WWE Superstars
July 21, 2011
Report by: Andrew Hayman of Wrestleview.com

The signature rolls and we are underway for the 7/21 edition of WWE Superstars! A huge amount of pyro goes off and Jack Korpela welcomes us to the show. We will be seeing a recap of what happened on RAW last week when Mr. McMahon was ‘relieved of his duty’ by Triple H. But before that Justin Gabriel’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. Jack and Matt again plug what happened on RAW as Tyson Kidd makes his way out. He gets in the ring and the referee calls for the bell.

Justin Gabriel vs. Tyson Kidd

Tyson with a takedown, but Gabriel reverses it into a head lock followed by a shoulder block. Kidd looks for a hip toss but Gabriel lands on his feet and trips him with a leg sweep followed by a cover but Kidd kicks out. Kidd with a knee and some punches. He whips Gabriel to the corner and charges but Gabriel ducks out of the way. Gabriel looks for a springboard splash but Kidd see’s it coming and hits him in the stomach with a drop kick! Kidd with a knee to the head followed by a snapmare and a kick to the back. Cover, but Gabriel kicks out. Kidd with a chin lock. He lets go of the hold and hits an elbow followed by some kicks. Swinging neck breaker by Kidd and a cover. Gabriel kicks out. Kidd with some trash talk while he locks in another chin lock. Gabriel slowly starts to power out. He reverses with an arm drag and hits some spinning heel kicks. Gabriel with a spinning back fist and follows it up with a cover but Kidd kicks out. Kidd with his own spinning heel kick. He follows it up with a drop kick to the head and a cover but Gabriel kicks out. Gabriel backs to the ropes. Kidd charges at Gabriel but Gabriel kicks him in the head. Gabriel skins the cat up onto the turnbuckle. Kidd sees this and rushes over and hits a flurry of punches. He sets up a frankensteiner but Gabriel holds on to the ropes. He looks down at Kidd and nails him with a 450 splash!

Winner: Justin Gabriel via pinfall
Rating: C

We see some highlights of the match and we cut back to Gabriel posing up on the turnbuckle.

Commercial, Summerslam.

Alicia Fox’s music hits and she prances her way down to the ring. Natalya is already in the ring. The referee calls for the bell.

Alicia Fox vs. Natalya

The two jaw jack for a bit and Alicia pushes Natalya, Natalya comes right back at her and shoves Alicia to the mat. Alicia charges at Natalya but she trips her. Natalya with a stomach hold. Natalya rips the belt off Alicia. She ducks a clothesline attempt and hits a delayed vertical suplex. Cover but Alicia kicks out. Natalya has her in a surfboard submission. The referee goes for the count on Natalya because her shoulders are on the mat. Natalya lets the hold go. Natalya with a roll up but Alicia kicks out. The two trade slaps. Alicia with an elbow to Natalya followed by some kicks. Alicia goes for her scissors kick but NAtalya grabs her legs and looks for the sharpshooter. Natalya nearly has the hold locked in but Alicia rolls her through for the win.

Winner: Alicia Fox via pinfall.
Rating: D

Commercial, Wrestlemania travel package.

The tag team champs David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty make there way out. It looks like they have dropped CM Punk’s entrance music. Scott Stanford welcomes us to the RAW portion of the show. Zack Ryder’s music hits and he gives us a “Woo Woo Woo” on top of the ramp. He makes his way down and Santino’s music hits. Santino and David Otunga will start us off and the referee calls for the bell.

Non-title match
Santino Marella & Zack Ryder vs. WWE Tag Team Champions David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty

The two lock up and Otunga pushes Santino to the mat. Ryder tags himself in and Ryder and Otunga lock up. Ryder with a WOO WOO WOO and hits an arm drag takedown followed by an arm bar. Ryder with a tag. Santino goes for a palm to the chest but Otunga looks confused and hits him with a punch. Otunga tags in McGillicutty. McGillicutty goes for a clothesline but Santino hits him with an arm drag and hits him with an atomic drop. Santino goes for the cobra but McGillicutty runs out of the ring. Santino takes chase and Otunga goes to clothesline Santino but he ducks and hits Otunga with the Cobra! But McGillicutty hits Santino with a splash from the apron!

Commercial, WWE All Stars.

