?Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event?? The WWE video leads us into the show.
We open up this show with that tremendous memorial video package for Captain Lou Albano. Often imitated, never duplicated. He was a true legend in the wrestling world.
The Superstars video and we?re brought into the arena with a great pyrotechnics display. Michael Cole and Jerry ?The King? Lawler welcome us to the show. Lawler almost has a heart attack as we open the show with a Divas match.
Kelly Kelly vs. Gail Kim
The bell rings and they circle the ring. The divas lock up and Kim gets a quick side headlock followed by a takeover. Kelly Kelly tries for a quick pinfall but only gets a one count. The crowd is chanting for Kelly Kelly ? hometown crowd. Kelly gets out of the headlock with the head-scissors. Kim escapes but gets taken down for a one count. Kim takes Kelly down and gets a one count. They get up and shake hands.
They lock up again and Kim gets another side headlock. Kelly pushes her off but gets shoulder blocked down for a one count. Kim wrenches the arm so Kelly back flips out and arm drags Kim. Kelly charges her in the corner so Kim slips through the ropes, slingshots in, and rolls her up for a two count. Kim forearms her a few times before sending her to the corner. Kelly slingshots over her, does a back handspring, and hits an arm drag. Kelly attempts a monkey flip but Kim pushes her off and gets a jackknife cover for a two count. Kim gets a chin lock on and holds it for a bit. Kelly eventually fights to her feet and pushes Kim to the corner. Kim gets her on the top rope and goes for a hurricanrana but Kelly holds on to the top rope. Kelly gets on Kim’s shoulders and gets a victory roll for a near fall. They then take each other out with a clothesline.
They duke it out with Kelly coming out on top. Kelly hits a pair of clotheslines, ducks one, and takes her out with a head-scissors takeover. Kelly gets a schoolgirl for a two count. Kim sends Kelly to the corner and charges. Kelly moves so Kim goes for a cross-body and misses. Kelly hits the Kelly Killer for the win. This was a good match.
Winner by Pinfall: Kelly Kelly
Match Rating: **
Kelly Kelly helps Gail Kim up and hugs her. Gail Kim responds by raising Kelly Kelly’s arm to the crowd. Kelly Kelly gets real emotional all of a sudden and leaves the ring to hug her family.
Our Main Event tonight will be R-Truth and Matt Hardy taking on Drew McIntyre and Eric Escobar.
Did you know more male teens watched WWE Superstars on Thursday night than the Major League Baseball Playoffs? Playoffs? I just hope we win a game!
We get a special, extra, EXTRA, long look at the John Cena vs. Randy Orton rivalry. I was there for their first match-up two years ago at Summerslam.
We?re welcomed back to the show by the annoying voice of Lauren Mayhew. This is ECW’s contribution to the show.
Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Tommy Dreamer & Goldust
Goldust starts it out with Ezekiel Jackson. They lock up and Goldust gets a quick side headlock. Jackson picks him up and throws him right off. Goldust approaches him and gets pushed away. Goldust responds with some big right hands. Goldust gets a side headlock, Dreamer makes a blind tag, and Jackson gets kicked in the face. Dreamer hits a running cross-body for a one count. Dreamer hits a knee lift and tags Goldust back in, who comes off the second rope with an axe handle to the arm. Jackson comes back with some punches in the corner. Jackson whips him to the opposite corner and charges into nothing as Goldust avoided him. Goldust hits an arm breaker and tags in Dreamer.
Tommy Dreamer comes off the top rope with a diving clothesline for a two count. Dreamer locks on a hammerlock but Jackson escapes and body slams him. Vladimir Kozlov is tagged in and he misses an elbow drop. Dreamer hits a punch and tags Goldust back in. Goldust hits some punches and tags Dreamer back in. Goldust whips Kozlov into the ropes, hits a drop-toe-hold and Dreamer drops an elbow for a two count. Dreamer gets Kozlov up and Kozlov drives him into his corner and tags in Jackson. The heels work on Dreamer for a long while, making frequent tags. Kozlov nearly wins the match with a belly to belly suplex. Jackson also nearly wins it with a devastating clothesline in the corner. Dreamer finds an opening by countering a body slam into a corner face smash.
