The Superstars video plays and we’re brought into the arena with some fireworks. Matt Striker and Jack Korpela welcome us to the show. Tonight’s main event will be an 8 Man Tag Team Match featuring Primo, Darren Young, Yoshi Tatsu, and David Hart Smith taking on The Usos, William Regal, and Zack Ryder.
Chris Masters & JTG vs. Chavo Guerrero & Curt Hawkins
Masters will start out against Chavo. They circle the ring and lock up. Chavo gets a side headlock applied but Masters whips him off and shoulder blocks him down. Chavo puts himself through the ropes to keep him away. Chavo confers with Hawkins before locking up with Masters again. Masters powers him to the corner and gives a clean break but Chavo gets a cheap kick to the midsection. Chavo goes into the ropes and gets body slammed down for a one count. Masters wrenches the arm and tags in JTG, who hits an axe handle to the arm. JTG gets a snapmare and gets a one count. Chavo comes back with a snapmare and tags in Hawkins.
Hawkins runs into a drop-toe-hold and JTG applies a front face lock. Hawkins powers him to his own corner and Masters tags in. Masters gets a side headlock, gets whipped off, and shoulder blocks him down. Masters goes for a Masterlock but Hawkins escaped and stunned him with a turnbuckle shot following a Chavo distraction. Chavo is tagged in and he kicks away at Masters. Masters comes back with a chop but Chavo quickly puts him in the corner to get Hawkins in. Hawkins hits a snapmare and kicks him in the spine. Hawkins applies a chin lock but Masters fights up. Hawkins powers him to his corner and Chavo tags in. Chavo enters swinging and tags Hawkins in quickly. Hawkins hits a snapmare and applies another chin lock. Masters fights up and escapes with a jawbreaker.
JTG is tagged in and the crowd doesn’t pop at all. JTG hits some moves, including a running boot to the face, and gets a two count. Hawkins knees him in the midsection and runs into an elbow. JTG goes to the second rope but Chavo distracts and he gets thrown off. Hawkins kicks him in the ribs and JTG falls to the floor as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see JTG trapped in an arm bar applied by Chavo. JTG gets to the rope and Chavo sends him to his corner. Chavo runs into a punch but he’s able to prevent JTG from making a tag. Hawkins is tagged in and he kicks at JTG. JTG comes back with punches but Hawkins responds with a drop-toe-hold and a one count. Hawkins bounces JTG into Chavo’s boot and tags him in. Chavo hits an uppercut and taunts the crowd. Chavo applies a chin lock but JTG fights up and hits a nice back suplex. Hawkins is tagged in before JTG makes the tag and he gets a one count. Hawkins chokes him on the middle rope and stomps him. Hawkins hits a nice suplex and floats over for a near fall. Hawkins applies a front face lock but JTG fights up and hits a flapjack.
Both men make the tag and Masters comes in with some chops. Masters sends him to the ropes and clotheslines Chavo down. Masters hits a back elbow, sends him to the ropes, but eats a kick once he lowers his head. Masters hits a spinebuster and goes for a Masterlock but Chavo kicks him in the knee. Chavo knocks JTG off the apron and walks into a Masterlock. Hawkins runs in and Masters back body drops him while keeping the hold applied. The referee soon calls for the bell.
Winners by Submission: Chris Masters & JTG
Match Rating: *
The NXT recap airs. Matt Striker actually said it was “exciting”. Though I haven’t watched the show since September, I can’t imagine just by watching the recap that it was enjoyable.
Gail Kim takes on Alicia Fox next. Slap the porpoise!
Scott Stanford and Josh Mathews take over the commentary.
Alicia Fox vs. Gail Kim
They circle the ring and lock up. Alicia wrenches the arm and Gail kicks her away. They lock up again and Alicia powers her to the corner. Alicia gives a clean break but eventually goes for a cheap shot but Gail avoids it. Alicia quickly gets momentum back with a headlock takeover but Gail gets the head-scissors. Gail hits an arm drag, looks for a time out, and gets dropkicked in the face for a near fall. Gail punches and goes for a catapult over her but Alicia catches her and kicks her in the midsection. Alicia kicks her a few times and talks some trash. Alicia pulls the hair and kicks her midsection. Alicia taunts the crowd and gets kicked in the head. Alicia hits a nice gut buster for a near fall. They do something awkward and finally Alicia gets an abdominal stretch applied. Gail counters into a roll up for a near fall.
Alicia kicks her in the midsection and punches away. Gail counters a tilt-a-whirl into a forearm. Gail blocks a kick and hits some of her own. Gail hits a shoulder thrust in the corner and a missile dropkick for a near fall. Gail, as usual, blows a spot and goes into Eat Defeat for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Gail Kim
Match Rating: 3/4 *
They hype the 8-Man Tag Team Match.
