[TV Review] Pro – 3.9.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

The Lineup

  • The Young Pistols vs. Joe Cazana & Rip Rogers
  • PROMO: Dan Spivey
  • FEUD RECAP: Ric Flair vs. El Gigante
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Pat Rose
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Buddy Landell
  • SEGMENT: Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • PROMO: Barry Windham
  • Barry Windham vs. Terry Bronson
  • The Fabulous Freebirds [c] vs. The Steiner Brothers for the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN-RING SEGMENT: Larry Z’s Legends w/ Larry Zbyszko & The Steiner Brothers
  • Sid Vicious vs. Scott Allen
  • PROMO: Terry Taylor & Alexandra York
  • PROMO: Sting & Lex Luger
  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Mick Drago & Mark Kyle

*****

Missy Hyatt is with El Gigante in a random hole in the wall in Phoenix. Hyatt wants an interview, Gigante doesn’t want to; he wants to DANCE. Gigante picks a slow-dance song and Hyatt hates it. I’m pretty sure this first happened like two months ago on Main Event or something but it’s been a few years since I first started this so I can’t remember. Had some déjà vu there for a minute there though.

Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko welcome the home audience and run down the Tag Team Title main event. Zbyszko will also be debuting his new talk show “Larry Z’s Legends”.

The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) vs. Joe Cazana & Rip Rogers

Young Pistols cut an insert promo about wanting the World Tag Team Titles…but will also settle for the U.S. Tag Team Titles if they must. That’s the spirit, I guess. I forgot how much I missed watching Rip Rogers exist. Cazana gets in some offense but gets too cocky and Armstrong makes him pay for it. Young Pistols pull a phantom tag behind the ref’s back FOR NO REASON. Smothers rolls Rogers up with a sunset flip, Cazana breaks it up but gets quickly sent to the floor and the Pistols win with the Six Shooter. Not sure if that’s the actual name of the finisher but I liked the sound of it last week so I’m going with it. Quick squash but Rip Rogers and The Young Pistols rule, so it was entertaining. (3:20)

“Dangerous” Dan Spivey tells everyone with a belt to be aware of him, and will take respect if he’s not given it. Spivey throws shade at Ron Simmons for not being grateful for everything Butch Reed and Teddy Long did for him. Nice of Spivey to still back his old manager.

-Video recaps the feud between Ric Flair and El Gigante. Flair cuts a promo after, saying both Sting and Gigante have crossed the line.

“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes vs. Pat Rose

Rhodes does a Dusty impression in his insert promo, lisp and everything. Can’t wait for that to go away, it’s real awkward and forced. Rhodes makes short work of Rose, winning via Bulldog. (1:39)

-A video plays of Bobby Eaton costing Terry Taylor a match against Tom Zenk that I think happened a month back, but again I can’t remember. I think they’re repurposing old footage to tell current stories. You do you, WCW.

“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton vs. “Nature Boy” Buddy Landell

Landell throws shade at Ric Flair about having to get a haircut, so now he’s the real Nature Boy. KAYFABE, BRO. Eaton decked Landell earlier in the day on Power Hour and cost his team the match, and we’re already getting the follow-up. NICE.

Eaton goes right at Landell with right hooks. Landell fights back with combo jabs and sends Eaton to the floor. Into the post Eaton goes with a sickening thud. Gross. Landell charges, Eaton hip tosses him on the floor. Landell tries a clothesline, Eaton ducks and the Nature Boy hits nothing but post. Back in the ring Eaton drives Landell to the mat with a clothesline, Landell kicks out of the lateral press so Eaton grabs the arm that went up and immediately applies an armbar. Landell goes to the eyes to regain control, Eaton counters a backdrop with a neckbreaker. Eaton slams Landell and heads to the top, hitting the Alabama Jam for the 1…2…3. Quick but action-packed, I enjoyed this. (3:41)

  • FINAL RATING: **

Terry Taylor brawls with Eaton after the bell until Landell joins in to turn it into a 2-on-1 fight. Out comes Tom Zenk to even the odds. Haven’t seen The Z-Man in awhile, welcome back! Zenk checks on Eaton, Eaton DECKS Zenk and leaves the ring. Ruuuuude.

Jack Brickhouse is here for the latest edition of the Brickhouse Bonus. Lots of rambling that would have been right at home on the WCW Hotline.

