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Superstars: Fast-paced tag team action the bright spot of show
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


Let the Wrestlemania hangover begin. The downside of having an event the magnitude of Wrestlemania is that it is inevitably followed by events that seem anti-climatic in comparison (with the exception of the Austin-McMahon feud that started after Wrestlemania XIV. On a quasi-related note, I do find it ironic that professional wrestling fans are probably far superior to the rest of the population when it comes to mastering the Roman numeral system.

WWE begins a tour of Europe after this week, so if history holds up they will start sleep walking next week. Will they “bring it” this week? Why don’t we check it out…

Match #1 -Layla vs. Beth Phoenix

Michelle McCool, Layla, and Vicki cut a promo making fun of Beth Phoenix, calling her a man. This is an effort to maintain the policy of picking on things that the performers will find personally offensive (check Mickie James, Matt Hardy, etc.). Vickie books a match between Layla and Beth, which Layla does not approve of.

Layla frantically tries to duck Beth early and hit some kicks. Beth Phoenix hits the “Glamish Hammer.” I can’t believe someone is paying homage to a wrestling move executed by Ivan Putski. After beating Layla for a while, Beth chases the other women outside the ring. Layla hits a sliding kicking to take the advantage. Layla applies what looks like Sean Waltman’s former move, the Buzz Killer. Layla then jumps off the top rope, only to be caught by Beth. Beth hits the Glam Slam and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Beth Phoenix

A video airs from NXT. They had a contest to see who could win a race carrying a beer keg. Which body types have an advantage here? Answer: “Well” ones.

How fake does Michael Cole look as Superstars returns from the break? He and Mike Tenay both look so phony whenever they try to act. Speaking of bad acting, Evan Bourne and Yoshi Tatsu smile at the crowd like cheerleaders trying to be noticed by people seated in the upper deck of the arena. Is it just me or are these four constantly on Superstars?

Match #2 –Evan Bourne & Yoshi Tatsu vs. Chavo Guerrero & Zack Ryder

Pretty wicked move by Tatsu early, applying an abdominal stretch with his bottom leg over Ryder’s head. With Bourne and Chavo in the ring, Bourne hits some kicks and sends Chavo outside the ring. Bourne then flies out of the ring knees first into Chavo. Commercial time.

After the break, Bourne hits some quick hitting offense on Chavo before Chavo jumps legs first into Bourne. Ryder tags in and hits a swinging neckbreaker. Bourne rolls Ryder up and almost gets the win, but Ryder immediately hits the Rough Ryder to holt Bourne’s momentum. Some double team work by Chavo and Ryder. Bourne finally hits a hurricanrana on Ryder and tags in Yoshi. Yoshi hits some kicks, but Chavo tags in with Yoshi knowing and goes on the attack. Chavo hits the Three Amigos. Chavo misses a frog splash. Bourne tags in and hits Air Bourne for the win.

Winners via pinfall: Evan Bourne & Yoshi Tatsu

WWE Superstars are appearing on Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Big Show, R-Truth, and the Bellas appear.

Did you know that more than 5,000 schools and libraries in the U.S., Canada, and the UK were involved in the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge? I did not, but I agree with Coach Bobby Knight when he said if he had one wish to improve the lives of his men it was for them to read.

A video airs on Jack Swagger, followed by the Raw Recap. MVP enters the ring after that and we are off to the Q3 commercial.

Match #3 -MVP vs. Carlito

Carlito is accompanied by his NXT protégé. MVP takes the early advantage with a lariat. MVP throws on an arm bar and send Carlito into the ropes for a backdrop. Carlito changes the momentum with some punches to MVP. After both men run the ropes, MVP hits a weak flying forearm and Carlito sneaks outside the ring. MVP dropkicks Carlito into the protective rail.

Carlito hits a swinging neckbreaker after the break. MVP works his way out a headlock and hits a fisherman’s suplex. I am shocked they don’t still call it the Perfect Plex. MVP knocks MVP outside the ring after MVP misses a big kick. Carlito gets a two count after rolling MVP back in the ring. Carlito tries to charge MVP, but MVP throws him in the air. MVP hits some punches, clotheslines, and a running knee. MVP hits Balling, but Carlito breaks up the Playmaker. Carlito misses the Backstabber, but kicks out of a MVP pin. Carlito jumps off the top rope into a MVP boot and MVP gets a two count. Carlito misses a dropkick on MVP due to Michael Tarver grabbing MVP’s ankle and MVP hits the Playmaker for the win.

Winner via pinfall: MVP

The main event of this show was pretty predictable. MVP is clearly positioned higher than Carlito in the WWE pecking order. If a friend asks if he should watch the replay on Sunday morning, tell the friend to watch the tag team match. Bourne and Tatsu have a style and skill set that separates them from the other WWE Superstars. It sure seems like we see more of it on Superstars than on Raw, but as the Superstars reporter, I’ll take it.


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