the World Championship Warfare match would be involved in singles matches on WCW Saturday Night. (B+)
Enroute to ensuring his manager, Alexandra York wouldn’t lose her $50,000 on Sunday, Steve Austin gained a singles victory over Ranger Ross. Kevin Steel helped speed up the process by clocking Ranger Ross with several forearms outside of the ring while Austin had the referee tied up. (C-)
Following Alexandra York’s instruction, Kevin Steel and Steve Austin continued to punish Ranger Ross by putting the boots on the already incapacitated competitor.
The Calgary Kid and Brian Pillman made a mad dash for the ring, immediately sending Austin through the ropes and outside of the ring with a double drop kick. The big Kevin Steel would take a little more work to dispel, but the duo of Pillman and Calgary Kid finally found a solution after dumping Steel over the top rope with a double clothesline.
Steve Austin and Kevin Steel teased getting back in the ring, but would immediately back off any time Pillman and Calgary Kid charged toward their direction, wanting to continue the fight. Pillman and Calgary held their hands up in the air, running their thumb over their index and middle fingers, indicating that they would be $50,000 richer on Sunday. Once The Alexandra York Foundation retreated to the locker room, Calgary and Pillman helped Ranger Ross back to his feet. (C)
In singles action, Michael Hayes defeated Norman the Lunatic (D+)
An extremely irritated Paul E. Dangerously had to witness a Tom Zenk victory first hand when Z-Man defeated Dutch Mantell (C)
WCW Power Hour Grade: B-
WCW Saturday Night
Taped Wednesday Week 3, February 1991 (Airs Saturday Week 3, February 1991)
*The Road to WrestleWar*
Jim Ross who tonight was joined by former NWA US Heavyweight Champion, Magnum TA on commentary, welcomed everyone to the show. The two immediately began hyping tomorrow night’s WrestleWar and discussed how six men would be locked in the World Championship Warfare cage to crown the first ever WCW World Champion.
Dusty Rhodes was then introduced by Jim Ross who informed everyone that ”The American Dream” had a major announcement concerning WrestleWar. The moment Rhodes stepped into the frame, Paul E. Dangerously appeared and demanded answers.
Once again, both men knocked it out of the park with their mic work. While the two got the crowd going in the opening minutes of the show, we all watched from the back, wondering how much further we could take a Dusty Rhodes and Paul E. Dangerously program. Again, it was another moment of catching lightning in a bottle and something we had planned to do as just brief segments for a couple of shows suddenly turned into a discussion on how we could make it one of WCW’s key storylines in the future. We had thrown a couple of ideas out there, but ultimately, we needed to get through WrestleWar and the weeks following that before really taking things into consideration.
”What do I have to do to get a meeting with you!? You’re the manager of this company...so manage! My client, Bobby Eaton, has been extremely upset and disgruntled with the work environment around here. You made him wait for weeks before he could challenge Tom Zenk for the Television Championship. He finally gets the match and the referee completely ignored his foot being on the rope. After days of pleading for a rematch on his behalf, you give me the okay and Tom Zenk avoided him for fifteen minutes. This is me telling you to fix this now or my client will find work elsewhere!”
Dusty Rhodes got in Paul E. Dangerously’s face and Paul immediately backed down. The crowd was just begging for Dusty Rhodes to serve him his just deserts but cooler heads prevailed and Rhodes began talking.
”If you would just let me come out here and do my job, you’d get the answer you wanted. I sent the contracts to Mr. Zenk and your client, not you, but your client Mr. Eaton. At WrestleWar, they will have a rematch and this time, there must be a winner! Now, could you please go back to whatever rat hole you crawled out of so I can continue running my show?” (A)
A very nervous, but pleased Paul E. Dangerously complied to Dusty’s request and walked off camera. With Dangerously gone, Dusty then shifted his attention to the Four Horsemen with another major announcement for WrestleWar.
”No matta what I do, The Four Horsemen find a way to undermine me. Lex Luger helped alleviate some of the stress by stepping in that ring with Sid Vicious at WrestleWar, but I see I still have a problem with “The Enforcer” and Barry Windham. I’m letting you people know right now, that they will not be a problem during the World Championship Warfare match. Ric Flair is going in there alone, baby! As for Double A and Windham, they gonna be too busy to plan any of their usual tricks to help Ric Flair. Ya see, Arn and Barry will be having a tag team match at WrestleWar against two of of WCW’s newest members.
