Date: June 6, 2012
Location: Colonial Center, Columbia, South Carolina
Commentators: Matt Striker, Josh Matthews
Back to the land of no storylines allowed. I would usually say that this should be interesting, but for the most part I’m pretty sure it won’t be. At the end of the day, we have about 45 minutes of wrestling here which isn’t bad between guys that aren’t good enough to get into the top two shows. Let’s get to it.
Dang it no Regal this week.
Tyler Reks vs. Jey Uso
Feeling out process to start with Reks running over Uso a few times. Jey comes back with a running chinlock (looked pretty cool actually) to take over. Uso charges into a boot in the corner and a belly to back suplex for two. Reks pounds him down with power strikes but misses a charge, sending his shoulder into the post.
Jey goes after the arm and hits a spinning forearm. He starts doing the chants to the crowd the pops are great. Samoan drop gets two. Reks takes him down again and goes up, but Jey slams him down for two. Now Jey goes up but gets crotched for his efforts. Reks puts him up in a Razor’s Edge position then spins Jey down into a kind of a DDT move for the pin at 5:00.
Rating: D+. Not bad here but other than the crowd popping for the USO shout, things were pretty dead here. It’s not a bad match but it’s likely to lead to Usos vs. Reks/Hawkins #19 or so, which isn’t a match I can really get behind anymore. I still don’t get the appeal of Reks at all. It’s just not clicking for him.
Percy Watson vs. JTG
JTG speeds things up to start which actually works. This is supposed to be the new and improved version of him and I guess that’s true as the tights are less annoying than what he used to wear. Watson smiles a lot in the ring. JTG controls for the opening until Watson avoids a charge. Watson’s headscissors out of the corner is countered and he falls out to the floor.
Back in and JTG pounds away before hooking a seated abdominal stretch. A kind of slam gets two. JTG is getting frustrated. If I had hair like that I likely would be too. He goes to the middle rope but dives into a facebuster to put both guys down. Watson speeds things up and hits his usual jumping attacks. The crowd doesn’t seem to care as much this time. Heisman gets two. We get a freaking JTG chant as Persecution gets the pin at 6:01.
Rating: D. This crowd has lost all of its chanting privileges. I mean……THEY WERE CHANTING FOR FREAKING JTG! The match itself was nothing of note at all as JTG being on offense is never a good idea. Watson again has the same problems: he’s the same guy over and over again, doing the same stuff every week.
Tamina Snuka vs. Natalya
Natalya now wears a kind of cape. She quickly powers Tamina down to the mat and they trade headlocks. Back up and Natalya runs her over as Striker calls her Nattie. Whatever her name is she gets dropkicked down for two. The crowd is almost silent for this. Tamina misses a charge and Natalya sits on her with arms folded for two.
Suplex gets two as well. Natalya tries another one but gets small packaged for two. Off to an abdominal stretch but Natalya picks up Tamina’s leg on top of the regular hold. Tamina escapes and comes back with chops but Natalya rolls away before Tamina can try for the splash. Sharpshooter is broken up as Tamina kicks her to the floor. Natalya charges back in to a Samoan Drop and the Superfly Splash gets the pin at 6:21.
Rating: D. This was nothing. Both girls have jobs because of their dads, but that doesn’t always mean success. Well to be fair Natalya is good but there’s nothing going on for her due to it not being her time right now. The match was your usual boring affair from the Divas, but a longer version of it.
Raw ReBound is about Cole’s destruction.
Tyson Kidd/Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater/Johnny Curtis
Kidd and Slater get us going. Slater grabs a headlock but Kidd makes a blind tag. Kidd and Gabriel kind of mess up a double hip toss and it’s off to Curtis instead. Justin sweeps the legs out and brings in Kidd for a slingshot reverse victory roll for two. Tyson tries the Dungeon Lock but has to settle for a wristlock instead. Slater comes in but Kidd dropkicks them both down at once.
Sharpshooter to Slater doesn’t work so it’s back to Gabriel. A BIG suicide dive takes Slater out and Kidd/Gabriel pose in the ring as we take a break. Back with Kidd in control of Slater. He goes up but gets distracted by Curtis, allowing Heath to powerslam him off the top for two and control. Off to the chinlock for a bit and then into the heel corner.
Kidd fights both guys off at once but walks into a spinebuster before he can make the tag off to Gabriel. Curtis comes in and hits a suplex for two. After a quick wear down hold, Curtis and Slater try a double team but Kidd counters and drops them both. Slater blocks the tag again with a running neckbreaker for two. His middle rope knee drop misses though and it’s hot tag to Gabriel. Justin speeds things up as you would expect and hits a jumping tornado DDT for two on Curtis. A combination Hart Attack/Blockbuster gets the pin on Curtis at 10:05.
Rating: C+. This was by far the best match of the night but it’s a far cry from some of the main events we’ve been having lately. Still though it wasn’t that bad and the double team finisher wasn’t bad at all. The problem is there was no doubt as to who would win given the levels of talent on either side.
Overall Rating: D. This was really dull. The same problems I’ve been talking about for weeks are still here and they’re not going to change anytime soon. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Maxine being on this show is such an improvement that it’s almost uncanny. The show wasn’t bad or anything, but it was really uninteresting.
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