1991 in professional wrestling

1991 in professional wrestling describes the year's events in the world of professional wrestling.

List of years in professional wrestling

Calendar of notable live events

Promotion(s) Event Date Venue Location Attendance
WWF Royal Rumble (1991) January 19 Miami Arena Miami, Florida 16,000
UWA UWA 16th Anniversary Show January 27 El Toreo De Naucalpan Naucalpan, Mexico 16,000
WCW WrestleWar (1991) February 24 Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum Phoenix, Arizona 6,800[1]
WCW
NJPW
WCW/New Japan Supershow I March 21 Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 64,500
WWF WrestleMania VII March 24 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Los Angeles, California 16,158
WWF UK Rampage (1991) April 24 London Arena London, England 14,300
WCW SuperBrawl I May 19 Bayfront Arena St. Petersburg, Florida 6,000[2][3]
UWF Beach Brawl June 9 Manatee Civic Center Palmetto, Florida 550
WWC WWC 18th Aniversario July 6 Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium Bayamón, Puerto Rico N/A
WCW The Great American Bash (1991) July 14 Baltimore Arena Baltimore, Maryland 9,320
WWF SummerSlam (1991) August 26 Madison Square Garden New York City, New York 20,000
EMLL EMLL 58th Anniversary Show September 8 Arena México Mexico City, Mexico 18,500[4]
FMW FMW 2nd Anniversary Show September 23 Kawasaki Stadium Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan 33,000
WWF Battle Royal at the Albert Hall October 3 Royal Albert Hall London, England 5,000
WCW Halloween Havoc (1991) October 27 UTC Arena Chattanooga, Tennessee 8,900
WWF Survivor Series (1991) November 27 Joe Louis Arena Detroit, Michigan 17,500
This Tuesday in Texas December 3 Freeman Coliseum San Antonio, Texas 8,000[5]
CMLL Juicio Final December 13 Arena México Mexico City, Mexico N/A[6]
CWA Euro Catch Festival December 21 Stadthalle Bremen Bremen, Germany N/A
WCW Starrcade (1991) December 29 Norfolk Scope Norfolk, Virginia 9,000[7]

Accomplishments and tournaments

WCW

Accomplishment Winner Date won Notes
WCW World Tag Team Championship Tournament The Enforcers September 5
WCW United States Championship Tournament Sting August 25
WCW Light Heavyweight Championship Tournament Brian Pillman October 27

WWF

Accomplishment Winner Date won Notes
Royal Rumble Hulk Hogan January 19

Awards and honors

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

Category Winner
PWI Wrestler of the Year Hulk Hogan
PWI Tag Team of the Year The Enforcers
(Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko)
PWI Match of the Year The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) vs. Sting and Lex Luger (SuperBrawl I)
PWI Feud of the Year The Ultimate Warrior vs. The Undertaker
PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year Sting
PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year Sgt. Slaughter
PWI Most Improved Wrestler of the Year Dustin Rhodes
PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year The Patriot
PWI Rookie of the Year Johnny B. Badd
PWI Lifetime Achievement The Fabulous Moolah
PWI Editor's Award Bobby Heenan

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Category Winner
Wrestler of the Year Jumbo Tsuruta
Most Outstanding Jushin Thunder Liger
Feud of the Year Mitsuharu Misawa and company vs. Jumbo Tsuruta and company
Tag Team of the Year Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada
Most Improved Dustin Rhodes
Best on Interviews Ric Flair

Title changes

WWF

Incoming champion – The Ultimate Warrior
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 19 Sgt. Slaughter Royal Rumble
March 24 Hulk Hogan WrestleMania VII
November 27 The Undertaker Survivor Series
December 3 Hulk Hogan This Tuesday in Texas
December 4 Vacant Superstars of Wrestling Hogan was stripped of the title by WWF President Jack Tunney due to the controversy surrounding both of the previous title changes. It aired on tape delay on December 7, 1991.
Incoming champion – Mr. Perfect
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
August 26 Bret Hart SummerSlam
(Title created)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 7 Perro Aguayo and Gran Hamada N/A Later abandoned in 1991.
Incoming champions – The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
March 24 The Nasty Boys
(Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags)
WrestleMania VII
August 26 The Legion of Doom
(Animal and Hawk)
SummerSlam
Incoming champion – Ted DiBiase
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
August 26 Virgil SummerSlam
November 11 Ted DiBiase Survivor Series Showdown This program aired on tape delay on November 24, 1991.

