Superstars: Goldust tries to upset the World Champion
MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
Most of the Wrestlemania card appears to be set. Will Superstars in any way progress storylines as WWE marches toward the biggest show of the year or will it just serve as a stand alone show? World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho faces Goldust tonight. With proper hype, this match could seem like a huge deal. I know Goldust has not been a major player in 10 years, but he can still go in the ring. I would love to see announcers play up what a Goldust win would mean. Even an hour’s worth of hype can make the match seem important.
Batista and John Cena tore the house down with their promo work on Monday Night. I might even make it through the Raw Rebound without heading to the refrigerator this week. Batista appears to be a more natural heel and dropped the awkwardness that sometimes tainted his babyface character. Now on to Superstars.
Match #1 –Kofi Kingston vs. Chavo Guerrero
It is safe to say that Vegas has Kofi as the heavy favorite in this contest. Chavo has not really been relevant since his feud with Rey Mysterio four years ago. Chavo does manage an early headlock on Kofi. Kofi takes control with an arm bar until Chavo clubs his way out. Chavo has a cut above his eye, and the official puts on gloves and cleans up the cut.
After the stoppage, Chavo jumps on offense, until Kofi counters with some explosive offense. After Chavo rebounds again, he sends Kofi outside the ring and meets him with a dive. Once in the ring, Chavo applies an arm bar until Kofi throws him outside the ring and connects with a suicide dive. Chavo tries to stop Kofi from doing something off the top rope, but Kofi connects with a flying cross body. Kofi hits the boom drop and prepares for Trouble in Paradise. Chavo counters into a submission move, but Kofi gets to the ropes. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise out of nowhere for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston
A recap airs from Monday’s Raw.
Match #2 –William Regal vs. Evan Bourne
Shades of Regal vs. Mysterio in WCW in this match. Regal uses his signature mat offense early on. Bourne hits a head scissors and a dropkick before Regal slows him down with an elbow. Regal wears Bourne down with a chin lock. Bourne finally gets out with a kick. Bourne hits Air Bourne and gets the win somewhat out of nowhere.
Winner via pinfall: Evan Bourne
A commercial airs for the new Shawn Michaels DVD.
Did you know that last Thursday, WWE Superstars was watched by more people than College Basketball on ESPN. Hey, they used that one last week!
Match #3 –Mike Knox vs. Kane
I am not looking forward to this. Knox beats on Kane in the corner. Kane delivers some punches and slides into Knox’s face. Knox hits a flying cross body and gets a two count. Kane hits a big boot and clotheslines Knox into the corner. After a sidewalk slam, Kane gets a two count. Knox delivers a boot to Kane’s face. Again somewhat out of nowhere, Kane gives a choke slam to Knox for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Kane
A video airs featuring C.M. Punk and then we get the Raw Rebound.
Match #4 –Chris Jericho vs. Goldust
The WCW version of the “big gold belt” was much more impressive than the current version. It appeared like it was made of actual gold and quite valuable. The current one seems like it came from the souvenir stand. Excellent allusion by Stryker referring to Goldust as the “seed of a dream.” Goldust uses his butt as a weapon and clotheslines Jericho outside the ring. Commercial time about a minute into the match.
Jericho is in control after the break, using the middle rope to choke Goldust. After getting catapulted into the bottom rope, Goldust rolls outside the ring. After returning to the ring, Goldust rolls Jericho up for a two count. Jericho responds with a quick clothesline and an attempted superplex. Goldust knocks Jericho off the turnbuckle, however, and attempts a lariat from the top. Jericho counters with a dropkick and gets a two count. Goldust hits a few clotheslines and a punch, but misses a bulldog. Jericho does hit a bulldog, though. Jericho misses a lionsault and Goldust responds with a slam and a dramatic two count. Goldust attempts the Curtain Call, but Jericho slides out and applies the Walls of Jericho for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Chris Jericho
Goldust can flat out go in the ring. Now don’t take this the wrong way. I am not saying he is the greatest wrestler to watch, but he consistently puts on a solid match and seems more motivated than any time in the past ten years. It would be nice if he could get a serious storyline. The solid main event is enough to give this show a thumbs up. Keep the Poffo family in your thoughts and prayers.
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