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Assorted May PPV Countdown: WCW SuperBrawl 91

The Netcop Retro Rant for WCW Superbrawl

- Live from St. Petersburg, Florida.

- Your hosts are Jim Ross and Dusty Rhodes.

- Opening match, US tag titles: The Fabulous Freebirds v. The Young Pistols.

The titles were vacated when the Steiners "won" the World titles (Hey, wanna annoy the Rick?  Write and ask him to explain the Freebirds' title reign in 1991...) and this is to fill the vacancy. (Was there a more pointless repackaging than going from “The Southern Boys” to “The Young Pistols”?  I can only assume that there was some fear of racism in the previous name, because they were doing exactly the same act after the name-change regardless of them “paying tribute to Bob Armstrong” or whatever nonsense reason they gave at the time.)  Standard action to start and then a pier-six erupts and Brad Armstrong arrives at ringside to even the odds. Big Daddy Dink gets sent back to the dressing room and Brad follows. The Pistols double-team Garvin. We head outside the ring and Tracy Smothers takes a nice bump as he gets dropped on the STEEL railing. He gets on the ring apron and then takes the Bret Hart bump into the STEEL railing again. Tracy plays Ricky Morton for the Freebirds' shitty offense. Steve Armstrong gets the hot tag and cleans up with a tope on both Birds, and then they hit their double-team jawjacker on both Birds. Ref gets bumped when they do it again. Brad Armstrong runs out dressed as "Fantasia" (later renamed Badstreet) and nails Smothers with a tornado DDT, and Hayes gets the pin to win the US tag titles at 10:19. *1/2  (No idea why they never went anywhere with the Badstreet thing as a gimmick whereby he’d get unmasked as a traitor to his family.  Could have been a fun payoff, actually.) 

- Dan Spivey v. Ricky Morton.

This is still prior to Morton's heel turn. Spivey tosses Morton around the ring like a child in the standard big man v. little man formula. Morton makes a brief comeback but gets powerbombed out his boots and Spivey pins him with one foot at 3:11. 1/2*

- Nikita Koloff v. Tommy Rich.

Fresh off attacking Lex Luger at WrestleWar 91, Koloff needed a reason to be here to interfere later in the night, so he squashes Rich and finishes it with a sickle at 4:07. *  (Never apologize for squashing Tommy Rich.) 

- Special interview with Johnny B. Badd. This is Badd's debut, and he turns the Fag-O-Meter up to 11. Badd finishes the interview with that classic line "I'm so pretty, I should have been born a little girl." Man, isn't that Dusty Rhodes a friggin' GENIUS?  Only he could come up with a blatantly homosexual character and not get it over.  It should be noted that Johnny, who was gayer than Lenny and Lodi combined, predated them by a good 8 years.  (You’ll note that Badd of course got over by completely eliminating the gay portion of his character and just being Marc Mero.) 

- Terrence Taylor v. Dustin Rhodes.

Taylor has the repackaged Big Cat with him as the bodyguard Mr. Hughes. Oddly that particular gimmick would stick with Hughes for the rest of his career. (To bring up the previous post about guys who were best cast in their characters, Mr. Hughes was the PERFECT role for Curtis Hughes.)  Stalling and punching to start. Taylor keeps rolling out to consult with the "computer". To review:  Alexandra York would go on to marry Dustin Rhodes and is currently known as Terri, manager of the Hardy Boyz. (And then they’d have a nasty divorce and she’d date New Jack instead before having a nasty Facebook breakup with him as well.  The question of course is how Jerome Young keeps getting all this quality action.)  Taylor keeps control with more knees and punching until Dustin makes the supercow comeback. Dustin gets the bulldog but the ref is distracted with Ms. York, which allows Hughes the opportunity to get onto the apron and, of course, hit Taylor by mistake with an international object. Rhodes gets the pin in 8:05. *  (At this point it was all hands on deck to bump for Dustin Rhodes and justify the push from daddy the bookerman.  Obviously he turned into a good worker in the long run, but that was a LONG ways away.) 

- Big Josh v. Black Bart.

