?Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event?? The WWE video leads us into the show.
We?re brought into the arena with fireworks blazing. Todd Grisham and Matt Striker welcome us to the show. Our Main Event will be Ted DiBiase taking on Montel Vontavious Porter.
Matt Hardy vs. David Hart Smith
My favorite referee Charles Robinson has this match. The Hart Dynasty is cleared from the ring and the match begins. They lock up and Smith gets a quick arm drag. Smith has an arm bar on and snaps it. Smith gets a hammerlock so Hardy counters into one of his own and a side headlock. Smith tries to roll him off but Hardy holds on. Smith whips Hardy off and they don?t budge on the shoulder blocks. Hardy gets a quick headlock takeover. Smith gets to his feet and elbows out. Smith whips him into the ropes and Hardy puts the brakes on as he saw Natalya in his path. Hardy ducks a clothesline and hits some punches. Hardy has a whip into the corner reversed on him and he hits sternum first.
Smith hits some punches and whips Hardy hard into the opposite corner. Smith avalanches him in the corner and uppercuts him. Smith stomps him and locks on a chin lock. Hardy fights up and attempts to punch out but Smith stops him. Smith sends him into the corner and charges into a boot. Hardy hits a neckbreaker and goes to the second rope with a leg drop for a near fall. Hardy tries to pick Smith up so Smith rolls him out of the ring. Hardy drags him out of the ring and bounces his face off the apron. Hardy sends him back in and goes to the top rope. Tyson Kidd provides the distraction and Smith capitalizes with a top rope superplex. Both men are down as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Hardy locked in an inverted camel clutch. Hardy gets to his feet so Smith locks on an abdominal stretch. Hardy counters out and sends Smith hard into the corner. Hardy clubs Smith in the corner so Charles Robinson forces him away. Smith gets a cheap shot, sends him into the ropes, and hits a powerslam for a near fall. Smith picks Hardy up and Hardy surprises him with a Twist of Fate attempt so he drives him into the corner. Smith then hits a picture perfect northern lights suplex with a bridge for a near fall. Smith gets him up and drops him with a belly to back suplex for another near fall. Smith knees him in the back and drops an elbow. Smith locks the knee to back chin lock on. Hardy fights up and punches out. Smith cuts him off with punches and puts him on the top rope. Smith goes for a super back drop so Hardy elbows him off.
Hardy overshoots a moonsault but still connects for a near fall. Hardy may have tweaked his knee. Hardy hits some punches, ducks one, and hits a headlock neckbreaker for a near fall. Hardy clubs him down and comes off the second rope with an elbow to the neck. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Smith pushes him into the ropes. Hardy counters a clothesline into a Side Effect for a near fall. Hardy goes for another Twist of Fate so Tyson Kidd gets on the apron and distracts him enough for Smith to hit a big boot. Charles Robinson has seen enough and sends Kidd and Natalya packing. While this is happening Hardy counters a suplex into an inside cradle for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Matt Hardy
Match Rating: **
An Ask the Divas segment plays. They tell us the cheesiest pick up lines they?ve heard and if you should date your best friend. Ugh.
Zack Ryder is in action next. He’s walking with Rosa Mendes.
Josh Mathews and Byron Saxton welcome us back to the show. We?re then ?treated? to the shrill and annoying voice of Lauren Mayhew. She sounds like she doesn?t give a crap about wrestling at all.
Zack Ryder vs. Shelton Benjamin
Rosa Mendes is sitting ringside watching the action. She caresses herself every five seconds while watching. Ryder opens it up with a kick and some clubs. Ryder takes some kicks and punches before cutting him off with a knee and throwing him out of the ring. Benjamin gets back in quickly and gets a double leg. Benjamin grounds and pounds him before sending Ryder into the ropes and back elbowing him down. Benjamin hits a back suplex and whips him into the corner. Benjamin goes to the second rope but Ryder rips him off the ropes. Ryder gets a swinging neckbreaker and drops a knee for a two count. Ryder locks on a chin lock and Mendes is still touching herself.
Ryder chokes Benjamin on the bottom rope. Ryder covers for a two count. Ryder continues with the chin lock until Benjamin fights up. Benjamin gets him in electric chair position but Ryder is able to slip off and hit a leg lariat for a near fall. Ryder locks on a version of the crossface while Mendes plays with her hair. Benjamin fights up and backs him into the corner hard and rolls him off. Benjamin hits a nice belly to belly and Rosa is sad. Benjamin hits some punches, goes into the ropes, and clotheslines him twice. Ryder reverses a whip into the corner but Benjamin leaps to the top rope and hits a flying forearm for a near fall. Benjamin goes for a T-Bone but Ryder gets out. Benjamin goes for a powerbomb but Ryder takes him over the top rope. They?re both down on the outside.
Benjamin kicks Ryder into the barricade and gets in the ring. Rosa Mendes comes to check on him and Ryder is staring at her as the referee loudly is counting him out. The referee reaches ten and the match is over.
Winner by Count-Out: Shelton Benjamin
Match Rating: * ?
