WWE Superstars 03/08/2012
By Graham Galloway
Welcome to the WWE Superstars review by Graham Galloway. No introduction this week, we have a lot to get through. This was a good episode though and it’s worth sticking around.
Match 1 – Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater
This is rematch #27 if you’re keeping track. Does that bother me? No. I think that these two young stars work tremendously well together and always put on a good show. Who will come out on top in this bout? Mr. Werewolf usually picks up the win but perhaps the red haired hermaphrodite will have his/her time this week.
Slater sports his normal routine where he runs his fingers through his hair an abnormal number of times. He should just wear a hair band. Sometimes simple solutions are the best ones, Heath. Justin is a fantastic athlete but he lacks some genuine charisma. For now, his talent overshadows any weaknesses he has.
The former Tag-Team Champions lock up with Justin gaining the dominant position. It isn’t long before Heath works his way out of Justin’s hold only to be greeted with a “You suck” chant from the crowd. Rise above hate Mr. Slater, rise above hate. Again, Gabriel gains the dominant position and grounds Slater with an arm-bar hold. Slater reverses this into a nice fireman’s carry. Justin Gabriel utilises an arm twist and follows up with a leg sweep. Gabriel continues his attack and after a bodyslam gains a 2-count. Slater looks to mount some offense but his attempt at a hip-toss mounts to nothing as Gabriel flips out of it. The South African proceeds with his sustained period of control executing another arm-bar after a nice armdrag takedown.
Slater works out of Gabriel’s control with some basic striking moves; punches and shoulder thrusts. Justin has some striking offense of his own and lands a hard chest chop on his opponent. Gabriel applies yet another arm bar. Slater breaks out. He proceeds to lift Gabriel above the ropes and drops him testicles first. I suppose that means no baby werewolves in the future. Justin rolls to the outside and Heath gives us another “Woo” because we didn’t get enough of that from Ric Flair over the years.
Back from the commercial break and Heath has Justin grounded in a side headlock. Slater hits a nice leg lariat for a 2-count. Slater proceeds to kick Gabriel across the mat. Gabriel replies with some of his typical kicking offense before Slater takes back control with a whirlwind slam. Justin hits his first high-flying move of the match in the form of a springboard Lionsault. We see a little oscillation of control. Slater lands a running neckbreaker off the turnbuckle. He attempts to follow up with a powerbomb but Justin escapes with a hurricanrana. Heath Slater is down and Gabriel hits the 450º splash for the victory.
MoM – Heath Slater
I gave the Man of the Match award to Slater because at this present time he is a more rounded performer. His offense improves with every week that goes by and he always demonstrates a decent level of charisma. Justin is obviously the more talented individual of the two but he should stick to his acrobatic style of offense for now and allow himself to develop over time as he matures. He appears to be attempting to integrate a further dimension into his offense. This is amicable but it should be done in a subtle way whilst leading with continuing with his strengths.
Overall, the match was good. I continue to be entertained by these two talented athletes.
Match 2 – Ted DiBiase vs. Jinder Mahal
Ted starts a “USA” chant. That’s always came across a little racist to me.
Mahal starts on the front foot but Ted soon takes control after hitting a well executed drop-kick. DiBiase proceeds with his offense hitting the old school 10 mounted punches in the turnbuckle. After finding himself victim to a suplex Mahal gets to his feet to hit a swinging neckbreaker. Jinder follows up with his patented knee drops at the ropes. Mahal shows Theodore no mercy and works over his broken wrist. Why such viscous offense? I think Ted failed to invite Jinder to one of his parties. He doesn’t seem to like minorities, Hunico would vouch for that.
Mahal begins to wear down Ted with submission offense. Jafar executes 3 consecutive knee’s to the face of his opponent. Matt Striker informs us he is beginning to become a Jinder Mahal fan, hopefully others will follow suit. Jinder goes for a double axe handle from the second rope but DiBiase counters will a nice dropkick. Ted increases the tempo with; Clothesline, leg lariat and spinebuster. The sequence had a Randy Orton feel to it at times. After failing to execute Dream Street, Ted hits the rebound clothesline. Ted flies from the top rope but Jinder meets him with a high knee. Mahal follows up with the Punjabi Clutch to which Ted taps out. (Striker calls it the Mahal Clutch so perhaps that is its official name now).
MoM- Ted DiBiase
This was a really good match. It was a typical Superstars match that didn’t go too long and hosted a decent standard of in-ring action. Both guys performed well. Mahal was off his game on last week’s episode but he got it back together this week. Ted’s experience showed as he raised the tempo when it was required. He also got the audience involved. Unfortunately, I think DiBiase was injured in this match. Hopefully he makes a speedy recovery.
Match 3 – Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler w/Victoria Guerrero
This is a long one; you may want to go get some refreshments.
