Hello everyone, and welcome to the holiday edition of the WWE Superstars recap. Little later than usual this week because of the holiday, but I hope that all of you had a great Thanksgiving and a safe shopping day with today’s Black Friday. So with that out of the way, if you all are ready, Adelitas Way is playing the opening, and let’s get on with the show!
We kick things off with the RAW portion of this week’s show with announcers Scott Stanford & Josh Mathews.
“The Great American Nightmare” Drew McIntyre vs. Ted DiBiase
Lock-up and McIntyre applies an armbar. DiBiase reverses it into a side headlock but McIntyre rolls through it to escape. DiBiase with a headlock takedown for a nearfall. McIntyre counters with a headscissors but DiBiase escapes. DiBiase comes back with another headlock takedown. Both men get back up to their feet as McIntyre backs DiBiase into the corner. McIntyre breaks, but then DiBiase goes back to the side headlock. McIntyre Irish whips DiBiase out of the hold, and goes for a hiptoss, but DiBiase blocks it and rolls up McIntyre with a bridge for a nearfall. DiBiase hits an armdrag and a dropkick for another nearfall. DiBiase then with a backslide for another nearfall. DiBiase then rolls up McIntyre for yet another nearfall. McIntyre sends DiBiase into the corner and slaps him across the face. DiBiase is incensed and begins to unload on McIntyre with right hands and kicks before the referee has to pull him back. DiBiase charges at McIntyre and clotheslines him over the top rope to the outside. DiBiase hits a dive onto McIntyre on the outside and nails him with more right hands. McIntyre comes back with a kick and wheelbarrows DiBiase, then hotshots him facefirst on the ring apron. Both men get back into the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, McIntyre stomps away at DiBiase, and then hits a seated splash onto DiBiase’s chest. McIntyre locks in a seated abdominal stretch as the crowd tries to will on DiBiase. DiBiase gets back up to his feet and breaks McIntyre’s grip with gut shots. McIntyre Irish whips DiBiase, and as DiBiase drops down to get McIntyre to go over him, McIntyre sees it coming and kicks him square in the ribs for a nearfall. McIntyre locks back in the seated abdominal stretch as DiBiase fights to get out of the hold. DiBiase gets up to his feet and counters out with a jawbreaker. DiBiase with a crucifix for a nearfall. McIntyre comes right back with a clothesline, then places DiBiase across the apron and nails him with a forearm. McIntyre hits another forearm across DiBiase’s chest, then a boot to the head. McIntyre gets back in the ring and taunts DiBiase while kicking him in the head. DiBiase tries to fight back with right hands and a kick to the gut but McIntyre nails him with a boot to the chest for a nearfall. McIntyre drops his weight across DiBiase’s back, and then Irish whips him to the corner. McIntyre charges, but DiBiase moves out of the way. However, McIntyre comes right back with an elbow and goes up to the middle ropes. McIntyre comes off, but DiBiase catches him in mid-air with a dropkick and both men are down.
DiBiase unloads with right hands and hits an inverted atomic drop on McIntyre, then hits another right hand goes off the ropes, connecting with a flying knee. DiBiase then hits the blind clothesline for a nearfall. DiBiase goes up top as he waits for McIntyre to get up. DiBiase jumps off, but is met with a forearm by McIntyre for a nearfall. DiBiase with a right hand, but as he goes for an Irish whip, McIntyre counters it and hits a belly to back facebuster for a nearfall. McIntyre Irish whips DiBiase to the corner and hits a series of clotheslines in the corner.
McIntyre then goes for a short arm clothesline, but DiBiase ducks and hits Dream Street for the win.
Winner: Ted DiBiase by pinfall (Dream Street)
Alex Riley vs. Michael McGillicutty
McGillicutty throws his hat in Riley’s face, then nails him with a forearm and some kicks. McGillicutty unloads on Riley with right hands as the referee admonishes him. Riley comes back with right hands in the corner, but McGillicutty Irish whips him to the far corner. McGillicutty charges, but Riley moves out of the way and comes off the ropes, nailing McGillicutty with a clothesline. Riley Irish whips McGillicutty into the corner and charges, hitting an avalanche. Riley goes up for the 10 punches and hits them all, then DDTs McGillicutty out of the corner for a nearfall. Riley with another Irish whip sending McGillicutty into the corner. Riley charges, but McGillicutty moves out of the way and Riley goes shoulderfirst into the ringpost.
McGillicutty hits a running knee into Riley’s shoulder, followed by a dropkick for a nearfall. McGillicutty with shots to the injured shoulder, then locks in a reverse chinlock. McGillicutty gains a nearfall, then goes right back to the reverse chinlock. Riley gets back to his feet and breaks out of the hold with right hands and a headbutt. McGillicutty, however, comes right back with a clothesline for a nearfall. Riley blocks a punch by McGillicutty and hits one of his own. McGillicutty goes for a clothesline and misses, but then comes right back with a clothesline to the back of Riley’s head. McGillicutty hits an elbow drop across the back of Riley’s head for another nearfall. Riley tries to fight back with right hands, but McGillicutty nails him with a knee to the gut. McGillicutty Irish whips Riley into the corner, and as McGillicutty charges, attempting a running clothesline, Riley counters with the Game Changer.
Riley blocks right hand shots by McGillicutty and goes off the ropes, hitting a flying forearm and a clothesline. McGillicutty charges, but Riley hits a spinebuster, and then an Implant DDT for a nearfall. McGillicutty desperately sends Riley out to the floor, but as he tries to go out after Riley, Riley nails him with a sliding kick to the head.
