WCW Clash of the Champions XIV: Dixie Dynamite!

Live from Gainesville, GA

Airdate: January 30, 1991

Attendance: 2,200

Hosted by Jim Ross, & the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes

How will the dynamite work? Will this be a blow-away show? Or will this show blow up in WCW’s face? Read on!

This reflection is dedicated to the speedy recovery of “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Get well, champ!

Opening montage.

Ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta asks the Gainesville faithful to stand during the national anthem.

Next, Ross and Rhodes welcome us to the program as Rhodes is ready to get “funky like a monkey.” Considering he’s rejoined WCW as the booker, let him please not bring back the gorilla in the cage bit.

Match 1 for the WCW World tag team titles: Doom (champions w/o Teddy Long) versus NWA US champion the “Total Package” Lex Luger & Sting


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Somewhat disjointed match with the Luger-Spivey and Doom dissension angles intertwined.

After the match, Doom tries to whip Sting and Luger together, but Luger collapses. Sting then hits Simmons with a flying shoulder block. While Reed pounds on Luger, Sting gave Simmons a standing dropkick. Sting and Luger then clear the ring.

After a commercial break, Missy Hyatt allegedly frightens small children with the presentation of “WCW’s Sexiest Wrestler” to the Z-Man.

Match 2 for the WCW World TV title: The Z-Man (champion) versus “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Eaton should have dominated but lost here because Z-Man had already lost the title to Arn Anderson on the next episode of WCW Worldwide (aired 2/2, taped 1/7). Yes, your math is correct. Zenk held the TV title for exactly eight days. Take that for what it’s worth.

Next, a pre-recorded promo by Alexandra York airs. She states that she has selected a new member for the York Foundation.

Match 3: Freebirds versus “Wildfire” Tommy Rich & Alan Iron Eagle


Rating: *

Summary: Although Rhodes promoted Iron Eagle as an up-and-coming rookie, Iron Eagle’s wouldn’t return to WCW for five years.

Promo for WrestleWar ’91 airs. It will be LIVE on PPV on 2/24.

Tony Schiavone and Uncle Paul join us as Rhodes subtly jabs at Paul’s sexuality. While Uncle Paul strives to become my hero “by ridding the wrestling world of Missy Hyatt,” he then quotes Martin Luther King, Jr.

Match 4: Sid Vicious versus “Jumpin’” Joey Maggs


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Sid.

After the match, Sid’s EMT crew places Maggs on a stretcher, but Sid overturns it.

Promo for the wrestling hotline airs. Did any of you ever call them?

After a commercial break, Schiavone interviews Sid.

Match 5: Terry Taylor versus Ricky Morton


Rating: *

Summary: Since Cappetta spoiled the outcome to the match, it fell flatter than two-year-old draught beer.

We then see a highlight reel of a women’s match from Japan and are promised one at the PPV. Order NOW!

While Pro Wrestling Illustrated senior editor Bill Apter honors Sting as the Wrestler of the Year 1990, Sting thanks his fans.

Rhodes then soliloquizes about the Persian Gulf conflict and America’s involvement. In lieu of saying “booty” or “rear end,” Rhodes used the word “ass.” I wonder if he caught any flack for it.

Match 6: Ranger Ross versus El Cubano


Rating: DUD

Summary: Nary a “U-S-A” chant was heard among the Gainesville faithful. Somewhere between Savannah, GA and Youngstown, OH, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan was not pleased.

Promo #2 for Wrestlewar ’91 airs.

Match 7: The “Enforcer” Arn Anderson & Barry Windham versus the Renegade Warriors


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Showcase match for the Horsemen.

Promo #3 for WrestleWar ’91 airs.

Footage of a Vader-Hansen match from Japan airs. Schiavone then interviews Hansen who is ready to scrap with Vader at the PPV.

Match 8: “Flyin’” Brian Pillman versus Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Showcase match for Pillman.

Ross then shills the NEW WCW official fan club.

Match 9 (arm-wrestling): Missy Hyatt versus Paul E. Dangerously


Rating: NONE

Next, a pre-recorded video from LT’s Sports Bar in East Rutherford, NJ airs. Kevin Sullivan, Mike Rotunda, Alexandra, York, Barry Windham, and Ric Flair sit at a table with New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

An ad for Wrestling Wrap-Up airs.

Match 10 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion) versus US tag team champion Scott Steiner (w/ Rick Steiner)


Rating: ****

Summary: Flair carried Scott a great match here. Although I would have preferred the Frankensteiner as the climax, I’ll forgive it this time.

Conclusion: Say it with me—ONE MATCH SHOW! While the arm-wrestling “match” may have been titillating, only the main event was worthwhile. Having said that, WCW plugged the PPV with enthusiasm and vigor although a part of me believes it’s to encourage people to buy the WCW PPV rather than WrestleMania VII. You decide!

If you’ve never seen Flair versus Scott Steiner, it’s worth a look. Pass on the rest.

See you for WWF Main Event V!

Rating: 3.90

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