NWA WrestleWar ‘91

Live from Phoenix, AZ

Airdate: February 24, 1991

Attendance: 6,800

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

“War” in the desert? Is there some hidden meaning here?

For those curious, some kid named Eddie Guerrero wrestled in the opening dark match.

Match 1 for the WCW World Six-Man tag team titles: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & JYD (champions) versus Big Cat & the State Patrol


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Good opener that excited the Phoenix faithful.

On a platform, Tony Schiavone interviewed Taylor with York. While Taylor cuts a brief promo on Z-Man, York plans for expansion while claiming Taylor will beat Z-Man in less than 15:28. Get your stopwatches ready!

Match 2: “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton versus Brad Armstrong


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Extremely good match that showcased both wrestlers well. Despite wrestling like a heel, the Phoenix faithful cheered Eaton.

Promo airs for SuperBrawl LIVE on PPV on 5/19. Order NOW!

Match 3: Mami Kitamura & Itsuki Yamazaki versus Miss A & Miki Handa


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Fast-paced, stiff, and fun tag match. This was no popcorn match.

On the platform, Schiavone’s with Missy who wants to interview a “babe” in the locker room. Well, she is dating the much younger Hervey who’s a babe in the woods.

Match 4: “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes versus “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for the new kid on the block.

Not THAT new kid on the block!

Missy then enters the wrestlers’ dressing room but encounters an ornery Hansen. As you would expect, he makes her squeal like a pig although not in the way she would prefer. Schiavone, to say the least, was speechless. This was a parody of the Lisa Olson sexual harassment incident involving the New England Patriots in September 1990.

Match 5: The Young Pistols versus the Royal Family


Rating: **

Summary: Average tag match without much to mention.

On the platform, Schiavone interviews DDP who has become the new manager of the Freebirds. When DDP disparages him, Long comes to the platform to inform DDP that Doom’s not splitting.

At least not like that.

Match 6 (no-DQ): “The Computerized Man of the ‘90s” Terry Taylor (w/ Alexandra York) versus Z-Man


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Lots of stalling and heel shenanigans may have earned Taylor some heel heat, but this match was just….

Thanks, Charles.

After the match, Z-Man gives Taylor an atomic drop sending him over the top rope to the floor.

DANGER ZONE: While Uncle Paul emerges from the entrance, he’s dressed as a matador. El Gigante is his guest yet él no habla inglés. When Uncle Paul tosses his sombrero in El Gigante’s face, he gets slammed. El Gigante then wears the sombrero and leaves.

On the platform, Schiavone promotes the WCW/NJPW supershow at the Egg Dome in Tokyo on 3/21. He also interviews Matsuda and the Great Muta. The latter’s response is green mist signifying the color of money. This show should also be uploaded to the WWE Network.

Match 7: Stan “The Lariat” Hansen versus IWGP champion Big Van Vader


Rating: *

Summary: This was hardcore before hardcore was cool.

After the match, Vader mounts the top turnbuckle and hits a lariat but misses a splash. Hansen then takes down Vader and chokes him with a bull rope. When Vader frees himself, he puts the bull rope around Hansen’s neck and drags him down the ramp. They then fight all the way backstage.

Promo #2 for SuperBrawl airs.

Match 8 for the NWA US title: The “Total Package” Lex Luger (champion) versus Dan Spivey


Rating: ****

Summary: Fantastic match carried extremely well by Spivey who demonstrated an array of wrestling maneuvers to create drama and intrigue.

On the platform, Schiavone along with Grizzly Smith and Nikita Koloff present Luger with a new US championship belt. As Luger arrives, he pats Smith on the back and hugs Koloff. As Koloff presents the belt to Luger, Koloff WAFFLES him with it. How dastardly! When Schiavone asks for an explanation, Koloff details the need to “prove (himself)” to the WCW championship committee. In doing so, he’s going to “take the belt” while removing his bandana, coat, and shirt. WE HAVE A HEEL TURN!

Prior to the next match, DDP gets on the microphone and introduces “the road boss” Big Daddy Dink. When Ross and Dusty tease Dink about his motorcycle, they subtly mention his need for a trike. HA!

Match 9 for the NWA World tag team titles: Doom (champions w/ Teddy Long) versus Freebirds (w/ Diamond Dallas Page, Big Daddy Dink, & Diamond Dolls)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Well, the split of Doom is inevitable, and their loss of the tag titles should be the last straw between them.

After the match, Simmons pushed Long down so Reed nailed him. Long then tosses the foreign object to Reed so that he could SMASH Simmons’ head in. As Reed mounts the second turnbuckle, he hits a fist drop with the foreign object. He then delivers a series of fist drops to further dissolve their partnership. After Long puts the loafers to Simmons, he washes his hands of him.

In an interesting bit of wrestling trivia, the Freebirds AREN’T the tag champions. Back on 2/18, the Steiners defeated the Freebirds on WCW Worldwide (aired 3/9). You may not be able to divide by zero, but credit the Freebirds for having a negative-six day title reign.

Promo #3 airs for SuperBrawl.

Ross then interviews 12-year-old Julian Baldwin from Philadelphia, PA who won the WrestleWar ’91 sweepstakes and earned a front-row ticket to the show.

We then revisit World Championship Wrestling when the Horsemen triple-teamed Pillman (aired 2/23, taped 2/4).

Prior to the main event, Schiavone reads the rules of WarGames.

Match 10 (WarGames): Sting, “Flyin’” Brian Pillman, & the Steiners versus NWA World champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious, & Larry Zbyszko (w/ Arn Anderson)


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Bloody, violent, incredible action with a horrific ending that could have paralyzed Pillman.

After the match, El Gigante carries Pillman backstage.

Ross then interviews referee Nick Patrick who stopped the match based upon PIllman’s inability to continue.

Conclusion: With a blockbuster main event, a better-than-anticipated US title match, and the split of Doom, this show is a no-brainer for a recommendation. Call your friends and family, fire up the WWE Network, and enjoy the show.

Buyrate: 1.20

Stay tuned for WWF WrestleMania VII!

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