[TV Rundown] ‘Pro’ 4.20.91 – TV Title Match, Luger/Koloff Recap

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

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

  • Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. Doug Vines & Mark Kyle
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Arn Anderson [c] vs. Tim Horner for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • The Young Pistols vs. Dave Johnson & Lou Fabiano
  • BRICKHOUSE BONUS w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog vs. Rip Rogers, Don Allen, & Joe Cazana
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Larry Zbyszko w/ Ron Simmons
  • Barry Windham vs. Scott Allen
  • FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff
  • Lex Luger vs. Pat Rose

*****

-Show opens with panning shot of The One Man Gang, trying to look as menacing as possible with his goofy ass eye shadow. Kevin Sullivan walks in and says the One Man Gang is the TRUE giant in professional wrestling. Maybe to you, tiny.

-Schiavone and Zbyszko welcome the home audience. Zbyszko will be talking to Ron Simmons this week, Schiavone hypes next week’s big UIC Pavilion show (as usual, my Pro footage is Chicago-based).


“Flyin” Brian Pillman & El Gigante defeated Doug Vines & Mark Kyle when Pillman pinned Kyle following a flying crossbody (1:22)

  • Pillman handles most of the action because of course he does. Gigante does pull out a wristlock for some reason though. Weird thing to see.

-SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER: Gordon Solie recaps the matches already signed, then announces two more: El Gigante vs. Sid Vicious in a Stretcher Match and The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting & Lex Luger for the World Tag Team Championship. Steiners and Sting/Luger are putting their friendship aside for this one in their respective promos.

-GREEN SCREEN PROMO: Ric Flair and his old man sunglasses hypes up next week’s UIC Pavilion show, which will feature he and Barry Windham against Sting and El Gigante in a steel cage.


“The Enforcer” Arn Anderson [c] vs. “White Lightning” Tim Horner for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

Holy sh*t we got ourselves a title match! What a pleasant surprise. Horner outwrestles Anderson to start, taking him to the mat with a side headlock and almost getting a flash pin on the champ. Anderson backs Horner into the corner and works him over with rights. Horner rolls under a left hook and connects with a pair of dropkicks followed by an atomic drop and roll-up for the 1…2…Anderson kicks out and quickly rolls to the floor. Anderson brings Horner to the mat with a snapmare and heads to the top, Horner goes to slam him off but gets a thumb to the eye. Anderson with a sleeper, Horner with one of his own. Anderson tries to break it with a belly-to-back suplex but Horner hangs on and transitions into a side headlock. Anderson whips him off and drives a fist right to the midsection to take control of the contest. Anderson works the eyes with both his boot laces and the top rope, then tosses him out to the floor. Horner gets to the apron, Anderson knees him in the back to knock him off. Horner flips over Anderson and rolls him up with a backslide for the 1…2…Anderson kicks out. Horner with a back elbow followed by a kneedrop for the 1…2…champ kicks out again. Anderson reverses a corner Irish whip, Horner floats over and connects with a series of buckle shots down all three. NICE. Horner tries to follow up with a move from the middle buckle but Anderson counters on the way down with a spinebuster for the 1…2…3.

Arn Anderson [c] defeated Tim Horner via pinfall to retain the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (4:53)

  • A fun sprint of a match, with Horner getting in his hope spots and Anderson pulling out to the win due to his wily veteran intelligence. Hell yeah. More TV Title defenses, pleeeease. (**3/4)

The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) defeated Dave Johnson & Lou Fabiano when Armstrong pinned Johnson following a doomsday dropkick (3:21)

  • INSERT PROMO: The Young Pistols are confident in winning the US Tag Team Titles at SuperBrawl. That’s surprising, I thought they’d cut a promo about having no chance.
  • God I love The Young Pistols. So much fun to watch every time they wrestle.

-BRICKHOUSE BONUS: Jack Brickhouse throws shade at Larry Zbyszko for not being as seasoned a commentator as he is. Cool? IS THIS MOTHERF*CKER ABOUT TO WRESTLE?


Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog defeated Rip Rogers, Don Allen, & Joe Cazana when JYD pinned Cazana with the Big Thump (3:22)

  • TV Title defense *and* an appearance by the Six Man Tag Team Champs? This episode is STACKED.
  • Tony Schiavone commentates this one alone, as Larry Z’s Legends is next.

-LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Zbyszko welcomes his guest Ron Simmons to the ring. He faces former Doom partner Butch Reed at the UIC Pavilion next week. Zbyszko asks about The One Man Gang and Kevin Sullivan. Simmons’ beef is not with them but if they want to get in his way then they can be his guest. Simmons talks about Reed more, Zbyszko asks him if it’s wise to not take The One Man Gang seriously. Simmons challenges Butch Reed to come out, Zbyszko tries AGAIN to bring the conversation to Gang and Sullivan. Simmons says he doesn’t have a gripe with them, if they want a part of him all they need to do is track him down.

  • Did no one tell Simmons about Gang and Sullivan when they recorded this? Dude had absolutely NOTHING to say about them, despite Teddy Long bringing them in specifically to beat Simmons up. Strange. Props to Zbyszko for TRYING to keep Simmons on topic, even though it failed. What an odd segment.

Barry Windham defeated Scott Allen via pinfall with the superplex (1:16)

  • INSERT PROMO: Windham says that Chicago will witness him attain his goals in 1991. Oof he probably had to cut the same promo for every market WCW was in at the time. Must have been mind-numbing. Well maybe. I don’t know how many markets WCW was in, to be honest.
  • Schiavone chides Zbyszko for being belligerent towards Ron Simmons, Zbyszko says that Simmons was side-stepping his questions about One Man Gang. I SIDE WITH LARRY Z ON THIS ONE.

-FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff. These two will battle at the UIC Pavilion next week. This goes on for what feels like a HALF HOUR.

-GREEN SCREEN PROMO: Lex Luger hypes the UIC Pavilion show, specifically his match against Nikita Koloff which is going to get VIOLENT.


“The Total Package” Lex Luger defeated Pat Rose via submission with the Torture Rack (1:35)

  • Lady in the crowd is either really into Lex Luger or being murdered and no one is helping.

-Hype for next week’s episode which will feature an interview with Dustin Rhodes, talk about the “World Title situation” between Ric Flair and Tatsumi Fujinami. Hey you remembered!

*****

 

 

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