October 29, 2010
Superstars: Tyler Reks dominates
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
Next Tuesday is Election Day in the United States. Linda McMahon will face the voters of Connecticut as they elect their next United States Senator. This week there was a dispute as to whether voters could wear WWE merchandise at polling locations. The issue went to court and WWE prevailed. Now, WWE reportedly will offer free merchandise to voters at select locations.
I agree that voters should be allowed to where WWE merchandise at the polling locations. It is ridiculous to ban shirts from a company because a candidate was a CEO of that company. It is hardly infringing on anyone else’s right to vote. However, I do wonder if it will backfire on WWE to have fans storming polling places wearing WWE gear. It may make the company seem outside the mainstream, a label WWE has tried to shake off for decades. Now on to Superstars.
I received some feedback from people asking for more editorial content and less play-by-play of the moves from the matches. I am going to try it out and encourage feedback.
Match #1 – Mark Henry vs. Jey Uso
It is nice to not hear Michael Cole this week. I must again mention that. Jey nearly steals the win thanks to his brother kicking Henry in the head. Shades of Umaga and Rikishi as Jey runs but first into Henry. The announcers talk about Rikishi.
I just had a flashback of Rikishi in TNA, under the name Junior Fatu. It was just awful. He used to talk about WWE non-stop, as if to imply that TNA was the minor leagues. Henry wins this match with the World’s Strongest Slam, by the way.
Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry
The announcers promote WWE.com, where there are pictures from Bragging Rights. If that is your thing, go for it!
Match #2 – Tyson Kidd vs. Zack Ryder
I hope WWE gets behind Tyson Kidd. I feel like he’s got it and is much more talented than David Hart Smith. Kidd works over the arm early and the announcers discuss the split among the Hart Dynasty. There is a commercial thrown in the middle. This new announcer is very quirky. I am not complaining, however, as he is not Michael Cole.
Ryder nearly gets the upset, which would have made me sick. David Hart Smith walks to the ring and demands to talk with Kidd at that moment. Why would he talk during his match? They could have talked all day and night. Because of the distraction, Ryder hits the Rough Ryder and gets the pin. I feel my lunch coming up.
Winner via pinfall: Zack Ryder
A Linda Mc…I mean WWE commercial airs promoting WWE’s efforts to promote reading.
Goldust is marrying Aksana on NXT on Tuesday. I think that should be on Raw. Who doesn’t love WWE weddings?
Match #3 - MVP vs. Curt Hawkins
Curt Hawkins seems so dry to me. I just want to flip the channel. But I am a professional, and will sit through, I mean enjoy this match. He is taking on yesterday’s news, I mean MVP. MVP wins with the Play of the Day. That’s all I have to say about this match.
Winner via pinfall: MVP
A video airs on Daniel Bryan. He had some awesome matches this past week. The Raw Rebound also airs.
Match #4 – Chris Masters vs. Tyler Reks
Tyler Reks looks like a ripped Hippie, if there is such a thing. Masters is actually the less ripped wrestler in this match. The action spills to the floor and Reks drives Masters into the post. The beating continues in the ring. Masters fights backs with some forearms. Masters hits a shoulder block from the middle rope. Reks fights out of an attempt at a Master Lock and hits his finisher for the win. It is like a Torture Rack, where he throws the opponent on his face.
Winner via pinfall: Tyler Reks
Decent action this week. However, I must admit that I am annoyed by Tyson Kidd losing to Zack Ryder. I know it is not a huge deal and he can recover, but Ryder is a glorified jobber. It is tough for Kidd to gain credibility losing to Ryder. For that reason, I give the show a thumbs down.
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