October 29, 2009
Superstars: Six man Smackdown showdown provides fast paced action
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
With Hulk Hogan and TNA making news this week, there may be more wrestling fans watching television tonight. We’ll see if WWE can take advantage of such a surge with Superstars this week.
As far as Hogan goes, I have mixed feeling. I never really liked the idea of him in TNA. Unless he can help grow the company, it may seem somewhat small potatoes for him and could hurt his legacy. It is a positive for TNA, and hopefully will lead to a streamlining of the television product. Keep it simple, stupid! Now, on to Superstars.
Match #1 – Jack Swagger vs. Primo Colon
Swagger starts with a belly to back suplex on Primo. Primo fights his way back with puts an arm bar on Swagger. Swagger gets back in control and slams Primo into the turnbuckle. Cole discusses Swagger bragging about being in the National Honor Society. Swagger hits a few elbows and a leg drop, Brother!
Swagger misses an attempt at another leg drop. Primo hits a chop from the top rope and a clothesline and drop kick. Swagger slows him down with a big boot and hits the gut wrench powerbomb, followed by a pin.
Winner via pinfall: Jack Swagger
Ask the Divas time. Someone with a body like a Diva wants to know what to dress as for Halloween. I will avoid the obvious joke here. What is your favorite Halloween memory? There are no interesting responses.
Kelly Kelly is up next. They air a commercial for the encore presentation of Bragging Rights. That show may not have a very impressive buyrate. As solid as the Iron Man Match may have been, a sizable chunk of the audience probably did not care to see Cena and Orton wrestle again, let alone for an hour.
Match #2 – Kelly Kelly vs. Alicia Fox
Apparently there are two Raw matches on this week’s show. These women are extremely attractive. Lots of flips, flops, and flies during the match. Alicia gets a few two counts and settles in on a headlock. Kelly hits a hurricanrana and the weakest clothesline I have ever seen. Alicia hits an axe kick and gets the pin.
Did you know that last month over 100 million photos of WWE Divas were viewed on WWE.com. In a related story, there were over 100 million incidents of men ... nevermind!
Winner via pinfall: Alicia Fox
Byron Sexton gets called up from Florida Championship Wrestling to the ECW announce team. He has the requisite lack of sincerity and abundance of clichés needed to succeed at the position. With all of the veteran wrestlers available to do color commentary, why would they go to this guy?
Match #3 –Zack Ryder vs. Tyler Reks
After a kick to a head, Ryder puts Reks in a headlock. Reks fights back with a clothesline and a move that is a mix between a scorpion death drop and a suplex. Reks creates a wave motion with his arms and hits an elbow. Umm, that will never reach the status of the People’s Elbow. Reks throws Ryder into the corner. Ryder hits a boot to the face and the Zack Attack for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Zack Ryder
I am starting to wonder if the idea of giving each finishing move a unique name hurts the business. It is tough to take a move called the “Zack Attack” seriously. In other sports, moves have the same name, regardless of which athlete applies it.
Ozzy is hosting Raw next week. It would be really cool if he sings. Fans can see how he transforms from being incompetent in day to day life, but brilliant on stage.
Match #4 –R-Truth & Cryme Tyme vs. Mike Knox & The Hart Dynasty
The old ECW announce team of Stryker and Grisham has united on Smackdown. My hopes momentarily go up when I hear the first few notes of Bret Hart’s music. My hopes remain relatively high as I realize it is the Hart Dynasty, as Tyson Kidd is money. My hopes fade when I see Mike Knox. It looks like Knox ate a human being sometime between 2006 and now.
Tyson Kidd and JTG start things out. Tyson gets a little cocky with JTG. Did I mention that this kid is money? Knox enters the ring and hooks up with Shad after JTG tags out. Shad hits a shoulder block, but Knox counters with a big boot. Knox throws Shad outside of the ring and we go to commercial.
Shad is applying an arm bar after the break. David Hart Smith enters the ring and goes on the offensive, applying the camel clutch. How come that is not a finisher anymore? Quick tags from the heels. Shad fights back and makes the hot tag to R-Truth. Knox tags in Kidd, but R-Truth is on fire with quick punches. The action spills to the floor, except for R-Truth and Kidd. Quick two counts after rollups. R-Truth hits the Lie Detector and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: R-Truth & Cryme Tyme
The last minute of the main event was pretty fast paced. This has become business as usual for Tyson Kidd. I wish he did not take the pinfall, but losses do not matter that much in the current WWE. It does seem like six man tags on Superstars all have the same formula, with everyone fighting to the floor, except the final two men in the ring. Oh well. A thumbs up show.
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