Superstars: WWE places show in the hands of lesser known talent
MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
WWE should take a page out of its old playbook and begin putting top level Superstars on the Superstars television show. They donít have to give away top level matches. In fact, they can just sign local wrestlers to do the job. But the presence of the top level stars would make the show more interesting to watch.
In addition to having the top level stars in squash matches, WWE could have the wrestlers do promos focusing on the major storylines in the promotion. At least viewers would have a reason to watch the show.
Match #1 Ė Tyler Reks vs. JTG
The pre-pubescent pay-per-view preshow host is calling the matches now. They are now shuffling through announcers. How about they pick someone who resembles a sports announcer, even if they donít like a Ken doll.
Tyler Reks dominates early in this one. JTG has a small comeback and hits some kicks and punches. He is wearing his Timberland boots. JTG throws dice into the crowd and hits the Mug Shot. Reks kicks out. All of a sudden Reks hits the Burning Hammer and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Tyler Reks
A recap airs for the premiere of NXT season 4. I have no idea why they are doing this so soon. Season one took place less than a year ago. Give viewers a little break. The huge wrestler who looks someone like Hugh Morrus looks promising.
Trent Barreta and Curt Hawkins are in a feud very much reminiscent of the Bobby Eaton-Joey Maggs feud from WCW Saturday Night in the late 1990s. Well it is a little less compelling.
Match #2 Ė Trent Barreta vs. Curt Hawkins
Barreta blows a spot, trying a frankensteiner. Stryker is being extremely annoying. In a move that looks impressive, Hawkins throws Barreta outside the ring and Barreta hits his face on the steps.
After a commercial break, Barreta tries to recover. The new announcer is horrible. Just sign Tony Schiavone already. Barreta hits an elbow in the corner and a springboard drop kick. Curt Hawkins goes on offense, but misses on the Taste of Pain. Barreta clips Hawkins outside the ring and his a moonsault on the floor. The announcer brings the fake emotion. Barreta hits a tornado DDT and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Trent Barreta
A commercial airs for Wrestlemania in Atlanta. Tickets are on sale now. I am excited to hear about the possibilities for the Hall of Fame this year. It could be a heavy WCW list.
Match #3 - Ezekiel Jackson vs. Zack Ryder
Ryder tries attacking the thigh of Jackson, but Jackson responds with a forearm. Ryder clips Jackson and hits a missile dropkick. Ryder jumps off the top rope, but Jackson hits a forearm and some clotheslines. Jackson hits a clothesline and the Book of Ezekiel and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Ezekiel Jackson
A video airs on Kofi Kingston, followed by a rundown of the TLC pay-per-view. Then the Raw rebound airs.
Time for the main event.
Match #4 - Eve vs. Alicia Fox
Eve and Alicia are headlining this show. It is not exactly Undertaker-Michaels. I am not sure why it is the main event. I guess some guys just like to watch Divas. Alicia applies a headlock and puts her knee into Eveís back.
Eve is on Aliciaís back, trying to a apply a sleeper, and Alicia hits a back breaker. Eve fights back and hits a clothesline, but Alicia responds with a Northern Lights suplex. Alicia tries a suplex, but Eve hits a neck breaker. Eve hits a moonsault and gets the victory via pinfall.
Winner via pinfall: Eve
People who missed this episode really missed nothing at all. There were not any really top quality matches, nor was there much star power. I have noticed that the same lower card wrestlers are appearing on Superstars regularly. If the current format is profitable for WWE, then nothing is broken.
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