[TV Review] Pro – 3.16.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

The Young Pistols take on The State Patrol in this week’s “Featured Match” on Pro. Also on the show the feud between Ron Simmons and Butch Reed continues to boil, Brian Pillman gets one over on Sid Vicious, and The Steiner Brothers perform a little manscaping on their opponents. Man, Chicago got the good stuff when it came to syndicated WCW shows, huh?

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES 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: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

The Lineup

  • Sting vs. Tom Sawyer
  • PROMO: Arn Anderson
  • Ron Simmons vs. Mike Thor
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Brian Carr & Lou Fabiano
  • SEGMENT: Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • IN-RING SEGMENT: Larry Z’s Legends w/ Larry Zbyszko, Butch Reed, & Teddy Long
  • The Young Pistols vs. The State Patrol
  • VIDEO: Nikita Koloff attacks Lex Luger (WrestleWar ’91)
  • PROMO: Lex Luger
  • Dan Spivey vs. Larry Santo
  • PROMO: Dustin Rhodes
  • PROMO: Ric Flair
  • Sid Vicious vs. Carl Robertson

*****

-CLIP: The Four Horsemen win War Games at WrestleWar ’91 after the ref calls due it due to Brian Pillman being knocked unconscious. You read that recap by clicking the sentence you are reading.

-Schiavone and Zbyszko welcome the home audience. Zbyszko will have Butch Reed and Teddy Long on Larry Z’s Legends to talk about the split of Doom. Cool.

Sting vs. Tom Sawyer

Sting, the sportsman he is, offers Sawyer a handshake but Sawyer thinks he’s too good for it. Big mistake. Insert promo from the Stinger talking about wanting Ric Flair in a Cage, at the Omni show I believe happened last weekend. Schiavone mentions a “special referee” for that match that will be announced tonight. HEH? Moving on Sting dominates and wins with the Scorpion Death Lock, in case you were waiting with bated breath for the outcome. (2:20)

Arn Anderson wants anyone who thinks he’s something in pro wrestling to come challenge him for the World Television Championship. Awesome I’ve been waiting for Anderson to actually DEFEND the belt, looks like he’s coming back from injury.

Ron Simmons vs. Mike Thor

Simmons goes a clubberin’ and puts poor Thor out of his misery with a flying clothesline from the middle buckle…after the ref waits like ten seconds to make the count. (1:55)

After the match Butch Reed attacks Simmons, Theodore R. Long directing traffic. Both men are still in their Doom gear, you think they started these tapings as a team and now the crowd is super confused at what’s happening? I kinda hope so. Reed attacks for almost two minutes unabated until a pair of refs finally come out to break things up. Took y’all long enough, dang.

The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) vs. Brian Carr & Lou Fabiano

The Steiners have both the World and U.S. Tag Team Titles with them. They cut an insert promo about wanting to take everybody on. Schiavone mentions that an announcement will be made regarding the future of the U.S. Tag Team Titles. Scott muscles Carr around to start, deadlifting Carr into a pumphandle slam. Fabiano tags in, Scott flattens him with a belly-to-belly suplex. Rick tags in and misses his first elbowdrop because he’s the dumb brother, then makes up for it with a STIFF AS F*CK Steinerline. Scott holds Fabiano’s arms back and Rick RIPS OUT FABIANO’S MANY CHEST HAIRS. Tremendous content, WCW. Carr tags in, Steiners finish Carr off with a Doomsday Bulldog. Another awesome squash from The Steiner Brothers. God they’re so good. (3:57)

-This week’s Brickhouse Bonus has Jack Brickhouse putting over how intimidating and tough Sid Vicious is.

-Zbyszko is in the ring for this week’s “Larry Z’s Legends”. His guests this week are Butch Reed and Theodore R. Long, as seen earlier beating up Ron Simmons. Zbyszko introduces them as ‘Doom’ which is…weird. Reed says Simmons got out of place but he’s the one to put that “sucka” back into place. Long says Simmons couldn’t stand the riches that came with success, and this has cost Long money. In comes Ron Simmons himself to continue the brawl from earlier. Officials and wrestlers run in to try and break things up, but are unsuccessful for they are jobbers. Apparently it gets broken up during commercial.

