[TV Review] Pro – 4.13.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

This week on Pro the feud between Bobby Eaton, The Z-Man, & The York Foundation continues, The Royal Family shows up to remind us all they’re still employed, Dustin Rhodes stands up to an amused Stan Hansen, and much more!

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (?)
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Bobby Eaton vs. Terrance Taylor (**)
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Hacksaw Higgins
  • The Lightning Express vs. The Royal Family (**)
  • SEGMENT: Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • Ricky Morton & Owen Hart vs. Greg Sawyer & Joey Maggs
  • SEGMENT: SuperBrawl Control Center w/ Gordon Solie
  • Stan Hansen vs. Larry Santo
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Stan Hansen
  • The Young Pistols vs. Chuck Coats & John Faulkner
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Larry Zbyszko & Big Josh
  • Sid Vicious vs. Scott Allen

*****

-LAST WEEK: The One Man Gang, Kevin Sullivan, and Teddy Long put the boots to Ron Simmons.

-Schiavone and Zbyszko welcomes the home audience, the latter wearing Cubs merch. He’s not a fan, he’s just dressing like the “rest of the slobs” so no one will recognize him.

-GREEN SCREEN PROMO: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair hypes the upcoming UIC Pavilion show at the end of April. He’ll be teaming with Barry Windham to take on Sting and “El Gy-ganty” in a steel cage match.

“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton defeated “The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrance Taylor [w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes] by outlasting York’s prediction? (5:10, but supposed to be 5:15)

York says this match will go no longer than 5:15 via insert promo. Taylor backs Eaton into the corner and delivers a right, Eaton hooks back, and he bails to the floor for some COM-PEW-TOR advice. Eaton with a hip toss followed by another right hook, and Taylor backs off to slow the momentum. Taylor goes on the offensive, dropping Eaton with a clothesline and connecting with a kneedrop right to the cut above Eaton’s eye. Taylor with a gutwrench sit-out power bomb, but Eaton kicks out of the lateral press at two. Eaton starts bleeding, Taylor with a series of rights to the wound. Eaton counters a backdrop with a swinging neckbreaker, starting his comeback. Eaton with a flying elbow from the top, but doesn’t go for the pin as he’s still a little dazed. Taylor grabs the tights and sends Eaton head-first into the top buckle, Eaton counters a slam with an inside cradle for the 1…2…Taylor kicks out. Eaton with a backslide for the 1…2…Taylor kicks out again and connects with a clothesline. Tom Zenk shows up to steal York’s COM-PEW-TOR but immediately gets leveled by Hughes. Thanks for coming. Apparently the COM-PEW-TOR is broken…and the bell rings? Apparently the ref took York’s 5:15 proclamation as a time limit so Eaton wins?

  • Apparently York’s predictions are actually time limits the refs adhere to, who knew? I mean I guess it makes sense, but no one has ever come close to passing these limits before so I assumed they were arbitrary. Fair enough. Gotta spice up this feud somehow. Eaton/Taylor did their Eaton/Taylor thing, I’m honestly desensitized to this match at this point. (**)

Zenk checks on Eaton, Taylor attacks him from behind and bashes him in the throat with the COM-PEW-TOR. Eaton recovers but here comes Hughes to stand in between to prevent an attack. Eaton decides to check on Zenk instead. Smart choice.

-GREEN SCREEN PROMO: Ron Simmons is not going to let Teddy Long getting away for humiliating him, and will go through anyone Long sends his way to get his revenge.

“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes defeated Hacksaw Higgins via pinfall with the Bulldog (1:49)

  • INSERT PROMO: Dustin Rhodes is here to take care of business and nothing will get in his way. His Dusty impression is starting to fade a bit.
  • Bobby Eaton will be taking on Terrance Taylor in a COMPUTER MATCH at the UIC Pavilion in a few weeks. I have no idea what that means but I wish I could see it.
  • Rhodes gets the pin despite Higgins’ arm being under the ropes. GREAT JOB, REF.

-THE SPOOKY KOLOFF DUNGEON (OF DOOM): Nikita Koloff works out and tells Lex Luger that the time is getting near. Apparently if you grunt while lifting weights it’s supposed to make you look badass instead of a dork.

-GREEN SCREEN PROMO: “The Total Package” Lex Luger retorts.

