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Unread 04-10-2018, 10:08 AM
Janpei Janpei is offline
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We were all on standby in the production room. All of us anxious and not really sure how things were going to turn out. Earlier this morning we had one final meeting to really finalize plans for the big show tonight. We had made our decision for the main event.

”I can tell ya right now, you gonna get some complaints.”

Dusty predicted. Everyone had something to say about what we had penciled in for the main event, but after what the World Wrestling Federation pulled off at the Royal Rumble by crowning a new champion in Ted DiBiase and then having him “buy” the #30 position in the Rumble to also win that event, Eric, and the WCW locker room and office alike, felt that we really needed a homerun with this Pay Per View.

”I get that, Dusty, I do. But we agreed that we needed something new. We’re halfway there with this World Championship Warfare concept. Now we need to go all the way, by going in this direction with the World title.”

Our options were revisited with everyone either contributing a new idea or supporting their existing pitches with reasons that they felt would strengthen their arguments, but Harley Race, who recently joined our ranks among the backstage staff backed Eric’s thoughts by confirming that the man who was in consideration to win the WCW World Championship was “the guy”.

As far as Eric was concerned, the decision was made. WWF created a new star in Ted DiBiase, WCW had to do the same. It was nothing against Ric Flair or Sting, who Bischoff praised by stating they were easily our hottest commodities, but WCW had to prove it wasn’t going to be the same old NWA act by going in a new direction.

That entire afternoon was met with phone calls. When the phones weren’t ringings, agents wanted to speak in private with Bischoff concerning how some of the boys felt about the main event to. These conversations always led to us having to redraft the planning for World Championship Warfare, but Bischoff was not wavering on his decision.

”It’s important that when WrestleWar ends, all six of these men come off as strong. They’re our top contenders participating in a one of a kind cage match. Our booking needs to reflect that in the weeks to come, but I’m not backing down on who I want to win this thing. If locker room bonuses are going to keep egos from flaring up, okay, I’ll pay up. I want everyone back there happy because the success of this match and this show is entirely dependent on all six of those men.”

Bischoff’s words from the morning meeting came back to me as our cameras panned around the North Carolina arena. I think it’s safe to say I was a bundle of nerves. Most us were. Not sure what to make of the arena and its sea of humanity I had to ask “How many people do you think are out there?” and Dusty smirked before responding “Should be a full house tonight, daddy.”

I couldn’t quite grasp the reality of the situation until Harley later mentioned they’re being some 25,000 people out there. I mentioned that most of us were nervous, but Eric seemed poised and under control. He stood from his seat and gathered everyone for just a quick motivational piece before going over the show one more time.

”Okay, this is it. Tonight, it’s put up or shut up. This is going to be the show that we all look at and say ‘This is the exact moment WCW brought the fight to Vince’. And I know that sounds corny. I know that sounds unrealistic. But in my mind, WCW is number one. And if any of you felt any differently than that, I wouldn’t have you on this team. You all have put in the work and it shows. Look at the monitors. Look at those people. Did you hear Harley? 25,000 to see WCW.

In thirty minutes, the first PPV under our guidance goes live. Dusty, we’re going to have you out on commentary tonight with Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross. It’s important if the new boss of WCW is there to call the action firsthand and also adds some extra significance if someone with your legacy is out there putting over the WCW World Championship and our first champion. Alright. Places everyone!”

Bischoff then spoke into his mic to let our road agent, Mike Graham, know that we were ready for The Four Horsemen to open up WrestleWar.
Alright, folks. Consider this post the 24 hour warning! Get those predictions in!
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Unread 04-10-2018, 11:10 PM
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Man you very busy getting all these shows up. I love 80-90s JCP/WCW

WCW Magazine Fantasy Warfare

Ric Flair vs. Sting vs. Larry Zbyszko vs. Rick Rude vs. TBA vs. TBA
With Jim Herd gone you might be able to prevent Ric from going to WWF in July. Even though he starts the match I say Flair somehow prevails to take home the gold.

The Steiner Brothers vs. Doom
Doom was so under-rated in my book. I think though we are moving to a Steiners vs Doc and Gordy program

Lex Luger vs. Sid Vicious
This is a tough match up to call. If it was me I’d have Sid win, but since I picked Flair to win the World Title I’ll go with Luger to set up a match

Vader vs. The Junkyard Dog
Unless he gets off the blow away diet JYD can’t hang with Vader

Tom Zenk vs. Bobby Eaton
since I was a huge Midnight Express fan I gotta go with Bobby and Paul E

Kevin Steel & Steve Austin vs. Brian Pillman & The Calgary Kid
Now I think Miss York is onto something here and moving in the right direction. I think her boys take it but what I’d like to see is Pillman turn on Owen and Join the York Foundation and the $50k was just her luring him in with the cash

Arn Anderson & Barry Windham vs. The Dynamite Dream Team
Hard for me to pick against the Horsemen, but I’m going to say Gordy and Williams

Ten point bonus (five points for each correct guess): who will be the two surprise participants in World Championship Warfare? Great Muta and just because I’d love to see him in WCW before he is past his prime (some would say he is here already), Rowdy Roddy Piper. In the mod I believe he is signed to the dying PNW (my home territory) and WWE to PPA contracts. So it could be feasible to sign him to a deal. I think Muta is likely but Piper is just my dream to see him and Flair go at it. post your picks. I'm going to put a couple of days between this post and posting WrestleWar because I would really like to see some folks jump in the pick'em game.

I think it could be a cool way to get people involved and I do plan on breaking the competition up into two blocks once I see who's all posted. If someone ends up joining at a later PPV, I'll give them points equal to the person in the middle of the pack so that they have an opportunity to win as well.

And I figured what I would actually do for the winner is put their likeness in the game and let them work one segment with a worker of their choice.
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WCW WrestleWar ‘91
Live in North Carolina

Airs Live on Pay Per View Sunday Week 3, February 1991

The show opened to the broadcasting team of Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, and Dusty Rhodes. The three men hyped up the Pay Per View and Dusty talked up the crowning of the first ever WCW World Champion.

From there, Jim Ross announced that Missy Hyatt had an exclusive interview with The Four Horsemen to kick things off at WrestleWar.

Arn Anderson and Ric Flair handled all of the talking, both men once again putting the audience in the palms of their hands. Arn is honestly one of our better workers, and we honestly hadn’t realized this until much later in our tapings, so we’re looking to rectify that going into our bookings after WrestleWar.

”The Dynamite Dream team is what they call themselves, huh? It’s a miracle they even get to share the same ring with us. They have everyone fooled by how great they were in Japan, but folks I’m going to tell you now, there’s no connection between their success in Japan and their success...or lack in WCW. I can promise you one thing, though, tonight, there will be violence.” (sorry I had to make some kind of Miracle Violence Connection reference)

”And while Arn and Barry send those two pretenders on the first plane back to Japan, the big man here is gonna break Lex Luger in half. Lex, for all of those muscles you have, you’re clearly lacking a brain. No one in their right man would step in the ring with my man, Sid. But I’ll give you credit, you’re smarter than your pal Sting. Sting, there aren’t enough little Stingers in the world that can save you from what’s going to happen to you in that cage tonight. Steve and Gordy are going back to Japan, but I’m sending you to the hospital. And ladies, The Horsemen are going to paint the town when this show is over, and if you ask nicely, I might let you hold that WCW World Championship belt. Woooo!” (B+)

The Dynamite Dream Team vs. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham

When we first started planning this event out, we weren’t entirely sure how matches were going to be arranged. The original plan was for $50,000 Challenge to open the show, but the guys on the team with ring experience stressed that it was important we open the show with our more popular workers and then sandwich the story driven matches in the middle of the show.

It was also important that we really introduced The Dynamite Dream Team off the right way in their first Pay Per View appearance. People were familiar with both Terry and Williams due to their past tenures under the Jim Crockett Promotions National Wrestling Alliance banners. With that said, it was a safe bet that your run of the mill WCW fan weren’t very familiar with the two as a tag team unit and with everyone on the writing team having a vested interest in bolstering our tag team division, it was crucial that they had a good performance here.

Starting with this match was the right choice, the wrestling was great, and the fans were really into it. Gordy and Williams were two powerhouse brutes, but their psychology and in-ring basics were significantly overlooked. Arn and Barry were the right choice in running this program, as the two teams were able to put on a clinic for the people who enjoyed the more scientific wrestling. Anderson and Windham also did such a fantastic job at selling Gordy’s and ”Dr. Death’s” power offense, that it really caused the crowd to break into excitement

We didn’t want Arn and Barry to take a straight up loss tonight, so after taking a big bodyslam, Arn rolled out of the ring and threw his hands toward The Dynamite Dream Team as if to suggest he was done with them. Windham who was also gasping to catch his breath followed behind Arn and The Horsemen duo began walking away from The Dream Team.

Williams and Gordy looked frustrated, taunting for the two to get back in the ring but from the stage, you could see Arn and Windham both wincing in pain before Arn simply stated “We don’t need this!”. By that time, referee, Randy Anderson, reached the ten count.

The Dynamite Dream Team defeated Arn Anderson & Barry Windham by countout (B)

Alexandra York’s $50,000 Challenge
”The Future Legend” Steve Austin & Kevin Steel w/ Alexandra York vs. Brian Pillman & The Calgary Kid

We knew this would be Kevin Steel’s last night with the company, so over the last two weeks, we really shifted our attention to Steve Austin who was really leaving a good impression with a lot of people in the back.

This was one of our programs that we wanted to focus more on the storytelling aspect, so they worked a very conservative style with it more being structured to manipulate the ebb and flow of the crowd’s excitement.

At one moment during the match, we teased the upset: The Calgary Kid had just dropped Steve Austin with a crossbody splash from the second rope. Kevin Steel moved into the ring to break it up, by dropping an elbow, but Calgary saw the elbow coming and moved out of position. This caused Steel to land right on his own tag team partner and Pillman came charging right at Steel both spilling outside of the ring. Calgary immediately went for the pin again and everyone thought they were witnessing a victory, but Austin managed to kick out right before the final count.

We lessened how much influence Kevin Steel would have on the match outcome, so we wanted to make sure Jody Hamilton who helped put the match together stressed to the four men that Austin would be the one to pick up the win while not putting much focus on Kevin Steel with Bischoff even telling Hamilton that Steel should get in Austin’s way occasionally, thus why Steel dropped the elbow on Austin.

Austin introduced his finishing move in tonight’s match, Legends Never Die, when he lifted Brian Pillman up in the air and dropped him across the top rope. Pillman bounced off the ropes and landed on the ring canvas, clutching his throat. From there, Austin picked up the pinfall for his team.

I really hated seeing Kevin Steel go as I felt he was made for television. I don’t work on the money end of things, but I heard it wasn’t a creative thing and more of a money dispute.

Steve Austin & Kevin Steel defeated Brian Pillman & The Calgary Kid by pinfall (C)


WCW Television Championship
Bobby Eaton w/ Paul E. Dangerously vs. Tom Zenk

This was the program that I think we all fell in love with in the writer’s room. Since pairing Bobby Eaton with Paul E. Dangerously, the two were generating heat like wildfire and it also helped turn Tom Zenk into a big time babyface . There was even the secondary stuff that we focused on between Paul E. Dangerously and Dusty Rhodes by having Dusty refer to Paul as slimy and scum from the broadcast position.

