WWE Superstars
August 18, 2011
Report by: Andrew Hayman of Wrestleview.com

The Superstars video rolls and the 8/18 edition of WWE Superstars is underway! A lot of pyro goes off and Jack Korpela opens the show. He welcomes us to the show as Wade Barrett makes his way down to the ring. Trent Barretta’s music hits and he hits the ring. The referee calls for the bell.

Wade Barrett vs. Trent Barretta

Rear waist lock by Trent but Barrett with a back elbow. Barrett with multiple shots but Barreta hits a head scissors takedown out of nowhere. Flying elbow to the corner by Trent. Barrett stumbles out and Trent goes to the ropes but Barrett halts his run with a hard clothesline, Barrett with a slingshot backbreaker and a cover but Trent kicks out. Barrett with a drop kick and then some punches which floor Trent. Cover, but he kicks out. Chin lock by Barrett. Trent gets to his feet but Wade halts it with a punch and a tilt-a-whirl side slam. Chin lock by Barrett. Barrett then with a punch to the gut and tosses Trent out of the ring. Barrett goes to hit him with a big boot but misses and gets caught on the barricade. Trent with some chops and then gets on the barricade and hits a corkscrew splash. Referees count gets to eight before Trent rolls Wade in. A missile drop kick by Barretta and he follows it up with a cover but Wade kicks out. A roll up by Barretta but again Wade kicks out. Wade with a big boot attempt but Trent ducks under it, but Wade with a super kick. Barrett sets up the Wasteland but Trent wiggles out of it. Trent goes for the Dudebuster DDT but Barrett throws him across the ring. Barreta goes for a head scissors take down but Barrett holds on and lifts him up onto his shoulders and nails him with The Wasteland for the win.

Winner: Wade Barrett via Wasteland
Rating: C+

We see highlights of the match and Jack plugs the main event which will be Zack Ryder taking on Drew McIntyre.

Commercial break.

Brodus Clay’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. Jose Vargas who is already in the ring will be facing Clay. The referee calls for the bell.

Brodus Clay vs. Jose Vargas

Clay with two punches and a huge back body drop. He hits two elbow drops. Jose to the corner, so Clay applies pressure with his foot right into Vargas’s sternum. Clay pushes Jose to the ropes and punches him in the back of the head. Rear mat slam and a cover but Clay breaks it up. He sends Jose to the corner and runs full pelt at him and clotheslines him and follows it up with a high cross body for the win.

Winner: Brodus Clay via high cross body
Rating: NA

We see some replays and Jack plugs the main event again as we cut to a commercial.

Commercial break.

Santino’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. Scott Stanford welcomes us to the RAW portion of superstars. Primo’s music hits and he hits the ring. The referee calls for the bell.

Santino Marella vs. Primo

Primo pushes Santino and they lock up. Santino with a head lock takedown. Primo to his feet and he pushes him to the ropes they both shoulder block each other, but neither man goes to ground. They both shoulder block each other again with the same result. The two duck and dodge each other in a nice sequence before they go back and forth trying to hip toss each other without success before they get to the rope and break it up. Santino goes to shake his hand but Primo cheap shots him. Santino to the corner and Primo chops and kicks him. Primo whips him to the ropes but Santino vaults over and readies the cobra but Primo leaps out of the ring. Primo gets in at 6 and head butts Primo. Santino with some punches, Primo backs to the corner so Santino hits some more punches. Santino backs away and charges at Primo but goes shoulder first into the corner. Primo snaps Santino’s arm around the steel post twice and gets into the ring and hits an arm breaker facebuster. Cover by Primo but Santino kicks out. Primo pulls both of Santino’s arms back. Santino goes to power out but Primo kicks him in the gut and sends him into the steel post. Primo with a Russian Leg Sweep and a cover but Santino kicks out. Primo goes for a leg drop but Santino moves out of the way. Santino with some punches but Primo stops him with a kick to the gut. Primo with some more gut kicks into the corner. He grabs Santino but Santino with a palm to the gut and a hits a stunner. The two trade blows before Santino hits Primo with a hip toss and standing diving head butt and follows it up with a cover but Primo kicks out. The two men get to their feet and Primo gets to the corner and kicks Santino in the head and goes up to the top turnbuckle but Santino hits the ropes and Primo falls. Santino readies The Cobra while Primo is getting to his feet and Santino nails it for the win.

Winner: Santino Marella via The Cobra
Rating: C+

We see some highlights of the match and cut to a commercial.

