Welcome to your belated Superstars report. Yes, this is the least read weekly review on the entire site, but we were still flooded with inquiries when it wasn’t up in time. And by flooded, I mean one person asked. So thanks to that, I now know the identity of the person who reads this every week.
So here you go @MattRolder , enjoy!
1. Dolph Ziggler vs Titus O’Neil – I was hyped about this, because after a few weeks of Superstars MVP Titus O’Neil slugging it out with fellow hoss Big E, he had a chance to toss around Grade A bump machine Dolph Ziggler. And it didn’t disappoint. Titus caught a Dolph flying cross body attempt, hit a backbreaker, and tossed Ziggler across the ring like a bag of trash. From there, it was trademark Titus clobberin’ (yes, this man has trademark clobberin’, and if you think i’m lying, you haven’t been watching this show), followed by a standing single shoulder rag doll hanging backbreaker. Some fun Dolph hope spots, until Titus catches him and literally throws him around some more. Then, he repeatedly smashes Dolph’s oft concussed head into the mat out of frustration from a near fall. I love this man’s offense. Ziggler escapes what looked like another backbreaker attempt, and hit the Zig Zag out of nowhere for the win. Boo. I wasn’t happy with the result, but this was a pretty great short TV match. Titus is probably the most improved wrestler of 2014. ***
Lots of RAW Rewind stuff. I’ve come to appreciate the RAW Rewinds, as they give me time to type up the match one review.
2. Adam Rose vs Heath Slater – This is my first chance to review another personal favorite, the best JTTS on the WWE roster, Heath Slater. Slater is accompanied by his 3MB mates, which will go down as the final appearance of Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal, as they were released by the company one day before this show originally aired. Speaking of the ‘Black Thursday’ cuts, you can read my detailed breakdown of all eleven released talents here. Not the best sign that Rose is already appearing on Superstars after not appearing on RAW. It’s too early to read into that, but it’s something to keep an eye on, especially after Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer that Vince McMahon & Kevin Dunn aren’t hot on the gimmick. It might not be long until they stop bringing in local extras and Rose finds himself in the dreaded “already in the ring mumbling to the invisible man” Zack Ryder jobber spot. Lots of comedy here. Funny don’t equal money, brother. Rose did manage to bust out some vicious looking European uppercuts, which got me thinking. I think the natural evolution of this gimmick is Rose doing his entrance and being the fun party guy, but then wrestling a super serious vicious style. Otherwise, this is a prelim gimmick doomed for death. Rose does some shtick with Hornswoggle’s wig, then picks up the win. Maybe i’m just a lemon, but I had no use for this match. *
Superstars closes, as usual, with the joined in progress RAW main event. I fast forward and/or zone out on Bray Wyatt first run stuff, so i’m certainly not watching it on a replay.
See you next week.