[TV Recap] WWE Superstars – 10/11/2012

This week on Superstars, Wade Barrett continues his barrage and U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro main events against Justin Gabriel.

Immediately after the Superstars intro video, we go “live” to the arena where Wade Barrett is making his entrance for the first match of the show. Scott Stanford and Matt Striker welcome the home audience. They hype Hell in a Cell. Barrett’s opponent, Tyson Kidd, makes his way out second. This is a rematch of not only last week’s Superstars but last week’s Raw as well. 

Match #1: Tyson Kidd Vs. Wade Barrett

Kidd quickly locks Barrett in a side headlock. Barrett throws him into the ropes and knocks him down a shoulder block. Kidd begs off to recover quickly. Kidd applies a wristlock, but Barrett reverses into one of his own. Kidd reaches the ropes, and ties Barrett’s arm under the second rope and applies a wristlock that way until the ref forces him off. They engage in a test of strength and Kidd is overpowered. Kidd goes to his back and kicks at Barrett’s hurt left wrist to stun him.

But it doesn’t stun Barrett for long as he immediately goes after Kidd with a series of forearms to the back. Barrett locks Kidd in a wristlock but Kidd uses the ropes to catapult himself and arm drag his opponent. Barrett rolls to the outside and Kidd goes for a move from the apron but Barrett trips him up and he lands hard on the apron. Barrett rolls him back in and continues the assault. Barrett traps Kidd in the corner and delivers a series of rights to the ribs.

Barrett snap mares Kidd to the mat and applies a submission. Kidd almost breaks out but Barrett knees him in the gut to stop him. But Kidd’s speed allows him to escape a splash in the corner and he ducks a kick. However Barrett responds with a hell of a blow and knocks Kidd to the mat. Kidd bellows in pain as we go to commercial.

*Commercial Break*

Barrett has Kidd in a modified camel clutch. Kidd gets to his feet, but Barrett knees him once again before any momentum can be gained. Barrett lands a backbreaker and mocks Kidd with a weird little dance. Kidd rolls to the apron and uses the ropes to stun Barrett. He gets back in and hits a Tiger Mask kick (according to Striker). Barrett falls onto the second rope and Kidd dropkicks him from the apron. Kidd heads to the top and connects with a Missile Dropkick. He goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT.

Kidd hits the ropes but Barrett runs behind him and clotheslines him over the top and onto the floor. Barrett follows and tries to kick Kidd but he ducks and Barrett crotches himself on the barricade. Kidd runs the apron and delivers a loud kick that sends Barrett crumpling to the floor. Kidd rolls him back in and springboards off the rope. Barrett tries to get his foot up but Kidd catches him and applies the Sharpshooter. Barrett gets to the ropes to force a break.

Kidd ends up on the apron and flips over Barrett to get back in the ring. Unfortunately Kidd runs into a Black Hole Slam as he bounces off the ropes. Barrett picks him and gives Kidd a Souvenir for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Wade Barrett (8:59)

  • I have now seen three Barrett/Kidd matches in the past two weeks but there’s no way I’m going to complain about it. They work really well together and this one felt even more competitive than the others. I like that Barrett isn’t taking the “dominant big man” route and is allowed to actually sell and take damage. Kidd makes a hell of a foil for any WWE superstar. (B)

Barrett celebrates his win as Striker hypes up the Raw Rebound featuring Vince McMahon‘s “State of the WWE Address” which is next!

*Commercial Break*

Raw Recap: Vince McMahon shows up to deliver the “State of the WWE” address. CM Punk and Paul Heyman interrupt to talk about disrespect. He slaps McMahon, McMahon challenges him to a match later that night.

Superstars Hype: WWE U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro takes on Justin Gabriel next!

*Commercial Break*

Justin Gabriel makes his way out for the second match of tonight. He is all smiles and flips. Stanford and Striker hype Hell in a Cell and WWE ’13. His opponent, WWE U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro, comes out second. Stanford and Striker discuss Cesaro’s boast that he will be known as the best U.S. Champion in WWE history (not hard to do, admittedly).

