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“Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder vs. Michael McGillicutty
Lock-up and McGillicutty with an armdrag. Ryder with an arm wrench into a hammerlock, but McGillicutty gets himself to the ropes to force a break. Ryder & McGillicutty exchange pleasantries, then have a shoving match until McGillicutty piefaces Ryder. Ryder then comes back with a pair of right hands, followed by an Irish whip, but McGillicutty reverses it. McGillicutty charges, but Ryder catches him with a back elbow. Ryder goes up to the middle rope and leaps off, but McGillicutty ducks under him, although Ryder lands on his feet. McGillicutty charges, but Ryder catches him with a pair of armdrags. McGillicutty misses a clothesline and Ryder catches him coming off the ropes with a one man flapjack. Ryder then charges and connects with a clothesline that sends McGillicutty over the ropes and to the outside. Ryder hits a slingshot plancha on McGillicutty on the outside and does a “Woo Woo Woo”. Headfirst goes McGillicutty off the apron, then Ryder goes up on the apron, but McGillicutty comes back with a right hand. McGillicutty then drills Ryder with a DDT, bouncing Ryder’s head off the apron.
Back in the ring, McGillicutty gains a nearfall, then rains in a series of right hands. McGillicutty with an elbow to the back of Ryder’s head before locking in a rear chinlock. Ryder breaks free, but then McGillicutty drives Ryder back first into the corner. McGillicutty with a shoulder to the ribs, followed by a right hand that knocks Ryder down. McGillicutty with a pair of stomps, then chokes Ryder with his boot. McGillicutty with a side backbreaker, then goes up to the middle rope and connects with a front elbow drop for a nearfall. McGillicutty drops his body weight across Ryder’s back, then pulls at Ryder’s face. McGillicutty locks in a reverse chinlock as the crowd tries to will on Ryder. Ryder tries to break free, but McGillicutty comes back with a knee to the gut. McGillicutty with a club to the back, followed by an Irish whip, but Ryder sidesteps McGillicutty’s back body drop attempt with a faceplant. Ryder charges, but when McGillicutty tries to back body drop him over the ropes, Ryder lands on his feet on the apron. Ryder goes for a right hand, but McGillicutty blocks it and hits one of his own. McGillicutty then with a neckbreaker across the top rope, sending Ryder off the apron and crashing down on the outside as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as McGillicutty has Ryder in a chinlock. Ryder breaks free, but then McGillicutty comes back with a clothesline to the back of the head for a nearfall. McGillicutty chokes Ryder in the ropes while raining in crossface shots. McGillicutty gains another nearfall, then shoves Ryder into the ropes and catches him coming in with a dropkick for yet another nearfall. McGillicutty rakes his forearm into the face of Ryder, followed by a stomp. McGillicutty with a slam, then heads back up to the middle rope, but as he goes for the front elbow drop again, Ryder is able to move out of the way.
McGillicutty charges, but Ryder catches him coming in with a back elbow. McGillicutty charges again, but Ryder gets his knees up. Ryder heads up to the middle rope and hits a missile dropkick and Ryder is all fired up. Ryder then charges and connects with a running forearm in the corner. Ryder does a “Woo Woo Woo” and hits the Broski Boot for a close nearfall. Ryder with a headbutt, followed by an Irish whip, but McGillicutty reverses it and then drills Ryder with a Saito Suplex for a nearfall. McGillicutty with a series of clubs to the back, then goes for a suplex, but Ryder counters out into a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Ryder can’t believe it, then fires himself up. Ryder goes for the Rough Ryder, but McGillicutty lifts himself up to counter, but Ryder stops himself from being hot-shotted on the rope. McGillicutty charges, but as Ryder goes for a kick, McGillicutty catches his foot. However, Ryder then nails McGillicutty with an enziguri.
Ryder this time hits the Rough Ryder for the victory.
Winner: “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder by pinfall (Rough Ryder)
The Usos (Jey & Jimmy) vs. The Prime-Time Players (“Mr. No Days Off” Darren Young & Titus O’Neil)
Jey & Young will start things off for their respective teams. Young takes a quick time-out so that O’Neil can fix his hair with a hair pick. Jey with an “Uso” chant to the crowd as he & Young lock-up. Young backs Jey into the corner, but Jey spins him around while in the lock-up. Jey breaks clean, then messes with Young’s hair. Young with a shove, but then Jey with a slap across the face. Young charges, but Jey catches him with a series of chops. Tag into Jimmy as the Uso hits a double back elbow, followed by a double elbow drop. Jimmy charges and connects with an avalanche in the corner, followed by a chop. Irish whip by Jimmy, reversed by Young, but Jimmy puts on the brakes to prevent himself from going to the corner. Young charges, but Jimmy catches him with a double chop. Headfirst goes Young off the top turnbuckle as Jey gets the tag in. Jimmy with a pair of shoulders to the ribs as Jey charges and connects with a running forearm on Young. Jey gains a nearfall, then goes for an Irish whip, but Young reverses it. Young charges, but Jey catches him with a back elbow. O’Neil tries to sneak in, but Jey knocks him down. However, the distraction allows Young to come in from behind and take out Jey’s leg with a chopblock.
