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 Michael Cole & Matt Striker.
Hunico & Camacho vs. The Usos (Jey & Jimmy)
Hunico & Jey will start things off for their respective teams. Lock-up and Hunico with a waistlock, followed by an armdrag and finally does a kip-up to taunt Jey. Lock-up and Jey with a side headlock. Irish whip by Hunico, but Jey knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. Headbutt by Jey, followed by a slam. Tag into Jimmy and the Usos hit a double back elbow, followed by a double elbow drop. Jimmy with an Irish whip, but Hunico reverses it, however Jimmy slides to avoid the corner. Jimmy then hits a double chop on Hunico. Jimmy goes for a superkick, but Hunico ducks and then scurries over to make the tag to Camacho. Lock-up and Camacho begins to unload with a series of right hands and stomps to Jimmy in the corner. Camacho with a slam, but as he goes off the ropes, Jimmy nails him with a back elbow. Tag into Jey, as Jimmy Irish whips Camacho into Jey, who nails him with a flying forearm for a nearfall. Tag into Jimmy, who nails Camacho with a pair of gut shots. Irish whip by Jimmy, but Camacho sidesteps his back body drop attempt and nails Jimmy with a kick to the face. Camacho then nails Jey with a right hand, who then comes in to go after him, but the referee holds him back. Jimmy then nails Camacho with a right hand. Jimmy with an Irish whip, but Camacho reverses it and sends Jimmy through the ropes and to the outside. Tag to Hunico, who nails Jimmy with a double sledge off the apron, followed by a kick to the ribs as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Camacho has Jimmy in a single leg crab as the crowd and Jey try to will Jimmy back into the match. Camacho then switches out into driving Jimmy’s knee into the mat for a nearfall. Camacho connects with a kneebreaker, followed by a headbutt. Camacho goes for another kneebreaker, but Jimmy counters it into a Sunset flip. However, in mid-move, Hunico tags in and nails Jimmy from behind while Jimmy was unaware that the tag was made. Hunico with a stomp, followed by a leg DDT. Hunico then locks in a version of the Indian Deathlock as the crowd tries to will on Jimmy. Jimmy breaks out of the hold, but Hunico prevents him from making the tag and then gains another nearfall. Hunico trash talks Jimmy, then nails him with a kick. Jimmy fights back with a right hand, but Hunico fires right back with a gut shot. Hunico with another stomp, then tags in Camacho. Hunico & Camacho then make a wish on Jimmy, followed by Camacho hitting a leaping leg drop for another nearfall. Camacho with a stomp, followed by raining in shots to Jimmy’s injured leg and re-applying the single leg crab. Crowd wills on Jimmy again, who gets to his feet and breaks out of the hold by nailing Camacho with an enziguri. Jimmy crawls to make the tag, but Camacho stops him from doing so. Camacho goes for a figure 4, but Jimmy kicks him off and sends Camacho through the ropes and to the outside. Camacho gets right back in, but Jimmy catches him coming in with a Samoan Drop. Jey tries to will on his brother, who gets over and makes the tag into him, as well as Hunico getting the tag from Camacho.
Jey with a pair of clotheslines, followed by a savate kick to the gut and finally a throat thrust. Hunico then misses a clothesline and Jey nails him with the corkscrew forearm coming off the ropes. Jey does the “Uso” chant with the crowd and then hits the running butt smash in the corner for a nearfall, but Camacho breaks it up. Jey comes in now and takes Camacho out. Jey with right hands to Hunico, followed by an Irish whip, but Hunico reverses it and takes Jey out with a back body drop, However, in the process of Hunico doing that, Jimmy rolls up Hunico in an O’ Connor Roll, but the referee doesn’t see it as he is attending to Jey. This allows Camacho to come in and nail Jimmy with a big boot to the head.
Hunico then rolls up Jimmy while also hooking the tights for the victory.
Winners: Hunico & Camacho by pinfall (Roll-Up)
Hunico & Camacho celebrate their victory as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to the RAW portion of this week’s show, with announcers Matt Striker & Scott Stanford.
Kelly Kelly vs. Maxine
Lock-up and Kelly with a side headlock. Maxine goes for an Irish whip, but Kelly reverses it and then catches Maxine coming in with a Lou Thesz Press, followed by some right hands. Kelly with an armdrag, followed by a series of stomps in the corner. Kelly goes for the handspring elbow, but Maxine moves out of the way and Kelly catches nothing but turnbuckle, hitting it back first.
Maxine drives Kelly’s face into the mat multiple times, followed by locking in a rear chinlock with her knee driven into Kelly’s back. Kelly gets to her feet and tries to break out with gut shots, but Maxine regains the advantage by driving the back of Kelly’s head into the mat for a nearfall. Maxine goes back to the rear chinlock, while driving a pair of knees between Kelly’s shoulder blades. Maxine then switches the hold into a step-over neck vise of sorts. Crowd tries to will on Kelly as she breaks out of the hold with a back elbow to Maxine’s leg, followed by some gut shots. Kelly with a pair of forearms and then shoves Maxine off into the ropes, but Maxine then comes in and hooks Kelly in a front guillotine choke. Kelly starts to fade, but then drives Maxine back first into the corner multiple times to break the hold.