Bart doesn't have the other two Desperadoes with him, unfortunately. Speaking of bad gimmicks, man was THAT one like a huge car wreck.  Two months of vignettes for a six-man group consisting of Dutch Mantell, Randy Culley and Black Bart, whose ultimate goal was not to win matches or anything (because god knows they failed hideously enough if it was) but to find Stan Hansen.  Another Dusty brainchild.  (Sadly, they never found Stan, even though he’s IN THE NEXT SEGMENT.)  This would be a nacho break match, as Bart is subbing for Larry Zbyszko. Sadly, this is probably a better match than Zbyszko would have provided. Josh completes the squash in 3:46 with the log roll and the Northern Lights butt splash.  DUD

- Paul E. Dangerously presents...the Danger Zone. He's the only true cowboy in New York, you know. The designated verbal victim this time: Stan Hansen. Well, not quite, as Hansen commandeers the microphone and yells threats to Dustin Rhodes and his fat father.  Oddly enough, the Desperadoes don't do a run-in here, despite the pursuit of Stan Hansen being their, you know, life and everything.

- And while Hansen talks, the stage hands set up the entranceway for the debut know who.


Yes, folks, before he was Big or even sexy, Kevin Nash walked the yellow brick road as the Great and Powerful Oz. With his manager, the Great Wizard (Kevin Sullivan in a goofy mask). I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.  See, Ted Turner had recently bought the rights to the MGM movie catalogue, and in one of those mental leaps that only people from the southern US and network executives make, he wanted to hype the debut of the Wizard of Oz on his TV stations by having a character based on the movie.  (Much like if a WWE show ended up on the Sci-Fi network and it was decided that they needed to have a zombie and vampire character on that wrestling show in order to justify it being there.)  Kevin Nash was appointed.

- Oz v. Tim Parker. 40 second squash as Nash finishes it with the helicopter slam. DUD  8 years later and the guy is WCW World champion. Go fig.

- Missy Hyatt goes into the locker room for an interview with Terrence Taylor, but inevitably she finds Stan Hansen in the shower and more hilarity ensues. (Can you imagine if Hansen was around today as a top guy in WWE?  I’d pay money to see the conversation that resulted when someone tried to give him a script to read and asked him to do a 10 minute promo on live TV about “The WWE Universe.” ) 

- Taped fist match: Brian Pillman v. Barry Windham.

Total brawl, as they spill outside and Windham starts bleeding right away. Pillman briefly launches his flurry of offense, but Windham drops him on the STEEL railing to a big pop to take over. Windham hammers on Pillman, who makes the comeback, but gets caught with a lowblow on the top rope and superplexed for the Windham pinfall. Big pop for that. Alarmingly short match at 6:08, however. **1/2  (Things would get worse for Pillman in this feud.) 

- The Diamond Mine with DDP. (Two interview segments!  On a PPV!)  We get pre-taped comments from Luger and Sting for whatever reason, and then DDP brings out his newest find...The Diamond Studd. Hey yo, this gimmick sucks. Scott Hall would go on to refine the gimmick into Razor Ramon.  (Get it…REFINE…?) 

- Stretcher match: El Gigante v. Sid Vicious.

(I take it back, bring back the interview segments instead!)  This would be the "let's get this over with so I can go to the WWF" match for Sid. Conspiracy theory: El Gigante disappeared in 1994. Paul Wight made his debut in 1995. El Gigante is Spanish for "The Giant". Coincidence? Well, anyway, Gigante finishes Sid off with the clawhold after about two minutes of non-action, but One Man Gang attacks Gigante before Sid can be loaded onto the stretcher. The fans sing "Na na na na, hey hey hey goodbye" for Sid.  -***

- Thunder-doom cage match: Ron Simmons v. Butch Reed.

(I should note that this is a full cage over the ring six years before WWE “innovated” the idea with Hell In The Cell.  WWE, in all fairness though, did come up with the idea of letting good workers take crazy bumps off the cage and using it to draw money, which WCW never would have thought of doing.)  Teddy Long is in a cage above the ring. This would be the blowoff for the feud that started at Wrestlewar when they lost the tag titles to the Freebirds. This was a very transitional show, as Long dumped Reed and moved on to Johnny B. Badd, and DDP dumped the Freebirds in favor of the Diamond Studd. (They both backed the correct horse in those races.)  Both Reed and Simmons use the same music. Simmons hammers Reed early but misses a charge to the cage and Reed takes over. Ross is once again dubbing him "Hacksaw" Butch Reed. Simmons blades. More boring offense from Reed. Simmons takes about 10 minutes of punches and kicks. Why would Reed still have the "D" on his boots? At least Ron Simmons moved on with his life. Simmons makes the superbro comeback, but Long tosses an international object into the ring. Reed spends too much time jawing with the referee, and Simmons catches him with the spinebuster for the win at 9:39. Yawn. 1/2*

- WCW World tag team titles: The Steiner Brothers v. Sting & Lex Luger.

