[TV Recap] WWE Superstars – 11/8/2012
This week on Superstars, Jimmy Uso goes one on one with 3MB’s Jinder Mahal and Justin Gabriel takes on Tensai. Click “read more” for a full recap of those matches.
-The Usos make their way out as Josh Matthews welcome the home audience. They skip the usual Samoan war dance entrance since Jimmy Uso is in singles action. Matthews is joined on commentary by Matt Striker. His opponent, Jinder Mahal, makes his way out next accompanied by his “bandmate” Heath Slater. Striker says 3MB are becoming his favorite thing in the WWE. Me too, man. Me too.
Match #1: Jimmy Uso (w/ Jey Uso) Vs. Jinder Mahal (w/ Heath Slater)
Mahal takes Uso down with a arm drag, then plays the air guitar to celebrate. A “3MB” chant gets started in the U.K. crowd. Uso catches Mahal with a right followed by a couple of chops. Mahal reverses a corner Irish whip but Uso moves out of the way. Uso goes to the second turnbuckle but Mahal knocks him down and he crashes to the mat. Mahal lays into Uso with a series of rope-assisted knee drops. Short-arm clothesline from Mahal followed by a pin attempt. 2-count.
Mahal whips Uso hard into the corner, then chokes him on the second rope. Uso fights back with a right but Mahal stomps him down. Mahal connects with another knee drop. Uso reverses an Irish whip and sends Mahal over the top rope and onto the floor. Uso launches from the apron and takes Mahal down with a clothesline. Uso rolls him back in, but gets distracted by Slater on the outside. Mahal catches him with a spinning reverse neckbreaker on his way in and goes for the pin. 2-count. Mahal wears down Uso with a reverse chinlock as we go to commercial.
Mahal goes for a pin attempt as we come back from break. 2-count. Mahal reapplies the reverse chinlock on Uso. Jey Uso gets the crowd alive to wake up his brother. Uso gets to his feet and fights out. He kicks Mahal in the head, but runs right into a back elbow. Mahal goes for yet another chinlock. They get to their feet and Uso counters with a back suplex.
Uso mounts his comeback with a couple of clotheslines, followed by a Savate kick and a Samoan drop. He sets Mahal in the corner and hits him in the face with a running butt splash. Uso goes for the pin. 2-count. Mahal kicks at Uso from the mat, then gets up and hits the running knee. Mahal goes for the pin. 2-count. Mahal goes for the Camel Clutch but Uso counters and goes for the pin. 2-count. Mahal hits an awkward sort of tilt-a-whirl slam for another 2-count.
Mahal tries to lock on a full nelson but Uso sends him into the ropes. He cracks Mahal in the face with a superkick and heads to the top rope. Uso connects with the Superfly Splash for the 1…2…3!
Winner [via Pinfall]: Jimmy Uso (8:40)
- A decent match with a very surprising outcome. Given the fact that the Usos are primarily a tag team and 3MB are getting a little bit of a push, I didn’t expect Jimmy to pick up the singles win here. But he did so with a very impressive Superfly Splash that he managed to land most of despite Mahal being almost on the other side of the ring. Oh well, maybe next time 3MB. At least the U.K. crowd loved you…and so do I. (B-)
–Next on Superstars: A look into round 2 of the John Cena/AJ Lee scandal from Raw.
–RAW Rebound #1: Vickie Guerrero presents the latest evidence of a John Cena/AJ Lee affair. Cena comes out to refute these claims and call Guerrero ugly. Lee shows up on the TitanTron and says she won’t come out because she’ll beat the hell out of Guerrero and get fired. Dolph Ziggler shows up to be creepy and put his arm around her while taunting Cena.
–Next on Superstars: Justin Gabriel takes on Tensai in the de facto “main event”.
–Justin Gabriel makes his way out for the second, and final, contest of the evening. Matthews puts over his whole “daredevil” schtick. Striker pimps Survivor Series sponsored by K-Mart during the entrance. Gabriel’s opponent, Tensai, makes his way out next. Alone. I hope Sakamoto wasn’t fired.
