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Superstars: How does WWE respond to the heinous attack at the end of Raw?
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


Finally, I am extremely interested in a WWE storyline! Don’t get me wrong, the last month of programming has been pretty solid in my opinion. But, it has been years since a storyline has captured my imagination. Instead of just pleasantly sitting through a show and then moving on to the rest of my life, I found myself wondering where the whole NXT attack storyline is headed. I remembered that emotion from somewhere, but it had been over a decade since I had felt it during a wrestling show.

Where does WWE go from here? Some have compared this NXT invasion to the NWO invading WCW. While it does elicit similar emotion, people need to remember that the NWO was made up of main event wrestlers. The NXT crew is completely made up of rookies. As hot as the storyline could get, will people pay money to see a NXT wrestler headline a pay-per-view? Does the NXT crew have wrestlers with strong enough promo skills to sell a major program? We will find out. Now let’s see if WWE makes a big deal about the angle on Superstars.

WCW used to do a great job starting shows with a somber tone after a major NWO attack. This show started with Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler yucking it up and joking around about the Divas. Then the voiceovers started and the announcers started talking about the attack.

Match #1 –Alicia Fox vs. Gail Kim

Alicia starts out with headlock. Gail fights back and hits a flying head scissors. The announce team wisely talks about the NXT invasion during the match. Alicia hits a belly to belly into a bridge attempt at a pin. Alicia hits a slam and parades around the ring. Next, Alicia drives her knee into Gail’s back and yanks on Gail’s chin. Gail misses a knee in the corner and Gail hits a scoop slam. Gail tries to go to the top, but is knocked down. When Gail hits the mat, Alicia covers her and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Alicia Fox

That was a different finish. I like it. It makes moves from the top rope seem more important. If a wrestler falls from the top rope, he or she could lose the match. That makes high risk maneuvers actually become high risk maneuvers and makes matches more exciting.

Nothing seems more random than Goldust walking to the ring to Yoshi Tatsu’s entrance music. I am still pulling for Goldust to get another run higher on the card.

Match #2 –Yoshi Tatsu & Goldust vs. Zack Ryder & Primo

The crowd Whoos as Yoshi hits some chops. The very well conditioned Goldust goes on the offensive as the crowd chants his name. Primo tags in and hits some punches on Goldust, but Goldust recovers and tags in Yoshi. Yoshi throws Primo outside the ring, but when Yoshi tries a plancha outside the ring, Primo moves. Commercial time.

Ryder is in control of Yoshi after the break. Cole acts like he doesn’t know where Goldust is from. How about Texas? He is the son of the American Dream for God’s sake! Ryder applies a body scissors. With the official’s vision impaired, Primo hits a cheap shot on Yoshi and then tags into the ring. After Yoshi hits a kick, both men make tags. Goldust is moving full speed and hits a bulldog and some punches. Primo dropkicks Yoshi outside the ring, but Goldust clotheslines Primo out. Ryder hits the Rough Ryder on Goldust and gets the win.

Winners via pinfall: Zack Ryder & Primo

Goldust is on fire right now. Who would have thought he would be the fastest wrestler in that match. Just to shake things up, I really wish Goldust could be given a meaningful storyline to run with.

Video airs from the NXT attack on John Cena from Monday night. However, it is not the normal recap, where the highlights fly by. Instead, they show actual footage from the show without a bunch of special effects. Excellent decision that underscores the importance of the events that took place.

Match #3 –Kofi Kingston vs. Luke Gallows

Kofi Kingston is accompanied by Joe Hennig (I refuse to use that stupid name they gave him). Stryker mentions that the WWE should unite. He also criticizes the NXT crew for going after non-wrestlers, such as the time keeper. Someone has been watching old Nitro tapes!

Luke Gallows hits a shoulder block early. The two men exchange punches and kicks for a minute, before Kofi hits a dropkick. With Gallows outside the ring, Kofi hits a flying cross body outside the ring. We go to the final commercial of the evening.

Gallows captures Kofi and works him over after the commercial. Gallows hits a fall a way slam and a suplex before getting a couple of two counts. Kofi turns things around and hits all of his vertically impressive offense, until Gallows hits a boot to the face. Gallows tries to hit Gallow’s Pole, but Kofi flips it into S.O.S. and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston

If Gallows had won in the main event, I was going to wonder if Kevin Sullivan had taken over as the booker of WWE. Sullivan was known for putting heavy heat on the heels. Between the strong finish to Monday’s show and the opening two matches on Superstars, they took a refreshing break from WWE’s usual smiley approach. I am digging WWE right now and I think they get an A- for making Monday’s Raw seem like a big deal.


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