Tag to O’Neil, who drives Jey’s injured leg across the apron. O’Neil talks some trash, then drives Jey’s injured leg into the mat. O’Neil with a series of stomps to the leg, then tags in Young. O’Neil keeps Jey’s injured leg in place so that he can then drop Young across it with a gourdbuster. Young gains a nearfall, then drops his weight across the injured leg of Jey. Jey tries to fight back, but Young brings him over to his corner and tags in O’Neil. O’Neil with a kick to the gut, followed by a slam for a nearfall. O’Neil with a stomp, then locks in a step over toe hold as Jimmy tries to will on his brother. Jey kicks O’Neil off to break the hold, then as O’Neil charges in, Jey catches him with a back body drop and both men are down.
Jimmy & Young get the tags in as Jimmy ducks under a Young clothesline and goes off the ropes, connecting with a flying forearm. Jimmy with a pair of clotheslines, followed by a savate kick to the gut. Jimmy sends Young off the ropes and he catches him coming in with a Samoan drop. Jimmy is all fired up as he does an “Uso” chant with the crowd. Jimmy charges and connects with the Samoan Bulldozing Butt Smash in the corner on Young, who was slumped in the corner. Jimmy goes for a cover, but O’Neil breaks up the pin attempt. Jey tries to come in, but O’Neil sends him through the ropes and to the outside. Jimmy then sends O’Neil through the ropes to the outside, but Young comes in and takes out Jimmy’s leg with a front chopblock.
Tag into O’Neil as the Prime-Time Players hit their version of the Demolition Decapitation on Jimmy for the victory.
Winners: The Prime-Time Players by pinfall (Demolition Decapitation)
Back from commercial, we go to this week’s “RAW Rebound”, highlighting what happened when Vince McMahon was knocked out by The Big Show before our main event.
Hunico w/Camacho vs. “The Cape Town Werewolf” Justin Gabriel
Gabriel tries to go after Hunico, but Hunico gets himself to the ropes. Hunico with a hammerlock into a hip toss and then Hunico taunts Gabriel. Lock-up and Gabriel with an armbar, but Hunico counters into a front chancery. Gabriel counters back into the armbar and then rolls up Hunico for a nearfall. Gabriel with a single leg takedown, but Hunico counters by locking Gabriel in a seated abdominal stretch. Gabriel gets out with a kick to the gut, followed by locking in a side headlock and finally hitting a shoulder tackle after Hunico Irish whipped out of the headlock. Both men then exchange headscissors takeovers, followed by Gabriel sending Hunico out to the outside. Gabriel gets a head of steam and nails Hunico with a tope dive on the outside. Back in the ring, Gabriel heads up top and hits a crossbody for a nearfall. Gabriel scores with a suplex, followed by floating over into cross armbreaker. Gabriel then switches into a hammerlock, followed by gaining a nearfall. Hunico comes back with a chop, but Gabriel comes right back with a series of chops, followed by a forearm. Gabriel goes to the apron and tries for a springboard crossbody, but Hunico nails him in mid-air with a dropkick. Both men are down as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Hunico has Gabriel in an arm bar. Gabriel fights back with a knee and a forearm, but Hunico comes back with a kick, followed by a Saito suplex for a nearfall. Hunico goes back to the armbar as the crowd chants USA to try and will on Gabriel, a man of South African descent. Gabriel breaks free and then goes for a Sunset flip, but Hunico rolls through it and then kicks Gabriel in the head for another nearfall. Hunico then goes right back to the armbar. Gabriel fights back with a knee, but Hunico catches Gabriel coming off the ropes with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for another nearfall. Hunico then locks in a keylock. Gabriel breaks out with an armdrag, followed by blocking a suplex from Hunico.
Irish whip by Hunico, but Gabriel catches him coming in with a back elbow. Gabriel then with a quebrada into a reverse DDT ala AJ Styles for a nearfall. Gabriel with a series of kicks & forearms to Hunico, followed by a spinning back kick. Gabriel then with a back heel kick for another nearfall. Gabriel then connects with the Blue Thunder Bomb for another nearfall. Gabriel tries for the Tornado DDT, but Hunico blocks it and hits a Northern Lights suplex for a nearfall. Hunico goes for a German Suplex, but Gabriel lands on his feet. Gabriel misses a roundhouse kick, but then nails Hunico on the 2nd try with a leaping roundhouse kick. Gabriel heads up top for the 450 Splash, but Hunico crotches Gabriel on the ropes.
Hunico sets up for a super rana, but then turns it into a victory roll style powerbomb for the victory.
Winner: Hunico by pinfall (Top Rope Victory Roll Powerbomb)
Hunico celebrates his victory with Camacho as we go to credits.
Much better edition of Superstars than in recent weeks.
The opener with Ryder-McGillicutty was solid as Ryder was good at getting the crowd into the match, as he has been for the last few months. McGillicutty was good on his control segment and as previously mentioned, he has gotten much better in the ring. Good effort by both.
The tag match was fine for what it was, but Young & O’Neil are just not a good team.
Finally, the main event was the best thing on the show. As with McGillicutty, Hunico was vastly improved in the ring and Gabriel was very good on the FIP & comebacks. These two have good chemistry and I really enjoyed the match.
I would recommend the main event to check out on the show. Everything else is solid, but nothing you need to go out of your way to see.
My Grade: C+
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