Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s WWE Superstars recap. If you all are ready, then since Adelitas Way is playing the intro, let’s get on with the show!
We kick things off with the RAW portion of this week’s show, with announcers Josh Mathews & Scott Stanford.
Kofi Kingston vs. “The Party Starter” Curt Hawkins w/Tyler Reks
Lock-up and Hawkins sends Kingston to the corner, then breaks clean. Hawkins then goes for a right hand, but Kingston ducks and goes for the Trouble in Paradise, but Hawkins sees it coming and slides out to the outside. Kingston motions that he almost had Hawkins as Reks is giving Hawkins some advice on the outside. Hawkins gets back in the ring and then takes Kingston down with a drop toe hold. Hawkins goes into an armbar as the crowd chants for Kingston. Hawkins wrenches the arm, but Kingston spins out and then kips up, followed by sweeping out Hawkins’ leg and finally a leaping splash for a nearfall. Kingston then with an armdrag into an armbar. Hawkins maneuvers Kingston to the corner and breaks, but then nails Kingston with a shoulder to the gut. Hawkins with a snapmare takeover, followed by a knee driven between the shoulder blades. Hawkins then with a side headlock takedown. Kingston gets to his feet and then Irish whips Hawkins. However, Hawkins then knocks Kingston down with a shoulder tackle. Hawkins talks trash to Kingston before going off the ropes, but then Kingston does his double leapfrogs, followed by a flying back elbow for a nearfall. Kingston then with a dropkick, followed by a clothesline that sends Hawkins over the ropes and to the outside. Reks shouts some words of encouragement to Hawkins as Kingston gets a head of steam and nails Hawkins with a tope dive. Kingston sends Hawkins back into the ring, but as Kingston gets back into the ring, he gets distracted by Reks on the outside and this allows Hawkins to drill Kingston with a kneelift while Kingston’s head was through the ropes. Hawkins then with a neckbreaker that drives the back of Kingston’s head across the top rope and sends him crashing facefirst to the outside. Reks trash talks Kingston as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Hawkins has Kingston in a chinlock as the crowd is chanting for Kingston to try and will him back into the match. Kingston gets to his feet and nails Hawkins with some gut shots, followed by taking him down to get out of the hold. Hawkins then comes right back and nails Kingston with a clothesline for a nearfall as Hawkins covered him nonchalantly. Hawkins with a knee to the back, followed by locking back in the rear chinlock. Crowd chants for Kingston again as he gets to his feet. Kingston tries to fight out with some more gut shots, but Hawkins takes him back down with a version of a STO for another nearfall. Hawkins then goes to a front chancery as the crowd once again tries to will Kingston back into the match. Kingston gets to his feet and tries to break out again with gut shots, but Hawkins comes back with a club to the back. Hawkins drives Kingston into the corner, then paintbrushes him in a sign of disrespect. The referee pushes Hawkins back but then as Hawkins charges, Kingston nails him with the Pendulum kick. Kingston heads up top and connects with the Froggy Crossbody for a nearfall. Kingston hits a pair of double back chops, followed by a dropkick. Kingston charges, but Hawkins gets his boot up. Hawkins goes for a clothesline, but Kingston counters and then connects with the SOS, but Hawkins gets his hand on the bottom rope before the referee can make the 3 count. Kingston goes after Hawkins, but Hawkins tries to throw him to the outside, but Kingston holds on to the ropes. Kingston with a shoulder to the gut while on the apron, then springboards and lands on his feet as Hawkins ducked underneath him. Hawkins then hits a big scoop slam for a nearfall. Hawkins calls for Reks as they are planning to do something. Hawkins with an Irish whip, but Kingston reverses it.
Hawkins holds on to the ropes and charges back in, but Kingston catches him with Trouble in Paradise for the victory.