Match #2: Justin Gabriel Vs. [WWE United States Champion] Antonio Cesaro

A “USA” chant takes Cesaro off-guard in the beginning. They lock up and Cesaro backs him in the corner. Gabriel ducks the cheap shot attempt and chops him. He takes Cesaro down and applies a head scissor. Cesaro rolls out of it and applies a nice side headlock. They get to their feet and Gabriel steps on Cesaro’s left leg. He applies a wristlock but Cesaro gets out of it easily. Cesaro takes it to Gabriel with chops. He whips Gabriel into the corner and Gabriel catches him with a head scissor. He knocks Cesaro to the outside. Gabriel attempts a suicide dive to the floor but Cesaro catches him and delivers a powerslam. Cesaro throws Gabriel into the barricade as we go to commercial.

*Commercial Break*

Cesaro has Gabriel caught in a wear down hold as we come back. Gabriel breaks out and hits the ropes, but Cesaro turns him inside out with a clothesline. Cesaro goes for the pin. 2-count. Cesaro wraps Gabriel’s arms around his head and digs the knee into his back. They get to their feet and Cesaro throws him into the ropes. Gabriel ducks a clothesline and rolls Cesaro up for a 2-count. Cesaro immediately gets up and hits a massive uppercut. He goes for the pin. 2-count. Cesaro dead lifts Gabriel and belly to back suplexes him. He goes for another pin. 2-count.

Cesaro wraps Gabriel in a submission and Gabriel attempts to break it but Cesaro slams him back to the mat and reapplies it. They get to their feet and trade punches. Cesaro catches an attempted spin kick and slams him to the mat. Gabriel uses his agility, however, to outgun Cesaro and knocks him to the mat. Gabriel hits a beautiful springboard moonsault and goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT. Cesaro  backdrops Gabriel to the apron and Gabriel jumps back in and hits a flipping reverse DDT. He goes for the pin. 1…2…foot on the rope. Gabriel goes to the top rope but Cesaro crotches him. Cesaro lifts him off of the top turnbuckle and connects with the Neutralizer for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Antonio Cesaro (7:26)

  • Tremendous match between Cesaro/Gabriel that made both men look excellent. Cesaro turning Gabriel’s suicide dive into a powerslam on the outside was tremendous, as well as his uppercuts and dead lifting. Gabriel’s athleticism shined both in making Cesaro and his own offense look good. A close contest that got me invested enough to think that Gabriel might actually pull it out, as sad as that it is to admit. Strong win by Cesaro, strong showing by Gabriel. All around great stuff. (B+)

Superstars Hype: Clips from the McMahon/Punk fight await us right after this commercial.

*Commercial Break*

We join Stanford and Striker at the announce table. They segue into the Raw recap.

Raw Recap: We join the McMahon/Punk fight in-progress. Punk mocks McMahon at the announce table (“WHAT A MANEUVER!”) and then McMahon dives over said announce table to attack Punk. Punk rolls back into the ring and McMahon pulls out a kendo stick from under the ring. He gets in and Punk immediately bails. Punk calls for Heyman to bring the WWE Championship to him, but McMahon stops Heyman, takes the title, and knocks him out. McMahon rolls back into the ring with the stick and the belt, begging Punk to come and get the championship back from him. Punk tries to get in but McMahon swings the stick and Punk begs off. Punk looks under the ring and finds a kendo stick of his own. He gets into the ring and they get into a kendo stick duel. Punk drops the stick and McMahon continues to hit him. Punk begs off, then hits him with a low blow as McMahon charges in. Punk grabs both kendo sticks and assaults McMahon with them. Punk is all smiles, and signals for the GTS.

Punk gets McMahon into position but before he can connect, Ryback comes out to the ring. Punk drops McMahon and leaves the ring as Ryback charges in. Punk tries to retreat but runs into John Cena who throws him back into the ring. Ryback catches Punk with a massive Lariat and picks him up for the Shell Shock. Punk slips out and escapes with the belt into the crowd. McMahon gets on the mic and tells Punk he has to decide whether to face Ryback or Cena at Hell in a Cell by the end of next Monday or he’ll make up Punk’s mind for him. Punk looks nervous as “No Chance in Hell” starts playing.

Punk looks nervous as Superstars fades to logo.

  • Thoughts: I guess adding Main Event is cutting into Superstars’ time so instead of the 3-4 matches, we got two really solid ones plus a long-form recap of the end of this week’s Raw. That’s a shame in some ways but cool in others because the two matches we got were excellent. Also it was fun to see the McMahon/Punk stuff again from Monday; it was tremendous television and a great way to end that show. Apparently it’s also a great way to end this show. Fair enough. Solid edition of Superstars even though I wish there were more matches. Gotta have my C-level wrestler fix!

Overall Show Grade: B

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