Riley slingshots back in, going for a Sunset flip, but McGillicutty counters by dropping down and gets the victory.
Winner: Michael McGillicutty by pinfall (Roll Up)
Back from commercial, we head now over to the Smackdown portion of this week’s show with announcers Josh Mathews & Matt Striker.
Jinder Mahal vs. Trent Barreta
Lock up and Mahal with knees and a club to the back. Barreta comes back with a rana and a running elbow into the corner as Mahal was trying to regain his bearings. Barreta goes up top but Mahal pushes Barreta off the ropes, sending him into the barricade. Mahal brings Barreta back into the ring and gets a nearfall. Mahal with a kick to the ribs, then a knee to the gut for another nearfall. Mahal locks in a cravate, then a seated abdominal stretch. Barreta gets up from the hold, but Mahal kicks away at him again, then hits another knee to the ribs. Mahal chokes Barreta in the ropes and then hits another club to the back. Mahal places Barreta on the turnbuckles as he sets for a super belly-to-back suplex but Trent counters out with elbows and Mahal falls off to the mat.
Barreta comes off the ropes and hits a corkscrew moonsault for a nearfall. Barreta hits some chops but Mahal comes right back with a boot to the ribs. Barreta goes to the corner as Mahal charges, however Barreta is able to move out of the way. Trent tries for the Dudebuster DDT, but Jinder pushes him off and Barreta lands ribs first on the mat.
Jinder locks in a camel clutch and Barreta has no choice but to tap out, giving Mahal the win.
Winner: Jinder Mahal by submission (Camel Clutch)
“The Personification of Domination” Ezekiel Jackson vs. Tyson Kidd
Kidd goes right for the arm and gets Jackson in a keylock but Jackson sends Kidd hard to the mat and Kidd retreats to the corner. Kidd locks in a side headlock but Jackson nails him with a back elbow. Jackson with a right hand and a kick that sends Kidd to the apron. Kidd springboards, but Jackson catches Kidd and military presses him but Kidd slides off Jackson’s back and kicks Jackson in the back of the leg. Jackson comes back with a back body drop to Kidd. Kidd then with a dropkick to Jackson’s knees and then to his head for a nearfall but Jackson powers out of the cover, sending Kidd to the floor. Kidd kicks Jackson in the leg from the apron and then hotshots him across the top rope. Kidd locks in a front facelock and then hits a slingshot legdrop on the apron. Kidd springboards, and hits an elbow drop for a nearfall. Kidd applies a reverse chinlock but Jackson gets back up to his feet and sends Kidd to the corner. Jackson charges, but Kidd gets his boot up. Kidd then scores with a tornado DDT for a nearfall. Kidd hits an elbow on the top of Jackson’s head and goes back to the reverse chinlock. Jackson gets back to his feet and lifts Kidd on his back and runs him into the turnbuckles, then a snapmare takeover. Jackson nails a series of clotheslines in the corner then unloads with right hands as the referee admonishes Jackson. Jackson hits a back suplex, the lifts Kidd up in the Torture Rack and Kidd taps out for the submission victory.
Winner: “The Personification of Domination” Ezekiel Jackson by submission (Torture Rack)
Jackson celebrates his victory as we go to credits.
I thought this was another solid edition of Superstars this week. Nothing was bad at all, a couple of matches were solid, and one was really good.
The Mahal/Barreta and Jackson/Kidd matches were just mainly showcase matches for Mahal and Jackson respectively, but Kidd and Barreta did a good job in each match with their bumping and selling to get over the strike base offense of Mahal and the powerhouse offense of Jackson. Hats off to Kidd and Barreta for their efforts here, and while I think Jackson may have sold a bit too much in his match with Kidd, the little offense that Kidd succeeded in doing was believable enough that I didn’t have too much of a problem with it.
Riley/McGillicutty I thought was a surprisingly good match. McGillicutty IMO is last year’s Drew McIntyre in that he was so bad when he first got called up, but towards the end of last year, us fans saw a ton of improvement in McIntyre and now has shaped him in the great worker he has become. I feel the same is starting for McGillicutty, who has really found himself since leaving the tag team with Otunga, as this aggressive, scumbag heel. He can get heat from the fans, which for a Superstars crowd, is sometimes hard to do, and is such a good bumper for whatever babyface he goes up against that it works out to be at least solid. Riley did another good job at selling and the finish was worked nicely as Riley was overzealous and McGillicutty squeaked by with a victory. Protected Riley in defeat, and gave McGillicutty a needed win. Very good effort by both.
The best match on this show again involved Drew McIntyre this week as he faced Ted DiBiase. DiBiase has really found himself since turning babyface and doing the whole “DiBiase Posse” shtick. Really good at selling and garnering sympathy from the fans. Great comeback offense and babyface fire and the crowd has really gotten into him to the point that I would not be surprised if he starts getting used a lot more on the Smackdown show. McIntyre is just plain great. Unbelievable intensity and believability as this unhinged, will snap at any moment heel, who is dominating for 75% of the match, then by this own undoing, makes a mistake to cost himself a win. Even though he is losing constantly, it does IMO fit in to his character and works, however, if he does not start gaining victories soon, he may not be long for the WWE road, which would be a complete shame after all the hard work he has obviously put in to getting himself better in the ring, but time will tell. But definitely the best match on the show this week, one I would highly recommend viewing.
Well that will do for me this week. I want to thank you all for reading and hope you all have a great holiday weekend. I will be back Monday with the Ring of Honor and FCW reports, then next Thursday for more WWE Superstars.
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