February 18, 2010
Des Moines, IA/Kansas City, MO
Report by: Mike Tedesco of WrestleView.com
The Superstars video airs and we?re brought into the arena with some pyro. Michael Cole and Jerry ?The King? Lawler welcome us to the show. The main event of the evening will come from Smackdown. It?ll be Rey Mysterio taking on Mike Knox.
Evan Bourne & Primo vs. Carlito & Chavo Guerrero
It?ll be Carlito starting out against Evan Bourne. They lock up and Carlito backs him to the corner. Carlito slaps Bourne so he responds by kicking him down for a one count. Bourne has a whip to the corner reversed on him but he counters by springboarding off the second rope with an arm drag. Bourne hits a flying elbow for a two count. Carlito hits a kick and tags in Guerrero. Chavo kicks him in the ribs and punches him down. Chavo punches him in the corner and gets backed up by the ref. As that happens Carlito attacks. Chavo hits a snapmare for a one count. Chavo tries to power him down so Bourne creates a bridge to stop from being pinned. This bridge soon turns into a lift and Bourne hits a beautiful hurricanrana. Bourne hits some kicks, leap frogs Chavo, avoids Chavo’s leap frog, and hits a dropkick for a one count.
Bourne tries to tag Primo but Chavo counters into a swinging back suplex for a near fall. That looked nasty. Bourne hits some kicks and knocks Chavo down. Primo gets the tag and he punches Chavo down before hitting a dropkick for a two count. Chavo hits a knee to the midsection and gets a side headlock on. Primo whips him off but Chavo hangs on to the ropes. Primo then charges into a back body drop to the apron. Primo hits a shoulder to the midsection and kicks his brother quickly. Primo then goes for a springboard but Carlito pushes him off the top rope. Chavo covers for a two count.
Carlito is tagged in and he kicks his brother in the ribs. Carlito hits a straight right hand and kicks away at Primo. Primo comes back with punches and a head-butt. Primo sends Carlito into the ropes and avoids a moonsault. Carlito lands on his feet and doesn?t have time to avoid Primo’s springboard cross-body for a near fall. Primo hits a quick running back elbow before going into the ropes and getting thrown over the top rope. Primo lands hard on the outside and needs to recover as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Primo locked in a grounded abdominal stretch. Chavo is working on the midsection. Primo fights up and knees out. Primo goes into the ropes and takes a drop-toe-hold/rolling senton combo. Chavo punches Primo until Primo counters with a Russian Leg Sweep. Primo tries to tag Bourne in but Chavo knocks Bourne off. Guerrero hits a picture perfect Gory Bomb for a near fall broken up by Evan Bourne. Chavo punches Primo in his corner until the referee backs him up. As the ref is distracted Carlito stands on Primo’s face.
Carlito is tagged in. He kicks him in the face and covers for a one count. Carlito locks a chin lock on until Primo fights up. Primo elbows out and kicks at his brother’s knees. Carlito goes down but avoids the leg drop. Both men are down. Their partners are getting the crowd into it. Both make the tags.
Bourne comes in with a sunset flip before ducking a clothesline and hitting a nice hurricanrana. Bourne hits his double knee takedown before dropkicking Carlito off the apron. Bourne then ducks Chavo’s clothesline and comes off the second rope with a nasty kick to the back. That gets a one count broken up by Carlito. Primo runs in and hits Carlito with the Back Stabber. Chavo goes for the Gory Bomb but Bourne counters into a sunset flip for a near fall. Bourne hits a nasty knee to the face, knocking Chavo out. Bourne connects with Air Bourne for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Evan Bourne & Primo
Match Rating: **
Antonio Inoki’s Hall of Fame video plays. I like that Inoki is getting recognized by WWE. This guy should have a wing in the Hall of Fame named after him? if there was an actual WWE Hall of Fame.
Gail Kim is heading toward the ring. She?ll face Katie Lea Burchill next.
Gail Kim vs. Katie Lea Burchill
My favorite referee in the whole world Charles Robinson is the official. They circle the ring and lock up. Burchill gets a hammerlock and Gail gets out with a snapmare. Gail rolls her up for a one count. Gail hits an arm drag and keeps an arm bar on. Burchill gets out but gets a school girl for a one count. Gail has a whip to the corner reversed but Gail slides through the ropes. Gail rolls over Burchill and charges but Burchill sidesteps her and sends her shoulder first to the ring post. Burchill rolls her up for a two count.
Burchill hits some stomps and locks on an overhead wristlock. Gail fights up but Burchill stops her and hits a nice shoulder breaker for a near fall. Burchill works over the shoulder and puts the hammerlock on. Burchill runs her shoulder first into the corner and covers for a two count. Burchill puts the wristlock back on. Gail fights up but Burchill slams her down by the hair. Gail fights back until Burchill cuts her off. Burchill goes for a slam but Gail slides off and clotheslines her down.
