We?re feeling invincible tonight as we open with the Superstars video and then we?re brought into the arena with a great pyrotechnics display. Michael Cole and Jerry ?The King? Lawler welcome us to the show.
Santino Marella vs. Chavo Guerrero
They circle the ring and go to lock up but Santino threatens him with a cobra pose (not like Jake Roberts did at Legends of Wrestling). Guerrero slaps him and Santino smiles. Santino blocks a slap and arm drags him twice before doing the cobra pose again. That was kind of funny. Santino puts the cobra away and goes for another lock up but Guerrero kicks him in the midsection. Guerrero clubs him down and bounces his head in the corner. Santino blocks one and bounces his head off the corner. Santino blocks a suplex with one of his own. Guerrero gets up in the corner and back elbows Santino.
Guerrero stomps Santino and chokes him on the bottom rope. Guerrero drops him with a European Uppercut for a near fall. Guerrero hits a nasty looking swinging back suplex for a near fall. Santino goes into the ropes and hits Guerrero with a backslide pin for a two count. Santino then walks right into a dropkick for a two count. Guerrero locks on a chin lock. Santino fights up and elbows out. Guerrero cuts him off with a knee and a punch to the face. Guerrero slaps him down and puts the chin lock back on. The referee raises Santino’s arm and it falls twice. Santino manages to keep it up a third time and punches out.
Santino begins wildly punching Guerrero before bringing out the cobra and striking him with it. That was pretty funny. Santino splits under a clothesline and goes for a diving head-butt but Guerrero moves. Guerrero stomps him and sets him up for a Frog Splash. Guerrero changes his mind and comes back in the ring. Santino then surprises him with a roll-up and gets the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Santino Marella
Match Rating: * ?
Another Ask the Divas segment airs. It was what it was.
Tonight Finlay will take on Chris Jericho in the main event.
Jack Swagger vs. Primo
The bell rings and Swagger quickly goes for a lock up but Primo gets a waist lock and pushes him away. They lock up and Swagger pushes towards the corner but Primo slides out and Swagger hits the corner hard. Swagger runs into a drop-toe-hold. Primo hits a falling head-butt and covers for a one count. Primo gets an arm bar on but Swagger quickly gets up and gets out with a body slam. Swagger misses an elbow drop and Primo hits some punches. Swagger reverses a whip and goes for a sidewalk slam but Primo counters with a head-scissors takeover. Primo goes for a monkey flip but Swagger powers him into the corner.
Swagger punches him viciously in the corner until the referee takes him away. Swagger kicks him in the face and hits a Vader Bomb. Swagger hits a second Vader Bomb and takes some time to smile before locking on a grounded abdominal stretch. Swagger even puts his fingers in Primo’s mouth to stretch it. Swagger holds it on for a bit before hitting a crossface. Primo tries to hit a punch but it doesn?t hurt Swagger as he drops him with a belly to belly suplex. Swagger does some push-ups in his free time (Scott Steiner is not happy) before kicking Primo. Swagger goes to slam Primo in the corner but Primo slides down and rolls him up for a two count. Swagger quickly gets up and charges into the boots. Primo comes off the top rope with a chop to the head and then springboards off the second rope with a cross-body for a near fall. Primo ducks two clotheslines and goes for another head-scissors but Swagger counters into the Gutwrench Powerbomb for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Jack Swagger
Match Rating: * ?
The Raw Rebound plays highlighting Ozzy Osbourne’s appearance.
Chris Jericho is seen warming up backstage. He?ll face Finlay later tonight.
Did you know John Cena has granted over 140 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and is the most requested star from the WWE, NBA, or NFL?
Josh Mathews and Byron Saxton welcome us back to the show for ECW’s contribution to the show. Lauren Mayhew’s voice screeches through my television speakers as she introduces Paul Burchill. Then a collective groan echoes throughout my home as Tyler Reks? music hits. I really hate this guy. More than the Sign Guy ? and I hate that guy.
Paul Burchill vs. Tyler Reks
The bell rings and they lock up. Burchill quickly powers him to the corner and pushes him. Reks hits a punch and gets a side headlock on. Burchill whips him off and gets shoulder blocked down for a one count. Reks bounces him off the turnbuckle and goes to the second rope but Burchill rips him off for a near fall. Burchill clubs him and hits a short-arm clothesline. Burchill chokes him on the second rope and clubs him. Katie Lea then slaps him in the face when the referee is admonishing Burchill. Burchill clubs his chest viciously before hitting a neckbreaker for a near fall. Burchill locks on a grounded Cobra Clutch (maggots). Reks fights up and punches out. Burchill quickly head-butts him and shoulders him in the midsection.
