[TV Review] Pro – 2.23.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

The Four Horsemen are in action this week to get ready for WrestleWar, Terry Taylor wrestles his first match with Alexandra York by his side, Stan Hansen is here, and The Steiner Brothers continue being the only wrestlers on the roster who seem to enjoy these squash matches.

The Lineup

  • Terry Taylor vs. Tommy Angel
  • Stan Hansen vs. Jim Boss
  • In-Ring Segment: The Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Joe Cazana
  • Segment: Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • Ric Flair, Barry Windham, & Sid Vicious vs. Joey Maggs, Keith Hart, Ricky Nelson, & Greg Sawyer
  • Tommy Rich vs. Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
  • Interview: Tommy Rich & Big Josh
  • Doom vs. Scott Sandlin & Jeff Anderson
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Randy Starr & Mark Kyle

*****

Schiavone and Zbyszko welcome the home audience and launch right into hype for tomorrow’s WrestleWar PPV. Zbyszko says it’s going to be the biggest PPV ever. I, uh, I think he might be overexaggerating. Segue into footage from an episode of Worldwide where Tom Zenk suffered a post-match attack from Terry Taylor thanks to a distraction from Alexandra York. Zenk defeated Joey Maggs in the initial matchup. That wasn’t the match from last week so I guess that’s happening this week? Have I been watching these shows out of order this whole time? IS MY LIFE A LIE? Eh whatever.

‘The Computerized Man of the 1990s’ Terry Taylor [w/ Alexandra York] vs. Tommy Angel

Taylor’s hair is darker and in a ponytail because he’s a bad guy now, brother. York announces that Taylor will win the match in less than six and a half minutes. York gushes over her acquisition of Taylor in a pre-recorded insert promo. She’ll also be scouting for new members as The York Foundation expands. Props to WCW for not giving up on York following Michael Wallstreet’s departure. Angel tries to mount some offense so Taylor rakes his eyes and sends him to the floor for some illegal closed fists and a guardrail shot. The Five Arm finishes things. A lot more interesting than the old Michael Wallstreet squashes, I’ll tell you that much. York upgraded. (3:07)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Tom Zenk runs in immediately and sends Taylor out to the floor. This is the best-built match of the PPV tomorrow. That’s crazy.

Stan ‘The Lariat’ Hansen vs. Jim Boss

Boss attacks the tobacco juice-covered Hansen at the bell but The Lariat just brushes him off and makes mince meat out of the poor jobber. Hansen puts Boss in a tree of woe and just pounds away at the guy, potato after potato. A standing Lariat ends things, Hansen never even removing his entrance vest or his piece of chaw. Goddamn. Poor Jim Boss. (1:36)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

In-Ring Segment: The Danger Zone

Paul E. Dangerously steps in the ring to interview Stan Hansen. Hansen gives props to Jim Boss for having a little bit of fight to him, then focuses his words on his WrestleWar opponent Big Van Vader. Hansen is gonna take a fight to that boy. Dangerously hates tobacco, Hansen chases him from the ring.

Cut to a pre-recorded promo from El Gigante. GUESS WHAT HE SAYS, IT’S ABOUT WANTING THE BELT.

‘The Natural’ Dustin Rhodes vs. Joe Cazana

Rhodes thanks the fans for their support via pre-recorded insert promo, his Dusty Rhodes impression still in-tact. Rhodes is taking on Buddy Landell at WrestleWar. That could be alright, Landell is solid as making his opponents look better than they are. Rhodes does a whole lot of rasslin’, including some amateur takedowns and arm-based submissions, en route to the victory following the Bulldog. Alright. (4:14)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Segment: Brickhouse Bonus

Chicago media personality Jack Brickhouse is back for some more reminiscing, talking about having to make up names for wrestling holds on commentary. He takes credit for inventing names for the piledriver and step-over toehold.

Schiavone and Zbyszko segue into footage from last week where Ric Flair interfered in a match between El Gigante and Barry Windham. Flair and Windham try to attack, Sting runs in to make the save.

