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WCW POWER HOUR 08.03.1991 Recap + Review – Six Man Bounty for the Mask Match, Squashes Galore

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Legacy of WCW continues on Jon vs. Pro Wrestling as we head into August 1991, with the first episode of Power Hour. This one features matches that have already aired in previous weeks on other programming but since we’re starting fresh on a new website I have treated them as new; future rundowns will be a lot more condensed since Power Hour tends to be mostly rehashed footage if you watch all of their other TV.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Johnny B. Badd vs. Joey Maggs (SQUASH)
  • El Gigante vs. Carl Nelson (SQUASH)
  • Steve Austin vs. Kip Abee (SQUASH)
  • Z-Man vs. Mike Thor (SQUASH)
  • BOUNTY FOR THE MASK: The Yellow Dog, Dustin Rhodes, & Bobby Eaton vs. Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, & Diamond Studd (**1/4)

*****

Johnny B. Badd [w/ “The Godfather of World Championship Wrestling” Theodore R. Long] vs. “Jumpin” Joey Maggs

Badd got under the skin of Steve Austin last week by “flirting” with Lady Blossom (talking to her about her accessories); Dangerously will interview Austin tonight about this situation. Badd plays with his food to start, rolling Maggs around the ring to frustrate and throw his opponent off his game. Maggs surprises Badd with a wristlock, Badd quickly counters and connects with a powerslam off the Irish whip but Long tells him not to pin Maggs just yet. Badd continues on, tossing Maggs out of the corner with a monkey flip and following up with a top-rope sunset flip for the 1…2…Badd releases the pin, connects with a high knee, and finishes him off with the Tutti Frutti (right hook) for the 1…2…3. 

Johnny B. Badd defeated Joey Maggs via pinfall (2:36) – SQUASH

Badd plants the Kiss of Death (a lipstick sticker) on Badd after the match for added insult.

-Ross and Dangerously hype El Gigante vs. One Man Gang at the Omni on August 25th;  if Gigante loses he’ll have to leave the country. Cut to the interview Ross conducted with Kevin Sullivan & The One Man Gang on the 7/20/91 edition of World Championship Wrestling. Sullivan blathers on about how Gang is the true giant of WCW, and how they met with the Lady of the Third Eye in Argentina, who said Gigante will be going home in a PINE BOX. Back to Ross & Dangerously who continue hyping the event, Dangerously making up random Spanish-sounding words to be a racist douche.

El Gigante vs. Carl Nelson

Nothing screams Norway like CARL NELSON, am I right folks? Gigante, who with a shaved head looks more like a peanut than Theodore R. Long does, controls the entire match and wins in short order with the Claw. 

El Gigante defeated Carl Nelson via pinfall (1:30) – SQUASH

“Stunning” Steve Austin [w/ Lady Blossom] vs. Kip Abee

Austin controls early but gets distracted with the ref and Abee almost sneaks out the win with a roll-up. Oops! Austin shows off his hops with a leapfrog, Abee ducks a clothesline but Austin takes him to the canvas in short order with an armbar. Austin has the match won after a series of stomps but lifts Abee up, Blossom gets involved and tries to claw Abee’s eyes out. Austin connects with the Stun Gun followed by a short-arm clothesline for the 1…2…3.

Steve Austin defeated Kip Abee via pinfall (2:42) – SQUASH

WCW TOP TEN (SINGLES)

10. “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes
9. “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton
8. Johnny B. Badd
7. “Stunning” Steve Austin (TV Champ)
6. One Man Gang
5. El Gigante
4. Ron Simmons
3. Sting
2. “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff
1. Barry Windham

WORLD CHAMP: “The Total Package” Lex Luger

WRESTLING NEWS NETWORK

Gordon Solie discusses the World Tag Team Title tournament, which began last week on World Championship Wrestling as The Fabulous Freebirds battled The Hardliners. Unfortunately, as the clip shows, neither team advanced due to a double countout. WHAT A WAY TO START YOUR TOURNAMENT, NERDS. Hardliners caused the titles to be vacated in the first place by injuring Scott Steiner (legitimately) back in June, so it’s even funnier they didn’t get to even advance in the tournament. 

Back to Solie who hypes the new team of The Enforcers (Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko), leading to a clip of Ross’ ringside interview with the team last week on World Championship Wrestling. The Enforcers will meet The Young Pistols later tonight on World Championship Wrestling in the Tag Team Title tournament, but there is also a standing challenge to The Fabulous Freebirds for the U.S. Tag Team Championship. Zbyszko and Anderson’s whole thing is they’re REAL MEN unlike all the sissies nowadays. I dunno guys, real men kiss each other. Y’all gonna kiss each other?

“The Z-Man” Tom Zenk vs. Mike Thor

Zenk takes Thor to the canvas right away with a hammerlock/headscissors combo. Thor works Zenk over with rights in the corner, Zenk catches him charging in with a kick and connects with another headscissors. Ross has a WCW Hotline exclusive about the possible retirement plans of Sting. WAIT WHAT? WHY? Zenk blocks a suplex and counters with one of his own followed by a superkick and a flying crossbody for the 1…2…3.

