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Superstars: turkey, pumpkin pie, and body slams
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


It is Thanksgiving in the United States. I have had my fill of turkey, pie, and bad football, and am ready to watch a little wrestling. My bet is that Superstars has more viewers tonight than normal. Thanksgiving was traditionally one of the biggest nights of the year for wrestling in the United States. By the evening people are sick of family members and dying for entertainment.

WWE receives high marks from me after Monday’s show. Jesse Ventura added an extra element to the show. First of all, he is not ashamed to be there and actually used the words “pro wrestling” without feeling guilty. His presence during the Cena-Sheamus contract signing made me feel like I was in a time warp, with Cena playing the role of Hulk Hogan. It is fun seeing a new act emerge, and it would be even more fun (even though it is unlikely) to see an old act (Ventura) re-emerge on a more regular basis.

Match #1 –The Miz vs. Santino Marella

While visiting my hometown for Thanksgiving, I had the chance to catch up with some wrestling fans that I used to watch shows with. It turns out Santino is their favorite character. He is quite funny and I have been approached by several people who have recited his lines from the previous week’s shows.

Early headlock from the Miz. Huge crowd reaction as Santino snaps on his own headlock. Santino hits some arm drags before falling to a left hand from the Miz. The Miz hits a boot to the head and gets a two count. The Miz shoots Santino into the corner and gets another two count. After exchanging blows, the Miz hits a neckbreaker. The Miz throws Santino into the corner and hits a clothesline. When the Miz jumps off the top rope, Santino hits him with a fist and takes control. Santino tries the cobra, but the Miz blocks it and hits the skull crushing finale for the win.

Winner via pinfall: The Miz

Ask the Divas time. What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving? Vacation, eating in moderation, letting go, spending time with family and the dog, food, family, sleeping. Will you be cooking Thanksgiving dinner? Only Melina and Gail Kim are working on the main courses.

Match #2 –Vladimir Kozlov vs. Goldust

Goldust has not been on television in a while. I don’t like the veteran’s odds against Vlad, especially with William Regal at ringside. Kozlov demonstrates his strength with an early shoulder block. Kozlov charges Goldust, but misses and is sent outside the ring, where Goldust throws him into the post.

After the break, Goldust is applying an arm bar in the middle of the ring. Goldust tries to jump off the top rope, but Kozlov stops him with a headbutt. Kozlov hits Goldust with several headbutts to the chest and a belly to belly suplex. Goldust punches his way back in control and hits a bulldog. Kozlov tries a cross body, but Goldust catches him and hits a bodyslam. Kozlov, however, hits Goldust with a move that is a cross between a chokeslam and powerbomb and gets the pin. Regal gets a shot in at Goldust after the match.

Winner via pinfall: Vladimir Kozlov

A commercial airs for a Jeff Hardy DVD. Interesting decision making.

A video airs on John Cena. The Raw Recap airs. WWE seriously needs to watch some old Jesse Ventura tape and free up the current announcers to demonstrate their unique personalities. That being said (with a wink and a nod to Curb Your Enthusiasm fans), the company deserves credit for the way Jesse Ventura was used on Monday.

Match #3 –R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler

If we are judging this on upside, Dolph Ziggler should hand R-Truth here. If judging this on who is a bad singer, R-Truth gets the nod. Dolph applies a headlock early on and escapes the ring after R-Truth gets out of the headlock. R-Truth gains control with a right hand and Dolph takes another powder. Stryker summons his inner-Jesse Ventura and questions why the official does not check R-Truth’s glove. Dolph beats R-Truth into the corner, but R-Truth turns it around with some explosive offense. R-Truth hits a suicide dive outside the ring, as they go to commercial.

R-Truth has an arm bar on Dolph after the break. Dolph fights his way out, but R-Truth delivers a kick to the gut. The action spills to the floor, and Dolph jumps on offense. Dolph hits a slam and several elbows. Dolph gets frustrated after getting a two count and throws rapid fire punches. After another chinlock by Dolph, R-Truth fights back with some clotheslines. R-Truth hits a modified suplex stunner and gets a two count. Ziggler turns it around and gets a two count and slamming R-Truth’s face to the mat. Dolph misses a splash in the corner and R-Truth hits an axe kick and gets a two count. Both men get two counts after small packages. Dolph misses an axe kick and R-Truth gets the win after hitting the lie detector.

Winner via pinfall: R-Truth

On a positive note, Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth can really go in the ring. I love the fast pace that they compete at. My one concern relates to the finish of the match. A few minute before the finish, R-Truth hit a move that Matt Stryker referred to as a “modified suplex stunner.” I am glad he called it something, because I had no clue what it was called. But the move was awesome and should have been the finisher. The move that R-Truth won with was merely a flying forearm. Why would the lesser move be the finish? That criticism aside, this show was a fun change of pace on this Thanksgiving night. Now I am going to go grab some more pie.


Matt Johnson stopped gorging himself on pumpkin pie long enough to write this report. Join him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mattjohnsonSLAM. Email Matt at mattjohnson62@yahoo.com.