These two men have been champions all over the United States, but in Japan, they became one of the greatest tag teams in that country. They wanted to prove that they could replicate that same success over here in America, baby. They came to me and they said ‘Dream, we’re chomping at the bit to take on the best teams you have. You gotta problem with Arn and Windham, Dream, you scratch our back, we’ll scratch your back. Let us prove how great of a tag team we are by taking on two of the best in the game, let us have Windham and Anderson.’
How could I say no, daddy? In a few seconds, these two men will come out for their debut match but at WrestleWar, they’re gonna help me take care of my Horsemen situation if you will. WCW, are you ready for the Dynamite Dream Team of Steve Williams and Terry Gordy?!”
Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy and ”Dr. Death” Steve Williams had made a name for themselves in All Japan Pro Wrestling as Miracle Violence Connection and had contacted the front office about looking for stateside bookings. For Eric Bischoff it was a no brainer as both men added value to our roster with both men already having name value among WCW fans. As I said before, Bischoff was looking to bring in a lot of top talent to help bolster the company and these two guys perfectly fit that bill.
Working behind the scenes, I learned that the more hardcore wrestling fan had probably heard about them forming a team in AJPW through the various pro wrestling magazines, but with practically zero coverage in stateside, a lot of WCW’s fan base would be seeing these two work together for the first time.
For obvious reasons (aka: TBS executives wanting to shy away from certain buzzwords) we had to abandon the Miracle Violence Connection name and quite honestly, Miracle Connection just didn’t have the same ring to it. Many pro-wrestling purists had considered the duo a dream pairing of two bulky brawlers so The Dynamite Dream Team felt like a good fit. (B-)
The Dynamite Dream Team defeated The State Patrol. (C-)
World Championship Warfare competitor, Larry Zbyszko, defeated Terry Taylor (B-)
Missy Hyatt had an interview segment with Sting and Lex Luger who kept it simple and focused on their matches at WrestleWar. Lex Luger indicated that he wasn’t intimidated by the big man, Sid Vicious, and that he was looking forward to finally getting a measure of revenge on The Four Horsemen. Sting did a good job of playing up how serious World Championship Warfare would be.
”Flair, for the last couple of weeks, all I could talk about was how much I was looking forward to being alone in a cage with you for a full five minutes. Then the reality hit me last week. Once that five minutes is up, someone else comes out there. Could be Rude, could be Zbyszko, could be anybody! Then another five minutes. And another. And another. And suddenly there are six men locked in a free for all with the same goal in mind: becoming the first WCW World Champion.
Flair, I’m going to let out every personal grievance that I’ve ever had with you in that five minutes. Every time you cheated, or disrespected me, or ran away from me, or had your buddies attack me from behind. I’m letting it all out on Sunday. Every time your flesh bounces off that unforgiving steel, you’re going to be reminded of all the things you’ve done.
When that buzzer goes off and that third man comes in, that’s it. Flair, this thing between me and you, it’ll be a thing of the past. You won’t matter to me anymore. The only thing that will matter to me then: becoming a World Champion that these people deserve!” (B)
World Championship Warfare competitor, Rick Rude defeated Norman the Lunatic (C+)
A pre-recorded video package aired with The Four Horsemen all doing a terrific job of highlighting their WrestleWar matches. Sid Vicious did a pretty serviceable job talking down Lex Luger declaring that he was going to force Luger into early retirement but it was really Arn and Flair who were the highlights of this particular segment.
”Gordy and Williams, you two think you’re the ‘dream team’ but I see right through you. You two couldn’t hack it here so you figured you’d make a quick buck overseas. You got lucky here and there but that luck caught up to you and you had to hightail it back to WCW before everyone overseas saw you two for the frauds you are. We are The Four Horsemen and we’re not four of the best, no, we are the four best in professional wrestling today. I hope those bags aren’t unpacked because come Sunday, you’re going to need a first class ticket back to Tokyo.” (Arn Anderson)
”Sting, that’s the problem with you, you’re too simple minded. All you’ve been talking about is what you’re going to do to me for five minutes. You’re just now realizing that there’s something beyond that first five minutes and that’s why you’re not championship material and more importantly, why you’ll never beat me or any other Horsemen for that matter.
