?Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event?? The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Superstars video plays and we?re brought into the arena to a great pyro display. We?re welcomed to the show by Michael Cole and Jerry ?The King? Lawler. Our Main Event will be John Morrison taking on CM Punk.
Bragging Rights Qualifying Match
Mark Henry vs. Chris Masters
I think Chris Masters really has a shot here? Henry’s knee is taped up from the injury he got at last week’s Raw.
They stand across from one another for a few seconds before locking up. Masters tries to push Henry away but he doesn?t budge. Masters poses anyway. They circle before locking up and Henry pushes Masters down. Henry whips him into the ropes and shoulder blocks him down. Henry repeats this with success. Henry goes for it a third time and Masters quickly rolls out of the ring. Masters gets in at the referee’s count of six and kicks Henry in the midsection. Masters punches him a few times and goes for a whip but Henry counters into a short-arm clothesline for a one count.
Henry clamps down a nerve hold and holds it on for a bit. Masters tries to get to the ropes but Henry drags him back and keeps it on. Masters eventually gets to the ropes. Masters is on the apron and shoulders Henry in the midsection. Masters goes for a sunset flip so Henry counters by quickly sitting on his chest. BANZAI! Henry stands on his chest for a few seconds after that. Masters rolls out of the ring as soon as he gets off. Henry goes to the outside and goes to throw Masters into the ring post but Masters slides off and pushes him into it instead. Masters rolls into the ring as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Masters locked in a bear hug. Masters begins punching out of it so Henry slams him in the corner. During the commercial Masters dove off the apron into Henry’s grip, who slammed him into the apron. Henry charges right into a dropkick to his injured knee. Masters comes off the second rope with a club to the back. Masters chop blocks the back of the knee for a two count. Masters attempts the Masterlock but can?t get his arms around. Masters kicks the knee and drops a few elbows on it. Masters locks on a heel lock for a few seconds. Masters then lets go and really assaults the knee. Masters lays the leg on the bottom rope and comes down hard on it. Masters goes for a Figure Four and Henry kicks him away.
Masters charges into a forearm and a pair of clotheslines. Henry head-butts him down. Masters gets up and goes for the World’s Strongest Slam but his knee buckles. Masters quickly begins clubbing him and goes into the ropes but Henry counters him with a surprise World’s Strongest Slam for the win. Mark Henry will join DX, Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston, and Jack Swagger on Team Raw.
Winner by Pinfall: Mark Henry
Match Rating: * ?
Another Ask the Divas segment airs. They?re asked who they want in their corner for a mixed tag team match and what music they listen to at the gym.
Vladimir Kozlov and Ezekiel Jackson are seen walking backstage. One of them will compete next.
We?re welcomed back to the show by Matt Striker and Josh Mathews. This is the first time I?ve had the opportunity to hear the new ring announcer. I?ve got to say? not impressed.
Vladimir Kozlov vs. Tommy Dreamer
The bell rings and they circle the ring. Dreamer gets a quick waist lock and Kozlov just as quickly hip tosses him off. Kozlov quickly taunts him before circling the ring. They lock up and Kozlov powers Dreamer to the corner. Dreamer pushes him and ducks when Kozlov charges. Dreamer hits some punches but has a whip to the corner reversed on him. Kozlov charges into a back elbow. Dreamer then charges into a shoulder block. Kozlov hits a big right hand before whipping him into the ropes. Kozlov lowers his head and eats a kick. Dreamer goes back into the ropes and hits a cross-body for a one count. Kozlov angrily charges but Dreamer pulls the top rope down and Kozlov flies outside by Ezekiel Jackson.
Dreamer hits a baseball slide that hits them both. Dreamer jumps off the apron but Kozlov sidesteps him and he hits the announcer’s table. Kozlov throws him back into the ring and the referee checks on Dreamer, who seems to have injured his arm. Kozlov works on the arm for a bit before under-hooking the arms and head-butting him in the chest. Dreamer appears to have torn his bursar sack in his elbow. His elbow is nasty. Kozlov locks on a key lock but Dreamer fights through the pain and gets up, locking Kozlov in an inside cradle for a one count. Kozlov then quickly takes him back down with an arm breaker. Kozlov locks on an arm bar. Dreamer fights up but Kozlov takes him down by the arm and locks on an overhead wrist lock. Dreamer fights up and Kozlov slams him down. Kozlov drops an elbow but misses.
Kozlov whips Dreamer into the corner and charges but Dreamer moves. Kozlov speared the ring post. Dreamer hits a high knee lift and comes off the second rope with a clothesline. Dreamer dropkicks him in the face and covers for a two count. Dreamer goes for the ten punches in the corner but Kozlov powers him off. Dreamer is on the apron and he shoulders Kozlov in the midsection before hitting a hot shot. The referee is distracted as Ezekiel Jackson snaps his arm off the top rope. This allows Kozlov to easily hit the Iron Curtain for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Vladimir Kozlov
Match Rating: * ?
