August 13, 2009
Superstars: Goldust leads rookie to his best match on television
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
This week’s edition of Superstars does not really excite me on paper. One of the fun aspects of following wresting is getting surprised by great performances, though. I am hoping to be so lucky tonight.
Todd Grisham opens the show and we begin with Smackdown’s John Morrison against David Hart Smith.
Match #1 – John Morrison vs. David Hart Smith
David Hart Smith is accompanied by Natalya, who extends her hands out like her Uncle Bret. I have noticed a pattern of the Hart Dynasty losing their matches in Canada during this tour, so let’s see how this one turns out. Jim Ross claims that this could be a future Wrestlemania main event. He is half right.
Great action from Morrison, as fans have come to expect. Smith does execute a superplex. Great athleticism as Smith attempts a German suplex and Morrison lands on his feet. Morrison wins after hitting the Starship Pain. After the win, Morrison gives a nod of respect to Smith.
Winner via pinfall: John Morrison
Is it too old fashioned for wrestlers to win matches when returning to their home areas? Between the results of last weekend’s tour of Canada and Monday’s episode of Raw, I think WWE is still punishing Canada for siding with Bret Hart 12 years ago.
“Ask the Divas” is next. They are asked what to do if they don’t like their friend’s new boyfriend. Layla is honest and says she will say bad things about the guy and try to set her friend up with someone else. Any man who has ever had “the friend” working against them can relate to this.
Match #2 - Goldust vs. Sheamus
I wonder what new fans think about Goldust. He must seem really weird, since WWE has not mentioned the history of his character. Thumbs up to Goldust, as he looks in terrific shape. Lots of brawling early in the match. Sheamus threatens to walk out of the match. This is now fashionable in WWE. After a commercial, Sheamus has Goldust in a new type of headlock that does not even look the slightest bit painful.
The match really picks up steam. This guy looks like he has the potential to really contribute to WWE. I am talking about Goldust. Goldust hits a cross body splash from the second rope. The action is fast paced and the crowd loves it. Goldust gets a win with a quick small package.
Winner via pinfall: Goldust
It is refreshing to see new match-ups like Goldust versus Sheamus. ECW is fun to watch because veterans interact with younger talent. Sometimes Raw seems like it is filled with matches that feel stale and repetitive. Watching rookies face each other would not be that great either, as they don’t have the experience to put on quality matches. It is amazing how a solid veteran like Goldust can bring an entertaining match out of the young Sheamus.
Michael Cole talks to the camera as if the audience is completely composed of five year olds. Tone down the facial expressions please. I cringe as they go to the Raw Rebound. This would be the same Raw where fans were treated to lame DX skits and snide remarks about Canada. If I came up with a list of 200 ex-wrestlers I wanted to see hosting Raw, Sgt. Slaughter would be number 201.
Match #3 – Mickie James & Kofi Kingston vs. Rosa Mendes & Carlito
Jerry Lawler comments on the state of Carlito’s hair tonight. It looks like a mop that was dunked in a mud puddle. Kofi Kingston may have the best vertical jump in WWE history. He demonstrates his hang time with one his impressive leg drops. If the Hulkster had shown that much hang time, perhaps all of those internet geeks wouldn’t have hated him so much.
Mickie takes out Rosa and Kofi leaps on top of Carlito in the corner, but Carlito hits a Backstabber. Carlito gets the cover and the win.
Winner via pinfall: Rosa Mendes & Carlito
Fun fact: Randy Savage & Sherri versus Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire was WWE’s first ever mixed tag team match. I have no clue how many have occurred between that match and tonight’s. Several of tonight’s matches turned out to be entertaining. David Hart Smith had his best match on WWE television thus far. Major credit goes to John Morrison. Goldust and Sheamus really picked up the pace at the end of their match. The mixed tag was filled with action and moved quickly. This show definitely gives wrestling fans a mid-week fix.
Matt Johnson is happy to cover WWE Superstars on Thursday instead of some other show. Email Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.