Superstars: Ziggler moves closer to championship gold
MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
Dolph Ziggler is headlining Superstars tonight. One of the joys of following wrestling is watching new stars develop before your eyes. Dolph Ziggler will be a major star in the wrestling business and has “it.” The fact that he is headlining tonight for a shot at the Intercontinental title puts me in a good mood.
Michael Cole is talking. There goes my good mood. Just kidding Michael…well, not really.
Match #1 –Jack Swagger vs. Primo Colon
Swagger vs. Primo and Vegas says the money is on Swagger. Swagger takes him to the ground. Uniqueness is a virtue in wrestling, and Swagger mat wrestling makes him stick out. He demonstrates it against Primo.
Cole points out that Swagger was voted jerk of the month by WWE Magazine. Lawler puts words to my thoughts by suggesting that Cole is usually eligible for the award. More groundwork from Swagger. Some critics will find it boring, but I say it is a nice change of pace. The All-American American wins with a gut wrench powerbomb.
Winner via pinfall: Jack Swagger
Swagger gets on the mic and announces that he is the only Superstar born to be the United States champion. It makes sense that someone with his gimmick would chase the U.S. title.
Ask the Divas time. They are asked about their ideal place for a date and what signs a guy should look for to find out if a woman is interested. The Hurricane is up next.
Match #2 –Hurricane Helms vs. Paul Burchill
Am I the only one who liked Helms better when he was “Sugar” Shane Helms of 3 Count in WCW. Shut up!
Hurricane Helms faces Paul “the Ripper” Burchill. Striker is as hilarious as usual during the match. You can hear a pin drop as Burchill applies a chinlock. Burchill gets a near fall after a big kick. The Hurricane hits a cross body off the top rope. Burchill applies a neckbreaker from outside the ring and school boys the Hurricane for the victory. Good thing I did not place a wager on that contest.
Winner via pinfall: Paul Burchill
Did you know that WWE will create more original TV hours than HBO and Showtime combined. Just wait until WWE has its own cable network. I am not lying. The Los Angeles Times reported that WWE is looking to create its own network within the next two years. I wonder how many of these reports I will be doing then?!?
A video on the Undertaker airs. Todd Grisham and Jim Ross plug Smackdown. For some reason, I believe Jim Ross when he says it is a big show. It does not just seem like he is an announcer being fed lines.
Match #3 –Dolph Ziggler vs. Mike Knox vs. Finlay
Dolph comes out first without Maria. If he loses to Knox or Finlay, there is no justice in the world. Dolph does need to apply more hair dye, though. Mike Knox has the beard of a Confederate general in the American Civil War. Finlay is the third competitor in the match. The winner faces Rey Mysterio at Breaking Point.
The action spills to the floor early. Dolph hits a dropkick on Knox’s beer belly. The Irishman takes the offense to Dolph, until Knox intervenes. Dolph misses a leg drop from the top rope. They all take it outside the ring again, and Knox takes control. Knox nearly pins Finlay, but Ziggler breaks up the pin. Finlay hits the Celtic Cross on Knox, but Dolph throws Finlay out of the ring and gets the win.
Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler is the number one contender for the Intercontinental Title. I predict his first title reign will begin at Breaking Point. WWE went back to the three match format this week and the show was back to its enjoyable pace. Fans can sit back and enjoy some wrestling without feeling rushed. Experimenting is not a bad thing, but I am pleased to see WWE went back to the winning formula for Superstars.
Matt Johnson is happy to see WWE Superstars return to its usual format. Email Matt at email@example.com.