Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Superstars recap. If you all are ready to go, then since Adelitas Way is playing the intro, let’s get on with the show!
We kick things off with the lone Smackdown match this week, with announcers Josh Mathews & Matt Striker.
Ted DiBiase vs. “The 1 Man Southern Rock Band” Heath Slater
DiBiase starts things off with a waistlock takedown into a front chancery on Slater. DiBiase switches to a hammerlock, but Slater breaks it with a back elbow. Slater goes off the ropes, but DiBiase catches him with a dropkick. Irish whip by DiBiase, and he connects with a high back body drop. Slater goes for a clothesline, but DiBiase ducks and hits a drop down version of a half nelson backbreaker. DiBiase goes up to the middle turnbuckles, and hits a double foot stomp for a nearfall. Slater retreats to the corner as DiBiase goes after him. The referee pulls DiBiase back and this allows Slater to get in a cheap right hand shot, knocking DiBiase down.
Slater charges and hits a flying forearm, then stomps away at DiBiase. Slater begins to rain in right hand shots on DiBiase, and then taunts the crowd. Slater hits a stiff kick to the ribs of DiBiase. who goes onto the apron as Slater has words with the referee. Slater seats DiBiase on the middle ropes and rains in more right hand shots on the top of DiBiase’s head, then shots to DiBiase’s kidneys. Slater goes off the ropes while DiBiase is still perched on the ropes, and connects with a dropkick to DiBiase’s back, sending him crashing to the mat below for a nearfall. Slater applies a rear chinlock as the DiBiase Posse tries to will on their favorite. DiBiase gets back up and hits a couple of gut shots to break Slater’s grip, then hits a straight right hand. DiBiase with an Irish whip, but as he goes to dropkick Slater, Slater sees it coming and puts on the brakes, causing DiBiase to fall flat on his back. Slater then hits a basement style clothesline ala Steve Corino for another nearfall. Slater re-applies the rear chinlock as the DiBiase Posse once again tries to will on DiBiase. DiBiase gets back up to his feet and hits a couple of gut shots to again break Slater’s grip. DiBiase misses a clothesline, however, and Slater capitalizes, hitting a neckbreaker for a close nearfall. Slater can’t believe it and is visibly frustrated by that turn of events. Slater has more words with the referee as DiBiase tries to catch his breath in the corner. Slater charges, but misses a splash in the corner as DiBiase moves out of the way.
DiBiase hits an inverted atomic drop, followed by a right hand that knocks Slater down. DiBiase charges, and as Slater whiffs on a clothesline, DiBIase comes off the ropes and hits a flying knee for a nearfall. DiBiase goes to lift up Slater for a slam, but Slater counters, but as Slater goes off the ropes, DiBiase goes off the ropes after him and hits the blind clothesline. Slater is reeling as DiBiase sets up for Dream Street. However, Slater counters by rolling out of the hold.
Slater again though misses a clothesline, and this time DiBiase hits Dream Street for the victory.
Winner: Ted DiBiase by pinfall (Dream Street)
DiBiase celebrates his win as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to the closing minutes of the main event from the live holiday Smackdown with the Steel Cage Match for the World Heavyweight Title between Mark Henry and Daniel Bryan.
Our announcers for the RAW portion of this week’s show are Josh Mathews & Scott Stanford.
Santino Marella vs. JTG
Santino goes for a spinning karate kick to feel out JTG, but in doing so, the kick scoffs up JTG’s Timbaland shoes, and this causes JTG to lock in a side headlock. Santino goes to Irish whip out, but JTG holds on to the side headlock. Santino then takes down JTG and helicopters on his back to get under his skin. Santino does the trumpet march, but JTG then nails him with a gut shot and piefaces Santino down to the mat.
