March 19, 2010
Superstars: ECW reunion headlines Thursday night
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin was really a site for sore eyes. I wasn’t even a huge Austin fan during the Monday Night Wars, but his character brought an element to Raw that no current roster members can provide. Unfortunately, the Rattlesnake will not be on Superstars this week. But let us see who is…
Uhmm, Kane. Actually, it doesn’t seem like Kane wrestles on Superstars very often.
Match #1 -Kane vs. Shelton Benjamin
Striker talks about the importance of this match, as both men are in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at Wrestlemania. I am sure both Superstars will be feverishly breaking down the film of the match searching for tendencies of the opponent. Since most Superstars use the same moves every single match, I would say they could come up with a pretty accurate scouting report.
After some early action, Shelton hits a moonsault on Kane outside the ring before a commercial. After the commercial, Kane hits a big boot on Shelton. However, Shelton hits a bulldog to take the advantage. Kane takes charge yet again and hits a clothesline from the top rope. Kane throws Shelton off the ropes, but Shelton hits a DDT on Kane. Kane strikes Shelton with a right hand and hits a chokeslam and a pin on Shelton.
Winner via pinfall: Kane
The Wrestlemania recall shows Kane hitting the Tombstone on Pete Rose. It seems highly probable that Kane will make an appearance on Raw this Monday. Raw, you see, is being hosted by Pete Rose.
Match #2 –Jillian Hall & Katie Lea Burchill vs. The Bella Twins
Before the match, the pirate’s sister got on the microphone. Then Jillian started singing. Luckily the music of the Raw guest hosts’ escorts cut her off.
Katie Lea uses the hair to take control early. The King mentions that the Bella’s mother is in attendance, and sure enough she shows up on camera. The Bellas make a comeback and hit double clothesline. Jillian and Katie Lea fire up the offense until Jillian misses a leg drop. Katie Lea and Brie fight outside the ring, as Nikki is able to roll Jillian up for the win.
Winner via pinfall: The Bellas
A video airs on Chris Jericho, followed up by the Raw Rebound. Jack Swagger makes his ring entrance.
This main event feels like a main eventECW on Syfy, except we don’t have some rookie announcer. Unfortunately, we have it much worse. We have Michael Cole.
Match #3 –Christian, Yoshi Tatsu & Mark Henry vs. William Regal, Jack Swagger & Zack Ryder
Yoshi hits some kicks on Ryder. Ryder and Swagger double team Mark Henry, but Henry suplexed both. After all the heels get thrown outside, we go to commercial. Regal and Christian exchange holds after the break. After some tags, Yoshi hits a spin wheel kick from the top on Swagger. Lawler makes an ethnic joke about going to lunch with Yoshi. Ryder tags in and throws on a headlock.
After a Regal assault on Yoshi, Swagger tags in beats Yoshi in the corner. Yoshi gets his knees up after Swagger misses the splash. Christian dominates Ryder after the tag. Christian goes to the top rope, but misses a cross body block. Ryder hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Christian hits a power bomb on Ryder and all six men start fighting in the ring. After only Christian and Ryder remain, Christian hits an uppercut and the Kill Switch for the victory.
Winner via pinfall: Christian, Yoshi Tatsu & Mark Henry
The main event lasted about 15 minutes, which is a decent length for a WWE match. But with six men in the ring, it still feels a bit rushed. I actually enjoyed ECW on Syfy and this match reminded me why ECW was better than the current Tuesday night fare. Thumbs slightly up on Superstars this week.
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