Zack Ryder snaps out of it when he hears the bell and is shocked. He gets back into the ring and gets dropped by Pay Dirt.
MVP takes on Ted DiBiase later tonight.
Did you know more people watched WWE Superstars Thursday night than any program on Discovery Channel, SyFy, VH1, E!, or MTV?
A video package plays for Sheamus. It wasn?t bad.
Jerry ?The King? Lawler and Michael Cole welcome us back to the show. They run down the Survivor Series card.
Josh Mathews is backstage with Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes. Mathews asks them about their harsh words on the VIP Lounge. Rhodes says they were just being honest. Henry and MVP talk a big game but what defines you is your actions. MVP can?t defeat Ted DiBiase. Rhodes says they don?t see them as Very Important People ? they just see them as common punks. DiBiase says MVP is an ex-con who got some money, jewelry, and thinks he’s ?Ballin.? DiBiase says his father is the Million Dollar Man so that makes him ?Ballin.? MVP doesn?t impress him with his VIP Lounge or in the ring. DiBiase says he’s on Kingston’s team and no one on that team impresses him. Randy Orton beat Mark Henry on Raw and he’s looking forward to giving MVP a beating worthy of an ?MVP.?
Ted DiBiase vs. MVP
Both men’s partners are at ringside. The match begins and they take their time before locking up. MVP gets a side headlock. DiBiase gets a hammerlock and MVP counters into a takedown. MVP gets a headlock on. DiBiase fights up and pushes MVP into the corner. DiBiase hits some punches and kicks. DiBiase sends him to the opposite corner but MVP is able to catapult over him and hit a clothesline for a two count. MVP hits some punches and sends him into the corner. MVP charges into a boot but catches DiBiase with a back body drop for a two count.
MVP hits a body slam and follows up with a knee drop for a two count. MVP gets a headlock takeover and keeps the headlock on. DiBiase fights up after a while and knees out. DiBiase hits some clubs but has a whip reversed on him. DiBiase holds on to the ropes as MVP attempts a big boot. DiBiase rolls out of the ring next to Cody Rhodes. MVP takes them out with an over the top rope splash. We?ll take a break here.
We come back from the break to see MVP counter a suplex into an inside cradle for a near fall. MVP hits some knees and hits a snapmare for a one count. DiBiase gets up in the corner so MVP goes for the Drive By but misses. DiBiase then pushes him over the top rope. DiBiase clubs him on the outside and snaps his arm off the barricade. DiBiase pushes him shoulder first into the post before throwing him back into the ring. DiBiase covers for a near fall.
DiBiase drops some knees on the arm and grounds and pounds. DiBiase smiles before slamming the arm off the mat. DiBiase kicks him in the face and covers for a near fall. DiBiase locks on an overhead wrist lock. MVP fights up but DiBiase cuts him off and hits an arm breaker. DiBiase gets a two count for that. DiBiase clubs the arm a few times and kicks it. DiBiase continues working on the arm and Rhodes even gets involved, smashing it off the ring post while the referee was distracted. That gets DiBiase a near fall. MVP starts coming back with some punches. MVP goes into the ropes but DiBiase goes to the ropes at the same time and hits him with a clothesline for a near fall. DiBiase locks on a wrist lock. MVP gets to his feet and punches out. DiBiase hits a kick and goes into the ropes only to be hit with an overhead belly to belly suplex.
MVP starts coming up with some big punches. MVP hits a clothesline, a back elbow, a throat jab, and a face buster. MVP hits his BALLIN Elbow Drop and measures DiBiase up. MVP goes for the Playmaker but DiBiase counters with a kick to the arm. DiBiase runs right into a big boot for a near fall. Rhodes gets on the apron so Mark Henry pulls him off and sends him into the ring post. DiBiase goes for a neckbreaker but MVP counters into an inside cradle for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: MVP
Match Rating: ** ?
MVP and Mark Henry celebrate in the ring while Legacy acts shocked.
Quick Match Results
Matt Hardy def. David Hart Smith
Shelton Benjamin def. Zack Ryder via CO
MVP def. Ted DiBiase
Bump of the Night: MVP hits an over the top rope splash on Legacy!
Match of the Night: MVP vs. Ted DiBiase ** ?
Three matches and an interview. That’s the winning formula for this show. This was a really good Superstars that ran smooth from beginning to end. The matches were entertaining and were given time, something you can?t do when you squeeze an extra one in there. You even got time for an interview with some of the younger, less heard talent.
MVP and Ted DiBiase had a very entertaining match. That’s just a peak at the future of WWE. They?ve both got tremendous talent. DiBiase is in a good position right now but I still feel like MVP is stuck in mid-card purgatory. MVP is a main event waiting to happen in my opinion. I can?t wait for him to get his opportunity.
I found the Matt Hardy vs. David Hart Smith match very enjoyable. It was cool to see Smith wrestle in front of his father British Bulldog’s home crowd. It’s a shame they didn?t capitalize on that and make it known.
Final Rating: ** ?
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