Superstars Results – 5/17/12

WWE Superstars
May 17, 2012
Report by: Jason Namako of

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!

Alex Riley vs. “The 1 Man Southern Rock Band” Heath Slater

Lock-up and a break. Riley goes to a side headlock, but Slater gets to the ropes. Lock-up and Riley goes back to the side headlock. Riley switches to a hammerlock, but then Slater counters into his own side headlock. Irish whip by Riley, but Slater with a shoulder tackle. Slater takes time to showboat, but then Riley trips him up and goes into a front chancery. Riley goes to a wristlock, but Slater gets to the ropes. Slater then trips up Riley and goes into a grounded side headlock. Irish whip by Riley, but Slater with another shoulder tackle. Slater goes off the ropes, but Riley catches him coming in with a dropkick. Riley then with an armdrag into an armbar. Slater sends Riley into the corner and hits a gut shot, followed by a pair of right hands. Irish whip by Slater, reversed by Riley. Riley charges, but Slater sends him over the ropes, however Riley lands on the apron. Riley with a right hand, then heads up top, but Slater crotches him and sends Riley crashing down onto the mat. Slater with a pair of stomps as we go to commercial.


Back from commercial as Slater has Riley in a reverse chinlock. Riley breaks out with a right hand, followed by sending Slater headfirst into the top turnbuckle. Irish whip by Riley, but runs into a boot by Slater. Slater gains a nearfall, then goes back to the reverse chinlock. Slater with a series of elbows to Riley’s head, followed by a knee to the back for another nearfall. Slater goes right back to the reverse chinlock, then hits a series of elbows to Riley’s chest for another nearfall. Slater once again locks in the reverse chinlock as the crowd tries to will on Riley. Riley breaks out with gut shots, but Slater comes back with a neckbreaker for another nearfall. Slater can’t believe it and is visibly frustrated. Slater with a boot to Riley’s chest, followed by a right hand for yet another nearfall. Slater then locks in a sleeper hold as the crowd tries to will on Riley once more. Riley breaks out again with gut shots, followed by another right hand. Riley goes after Slater, but Slater throws him through the ropes to the outside. Slater starts to go after Riley, but Riley nails him with his sliding kick on the apron.

Riley then heads up top and connects with a flying clothesline. Riley with a series of right hands, followed by an Irish whip. However, Slater reverses it, but misses a charge in the corner and Riley goes off the ropes and then connects with his sit-out clothesline. Riley with another clothesline, then ducks under Slater and catches him with a spinebuster. Riley is all fired up as he sets to charge at Slater. Riley charges and connects with an avalanche. Riley goes up to the middle rope and calls for the A-Bomb. Riley then connects with the A-Bomb for a close nearfall. Riley now can’t believe it and has words with the referee.

Riley with an Irish whip, but Slater reverses it and then connects with a belly-to-back facebuster for the victory.

Winner: “The 1 Man Southern Rock Band” Heath Slater by pinfall (Belly-to-Back Facebuster)

Slater celebrates his win, then we go to video of the face-off between Johnny Ace & John Cena from RAW before we go to commercial.


Back from commercial, we see Tyson Kidd already in the ring as he awaits his opponent.

Lord Tensai vs. Tyson Kidd

Tensai goes right after Kidd and hits a series of left & right hands in the corner, followed by a series of knees to the head. Tensai with a series of right hands, followed by a short-arm clothesline. Tensai with a slam, then locks Kidd in a bearhug. Kidd fights out with right hands, then ducks under a clothesline, but Tensai knocks him back down with a shoulder tackle. Tensai charges at Kidd, but Kidd gets out of the way and nails Tensai with an enziguri to the back of the head. Kidd with a rope assisted kick, then ducks under Tensai’s punches and hits a series of kicks to him. Kidd with a spin kick to Tensai, but Tensai comes right back with a throat thrust. Kidd then hits his backflip kick that sends Kidd onto the apron. Kidd with another enziguri, then springboards, but Tensai moves and then he drills Kidd with the Tensai Bomb. Tensai with a pair of headbutts to the corner, followed by charging and connecting with an avalanche.

Tensai then locks in the Claw and takes Kidd down for the victory.

Winner: Lord Tensai by pinfall (The Claw)

After the match, Tensai goes to leave, but then comes back in and squishes Kidd with a running back senton splash. Tensai finally leaves and then yells at Sakamoto as we go to commercial.


Back from commercial, we go to video from RAW here Johnny Ace fired The Big Show before the main event.

Main Event: The Usos (Jey & Jimmy) vs. “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler & “The All-American American” Jack Swagger w/Vickie Guerrero