It was also important to note that Zenk and Eaton worked well together and while we had originally decided that we wanted a more storytelling structured match, we were convinced that if we just let the two work a more traditional style that the fans would normally expect from a championship match, it would do us a better service

With Harley Race’s help putting this one together, they ended up with work that both men could be proud of. We were still able to implement some storytelling with Paul E. Dangerously’s work from ringside and Dusty Rhodes occasionally talking him down from commentary.

We went for a repeat ending of their first encounter, with slight modifications. Bobby Eaton was able to jump from the top rope and land on Tom Zenk with the Alabama Jam. When he went for the cover, Tom Zenk had mustered enough energy to get his foot on the rope. Instead of having Nick Patrick not see it, we had Paul E. Dangerously push Zenk’s foot away from the rope before Patrick was even aware of what was happening. Dangerously grabbed the belt and he and Eaton immediately hightailed it out of the ring while Zenk, who was still trying to regain his wits, was trying to explain to Nick Patrick what just happened.

Bobby Eaton defeated Tom Zenk by pinfall to win the WCW Television Championship (B-)

The interactions between Paul E. Dangerously and Dusty Rhodes was a happy accident that only came together as a way to put more heat on a Bobby Eaton and Tom Zenk program, but when we saw how well the two men worked together on the mic, we always wondered if we could get more mileage out of it. It was time to find out. Tonight would be the night that we’d build tension between Dusty Rhodes and Paul E. by having Paul and Bobby approach Dusty Rhodes at the broadcast table.

Dusty made very scathing remarks about what transpired in the ring and told Tony and Ross that Dangerously wasn’t getting away with any of that. [b]Dangerously got Dusty’s face and told him Eaton was Champion and not a thing could be done about it. Rhodes immediately removed his headset and stood up, causing Dangerously to back down and the fans to pipe up in excitement. Dangerously seemingly had nothing to worry about as his charge, Bobby Eaton, moved in between the two and got in Dusty’s face. Dusty paused,knowing that as the head of management, he had to have a cooler head. He shook his head, put his headset back on, and took his seat. Eaton smirked, held the WCW Television Championship in Dusty’s face before he and Dangerously walked away. (B+)


No Countouts
Big Van Vader vs. Junkyard Dog

Due to Junkyard Dog’s declining abilities in the ring, we wanted to keep this one pretty short and to the point. We had spent weeks playing up how tough the two were, with both men going to a double countout in their only other encounter, so we wanted the no countout stipulation to play some kind of factor in the match.

The two spent most of their time outside of the ring and it was a short, wild brawl that clocked in at maybe nine minutes at most. It was short and to the point and it was enough to keep the fans invested. We weren’t expecting a whole lot from this match because their last go around had some issues, such as Dog getting winded pretty early and neither man selling each other’s offense, and those flaws were still present in this outing, but nowhere near as noticeable.

We got to our ending when Vader charged and hit a body splash on a standing Junkyard Dog that ended up sandwiching Dog in between the superheavyweight, Vader, and the security railing.. While that was enough to finish anyone off, Vader tossed Junkyard back into the ring and hit another big body splash before finally going for the pin.

Vader defeated Junkyard Dog by pinfall (B-)

We wanted to put an exclamation point on the Junkyard Dog Vader blow-off, so we had Vader run his usual routine by beating up Dog even after the match was over. With his victim not being the usual local talent we’d normally use in this spot and one of our higher profile workers, the crowd really ate this moment up, hoping for Junkyard Dog to rally and fight back, but booing when it was very clear that Vader wasn’t going to get his comeuppance. Vader flexed in the center of the ring while a few WCW officials came from the locker room to check on Junkyard Dog.

Our decision here is to give Junkyard Dog some time off because it was pretty evident that he just couldn’t keep up with the talent that we were putting our time in developing, but we also really wanted to sell the beating Vader gave JYD and we felt it wouldn’t have the same effect if [b]Dog[/b showed up on TV a week or two down the road.

Overall, both men did great in this segment with Junkyard Dog doing a pretty damn good job of making Vader’s beating seem like a legitimate, career threatening moment. (B+)


Lex Luger vs. Sid Vicious

The fact that we all viewed this as a time filler really shows how stacked our first event of the year truly was. That’s not a knock on Lex or Sid as both have a lot of upside with both having great physiques and connecting pretty well with our crowd, this was just one of those matches that we put together for the sake of having something for them to do.

We weren’t really sure what the focus should have been. In retrospect, we probably should have put them on before the main event to work as a solid buffer to cool the crowd, but Dusty, who produced this match, decided that we should give them twelve to thirteen minutes just to see what they could do out there.

The result was pretty pleasing. Lex who’s not a scientific wrestler by any means, showed a lack of psychology at times, but it wasn’t to a degree where any of us in the back felt it hurt the match to a significant degree. Sid, as well, showed that he could be a reliable marquee feature and again, while lacking some of the finer aspects of wrestling that an Arn, Flair, or even a Sting possessed, he more than made up for those shortcomings with his intensity and physique.

So this really ended up being a thirteen minute litmus test to see if they could hang in our main event picture and I think everyone felt that they’d be a solid hand when needed. Lex eventually picked up the win after flying into Vicious with a forearm smash.

Lex Luger defeated Sid Vicious by pinfall (B-)



We wanted to give Sting some segment time so we ran an interview between him and Missy Hyatt so Sting could get the last word in on Flair before the World Championship Warfare. For anyone else, it would have been fine work, but for Sting it wasn’t up to par with previous offerings.

We’re not really sure what it was about this segment that didn’t work. Missy kind of rambled at the beginning. It’s also possible that Sting’s attention was more focused on World Championship Warfare since it was still a new concept to everyone and no one was really sure how things were going to work out.

Dick the Bruiser produced the segment requested that Sting be a bit more serious to sell the audience on the grave nature of World Championship Warfare and honestly, Sting works better when he’s all energy, the crowd feeds off of that. Maybe that was the issue.

”When that cage comes down and that bell rings, it’ll be just me and you, Flair. Your Horsemen won’t be there to save you. I’m going to cherish every single second that I’m alone with you in there. When that buzzer goes off, then it’s game time.” (B-)


WCW World Tag Team Championships
The Steiner Brothers vs. Doom

Though we knew both of these teams could go, we wanted to cool the crowd so they wouldn’t be burned out by the time the World Championship Warfare started. Much like the earlier tag team match, the two teams worked a conservative style but still incorporated some of the usual tag team fundamentals, such as a hot tag from Rick to Scott so that the crowd did have moments to be excited for.

We had a back and forth in our meetings on where we wanted to go concerning the World Tag Team titles. Four days before WrestleWar Doom would be penciled in to win. A day later, The Steiners would be in the books. This went back and forth but ultimately we had a goal in mind. I’m not going to reveal that goal at this point in time, but we definitely had a tag team program that we wanted to build to so the best route to get there would be to put Doom over.

Some felt Doom really needed the rub, anyway, as a lot of people are high on Ron Simmons and Butch Reed and also believe that Teddy Long is really under the radar as far as mic work went. The feeling was that a lot of people had already went into this program thinking The Steiners were going to win, and felt it would really legitimize and help the long term trajectory of Simmons and Reed if they earned the honors of being the first World Tag Team Champions. With that, we had Doom dispatch Scott Steiner with Butch Reed posturing Scott so Ron Simmons could hit him with a diving shoulder block from the middle rope to pick up the pinfall.

For being so late on the card and being instructed to calm the audience, the match turned out pretty okay. I don’t think Eric had much interest in going any further with this particular program due to having other plans in mind for both teams, but I think everyone felt that both teams could really put together something special if given the time so maybe we’ll revisit it down the road.

Doom defeated The Steiner Brothers to become the first ever WCW World Tag Team Champions (C+)


World Championship Warfare
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Ric Flair vs. Sting vs. Larry Zbyszko vs. Rick Rude vs. TBA vs. TBA

With the cell structure surrounding the ring, fans began to realize they were in store for something special and the excitement broke out. In the production area, we were nervous as hell. We weren’t entirely sure if this would be the success we wanted it to be or not, but hearing the fans reaction was a great start.

When Ric Flair’s music hit, the crowd really broke out, because now it was game time. The commentary team of Ross, Schiavone, and Rhodes did a good job of focusing on the Sting and Flair rivalry without downplaying the importance of crowning the first ever WCW World Champion.

Ric Flair was instructed to put over the gravity of being in something as intimidating as the World Championship Warfare structure and he did so by grabbing on the chain linked cage and shaking on it. He then looked up at the height of the cell before slowly walking in.

Once Sting’s music hit, the audience broke out, knowing that in just mere seconds not only was WCW’s top babyface coming out, but that he was finally going to get his hands on the elusive Ric Flair. Sting came out focused. Looking straight at Flair. He did break his gaze to look at the cell, pretty much doing motions similar to Flair by grabbing on the cage and estimating the height of the structure. Sting then moved inside and once the introductions were over, the cage door was shut, and the bell rang, Sting immediately laid into Flair.

The two men did some fantastic work in the cage and the crowd ate it up. Sting started with a series of right hands and Flair found himself on his knees, asking for forgiveness. Sting flexed, picked him back up and began punching him again. This caused Flair to roll outside of the ring, and the chase was on.

After a couple of laps around the ring, Sting was finally able to get his hands on Flair again and began using the cage as an ally. ”The Nature Boy” was tossed right into the cage and when he came bouncing back toward Sting, Stinger would run him to the opposite end, tossing him into the fencing on that side as well.

#3 - Larry Zbyszko

Ric Flair found an help once Larry Zbyszko joined the fray. The tide was turned on Sting and the audience cheered for a rally. Sting would fight back in spurts, but the two would always cut him off before he could mount a full comeback.

With the three outside of the ring, Zbyszko and Flair took turns tossing Sting into the cage and the wear and tear of being in the gruesome World Championship Warfare cell began to show as Sting’s familiar face paint had come close to completely sweating off. On the fourth attempt at sending Sting into the cage, he was able to stop himself before dropping Zbyszko with a clothesline. Flair immediately backed away with Sting chasing him back into the ring.

Flair once again dropped to his knees and Sting smirked, shaking his head no, but before he could get some more offense in, Zbyszko attacked from behind and the two men continued their alliance to take out Sting

#4 - “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff

”Mr. Wonderful” made for a surprising return to WCW after leaving in the fall of 1990 and he made his allegiance very clear by dropping both Zbyszko and Flair and helping Sting back to his feet, alluding to his partnership with Sting as The Dudes With Attitude. World Championship Warfare turned into a tag team war with Orndorff and Zbyszko fighting outside of the ring and Sting beating on Flair inside the ring. The crowd was eating all of this up and all four guys were doing a great job of putting on one hell of a performance. Any anxiety we had leading up to tonight was certainly gone after seeing this.

Even though the bigger picture was crowning a new WCW World Champion, Sting and Flair really brought their A-game and really focused on fighting each other for pretty much the entire length of the match up until this point and it really helped add to their feud, which had been a longstanding fixture in WCW to begin with. Anytime Sting got his hands on Flair the crowd went wild and the two men definitely made sure to incorporate the World Championship Warfare fencing, constantly bouncing each other off of it.

