Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s recap of WWE Superstars. Here’s hoping you all won’t get sick of me, as now each and every week, I will be giving you all recaps of FCW TV, Ring of Honor on Sinclair, and now WWE Superstars. So, with that out of the way, the intro has hit, Adelitas Way is playing the theme, so let’s get on with the show!
We kick things off with the lone Smackdown match for this week, with announcers Jack Korpela & Matt Striker.
Jinder Mahal vs. Ted DiBiase
Mahal talks some trash to DiBiase in his Farsi language before we begin. Lock-up and DiBiase with a waistlock before locking in a side headlock. DiBiase switches to an armbar and brings Mahal down to the mat. DiBiase drives the knee across the back of the arm and then brings Mahal back to his feet with the armbar still applied. DiBiase wrenches out the arm before reapplying the side headlock. Mahal with the Irish whip, but DiBiase takes him down with a shoulder tackle. DiBiase goes off the ropes, but as Mahal tries to catch him with a hiptoss, DiBiase rolls through it and then nails Mahal with a boot to the face. DiBiase covers, but only gets a 1 count. DiBiase locks in a keylock, but Mahal quickly gets to his feet. DiBiase now with a hammerlock, but Mahal counters out with a couple of back elbows. Mahal goes off the ropes, but DiBiase nails him coming in with a dropkick. Another cover, but DiBiase only gets a nearfall. Mahal rolls to the outside to get out of dodge, but DIBiase heads right out after him. The chase is on, as Mahal used the chase to get DiBiase in a precarious position, as when DiBiase was coming back in the ring, Mahal drills him with a knee to the side of the head.
Mahal goes back outside and places DiBiase across the apron to deliver a forearm across the chest. Mahal then smothers DiBiase with the ring skirt and delivers another knee to the head. Mahal back in goes for a cover, but only gets a nearfall. Irish whip by Mahal, and he nails DiBiase coming in with a back elbow. Mahal picks DiBiase back up, and connects with a trifecta of knees to the side of DiBiase’s head. Another cover by Mahal, and DiBiase just kicks out before 3. Mahal with a slap and kick to the back of DiBiase’s head, showing nothing but disrespect. Mahal goes to pick DiBiase back up, but DiBiase breaks free and starts coming back with a succession of right hands. Irish whip by DiBiase reversed by Mahal, and the velocity of the whip sends DiBiase crashing hard into the buckles, whiplashing down to the mat below. Rear chinlock applied by Mahal, as the crowd tries to get DiBiase back into the match. DiBiase, now back on his feet, tries to break the grip with back elbows, but Mahal comes right back with a club to the back. Mahal underhooks DiBiase, and scores with a butterfly suplex, but that only gets Mahal another nearfall. DiBiase now in the ropes, as Mahal chokes him with his knee, but breaks before the count of 5. DiBiase is a heap in the corner, as Mahal chokes him again, this time with his boot. Dibiase tries to fight back, but Mahal nails him with a right hand. Mahal chokes him again across the ropes, and breaks just before the referee’s 5 count, which would signal a disqualification. Mahal re-applies the rear chinlock, as the crowd once again tries to get DiBiase back into the match. DiBiase, back on his feet, tries again to break free with back elbows, but Mahal comes right back with a knee to the gut. Mahal setups for a suplex, but DiBiase with an inside cradle gets a close nearfall. Mahal comes right back with a boot to the face as DiBiase was charging in. Mahal with a cover, and DiBiase just barely gets the shoulder up before 3. Mahal once again applies the rear chinlock, as the crowd again tries to will on DiBiase. DiBiase, back on his feet, finally breaks Mahal’s grip with back elbows and gut shots. Irish whip by DiBiase, but Mahal hangs on to the ropes, and as DiBiase charges in, Mahal catches him with a back elbow. DiBiase with another charge, but Mahal again counters and back body drops DiBiase over the ropes to the outside as we go to commercial.
Back to live action as Mahal has got DiBiase in an inverted chinlock, but DiBiase gets back to his feet and breaks free again with back elbows and gut shots. DiBiase with a right hand and as Mahal whiffs on a clothesline attempt, DiBiase takes him down and catapults Mahal face first into the top turnbuckle.
