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Superstars: The string of upsets continues on Thursday nights
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


Nexus is getting over big time as a group. However, I got to thinking about the individuals in the group and who is most over. Wade Barrett is obviously the leader of the group and is on the fast track to the top. Barrett is a throw back and presents a different look and style than others in the WWE main event scene. But, the person I think is second most over is Skip Sheffield. Sheffield looks like a bull and has been running over people on television. Whatever he lacks should be covered up because I see money in that man.

On to Superstars…

Match #1 –Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. William Regal & Primo

Regal’s mannerisms are hilarious at the start of the match. The man understands subtle humor. The match begins with Regal working over Santino’s arm. It breaks into a comedy spot with Santino walking funny back and forth. It loses any sense of realism because Regal could clothesline him at any time, but chooses not to. Kozlov and Primo enter the ring. Primo slides out of a power slam and tags in Regal, who works over Kozlov. Santino again tags up and does some exaggerated comedy spots, which Regal allows. Santino hits the Cobra and it is commercial time.

After the break, Santino is on offense against Primo. Primo recovers after putting his knees up during a Santino splash. Regal tags in and works over Santino’s midsection. Regal applies the abdominal stretch. Primo jumps off the top rope, but Santino gets his knees up. Kozlov tags in and decimates Primo with head butts and slams. Regal breaks up a pin attempt. Primo tries to jump off the rope on Kozlov, but Kozlov catches him and applies a chokeslam-like maneuver and gets the pin.

Winners via pinfall: Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov

A video airs on last week’s NXT. Curt Hennig’s son got first place in the last poll. Kaval, the best wrestler, got number two, but resident idiot Michael Cole proclaimed that Kaval should be in last. Eli Cottonwood got last place and was shown the door.

The official theme of Summerslam is “Rip It Up” by Jet. Will they ever use a hip hop song?

Match #2 –Chris Masters vs. Caylen Croft

Chris Masters hits a standing suplex early on. Croft works his way out of the corner and attacks the leg of Masters. Masters recovers and spins Croft and hits a big slam. Masters then tries to press slam Croft, but his leg gives out. Masters clotheslines Croft outside the ring and chases him outside the ring. Masters applies the Master Lock to Baretta outside the ring. Croft chop blocks Masters as he enters the ring and hits a DDT. Croft gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Caylen Croft

That was an upset. I figured if Croft had any chance it all, it would come from Trent Baretta interfering. That did not happen. I’m not sure what to read into this.

The Raw Rebound airs. Raw was a really well-booked show on Monday. TNA should take notes. The heels were built up as threats and there was reason to be concerned that babyface team was not unified

Match #3 –Chavo Guerrero vs. MVP

Chavo has switched to wrestling trunks. We will see if his winning streak continues. MVP hits a dropkick and Chavo kicks out after one. I think there should be more one counts early in matches. Chavo kicks out after one again. Nice realistic attention to detail. MVP hits a flying forearm and a back body drop. Chavo gets clotheslined outside the ring. Commercial time.

Chavo dropkicks MVP off the ring apron after the break. Chavo aggressively attacks MVP outside the ring before throwing him in. Chavo dropkicks MVP into the corner and hits a clothesline. MVP fights back with an exploder suplex. MVP hits some weak punches and forearms and hits Balling. Chavo recovers and tries the Three Amigos, but MVP slips out and hits a belly-to-back suplex. Chavo fights back with a spin wheel kick of his own. Chavo jumps off the top rope, but runs into a MVP boot. Chavo knees his way out of a suplex and gets a near fall. MVP hits the Play of the Day and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: MVP

Chavo Guerrero wrestled a great match. He does a lot of small things well that add to the realism of the match. MVP could use some detail work. Chavo’s winning streak ended this weak, but we did get an upset from Caylen Croft. It was nice to see the return of the three match format. A wrestler like Chavo Guerrero can fill 10 or 15 minutes of television time and present a more satisfying match. A decent episode of Superstars this week.


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