WrestleWar (1991)

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WrestleWar 1991: WarGames was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It took place on February 24, 1991 from the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. This was the first PPV not produced under the National Wrestling Alliance banner. It was the third year in a row WCW promoted a PPV under the name "WrestleWar", a series that included four shows in total.

WrestleWar (1991)
Poster featuring Arn Anderson, Sid Vicious, and Barry Windham
PromotionWorld Championship Wrestling
DateFebruary 24, 1991[1]
CityPhoenix, Arizona[1]
VenueArizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum[1]
Tagline(s)We Want You!
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In 2014, all WCW pay-per-views were made available on the WWE Network.


The event featured wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[2]


Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Jim Ross
Dusty Rhodes
Ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta
Interviewers Tony Schiavone
Referees Randy Anderson
Nick Patrick

The 1991 WrestleWar show was the first time WCW held a WarGames match outside of their Great American Bash shows, the match was a Steel cage match that enclosed two rings at once with two teams fighting inside. In the War Games match The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious) and Larry Zbyszko defeated Sting, Brian Pillman, and The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner). The match ended after Sid Vicious repeatedly powerbombed Brian Pillman, including at least one powerbomb where Pillman's head hit the roof of the cage. Unable to continue El Gigante came to the ring and surrendered the match on Pillman's behalf.[1][1][3][4][5] This was a constructed ending to allow Sting's team to lose without actually submitting, making Sid Vicious a bigger heel and making Brian Pillman a more sympathetic underdog in his fight with the 4 Horsemen. Zbyszko was not a member of the 4 Horsemen but brought in as a replacement for Arn Anderson who was injured at the time.[3]

The eighth match of the night, a match between Stan Hansen and Big Van Vader ended in a disqualification when both wrestlers threw the referee out of the ring to continue their brawl. After Lex Luger defeated Dan Spivey to retain the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship supposedly-retired wrestler Nikita Koloff came to the ring to present Luger with a new United States championship, but instead he attacked Luger to start a storyline between the two.[1][1][3][4][5] In the semi-main event The Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship. After the match Reed and Long turned on their longtime partner Ron Simmons, ending Doom as a team and allowing Ron Simmons to become a "face" in the eyes of the fans.[1][1][3][4][5] Due to WCW's television taping schedule the Fabulous Freebirds had already wrestled a match against The Steiner Brothers where they lost the championship six days prior to the PPV, but the match had not yet aired on TV.[6]


No. Results[1][3][4][5] Stipulations Times
1D Eddy Guerrero and Ultraman defeated Huichol and Rudy Boy Tag team match 07:39
2 Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich and Junkyard Dog (c) defeated Big Cat and The State Patrol (Lt. James Earl Wright and Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker) Six-man tag team match for the WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Championship 09:54
3 Bobby Eaton defeated Brad Armstrong Singles match 12:51
4 Itsuki Yamazaki and Mami Kitamura defeated Miki Handa and Miss A Tag team match 06:47
5 Dustin Rhodes defeated Buddy Landel Singles match 06:33
6 The Young Pistols (Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers) defeated The Royal Family (Jack Victory and Rip Morgan) Tag team match 12:05
7 Terry Taylor (with Alexandra York) defeated The Z-Man No Disqualification match 10:59
8 Big Van Vader vs. Stan Hansen ended in a double disqualification Singles match 06:21
9 Lex Luger (c) defeated Dan Spivey Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 12:52
10 The Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) (with Big Daddy Dink and Diamond Dallas Page) defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) (c) (with Teddy Long) Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 06:56
11 The Four Horsemen (Barry Windham, Ric Flair and Sid Vicious) and Larry Zbyszko (with Arn Anderson) defeated Brian Pillman, The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) and Sting WarGames match 21:50
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "WrestlWar 1991". Pro Wrestling History. February 24, 1991. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  2. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  3. ^ a b c d e Cawthon, Graham (2014). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 4: World Championship Wrestling 1989-1994. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499656343.
  4. ^ a b c d "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards. Kappa Publishing. 2007. p. 135.
  5. ^ a b c d "WCW Ring Results 1991". The History of WWE. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  6. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "World Championship Wrestling World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.