We come back with McGillicutty hitting Santino with a drop kick and follows it up with a cover but Santino kicks out. A tag by McGillicutty and Otunga hits Santino with some shots. Otunga with a boot and a cover but Santino kicks out. Otunga with a modified chin lock. Santino powers up and hits Otunga with some elbows but Otunga hit Santino with a shot of his own. Otunga drops Santino onto the turnbuckle head first and hits him on the rebound with a clothesline. Cover, but Santino kicks out. Otunga makes the tag to McGillicutty and they double team Santino in the corner. Cover by McGillicutty and another tag. They go to double team Santino again but Santino ducks out of the way and clotheslines Otunga to the mat and McGillicutty hits the ropes with a drop kick. Santino makes the tag to Ryder and Ryder comes in and hits Otunga with a clothesline and a flurry of diving elbows. Otunga to the corner and Ryder hits the Broski boot! Cover but McGillicutty breaks it up. Santino goes to clothesline McGillicutty out of the ring but he grabs the ropes and ducks and Santino goes flying. McGillicutty turns around and gets clotheslined out of the ring by Ryder. Otunga goes for the Verdict but Ryder reveres it into The Rough Ryder! Cover 1…2…3!

Winners: Santino Marella and Zack Ryder
Rating: B-

We see some highlights of the match and Santino does his trumpet celebration in the ring. They celebrate a bit more and we cut to a commercial.

Commercial, Rey Mysterio: The Life of a Masked Man.

We come back and Evan Bourne’s music hits. He makes his way down to the ring. Primo is already in the ring. Evan showboats for the crowd and the referee calls for the bell.

Evan Bourne vs. Primo

Primo with an arm drag, arm bar but lets go of the hold. Primo with an arm wrench. Evan with a snapmare chin lock. Primo gets out of the hold, Evan goes to Irish whip Primo to the corner but he reverses. Primo charges at Evan but Evan looks to flip Primo over the ropes. Primo holds on and holds himself vertically in the corner. Evan turns around and Primo drops his legs down and hits him with a head scissors takedown! Evan with a head scissors take down of his own. He looks for a drop kick but Primo dodges it. Primo looks for a suplex but Evan blocks it and Bourne with a kick to the legs. Bourne looks for another head scissors take down but Primo slams him head first into the mat. Primo choking Bourne on the ropes with his knee. Referee breaks it up. Primo bounces off the ropes and hits Evan with a running knee to the back of the head but Primo flies out of the ring between the ropes! Cover but Evan kicks out. Primo with a Russian leg sweep and a modified arm bar. Bourne gets to his feet but Primo with some punches to Bourne. Primo with some kicks to a cornered Bourne. Primo lifts Bourne up and hits a delayed vertical suplex. Cover, Bourne kicks out. Primo with a chin lock. Bourne powers out and hits some kicks. Bourne with a leaping heel kick. He whips Primo to the ropes and Primo corkscrews over Bourne and goes for a roll up But Bourne keeps rolling and he hits a leaping double foot stomp. Cover, but Primo kicks out. Primo with an elbow but Bourne with a hurricanrana. Primo kicks out. The two put on an awesome display by reversing each others pins which ends with Bourne hitting Primo with a spinning heel kick. Bourne goes up and hits the Shooting Star Press! This match is all over.

Winner: Evan Bourne via pinfall.
Rating: C+

They show a really cool looking angle from the mat of Bournes Shooting Star Press. Evan celebrates up the ramp and we will be seeing the RAW recap of Vince McMahon being relieved of his duties next. This ends the show.


Thoughts

This was a solid episode of Superstars. Other than the horrendous Divas matches all of the matches were solid. We started the show with Justin Gabriel coming out on top of Tyson Kidd after a 450 splash. Although I did enjoy the match, it just didn’t really have any flow to it. Mainly with the kicks. They had a little section in the middle where they traded kicks and it just seemed to really slow the match down too much. It sort of felt like, ok I did a kick now it’s your turn.

Alicia Fox come out with a win over Natalya after a roll up. They seemed everywhere in this match and was just awful. Not much else to say.

Zack Ryder and Santino came out with a win over the tag champs after Otunga went for The Verdict but Ryder Reversed it into the Rough Ryder. This was a good tag team match. Not too flashy or spotty but just a nice solid match. From what I recall this is the third time in a row that the champs have lost. It really makes them look like weak champions. But then again when have they ever looked like strong champions.

Finally we saw Evan Bourne defeat Primo after a shooting star press. I really enjoyed this match but I’m a huge sucker for these little men flippy, flippy, reversal matches. Bourne looked as impressive as ever. Primo actually surprised me. He was really fluent with his movements and reversals. I could easily see him in a mid-card spot.

Overall I’d give the show a good solid C+, I’ve stressed this in the past few weeks about how I wish they would put the RAW recaps in the middle of the show but what can you do. They are trying to play this angle up and build more hype for it.

That about wraps this weeks recap up, if you have any questions, feedback, hate or whatever my email is amdy985@hotmail.com or you can find me on twitter @amdy985. Thanks for reading I’ll see you guys next week!