November 6, 2009
Superstars: WCW alumni Jericho and Finlay do battle in the main event
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
It has been a good day for World Wrestling Entertainment. The third quarter financial reports came out today, exceeding analysts’ expectations. As a result, WWE’s stock price ended the day up 7.2%. Maybe a solid Superstars show can be the cherry on top for the WWE Universe.
A good start would be a voice other Michael Cole’s. Dagumit! Can’t win ‘em all. Maybe Chavito can have a solid wrestling match instead of comedy for a nice change of pace, and we can all be spared from Cole’s fake laughter.
Match #1 –Santino Marella vs. Chavo Guerrero
There is something to be said for the concept of “less is more.” Santino was much funnier when his character was first developing and he was more subtle. Since everything is so over the top these days, it seems like Vaudeville. OK, I will stop being grumpy.
Chavo runs Santino into the corner turnbuckles and hits a suplex. Chavo recovers with some kicks. After hitting a belly to belly suplex, Chavo gets a two count. Headlock time. A veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy long headlock. Santino fights his way out, but misses a splash. As Chavo tries to measure Santino for the frog splash, Santino rolls him up for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Santino Marella
Ask the Divas time. The King is still pumped. A guy wants to break up with his girlfriend for her best friend. My advice is just to go for it. Women will stab each other in the back for a man. Well, that should be get me some hate mail. The Divas have mixed opinions. The next question is about dealing with nerves before getting in front of a crowd. Gail says to focus on one person in the crowd. It can be kind of cool and/or kind of strange if you are that one person.
Match #2 –Jack Swagger vs. Primo Colon
Primo is ready for his weekly loss on Superstars. Primo gets some token offense in early before Swagger beats him down in the corner. Swagger does his Vader-like splash from the middle rope twice. After a move that can best be described as a mix between a headlock and an abdominal stretch, Swagger begins kicking Primo. Primo shows signs of life with a chop from the top rope. It is Swagger who gets the win, though, after a gut wrench powerbomb.
Winner via pinfall: Jack Swagger
Raw recap time. It was actually pretty cool that Ozzy Osbourne was the guest host. It would just seem way cooler with a certain announcer’s forced laugther.
Match #3 –Paul Burchill vs. Tyler Reks
The (former) pirate is up next. The ring announcer needs some work. Tyler Reks reminds me of Chuck Palumbo. I hope it works out better for T-Reks, though.
Apparently, Burchill has a “rugby style offense.” Rugby must be a synonym for boring. Burchill is in control early. Katie Lea slaps Reks to help out her brother. Swinging neckbreaker and a two count for the pirate. Reks is actually cut open and bleeding. After kicking Reks in the gut, Burchill gets a win after a Danger Buster.
Winner via pinfall: Paul Burchill
Striker discusses WWE.com’s search for parts unknown. I think they are making fun of the Ultimate Warrior again. A Yoshi Tatsu video with his awesome music airs. Another video airs, this time on the feud between Batista and Rey Mysterio.
Match #4 –Chris Jericho vs. Finlay
Finlay versus Jericho in a WCW Thunder rematch. I like Finlay’s non-green wrestling gear. He needed to freshen up his look. Finlay fights his way out of an early Jericho headlock and punches and kicks his way through the first few minutes of the match. The action spills to the floor. On cue, the main event match of Superstars cuts to commercial.
Jericho is applying some type of headlock after the break. Finlay knees his way out and gets a two count. Jericho catapults Finlay into the bottom rope. Jericho applies a dragon sleeper on Finlay. Some woman with a loud, annoying voice screams the entire match. Finlay nearly gets a rollup pin. Finlay hits rolling thunder, but does not get the pin. Jericho is able to apply the Walls of Jericho as the lady with annoying screechy voice picks up volume. Finlay tries to hit a Celtic Cross, but Jericho grabs the rope to stop it. Jericho hits the Code Breaker for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Chris Jericho
Superstars was fine this week. No offense to Fit Finlay, who seems like a tough customer, but his matches do not do much for me anymore. Well, that’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!
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