WWE Superstars offered fans three solid matches as the build-up to the Tables, Ladders, & Chairs pay-per-view, highlighted by a spirited encounter between SmackDown’s Matt Hardy and Dolph Ziggler.
Rounding out the action was the emergence of a new masked man on the ECW horizon, and Legacy being challenged by the new combination of Primo and Evan Bourne in tag team action.
Legacy Prevails in Tag Team Opener
Superstars kicked off with the new tandem of Primo and Evan Bourne facing the far more experienced combo of Legacy. Primo and Rhodes started off with some nice mat wrestling to establish a nice pace. DiBiase then fell victim to the quick offense of Bourne, which also allowed Primo to gain a small measure of revenge on DiBiase for missing the Breakthrough battle royal 2 weeks ago on Raw. Using quick tags and strong offense, Legacy applied the pressure, stopping a rally from Bourne almost as soon as it started. Primo made his way back into the match, triggering a comeback, but after helping Bourne dispose of DiBiase with a highspot, the former Unified Tag Team Champ was left wide open, and Rhodes hit his Crossroads finisher to score the three-count for Legacy!
Unknown Assailant Ends ECW Showcase
Zack Ryder, accompanied by Rosa Mendes, hit the ring to face off with The Hurricane in a solid and well-paced match between two of the WWE’s smaller grapplers. This could have been a clinic, as both men possess impressive arsenals, but this one ended abruptly as a msyterious masked man laid out the Hurricane. The smart money says this was Paul Birchill in a hood, out for revenge after his quest to unmask The Hurricane cost him his ECW contract, and the weeks ahead will surely provide more clues to the identity of the new villain on the block in ECW.
Hardy and Ziggler Provide Outstanding Main Event
In this week’s Superstars main event, Matt Hardy looked to upend the always controversial, if somewhat directionless Dolph Ziggler. With the crowd firmly behind Hardy, he took the early advantage before Ziggler used a cheap shot and a handful of tights to nearly sneak away with one. Hardy soon regained the lead, however, battling Ziggler on the outside and using the ring as a weapon. As the match wore on, the ring awareness of both men contributed to what was becoming a great all-around match. Ziggler used a sharp leg sweep to knock Hardy from the middle rope and continue to press his advantage, and in a fantastic conclusion, both men countered the other’s finisher, but it was Ziggler who took home the bigger end of the paycheck this week after backsliding Hardy for the pinfall and a hard-fought win!