June 18, 2010
WWE Superstars: Usos make successful debut
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on WWE Superstars: Despite making a big first impression by attacking and getting the best of the Hart Dynasty on several occasions, Jimmy and Jey Uso have yet to wrestle their first WWE match. That changes tonight, as the Usos debut against a team that could only be picked by the random booking generator: Mark Henry and Goldust. Should be a good one!
This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)
Match #1 - Kofi Kingston (Ghana, West Africa) vs. Trent Barreta (Mount Sinai, NY)
Kingston gets going not with a Boom Drop, but with a Butt Bomb, jumping into a running Barreta with his backside.
Barreta, though, takes over quickly after that, locking in a rear headlock. Kingston gets out but is quickly put back down with a clothesline. Kingston gets back up and flips Barreta. He drills Barreta with a European uppercut and sends him over the top rope. Caylen Croft tries to get involved but doesn't get far. The distraction is long enough for Barreta to hit a legdrop on Kingston while he is hanging through the ropes.
We're back and Barreta is working another chinlock. Kingston punches out and hits a high knee. He drags Kingston away from the ropes and gets a two count. He pounds Kingston in the corner and punches and knees. He tries to drag Kingston away from the corner but gets kicked. Doesn't last long as Barreta locks in another chinlock. Again, Kingston strikes his way out and gets smacked back down. Is this match on repeat? Barreta tries a crossbody but Kingston ducks and Barreta hits the ropes. Chops for Kingston and a dropkick. Flying crossbody gets him two. Barreta goes for a tornado DDT but is pushed off. Kofi gets rolling and hits the Boom Drop and follows it up with Trouble in Paradise and that's it.
Winner via pinfal: Kofi Kingston
Match #2 - Yoshi Tatsu (Tokyo, Japan) vs. Primo (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Primo hangs Tatsu up on the top rope and then locks in a camel clutch. Then he puts it back on. Primo works an abdominal stretch. They stand and Tatsu gets rolling. He hits a knee in the corner and a snapmare. When going for the follow-up kick, though, Primo rolls him up and grabs the tights for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Primo
Then, for reasons I cannot possibly understand, The Great Khali comes out and chases Primo back into the ring. Of course, Tatsu kicks him in the head and he goes right into the tree slam from Khali. Khali and Tatsu dance their way to the back.
Match #3 - Mark Henry (Silsbee, Texas) & Goldust (Hollywood, Calif.) vs. Jimmy & Jey Uso (San Francisco, Calif.)
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler spend the first couple minutes of this match talking about the NXT angle instead of identifying which Uso is which here in their first WWE match.
Henry sends one of the Usos to the outside. I still don't know which is which. Great commentary here.
We're back and Goldust is in control of the Uso with the short trunks. Goldust works the arm and I finally find out Jey is the one in the short trunks. Henry in now and he hits some slams on Jey but then Jey starts going after Henry's legs. He recovers and goes for the World's Strongest Splash but Jey moves and brings in Jimmy. He puts the boots to Henry. Extremely quick tags for the Usos. Henry finally gets to Goldust and he goes to work on Jimmy. He corner-mounts Jimmy but gets pushed off. He recovers with a scoop slam and Jey makes the save on the cover. Henry dispatches of Jey and actually gets dispatched of himself outside the ring. Goldust goes off the ropes but is grabbed by Tamina. The distraction allows Jimmy to hit a superkick and a big splash and that's it.
Winners via pinfall: Jey and Jimmy Uso
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