Superstars: Upset in the main event the news coming out of Thursday night
MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
WWE announcing really sucks right now. I do not pride myself on taking cheap shots at WWE. As a whole, the product has really improved in the last month. I like the new life in the tag team division and the clear build for pay-per-view matches at the main event level. But the voices calling the action are so annoying! While I would love to see Jim Ross return, and I have advocated such a move in the past, such a move would be an only temporary fix. WWE needs to loosen up on announcers and let unique personalities flourish in those roles. I am not sure why an announcer with a distinct personality and a following is a bad thing.
Much is being made of Michael Cole and his storyline on NXT. Nobody is harder on Michael Cole than I am. I just think the man is rehearsed, fake, and nerdy. He does not seem to actually enjoy the product and he brings down the level of excitement. However, Cole could have a nice role as a heel manager. Millions already hate the man, so I hope WWE gives it a shot.
Match #1 -JTG vs. Cody Rhodes
Old school jacket on Cody Rhodes. It is reminiscent of the little league jacket Arn Anderson use to wear. JTG jumps on top early with a side headlock. Cody breaks out and elbows JTG in the corner. JTG gets two counts after a roll up and a back slide. Shades of Randy Orton as Rhodes hits a nice looking dropkick. After a few more minutes of action, JTG dropkicks Cody outside the ring and we are off to commercial.
JTG is applying an arm bar after the commercial and breaks into some sloppy looking offense. Cody turns it around and attacks the left arm and shoulder of JTG. Somewhat methodical match, as Rhodes applies some type of submission move to the arm. Stryker talks about JTG making it out of Brooklyn while Cody continues some arm submission move. JTG gets pumped after some drop kicks and hits the mug shot. JTG hits a flying leg drop and gets a two count. Swinging DDT from JTG and another two. Rhodes hits an a stiff kick to the head and hits Cross Rhodes for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes
“Crash” is the theme song of Over the Limit and WWE thanks them. WWE also plugs WWE.com.
Match #2 -Primo vs. Yoshi Tatsu
Hey, we just saw Primo reunited with Carlito a few weeks ago on this show. One of the few angles in the history of Superstars is in the toilet now, as Carlito was released.
Primo is stall acting as a heel and sucker punches Yoshi. Primo follows up with a dropkick and a two count. Michael Cole continues to drop hints that he might be going heel. Keeping the offensive going, Primo applies a camel clutch, but Yoshi gets out. Primo tries a fist off the top rope, but Yoshi counters with a punch. Yoshi hits a running kick to the face and gets a two count. With both men on the top rope, Yoshi punches Primo to the ground. Yoshi follows up with a spinning heel kick from the top rope and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Yoshi Tatsu
A video airs on NXT. Michael Cole is playing the role of Vince McMahon in 1998. These videos have caught my attention and I really am going to start watching that show
John Morrison is featured in a video and the Raw Rebound airs. I was pretty happy with this week’s Raw. It was an entertaining two hours.
Match #3 –Zack Ryder vs. Evan Bourne
Ryder takes control of the match early, but Bourne turns it around with a drop toe hold. Ryder escapes a half Boston Crab early by grabbing the rope. Bourne tries to go to the top rope early, but Ryder knocks him down and gives a kick to the face. Commercial.
After the break Ryder is in control, working over the neck of Bourne. Ryder hits a neckbreaker and then once again applies the headlock. Bourne eventually fights back with a spin kick and multiple kicks to Ryder in the corner. Bourne attempts to hit Air Bourne, but Ryder regains his senses enough to avoid it. Ryder tries for the Zack Attack, but Bourne kicks his way out. Bourne tries Air Bourne, but misses and Ryder hits the Zack Attack and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Zack Ryder
Superstars returned to the three match format this week. I prefer the three match format, as it allows wrestlers the opportunity to show what they can do. It is a bit of an upset that Zack Ryder defeated Evan Bourne. I am not sure that Ryder has as much upside as Bourne, but perhaps he will prove critics wrong. A decent episode of Superstars.
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