There are only 10 episodes left of Prime. Will the producers realize between now and then Johnny B Badd no longer works in WCW? Not this week!
Once again, we are thankfully joined by MIKE TENAY, and less thankfully by CHRIS CRUISE.
KENSUKE SASAKI (with Sonny Onoo) vs. THE GIANT (with Jimmy Hart) (for the WCW World Heavyweight title)
This is a rematch from a recent tour of Japan where Sasake lost in what Tenay calls a close, hard fought match. Onoo: “Giant big – but Kenzo strong!” Glad he’s here! Giant boots Kensuke in the face, and Chokeslams him for the easy win at 1:22. I’d describe this as a close hard fought match. DUD
SCOTTY RIGGS vs. LEX LUGER
Interestingly, Riggs was the guy Luger was essentially cuddling in the back during the nWo beatdown from Nitro – now paired on Prime. I’d like to say this was planned, but seeing as this was likely taped in mid-1991, I can’t give them that much credit. Luger hits a clothesline and jiggles his terts. Fans are solidly behind Riggs; but how could that be, Luger’s a beloved babyface by everyone, and has been since May! Riggs hits a rana, and follows with a pair of dropkicks. Luger walks into an armdrag, while Cruise and Tenay start to fight. Cruise admits he’d join the nWo sooner than lose his job; and when Tenay gives him hell, Cruise says it’s interesting he made his on-screen debut at the same time as Hogan’s turn. Tenay shoots that down REAL fast, saying he’s been doing telecasts since 1994; including a pay-per-view that he co-hosted with none other than … Chris Cruise. Cruise: “You weren’t with the company back then!” Tenay: “You’ve taken a blow to the head.” Riggs misses a missile dropkick by 30 feet, and Luger finishes with the Rack at 6:05. **
THE BOOTY MAN (with Kimberly) vs. MANNY FERNANDEZ
Tenay, being the only announcer with a brain, suspects Booty might be the fourth man working with the New World Order. The facts; he’s a lifelong Hogan supporter and friend, he has made no statements against Hogan’s actions, and everyone in the locker room hates him. That last point kills me. High Knee gets the win at 1:22. DUD
DISCO INFERNO vs. SCOTT ARMSTRONG
Tenay politely points out that even though Armstrong usually fights hard; he has a terrible won-loss record. Disco boogies all over the ring, drawing massive heat from the producers who pump in plenty of boos while the fans cheer wildly. Scott hits a trio of dropkicks and you’d think he just won the World Title with the pop from the alleged crowd. The most interesting thing to come out of this match, is that Tenay casually mentions Rey Mysterio will be defending the Cruiserweight title against the Ultimo Dragon – a new international wrestler, at Hog Wild. Have I mentioned lately how amazing this company is getting? Armstrong can’t finish with any of his three backslide attempts, and after he misses an avalanche, Disco rolls him up with a handful of tights for the pin at 4:43. *
LAST CHANCE IN JULY – but no, Glacier is a damn liar. He’s coming but not til later.
THE GAMBLER vs. “HARDWORK” BOBBY WALKER
Cruise backs off his earlier threat to join the nWo after a stern talking to from his direct supervisor. Tenay says the report on Walker from the Powerplant is he’s always the first one to arrive, and the last to leave. What he leaves out is that it’s because the White Trainers lie to him about the start and finish times as part of their racist ploy. I’m afraid to root for the Gambler, Walker might sue me; though something tells me I have nothing to worry about in terms of results. Walker hits a jumping forearm smash, scoop slams Gambler, and finishes with a springboard clothesline for the pin at 3:16. I love that move, every time Walker starts making his way across the ropes he either falls on his face, or comes damn close – but he still comes back for more abuse next time out. *
THE PUBLIC ENEMY vs. THE STEINER BROTHERS (in the Prime Cut Moo Match of the Week)
Why do the Public Enemy have to be on EVERY show? Can’t we send them to Japan like they do with Benoit and Scott Norton on a regular basis? I really don’t have the desire to recap this, I have seen everything TPE has to offer, and it ain’t much. Rick Steiner is set up on a table while Rocco throws Scott into the guardrail. Rocco calls for a senton, but Scotty trips him up while Rick clotheslines Grunge. Rick is again placed on the table, but he rolls out of the way from Rocco’s senton. Scott hits Grunge with a tigerbomb, and Rick’s top rope bulldog finishes at 3:19. Thank god this was short. 1/2*
Back to the announcers. Tenay can’t wait to see Hogan get chokeslammed, but secretly, let’s face it, he’s going to spray his translucent man goo all over the first four rows of bikers as soon as he sees the Ultimo Dragon. We’ll leave you with that mental image, until next time.
I once heard that Gertner dropped out of Cornell one semester shy of graduation to go to work full time for a still-very-regional ECW. I didn't see the show, obviously, but I think Foley must have expected the crowd to boo Socko.