#5 - Rick Rude

came in and made his allegiance clear - he had none. He started by tossing Paul Orndorff into the cage and then immediately broke out into a brawl with Zbyszko before sending him into the cage as well. With the Warfare door still opened due to Rude coming in, Flair saw this as his opportunity to get away from Sting and he made his escape by stepping outside of the cage. After fighting through Rude, Sting, too, made his way outside and once again, the chase was on.

Sting and Flair disappeared into the locker room, but it wasn’t for very long. Thirty, maybe forty seconds later Ric Flair came running back down the ramp, opening the cage door, and joining the World Championship Warfare action by chopping Orndorff. Sting wasn’t too far behind, moving back into the structure and exchanging punches with Rude and Zbyszko before getting his hands on Flair.

The melee stopped when the sixth man came out.

#6 - Vader


The five men stopped what they were doing and watched as the massive Vader made his way into the cage. With the final participant being in the cage, referee Nick Patrick locked the cage door and World Championship Warfare began.

Zbyszko was the first to charge at Vader and Vader just jumped into him with all of his weight, taking him out. Orndorff then tried and ate a flurry of punches before being tossed out of the ring. Rude managed to get a kick and a couple of punches in, but ate a massive belly to belly suplex.

Then a moment that no one expected developed. Flair and Sting looked at each other, put their differences aside, and immediately started attacking Vader in tandem. Punches from Sting, chops from Flair, the crowd was going bananas. They finally backed Vader into the ropes, both men combining forces to Irish whip him to the opposite set of ropes, but when he came back, he dropped both men with a double clothesline.

Sting and Flair weren’t done though as both men fought back to their feet and got right back in Vader’s face hitting him with everything they had. The crowd exploded when both men joined hands and sent Vader outside of the ring with a double clothesline. Both men taunted, but Flair immediately ended the truce by rolling Sting up with a school-boy. Sting, however, was able to kick out and just like that, the rivalry between the two men was back on.

Bodies were everywhere and flesh had been torn by the unforgiving chain links. Flair, Zbyszko, and Orndorff were bloody. Sting’s face paint was completely gone and was instead replaced with traces of blood. The WCW crowd got to see Vader bleed for the first time after he missed a body splash on Rude and went face first into the fencing.

There was no second-guessing, World Championship Warfare was a success. We could hear the crowd from our production area. There was never a second of silence. All six men played a role in making this thing happen and they all deserved praise.

We were moving into the half hour territory and it was time to get the finale going. Flair and Sting formed their makeshift alliance again to take on the imposing Vader but it was a trap set up by Flair. Flair dug into his tights and pulled out a pair of handcuffs, which Ross hypothesized he was able to obtain when he ran to the locker room, and surprised Sting by handcuffing him to the fencing. With Sting attached to the cage, it was quite obvious that only five men had a chance at winning the WCW World Championship. The fighting continued in and around the ring while Sting struggled to get back in the hunt by trying to forcibly pulling at the handcuffs, hoping he could get them to break away from the chain linked fencing.

Flair would be next to be taken out of the picture as he tried for his usual top rope spot but was slammed to the canvas by Orndorff. ”Mr. Wonderful” taunted while Flair rolled to the outside and Rick Rude used that opportunity to throw Orndorff over the top rope. Zbyszko and Rude began fighting in one corner of the ring, but both were sandwiched into the turnbuckle by Vader. Vader then saw his moment, bounced off the ropes, and came crashing on Zbyszko with a body splash to pick up the victory and become the first ever WCW World Champion.

The crowd was absolutely stunned. Vader proved that he was as tough as he claimed by not only beating Junkyard Dog but joining the World Championship Warfare melee and winning. Again, it was such a tough decision in choosing who we wanted to win this thing, but the idea was to put it on a new face to establish that the new WCW regime weren’t afraid to take risks and not always rely on the safe bets.

We’re sure many saw similarities between what Vince and company did with Ted DiBiase at Royal Rumble and what we did with Vader here, but this wasn’t a case of the bad guy barely squeaking away a victory and then buying his way into an advantageous position. Vader had a bar room brawl, kicked that guy’s ass and then decided to go to the bar next door and kick everyone’s ass there too just because he could. Ted DiBiase was smart and nefarious whereas Vader was just a badass. Similar approaches, but two different stories being told.

There was absolutely no doubt that World Championship Warfare was everything we needed it to be. World Championship Warfare would undoubtedly be a permanent fixture in WCW’s budding future.

Vader won the World Championship Warfare to become the first WCW World Heavyweight Champion (B)

WrestleWar ‘91 Grade: B
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I just got started reading this, but I'm liking what I'm reading so far. I love the Dusty-isms that you are throwing in.
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Behind the Curtain

WrestleWar was in the books and the six World Championship Warfare competitors made left the ringside area and made their way back into the production center. With each worker making their arrival into the room one by one, they were met with handshakes and congratulatory remarks from all of us. Last to arrive was Vader and the boys poured out from the locker room to give Vader a standing ovation, with most of the locker room shaking his hand, and congratulating him for earning championship honors. Ric Flair approached Vader shook his hand and told him that tonight was his night and that he earned it, but also told him that it’s his responsibility to go out there every night and show why he deserves to be top dog.

With the commotion calming down, Eric Bischoff finally spoke. He gave praise to all six men in the World Championship Warfare match and told Vader that he really looked like a star tonight. He also complimented Sting and Ric Flair by stating that the work they did with each other tonight added a whole new layer to their rivalry. He complimented Paul Orndorff’s professionalism and performance, stating that Paul looked like a million bucks out there. Rude and Zbyszko were told that their timing with the finish was excellent and Bischoff appreciated Zbyszko for doing the job.

Bischoff also gave some praise to Bobby Eaton and Paul E. Dangerously claiming that since pairing the two together, they have been gaining a ton of traction with the crowd and tonight was no exception. He shook Tom Zenk’s hand and told him that he really enjoyed their Television Championship match and that if he continued putting in the work, he had a very bright future in WCW

Finally, Bischoff complimented Dusty’s performance from the broadcast position believing that Dusty’s praising of the WCW World Championship helped elevate its prestige. Eric also liked the subtle things Dusty did during his confrontation with Dangerously and Eaton and that he felt that they had something special developing with that particular program.

”We’re not done, though. Tonight was a great night, we kicked ass, but it only gets harder from here. We have TV in two days and we need to start putting things in motion for Superbrawl in April. Let’s show everyone this wasn’t just a fluke!”

Notes & Blurbs from after WrestleWar ‘91

Head to Head

WCW Saturday Night February Week 1 - 8,464 in attendance with a 2.5 television rating (~1.8 million viewers) | WWF Superstars February Week 1 - 7,181 in attendance with a 4.58 television rating (~3.4 million viewers)

WCW Saturday Night February Week 2 - 5,000 (sold out) in attendance with a 2.52 television rating (~1.8 million viewers) |. WWF Superstars February Week 2 - 14,817 in attendance (sold out) with a 4.47 television rating (~3.3 million viewers)

WCW Saturday Night February Week 3 - 10,928 in attendance (sold out) with a 2.46 television rating (~1.8 million viewers) | WWF Superstars February Week 3 - 18,163 in attendance with a 4.57 television rating (~3.4 million viewers)

WCW WrestleWar ‘91 February 1991 - 25,000 in attendance (sold out) with a .33 PPV Buyrate (167,322 buys) | WWF In Your House 1 February 1991 - 15,902 in attendance with a .46 PPV buyrate (231,362 buys) | WWF Royal Rumble ‘91 January 1991 - 17,342 in attendance with a .58 buyrate (293,632 buys)

Planning for WrestleWar

During the time leading up to WrestleWar, we had flirted with different ideas in preparation for the event. Ricky Steamboat and The Great Muta were two names that had floated around as possible participants for World Championship Warfare. The deal with Steamboat was close to being finalized, but WWF were willing to offer a downside guarantee that the front office just wasn’t willing to meet. Given our relationship with New Japan, getting Keiji Mutoh involved was much easier, but when things fell into place with Paul Orndorff and Rick Rude we decided to go with that option instead.

Jushin Liger was another name that we wanted to feature on the show and we originally had plans to do a one-off program with him and Larry Zbyszko as a show opener. Ultimately, it was decided to place Zbyszko in the World Championship Warfare match.

Not everyone was pleased with the initial idea of putting the WCW World Championship on Vader so it was a delicate situation where it was absolutely necessary that everyone looked as good as possible when it came to the WrestleWar outcome. Sting had no issues giving Vader his time in the spotlight and Larry Zbyszko even offered to be the one who ate the pin. Rude and Flair primarily voiced their concerns, primarily focusing on Vader not being an established name yet. With a rewrite to the original finish (which actually had Flair taking the pin) and some locker room bonuses, neither man took much issue with doing business afterward.


Steve Williams, Terry Gordy, Paul Orndorff, and Rick Rude have all accepted small written deals with the company. While Rude, Williams, and Gordy will be featured specifically as in-ring talent, Paul Orndorff will slowly be phased into a Road Agent role. Orndorff expressed interest in helping produce segments for the show so, he’ll be joining us behind the scenes down the road.

We’ve also signed two younger talents to small pay per appearance deals. New Japan’s, Wild Pegasus has agreed to work shows with us during NJPW’s downtime and so far, we’re using him on our smaller programming, primarily Main Event. The second talent is a man we have plans to introduce on TV soon.


Word is that Kevin Steel let his push go to his head. Originally, Steel was going to be the sole focus of The Alexandra York Foundation but his ego made him no friends in the locker room. Steve Austin got along with everyone backstage and a few people were already impressed with some of the work he was putting in during the tapings, so the suggestion was to shift more of the focus on him.

The details that followed next, I’m incredibly fuzzy on, but Nash confronted Eric and said something along the lines of being worth a lot more than what he’s being paid. Bischoff wanted to neutralize the situation and feeling that WCW could use another big man similar in height to Sid Vicious, Bischoff met his pay increase request, but Steel tried to hold him up for more at which point, Bischoff didn’t budge. A day later, Steel barged into the front office and handed in his notice.

Tommy Rich once again showed up to the locker room completely strung out. Bischoff could no longer be lenient and terminated Tommy Rich on the spot. Tommy had a few friends in the locker room but everyone agreed that his lifestyle was becoming destructive. I really hope he’s able to find some help.

Michael Wallstreet’s and The Juicer’s contracts expired and both men were released from WCW. The idea going around is that we had to make room for our new signings so anyone that was deemed expendable by Bischoff was going to be let go. There are a couple of other names rumored to be next, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they were given their walking papers, too.

Other tidbits

Jody Hamilton is really pushing for us to give Steve Austin more TV time. He thinks ”The Future Legend” could really be something. Brian Pillman, however, wasn’t a big fan of Austin’s selling and felt that he needed improve that part of his game if he was going to go further.

Ric Flair is not a fan of Buddy Lee Parker, believing he is too clumsy in the ring and could potentially hurt someone.

Rick Rude levied heavy criticisms on Kevin Steel and The Italian Stallion stating that neither of them were worth keeping around due to having really poor fundamentals. Steel would put in his notice only a three or four days after this conversation and there still are no real plans to do anything outside of having Stallion put over other talent on our roster, so no action needed to be taken. The best part out of all of this is Stallion was actually heard telling some of the boys in the back that he should be higher on the cards.

