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WWE Superstars: Dolph Ziggler in the main event?
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


WWE Superstars has a tag match with Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth in the main event. Are you kidding me?

Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler are ringside as the Raw portion of tonight's shenanigans opens the show.

Match #1 - Goldust & Hornswoggle vs. The Brian Kendrick & Jamie Noble

Cole and Lawler do their best to sound excited about this match and also about the Extreme Rules pay-per-view in three days. The best part early on was watching Hornswoggle climb the ropes and land a dropkick on Kendrick. He later goes to the top again to hit the Tadpole Splash on Kendrick and get three.

Winners via pinfall: Goldust & Hornswoggle

Following a lengthy montage on the John Cena-Big Show mess, ECW champ Christian is ringside with Matt Striker and Nosebleed Matthews to call this next bout.

Match #2 - Tommy Dreamer vs. David Hart Smith w/ Natalya & Tyson Kidd

Like most ECW matches on this show, lots of dead air and awkward silences. Not good.

Dreamer and the Baby Bulldog battle on the floor in front of Christian and that brings us to our first mid-match commercial.

While Dreamer has a Texas Cloverleaf (what Striker or 'Bleed (one of them, I wasn't really paying attention) originally call the Sharpshooter, but Christian corrects them) on Hart Smith, Natalya and Christian battle over a chair, which distracts the ref enough for Tyson Kidd to enter the ring, kick Dreamer in the melon and let Davey Jr. pick up the pin.

Winner via pinfall: David Hart Smith

The best part of this match? I got to hear the Hart Dynasty's theme music.

Jim Ross and Todd Grisham hype the pay-per-view, especially the Edge-Jeff Hardy ladder match.

Chris Jericho is out to the ring, and after we see last Friday night's flashback of Y2J attacking Rey Mysterio from the crowd (this angle was done in TNA several years ago with Sting and Jeff Jarrett, by the way), Jericho threatens to take Rey's mask off Sunday and calls the fans leeches and some other adjectives.

Match #3 - Jeff Hardy & R-Truth vs. Chris Jericho & Dolph Ziggler

Truth comes in through the crowd rapping and the fans love it. The match should start eventually. Once it does, Jericho and Ziggler take the early advantage on Hardy, who later hits the Whisper In The Wind on Jericho and then Poetry In Motion on Y2J. The heels re-take the advantage and cue the ads. A decent match thus far, but just counting down the minutes until the inevitable run-in and DQ finish.

R-Truth gets worked over before tagging in Hardy. Truth and Jericho to the floor, Twist Of Fate to Ziggler and a Swanton Bomb puts Mikey down for the count.

Winners via pinfall: Jeff Hardy & R-Truth

The weekly Thursday Night Bore was nothing but average this week, which for WWE television is a pretty brutal rating. Yawns were abound all night. Oh well.

'Til next week, loyal SLAM! Wrestling readers!

Matt Mackinder filed this report late due to that little thing called the Stanley Cup Finals. He still says Detroit in six and wishes Sidney Crosby a nice recovery after someone belts him in the grill to shut him up. Email Matt at mackindermedia@yahoo.com