The Royal Family (Rip Morgan & Jack-o Victory) defeated The Lightning Express (Brad Armstrong & “White Lightning” Tim Horner) when Victory pinned Armstrong after a double front suplex (3:41)

Royal Family, who I thought were done in WCW, aspire to challenge for one of the Tag Team Championships via insert promo. Armstrong outwrestles Victory to start, settling into an armbar. Horner tags in and take it to both Royal Family members with various double team moves. Victory slams Horner, Morgan tags in and misses an elbowdrop, Horner settling into a wristlock. Horner flips over Morgan and rolls him up with an inside cradle for a two-count. Back to the armbar, Victory hits Horner from behind and the Royal Family go on the offensive. Morgan misses a corner splash, Victory tags in but not in time to stop Armstrong’s hot tag. Double noggin knocker to the Royal Family, all four men enter the ring. Lightning Express whip the Royal Family into one another. Horner accidentally distracts the ref, Victory attacks Armstrong from behind and the Royal Family hit a double front suplex on Armstrong for the 1…2…3.

  • Not only are The Royal Family still around, but they WON A COMPETITIVE MATCH. That was strange, almost like seeing The State Patrol pick up a victory earlier in the year. Short contest but Armstrong & Horner were fun and did a great job putting over The Royal Family so that’s cool. (**)

-BRICKHOUSE BONUS: Jack Brickhouse tells everyone to keep an eye on Barry Windham, and talks about Windham’s father Blackjack Mulligan for he is an old-timer.

Ricky Morton & Owen Hart defeated Greg Sawyer & “Jumping” Joey Maggs when Hart pinned Sawyer with a flying crossbody (2:38)

  • INSERT PROMO: Brian Pillman tells the fans to keep an eye on this match, and puts over former Stampede Wrestling compatriot Owen Hart in particular.
  • Schiavone mentions Morton being 1/3 of the Six Man Tag Team Champions, I’m glad somebody still cares about this since the wrestlers apparently don’t.
  • A fun squash, pre-knee injury Owen Hart was a heck of a high-flyer. I can’t believe WCW doesn’t end up signing him, what a dumb move on their part.

-SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER: Gordon Solie is here to hype us up for next month’s PPV. First match highlighted is Young Pistols vs. The Fabulous Freebirds for the vacant United States Tag Team Titles, and we get comments from the Pistols as well as Big Daddy Dink. Solie also hypes three other matches: Arn Anderson vs. Bobby Eaton for the TV Title, Ricky Morton vs. Dan Spivey, and Big Josh vs. Larry Zbyszko.

Stan “The Lariat” Hansen defeated Larry Santo via pinfall with an elbowdrop (0:58)

  • Santo tries to attack Hansen at the bell; I admire his heart but it does not go well.
  • Hansen is teaming with Sid Vicious to challenge The Steiner Brothers for the World Tag Team Titles at the UIC Pavilion.

-Zbyszko is ringside with the victorious Stan Hansen. Hansen gives Santo credit for showing up to fight, while the primadonnas backstage are too afraid to fight him. Hansen calls Dusty Rhodes a big yellow coward, which brings out Dustin Rhodes to defend his dad’s honor. Rhodes says Hansen can fight him whenever he wants, and says he and Dusty are not yellow dogs. Hansen is amused by this.

The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) defeated Chuck Coats & John Faulkner with the Doomsday Dropkick (0:33)

  • Coats and Faulkner attack the Pistols before the bell but are easily swatted off because of course they are. Did they not just see the same thing happen to Santo?
  • POST-MATCH: The Fabulous Freebirds and Big Daddy Dink show up ringside. The two teams brawl until Dink turns the tide for the Freebirds. THAT DAMNED NUMBERS GAME. Smothers is tossed to the floor, the Freebirds and Dink spike Armstrong with a triple piledriver.

-LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Zbyszko introduces his guest Big Josh, his scheduled opponent for SuperBrawl next month. Josh is all excited about all the people and the TV cameras. Zbyszko wants to know who Leonard and Betsy are as he constantly shouts them out, Josh brushes it off. Zbyszko asks what Josh’s finishing move is, Josh ignores it and talks about the various members of the WCW roster as well as “Big Ben”. Zbyszko pretty much gives up and that’s the segment. WASTE OF TIME.

Sid Vicious defeated Scott Allen via pinfall with the Power Bomb (2:22)

  • Zbyszko compares Sid to the Sears Tower because Chicago.
  • Sid has the match won after a sidewalk slam, but stops the pin to inflict more punishment and rule more world.
  • POST-MATCH: The EMT geeks load Allen onto the stretcher, Sid beats him up until El Gigante shows up and applies THE CLAW. Barry Windham and Ric Flair show up, Gigante fights off the former and chases the latter into the ring. Flair begs off, Windham and Sid grab him from behind and the triple team goes down…until Sting and Brian Pillman scare them off. The six men stare each other down as the episode ends. Hmmm I wonder if there is a match type for this kind of thing.

*****

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