Ziggler starts things off with a side headlock. Kingston breaks out and Dolph takes him down with a shoulder block. Dolph Ziggler is really working the “Show off” angle. Kofi fights back and after locking Ziggler into an arm twist he performs a leg sweep and splash. After a failed pin attempt Kingston retains control with another arm twist. Dolph negotiates his escape with a reverse elbow to the face and immediately locks in the sleeper. Kingston breaks out but fails to mount any offense hence Ziggles stays in control. Dolph stalks a grounded Kingston and hits a fantastic fireman’s carry. We see some high pace action off the ropes and Kofi hits a diving reverse elbow. He follows up with some old school mounted punches in the turnbuckle; he only hit 5 but the crowd counted 6. Kingston locks in an arm bar in an attempt to sustain control. This attempt failed though as Ziggler fights his way back into control and executes a neck snap; that move always impresses me. Mr. Ziggles wastes too much time taunting and after some back and forth fist action Kingston lands a breathtaking monkey flip on Dolph (Ziggler actually performs a 450 spin mid air). This is an example of why Ziggler is ready to take the main event scene and make it his own. Ziggler missile dropkicks his opponent out of the ring and demonstrates a headstand in celebration. Commercial begins.
Commercial ends. Both competitors slug it out with some basic striking offense. The pace of the match has slowed down, both guys are hurting. Ziggler looks to hit a neckbreaker but Kofi reverses this into a pin for a 2 count. Embarrassed, Dolph hits a huge jumping clothesline on his opponent. This warrants a 2 count of his own. With Kingston sitting up-right on the mat Dolph hits several elbows to the shoulder and follows up with an arm bar. Kingston counters into a pin attempt for 2. Dolph looks to fight back but again Kingston reverses his opponent’s offense into a pin attempt. They really sell the story that anything can happen in this match. Ziggler kills Kingston’s control with a well executed dropkick.
Kingston is flat on the mat and Ziggler sees this is an opportune time to get some sit-ups in. As he comes up for his third rep Kofi kicks him in the head, nice spot. With Kofi in the turnbuckle Dolph Ziggler looks to land a big splash but Kingston get’s out the way just in time. Both guys are grounded. They slowly make their way to their feet and Kofi gains the initial advantageous position with some of his typical offense; double arm chest chops and drop kicks. Some nice action follows as Kofi goes for the S.O.S, Ziggler reverses into an inverted body slam but Kingston flips out of it to land the S.O.S. After a near-fall Kofi Kingston hits the Boom Drop. Kofi signals his finishing intentions with his elevated Boom slaps. Ziggler slowly gets to his feet and turns to face an oncoming Kingston. As Kingston comes off his feet Dolph catches him and lands the inverted body slam. Pin attempt; Kofi kicks out at 2. Referee Justin King begins to count both guys out.
Both men are at their feet now and with Kingston in the turnbuckle area Ziggler looks to hit a running attack but Kofi counters with the pendulum kick. Kingston goes up top looking to execute some of his high-flying offense. However, Ziggler recognises Kingston’s intentions and gets up to the top rope himself. Alarmed by Kingston’s game plan, Ziggler looks to further wear down his opponent with some basic striking. He then attempts to land some impact offense in the form of superplex but Kingston stands his ground and throws Ziggler off the elevated fixture Gladiator style. Kofi goes for a diving crossbody but Dolph escapes his opponent’s trajectory and follows up with a leg drop bulldog. A nearfall follows. Ziggler looks to finish off Kingston with the Sleeper but misses. Kingston takes advantage and lands Trouble in Paradise. Kingston goes for the pin and is successful.
MoM – Dolph Ziggler
This match was epic. It was PPV standard. If I saw this match at Wrestlemania 28 I wouldn’t be disappointed, far from it. There was a contrast of style; Kingston intending to utilise high-paced offense and Ziggler looking to ground his opponent with impact and mat based moves. The action was back and forth the entire bout, it worked as the offense was always meaningful. They sold a story over the course of the match. As the match went longer the stakes got higher and the nearfalls worked really well. The ending sequence lasted a couple of minutes and it was spectacular wrestling. My hat goes off to these two stars. Best match I have ever seen on WWE Superstars.
This is why I love wrestling. It is also why I love WWE Superstars (most of the time). We have 3 really good matches. All of which featured young hungry stars who applied exhausting efforts to put on a good show. If you haven’t watched this episode you really should, at least the Main Event.
I just want to say a little something about the consequences of the results. I read some comments stating that Dolph was jobbing to Kingston and this was a really bad thing for his career. There is a difference between jobbing and losing a hard fought contest.
I think a lot of fans really jump the gun in relation to the outcome of a bout. Yes, the WWE is scripted but that doesn’t mean that the best performer should always win. If it was as black and white as that wrestling would be boring. Just because Dolph lost this match doesn’t mean all of the work building him has gone to waste. He will continue with his progress and so will Kingston. Just look what happened to the last guy that won all of his matches, I think his name is Super Cena?
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