Lex Luger has been working out in the gym and is now classified as a ripped light heavyweight. The leaner, more defined frame makes him look like an action figure and we’re really aiming to feature him on television more.

Scott Armstrong got a lot of laughs from the boys in the back after doing a pretty spot on Dusty Rhodes impression. Even The American Dream couldn’t help but laugh before joking that Scott would never win another match in WCW again.

Arn Anderson had to stage a Wrestler’s Court to call out Buddy Landel who had been carpooling with different members of The Horsemen but not paying for his share of the car rental. The punishment was simple: Buddy pay for the cost of the entire car rental next time and Buddy accepted the punishment without complaint.

Jimmy Garvin got himself suspended for 30 days after showing up to a set of tapings completely inebriated. It was so bad this time that he wasn’t even allowed to work his match that night with the plans being changed to Michael Hayes working a singles match with Norman the Lunatic instead. From what I heard, Jimmy Garvin took the suspension really well, and it seemed to be the reality check he needed.

No idea how it started or why he thought it was a good idea, but Tracy Smothers got in a fight with Sid Vicious of all people after a Saturday Night taping. No one was there to witness how it started or what it was over, just that Smothers got in Sid’s face, started shouting, and then immediately started swinging. All I heard was that Sid Vicious ragdolled him across the locker room but it was broken up before any real damage could be done.

The consensus from the locker room witnesses all place Tracy Smothers as instigating the fight, so he was fined a small amount while Vicious was given a warning. Smothers reportedly did not take to Sid’s lack of punishment well.

Harley Race is continuing to pass his knowledge onto Jim Clontz who Race believes could be a solid hand if given the time. Ric Flair and Stan Hansen have also found proteges in Chris Youngblood and Mark Kyle respectively.

Sting helped calm everyone’s nerves in preparation for WrestleWar by hosting a poker tournament on the WCW tapings the Wednesday before the Pay Per View.

Rip Morgan had to buy drinks for everyone in the locker room after failing to shake Vader’s hand when he came to the back after WrestleWar. There was no animosity between the two, just that Rip wasn’t aware of the custom of shaking the Champion’s hand. Locker room leader, Arn Anderson, called him out and informed him of his bar tab duties. Rip Morgan seemed to take the punishment in jest, asking the boys where they were drinking tonight.

Steve Armstrong and George South had spent a WCW Main Event taping playing pranks on each other and it was said that they kept the locker room in good spirits with their antics.

Randy Anderson arrived an hour late for a set of television tapings. This was literally the first time Anderson had done anything wrong, including before my time with the company, so he was only given a warning.

WWF is exploring a monthly Pay Per View model. By running twelve Pay Per Views a year, Vince runs the risk of oversaturation. However, if it works, the company will have a huge revenue stream coming their way. Bischoff is keeping his eye on this development, so I imagine it won’t be too long before he decides to follow suit. Ultimately, it really depends on how this experiment plays out for WWF

In Your House is the first offering in WWF’s monthly Pay Per Views model. The show has seemed to be a critical and commercial success all around, with more preferring this show to their previous Pay Per View event, Royal Rumble.

On the show, they took the Earthquake/Hulk Hogan program to the next level by having Earthquake attack Hogan during an interview. Then Ted DiBiase had his first successful WWF Heavyweight Championship defense by beating Jim Duggan. The most entertaining match of the night was the main event, a six man tag with The Undertaker, Earthquake, and Sgt. Slaughter teaming up to defeat a dream team of Jake Roberts, The Ultimate Warrior, and Randy Savage

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WCW Power Hour
Taped Wednesday, Week 4, February 1991 (Airs Friday, Week 4, February 1991)

Jim Ross opened Power Hour by citing WrestleWar as a classic, must watch Pay Per View extravaganza. He revealed that they would recap some of the highlights from WrestleWar throughout the night, but he was interrupted by his broadcast colleague, Paul E. Dangerously who wanted Ross to skip to the part where they show his client, Bobby Eaton, winning the WCW Television Title.

This lead to the night’s first WrestleWar highlight reel which revealed the ending of Bobby Eaton’s match with Tom Zenk where Paul E. Dangerously clearly played a factor in the outcome.

”I’m not sure I would have asked for that to be shown, Paul. It was clear as day that you got yourself involved in that match. You just implicated yourself, pal.” (A)

Steve Austin defeated The Italian Stallion (D+)

After the match Alexandra York spoke to Tony Schiavone about cutting the deadweight from her Foundation. With Kevin Steel gone, she referred to Steve Austin as a solo star in the making, but did indicate that she’s always keeping her open for new additions to the Foundation. (C+)

Another WrestleWar recap package aired showing stills from World Championship Warfare. It showcased the return of Paul Orndorff, Sting being handcuffed to the cage, and Vader ultimately being crowned the WCW World Champion. (A*)

The Steiner Brothers rebounded with a win over local talents The Patriot and Art Barr (C)

Jim Ross closes the show by announcing that Sting will be present Saturday Night with something to say.

”Folks, I’m being told that Stinger will be at WCW Saturday Night and has a few things he would like to get off his chest. You won’t want to miss WCW Saturday Night!” (B-)

WCW Power Hour Grade: B-

WCW Saturday Night
Taped Wednesday, Week 4, February 1991 (Airs Saturday, Week 4, February 1991)

Dusty Rhodes has an interview segment with Tony Schiavone. He sarcastically congratulates Bobby Eaton on his WCW Television Championship win, but then informed everyone that Bobby Eaton would have a match tonight as a “reward”

”And Tony, I ain’t tellin’ you who he’s stepping in that ring with tonight so if I was Mr. Dangerously I’d have him preparin’ for anyone and everyone, daddy!” (A)

The Dynamite Dream Team continued their winning ways by defeating The Royal Family (C)

During a post-match interview, The Dynamite Dream Team made their mission statement clear: they were eyeing Doom’s WCW Tag Team Championships. (B)

A bit was done in the backstage area where Missy Hyatt interviewed Rick Rude. We wanted Missy to start by asking Rude various questions about his time in World Championship Warfare, but the real focus was to ignite a program with Paul Orndroff:

”I may not have won World Championship Warfare, but look at my face, Missy! No scars on my body, no bandages, I’m still the sexiest man in World Championship Wrestling. Just look at me.” (Rick Rude)

”You’re no ‘Mr. Wonderful…’” (Missy Hyatt said sort of under under her breath.)

”I’m no ‘Mr Who’!?” (Rick Rude)

Missy Hyatt’s small comment resulted in Rick Rude getting angered, with him beginning to ask Missy to repeat what she said as well as making a host of insulting remarks that were aimed toward Orndorff. Missy Hyatt nervously directed the attention back to ringside as Rude continued to demand that Missy repeat herself. (C+)

Larry Zbyszko defeated Dustin Rhodes (C+)

A video package played that showcased Brian Pillman and The Calgary Kid who were referred to as WCW’s Youth Movement. It served as a highlight reel, showing some of the feats the two had accomplished since joining WCW with the video ending with a tagline that read ”WCW’s future is bright.”. (C-)

WCW World Champion Vader dominated local talent Art Barr for a quick win. (C-)

The camera cut backstage to Tony Schiavone who was doing some preliminary advertising for WCW’s next Pay Per View outing, Superbrawl, when he was interrupted by Larry Zbyszko. Zbyszko ran down the video package that played earlier featuring Brian Pillman and The Calgary Kid and made a comment about Saturday Night using airtime to talk about “two cocky, snot nosed punk kids” instead of asking a former World Champion about his experience in the World Championship Warfare match.

”Well, it’s time someone teach those punks a lesson. Calgary Kid, looks like someone gave your snot-nosed butt the night off. How about next Saturday, you get in the ring with someone who has some wrestling experience so he can show you your place?” (C+)

Paul Orndorff defeated WCW Television Champion Bobby Eaton in a non-title match

Bobby Eaton and Paul E. Dangerously did some fantastic work when it was revealed that Paul Orndorff was the mystery opponent. We had Dangerously and Eaton immediately get in referee, Nick Patrick’s face, demanding that the match be called off to which Patrick refused.

The primary focus here was to put Orndorff over as someone that Eaton did not want to wrestle, so the offense we did allow Eaton to get in always came off the heels of a distraction from Dangerously or cheap transitionary moves such as an “accidental” eye poke or Eaton being chased by Orndorff outside of the ring, Eaton rolling back in the ring, and then Orndorff eating stomps the moment he tried to enter the ring behind Bobby.

The end of the match came when Bobby Eaton decided that he had had enough and he and Paul E. Dangerously went to retreat to the locker room only for Tom Zenk to appear on stage, causing Eaton and Dangerously to back pedal down the walkway and back toward ringside where Orndorff stepped up behind Eaton and tossed him back into the ring.

With Tom Zenk at ringside keeping an eye on Paul E. Dangerously, it wasn’t too much longer until Paul Orndorff would earn the victory after taking out Bobby Eaton with a beautiful vertical suplex. (B-)

Sting joined Tony Schiavone on stage in the last segment of the night. Sting talked about his failure to capture the WCW World Championship on Sunday and said the result has been playing through his head all week. He said all he could think about was something as simple as a handcuff being the thing that kept him from his WCW World Championship dreams and with that he called Ric Flair to join him out on the stage.

The crowd was buzzing as a dressed to the nines Ric Flair came out and stood on the opposite side of Schiavone, going face to face with Sting. From the commentary position Magnum TA pondered if Ric Flair was even scheduled to be here tonight at which Jim Ross replied that he didn’t think so and then Sting began to speak.

”Flair, the two of us have done this dance for what seems like an eternity. Every city, every state, everywhere in America it’s been Ric Flair versus Sting, Sting versus Ric Flair. I told everyone that I was putting you in the past at WrestleWar and there was a moment on Sunday when I really thought that was true.

Despite us trying to hurt and take each other out on Sunday, we tossed those differences out the window once that big mammoth of a man Vader came out. When you and I fought side by side to take out one of the biggest threats in World Championship Warfare, I thought that was it. I thought that was the moment the Ric Flair Sting story ended.

Then you showed me why you earned the nickname ‘The Dirtiest Player’ in the game. In a memory that will forever haunt me, you handcuffed me to the cage. I watched my dreams slowly escape my grasp. With every single pull of strength I made trying to break free from that cage, I saw my chances at winning the WCW World Championship slipping further and further away from me. But then I noticed, yours were too. You were so concerned with taking me out of the picture that you were blindsided by Paul Orndorff.

I don’t know how many times I watched the ending of that match, Ric, but it hit me. As long as there’s a Ric Flair Sting, we will never be at the top in WCW. I thought long and hard on this but I think I have a proposal: we have eight weeks until Superbrawl. That’s two months. Two months to focus. Two months to train. Two months to commit every bit of energy to making sure we end this thing for good.

Now I’m not out here demanding anything from you. I’m not getting Dusty or the boys in the office involved. I’m asking you man to man, Ric. I called you out here out of respect because I want the two of us to talk like men. Ric at Superbrawl, no Four Horsemen, no Lex Luger, no tricks, no foolery, no cheating. If you beat me in the middle of that ring fair and square, I’ll look you in the eye, shake your hand, and call you the better man in front of the world. If I beat you, all I ask is that you do the same. What do you say Ric? One last time. Win, lose, or draw, we end this once and for all.”