That head-butt legitimately busted him open as the blood is flowing freely from Reks? head. Reks ducks a clothesline and hits a dropkick. Reks hits a dangerous looking inverted suplex for a near fall. The referee backs him up and seemingly gives him the new finish. Reks then walks right into Burchill’s Danger Buster (Jackhammer) and he picks up the win. This never got off the runway.
Winner by Pinfall: Paul Burchill
Match Rating: ? *
Burchill and Katie Lea walk up the ramp smiling as a trainer races down to the ring.
A Superstars highlight video plays for Yoshi Tatsu. I hope he doesn?t go the way of Taka Michinoku because Taka was awesome from 1997-98.
Matt Striker and Todd Grisham welcome us back to the show. They quickly take us into a look from last week’s Smackdown when Rey Mysterio confronted Batista about his betrayal at Bragging Rights. They took out the ?Eddie’s dead? line.
Chris Jericho’s music hits and he makes his way out to the ring. He?ll take on Finlay next.
As Finlay makes his way out they show Drew McIntyre’s vicious assault from last week’s Smackdown. They say Finlay isn?t 100%.
Chris Jericho vs. Finlay
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee, calls for the bell. They circle the ring before Jericho slides out of the ring quickly. Jericho slowly gets back in the ring and they lock up. Finlay powers Jericho to the corner and the referee backs them up. Jericho pushes him and Finlay pushes right back. Finlay has to be backed up by the referee as Jericho puts himself through the ropes.
They circle the ring again and Jericho kicks Finlay. Jericho hits some punches until Finlay hits a double leg for a one count. Finlay hits a European Uppercut before elbowing Jericho in the mouth for a one count. Jericho gets a double leg for a one count and locks on an arm trap chin lock. Finlay bends Jericho’s hand back in a wrist lock and gets out of it. Finlay hits a European Uppercut and a short-arm clothesline. Finlay hits a knee drop and covers for a two count. Finlay hits some forearms and a European Uppercut that drops Jericho. Finlay stomps him and hits a stomp to the midsection. Finlay has a whip reversed on him but Jericho lowers his head and eats a kick. Jericho surprises him with a Walls of Jericho attempt but Finlay powers out. Finlay charges and Jericho throws him out of the ring. Jericho springboards off the second rope to the outside but Finlay catches him with the apron! Jericho hit the floor hard with the apron around his leg. That looked painful as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Finlay locked in an arm trap chin lock. During the commercial Jericho sent Finlay hard into the stairs. Finlay fights up and knees out. Finlay goes into the ropes and rolls Jericho up for a two count. Jericho hits a step-up Enzuigiri for a near fall. Jericho kicks Finlay in the ribs and talks some trash. Jericho continues kicking Finlay until Finlay comes back with punches. Jericho cuts him off with a dropkick for a two count. Jericho chokes Finlay on the bottom rope and hits a guillotine catapult. Jericho continues clubbing and stomping Finlay. Jericho taunts the crowd before running right into a clothesline, giving Finlay a two count.
Finlay powers Jericho into the corner and elbows the knee. Finlay hits a snapmare but misses an elbow drop. Jericho hits a dropkick to the midsection and a senton splash for a near fall. Jericho locks on a dragon sleeper. Finlay gets out with a punch and he slaps at Jericho. Jericho sends him to the corner and charges right into the ring post. Finlay rolls him up for a near fall. Finlay hits a pair of clotheslines before hitting the Rolling Hills (or thunder) for a near fall. Finlay goes for a cannonball but Jericho counters into the Walls of Jericho! Finlay fights to the bottom rope for the rope break. Jericho walks right into a Celtic Cross attempt. Jericho grabs the ropes and gets out of it. Jericho then surprises him with a Codebreaker and he picks up the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Chris Jericho
Match Rating: ** ?
Chris Jericho looks like he went through a war as he has his arm raised.
Quick Match Results
Santino Marella def. Chavo Guerrero
Jack Swagger def. Primo
Paul Burchill def. Tyler Reks
Chris Jericho def. Finlay
Bump of the Night: Jericho getting hung up on the ring apron!
Match of the Night: Jericho vs. Finlay ** ?
This was a boring show that was saved by an exciting Main Event. Anytime you put two veterans in the ring against one another you?re most likely going to get good results. This was, to my knowledge and I may be wrong, Jericho and Finlay’s first war in a WWE ring. Again, I may be wrong about that. Still it was a good match and if you didn?t see it you should Hulu it.
The rest of the show was shambles except for the Santino Marella vs. Chavo Guerrero match which was kind of entertaining. The Tyler Reks match was horrible and the Jack Swagger match was done last week ? even then it wasn?t all that spectacular. I?m still calling for this show to be consistent with the three matches per show format with an interview thrown in the middle.
Final Rating: * ?
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