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October 2, 2009

Quick hits on WWE Superstars

• Thursday’s episode of WWE Superstars was pretty ordinary. Nothing really stood out as being especially good or bad.

• The Kofi Kingston-Miz match told a story that allowed both guys to look strong heading into Sunday’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. Miz dominated the contest before Kingston scored the win out of nowhere with Trouble in Paradise. You left the match with the impression that Miz is a real threat to the title and that Kingston is very resilient.

• The Shad Gaspard-Tyson Kidd bout was a decent big man versus little man match. The finish was good, as Kidd did a springboard and was caught by Gaspard, who then hit his STO finisher for the win.

• There wasn’t much heat for the Sheamus-Tyler Reks match. Sheamus still isn’t fully connecting with the crowd, and the fans really haven’t been given much reason to get behind Reks. It was kind of sad when Reks tried to get the crowd to cheer him during his comeback and he was met with indifference.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 5:12 PM | | Comments (7)


The Tyler Reks situation is interesting... I think he didn't make much of an impression when he first appeared mainly because he lost two straight matches, clean, against Zack Ryder. Ryder was almost a nobody as a singles wrestler at the time, and so I think it was a bizarre booking decision. I wonder if he would be more over now had he not lost those two straight matches. I wonder how quickly he got over in FCW...

Ryder, on the other hand, seems like one of the guys who's gonna be headlining ECW in the next few months...

To Reks's defense, recently it's been much easier for heels to come in and be somewhat successful and pushed.
(see McIntyre/Kozlov/Jackson/THD/etc).

Although i dont know how Yoshi Tatsu got over so fast.

Reks isn't a bad performer whatsoever. He's been solid; just not spectacular. I just don't think that the writers have given him much to work with. Guys like Tatsu, Sheamus, and Ryder have been given feuds and storylines to work with.

It would not surprise me if Reks was released within the next few months.

"It was kind of sad when Reks tried to get the crowd to cheer him during his comeback and he was met with indifference."


Indifference? I heard loud boos and a "boring" catcall. Indifference would have been an improvement. I say that Reks will be gone in three weeks, and the creative team should share the blame for his failure. They shouldn't have forced him to be a surf dude. In my opinion, that passe gimmick ranks up (down?) there with a towel-waving motivational speaker and a carnival guy who talks nonsense and presides over people's hammering spikes into their noses.

It's cool how WWE seemed to listen to the fans. I got nothing against Reks, but Tatsu obviously gets a much bigger reaction and he's in the main event. Reks, none really, and is getting a match here and there but never anything meaningful. It does seem as though WWE is listening to the fans in this case.

Finally Superstars has come down to Australia... Sorry channeling the Rock there.

Thankfully I am a diehard THD fan and so I enjoyed the Tyson Kidd Vs Shad match although it just seemed to be weird that for the past 3 months THD and Cryme Tyme have been going at it without any real heat source. There are no belts to be feuding over and no back story on why they would be feuding except a couple of minor insults... They either need to get belts into that feud or DH Smith needs to be revealed as Eve's ex (sorry Tyson Kidd and Natalya have been dating for 5 years or something like that so it doesn't work any other way) There needs to be a backstory.

Well this was the first Ep I have seen all the way through and I must say I was disappointed. Although at the moment I am in confusion over who will win Kofi's title on Sunday, should be interesting.

eee, it seemed to me that Tatsu got over so fast because he pinned Benjamin (still a heel) after Benjamin's rather outrageous racist comments.

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