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Superstars: Former tag team champions reunite
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


WWE held its quarterly conference call today to announce first quarter earnings. Among the news items coming out of the call was that Wrestlemania buys were down 12%. Vince McMahon blamed this on the “fact” that WWE pay-per-views are communal events and that people are gathering to watch them together? So, are we to assume that fans did not gather together in past years, and it started in 2010? Here is a better explanation: The price of pay-per-views was raised another five dollars. WWE has out priced many of their fans. In fact, they should decrease the prices. People making hard choices may not be willing to plunk down a little under fifty bucks to watch a show on their television.

My other complaint about the call was the somewhat negative vibe that dominated the proceedings. While it is true that the company was not as successful in some areas as in the past, it was a very profitable quarter. Not every quarter needs to be the biggest in history. In fact, that mentality is part of the reason so many American businesses went under or are in difficult financial straits. Sometimes it is all right to feel content with a decent quarter. Now on to Superstars.

Match #1 -Carlito vs. Primo

Michael Cole calls Superstars “Thursday night’s hottest show.” I don’t know about that. Primo hits a sweet flying head scissors early. Carlito turns it around and hits a slam and an elbow. Carlito applies a chinlock. Primo attempts a comeback with a flying cross body, but Carlito hits a boot to the face. Primo does hit some quick kicks and a flying elbow. When Carlito has the chance to hit the Back Stabber, he declines and takes the microphone. Carlito encourages Primo to ignore the fans and join forces with Carlito once again. Primo accepts. I guess he will no longer be the most athletic jobber on Superstars.

No Decision

Did you know that WWE.com’s Summerslam website won the CableFax Gold “Best of the Web” award. No. Nor do I know what Cablefax Gold is.

Match #2 –Chavo Guerrero vs. Chris Masters

Flexing pectoral muscles seems so 1990. The Masterpiece pulls it off, however. In the match, Masters slams Chavo from outside the ring into the ring. Chavo attacks Masters when Masters attempts to get back in the ring. Chavo hits some punches and a chinlock to maintain his offense. Masters unsuccessfully tries to work the crowd into the match and breaks out. Masters barely touches Chavo with a clothesline and backdrops Chavo on to one knee. After a sidewalk slam and back breaker, Masters gets a two count. Almost a major upset as Chavo hits a DDT and gets a two count. Trying for Three Amigos, Chavo is halted and Masters applies the Masterlock for the win.

Winner via submission: Chris Masters

A very sexy Kelly Kelly is shown in the locker room as Michelle McCool and Layla act like snobs. They hold her while Vickie Guerrero sprays Lysol on her. Beth Phoenix and Tiffany break it up.

Match #3 –Beth Phoenix vs. Rosa Mendes

Rosa Mendes cuts a brief promo before the match. A slap to the face wakes Beth up and she goes on the attack. Rosa sneaks in some offense, but is school girled by Beth for the win. Wow, that was quick!

Winner via pinfall: Beth Phoenix

The Raw rebound airs and Grisham and the teacher talk about Edge facing Randy Orton at Over the Limit. For some reason a commercial airs on for the June pay-per-view instead of the Over the Limit event in May. A video also airs featuring highlights from Smackdown.

Match #4 –JTG vs. Shad Gaspard

This seems like a big match for Superstars. Is Shad’s new character supposed to be generic? JTG hits a flying leg drop. JTG knocks Shad outside the ring and hits a plancha. We are off to commercial as a Superstars Commercial airs featuring C.M. Punk. I remember when Mike Adamle called him “C.W. Punk.”

Shad is offense after the break and works over the back of JTG with a submission hold. Shad gets a two after a boot and a clothesline. Shad applies the abdominal stretch, and I get nostalgic for the Rougheau Brothers. Remember when they used to hold hands for leverage when applying that move? Ahh, there it is. Shad grabs the rope. But he is not as savvy as Jacques and Raymond, as the official catches him.

JTG strikes back and dropkicks Shad into the corner. After a mug show (I really typed that), JTG gets a two count. Shad escapes the ring, but the smaller JTG follows Shad and throws him into the ring. Shad grabs the rope sending JTG to the mat. Shad hits the STO and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Shad Gaspard

History was made on Superstars tonight. Former tag team champions Primo and Carlito have reunited. Also, the former members of Cryme Tyme did battle. It is rewarding to see some storyline advancement take place on Superstars. This was a fun one hour show to watch. So stop feeling bad about the Wrestlemania buy rate, Vince. Everything will be fine!


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