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WWE Superstars: Vince brings Chavo to his knees
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


This may disturb some of you and this may excite some of you, but I think I'm starting to like WWE Superstars, strictly for the reason that its purpose is to spotlight the mid-card talent and not shove guys like John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, Triple H and Shawn Michaels down our throats.

After all, look at tonight's show - Ricky Ortiz, R-Truth, Hornswoggle. Need I say more?

Tonight's show starts out with R-Truth coming through the crowd, rapping, with the crowd loving it. The Smackdown match is first, which means Jim Ross and Todd Grisham are ringside.

Match #1 - R-Truth vs. Ricky Ortiz

Ortiz takes the mic and claims victory pre-match. I haven't seen this Ortiz fella much, so I'm anxious to see what he's all about.

A pretty decent match (10-plus minutes!), I must say, that sees Ortiz dominate for the majority of the bout, but the former NWA champ gets the win after rallying with the Lie Detector, or for us old school folks, a flying, twisting fist shot.

Winner via pinfall: R-Truth

Mr. McMahon (GROAN!) is in the back on his cell until Hornswoggle and Chavo Guerrero interrupt. Vince books them in the main event, but there's a catch -- Chavito must wrestle on his knees.

Matt Striker and Josh Matthews, who again tries too hard to call a match, are up next for the ECW (and hopefully, best, part of the show).

Match #2 - Tyler Reks vs. Zack Ryder

A MUCH better match than last week and like the Truth-Ortiz match, gets significant in-ring time of 10 minutes or so.

That said, Reks avoided the Zack Attack once, but not twice, as the ex-Major Brother earned the three-count after drilling the knee to the back of Reks' melon.

Winner via pinfall: Zack Ryder

Cena threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game recently and we get the recap of that and Alfonso Soriano's admiration for Cena. Yes, seriously, Soriano does the "You Can't See Me" face wave when he jacks a dinger or comes up with a clutch hit. Geez, what's next? NFL receivers trying to tweet on the sidelines? Oh wait...

Monday's Raw highlights are show and hey, Ted DiBiase, as in the Million Dollar Man, was on the show. Good to see him and, yes, with the Million Dollar Belt in tow, too! Suh-weet!

Jerry "The King" Lawler and Michael Cole assume the position for the main event.

Match #3 - Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero

For what this match was, Chavo carried it. When he would get to his feet, the ref was all over him and started the five-count. Hornswoggle took some solid shots and bumps, too, and I wonder what his future in the WWE is without Finlay.

With Chavo down, Hornswoggle heads up top, but Chavo meets him there. Hornswoggle bites his hand and Chavo lands in perfect position for the Tadpole Splash. And that's all she wrote. Seriously.

Winner via pinfall: Hornswoggle

Nothing overly exciting this week, but I think this show is serving its purpose. If you want Cena and Orton and guys like that, just wait until Monday night. I'll stick to Thursday nights.

'Til next week, loyal SLAM! Wrestling readers!

Matt Mackinder needs a haircut. Email your thoughts to mackindermedia@yahoo.com.