October 8, 2010
Superstars: Former tag team champions splitting up?
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
Credit goes to TNA for being the most interesting wrestling promotion in the United States right now. Even with relatively new talent like Nexus, WWE still feels stale. The reality is that it is not even about the talent. It is the presentation. WWE has created a product that is so slick that it lacks any sense of realism and makes it incredibly difficult to become emotionally wrapped up in it. It is the announcing, the video packages, the music, and the wrestling. There is almost no variation.
TNA has been very frustrating at times. I have not been afraid to criticize the product in the past. But, I can truly say that the build up to Bound For Glory made me feel like at least something different is being presented. Watching WWE is like repeatedly watching the same episode of a sitcom. So let’s see what we have tonight.
Match #1 – Chris Masters vs. Vance Archer
Masters jump out early in this battle of the clunkers. Archer turns it around and applies a chin lock. Archer hits a sidewalk slam and gets a two count. Masters tries to recover and apply the Master Lock, but Archer sends him outside the ring. Commercial.
After the break, Archer is working over the arm while punching Masters in the mid-section. The action spills to the floor. Archer tries to his Masters, but accidentally hits Curt Hawkins. Archer and Hawkins argue, allowing Masters to apply the Master Lock. Archer submits.
Winner via submission: Vance Archer
After the match, Curt Hawkins attacks Vance Archer. This does not bode well for Archer’s future with WWE.
A recap airs from NXT. I am again very glad that I missed it.
Match #2 – William Regal vs. Darren Young
They have an announcer other than Cole! I already like him 20 times more than the Lawler’s other broadcast partner. Darren Young does look like John Cena from the face up. I am just loving this match, simply because of the announcing.
Regal hits a punch to the face and gets a two count. Regals applies a submission move. Eventually the two men stand and exchange punches. Young explodes on offense and gets a two count after a big kick. Regal manages to kick Young in the face and Regal gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: William Regal
A video airs on Alberto Del Rio, followed by the Raw Rebound.
Match #3 – The Hart Dynasty vs. The Usos
The Hart Dynasty makes their ring entrance before the break, as we prepare for match number 63 of the Hart Dynasty versus the Usos. Jimmy Uso and Tyson Kidd start things out. Smith tags in and hits a scoop slam. Kidd and Jey are in the ring, as Kidd applies an arm bar. Quick tags from the Hart Dynasty, as Smith hits a belly to belly and gets a two count. Kidd knocks Jey outside the ring and hits a flip dive to the floor. Commercial break.
Kidd dropkicks both Usos at the same time after the break. Smith tags in and explodes on offense, as well. The Usos go on offense after Tamina grabs Smith’s ankle. The Usos both run butt first into Smith. Smith eventually tags in Kidd. Kidd hits a huracanrana from the top. Jimmy Uso hits a kick to Kidd and hits a splash from the top for the win.
Winner via pinfall: The Usos
It looks like the Hart Dynasty is looking at a breakup. I can’t say that I agree. While it is true that they are not a really hot act at the moment, no tag team is right now. It is more of a company issue. This team has not been together all that long and should be given a chance. As far as this week’s show, it was just another show.
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