We start off this week’s show with the Raw brand and your announcers are Scott Stanford and Jerry Lawler.
Match #1: Mark Henry vs. Jey Uso W/Tamina and Jimmy Uso
Jey goes for the leg and then he turns it into a side head lock on Henry. Henry with a shoulder tackle. Jey is pulled off the ropes by Henry and then he connects with a forearm. Jey with a kick to the knee and Henry goes into the ropes and Jey chokes him. Jimmy with a Yakuza kick while Tamina distracts the referee, but Jey can only get a near fall. Jey with a front face lock but Henry tosses Jey into the air. Henry stands over Jey and then he tries to drop down but Jey moves out of the way. Jey with a kick to Henry and he gets a near fall. Jey goes to the turnbuckles and he connects with a forearm and gets a near fall. Henry backs into the corner and Jey with a running butt splash and then he does it a second time.
Jey gets a near fall and then he goes to the turnbuckles but he misses a head butt. Henry with punches and he gets Uso but Jey escapes. Henry with a big boot to Uso and then Henry hits the World’s Strongest slam for the three count.
Winner: Mark Henry
We are back and we see what happened two weeks ago between David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd.
Match #2: Tyson Kidd vs. Zack Ryder
Kidd with a waist lock and Ryder gets to the ropes and Kidd releases the hold. Kidd with a hammer lock but Ryder with an elbow and shoulder tackle. Ryder with a knee and wrist lock as he works on the arm. Kidd uses the ropes and he hits an arm drag and follows that with a rollup for a near fall and an arm drag into a Fujiwara arm bar. Kidd with a leg drop to the arm. Ryder with a kick and punch and then he tries to throw Kidd over the top rope but Kidd skins the cat to avoid Ryder and Zack goes to the floor. Ryder with a sunset flip back into the ring but Kidd tries for a Sharpshooter. Ryder drops Kidd on the ropes and connects with a knee lift that sends Kidd to the floor.
We are back and Ryder has Kidd in a body scissors. Kidd tries to escape the hold and then he punches Zack to get free. Kidd with a catapult that sends Ryder into the ring posts. Kidd misses a cross body into the corner and Ryder hits a running boot across the face and Ryder gets a near fall. Ryder with a seated abdominal stretch but Kidd gets to his feet and gets out of the hold. Ryder runs Kidd into the turnbuckles and connects with shoulders. Ryder tries for a running boot to the head but he misses and both men are down. Kidd with forearms followed by a back elbow and drop kick. Kidd with a clothesline followed by a kick and corkscrew suplex for a near fall. Kidd with a back kick but Ryder with a sit out spinebuster for a near fall.
Ryder stands over Kidd and then connects with forearms. Kidd goes to the apron and he hits a reverse rana for a near fall. Kidd with another rollup for a near fall. Kidd tries for another rollup but Ryder with a knee. Ryder with a forearm but Kidd with a kick and he goes to the apron and then he hits a slingshot leg drop.
David Hart Smith comes to the ring and he argues with Kidd. Tyson tells Smith to leave and that allows Ryder to recover. Natalya comes out and pulls Smith away. Kidd misses a springboard elbow drop and Ryder hits the Zack Attack for the three count.
Winner: Zack Ryder
After the match, Natalya yells at Smith as he goes to the back. Natalya checks on Kidd.
We are back and it is time for the Smackdown half of the broadcast and announcing for the brand that won at Bragging Rights, Matt Striker and Todd Grisham.
Match #3: MVP vs. Curt Hawkins
Hawkins goes to the floor and he has something to say to fans at ringside. He returns to the ring and they lock up. Porter with a side head lock and shoulder tackle and running clothesline as he gets a near fall. Porter with a forearm but Hawkins sends Porter into the ropes and hits a clothesline as he gets a near fall. Hawkins punches Porter and the referee warns him. Hawkins with a boot to the shoulders and head. Hawkins gets a near fall and then he applies a reverse chin lock. Porter with a rollup for a near fall but Hawkins with a running back elbow and he gets a near fall.
Hawkins with knees to the back and a kick to the back and he gets a near fall. Hawkins with a reverse chin lock on Porter and Porter gets to his feet. Hawkins with a forearm to the back but Porter with a kick to the head followed by an overhead belly-to-belly throw. Hawkins misses a clothesline but Porter connects with punches followed by a clothesline and then he tosses Hawkins into the air followed by a boot and facebuster. Porter signals for the Ballin’ Elbow and he hits it. Porter misses a running boot into the corner and Hawkins with a neckbreaker but he can only get a two count. Hawkins goes up top for the elbow drop but Porter gets up. Porter with the Play of the Day for the three count.
