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Superstars: Hart Dynasty shines in first match since claiming gold
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


Jim Ross recently posted on his blog that he would like to see best of three or best of five fall matches presented on wrestling shows once again. Ross has a point. There is so much programming each week, that it feels like every combination of matches has already taken place several times. Including more multi-fall matches could slow down the rate that the wrestling companies burn through feuds and add a sense of importance to the matches.

Leave it to good olí Jim Ross have an idea to improve the wrestling business. My God, do I miss the man on WWE television. I know pay-per-views do not seem as memorable without him. Anyways, on to Superstars, which will undoubtedly start with the annoying Michael Cole.

Match #1 ĖGail Kim vs. Jillian Hall

Sure enough, Cole starts this show out. He says he canít remember a week as historic as this one. Umm, how about Wrestlemania week you dumb donkey?

After some back and forth early on, Gail hits a hurricanrana on Jillian. Gailís offense does not last long, as Jillian takes control. Jillian throws Gail into the turnbuckle and gets a two count. Lawler makes a joke about Stryker and Cole does a fake laugh. Gail turns things around with some clotheslines and a running clothesline in the corner. Jillian gets a two count after Gailís momentum turns her around after a cross body. It is Gail who gets the win here after Gail hits her new move, Eat Defeat.

Winner via pinfall: Gail Kim

A video airs on the WWE Draft. I am really hoping John Morrison is not marginalized on Raw. It would be nice to have a quick, athletic wrestler in the main events.

Did you know that WWE offers U.S. military personnel free tickets to all its live events in the U.S.? I did. Wanna know how? They already told me.

Match #2 ĖZack Ryder vs. Primo

In a WCW {Pro} moment (hereís a shout out to you 1% who get the brackets reference), Cole acts like the show is live. Rosa, you see, was drafted to Smackdown in the supplemental draft, which took place after this match was taped. So there is really no explanation as to why she is still with Ryder for this match.

Primo hits some arm drags early on and works over the arm. The announce crew talks about Carlos Colon. Ryder gets control for a brief moment, but Primo nails a drop kick. Primo flips Ryder outside the ring and hits a dive over the top rope. When Ryder takes control, he front suplexes Primo into the top rope and kicks him outside the ring.

Ryder is applying a headlock after the break and switches to a body scissors. Ryder dropkicks Primo outside the ring and then throws him into the side of the ring. Primo hits a duck under after Ryder misses a drop kick. After a Russian leg sweep, Primo hits a leg drop for a two count. Rosa interferes the official and Primo, allowing Ryder to pull Primo off the top rope. Ryder hits the Zack attack and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Zack Ryder

A Raw recap airs, focusing on Triple H being attacked by Sheamus. Grisham and Stryker talk about the Hart Dynasty winning the Unified Tag Team Championship.

Match #3 ĖThe Hart Dynasty vs. The Dudebusters

The Dudebusters take charge early in this contest, working over Kidd. Stryker calls Natalya Lady Gaga for some reason. D.H. Smith tags in and hits a big slam on Croft and hits some punches.With the official distracted, Barreta attacks Smith outside the ring. Commercial time.

After the break, Barreta has Smith in a headlock. Smith turns it around with a sunset flip and a tag. Kidd hits some quick hitting moves. Barreta turns it around by hitting a DDT, knocking Kidd outside the ring. Trapped in the corner, Kidd absorbs some punches from Barreta. Croft hits a dropkick on Kidd and gets a two count. Todd Grisham is somewhat observant and notices that the Dudebusters are making rapid tags. Kidd stalls their offense by sending Barreta into the turnbuckle. Smith tags in and hits a belly to belly suplex on Croft. Smith hits the stall suplex for a two count. Barreta grabs Croft, preventing Smith from powerslaming him. The Hart Dynasty responds by sending Kidd diving into Barreta. Finally, they hit the Hart Attack on Croft and get the win.

Winner via pinfall: The Hart Dynasty

The Hart Dynasty have had some solid moments on Superstars since the show restarted. Therefore, it is appropriate that their first match after winning the Unified Tag Team Championship take place on Thursday night. Just a decent episode, and not a bad way to spend an hour on a Thursday night.


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