JTG stomps away at Santino, then delivers a stiff kick to the ribs as he taunts the crowd. Santino goes to the corner as JTG hits a couple more gut shots, then snapmares Santino down into a seated abdominal stretch while also vising Santino’s neck. JTG drives a couple of elbows to the chest of Santino as the crowd tries to will on the master of the Cobra. Santino gets back up to his feet and arm whips JTG out of the hold. Santino setups for the Cobra, but JTG boots Santino’s hand and then knees him in the gut. JTG hits another knee to the gut, then begins to talk trash to him. JTG hits yet another knee, then Irish whips Santino. JTG catches Santino with yet another knee to the gut as he again taunts the crowd before covering Santino for a nearfall. JTG paintbrushes Santino on the back of the head, then slaps him across the face as the crowd chants for Santino. JTG backhands Santino, then drives him headfirst into the top turnbuckle. JTG sends Santino again into the turnbuckles, but that begins to light a fire in Santino. JTG does it again, and Santino begins to fire up. JTG hits a right hand, but it doesn’t faze Santino.
Santino then hits a succession of right hands, followed by a big forearm. JTG charges, but Santino splits, and as JTG comes off the other side, Santino hiptosses him over. Santino goes off the ropes, but as he goes for the jumping headbutt, JTG gets the knees up. Santino goes to the corner, as JTG charges. JTG jumps onto the second rope, setting up for the Mug Shot, but takes a little too much time taunting the crowd as Santino counters by holding on to the ropes.
Santino setups once again for the Cobra, and connects with it for the win.
Winner: Santino Marella by pinfall (Cobra)
Santino celebrates his win as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to Monday Night RAW with what took place when John Cena was a guest on Piper’s Pit as we go to our main event.
WWE Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Primo w/Epico & Rosa Mendes
Lock-up and Kingston sends Primo into the corner, then breaks clean. Crowd chants for Kingston as Primo jumps on the middle turnbuckles and covers his ears. Both men go for a knucklelock, and as they grasp hands, Primo spins around and applies a hammerlock. Kingston counters into one of his own, then goes into a side headlock. Primo sends Kingston to the corner, but as he breaks, Primo goes for a left hand, but Kingston ducks and takes Primo down with an armdrag. Kingston hits another armdrag for a 1 count, then locks in an armbar. Primo gets his feet on the ropes to break the hold and then rolls out to the apron. Kingston waits for Primo to get back in the ring and as they lock-up again. Primo locks in a front chancery, but Kingston spins out of it and re-applies the hammerlock. Kingston drives his knee across the back of Primo’s arm as Primo grabs a hold of Kingston to get back on his feet. Primo hits a couple of back elbows to break the hold, but as he charges, Kingston takes him back down with an armdrag into an armbar. Kingston again drives his knee into Primo’s arm for a nearfall. Kingston then applies a keylock as Primo gets back to his feet. Primo comes back with a knee to the gut, then re-applies the side headlock. Kingston Irish whips Primo out of the hold, but Primo comes off the ropes and takes Kingston down with a shoulder block. Primo taunts the crowd, then goes off the ropes, only to be met by 2 Kingston leapfrogs and finally a flying back elbow. Primo retreats to the corner as Kingston charges. Kingston scores with a monkey flip, sending Primo 3 quarters of the way across the ring for a nearfall. Primo comes back with a gut shot, followed by a left hand. Primo Irish whips Kingston, but Kingston sidesteps Primo’s back body drop attempt, and sends him off the ropes. Kingston goes for the Trouble in Paradise, but Primo sees it and retreats to the outside to take a breather. Referee keeps Kingston from going after Primo, who conferences with Epico & Rosa as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we see that Primo has gained control of the match and has Kingston in a neck vise submission hold. Crowd chants for Kingston as he gets back up to his feet. Kingston breaks the hold with gut shots, but Primo drills him with a sledge to the back, sending Kingston back down. Primo stomps away at Kingston, then foot rakes his eyes. Primo with a stiff kick to the ribs, but Kingston fires back with a couple of gut