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Hunico w/Camacho vs. Yoshi Tatsu
Yoshi with a pair of roll-ups on Hunico, both getting a 1 count. Yoshi then with a Sunset flip for another 1 count. Hunico sweeps out Yoshi’s leg, but misses an elbow drop and Yoshi with an Oklahoma Roll for yet another 1 count. Hunico then rolls out to the apron to catch a breather. Hunico comes back in and hits Yoshi with a kick to the gut, followed by a club to the back. Irish whip by Hunico, but Yoshi catches him coming in with a boot. Yoshi goes up to the middle rope, but as Hunico charges at him, Yoshi leaps off and lands on his feet. Yoshi then hits a crossbody, followed by a Japanese armdrag and finally a back body drop. Yoshi goes after Hunico, but Hunico sends him face first into the middle turnbuckle.
Hunico with a series of stomps & clubs in the corner before being moved away by the referee. Hunico with another stomp, followed by an Irish whip, but Yoshi reverses it. Yoshi charges, but Hunico catches him with a drop toe hold that sends Yoshi again face first into the middle turnbuckle. Hunico goes out to the apron and hits a slingshot dropkick on Yoshi, who was slumped in the corner. Yoshi rolls out to the outside and is writhing in pain as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Hunico has Yoshi in a chinlock. Yoshi breaks out, then goes off the ropes and hooks Hunico in a crucifix for a nearfall. Then, Hunico pops right up and nails Yoshi with a clothesline. Hunico with a kick to the back, followed by a slam. Hunico with a stomp, then goes for a Lionsault, but Yoshi moves out of the way, however Hunico lands on his feet. Hunico with a pair of clubs to the back as Yoshi tries to fight back. Hunico taunts the crowd, but then misses a clothesline and Yoshi connects with a back suplex. Hunico rolls out to the outside, but as Yoshi sets for a slingshot, Hunico pulls him out to the outside and then drives Yoshi back first into the apron. Hunico has words with the crowd, then charges, but runs into a boot from Yoshi.
Yoshi with a club, then sends Hunico back into the ring before heading up top. Yoshi connects with a tomahawk chop for a nearfall. Yoshi with a pair of chops, followed by a series of kicks that send Hunico into the corner. Yoshi charges and connects with a running Yakuza kick for another nearfall. Yoshi goes off the ropes and hits a running kick to the chest for yet another nearfall. Yoshi goes back after Hunico, but Hunico comes back and drills Yoshi with a Saito suplex for a nearfall. Hunico with a stomp, then heads up top, but Yoshi stops him. Yoshi heads up with Hunico and then hits a rana off the top for a close nearfall. Hunico then comes back with a kick to the gut, followed by a Tiger Bomb for a close nearfall. Hunico goes for another Tiger Bomb, but Yoshi blocks it, however Hunico comes back with a series of knees to the head. Hunico goes off the ropes, but Yoshi catches him and connects with a Michinoku Driver for another close nearfall. Yoshi sets up for the roundhouse kick and connects with it, but Camacho puts Hunico’s foot on the ropes before the count of 3. Yoshi has words with Camacho before heading back up top. Yoshi leaps off and goes for the top rope spinning heel kick, but Hunico moves out of the way and Yoshi crashes hard on the mat.
Hunico hits the spinning Olympic Slam, followed by heading up top and hitting the Falling Star for the victory.
Winner: Hunico by pinfall (Falling Star)
Jinder Mahal vs. Alex Riley
Riley with a side headlock, but Mahal sends him into the ropes to force a break. Mahal with a waistlock, but Riley switches back into the side headlock. Riley then goes to a hammerlock, but then Mahal gets to the ropes to force another break. Mahal with a back elbow, followed by a knee to the gut. Mahal with his own side headlock, but Riley Irish whips out, however Mahal knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. Mahal goes off the ropes, but Riley catches him with a dropkick. Riley with an armdrag, followed by a kick to the gut. Riley goes off the ropes and hits a running kick to the side of Mahal’s head for a nearfall. Mahal goes to the corner as Riley goes after him and heads up to the middle rope to hit the 10 punches. However, Mahal counters by crotching Riley on the ropes, followed by sending him crashing onto the mat.
Mahal with a series of knees using the ropes a springboard, followed by hitting a series of clubs to the chest. Mahal with a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Irish whip by Mahal, followed by unloading with a series of stomps in the corner. Mahal chokes Riley with his boot, but Riley fights back with a series of right hands. Irish whip by Riley, but he runs into a boot from Mahal. Mahal gains a nearfall, then hits a butterfly suplex, followed by a knee drop for another nearfall. Mahal locks in a head and arm lock as the crowd tries to will on Riley. Riley gets out of the hold, then hits a pair of right hands before Mahal comes back with a kick to the gut. Irish whip by Mahal, but Riley moves out of the way on Mahal’s charge in and goes off the ropes, hitting a flying forearm.
