WCW Everybody! Jul 9, 2020 9:05:06 GMT -5 Dancing Stevie Renfield, burdette25159, and 10 more like this
Post by dcr on Jul 9, 2020 9:05:06 GMT -5
Thanks to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter for the notes
1991 January - April
Jan 8, 91
"Although no announcement has officially been made, it is a virtual certainty that Dusty Rhodes will be the new booker for World Championship Wrestling (and also that in 1991, the name National Wrestling Alliance will virtually disappear from the wrestling industry except for the names of a few championships in Mexico and references to WCW in Japan). Rhodes' final house show date with Titan was 12/30, although he's scheduled for one last night of humiliation at the Royal Rumble on 1/19."
"In the commentary on the Zenk-Anderson match they talked of Zenk having a 45 match win streak coming into the match. At Starrcade it was 35, but he was pinned at Starrcade"
"The Sunday TBS show had a mention of Doom as former world tag team champions out to regain the belts. These shows were all taped before Starrcade and when the thing didn't happen, they had to erase all mention of the change from the tape. And I guess they got every mention but one."
"Fans have been confused everywhere by Horsemen-Doom because the angle on TV in the limo paints Doom as the heels, but at the house shows Doom works as faces"
"The 1/30 TBS Clash of the Champions will take place from "The Atrium," which is the lower level of the CNN Center mall. The CNN Center is the corporate headquarters of all the Turner companies, including WCW. It's got maybe 32 floors or so and from the outside looks similar to a shopping mall. It's located next door to the Omni. The wrestling matches will take place on the level with all the restaurants."
"Local TV plugs, as I guess are the case in all cities, simply consist of two quickie line-up rundowns of the show. No interviews, either generic or localized, pertaining to the show even air. At least in New York they have the commentary localized to get the angles over. After two years in this business and using how Vince McMahon sells his arena shows as an example it amazes me that they can try to sell shows with virtually no hype"
Jan 14, 91
"Dusty was announced as booker to the guys Monday night. Magnum T.A. was in as a road agent and the booking team appears to be Rhodes, Windham, Magnum, Grizzly Smith, Kevin Sullivan, Ron West and Jody Hamilton with the latter two more messengers"
"Dusty changed Clash main from Flair-Pillman to Flair-Scott Steiner."
"Dustin is coming"
Jan 21, 91
"Originally the change was to occur at Starrcade, with Flair wrestling as the Black Scorpion and winning the title. But Sting didn't want to put Flair over in that scenario. Sting refused since he wanted to finish the Scorpion scenario with a victory in the blow-off. At that point, Barry Windham was moved into the Scorpion spot and Flair moved into a tag team spot on the card. But as it became obvious the company insisted on the change, Sting agreed to do it on Jan. 11 at the Meadowlands. Since he did, Flair agreed to put Sting over, as Scorpion, for Starrcade."
"Barry Windham & Arn Anderson beat Doom in a cage match in just 3:54....This was the match that was billed on television as a title-match....Without even an announcement that this was a non-title match when Windham & Anderson were announced as winners, they simply gave the belts to Doom. Between that and the match lasting under four minutes, they left the crowd feeling ripped-off, even on a card which saw a world title change"
"Lex Luger's clothesline at the Meadowlands popped Dangerously's jaw legit"
Jan 28, 91
"If those of you in the New York area heard a loud unexplained pop at about 9:15 on 1/11, it was Rick Steiners clothesline on Al Greene at the Meadowlands"
"Dusty is insisting on them going back to doing localized interviews"
"The 1/30 Clash has been moved from CNN Center to Gainesville, GA because of the heavy security surrounding CNN Center right now
Feb 4, 91
"WCW charged $25, $17 and $10 for tickets and had eight no-shows. As originally reported here, and then denied to me by several in WCW (in this case more due to a lack of communication as anything else), then corrected here last week, but ultimately the original story was true, to save on transportation costs, they decided to leave the undercard guys at home and replace them with locals. Instead of Tom Zenk vs. Bobby Eaton, Terry Taylor vs. Michael Wall Street, Brad Armstrong vs. Moondog and Tim Horner vs. Bill Irwin, we got Jim Gorman vs. Matt Moon, Big Mike Huff vs. Earthquake Ferris, Bill "Superfoot" Monroe vs. Johnny Sawyer and Paul Brown vs. "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer (who got the best crowd pop of the entire card)."
Feb 11, 91
"I couldn't believe it when Dusty said Teddy Long was out buying condoms (I'm sure he meant condos, but that's how everyone took his speech)"
"Before the show started, they must have had the crowd chant "Bobby, Bobby" so when Eaton came out they played a tape of the chant to give the illusion that Eaton was incredibly over. This isn't a bad idea, but in every case I've seen WCW do this (like with Lex Luger when he was a heel) they do it for a heel, which defeats the illusion you are trying to create that the crowd doesn't like the guy."
