Superstars: Regal attempts to take down R Truth, move up WWE rankings
MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
The ratings are in the NXT invasion is a hit. Each week since the invasion began, the Monday Night Raw ratings have increased. Perhaps it is because new talent is being featured on the show. Perhaps it is because the angle is structurally different than everything else on the show. Fans are sick of the same old thing and finally there is something new for them to sink their teeth into. Will the NXT invaders make their way to Superstars?
Todd Grisham and Matt Stryker welcome us to the show, as Smackdown leads us off.
Match #1 -JTG vs. Caylen Croft
JTG clips Croft early and hits an ax kick. JTG gets knocked outside the ring and Barreta attacks him on the outside. JTS turns it around in the ring with a neckbreaker and some dropkicks. Next, JTG hits the Mug Shot and the Shout Out before getting the pin.
Winner via pinfall: JTG
A promo airs for Monday Night Raw. What will happen after the NXT crew attacked Vince McMahon?
Masters takes control with an arm bar. Gallows responds with a slam, but misses an elbow drop. Gallows gets knocked outside the ring and Serena encourages him as we go to commercial.
Match #2 –Christ Masters vs. Luke Gallows
Masters attempts the Master Lock after the break, but Gallows escapes. Gallows sends Masters outside the ring and throws him into the barricade. Back in the ring Masters tries a slam, but collapses under the weight of Gallows. Masters recovers and this some chops and a shoulder block. Gallows hits a big boot and a two count. Wow, a Ted Arcidi reference from Stryker. Masters goes to the top rope, but is distracted by Serena. Gallows hits the Gallows Pole and gets the win.
Winner via pinfall: Luke Gallows
A video airs on NXT from Tuesday. Lucky Cannon has to be the dumbest name for a wrestler I have ever heard. Well, he has competition from Husky Harris.
Did you know that the WWE has won a bunch of awards for supporting the military?
Match #3 –Jillian Hall vs. Brie Bella
Reminder- Jillian Hall’s gimmick is an attempt to rip on Hulk Hogan’s daughter. Lou Thesz press from Brie early. Jillian takes control and chokes Brie with the middle rope. Jillian slams Brie, but Brie fights back and hits a bulldog. Jillian dumps Brie over the top rope and Brie takes a nasty fall. Both Bellas lay down and the official cannot determine which Bella is Brie. He makes the sweaty one return to the ring. They switch when he is not looking and Nikki gets the pin (although Brie gets the credit).
Winner via pinfall: Brie Bella
A commercial airs for WWE Classics On Demand. I subscribe and I love it. Sheamus is featured in a short video package. The Vince McMahon beating from Raw is then shown. For the fourth transition in the segment, R Truth makes his way to the ring.
Match #4 – R Truth vs. William Regal
R Truth hits some arm drags and a drop kick early. Truth hurts his leg on the drop kick and Regal takes control, violently bending the knee. Regal continues to work the knee, but Truth fights back with some punches and a DDT. Regals counters and hits an exploder suplex, but Truth hits the Lie Detector out of nowhere and gets the win.
Winner via pinfall: R Truth
It was enjoyable seeing Regal wrestle for more than two minutes. I would like to see a 25 minute match from Regal at some point. Veterans like Regal and Goldust still have something to offer if they are written into prominent storylines. I like the somewhat abrupt finishes on this show because it makes future matches seem like they can end at any moment.
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