There was no real build to this match -- Sting and Luger basically just asked for a title shot at one point. Luger and Rick start out slow, but it builds fast once Luger no-sells a Steinerline. Rick blitzes him with a pair of suplexes and a clothesline, but Luger responds with his own. The crowd is torn. Sting's turn, as he clotheslines Rick out of the ring and hits a gorgeous running tope. Sting does Rick's own body-vice-into-the-corner ramming move on him, but the Stinger splash misses. Scott in with a butterfly powerbomb to a huge pop. Tilt-a-whirl and the crowd is going nuts. Sting reverses a whip into a stungun and Luger's in. Another quick tag to Sting, but Scott with an atomic drop and a belly-to-belly superplex for two. Over to the other corner, but Scott misses a charge and goes over the top rope. Luger tags in and suplexes him in for two. Scott blocks a powerslam with a uranage, but Lex comes back with the powerslam. He goes for the rack, but Scott counters to a russian legsweep. Rick tags in and comes off the top with the bulldog and an elbowdrop for two. Sting dropkicks Rick off the top rope and a brawl erupts. Luger and Rick do the double knockout. Sting and Scott get the hot tags and Sting hits a belly to back on Scott. They do the tombstone reversal spot and Sting gets it. Two count. Another brawl erupts as Rick and Luger fight outside. Sting with the Stinger splash on Scott...but Nikita Koloff skulks to ringside with a chain wrapped around his arm. He swings at Luger but Sting pushes him out of the way and takes the shot himself, falling prey to a Scott Steiner pin at 11:09 to retain the titles. Ab fab. ***** A great match with a great angle, great intensity, and completely non-formula.  (Still one of my favorite matches ever.  Also the last really great Steiner Brothers match in the US before Scott’s arm went to shit.) 

- World TV title match: Arn Anderson v. Bobby Eaton.

They trade headlocks to start as Eaton has morphed into a babyface since the last PPV. Arn gets a cheapshot but Eaton with a clothesline out of the corner and move #103 (arm-BAR). Eaton to the top but Anderson slams him onto the rampway. Eaton reverses a piledriver on the ramp to a backdrop. Eaton with a double-axehandle on Anderson as he comes into the ring. Eaton mixes it up with move #949 (ARM-bar). A AA cheapshot and posting turns the tide. He applies a leglock and holds the ropes for leverage. Although the way he has it applied, the ropes wouldn't really help much. Eaton breaks free and rams Arn to each turnbuckle 8 or 9 times each. Another cheapshot allows Arn to go to work on the knee again. Eaton tries a suplex but the knee gives way. They trade shots and Arn goes for the pump splash but Eaton gets the knees up. Spinebuster gets two. Anderson to the second rope and he gets a shot in the gut, of course, and does the somersault sell. Eaton with the neckbreaker, and he goes to the top for the Alabama Jam to win the World TV title at 11:50, his first and only singles title. It would last about a week before he dropped it to Steve Austin. Eaton is so happy that he hugs Nick Patrick while taking the belt. Eaton and Anderson must have like working together, because they went on to win the WCW World tag team titles in early 1992. ***1/4  (Eaton is of course one of the nicest guys in the business, and it was really nice to finally see him get his moment in the spotlight as a singles star, even if it didn’t last for long.  He got this and then the match with Flair the next month and I don’t think he even would have wanted anything else as far as a singles push went.)  

- WCW World title match: Ric Flair v. Tatsumi Fujinami.

