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Superstars: The Hart Dynasty explodes
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


C.M. Punk needs to be singled out for adding freshness to the WWE product. His announcing on Raw was truly refreshing. Now I know he committed some kind of wrestling sin by suggesting that the Miz was being dumb. Also I think the word “title” (gasp!) was used instead of championship. But the problem with WWE has been the overly produced product. In an athletic contest, announcers criticize athletes for making stupid errors. Only in wrestling is a capital offense.

WWE management needs to step out of its bubble. Fans do not think it is a big deal if an announcer uses a pronoun. Fans do not care if the announcers call a wrestler a wrestler or a man instead of a Superstar. What fans do notice is if the announcers constantly sound canned. Real sports announcers are not obsessed with these little details and wrestling is a simulated sport, so its announcers should not either.

Match #1 – Tyler Reks vs. Trent Barreta

Curt Hawkins joins the announcer team for the match. Hawkins talks trash about the former Dudebuster, soon to be jobber Trent Barreta. Hawkins says he is the Rock and Barreta is Headbanger Most. I did not expect a Headbanger Mosh reference. If this were 1997, this feud would take place on WCW Saturday Night.

The action spills outside the ring and Barreta hits a moonsault outside the ring to the former surfer. In the ring, Reks takes control and hits some kicks in the corner. Reks throws Barreta into the ropes and we are off to commercial.

After the break, Reks has Barreta in a bear hug. Barreta tries to recover after a kick to the head and a running knee. Reks tries a catapult, but Barreta hits a springboard for a two count. Reks throws Barreta into the corner and hits the Burning Hammer and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Tyler Reks

The NXT finale airs. I cared so little about NXT that not only did I not watch the show, it is tough for me to sit through the recap. The winner was….Missed it. Had to grab some chips.

A commercial airs for a book about the WWE Championship. Hopefully it is more accurate than the Top 50 Superstars DVD coming out.

Match #2 – Darren Young vs. William Regal

Punk and the weird new announcer are calling the action. Young starts out with some offense on the mat, but the veteran Regal takes control two minutes in. Young recovers and hits a flying shoulder block. When Young charges the corner, Regal moves, sending Young into the post. Regal hits the Regal stretch and gets the submission win.

Winner via submission: William Regal

The Raw Rebound airs. The match between Jerry Lawler and The Miz was great television. In this case, I actually mean the word great. I will remember Monday’s Raw for years to come.

The main event is a battle between the former Hart Dynasty members. Maybe I am old school, but if former tag team champions break up, their match should be a prominent match on a pay-per-view. I didn’t have the main event on Superstars as the appropriate venue. I understand that it is not the Road Warriors breaking up, but treating it like a big deal is the first step to it being a big deal.

Match #3 – David Hart Smith vs. Tyson Kidd

Tyson Kidd picks up on the offense and hits and applies a chinlock after a commercial break. Punk makes sexist remarks about Natalya throughout the match. After a double clothesline, Smith takes control with a Northern Lights suplex and a bridge. Action spills to the floor. Smith slams Kidd on to the floor.

Kidd hits a kick to the face and a fisherman neckbreaker. Kidd then applies the Sharpshooter, but Smith gets to the ropes. Kidd attempts a springboard sunset flip, but Smith holds him down and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: David Hart Smith

After the match, Smith offers a handshake, but Kidd slaps him in the face. Kidd is clearly so much more talented than Smith. If given the right opportunity, Kidd can be a top level talent for WWE. It looks like we will see a few rematches on television between these two.


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