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Superstars: Regal, Christian, unique tag team combinations highlight show
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


So I got a phone call from a friend today asking my opinion on Raw. Since my friend has a fair understanding of the wrestling business, I explained that I thought WWE’s approach was fine for business. After all, large arenas get filled, merchandise gets sold, and children leave happy. Unfortunately, I find myself agreeing with Eric Bischoff. While WWE’s formula is successful, it is also getting very boring and predictable.

Don’t get me wrong. I do not think WWE should have constant surprises for the sake of surprises. Vince Russo’s “crash TV” has proven to be a complete failure. On top of that, WWE can produce enjoyable programming from time to time. I just wish that they could loosen their grip on one of the shows and just allow a different approach. As a lifelong follower of wrestling, it is just getting very challenging to maintain interest.

Match #1 –Primo & Gail Kim vs. Chavo Guerrero & Jillian Hall

Jerry Lawler and my least favorite WWE personality are calling the action. Carlito got rid of his facial hair and looks 11 years old. Michael Cole has the nerve to pretend this is live, asking the Kind if he still has the same cold he had Monday night. This is not quite as bad WCW Pro, which would be taped at least a month in advance. Once Jeff Jarrett came out to Four Horsemen music, even though he left the group several weeks before the show aired.

This is just an average match, which is a shame for a stipulation match. A mixed tag team match was once so rare that it was a major drawing card for Wrestlemania 6. It should be noted that the wrestlers displayed solid athleticism in the match. The finish in this match comes about six minutes into the match. Chavo threatens to hit Gail Kim and she strikes him in the face with her foot, allowing Primo to roll Chavo up for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Primo & Gail Kim

Did you know that WWE offers U.S military personnel free tickets to WWE events around the world? Yes, I did know that.

Match #2 – Carlito vs. Chris Masters

Between his build and new music, Chris Masters would have been a hit in the late 80’s-early 90’s. Carlito spits apple at Masters before the match and gets his tail whipped as a punishment. Wow, this match is really short. Masters hits the Masterlock after Carlito misses a bronco buster.

Winner via pinfall: Chris Masters

Ask the Divas time. What’s the most unattractive quality a man can have? Answers: Being dumb, short, insecure, and clingy. Next question. What if your parents don’t approve of the person you like? Answers: Eve won’t date someone her parents don’t like, but the other Divas will. I wonder if Eve’s parents would agree. A true journalist would look deeper into this.

Match #3 –Slam Master J & Jimmy Wang Yang vs. Mike Knox & Charlie Haas

I am pulling for Knox & Haas in this one, as I have had it with acts that are supposed to make me chuckle. There is nothing funny about Slam Master J or Jimmy Wang Yang. Mike Knox hits Yang early with a cross body as physical as one you will ever see. Knox is a big boy, no question about it.

After a few minutes, Jimmy Wang Yang finally gets the hot tag. Slam Master J takes care of Knox outside the ring, and Yang pins Haas after a moonsault. Are you kidding me? Slam Master J and Jimmy Wang Yang actually one this. Why?

Winner via pinfall: Slam Master J & Jimmy Wang Yang

A commercial airs for WWE Hall of Fame tickets. I actually may attend this event if I can get a flight early on Saturday. They should induct Randy Savage this year.

The Raw Rebound airs. Hornswoggle does a great job playing his part, but I am really getting sick of him being a part of DX. It is lame. Christian makes his way to the ring before the commercial break.

Match #4 -Christian vs. William Regal

William Regal sure has a different style than most modern wrestling. This match starts with chain wrestling and reversals. Christians gains momentum and hits a big dropkick. Christian gets an early two after a backslide. Ezekiel Jackson gets ejected from ringside before the commercial break.

Regal is in control after the break, but Christian fights back with an elbow. Really gruesome scene as Regal pushes Christian off the top turnbuckle and Christian’s head bounces off the ring. After some Regal offense, Christian fights his way back with a flying cross body. Christian hits a missile dropkick for a two count. After Regal regains control, Regal gets a two count but the official catches him using the ropes and breaks up the count. Regal applies a Regal Stretch. After Christian gets out, Regal tries to double underhook Christian, but Christian counters into the kill switch and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Christian

William Regal’s mat base style really is a fun change of pace. It breaks the usual formula. Sticking out and being different is a positive attribute for a professional wrestler. The rest of the show was just there. Overall, the show gets a B this week.


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