Ezekiel Jackson comes in and raises Kozlov’s arm. Jackson then picks Dreamer up and hits his Samba Slam.
Still to come tonight is John Morrison taking on CM Punk.
A Superstars video airs for Jack Swagger. It wasn?t bad.
Todd Grisham is at it alone at the moment. They play a video hyping John Cena vs. Randy Orton in an Iron Man Match for the WWE Title.
After the video the United States Champion Miz joins Todd Grisham. John Morrison makes his way to the ring for his match, which is next.
John Morrison vs. CM Punk
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee, calls for the bell and the match begins. They tease locking up a few times and the anticipation is there. They lock up and Morrison gets a side headlock. Punk tries to get out but Morrison gets him in a hammerlock before hitting a headlock takeover. Punk powers up and whips him off. Morrison shoulder blocks him down before going into the ropes, over and under Punk, and stomps Punk when he goes for a monkey flip. Morrison hits another headlock takeover and gets a one count. Punk powers up and backs him to the ropes to break the hold. Morrison blocks a punch and hits another headlock takeover, getting another one count. Punk powers up and backs Morrison into the corner.
Punk begins hitting some offense, including a spin kick to the midsection. Punk goes into the ropes and runs right into a one man flapjack. Morrison then hits a STANDING Shooting Star Press for a near fall. Morrison hits another headlock takeover. Punk again powers up and pulls on the hair. Punk counters out with a back suplex for a two count. Punk drives a few elbows into his neck and locks on a headlock of his own. Morrison powers up, backs Punk to the corner, and tosses Punk off. Punk charges into a boot and Morrison charges into a powerslam for a one count. Punk throws Morrison out of the ring and we?ll take a commercial break here.
We come back from the break to see Morrison locked in a body scissors. During the commercial Punk front suplexed Morrison onto the steel steps! Ouch! Morrison elbows Punk in the face and breaks the hold. Morrison goes to drop an elbow but Punk lifts the knees. Punk covers for a near fall. Punk covers again for a two count. Punk knees and stomps Morrison a few times. Punk sends Morrison into the ropes and hits a one man flapjack of his own. Morrison rolls to the apron and Punk stomps him off to the outside. Morrison gets to the apron at the six count. Punk goes to suplex him in but Morrison lands on his feet and rolls him up for a near fall. Punk quickly knees him in the midsection and gets a near fall.
Punk locks on a nice abdominal stretch. I?d like to note that Miz and Grisham have been great on commentary. Morrison fights out of the move and hip tosses Punk off. Miz promotes the return of the Dirt Sheet on Smackdown. Punk charges Morrison in the corner but he moves and Punk hits the ring post. They?re both down now.
Morrison blocks a punch and starts wailing on Punk. Morrison hits a pair of clotheslines before sending him into the ropes and hitting a back calf kick for a near fall. Punk hits a punch to the midsection and goes for a roundhouse but Morrison ducks it and hits a pele kick for a near fall! Nice exchange! Morrison goes for a suplex but Punk counters into an inverted suplex for a near fall! This is a great match. Punk controls Morrison in the corner and whips him to the opposite one. Punk hits a high knee and goes for a bulldog but Morrison tosses him off. Morrison hits his running knee to the face for a near fall. Morrison slams Punk down and goes for Starship Pain. Punk crotches him on the top rope just in time. Punk goes for a back suplex but Morrison knocks him down. All of a sudden the Miz comes in the ring and stomps CM Punk, causing John Morrison to be disqualified!
Winner by Disqualification: CM Punk
Match Rating: ** ?
John Morrison is not happy about this result. Miz backs up the ramp with his United States Title. Morrison then drops CM Punk with the Flying Chuck and celebrates with the crowd.
Quick Match Results
Mark Henry def. Chris Masters
Vladimir Kozlov def. Tommy Dreamer
CM Punk def. John Morrison via DQ (non-title)
Bump of the Night: Punk suplexing Morrison on the steel steps!
Match of the Night: Morrison vs. Punk ** ?
Ah, it’s nice to be back recapping Superstars. Sorry I missed last week everyone!
What a main event! Every time John Morrison and CM Punk get in the ring you know you?re going to see something special. They both know each other so well and have come such a long way from their days in ECW. I hope they have some type of a long term main event feud and soon! For now I?m looking forward to the Miz vs. Morrison. Miz was great on commentary tonight and really sold me on the match (not that I needed to be sold on it). That’s going to be the sleeper hit of the night in my opinion.
Vladimir Kozlov and Tommy Dreamer went on a bit too long but it didn?t hurt anyone. It made Dreamer, a former ECW Champ, look stronger in loss. He still lost though and his elbow was legit messed up!
Mark Henry and Chris Masters had an alright match. There was really no doubt about the outcome. Why would Chris Masters even have a chance to be on Team Raw? He came back and has done nothing since. What a waste so far.
Random observation: They played a Superstars encore commercial during the broadcast and advertised the show starting at 12 P.M. when really it’s A.M.! Silly WGN America!
Final Rating: **
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