April 2, 2010
Superstars: The beginning of the rise of the Hart Dynasty?
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
I am delighted to be back from the desert after my voyage to Wrestlemania XXVI. Don’t get me wrong, Wrestlemania was terrific and it was a thrill to attend the event live. It was the rest of the trip that presented some challenges. First off, I would like to give an Undertaker-like tipping of the hat to my friends at United Airlines for losing my luggage. After all, I wanted to purchase a new wardrobe in Arizona.
One place where I did not purchase any clothing was the merchandise stand at Wrestlemania. Despite a crowd of nearly 73,000 people, someone decided to have one person working in the merchandise stand near me. My friend stood in line for 35 minutes, only to have the poor soul working the stand shout in desperation the growing list of items unavailable.
The concession stands did not fare much better. My goal was to get a hot dog with cheese and a popcorn. After a twenty minute wait (strategically during the Triple H-Sheamus match), I was informed that they were out of cheese and popcorn. Hmm, not items to run out of at an event as large as Wrestlemania. Craving these items, I moved along to the next concession stand. This one was out of hot dogs, popcorn, and soda cups. The man in front of me tried to coax the attendant to fill a beer cup with soda, but the attendant was having none of it.
Resigned to the fact that I was not getting a cheese dog or popcorn, I moved over to the pizza stand. The pizza stand ran out of pizza. Not the thing to run out of. Now the Dairy Queen in the small town I grew up in would often struggle to keep with orders after the stock car races at the local track. It was understandable. One would think that they would be prepared for an event the size of Wrestlemania.
But that is the end of the complaining. I won’t talk about getting my finger crushed in an automatic window or my negative allergic reaction to a friend’s cat. Wrestlemania was a great card with a historic main event. I will forget about all the annoyances from the trip, but Michaels-Taker 2 will stay in my memory. Now on to Superstars.
Match #1 –Kofi Kingston & MVP vs. Carlito & Zack Ryder
My friend mentioned at Wrestlemania that it was weird not hearing the announcers. We then agreed what a blessing it was not to hear Michael Cole. Cole and Lawler go on about how nice the stadium was and Lawler mentions getting a box of goodies from the officials. I wish he had shared them with us, since the concession stand was as bare as a Russian store.
MVP gets into it with Michael Tarver outside the ring before the match and gives Tarver a punch. Carlito sneaks some punches in on MVP, but is slowed by a punch by MVP. Ryder tags in and gets hit with Balling. That sounds weird to say. MVP and Kofi both slide into Carlito and Ryder, who were outside of the ring. Commercial.
Kofi is kicking tail after the break. MVP tags in and hits a suplex on Ryder. Ryder hits a Rough Ryder to halt MVP. Carlito hits a swinging neck breaker for a two. Tarver trash talks MVP as Carlito beats down MVP. Carlito scores a two count after a dropkick. Kofi tags in and hits a cross body on Carlito. MVP hits a kick on Ryder and Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise on Carlito before scoring the pin.
Winners via pinfall: Kofi Kingston & MVP
A video airs showing a variety of media appearances and events from Wrestlemania week. Before the next match, the Raw announcers talk about the pre-Wrestlemania battle royal from Sunday. The crowd was pulling for Santino, but Yoshi Tatsu prevailed.
Match #2 –William Regal vs. Yoshi Tatsu
Classic Regal with some mat exchanges early. Regal tries to throw Yoshi out of the ring, but Yoshi sneaks back in and nearly scores a surprise pin. Regal hits a high elbow and double arm DDT. Regal throws on a submission move. Yoshi fights his way backw with some kicks. Yoshi misses a spinwheel kick from the top rope, and Regal applies the Regal Stretch. Yoshi gets to the rope and Regal has to release the hold. Yoshi hits a kick to Regal’s head and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Yoshi Tatsu
A video airs on John Cena’s appearance on the show True Jackson VP. After a break, highlights are shown of Shawn Michael’s retirement speech.
Matt Stryker tells some story about Croft and Barreta texting during the Shawn Michaels retirement speech. Croft and Barreta cut a promo insulting the Hart Dynasty before the match. With that, we go to commercial.
Match #3 –Caylen Croft & Trent Borreta vs. The Hart Dynasty
Kidd unleashes a flurry of offense on Barreta early. Croft tags in and gets put in an arm bar by both Tyson and D.H. Smith. Croft misses a dropkick and Smith attempts a Sharpshooter. Croft escapes to the floor and it is commercial time. What if Smith had applied the move and Croft submitted? What would they do the last 10 minutes?
Kidd is hyper extending Croft’s arm after the break. Barreta hits an axe kick against the rope on Kidd to turn the match around. Croft and Barreta take turns on offense against Kidd. Kidd avoids a double clothesline and tags in Smith, who explodes on offense. Smith hits a Saito suplex on Barreta, but Croft breaks up the pin attempt. Barreta takes control for a few seconds, before Kidd tags in and the Hart Dynasty hits the Hart Attack. Kidd applies the Sharpshooter on Barreta and gets the pin.
Winners via submission: The Hart Dynasty
Perhaps the Hart Dynasty will now become major players in WWE. I would say that they have the potential to breathe life into the tag team division. Big Show and Miz are fine, but they are really two singles wrestlers. It will be interesting to see what role (if any) Bret Hart will have with the Hart Dynasty. Stay tuned.
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