The Superstars video plays and we’re brought into the arena with a big fireworks display. Matt Striker and Jack Korpela welcome us to the show. They’ll have some coverage of The Rock’s return to WWE.
Chris Masters vs. Tyler Reks
They circle the ring and lock up. They jockey for position and Reks breaks the hold, talking a little trash. Master pushes him so the referee separates them. Reks quickly kicks Masters and throws him out of the ring. Masters immediately gets back into the ring and chops away at Reks. Masters body slams him and goes for a Masterlock but Reks gets out. Reks kicks him in the knee and kicks him down. Reks punches and throws him to the corner. Reks stomps a mud hole into him and hits a short-arm clothesline for a two count. Reks clubs away at the chest and applies a dragon sleeper. Masters gets out with knees to the head. Reks ducks a clothesline and hits a modified reverse DDT for a near fall. Reks drops a knee and stomps but Masters comes back with punches. Reks stops his momentum and viciously stomps away at him. Reks punches and goes to clothesline him over the top rope but Masters back body drops him over.
Masters pulls Reks to the apron and Reks snaps him off the top. Reks charges and Masters surprises him with a Samoan Drop. Masters ducks some hits and punches away. Masters has a whip reversed but he comes back with a diving shoulder block. Masters hits a back elbow and sends him to the corner. Masters runs into a boot but counters a charging Reks with a nice Sky High Spinebuster for a near fall. Masters powers him to the corner and eats a back elbow. Reks goes to the second rope and jumps right into a Masterlock. The referee calls the match from there.
Winner by Submission: Chris Masters
Match Rating: * 1/4
Our main event will be Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov taking on Zack Ryder and Primo.
Scott Stanford and Josh Mathews welcome us to the Raw portion of the show.
David Hart Smith & Yoshi Tatsu vs. The Usos
Smith and Jey Uso lock up. Smith quickly takes him down and works on the arm. Smith wrenches the arm but Jey clubs him. Jey sends him to the ropes but Smith slides through the legs and gets a jackknife pin for a two count. Smith punches him to the corner and catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex for another two count. Smith hits an inverted atomic drop and does a cartwheel to tag in Yoshi. Yoshi chops him down. Not sure what the cartwheel was for.
Jimmy Uso is tagged in and he chops Yoshi for a one count. Jimmy elbows him in the back of the head and hits an uppercut. Jimmy hits a snapmare and stomps him hard. Yoshi fights back but Jimmy stops him. Jimmy runs into a hip toss, arm drag, and a dropkick that takes Jimmy out of the ring. Yoshi hits a baseball slide and a nice plancha. Yoshi gets the crowd into it as we go to commercial.
We come back to see Yoshi trapped in a chin lock applied by Jimmy. During the break the Usos snapped him off the top rope. Jey is tagged in. Jey gives Yoshi a backbreaker and sets him up for Jimmy to jump off the top. Jey drops a leg and applies another chin lock. Yoshi fights up but Jey clubs him down. Jimmy is tagged in and he gets whipped into Yoshi, giving him a butt bump to the face. They continue hitting offence, tagging in and out. Yoshi eventually takes him out with a wheel kick.
Smith and Jey are tagged in and he takes him right out. Smith dances and does a leg drop for a one count. Smith hits a NASTY sit-out powerbomb but one of the Usos breaks it up. I’ve lost track of who is who. Yoshi gets taken out with a Samoan Drop. Then the fresh Uso is tagged in and he sends Smith into the ring post and grabs the tights for the win. Smith deserved to lose for that horrible dancing.
Winners by Pinfall: The Usos
Match Rating: * 1/4
Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov will face Zack Ryder and Primo later in a non-title match.
They replayed the entire Rock speech from Raw. I happily watched the whole thing again. They edited it a little for time but it didn’t hurt it at all. That was the most exciting promo on Raw in such a long time.
Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov make their way to the ring accompanied by Tamina.
Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov w/ Tamina vs. Zack Ryder & Primo
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee in the world, is the referee. Ryder and Santino start it out. Santino gets Ryder riled up and teases the Cobra, which caused him to cowardly back away. Santino applies a side headlock. Santino gets whipped off but is able to shoulder block him down. Santino applies another headlock and Ryder powers him to the corner. Ryder elbows him and tags in Primo, who comes off the top with a club. Primo wrenches the arm and tags in Ryder. Santino pulls Primo into the way as Ryder jumps off the second rope. Santino works over Ryder’s arm and tags in Kozlov.
Kozlov shoulder him viciously in the corner and tags Santino back in. Kozlov then throws Santino into Ryder. Santino gets a quick near fall. Santino applies a chin lock and gets countered with a back suplex. Primo is tagged in and he punches Santino down for a one count. Primo punches him down and talks trash. Primo has a hip toss countered and Santino hits a hip toss of his own. Santino hits an arm drag and a body slam. Santino goes for a diving head-butt but Primo gets the knees up.
We come back from the break to see Ryder applying an abdominal stretch to Santino. Ryder tags in Primo and he drops an elbow for a two count. Primo shoves him to the corner and hits a shoulder thrust. Ryder is tagged back in and he hits a running forearm for a two count. Ryder chokes him on the ropes and Primo kicks him while the referee is distracted. Primo is tagged in and he hits a float-over suplex for a two count. Santino tries to tag in Kozlov by “swimming” over to him but Primo stops him. Ryder is tagged in and he hits a snapmare followed by a kick to the back for a near fall. Ryder applies a surfboard stretch but Santino powers up. Ryder takes him down and tags in Primo. Primo charges and Santino pushes Ryder into him.
Kozlov is tagged in and he head-butts Primo down. Kozlov big boots him and head-butts the chest. Kozlov goes for a powerslam but Ryder pulls him off the shoulder. They double dropkick him but Kozlov immediately comes back with a double clothesline. Santino is tagged in as Kozlov big boots Ryder out of the ring. Santino hits Primo with the Cobra for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov
Match Rating: * 1/2
Quick Match Results
Chris Masters def. Tyler Reks via Submission
The Usos def. David Hart Smith & Yoshi Tatsu
Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov def. Zack Ryder & Primo (non-title)
Bump of the Night: Yoshi’s plancha
Match of the Night: Santino & Kozlov vs. Ryder & Primo * 1/2
The best part about this show was seen three nights ago when The Rock returned. The replaying of that promo was the best thing on this show and it’ll probably be better than anything on next week’s show. Hell, the replaying of that video was the best thing on this show since Undertaker participated in the first match ever of the show.
This show was, once again, brutally bad. We started it off with a Tyler Reks loss that left me scratching my head and a little flustered. Yes, I’m aware that Tyler Reks is going nowhere fast but he’d been on a bit of a hot streak on this show and a loss to Chris Masters is uncalled for. At least Reks has potential for something to happen. Masters has none, in my opinion. His best days are behind him unless they plan on repackaging him. A win over Tyler Reks does nothing for Masters and only serves to hurt Reks. It was lose-lose.
I was happy to see The Usos go over as I think they are a great team but the match was kind of flat for me. I watched David Hart Smith do cartwheels and jigs and I was left with one question: why? Who’s idea was that? It looked awkward and unnatural and ultimately does nothing to help him or his character. This vaguely reminds me of the time they saddled Lance Storm with that unfortunate gimmick where he was a dancing machine and the implication was he had a big… ya know.
The main event was pretty much an exhibition match. Santino and Kozlov are just keeping the titles warm until the Corre takes it off them, possibly at Elimination Chamber.
Final Rating: * 3/4
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