Both men tag in their partners. Goldust hits Kozlov with some punches before having a whip reversed on him. Goldust hits a surprise uppercut and a bulldog for a two count broken up by Jackson. Kozlov goes for the Iron Curtain but Dreamer hits him from behind. Goldust drops him with the TKO for the surprise win!
Winners by Pinfall: Tommy Dreamer & Goldust
Match Rating: * ?
Ezekiel Jackson immediately takes them both out with clotheslines. Vladimir Kozlov makes sure to drop them both with Iron Curtains. They raise their arms in dominance and leave the ring.
Still to come tonight is Matt Hardy and R-Truth taking on Drew McIntyre and Eric Escobar.
Josh Mathews thanks Maylene and the Sons of Disaster for the use of the song ?Step Up (I?m On It),? the official theme song of Bragging Rights.
The ECW announce team runs down the Bragging Rights card. Bragging Rights is this Sunday.
A really great Superstars video plays for The Miz. The video made him look completely great.
R-Truth and Matt Hardy are walking backstage. They?ll team up next.
Michael Cole and Jerry ?The King? Lawler welcome us back to the show. They?ll call tonight’s Smackdown match.
Matt Hardy & R-Truth vs. Eric Escobar & Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre wants nothing to do with R-Truth and tags in Eric Escobar. R-Truth intimidates him before getting on a side headlock. Escobar pushes him off and shoulder blocks R-Truth. Escobar goes into the ropes, over and under R-Truth, and gets a hip toss. R-Truth hits a nice head-scissors takeover. R-Truth then splits under a clothesline and hits a back heel kick for a near fall. Matt Hardy is tagged in and he works the arm before Escobar gets the advantage and tags in McIntyre.
McIntyre controls Hardy’s arm until he gets shoved in the face corner and R-Truth is tagged in. They hit a double hip toss before hitting a double clothesline over the top rope. They then hit stereo baseball slides and celebrate as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see R-Truth hit a drop-toe-hold on Escobar. Escobar misses a splash in the corner and R-Truth hits McIntyre. R-Truth then turns into an arm breaker. Escobar works on the arm and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre assaults R-Truth in the corner and works on the arm some more. McIntyre locks on an overhead wrist lock and holds it on, increasing the fun factor in this match. Escobar is tagged in and works the arm some more until R-Truth gets an opening with a jawbreaker. R-Truth fights back and goes for a sunset clip but can?t get it. Escobar continues working the arm with submissions. McIntyre is tagged in and he continues the assault on the arm. R-Truth eventually gets an opening with a surprise cradle for a two count. They then take each other out with a double clothesline.
Matt Hardy is tagged in and he takes McIntyre out with a pair of clotheslines. Hardy hits a back elbow and drops one. Hardy hits a corner clothesline and a nasty bulldog for a near fall. McIntyre counters a Side Effect and punches Hardy. McIntyre sends him to the corner and charges into a boot. Hardy hits a second rope elbow and then a rare clothesline for a near fall broken up by Escobar. R-Truth takes him out of the ring and attempts a plancha but Escobar sidesteps him. Hardy rolls McIntyre up for a two count. Vickie Guerrero distracts the referee as Escobar snaps Hardy’s neck off the top rope. McIntyre then hits the Double Arm DDT for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Eric Escobar & Drew McIntyre
Match Rating: * ?
The young superstars celebrate their win in the ring with the cougar Vickie Guerrero.
Quick Match Results
Kelly Kelly def. Gail Kim
Tommy Dreamer* & Goldust def. Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov*
Eric Escobar & Drew McIntyre* def. Matt Hardy* & R-Truth
Bump of the Night: R-Truth’s missed plancha
Match of the Night: Kelly Kelly vs. Gail Kim **
This was a painfully boring edition of Superstars. The only saving grace was the diva’s match. I?ve been hard on the divas for, well, ever, but I?ll give it to them tonight. They were good in the ring (probably because they had time to edit Gail Kim’s botches) and had an entertaining match. I think this is the first time I?ve ever given a Match of the Night award to the divas. I?m not sure though. Someone look and tell me one day. Other than that the two tag matches were torturously boring.
My good god is that new ECW announcer bad or what? Her voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard. Yikes! I miss Lilian Garcia!
Final Rating: * ?
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