[TV Review] Pro – 3.2.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

This week on Pro Sting and El Gigante team up to face Ric Flair & Barry Windham, Ron Simmons speaks on the breakup of Doom, and Z-Man takes on Terry Taylor. No seriously they’re wrestling again. Goddammit. GODDAMMIT.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW World Champion: Ric Flair
  • WCW United States Champion: Lex Luger
  • WCW Television Champion: Arn Anderson
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin)
  • WCW United States Tag Team Champions: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW Six Man Tag Team Champions: Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & Junkyard Dog

The Lineup

  • Dan Spivey vs. David Isley
  • Big Josh vs. Rip Rogers
  • Segment: Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • In-Ring Segment: The Danger Zone w/ Paul E. Dangerously
  • Sting & El Gigante vs. Ric Flair & Barry Windham
  • Brian Pillman vs. Buddy Landell
  • Tom Zenk vs. Terry Taylor
  • Tim Horner vs. Ron Cumberland (Cumberlidge?)

*****

‘Dangerous’ Dan Spivey vs. David Isley

I wonder what his trajectory is going to be now that he’s come up short in his bid for the United States Championship. Luger looks to be entering into a feud with Nikita Koloff so it doesn’t seem like he’s going to get a rematch anytime soon and he hasn’t interacted with any other major player in WCW yet. Hm. Oh right the match: Spivey wins quickly with a side slam. (1:35)

  • Final Rating: SQUASH

Cut to a pre-recorded promo from Spivey who is here for championship glory and doesn’t care who he has to hurt to get a belt.

Schiavone and Zbyszko segue into WrestleWar footage of The Fabulous Freebirds winning the World Tag Team Titles from Doom as well as the post-match breakup of the latter where Butch Reed beat up Ron Simmons with a pair of brass knuckles. That was a helluva run-on sentence, sorry folks. Schiavone mentions that The Steiner Brothers are the first in line for a title shot against the new champs.

Big Josh [w/ ‘Wildfire’ Tommy Rich] vs. Rip Rogers

Rogers tries a side headlock, Josh easily throws him to the mat. Rogers chops Josh repeatedly in the corner but Josh feels nothing and peppers him with a series of forearms followed by a football tackle that sends Rogers to the floor. Rogers catches Josh with a right so Josh grabs his axhandle. Rich manages to get it away from his friend then we get an insert promo from Rich to put over his ‘good friend’. Rogers tries to manage some offense but Josh just takes it and headbutts him. Josh smashes Rogers’ head repeatedly into the canvas to the jeers of Zbyszko. Josh wins with a running sitdown splash. Josh is a multi-year veteran at this point but he pulls off the ‘unorthodox newcomer’ gimmick really well. Rogers knows what he’s doing as well so he made the perfect foil. Yes it’s a squash but it’s a squash worth throwing some snowflakes at. (3:21)

  • Final Rating: **

El Gigante wants the belt.

Segment: Brickhouse Bonus

Jack Brickhouse talks about wrestlers who started off as football players, focusing on Brian Pillman who used to be a Bengal. He puts him over by talking about the ‘Rage in the Cage’ which ‘caught his fancy’ and all sorts of old man stuff. I think he meant War Games but it’s whatever.

In-Ring Segment: The Danger Zone

Paul E. Dangerously invites Ron Simmons to the ring. Dangerously says Butch Reed and Teddy Long blame him for the end of Doom. Simmons says he got away from the values he was taught in life growing up, turning face in the process.

Cut to a pre-taped promo from Sting and El Gigante. Sting says Ric Flair and Barry Windham don’t stand a chance tonight. We get a rebuttal from the Horsemen, who vow to shut the door forever WOOO.