Barry Windham sets his sight on all the championships, including the Tag Team if he can find a worthy partner. Arn Anderson not good enough for you anymore? Also I hope he fired whoever cut his damn hair, he looks like a dork.

 

Barry Windham vs. Terry Bronson

Windham wins with the Superplex. Shocking, I know. I do appreciate how he immediately floats into a lateral press after he lands though, it’s a beautiful fluid motion. (2:16)

-Recap of The Freebirds’ Tag Team Title win at WrestleWar ’91.

WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin) [c] vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)

Diamond Dallas Page isn’t physically there, but he gets to spout some nonsense via insert promo. GOOD GAWD. No Big Daddy Dink either, methinks this was shot BEFORE either man became The Freebirds’ manager. Interesting.

Steinerlines for Hayes and Garvin, clearing the champs from the ring almost immediately. Garvin ducks another clothesline, and Hayes decks him from the apron. Garvin tosses Scott and distracts the ref, allowing Hayes further cheap-shottage. Scott tries to re-enter the ring, favoring his left arm, but gets sent back to the floor via knee. Hayes tries for the DDT, Scott powers out so Garvin quickly tags back in and attacks before a tag can be made. Double-team behind the ref’s back, Hayes covers but Scott kicks out in the nick of time. Sleeperhold in the center of the ring, Rick reaching out for a tag despite his brother being nowhere near him. Scott catches Garvin with a reverse atomic drop and tags Rick, but the ref SOMEHOW misses it. Chaos ensues, Scott somehow manages to hit the Frankensteiner on Garvin and covers for the 1…2…3! NEW CHAMPS!

After doing a quick Google search, it appears that this match was taped ONE WEEK before WrestleWar ’91, giving The Freebirds the goofy distinction of holding the titles for…-6 days. That’s RIDICULOUS and I love it. Pre-internet pro wrestling is hilarious. This was pretty damn quick for a title change, but a smart move as The Steiner Brothers are EASILY the best tag team in the company and were doing nothing with the U.S. Tag Team Titles anyway. Does that mean they’re holding both going forward or are the U.S. belts getting vacated? Guess we’ll find out soon. (4:10 or so)

  • FINAL RATING: **

-Larry Zbyszko welcomes The Steiner Brothers BACK OUT to the ring for the first edition of “Larry Z’s Legends”. Seems weird, why not just hang out after the match? They need to pee or something? Scott Steiner says they’ll defend the titles against anyone, including Doom…which Rick Steiner, the “dumb” one, has to correct him on. HA. Zbyszko asks what would have happened if Diamond Dallas Page was in their corner. Rick Steiner brings up Doom again for some reason, Zbyszko pretty much gives up and ends the segment. REAL GOOD USE OF TV TIME THERE, Y’ALL.

Sid Vicious vs. Scott Allen

Sid does his Vicious thang, and wins with the Power Bomb. (1:17)

After the match Sid’s geek EMT’s put Allen on the stretcher, Sid goes to beat him up but out comes Brian Pillman to get his WrestleWar ’91 revenge! Refs separate the two, Pillman rolls into the ring and challenges Sid to come fight him. Pillman’s arm is wrapped up but once again he shows NO signs of actually being injured.

Alexandra York and Terry Taylor hype the Flair/Sting cage match happening at the Omni house show. York shows Taylor on her COM-PEW-TOR who will win, but they aren’t saying. Taylor asks York how long it would take him to beat the winner, and he’s pleased with the electronic results. That’s cute, he thinks he’s going to get a World Title shot.

Sting and Lex Luger are joining forces to win the World Tag Team Titles. Luger is the current United States Champion and is being targeted by Nikita Koloff, not sure he has the time to spare to slum it in the tag team ranks but whatever every damn show in this company has parallel storylines going on.

Sting & “The Total Package” Lex Luger vs. Mick Drago & Mark Kyle

For an hour-long show it feels like A LOT has happened this episode. Sting & Luger show off their tag team prowess and Luger gets the win after an elbowdrop. Cool? Also this ends the episode. (0:58)

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: A big title change makes this episode of Pro worth checking out, despite there being packed way too tight with a multitude of squashes and segments. Pace yourselves guys, or you’re going to be re-running the same material like last month. Lex Luger wanting Tag Team gold is weird and feels out of place while he’s defending the second-biggest singles championship in the company, but it does lead to an absolute BANGER of a match at the next official WCW PPV so I’ll let it go. FOR NOW.

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