1991 in professional wrestling

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

Calendar of notable live events[edit]

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
King of the Ring (1991) September 7 Providence Civic Center Providence, Rhode Island 4,500
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[edit]

WCW[edit]

Accomplishment Winner Date won Notes
WCW United States Championship Tournament Sting August 25
WCW World Tag Team Championship Tournament The Enforcers (Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko) September 5
WCW Light Heavyweight Championship Tournament Brian Pillman October 27

WWF[edit]

Accomplishment Winner Date won Notes
Royal Rumble Hulk Hogan January 19
King of the Ring Bret Hart September 7

Awards and honors[edit]

Pro Wrestling Illustrated[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

WWF[edit]

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[edit]

(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[edit]

Debuts[edit]

  • Uncertain debut date

Retirements[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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.