Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s WWE Superstars recap. If you all are ready, 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.
Jinder Mahal vs. Yoshi Tatsu
Mahal starts things off with a kick and a forearm and then taunts Yoshi. Yoshi comes back with a chop, but Mahal fires back with a knee. Mahal with a kick in the corner, followed by an Irish whip, but Yoshi comes back with a kick of his own in the corner, followed by heading up top and hitting a chop. Mahal goes to the outside to collect his bearings, but Yoshi goes out after him and hits a plancha. However, Mahal regains advantage and puts Yoshi’s head in the ring skirt, followed by connecting with a running knee. Back in the ring, Mahal with a back elbow for a nearfall. Mahal then locks in a rear chinlock. Mahal then chokes Yoshi in the ropes and gets another nearfall. Yoshi tries to come back with chops, but Mahal fires back with a right hand and a series of kicks for another nearfall. Mahal then goes into applying a front chancery. Mahal with another knee but Yoshi comes back with a crucifix for a nearfall. Yoshi with a series of chops, followed by a rolling snapmare and finally an elbow to the chest for another nearfall. Yoshi sets up for the roundhouse kick, but Mahal moves and then hits Yoshi with a knee to the back of the head.
Mahal then locks in the Camel Clutch and Yoshi has no choice but to tapout.
Winner: Jinder Mahal by submission (Camel Clutch)
Back from commercial, we go to a video of the Brock Lesnar sit-down interview from RAW.
Back from commercial, we go to the RAW portion of this week’s show, with announcers Josh Mathews & Scott Stanford.
Eve Torres vs. Kelly Kelly
Before the match starts, Kelly gets the people of London to chant ‘Hoeski’ and Eve starts to pout a bit. Lock-up and Eve backs Kelly to the corner, followed by a slap. Eve with a series of slaps until the referee pulls Eve back. Kelly then comes back with a Lou Thesz Press. Eve comes back with a kick, followed by an Irish whip. Eve charges, but runs into boots from Kelly. Kelly chokes Eve in the ropes, but releases, and then goes to the floor to trip Eve. Kelly then with a baseball slide that sends Eve to the outside. Kelly then slams Eve’s head into the apron. Back in the ring, Kelly heads up top and hits a cross body for a nearfall. Kelly goes for the 10 punches in the corner, but Eve pushes her off and gets a nearfall. Eve then chokes Kelly while sitting on the turnbuckles. Eve hits a splash onto the back of Kelly from the turnbuckles. Eve locks in a chinlock while also trapping the arm. Kelly then comes back with an armdrag, followed by a rana that sends Eve into the turnbuckles. Kelly with a series of forearms, but misses a clothesline that allows Eve to hit a Flatliner for a nearfall. Eve goes back to locking in the chinlock. Eve then tries for a somersault leg drop, but Kelly gets her legs up to block it. Kelly hits a bulldog, followed by the multiple revolution headscissors. Kelly then hits the handspring elbow, followed by the Stinkface.
Kelly goes back after Eve, but Eve with a double leg takedown into a jackknife pin and then puts her feet on the ropes for extra leverage to get the victory.
Winner: Eve Torres by pinfall (Roll-Up using the ropes)
Back from commercial, we go to a video of the “RAW Rebound”, highlighting the CM Punk/Chris Jericho feud before our main event.
“The All-American American” Jack Swagger w/Vickie Guerrero vs. R-Truth
Swagger with a waistlock takedown and then Swagger paintbrushes Truth in the back of the head. Swagger then does his little victory lap to taunt Truth. Lock-up and Truth with a side headlock into a hammerlock but Swagger reverses. Truth then goes back to the side headlock, but Swagger turns it into a keylock. Swagger then with a back suplex, followed by doing push-ups on Truth’s back. Truth comes back with a double leg takedown, followed by a hip toss. Truth then with a split, followed by a spin after coming off the ropes and finally hits a leaping leg drop. Truth locks in an armbar, but Swagger gets out with an armdrag. However, Truth holds on and goes back to the armbar. Swagger then comes back with a knee and an elbow. Swagger hits a series of forearms to the back, but then Truth comes back with a roll-up for a nearfall. Truth hits an arm drag and goes back to the armbar. Swagger then comes back with a forearm to the back, followed by a leg drop for a nearfall. Swagger locks in a keylock on Truth, followed by a knee to the ribs. Truth comes back with a leg lariat and then tries for a clothesline, but Swagger ducks down and that sends Truth sailing over the ropes to the outside. Swagger then nails Truth with a clothesline on the outside as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Swagger sends Truth into the ropes and then connects with a forearm to the kidneys. Swagger tries for it again, but Truth comes back with a series of right hands. Truth tries for a wheelbarrow move, but Swagger counters it into a wheelbarrow suplex for a nearfall. Swagger then locks in a seated surfboard and then locks in an armbar. Truth comes back with right hands, but Swagger catches Truth when he tries for a floatover, however Truth comes back with a rollup for a nearfall. Swagger then regains the advantage with a clothesline for another nearfall. Swagger hits a series of right hands and kicks in the corner before the referee has to pull him back. Swagger with a hard Irish whip that sends Truth hard into the corner and crashing down into the mat. Swagger with a right hand, but Truth comes back with a right hand of his own and a series of kicks. Swagger then regains the advantage and places Truth on the turnbuckles, followed by slapping Truth. However, Truth comes back with a slap of his own, followed by hitting a Tornado DDT off the turnbuckles for a nearfall. Truth with a kick and a right hand, followed by a series of clotheslines. Truth with another right hand and then hits the Lie Detector for another nearfall. Truth with a series of forearms, followed by catching Swagger with a victory roll for another nearfall. However, Swagger comes right back and hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Truth comes back with a kick and tries for the Little Jimmy but Swagger counters it and sends Truth into the corner. Swagger then tries for the 2nd rope Swagger Bomb, but Truth gets his boots up.
Truth then hits the Little Jimmy on Swagger for the victory.
Winner: R-Truth by pinfall (Little Jimmy)
Truth celebrates as we go to credits.
A little bit better episode of Superstars this week.
Opener was another in the long line of Jinder Mahal matches. Short where Mahal controlled most of it, using an annoying amount of knees. Babyface gets some hope spots, but then Mahal puts them away. Very formulaic and starting to get very boring, but hey, its Jinder Mahal so what do you expect.
Divas match was actually very solid to almost good. Eve & Kelly seem to have some decent chemistry with one another and the fact that Eve is doing a good job at getting heel heat made the reactions give the match some fire on it. Kelly was decent on the FIP and on her comebacks. Liked the cheap finish as it allows for a re-match down the line. All in all, good effort by both Divas.
Main event was also pretty solid, although I think they were given a little too much time given who was in there. Not to say Swagger & Truth aren’t good, just feel like this long of a match doesn’t suit them. Truth & Swagger have decent chemistry and the crowd was into it, so overall, I would say it was a solid main event.
Overall, decent show but a much better effort than the crap show they had last week.
My Grade: C
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