Friday, July 24, 2009

WWE Superstars Thoughts - July 23, 2009

Dare I say... best Superstars ever?

If I'm going to make a bold claim like that, the night better start off with something good, right? How about Christian vs. William Regal? Been waiting for this one since the Trump Trade took Regal to the Land of Extreme and the match did not disappoint. Regal may not have come out on top, but Christian was bumping like a pinball for him the entire match and made him look like more of a legit threat than he has since dropping the IC Title. After seeing this match and how fired up Regal was, I'm starting to hope I'm wrong about Christian being Jericho's partner at the PPV. At this point, I'm pulling for Christian to beat Tommy Dreamer just so I can watch him feud with Regal over the ECW Championship.

Evan Bourne is up next and really, do I even need to say more? Okay, it's Bourne taking on the criminally underrated Jamie Noble in a match that took me back to the glory days of Velocity. Remember back around 2004 when Paul London was tearing it up on Velocity on a weekly basis? That's what this match reminded me of, just two guys going out there putting on a match that you don't usually see on WWE television, but the crowd was red hot for it the entire way through. Noble got in more offense than he has in the last two years combined and Bourne continued to impress. Whoever thought it was a good idea to not put Bourne in the US Title match on Sunday, I hope you're kicking yourself in the ass right now.

John Morrison vs. Kane in your main event and I was worried that this would derail an otherwise good show since, ya know, Kane was involved, but it actually turned out to be a very enjoyable match. I know, I'm just as shocked as you. I think if this match proved anything, it's that Morrison is definitely ready to move up to the next level, if he can make a Kane match interesting, then there's no limit to this guy's abilities. Lots of innovative spots, clever finish that kept both men looking strong and a nasty welt under Kane's eye that makes Morrison's running knee strike look even more badass.

By the way, I know I rag on Kane a lot, but let me be clear that it has nothing to do with Kane the performer, he's proven himself to be one of the most reliable talents in WWE history. My problem with Kane comes from the fact that he has one of the most stale characters in WWE history and they've done nothing new with him in seven years. You might be able to get away with that when dealing with a guy like Triple H, who can always add depth to his character, but Kane's gimmick is just so one-dimensional. Kane's a holdover from a dead era where shallow characters were acceptable, and despite all the convoluted backstory they've tried to give him over the years, he's pretty much exactly the same as he was twelve years ago.

So yeah, best Superstars ever? I'll let you be the judge of that, but in the show's brief history, I think this definitely ranks near the top. If WWE keeps putting on a show like this every week, then WGN America is definitely the place to be on Thursday nights. If you missed this one, you owe it to yourself to catch the replay on Sunday.


  1. Kane isn't the same as 12 years ago. Are you blind? He had a mask then, now he doesn't :P

    Anyways, the podcast issues seem to be resolved, I'm downloading it on iTunes now.

  2. Christian/Regal was MOTN for me. Good show, although I did switch off before Kane/Morrison for the very reason you stated: Kane is stale and I have no interest in watching him wrestle after 12-years of the same old stuff.

  3. I'd recommend tracking down the show and watching the Kane match. Morrison had some really innovative spots and while it didn't live up to the standard the previous two matches set, it was worth the ten or so minutes.

  4. The problem I might have with this, though, and it's odd that I feel reservations about what appears to be an awesome show, but do you do all of these spots and go out there and do amazing matches with the intent that only 1/4th of the average Raw audience or 1/2 of Smackdown's audience will even see it? I think this is great that Superstars is delivering, don't get me wrong, but if you put this on say after Raw on the USA Network, would people actually think that WWE's on a good track?

    As I said, it's not complaining, but does it make sense to give away this much good stuff on the fourth rated show on WWE TV? Essentially this week's ECW needed a main event the calibur of Christian/Regal and Friday's Smackdown could've used something to prop up John Morrison, since he's chasing after that World title after NoC and all.

    It's just a thought.

  5. A bit of a "damned if ya do, damned if ya don't" situation. If WWE makes Superstars too good, it's somewhat wasted on a small audience. If Superstars is filler, then what's the point of even doing it?