Commercial break.

We cut back and Scott Stanford plugs the main event. Next we get to see a replay of Alberto Del Rio defending his championship against Rey Mysterio from last Monday night on RAW.

Commercial break.

We cut back with Zack Ryder already in the ring. Drew McIntyre’s music/video hits and he makes his way down to the ring. He gets into the ring and the referee calls for the bell.

Zack Ryder vs. Drew McIntyre

The two lock up but McIntyre pushes Ryder into the corner and the referee breaks it up. They lock up again and Ryder sends McIntyre into the corner backs away and gives us a ‘Woo Woo Woo’. They lock up again and McIntyre knees Ryder in the gut and hits him with some elbows and punches. Snap suplex and a cover by McIntyre but Ryder kicks out. Ryder reverses a chin lock with and arm drag takedown. McIntyre pushes Ryder so Ryder pushes him back. McIntyre slaps Ryder but Ryder slaps him back and nails him with a flap jack and clothesline him out of the ring before finally hitting him with a slingshot cross body! Ryder rolls McIntyre into the ring but McIntyre rolls out of the other side so Ryder takes chase. The two trade blows before McIntyre hits Ryder with a spine buster onto the apron! McIntyre rolls Ryder into the ring and goes for the cover but Ryder kicks out. Ryder to the corner and McIntyre hits some kicks and punches. A ‘let’s go Ryder’ chant starts up and Ryder starts to get the upper hand on Drew with some punches but Drew sends Ryder to the mat with a kick to the gut and elbow to the back. McIntyre gets out of the ring and hits Ryder with a shot while he is hanging over the apron. Ryder manages to turn and kick McIntyre into the barricade as we cut too a commercial.

Commercial break…

We cut back with McIntyre delivering a back breaker to Ryder and going for the cover, Ryder kicks out at two. McIntyre with a flurry of shots to the back of the head. McIntyre slams Ryder’s head on the mat and sends Ryder into the corner hard. Cover by McIntyre but Ryder kicks out again. McIntyre with a modified armbar/chinlock but Ryder powers to his feet and gets out of the hold. Ryder to the ropes but McIntyre chases and hits him with a hard knee to the gut. Cover by McIntyre and again Ryder kicks out. Some more punches to the back of the head by McIntyre. McIntyre chokes Ryder on the ropes and looks for a suplex to the outside but Ryder reverses with a neck breaker on the ropes. Ryder then sends McIntyre hurtling into the turnbuckles! McIntyre gets back into the ring at the count of nine. Cover by Ryder but McIntyre kicks out. Some knees to the gut by McIntyre but Ryder with a clothesline followed by a flurry of punches in the corner. Ryder with a Broski Boot and a cover but McIntyre kicks out! Ryder sets up the Rough Ryder but McIntyre reverses it into a power bomb! Cover but Ryder kicks out. Roll up by Ryder but McIntyre kicks out. McIntyre out of nowhere nails Ryder with a huge big boot! Cover, but Ryder kicks out at two again! McIntyre can’t believe it. McIntyre picks Ryder up and goes for the Future Shock DDT but Ryder flips over McIntyre’s head and nail the Rough Ryder! Cover by Ryder and he gets the win!

Winner: Zack Ryder via Rough Ryder
Rating: B

We see some highlights of the match and Scott Stanford wishes us good night and the stream fades to black.


Thoughts

This week’s episode was a very solid Superstars. First off we saw Wade Barrett come out with a win over Trent Barreta. Surprisingly good match between these two. Trent gave Wade a good challenge in their second outing. I think they are treading the water with how Barreta comes over with the crowd . I haven’t been a fan of Barreta in the past but he has improved. Maybe in the future we will be seeing Barreta in the mid card?

After this was another squash match by Brodus Clay. I’ve explained my love of his squash matches in the past few weeks. It was just brutal.

Santino and Primo had a nice fun match. Scott Stanford gaves some back story as to why they are wrestling. Primo said that Santino only had his super model girl friend because he was a WWE Superstar. So by the looks of it they are going to be using Santino as a singles wrestler again.

Finally our main event saw Zack Ryder come out with a win over Drew McIntyre. This was a fantastic match. Is it a Match of the Year candidate? Probably not. But it is a very fantastic match that I recommend watching.

Overall I’d give this show a B. Nice solid show. So that about wraps things up for this week, if you have any feedback, questions, hate or whatever email them to amdy985@hotmail.com or you can follow me on twitter by finding @amdy985. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!