Welcome to the WWE Superstars review with your host Graham Galloway. This week’s episode was somewhat intriguing as we had two debuts on the show. However, unlike Camacho’s first steps in World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, The Miz finds himself in unfamiliar territory. How will the former WWE Champion cope with his undesirable circumstances? Will he crumble under a confidence deficiency or will he strive to prove he is deserving of greater things? Read on for a detailed review of his performance in the main event. I do things chronologically so let us begin with our opening bout…
Match 1 – The Usos vs. Hunico and Camacho
Michael Cole is on commentary filling in for Josh Matthews who is in a critical condition after a mediocre push from Brock Lesnar.
***Disclaimer: Mr. Galloway will not accept liability for accuracy regarding the identity of either Uso***
The Usos cut a promo before the match making fun of their opponents. It was an impression segment portraying their opponents. I didn’t laugh but at least they added a little fuel to the fire.
Hunico tangles with brother Jey from the beginning. The Mexicana is as acrobatic as always demonstrating his skills tauntingly. Jey replies with a shoulder bash and proceeds to punish his egotistical opponent with a body slam. We get our first double team of the night as The Usos utilise their familiar double chest chop followed by a double elbow drop. Jimmy continues where his brother left off, dominating control of the bout. Hunico decides his partner should try his luck in the ring. Camacho appears to be wearing Hunico’s hand-me-downs; perhaps he will earn some real money now that he is an active wrestler. Camacho impresses immediately with hard-hitting strike offense; he grounds his opponent with right fists and continues with stomps. Camacho Irish Whips Jimmy to the outside and tags Hunico.
Hunico takes advantage of a hurt opponent and enjoys exposing Jimmy to further offense. Michael Cole indicates commercial time. We don’t actually get a commercial, the screen appears black for a second and we return to a further point in the match. Camacho is now in the ring with, I assume, Jimmy. Hunico’s fiancé employs a Half Boston Crab before hitting a high knee slam on James. They botch an important spot but get it on the second attempt; Camacho attempts an Angle-like Slam which Jimmy reverses into a pin attempt. However, Camacho successfully tagged Hunico as he was being hauled to the ground by his opponent allowing Sin Cara Negro to enter and break the pin.
Hunico works over Jimmy’s left leg and furthers his offense with a modified Indian Death Lock. Uso escapes with a head-butt. Both guys go back and forward with fists; I suppose Hunico is warming himself up for Camacho when they return to the hotel room after the show. Hunico tags his partner who arrives to land a huge leg drop which warrants a 2 count. Camacho looks to wear down his opponent with a second Half Boston Crab, however, Jimmy works to his feet foot and lands a hard kick to the head. They pick up the tempo as Jimmy lands a Samoan drop; both guys are down initially but quickly tag their partners.
Jey enters and lands impressive offense featuring high velocity movement; clotheslines, diving Samoan chop and a running butt bump amongst others. The preceding offense looks to have won it for The Usos but Camacho interrupts the pin at a count of 2. Jimmy enters to even up the numbers and quickly expels Camacho from the squared circle. With Hunico occupied by brother Jimmy, Jey rolls his opponent up but the referee fails to count as he is distracted attempting to chaperone Jimmy out of the ring. Camacho re-enters the ring to plant Jey with a big boot; Hunico catches a falling opponent and initiates a roll-up pin. The official conveniently turns his attention to the legal participants and counts 3. Winners – Hunico and Camacho
MoM – Hunico
Camacho’s premier appearance was far from premature. He performed adequately in every aspect; also showing glimpses of natural talent which made for a very reasonable Superstars debut. Hunico does not get the credit he deserves for the well rounded wrestler that he is. He was successful with his endeavours to add depth to this bout – additionally, making the Usos look good when he needed to.
