The WWE Superstars video plays and we?re brought into the arena with a great pyro display. Michael Cole and Jerry ?The King? Lawler welcome us to the show. Our Main Event will be Finlay taking on Dolph Ziggler.
Chris Masters vs. Santino Marella
The match begins and they circle the ring. They lock up and Masters pushes him off hard. Marella gets up, ducks a lock up, and pushes Masters. Masters is not happy as Marella claims he’s 1-0 on moves. Marella gets a side headlock on. Masters whips him off and shoulder blocks him down. Masters says they?re 1-1. They lock up and Masters knees Marella in the midsection before clubbing him. Masters whips him into the corner and charges but Marella moves and school boys him for a two count. Marella says it’s 2-2 now. Masters punches Marella and sends him into the ropes but Marella holds on. Masters charges into a boot. Marella goes for a body slam but can?t lift him. Masters then powerslams him down.
Masters stomps on Marella and punches him down. Masters hits a nasty kick to the face before picking him up and suplexing him back down. Masters drops a leg for a two count. Marella comes back with some punches and runs for a cross-body but Masters catches him and puts him in a bear hug. Marella wedges his arms under and attempts to break the hold, but can?t, so he stomps on the foot. Marella hits some punches and attempts a whip but Masters doesn?t budge. Masters sends him to the corner and clubs him a few times. Marella soon begins ?hulking up? and no selling Masters? offense. Masters slaps him, which sets him off. Marella hits some rights and lefts before chopping him in the head. Marella hits a low dropkick for a two count. Masters goes for a clothesline but Marella splits under it and hip tosses him. Marella signals he’s going for the Masterlock and locks it on! Masters breaks out of his own finisher and viciously clotheslines Marella down. Masters then locks on the Masterlock and, while Santino shows some fight, he ultimately submits.
Winner by Submission: Chris Masters
Match Rating: * ?
Another segment for WWE.com’s Ask the Divas plays. Stop wasting our time and leave this garbage on WWE.com where it belongs. Kelly Kelly was asked if she has any hidden talents and she says she can do any type of flip. How is that a hidden talent if some of her finishers deal with flips of all kinds?
ECW Champion Christian will be in action next in a non-title match.
A great Superstars video plays for World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk. Really good stuff!
Zack Ryder is seen at the announcer’s table with Josh Mathews and Matt Striker. Ryder is wearing a negligee it looks like. We see the closing moments of the Battle Royal on ECW, which he won to become the number one contender to the ECW Title.
Christian vs. Paul Burchill
The bell rings and this non-title match begins. They take some time before locking up. Burchill powers Christian to the corner and has to be backed up by the referee Mike Chioda. Christian gets behind Burchill with a waist lock, followed by a double leg takedown and a front face lock. We lose the action now as they have a shot of Zack Ryder announcing his love for his girlfriend. What? Back in the ring Burchill has Christian in a hammerlock. Christian twists out of it into his own hammerlock and gets some vicious back elbows. Burchill does a double leg takedown but Christian kicks him away. Christian hits a pair of arm drags and locks on an arm bar. Burchill gets to his feet and knees out. Burchill follows up with a headlock takeover. Christian whips him off and jumps over and under Burchill before hitting him with a dropkick for a one count.
Christian wrenches the arm but Burchill gets out with a punch and a European Uppercut. Burchill kicks him in the head before hitting a body slam for a two count. Burchill locks on a chin lock but Christian quickly gets to his feet. Burchill backs him to the corner and shoulders him. Burchill sends him to the opposite one but Christian slides through the ropes and kicks him. Christian hits a missile dropkick and goes to the top rope but Burchill walks away. Christian clotheslines him over the top rope and then hits a baseball slide. We?ll take a commercial break here.
During the commercial a Billy Mays commercial aired of him demonstrating the Awesome Auger. That’s the saddest celebrity death of 2009. Poor Billy.
We come back from the break to see Christian trapped in a chin lock. During the commercial Christian attempted a vaulting body splash to the outside but Burchill moved. Christian fights up and punches out. Christian goes into the ropes, ducks a clothesline, but can?t avoid a Samoan Drop, giving Burchill a near fall. Burchill hangs Christian over the apron on the outside and hits some uppercuts. Burchill gets him in the ring and whips him hard into the corner. Burchill hits some crossfaces and drops a knee for a two count. Christian fights back with some punches but Burchill takes him down with a Full Nelson Atomic Drop (Brother Ray’s move) and follows up with the grounded Full Nelson. Burchill releases and hits some kicks. Burchill comes off the second rope for a knee drop but Christian moves. Christian gets to the top rope but Burchill cuts him off and hits a Fisherman’s Superplex! That’s a tremendous move!
The referee is counting them down but Burchill stops it when he gets up at six. Burchill approaches Christian and gets surprised with an inside cradle, giving the ECW Champ a near fall. Burchill hits some punches and chokes him using the top rope. Christian elbows out and hits a Tornado DDT off the second rope. Christian crawls over and gets a near fall. Christian gets the crowd into it before hitting some punches. Burchill reverses a whip but can?t avoid a running forearm. Christian sends him to the ropes and hits a back body drop. Christian then stands on him as he chokes him on the second rope. Christian hits a reverse stun gun and covers for a near fall. Burchill comes back with some offense by sending Christian to the corner but Christian hits a back elbow. Christian goes for the Tornado DDT but Burchill pushes him off. Christian then kicks him away and hits a flying sunset flip for a near fall.
