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Timeline 1991: Bill Watts


Sean Oliver: Obviously after Crockett brought the UWF you stepped away from the business, what made you come back?


Bill Watts: Well first it was the first time I had the opportunity to come to somewhere with the resources needed in this age, I talked to Verne but the pre-eminent domain suit was already in progress and it was bleeding him dry and I saw the writing was on the wall. Then Jimmy Crockett called me and asked me would I come to Atlanta as they had just removed Ole as booker after The Black Scorpion tanked and they wanted someone who the boys would get behind and JR and David had convinced Scott Sasser and Ted to look at some the old UWF tapes and they liked it.


Sean Oliver: When you came in what did you find?

Bill Watts: What found was a mess, they were making the same mistakes as Verne had and pissed away everything they had built in 89 so I started off making small subtle changes and tried to stop us looking like a cheap Vince knock off and brought it back to wrestling.


Sean Oliver: One thing a lot of people in the wrestling world noticed was that you didn’t make sweeping changes to the office why was that.

Bill Watts: I didn’t wanna make too many whole sale changes because we had story lines already in the mix nor did I wanna piss people off who I needed to work for me to turn the tide specially with the clash so close and Dusty seeing out his contract in New York. So I kept the first month simple and used it to wipe the board ready to start again.

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<p><strong><em>The Power Hour</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>

Announcers: Tony Schiavone and Paul E Dangerously</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>

The Omni, Atlanta </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>

Attendence 3,437</em></strong></p><p> </p><p>

The show opens with Tony Schiavone and Paul E Dangerously wishing everyone a happy new year for the first WCW action of 1991 and a special look at two championship matches that happened Christmas night in The Omni in Atlanta as Ric Flair and Sting met for the biggest prize in the sport, the NWA World Championship and Doom faced The Horsemen duo of Arn Anderson and Barry Windham for the world tag team titles.</p><p> </p><p>

Before we go to the action we hear from Doom and their manager Thedore R Long who protests about the match taking place before claiming they will prove why they are the most dominate tag team in WCW.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP</strong></p><p>

<span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>DOOM w\ THEDORE R LONG vs ARN ANDERSON AND BARRY WINDHAM</strong></span></p><p>

In a good match, Doom defeated Arn Anderson and Barry Windham in 13:55 when Ron Simmons defeated Arn Anderson by pinfall with after Teddy Long interfered and slid a foreign object to Simmons who nailed Anderson. Doom make defence number 6 of their NWA World Tag Team titles.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winners: Doom </strong></p><p> </p><p>

As Doom celebrate Schiavone notes that they got away with one although Paul E praises Long for protecting the titles, We then go to Missy Hyatt who caught up with Anderson and Windham in the locker room who are obviously irate at what happened as Anderson promises they are not done with Doom yet and want them any time, any place!</p><p> </p><p>

Schiavone and Dangerously then note that one of the most suprising moments was the return of Iron Sheik. As we return to The Omni The Sheik is the ring delivering his traditional anti USA pre-match promo.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">THE IRON SHEIK VS JUNKYARD DOG</span></strong></p><p>

Junkyard Dog defeated The Iron Sheik in 2:20 by pinfall with The Thump </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winner:JYD</strong></p><p> </p><p>

We the go to pre-match comments from Ric Flair in the locker room with Missy Hyatt as he promises to end Stings career</p><p> </p><p>

We then had the entrances of both champion and challenger</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>NWA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP</strong></p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">STING vs RIC FLAIR</span></strong></p><p>

In an exceptional match, Sting defeated Ric Flair in 17:38 by pinfall with a surprise roll up. The finish saw Nick Patrick take over as referee after the original official was knocked out. Sting makes defence number 6 of his NWA World Heavyweight title.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winner:STING</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Having picked up the victory, Sting celebrates in the ring.</p><p> </p><p>

Overall: B-</p>

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<p><strong><em>World Championship Wrestling</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>

Announcers: Jim Ross and Paul E Dangerously</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>

UTC Arena Chattanooga TN</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>

Attendence 10,928</em></strong></p><p> </p><p>

The show opens with Jim Ross and Paul E Dangerously at ringside as, Ross wishes everyone a happy new year before hyping up this week’s main event as the WCW Champion Sting and the world television champion The Z Man face the former television champion Arn Anderson and Barry Windham. Dangerously announces that is not all as he will be hosting The Danger Zone where his guest will be The Nature Boy Ric Flair.</p><p> </p><p>

Ross then tells us we will also see Rick Steiner and Michael PS Hayes go one on one in a rematch from last week’s broadcast. We then go to a video of what went down last week with Hayes getting the win thanks to an assist from Jimmy Jam Garvin.</p><p> </p><p>

We then go comments from Hayes and Garvin who challenge The Stieners to put the US tag Team titles on the line</p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">Rick Steiner vs Michael PS Hayes </span></strong></p><p>

As both men made their way to the ring Ross noted that Scott Steiner and Garvin have both been banned from ringside. In a bout that had good heat and decent wrestling, Rick Steiner defeated Michael Hayes in 14:23 when Michael Hayes was disqualified when Jimmy Garvin ran in and attacked Rick Steiner.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winner Rick Steiner</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Seeing his older brother in trouble Scott Steiner hot the ring sending Hayes and Garvin to the floor and saving Rick from a serious beating as we head to commercial</p><p> </p><p>

As we come back Ross informs us after what happened before commercial Scott has now challenged Jimmy Garvin to a match next week</p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">The Renegade Warriors vs The Royal Family</span></strong></p><p>