Mahal comes in, but DiBiase catches him with an inverted atomic drop. Irish whip by DiBiase and he connects with the blind-eye clothesline. DiBiase fired up as he charges at Mahal. Mahal misses another clothesline and DiBiase scores with a running knee for a nearfall. Mahal goes to the corner to collect himself, as DiBiase charges in again. Mahal gets the boots up to counter, but as he charges at DiBiase, DiBiase counters with a sit-out spinebuster for a nearfall. DiBiase measures Mahal for Dream Street, but Mahal counters and armdrags out of it. Mahal with a running knee sends DiBiase to the corner. Irish whip by Mahal and he connects with another running knee. Cover by Mahal, but DiBiase just barely kicks out. Mahal, frustrated, goes to lift up DiBiase. However, DiBiase rolls off the back and as Mahal misses a 3rd clothesline attempt, DiBiase catches him and hits a quick backbreaker. DiBiase then hits another dropkick and heads up top. Mahal gets back up, however, and crotches DiBiase on the top turnbuckles.
Mahal grabs DiBiase and hits the Sands of Time(full nelson slam) for the victory.
Winner: Jinder Mahal by pinfall (Sands of Time)
We head to the RAW half of this week’s show, with announcers Josh Mathews & Scott Stanford.
Santino Marella vs. “The 1 Man Southern Rock Band” Heath Slater
Santino goes for some martial arts to begin things, but Slater will have none of it. Slater goes to talk trash, but Santino throws up the Cobra and sends Slater scurrying to the ropes for cover. Lock-up and Slater with a side headlock. Santino counters into a side headlock of his own. Headlock takedown by Santino, then Santino hooks on a front chancery. Santino then helicopters across the back of Slater as a way to play some mind games. Slater doesn’t like it and charges in, but Santino catches with an armdrag into an armbar. Slater gets back up, but Santino wrenches the arm and wrings it out. Santino wrings out Slater’s arm again and goes for an Irish whip, however Slater reverses and as Santino tries for the up and over move, Slater kicks him hard in the ribs on the way down.
Slater starts unloading with stomps with Santino, and then taunts the crowd. Slater with a hard kick to the ribs and then chokes Santino with his boot. Crowd chants for Santino as he tries to fight back with right hands, but Slater slows him down with a kick right to the leg. Slater with a club to the back sends Santino crashing to the mat. Slater taunts the fans again as he picks Santino up. Slater with a scoop slam for a nearfall. Slater connects with a vertical suplex for another nearfall. Slater with another kick to the ribs, and then chokes Santino across the ropes. Irish whip by Slater sends Santino to the buckle. However, as Slater charges in, Santino gets his boot up to counter. Santino charges in, but Slater catches him with a flying clothesline for another nearfall. Slater locks in a rear chinlock as the crowd tries to get Santino back into the match. Santino, back on his feet, breaks free with gut shots. However, Santino misses a clothesline attempt, and this allows Slater to score with a neckbreaker for another close nearfall. Slater is unhappy with the referee’s count, and starts wailing away at Santino, peppering him with right hands. Slater taunts the fans again as heads to the top rope. Slater comes off, but Santino rolls out of the way of Slater’s top rope knee drop attempt, and Slater crashes knees first on the mat below.
Slater misses a clothesline, and Santino unloads with jabs and a big forearm that knocks Slater down. Slater charges in, but Santino evades with a split, and catches Slater coming in with a hiptoss. Santino off the ropes, connects with the diving headbutt. Santino on a roll, set ups for the Cobra and connects for the 1-2-3!
Winner: Santino Marella by pinfall (The Cobra)
We come back from commercial with a video package, highlighting the events that lead up to this Sunday’s Tag Team Match pitting The Awesome Truth against Triple H & CM Punk.
Main Event: WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom(Evan “Air” Bourne & Kingston Kingston) vs. “The Great American Nightmare” Drew McIntyre & Michael McGillicutty
Bourne and McIntyre start things off and they lock-up. McIntyre sends Bourne into the corner and breaks clean. Lock-up again as McIntyre sends Bourne back into the corner. Bourne goes on the ropes to force a clean break and McIntyre does. However, Bourne surprises him with an armdrag from his seated position on the turnbuckles. Bourne with another armdrag and then he tags in Kingston who hits a double stomp to the ribs of McIntyre. However, McIntyre fights back and pulls Kingston down by the hair. McIntyre with right hands to Kingston, followed by an Irish whip but Kingston counters McIntyre coming in with a back elbow, then goes up to the middle rope and gets on McIntyre’s shoulders, scoring with an armdrag, followed by a dropkick and McGillicutty is tagged in by McIntyre. Kingston with a hiptoss to McGillicutty and Bourne tags back in. Kingston with a gutbuster followed by a moonsault by Bourne off of McGillicutty’s back for a nearfall. Bourne with a kick to the leg but McGillicutty comes back and kicks Bourne in the corner. McGillicutty with an Irish whip but Bourne counters with a headscissors out of the corner and Kingston tags back in. Bourne with a snapmare and Kingston with a kick to the chest of McGillicutty. Bourne tags back in and he hits a running dropkick into the corner. Bourne with a kick in the corner but McGillicutty kicks him right back. Bourne blocks the kick and he locks in a step over toehold. Bourne rolls through with the hold applied and tags back in Kingston. Bourne with an elbow to McGillicutty and then Kingston with an elbow as he flies off McGillicutty’s back. McGillicutty and McIntyre go to the floor to catch a breather but Air Boom go right out after him, nailing them both with stereo tope dives as we go to commercial.
