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 Smackdown portion of this week’s show, with announcers Josh Mathews & Matt Striker.
Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater
Lock-up and Gabriel with a side headlock and hits a shoulder tackle after Slater Irish whipped out of the hold. Gabriel then flips over Slater’s back and then hits a hiptoss, followed by a leg sweep for a nearfall. Gabriel follows that with an armdrag into an arm bar. Slater comes back with a right hand and then sends Gabriel headfirst into the top turnbuckle. Gabriel then comes right back with a dropkick, but Slater escapes a slam attempt by Gabriel and clotheslines him in the back of the head. Slater stomps away at Gabriel, then Slater with a knee to the ribs, followed by a flurry of right hands and finally locks in a reverse chinlock. Gabriel breaks the hold with back elbows and a right hand, followed by a back heel kick. However, Gabriel misses a splash in the corner and Slater hits a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Slater then hits a belly-to-back suplex for another nearfall. Slater argues with the referee about his count before applying a side headlock. Gabriel Irish whips out, but then Slater hits a back body drop for yet another nearfall. Slater nails Gabriel with a knee to the back and then returns to the reverse chinlock. Slater hits more knees to the back before going back to the reverse chinlock. Gabriel gets to his feet and as Slater goes for another back suplex, Gabriel lands on his feet and hits a roundhouse kick and a forearm that sends Slater to the corner. Gabriel then connects with a rana, and Slater goes to the outside. Gabriel charges, and scores with a slingshot plancha onto Slater and both men are down. Gabriel brings Slater back in and connects with a springboard cross body for a nearfall. Gabriel then hits an STO and then heads up top, looking for the 450, but Slater recovers. Gabriel climbs down and charges, but runs into a boot from Slater, and Slater goes up top, but Gabriel stops him with a kick to the gut, followed by a hot shot.
Gabriel goes back up top, and hits the 450 splash for the victory.
Winner: Justin Gabriel by pinfall (450 Splash)
Hunico w/Comacho vs. Ezekiel Jackson
Lock up and Jackson sends Hunico down to the mat. Hunico comes back with a kick and forearms, but Jackson knocks him back down with a shoulder tackle. Hunico then gains advantage with a dropkick for a nearfall, but Jackson kicks out with authority, and that sends Hunico to the outside. Hunico gets back in and nails Jackson with a succession of right hands, however Jackson comes back with right hands of his own that knock Hunico down. Jackson then presses Hunico over his head and does a few bench press reps before finally dropping Hunico hard down to the mat. Hunico goes to the corner, as Jackson hits a running clothesline, followed by a 2nd one before the referee backs him off. Jackson connects with two slams and then signals for the torture rack, but Comacho gets on the apron to distract Jackson. Using the distraction, Hunico nails Jackson from behind, but it does not faze him. Jackson whips Hunico to the corner but as Jackson charges, Hunico sends him into the turnbuckles with a drop toe hold.
Hunico connects with a slingshot baseball slide kick in the corner, followed by the Falling Star for the victory.
Winner: Hunico by pinfall (Falling Star)
It is now time for the RAW half of the show, with announcers Josh Mathews & Scott Stanford.
Alex Riley vs. Michael McGillicutty
Lock-up and McGillicutty works on the arm with a keylock. Riley reverses it into a hammerlock. McGillicutty goes to the ropes and Riley breaks. McGillicutty then nails Riley with a kick to the ribs, followed by a right hand, and then another kick. Riley then comes right back with a hiptoss. Riley with right hands in the corner and then hits the fall forward DDT from the turnbuckles. Riley goes for a clothesline, but McGillicutty nails him with one of his own. McGillicutty kicks away at Riley and then connects with crossface shots while Riley is in the ropes. With Riley still in the ropes, McGillicutty hits a neckbreaker for a nearfall. McGillicutty unloads with right hands on Riley and then locks in a reverse chinlock. Riley fights back with a headbutt and right hands, but McGillicutty regains advantage with a drop toe hold that sends Riley back into the ropes. McGillicutty then scores with a dropkick for a nearfall. McGillicutty goes back to the reverse chinlock, but Riley is able to get back to his feet. Riley fights back with right hands to McGillicutty but McGillicutty then hits a back elbow that sends Riley to the outside. Riley comes back with a sliding kick, followed by a right hand. Riley goes off the ropes, and connects with a flying forearm. Riley runs into a boot from McGillicutty in the corner, but McGillicutty then charges and Riley catches him with a spinebuster. Riley lifts McGillicutty up, and hits the Final Score for the victory.
