[TV Rundown] ‘Pro’ 5.11.91 – Sneak Attacks on Larry Z’s Legends, Arn Pleads with Beautiful Bobby, Reed & Gang Team Up

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

No showcase matches this week on Pro but Butch Reed and One Man Gang are finally in the same place after a month of them supposedly being in cahoots so that’s something. Also on the show Brian Pillman interrupts Larry Z’s Legends and Arn Anderson makes a plea to Bobby Eaton. Pro rules.

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 CAHMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Carl Robertson & Paul Lee
  • CLIP: El Gigante Surprises Sid Vicious (Worldwide – 5.4.91)
  • El Gigante vs. Jim Boss
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Tom Burke/Burk
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Ron Simmons vs. Mike Steel
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS w/ Larry Zbyszko & Barry Windham
  • Butch Reed & One Man Gang vs. Scott Allen & Brett Wayne
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Jeff Stone
  • Nikita Koloff vs. Ian Weston

*****

-AD: SuperBrawl ’91. No jammin’, just slammin’.

-Schiavone and Zbyszko welcome us from “ringside”. Larry Z’s Legends will feature Barry Windham.


Sting & “The Total Package” Lex Luger defeated Carl Robertson & Paul Lee when Luger made Robertson submit to the Torture Rack (2:38)

  • INSERT PROMO: The Steiner Brothers are gladiators and fighters, Sting & Luger are just another thing on their menu. I’M SO EXCITED.
  • Lee and Robertson try to throw Sting out of the ring, Sting noggin knocks them and tosses them out to the floor.

-AD: WCW returns to Hammond, IN in June. Main event scheduled to be Lex Luger vs. One Man Gang for the United States Championship. Get your tickets now!

-HYPE VIDEO: Find out what Oz looks like at SuperBrawl. Heheheheheh.

-CLIP: El Gigante dresses up as an EMT and surprises Sid Vicious (Worldwide – 5.4.91). The graphic had the date as 5.4.90. Again this show is NOT LIVE.


El Gigante defeated Jim Boss via pinfall with the Claw (1:28)

  • Gigante tries to be nice, sitting Boss on the buckle and walking away, but Boss decides to sneak attack anyway and PAYS THE PRICE with very awkward offense by the big man.
  • Gigante has “The Giant” written on his trunks just in case his Spanish name is too difficult to understand.

“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes defeated Tom Burke (Burk) via pinfall with the Bulldog (2:40)

  • POST-MATCH: Terrence Taylor attacks Rhodes, connecting with a Five Arm. Rhodes counters a piledriver and dropkicks Taylor out of the ring. Rhodes gets in the face of Hughes, who shields Alexandra York from harm.

-SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER: Gordon Solie runs down the entire card scheduled for next week, which now includes the debuting Oz against Tim “Powerhouse” Parker. I’m all about Parker getting that PPV money. The Steiner Brothers and Sting & Lex Luger have stuff to say about their Tag Team Title match. Sting likes pain and wants both the Steinerline and Frankensteiner. Jeez. Diamond Dallas Page hypes up his Diamond Mine segment…with Sid Vicious, and not Sting & Luger as Solie said. Heh? Solie focuses on Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami. Flair hypes the match up via green screen promo. Something about limousines and walking aisles. You know the drill.


Ron Simmons defeated Mike Steel via pinfall with a spinebuster (2:50)

  • Simmons attacks Steel before he even gets a title card so I’m guessing the spelling.
  • Simmons still has the “D” on his boots but has added “RS” to his tights; he’s slowly coming to terms with being a singles guy.
  • Apparently the footage I have SKIPPED the Brickhouse Bonus as Schiavone and Zbyszko talk about it. Boo.
  • An absolute massacre by Simmons, sending a strong message to Butch Reed heading into SuperBrawl. Steel looked like he could barely keep up and was damn-near dressed in street clothes; felt like they just saw him in the audience and decided to put him on the show. Simmons looked like he was pissed to be in there with someone who couldn’t keep up.

-LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Zbyszko is joined in the ring by Barry Windham. Windham plays with a roll of tape like a cat while Zbyszko asks him when he’s going to get rid of Brian Pillman. Windham vows to put Pillman out of wrestling at SuperBrawl, calling him a “yellow dog”. Windham starts putting the tape on his fist but out comes Brian Pillman who attacks him from behind. Windham immediately bails from the ring, Windham and Zbyszko both brush him off.


“Hacksaw” Butch Reed & One Man Gang [w/ Kevin Sullivan & Teddy Long] defeated Brett Wayne & Scott Allen when Gang pinned Wayne with the 747 (2:14)

  • Gang has been doing Reed’s dirty work for a month on WCW TV but this is the first time they’ve teamed together. Hell this is the first time I’ve seen them actually interact.
  • Reed & Gang do not fit as a tag team at all but I did like watching them truck the jobbers.

“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton defeated Jeff Stone via pinfall with the Alabama Jam (3:55)

  • Eaton high fives and handshakes Stone, then beats the crap out of him. He’s like a Sour Patch Kid.
  • Beautiful Bobby fights dirty, PULLING HAIRS OUT OF STONE’S BEARD. That’s just cruel.
  • POST-MATCH: Arn Anderson shows at ringside and grabs a mic. Anderson tells Eaton to be content at being a great tag team wrestler, Eaton responds by STARTING A BRAWL and they fight to the back.

“The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff defeated Ian Weston via pinfall with the Russian Sickle (1:54)

  • I appreciate Koloff having no entrance music yet. Old school of him.
  • INSERT PROMO: Lex Luger says he’s got a lot going on between The Steiners and Nikita Koloff. Can’t tell if he was bragging or complaining, either way this accomplished nothing.
  • Is the Sickle considered a lariat or an axe bomber? Discuss. Or don’t.

-Zbyszko threatens to punch Pillman out if he interrupts another Larry Z’s Legends, then says he has a special surprise for Jack Brickhouse on next week’s show. OH MY GOD PLEASE LET THIS END WITH BRICKHOUSE PUNCHING ZBYSZKO OUT.

-REPLAY: Pillman attacks Windham during Larry Z’s Legends.

*****

 

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