WCW Pro 5/25/1997

Written by: Bob Colling

World Championship Wrestling presents Pro
Date: 5/25/1997
From: Orlando, FL

Matches:
1.) J.L. defeated Super Calo
2.) Ice Train defeated Bunkhouse Buck
3.) Disco Inferno defeated Buddy Lee Parker
4.) Chavo Guerrero Jr. defeated Billy Kidman
5.) Harlem Heat defeated Amazing French Canadians
6.) Public Enemy defeated Joe Gomez & The Renegade

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) JL starts off with an arm drag, but Calo hits a running fireman’s carry only to miss a middle rope elbow drop. JL backdrops Calo to the apron, but Calo hits a top rope head scissors after ramming JL into the corner face first. Calo continues with a slingshot senton to the floor. Calo leaps off the top to take JL out with a crossbody on the floor. JL stops Calo with a clothesline and hits a dropkick. JL runs off the apron to take Calo out with a somersault dive. JL plants Calo with a side slam and climbs to the top rope. JL hits a crossbody off the top, but Calo stops JL with a dropkick on the top turnbuckle. Calo connects with a top rope hurricanrana and wins the match. (**. I enjoyed the action and Calo’s offense was really entertaining and fun to see.)

2.) Lee Marshall interviews Lord Steven Regal, who is wearing street clothes. Regal says he’s upset with the Royal family and is going to leave the “Lord” from his name behind for a bit. Regal says none of the wrestlers have the skill that he has. Regal is in WCW because he is the greatest.

3.) Chavo takes Kidman down with a headlock, but Kidman gets a head scissors on the mat leading to a standoff. Chavo shoulder blocks Kidman but runs into a dropkick. Chavo backdrops Kidman to the apron. Kidman hits a slingshot head scissors for a two count. Chavo stops Kidman with a powerbomb to counter a hurricanrana. Chavo takes Kidman over with a snap suplex. Chavo misses a crossbody as Kidman dropped down to the mat. Kidman scoop slams Chavo and heads to the top rope. Kidman misses a splash. Chavo hits a back suplex and goes to the top rope. Chavo takes Kidman out with a moonsault and wins the match. (**. They kept a quick pace and they worked well in the quick contest. I was a bit surprised to see Chavo use a moonsault to win the match.)

4.) Lee Marshall interviewed Diamond Dallas Page regarding Randy Savage. Page says that Savage stepped over the line of reality. DDP says they both live on the edge. Page notes that Savage has brought him to his highest level thus far. Marshall asks about Kimberly and Page says that is none of his business before walking off.

5.) Canadians attack Harlem Heat before the bell for the early advantage. Booker is double teamed in the corner for a few moments. Jacques sends Booker through the ropes to the floor. Pierre sends Booker face first into the ring post. Jacques decks Booker to the mat and tags in Pierre. Pierre runs the ropes leading to a clothesline/leg sweep combo for a two count. Booker breaks free from Pierre and delivers an elbow in the corner. Jacques knee strikes Booker from the apron. Booker is dropped throat first over the top rope by the Canadians. Pierre returns to the match and Jacques backdrops Pierre, but Booker moves and Stevie Ray enters to clean house with strikes and clotheslines. Ray powerslams Jacques and sends the Canadians into each other. Booker returns to the match and the Canadians are rammed into opposite corners. Canadians are sent into each other and Booker nails Pierre with a leaping side kick. Col. Robert Parker enters the ring to break the pin and that leads to a disqualification. (*1/2. It felt like the same match they had earlier in the month on Pro, but instead of a clean finish we got a DQ finish for some reason. Seemed pointless to protect the Canadians when they’ve already lost to Harlem Heat. The action was decent, but the repetitive nature was disappointing.)

Final Thoughts:
A couple of decent matches along with a couple of interviews made this a solid overall week for Pro.

Thanks for reading.

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