Both teams worked coherently producing an enjoyable match. It is slightly frustrating that The Usos do not get the opportunity to demonstrate their talent on RAW. If I had to criticise one area of the Usos ability it would be their double-team moves. The manoeuvres they utilise are adequate but they could make a greater impact with some more impressive double-team offense.
Match 2 – Kelly Kelly vs. Maxine
Maxine is one sexy bitch; she beholds greater similarity to a lingerie model than a wrestler with her ever present suspender stockings.
Kelly gains the initial control by means of side standing headlock which is soon followed by a Lou Thesz Press. Our resident Barbie looks to land her Kelly Killer but Maxine avoids the devastating manoeuvre which would have surely ended her career. Maxine plants Kelly face first on the mat and furthers her offense with a chin-lock. Matt Striker asks “What kind of person is inside Maxine?” – a f****** lucky one. Kelly attempts a fight back but Maxi silences her opponent with a front fall slam.
Maxine continues to impress with her offense as she locks in a Dragon Sleeper. Kelly rams her opponent into the turnbuckle in order to escape the clutch of her opponent. Kel Kel wastes no time and goes straight in for some offense of her own; she implements her upside down handstand choke in conjunction with the ropes – I still haven’t thought of a clever name for that move. Scott Stanford to the rescue as he informs the viewers that the move is in fact called Barbed Wire; why do all her moves begin with her name?
As Lord Tensai looks on scouting for some new devastating offense, Kelly begins her finishing sequence; Stink Face, Kelly Killer and K2. Kelly follows up with a successful pin attempt. Winner – Kelly Kelly
WoM – Kelly Kelly
I was impressed with Maxine the first time she appeared on this show and her most recent performance was similarly encouraging. It was nothing extraordinary but, like Camacho before her, performed adequately. Kelly Kelly performed competently; she always involves the crowd which deserves credit.
Kelly is reasonably talented. I think most fans expect more from her because she has been with the company for a several years now. However, she is still young – just 25. If she chooses to remain with the WWE and continues to apply reasonable efforts she should experience substantial progress. Time is on her side.
Match 3 – Alex Riley vs. The Miz
The commentators really play-up the previous partnership of these two athletes. Unfortunately, the WWE do not fully understand best practice regarding repetition and I subsequently expect to hear much of the same for the entire bout. I would later learn that my prediction was correct.
The match gets off to a slow start. They lock-up a couple of times and on both occasions Miz hits a side hip-toss. Mike decides against the further utilisation of the hip-toss as he implements a knee to the gut and bodyslam following lock-up number 3. The Miz constantly provokes both the crowd and his opponent; such is awesome. Riley’s first offense is short lived as Miz reverses his side headlock into a hold of his own. Miz furthers his attack with a standing shoulder block.
Riley eventually picks up the pace and lands a couple of quick arm drags and a bodyslam on his opponent. Riley fails with his pin attempt and as he sulks with frustration Miz responds with some aggressive strike offense. Miz delivers alternate knees to the chest of Alexander. Mike talks down to his opponent and locks in a punishing arm-bar. Riley fights out; right hand, head-butt, right hand. With Miz fazed Alex cements his position of control executing a hip-toss and front dropkick. Riley’s offense warrants him a 2 count. After the failed pin attempt A-Ry performs a takedown on Miz and subjects the former WWE Champion to a side headlock. Mike desperately attempts to escape the hold and eventually makes it to his feet before barging his opponent into the corner. Mike begins a beat down on his former student.
The most must see WWE Champion of all time fails to take advantage of a grounded opponent as Riley stumbles to his feet and responds with some striking offense. A-Ry lands some innovative offense as he converts a hip-toss into a neckbreaker finish; impressive manoeuvre. The former High School bully comes off the ropes to land a dropkick to the head off Miz. We see some nice action revolving around the apron which initiates as a result of Miz throwing Riley through the ropes. As Mike looks to exit the ring himself Riley lands a running jumping enzugiri kick. A-Ry proceeds to go up top but Miz meets him up there and, once again, sends him to the outside; this time after a slamming his arm off the top rope.