The Four Horsemen (‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, Barry Windham,& Sid Vicious) [w/ Arn Anderson] vs. ‘Jumping’ Joey Maggs, Greg Sawyer, Ricky Nelson, & Keith Hart

This was supposed to be an eight-man tag but Anderson isn’t in his wrestling gear; Schiavone explains it away by saying that he’s standing guard in case El Gigante tries to interfere. In reality he’s injured and won’t be in action at WrestleWar. Who will replace him? Stay tuned for that review to find out! The Horsemen are a group that demands respect so they’ve got probably the best four jobbers in WCW as their tackling dummies, including Keith Hart who I haven’t seen in awhile. Nelson gets beat down for awhile then tags out to Maggs, who gets decimated by his Dixie Dynamite opponent Sid Vicious. Keith Hart gets a turn and gets turned inside out via clothesline. A Power Bomb ends it. Nice little showcase squash for the Horsemen before their big War Games match tomorrow night. (4:01)

  • Final Rating: FUN SQUASH

After the match Sid hits the other three jobbers with a Power Bomb and does the whole stretcher gimmick, though none of them stay on there very long. Awesome.

‘Wildfire’ Tommy Rich vs. Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker [w/ Lt. James Earl Wright]

This is our ‘featured match’ of the week. That’s a downgrade from previous episodes. Rich escapes a slam attempt and takes Parker to the mat with an armdrag into an armbar. Wright complains of a hair pull on behalf of his partner. Schiavone announces that Rich will be taking on The Big Cat at WrestleWar. They will meet but in a six-man tag team match. Parker takes control, hitting a shoulderbreaker but only gets a two-count. Parker follows up with a delayed vertical suplex and covers once again for two. Rich tries some countalong rights but Parker counters easily with an inverted atomic drop. Rich gets a knee up when Parker charges in the corner and follows up with a back bodydrop. Wright climbs the apron, Rich clears him off and hits Parker with the Thesz Press for the 1…2…Wright interferes for the DQ. Eh that was okay I guess, but I was just sorta waiting for the interference the whole time. (4:17)

  • Final Rating: *

The State Patrol try to double-team Rich but that’s quickly stopped by Big Josh, who scares them off with his axhandle (a literal one, not the wrestling move).

Interview: Tommy Rich & Big Josh

Lance Russell welcomes Rich and Josh to the interview area. Rich is blown up and rambles a bunch. Honestly it’s hard to make out but he says something about being responsible for Josh or something. Josh says Rich helped him at a diner when he was jumped and he’s returning the favor because that’s what friends do. Josh tries to say hello to a friend but Rich pulls him away. I’m guessing Rich/Josh vs. State Patrol next week? That would make sense. Pro is good about having continuing stories week to week. This promo probably would have been better if Rich made any damn sense.

Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed) vs. Scott Sandlin & Jeff Anderson

Doom are going to make The Freebirds a couple of ‘plucked ducks’ at WrestleWar, according to some pre-recorded comments. Diamond Dallas Page shows up at ringside to do some scouting/distract Doom a little bit. Soon enough The Fabulous Freebirds themselves show up but DDP holds them back half-heartedly. Reed hits Anderson with a Flying Shoulderblock and that’s all she wrote. (2:31)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

The Freebirds want to fight right now but DDP continues to keep them away from the ring. Can he do that tomorrow night too? No? Damn.

Sting and El Gigante cut a promo about wanting to take on Ric Flair for his World Title.

The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) vs. Randy Starr & Mark Kyle

Kyle didn’t bring his fly jacket with him this time. Aw. Scott Steiner beats on Kyle for a bit then allows Sandlin to tag in so he can hurt him as well, including a pumphandle slam. Rick Steiner tags in, pummels Sandlin, then Kyle tags in and eats a hard Steinerline. Scott tags back in, connects with a Shoulderblock, then they finish him off with the Doomsday Bulldog for the victory. I enjoyed this one, the Steiners are the only ones who ever seem excited to wrestle some enhancement talent. Are they ever going to defend those U.S. Tag Team Titles though? (3:14)

  • Final Rating: FUN SQUASH

Schiavone and Zbyszko close the show, the latter not buying Gigante’s desire to be champion.

*****

Final Thoughts: Good show with some fun squashes and WrestleWar build, plus the continuation of Big Josh’s introduction into WCW. No complaints here. We even got Stan Hansen, dangit!

 

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