WWE Superstars – 7/4/2013
One week away from Money in the Bank, Superstars opens with Zack Ryder making his way to the ring.
A-Ry back in the saddle again on commentary. Not sure why they are taking him out of the ring but so far, I like him on commentary.
Wade Barrett comes out next for the first match of the week.
Zack Ryder vs. Wade Barrett
Zack mocks Barrett early on, getting the crowd to Woo Woo Woo and the two men who wish it was still 2011 lock up.
Ryder surprisingly has control early in the match, rotating holds until Barrett finally powers his way free and pummels Zack in the corner. Riley shakes his credibility calling Eminem the Elvis of his generation and that is what Ryder is to the WWE.
Ryder takes over control and shoves Barrett to the outside before the first commercial break.
After an ad for the Wyatt Family debuting on RAW, Barrett is in control in the ring until Zack delivers a flying clothesline. This match has been very even.
Zack goes up top but Barrett hits him with a punch and a big boot from the top rope to the outside.
Riley shares an anecdote about Barrett always toasting the queen before he drinks anything. Shortly after, as Barrett sets up a pumphandle, he shouts “God Save the Queen”. This makes Riley laugh and claim Barrett has the best voice in the WWE to tell someone they will be visited by three ghosts, a la A Christmas Carol.
Barrett gets a two-count on Zack but Ryder continues fighting back. Ryder is able to shake Wade and both men break a ten-count at four. Ryder gets on the second rope and delivers a drop kick but only gets two. Zack backs Barrett down and sets up the Broski Boot, Barrett pops up and tosses Ryder over the top but Ryder still gets the best of Barrett.
Most competitive Ryder match I can remember in a very long time.
Zack goes for a Rough Ryder but gets tossed in the air by Barrett. Barrett kicks him in the head and sets up the Bullhammer Elbow. He connects for the victory.
Winner: Wade Barrett
Barrett celebrates in the ring while some replays air and we get a hype screen for the RAW replay of Cena-Del Rio – Champion vs. Champion.
Back from break, we get the replay of the Money in the Bank All-Stars segment that opened Monday’s RAW. After the replay, they hype we will get to re-watch the Kane-Orton matchup with Daniel Bryan as the Special Guest Referee.
The replay begins mid-match and replays the whole way through post-match shenanigans and replays.
Natalya’s music hits and she comes down with Eva Marie, who they push as making her Superstars debut in standing ringside because you know, TOTAL DIVAS.
Naomi comes out in ring gear with Cameron in some gown because you know, TOTAL DIVAS.
Have I talked about TOTAL DIVAS?
At least this probably should be a decent Divas match given the two in the ring.
Natalya vs. Naomi
Natalya has a quick take down of Naomi, who pops up and quickly takes down Natalya with her own move.
Naomi locks up Natalya, who knocks her down and they have a fun exchange with Natalya running the ropes as Naomi displays some of her athleticism doing split and jumping over Neidhart.
Riley puts over how women fighting is much more psychological than men while Natalya hits a hanging suplex.
We hear about Natalya and Tyson Kidd being married which they segue into members of the WWE Universe wanting to date Eva Marie, from the Bay Area, who we can learn about it on… you guessed it… TOTAL DIVAS.
Riley puts over Naomi as the greatest athlete in the WWE, male or female, as Natalya goes outside for a breather. Naomi opens the ropes for Nattie and they have a friendly exchange. Naomi puts her hand out for a handshake and tricks Natalya in for a roll-up, only getting two.
Naomi busts out a streak of explosive offense, ending in a hurricanrana. Falls short again.
Naomi gets a little over confident, finds herself in the Sharpshooter. She makes her way toward the ropes but Natalya pulls her back in the ring at the last minute.
Naomi taps out.
They show Cameron, who looks almost in tears, ringside.
The two divas who wrestled hug in the ring before both girls raise Eva Marie’s arms in the air as Cameron applauds from ringside.
A Mark Henry highlight video airs. This is used to transition into the Champion vs. Champion match from Monday, joined in progress.
This closes out the show this week.
I’ve stated before I used to love Superstars when it aired on WGN and had interesting matches like post-Nexus, pre-Prime Time Players Darren Young vs. William Regal and other fun bouts. I dislike over half the show becoming recaps of RAW, especially when they have AM RAW floating around somewhere still. The replays really bother me more when they take up the main event slot on the show. At least let some of the younger guys in matches close the show…
By the way, Happy 4th of July episode, a Brit and a Canadian beat America.
WWE Superstars Win/ Loss Totals (beginning May 16, 2013)
Brodus Clay 2-0
Sin Cara 2-0
Justin Gabriel 1-0
The Miz 1-0
Cody Rhodes 1-0
Heath Slater 1-0
Wade Barrett 1-1
Antonio Cesaro 1-1
Titus O’Neil 1-1
Brie Bella 0-1
Nikki Bella 0-1
Michael McGillicutty 0-1
Tamina Snuka 0-1
Jey Uso 0-1
Jimmy Uso 0-1
Alex Riley 0-2
Darren Young 0-2
Zack Ryder 0-3