Kelly then heads up to the middle rope and locks in the Figure 4 Necklock on Maxine. Kelly breaks the hold, then trips up Maxine, sending her facefirst bouncing off the mat. Back in the ring, Kelly gives Maxine a receipt by driving her head multiple times into the mat. Kelly sets to charge and hits a pair of clotheslines on Maxine, followed by driving her head multiple times into the top turnbuckle. Kelly motions for the Stinkface and succeeds in doing so. Kelly sets to charge once more and this time connects with the handspring elbow on Maxine.
Kelly with a kick to the face, followed by the K2 for the victory.
Winner: Kelly Kelly by pinfall (K2)
Back from commercial, we go to a video package hyping up the main event for this Sunday’s Extreme Rules between Brock Lesnar & John Cena before our main event.
The Miz vs. Alex Riley
Lock-up and Miz with a hiptoss. Miz taunts Riley before locking up again. Miz then takes down Riley with an armdrag. Miz puts up 2 fingers to signal he took down Riley twice. Another lock-up and Miz with a knee to the gut, followed by a slam. Miz does some more taunting, but then Riley hooks in a waistlock before going to a side headlock. Miz then counters out into his own side headlock. Irish whip by Riley, but Miz knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. Miz says “I own him” before going off the ropes, but then Riley leapfrogs him and catches him coming in with a hiptoss. Riley with an armdrag, followed by a slam for a nearfall. Irish whip by Riley, but Miz sidesteps his back body drop attempt with a kick to the face. Miz then unloads with stomps to Riley. Miz with a series of knees to the gut, followed by a running kneelift for a nearfall. Miz then locks in an armbar. Riley gets to his feet and breaks out with a gut shot, a head butt and finally a right hand. Irish whip by Riley, reversed by Miz, but Riley goes up and over Miz and then takes him down with another armdrag. Riley with another armdrag, followed by a dropkick for a nearfall. Riley then with a side headlock takedown. Miz gets to his feet and sends Riley to the corner to force a break. Miz breaks, but then nails Riley with a series of left hands and stomps in the corner. Miz taunts Riley and then goes to pick him up, but Riley fights back with a series of right hands. Irish whip by Riley, but Miz holds on to the ropes. Riley charges, but Miz catches him with a back elbow. Miz now charges, but Riley catches him with his hiptoss suplex. Riley with a kick to the gut, followed by going off the ropes and hitting a running kick to the side of Miz’s head for a nearfall. Miz backs off, but then throws Riley out to the ropes. Miz starts to go after Riley, but Riley sees him coming and nails Miz with a sliding kick. Riley heads up top, but Miz leaps up onto the ropes and connects with an armbreaker that sends Riley crashing down to the outside as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Miz has Riley in an armbar. We see that during the commercial break, Miz drilled Riley with another running kneelift, this time while Riley was draped across the apron. Back to live action as Riley gets to his feet and breaks out with right hands. Irish whip by Riley, reversed by Miz, who nails Riley coming in with a boot to the shoulder. Miz then drives Riley’s arm across the ropes for a nearfall. Miz goes off the ropes and hits a running boot to the head. Miz taunts the crowd, then hits another running boot. Miz does some more taunting, then hits a 3rd running boot for a close nearfall. Miz then locks in a unique version of a keylock, pulling back on the wrist of Riley. Riley tries to get to his feet, but Miz applies more pressure on the hold to take Riley back down. Miz trash talks Riley, who then gets back to his feet and breaks out with a pair of right hands, followed by an armdrag. Riley with a kick to the gut, followed by a series of right hands. Irish whip by Riley, but Miz reverses yet again and hits a jumping armbreaker for another nearfall. Miz measures Riley and then charges, connecting with his through the ropes clothesline in the corner. Miz then heads up top and goes for a double sledge, but Riley catches him on the way down with a gut shot.
Miz with a left hand, but Riley fires back with a right hand. Miz with a kick to the gut, but Riley fires back again with a right hand. Riley with a series of right hands, followed by an Irish whip. However, Miz reverses it yet again, but Riley moves out of the way on Miz’s charge in and goes off the ropes, connecting with his sit-out clothesline. Riley with another clothesline, then ducks under Miz’s left hand attempt and catches him coming off the ropes with a spinebuster. Riley is all fired up now as he goes for the Implant DDT, but Miz counters it. However, Riley then rolls up Miz for a nearfall. Riley goes back after Miz, but Miz nails him with a boot to the face. Miz charges, but Riley catches him and connects with the Game Changer for a nearfall. Riley with a kick to the leg and then goes off the ropes, but Miz catches him and hits the Reality Check for a close nearfall. Miz measures Riley and goes for another running boot, but this time Riley ducks under it and lifts Miz up for a slam, but Miz rolls off the back and sends Riley shoulder first into the ringpost.
Miz then hooks Riley and hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the victory.
Winner: The Miz by pinfall (Skull Crushing Finale)
The Miz celebrates his victory as we go to credits.
Pretty good edition of Superstars this week.
The opener was a solid to almost good tag match. Camacho looked good in the ring for a first time out on the WWE scale while Hunico also put on a good performance. The Usos were real good as the babyfaces and overall, the match turned out nicely.
Divas match was good. Maxine’s technical submission like style translates very nicely when worked with a decent enough babyface and Kelly was successful on the babyface side of things. Good effort by both.
Finally, the main event was also good. Riley wasn’t his usual “Road Runner” self and was very good on the FIP work. Miz also looked really good and got a chance to show off more of a moveset than he has shown in recent months. Very impressed by both guys and really enjoyed this match.
Overall, good effort by the guys and gals who worked on the show as they put on a very entertaining and enjoyable hour of wrestling.
My Grade: C+
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