[TV Review] Pro – 1.26.91

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Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

With only a few days to go until Dixie Dynamite this week’s Pro features…a match that’s supposed to be taking place at Dixie Dynamite as The Z-Man defends the TV Title against Bobby EatonSid Vicious is also on the show this week to begin his ‘put people on stretchers’ phase and The Steiner Brothers have their first televised match of 1991 as a tag team.

The Lineup

  • Ricky Morton & Tommy Rich vs. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham
  • Tom Zenk (c) vs. Bobby Eaton for the WCW TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • Brian Pillman vs. Bill Ford
  • The Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously, Theodore R. Long, & Ron Simmons
  • Ron Simmons vs. Bob Harman
  • Sid Vicious vs. Todd Gallina
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Rob Morgan & Mike Samples

*****

Before the intro Sid Vicious vows to make sure all of his opponents going forward leave on a stretcher. Schiavone and Zbyszko welcome the home audience and announce that The Z-Man will be taking on Bobby Eaton today. Guess we don’t have to wait until Dixie Dynamite for that one. Weird.

Ricky Morton & Tommy Rich vs. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham
Now this is an opening contest I can get into. The ring announcer did say this was an 8-man tag team match though…which it’s not. K. Anderson wants to shake Morton’s hand but Morton knows better. Morton slaps on a hammerlock so Anderson breaks it by using the very scientific and hard to pull off elbow to the face. Morton slides under Anderson’s legs and pulls the rug out from under him, sending Double A to the floor for regrouping purposes. Windham tags in, his height advantage very readily apparent. Windham decks Morton, Morton fires back with a series of right hands, Rich getting a shot in himself. Rich tags in and easily escapes a headscissors, stopping Windham by putting his dukes up. Schiavone announces that tickets for the UIC Pavilion show are available at Sears. Man, Sears really does sell everything. Zbyszko will be on the card as well. Dropkicks for both Horsemen and out the heels go to slow the pace once again. So far Anderson and Windham have not committed any legal violent. Rich gets whipped into the ropes and Windham knees him in the back to take control of the match. Tommy Rich is going to be the Ricky Morton of the match instead of Ricky Morton? Does not compute. Rich fights Anderson off and makes the hot tag to Morton who cleans house. Morton rolls Windham up but the ref is too concerned with forcing Rich out of the ring so Anderson hits him from behind to stop the pin. Windham catches a charging Morton with a knee and covers. Morton gets his foot on the rope but Anderson pushes it off behind the ref’s back, and Windham gets the pinfall to give the Horsemen the win. Decent match, dug the finish. Pushing a foot off the rope is an underutilized strategy. (7:54)

  • Final Rating: **1/4

WCW Television Championship
‘The Z-Man’ Tom Zenk (c) vs. ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton
These two are slated to meet at Dixie Dynamite in a few days so it’s really strange to see this match happening now. At least it’s only airing in two cities, I guess? Both men are wearing their finest neon so you know this is gonna be a banger. Eaton tries to slap some holds on but Zenk manages to escape each time as they both feel one another out. Schiavone mentions Eaton is considered the number two contender to the Television Title, Schiavone doesn’t mention anything Clash of the Champions-related. This show takes place in an alternate universe…at least until WCW repurposes it for Power Hour or something. Arn Anderson makes his desire to be TV Champion again known via insert promo. Eaton heads to the top, Zenk slams him off and hits a flurry of moves but can’t get the pin. Eaton dodges a charging Zenk, who eats nothing but buckle. Five minutes have supposedly gone by, but I’m only seeing four. Maybe they’re counting the introductions before the bell. Eaton wrestles Zenk to the mat with a hammerlock, Zenk reverses an Irish whip but eats a right hook and a neckbreaker. Eaton goes for the cover repeatedly but Zenk keeps kicking out. Back to the hammerlock we go. It goes so long that they take a commercial break during the spot. Eaton gets frustrated and resorts to poking the eye and raking the eyes across the top rope. Lots of eye-based offense, respect. Eaton continues weakening Zenk’s arms, this time with a short armscissors. Zenk blocks a hip toss and rolls Eaton up with a backslide but Eaton kicks out. Eaton misses the Alabama Jam and rolls Eaton up for the victory. Z-Man retains. This was alright, perfectly average and cromulent. I hope their COTC match has more to it. (9:29 shown)

  • Final Rating: **1/4

Segment Time: Brickhouse Bonus
Jack Brickhouse muses about the names of finishing holds and how you used to have to make it up back when he did commentary. Brickhouse takes credit for naming the step-over toehold and the piledriver.

‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman vs. ‘Scrap Iron’ Bill Ford
Zbyszko mocks Jack Brickhouse like the heel he is. Ford’s got himself a nickname, good for him. Adam Pearce wears the ‘Scrap Iron’ nickname better though. Pillman misses a clothesline but skins the cat and dropkicks Ford through the ropes. Schiavone announces that there may be a return match between Morton/Rich and the Horsemen next week due to how the match ended earlier. I’m not complaining. Ford takes control for a moment by choking Pillman against the middle rope but Brian goes Flyin’ and regroups with a dropkick and spinning leg kick. Pillman wins with the springboard clothesline. Entertaining for a squash. (2:43)

  • Final Rating: FUN SQUASH

Segment Time: The Danger Zone
Paul E. Dangerously conducts an in-ring interview with Theodore R. Long and Ron Simmons of Doom. Long carries his PWI Achievement award as Manager of the Year for 1990. Long explains Butch Reed’s absence by saying he’s busy figuring out which high-priced car he wants to buy. Simmons says it’s all business for him. The audio is slightly off in the footage I’m walking and it’s tripping me out. Simmons’ opponent Bob Harman tries to sneak attack Simmons but he’s scrawny so that does nothing.

Ron Simmons vs. Bob Harman
Simmons beats on this guy for awhile, Long telling him to keep the attack going instead of pinning early. Simmons waits for Harman to get to his feet and flattens him with a flying shoulderblock for the victory. Schiavone goes on about Simmons winning with a sidewalk slam, so I guess he wasn’t actually watching the match at all. Can’t blame him. (2:10)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Sid Vicious vs. Todd Gallina
Last time Gallina wrestled he was known as ‘Topp Gallian’ so it appears that the graphics department has no idea what the hell they’re doing. WCW is a goddamn mess and I love them for it. Vicious goes right on the attack and the Power Bomb ends it quickly. (1:35)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Sid’s goofy-looking EMT flunkies try to wheel Gallina out on a stretcher but Sid stops it to attack him some more. That’s rude.

The Steiner Brothers vs. Rob Morgan & Mike Samples
Rick Steiner talks about the Freebirds and Scott Steiner talks about his upcoming match with Ric Flair in their insert promo. The Steiners do love to rough up jobbers and rough them up they do, pulling no punches en route to winning via top rope Doomsday DDT. That looked painful as hell. (1:39)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Schiavone and Zbyszko close the show, the former making the Rich/Morton vs. Horsemen rematch official for next week. Zbyszko calls Rich and Morton crybabies for wanting a rematch. We then see a replay of the end of that match earlier in the show to end the episode.

*****

Final Thoughts: This week’s Pro started off with two pretty big matches for a C-show and they delivered more or less. Rest of the show was filled with squashes but new squashes so it broke the monotony a little bit, especially The Steiner Brothers’ as I think this is their first televised match as a team this year. Good episode, with a continuing storyline to boot as Morton and Rich try once again to defeat Anderson and Windham next week.

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