The Superstars video and we’re brought into the arena with some fireworks. Jack Korpela and Matt Striker welcome us to the show. We’re kicking off the supposed final episode of the show on WGN America with the Smackdown portion.
Drew McIntyre vs. JTG
They lock up and JTG powers him to the corner. JTG blocks a kick but McIntyre punches him in the face. McIntyre bounces him off the turnbuckle and punches him down. JTG blocks a punch and viciously knees away at McIntyre. The referee breaks them up but McIntyre gets a cheap punch in. McIntyre hits an IMPRESSIVE inverted suplex onto the top rope! That looked great. McIntyre brings him back in the hard way and viciously punches away at him. McIntyre stomps his face and applies a modified arm bar. JTG fights up and powers him to the corner. McIntyre clubs him and runs right into a back body drop.
JTG gets to his feet and catches a charging McIntyre with a boot. JTG rolls him up for a near fall. JTG gets a crucifix pin for a two count. JTG punches and hits a nice high angle DDT. JTG covers but McIntyre gets his foot on the bottom rope to break it up. JTG hits a running elbow to the corner and goes for a Mug Shot but McIntyre shoves him off. McIntyre hits a big boot and gets a crazy look in his eyes. McIntyre picks him up and drops him with the Future Shock DDT for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre
Match Rating: * 1/2
They show a quick recap of the 2011 Hall of Fame induction ceremony. I can’t wait to get the WrestleMania XXVII DVD just to see the ceremony. Damn, does Sunny still look hot or what? AOL’s most downloaded woman… in 1997 at least.
We’ll see John Cena call out The Rock tonight.
Scott Stanford and Josh Mathews welcome us back for the Raw portion of the show. Still no mention on if this is truly the last episode on WGN America.
Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyson Kidd
They lock up and Kidd gets a waist lock. Tatsu turns it and Kidd quickly takes him down. Kidd tries to keep him down but Tatsu fights up. Kidd takes him down and applies an arm bar. Tatsu fights up, reverses the pressure with a flip, and hits an arm drag. Tatsu and Kidd botch something and Tatsu just punches him down. Kidd sends him to the corner but runs into an elbow. Tatsu gets a quick cradle for a two count. Tatsu hits a pair of arm drags and applies an arm bar. Kidd fights up and punches away at Tatsu. Tatsu sends him to the ropes but Kidd holds on and kicks. Kidd goes to the apron and Tatsu dropkicks him off.
We come back from the break to see Tatsu trapped in a neck vice. During the break Kidd flapjacked him on the apron. Kidd sends him to the ropes and Tatsu gets a crucifix pin for a near fall. Kidd hits a quick back elbow and an elbow drop to stop the comeback. Kidd dropkicks him in the back of the head and kicks him in the face. Kidd covers for a two count. Kidd applies a chin lock but Tatsu fights up quickly and arm drags him off. Kidd kicks him in the midsection and goes to the ropes. Tatsu quickly hits him with a wheel kick and they’re both down.
Tatsu chops away at him and sends him to the ropes, hitting a back elbow. Tatsu hits some nice kicks and covers for a near fall. Tatsu goes to the top rope and Kidd crotches him. Kidd goes up top and hits a nice hurricanrana for a near fall. Kidd goes for a Sharpshooter but Tatsu kicks him off. Kidd goes to the apron and springboards off but Tatsu avoids it. Tatsu crushes him with a roundhouse kick for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Yoshi Tatsu
Match Rating: * 3/4
We’ll see John Cena call out The Rock next.
They show the video from Raw where John Cena called out The Rock, leading to them making the main event for next year’s WrestleMania. I’m really interested to see how they’ll build up for this match because it doesn’t feel like it has the legs to make it there right now.
Santino Marella will take on Ted DiBiase next.
Santino Marella vs. Ted DiBiase
Santino does some wacky moves to get the crowd going. They lock up and Santino gets an arm bar. Santino gets a waist lock and DiBiase gets one of his own. Santino takes him down and DiBiase turns to a front face lock. Santino gets out and applies a hammerlock. DiBiase fights up and Santino gets a side headlock. DiBiase pushes him off and they’re at a standoff. Santino goes for a handshake and DiBiase waves it off. Santino is insulted and goes for a takedown but DiBiase controls him. Santino gets a front face lock and DiBiase pushes him off. DiBiase goes for a handshake and punches him right in the face.
We come back from the break to see Santino trapped in a chin lock. DiBiase slammed him down on the outside during the commercial break. Santino fights up and slams him off. DiBiase quickly takes him back down with a dropkick for a two count. DiBiase punches him down and talks a little trash. Santino punches and goes into the ropes but DiBiase follows and clotheslines him down for a near fall. DiBiase chokes him on the ropes and sends him to the ropes but Santino goes for a sunset flip. DiBiase punches him before going down and drops a knee. DiBiase picks up a near fall. DiBiase goes back to the chin lock but Santino fights up and hits a jawbreaker.
DiBiase catches a boot and punches away at Santino in the corner. DiBiase punches away in the corner but misses a splash. One interesting thing to note: the titantron keeps breaking down. Santino punches away, splits under a clothesline, and hits a hip toss. Santino goes for a falling head-butt but DiBiase gets a knee up. DiBiase goes for Dream Street but Santino gets him off. Santino gets geared up and takes the Cobra out. The Cobra stings DiBiase and that ends the final main event of Superstars!
Winner by Pinfall: Santino Marella
Match Rating: **
Quick Match Results
Drew McIntyre def. JTG
Yoshi Tatsu def. Tyson Kidd
Santino Marella def. Ted DiBiase
Bump of the Night: DiBiase body slamming Santino at ringside
Match of the Night: Santino Marella vs. Ted DiBiase **
This was an average episode of Superstars. Too bad they couldn’t do anything fun for the final episode on WGN America – you know, go out with a bang. It’s actually interesting to note that they never even mentioned this is the last episode of the show on WGN. I wonder why they did that… not like there’s tons of people that will tune in next week and cry because there is no Superstars. My DVR says there’s no recording next week so it must be over. It had to happen. The quality of the shows went down steadily and quickly following the first two or three episodes. Every now and then they’d have a decent star or main event on but it wasn’t enough. This was like Heat on Thursday. I can’t say that I’m going to miss recapping this show. Thanks for following it with me until the end.
Final Rating: * 3/4
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