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Superstars: U.S. title feud heats up on the road to Hell in a Cell
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


Three days after Rev. Al Sharpton made his WWE debut and three days before Hell in a Cell, we have another edition of Superstars on WGN. If Raw has special guest hosts to give the show a unique feel, I say Superstars should bring back the Control Center. Before every major event 20 years ago, men like Gene Okerlund would preview matches on the Control Center. Heck, “Mean Gene” is already on staff doing work for WWE Classics on Demand. They need to make this happen.

The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston has been announced as tonight’s main event. While this is great news for Superstars viewers, I can’t help but this is giving away way to much of what they are trying to sell on pay-per-view. Are people really more likely to shell out forty bucks to see Jack Swagger added to the match?

Match #1 –Shad Gaspard vs. Tyson Kidd

Shad Gaspard is accompanied by JTG and Eve, while Tyson Kidd is joined by David Hart Smith and Natalya. It is always refreshing to see Tyson Kidd in the ring. Hopefully if Bret Hart returns to WWE in some capacity, Kidd will fly up the card. Shad takes the early offense in this one and throws Kidd around the ring. Kidd takes advantage outside the ring and applies the Sharpshooter around the ring post.

After a commercial, Kidd is attacking Shad’s knee. Todd Grisham wonders whether C.M. Punk has any chance to beat the Undertaker at Hell in a Cell, which in WWE language means Punk is winning for sure. Fans actually chant “USA” as Shad jumps on offense. I didn’t realize the USA-Canada feud was still on. Kidd tries a spring board from the top rope, but Shad catches him in the air and throws him down for a cover and a win.

Winner via pinfall: Shad Gaspard

Ask the Divas time. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? Michelle McCool wanted to be a Diva. OK, Michelle is older than I am, and there were not “Divas” when we were kids. There were women wrestlers. So either Michelle wanted to be like the Fabulous Moolah, Judy Martin, and Leilani Kai, or she is lying.

For the “Did You Know” WWE brags about Superstars beating out Larry King for the 18-49 demo last week. Umm, maybe it is because Larry’s average viewer is 82 years old. Way to set the bar high!

Match #2 -Sheamus vs. Tyler Reks

Sheamus takes on T-Reks in this week’s extreme match. Reks is one of the few guys whose music sounds like it could be on of WCW’s old royalty free songs. Man, the contrast between the pigment of Sheamus and Reks is quite the sight.

Sheamus jumps on top of Reks and throws rapid fire punches. Sheamus applies a submission move that is a cross between an abdominal stretch and a cobra clutch. Reks works his way back in control with some elbows. A big boot by Sheamus puts the match away, however, as he gets the three count.

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus

They air the commercial promoting Al Sharpton’s education reform plan before the break. After the commercial, they air a short video on Randy Orton and a video on the Orton-Cena match at Hell in a Cell.

The Miz hits the ring first. Being from Cleveland, Ohio, Miz must be disappointed by the 0-3 Browns. Apparently Kofi is now from West Africa. But in one of the most forced and contrived statements even for Michael Cole, Cole states that Kingston was shaped by the Jamaican lifestyle. Either he just called Kofi a pothead or that statement is meaningless.

Match #3 –The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston

Cole better not say “controlled frenzy” during this match. These two “Superstars” work holds early. Kofi throws a headlock on the Miz. He knocks the Miz outside the ring with a big boot as a commercial airs. The Miz is on offense after the break and works over Kofi’s leg.

After several minutes of Miz being in control and continuing to work the leg, Miz applies a half crab. Almost out of nowhere, Kofi kicks Miz in the face and gets the win. Apparently the quick kick to the face is called “Trouble in Paradise.”

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston

After the match, Jack Swagger attacks Kofi and the Miz. It is a pretty paint by numbers way to build up a feud, but is fine for what it is. This week’s Superstars had some decent action, but there was no “must see” match. WWE once again seems to be just going through the motions, as has been the case the last several autumns. They will find out Sunday whether the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view format can break the monotony and draw an audience.


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