February 11, 2010
Superstars: The Final ECW battle on WGN
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
WWE is getting rid of the Survivor Series! As I child of the 1980’s, I need to feign anger whenever an old school idea gets buried. It is true that the event just has not been the same since the early 90’s, but I thought WWE would keep the name alive. The title got another boost in 1997 with the infamous Montreal Screw Job and again in 1998 with the Rock joining the Corporation to win the Deadly Game WWE Championship tournament. But Survivor Series is no more, and now I will report Superstars.
Optimism is in the air at the SLAM! Wrestling WWE Superstars news desk. You see, Dolph Ziggler is in the main event tonight. Along with Tyson Kidd, John Morrison, and a few others, Dolph is considered a shining star in these parts. Hopefully, we will be treated to another spectacular outing.
Match #1 –Santino Marella vs. Jack Swagger
So Jack Swagger is feuding with Santino now it appears. Hmm, things are not looking up for Jack. Santino cuts a promo saying that Swagger will call him professor. This may be some Vince McMahon political humor. Recently, a Harvard professor published an article claiming that people calling Barack Obama “Professor” in mockery were being racist. With McMahon being a Republican, there is a slight chance that this joke was a play on the story in the news.
Swagger gets an early headlock into a takedown. Swagger misses a clothesline and Santino hits a shoulder block and a standing drop kick. Swagger blasts Santino with a right hand. Swagger gets a two count after his Vader bomb from the second rope. Not sure if it has another name, but I wanted to reference Vader. Santino does his version of Hulking up and hits a hip toss and a flying headbutt on Swagger for a two count. Swagger hits a clothesline and gut wrench powerbomb for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Jack Swagger
Ask the Divas time. What’s a good Valentine’s Day gift for a guy or should gifts only be for the ladies? Maria has the best answer here and suggests wearing lingerie. Who would they want as a celebrity valentine. Gail Kim wants Simon Baker. Katie Lea picks Christopher Walken. Really. Johnny Depp is the pick for Maria and the Bellas. Natalya wants the Jabroni beating, pie eating, people’s champ. Alicia Fox goes for Bob Barker.
OK set your DVR’s. This is the final ECW match on WWE Superstars. Since I do not cover ECW on Syfy, this will be the final ECW match I cover. It is not exactly Terry Funk vs. Raven. In fact, there is a decent chance the same two will wrestle in a few weeks on Smackdown. But still, I am already a little nostalgic for WWECW.
Match #2 -Christian vs. Zack Ryder
After some back and forth early, Christian clotheslines Ryder to the apron and dropkicks him outside the ring. Ryder walks away from the ring, but Christians chases him and throws him back to the apron. Ryder regroups with a DDT off the apron and we are off to commercial.
Ryder is in control after the break. Christian catapults Christian into the bottom rope and gets a two count. Christian lands a punch and a missile dropkick. Ryder tries to suplex Christian outside of the ring, but Christian flips him back in the ring. Christian misses a splash off the rope and Ryder hits the Rough Ryder for a two count. Christian goes for the Kill Switch, but Ryder school boys him for two. Christian answers with an elbow from the top rope and hits the Kill Switch for the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Christian
Congratulations to Christian on a great run as ECW Champion. I am going to miss seeing him in excellent 10 and 15 minute matches, since they do not happen as often on the other shows. WWE may owe him a debt of gratitude for helping some young wrestlers develop during some of these longer matches.
A video airs on the first announced WWE Hall of Fame inductee, Ted Dibiase. Usually the first person announced is the “main event” inductee. Does this mean Dibiase is the highest profile inductee this year? Slim Jim is sponsoring Wrestlemania. I know of an appropriate possible inductee, dig it?!?!
John Cena is featured on a video and they air the Raw Rebound. Next, graphics are show for the Elimination Chamber. Finally, Dolph Ziggler makes his ring entrance. Phheww, this segment is always easy to type.
Match #3 –Dolph Ziggler vs. JTG
Early slams by both men to start before JTG hits a flying forearm. Dolph takes control of the match after tricking JTG into a test of strength before kicking him. JTG fights back and throws Ziggler outside the ring as they head to commercial.
Dolph is applying a camel clutch into a headlock after the break. Dolph hits some elbows and tries to cover JTG with one foot. After Dolph applies a chinlock, JTG elbows his way out. Ziggler snaps back into control, however, and hits a neck breaker. JTG fights out of a headlock and ducks out of the way when Dolph tries a splash in the corner. JTG makes a comeback and hits the Mug Shot. A leg drop off the top rope gets another two count for JTG. Ziggler sneaks in the Zig Zag and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler moves around the ring at a different pace than other wrestlers. It is tough to be unique in 2010, but he pulls it off. I wish he would change the name of his finisher, however. This edition of Superstars was just excellent. There were two very entertaining matches and no stink bombs. The show had an energy level to it and did not feel like it was just thrown together. 9 out of 10 on the Superstars scale.
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