[TV Rundown] ‘Pro’ 06.01.1991 – Eaton vs. Anderson, PN News Makes Pro Debut

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko

This week’s Pro features a SuperBrawl rematch as Bobby Eaton defends the TV Title against the man he beat at the PPV, Arn Anderson. Also on the show The York Foundation continue to court Ricky Morton, PN News makes his Pro debut, and a man in a gorilla suit makes a monkey out of Barry Windham.

CHAMPIONS

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

LINEUP

  • The Young Pistols vs. Doug Vines & Jim Boss
  • VIDEO: Chicken Guy “pins” Barry Windham (Worldwide – 05.25.1991)
  • Barry Windham vs. Johnny Meadows
  • PN News vs. Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
  • BRICKHOUSE BONUS w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS w/ Larry Zbyszko & The York Foundation
  • Stan Hansen vs. Jamie McKinnon
  • TEASER: The Desperados are Coming
  • Ricky Morton vs. Jeff Sword
  • Bobby Eaton [c] vs. Arn Anderson for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • SUPERBRAWL CLIP: Sting/Koloff brawl in the parking lot
  • Nikita Koloff vs. Dave Johnson

 

*****

-Schiavone and Zbyszko welcome the home audience outside the brand-new Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox. They will be taking a tour of the new facility, Zbyszko clowns the White Sox for not being able to draw fans in the OLD Comiskey Park that’s across the street and set to be torn down.


The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) defeated Doug Vines & Jim Boss when Armstrong pinned Boss following a missile dropkick (2:50)

  • Steve Armstrong hit a BEAUTIFUL vertical suplex, turning it into a neckbreaker on the way down. Not sure if that was intentional or not but it ruled.

-LAST WEEK ON WORLDWIDE: Barry Windham gets attacked by a man in a chicken mascot costume. No one knows who this chicken was, but he was Flyin’.


Barry Windham defeated Johnny Meadows via pinfall with the Superplex (1:59)

  • Windham’s hair has grown A LOT in a week!
  • INSERT PROMO: Windham says he knows it was Brian Pillman in the chicken suit. His hair is MUCH shorter than it is in this mach.
  • A man in a GORILLA COSTUME shows up ringside. The mind games continue.
  • POST-MATCH: The Gorilla attacks Windham and STEALS ONE OF HIS COWBOY BOOTS. This is so dumb. Gimme more.

-Schiavone and Zbyszko in front of the old Comiskey. Schiavone went to the last White Sox game at the old park, Zbyszko calls them losers.


“The Rapmaster” PN News defeated Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker via pinfall with the Broken Record (0:54)

  • This is News’ Pro Now no WCW show is safe!
  • Chicago either loves this man or I am being fooled by crowd sweetening. I prefer to believe the former.

-BRICKHOUSE BONUS: Jack Brickhouse reminisces about Magnum T.A. His in-ring career was cut short, but now he works in the front offices of WCW.

-LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Zbyszko is standing by with The York Foundation. Alexandra York announces that she has offered Ricky Morton a spot in the Foundation. Morton walks in and says he has read the contract and there’s a lot of money involved, but still needs to think about it and will get back to them. Terrence Taylor says the Foundation is strong because it’s built from the ground up, and would love to have Morton as part of the company.


Stan “The Lariat” Hansen defeated Jamie McKinnon via submission with an armbar (1:07)

  • Hansen keeps the tobacco and the chaps on for this one, thoroughly unafraid of his opponent.
  • No Lariat? WINNING WITH AN ARMBAR? Weeeeeird.

-TEASER: The Desperados ride into a dusty Old West town. Who are they? What do they want? Nobody knows yet!


Ricky Morton defeated Jeff Sword via pinfall with a stun gun (2:23)

  • The York Foundation show up ringside as soon as the bell rings to cheer Morton on and really sell their offer. He even takes a glimpse at York’s COM-PEW-TOR.
  • Schiavone hard-selling what a nice guy Ricky Morton is and how nice he is to the fans. Very subtle.
  • To Morton’s credit he wrestled a different style here, including some heel mannerisms and ignoring his usual high-impact offense for a stun gun. Again very subtle.

“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton [c] vs. “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

Okay SO this is announced as a return match from SuperBrawl for the Television Championship; however none of the men are announced as being the TV Champ and Eaton does not have the belt with him.

Eaton and Anderson trade side headlocks, Eaton counters with a headscissors and drops him with a right hook to the jaw. Eaton with combo jabs, Anderson covers up and regroups in the corner. Anderson with a hammerlock, Eaton with a back elbow that knocks him on his ass. Anderson backs Eaton into the ropes and works him over as Ric Flair shows up at ringside to cheer his best friend on/scout his Knocksville U.S.A. opponent. Anderson catapults Eaton throat-first into the bottom rope, Chicago crowd chant “BOBBY” to try and wake him up. Eaton gets sent to the floor, Anderson connects with a double ax from the apron, Flair stalking around to tease getting involved. Anderson pulls Eaton to the apron, Eaton decks him with a series of fists, Anderson drops him throat-first on the top rope and down to the floor he returns. Flair stands over Eaton, smirking, Anderson pulls him back in and drops a knee across the forehead. Eaton dodges Anderson and sends him into the corner with an atomic drop, Anderson bounces back and they knock heads. Anderson heads to the top, Eaton slams him off, connects with a swinging neckbreaker followed by the Alabama Jam for the 1…2..Flair runs in for the DQ.

Bobby Eaton [c] defeated Arn Anderson via DQ; Eaton retains the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (7:07)

  • Eaton and Anderson rule, so this match kicked ass even if all the heat was on if Flair was going to get involved or not. Of course he did, giving Anderson an out, and furthering the conflict between he and Eaton heading into Knocksville U.S.A. Hell yeah. Feed Flair/Eaton directly into my veins, please and thank you. Strange as sh*t to have a TV Title match that wasn’t fought as a TV Title match at the actual taping, but props to using old footage to suit the new narrative. (***)

Flair attacks Eaton, hitting him with his alligator shoes and choking him with his (I assume alligator) belt. It takes three refs to stop the assault.


-SUPERBRAWL CLIP: Nikita Koloff hits Sting with his Russian Chain and costs he & Luger the match against The Steiner Brothers. Koloff says Sting was at the wrong place at the wrong time, Sting attacks him and they brawl all the way to the parking lot of the arena.

-GREEN SCREEN PROMO: Sting is excited to get his revenge against Nikita Koloff. Speaking of…


“The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff defeated Dave Johnson via pinfall with the Russian Sickle (0:39)


-Schiavone and Zbyszko close the show out on location at Comiskey Park. They will interview White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf next week. Zbyszko clowns the White Sox like the heel he is and that’s the show!

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Eaton and Anderson was great, as was the post-match attack from Ric Flair, and I like the continued pressure The York Foundation is putting on Ricky Morton to sign the contract. Granted it’s pretty obvious where this is going but I appreciate it nonetheless. As a Cubs fan I also back Zbyszko’s White Sox slander.

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