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Superstars: Phoenix, Kelly take on LayCool; Ryder, Smith battle
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE Superstars: If you're interested in seeing a different, more youthful WWE product, Superstars is the show for you. On this edition of the show, we get three solid matches from some of WWE's up-and-comers, including a nice match between Zach Ryder and David Hart Smith. In the main event, Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly take on Michelle McCool and Layla. Should be a good one!

This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)

Match #1 - Zack Ryder (Long Island, NY) vs. David Hart Smith (Calgary, Alberta)

Ryder slaps Smith and then says "Woo Woo Woo." Smith chases him but Ryder goes between the ropes. Smith pulls him out and locks in a half crab but Ryder gets the ropes. Smith goes to work now on the left arm. Then he hoists him up for the delayed vertical suplex for two. They go to the outside and Ryder gains the edge. Back in the ring, Smith whips Ryder to the corner and charges but Ryder gets the elbow up. He then comes off the second rope with a dropkick. Ryder with a sitting abdominal stretch but Smith pulls out and hits two headbutts to the stomach. He charges Ryder but gets flapjacked. Then he drops Smith on the top rope for two. Then he locks in a body scissors which is our signal for some…

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We're back and Ryder has Smith in an abdominal stretch. He tries holding the top rope but the referee sees it. He tries to load Smith onto the top turnbuckle but Smith headbutts him to the canvas. Smith goes for a fist, but Ryder gets his leg up, which Smith blocks. Smith tries an elbow but Ryder moves. Smith hits a suplex and a throw, followed by a scoop slam for two. He goes for a leg drop but misses. Ryder looks for the RoughRyder but Smith ducks it and hits a Saito Suplex for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: David Hart Smith

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Match #2 - Yoshi Tatsu (Tokyo, Japan) & Darren Young (Miami, Fla.) vs. Jimmy & Jey Uso (San Francisco, Calif.)

Tatsu and Young get off to a quick start but the Usos quickly take over. Jimmy in with a headlock on Tatsu. He fires out and gets a rolling cradle for two. Jimmy responds with a forearm and goes back to the headlock. Jimmy tries to drag Tatsu over to get a tag to Jey but gets hit with an enziguri. Both men make tags and Young is in. He hits a big throw on Jey for two. Usos get a blind tag and hit the Alley-Us for the pin.

Winners via pinfall: The Usos

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Match #3 - Michelle McCool (Palatka, Fla.) & Layla (Miami, Fla.) vs. Kelly Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla.) & Beth Phoenix (Buffalo, NY)

McCool and Layla both selling their backs following their tables match at TLC. McCool, in fact, has quite the large bruise on her back. Phoenix throws Layla into McCool on the apron and then tosses Layla. Laycool struggle to their feet, see Phoenix ready to go and scream. Then Kelly comes sliding through Phoenix's legs with a baseball slide.

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We're back and Laycool has gained control of the contest and is working over Kelly Kelly. Then McCool taunts Phoenix by doing pushups. Layla in. Snapmare with a kick to the back for Layla. She taunts Phoenix, who tries to enter but the referee takes her. As that's happening, Kelly rolls Layla up but the ref is nowhere to be found. Layla with a body scissors and then whips Kelly into the corner. McCool in. Kelly flips out of an atomic drop attempt and slaps McCool. She crawls through McCool's leg to try to get the tag but can't. Kelly, though, dodges a legdrop and gets the tag to Phoenix. Layla basically goes into the fetal position in fear. Phoenix off the second rope with a clothesline but McCool makes the save, pulls Layla to the corner but she can't get the tag. Phoenix looks to set up the Glam Slam but McCool comes in to break it up, only she kicks Layla. Phoenix dispatches of McCool and then finishes Layla with the Glam Slam.

Winners via pinfall: Beth Phoenix & Kelly Kelly

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.