September 17, 2009
Superstars: Ziggler shuts down Finlay in the main event
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
Superstars looks like it has a chance to get back on track this week. With only three matches scheduled and wrestling’s next big star main eventing (in the form of Dolph Ziggler) on the card, things are looking up. Plus, WWE does not need to compete with the NFL on this Thursday.
Before I begin the show report, I wanted to comment on Linda McMahon’s announcement that she is running for a United States Senate seat. As best as I can tell, Linda is a very intelligent and accomplished woman. Her lack of political experience can actually be a positive. Hopefully the media does not ignore her because of biases against WWE. Now to Superstars…
Match #1 –Chris Masters vs. Santino Marella
Chris Masters is up first. I wonder if he is still peeved about Triple H making a comment about his hair plugs on Raw two weeks ago? It was a jerk move.
Santino has amazing comedic timing during his matches. He is really funny with his comments and facial expressions in this match, but it does not pay off in the ring, as the Masterpiece dominates him with an offense that includes powerslams, clotheslines, and a bearhug. Santino has a Hogan like comeback, but it does not provide Hulkster-like results. Masters wins with the Masterlock.
Winner via pinfall: Chris Masters
Ask the Divas. Alicia doesn’t like paying the bill. Mickie went on a date with a married guy. Gail Kim is a good cook. For more exciting information, visit wwe.com.
They show a commercial for the new Best of Smackdown DVD. I recommend this DVD and Smackdown in general. Although some consider it the “B” show, Smackdown has had some great action without some of the pressure to get ratings that Raw has. The result is Smackdown often being the best wrestling show on television.
Match #2 -Christian vs. Paul Burchill
Zack Ryder joins the extreme broadcast team for the next match. The irony of the Christian-Ryder feud is that Ryder was an Edge Head, and Christian is Edge’s “brother” in the WWE Universe.
Christian versus “the Ripper” tonight. Screw the match, Ryder is hilarious on comedy. He gives a shout out to his girlfriend and brags about tanning every day this week. The former pirate throws a chin lock on Christian and beats him into the corner. Christian turns it around and beats Burchill out of the ring. More hilarity from Ryder. Put this man on the broadcast team full time! Striker credits Christian for doing the Slop Drop. Yes, we have a Godwinns reference in 2009. Christian win the match with the Kill Switch.
Winner via pinfall: Christian
Todd Grisham and Jim Ross take over to call the main event. Better them than a certain someone with the initials M.C. Grisham interviews Randy Orton. Orton correctly points out that he made a business decision to preserve his body at Breaking Point. It is not an embarrassment to tap out. In MMA, a fighter taps out because they are in “checkmate” and there is no way out of the hold.
Tonight I noticed that the announcers appeared to be calling the matches from video streaming on laptop computers instead of monitors. I would be nervous about the computer freezing.
Match #3 –Dolph Ziggler vs. Finlay
The man comes out. Dolph faces Morrison at the Hell in a Cell PPV. That will be a hell of a match. As much as I respect Fit Finlay, I am not sure if he can keep up. Finlay starts out with some aggressive ground offense. Dolph’s amateur background shows, as he shoots the leg. After Finlay takes back control of the match, Dolph takes a powder and they go to commercial.
After the break, Finlay hits a bodyslam and throws on a chinlock. Dolph turns it around and applies a headlock. When Ziggler applies a headlock, he does it with intensity. It is so much more effective than the wrestlers who just throw it on loosely for a rest. Finlay throws some elbows and clotheslines and collides with Ziggler. After both men recover, Dolph rakes Finlay’s eyes, hits the Zig Zag and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
While fans will not remember this as one of wrestling’s greatest nights, WWE went back to the format that has made Superstars popular since its return. I really like the idea of having a guest commentator for one match. Zack Ryder really got to show his personality. At its best, Superstars can enhance WWE’s other shows for fans interested in more programming.
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