?Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event?? The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Superstars intro video plays and we?re brought into the arena. Michael Cole and Jerry ?The King? Lawler welcome us to the show as Primo and Gail Kim come to the ring.
Primo & Gail Kim vs. Chavo Guerrero & Jillian
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee, has this match. It’s Chavo starting out against Primo. Guerrero smugly circles the ring and they lock up. Primo finally got rid of that lame mustache. Guerrero wrenches the arm and Primo quickly counters, getting a side headlock. Guerrero pushes him off and Primo drops him with a shoulder block. They circle the ring again and lock up. Primo gets a side headlock on and Guerrero pushes him off. Guerrero attempts a hip toss but Primo blocks it and hits his own. Primo hits a quick arm drag and keeps an arm bar on. Guerrero fights up and pushes him to the ropes. Guerrero knees him in the midsection and beats him down until Charles Robinson gets fed up. Jillian kicks Primo as that is going on.
Guerrero drops him with a European Uppercut and thwarts all comeback attempts. Finally Primo slides through the legs and hits some dropkicks. Guerrero quickly retreats to his corner and wraps himself around Jillian’s waist. The referee calls it a tag and Gail Kim is forced in. Jillian tries to punch Gail off the apron but she blocks it and comes in the ring with a pair of clotheslines. Gail sends her to the corner and hits a big splash there. Gail tries for her shoulder block but Jillian moves. Gail ducks a punch and punches back. Gail goes up top but Chavo distracts her and Jillian splits her up top. Jillian flips her off the top rope hard and covers for a near fall. Jillian smashes Gail’s neck on the back of her knee and pulls on the hair. This gets Jillian a near fall. Jillian throws her by her hair and Chavo says that’s great. Jillian sends her to the corner and kicks her. Jillian whips her into the ropes but Gail hangs on. Jillian blocks a kick and pulls her in for a clothesline. Jillian signals for her handspring moonsault but Gail gets her knees up.
Chavo and Primo are tagged in and Primo comes in with a springboard axe handle. Primo hits a back elbow, a clothesline, and a springboard cross-body for a two count. Chavo reverses a whip but Primo flips over his back. Primo ducks a clothesline but can?t avoid a kick to the midsection. Guerrero goes for the Three Amigos but Primo avoids the third and sends him to the corner. Chavo explodes out with a clothesline and covers but it’s broken up by Gail Kim. Jillian runs in and is thrown out. Chavo grabs Gail but Gail hits her foot to the face finisher and Primo rolls him up for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Primo & Gail Kim
Match Rating: * ?
Our Main Event tonight comes from ECW as it?ll be Christian taking on William Regal.
Did you know WWE offers all U.S. military personnel free tickets to all its live events in the U.S.?
Carlito vs. Chris Masters
As Chris Masters made his entrance, Carlito turned him around and spat apple right in his face. The bell rings soon after that and Masters immediately punches him down. Masters hits a body slam before sending him into the ropes. Carlito holds on to the ropes and gets out of the ring. Masters follows and kicks him. Carlito quickly pushes him spine first into the ring post a few times. Carlito sends him into the ring and stomps him. Carlito punches him in the face and locks on a surfboard stretch. Masters fights up but Carlito clubs him and hits a body slam. Carlito drops an elbow and covers for a two count.
Carlito locks the surfboard stretch back on. Masters fights up and blocks a kick. Masters hits a short-arm clothesline and then a second clothesline. Masters sends him into the ropes and hits a HUGE back body drop. Masters gets the crowd into it and hits a gorilla press into a front slam. Masters sends him to the corner but Carlito slingshots over and dropkicks him into the corner. Carlito goes for a Bronco Buster but Masters avoids it. Carlito is hung up on the ropes and Masters pulls him in with the Masterlock. The referee checks and calls it for Masters.
Winner by Submission: Chris Masters
Match Rating: * ?
Chris Masters makes his pecs dance for Eve in the ring as they smile about their win.
An Ask the Divas segment airs. I?m not interested. Still to come is Christian versus William Regal.
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker welcome us back to the show as this will be Smackdown’s contribution.
Jimmy Wang Yang & Slam Master J vs. Mike Knox & Charlie Haas
It?ll be Charlie Haas and Jesse starting out the match. I refuse to call him Slam Master J in my descriptions. If you have a problem with that my e-mail is at the top and bottom of the article. They lock up and Haas quickly clubs him. Haas sends him to the ropes but Jesse gets out of a hip toss and gets one of his own. Jesse hits a dropkick and talks some trash. Jesse sends him into the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Haas tags in Mike Knox. Knox comes in and lays Jesse out with his Cross-Body Block. Knox knocks Yang off the apron and covers Jesse for a two count. Knox kicks and tags in Haas. Haas lays in some kicks in the corner and locks on an abdominal stretch. Jesse fights up but Haas takes him down. Haas hits a Cobra Clutch backbreaker and tags in Knox, who comes in with a big knee drop for a near fall.
Knox locks on a seated chin lock. Jesse fights up and tries to get out but Knox punches at him. Haas comes off the second rope with an axe handle for a two count. Haas locks on a front face lock and Jesse is trapped. Jesse begins to fight up but Haas keeps him grounded. Jesse fights toward his corner but Haas stops him from tagging. Haas goes to punch Yang off the apron but Yang avoids him. Haas then turns into a back body drop and Yang gets the tag.
