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WWE Superstars: Average Thursday night effort
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


This week's edition of WWE Superstars doesn't look too shabby at all. On paper that is. So let's see what WWE's creative minions have in store for us, shall we?

Matt Striker and Josh Matthews lead off the show, which means ECW gets to jerk the curtain tonight.

Match #1 - Christian vs. William Regal

Pretty standard, no frills type of match. Christian misses a plancha to the floor early and regal takes control. Regal knocks Christian to the floor and cue the obligatory commercial break.

A couple near-falls dot the closing moments of the match. Christian misses a diving headbutt and Regal gets two. Regal then got another two with a T-bone exploder suplex. Christian got the win after a kick and a springboard sunset flip. Nothing fancy, but this is the WWE, folks.

Winner via pinfall: Christian

Perhaps the WWE's most talented, yet underrated worker is up next - Evan Bourne. I believe Matt Bishop already has his T-shirt.

Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler are out for the Raw match.

Match #2 - Evan Bourne vs. Jamie Noble

Who knew Noble was still around?

Pretty decent match, but way too short at just under seven minutes. Bourne wins with the shooting star press.

Winner via pinfall: Evan Bourne

This week's filler is comprised of a Chris Jericho montage, the Raw Rebound (yawn! and Todd Grisham and Jim Ross running down Sunday's Night Of Champions card.

Kane then made his entrance and our main event is next.

Match #3 - John Morrison vs. Kane

This match went too long - almost 14 minutes. It would have been worth it to have Johnny Mo in there with someone of his caliber, but Kane? The man of, what, three moves? Come on.

The two battle back and forth and Morrison actually carries the match in stretches. Kane goes up top to hit one of said three moves, but Morrison kicks him down and then elbows him to the floor. Morrison goes for a slingshot and eats a chair for his troubles. That's a disqualification, people.

Winner via DQ: John Morrison

After the decision, The Great Khali’s music came on (quick Kane, run, when someone's music plays, that means they are coming to the ring!) and he, Ranjin Singh and Ranjin's sideburns came down. Morrison hit Kane with the chair and bolted. Khali grabbed Kane’s feet and tried to pull him out of the ring, but Kane escaped into the crowd. He and Khali stared at each other to end this subpar episode. Kind of a shame because I was really starting to like this show.


Matt Mackinder will have Thursday nights free starting next week as Matt Johnson will be assuming WWE Superstars duty. Matt Mackinder will be concentrating more on DVD reviews and feature articles for SLAM! Wrestling. Email Matt Mackinder at mackindermedia@yahoo.com.