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Superstars: Smackdown main event headlines show
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


Stop with the stipulations already! I remember when stipulation matches seemed like a big deal. Fans might really want to order a show just for the stipulation match. Now they are so overdone that they are almost boring and meaningless. WWE is presenting Tables, Ladders, and Chairs this Sunday. There is virtually no buzz or energy surrounding the show. Why is that?

Because every time WWE wants to do decent numbers for PPV in a quarter, they throw in a stipulation match. At least they blow through their stipulation matches on PPV and not just on cable, but still they are killing off a key concept.

Anyways, on to Superstars.

Match #1 – JTG vs. Curt Hawkins

Two former tag team wrestlers doing battle in this one. Neither man has much potential to climb to the top of the card. Hawkins seems bland and generic and JTG seems like more of a comedy act than a tough fighter. These men may not have much of a future with WWE.

Stryker is annoying as can be trying to correct the kid announcer. After several minutes of action, JTG hits the Mug Shot, but doesn’t get the win. After hitting the Shout Out, he does get the pinfall, however.

Winner via pinfall: JTG

The NXT recap airs. They had some type of obstacle course. After the break a commercial airs for the abortion that is the WWE’s Top 50 Superstars DVD. Seriously, who put that list together?

Match #2 – Zack Ryder vs. Darren Young

Darren Young went from being in the number one storyline in WWE to being an equal with Zack Ryder on Superstars. Ryder actually recovers from some early offense from Young and beats Young in the corner. Ryder puts a headlock on Young and Punk as Samford what he knows about Mid-South Wrestling.

Ryder hits a neck breaker and gets a two count. Young recovers with a flying shoulder and a gut buster. Ryder hits the Rough Ryder and gets the three count. Things are looking rough for Darren Young.

Winner via pinfall: Zack Ryder

A video airs on tribute to the Troops. Then the Raw Rebound airs, followed by promotion for the matches at TLC. Drew McIntyre makes his way down to the ring before the break.

Match #3 – Drew McIntyre vs. Yoshi Tatsu

This does not seem like a very even matchup. Drew is a much bigger star in the WWE Universe than Yoshi. It does not leave much to anticipate. After a commercial Break, Drew is firmly in control. Drew applies an arm bar to Yoshi. Punk claims that C.M. stands for “caring man.”

Yoshi tries a comeback, but Drew hits a boot. Punk starts listing Japanese wrestlers, claiming Yoshi does not want to let them down. Drew continues his attack on Yoshi’s left arm. Yoshi manages to dropkick Drew out of the ring and throw him into the post when he returns to the ring. Yoshi hits several kicks and gets a two count. Yoshi misses a spin kick from the top rope and Drew hits the Future Shock DDT and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Drew McIntyre

That was a decent main event between Drew McIntyre and Yoshi Tatsu. There was not much debate as to who would win, but the journey was interesting. I give the show a thumbs up, as it was three decent singles matches. This is preferable to when they try to cram too much into the show. A decent hour of wrestling.


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