November 19, 2009
Superstars: WWE continues the momentum build from MSG
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling

WWE is coming off a hot Monday Night Raw from Madison Square Garden. Whether it was the unique Garden entrance that wrestlers walked through, the celebrities in the crowd, or the new Raw theme song, it just felt different. WWE hopes to parlay Raw’s success into a successful Survivor Series. One of the last stops on that journey is Superstars.

I will add that I have seen the Survivor Series ad on television featuring DX. One of them aired while I was watching the Ultimate Fighter with a group of friends. My friends laughed at it and one sarcastically said, “Now, that is real fighting.” Basically there is no way they could imagine someone paying 45 bucks to see it. There are a lot of comedies on television for free. For the sake of WWE, I hope they avoid the comedy route in the future.

Match #1 –Shelton Benjamin vs. Zack Ryder

The ECW announce team kicks things off tonight. That usually does not happen. The underrated and underpushed Shelton Benjamin is facing Zack Ryder. Ryder escapes the ring to start. Shelton throws him in, throws a few punches and turns up the offense early. Shelton escapes a suplex and applies a neck breaker. After some some back and forth, Ryder tries to throw Shelton outside the ring, but Shelton skins the cat. Steamboat may have showed him that move.

Ryder is choking Shelton with the middle rope after the commercial. Ryder applies a submission move similar to an abdominal stretch. Shelton knees his way out and takes charge. Momentum slows as both men try flying cross bodies and collide. Rosa tries to pass a cell phone to Ryder. As Ryder talks to her, Shelton tries a splash in the corner. Ryder moves and hits a sidewalk slam for the win

Winner via pinfall: Zack Ryder

This irks me. Take one look at Shelton Benjamin. He looks like a professional athlete and has been putting on strong matches. How about letting him main event a pay-per-view just once instead of the same three guys every month? I am so angry I called them guys, not Superstars.

Ask the Divas. Do you believe in love at first sight? The Bellas, Melina, Phoenix, and Alecia do in their own way. What is the best way to break the ice on a date. Be yourself and be funny. How original.

Match #2 –Eric Escobar vs. Jimmy Wang Yang

Vicki Guerrero introduced Eric Escobar before the match. Escobar attacks Yang early and often. Escobar throws several punches and applies a rear face lock. He throws a clothesline and more punches. His offense resembles the master of the go behind, the Brooklyn Brawler.

Yang hits some kicks and a flying cross body. After Yang gets distracted by Vicki, Escobar sweeps the leg. Escobar hits a boot to the chest and gets the pin. Escobar and Vicki kiss after the match.

Winner via pinfall: Eric Escobar

It should be noted that it must suck for Jimmy Wang Yang to have to wear blue jeans and cowboy boots while he wrestles. This is similar to how sucky it must have been for Mike Rotunda to wear a suit to the ring while playing the I.R.S. character.

Triple H’s favorite, Drew McIntyre is featured on a video. They air an awesome music video on the history of WWE at Madison Square Garden. It is really amazing and all wrestling fans should make an effort to see it.

Match #3 –Cody Rhodes vs. Mark Henry

The main event comes to us from Madison Square Garden. Cody needs to drop the nose ring. It looks really gay. Honestly. Rhodes escapes a scoop slam early, but Henry slams him off the top rope. Cody escapes the ring as they go to commercial.

Henry hits a big boot after the break. Rhodes dropkicks the steps outside the ring into Henry. Rhodes clips Henry as Henry tries to enter the ring. Rhodes continues to attack Henry’s massive leg for several minutes. Rhodes gets a few two counts in, before continuing the attack on the leg. Henry fights his way back and sends Rhodes about eight feet in the air with a back body drop. Henry hits the World’s Strongest Slam and gets the pinfall.

Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry

One of the biggest surprises of this past year has been the decision to push Mark Henry as a babyface. I am all for it, as he has the credibility to play the part. The man is strong as an ox. I would say that WWE built a little bit of momentum here for Survivor Series. Thumbs up on the show.


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