Z-Man defeated Mike Thor via pinfall (2:38) – SQUASH

  • JON’S THOUGHTS: I’ll probably bring this up a bunch but I am in *love* with the way Zenk throws a superkick. It’s the opposite of brutal but it pops me every time. Z-Man is apparently in the one-night tournament to crown a United States Champion which happens August 25th at the Omni and NOT ANYWHERE THE REST OF US IN REAL STATES CAN WATCH IT. Boo-urns.

-Ross & Dangerously talk about the upcoming six-man tag Bounty Match coming up that was taped weeks ago. Diamond Studd tried to cash in on the Yellow Dog’s mask bounty last week but Z-Man stuck his nose in his business and covered Dog’s exposed face with a towel, allowing the Yellow Dog to surprise rollup Studd for the win. LAME. UNFAIR. 

BOUNTY FOR THE MASK
The Yellow Dog, “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes, & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton vs. “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, & Diamond Studd [w/ Diamond Dallas Page]

Ross makes sure everyone knows this one was taped BEFORE the Great American Bash as to account for the fact that Windham is still full-on heel instead of a “maybe” babyface like they’re leaning post-PPV.. I’m pretty sure I watched and reviewed this one on the old Legacy of WCW site but I went years between updates there so I don’t remember sh*t. NEW TO ME AGAIN.

Windham overpowers Dog to start, Dog ducks a clothesline and connects with a spinning heel kick followed by open hand slaps to the chest and a backdrop. Dog comes off the top with a missile dropkick, Windham bails to his corner and tags out to Anderson. Dog fakes Anderson out and connects with a second missile dropkick, Anderson falls flat on his ass in retreat and makes the tag to Studd, who looks like he should be way further up the card than he is. Eaton tags in and the “BOBBY” chants begin immediately. Studd strikes first, Eaton responds with a right hand. Studd shoves, Eaton shows no fear and shoves right back. Rhodes tags in, Studd grabs a wristlock but Rhodes breaks out with Bionic Elbows and counters into one of his own, transitioning into an armbar. Anderson tags in but Rhodes quickly escapes harm’s way, annoying The Enforcer. Anderson gets turned into a pinball in the babyface corner and once again falls on his ass, frightened and confused. 

Windham tags in, Rhodes counters a side headlock with a headscissors that takes Windham a little time to finally break out of. Rhodes connects with a pair of armdrags and a dropkick, Eaton and Dog getting some shots in as well in the corner (they’re babyfaces though so it’s fine). Dog tags in and comes off the top with a right hand as Rhodes holds him place, following up with a backdrop. Anderson tags in, Dog takes him down with a drop toehold and locks in a Figure Four in the center of the ring, Windham tries to break it up but gets caught in one by Rhodes, Studd runs in and Eaton puts the Figure Four on him and the crowd goes WILD as the ref tries to get control of the match. The heels bail to the floor to regroup, Eaton patiently waiting for someone to get back in for punching purposes. Eaton fights out of the corner, Anderson bails to the floor and follows him…right into a lariat from Windham. Studd throws Eaton into the guardrail and back into the ring, Anderson slingshots him throat-first into the bottom rope. Eaton moves to the apron, Windham yanks him off by the tights and sends him crashing into the guardrail. Dog tries to check on his partner but the ref forces him back, giving DDP the opening to send Eaton back into the guardrail. Windham tags in and connects with a kneedrop, the crowd doing their best to wake Bobby up. Eaton ducks a lariat and connects with one of his own, Rhodes gets the hot tag and everybody gets right hooks for their troubles. Rhodes and Windham battle to the floor, Dog rolls Anderson up for the 1…2…3! HEH?

The Yellow Dog, Dustin Rhodes, & Bobby Eaton defeated Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, & Diamond Studd via pinfall (11:35)

  • JON’S THOUGHTS: Good match, crowd was SUPER into it especially that triple figure four spot (or it was WCW sweetening the crowd noise again like they used to but I wanna pretend so just roll with it, please). One of my guilty pleasure storylines in pro wrestling is the “masked wrestler identity is obvious but everyone plays dumb” trope so I’m loving this Yellow Dog nonsense. Diamond Studd is way too ripped and full of potential to be stuck where he is though, I can’t believe WCW did not try to rocket his ass to the top immediately. (**1/4)

Anderson, Windham & Studd immediately go after Dog’s mask but Dog luckily makes it out of the ring and preserves his identity so he can fight another day.

-Ross & Dangerously hype tonight’s World Championship Wrestling which will feature The Young Pistols vs. The Enforcers in the opening round of the World Tag Team Title tournament.

*****

FINAL VERDICT
  • FAVORITE MATCH: Yellow Dog, Dustin Rhodes, & Bobby Eaton vs. Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, & Diamond Studd
  • FAVORITE SQUASH: Z-Man vs. Mike Thor

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