Main Event: Justin Gabriel Vs. Tensai
Gabriel tries to take Tensai down with a drop toe hold but no dice. Gabriel tries a waistlock but Tensai backs him into the corner. Gabriel connects with a series of forearm shots but Tensai grabs him by the throat and takes him down with an uppercut punch. Gabriel fights back and goes for a springboard, but Tensai pushes him off and he falls to the floor. Tensai heads to the outside and runs Gabriel over with a shoulder block. He rolls Gabriel back in and drops an elbow. He follows it up with continued headbutts/elbow drops.
Tensai sends Gabriel into the corner and hits a series of rapid-fire headbutts. Tensai sends Gabriel into the ropes and connects with another shoulder block. Short-arm shoulder block from Tensai, but Gabriel catches him with a series of forearms. Tensai fights back easily and legdrops Gabriel’s left arm. Tensai catches Gabriel in an arm bar as we go to commercial.
Gabriel is fighting back as we come back from break but his momentum is squashed by a big boot from Tensai. Delayed gutwrench suplex from Tensai (impressive, actually) followed by a pinfall attempt. 2-count. Striker calls Tensai “psychologically dysfunctional”. Tensai works over Gabriel’s left arm/shoulder for reasons I can’t quite figure out since his finisher isn’t arm-related. Tensai sends Gabriel across the ring and shoulder-first into the corner. Tensai knocks Gabriel down with a headbutt, then applies a nervehold on the fallen star.
Gabriel gets to his feet and starts elbowing out, but Tensai grabs the hair and sends him back to the mat. Tensai puts his knee on the left shoulder and pulls back on Gabriel’s arm. Tensai picks Gabriel up and connects with a scoop slam. Tensai goes for a powerslam, but Gabriel worms out and comes up with a spinning heel kick out of nowhere. Tensai responds with a clothesline that turns Gabriel inside out. Tensai goes for the pin. 2-count.
Tensai drags Gabriel to the corner area and hits a Vader Bomb from the second turnbuckle. He goes for the pin. 1…2…kick out! Tensai goes for a power bomb but Gabriel pivots enough to send Tensai to the mat. He goes for a quick pin. 2-count. Gabriel side-steps a corner splash and rolls up Tensai for the 1…2…3!
Winner [via Pinfall]: Justin Gabriel (7:08)
- First a win over Antonio Cesaro and now a win over Tensai? Justin Gabriel is starting to gain a little (very little) steam in the WWE. Another match outcome I did not expect but unlike the last one this was welcome because I’m a fan of Gabriel. The match itself was pretty decent; Gabriel was good at playing a babyface in peril and Tensai had some interesting submissions and moves that I didn’t expect to see (I guess they ban him from doing these things on Raw). However this was another instance of useless “ring psychology” where Tensai worked over Gabriel’s arm for absolutely no reason (he doesn’t have an arm-based submission finisher or anything). Matthews/Striker made a big deal about Tensai’s losing streak and how frustrated he’s become, so either that’s becoming a storyline or they’re just trying to avoid having any dead air on their end. Good win for Gabriel; I’m conditioned to think he’s going to lose so to see him win makes me smile. (B-)
–Next on Superstars: Brad Maddox speaks about his Hell in a Cell actions.
–RAW Rebound #2: Brad Maddox explains why he cost Ryback the match at Hell in a Cell (he wanted to make an impact in the WWE by any means necessary). Vince McMahon comes out and offers Maddox a million dollar contract if he can beat Ryback in a match next week on Raw.
- Thoughts: This was a much better rebound than the last few weeks where the WWE just took whole chunks of Monday’s show and played it at the end of Superstars just to fill time. This was just a straight up video package, music and everything. However it’s interesting that only the Maddox stuff was highlighted and not the radical change in the Survivor Series lineup. I really liked the Maddox stuff (as evidenced by my recap of Monday’s show) but it seems like the WWE Championship triple threat match would be far more worth their time to promote since Survivor Series is a PPV and all. I just found that weird.
Overall Show Grade: B-
- A decent episode of Superstars this week. The Raw stuff was less obnoxious (especially since I could hit fast forward no problem) and the two matches were decent with the added bonus of having surprise winners for both. I still can’t believe Mahal lost clean to an Uso. Crazy.