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Superstars: New tag team makes Superstars debut
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


DirecTV had listed as the preview for this week’s edition of Superstars, “A look at NXT eliminations.” Let’s get this straight. People are going to tune in to watch analysis of a show that nobody watches to begin with. Now, I don’t wish to be overcritical of WWE. They are a healthy business and make the right decision 90% of the time. But the NXT show is a dud. If people do not tune in to watch the actual NXT show, why would they tune in to Superstars to see the results?

Coming off a solid week of action last week, let us see what Superstars has in store for us tonight.

Match #1 –The Bellas vs. Maryse & Jillian Hall

The Bellas get the early edge on Maryse, but the French beauty turns it around and tags in Jillian. Jillian and Maryse exchange tags and work over Nikki Bella. Brie tags in and hits some drop kicks on Maryse. With Brie focused on Jillian, Maryse is able to hit a French Kiss (that sounds funny) and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Maryse & Jillian Hall

After the match, Eve runs out to the ring to help the Bellas. The announcers talk up the feud between Eve and Maryse.

Did you know that over the past 6 years, WWE has visited more than 300 military installations, hospitals, aircraft carriers, submarines, and the Pentagon? Thank you World Wrestling Entertainment for doing your part to support the United States Military.

Match #2 –Vladimir Kozlov vs. Ryan Mitchell

Kozlov throws Mitchell to the ground early and dominates. Total squash match here. Vlad hits some headbutts and the Iron Curtain and gets the pin. Short match.

Winner via pinfall: Vladimir Kozlov

Highlights air from NXT. NXT has a knockoff of the old NWO shirts. They already did that with a Randy Orton shirt. As far as NXT goes, Michael Tarver, Daniel Bryan, and Skip Sheffield were eliminated.

A video airs on Ted Dibiase. Todd Grisham and Matt Striker introduce a video on last week’s Smackdown and Drew McIntyre destroying Matt Hardy. A video also airs on the WWE’s recent tour of Mexico.

Match #3 –Vance Archer & Curt Hawkins vs. Matthew Busch & James White

Hawkins and Archer are bland enough to have been a featured tag team on WCW Saturday Night in the late 90’s. Archer gets things going early and tags in Hawkins. Hawkins throws on a headlock and slams the young jobber. Archer throws slams the other jobber and hits a scorpion DDT and Hawkins hits a elbow from the top to get the win.

Winners via pinfall: Vance Archer & Curt Hawkins

Archer and Hawkins get on the mic after the match. Hawkins does most of the talking. Hawkins claimed they have been signed to 30 day contracts with the one goal of making an impact. Stryker then uses the word impact twice more in an attempt to tease TNA, who has been forced back to Thursday nights.

A video airs on the latest activities of the Big Show. He is getting new life on Smackdown.

Match #4 –Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Masters

Masters knocks Ziggler outside the ring early. Dolph tries to recover, but Masters denies him entry. Masters is working over Dolph’s left shoulder. Dolph turns things around with a kick to the face and begins his quick hitting offense. Ziggler continues on the offense and applies a half-Boston Crab. Masters stands up and drops Ziggler on his back.

Masters lets loose with his own offense, but Dolph makes a brief recovery when Masters misses a splash in the corner. Dolph rolls him up for a two count. Although Masters calls for the Master Lock, Dolph hits a chin breaker. When Dolph tries to apply the sleeper, Masters turns it into a Master Lock. Dolph is able to get out by sending Masters into the corner turnbuckle and hits the Zig Zag for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

This week’s edition of Superstars was short on star power. There were basically two squash matches on the show. I was somewhat surprised to see a nearly twenty minute main event. It was a good test for Dolph Ziggler and Chris Masters and they put on a respectable match. Not the greatest episode of Superstars ever, but not the worst way to kill and hour.


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