We get a promo for CM Punk (who, in my opinion, has lost his edge) and Jericho (who, in my opinion, is simply boring and a shadow of his former self). As Steve Austin said, they need to pick up their intensity.
We return with the action back in the ring. Miz is in possession of an arm-bar. After Riley attempts to fight out of his opponents control Miz lands a big boot to the shoulder. The Miz balances the base of Riley’s arm on the bottom rope and slams it hard into the mat; this is good for a 2 count. A second near-fall follows for Miz after a couple of hard kicks to the head which leaved Alex Riley grounded. Miz proceeds with a sustained arm bar to which Alex experiences huge difficulty escaping. After a surge of adrenaline Riley fights out to land a hip-toss, however, Mike quickly regains control with a front slam. After Riley crawls to the corner in desperation Miz accelerates with huge velocity and lands his patented turnbuckle clothesline. The Tough Enough Graduate comes off the top rope to land an axe-handle but Riley counters with a right hand to the mid-section; both guys are grounded.
They go back and forth sluggishly before Riley lands a huge clothesline and spinebuster. Riley is pumped and after Miz attempts a clothesline he rolls his opponent up for a nearfall. The high tempo continues and after hitting a leg-sweep back slam Riley picks up another nearfall. A-Ry looks to hit a dropkick after coming off the ropes but Miz counters into Reality Check; 2 count. Miz misses a kick to the face and Riley attempts to take advantage. However, his attempt at a bodyslam is countered by Miz who uses his opponent as a battering ram throwing Riley into the turnbuckle shoulder first. Miz follows up with the Skull Crushing Finale for the pin. Winner – The Miz
MoM – The Miz
I genuinely never thought I’d review The Miz on WWE Superstars. Many critics and fans alike have stated that they felt Miz would be subject for a resurgent push after picking up the pin at Wrestlemania 28 for big Johnny. I always felt that the decision to have Miz land the pin was the WWE writers protecting themselves; if Miz featured merely as a pawn in the match then perhaps their decision to have him win the previous year’s main event would be questioned. Recent times haven’t been favourable to Miz but at least he has an upcoming loss at Extreme Rules for the U.S Championship to look forward to.
What was evident in this match was how polished Miz is. Riley also put in a solid performance showing that he has made huge strides in recent times. The match was a good length and both guys worked through periods of control. The crowd got involved and there was a reasonable number of entertaining spots. Overall, this match is one of the best I have reviewed during my time writing for TJR. Anyone who questions Mike’s desire should check out this match.
I have never been a supporter of The Miz. I have always felt he is over-confident, lacking in talent and the not-so-proud owner of a transparent character. I remain convinced over my diagnosis of his mannerisms. However, my humble opinion regarding his in-ring ability has significantly changed.
Pourquoi? I took the time to objectively observe his performance. I ignored any existing bias towards Mike and was pleasantly surprised with my findings.
I always aim to give the WWE Superstars a clean opportunity to demonstrate their talent without jumping on the band-wagon of regular criticism fired their way. Overall, I found his work to be of a very high standard; I now appreciate him as a performer. With greater appreciation comes enhanced viewing pleasure.
As a result of my objectivity I frequently find myself enjoying WWE programming more than most. I would advise you all to try out my viewing methodology. Not because I am some sort of optimistic hippie. Nor because, like Hitler, I desire a society in sync with my opinion. I call on you to view the product with a filter for appreciation because you will undoubtedly experience a greater viewing pleasure.
Do it for yourself.
Regarding other feedback, what did you think of this week’s episode? Did you enjoy the debut of Camacho? Did Maxine give you a boner? What about Miz; did he strike you as Awesome? I always enjoy our readers thoughts so let me know what you think in the comment section below. Alternatively, you can email me at TJRGrahamGalloway@Yahoo.com. As always, thanks for reading.
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