The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) vs. The State Patrol (Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker & Lt. James Earl Wright)

The State Patrol are gunning for the U.S. Tag Team Titles according to their insert promo. THE STATE PATROL GOT PROMO TIME, Y’ALL. Smothers and Wright trade hammerlocks, Wright forces a rope break and complains of a hair pull despite not having much of it. Smothers floats over and catches Wright with a back elbow. He goes for a cover, Parker tries to break it up but Smothers moves and he elbowdrops his own partner, leading to a brief shoving match between the Patrol. Parker tags in, Smothers takes him to the mat with an armdrag takeover. Parker brings Smothers to the corner, Armstrong tags in and rolls him up for a two-count. Smart move, more teams should do that. Armstrong sends Parker into Wright with an atomic drop and covers, Wright tries to break it up but Armstrong moves and Wright headbutts his own partner. State Patrol clobber Armstrong, Young Pistols dosey-do and clear the ring. Patrol try to regroup but get dropped with a baseball slide from Armstrong. Young Pistols rule.

Parker with a headlock, Armstrong counters with a top wristlock into a hammerlock into a standing side headlock. CHAIN WRASSLIN’. Armstrong ducks a clothesline from Parker but doesn’t from Wright who covers for a two-count. Quick tags from The State Patrol as they work on wearing Armstrong down, connecting with a battering ram into a bulldog into an elbowdrop from Wright but Armstrong still manages to kick out of the lateral press. Patrol with a double backbreaker, slam, and elbowdrop and Parker covers for the 1…2…nope. Wright charges at Armstrong, who catches him with a big boot. Smothers gets the hot tag and the BABYFACE FIRE OFFENSE on both Patrol members. Wright breaks up the pinfall attempt, Armstrong dropkicks Parker out of the ring and the Pistols belt Parker with a double shoulderblock for the 1…2…3. Enjoyable match between two teams that actually utilize double team moves, State Patrol could go when WCW let them. A worthwhile featured contest. (7:48)

  • RATING: **1/4

-VIDEO: Nikita Koloff attacks Lex Luger during U.S. Title ceremony (WrestleWar ’91)

“The Total Package” Lex Luger recaps what happened via taped promo. Luger dares Koloff to come at him because this time he’s ready.

“Dangerous” Dan Spivey vs. Larry Santo

Spivey actually removes his entrance gear for this one. Santo tries a dropkick, Spivey no-sells it and goes on the offensive, winning in short order with the side slam. (1:33)

“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes recaps The Steiner Brothers winning the World Tag Team Titles and the breakup of Doom. Cool? Rhodes says he’s here to take care of business, EEF YOU WHEEEEL.

“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair throws shade at Sting and calls himself THE greatest World Champion, even better than boxing champ Evander Holyfield. Flair doesn’t seem concerned with Sting wanting him in a cage, and also throws shade at Arsenio Hall? Rude.

Sid Vicious vs. Carl Robertson

Sid attacks right at the bell and throws Robertson damn near across the ring with a military press. DANG. Schiavone doesn’t even pretend this is a competitive contest, which I can’t blame him for, and brings up Brian Pillman’s attack on Sid after his match last week. SID WITH THE HELICOPTER SPIN, audible screams from the audience. One Power Bomb later and it’s over. (1:56)

Sid calls for his EMT geeks but before they show up Brian Pillman attacks him from behind! Pillman with a low-blow and a dropkick that sends the big man out to the floor. Sid throws the gurney into the ring at Pillman and is be held back by a pair of referees. OH SNAP. Sid and Pillman jaw jack at each other as the episode ends.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Good episode of Pro this week as they continue building to a Pillman/Sid match. My body is READY for that one. Young Pistols/State Patrol also shined this week in a fun competitive match as the U.S. Tag Team Title scene heats up with the impending vacancy of the championship. Obviously the best part was The Steiner Bros playing around with their jobbers though, right? Rhetorical question.

 

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