July 16, 2010
Superstars: Could Tatsu really knock off Jericho? There is a major upset!
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
NXT had a major ratings increase this week. Why? Well it is simple. If a wrestler or wrestlers are put in situations where they look strong over a sustained period of time, fans take those wrestlers seriously. When Nexus appears on screen, fans know something important is about to happen. Keep in mind (TNA) that the Nexus performers were not major players a few months ago. A few months of solid booking is all time takes to create new acts. Lesson once again proven.
Now on to Superstars. I am actually pretty pumped this week because we just might have a decent main event.
Match #1 –Chavo Guerrero vs. JTG
Wow, the Smackdown announcers are annoying. Just to think, I used to like them on ECW. How is it possible that they have gotten worse? JTG throws Chavo into a corner here, but Chavo fights his way out and hits JTG with a forearm. The action spills outside the ring. I wait for a commercial break, but surprisingly it does not occur. Chavo is in control when the men return to the ring. Chavo applies a bicep cutter (credit Matt Stryker for the name of the hold), but JTG fights his way out. JTG hits a lariat, but Chavo throws JTG into the corner and hits a frog splash. Chavo gets a surprising win. What an upset.
Winner via pinfall: Chavo Guerrero
Per recent tradition, WWE plugs WWE.com after the first commercial break. WWE.com has a piece about all past WWE champions. I checked it out. It was just ok.
Match #2 –Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer vs. Matt Cross & Jamin Conseco
Superstars is going old school with a squash match here. The jobbers annoy me with their excessive gestures before the match. Hawkins and Archer have everything you could want in a tag team, except chemistry and charisma. Hawkins hits a slam on Conseco and tags in Archer. Archer works over Conseco in the corner. Finally Conseco tags in Cross. Cross gets punched right in the face the second he tags in. Archer retrieves Cross from outside the ring. Cross sneaks away for a moment, but Archer reasserts his dominance and tags in Hawkins, who hits the heat seeking elbow for the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer
A recap of NXT airs. It should be noted that the show received much higher ratings this week. Nexus likely receives credit for that.
Did you know that over 100 million video clips of WWE programming have been watched on YouTube.com/wwe? I did not.
Match #3 –Jillian Hall & Maryse vs. The Bella Twins
I often find myself in the middle of a Divas match forgetting who is actually in the match. These women are amazing, but the matches are so forgettable. Ted Dibiase’s chick is teaming with Jillian Hall against the Bellas here.
Jillian is in control early against Nikki and tags in Maryse. Nikki tags in Brie who explodes on offense. Jillian tries to pull a switcharoo like the Bellas, but the official stops it. Maryse blindsides Brie and tags in Jillian. While the official tears Jillian off of Brie, the Bellas pull another switcharoo. Nikki makes a jack knife cover and gets the win.
Winners via pinfall: The Bella Twins
Curb Your Enthusiasm is coming to WGN America. Seriously, that show is great. Watch the show. Larry David created Seinfeld and he is the brain behind Curb. If you don’t like it, my next Superstars report is free to you.
A video airs on the history of Money in the Bank. The Raw Rebound airs, as does the rundown to Money in the Bank, and Chris Jericho’s ring entrance. Scary how similar this format is each week.
Match #4 –Chris Jericho vs. Yoshi Tatsu
Chris Jericho takes early control of Yoshi in this match. The announcers discuss Jericho taking pride in his NXT protégé Wade Barrett taking charge of Nexus. One popular internet rumor is Jericho running Nexus. I don’t believe it. Jericho tosses Yoshi outside the ring as the show goes to commercial.
After the break, Jericho is on offense. Yoshi is bleeding near the eye. The officials check the cut and stitch it up. Jericho grabs a chair and sits in the middle of the ring biting his nails. Jericho throws Yoshi in as soon as Yoshi is stitched. Jericho applies a headlock, until Yoshi works his way out. Yoshi hits a spin wheel kick and gets a two count. Jericho changes things up with a backbreaker. Yoshi hits a kick under Jericho’s chin and gets another near fall. Jericho slows Yoshi down with a clothesline. Yoshi again hits some kicks and climbs the top rope, only to miss a spin kick from the top. Jericho applies the Wall of Jericho and gets the submission victory after a lengthy fight from Yoshi.
Winner via submission: Chris Jericho
I have to say, as soon as word got out that Chris Jericho would face Yoshi Tatsu, I have been waiting for this episode of Superstars. While the match does not represent what the two men may have put together for a Wrestlemania match, it did at least include some fast paced action. I am not a fan of flip, flop, and fly. Some TNA X division matches look like acrobatic performances instead of matches. What I do like, however, is fast paced, crisp action. Jericho and Yoshi put together a pretty solid television main event.
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