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Superstars: Goldust moving up the WWE pecking order
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


With Superstars now the king of Thursday night wrestling (assuming it beats the Impact replay), it will be interesting to see if WWE changes the formula. My guess is no. Judging by Monday night, WWE really is not doing anything different because of TNA. Smart move on WWE’s part. They are about drawing revenue on pay-per-view, and blowing through angles to fight an imaginary ratings war would be reckless.

Now on to the show. Alright, we don’t have to start with Michael Cole! I know he will be on soon enough, I just don’t want it to be the first voice we hear.

Match #1 –Dolph Ziggler vs. Shelton Benjamin

Two Money in the Bank contestants squaring off in this one. Will things ever pick up for Shelton? It feels like he has been treading water for a decade.

Dolph gets a sleeper hold on early, but Shelton throws Dolph over his shoulder. Dolph dropkicks Shelton’s knee and gives him the Rocker Drop (at least that’s what Marty Jannetty called it). Dolph hits some kicks and an elbow drop. Shelton fights his way out and hits a very stiff looking forearm shot to Dolph’s face. Shelton gets a two count after a Samoan drop. Both men moved to the top rope and both fell off the top turnbuckle. Dolph hits the Zig Zag and gets a two count. Dolph applies the sleeper, and amazingly gets the win as Shelton gets knocked out.

Winner via submission: Dolph Ziggler

That match was different from the typical WWE formula. There just aren’t a lot of victories via the sleeper hold anymore. What was especially unique was that Shelton kicked out of Dolph’s finishing maneuver right before the sleeper.

Match #2 –Mike Knox vs. Goldust

Knox gets the early advantage with a beat down in the corner. After a dropkick, Knox gets a two count. Breaking out of a Knox headlock, Goldust hits Knox with a running bulldog. Goldust hits a scoop slam on a charging Knox and gets a two count. With Goldust running the ropes, Knox hits a cross body for a two count. Knox attempts a slam, but Goldust sneaks out and hits the Photo Cut for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Goldust

So Goldust has a new finisher? And he beat Mike Knox? Is it me, or is Goldust getting a bit of a push? He deserves one.

A video airs on NXT and they promote next week’s Raw, hosted by Stone Cold.

Match #3 –Santino Marella vs. Zack Ryder

Headlocks are exchanged early and Santino hits an arm drag and a slam. Ryder nails a clothesline and a neckbreaker before applying a headlock. Ryder bounces Santino’s head off of the turnbuckle, but Santino does his Hulking up routine and hits the Cobra. But while Rosa distracts the official, Ryder bounces Santino’s neck off the rope and hits the Zack Attack for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Zack Ryder

A video airs profiling Batista and the Raw Rebound airs. Graphics then air for all the matches signed for Wrestlemania thus far. MVP and Christian make their ring entrance before the break.

Match #4 –MVP & Christian vs. Carlito & Chavo Guerrero

MVP dominates Chavo early, but both men tag out. Carlito gets an advantage after a knee to the midsection and he throws Christian outside the ring. Cut to commercial.

Carlito hits a flying elbow after the break to regain control. MVP tags in and turns things around. Chavo tries to save Carlito by pulling him outside the ring, but MVP drop kicks both into the guard rail. With the official looking elsewhere, Chavo trips up MVP. Inside the ring, Carlito hits a slam and tags in Chavo. Chavo hits a drop toe hold and distracts the official, while Carlito illegally attacks MVP. Carlito tags in, but loses control when MVP throws him face first into the mat. Both men tag out and Christian throws Chavo into the corner. Christian gets a two count after a sunset flip and then hits a flying elbow. Chavo nearly gets the win after countering another Christian sunset flip. Chavo tries to hit the three amigos, but Christian sneaks out. Chavo hits a Gory bomb and misses a splash. Christian hits the kill switch for the win.

Winner via pinfall: MVP & Christian

Just a passable edition of Superstars. That main event really did not do anything for me. The people involved just do not seem major league right now. The real highlight was the possible elevation of Goldust. R.I.P. Sandy Scott.


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