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WCW Pro 3/30/1996

World Championship Wrestling presents Pro
Date:
3/30/1996
From: Orlando, FL

Matches:
1.) Harlem Heat defeated State Patrol
2.) The Giant defeated Southern Posse
3.) WCW World Champion Ric Flair defeated Mark Starr
4.) Bunkhouse Buck defeated Steve Collins
5.) Hugh Morrus defeated Scott Armstrong
6.) American Males (Bagwell & Riggs) defeated Blue Bloods (Eaton & Taylor)

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) Harlem Heat won their enhancement match with an electric chair slam/missile dropkick combo. I’m not sure I’ve really seen them use that as their finisher, but it looked good.

2.) As expected, The Giant destroys the Southern Posse and is getting a positive crowd reaction for his destruction. Giant wins the match following two chokeslams, obviously. Giant sat on both men for the pin and got cheers.

3.) Starr gets a near fall on Flair with a rollup off the ropes. Woman eye rakes Starr after Flair sends Starr to the floor. Woman proceeds to walk away from the ring. Starr again almost wins a match with an inside cradle. Starr blocks a hip toss with a backslide for a two count. Woman returns to ringside as Starr backdrops Flair coming out of the corner. Starr ducks a chop and clotheslines Flair. Starr goes to the top rope missing a knee drop attempt. Flair takes advantage with the figure four and uses the ropes for leverage for the win. (NR. I’m not going to rate this because I just don’t understand the booking of Flair. He’s literally in a top feud trying to end Hulk Hogan and he’s begging off from Starr and almost losing a handful of times on rollups when there’s been zero significant offense to make that even realistic?)

4.) Buck won his squash match after a dropkick and stomp to the face. Collins tried to get his hands on Col. Robert Parker after the match and was attacked by Buck and Slater. Parker also decked Collins with a right hand. Buck and Slater spike piledrive Collins, as well. The announcers completely ignored the match until the aftermath attack.

5.) Riggs and Taylor kickoff the match with Taylor controlling Riggs on the mat. Taylor tries for wrist control, but Riggs counters with wrist control of his own. Riggs gets a hammerlock on Taylor, but Taylor back elbows Riggs a few times. Taylor shoulder blocks Riggs and runs into a dropkick. Riggs arm drags Taylor and keeps arm control on the mat. Bagwell tags into the match and Taylor is met with a double forearm strike. Taylor pops up and stands off with Bagwell. Taylor kicks Bagwell followed by a few uppercuts. Taylor scoop slams Bagwell and delivers an axe handle strike. Eaton returns to the match and chops Bagwell in the corner followed by a right hand. Bagwell hip tosses Eaton out of the corner followed by a hip toss. Riggs comes off the top, but is met with a strike and Taylor tags into the match. Taylor catches Riggs with a fallaway slam for a one count. Eaton tags in and Riggs hammers away on Eaton. Bagwell gets the hot tag and cleans house with right hands. Bagwell kicks Eaton and hits a fisherman suplex for a one count as Riggs and Taylor brawl. Regal cheap shots Bagwell on the floor. Eaton delivers a swinging neckbreaker, but Riggs breaks the cover. Riggs dumps Taylor over the top to the floor. Eaton is met with a double dropkick and Bagwell pins Eaton for the win. (*. There were a couple of solid moments when Taylor was involved, but the match was mostly underwhelming and predictable for the Males to win the match.)

Final Thoughts:
The feature stuff wasn’t all that great, but they mostly highlighted some good talents and it wasn’t a chore of a show to get through.

Thanks for reading.

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