“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Superstars video plays, which features none of the actual wrestlers who appear on the show, and we’re opening the show with a Chris Masters match. Matt Striker and Jack Korpela welcome us to the show. We’ll see John Cena’s “final knockout” tonight. Some knockout…
Chris Masters vs. Tyler Reks
We’re reminded that Tyler Reks attacked Chris Masters after his victory over Curt Hawkins last week. Reks hit him with the Burning Hammer.
Masters quickly jumps Reks and punches him down in the corner. Masters kicks and chops him a few times before sending him hard into the corner. Masters hits a neckbreaker and goes for the Masterlock but Reks escapes, going out of the ring for a breather. Reks kicks the steel steps in frustration.
Reks gets back in the ring and gets kicked in the face. They trade punches and Reks gains an advantage. Reks hits a body slam but misses a knee drop. Masters chops him again but has a whip to the corner reversed on him. Reks stomps him and elbows him in the head. Reks sends him to the corner and clotheslines him. Reks hits a short-arm clothesline and gets a near fall. Reks applies an arm-trap chin lock but stops when Masters attempts to get out of it. Reks rips at Masters’s mouth and punches. Reks sends him to the corner but runs into a boot. Masters hits a second rope shoulder block and clotheslines him over the top rope.
Masters goes outside, chops him, and bounces him off the steps. Masters goes to send him into the ring post but Reks slides off and sends him face first into the post. Reks then hits a falling forearm to the chest as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Masters trapped in a single leg crab. Masters crawls and gets to the ropes. Reks kicks and hits a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Reks picks him up and Masters punches. Reks kicks and punches him. Masters blocks a punch and gets a backslide for a two count. Masters then hits a Samoan Drop out of nowhere. Masters hits an inverted atomic drop, chops, and kicks him in the face. Masters punches him to the corner and hits the Sky High for a near fall.
Reks kicks and gets him with an STO but Masters gets a foot on the rope. Reks goes for the Burning Hammer but Masters punches and goes for the Masterlock. They struggle and Masters locks his hands, getting the KO.
Winner by Knockout: Chris Masters
Match Rating: **
We’ll see the Stone Cold Steve Austin segment from Raw next.
Scott Stanford and Josh Mathews welcome us to the show. They bring us to the segment with Michael Cole revealing his guest referee to be JBL only for Stone Cold to come out and, well, change Cole’s plans. Michael Cole crying may be one of the funniest things I’ve seen on wrestling all year.
Tonight we’ll see Mark Henry, The Great Khali, and Natalya take on Tyson Kidd, William Regal, and Melina.
They air a fantastic Sin Cara vignette. I can’t wait to see where he goes.
WrestleMania is 24 days away.
Zack Ryder w/ Primo vs. Vladimir Kozlov w/ Santino Marella & Tamina
Ryder gives us a woo-woo-woo and puts himself through the ropes before Kozlov can get him. Ryder applies a waist lock and Kozlov takes him down with a fireman’s carry. Ryder shoves Kozlov and Kozlov shoves him back… hard. Kozlov takes him down with a waist lock and gets a heel hook submission but Ryder gets to the ropes. Ryder gets a quick headlock applied but Kozlov whips him off. Ryder ducks a clothesline but gets caught with a fallaway slam. Kozlov taunts and the crowd is loving it.
Kozlov puts him back into the ring and fights off a small comeback. Kozlov head-butts the chest and hits an arm drag. Kozlov drives his shoulders into the midsection and Ryder falls to the apron. Kozlov brings him back into the ring the hard way. Kozlov goes for a powerslam and Primo provides a distraction. Santino pulls him of the apron and threatens a Cobra. Ryder uses the distraction to hit a jawbreaker and the Rough Ryder for the upset win!
Winner by Pinfall: Zack Ryder
Match Rating: *
The HBK stroke-fest of HHH video plays. John Cena’s lame final knockout is still to come.
John Cena’s final knockout is shown. It wasn’t a good rap at all. The Miz then attacked him and cut a great promo after. Finally The Miz has stopped imitating Chris Jericho on the road to WrestleMania X8.
The Great Khali, Mark Henry, and Natalya make their entrances. They’ll be in action next.
The Great Khali, Mark Henry & Natalya vs. William Regal, Tyson Kidd & Melina
Tyson Kidd’s bangs look ridiculous, as they’re really long now and spiked straight up. Who said this was a good look for him? Natalya and Melina start the match out. They lock up and Natalya rolls her up for a one count. Melina slams her down and screams but Natalya quickly takes her back down. Natalya kips up out of a head-scissor and blocks a dropkick from Melina, going for a Sharpshooter but she gets to the ropes. They roll around the mat and Kidd tags in. Kidd dismisses Natalya and laughs at her.
Mark Henry is tagged in and Kidd slaps him in the face. Kidd then runs to Regal and Regal’s face is hilarious. Henry head-butts him down and tags in Khali. Khali chops the chest. Regal brings him down to a knee with a kick and knees him in the face. Kidd tags in and slaps Khali. Kidd goes to tag Regal but Regal gets away from him. Melina won’t tag him in either. Kidd goes for a handshake and Khali Brain Chops him down. Khali hits a Punjabi Plunge for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Great Khali, Mark Henry & Natalya
Match Rating: *
Mark Henry hits a big splash on Kidd after the match and Natalya locks him in the Sharpshooter. Kidd taps like a drum man. They celebrate and leave the ring. Regal gets in the ring and puts Kidd in the Regal Stretch. Melina helps Kidd up and then slaps him down. Who did he piss off?
Quick Match Results
Chris Masters def. Tyler Reks via KO
Zack Ryder def. Vladimir Kozlov
The Great Khali*, Mark Henry & Natalya def. William Regal, Tyson Kidd* & Melina
Bump of the Night: Reks slamming Masters down at ringside
Match of the Night: Chris Masters vs. Tyler Reks **
There’s really not much to say about tonight’s episode. Some matches happened, some videos were shown, and Tyson Kidd got jobbed out big time to the point of questioning whether he’ll be future endeavored. Tyler Reks lost, too, which makes me sad. At least he had a good match.
Final Rating: * 1/2
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