November 12, 2010
Superstars: Drew McIntyre and Kaval face off in England
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling

WWE goes old school on Monday. I like it. It gives fans a special reason to tune it. It also gave me an idea. Some Monday Raw should go Nitro. WWE could try to replicate the WCW set and use the music and graphics from Nitro. They can bring back Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbysko to handle the matches and “Mean” Gene Okerlund to handle interviews. J.J. Dillon can even be on hand to make announcements. This is a serious suggestion.

The only negative is that once Raw goes Nitro, some fans might prefer the Nitro setting to the traditional Raw setting. Raw as an incredible look to it. It truly is impressive. But, after so many years, fans are numb to the WWE look. Some changes in the presentation could make it more engaging to fans.

Match #1 – Zack Ryder vs. Yoshi Tatsu

Crap! Michael Cole is announcing this week. I am very sick of them man, still. I am waiting for the first Japanese wrestler to become a major star in WWE. Most Japanese performers have played ethnic roles in WWE.

Ryder brings this match to the floor and hits a swinging neckbreaker outside the ring. I disagree with Cole when he says both of these Superstars will be major players on Raw in the future. Not looking good for Ryder. The match does look good for him, however, and he hits a superplex and gets a two count. Cole continues to be obnoxious. Ryder attemps a Rough Ryder and misses. Yoshi hits a shin to the face and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Yoshi Tatsu

The WWE NXT recap airs. I am curious to know who is actually watching that show on WWE.com. Nobody who is busy in life.

Match #2 – Ezekiel Jackson vs. Primo

I know WWE is going old school on Monday, but you usually don’t see wrestlers just flex in the ring like Zeke just did. Shades of the Warlord. Primo attempts some offense but looks like a small child compared to Jackson. Not a very shocking ending. Jackson hits a sidewalk slam and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Ezekiel Jackson

A rundown for the Survivor Series airs. A video also airs featuring “The Big Red Machine” Kane. Scary looking dude.

Match #3 – Drew McIntyre vs. Kaval

As soon as I heard about this match, my expectations were high. After some early action Kaval hits a plancha to the outside. After two minutes of Kaval being on the offensive, Drew turns it around and we go to a Hulk Hogan/Troy Aikman rental commercial.

Drew is in charge after the break. Now Grisham is being a jerk to Stryker. I always thought it was healthy for announcers to like each other. WWE portrays all of their announcers as sarcastic jerks. Drew misses an elbow in the corner and Kaval finally fights his way back with some kicks. Kaval pulls a Great Muta and does some flips before delivering another kick. Drew applies the underhook DDT on the outside apron. Kaval escapes and hits a kick to the head. Kaval misses on an aerial move and Drew wins with a DDT.

Winner via pinfall: Drew McIntyre

That was a fun match. I was watching a match between Arn Anderson and William Regal from WCW earlier today and I realized there aren’t a lot of wrestlers who look and act like normal athletes these days. Drew McIntyre fits that bill. That is why I enjoy seeing him work. Obviously Kaval brings something different to the show. The main event makes pushes this show to a thumbs up rating.


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