Winner: Montel Vontavious Porter
We are back with the Raw Rebound.
Match #4: Tyler Reks vs. Chris Masters
They lock up and Reks with a forearm to the back and punch followed by a European uppercut. Masters with a chop and punches to Reks in the corner. Masters with an Irish whip and Masters tries for the Master Lock but Reks gets to the floor. Masters goes after Reks but Reks with a kick and then he sends Masters into the ring post. They return to the ring and Reks with a near fall. Reks with a double sledge to the back and then he continues the attack on the back. Reks with kicks in the corner and the referee has to pull him out of the corner. Reks with a short arm forearm but Masters stays on his feet. Reks with a second one and Masters goes down. Reks with a surfboard but Masters gets to his feet. Masters tries for a suplex but Reks blocks it and Tyler with a belly-to-back suplex and a near fall. Reks with a double sledge to the back but Masters with a forearm. Masters chops and kicks Reks but Reks kicks back. Reks tries for another belly-to-back suplex but Masters counters and turns it into a lateral press. Masters with clotheslines to Reks and he goes to the turnbuckles. Masters with a flying shoulder tackle but he still holds his lower back. Masters tries for the Master Lock but Reks backs Masters into the corner. Reks with a snap mare and kick to the back. Reks gets Masters up and hits the Burning Hammer for the three count.
Winner: Tyler Reks
Match #1: Mark Henry vs. Jey Uso W/Tamina and Jimmy Uso
Decent match seeing that Henry was in it, and that Jey Uso actually didn’t get dominated. Jey Uso hit some nice spots, but Jimmy Uso had a great spot from the outside with that kick. It was logical to have Henry get the win, but this match was set up only to get both wrestlers in action. I don’t see a feud coming, but what disappoints me the most was, where the hell was Ezekiel Jackson? What better way to return to RAW after a multiple-month injury than to feud with a WWE veteran that he could have good matches with? Jackson wasn’t shown on RAW nor Superstars, so I’m guessing the PPV was only a one-night push. VERY disappointing for Jackson, as I see great things for him.
Match #2: Tyson Kidd vs Zack Ryder
Great match, but I was surprised to see this matchup come early and thought it would happen following the Hart Dynasty split. I was happy it came early, as these two work great together and have good chemistry.
Both hit some nice spots, and I was very happy with the ending. Ryder needs more WRESTLING exposure on RAW, and hopefully this pushes him towards it. Regarding the feud between the Dynasty, I’m good with it. I’m glad Smith will be the heel, and he’s only one move away from officially becoming it.
Match #3: Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Curt Hawkins
Much like the previous match, these two work well together. I’m digging this new singles star in Hawkins, and now I see he is much better in singles, whereas in tag team he is just buried. I’m also digging the new theme of MVP, and unlike many people, I don’t care if he stays face or heel. I think he’s better as a good mid-card face because Smackdown is in need of that, and he is getting huge pops. The finish was perfect, and the Play of the Day was better than most of the ones he hits. Both need wins, but I’m glad MVP picked it up. Hopefully Hawkins will bounce back soon, but why isn’t he feuding with Archer?
Match #4: Tyler Reks vs. Chris Masters
Both superstars are improving massively, but why was this the main event? Reks has done little to nothing, so putting him in the main event could get people used to him, but no one knows him. Masters, on the other hand, is a great stepping stone. I’m glad he’s getting on TV every week, win or lose. The match was mediocre, but it’s logical to give Reks the win to push him as an aggressive mean-streak star. The finish wasn’t that bad, but I felt like it came out of nowhere.
Not an awesome edition, but it made for good television. It featured a variety of different young superstars, and I liked the different matchups. No big names, but this is the format it should be every week with a guest star every few weeks.
Enzo’s Superstars Power Rankings:
1) Zack Ryder
3) Dolph Ziggler
4) Jack Swagger
5) Kofi Kingston
6) Evan Bourne
7) Chris Masters
8) Montel Vontavious Porter
9) Primo Colon
10) David Hart Smith
As always, thanks for reading, never hesitate to hit me up with any comments questions or anything else and I hope to see everyone next week!