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Superstars: Two upsets the major story coming out of this week's show
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


Kane is once again holding WWE gold. There is money in taking an act that has been around for a while and breathing life into it. As much as fans enjoy seeing exciting new acts, there is comfort in seeing the faces fans are familiar with. While I do not think Kane will have a lengthy run on top, I hope it lasts longer than a few weeks. It will be interesting to see if there is some depth to the Undertaker storyline.

Nothing gets my blood flowing and ready for some wrestling like Michael Cole talking in a monotone voice in the new WWE opening.

Match #1 –Chris Masters & MVP vs. The Dudebusters

Percy Watson is accompanying Chris Masters and MVP to the ring. MVP takes control over Baretta to start and tags in Masters. Masters tries to slam Baretta, but Baretta had tagged Croft in first and Croft clips Masters. Croft his some elbows on the knee of Masters and tags in Baretta. Baretta continues the attack on the knee. Baretta applies a spinning toe hold. Masters is able to catapult Baretta into the corner and both wrestlers tag out.

MVP explodes on Croft and hits a knee to the face before hitting Balling. Masters applies the Master Lock to Baretta, but neither is tagged in. Baretta nearly pins MVP with a small package. MVP hits the Play of the Day, though, and gets the pin.

Winners via pinfall: Chris Masters & MVP

Before the commercial, a graphic airs for the main event tag team match featuring the Hart Dynasty and the Usos. After the break, they plug the voting for the NXT poll.

Striker quote: “JTG certainly brings excitement and exuberance to the WWE Universe.” Hmm, how could it be that the current WWE announcers don’t connect with fans??

Match #2 -JTG vs. Chavo Guerrero

JTG hits a hip toss and leg drop after a leap frog. Chavo goes on the offensive, attacking JTG in the corner. JTG fights back with some elbows and a shoulder block. JTG hits a right hand, but Chavo fights back with a rolling rider kick. Chavo hits two suplexes and a frog splash before getting the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Chavo Guerrero

Chavo gets his hand raised two weeks in a row? Count me as one of the surprised folks watching. I hope that another veteran, Goldust, gets similar treatment.

Did you know that WWE has over 100,000 hours in its video library- which powers WWE Classics on Demand? I did not know the exact number, but I do enjoy Classics on Demand. I have some ideas for restructuring it, though…

Match #3 –Yoshi Tatsu vs. Primo

This is the closest WWE has to cruiserweights in addition to Evan Bourne and Rey Mysterio. Maybe we will see some exciting athleticism. Yoshi brings Primo down with a chop- hey, I thought those were banned! Maybe just multiple chops are banned. Yoshi knocks Primo outside the ring and tries some type of maneuver off the ropes, but Primo grabs him by the leg.

Primo hits a few punches and applies a camel clutch. Primo gets a two after a neck breaker. The announcers discuss Primo’s attitude change. Primo misses a splash in the corner, and Yoshi hits some kicks. After a kick to the face, Yoshi gets a two count. Yoshi attempts a huracanrana, but Primo slips out and hits a backstabber. Primo gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Primo

Primo actually won a match. First Chavo, now Primo. Two upsets this week.

A commercial airs for Classics on Demand. The Legends Roundtables are the best part. I wish they would do more of them. There are many Legends available and a wide variety of topics to discus.

The Raw Rebound airs and they run down the Summerslam card so far. The Hart Dynasty make their ring entrance before the break.

Match #4 –The Hart Dynasty vs. The Uso Brothers

It seems like these teams have wrestled 50 times. Lawler finds a way to delicately state that David Hart Smith is lacking something. I agree. Tyson Kidd could do something as a singles wrestler if given the opportunity. The Harts work over Jey at the start of the match. Jimmy tags in and hits a slam on Kidd. Kidd shows awesome athleticism and gets a two after a drop kick. The announcers talk about the Usos family, mentioning Rikishi and forgetting about Umaga. The action spills to the floor and we are off to a break.

After the break, Kidd jumps on both Usos on the floor, but they catch him and throw him into the guard rail. Back in the ring, the Usos double team Kidd, showing some actual signs of classic tag team strategy. Jey stomps Kidd in the corner and tags in Jimmy, who runs into the corner and hits Kidd with his butt. Kidd works his way out of a headlock, and both men hit a double clothesline. Both tag out, but Smith goes on offense against Jey and hits a belly to belly suplex. Smith attempts a Sharpshooter, but Tamina distracts him. Natalya responds by clotheslining Tamina outside the ring. Smith tags in Kidd and they hit the Hart Attack and get the win.

Winners via pinfall: The Hart Dynasty

Excellent tag team main event. It was a display of actual tag team wrestling, as opposed to two singles wrestlers being forced together in a tag team match. This week we had two upsets and a very good main event. If we get a similar formula each week, the WWE Universe will be filled with exuberance.


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