Friday, July 27, 2012

7/26/12 Superstars

Sin Cara vs. Drew McIntyre: **3/4

Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel vs. Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks: **

Zack Ryder vs. Michael McGillicutty: *1/2

Sin Cara starts the show against McIntyre. Surprisingly, I've loved Drew's matches, even when he loses, because he has the ability to make others look great and work a fluid match. Drew's also strong enough to utilize a power game against the smaller Sin Cara and look great himself with awesome counters. Sure enough, we saw all that here. Crowd appreciated the effort. Cara wins by countering a powerbomb into a victory pin for three. I'd call this one of Sin Cara's best singles matches in WWE, if not the best.

Kidd and Gabriel as a tag team excites me. If WWE won't push either of these two to a U.S. or IC title run, putting them together as a potent tag team is the next best thing, in my book. Of course, Vince doesn't really view tag teams as a priority, so there's only so much benefit here. Good tag wrestling here, and you gotta love the agility Kidd and Gabriel both have. Kidd scores the pin with the blockbuster. Give them another 5-7 minutes and it's gold.

Ryder faces McGillicutty in the main event this week. Pretty short match, Ryder hits the Rough Ryder off the second rope for three, a good twist from the usual. Frankly, I want McGillicutty to change his name to honor the Hennig legacy. Is that too much to ask? Whatever plans are in place to do it...speed it up!

Undoubtedly, one of the biggest storylines -- and the one WWE is basing the rest of summer around -- will be CM Punk's heel turn at the 1000th RAW. I'm glad WWE has seen how valuable Punk is to the company; especially after his incredible pipebomb promo/storyline last summer. A Punk heel turn opens up a lot of doors, including more matches with Daniel Bryan (who has gotten a cult following with his "YES" chant). Punk's heel turn also allows him more ways to escape with the title and turn it into a VERY long title reign (see Bobby Roode's TNA World Heavyweight Title run). I'm actually hoping there's a plan in place to have Punk keep the title longer than a year and have Rock face him at Royal Rumble. People like Cena don't need the title, and it's very refreshing to see WWE have so much faith in another individual to carry the company's most cherished belt.

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