Ric Flair paused, thinking the offer over before eventually speaking into Tony Schiavone’s microphone.

”No Horsemen, no tricks, no cheating. When I beat you, you’ll look me in eye, shake my hand, and admit to everyone watching around the world that I’m the better man. Sting, I’ll see you at Superbrawl. Woooo!”

WCW Saturday Night Grade: B
WCW Main Event
Taped Thursday, Week 4, February 1991 (Airs Sunday, Week 1, March 1991)

The show opened with a recap from WrestleWar with it being particularly focused on Vader who made history by becoming the first ever WCW World Champion. The broadcast team of Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross played up Vader’s toughness by discussing how we wrestled two matches to win the title and then the two analysts indicated that he could go down as one of the greatest champions in professional wrestling history. (A*)

A small desk was seen on stage and before anyone could wonder why it was there, Alexandra York came out with her laptop. She powered the unit up. Received a chair from one of the stagehands and sat at the desk, watching the show from the stage. Ross theorized that she was on stage to make observations and take notes, potentially looking to bolster her Foundation representatives. (C+)

Terry Taylor defeated Mark Kyle (D)

A recap of Paul Orndorff defeating Bobby Eaton aired. With Paul Orndorff defeating the champion in a non-title match, Ross and Schiavone wondered what this meant for Orndorff’s contendership status. (B-)

Kevin Sullivan defeated Norman the Lunatic (C-)

Dan Spivey defeated Ranger Ross (D)

The Sting Ric Flair segment from Saturday Night re-aired in its entirety. Once the video package ended, from commentary Jim Ross reconfirmed that Sting and Ric Flair would lock it up one last time at April’s Superbrawl (B+)

WCW Main Event Grade: C+
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WCW Power Hour
Taped Wednesday, Week 1, March 1991 (Airs Friday, Week 1, March 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross and Paul E. Dangerously

WCW Saturday Night started with another re-airing of last Saturday Night’s show closing segment between Sting and Ric Flair. Both Jim Ross and Paul E. Dangerously played it straight, claiming the Superbrawl encounter between Sting and Ric Flair could be the single most important match in WCW history. (B-)

Before the action could kick off tonight on Power Hour, Alexandra York was spotted seated at her desk where she would be scouting WCW talent, observing the show from the entrance stage. (C)

NJPW talent Wild Pegasus defeated The Italian Stallion (D+)

Kevin Sullivan defeated Dustin Rhodes (D+)

Sid Vicious defeated local talent Mando Guerrero(C-)

The show closed with Jim Ross indicating he had a surprise announcement. It was just made official and reported to Jim that Bobby Eaton would be defending his Television Championship against Paul Orndorff on WCW Saturday Night.

Upon hearing the announcement, Paul E. Dangerously threw a tantrum. During the tantrum, he tossed his headset off his head and to the floor and grabbed on Jim Ross’s collar, erratically shouting at his broadcast colleague.

”I’m just reporting what I’m being told. Don’t shoot the messenger, Paul!” (A)

WCW Power Hour Grade: C+

WCW Saturday Night
Taped Wednesday, Week 1, March 1991 (Airs Saturday, Week 1, 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross and Magnum TA

A replay of the Sting and Ric Flair segment aired to begin WCW Saturday Night. We were well aware that we aired this replay for a straight week of WCW television, but wanted to drive the point home that Sting and Ric Flair at Superbrawl was a big deal. (B+)

The Calgary Kid shocked the WCW audience, but more importantly Larry Zbyszko, when he pinned the former AWA World Heavyweight Champion, reversing a suplex attempt with an inside cradle. The direction we went with in this match started off with Zbyszko having his way with Calgary Kid, showcasing how inexperienced Calgary Kid was. Zbyszko could have had the win multiple times, but decided he wanted to “teach a lesson” to the young Canadian wrestler. Due to this, Zbyszko would pay in the form of taking a loss after Calgary Kid surprised him with the pin. (C-)

Before their match, Tony Schiavone interviewed Doom from the stage, asking the team about Dynamite Dream Team’s comments from last week. Teddy Long indicated that there was a line of teams waiting to get their shot and that they’d all meet the same fate.

A lot of us in the office really liked the work we were getting out of Teddy Long, Butch Reed, and Ron Simmons, but some saw a lot of potential in Ron Simmons becoming a break out wrestler, so they wanted to give him some mic time to see how he would do.

”I know Dream Team are watching. You boys really think you’re ready for us? You’re gonna be just like these two fools in the ring right now.”

While it wasn’t the most fascinating thing I’ve heard since working for the company, Simmons wasn’t that bad out there. (C)

Doom powered their way through local competitors Mando Guerrero and Billy Black for a quick victory. (D+)

Arn Anderson defeated a very game Terry Taylor in a competitive match up. (C+)

Missy Hyatt was backstage, discussing how exciting of a show WCW Saturday Night had been so far when Larry Zbyszko rushed on camera in a frenzy.

”You probably think it’s real funny that that punk kid got lucky tonight. I’m done playing games. Next week, I want The Calgary Kid one more time!” (C+)

The Steiner Brothers showed their determination in climbing up the tag team rankings again by defeating Pat Rose and El Cubano (D+)

Lex Luger defeated Dutch Mantell (C)

Lex Luger joined Tony Schiavone on stage for an interview and laid things out plain and simple for everyone watching.

”I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m feeling’m feeling great! Vader! You’re not the biggest or baddest man in WCW. I’m coming for the gold!” (B+)

WCW Television Champion Bobby Eaton defeated Paul Orndorff to retain the WCW Television Championship

We weren’t ready to end our program with Bobby Eaton and Tom Zenk and the WCW Television Championship was such a crucial element for that particular story, so obviously we weren’t going to have the WCW Television Championship change hands here. At the same time, Paul Orndorff is such a popular name in WCW and with him just returning to the company, we needed to keep momentum on his side, too.

Enter Rick Rude. We hinted at a possible program between he and Orndorff last week during Rude’s interview with Missy Hyatt. So during the Orndorff and Eaton rematch, we had Rude make an appearance on stage before slowly strutting down to ringside.

We let the match between Orndorff and Eaton go on for a bit longer with neither man paying any notice to Rude. Then, when Paul Orndorff looked to finish Bobby Eaton with a piledriver attempt, Rude hopped on the apron and started hurling insults at Orndorff. Orndorff let go of Eaton and got in Rude’s face. Rude attempted to sucker punch Orndorff, but Orndorff blocked it and knocked Rude from the ring apron with a right hand. Orndorff then slid outside of the ring and continued to throw punches Rude’s way who was attempting to flee to the locker room area. With Orndorff in pursuit behind Rick Rude, Bobby Eaton was awarded a countout victory. (C+)

WCW Saturday Night Grade: B-
WCW Saturday Night Grade: B-

WCW Main Event
Taped Thursday, Week 1, March 1991 (Airs Sunday, Week 2, March 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

Another replay of the interview segment between Sting and Ric Flair opened up the show. Jim Ross indicated that both Sting and Ric Flair were absent from last night’s Saturday Night in preparation for their upcoming Superbrawl encounter. (B)

Big Cat defeated Tim Horner (D+)

Lex Luger’s interview from Saturday Night reaired, where Luger not only called out Vader but also expressed his intent to win the WCW World Championship. Tony Schiavone, who conducted the interview with Luger last night, told Ross that Luger was really fired up last night and seemed very determined to get his hands on the WCW World Championship. (B+)

The Young Pistols defeated The Renegade Warriors (D+)

Stan Hansen made his first appearance in the new era of WCW, picking up a win over Keith Hart (C-)

To close the show, we reaired Vader being crowned the WCW World Champion at WrestleWar ‘91 with Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone speculating, at the broadcast table, if he would respond to Lex Luger (C)

WCW Main Event Grade: C
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WCW Power Hour
Taped Wednesday, Week 2, March 1991 (Airs Friday, Week 2, March 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Paul E. Dangerously started the show by absolutely ripping into Dusty Rhodes’s decision making. By this point, Dangerously was convinced that management was conspiring against him in an attempt to remove the WCW Television Championship from Bobby Eaton. Dangerously played Eaton off as a misunderstood hero who was being bullied by management.

”But Bobby Eaton proved ever the triumphant hero by beating Paul Orndorff...fair and square, might I add!” (A*)

Alexandra York was at ringside once more. Much like her last appearances, she was at her desk on the entrance stage, typing notes out on her laptop and watching the action unfold. (C+)

Ricky Morton would defeat Jim Clontz in the first match of the night. (D+)

Dustin Rhodes defeated Al Green (D)

The Fabulous Freebirds earned a win over The Young Pistols when Jimmy Garvin pinned Tracy Smothers (C)

It was announced that WCW World Heavyweight Champion Vader would be at WCW Saturday Night. Jim Ross finished the announcement by providing a lead-in to Saturday Night.

”Will Vader respond to Lex Luger? There’s only one way to find out folks! See you Saturday night!” (A*)

WCW Power Hour Grade: B-

WCW Saturday Night
Taped Wednesday, Week 2, March 1991 (Airs Saturday, Week 2, March 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Magnum TA

We had The Four Horsemen start the show off, cutting an interview segment with Tony Schiavone at the entrance stage. The focus of the segment was to build upon the idea that Sting and Ric Flair would be facing off at Superbrawl with absolutely no strings attached.

I was beginning to understand that fans of pro-wrestling had began to pick up on pro-wrestling tropes. In this case, when there’s a guarantee of no interference, or cheating that means there will be interference and cheating...lots of it. We wanted to dispel that notion and present this match as the fight of Flair and Sting’s careers.

”Arn, Barry, big man! We’ve been up and down these roads together. We’ve hit every strip in every big city. We’ve been kicked out of God knows how many hotels. We are family. I am asking you, brother to brothers that this thing between Sting and me must stay between Sting and me. Last week, Sting, you came up to me like a man. You challenged me like a man. I don’t like you Stinger, but I respect you. I respect how you conducted your business. At Superbrawl, there will be no Arn, no Windham, no big man Sid Vicious. Just you and me in that ring. When that match ends and I beat you, I want you to tell the whole world that I’m a better man than you! Wooo!” (A)

Larry Zbyszko defeated The Calgary Kid with a reverse figure four leg lock. (C)

After the match Zbyszko saw this as his opportunity to teach The Calgary Kid a lesson in respect and kept the submission hold locked in on Calgary. With Zbyszko refusing to release the hold, choosing to instead lock the hold in tighter, The Calgary Kid began to scream out in pain. As a result of Zbyszko’s malice, Brian Pillman came rushing out from the locker room and upon seeing The Calgary Kid’s ally, Zbyszko released the hold and bolted from ringside. (B-)

Missy Hyatt was backstage with Rick Rude, wanting to know why Rude took it upon himself to get involved in Orndorff’s match last week. Rude blamed Hyatt, saying this all started when she claimed Paul Orndorff was better looking and followed that up by saying ”Which we all know is a lie.” He then insisted that he was only at ringside last week to watch the match and had no idea that Paul Orndorff was going to attack him.

”I’m not going to stoop to that slob’s level. I know I’m better looking than him and I’ll prove it. At Superbrawl, I’m challenging Paul Orndorff. Not to a match. I already know I’m better than him in that ring. I’m going to prove that I’m better looking, too, when I show these ugly, fat, sloppy people that Paul Orndorff is just like them, too, in the first ever Ravishing Posedown Challenge.”

