WCW SuperBrawl

Live from St. Petersburg, FL

Airdate: May 19, 1991

Attendance: 6,000 (4,887 paid)

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

Can Flair regain the NWA World title? Or can he retain the WCW World title? Confused? Read on!

Mandy Brown sings “America the Beautiful.”

Match 1 for the vacant US tag team titles: Freebirds (w/ Diamond Dallas Page & Big Daddy Dink) versus Young Pistols


Rating: ***

Summary: Good opener with a new gimmick providing interference. I’m sure WCW had to change the masked wrestler’s name due to Disney copyrights.

Match 2: “Dangerous” Dan Spivey versus Ricky Morton


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase high-impact match for Spivey.

On the ramp, Tony Schiavone and Missy Hyatt interview the Z-Man. Due to a torn bicep, Z-Man has missed six weeks of action. According to a hotline poll, Hyatt will return to the wrestlers’ dressing room for an interview. We then revisit Hyatt’s first attempt back at WrestleWar ’91. As Hyatt throws a tantrum, Schiavone states that “all the fans are behind Missy Hyatt.” I hope they got inoculated afterward.

Match 3: The “Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff versus Tommy Rich


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Koloff.

On the ramp, Schiavone interviews Johnny B. Badd. For those unaware, this is Marc Mero’s WCW debut. Teddy Long joins him for the interview. To quote Badd, “(he’s) so pretty, (he) should have been born a little girl.” Badd epitomizes flamboyance to say the least.

Match 4: The “Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrance Taylor (w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes) versus Dustin Rhodes


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Dustin's undefeated streak continues as he beat a truly cocky heel.

Match 5: Big Josh versus Black Bart


Rating: DUD

Summary: Popcorn match if there ever was one.

DANGER ZONE: Uncle Paul, wearing a costume cowboy hat, interviews Hansen who’s appalled that Uncle Paul would attempt such a dubious gesture. While Hansen challenges Dustin Rhodes, Uncle Paul shakes like a leaf.

Match 6: Oz (w/ the Great Wizard) versus Tim Parker


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Nash’s new gimmick.

Hyatt makes her second attempt for a locker room interview and finds Terrance Taylor. As she seeks Z-Man in the shower, she encounters Hansen in his boxers who spanks and expels her. That was HYSTERICAL!

Match 7 (taped fist): Barry Windham versus Brian Pillman


Rating: ***

Summary: Good brawl/wrestling match with blood but not too much of it.

DIAMOND MINE: DDP, with a pair of Diamond Dolls, yammers about the upcoming tag match. In a pre-recorded interview, Sting and Luger appear nervous to face their friends—the Steiners. DDP then reveals his newest protégé—the Diamond Studd, portrayed by Scott Hall.

Match 8 (stretcher): El Gigante versus Sid Vicious


Rating: DUD

Summary: According to Meltzer, both WCW and the WWF expected Sid to appear and do the job. This was Sid’s last WCW appearance for two years.

After the match, One Man Gang hits the ring to brawl with El Gigante. Sullivan joins him and nails El Gigante from behind to no avail. Upon choking Sullivan, El Gigante clotheslines One Man Gang over the top rope to the ramp.

While the St. Pete faithful chants “Na Na Goodbye” at Sid, El Gigante places One Man Gang on the stretcher. On the other hand, Sullivan tosses powder in El Gigante’s face. One Man Gang then picks up the stretcher and hits El Gigante’s back with it.

Match 9 (steel cage): “Hacksaw” Butch Reed (w/ Teddy Long) versus Ron Simmons


Rating: ***

Summary: Reed carried Simmons to a decent match here as the St. Pete faithful got behind the Florida State Seminole.

Prior to the next match, a video featuring all four competitors airs.

Match 10 for the WCW World tag team titles: The Steiners (champions) versus the “Total Package” Lex Luger & Sting


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Great match showcasing all four wrestlers as the Koloff heat transfers from Luger to Sting.

After the match, Sting is BUSTED OPEN as the Steiners and Luger assist him.

Backstage, Schiavone interviews Koloff who states that “Sting was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Sting then attacks Koloff from behind, and they brawl into the parking lot.

Match 11 for the WCW World TV title: Arn Anderson (champion) versus “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton


Rating: ***

Summary: One of the more exciting moments in pro wrestling as Eaton achieved his one and only singles championship. Great job, Bobby!

Backstage, Schiavone promotes the next match in front of Fujinami’s dressing room. He then interviews Hiro Matsuda who vows to bring the title back to Japan.

Let’s set the stage for the main event:

  1. WCW, in order to distance itself from the NWA, named Flair WCW World champion when he defeated Sting on 1/11/1991.
  2. According to WCW, Flair won by disqualification at WCW-NJPW Supershow ’91; thus, Flair remained WCW World champion.
  3. Since the NWA recognized Fujinami as its champion, WCW and NJPW organized a rematch.
  4. For some convoluted reason, WCW presented Fujinami as a challenger for the WCW World title rather than Flair for the NWA World title. Regardless, let’s stick the fork and knife into it and enjoy.

Match 12 for the NWA World title: Tatsumi Fujinami (champion) versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair


Rating: ***

Summary: Personally, I liked the Tokyo match better, but this match stood well on its own.

Conclusion: Politics aside, with three title changes and a fantastic tag match, this show holds historical value so I will give it a positive recommendation.

With the exception of the Taylor-Rhodes match, the poor-to-mediocre stuff was kept short. Also, Oz’s entrance was longer than his match. If you’ve not seen this show before, give it a glance. If you’ve not seen the Luger/Sting versus Steiners match in a while, you owe it to yourself to watch it again ASAP.

Buyrate: 1.04

Stay tuned for WCW Clash XV!

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