shots. Kingston with a forearm, then Irish whips Primo, who reverses and sends Kingston hard into the corner. Kingston is clutching his back coming out of that hard whip as Primo drives his knee across Kingston’s face. Primo applies a rear chinlock as Epico & Rosa talk trash from the outside to Kingston. The crowd once again chants for Kingston, trying to will him back into the match as he gets back up to his feet. Kingston breaks Primo’s grip with a gut shot and a couple of kicks to the leg, but Primo comes right back with a kick to the gut and then sweeps out Kingston’s leg from under him, followed by a leg drop and an elbow drop for a nearfall. Rosa screams that it was 3, but the referee says it was only 2. Primo boots Kingston in the face, then stands on his back, choking him on the bottom rope. Primo then grabs Kingston’s legs, and guillotines him throat first across the bottom rope for another nearfall. Rosa once again screams that it was 3, or “Tres”, but again the referee tells her it was 2. Primo re-applies the rear chinlock as the referee asks Kingston if he wants to submit. Kingston starts to stir, as the crowd again chants for him, willing him back into this match. Kingston gets back up to his feet, but Primo kicks him in the ribs. Primo goes for a suplex, but Kingston slides off the back and backslides Primo for a nearfall. Primo, however, pops right back up and nails Kingston with a left arm lariat, sending Kingston right back down. Primo drives his knee across the back of Kingston’s head, then locks in a Camel Clutch as the crowd chants their dislike of Primo. Primo drives his weight across Kingston’s back, then stomps away at him some more. Referee backs away Primo and begins to admonish him, but Primo goes right back to stomping away at Kingston, then choke him with his boot. Referee was more words for Primo, who then begins to mock Kingston’s hand clap to the crowd. Primo goes back to Kingston, who surprises him with a rana, sending Primo out to the apron.
Rosa & Epico will on Primo to get back up as Kingston goes over to the far corner. Primo goes back over to Kingston, but Kingston nails him with a double chop. Kingston hits another double chop, then scores with a dropkick. Primo goes over to the corner as Kingston charges, but Primo catches him with a back elbow. Primo goes for another left arm lariat, but Kingston ducks and runs up to the middle turnbuckle, then springs off the top and connects with a turnaround froggy crossbody for a nearfall. Kingston goes off the ropes and connects with the jumping clothesline, then fires up and goes off the ropes, hitting the Boom Drop. Kingston goes to the corner and does his signature hand clap, setting up for Trouble in Paradise. Kingston goes for it, but Primo ducks under. Kingston goes to bring Primo out with an O’Connor Roll, but Primo holds on to the ropes. Kofi charges and springs off the middle rope, bringing Primo out with a Sunset flip for another nearfall. Primo retreats to the corner as Kingston charges, looking for the Koronco Buster. However, Primo moves out of the way and crotches Kingston on the top turnbuckle.
Primo then hits the Back Stabber while Kingston was on the turnbuckles for the win.
Winner: Primo by pinfall (Back Stabber)
Primo, Epico & Rosa Mendes celebrate their win as we go to credits.
I thought it was a solid episode of Superstars this week. The DiBiase/Slater & Santino & JTG matches were mainly showcases for DiBiase & Santino respectively, but I will give credit to both Slater & JTG for their heel work, both well done. Slater is a great stoogy heel bumper, and JTG has seemed to start settling in nicely with the heel role since the affiliation with Tamina.
Kingston/Primo had a really nice main event as they toned down a lot of Kingston’s flashy offense and saved it for when it was needed on his comeback. Kingston did a really good job here selling for Primo, who secured his 1st win in a long time and probably his biggest win in his WWE career. With the addition of Rosa Mendes to his LAX style knockoff group, it seems that they are in line for bigger things to come, and that to me is great at least on Primo’s end, because he is a really good worker and has been doing a whole lot of nothing for the last 2 years, so it’s nice to see him finally have a bigger role in WWE going forward.
Overall, a solid show with a really good main event.
My Grade: B-
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