You’re looking at the greatest minds in the game. We’ve been going over strategy for the entirety of World Championship Warfare and not just the first five minutes with you, Sting. While you’re over there going over what you’re going to do to me for a whole five minutes, me and the guys are figuring out where to hold the after party when I leave the arena with that World Championship belt. Woooo!” (Ric Flair) (B+)
A pre-recorded video aired, playing up the accomplishments of both The Steiner Brothers and Doom. The video was followed with Jim Ross stating that only one team could win and walk away as the first ever WCW World Tag Team Champions. (C+)
World Championship Warfare competitor Ric Flair defeated Dustin Rhodes (B)
A pre-recorded segment aired featuring Vader. He cut a simple, yet very effective promo on how he’s hurt people all over the world and that Junkyard Dog would be no exception. (A)
World Championship Warfare competitor Sting defeated Kevin Sullivan (B-)
WCW Saturday Night ended with Dusty Rhodes joining Missy Hyatt. We used this segment to pretty much advertise WrestleWar with Dusty telling Missy the reasons why it shouldn’t be missed.
”We got World Championship Warfare. Six men fighting in a big ol cage, Missy, to determine the first ever WCW World Champion. We got The Dynamite Dream Team getting right into the mix of things by taking on Arn Anderson and Barry Windham two extremely intelligent wrestlers. We got two big boys Junkyard Dog and Big Van Vader who will tear up the entire arena trying to get their hands on each other. The Steiners and Doom meet in that ring determine which tag team is the best in the world. Brian Pillman and The Calgary Kid could have a $50,000 check to to take to the bank Sunday night. Lex Luger and Sid Vicious are gonna lock horns. Plus a Television Championship rematch where there must be a winner! WrestleWar! Don’t miss it!” (B-)
WCW Saturday Night Grade: B
WCW Main Event
Taped Thursday Week 3, February 1991 (Airs Sunday Week 4, February 1991)
*WrestleWar Preview Show*
Jim Ross was in a production area, welcoming the fans to a very special episode of WCW Main Event. He informed the audience that tonight’s show would skip the usual format in favor of giving everyone a sneak preview for WrestleWar.
Before Jim Ross could even finish the rest of his sentence, he was joined by Paul E. Dangerously and Bobby Eaton, showcasing one of the featured WrestleWar matches. With it being a sneak preview show, Paul E. Dangerously wasn’t given a spot to talk in long form but instead promised Jim Ross that he’s looking at the first ever WCW Television Champion, Bobby Eaton. (B-)
The State Patrol defeated The Renegade Warriors in the opening match of the night. (D+)
A pre-taped segment aired with The Four Horsemen running down their respective opponents at WrestleWar (B)
Dan Spivey defeated The Italian Stallion (C-)
Missy Hyatt was in the production room with Rick Rude who indicated that the guys in WCW liked to do a lot of talking and that at WrestleWar, he means business, and guaranteed Missy he’d be the first WCW World Champion. (B-)
Terry Taylor defeated Big Cat (D+)
Sting and Lex Luger were featured in a pre-recorded segment. With Luger talking about preventing Sid Vicious from getting involved in the World Title match and Sting saying that he has his priorities in line for the World Championship Warfare.
”Number one: beat on ‘The Nature Boy’ for an entire five minutes. Number two: win that WCW World Championship for everyone watching tonight!”
The camera then cut to live footage, giving fans their first free look at the cage, which had been set up five or six hours before the doors opened for WrestleWar to specifically give people a small taste of what they had to look forward to if they ordered the PPV. (B+)
WCW Main Event Grade: C
(OOC: so in a lazy effort to describe the World Championship Warfare structure, imagine a celled structure the height of the War Games cage in the early 90’s pic: http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Wrestling...ngwargames.JPG but with space around the ring so that they can fight outside of the ring like in a Hell in a Cell pic: https://wwedvdnews.s3.amazonaws.com/...llinacell5.jpg)