A John Morrison hype video plays.
They play the tremendous Hall of Fame video for Shawn Michaels. This is honestly the best thing that’s been on this show so far.
Yoshi Tatsu, Primo, Darren Young, and David Hart Smith make their way to the ring.
Yoshi Tatsu, Primo, Darren Young & David Hart Smith vs. William Regal, Zack Ryder & The Usos
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee, is the official. William Regal and Primo start the match out. Primo shows off a bit so Regal simply avoids him. They circle the ring and lock up. Regal gets a side headlock applied. Primo whips him off and gets shoulder blocked down. Primo flips and hits a monkey flip. Primo hits a dropkick and Regal tags in Jimmy Uso. Primo slides under a clothesline and gets a side headlock applied. Jimmy whips him off and forearms him down. Jimmy hits a body slam but misses an elbow drop. Primo hits an arm drag and tags in Yoshi Tatsu.
Yoshi hits a double axe handle off the top before hitting an arm drag for a near fall. Yoshi wrenches the arm and tags in Darren Young. Young hits a northern lights suplex for a near fall. Jimmy quickly kicks him in the head and tags in Ryder. Young clotheslines him and kicks him in the face. David Hart Smith is tagged in and he kicks away at Ryder. Smith takes him down with some right hands and a short-arm shoulder block. Smith applies an arm bar but Ryder gets up and powers him to the corner. Ryder puts him in the corner and tags in Regal. Regal and Smith unleash on each other with uppercuts. Smith comes out on top and Ryder tags back in. Ryder talks trash and eats his words with a clothesline. Smith hits a nasty powerbomb followed by a delayed vertical suplex for a near fall.
Smith applies a chin lock and an arm bar. Smith shoulder blocks him and sends him to the corner. Smith charges but Ryder avoids him. Jey Uso is tagged in and he kicks before tagging in Jimmy, who brutalizes Smith. Ryder is tagged in and he punches away. Smith head-butts him and hits a delayed Jackhammer before knocking the opponents off the apron. Smith goes for a Running Powerslam but one of the Usos pulls his leg out from under him.
We come back from the break to see Smith trapped in a Jey Uso leg bar. Smith kicks him in the face to escape the hold. Uso misses a splash and Smith uppercuts him down. Darren Young is tagged in and he elbows him for a one count. Young clubs the back a few times and hits a flying shoulder block for a near fall. Young wrenches the arm and gets whipped to the ropes but he holds on. Jey charges and Young pulls the top rope down. Jey lays him out on the apron and gets a near fall.
Regal is tagged in and he sends Young into the ropes for a nasty clothesline for a near fall. Regal chokes him in the corner and his team unleashes on Young when the referee admonishes him. Ryder is tagged in and Young tries to fight him off but to no avail. Ryder puts him in the corner and punches him down. Ryder hits a running kick to the face for a near fall. Young comes back with kicks and a snapmare. Ryder prevents him from tagging but eats an enzuigiri.
Primo is tagged in and he unloads on Ryder with a back elbow and some dropkicks. Primo knocks everyone off the apron and sweeps Ryder’s legs for a near fall. Ryder reverses a whip to the corner but runs into a boot. Primo hits a nice tornado DDT but his whole team breaks it up. Primo’s team clears the ring and Yoshi is tagged in. Yoshi hits a stiff kick to the head for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Yoshi Tatsu, Primo, Darren Young & David Hart Smith
Match Rating: * 1/2
Quick Match Results
Chris Masters* & JTG def. Chavo Guerrero* & Curt Hawkins via Submission
Gail Kim def. Alicia Fox
Yoshi Tatsu*, Primo, Darren Young & David Hart Smith def. William Regal, Zack Ryder* & The Usos
Bump of the Night: Nothing of note
Match of the Night: The 8-Man Tag Team Match * 1/2
This was a total snoozer of an episode. The show opened up with a match that went on fifteen minutes too long, a diva match, and an 8-man tag team match. The 8-man tag wasn’t all that bad but by the time it came to that I was just too zoned out. At least they stuck with three match this week.
Before I sign off I have to say what’s on my mind following the diva match. I am so tired of watching Gail Kim stumble through move after move. She never hits any of the crisply. What’s the point of even trying anymore? She’s only holding herself back. There’s no need to do all the twists and stuff because even if she could hit it her opponent wouldn’t be able to handle it anyway. Stick to cross-body blocks and stuff like that because what she’s been doing for the past two years isn’t working. She’s a walking Botchamania episode right now.
Final Rating: *
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