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WWE Superstars: Kofi gets Show'd up
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


It's Thursday night, people, so guess what? A celebration of mid-card talent on WWE Superstars. Woo-hoo! Although, The Big Show and Kofi Kingston are in tonight's main event, so perhaps we're in for a treat? We shall see.

Jim Ross and Todd Grisham are ringside, signifying our opening match is from Smackdown. And not only that, but it appears the tag team division is alive and well. Who knew?

Match #1 - Cryme Tyme w/ Eve Torres vs. The Hart Dynasty w/ Natalya

Not a bad match, actually. After Shad clotheslines Tyson Kidd over the top early, we get the obligatory commercial break.

Back from the break, Shad is being worked over by both Kidd and David Hart Smith, until JTG gets the hot tag. A Pier-Sixer breaks out and Natalya jumps up on the apron. Eve yanks her down and JTG hits his choke/backbreaker combo on Kidd and Cryme Tyme gets the surprise win.

Winners via pinfall: Cryme Tyme

Rey Mysterio is backstage and apparently, he's up next. I didn't see where he was supposed to wrestle, but we'll see what the writers cooked up for us.

Oh joy - a promo. Rey rants on Chris Jericho and then (gulp) Dolph Ziggler. Why do guys that have been suspended for drug violations get pushed? Can anyone explain that to me? Anyway, Ziggler comes out on stage and challenges Rey to an Intercontinental title match at Night Of Champions. Dolph comes to the ring and the two play a game of chase. Yawn.

Yes! The ECW match is next. No! It's a Divas match. Double no! Matt Striker and Josh Matthews on commentary. These guys make me yearn for Mike Adamle and Tazz. Seriously.

Match #2 - Brie Bella w/ Nikki Bella vs. Katie Lea Burchill

Not much happening here. Brie gets knocked out of the ring and Nikki lays down next to her. They both get into the ring, but the ref sends Brie to the floor. Nikki then gets a quick rollup on Katie Lea for the duke.

Winner via pinfall: Brie (Nikki) Bella

R-Truth gets to be this week's video package. Here's a guy who needs a push. The fans love him and he's somewhat entertaining.

Jerry "The King (Mayor?)" Lawler and Michael Cole are out for our main event.

Match #3 - U.S. champion Kofi Kingston vs. The Big Show (non-title match)

Nearly a carbon copy of the Raw match between Show and Evan Bourne, except Kofi gets in a little offense. This match wasn't that bad, but it was too obvious where this was heading.

Kofi has Show reeling and goes for the Trouble In Paradise kick (why?), but Show blocks it into a choke slam and that's all she wrote.

Winner via pinfall: The Big Show

Tonight's show wasn't that bad and possibly made better with the absence of one Zack Ryder. I know, that had Matt Bishop throwing a tantrum, but hey, it is what it is, right?

'Til next week, loyal SLAM! Wrestling readers!

Matt Mackinder used to work at Comerica Park with a gentleman that called him a "superstar." Sadly, that only lasted as long as the summer of 2001 did. Email Matt at mackindermedia@yahoo.com.