WCW

(Title created)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 11 Ric Flair House show Defeated Sting for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. WCW began recognizing Flair as WCW World Heavyweight Champion while still using the NWA belt (i.e. the Big Gold Belt)
WWE recognizes this reign as an NWA world title reign (and not a WCW one)
July 1 Vacant Ric Flair left for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and was stripped of the title. When Flair left, he took the Big Gold Belt, which represented the NWA and WCW world titles, with him.
July 14 Lex Luger The Great American Bash
Incoming champion – Lex Luger
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
July 14 Vacant The Great American Bash Vacated when Lex Luger won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
August 25 Sting House show Defeated Steve Austin in a tournament final
November 19 Rick Rude Clash of the Champions XVII
Incoming champions – The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
April 6 Vacant World Wide Wrestling
May 19 The Fabulous Freebirds
(Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes)
SuperBrawl Defeated The Young Pistols for the vacant title
August 12 The Patriots
(Todd Champion and Firebreaker Chip)
World Championship Wrestling
November 5 The Young Pistols
(Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers)
Main Event
Incoming champion – The Z-Man
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 7 Arn Anderson World Wide Wrestling
May 19 Bobby Eaton SuperBrawl
June 3 Steve Austin World Wide Wrestling
(Title created)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
October 27 Brian Pillman Halloween Havoc Defeated Richard Morton in the finals of a tournament to decide the inaugural champion.
December 25 Jushin Thunder Liger House show
Incoming champions – Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
February 24 The Fabulous Freebirds
(Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes)
WrestleWar
February 18 The Steiner Brothers
(Rick and Scott Steiner)
Pro
July 20 Vacant WCW
September 5 The Enforcers
(Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko)
Clash of the Champions XVI: Fall Brawl
November 19 Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes Clash of the Champions XVII
(Title created)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
February 17 Junkyard Dog, Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich House show
June 3 The Fabulous Freebirds
(Brad Armstrong, Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes)
WCW Main Event Aired on June 30
August 5 Big Josh, Dustin Rhodes and Tom Zenk WCW Worldwide Aired on August 24
October 8 The York Foundation
(Richard Morton, Thomas Rich and Terrance Taylor)
WCW Main Event Aired on November 10
December 1 Deactivated N/A

Births

Debuts

  • Uncertain debut date

Retirements

Deaths

See also

References

  1. ^ "WrestlWar 1991". Pro Wrestling History. February 24, 1991. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "Historical Cards: SuperBrawl I (May 19, 1991. St. Petersburg, Florida)". PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts. Kappa Publications. p. 156. 2007 Edition.
  3. ^ "SuperBrawl "Return of the Rising Sun"". Pro Wrestling History. May 19, 1991. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "58th Anniversary Show". Pro Wrestling History. September 8, 1991. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
  5. ^ "WWF This Tuesday in Texas results/info". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2009-10-18.
  6. ^ "Juicio Final con Aníbal". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish) (#1970): 3–4. December 20, 1991.
  7. ^ Adamson, Matt (2008-02-18). "Going Old School: Starrcade '91". 411mania. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  8. ^ "Internet Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  9. ^ "Nikola Bogojevic". teamusa.org. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
Battle Royal at the Albert Hall

Battle Royal at the Albert Hall was a live professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) that took place on 3 October 1991 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. The event was televised on Sky Movies Plus and later released on VHS and DVD. On 5 February 2018 the event became available on the WWE Network.The main event was a 20-man battle royal which was won by The British Bulldog, last eliminating Typhoon. The other matches were singles matches, and tag team matches, including a tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship.

EMLL 58th Anniversary Show

The EMLL 58th Anniversary Show was a professional wrestling major show event produced by Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL) that took place on September 8, 1991 in Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico. This would be the last show promoted under the EMLL name as the organisation changed its name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre in the winter of 1991. The show consisted of four matches, with the main event being a Lucha de Apuestas, hair vs. hair match between Konnan, Cien Caras and Perro Aguayo. The show also featured a Six-man tag team match, an eight-man match and a match where Máscara Sagrada defended the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship against Pirata Morgan. The event commemorated the 58th anniversary of EMLL, the oldest professional wrestling promotion in the world. The Anniversary show is EMLL's biggest show of the year, their Super Bowl event.