This was actually a match to settle a dispute between NWA World champion Fujinami and WCW World champion Ric Flair after Fujinami pinned Flair for the NWA title in Japan and WCW refused to recognize it. Flair isn't using "Also Sprach Zarathustra" here for some reason. Tiger Hatori is the in-ring ref, and Fonzie is the backup outside. They trade some stuff to start and Fujinami ends up with the first advantage with a bow-and-arrow. Then a Boston Crab. And an indian deathlock. Geez, this is rather 20 years ago. Fujinami gets two off a flying forearm. Another one sends Flair over the top to the floor. They fight a bit and Flair ends up crotching Fujinami on the STEEL railing. Flair tosses him in and goes to work on the knee. Figure-four but Fujinami makes the ropes. Fujinami gets a scorpion deathlock but Flair makes the ropes. Belly to back gets two. Flair with his own, followed by the kneedrop. They do some headlock stuff and then fight outside, where Flair blades. Fujinami with chops on Flair back in the ring. Flair to the top, but Fujinami slams him off and puts on a modified abdominal stretch. Slugfest, which leads to the inevitable Flair Flop, and a double knockout which leaves Fujinami on the floor and Flair on the ramp. Back in and Flair's knee gives out on a slam for a Fujinami two. Small package for two. Fujinami with a rollup, but Tiger Hatori gets bumped. Luckily Bill Alfonso is there to count Flair's reversal for three at 18:39. The WCW and NWA title are thus reunified. And everyone who cared was pretty much sitting at the broadcaster's table. Off night for both guys. **3/4

The Bottom Line: Well, the first couple of hours was pathetic crap, but everything from the tag titles on was great. Not a must-see show, but definitely check out the tag title match.  (What he said.  And they fit all this into the same amount of time as a WWE PPV today!) 

Mildly recommended.


  1. Dont feel like emailing this question Scott, but do you watch or even like shoot interviews?

    I say this, cuz of Scott Sez about New Jack/Terri.

    The 2012 New Jack Shoot is about 90 minutes. 75 minutes details the whole relationship of New Jack and Terri... from Jacks POV. Its so hilarious and revolting at the same time.

    Onto the PPV, holy fuck thats a lot of matches.

  2. After reading Jericho's 2nd book, I can think of another reason the Mr. Hughes character was perfect for him: it gave the guy a much-needed excuse to war sunglasses all the time since he was a narcoleptic and would fall asleep in the ring!

  3. Hughes was an interesting guy for sure.

  4. Hey, another 5 star match that clocks under 15 minutes.  Actually, way under by your count. 

    That match was awesome and man was I a mark for the Steiners back then, especially Scott.  Who wasn't though?

  5. Actually, I think JBB actually started getting over even before he dropped the gay gimmick entirely, unlike most of WCW's spring and summer 1991 "new class", although obviously not to the level he'd be in late 1994-1995.  He was over enough that they turned him face though by the fall of 1991 though.

    Looking back, they brought in a TON of new guys or came up with new gimmicks for old guys in that period or right around it.  You had Oz, Black Blood, Diamond Studd, Big Josh, Dustin Rhodes, Bill Kazamier, Van Hammer, Badstreet, Johnny B. Badd, Steve Austin, The Patriots, and P.N. News all debuting in 1991.  That's quite the influx of guys in such a short period, but I guess they were probably trying to shed the NWA image and go younger.

  6. What the hell was that shit they dubbed over the real Oz theme? That crappy porno sounding knock off of Another One Bites the Dust just made it all the more hilarious.

  7.  LOL yes!

    Wow, someone even made a custom Oz Titan-Tron for the song:

  8. Dirty_Dave_DelaneyMay 8, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    I've only seen the preview video and that was disturbing enough for me! Still laughing at the following quote though; "...because I gotta dick the size of a baby's leg!" 

  9. Love the match too.  I think my favorite spot is when Sting hits the plancha on Rick Steiner on the outside.

    Normally when they do this spot, the guy on the outside makes no attempt to cover up the fact that they are gonna catch the guy, they just stand there and wait for the guy in the ring to make his leap.  Here it looks 100% more believable, because Rick Steiner turns away from the ring and walks to his right and so Sting aims his jump for where Steiner will be instead of where he is at the moment.  Sting does his leap and Steiner stops and turns at the perfect moment to catch him.  Just looks way better than the usual plancha spot.

