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WCW Pro 5/4/1996

World Championship Wrestling presents Pro
Date:
5/4/1996
From: Orlando, FL

Matches:
1.) Shark & One Man Gang defeated Scott & Steve Armstrong
2.) VK Wallstreet defeated Pez Whatley
3.) Scott Norton & Ice Train defeated Southern Posse
4.) Big Bubba Rogers defeated Leroy Howard
5.) Ric Flair defeated Jim Duggan

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) Steve and Gang kickoff the tag match with Gang backing Steve into a corner and Steve delivers a few right hands. Steve dropkicks Gang coming off the ropes for a two count. Scott tags into the match and axe handles Gang from the middle rope. Steve does the same axe handle before keeping arm control. Shark decks Steve from the apron allowing a clothesline by Gang. Shark tags into the match and splashes Steve in the corner and Gang splashes them both. Shark casually walks over Steve and connects with a leg drop for a one count. Shark delivers an elbow drop to the back of Steve. Shark bites Steve over the top rope and Gang gets a cheap shot in. Shark hits a belly to belly suplex on Steve and delivers a stomp. Shark misses an elbow drop as Steve rolls out of the way. Scott gets the hot tag and cleans house with strikes. Shark is knocked down with a double dropkick. Gang decks Steve to the floor and Shark slams Scott. Gang tags back into the match and finishes Scott off with the 747 splash. (*1/2. Not a bad tag match and if Shark wasn’t pretending to be a fish, I think the duo of Tenta and Gang could be a fun big man team to follow in WCW. WCW has a lot of options to play with on the lower level shows and I’m curious if they do so.)

2.) Footage of Diamond Dallas Page cleaning off a car and threatening the guy is shown. Page wanted five bucks, but scared the guy into giving him twenty. Remember, Page lost his lotto winnings money due to Kimberly, or Diamond Doll, having actually won the money.

3.) Duggan starts off by twisting Flair’s wrist in the corner and Flair begs off. Flair tries to attack from behind as Woman walks backstage. Duggan must have avoided the attack as he rallies the crowd behind him. Duggan again backs Flair into a corner, but backs off. Woman returns to the ringside area, which continues to be bizarre. Duggan controls Flair with a side headlock. Flair backs Duggan into a corner and delivers a few chops. Duggan sends Flair into the ropes and doesn’t budge on a shoulder block. Duggan locks in a bearhug, but Flair breaks free. Woman decks Duggan from the floor with something. Flair tries for a figure four and locks it in, but Duggan kicks out at two. Duggan rolls over to counter the hold. Duggan hammers away on Flair in the corner with several strikes and Flair drops to the mat. Flair takes Duggan down to the mat and goes to the top rope. Flair is stopped and press slammed off the top to the mat. Duggan signals for a clothesline and hits Flair with a clothesline. Woman causes a distraction allowing Flair to rollup Duggan from behind with his feet on the ropes to win the match. (*1/4. It’s a rare pin loss for Duggan even with his opponent cheating to do so, so that’s a bit memorable. There wasn’t much going on action wise here, but it’s still a strong main event on paper for WCW Pro standards, I’d say.)

Final Thoughts:
WCW Pro has a great format and the flow of the show, even less than average shows, tend to still go by very quickly. This weeks show is probably a skippable show, though.

Thanks for reading.

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31-year old currently living in Syracuse, New York. Longtime fan of the New York Mets, Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Vikings. Avid fan of professional wrestling and write reviews/articles on the product. Usually focusing on the old school wrestling.

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