[TV Rundown] ‘Pro’ 06.08.1991 – Eight Man Tag, Big Ol’ Brawls, White Sox Sass

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

We’ve got us a star-studded eight man tag this week on Pro as Sting teams with El Gigante, Brian Pillman, & Tommy Rich to take on Ric Flair, Nikita Koloff, Barry Windham, and One Man Gang. Also on the show Bobby Eaton and Rip Rogers have a surprisingly spirited squash match, Zbyszko visibly annoys White Sox GM Jerry Reinsdorf, 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: “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

  • PN News vs. Tim Frye
  • Stan Hansen vs. Joey Maggs
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS w/ Larry Zbyszko & Stan Hansen
  • Big Josh vs. Greg Sawyer
  • BRICKHOUSE BONUS w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • VIDEO: The Desperados
  • Dan Spivey & Angel of Death vs. Keith Hart & Larry Santo
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Rip Rogers (**1/2)
  • CLIPS: Mascots vs. Barry Windham
  • Brian Pillman, Tommy Rich, El Gigante, & ??? vs. One Man Gang, Barry Windham, Ric Flair, & Nikita Koloff (NR)
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Bob Cook

*****

-LAST WEEK: Ricky Morton tells The York Foundation that he has read and understood the contract but will need to get back to them about it.

-Schiavone and Zbyszko welcome the home audience inside the brand-new Comiskey Park with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Reinsdorf calls the new Comiskey Park the best stadium in the country. HOW SURPRISING. Zbyszko continues heeling it up.

PN News makes his entrance and raps VERY OFF-RHYTHM with the music, seemingly trying to beatbox himself back into the beat and randomly rhyming jam and slam together. I need to pause this, I’m laughing way too hard. PN News is the best. 


“The Rapmaster” PN News defeated Tim Frye via pinfall with the Broken Record (1:29)

  • Schiavone lies through his teeth and says that Soul Train wants to have News on their show. I’m dumb but I’m not that dumb.

Stan “The Lariat” Hansen defeated “Jumpin” Joey Maggs via submission (1:06)

  • Hansen doesn’t even let Maggs get an introduction, pulling him out of the ring and slamming him on the floor. Hansen puts a Boston Crab on Maggs and the bell rings? But it’s not a countout, this one is still going. Now I’m just all sorts of confused. Back in the ring Hansen puts on a HALF-CRAB and gets the submission. I guess we can call him Stan “The Half-Crab” Hansen now.

-LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Zbyszko is standing by backstage with his guest, Stan “The Lariat” Hansen. Hansen wants to fight him some young bucks. He isn’t the prettiest man but he’s got grit and a cowbell. Hansen focuses his anger on “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes, who has previously challenged him. He vows to teach Dustin some manners like his Dad should’ve done.


Big Josh defeated Greg Sawyer via pinfall with a seated splash (2:21)

  • I’m pretty sure Zbyszko insinuates that Josh f*cks his bears.
  • The Great American Bash Control Center begins next week to start hyping the next PPV. Can’t wait, I’m sure nothing BIG and WORLD-SHATTERING will be happening en route to the show.

-BRICKHOUSE BONUS: Jack Brickhouse talks up Bobby Eaton, including his TV Title win and his upcoming World Title match with Ric Flair “coming soon” (no one told him about Clash of the Champions next week). 

-VIDEO: The Desperados arrive to an Old West town, the locals running for cover. They get off their horses and walk towards I guess a lawman of some sort for a duel. Before any shooting occurs we cut away. Aw man. Also I love the idea that there’s still an Old West town from the 19th century kicking about in 1991.


“Dangerous” Dan Spivey & The Angel of Death [w/ Teddy Long] defeated Keith Hart & Larry Santo when Spivey pinned Santo with a power bomb (2:22)

  • Spivey and Angel absolutely trash their opponents, Keith Hart living up to his Best Bump Machine reputation (that he only has on Legacy of WCW but it counts!).
  • Spivey & Angel try a double team strike move but it sucks sh*t and is uncoordinated. I blame the Angel of Death.

-Schiavone and Zbyszko are back at Comiskey Park. Zbyszko throws shade at the food at the park, while Schiavone feels at home here as he used to be a baseball announcer.


