July 2, 2010
Superstars: Divas grudge match, Christian vs. Hawkins highlight Thursday night
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
Once again, all the buzz about WWE is focused on Nexus. The angle on Monday night was executed very well. The only part I didn’t like was the corny written lines for the legends. It seemed so unnatural. Arn Anderson can still deliver on the stick, however. It is a shame that Arn is not used on screen as a manager. Anyways, I wonder if Nexus will ever make an appearance on Superstars. Let’s check it out…
Match #1 –Primo & Zack Ryder vs. Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu
Back in the Hulkamania era of WWE, tag teams used to wear matching clothes and generally have the same look. These members of these two teams have almost nothing in common. Yoshi starts with some chops on Ryder and the crowd still chants “Whoo!” Goldust tags in and works over Ryder’s arm. Primo manages to tag in and Goldust and Yoshi work over his arm. Primo tries to fight back, but Yoshi hits a cross body. Primo does gain control and applies a chinlock. Yoshi gets thrown in the corner, but moves when Primo comes charging. Goldust tags in and hits his traditional offense. Ryder distracts Goldust, allowing Primo to regain his wits and knock Goldust outside the ring. Commercial.
After the break, Ryder is applying a headlock. Primo tags in and works to prevent Goldust from tagging out. Both men tag out and Yoshi hits several dropkicks on Ryder and follows up with some chops. When Primo tries to interfere, Goldust hits a bulldog. Yoshi charges the corner and misses and Ryder hits the Rough Ryder for the win.
Winners via pinfall: Primo & Zack Ryder
Michael Cole introduces a recap of NXT. Titus O’Neil was eliminated. I actually disagree with sending him packing first.
We have a return match of sorts this week. Last week the Bellas pulled a switch and defeated Jillian. Jillian is so upset she says she cannot even sing.
Match #2 –Jillian Hall vs. Nikki Bella
Jillian is fired up and hits Nikki with a right hand. Jillian throws Nikki by the hair. Yikes. More hair pulling from Jillian, as she does a camel clutch, except uses the hair for leverage. Nikki turns it around with a flying head scissors.
Nikki gets hung up on the top turnbuckle and falls to the outside. Jillian attacks both Bellas outside the ring. The Bellas go under the ring. Brie climbs to the apron and is kicked by Jillian. Nikki enters the ring from behind Jillian and rolls her up for the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Nikki Bella
In a “Did You Know” segment, WWE pulls out one they have already used, but they get a pass because it is a good cause. WWE offers all U.S. military personnel free tickets to its live events in the U.S.
The Raw Rebound airs, focusing on the NXT attack of Ricky Steamboat and the legends. That angle was terrific and I actually got several e-mails and text messages on it. After the Raw Rebound, Stryker and Grisham promote Money in the Bank. Captain Charisma makes his way to the ring for the main event before the commercial.
Match #3 -Christian vs. Curt Hawkins
I will admit that Vance Archer’s name completely escaped me until Grisham mentioned it. Hawkins talks trash and Christian slaps him. Christian takes control and knocks Hawkins to the floor. After Hawkins returns to the ring, Christian hits a flying cross body. Hawkins backdrops Christian outside the ring. The official removes Archer from ringside. I haven’t seen that happen in years. Commercial.
Hawkins is working over Christian’s neck after the break. Christian tries to turn things around with a tornado DDT, but Hawkins sends him flying. Christian hits Hawkins with some right hands and a scorpion death drop. Hawkins pulls Christian from the middle rope and hits a slam. Christian hits a missile dropkick and gets a two count. Christian misses a move from the top, but elbows his way back. Christian hits the Kill Switch and gets the win.
Winner via pinfall: Christian
Superstars had three matches this week. I appreciate the three match formula because it gives the matches time to develop. Superstars is the show where wrestlers can demonstrate their craft on television. Hopefully management considers the performances of the wrestlers on the show when making decisions about who to feature on Raw and Smackdown.
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