Gail hits another clothesline until a whip is reversed. Gail springboards out of the corner with a cross-body for a two count. Gail hits a cross-body in the corner and comes off the top rope with a missile dropkick for a near fall. Burchill blocks Eat Defeat and hits an enzuigiri to the shoulder. Burchill punches away and sends her to the corner. Gail slides over her and hits Eat Defeat for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Gail Kim
Match Rating: * ?
Maryse makes her way out to the stage and claps for Gail Kim. Something tells me that Maryse has been saying mean things to her in French over the past few weeks. They?ll face each other for the vacant Diva’s Championship on Sunday.
Still to come tonight is Rey Mysterio taking on Mike Knox.
John Morrison’s DVD commercial plays and my friend Lisa is again seen in the video.
A hype video plays for Chris Jericho. It’s another awesome video package.
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker welcome us back to the show. They hype up the Elimination Chamber event and show a video showcasing the Chamber’s destructive nature as well as the rules.
Rey Mysterio makes his way to the ring. He faces Mike Knox next.
Did you know that no WWE Superstar has ever won more than one Elimination Chamber match except Triple H, who has won an astonishing four matches?
Rey Mysterio vs. Mike Knox
They circle the ring a few times before locking up. Knox easily backs Mysterio to the corner and backs up. Knox then surprises Mysterio with a kick and some stomps. Knox takes him down with a straight right hand. Knox hits an avalanche in the corner for a two count. Knox charges again in the corner but eats some boots. Mysterio goes into the ropes and takes a clothesline. Knox drops a huge leg for a two count. Knox sends Mysterio into the ropes but Mysterio ducks the clothesline and hits a head-scissors takeover. Very impressive! Knox then immediately takes Mysterio out with a big boot.
Knox picks Mysterio up and hits a straight right hand. Knox drops a knee and chokes him with the knee. Mysterio rolls to the apron and punches at Knox. Mysterio goes for a springboard but Knox catches him with a nasty backbreaker. Knox drops a knee on the small of the back and pulls back on Mysterio’s arms. Mysterio rolls and hits some kicks to the skull. Knox quickly takes him back down with a clothesline before covering for a two count. Knox sends him to the corner and charges into a pair of boots. Mysterio hits a back elbow and a head-scissors, putting Knox in position. Knox immediately gets out of the ring.
Mysterio hits a springboard dropkick, knocking Knox down. Mysterio comes off the apron with a seated senton but Knox catches him and powerbombs him into the ring post! Ouch!
We come back from the break to see Mysterio locked in a surfboard stretch. Mysterio kicks at the head to get out. Knox quickly whips him hard to the corner. Knox then applies a torture rack submission before turning it into a backbreaker for a near fall. Knox locks on a grounded bear hug. Mysterio tries to get out with an elbow but that just angers Knox, who digs an elbow into the back. Knox then locks the surfboard stretch back on. Mysterio gets to his feet and kicks out. Mysterio goes into the ropes but Knox kicks him. Knox sends him to the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Knox angrily charges and Mysterio pulls the top rope down, sending Knox over the top.
Mysterio goes to the top rope and comes off with a huge seated senton to the outside! Mysterio appears to have tweaked that right knee, the same knee that has given him trouble his entire career. They both get in the ring before getting counted out. Mysterio hits a springboard leg drop for a near fall. Mysterio punches at Knox. Knox pushes him so Mysterio tries a wheelbarrow bulldog but Knox pushes him off and hits his HUGE Cross-Body Block for a near fall! Knox hits a huge body slam and goes for a big splash but Mysterio moves. Mysterio gets him in position and hits the 619! Mysterio hits a springboard body splash for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Rey Mysterio
Match Rating: ** ?
Rey Mysterio celebrates his hard fought win, just three days before he enters the Elimination Chamber.
Quick Match Results
Evan Bourne* & Primo def. Carlito & Chavo Guerrero*
Gail Kim def. Katie Lea Burchill
Rey Mysterio def. Mike Knox
Bump of the Night: Knox powerbombing Mysterio into the ring post!
Match of the Night: Mysterio vs. Knox ** ?
This was a fun edition of Superstars with some star power in the main event. It’s nice to see a guy like Rey Mysterio appear on the show and put on a hell of a match. Mysterio and Knox put on a nice match that had some good spots. I still think Mike Knox should be further along than he is. This guy is moving and taking bumps like a cruiserweight. He has a ton of talent and should have a huge roll on Smackdown. One day they?ll recognize that. Oh who am I kidding?
The rest of the show was good as well. The Divas had a good match that hyped up the Diva’s match on Sunday. The opening bout was fun. There was a ton of action and some good wrestling. I wish they had done more with Carlito and Primo’s feud. They were such great Tag Champions last year. What a shame.
Final Rating: **
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