“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton defeated Rip Rogers via pinfall with the Alabama Jam (3:10)

  • Rogers tries to blindside Eaton with a top rope double axhandle but he’s easily countered with a punch to the bread basket. Nice try dude. Eaton rolls Rogers in and the match begins officially.
  • Fight moves back to the floor, Rogers sends Eaton into the post and guardrail, and goes on a rare string of offense. 
  • Rogers climbs the buckles again, Eaton shakes the ropes to crotch him and he hits a backdrop on the floor followed by a spinning neckbreaker. Back in the ring, scoop slam and Alabama Jam finishes it. Goddamn pal this was an ACTUAL match, good for Rip.
  • POST-MATCH: Eaton lays in a couple more right hands, can’t tell if he’s actually angry or selling the attempt at a pre-match attack.

-TWO WEEKS AGO ON WORLDWIDE: A man in a chicken costume attacks Barry Windham after his match, getting a visual pin.

  • Solie with an all-time classic line: “you’re never know what these crazy chickens are liable to do”. Can’t believe I missed that when I first recapped the show.

-ONE WEEK AGO ON PRO: A man in a gorilla costume attacks Barry Windham after his match, stealing his boot and running off with it.

-Gary Michael Cappetta announces that due to the enormity of the 8-man tag team main event, two officials will be on hand to call the action. He then introduces the members of the team by flip flopping between heel and face, until Sting (the only one with music) is introduced last. Nikita Koloff, who was introduced before him, stays in the aisle and attacks as soon as Sting emerges from behind the curtain. Koloff uses the chain and continues beating the Stinger down, while the match has started inside the ring. Nobody cares though. Out come a host of jobbers to try and break things up, and force him to the ring. Very labored way to get to a sneak attack but you do you, WCW.


“Flyin” Brian Pillman, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, El Gigante, & Sting “The Rapmaster” PN News  vs. One Man Gang [w/ Kevin Sullivan], Barry Windham, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, & “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff

Sting writhes on the floor as Rich and Windham lock up inside the ring. Rich connects with a shoulderblock and a hip toss, Windham bailing to the corner to tag in Flair. Pillman tags in as well and the two hated rivals trade LOUD chops as the crowd goes absolutely insane. Count-a-long rights in the corner followed by a backdrop. Out comes PN News to take Sting’s place on the team! Gigante tags in, suplex to Flair. Gang tags in and the two “giants” of WCW clobber each other. Koloff and Pillman tag in, Chicago LOVES Flyin’ Brian. Flair and Koloff attack Pillman in the corner, the former now the legal man I guess. Pillman dodges an elbow and Rich tags back in. Right hands to Flair, who flops before he can make the tag. Rich applies a sleeperhold, Flair counters with a belly-to-back suplex. Koloff tags in and misses a corner splash but recovers with two Russian Sickles. Sting runs back to the ring as the crowd ERUPTS as he attacks Koloff. Ref(s) call for the bell. No contest maybe?

Both teams fought to a…no-contest? DQ? I don’t know (5:28)

  • An absolute nothing match but the crowd was MOLTEN and it got me all fired up anyway. This is probably the loudest I’ve heard a crowd for a TV show from WCW so far. Cool of PN News to take Sting’s place and do absolutely nothing. (NR)

Sting and Koloff brawl up the aisle and to the backstage area, the camera trying to follow them but it’s too dark.


“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes defeated Bob Cook via pinfall with the Bulldog (2:18)

  • WCW not ending this week’s Pro with the previous match/segment is INSANE. Way to end the episode on a dry note you dummies.

-Schiavone and Zbyszko are back with Reinsdorf. Reinsdorf says it’s going to be hard to win the division this year as all the teams are well-balanced. Zbyszko throws shade at baseball because they can play two games in the same day with ease while you can’t wrestle twice in the same day (uhhh tell that to EVERYONE who did that for decades in the territories). Reinsdorf looks visibly mad about the situation he has been put in.

-Clip of the Sting/Koloff brawl ends the show. THANK YOU.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: A hot segment/match with eight of WCW’s bigger stars (plus PN News) and we don’t end on it? Come on now, y’all. Weird choice there. Good episode of Pro though.

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