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[1991-06-02-WCW-Main Event] Arn Anderson & Terry Taylor vs Bobby Eaton & Dustin Rhodes


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  • 2 months later...

Just to lay it on really thick, Ricky Morton is at ringside to watch his good friend Dustin Rhodes' back. Tony seems to realize how absurd it is that Morton would be in a corner with Bobby Eaton, to the point that it stops him in his tracks on commentary. I crack up that Arn really gets into the computer gimmick and starts consulting York for advice. This seems to be out of order with the previous segment, as Morton briefly talks to Alexandra then walks away from the babyfaces. Other than that, this is a pretty perfunctory tag match that got the crowd going. Dustin gets the win and looks good in this match, yet he somehow had a rep as getting a ridiculous, undeserved push at the time.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I love the York Foundation theme. Right out of an early-'90s corporate training video, probably literally. Arn damn near fits into this group, with the matching monogrammed tights and "WHAT'S THAT DAMN COMPUTER SAY?!" Intrigue as Alexandra York whispers something to Ricky Morton, who walks out--yeah, this was clearly before the Danger Zone segment, and it makes Dustin's frustration later on a little more understandable.

 

A lot of the hand-wringing over the Dustin push seemed to be people complaining about stuff that hadn't happened yet--like it was inevitable that Dustin was going to unseat Flair or something. Here he's portrayed as a promising athlete whose inexperience costs him and Bobby at times during the match, which is a perfectly reasonable place for him to be. This was a fun little match with a decisive finish that sees Dustin looking pretty darn good. Dustin calls out Mr. Hughes afterward but York pulls him away. I wonder how close Dusty was to having someone break a wooden chair over his head.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Horsemen just faded away. Morton in the corner of Dustin and Eaton. Arn wants Alexandre to get on her computer to get some tips during the match. Wow. The computer ends up telling Morton to take a hike and he leaves ringside. Alright tag match with Dustin picking up the win. He wants some of Mr. Hughes but York stops that from happening.

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  • 3 months later...

Fun tag match with some interesting pairings. Arn asking what the damn computer says was outstanding. He really fits in here and Eaton takes a great bump off the DDT and shows some fire fighting from the underneath. We do get the tease of Ricky leaving the match before adding context to the Danger Zone segment. This was good stuff overall as far as I'm concerned.

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This is the first (chronologically, at least) of June's three tags that feature Arn and Bobby Eaton on opposite sides. I've already seen number three, with Flair and Pillman as the opposite partners, and it led to nothing. This one's a bit better, if only for the seemingly odd pair of Arn and Taylor. It's not really all that odd, as they work together fairly well for a first-time team. Arn even becomes a temporary convert to the way of the computer, although it doesn't last long.

 

The segment with Morton leaving was a nice twist, but it might have worked better if Dustin played FIP afterward instead of Bobby: Dustin sees Morton walking off, gets distracted, and leaves himself open to be attacked from behind, which turns the match around. Of course, they do it the way we saw to showcase Dustin and give him a victory over the Yorks' showcase member, which isn't bad at all. A postmatch confrontation between Dustin and Hughes is teased, but stopped by Terri. Wouldn't want the boyfriend to get messed up, would we? :D

 

Tony's very good here, putting over both the history between the competitors (particularly the Rhodes family and Arn) and future angles (Morton's appearance on The Danger Zone). He's also good for small but important facts, like Arn not wanting to get hit in the mouth. That's the kind of subtle stuff JR sometimes misses or ignores in order to talk about football backgrounds and/or shill other events, either later on TV or at the arenas. There's a place for both of these in good announcing, and it's a shame the two approaches aren't integrated in a promotion that prides itself on its serious sports presentation.

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  • GSR changed the title to [1991-06-02-WCW-Main Event] Arn Anderson & Terry Taylor vs Bobby Eaton & Dustin Rhodes

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