The Superstars video plays and we’re brought into the arena with a big fireworks display. Scott Stanford and Jerry “The King” Lawler welcome us to the show. This is literally the first Superstars episode I’ve watched since I last recapped it in March. Who the hell is Scott Stanford?
Zack Ryder vs. David Hart Smith
They circle the ring and Ryder taunts with the “Woo, woo, woo”. They lock up and Smith gets a side headlock. Ryder whips him off and gets shoulder blocked down. Ryder rolls out of the ring to recover. Ryder wants the referee to back Smith up before he gets back in the ring. Ryder quickly hits a knee to the midsection before punching. Smith reverses a whip but Ryder holds on to the ropes. Ryder slaps him in the face and quickly runs to the apron. Smith catches him and brings him back into the ring the hard way. Smith hits an atomic drop and goes for the Sharpshooter but Ryder blocks it. Smith turns it to a single leg crab but Ryder gets to the ropes.
Ryder stuns Smith with a shoulder block to the midsection but Smith quickly comes back with a few uppercuts. Smith hits a short-arm clothesline for a two count. Smith applies an arm bar. Smith releases the arm bar and yanks at it a few times. Smith hits a delayed vertical suplex in tribute to his father for a near fall. Smith covers two more times for the same result. Ryder goes to the outside and Smith follows, giving him a nasty uppercut that floors him.
Ryder catches Smith with a kick coming back into the ring. Smith quickly comes back by sending him to the corner but quickly runs into Ryder’s boots. Ryder hits a missile dropkick for a near fall. Ryder applies a chin lock before hitting him for a near fall. Ryder applies a grounded abdominal stretch. The crowd gets into it and Smith gets out of it. Smith punches before going into the ropes but Ryder counters with a flapjack for a near fall. Ryder hits a front suplex onto the top rope and gets a near fall. Ryder applies the body scissors as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Smith trapped in an abdominal stretch. Ryder uses the ropes illegally and the referee catches him. Smith powers Ryder to the corner to break it. Smith punches away at him and charges him in the corner but Ryder moves. Ryder kicks away at the midsection before putting him on the top rope. Smith head-butts him off the ropes and goes for a diving fist. Ryder gets a foot up but Smith catches it. Ryder then avoids an elbow drop. Smith blocks a suplex with one of his own.
Smith comes back with a shoulder block, clothesline, and a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Smith runs into the boot but quickly gets him with a powerslam for a near fall. Smith misses a leg drop but is able to duck the Zack Attack. Smith hits the Saito Suplex for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: David Hart Smith
Match Rating: **
NXT continues to haunt my dreams as they show a recap of the show. It sucks – I don’t care.
Lay-Cool takes on Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly in the main event. God help me.
Darren Young & Yoshi Tatsu vs. Jimmy & Jey Uso
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee, is the official. Darren Young takes on Jey Uso to start it. They lock up and Young pushes him off. Jey surprises him with punches and shoulder blocks in the corner. Young blocks a punch and uppercuts him down. Young hits a back elbow and a leg drop for a one count. Young wrenches the arm and tags in Tatsu. They hit a double team shoulder block. Yoshi hits a kick to the chest for a two count. Yoshi chops the chest and kicks away wildly at him. Yoshi misses a roundhouse and Jey gets out of the ring. Yoshi chases him around the ring and Jey quickly tags in Jimmy.
Jimmy surprises Yoshi with a body slam and a diving head-butt for a near fall. Jimmy tags in Jey and he punches Yoshi in the corner. Jimmy kicks and clubs away at Yoshi before hitting a nice body slam. Jey is tagged in and he applies a chin lock. Yoshi fights up and elbows out. Yoshi goes into the ropes and gets a crucifix pin for a near fall. Jey quickly comes back with a clothesline for a near fall. Jey goes back to the chin lock. Yoshi fights up and turns a back suplex into a cross-body for a near fall. Yoshi hits an enzuigiri and both men are down.
Young and Jimmy are tagged in. Young comes off the top rope with an axe handle before knocking Jey off the apron. Young hits a suplex on Jimmy for a near fall. Young goes for a Full Nelson. Jey blind tags in and they hit a double team flapjack/Samoan Drop combo. The Alley-Usss! Nice!
Winners by Pinfall: Jimmy & Jey Uso
Match Rating: * 1/2
The Diva Main Event is hyped.
Matt Striker and Jack Korpela welcome us back to the show. They lead us to the Raw Rebound and then the Smackdown Rebound.
Lay-Cool makes their entrance. They’ll take on Kelly Kelly and Beth Phoenix next.
Lay-Cool vs. Beth Phoenix & Kelly Kelly
It’s nice to see Beth Phoenix in action after that scary bump at TLC. That’s probably the only thing that will be nice about this match. Beth starts off against McCool. McCool kicks and gets a side headlock. Beth whips her off and shoulder blocks her. McCool is in pain from a bruise on her shoulder and gets in Layla. They lock up and Beth powers her down. She’s in pain now too after going through the table Sunday. Beth picks her up and powers her to the corner. Kelly is tagged in and she hits a top rope sunset flip for a near fall. Kelly bounces her face off the mat and tags in Beth. Beth hits a slingshot suplex (Tully Blanchard!) for a near fall. Beth hammers her and shoves her into McCool, sending her off the apron. Layla joins her outside and Kelly baseball slides them down.
We come back from the break to see Kelly hit a handspring back elbow on Layla. Layla quickly comes back with some kicks and tags in McCool. McCool misses a clothesline and Kelly hits a head-scissors takeover. Kelly hits a Thesz Press but McCool quickly comes back with a belly-to-belly suplex for a two count. McCool kicks and knees her in the back. McCool slams her down and taunts Beth with push-ups.
Layla is tagged and she chokes Kelly with her boot. Layla hits a snapmare and talks trash to Beth. Kelly rolls her up but the referee missed it. Layla applies a body scissors before sending her to the corner. McCool is tagged in and she kicks. Kelly flips out of a back suplex and slaps her. McCool gets her before she tags Beth. Layla pulls on the hair and slams her in the corner and hits some shoulder blocks. Layla misses a shoulder block but she’s able to stop Kelly from again tagging Beth. Layla misses a flying leg drop and Beth is tagged.
Layla begs her off but Beth kicks her. Beth knocks McCool off the apron and takes Layla down a few times. Layla avoids a powerslam but Beth is able to hit her with a flying clothesline but McCool breaks up the pin. Beth goes for the Glam Slam but McCool runs in and accidentally kicks Layla. Beth takes McCool out and hits the Glam Slam on Layla for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Beth Phoenix & Kelly Kelly
Match Rating: * 1/4
Quick Match Results
David Hart Smith def. Zack Ryder
Jimmy & Jey Uso def. Yoshi Tatsu & Darren Young
Beth Phoenix & Kelly Kelly def. Lay-Cool
Bump of the Night: The Alley-Ussssss
Match of the Night: Smith vs. Ryder **
This was an average edition for Superstars. It’s about what I remember it being like having not recapped or watched the show since March. The only thing that’s different is the announcers. Scott Stanford wasn’t horrible but Jack Korpela was inexcusable. That guy shouldn’t be commentating.
I would comment on the guys who wrestled tonight but what can I really say? The matches were good but none of them show any signs of leaving mid-card hell or this show so who cares really? As for the divas I’m sure we’ll see part two, three, four, and five in the coming weeks because that’s really all the diva talent on the roster. Maybe they’ll mix in Rosa Mendes for no reason somewhere in there as well.
Final Rating: * 3/4
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