[TV Quick Review] WWE Superstars – 9/27/2012

Spoiler Free Match Lineup:

  • Yoshi Tatsu Vs. Heath Slater
  • Ted DiBiase Vs. Michael McGillicutty
  • [WWE Divas Champion] Eve Torres Vs. Layla in a Non-Title Match
  • Main Event: Kofi Kingston Vs. Dolph Ziggler 

Note: This quick review is done through Hulu Plus, so commercial breaks between matches might be shorter and match times might be off.

 

Immediately after the Superstars intro video, Heath Slater makes his way out to the ring for the first match. He is accompanied by Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre. Scott Stanford and Josh Matthews welcome the home audience and brings up the trio’s attack on Brodus Clay during the previous Smackdown. Slater’s opponent tonight: Yoshi Tatsu. Stanford, as usual, brings up how excited Japan is whenever Tatsu wrestles.

Match #1: Heath Slater (w/ Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre) pinned Yoshi Tatsu in 5:21.

  • Thanks to Raw I’m accustomed to seeing Slater lose in short order, so seeing him actually get a longer match was a nice change of pace. Match-wise it was competitive, but it was undoubtedly a squash. I’m loving this random Slater/Mahal/McIntyre stable though. It’s just so…out of left field. (C+)

Slater, Mahal, and McIntyre attack Tatsu after the match. McIntyre picks him up and delivers The Future Shock. Mahal then locks Tatsu in the Camel Clutch as Slater and McIntyre slap him and yell at him. The three heels raise their hands in triumph and take a bow.

  • Quick Thoughts: I need to watch Smackdown more because I had no idea this group even existed. And now that I do, I want more of it.

Superstars Hype: Kofi Kingston takes on Dolph Ziggler in the main event!

Hell in a Cell promo plays, with CM Punk dressed in devil makeup. Ridiculous.

*Hulu Plus Commercial Break*

Ted DiBiase comes out for the next match, continuing his WWE comeback. His opponent for tonight: Michael McGillicutty, an imposing wrestler with a terrible name. Stanford brings up the history between the two (they teamed up once…and that’s about it).

Match #2: Ted DiBiase pinned Michael McGillicutty in 5:07.

  • DiBiase is still shaking off the ring rust and it showed in spots, but a solid match overall (highlight being DiBiase catching McGillicutty with a dropkick as he was coming off the top rope). The crowd was dead for it though. And what the hell is a DiBiase Posse? The WWE has way too much going on to keep up with all of it. (C+)

Superstars Hype: Kingston/Ziggler main event.

*Hulu Plus Commercial Break*

PSA: Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Layla makes her way out for the next match as Matthews mentions the drama surrounding the Divas division as of late. We go to the announce table and Matthews is now joined by Matt Striker. Matthews goes over the controversy that led to Eve Torres becoming the new champion. Speaking of the devil, Torres is her opponent. Night of Champions rematch. Matthews recaps Kaitlyn coming out on Raw and revealing her attacker was blonde. Striker blames The Beverly Brothers for the attack, a reference that many of you probably don’t get.

  • Quick Thought: I love Matt Striker…and The Beverly Brothers.

Match #3: Layla pinned [WWE Divas Champion] Eve Torres in 4:39 (Non-Title Match).

  • Eve is singlehandedly keeping the Divas division interesting. She’s so damn good at playing the smarmy heel with the fake smiling and attempts to mask her sadistic side. The match itself was entertaining as well too, with some interesting holds and exciting action (minus a botch towards the end). Layla cut down on her goofy antics, and the commentators actually focused on the match instead of making sexist comments so that also helped to elevate it. Leave it to Superstars to show that the Divas are way better than Raw makes them look. (B)

WWE Main Event promo plays. Show debuts this Wednesday night on Ion. Anyone else excited?

*Hulu Plus Commercial Break*

Raw Rebound: CM Punk/Mick Foley in-ring confrontation. Punk/John Cena in-ring confrontation that ends with Cena hitting Punk in the stomach with a lead pipe. Final confrontation backstage between Punk and Ryback.

Kofi Kingston makes her way out for tonight’s main event. His partner R-Truth is nowhere to be found. Kingston showboats to the crowd as we go to commercial. The match is next!

*Hulu Plus Commercial Break*

Smackdown Hype: Randy Orton will take on The Big Show on this Fri…err yesterday’s show.

We come back to Superstars and Kingston is waiting in the ring. Out comes his opponent Dolph Ziggler along with Vickie Guerrero. No shrieking Guerrero introduction for the C-show, I guess.

Main Event: Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) pinned Kofi Kingston in 12:36.

  • Kingston and Ziggler had a much slower match than they did on Raw and in place of high spots there stood good ol’ fashioned ring psychology (Kofi favoring his left knee, Ziggler wearing said knee down). Ziggler, as usual, shined and his cunning ways were really getting the crowd on their side; a Ziggler face turn may be inevitable. It wasn’t as exciting as their match on Monday but it was still a good contest. (B)

Ziggler and Guerrero make their way up the ramp celebrating their win as Matthews and Striker sign off. Fade to logo.

Overall Show Grade: B

  • Favorite Match: Layla/Eve Torres
  • Least Favorite Match: Ted DiBiase/Michael McGillicutty
  • Favorite Moment: Striker references The Beverly Brothers out of nowhere, thereby proving once again that he’s the WWE’s ultimate pro wrestling hipster.

WWE Superstars is put up on Hulu Plus every Friday.

 

 

 

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