  10.  That's the music Tensai needs to get over.

  11. YES! Sting's plancha was a thing of beauty. A similar spot is one of my favorite parts of the WM12 Iron Man match -- HBK does a dive on a "blind" Bret perfectly.

    Stinger was great at those, especially in his series with Muta.

  12. "Also the last really great Steiner Brothers match in the US before Scott’s arm went to shit."Wait, what about the MVC matches? Or were those post-injury? Honestly, the Steiners to me were just as good post-injury. Harts-Steiners is my favorite WWF tag match.

  13. Not that it really matters, but that video is from GAB 91, not this show.

  14. "Flair isn't using "Also Sprach Zarathustra" here for some reason."

    I think this is the period when Flair was using the gladiator/Roman soldier music, from when Herd wanted to morph the gimmick into that. I watched the match with Eaton recently and he used the different music for that match, too.

  15. Yeah, that one with the Harts (Jan. 94) was only a finish away from the full monty. The Steiners also had a really good match at the next May PPV (which Scott will be doing tomorrow, I'd imagine) with a Japanese team whose name escapes me. They could still go, just not on such a consistent basis.

  16.  He's not the only one who'd fall asleep when he was in the ring. BA-ZING.

  17. Never got the hate for early 90's Dustin Rhodes. I wasn't watching at the time, but when I re-watch those ppvs now his matches are enjoyable enough.

  18. IMO he would get better in 92 and 93 once it was kind of realized that he was there to stay and his in-ring work wasnt bad. Namely his tag matches with Windham and his singles matches against Vader & Rob Parker's stud stable.

  19.  It's funny to think when I was a kid, I'd believe that the Steiners vs Sting/Luger was an even match up that could go either way. Quite the contrast to today's tag teams.

  20. I can only imagine Stan Hansen in current WWE. When he would say "I got a fat wife and 9 kids to feed" it'd start a bunch of online debates about not being bullies, and then Santino would make fun of him for it in a comedy segment, and then Brodus would bring some fat actress and 9 kids out to dance with him. And Stan would probably job to the Cobra.

    I'm kinda sad now.

  21. i like tensais music, thats about it...

  22. Yeah. Has there been a team since the NAO/Dudleyz/Hardyz/Edge & Christianz era where a dedicated tag team could take on two top singles stars and it'd be 50/50 for the fans at home?

  23. at least he looked really menacing.

  24. He ate all of DDP's chicken wings after going over him!

  25. I think the big push with this show, from what I can remember from TV at the time, was they tried to make it look like Flair/Fujinami was the entire reason for the (at the time) random May PPV. This was when both companies were trying to fill out their PPV calendar more, and I distinctly remember them acting in kayfabe about this show needing to exist b/c Flair & Fujinami had to have a rematch. Kinda why some of it feels so thrown together...not that they weren't doing that at the time.

  26. His matches were terrific. They hold up really well, better to me than a lot of Vader's matches from the same era.

  27. Good call, yeah Shawn's leap of faith there is very similar and one of the best ones I've seen

  28. Yeah, I think this was right around the time that both companies (but especially WCW) realized they could throw any card out there and get a base audience to order it and still make money on the PPVs. 

    It was always worried that price and the proximity to the last PPV date might cause a massive downward trend in the buyrate, but it didn't take a whole lot of experimentation to figure out that neither made a huge difference to the base audience that would ALWAYS order the show.  WCW wasn't making as good of a profit on there shows as the WWF was, especially when buys were in the toilet, but at least according to Meltzer, the first WCW PPV not to make back the cost was BattleBowl 1993 I believe.

  29. Bobby Eaton might be the most underrated wrestler in history.  Excellent singles worker and one of the very greatest tag team workers of all time, not to mention the fact that he's one of the few guys that seems to be universally liked within the wrestling world.  The Midnight Express definitely need to be in the HOF once Cornette and Vince get over their beef.....this would be Cornette/Eaton/Lane/Condrey all inducted as a unit.  (Rose was before my time, so maybe him too.)

  30. Considering that weird gladiator music sounded very similar to Steve Austin's 1st WCW theme, I'm wondering if they were originally going to give Austin that theme.

    As a sidenote, Steve Austin might very well be the only wrestler in history to have always had good entrance music, regardless of the year, gimmick or push. Even his Ringmaster music was light years better than most entrance themes today.

