[TV Quick Review] WWE Superstars – 8/30/12

Spoiler-Free Lineup:

  • Ryback Vs. Johnny Curtis
  • The Usos (Jey Uso/Jimmy Uso) Vs. Epico/Primo (w/ Rosa Mendes)
  • Main Event: Alex Riley Vs. Jinder Mahal

WWE Superstars intro video plays.

Josh Matthews welcomes the home audience and announces the main event for the night: Alex Riley will take on Jinder Mahal.

Ryback makes his way out for the opening match as we join Matthews and Matt Striker at the announce table ringside. Striker welcomes Matthews back, and plugs the upcoming September PPV Night of Champions. Ryback’s opponent Johnny Curtis makes his way out next.

Match #1: Ryback pinned Johnny Curtis in 3:36.

  • I’m sure he’s had others, but this is definitely the most competitive Ryback match I’ve ever seen. Curtis got in more offense than Jack Swagger did on Monday, which is all sorts of sad. For that, and the crowd reaction (they really seem to be jumping on the bandwagon), this gets a higher rating than most Ryback squashes. I just wish he had a much more interesting finisher. (C+)

Superstars Hype: Riley/Mahal

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We get yet another recap of the Triple H/Brock Lesnar match from Summerslam courtesy of Scott Stanford.

Raw Recap: Triple H addresses the WWE Universe and takes 20 minutes to dodge the retirement question.

  • Thoughts: A lot of people have defended this promo since it aired Monday, and it continues to boggle my mind. It was such a strained and desperate attempt to give gravitas to a story that most of us know the ending to. I just can’t take it seriously or get emotionally involved in this.

Superstars Hype: After rambling about how “emotional” that Triple H promo was, Stanford hypes the Riley/Mahal main event for tonight.

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Primo/Epico and their valet Rosa Mendes make their way to the ring as Stanford has now joined Matthews at ringside for commentary. They kind of, sort of hype the tag team division. Their opponents The Usos (Jey Uso/Jimmy Uso) come out next doing that horrifyingly obnoxious opening that people probably enjoy more than I do.

Match #2: Epico/Primo defeated The Usos (Jey Uso/Jimmy Uso) in 10:14.

  • Not a bad tag team match at all, and a good sign of where the division could go in the coming months, provided the WWE office doesn’t get bored with it soon (which is always a possibility). I’m not a fan of The Usos (their entrance is grating and they can be a bit sloppy in the ring), but I respect the fact they are a legitimate tag team with promise and I can’t say enough good things about Epico/Primo. I hope they get to be the ones to dethrone R-Truth/Kofi Kingston. (B-)
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Superstars Hype: Riley/Mahal

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Raw Rebound: CM Punk goads Jerry Lawler into a match. They fight in a cage. Punk beats him up after. John Cena watches him do so with a look of disappointment because Punk is apparently his misbehaving child.

  • Thoughts: This was a pretty well-done story on Raw that sandwiched a boring Cage match. If you missed the show, check out my recap for more detailed thoughts.

Night of Champions 2012 Hype: Punk/Cena for the WWE Championship.

Alex Riley makes his way out for the show’s main event as we go to commercial.

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Riley’s opponent Jinder Mahal makes his way to his awesome entrance music. I loves me a good Middle Eastern gimmick. He stops by a box and puts his hat inside of it for safe keeping. That is…what?

Main Event: Jinder Mahal defeated Alex Riley by Submission in 5:57.

  • Well there goes Riley’s winning streak as of late. This shouldn’t have been the main event of the show; the tag match had much more going for it and would’ve been a better way to send off the show. Not much to say about the action, other than Riley did make Mahal look like a million bucks and the commentators made it sound like Mahal’s feud with Ryback isn’t quite finished yet. And since this is my first time really getting to see Mahal in action, I just have to say: what a letdown. Maybe it was just the matchup itself, but he did not do much to instill confidence that he’s got a main event future. (C)

Overall Show Grade: C+

  • Favorite Match: The Usos Vs. Epico/Primo
  • Least Favorite Match: Alex Riley Vs. Jinder Mahal

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Previous WWE Superstars reviews:

  1. November 2nd, 2012

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