Sting & El Gigante vs. ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair & Barry Windham

Hey a match with some build to it, take a drink. Sting and Flair start off, the former no-selling the latter’s chops and making him pay with a gorilla press slam. Windham runs in and eats a clothesline for his troubles, forcing the Horsemen to bail to the floor to regroup. Flair and Windham work Sting over in the corner but get felled with a double clothesline. Flair catches Sting with an inverted atomic drop, El Gigante tags in and the crowd cheers. These two have been beating around the bush for a month and now they’re finally going to tussle, awesome. Or not as Sting tags in quickly after Gigante easily wins a test of strength. Oh okay then, maybe that was for the best. Windham tags in and hits a DDT but doesn’t even try the cover. Gigante tags back in and clobbers Windham with a series of forearms followed by the Claw. Gigante brings Windham to the mat, Flair climbs on his back. Clusterfuck city as Sid Vicious and Arn Anderson run in, giving the DQ win to Sting and Gigante. I really shouldn’t be all that surprised. Not a lot to this one but I enjoyed it for what it was. Gigante wasn’t super involved to hide his weaknesses as a wrestler but his brief moments worked. Too bad his offense looks way too weak for a man of his size. (4:31)

  • Final Rating: **

The Horsemen attack Gigante and hold him down so Flair can deliver a series of kneedrops until Sting regroups and chases them away. Flair teased going to the top for a kneedrop but it looked like he had second thoughts about it. Maybe he was too far away?

‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman vs. ‘The Nature Boy’ Buddy Landell

Both men get an entrance for this one. Pillman’s arm is taped up to sell the Horsemen’s attack on him last Saturday on WCW. Pillman vows to be a permanent thorn in the Horsemen’s side in a pre-recorded insert promo. Back to the match the action moves to the floor where Landell misses a clothesline, hitting the ring post. Pillman follows up with a scoop slam on the floor. Back inside the ring Landell gets a knee up when Pillman charges at him, then focuses on the taped up left arm. Pillman tries fighting back but Landell stays on top of him, hitting a hammerlock scoop slam for a two-count. Landell traps Pillman in a sleeperhold, Pillman backs him into the corner and escapes with a series of chops and a hip toss. Landell responds with a poke to the eye and a clothesline. Landell tries another clothesline but Pillman ducks and rolls him up with a crucifix for the 1…2…3! Landell didn’t even try to kick out of that one, come on now. Match was alright, more competitive than I expected. (4:04)

  • Final Rating: *3/4

We get a pre-recorded promo from Alexandra York. She was considering Bobby Eaton but she found him too rude when she met with him so the search continues. Rude.

‘The Z-Man’ Tom Zenk vs. ‘The Computerized Man of the 1990s’ Terry Taylor [w/ Alexandra York]  

COME. THE. FUCK. ON. After five matches together last month, FIVE OF THEM, I figured the feud ended at WrestleWar. Apparently not. I wonder if Zenk and Taylor were as sick of wrestling each other as everyone else was of seeing them wrestle each other. Taylor tries to counter a sunset flip with a fist but Zenk moves and he hits nothing but canvas, sending him stumbling right back into the sunset flip for a two-count. Taylor connects with rights in the corner, Zenk rebounds with a back bodydrop into a chinlock. The camera focuses on York as we go to a commercial break/a promo from Buddy Landell. Yes, Buddy Landell gets some talking time. He also gets cut off by whoever was taping this show so I guess they didn’t care.

Back from the break Schiavone and Zbyszko great the home audience because apparently the match ended during a commercial break. HOLY SHIT IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED ONCE. We go to the footage. Bobby Eaton showed up at ringside and decked Taylor, giving Zenk the opening for a roll-up and the victory. Well that was…weird. I like that they’re transitioning Taylor out of his feud with Z-Man into a feud with Eaton but holy dear god please don’t let them wrestle once a week for six months or something. Also no snowflakes for this one, I’m sick of these two wrestling. (TIME NOT RECORDED)

  • Final Rating: NOPE

‘White Lightning’ Tim Horner vs. Ron Cumberland

I think it was ‘Cumberlidge’ last time Ron was on television but hey whatever. This is the ‘standby’ match as there’s extra TV time to burn. They do some basic wrestling stuff until El Gigante makes his way out, his neck wrapped in a towel. He wants Flair. Sting tries to calm him down. I guess the match is over? (2:40 or so)

  • Final Rating: NR

Ric Flair, Barry Windham, and Sid Vicious surround the ring. We’re out of time though folks so I guess we won’t be seeing what went down.

*****

Final Thoughts: Pro rocked it this week. Good matches and squashes, plus an important face turn from Simmons and solid continuation of the Flair/Gigante feud. Will we ever get that singles match on TV? Time will tell, I guess. Also pray for no more goddamn Z-Man/Terry Taylor matches for awhile.

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