[TV Review] Pro – 2.9.91

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Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

Pro this week focuses on the Ric Flair/El Gigante feud as Gigante guests on Sullivan’s Saloon and later confronts the man himself inside the squared circle. Also on the show Sting is in action taking on the other Nature Boy (wait no not that one either, the other other one) and Sid Vicious puts another jobber on a stretcher.

The Lineup

  • Ron Simmons vs. Rick Cannon
  • Sid Vicious vs. ???
  • Segment: Sullivan’s Saloon
  • The Junkyard Dog vs. Tom Burke
  • Tom Zenk (c) vs. Arn Anderson for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (Worldwide – 2.2.91)
  • Sting vs. Buddy Landell
  • Ringside Interview: David Sierra, El Gigante’s interpreter
  • Terry Taylor & The Lightning Express vs. Rip Rogers, Kevin Nash, & Pat Rose

*****

Show opens with footage from Arn Anderson‘s TV Title victory over The Z-Man before the usual opening video. Schiavone and Zbyszko welcome the home audience, the former announcing that the TV Title match will be shown in its entirety on this episode. Maaaaan. Cut to footage from last week’s Pro where Doom interfered in the big Rich & Morton/Horsemen main event to attack the latter.

Ron Simmons [w/ Teddy Long] vs. Rick Cannon
Simmons’ partner Butch Reed is nowhere to be found for this one, furthering the dissension in the ranks among the WCW Tag Team Champions. Simmons doesn’t really take this match seriously for obvious reasons, Cannon is a pipsqueak, and wins in short order with a spinebuster. (1:59)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Sid Vicious vs. ???
Vicious wins so quickly with a Power Bomb that I didn’t even catch the jobber’s name. (0:10)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Sid’s EMT squad put the mystery man on a stretcher, Vicious slams him off and tries to drop the gurney on him but the guardrail is in the way so it doesn’t work the first time. A host of jobbers try to come out and help and Vicious mauls them too.

Segment: Sullivan’s Saloon
Kevin Sullivan is here with another Sullivan’s Saloon, but is way more subdued than he was the past few times. His guest is El Gigante, who talks about how big he is. Gigante says he wants a belt so Sullivan tries to give him a drink (HA, that was actually pretty good). Gigante clarifies that he wants Flair’s World Title belt and palms a basketball Sullivan has laying around his bar. I guess this sorta builds a Flair/Gigante match but honestly it felt super pointless. We didn’t even get a crazy Sullivan this time, which is a definite negative.

The Junkyard Dog vs. Tom Burke
WCW keeps spelling Burke’s last name without the e but I’m married to keeping the e in on these recaps so whatever go with it. Big Thump ends it quick. (0:52)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

WCW World Television Championship
‘The Z-Man’ Tom Zenk (c) vs. ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson
This match originally aired on last week’s Worldwide but it’s been making the rounds on all of the TV this week so far, just to make sure that everyone sees it. This time they even keep the same Worldwide commentary with Schiavone and Kevin Sullivan. Anyway Anderson is the new champion and he cheated to do it. (5:47)

  • Final Rating: **1/4

Zbyzko congratulates Anderson on his win and wonders if he’d be the new Z-Man if he beat Tom Zenk.

Sting vs. ‘Nature Boy’ Buddy Landell
Sting no-sells Landell’s chops and vertical suplex, clearing him to the floor with a clothesline. Sting follows him out and sends him face-first into the ring post. Soon enough the Scorpion Death Lock is applied and Landell gives up. Aw man, the one time I was hoping for a longer squash match. Landell’s commitment to stealing Flair’s gimmick is tremendous, he even took a back bodydrop on one side like the World Champion. (1:19)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Ringside Interview: David Sierra
After Ric Flair’s entrance we go to Lance Russell who is standing by with David Sierra, the interpreter and friend of El Gigante. He doesn’t say much before Gigante comes out and once again tells Flair he wants his belt. Flair grabs the mic and tells Gigante not to let his big mouth overload his ass. What the hell does that mean? Flair slaps Gigante, who rips his shirt off and enters the ring. Gigante no-sells Flair’s strikes and starts strangling him. Tim Horner, Brad Armstrong, and Terry Taylor try to pry Gigante off Flair but it takes a bit before Gigante lets go. I guess Flair isn’t wrestling this week after all.

After a commercial break a fired up Zbyszko calls Gigante a disgrace to the sport for choking Flair the way he did. Honestly he’s not wrong, that was a total dick move.

Terry Taylor & The Lightning Express vs. Rip Rogers, ‘The Master Blaster’ Kevin Nash, & Pat Rose
Nash is still being called ‘The Master Blaster’ but that’s just a nickname now as he’s going by his real name at least for this match. Taylor has turned heel already but continuity doesn’t mean shit on WCW television so whatever he’s best friends with The Lightning Express I guess. I don’t see them winning the Six Man Tag Team Championship though. I know I know, it’s a shocking prediction. Rogers, the MVP of the B and C shows, starts off with Brad Armstrong who goes right to the armbar. Tim Horner tags in and does some more arm work, flustering Rogers even more. Taylor then gets the tag and, you guessed, mo’ arm work. Rose tags in to try his luck and eats a dropkick for his troubles. Rose pokes Horner in the eye and tags in to Nash. Horner tries to use his speed but Nash catches him in mid-air and connects with a backbreaker. Even though he’s the only one who’s had any success Nash doesn’t stay in the match for long as Rogers and Rose want back in. Armstrong gets the hot tag and goes right back to his foolproof armbar method on Rogers. Quick tags from the faces as this match outwears its welcome. Nash smartly gets the tag and overpowers everybody, hitting Taylor with a sidewalk slam. Rose tags in and Taylor counters whatever he was trying to do with a neckbreaker. Armstrong gets the tag and drops Rose with a kneelift that only gets him a one count. Rogers breaks up a second pinfall attempt then tags in proper. Armstrong connects with a back bodydrop and goes for the pin, getting a two but the bell rings anyway in a miscommunication. Armstrong and Rogers power through and Armstrong gets the pin following a Russian legsweep. Went nine minutes, felt like nine hours. (9:08)

  • Final Rating: *

Schiavone and Zbyszko close the show with a look back at Gigante choking the life out of Flair earlier in the show.

*****

Final Thoughts: Despite a dreadfully dull main event this week’s Pro did feature the continuation of the Flair/Gigante feud so there was some purpose and merit. Whether this footage stays Pro-exclusive or ends up being recycled onto the other shows remains to be seen. I also appreciated how short the squashes were this time around, it’s like they’re finally getting we don’t need six minutes of a big star taking on some scrub to get the same point across.

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