WCW Pro 3/23/1997

Written by: Bob Colling

World Championship Wrestling presents Pro
Date: 3/23/1997
From: Orlando, FL

Matches:
1.) La Parka defeated JL
2.) Amazing French Canadians defeated Southern Posse
3.) Kevin Sullivan defeated Cheetah Kid
4.) Barbarian & Meng defeated High Voltage
5.) Ultimo Dragon defeated Alex Wright

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) Jerry Lynn had been going by his real name and wasn’t wearing the mask, but now he’s back to being just JL and is wearing the mask.

2.) Parka knee lifts JL followed by a chop against the ropes. JL takes Parka over with a snapmare and kicks Parka into the ropes. JL head scissors Parka to the mat and Parka bails to the floor. JL takes Parka out with a somersault dive to the floor. JL tosses Parka into the ring and delivers several strikes in the corner. Parka stops JL with a boot and a clothesline. Parka nails JL with a kick to the head and a spinning heel kick to knock JL to the floor. Parka takes JL out with a suicide dive! Parka puts JL in the tree of woe in the corner. Parka connects with a spinning heel kick in the corner. Parka plants JL with a powerbomb for a near fall. JL dropkicks Parka in the corner and backdrops Parka to the apron. Parka shoulder rams JL and hits the corkscrew dive off the top to win the match. (**1/4. There wasn’t anything wrong with this match. I enjoyed it as it was rather competitive and I’m really enjoying the push that Parka is getting on Pro, at least.)

3.) Meng and Barbarian quickly go after High Voltage as soon as the bell sounds. Meng works over Kaos while Barbarian sends Rage into Kaos. Barbarian misses a clothesline and Rage tries for a crossbody, but is caught. Kaos hits a springboard crossbody to help his partner. Kaos legally enters the match and gets beaten by Barbarian. Rage axe handles Barbarian and tags in Kaos. Barbarian stops Kaos with a throat thrust. Meng enters the match to chop Kaos several times. Meng stomps on Kaos lower midsection and tags in Barbarian to keep control. Barbarian spikes Kaos with a piledriver for a two count as Rage gets involved. Barbarian splashes Kaos in the corner. Meng returns to the match and chops Kaos. Kaos gets a sunset flip for a two count. Kaos hammers away on Meng, but a knee strike stops his momentum. Meng chokes Kaos on the mat and ignores the referee. Meng boots a charging Kaos in the corner, but Rage tags in and tries to clothesline Meng. Rage hits a dropkick, but misses a second attempt. Meng backdrops Rage into Barbarian leading to a powerbomb for the win. (*1/2. Man, Faces of Fear should be going for the tag gold.)

4.) There is a group of fifteen college girls in the front row. They have to be plants.

5.) Dragon keeps arm control on Wright for the opening moments of the match. Wright hip tosses Dragon to the mat and they have a test of strength. Wright takes Dragon down to the mat, but Dragon monkey flips Wright. Wright also monkey flips Dragon followed by a dropkick. Wright uppercuts Dragon a few times to keep control. Wright scoop slams Dragon for a two count. Wright dangerously drops Dragon with a piledriver. Wright plants Dragon with a powerbomb, but doesn’t go for a cover. Dragon delivers a few kicks and a forearm shot. Dragon sends Wright to the corner, but Wright drops dowmn holding his knee. Dragon locks in a half Boston Crab, but doesn’t get a submission. Wright knocks Dragon down with a spinning heel kick. Wright continues with a leaping forearm smash. Dragon avoids a backdrop and Wright hits a belly to belly suplex for a two count. Wright gets a rollup for a near fall. Wright hits a back suplex and signals for the corner. Wright gets stopped by Dragon on the top rope. Dragon tries for a hurricanrana, but Wright elbows free and they both fall to the mat. Dragon gets a rollup to win the match. (***. I enjoyed the action and thought they put together a fun match. The finish was a bit bizarre and not expected, but I like it. This is a good win for Dragon as I thought Wright would be the guy to prevail. I was quite surprised to see how well these two worked together.)

Final Thoughts:
Another good episode of Pro!

Thanks for reading.

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