WWE Superstars: Bourne and Swagger impress
MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling
I admit that I'm the biggest WWE cynic out there, but the more I stay away from spoilers and actually watch WWE Superstars, like one reader wrote to me this week, I see that the show is probably the second-best out there (after ECW) and is more wrestling and less time-consuming skits.
No fireworks to open the show, just Jack Swagger's music and Matt Striker and Josh Matthews on comemntary. Swagger's theme rocks, too. So does his opponent's.
Match #1 - Evan Bourne vs. Jack Swagger
A true wrestling match with lots of mat action early and holds and counter-holds. These guys work well together and this match was a treat.
Bourne goes for the shooting star press, Swagger moves and Bourne lands on his feet. Swagger clotheslines Bourne from behind and drills him with the gutwrecnch power bomb for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Jack Swagger
The fans didn't seem into this match at all. Maybe because it was a WRESTLING match with little glitz and glamour. I thought the match was well-done and coming from someone who tries to find everything wrong with the WWE, this match definitely had some zip to it.
Jim Ross and Todd Grisham, quite possibly the worst possible broadcasting combo in WWE history, call the next match.
Match #2 - Jimmy Wang Yang vs. Dolph Ziggler
Apparently, Ziggler is facing The Great Khali on the pay-per-view on Sunday. Why either of these guys get PPV time is beyond me.
Ziggler takes the mic before the match and recaps what happened on Smackdown with three Divas. I have no idea. I value my Friday nights to not be stuck in front of the tube.
One other random thought - Jimmy Wang Yang is still on the WWE roster. Who knew?
Ziggler wins with some move where he jumps behind Wang Yang and pulls him into the mat.
Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Triple H gets to be this week's montage filler. We then get a recap of Monday Night Trash from three days ago. Man oh man, that show looks horrid these days.
Nosebleed has Kofi Kingston in the back for an interview and Kofi never stops smiling. Neither does 'Bleed, who appears to have a man-crush on the United States champ. Yikes.
Match #3 - Kofi Kingston vs. Matt Hardy vs. MVP (Triple Threat Match for U.S. title)
Usually, these types of matches are clusters and this one was at times, but seemed to lack any intensity.
Matt as a heel just doesn't do it for me, especially when he comes out with his face music. Someone needs to remix that thing and give it an "evil" kick.
Speaking of kick, Kofi nails Matt with the Trouble In Paradise (didn't Hulk Hogan have a show called that way back when?) to keep his title. MVP had just eaten a sloppy Twist of Fate from Hardy just seconds earlier and was down in the corner.
Winner via pinfall and still U.S. champ: Kofi Kingston
I guess tonight's show was decent - definitely much better than the Monday Night Soap Opera and Friday Night Snoozefest. At least from what I've read, that is.
'Til next week, loyal SLAM! Wrestling readers!
Matt Mackinder filed this report from his new digs. And it's his birthday tomorrow for good measure. Send your birthday wishes to firstname.lastname@example.org.