Yang comes off the top rope with a big flying clothesline. Yang hits a dropkick and a big flipping kick to the back of the head for a one count broken up by Knox. Jesse gets drilled by Knox but is able to duck a clothesline and he and Yang hit stereo dropkicks, sending Knox to the outside. Jesse then hits an over the top rope splash. In the ring, Haas charges Yang in the corner but eats a back elbow. Yang then climbs up and hits Yang Time for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Jimmy Wang Yang & Slam Master J
Match Rating: * ?
Still to come tonight is Christian taking on William Regal.
Josh Mathews thanks Fozzy (Chris Jericho’s band) for the use of the song ?Martyr No More,? one of the official theme songs of the Royal Rumble.
The Raw Rebound airs.
Christian’s music hits and the ECW Champion makes his way to the ring for his first televised match of the year. He?ll face William Regal in a non-title match next.
An Ezekiel Jackson hype video airs. They?re going to need all the hype they can get. I would?ve much rather have seen Christian vs. CM Punk at the Rumble. Hell ? I?d even take Kane vs. Christian.
Christian vs. William Regal
This non-title match begins and they circle the ring. They lock up and jockey for position. Christian pushes Regal to the corner and offers a clean break. They circle and lock up again. Christian tries an arm wrench but Regal turns it on Christian. Christian rolls to reverse the pressure and flips Regal with an arm twister. They go for a test of strength but Regal turns it to a side headlock. Christian turns it into an overhead wristlock and bridges Regal. Regal sweeps the legs and locks on an arm bar. Christian kips up and gets him in position for a fireman’s carry but Regal slides off and hits an arm drag. Regal kicks him in the face as he keeps the arm bar on. Christian gets up and twists Regal’s arm but Regal delivers a knee and an uppercut. Regal sends him into the ropes but Christian slides through his legs and clubs him.
Christian sends him into the ropes and hits a back body drop. Christian hits a nice dropkick for a one count. Christian gets a hammerlock but Regal elbows out and hits an uppercut. Regal sends him into the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Christian gets a backslide pin for a two count. Ezekiel Jackson gets on the apron and Christian dropkicks him off. Regal tries to surprise him with something but Christian rolls him up for a two count. Ezekiel Jackson gets on the apron screaming and the referee ejects him from ringside. We go to commercial as order is restored. So far so good!
We come back from the break to see Regal whip Christian off and they don?t budge on a shoulder block. Christian hits a snapmare and kicks him hard in the spine. Regal reverses a whip to the corner and hits a clothesline. Regal eats a back elbow and Christian attempts a Tornado DDT but Regal punches him off the top rope and to the outside! Nice bump! The referee begins counting him out and Regal looks like he?ll take it. Christian gets in at the last second and Regal stomps him.
Regal drops an elbow and gets a two count. Regal locks on a double arm sleeper but Christian fights up and tries to reverse the pressure but Regal rakes the eyes. Regal kicks him in the knee and chokes him on the bottom rope. Regal puts him in the corner and hits some nasty forearms to the chest and face. Regal props him up on the top rope and hits some punches. Regal goes for a top rope suplex but Christian punches him off. Christian hits a cross-body block off the top rope for a near fall.
They exchange punches with Christian coming out on top. Christian goes into the ropes but gets a knee. Regal tosses him over the top rope but Christian lands on the apron. Regal gets a shoulder block and his face bounced off the turnbuckle. Christian climbs up top and comes off with a missile dropkick for a near fall. Christian hits a grounded shoulder block and goes back up top. Christian goes for a diving head-butt but Regal moves. Regal punches him in the back of the head but Christian attempts the Kill Switch. Regal counters with a BEAUTIFUL half nelson suplex for a near fall. Regal covers again for the same results.
Regal sets up for the Knee Trembler but Christian moves. Christian hits a springboard sunset flip but Regal sits on his shoulders and grabs the ropes. The referee catches him and Christian goes for the Kill Switch. Regal counters into the Regal Stretch. Christian breaks the hold and elbows out. Christian tries to grab him but Regal hits a straight right hand. Regal goes for a Tiger Bomb but Christian counters into a Kill Switch for the win! This was a really good match!
Winner by Pinfall: Christian
Match Rating: ** ?
The ECW Champion celebrates his hard fought win in the ring as Superstars comes to a close.
Quick Match Results
Primo* & Gail Kim def. Chavo Guerrero* & Jillian
Chris Masters def. Carlito via Submission
Jimmy Wang Yang* & Slam Master J def. Mike Knox & Charlie Haas*
Christian def. William Regal (non-title)
Bump of the Night: Christian’s spill over the top rope
Match of the Night: Christian vs. William Regal
This was a real fun Superstars to watch. I used to complain about having four matches on a one hour show but if the matches are like this then I?m fine. Just some well booked stuff with some good wrestlers. If Christian and William Regal was the main event every week I?d be fine also. What a match!
Has anyone else noticed this? The Royal Rumble commercial shows all close-ups of the Superstars? faces and everyone’s eyes are bloodshot. How early did they shoot that? It’s just something I noticed.
Final Rating: ** ?
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