We didn’t want to give everything away immediately at Superbrawl with this feud. Both Rude and Orndorff were top level talents, but given the plans we had for Sting, Ric Flair, and most importantly, Vader, we didn’t want either of them to get lost in the shuffle. Instead of putting the two in a match at the Pay Per View, we figured we’d have the payoff end in some other form before placing them into different programs. (C+)

As things were getting set up for the next match, Alexandra York appeared on stage with a pen and legal pad, presumably taking down notes for the next match. (C+)

WCW World Heavyweight Champion Vader defeated Dustin Rhodes (C+)

The menacing Vader towered over the broadcast table, leaning in toward a nervous Jim Ross. Vader proceeded to snatch Jim Ross’s headset off of him and then spoke into the microphone. I’d love to commend Jim Ross’s acting in this segment, but when you have a guy of Vader’s stature staring you down, I’m not sure how much of it is actually acting.

”You tell Lex Luger if he wants my belt, he better tell me to my face like a man.” (A*)

The Steiner Brothers defeated local talents Booker & Lash Huffman (you get one guess on who these two are) (C)

We had Dusty join Missy Hyatt on stage for an interview segment. Since the “new era” of WCW, Dusty has consistently been our go to promo guy and tonight was no exception. We’re continuing to add fuel to the budding Bobby Eaton Paul E. Dangerously program while also building some hype for our next big show, Superbrawl.

”I gots some things to address, if ya will, Missy. Next Saturday, mark it on ya calendars. WCW Saturday Night The contract has been signed and I’m officially announcing tonight that at WCW Saturday Night, Doom will be defending their WCW World Tag Team Championships against The Dynamite Dream Team.

But I got even biggah news than that. April 28th is Superbrawl! I’ve not only reviewed the tape from WrestleWar, but I also reviewed last Saturday’s footage too. The WCW Television Champion is...very questionable if ya will. That little slimeball Paul E. Dangerously put his nasty little mitts on Tom Zenk and coste him that WrestleWar match. Eaton was on the verge of losing last week, but I guess luck was on his side then too. That luck ends tonight.

Ya see, Missy. This is WCW. That last W in there stands for wrestling. Bobby Eaton ain’t wrestlin’. He’s just gettin’ by with fortune on his side. Well fortune won’t be on his side at Superbrawl, baby. I am strippin’ Bobby Eaton of that WCW Television Championship. I am banning Paul E. Dangerously not from ringside, Missy, but from the entire building.

If Bobby Eaton wants to win that belt back he’s going to have to prove to me, but more importantly to Tom Zenk, that he’s a wrestler. And since it seems like every time these two meet, there’s never been a clear winner, I’m makin’ this one a two out of three falls match with a thirty minute time limit!"

In the main event of the night, Ric Flair defeated Ricky Morton

Ric Flair and Ricky Morton didn’t need much in the way of an agent to help them layout the match and I was told that it was fairly reminiscent of their series of matches during the late ‘80s. Jim Ross also brought up that fact from the commentary position and used the concept of storied rivalries to bring the conversation full circle back to the Sting and Ric Flair feud.

Ricky Morton had the fans behind him, the crowd getting louder with each succession of offense he was able to connect with against Ric Flair. By having Ricky Morton give Ric Flair a run for his money, we teased that Ric Flair’s focus on Sting might give way to Ricky Morton scoring an upset on Saturday Night, but eventually Ric Flair found his way to a victory with a figure four leglock.

We still had Jim Ross point out that this was the most focused and determined he’s ever seen Ric Flair and Magnum TA also pointed out the fact that Flair wrestled the entire match fairly, not taking any shortcuts whatsoever. Jim Ross drove home how important the Superbrawl match between Ric Flair and Sting was and indicated that Flair had a completely different mindset in tonight’s match. (B)

WCW Saturday Night Grade: B+
WCW Main Event
Taped Thursday, Week 2, March 1991 (Airs Sunday, Week 3, March 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

Alexandra York was spotted at her computer desk, with her laptop, watching tonight’s action from the entrance stage. (C+)

NJPW talent, Wild Pegasus defeated Al Green (formerly known as Master Blaster Blade) (D)

A video package aired, highlighting Ric Flair and Sting’s storied rivalry (A)

Alexandra York’s client Steve Austin defeated Pez Whatley. After the match, York packed up her laptop and left with Austin. (D+)

Terry Taylor defeated Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker (C-)

A video package aired, recapping what Vader said into Jim Ross’s headset about Lex Luger on last night’s WCW Saturday Night (A)

WCW Main Event Grade: C+
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WCW Power Hour
Taped Wednesday, Week 3, March 1991 (Airs Friday, Week 3, March 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Jim Ross started off the show by reminding the audience, but more importantly Paul E. Dangerously, that Dusty Rhodes had stripped Bobby Eaton of the WCW Television Championship and that at Superbrawl, when Bobby Eaton and Tom Zenk would meet in a 2 out of 3 Falls match to finally determine an undisputed Television Champion, Paul E. Dangerously would be banned from the building.

”You really think that’s funny don’t you, Jim? Since January, I have screamed to the world that my client, Bobby Eaton, is suffering from workplace harassment. I have called out WCW management and their collusion on preventing Bobby Eaton from reaching the top. Bobby Eaton will be the bigger man here and tomorrow night he will hand that belt, which is rightfully his might I add, to Dusty Rhodes. Meanwhile, I will be getting in touch with my lawyers. Legal action will be pursued!” (A)

Dustin Rhodes defeated Big Cat (D-)

Dustin Rhodes was in the process of being interviewed by Tony Schiavone when Alexandra York approached both men. She indicated that she had spent the last month looking to expand her York Foundation. She informed Dustin that she had been recording statistical data and according to her analytics, Rhodes had only won three of his last nine matches. She did offer him a compliment and said he has talent, but with her brains, advice, and financial backing, he could be one of the best in the world. She then cited Steve Austin as an example of her work and then parted ways with Dustin before telling him that she would give him some time to think about her proposal. (C+)

Jim Ross and Paul E. Dangerously spent a few minutes advertising tomorrow night’s WCW Saturday Night program, calling the WCW Tag Team Championship match between champions Doom and challengers The Dynamite Dream Team a main event that fans would not want to miss. (C+)

Tom Zenk defeated Michael Hayes which obviously greatly upset Paul E. Dangerously (C-)

Jim Ross announced that Lex Luger will meet Big Van Vader face to face on Saturday Night.

”Last week Vader said that if Lex wanted the WCW World Title, better say it to Vader’s face. Looks like Luger will do just that. What’s going to happen when these two big men meet face to face for the first time? Only one way to find out! See you tomorrow night for WCW Saturday Night only on TBS!” (A)

WCW Power Hour Grade: B-

WCW Saturday Night
Taped Wednesday, Week 3, March 1991 (Airs Saturday, Week 3, March 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Magnum TA

The show kicked off with Dusty Rhodes present on stage. There were some talking points that we wanted him to get across during this segment, such as promoting tonight’s main event between Doom and The Dynamite Dream Team, promoting Superbrawl, and also just getting the fans worked up in general with his mic work.

We scored another homerun by putting Dusty in the opening segment, but with the talking points out of the way, we needed to focus on one of our key storylines, the WCW Television Championship.

”I was told that Bobby Eaton was a man of his word and that he would be out here to hand in that WCW Television Championship. But I know he has that slimeball in his ear. Bobby Eaton is a very talented professional wressla so I hope he’s gonna to make the right choice tonight.”

Bobby Eaton eventually appeared on stage with Paul E. Dangerously not too far behind him. Simmering tension was evident between Eaton and Dusty, but Eaton eventually handed the WCW Television Championship over to Dusty Rhodes. Dusty, who was looking to further antagonize Dangerously informed him that other executives in management had given Dusty the okay to temporarily suspend Dangerously’s managerial license just for the night of Superbrawl and that he will not be allowed in the building. Paul was incensed but the crowd ate all of it up. (A)

Dustin Rhodes defeated Dutch Mantell (D+)

We went to our interview area where Missy Hyatt was with Brian Pillman. She wanted an update on The Calgary Kid’s condition after what Larry Zbyszko did to him on last week’s Saturday Night. Brian Pillman stated that nothing was broken but That Calgary Kid was on crutches and would be out of action for some time. He then addressed Larry Zbyszko.

”You talk about being experienced, being a vet. You have all that knowledge, all those things you can teach to us newcomers and you do that instead? Calgary may not be able to fight right now, but I can. Superbrawl, try some of that stuff on me.”

A lot of us in creative, myself included, see a lot of potential in Brian Pillman. Much like Austin, he gets along well with a lot of the boys, he connects with the audience, has a good look, and is pretty decent in the ring. We’re attempting to get him more comfortable with interviews and camera presence so when/if that time comes, he’ll be ready when we decide to pull the trigger.

His work was pretty good here. He didn’t stutter or stumble or get lost in what he was saying. He kept it to the point. He painted Larry Zbyszko as a tenured wrestling vet who used his experience to rough up and take advantage of the rookies. Things seem promising for Pillman. (C+)

The Steiner Brothers defeated Al Green and Moondog Rex (C)

Missy Hyatt was preparing to interview The Steiner Brothers on their recent winning streak and their goal at earning another shot at the WCW World Tag Team Titles when a fairly familiar voice could be picked up on Missy’s microphone.

Jim Cornette then appeared on camera, standing opposite of Scott and Rick Steiner. Many longtime WCW fans would recognize him as a manager of The Midnight Express (which coincidentally included Bobby Eaton) and if not that, they at least knew him as color commentator for Saturday Night during the Jim Crockett Promotions era.

”Steiners are the best team this, Steiners are the best team that. Well, I know tag teams and you two aren’t it. I’ve managed the best tag teams in professional wrestling. Next week, I’ll be introducing a new team to WCW. I’m going to shut all of these morons up and also send a statement to all of WCW when they make an example out of you, Steiner Brothers!” (C+)

In the backstage area, Tony Schiavone was with Alexandra York. Tony asked her whether or not she had received an answer from Dustin Rhodes. York informed Schiavone that it was none of his business, but then revealed that she thought 24 hours would be enough time for Dustin Rhodes to realize this was an opportunity of a lifetime. She then declared that she would be giving Dustin Rhodes a full seven days to consider her offer. She finalized by telling Tony that if she were Dustin, she would not skip out on such a lucrative offer. (C)

Paul Orndorff defeated Buddy Landel (C+)

A video package aired focusing on the rivalry between Ric Flair and Sting. The beginning of the highlight video started with the first ever Clash of the Champions event where Sting and Flair went to a 45-minute draw. The next point of focus was Great American Bash ‘90 where Sting defeated Flair to win his first world championship. The video then informed viewers that Sting would hold onto that championship until the introduction of the WCW World Championship in January. That, of course, led to World Championship Warfare highlight that primarily focused on Ric Flair handcuffing Sting. Lastly, the video showed Sting challenging Ric Flair at Superbrawl. The video package advertised the match as being the grand finale in one of wrestling’s greatest rivalries. (A)

WCW World Tag Team Champions Doom defeated The Dynamite Dream Team to retain the WCW World Tag Team Championships

We knew we wanted this match to carryover to Superbrawl, so it was made very clear that we couldn’t have a decisive finish tonight. In many ways, this match was almost an afterthought because it took a backseat to a couple of things we were looking to accomplish around this match.

