August 26, 2010
Superstars: Solid wrestling by veterans drives the show
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
We start with a tired, old act…But, enough about Michael Cole. In the good news department, Goldust is starting out tonight’s show. I don’t care if Goldust is only featured on Superstars. The man can go in the ring. The same can be said about his opponent. So if we all close our eyes and pretend that both wrestlers are getting featured and this is a pay-per-view match, we should be in for a treat.
Match #1 -Goldust vs. William Regal
The two veterans do some early mat work and actually exchange holds. It’s a refreshing change of pace that young wrestlers would be wise to watch. Regal takes control of the match and works over the arm of Goldust. Michael Cole starts being a jerk, ripping on Goldust. Cole is now a heel, you see. Goldust misses a cross body and falls outside the ring. Commercial.
After the break, Goldust is in charge. The son of Dusty Rhodes punches Regal in the corner. Regal fights back and applies a chin lock. Goldust battles back with some right hands and clotheslines. Regal pulls Goldust throat first into the top rope and hits a kick to the head. Regal gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: William Regal
I don’t remember the last time I saw William Regal get a win. These two wrestlers are pros, so it was a pleasure to watch this match.
The NXT recap airs. They played WWE trivia and the questions were pretty easy. After the commercial, they show some pictures of the WWE tour of China
Match #2 –Vance Archer & Curt Hawkins vs. The Dudebusters
Some back and forth action early on. Archer starts to work over Croft, but Croft fights his way back. However, Archer clotheslines Croft outside the ring. Hawkins continues the attack and throws Croft back into the ring. Archer throws Hawkins into Croft like a weapon. Archer charges into the corner, but Croft gets out of the way. Barreta tags in an explodes on offense, hitting Archer with a knee to the head. Archer tries to go for a slam, but Barreta hits a tornado DDT and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: The Dudebusters
Did you know that WWE’s Facebook page has more fans than ESPN, NHL, Major League Baseball, and the NFL? Why would WWE compare themselves to those sports entities? I thought WWE was entertainment.
A video airs on the Undertaker, followed by the Raw Rebound. Drew McIntyre, the only non-regular on Superstars this week, makes his ring entrance.
Match #3 –Drew McIntyre vs. Chris Masters
Both men try to feel each other out at the start. Masters takes over on offense early on, hitting a shoulder block from the second rope. Masters clotheslines McIntyre outside the ring. When Masters tries to slam McIntyre into the ring post, McIntyre slides out and drives Masters to the post. McIntyre rams the leg of Masters into the post and works over the leg in the ring. We have a rare commercial break with nobody outside the ring.
Masters is in rough shape after the break, as McIntyre is still working over the leg. McIntyre applies a spinning toe hold. Masters recovers by hitting a Samoan drop. Masters hits a spine buster, with Stryker somehow avoiding an Arn Anderson reference. When Masters tries to run the ring ropes, his knee buckles. McIntyre pulls back the knee pad and continues to stomp the leg. Masters hits a powerslam and tries for the Master Lock. McIntyre forces the men to spill to the floor and backs into the guard rail. Back in the ring, McIntyre hits the future shock and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Drew McIntyre
Pretty solid wrestling on this show. Most of the performers on the show were the Superstars regulars. The good news is that we at least get to see decent matches when the veterans get thrown on this show. We will give this week a thumbs up.
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