Back to live action as McGillicutty with forearms to Kingston in the ropes and then McIntyre drills Kingston with a boot to the head while McGillicutty has the referee distracted. McGillicutty with more right hands to Kingston and then he locks in a rear chinlock. Kingston gets back to his feet and he tries to break free with gut shots, but McGillicutty comes right back with a right hand. McGillicutty misses a clothesline and Kingston makes the tag to Bourne. Bourne with a rana to McGillicutty, followed by a succession of kicks sending McGillicutty to the corner. Bourne with a unique maneuver, crucfixing McGillicutty, then driving him to the mat for a nearfall. Bourne knocks McIntyre off the apron, then heads up top. However, while the referee is with Kingston, McIntyre comes back in and crotches Bourne on the ropes.
McIntyre tags back in and he brings Bourne into his side of the ring and unloads with right hands. McIntyre hits a suplex for a nearfall. McIntyre stomps on the hands of Bourne and then hits a short arm clothesline. McGillicutty tags back in and he kicks away at Bourne. McGillicutty connects with a backbreaker for another nearfall. McGillicutty locks in a rear chinlock, with his knee driven into Bourne’s back. Bourne with kicks to try and break free of the hold but McGillicutty comes right back with a clothesline. McIntyre tags back in and McIntyre with a clothesline in the corner. However, McIntyre tries one too many times and as he goes for clothesline, Bourne rolls him up for a close nearfall. McIntyre, incensed that he almost lost, sends Bourne hard to the floor and he hotshots him across the apron. Both men back in and McIntyre drills Bourne with another boot to the head. McGillicutty tags back in and McGillicutty with a club to the back. McGillicutty set ups for a suplex but Bourne with a knee to the head to counter and Bourne delivers a suplex of his own.
McIntyre and Kingston tag back in and Kingston with a springboard forearm to McIntyre and then knocks McGillicutty off the apron. Kingston scores with a dropkick to McIntyre. Kingston goes for SOS, but McIntyre blocks it. However, Kingston comes right back with the delayed flying clothesline. Kingston is all fired up and scores with the Boom Drop. Kingston sets up for Trouble in Paradise but McIntyre gets out of the way. Kingston charges in the corner, but McIntyre ducks again. However, Kingston landed on the ropes, and he springs off the top with a crossbody, but McGillicutty breaks it up. McGillicutty knocks Bourne off the apron, but as McIntyre charges in with a running boot, Kingston ducks and McIntyre hits McGillicutty by mistake. Kingston hits McIntyre with the Trouble in Paradise. Bourne tags back in and heads up top. Bourne hits Air Bourne for the victory.
Winners: WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom by pinfall (Air Bourne)
Air Boom celebrates their victory as we head to credits.
If it wasn’t for that main event, than this would have been another OK episode of Superstars this week. However, that main event tag was very good, and worth checking out. All 4 men did a great job in that match, and all put a great effort out for the Mexican crowd.
Rest of the show was OK. DiBiase and Mahal had a solid match that may have gone on a little too long for my taste. Nice to see Mahal get a decent match under his belt, as he was struggling for sometime. But hey, you get babyface Ted DiBiase, and you are going to put on a decent performance by proxy.
Santino and Slater was a decent comedy outing, but I feel they may be starting to overexpose Santino a little bit. Sure, I know he is there for fun and nothing else. However, he should be used in small doses and not on a consistent basis IMO. Too much of him and it tends to get a bit repetitive.
Finally, as I mentioned, the main event was a really good match. McGillicutty is really starting to show me something. Like McIntyre prior, it took a long time, but to me, everything is starting to slowly come together for McGillicutty in the ring, which is a very promising sign. McIntyre continues to show why he is vastly underutilized, and Air Boom had a nice showcase to put under their belt, with the right roles enforced, of Bourne the FIP and Kingston, while he may be too flippy, is a good hot tag. Good main event on an otherwise OK show.
My Grade: B-
Well, that will do it for this week. I want to thank you all for reading and I will be back at you with a double dosage of recaps Monday with ROH on Sinclair and the weekly trek to the land of the Sunshine State with FCW TV. Until then, have a good weekend and see you on Monday!