1991 - the matches
1991 - The Angles
1990 - Z-Man wins WCW World TV Title Match
December 1990, Tom Zenk was booked to win the World TV Title revitalizing
a belt that had lost much of its status during Arn Anderson's tenure.
"A television taping on 12/4 at Center Stage in Atlanta before a sellout
crowd was headlined by Zenk winning the TV title from Arn Anderson after
a dropkick off the top rope.... a great match" (WON12/17/90). After
the Zenk-Anderson title switch was aired (Saturday -12/22/90) WON reported
(1/8/91) - "An old-style match which lasted 17 minutes. Slow builder
but tons of heat for the finish which was most impressive ......" The match
drew a 3.4 rating, the best rating for the WCW Saturday show since February
TV Title episode
Dusty Rhodes arrives as
booker, January 1991 and immediately books Zenk to lose the title to Anderson.
Zenk vs Bobby Eaton
Tayor, Eaton, Zenk - threeway feud
Clash of Champions XIV, "Dixie
Dynamite" held in Gainesville, Georgia on 1/30/91. The card was booked
by incoming booker Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes sent Zenk in to defend the
World TV Title which he had already booked him to drop two weeks before
Zenk feuds with Terry Taylor
Zenk and Bobby Eaton vs Terry Taylor and Larry Zbyszko
Stud vs Stud
Starting at the
Great American Bash, Zenk's new job was to help put over Luger, Mr.
Hughes, Nash, and the newly arrived Scott Hall and Steve Austin as
lead heels for the Fall.
case of the missing babyfaces
The first angle, with Scott
Hall aka The Diamond Studd (July to late September), was a feud over
who was “the real Stud in WCW”. It started with Dallas Page and Diamond
Studd ripping Zenk's clothes off and leaving him in the ring in underwear
and a tie.
vs Stud angle
Yellow Dog Angle
It was the case
of the missing babyfaces. When Dusty Rhodes arrived as booker, there
were 8 top babyfaces - Sting, Luger, Flair, Zenk, Pillman,
Taylor and the Steiner Brothers.
Six Man Tag Team
Dusty's plan was to push
the 'fruit of his loins' Dustin Rhodes to the top of the babyface totem
pole. That meant getting rid of Dustin's competiton.
By the end of 1991, Flair
had gone Luger, the Steiners, Eaton and Taylor had been turned heel. Zenk
was made a referee, complete with bow tie and Brian was put in a Yellowdog
suit. If he couldn’t get rid of them, he could always bury them.
The Z-Man is booked
with Dustin Rhodes and Matt Borne (aka "Big Josh") as six-man tag champions
against The York Foundation (Terry Taylor, Tommy Rich and Ricky Morton).
The Six Man Championship had been hastily resurrected to provide a vehicle
for Dustin, lending credibility to his later push, with Steamboat to US
tag team champions.
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It's the fall of 1991 and
The Z-Man, weighing in at a substantial 261 lbs is scheduled to wrestle
Mr Hughes, 'bodyguard' to World Heavyweight Champion, Lex Luger. Hughes
is accompanied to the ring by Harley Race. Luger who has recently
turned heel, attacks the Z-Man,
In a subsequent match with
Cactus Jack, The Z-Man undertakes a high risk maneuver - a high dive
over the top rope onto Cactus Jack on the floor below. In addition to hitting
Cactus, Z-Man hits the concrete and steel barrier, compounding the neck
injury inflicted by Luger.
The Z-Man is "warned by doctors"
against wrestling - but he still has unfinished business with Luger. He
obtains a licence from WCW to officiate as a referee and begins to establish
a reputation as an authoritative official. He intends to make sure that
when Luger and Hughes meet Barry Wyndham and Ron Simmons at Halloween Havoc,
1991 the match is going to be a straight forward test of ability.
However Luger and Race have other plans. ..... and so did booker Dusty
Rhodes. The angle is wrecked by Dusty's booking of Hallowe'en Havov (below)
The Z-Man Luger
angle is de-railed when Dusty jobs Z-Man to Ric Rude ("The WCW Phantom")
at Halloween Havoc '91.
The Lethal Lottery - Starrcade '91
"this blew away everything
else on the card"
Zenk and Terry Taylor vs Arn Anderson and Lex Luger
1991 - the video set
Luger and Arn Anderson v. Tom Zenk and Terry Taylor. Zenk and Taylorplay
the de facto babyfaces. Taylor and Luger start out with a
really nice sequence of stuff, with Taylor back in full face mode.
Zenk comes in and gets tripped up by Race, then hammered by the heels.
Everyone is ON here. .... Best match of the night. ****
pinned Taylor with a piledriver. From a wrestling standpoint this blew
away everything else on the card - three and a quarter stars" (WON 01/06/91).
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Z-Man - Simply Dazzling!
by Howard Feintuch, Wrestling
Eye, July 1991
well built, talented and agile are all words that could be used to describe
the Z-Man. Since he became a professional wrestler, Tom Zenk has enjoyed
success in such promotions as the PWA [PNW], AWA, All Japan and WWF. The
latest successes of the Z-Man have been taking place in the rings of the
WCW where winning matches and titles seems to just come naturally for him."
than a battle of sex appeal
Eddie Ellner, The Wrestler
It is your chance
to meet wrestling's biggest stars as they answer the questions uppermost
in the fan's minds.This time its Tom Zenk.
Interview with Joey Maggs
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Japan Tour, 1991
New Japan/WCW Starrcade '91
March 21, 1991 in Egg Dome,
Tom Zenk, Brian Pillman and
Tim Horner vs Takayuki Iizuka, Kuniaki Kobayashi and Shiro Koshinaka
Meltzer, who observed the
action, scored the match three and three quarter stars - the best rating
of the card second only to The Steiners vs Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki,
"a definite match of the year candidate". (WON 04/01/91).
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Tom Zenk 1991 Souvenirs/