Winner: Kofi Kingston by pinfall (Trouble in Paradise)
Brie Bella w/Nikki vs. Kelly Kelly
Lock-up and Brie sends Kelly into the corner while also pulling at her hair. Brie breaks clean, then kicks Kelly in the gut. Brie hits a series of stomps in the corner before being moved away by the referee. Brie charges, but Kelly kicks her in the gut to pay her back. Kelly then hooks in the Figure 4 Necklock, followed by taking Brie’s legs out from under her and sending her facefirst into the mat. Kelly then pulls Brie out and Brie then crashes hard on the outside. Kelly then drives Brie’s face into the floor multiple times before sending her back into the ring. Brie asks for forgiveness, but Kelly will have nothing of it and stomps Brie’s hand, followed by smacking her on the tush. Brie charges, but misses a clothesline as Kelly goes off the ropes, but Brie catches her and connects with a side slam for a nearfall.
Brie stomps away at Kelly, then pulls back with a handful of Kelly’s hair. Brie taunts to the crowd that its “So easy”, then gains another nearfall. Brie with more stomps to Kelly, then places her in the ropes and locks in a surfboard while Kelly is in the ropes. Brie gains yet another nearfall, then goes to a chinlock. Kelly gets to her feet and then arm whips Brie to get out of the hold.
Kelly then charges and connects with a Lou Thesz press, followed by unloading with right hands. Brie misses another clothesline as Kelly goes off the ropes and connects with her multiple revolution headscissors takeover. Kelly then charges and hits the handspring elbow, followed by the Stinkface. Kelly then hits a running bulldog for a nearfall.
Brie comes back with a knee to the gut, then setups for the Bella Buster, but Kelly takes her down and then hooks Brie in a jackknife pin for the victory.
Winner: Kelly Kelly by pinfall (Jackknife pin)
Back from commercial, we go to a video of many of the WWE Superstars talking about the historic “End of an Era” match from WrestleMania 28.
We then move to the lone Smackdown match of this week’s show, with announcers Josh Mathews & Matt Striker.
Jinder Mahal vs. “The Personification of Domination” Ezekiel Jackson
Mahal with an arm wrench into a keylock to start things off, but Zeke just powers out and throws Mahal down to the mat. Mahal slaps Zeke across the face and talks trash to him, but then Zeke responds with a club to the back of Mahal’s neck to knock him back down. Zeke with another club, this time to Mahal’s back, followed by a gut shot. Zeke with another club to the back, followed by throwing Mahal across the ring. Zeke setups for the big clothesline in the corner and charges, but Mahal sees it coming and nails Zeke with a dropkick to the knee that sends Zeke facefirst off the middle turnbuckle.
Mahal stomps away at Zeke, followed by hitting a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Mahal with a club to the back, followed by choking Zeke in the ropes using his knee. Mahal with more stomps to Zeke and then chokes him again with his knee. Mahal with a series of knees to the side of Zeke’s head, then locks in a chinlock as the crowd chants “USA”. Zeke gets to his feet, but Mahal nails him with a club to the back. Mahal then hits a Russian leg sweep for another nearfall. Mahal goes back to the chinlock as the crowd tires to will on Zeke. Mahal then switches into a cravate as Zeke gets to his feet, but then Mahal nails him again with a club to the back. Mahal with a knee to the gut, then paintbrushes Zeke multiple times in the back of the head. Mahal unloads with stomps in the corner, followed by choking Zeke again with his knee. Mahal with another slap to Zeke, but that slap woke Zeke up as he goozles Mahal and knocks him down with a right hand.
Zeke with a shoulder tackle, followed by the big clothesline in the corner and finally a 2nd one. Zeke Irish whips Mahal and charges, but Mahal gets his boot up. Mahal then with a running knee to the back of Zeke to knock him down.
Mahal then locks in the Camel Clutch as Zeke has no choice but to tapout.
Winner: Jinder Mahal by submission (Camel Clutch)
Back from commercial, we close Superstars with the “RAW Rebound” video, highlighting the chaos involving Brock Lesnar & John Cena as we go to credits.
Gonna make this short and sweet this week. Completely skippable edition of Superstars. The matches weren’t bad, but they had their moments of being such and for the most part, were completely bland and boring. I don’t like to completely kill a show, but this show this week just wasn’t good. I apologize for not going more in-depth with my thoughts, but the show was that bland that I have no more other thoughts than that.
My Grade: D+
Well, that will do it for me this week, I want to thank you all for reading and I hope you all enjoy your weekend. But remember…
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