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Superstars: Jack Swagger headlines Thursday night
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


I am starting to worry about Michael Cole. WWE is attempting the clever trick of making Cole’s character a heel, thus making it ambiguous whether fans are booing the character or the actual announcer. This writer would like to state his opinion. I disdain Michael Cole the announcer. I do no disdain him because of lines his character was scripted to say. I disdain him because he is like a robot calling matches with no real emotion. He comes across as someone on the side of the promotion only, and not on the side of fans. That is an epic fail for an announcer.

If Cole gets moved to a heel manager role, I will commend WWE. Perhaps he could be quite effective in that role, and we could be treated to some new blood at the announcer position. My problem with Cole is not personal; it is with his announcing work. Now on to the show…

Match #1 –Yoshi Tatsu vs. Primo

I am seriously considering checking my records to see if these two have been on every Superstars show since January. As soon as I heard Yoshi’s Nintendo music, I just shook my head. Nothing wrong with Yoshi as a wrestler, but they are really starting to define Superstars as a show that is just an afterthought.

Yoshi hits some arm drags early and works over Primo’s arm. Michael Cole is being annoying again about Daniel Bryan. Yoshi hits a backdrop and dropkicks Primo outside the ring. Yoshi dives over the top rope on to Primo and we are at commercial.

Primo has Yoshi in a chin lock after the break. Primo hits some punches and chokes Yoshi with the middle rope. Primo continues on offense until he misses a dropkick. Yoshi hits some kicks and chops. Primo recovers with a jaw breaker, until Yoshi hits a kick to the head and hits a spinning wheel kick off the top rope. The pin. The three count. The win.

Winner via pinfall: Yoshi Tatsu

The NXT recap airs and I immediately relish the fact that I skipped that show this week. ECW was a superior concept. It gave young wrestlers the chance to compete in serious matches and have storylines written for them.

Did you know that last Sunday, “WWE Summerslam” was the #1 search term on Google?

Originally, the next match was supposed to be MVP against Vance Archer. The two men do some basic exchanges early and wrestle for a few minutes. When MVP gets sent outside the ring, Curt Hawkins gets in a cheap shot. JTG runs to ringside and a brawl breaks out. Teddy Long comes out and makes the match into a tag team match.

Match #2 –Vance Archer & Curt Hawkins vs. MVP & JTG

JTG is on offense after the break. MVP tags in and hits a knee. Hawkins sneaks out and tags in Archer. Archer hits a big boot gets a two count. Hawkins enters the ring and works over MVP before tagging Archer in again. MVP recovers with a big boot and tags in JTG. JTG hits a dropkick and a Mug Shot. Archer catches JTG in the air and hits a power slam for the win.

Winners via pinfall: Vance Archer & Curt Hawkins

A video airs on Summerslam weekend. I’m not sure if it is smart to have heel Cody Rhodes talking about working to help the community.

The Raw rebound airs and Jack Swagger makes his way to the ring.

Match #3 –Jack Swagger vs. Chris Masters

Swagger starts with a single leg takedown. They talk about the tough summer for Swagger, which included Bunkhouse Buck being assaulted by Kane. Masters tries a power slam but Swagger sneaks out and throws Masters into the corner post. Stryker admits that the Master Lock is another name for full nelson. You mean each move isn’t just named after the person who currently uses it?

Masters recovers by hitting a sidewalk slam, followed by a big boot and some clotheslines. Masters gets the two count after a spine buster. Masters attempts the Matser Lock, but Swagger backs him into the corner and roles into an ankle lock. Masters tapped.

Winner via submission: Jack Swagger

A perfectly normal edition of Superstars. Nothing too offensive and nothing for people to go out of their way to see. No Chavo or Goldust this week. I am sure we will see them next week!


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