Burchill hits some punches and goes for a suplex but Christian slides down and hits the reverse DDT. Christian hits the Flashpoint (diving European Uppercut) for a near fall. Christian goes up top and goes for a diving head-butt but Burchill moves. Burchill hits a beautiful back suplex, turning Christian inside out, for a near fall. Burchill pushes him down in the corner and goes for an avalanche but Christian gets his boots up. Christian hits a diving back elbow and follows up with the Kill Switch for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Christian
Match Rating: ** ?
Christian holds his ECW Title as Zack Ryder talks trash to him on the outside, continually calling him ?bro.? Christian got a great reception from his home province.
Still to come tonight is Dolph Ziggler vs. Finlay.
Jim Ross and Todd Grisham welcome us back to the show. They talk about Randy Orton’s bad week, starting with losing his WWE Title to John Cena and then being defeated by Batista the next night.
Josh Mathews interviews Randy Orton. He got backstage quickly. Mathews begins asking about Batista but Orton says to forget him because he’s run away to Smackdown. Orton wants to talk about John Cena. Orton says he didn?t quit at Breaking Point ? he made a business decision to preserve his body. John Cena likes to say he’s incapable of saying ?I Quit.? Orton says that’s stupidity because four days later Cena’s probably hurting more than he is. Orton says at Hell in a Cell he’s going to beat him, hurt him, and make him suffer. Orton says he will once again become WWE Champion. Orton then goes into a catatonic coma? or something like that.
A split scene is showing Finlay and Dolph Ziggler walking to the ring.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Finlay
The match begins and they circle the ring. They lock up and Finlay gets a side headlock. Ziggler whips him off and gets shoulder blocked down. Finlay immediately locks on a nerve hold before elbowing him in the face. Finlay hits a European Uppercut followed by a snapmare for a one count. Ziggler hits a quick takedown and mounts Finlay with a punch for a one count. Finlay pushes Ziggler into the corner and is backed away. They circle again before locking up and Finlay gets the side headlock. Finlay hits a headlock takedown and gets a one count. Finlay wrenches the arm but Ziggler get a take down and drops an elbow on the knee. Ziggler locks on a leg bar but Finlay gets him off. Ziggler quickly goes through the ropes to back Finlay up.
Ziggler complains to the referee about Finlay’s untied shoe so the referee makes him tie it. While he does Ziggler kicks him in the face. Ziggler goes for a crossface but Finlay avoids it and viciously punches him. Ziggler quickly runs out of the ring and goes over the barricade to avoid Finlay.
We come back from the break to see Finlay and Ziggler against the ropes. Ziggler hits some punches and kicks. Finlay responds with some of his own and body slams him. Finlay gets a one count and quickly locks on a chin lock. Finlay drops a knee and covers for a one count. Ziggler quickly gets a double leg and gets a chin lock on. Ziggler turns this into a camel clutch. Ziggler covers for a one count. Ziggler now gets a nice neck wrench on. Ziggler gets Finlay in the corner and kicks him. The referee backs him up so Finlay shoulders him in the corner and hits an inverted atomic drop. Finlay brings Ziggler to the corner but Ziggler bounces Finlay’s head off the turnbuckle.
Finlay gets out of the ring to regroup quickly. Ziggler comes off the apron but Finlay pulls the ring apron out, crotching Ziggler. Finlay viciously punches him before putting him in the ring. Finlay gets on the apron and Ziggler dropkicks him off, sending Finlay down with a sickening thud on the outside. Ziggler hits some kicks before throwing Finlay back in the ring. Ziggler covers but his feet are on the ropes. Ziggler hits a nice standing dropkick for a two count. Ziggler locks on a chin lock and has it on tight. Finlay fights up but Ziggler simply knees him in the back and hits a jumping elbow drop for a two count. Ziggler locks the chin lock back on. Finlay fights up but Ziggler sends him sternum first into the corner and then quickly splashes him. Ziggler gets a two count for that.
Ziggler talks some trash and Finlay fights back. Ziggler kicks him to the corner and whips him hard into the corner. Ziggler punches him down there until the referee backs him up. Ziggler charges but Finlay moves. Finlay kicks Ziggler in the face and back elbows him. Finlay hits a trio of clotheslines followed by the cannonball, my girlfriend’s favorite move, for a two count. Finlay has a whip to the corner reversed on him so he tries to stop the momentum but turns and he and Ziggler clunk heads.
Finlay is the first up and gets a backslide for a near fall. Finlay shoulders Ziggler in the corner. Ziggler kicks the shillelagh toward the referee, distracting him so Ziggler can rake Finlay’s eyes. Ziggler then hits his Zigzag (Reverse Bulldog) for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: **
Dolph Ziggler backs up the ramp as Finlay looks on at this missed opportunity.
Quick Match Results
Chris Masters def. Santino Marella via Submission
Christian def. Paul Burchill (non-title)
Dolph Ziggler def. Finlay
Bump of the Night: Christian vaulting over the top rope onto the floor!
Match of the Night: Christian vs. Paul Burchill ** ?
This was a pretty average Superstars tonight. Nothing really of note happened other than some good old fashioned wrestling. They were all good showcase matches. Paul Burchill continues to impress me against Christian tonight. Burchill should be the top contender, not Zack Ryder. Ryder tanked on the guest commentary. His character just isn?t there for me. He can work but Burchill is the way better. Hopefully some day.
That’s all I?ve got. I?m sure I?ll have a lot more to say after Smackdown tomorrow, which should be a very entertaining episode, especially coming off the craziness of Breaking Point. See you there.
Final Rating: * ?
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