December 11, 2009
Superstars: Swagger, MVP battle on one of the final stops to TLC
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
This Sunday WWE brings you Tables, Ladders, and Chairs. Another month, another pay-per-view. That must mean that Superstars must be one of the last stops along the way. So jump on board as we navigate our way through this adventure together.
Rumor has it that WWE recently signed Sean Mooney. Yeah, the 1980’s announcer Sean Mooney. As a child of the Hulkster era, I give this a thumbs up. Now, I would like to see the Fink and Mike McGuirk handle announcing duties and “Dangerous” Danny Davis reinstated as a referee.
Match #1 –Dolph Ziggler vs. Finlay
Dolph Ziggler and Finlay start things out. Dolph is a favorite around these parts. Thumbs up to him for redoing his dye job. The dark roots were somewhat distracting. I would have never guessed ten years ago that Finlay would be wrestling for WWE in 2009.
After initial gridlock, Dolph takes control with some kicks and a headlock. The Irishman turns it around with some punches. With both men outside the ring, Finlay uses his fists to take control, eventually smashing Dolph’s face into the mat. Dolph reverses, though, throwing Ziggler into the post. Styker describes getting hit with a chair, and actually describes the symptoms of a concussion. Ziggler tries to charge Finlay in the corner, but the two men collide. Commercial time.
Back. Dolph is working over Finlay’s arm. Dolph jumps from the middle rope, but Finlay reverses. Finlay gets a two count after pulling Dolph to the ground from the middle rope. Any hopes of a Finlay victory fade, however, as Dolph hits the Zig Zag and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Josh Matthews interviews MVP backstage. MVP makes fun of Jack Swagger’s lisp. Now, that is a mean thing to make fun of someone for. I thought MVP was a good example for kids???
Dennis Miller is hosting Raw next week. As a huge Dennis Miller fan, I think it could be great. But, they need to let Dennis write his own material. No WWE writers can keep up.
Match #2 –The Hart Dynasty vs. Jimmy Wang Yang & Slam Master J
I think Tyson Kidd’s shirt is supposed to be some dig at Bret. Still holding grudges I see. I am really not entertained by Jimmy Wang Yang and Slam Master J. Slam and Yang take control early with quick tags and offense on Kidd. Kidd gets knocked outside the ring. Natalya interferes, attacking Yang. Smith tags in, throws Yang in the ring, and begins his attack. After a headlock, Smith hits a belly to belly suplex. Kidd tags in and jumps of the tope rope into Slam’s kmee.Yang makes the hot tag, band Slam gets a near fall. Kidd reverses a suplex and hits a move similar to the diamond cutter for the win. Cue the first few notes of the greatest wrestling song ever.
Winner via pinfall: The Hart Dynasty
WWE airs a Tribute to the Troops commercial. It airs next Saturday on NBC. Cool deal.
A video airs featuring Randy Orton. They do the Raw Rebound and run down the TLC lineup. Jack Swagger hits the ring and cuts a promo on MVP. Pretty paint by numbers. Until Swagger starts talking about his lisp. Now his lisp is really exaggerated. Well, whoever thought focusing on his lisp was a good idea is an idiot.
Match #3 –Jack Swagger vs. MVP
Swagger starts things out with a headlock. MVP turns it around, and Swagger leaves the ring. After returning, Swagger applies a wrist lock. MVP hits an arm drag and a flying clothesline and Swagger escapes outside the ring again. Suicide dive by MVP. Commercial time.
MVP hits a suplex after the break. After Swagger fights out of MVP’s arm bar, Swagger picks up MVP and hits a running slam. Swagger puts the boots to MVP and applies a submission hold that hurts MVP’s shoulders and back. MVP fights back and knocks Swagger to the ground before hitting Balling. MVP goes for the Playmaker, but Swagger uses the rope to prevent it. Swagger tries a neckbreaker, but MVP uses the ropes to prevent it. MVP hits a big boot and gets a two count. AS MVP charges the corner, Swagger hits the gut wrench powerbomb for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Jack Swagger
No ECW match tonight, but it was fine, as there were some great athletes on the show. It feels like some guys get Superstars duty more than others. I wonder if there is a system and if so, what it is? Pretty solid action going into Sunday, but I am not sure if this show really sold the pay-per-view.
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