June 6, 2012
Colonial Center, Columbia, South Carolina
Matt Striker, Josh Matthews
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.
it no Regal this week.
Reks vs. Jey Uso
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.
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.
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
Watson vs. 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.
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.
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
Snuka vs. 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.
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
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.
ReBound is about Cole’s destruction.
Kidd/Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater/Johnny Curtis
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Reks b. Jey Uso – Spinning DDT
Watson b. JTG – Persecution
Snuka b. Natalya – Superfly Splash
Kidd/Justin Gabriel b. Heath Slater/Johnny Curtis – Middle Rope
Neckbreaker to Curtis