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, The Royal Family defeated The Renegade Warriors in 10:22 when Jack Victory defeated Mark Youngblood by pinfall with a Piledriver after a distraction from Rip Morgan.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winners: The Royal Family</strong></p><p> </p><p>

As we go to The Danger Zone, Paul E Dangerously lauds the fact that he has obtain this interview and not that peroxide blonde Missy Hyatt as unlike her he is a broadcast journalist and not some Barbie doll wanna be before introducing his in The Dangerzone The Nature Boy Ric Flair. The former champion makes it quite clear to Paul E why he is here, he is offering $50,000 dollars to the person who ends Stings career and hands him the world heavyweight championship.</p><p> </p><p>

We then go to comments from Alexandra York proclaiming Michael Wallstreet would see on Brad Armstrong in 9:35 or less</p><p>

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Brad Armstrong vs Michael Wallstreet</span></strong></p><p>

In a decent match, Michael Wallstreet defeated Brad Armstrong in 6:31 by pinfall after a distraction from Alexandra York.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winner: Michael Wallstreet</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Ross then tells us when we come back we will see The Big Cat take on Brian Pillmam</p><p> </p><p>

We then go to comments from Pillman</p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">The Big Cat vs. Brian Pillman</span></strong></p><p>

In a decent match, Brian Pillman defeated Big Cat in 8:11 by pinfall with an Air Pillman.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winner: Brian Pillman</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Ross then reminds us to tune in tomorrow for The Power Hour as The Total Package Lex Lugar defends The US title against The Motor City Mad Man in a huge grudge match </p><p> </p><p>

We then go to comments from The Champion who promises to shut up the man from The Motor City </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">Doom vs The Young Pistols</span></strong></p><p>

In a decent match, The Young Pistols defeated Doom in 8:05 when Tracy Smothers defeated Ron Simmons by pinfall following botched interference by Butch Reed.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winners: The Young Pistols</strong></p><p> </p><p>

We then go to comments from The Z Man and Sting ahead of their match with The Horsemen duo of Arn Anderson and Barry Windham.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">The Z Man and Sting vs. Arn Anderson and Barry Windham</span></strong></p><p>

In a bout that had great heat and good wrestling, Arn Anderson and Barry Windham defeated Sting and Z-Man in 19:50 by disqualification when Sting pushed referee Mike Atkins in an effort to get to Anderson as Atkins tried to separate both men. During in the match we also had Ric Flair attack Sting as Atkins was distracted by Windham </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winners: Arn Anderson and Barry Windham</strong></p><p> </p><p>

As The Horsemen attacked Z Man and Sting, El Gigante hit the ring sending The Horsemen into retreat not wanting anything to do with the largest athlete in the world, as we go off the air El Gigante, Sting and Z Man celebrate in the ring</p><p> </p><p>


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<p><strong><em>The Main Event</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>

Announcers: Jim Ross and Magnum TA</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>

The Omni, Atlanta </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>

Attendence 3,437</em></strong></p><p> </p><p>

The show opens with the wild conclusion to World Championship Wrestling involving The Horsemen, Sting, Z Man and El Gigante</p><p> </p><p>

Ross and Magnum then announce WCW Executive Vice President Jim Heard is currently reviewing the tapes and will issue a ruling next Saturday on World Championship Wrestling </p><p> </p><p>

They then go on to hype up the main event of the broadcast as Lex Luger defends the US title against The Motor City Madman</p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">OWEN HART VS GEORGE SOUTH</span></strong></p><p>

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Owen Hart defeated George South in 5:45 by pinfall with a Missile Dropkick.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winner: Owen Hart</strong></p><p> </p><p>

As Owen celebrates Ross tells us to stay tuned as when we come Norman and The Juicer will be in tag team action!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">THE JUICER AND NORMAN VS EL CUBANO AND DUTCH MANTELL</span></strong></p><p>

In a decent match, The Juicer and Norman defeated El Cubano and Dutch Mantell in 9:08 when The Juicer defeated Dutch Mantell by pinfall</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winners: The Juicer and Norman</strong></p><p> </p><p>

We then go to comments from Paul E Dangerously where promises to derail the Lex Express and capture the US title.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">SID VICIOUS VS PEZ WHATLEY</span></strong></p><p>

In an extremely short match, Sid Vicious defeated Pez Whatley in 5:17 by stoppage when Pez Whatley could not continue after a pair of powerbombs.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winner: Sid Vicious</strong></p><p> </p><p>

As the decision was announced Vicious snapped drilling Pez with a third powerbomb ! </p><p> </p><p>

As Whatley is assisted from the ring Jim Ross reminds everyone that next Saturday Scott Steiner will go one on one with Jimmy Jam Garvin, while next week on here on The Main Event The Z Man will defend the TV title against the man who defeated him at Starrcade Beautiful Bobby.</p><p> </p><p>

We then go to comments from the challenger who promises to repeat what he did at Starrcade</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>WCW United States Championship</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong><strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">Lex Lugar vs The Motor City Madman w\ Paul E Dangerously</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

In a decent match, Lex Luger defeated Motor City Madman in 11:25 by submission. During the match we also saw Paul E. Dangerously distract Luger, and Big Cat also distract Luger. Lex Luger makes defence number 1 of his NWA United States Heavyweight title.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Winner: Lex Luger</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Having picked up the victory, Lex Luger celebrates in the ring as Ross and Magnum signed off</p><p> </p><p>


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