FMW 2nd Anniversary Show

FMW 2nd Anniversary Show: Fall Spectacular (1991) was a professional wrestling event produced by Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW). The event took place on September 23, 1991 at the Kawasaki Stadium in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. This was FMW's first show at the venue and it would become a venue for FMW's future major events. This was the second edition of the company's flagship event Anniversary Show, commemorating the second anniversary of the company.

The main event was a no rope exploding barbed wire steel cage deathmatch between Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto, which Onita won after Goto was knocked out and failed to answer the referee's ten count.

Halloween Havoc (1991)

Halloween Havoc (1991) was the third Halloween Havoc professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The event took place on October 27, 1991 from the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The main event was a two out of three falls match, in which Lex Luger defended the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Ron Simmons. Luger defeated Simmons to retain the title. Another major match at the event was a Chamber of Horrors match between the team of El Gigante, Sting, and The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) and the team of Abdullah the Butcher, The Diamond Studd, Cactus Jack and Big Van Vader. Brian Pillman was crowned the inaugural Light Heavyweight Champion at the event by defeating Richard Morton in the finals of a tournament.

As of 2014 the event is available on the WWE Network.

Juicio Final (1991)

Juicio Final (1991) (Spanish for "Final Judgement") was a professional wrestling major show event produced by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) that took place on December 13, 1991 in Arena México, Mexico City, Mexico. Documentation foronly three matches on the show have been found, the main event and two Six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match undercard matches. The show served as the year-end finale for CMLL before Arena México, CMLL's main venue, closed down for the winter for renovations and to host Circo Atayde . The shows replaced the regular Super Viernes ("Super Friday") shows held by CMLL since the mid-1930s. This was the third year that CMLL used the name "Jucio Final" for their year-end show, a name they would use on a regular basis going forward, originally for their year even events but later on held at other points in the year.

The main event of Juicio Final was a Lucha de Apuestas, mask vs. mask match between Máscara Año 2000 and Aníbal. The match saw Máscara Año 2000 defeat Aníbal, forcing him to unmask and reveal his real name, Carlos Ignacio Carrillo Contreras, after the match per Lucha libre traditions. The first of two six-man tag team matches was built around the feud between Kato Kung Lee and Kung Fu as they each captained a team for the match. Kato Kung Lee teamed with Mexican National Tag Team Champions Misterioso and Volador to defeat Kung Fu, Blue Panther and Herodes. The other six man tag team match saw three of CMLL's top tecnicos in Atlantis, Dos Caras and Konnan, defeat one of CMLL's top rudo trios Los Infernales (El Satánico, MS-1 and Pirata Morgan).

UK Rampage

UK Rampage was an annual professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) exclusively for the United Kingdom. With the exception of 1990, it was held from 1989 to 1993. These events aired live on the BSkyB family of cable and satellite channels.

UWF Beach Brawl

Beach Brawl was the only live professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by Herb Abrams' Universal Wrestling Federation. The event took place on June 9, 1991 at the Manatee Civic Center in Palmetto, Florida.

Eight professional wrestling matches were contested at the event. In the main event, Steve Williams defeated Bam Bam Bigelow to become the inaugural SportsChannel Television Champion in the finals of a sixteen-man tournament. The inaugural Women's World Champion was also crowned at the event as Rockin' Robin defeated Candi Devine to become the inaugural women's champion of the company. The event was widely considered a failure because of its extremely low attendance and pay-per-view buyrate of 0.10.

WCW/New Japan Supershow I

WCW/New Japan Supershow I, (known as Starrcade in Tokyo Dome in Japan) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event that took place March 21, 1991 from the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, co-promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), who hosted the event and the US-Based World Championship Wrestling (WCW) that supplied a number of the wrestlers on the show. The event was the inaugural WCW/New Japan Supershow.

The event was viewed by 64,500 people in Japan and later shown in the United States as a PPV in April, 1991. Several of the matches on the show were not included in the PPV broadcast, held for the benefit of the crowd in attendance only. The WCW/NJPW Supershows were part of a small group of WCW produced PPVs not included in the "on demand" features when the WWE Network was launched in 2014.

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