"Zenk wore his TV title that he had lost weeks earlier and it was billed as a TV title match which I guess totally exposed the business to everyone in Perry, GA and any hardcore fan"
"Ranger Ross was booked on the show before the war broke out, originally to come down from the ceiling of the CNN Center but with the move to Gainesville, that stunt was impossible so they booked him to wrestle instead"
"The Sid interview was noteworthy because it was the first time in history I've ever seen three different announcers all try to "steal" the crowd's interest from a guy doing an interview. Dusty interrupted to get himself over. Tony Schiavone was making faces to steal the crowd's focus from Paul E and even Jim Ross was making faces, seemingly to stay on Dusty's good side"
"Only WCW could give away an angle like this. Gary Cappetta announced Taylor as the "computerized man of the 90s" some nine minutes before Alexanda York was to show up and "surprise" everyone by revealing her affiliation with Taylor"
"JFD pinned Sheik (they made the announcement that Sheik had nothing to do with current events in Persian Gulf--awful match)"
"They did a gimmick with Doug Dillinger where Big Josh was being taken to jail with handcuffs on for running out of the crowd into the ring and Tommy Rich begs them not to press charges and Josh breaks the handcuffs. Josh acts like a total mark and in the ring pretends to not know how to work at all (Dusty should have saved this role for bringing in Tugboat so the role would be a shoot)"
Feb 18, 91
"The Butch Reed-Ron Simmons break-up took place on 2/5 in Gainesville at the TV tapings. Since the show doesn't air until 3/2, the two will be teaming up at the house shows until that point which I guess pretty much gives away the result of the tag team title match in Phoenix"
"Advance for Wrestle War in Phoenix is around 1,500 tickets in a 16,000 seater building. WWF is in town the night before in one of those strange coincidences that always seem to happen"
"How many of you caught that the clip they used to illustrate one of Rhodes' greatest triumphs ever at the Omni on Saturday was actually a clip from Greensboro (match with Blanchard at Starrcade 86) that he lost?"
Feb 25, 91
"This is one for the books. The Steiner Brothers won the world tag team titles from the Freebirds on 2/18 in Montgomery, AL at a TV taping (match will air on WCW Pro on 3/9). I guess that gives away the result of Sunday's match."
"JFD & Ricky Morton & Tommy Rich kept their six-man titles (which they weren't to win for five more days) beating Landel & Eaton & Taylor when Eaton got made at Landel and decked him and Landel was pinned"
"Windham pinned Simmons (this was taped for TV, Teddy Long was supposed to be in a cage above the ring but the cage no-showed)"
"Ric Flair was hospitalized with third-degree burns when he accidentally had scalding hot coffee spilled on him at a McDonalds. He was supposed to miss about a week but was already back in action a day or two later"
Mar 4, 91
"Lex Luger won't be appearing against Riki Choshu after all. When Luger negotiated his NWA contract, somehow he made it only valid for the United States and Canada so therefore they had no right to send him to Japan without paying him extra and negotiating a deal."
"The 5/19 PPV show was originally moved from St. Petersburg to Charleston, SC but has been moved back to St. Pete because the building in Charleston had a problem with them using pyrotechnic fireworks during the show"
"During Big Josh's matches, the fans chant "Matt Borne" at him but he tries to pretend he isn't Matt Borne"
Mar 11, 91
"Buddy Landel did an interview talking about the title situation as well and called the Steiners the world tag champs, which they don't win on TV for another week"
"Barry Windham pinned Ron Simmons by pinning Butch Reed who attacked Simmons (as if that makes any sense at all)"
"Steiners beat Freebirds to keep the U.S. tag belts (going on the assumption that we aren't supposed to know Steiners are world champs and have given up the US belts, what sense does it make for the supposed world champs to challenge for the US belts?)"
Mar 18, 91
"The National got phone calls from readers in Milwaukee wanting to know how Brian Pillman could have been injured on TBS on 2/23 when he worked that afternoon in Milwaukee and wasn't taped up and was fine and also why they said Sting was in Phoenix that day when he was in Milwaukee"
"Buddy Landel was fired for apparently blowing snot on a hotel manager on the road"
"Flair is no longer being referred to as a seven-time champion. That phrase has been banned from television so if/when a record is set, it will never be acknowledged"
"The finishes at the Dome show will be most interesting because the Japanese want pinfalls in the middle with no trunks pulled, no ref bumps, no feet on ropes, in every US vs. Japan match. Supposedly WCW is guaranteed $500,000 for its participation in the show and New Japan doesn't want cheap finishes or bad angles ruining its biggest card of the year."