Riley with a clothesline, followed by a spinebuster and Riley is all fired up. Riley charges, but as Mahal tries to back body drop him over the ropes, Riley lands on his feet on the apron, followed by nailing Mahal with a right hand. Riley heads up top and hits a flying clothesline for a nearfall. Riley goes for the Final Score, but Mahal holds onto the ropes to get out. Mahal then drills Riley with a flying knee.
Mahal then locks in the Camel Clutch and Riley has no choice but to tapout.
Winner: Jinder Mahal by submission (Camel Clutch)
Back from commercial, we go to this week’s “RAW Rebound”, highlighting what happened between John Cena, Tensai & Michael Cole before the main event.
“The All-American American” Jack Swagger vs. “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder
Lock-up and Swagger with an amateur takedown. Ryder switches into a waistlock, but Swagger counters and takes down Ryder again amateur style. Swagger then does a victory lap to taunt Ryder. Lock-up and Swagger takes down Ryder with a front chancery. Ryder gets out and then takes Swagger down with a side headlock. Swagger counters with a headscissors, but Ryder then counters by kipping up. Ryder goes back to the side headlock, but Swagger counters into a keylock. Swagger then goes for a slam, but Ryder rolls off his back and then takes down Swagger with an armdrag. Ryder then with another armdrag into an armbar. Swagger sends Ryder into the corner to force a break, but then misses a clothesline and Ryder takes him back down with an armdrag. Ryder then with another side headlock takedown. Swagger then counters out with a back suplex. Swagger charges, but Ryder leapfrogs him and then catches Swagger with a flying forearm. Ryder then with a dropkick, but Swagger comes back with a kick to the leg. Swagger then mows over Ryder with a pair of shoulder tackles, followed by posing for the crowd. Headfirst goes Ryder off the top turnbuckles, followed by a huge biel from Swagger out of the corner for a nearfall. Swagger places Ryder on the top turnbuckles, followed by a pair of right hands. Ryder comes back with his own right hand and then connects with a missile dropkick. Swagger misses a clothesline and Ryder catches him coming in with a one man flapjack. Swagger charges, but Ryder catches him with a drop toe hold that sends Swagger face first off the middle turnbuckle. Ryder goes for the Broski Boot, but Swagger senses it coming and rolls out to the outside. Ryder hits a baseball slide to Swagger, followed by a slingshot plancha. Ryder poses for the crowd as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Ryder has Swagger in an armbar. Swagger comes back with a pair of knees to the gut, followed by trying to send Ryder over the ropes and to the outside, but Ryder lands on the apron. Swagger charges, but Ryder catches him with a kick to the chest. Ryder heads up top, but Swagger gets a burst of energy as he runs up the ropes and takes Ryder down with an overhead belly-to-belly throw off the ropes for a nearfall.
Swagger can’t believe it, but then sends Ryder into the ropes and catches him coming with a forearm to the kidneys. Swagger does it a 2nd time, then stands on Ryder’s back while posing. Swagger unloads with a series of right hands & stomps in the corner before gaining another nearfall. Swagger locks in a seated chickenwing as the crowd tries to will on Ryder. Ryder breaks out, then goes for a crossbody off the ropes, but Swagger ducks under it and Ryder catches nothing but ropes, allowing Swagger to gain another nearfall. Swagger then does push-ups on Ryder’s back to taunt the crowd before locking in an abdominal stretch with a facelock. The crowd tries to will on Ryder as he breaks out with a pair of right hands. Irish whip by Ryder, reversed by Swagger, who catches Ryder and goes for a slam, but Ryder counters it with a DDT.
Swagger charges, but Ryder catches him with a back elbow. Swagger misses a clothesline and Ryder goes off the ropes, connecting with a flying forearm. Ryder with a clothesline, followed by a faceplant. Ryder charges and connects with a running forearm. Ryder then this time drills Swagger with the Broski Boot for a close nearfall. Ryder goes for a neckbreaker, but Swagger counters and sends Ryder sternum first into the corner. Swagger then goes for the 2nd rope Swagger Bomb, but Ryder gets his boots up. Ryder this time hits the neckbreaker for another nearfall. Swagger then comes back and connects with a side belly-to-belly suplex, then goes for the Doctor Bomb, but Ryder breaks free. Swagger charges, but Ryder gets his knees up.
Ryder goes for the Rough Ryder, but Swagger catches him in mid-air and turns it into the Doctor Bomb for the victory.
Winner: “The All-American American” Jack Swagger by pinfall (Doctor Bomb)
Swagger celebrates his victory as we go to credits.
Decent episode of Superstars, although nothing really memorable that you need to really go see.
Opener was the best thing on the show as Hunico & Tatsu had a very solid match. Hunico was shown a lot of improvement, while Tatsu continues to show how good he is at getting guys over. Good effort by both.
Riley-Mahal was every Jinder Mahal match you have ever seen. Next.
Main event was decent, but Swagger stalling at many different points in his control segments to pose hurt the match. Its one thing to do that one, or even twice, but when you do it multiple times, it becomes overkill to me. Ryder was solid on the sell and was good on the comeback, but Swagger’s lackluster performance hurt the match from something solid to just decent.
My Grade: C
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