  31. Good point about Johnny B. Badd, I remember Van Hammer being weirdly over with the crowds as well despite being a pretty shitty wrestler, but WCW never capitalized on his popularity yet they kept pushing Bill Kazmaier and Big Josh to the sound of crickets chirping.

    I also remember a surprisingly good worker they had about a year earlier named JW Storm who had a great look, charisma, legit tough guy credibility and pretty good ring skills for a rookie. And unlike the majority of horrible greenhorns Ole Anderson brought in, the audience actually liked him.

    So of course WCW's response to lucking into getting a good young prospect was to book him to lose to Brad Armstrong at Halloween Havoc '90 (which got poor Brad booed out of the building, by the way.)
    Then after that, he just disappeared.

  32. New Jack's shoot interviews are always must-see.
    The guy's so funny and so full of shit at the same time.

  33. Briscoes are pretty much the top dogs in RoH, and I'm not talking tag teams, Jay and Mark are some of the biggest stars they have left.

  34. He's got a college education and a prison record, so he knows how to make decisions!

  35. Ha, I was just going to mention that JW Storm (real name Jeff Warner) went on to be DDP's bodyguard and Dungeon of Doom flunkie Max Muscle/Maxx, but I thought I should run a quick fact check first and found out that this was just a widely reported and untrue rumor that has been going around the internet over the past couple years.  What a weird piece of misinformation.

  36. Most definitely, but these interviews are great as long as you know going in that half of the stuff he says are made up lies that will quickly get debunked by Jim Cornette.

    He does have traces of honesty in between all of the bullshit though, so he's not quite on the Billy Jack Haynes/Chyna level of being a completely delusional, pathological liar.

  37. Love the story about the homeless guy in Foley's book. Eaton buys the guy a shirt, a bottle of wine, gives him some money, and shakes his hand.

    Hell, if there is no Heaven, at least he got some points down here from me.

  38. I think you proved a bigger point, Murphy.

    There just wouldn't be a place for a unique character in today's WWE.

    Everyone, from the Announcers to the Performers, are mere puppets. When you speak, you're speaking from a script. When you wrestle, you're supposed to wrestle "Main Event Style". When you are in public, you have an image to uphold...and what happens when you go against the grain, like Punk? Sure, you might get everything you want, but then you lay down to HHH and you become as homogenized as the next guy.

    All of these things, while noble, are just not Stan Hansen's style. The guy knew it then, and it's even more apparent now. That guy is one-of-a-kind, which is exactly why he would not be long in today's WWE.

  39. Honestly New Jack is strangely a bastion of old school thought and methodology.  I think that somewhere in his fucked up head of his, the shit he makes up is just to maintain kayfabe.

  40. "Cocaine is a hell of a drug, but that ain't my baby!"

  41. That was a nice story...I also liked the one about Foley seeing Stan Lane go into his hotel room with several bottles of baby oil.

  42. Scott, I think the idea of repackaging Smothers and Armstrong was to play off the popularity of the Young Guns films.

  43.  JW Storm is quite the interesting story, though mainly for what he did after his wrestling career.  Much like the Road Warriors, he was discovered while working as a bouncer in Minnesota.  He was definitely getting the push he deserved at first, as they kept playing up his undefeated streak until the Brad Armstrong match.  Supposedly they jobbed him because he was negotiating with the WWF while still under contract with WCW, though he says he hated the travel and felt the money wasn't worth it.  He actually did turn up in the WWF from late 1991-mid 1992 I believe, though I don't recall him appearing on TV and he mostly did house show jobs to Rick Martel.  You can see one of those from a MSG show here:

    He is far more well-known for his role in one of boxing's most infamous scandals.  This article is an excellent read: .  You can also watch the loss to Bill Corrigan here:

    Today he's a minister who breaks blocks with his head and performs various other feats of strength with a religious message.  Wonder if things have really changed since then...

  44. Yeah Dustin Rhodes is sort of a guilty pleasure for me too.  Of all the guys who were obviously pushed out of nepotism, he was easily the most talented from the 'get go'.

  45. I agree about the singles push for Eaton...too bad it didn't last that long.

    On the other hand, here's hoping that WWE doesn't make a play for Sid, but nothing they do would surprise me.


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