Jey & Ziggler start things off for their respective teams. Jey with some “Uso” chants to get the crowd going. Ziggler then mocks the chant before locking up. Lock-up and Ziggler locks in a side headlock. Irish whip by Jey, but Ziggler holds onto the ropes and then does a little strut. Ziggler with a kick to the gut, followed by a headbutt, but hurts his own head. The headbutt did nothing to hurt Jey as he does a little dance before nailing Ziggler with his own headbutt. Headfirst goes Ziggler off the top turnbuckle, then Jimmy is tagged in. The Usos hit double back elbows, followed by a double elbow drop on Ziggler. Ziggler comes back with a kick to the leg, followed by an elbow to the top of the head. Tag into Swagger, who hits a gut shot, followed by a club to the back. Swagger then with a forearm to the back. Swagger goes for it again, but Jimmy comes back with a series of right hands. Swagger then comes back with a log roll, followed by a slam. Swagger goes for a leaping leg drop, but Jimmy moves out of the way. Tag into Ziggler, but Jimmy catches him with a hiptoss. Irish whip by Jimmy, reversed by Ziggler, but Jimmy slides to put on the brakes and then nails Ziggler with a double chop. Jimmy with an armbar, but Ziggler takes him down to break out. Ziggler then misses a clothesline and Jimmy nails him with another double chop for a nearfall. Jimmy goes back to the armbar, then tags in Jey. Jey hits a backbreaker on Ziggler for a nearfall. Ziggler comes back with another kick to the leg, followed by a right hand. Ziggler with a fireman’s carry takedown, then goes to a rear chinlock. Jey breaks out with gut shots, followed by a throat thrust. Irish whip by Jey, but he runs into a boot by Ziggler on a charge in. Tag into Swagger, who connects with a side belly-to-belly suplex for a nearfall. Headfirst goes Jey off the turnbuckles, followed by a series of right hands and stomps in the corner by Swagger. The referee has words with Swagger and that allows Ziggler to rake at Jey’s face. Swagger chokes Jey with his knee, then tags in Ziggler. Ziggler goes for a back suplex, but Jey lands on his feet. Ziggler then misses a clothesline and Jey tags in Jimmy. Jimmy with a pair of clotheslines, followed by an Irish whip. Ziggler, however, sidesteps Jimmy’s back body drop attempt. Ziggler charges, but Jimmy moves out of the way and Ziggler goes headfirst off the top turnbuckle. Jimmy then hits a Bubba Bomb for a nearfall as Swagger comes in to break up the pin. Jey tries to come in, but is kept away by the referee. Then, Ziggler nails Jimmy with a dropkick as we go to commercial.


Back from commercial as Ziggler nails Jimmy with a short-arm clothesline, followed by doing some push-ups. Swagger with a series of clubs to the back, then sends Jimmy into the corner before tagging in Ziggler. Ziggler with a little hip swivel, then connects with a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Ziggler with a hair flick, followed by a leaping elbow drop for another nearfall. Tag into Swagger, who hits a gut shot. Snapmare takeover by Swagger, followed by locking in a double chickenwing. Jimmy breaks out with gut shots, then tries to leap to his corner to make a tag, but Swagger catches him to stop him from doing so. Jimmy then counters with a Sunset flip for a nearfall. Swagger then instantly locks Jimmy in the Ankle Lock. However, Jimmy kicks him off and sends Swagger out to the outside. Jey tries to will on his brother, but before Jimmy can make the tag, Swagger pulls Jey off the apron. Swagger then drags Jimmy back to his side of the ring. Jey tries to come in, but the referee keeps him back and that allows Ziggler to unload with stomps while Swagger has Jimmy’s leg trapped. Tag into Ziggler, who locks Jimmy in a head and arm lock. Crowd tries to will on Jimmy as he gets to his feet. Jimmy tries to fight back with gut shots, but Ziggler comes back with a kick to the gut. Ziggler goes for another neckbreaker, but Jimmy counters with a backslide for a nearfall. However, Ziggler comes right back with a kick to the leg, followed by the Fameasser for another nearfall. Ziggler can’t believe it as he tags in Swagger. Swagger locks in an armbar, followed by clubs to the shoulder. Swagger then hits a leaping leg drop for a nearfall. Tag into Ziggler, who hits a kick to the leg. Ziggler taunts Jimmy and mocks Jey, followed by an elbow to the back of the head. Ziggler with another hair flick, then goes for another Fameasser, but Jimmy counters it with the weakest looking powerbomb that I have ever seen.

Swagger & Jey get the tags and Jey with a pair of running forearms, followed by a savate kick to the gut. Jey with a throat thrust, followed by the 360* forearm. Jey knocks Ziggler off the apron, then does another “Uso” chant as he sets to charge. Jey charges and connects with the running butt attack for a nearfall. Jey lifts up Swagger for a Samoan Drop, but Vickie gets up on the apron to distract the referee. This allows Swagger to send Jey into Ziggler, who nails Jey with a right hand.

Swagger goes for the Gutwrench Powerbomb, but Jey counters it with a roll-up for the victory.

Winners: The Usos by pinfall (Roll-up)

Swagger & Ziggler argue in the ring about the loss as we go to credits.

My Thoughts

Solid, but uneventful edition of Superstars.

Opener was good, but it lacked a little something in eyes. Both Slater & Riley put on solid performances, but it just seemed like there was something missing to put it over the hump.

Tensai match was a complete & utter squash. Tensai has already fallen out of favor if he is doing squashes on Superstars and this does nothing but hurt Kidd, who has improved in a great deal on NXT. Just a shame for both guys.

Main event was a pretty good match, but why are Ziggler & Swagger losing a match before they are challenging for the Tag Titles on Sunday? I mean, its one thing if this is leading to a break-up, but if not, then this was pointless. No offense to the Usos, but if they are beating Ziggler & Swagger one week, then the next losing to Young & O’Neil, it does nothing for both teams involved. I know tag teams aren’t supposed to matter, but at least act like you care just a tad, sheesh.

My Grade: C

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