[TV Recap] WWE Superstars – 11/1/2012

This week on Superstars, Brodus Clay resurfaces to take on Michael McGillicutty and The Usos team up to take on Primo and Epico. Also a whole lot of Raw recapping to fill time.

Click “read more” to see a full recap of the show.

After the Superstars intro we go right into the Samoan war dance entrance of The Usos (which is exactly how NXT started this week so deja freakin’ vu). Josh Matthews and Matt Striker welcome the home audience. They talk about the resurgence of the tag team division as The Usos’ opponents, Epico and Primo, make their way to the ring. Matthews says that when they lost the titles that’s when the division really opened up.

Match #1: The Usos (Jimmy Uso/Jey Uso) Vs. Epico/Primo (w/ Rosa Mendes)

Jimmy and Primo start the match off. Primo sends him into the ropes but gets taken down with a shoulder block. Primo attempts a hip toss but Jimmy blocks it and clotheslines him. Jey tags in and they hit their double elbow drop combo. Jey goes for the pin. 2-count. Primo kicks him and attempts a headbutt, but Jey can’t feel it because he’s Samoan and such.

Epico tags in but gets caught with a couple of headbutts. Jey goes for the pin. 2-count. Jimmy tags in and they hit Demolition’s old finishing move. Flat over in the corner by Jimmy followed by a little dance routine. Epico charges at him and gets caught with an uppercut. Jey tags back in and levels Epico with a clothesline. Pinfall attempt ends in a 2-count. Jey traps Epico in a chinlock as we see Rosa yell at the crowd in Spanish. Epico repeatedly attempts to escape a side headlock but Jey keeps at it. Primo gets the blind tag and throws Jey through the ropes and to the floor. Primo continues to beat on Jey as we go to commercial.

*Commercial Break*

Epico stomps on Jey on the apron as we come back from break. Elbow drop by Epico followed by a pinfall attempt. 2-count. Primo tags in and connects with a dropkick. Snapmare into a chinlock from Primo. Jey tries to fight out but Primo grabs the hair and sends him to the mat. Epico tags back in and dares Jey to make a tag before dropping him with an axehandle. Epico locks in a chinlock of his own following a pinfall attempt.

Jey gets to his feet and fights out. He hits a back drop out of the corner and both men are down. Primo tags in but Jimmy gets the true hot tag. Jimmy connects with a couple of clotheslines followed by a running mid-section headbutt. Samoan drop by Jimmy followed by the running butt splash in the corner. Jimmy goes for the pin but Epico breaks up the count. Jey attacks Epico and superkicks him off the apron. Jimmy then hits a superkick of his own on Primo and tags in Jey. Jey goes to the top and hits the Headshrinker Splash for the 1…2…3!

Winners [via Pinfall]: The Usos (8:11)

  • With this win, the Usos/Epico and Primo Superstars series is even at 1-1 (they last faced off on the August 31st episode). A decent if uneventful tag team match between two teams that have gotten lost in the shuffle of the suddenly competitive tag team division. Usos seemed to be really over too but that could just be WWE piping in crowd noise. (C+)

Up Next: We take a look back on the AJ Lee/John Cena “scandal” stuff from Raw. Sigh. There used to be four matches on this show.

*Commercial Break*

Raw Rebound: Vickie Guerrero presents her “evidence” of the John Cena/AJ Lee affair to the WWE Universe. Cena is on hand to defend the allegations and defend Lee’s honor. Dolph Ziggler also comes out to be a dick, and Cena pushes him to the mat out of anger.

  • Shameless Plug: For a more detailed recap of what went down, check out my coverage of Raw from Monday.

Superstars Hype: Brodus Clay is in action next!

The disco ball is spinning and The Funkdactyls are dancing, bringing out Brodus Clay. His attire has gotten a lot less flashy than in recent weeks (just a normal baseball cap instead of a fedora, non-flashy track suit). He’s also added some different moves, none of that sliding dinosaur arm stuff. His opponent Michael McGillicutty makes his way out next. He’s wearing a black baseball cap turned backwards and is wearing cargo shorts. What the hell? Did he forget his gear?

Main Event: Brodus Clay Vs. Michael McGillicutty

Clay repeatedly throws down the charging McGillicutty and McGillicutty rolls out of the ring to regroup. He rolls back in and grabs a waistlock on Clay. Clay shakes his head then breaks the hold while shimmying. McGillicutty hits him and Clay goes off in anger with a series of strikes in the corner. Clay pulls McGillicutty’s arms behind his back and headbutts his back repeatedly. T-Bone suplex from Clay followed by an elbow drop. Clay bodyslams McGillicutty to the mat as The Funkadactyls clap in approval. Clay goes for a splash in the corner, but McGillicutty moves and he hits nothing but turnbuckle. McGillicutty then throws him out to the floor. Clay tries to regroup as we go to commercial.

*Commercial Break*

McGillicutty sends Clay into the ring post as we come back from break. McGillicutty slams Clay’s left arm into the post repeatedly, and they roll back into the ring. McGillicutty connects with an armbreaker and goes for the pin. 1-count. McGillicutty locks Clay in an armbar. The Funkadactyls get the crowd chanting Clay’s name, motivating him to break out. Clay goes for a slam but McGillicutty slips out and connects with a dropkick. McGillicutty continues working on Clay’s left arm. A random “Feed Me More” chant breaks out for no reason (crowd apathy towards the match perhaps?).

Clay gets to his feet and punches his way out. Clay mounts his comeback and flattens McGillicutty with a clothesline. Clay sends him into the corner and connects with a running splash. T-bone suplex from Clay followed by a headbutt to the mid-section. Clay stomps around the ring, steps on McGillicutty, then hits a running splash for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Brodus Clay (5:54)

  • I’ve been seeing Clay in more competitive matches lately and that’s a good thing; it made for a far more entertaining watch. McGillicutty apparently drew the “heel” straw this week, as he’s been wrestling as a face for a chunk of the past few episodes. Plus his whole new get-up seemed more like “I didn’t bring my gear because I thought I wasn’t wrestling” more than an actual tangible new look. Wait this is wrestling, not a fashion show sorry. Far better match than I expected. (B-)

Clay and the Funkadactyls do their usual post-match celebration with some of the kids in the audience.

Raw Rebound: CM Punk and Mick Foley pick their teams for Survivor Series. Essentially all of the big Hell in a Cell rivalries in one match. Team Punk consists of The Miz , The Rhodes Scholars, and Alberto Del Rio and Team Foley consists of Kofi Kingston, Team Hell No, Randy Orton, and Ryback. The Ryback/Punk staredown ends this week’s episode of Superstars.

  • Another Shameless Plug: Once again you can read the fully detailed account of these events from my Raw recap. I don’t feel like recapping it all over again.

Overall Show Grade: C

  • The C-show really lived up to its name this week. The two matches were merely okay, with Clay/McGillicutty being the better of both, and the two Raw Rebounds were for two storylines that I thought fell flat when they were first presented on Monday. This is a skippable episode for those of you with Hulu Plus unless you’re a McGillicutty or Clay fan.

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