WWE Superstars 11/02/11: Review, Thoughts and Minutiae
WWE Superstars is available free online from wwe.com. Normally the show is used to recap the current angles on Raw and SmackDown, but this wasn't the case this week. Admittedly, it was a little odd, but I'm not going to complain. Let's get to it.
The show opened with Justin Gabriel coming down the ring, with Jack Korpela and Matt Striker calling the action. Jinder Mahal came out to very little heat. He cut a promo in Punjabi while the crowd did a nice, albeit quiet "What?" chant.
Justin Gabriel vs. Jinder Mahal
Mahal opened up with a few punches. The men hit a few of their signature spots while Korpela put over Gabriel as an adrenaline junkie. Mahal hit a high knee to send Gabriel to the outside at 1:08. Mahal took control over the action. Gabriel teased a false comeback as the announcing crew wondered if Gabriel would be able to his the 450 Splash.
At 3:25 into the match, Mahal missed a knee into the corner as Justin dropped out the way. Gabriel took over, hitting a series of kicks. Gabriel went for a springboard moonsault, but Mahal rolled out of the way.
Landing on his feet, Justin locked up with Mahal and managed him into a neckbreaker. He hit the 450 Splash on the Punjabi Comedian to get the three count.
Winner-Gabriel via Pinfall @ 5:25. Solid match to open the program. Both men did alright here. Nothing really great, but nothing really bad either. *1/2
Korpela hyped the Morrison and McIntyre for the epic "Who's the better Jobber?" Main Event. Video hyping WrestleMania 28 in Miami, then a "Did You Know" segment. Did you know the WWE has more of these "Did You Know?" segments when a Saturday morning cartoon?
Yoshi Tatsu came down the ring wearing his usual mask while Scott Stanford and Josh Mathews took over. Tyson kidd's intro hit while the announcing crew put over some Twitter war between Kidd and Tatsu that no one knew or cared about.
Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyson Kidd
The match opened with Stanford talking about some racially insensitive tweet that Kidd did. Quick series of reverses, then Tatsu almost nailed a crescent kick that Kidd dropped quickly to avoid.
Tatsu started to beat down Kidd in the corner and began working over Kidd's arm. Kidd hit a kick while Yoshi was on the top of the turnbuckle. J-Pop dropped to the outside at about 2:30 into the match.
Kidd went to the outside, put Yoshi's lower back into the edge of the ring, screamed, and rolled him back into the ring. Kidd dominated the match for a bit.
Yoshi attempted a pin, but Kidd kicked out. Tatsu continued to get beat down. Tatsu sold double armed submission rather nicely. Yoshi mounted a comeback. J-Pop dropped a diving chop to Kidd's dome at about 4:40. Kidd hit a few kicks before the two knocked each other down with a clothesline before heading to break.
Back from break and Tatsu took over on offense with a few chops and kicks. Tatsu went up to the rope for a spinning heel kick, but got caught and moved into a Sharpshooter. Kidd sat down into it which Yoshi sold well.
Yoshi got the rope to force the break around 8:30 into the match. Tyson went to the rope while Yoshi got a respite for a few seconds
Tyson missed the leg drop while Yoshi was on the ropes. After hitting a shoulder to Yoshi's stomach, Kidd hit Tatsu with an enziguri. Kidd was going for springboard maneuver, but Kidd caught Tatsu while he was getting his knees up and went again for the Sharpshooter. Tatsu reversed to a roll up. Kidd kicked out, after which Tatsu hit the roundhouse for a successful pinfall.
Winner: Tatsu via pinfall @ 9:40. Fun match between the match with some nice spots. Tatsu sells better then most WWE stars and made the Sharpshooter look crippling. **
Another quick pimping for the main event and long pimping of the Hart/Michael's DVD. Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" is the official theme for Survivor Series. I wonder if Mi Ami opens for 'em. Raw Rebound recapped the Muppets on Raw. Oh dear God, make this stop. The less I deal with last Monday's episode, the better.
Morrison comes out actually wearing something a grin on his face. Break time! Raw advertising pimping the 3 hour show with the tagline "Raw gets Rocked!" No, I'm not kidding. Back from break and Drew's music hit with some heat. Or it might just be the heavy bass guitar in his song.
John Morrison vs. Drew McIntyre
Morrison and McIntyre hook up. Drew pushes MoJo off the ropes and hit the shoulder block with a smirk. Drew takes over on offense, hitting a few knees, punches and eventually a big boot. Stanford and Mathews put over Drew taking some time off to re-focus just as Morrison hits a jawbreaker then a frankensteiner to send Drew out of the ring at 2:23. Morrison flipped over the metal stairs and hit Drew with a standing dropkick.
McIntyre began to go under the ring to see how Hornswoggle was doing. MoJo attempted to pull Drew out and got pulled into the edge of the ring for his trouble.
Back in the ring, Drew took over and worked on MoJo's shoulder. Morrison got put onto the top turnbuckle, punched the taste from Drew's mouth and hit the Flying Chuck at 3:45. Drew rolled out of the ring and we go to commercial. More Cena/Rock pimpage for WrestleMania 28.
Back from break and Drew is again in control with an armbar on MoJo. Morrison attempted a comeback, only to get stomped by Drew into the mat. Pinfall try by Drew, but only for two count.
Morrison hit an enziguri on Drew for a break in the action. Morrison started to mount some offense and hit the Moonlight Drive on the Scotsman for two count at 6:50. Morrison teased a Starship Pain, but Drew rolled up as Morrison landed on his feet.
Morrison hit the corkscrew crossbody on Drew and rolled him back into the ring. Morrison remained in control as hit the shining wizard and went for the cover. Drew got his foot on the ropes to break the count. Back to their feet and Drew hit the big boot again for a two count.
Drew assumed control of the offense. He went for a suplex, but Morrison got out of it. Bouncing off the ropes to a tilt-a-whirl, Morrison lanced teased a suplex of his own. Drew pushed off and hit a sitout spinebuster for a two count. Again with the cover, but same result.
Drew hit a clothesline in the corner. The Scotsman dragged Morrison out to the middle of the ring, but Morrison hit the C4 for a two count. Going to the edge of the ring, Morrison dominated the exchange. MoJo went for a kick, but Drew ducked and Morrison's shin ate the ring post. Back in the ring, Drew went for a power bomb, but MoJo wormed out. Drew kicked the injured shin of Morrison and hit the Future Shock DDT for the three count.
Winner: McIntyre via pinfall @ 11:05. Pretty solid main event for Superstars, and better then the usual fair of WWE matches. Great series of exchanges and nice storytelling in this match. Overall, a fun match. **3/4.
Drew celebrated his victory over the (soon to be departing) Morrison and we wrap it up.
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