[TV Rundown] ‘Pro’ 06.22.1991 – Hardliners Debut, Eaton Gets a Smooch

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

No feature matches this week on Pro, but we do get the in-ring debut of The Hardliners as well as squash wins for Black Blood and Lex Luger. Bobby Eaton is also in action and gets some action courtesy of a mysterious blonde woman after his match. A mysterious blonde woman we have already seen at the side of a certain Stunning newcomer.

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: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Mr. Hughes vs. Rob Morgan (Main Event – 06.16.1991)
  • The Diamond Studd vs. Ian Weston (Main Event – 6.16.1991)
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Black Blood vs. Johnny Meadows
  • BRICKHOUSE BONUS w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • Lex Luger vs. Carl Nelson
  • VIGNETTE: The Desperados Learn to Shoot
  • The Hardliners vs. Larry Santo & Scott Sandlin
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Gene Spurlock
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Hacksaw Higgins

*****

-CLIP: Luger defeats Muta to become #1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship (Clash of the Champions XV: Knocksville USA)

-Schiavone and Zbyszko welcome the home audience, on location in front of the Sears Tower. UIC Pavilion house show later tonight, Ric Flair will be taking on El Gigante in the main event.


Mr. Hughes [w/ Alexandra York] defeated Rob Morgan via pinfall with a side slam (1:21)


-UIC Pavilion show hype for tonight. Matches include:

  • Ric Flair [c] vs. El Gigante for the World Title in a No-DQ match
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Dan Spivey & The Angel of Death
  • Ron Simmons vs. One Man Gang
  • Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff in a Russian Chain match
  • Sting & Brian Pillman (hey isn’t he fired?) vs. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham in a Tag Elimination match

Diamond Dallas Page and The Diamond Studd try out another possible “Studdette”. She rips the entrance gear off so hard she falls over. Hire her.


The Diamond Studd [w/ Diamond Dallas Page] defeated Ian Weston via pinfall with the Diamond Death Drop (1:48)

  • Didn’t notice this when I did the Main Event rundown but hot damn Weston’s nose is BUSTED.

THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH CONTROL CENTER

Paul E. Dangerously is here to hype next month’s big PPV. New match announced: Sting will meet Nikita Koloff in a Russian Chain Match. Clip of Koloff hitting Sting with the chain at SuperBrawl and the post-match brawl to the parking lot. Also announced: The Steiner Brothers will team with Missy Hyatt against Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, and…PAUL E. DANGEROUSLY in a Steel Cage! Clip of Hyatt attacking Dangerously at the end of an earlier episode of World Championship Wrestling. Dangerously guarantees this will be one war that’s settled at Great American Bash


Black Blood [w/ Kevin Sullivan] defeated Johnny Meadows via pinfall with a top-rope forearm (1:48)

  • Blood with some high-impact offense, including a release German and a power bomb throw that sends Meadows into the ropes with reckless abandon. Poor guy.
  • Blood’s “Guillotine” finisher this match is a top-rope forearm smash. Can’t tell if that’s what it’s going to be going forward or if he didn’t get enough distance to hit the knee. Either way it should be a goddamn legdrop.
  • POST-MATCH: Sullivan cloaks Blood in a mask above his mask to keep him at bay.

-BRICKHOUSE BONUS: Jack Brickhouse is very impressed with El Gigante, butchering his name.

-Schiavone and Zbyszko narrate their view of the Chicago skyline from the top of the Sears Tower.


“The Total Package” Lex Luger defeated Carl Nelson via submission with the Torture Rack (1:49)

    • Luger sporting the brand-new United States Heavyweight Championship, the one we all know and remember from 90s WCW. It looks great, but I’m a little bummed they didn’t do a big reveal for it. Maybe I’m just too used to how WWE does things in the 21st century.
    • Carl Nelson is from Norway, where they wrestle in bodysuits to hide their gut apparently.
  • POST-MATCH: Luger embraces friend  “The World’s Strongest Man” Bill Kazmaier after his win. Kazmaier even has a Luger t-shirt one, which I very much would like to own myself.

VIGNETTE: THE DESPERADOS SAGA CONTINUES

Dutch Mantell tells Black Bart that Stan Hansen is a master of disguise but he’s looking for him. Bart mentions Hansen is the best shot in the state of Texas and they should practice their shooting to impress him once they meet. Bart shows off some gun spinning and they hit each other with their cowboy hats before hugging and jumping around. Bart says he’s not sure if Dead-Eye Dick needs to learn to shoot one of these DADGUM PISTOLS and Bart throws a rock at him to get his attention since he can’t see or hear. Bart demonstrates a quick draw, shooting a bottle, Mantell so impressed they hug and jump around some more. Dick tries to do it but drops his gun, then accidentally shoots the ground. Mantell wants to shoot him, Bart holds him back and says they will “learn ‘im”. Dick tries again and the bullet ricochets off the bell tower, knocking the Sheriff’s hat off. 

Cut to the Ghost Town jail, where Dick is now being held. Mantell and Bart slowly approach, guns drawn, towards the sleeping lawman. They grab the DADGUM keys and open the cell; they wake Dick up but he accidentally LOCKS THEM ALL IN, the keys on DADGUM table. 

  • The terribleness of these shorts are almost awe-inspiring.

The Hardliners (“Dirty” Dick Murdoch & Dick Slater) defeated Larry Santo & Scott Sandlin when Murdoch made Sandlin submit to a Fujiwara Armbar (2:12)

  • Hardliners made their WCW debut at Knocksville USA, attacking The Steiner Brothers.
  • INSERT PROMO: The Hardliners call themselves the baddest team that’s ever climbed in a RASSLIN’ ring. They want the World Tag Team Titles.
  • Schiavone says they will take a closer look at the attack at Knocksville USA next week, which apparently has resulted in an injury to Rick Steiner. Oh no!

LARRY Z’S LEGENDS

Larry Zbyszko talks about the expansion of The York Foundation, then takes it to a clip from Knocksville USA where new member Richard Morton attacked now former best friend/tag team partner Robert Gibson. Back to Zbyszko who’s standing by with Alexandra York and Mr. Hughes. York brings in Terrence Taylor and Ricky Morton, who will now only be known as RICHARD Morton. York says Morton represents only assets, no liabilities to the Foundation and says he looks great in a business suit. Morton says there were a lot of people who were his friends but now it’s time to look out for himself; the contract he signed is his last autograph. Taylor calls what happened to Gibson “unfortunate” then chuckles.


“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes defeated Gene Spurlock via pinfall with the Bulldog (1:42)

  • Gene Spurlock looking like Bobby Heenan in that one-strap singlet (which he keeps fiddling with because it’s too big for him), and also apparently has never wrestled a day in his life if I’m going by this squash. Yikes. Real bad. 

-Another rundown for tonight’s UIC Pavilion card.


“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton defeated Hacksaw Higgins via pinfall with the Alabama Jam (2:38)

  • Eaton FINALLY gets to come to the ring with his Television Championship.
  • Higgins gets to do some crowd work, “WOO”ing and flexing to rile up the fans. Nice to Eaton to let Higgins get some shine before wrecking him to a LOUD reaction.
  • POST-MATCH: A beautiful blonde woman (I think it’s Lady Blossom) runs in and plants a big ol’ kiss on Eaton before being chased away by Doug Dillinger. Eaton, covered in lipstick, doesn’t seem to be too upset about it.

-Schiavone and Zbyszko close the show hyping tonight’s UIC Pavilion show. Tickets are still available, including at Sears. Oh man I miss Sears. RIP. 

*****

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