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Superstars: Raw team for Bragging Rights set, Morrison and Punk battle
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


Superstars is on the air, which means another work week is almost done. I am a little surprised that there was no graphic mentioning the passing of Captain Lou Albano at the start of the show. His passing has been mentioned in several major media outlets over the past few days.

Jolly Mark Henry makes his way to the ring to start the show. Unfortunately for fans, Michael Cole is the first voice they hear. He is calling the action alongside a mayoral candidate in Memphis, Tennessee.

Match #1 –Mark Henry vs. Chris Masters

Well this one should be exciting. It will be slower than molasses in January. Masters channels the 1980s and poses at the start of the match. This match is for a shot on the Raw team at Bragging Rights. As I pray for a short match, Henry hits a clothesline and a nerve hold on Masters. Is it done yet? OK, I will stop being nasty.

Henry stands on Masters and chuckles as Masters rolls outside the ring. When Henry chases him, Masters throws Henry into the post. After a break, Masters attacks Henry’s knee. Masters continues to attack the knee. The crowd boos. I fall asleep and rewind the DVR. Henry turns it around with the World’s Strongest Slam for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry

Ask the Divas. Which Superstar would they like on their side during a mixed tag? The Bellas want Rey Mysterio. I do recall in his WCW days there were rumors of him dating Jennifer Anniston. Natalya picks Edge. How does Tyson feel about this? Michelle McCool picks one of the Brothers of Destruction. Not the one you think. The next question is about what music they like in the gym. Who cares?

Did someone have nostalgia for the days of Hercules and the Warlord or something? Just after we get done seeing Mark Henry and Chris Masters, they preview the team of Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov competing.

Match #2 –Vladimir Kozlov vs. Tommy Dreamer

Sorry to disappoint the fans anticipating Ezekiel Jackson competing. We have Tommy Dreamer against Vladimir Kozlov. Vladimir is pounding on Tommy, but Tommy turns it around with a cross body. Lots of nostalgic fans in the crowd, as they chant “ECW.”

Kozlov attacks Dreamer’s arm. Stryker points out the fluid in Dreamer’s inflamed elbow. The communist continues to attack the arm. Dreamer fights back and hits a clothesline off the top rope. Ezekiel Jackson interferes without the official noticing. Kozlov hits a headbutt and his finishing maneuver for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Vladimir Kozlov

Todd Grisham introduces a video promoting the Raw championship match between Randy Orton and John Cena. If they are trying to make people think there is brand separation, it might make sense to have the Raw announcers introduce the package.

The Miz is announcing the match along with Grisham. No Jim Ross this week. Miz and Morrison face off at Bragging Rights. Often times these matches with former partners competing do not work out. Fans do not seem to like teams split.

Match #3 –John Morrison vs. C.M. Punk

Morrison and a Punk have the ability to make fans forget about the start of this show. Morrison gets the early advantage with a headlock. Miz talks smack about John Morrison and calls Grisham a nerd. Morrison hits an impressive standing shooting star press. That was impressive. Punk wins back control and throws on a chin lock. Punk gets a two count after a snap bodyslam. Commercial time.

Punk is applying the body scissors. Morrison tries an aerial maneuver, but lands on Punk’s knees. Punk drop kicks Punk under the bottom rope. Morrison counters a suplex into the ring and gets a two count. After Punk regains control, he applies the abdominal stretch. Morrison fires back on offense with a roundhouse kick. Miz calls it a “stupid spinny kick”. Punk hits a running knee in the corner. Morrison again regains control with a knee to the face. Morrison attempts the Starship Pain, but Punk jumps on the top rope to stop it. After Morrison knocks Punk back to the mat, the Miz attacks Punk, causing a disqualification loss for Morrison.

Winner via disqualification: C.M. Punk

After the match, Morrison hits a kick on the celebrating Punk. That was a horrible finish. It reminds fans how illogical wrestling rules are that one wrestler can cost his rival a match by attacking the rival’s opponent. The action was decent while it lasted, however. This was a very forgettable show.


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