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Superstars: Bourne, Carlito dazzle fans when given time to shine
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


With ECW about to go off the air (are we to assume it will still exist, but just not be televised?), Superstars is about the become the official “C” show of WWE. Accordingly, yours truly is about to rise to the prestigious rank of “C” show reporter. Now, some of you might claim that WWE’s new program that will air on Tuesday nights will jump Superstars in the pecking order. You people with that opinion will be ignored.

It remains to be seen what will replace ECW on Tuesday nights. Hopefully, young acts will still be able to have decent length matches on television and have the ability to participate in feuds with actual storylines. Perhaps Superstars will get a heavy dose of these Superstars. Speaking of Superstars, on to the show…

Match #1 –Kelly Kelly & Eve vs. Alicia Fox & Katie Lea Burchill

We start with the voice of Michael Cole. Vintage dull announcing! Edge’s former wedding planner and the pirate’s sister make for a unique tag team. Eve hits a nice dropkick on Alicia early. Huge pop (no pun intended) from the crowd as Kelly tags in against Katie Lea. The King of Memphis thinks he might be in love with Kelly.

After a few minutes of action, Alicia puts a single leg crab on Eve. Eve tags in Kelly and Kelly shows her acrobatic skills. She is quite athletic. Kelly hits a flying cross body on Alicia, but the momentum puts Alicia on top and she gets the pin. Lawler is upset.

Winner via pinfall: Alicia Fox & Katie Lea Burchill

Did you know that WWE.com is way more popular than every other site on the Internet?

Match #2 –Evan Bourne vs. Carlito

Bourne gets fast start with some kicks, but Carlito jumps out to an early advantage. King cracks a joke and Cole does the most forced fake laugh ever. Bourne fights his way back and dropkicks Carlito outside the ring. Bourne misses a cross body outside the ring, but lands on his feet before hitting Carlito with a knee to the face. The action goes back into the ring as Bourne climbs to the top rope. Carlito rolls outside the ring and we go to commercial.

After the break, Carlito stops Bourne’s offensive with a boot to the face. Carlito catapults Bourne into the bottom rope before getting a two count. Carlito hits a very impressive twisted neck breaker. Another comeback attempt, another stop by Carlito who stops a Bourne comeback with an elbow. The pace really picks up and the two men exchange several near falls. Carlito attempts a suplex from outside the ring, but Bourne knees his way out. Bourne hits a sunset flip into a powerbomb and hits a shooting star press for the win. Terrific match.

Winner via pinfall: Evan Bourne

A video on the Royal Rumble airs featuring Edge. We are introduced to Grisham and Stryker, who jump to the Raw Rebound. Vince was being a real jerk.

Match #3 –John Morrison, The Great Khali & Matt Hardy vs. Drew McIntyre & The Hart Dynasty

The title of the Hart Dynasty’s theme is “The New Foundation.” That was the name of the tag team of Owen Hart and Jim “the Anvil” Neidhart. Tyson Kidd and Matt Hardy start this six man tag before Hardy tags in Morrison. Morrison and Kidd may have had the greatest match in Superstars history this past summer.

Drew McIntyre tags his way into the match. McIntrye ducks his head, allowing Morrison the opportunity to kick him and take control. The Great Khali tags in and delivers his simple, yet effective offense. The Hart Dynasty takes back control of the match after Matt Hardy tags in. D.H. Smith hits a suplex for a two count and they go to commercial. Hey, they went to commercial without someone being outside the ring. History has been made!

Hardy hits a Russian Leg Sweep on Smith after the break. Morrison and Kidd tag in. Morrison hits a clothesline and a dropkick. Kidd tries a Hurricanrana, but Morrison counters with a powerbomb. Morrison tries another Hurricanrana, but Kidd sends Morrison flying outside the ring. Natalya gets a cheap shot in while Morrison is outside the ring. McIntrye sends Morrison back in the ring and tags in Smith. Smith hits three consecutive belly to belly suplexes. Morrison stops Smith with a kick to the head and tags in Hardy. Hardy hits a Side Effect, but McIntyre and Kidd break up the pin. Smith holds Hardy in the air for McIntyre and Kidd, but Khali pulls both men to the floor. Hardy hits the Twist of Fate on Smith and tags in Khali. Khali hits the Punjabi Plunge and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: John Morrison, The Great Khali & Matt Hardy

This show showcased Superstars at its best. We got to see two Superstars in Carlito and Evan Bourne, who are normally not given much time to have a great match get an opportunity. They really delivered. I would like to see Chavo Guerrero have a similar match on Superstars. Without the pressure of advancing storylines, it allows the Superstars to focus on the action in the ring. John Morrison and Tyson Kidd were also solid in the main event. Fans of in-ring wrestling need to watch this show.


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