Winner: Alex Riley by pinfall (Final Score)
Back from commercial, we go to the RAW Rebound, looking at highlights from the main event 6-man tag before our main event.
Main Event: WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom (Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne) vs. Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks
Bourne and Hawkins start things off and Hawkins piefaces him. Bourne hits a flurry of kicks to Hawkins, followed by a rana and Kingston tags in. Kingston hits a dropkick for a near fall. Hawkins comes back with a knee to the gut and Reks tags in. Kingston fires back with a wraparound clothesline for a nearfall. Kingston goes to work on the arm, but Reks comes back with a right hand, followed by a snapmare takeover and a knee drop. Reks hits an elbow to the head, but Kingston comes back with right hands to Reks. Reks regains the advantage with a knee to the gut and Hawkins tags back in. Hawkins hits a succession of right hands and a forearm, before Reks tags back in. Reks hits a right hand, followed by an Irish whip, but Kingston moves out of the way on Reks’ charge in. Kingston hits a pendulum kick followed by a rollup into a dropkick. Bourne tags back in and hits a top rope double stomp to the chest of Reks, while Kingston holds Reks’ feet for a nearfall. Bourne hits another flurry of kicks for another nearfall. Kingston tags back in and Air Boom hit a series of kicks, followed by a double bulldog. Kingston sets up for Trouble in Paradise, but Reks sees it coming, and goes to the outside. Hawkins tries to get involved, but Kingston sends him to the outside. Air Boom then hit stereo dives to the outside as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, as Bourne hits a Sunset flip on Reks for a nearfall. Reks fires back with a club to the back, and then locks in a combination head and arm lock. Reks goes for a slam, but Bourne escapes it and hits a back heel kick. Bourne then knocks Hawkins off the apron, but that allows Reks to recover and hit a boot and a succession of elbows as Hawkins tags back in. Hawkins with stomps to the chest and Reks chokes Bourne while the referee is with Kingston. Hawkins scores with a suplex for a nearfall. Reks tags back in and hits a knee drop, followed by a right hand. Reks nails Bourne with a boot to the chest, followed by an elbow drop for a nearfall. Reks locks in a butterfly lock and nails Bourne with a club to the back, followed by a dominator-style facebuster for another nearfall. Hawkins tags back in and kicks Bourne in the ribs. Hawkins then chokes Bourne while taunting him, and then locks in a reverse chinlock. Hawkins brings Bourne to his feet, and hits a slam for another nearfall. Hawkins begins to get frustrated and Reks tags back in, kicking away at Bourne as Bourne crawls to his corner as Reks picks him up, but Bourne gets to his feet, hitting a leaping knee, and then makes the tag to Kingston as Reks tags back in Hawkins.
Kingston comes in and hits a rolling clothesline, followed by 2 more clotheslines and a dropkick. Kingston goes for SOS, but Hawkins blocks it. Hawkins charges, but runs into a boot from Kingston and then Kingston with a springboard double jump crossbody for a nearfall. Kingston then hits a flying clothesline, followed by the Boom Drop. Kingston sets up for Trouble in Paradise, but Reks grabs on to Kingston’s leg. Hawkins misses a splash in the corner and Kingston connects with the SOS, but Reks breaks up the pin attempt. Reks tries to send Bourne to the outside, but Bourne lands on the apron. Reks charges at Bourne but Bourne ducks, and Reks crashes to the outside. Bourne nails Hawkins with a roundhouse kick from the apron and Kingston then hits Trouble in Paradise. Bourne tags back in and hits Air Bourne for the victory.
Winners: Air Boom by pinfall (Air Bourne)
Air Boom celebrate their victory as we go to credits.
Very ho-hum Superstars this week. Not a whole lot was really good, everything was just really there. Main event tag was fun, but that is about it. Hunico/Jackson, Riley/McGillicutty & Slater/Gabriel were all just OK matches, but not a whole lot to them. I got the feeling that this was just a throwaway show this week with the holiday approaching, and that they weren’t looking into doing anything that grandiose when it comes to shining a light on talent, or trying to get over new characters or gimmicks. I would say to skip the show this week, but if you have to see anything at all, would say watch the main event tag, as it was a lot of fun. As of everything else, it was really throwaway.
My Grade: C
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