First off, as mentioned, this tag match was an attraction for Superbrawl. Eric was just very firm in his belief that Saturday Night needed to be built around marquee matches, so he insisted that we do the match first on television. We lobbied to do it the other way around, the first match on Pay Per View and the rematch on an episode of Saturday Night, but he had final say.

In the grand scheme of things, this mostly worked in our favor because a few people in our meetings were beginning to back Ron Simmons and his work on the microphone a couple of weeks prior showed that Simmons had some potential.

So, without getting too far ahead of ourselves, we saw our opportunities. 1) Let’s give the fans the real Doom and DDT match at Superbrawl. 2) Let’s put the Ron Simmons project in motion.

Doom and Dynamite Dream Team worked a very stiff, roughhouse tag match, but the fans were definitely into it. Before they could give too much away, Teddy Long got involved, grabbing at the ankle of Terry Gordy, who was the legal man. The action from Teddy Long caught Gordy’s attention and it was effective enough that it allowed Butch Reed to pin the distracted Gordy after a double underhook suplex. (B-)

Once Ron Simmons had realized what happened, he got into an argument with Teddy Long. The two went back and forth with Butch Reed trying to get cooler heads to prevail, but Simmons could be heard saying “We don’t win that way!” (C)

WCW World Champion Vader defeated Ranger Ross in a very quick match (C+)

Vader paced around in the ring, calling himself the baddest man in WCW. Jim Ross and Magnum TA speculated if Luger had changed his mind but then reconsidered when Lex Luger started walking down the entrance way. With no hesitation, Lex Luger got in the ring and stepped up to the WCW World Champion, the two staring eye to eye.

With no microphone in the ring and neither Missy Hyatt or Tony Schiavone in the immediate area, no one could really pick up on what the two were saying. Then things were spelled out when Luger slapped his hand on Vader’s WCW World Championship. In response, Vader removed the belt from his shoulder and dropped it to the ring canvas. The crowd was beginning to grow a bit anxious, not entirely sure what was about to unfold.

In the ring, Luger and Vader continued to exchange words, with Vader appearing to get a bit angrier after Lex’s touching of the World Championship. Then, without a moment of warning, Vader shoved Luger and Luger responded by hitting the World Champion with a series of right hands. Vader was slow to respond and all he could do was cover up, his arms absorbing the strikes. Luger didn’t let up, though, and finalized things by taking Vader over the top rope and out of the ring with a clothesline. In response, the crowd erupted in cheers for Luger who was daring Vader to get back in the ring.

Luger was fired up and as a result, the audience’s fervor was palpable. All Vader could do was grab the WCW World Championship and retreat up the entrance walkway while Lex Luger posed and celebrated with the audience. (A)

WCW Saturday Night Grade: B
WCW Main Event
Taped Thursday, Week 3, March 1991 (Airs Sunday, Week 4, March 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

A recap of what took place when Vader and Lex Luger met face to face for the first time on WCW Saturday Night aired. (A)

Wild Pegasus defeated Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker (D)

A recap of Alexandra York offering Dustin Rhodes a position in the Alexandra York Foundation aired (C)

Terry Taylor defeated Motor City Madman (D+)

A recap of WCW Saturday Night’s main event between Doom and The Dynamite Dream Team aired (C+)

Barry Windham defeated Ranger Ross (C-)

WCW Main Event Grade: C+
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WCW Power Hour
Taped Wednesday, Week 4, March 1991 (Airs Friday, Week 4, March 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Paul E. Dangerously started the show by going on a rant about the tyranny of Dusty Rhodes and the rest of management. He claimed Bobby Eaton shouldn’t have had to turn over the WCW Television Championship but that he did it because he wanted to take the higher ground.

”Bobby Eaton is a pariah! He’s being unfairly treated by WCW’s management...or lack thereof. They want to temporarily suspend my license? They want to ban me from Superbrawl? Fine! When this is all over and done with, I just hope WCW is ready to hear from my lawyers, but most importantly, offer an apology to Bobby Eaton!” (B+)

Steve Austin defeated Brad Armstrong (C-)

A very brief interview segment occurred after the match with Austin telling Tony Schiavone that if Dustin was a smart man, he’d accept the offer. The interview didn’t go over as well because Austin was still catching his breath from the match and so did a poor job of going over the talking points. (C-)

Another recap of Lex Luger sending Vader out of the ring on Saturday Night aired (B)

Ricky Morton defeated Rip Rogers (D+)

Jim Cornette informed Missy Hyatt that his mystery team had prior commitments this week and would not be at Saturday Night. He then posited that this would give the Steiners an extra week to prepare to face one of the best tag teams in the making. (C+)

The Steiner Brothers defeated Mark Kyle and Lethal Larry (D+)

WCW Power Hour Grade: C+

WCW Saturday Night
Taped Wednesday, Week 4, March 1991 (Airs Saturday, Week 4, March 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Magnum TA

Lex Luger defeated Buddy Landel to open the show. (C)

Dusty Rhodes joined Missy Hyatt on stage and announced that it was signed, sealed, and delivered. Lex Luger would face Vader at Superbrawl for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. (B+)

A training montage aired showing not only how Ric Flair was preparing for the Superbrawl match against Sting, but how serious he was taking this match. The video showed Flair and the rest of The Horsemen doing different workouts in a gym, he and Arn Anderson doing different practice drills in a training wrestling ring, and Flair looking at tapes of his past encounters with Sting, jotting down notes. (A)

Rick Rude defeated The Italian Stallion (C)

Tony Schiavone conducted an interview with Ron Simmons of Doom. The purpose of this was not only to offer a follow up to what happened on Saturday Night, but during our creative meeting, we decided we wanted to see what Ron Simmons could do sans Butch Reed and Teddy Long.

”My business with Teddy Long is my business with Teddy Long, but I can tell you right now Doom is fine. I didn’t agree with how Teddy Long handled things last week but we talked about it off camera like men.

Butch Reed and myself, we’re World Tag Team Champions, that means we’re the best. Not one of the best, THE best. Dynamite Dream Team, we don’t need to cheat to prove that. At Superbrawl, we’re demanding a rematch so we can leave no doubt that we’re the best in professional wrestling.”

Tom Zenk defeated Big Cat (D)

We went with a small time killer where Missy Hyatt spoke to Arn Anderson, Sid Vicious, and Barry Windham. There weren’t any real plans here, just something to get the three of them on camera while also filling some segment time. Arn Anderson did most of the talking, mainly just stating that Ric Flair was in the best shape of his life. (C)

Alexandra York was with Tony Schiavone. She requested that Dustin Rhodes join them stage to which he did. She indicated to Tony Schiavone that Dustin Rhodes had contacted her last night and told her that he was interested in joining The York Foundation. With that, Alexandra York handed him contractual paperwork that she had her legal team draft for her and that all Dustin Rhodes needed to do was sign on the line.

Dustin Rhodes looked over the paperwork and brought some energy to the crowd when he ripped it up and dropped the shredded contract to the floor. Dustin Rhodes smirked and he indicated that he would never sell his soul to The Foundation before walking away from a stunned York. (C)

Larry Zbyszko defeated Terry Taylor (B-)

Paul Orndorff was with Missy Hyatt for an interview segment. Orndorff told Missy that he wasn’t sure what Rude’s problem was but if he had to guess, it was mostly out of jealousy.

”But jealousy causes us to do a lot of stupid things, Missy. Rude got involved in my Television Title match and he paid for it. But he cost me my chance at winning that belt and he’s going to pay for that too. A posedown challenge? I don’t know what that is, but if that’s what I have to do to get Rick Rude in that ring, you can certainly bet I’ll be there at Superbrawl.” (B-)

Bobby Eaton defeated Ricky Morton

Paul E. Dangerously was not present at ringside for this match because both he and Bobby Eaton wanted to show that Bobby Eaton could handle business without Dangerously’s assistance. This was our way of adding some extra heat to Eaton’s match with Tom Zenk at Superbrawl.

Morton has always been a good hand that could be relied on in this sort of position on Saturday Night and this was no exception. We loved using Ricky Morton but felt he wasn’t as strong as an asset without Robert Gibson. We started having him fulfill the role of putting over some of the bigger names on TV because he still very much connects with our audience and is a good performer.

He and Eaton did a good job working roughly an eleven minute match that ultimately saw Eaton pick up the victory with an Alabama Jam. Bischoff fed some lines to Magnum TA and Jim Ross wanting them to point out the fact that Eaton could and did get the job done without Dangerously’s help. (C+)

Another training montage aired, this time focusing on Sting. The montage showed him lifting weights with Lex Luger, sprinting down a beach with Paul Orndorff, and doing various drills with Rick and Scott Steiner. Jim Ross and Magnum TA indicated that both Sting and Ric Flair have been working out nonstop for the past month in preparation for Superbrawl. (B+)

WCW Saturday Night Grade: B

WCW Main Event
Taped Thursday, Week 4, March 1991 (Airs Sunday, Week 1, April 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone discussed the announcement of Vader versus Lex Luger for Superbrawl while a video package aired that recapped Dusty Rhodes officially announcing the match on WCW Saturday Night. (A)

Ranger Ross defeated Rip Rogers (D-)

Another video aired that showed Dustin Rhodes refusing Alexandra York’s offer. (C)

Ricky Morton defeated Moondog Rex (D+)

Kevin Sullivan defeated Keith Hart (C-)

The training videos of both Sting and Ric Flair aired to end Main Event. (A)

WCW Main Event Grade: C+
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WCW Power Hour
Taped Wednesday, Week 1, April 1991 (Airs Friday, Week 1, April 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Jim Ross and Paul E. Dangerously started the show by going over the Vader and Lex Luger program. A video package then aired that showed the first confrontation that Lex Luger and Vader had two weeks ago on WCW Saturday Night, and then finalized with Dusty Rhodes making the match between the two official at Superbrawl (A)

Wild Pegasus defeated Ranger Ross (C)

Dustin Rhodes defeated Pat Rose (D+)

As Dustin Rhodes was playing it up to the crowd on his way back to the locker room, Steve Austin came out on stage and ambushed him. With Dustin now on the ground, Austin began stomping on him until Alexandra York gave Austin the nod of approval before The York Foundation went back to the locker room area. (C+)

The Dynamite Dream Team defeated The Harris Brothers (C)

The Sting and Ric Flair training videos reaired with Jim Ross announcing that WCW’s newest correspondent, Eric Bischoff, had sit down interviews with both Flair and Sting and they would air tomorrow night on WCW Saturday Night. (A)

WCW Power Hour Grade: B-

WCW Saturday Night
Taped Wednesday, Week 1, April 1991 (Airs Saturday, Week 1, April 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Magnum TA

The show started with Jim Ross announcing that a match between Lex Luger and Bobby Eaton had been made for tonight’s main event. (B-)

Eric Bischoff made his first on-screen appearance as WCW’s newest interviewer/correspondent. I honestly don’t recall what the discussion was here. I think a few people had pitched the idea of Eric Bischoff being an on-screen personality as early as our first taping in January. Bischoff, himself, wasn’t particularly for or against the idea but did rule out being the commissioner/boss/office executive/etc. because we all agreed that it needed to be someone the WCW audience was already familiar with, so that fell on Dusty Rhodes.

