May 21, 2010
Superstars: Ziggler, Christian, and the sons of the American Dream highlight Thursday night
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
Who would have thought that Bret Hart would win a championship again on WWE television? Better yet, who thought Virgil would make another appearance on WWE television? It looks like Ol’ Virg’s price just went up $50 on indy shows. It is cool seeing nostalgic acts make appearances on television. Perhaps it would spice up Superstars if there was an occasional visit from the wrestlers of yesteryear. Just please don’t have it be Jimmy Snuka. It’s uncomfortable watching him in the ring.
Back to Bret Hart for a minute. There is more mileage left in Bret Hart than a cameo appearance for the sake of nostalgia. The Bret Hart character has been completely wrapped up in the Montreal Screw Job since 1997. There is plenty of opportunity for Bret to interact with new characters and create new scenarios on television.
Match #1 –Santino Marella vs. Vladimir Kozlov
Hot crowd for Santino before the match. He gets on the mic and talks about how Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago can become friends. Great line. Santino tries to convince Kozlov to form a team with him. Santino stays on the mic for a few minutes and remains funny. He tries to get a “North America” chant from the crowd because they are in Canada. Funny stuff. He finishes by quoting Rocky IV.
Kozlov headbutts Santino three times in the chest and hits the Iron curtain for the win. Poor Santino.
Winner via pinfall: Vladimir Kozlov
A plug is made for WWE.com.
Match #2 -Goldust vs. William Regal
Two veterans doing battle tonight. These two could have been wrestling on WCW Saturday Night in 1994. Goldust goes on the attack early, going after Regal in the corner. Regal takes control and works over the arm of Goldust. Goldust is bleeding from the ear and the official puts on rubber gloves as he and the doctor attend to Goldust.
Goldust comes out swinging after his return to action and gets a two count after a slam. Same result after a running bulldog. Regal tries to go for the knee, but Goldust counters and hits the Curtain Call before getting the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Goldust
Next up is a rundown of NXT. Bryan Danielson cut a solid promo. I am seeing it for the first time, since I stopped watching NXT. Danielson went after Michael Cole and immediately became my favorite wrestler of all time. I will now begin watching this show. That was great!
Match #3 –Cody Rhodes vs. Christ Masters
Masters applies an arm bar early. Rhodes sneaks out to the floor early. Masters chases after him and Rhodes grabs Masters by the arm and sends him into the post. Off to commercial.
During the commercial, Rhodes sent Masters into the post again. After the break, Rhodes is on offense and working over Masters’s arm. Masters breaks out of the arm bar and hits a clothesline. Masters tries a Master Lock, but only gets one arm through. Rhodes hits a single arm DDT and Cross Rhodes and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes
A video airs on the John Cena-Batista feud, followed by a rundown of the card for Over the Limit.
Match #4 –Dolph Ziggler vs. Christian
Almost a quick ending, as Dolph tries to roll up Christian in the first few seconds of the match. Dolph throws Christian outside the ring, but Christian yanks Dolph out as well. Christian hits a slide kick through the ropes. Dolph recovers by hitting a knee to the gut inside the ring, and then sends Christian flying outside the ring again.
Dolph is on offense after the break, wearing down Christian with kicks until Christian his a pendulum kick. Missile dropkick by Christian and a two count. The match nearly ends as Christian tries a flying cross body and the momentum gives Dolph a two count. Ziggler sends Christian into the corner and tries to hit the Zig Zag, but fails as Christian holds on to the rope. Christian hits the Kill Switch and gets the win.
Winner via pinfall: Christian
There may be an effort to increase the fire power on Superstars. Yet again, storylines were again advanced, as Santino tried to form a team with Kozlov. Also, the star power went up this week, with several competitive matches. A pretty solid episode of Superstars that gets a B.
Matt Johnson is now on Twitter. Join him at: http://twitter.com/mattjohnsonSLAM. Email Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.