Apr 3, 91
"The Dusty finish strikes Tokyo."
"Fujinami was in his dressing room surrounded by about four dozen photographers shooting a billion shots apiece of him with both belts (My Note: IWGP and WCW). Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone were in another part of the building filming the press conference which no doubt ended with them stripping Fujinami of the belt."
"Just about every reporter thought this was a legit world title change except for the few who knew English and had travelled and seen this finish before at Starrcade '85."
"After the show was a sayonara party at a night club in another part of town. Flair continually called Fujinami "champ" and there wasn't even any hint of controversy. Friday morning's Nikkan Sports came out and the entire front page of the newspaper was devoted to Fujinami becoming the 75th NWA world champion (NWA means a lot in Japan, WCW means nothing so it was continually called NWA world championship)."
"The story that Flair had left Japan with the belt hit the papers on Saturday afternoon. At the storyline in Japan goes, after the sayonara party, at midnight, Dusty Rhodes and Barry Windham (who are the heels in this "controversy" in Japan) went to Seiji Sakaguchi and told him the result of the match is a no contest and that Flair was still the champion."
"The story gets even funnier here, as according to the Tokyo Sports story on Saturday, a reporter, who must have figured out what was going to happen, talked with Bill Alphonso and asked him who won and Alphonso said that Fujinami won. So now you've got both refs agreeing with the decision when the original story I'd heard that it was supposed to be all along was the American ref would say Flair won and the Japanese ref would say Fujinami won."
"The reason they didn't just do the Dusty finish as it's done in the U.S. is because of the fear of doing that screw-job would have ended up with the place rioting, which probably is what would have happened. So they did the Verne Gagne and sent the fans home thinking it was a title change until two days later they read the real story in the newspaper."
"So as the story goes, Fujinami is recognized as NWA world champion in Japan. Flair is recognized as NWA world champion and has the belt in the United States. And the two have a rematch on 5/19 in St. Petersberg, FL to rectify the situation."
Apr 8, 91
"Sid, who is under contract with WCW until September 1st, gave notice this past week that he wanted to leave the company effective May 31"
"In the dressing room this past week, Vicious was said to have complained that he'd done more jobs than Tim Horner"
"As of this weekend, on the WCW line-up sheet for the 5/19 SuperBrawl PPV show from St. Petersburg, the Vicious vs. El Gigante stretcher match had a question mark by it."
"This shouldn't surprise anyone by this time but apparently the WWF booked the USF Sundome in Tampa (across town from St. Pete) on--you guessed it-- 5/18. And this will continue to happen until WCW comes up with a retaliation plan"
"WWF booked Chicago head-to-head in October, the Meadowlands head-to-head with Nassau in January (both said to be purely coincidences), Phoenix the day before and now Tampa"
Apr 15, 91
"The split between Sid Vicious and World Championship Wrestling appears to have been reconciled"
Apr 22, 91
"Forget last weeks headlines. Sid Vicious is bolting WCW for the WWF. The word came in the middle of this past week when the contract that both sides had agreed upon the previous week was drawn up and presented to Vicious, who then gave his notice once again effective after the 5/19 PPV show in St. Petersburg"
Apr 29, 91
"The latest on Sid Vicious is that he's been pulled by WCW from all previously scheduled house show dates except for the 5/19 PPV show. There is a lot of internal bitterness over this, because he's being paid his $5,000 per week for staying at home for one month"
"WCW feared that if Sid were to work his scheduled dates, he would suddenly be injured and get out of doing the stretcher job at the PPV. One WWF official wanted to bet me that there was no way Sid was going out on the stretcher. I didn't take that bet, by the way"
"Flair pinned Sting in the cage match where they kidnap the giant ref, the sub ref counts as Flair wins, the giant ref comes out and counts as Sting wins and no announcement is made after the match as to a winner or loser but everyone leaves happy since Sting leaves with the belt"
"I believe that at all the "A" team shows this week in the Flair-Sting or Flair-Gigante matches that they give the appearance Flair has lost the belt, the challenger leaves with the belt and no announcement of a finish is made after the match is over"
"Sting pinned Anderson in what was advertised on both TV and in the program as a TV title match but no mention was made of the belt in the building"
"The "B" team guys worked on Saturday night in Rainesville, AL and had to drive all the way to Rock Hill, SC for a Sunday show and when they got there, the show was cancelled because the ring never arrived. Apparently the guy in charge of delivering the ring forgot about the show, and WCW has since forgot about keeping him employed"
"Barry Windham has been missing some dates and making others because he suffered a broken eardrum about two weeks back. Windham can work with the injury, but he can't take off or land in an airplane so he's making the shows that he can drive to but isn't working the shots far from Atlanta"