We wanted to keep Sting and Ric Flair off WCW Saturday Night for as long as possible in an attempt to give this Superbrawl match a can’t miss spectacle feel. With Dick the Bruiser going back to Bischoff’s time as an AWA personality, we decided it was time to feature him on screen as WCW’s newest personality. This decision killed two birds with one stone: those who felt Bischoff should be an on-air character had came up with a way to feature him and it also allowed us to keep Sting and Flair out of the ring, off the show, while further adding heat to their program.

”Fans of the WCW, I am at the WCW Production Studio (a non-existent entity that we used to sell the narrative that neither man was at the arena for WCW Saturday Night) with Ric Flair. Ric, we’ve all seen the videos, we know you’re training like never before, but can you tell us about your mindset going into Superbrawl?” (Eric Bischoff)

”The partying, the women, the limousine riding, it’s all taking a backseat to Superbrawl. Everything is on the line. The loser has to shake the winner’s hand and admit to the world that the winner is the better man. My pride is more important to me than any championship in pro wrestling. This isn’t just another night in WCW. This isn’t just another wrestling match. This is two of the best wrestlers in WCW, no, in the world, who have been neck and neck from the start.

I’ll tell the world now that Sting is the greatest rival I’ve ever had. I beat him and he comes right back and beats me. He’s taken everything I’ve thrown at him...he’s taken everything the Horsemen has thrown at him...and he shows up to fight another day. I respect that. At Superbrawl, we’re going to settle this thing once and for all. There can only be one winner, and I’m working out like never before so that it can be me.”
(Ric Flair) (A)

Arn Anderson & Barry Windham defeated Ranger Ross & The Italian Stallion (C+)

Brian Pillman defeated Michael Hayes (C+)

Missy Hyatt was with Larry Zbyszko for an interview segment, essentially wanting some talking points ahead of his Superbrawl encounter with Brian Pillman.

”Pillman, you’ve got real guts, I’ll give you that. I heard you marched your punk butt in Dusty’s office and demanded this match at Superbrawl. You want to get beat in front of the world on Pay Per View? Fine by me, but don’t go crying to management when I put you on crutches like your snot nosed friend Calgary Kid!” (B-)

The second of Eric Bischoff’s two interviews aired, this time with Sting. Like the interview with Flair, Bischoff and Sting were in “WCW’s Production Studio” and Bischoff asked Sting for some follow-up comments to what Ric Flair had said.

”It’s a real honor for Ric Flair to call me his greatest rival. I don’t agree with Flair’s tactics. I’m not a fan of The Horsemen’s gang mentality. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, Eric, I don’t like Ric Flair. There will never be a time when Flair and I get along BUT I do respect him. I can’t disregard his accomplishments, he is the greatest wrestler in the world. You know what, though? I think I am too.

There’s only one way for me to know, without any doubts, that I am the best though. I have to beat him in that ring one final time. Behind the cheap tricks, the cheating, and the Horsemen interference, Ric Flair is a man of his word and he’s a man who’s proud. If he knows he has an opportunity to get me to look him face to face and tell the great fans of WCW that he’s the better man, he’ll throw all the cheating and tricks to the side. That’s the Flair I want to wrestle. That’s the Flair I have to beat.”

Jim Cornette joined Tony Schiavone to inform him that his mystery team once again had prior commitments and as a result, would have to miss another Saturday Night. Before parting, Cornette did tell The Steiner Brothers that they had another week to train and prepare before they lost to his new tag team. (B-)

The Steiner Brothers took on and defeated local tag team The Harris Brothers instead of Jim Cornette’s mystery tag team (C)

Missy Hyatt was backstage with Paul E. Dangerously and Bobby Eaton wanting comments on his upcoming match with Lex Luger. Dangerously, of course, took this as his opportunity to speak on the developing “conspiracy”.

”Ahead of his Television Championship match at Superbrawl and he has to wrestle Lex Luger? Everyone thinks I’m crazy or that I’m shouting nonsense, but this is irrefutable proof that management is out to get Bobby Eaton. You think I’m staying in the locker room this time around? Absolutely not. And ‘American Dream’, justice will be served!” (A)

Lex Luger defeated Bobby Eaton

Both men put on a very entertaining match in the main event of Saturday Night. Bobby Eaton only further impressed everyone backstage and proved that down the road, he could definitely be a major asset in the main event picture if we decided to go that route with him.

Knowing that we were going to go with a screwy finish here, we did allow things to stay competitive between the two but also wanted to make sure Eaton and Dangerously would “heel it up” so that Lex Luger’s babyface comeback spots would go over well with the crowd and they did a great job of executing that instruction.

With Lex picking up some momentum, we had WCW World Champion Vader come out to ringside and immediately floor Lex Luger with a clothesline, so that Lex would pick up the disqualification win and Bobby Eaton would still remain strong going into Superbrawl. (B)

Vader continued his assault of Lex Luger. He first started outside of the ring, where he launched Luger into one of the steel posts. Referee Nick Patrick tried to stop Vader, but the WCW World Champion chased him off. After that, Vader brought Luger into the ring, hitting him with not one, not two, but three big splashes.

More WCW officials came down to ringside and they were able to get Lex Luger out of the ring who was clutching at his ribcage and groaning in pain. With Lex Luger being carried to the backstage area, Vader taunted in the ring as Saturday Night went off the air. (A*)

WCW Saturday Night Grade: B+

WCW Main Event
Taped Thursday, Week 1, April 1991 (Airs Sunday, Week 2, April 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone discuss the events that occurred at the end of WCW Saturday Night between Vader and Lex Luger and revealed that they would air a replay of the encounter at the end of the show. (B-)

The Italian Stallion & Ranger Ross defeated The Royal Family (D+)

Clips from Eric Bischoff’s sit down interviews with Ric Flair and Sting aired. (A)

Ricky Morton defeated Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker (C)

Sid Vicious defeated Pez Whatley (C-)

A replay of Vader’s assault of Lex Luger aired. Jim Ross indicated that no one was sure on the status of Lex Luger but that they would have an update by next weekend. (A)

WCW Main Event Grade: C+

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Some really nice stories you have woven in here plus I’m invested in the Sting vs Flair match where no titles are at stake, only pride
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WCW Power Hour
Taped Wednesday, Week 2, April 1991 (Airs Friday, Week 2, April 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

A replay aired of Vader attacking Lex Luger on last Saturday’s WCW Saturday Night. Jim Ross stated that despite the assault, Lex Luger would, in fact, be in action tomorrow night on WCW Saturday Night. (B+)

Ranger Ross defeated Motor City Madman (D-)

Alexandra York and Steve Austin informed Tony Schiavone that they would deal with Dustin Rhodes the proper way and announced that Steve Austin would be taking on Dustin Rhodes tomorrow night on WCW Saturday Night. (C)

Steve Austin defeated Keith Hart (C-)

The Steiner Brothers defeated local team The Super Destroyers (D)

Highlights of Eric Bischoff’s sit down interview with Ric Flair and Sting from last Saturday’s WCW Saturday Night aired to end Power Hour. (A)

WCW Power Hour Grade: C+

WCW Saturday Night
Taped Wednesday, Week 2, April 1991 (Airs Saturday, Week 2, April 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Magnum TA

Lex Luger defeated Big Cat. He had medical tape around his midsection and Jim Ross acknowledged this by stating that Lex Luger suffered bruised ribs from Vader’s attack. (C)

Lex Luger joined Tony Schiavone on stage for an interview. He confirmed what Jim Ross said on commentary by stating that Vader injured his ribs. He acknowledged that he wasn’t going into Superbrawl 100% but did finish with a caveat.

”If you’re going to come after me, make sure you finish the job. I’ll see you at Superbrawl.” (B+)

A match between Steve Austin and Dustin Rhodes was expected to take place, but when Austin’s theme music played on the Kiel Auditorium’s sound system,Austin’s usual theatrics was replaced with him stumbling out on stage instead. Before Jim Ross and Magnum TA could speculate what was happening, Dustin Rhodes joined Austin on stage, hitting him with a succession of right hands. The brawl went on for a couple of minutes before WCW officials broke things up. (C+)

The Dynamite Dream Team defeated The Minotaur & Rip Rogers (C-)

Jim Ross announced that Ric Flair and Sting would be at next week’s WCW Saturday Night (A*)

The Steiner Brothers came out for their match with Jim Cornette’s latest tag team...but no one showed up. Even Jim Cornette, the man who issued The Steiner Brothers the challenge, was absent. (C-)

Doom defeated The Italian Stallion & Ranger Ross (C-)

Doom joined Missy Hyatt on stage for an interview. She wanted words on the state of Doom going into Superbrawl. Teddy Long replied by stating that sometimes family fights, but at the end of the day, they come together and get on the same page. He reiterated that Doom was fine. The crowd wasn’t into Teddy Long talking here and that could probably be attributed to the success we had with Ron Simmons in recent weeks. Long also wasn’t getting along well with a few others in the back and in my opinion, I think these problems bled over into his professional work. (D+)

Tom Zenk defeated Buddy Landel (D+)

Dusty Rhodes was with Missy Hyatt on stage. We needed another time filler and thought it would be a good opportunity to put Dusty Rhodes in front of the crowd, as well as advertise Superbrawl. Dusty Rhodes ran down the matches and added Dustin Rhodes versus Steve Austin as the latest edition to the Pay Per View. He then concluded by informing Missy Hyatt that he had a big surprise for the show and that she wouldn’t want to miss it. (B)

Rick Rude defeated Ricky Morton

Not a lot to discuss in this main event. We established Ricky Morton as one of our higher tier talents who mainly served to put over our marquee names. The match wasn’t a letdown but the two didn’t exactly tear the house down, either. The crowd was into it enough, but I think by this point, no one really expected Ricky Morton to pull off the victory. About twelve minutes into the match, Rude pinned Morton after a Rude Awakening (C+)

Rick Rude got on the microphone and ran his usual schtick of discussing how much better looking he was than not only the WCW audience, but Paul Orndorff.

”This is for all those women out there who want to be with me and those fat sweathogs, like Paul Orndorff, who want to be me. Hit the music.”

Rick Rude started gyrating, expecting his music to come on but Paul Orndorff’s played on the soundsystem instead. ”Mr. Wonderful” came out on stage and took off his robe, flexing and posing for the audience. From the ring Rick Rude looked on in frustration as WCW Saturday Night went off the air. (B)

WCW Saturday Night Grade: B

WCW Main Event
Taped Thursday, Week 2, April 1991 (Airs Sunday, Week 3, April 1991)

Commentary Team: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

Lex Luger’s statement on Vader not finishing the job reaired. (A)

The Italian Stallion defeated Al Green (D-)

Terry Taylor defeated Wild Pegasus. The story here was Pegasus had his toughest challenge in Taylor and wasn’t quite at the experience level to take on a vet like Taylor (D+)

The segment between Rick Rude and Paul Orndorff from Saturday Night aired. Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone discussed Rick Rude’s Posedown Challenge at Superbrawl. (B-)

Steve Austin defeated Ranger Ross (C-)

Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone reminded everyone that Sting and Ric Flair would be at next Saturday’s WCW Saturday Night. (A)

WCW Main Event Grade: B-
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