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ERRICKSON'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 1/20: Alt. perspective review of Kidd vs. Tatsu, Smith & Young, Smackdown undercard

Jan 21, 2011 - 1:25:34 PM
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By Michael Errickson, PWTorch contributor

WWE Superstars TV results
January 20, 2011 - Year 2, Week 41
Taped the Week of Jan. 17


[Q1] This week’s episode of WWE Superstars starts off with the usual song/video and pyro. Matt Striker and Jack Korpela introduce the show and talk about this year's Royal Rumble having 40 Superstars and being the "biggest ever." Cue up JTG’s music to start the first match of the night. Chavo Guerrero is out next.

1 -- JTG vs. CHAVO GUERRERO

JTG goes on offense first with a few big body blocks. Chavo then lands a hip-toss after a reversed Irish whip, Chavo then lands several punches to JTG’s face. JTG the reverses a Guerrero kick attempt with a clothesline, followed by a big boot to chavo’s face. Chavo then throws JTG out of the ring and beats on him a little bit. He then throws JTG back in the ring attempts a pin, and gets a two count.

Chavo slaps on a side headlock that JTG eventually fights out of. Chavo immediately goes back on offense with several kicks to JTG’s back, and an elbow to the throat. Chavo then slaps on a front headlock, which JTG immediately gets out of. JTG then throws Chavo into the corner, followed by a back body drop and several shoulder blocks, which is good for a two count. JTG then Irish whips Chavo into the corner and connects with the Mugshot and gets the 1-2-3.

WINNER: JTG in about 6:30. I thought it was a boring match to start off the show. I just don’t understand why JTG is being featured ahead of other talent, especially talent that was recently released from the Smackdown brand.

The main event of Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyson Kidd was hyped.

[Commercial Break]

[Q2]

Back from the break, cue up Chris Masters's music to start the next match. Curt Hawkins made his way to the ring next.

2 -- CHRIS MASTERS vs. CURT HAWKINS

Masters goes on offense first with several chops to Hawkins chest. That would be followed up by several shoulder blocks and a spine buster. Hawkins would then reverse a Masters top rope attempt and go on offense with a side headlock. Hawkins then slammed Masters face into the mat. After an Irish whip, Hawkins lands a big back body drop, and slaps in another headlock. Masters would eventually fight out. Clothesline by Hawkins is good for a two count. Hawkins would then go to work on Masters shoulder. Hawkins then attempts an Irish whip but it gets reversed, and Masters slaps on the Masterlock to put Hawkins to sleep.

WINNER: “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters at 3:23. This was a short, but entertaining match. I know that a lot of people feel that Masters's in-ring work is below average, but I disagree. He has really improved over the last several years, and I feel that somewhere down the line he deserves a decent push.

-An NXT video was shown - Conor O’Brian was eliminated.
Than was coming after he lost a match to a ring announcer.

[Commercial Break]

Back from the commercial break, it's time for the Raw portion of the show. Josh Matthews and Scott Stanford are on commentary.

Cue up Zack Ryder’s music for a tag team match. He makes his way to the ring with Primo. Darren Young and David Hart Smith are out next.

[Q3]

3 -- ZACK RYDER & PRIMO vs. DARREN YOUNG & D.H. SMITH
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Ryder and Young are starting the match. Young goes on offense first with a clothesline. Zack Ryder then backs off and tags in Primo. Young then connects with an arm drag, and makes the tag to D.H. Smith. Smith then goes to work on Primo’s arm with some type of standing armbar looking maneuver. Smith then lands a scoop slam after an Irish whip. Huge powerbomb by Smith. Primo then makes a tag to Ryder, who connects with a swinging neckbreaker good for a two count.

Ryder tags in Primo, who applies a headlock. Smith eventually fights out with several punches to Primo’s gut. Primo then lands a big elbow drop good for a two count. Primo lands some punches to Smith's face. Reversed Irish whip by Smith, who connects with a belly-to-belly suplex. Double tags. Young lands a few clotheslines and a gut buster on Ryder. Young then throws Primo off the ring apron. But, off the rebound, Ryder hits the Rough Ryder and picks up the victory for his team.

WINNERS: “The Woo Woo Woo Kid” Zack Ryder and Primo in 4:59.
Fun match to watch. Other then Darren Young, I feel that all of these guys have developed a good in-ring style and could be future stars.

[Commercial Break]

Back from the break, the announcers once again hype the 40-man Royal Rumble.

The Raw Rebound aired recapping the C.M. Punk vs. John Cena match, and Mason Ryan’s debut to become the newest member of the New Nexus.

Cue up Yoshi Tatsu’s music for the main event.

[Commercial Break]

[Q4] Back from break, Tyson Kidd’s music is playing to bring him out for the main event. (Jackson Andrews was nowhere to be seen tonight. It looks like he was taken off TV pretty fast.)

4 -- YOSHI TATSU vs. TYSON KIDD

Tatsu goes on offense first working on Kidd’s arm. Kidd then slaps on a headlock, Tatsu fights out. After some stalling by both men, Kidd kicks Tatsu right in the gut. That was followed by a back bridge submission maneuver. Tatsu fights out and lands a Monkey Flip good for a one count. Several kicks by Tatsu to Kidd's stomach. Tyson Kidd then throws tatsu out of the ring. They show Yoshi wincing in pain as they cut to commercial.

[Commercial break]

Back from commercial, Kidd has Tatsu in a sick-looking leg lock. Tatsu fights out with kicks to Tyson’s chest. Kidd would then throws Tatsu into the corner and goes right back to work on the leg. Kidd then lands several elbows to Yoshi’s leg. Somehow, Tatsu is able to kick Kidd out of the ring.

Back in the ring, Kidd misses an elbow drop, which buys Tatsu some time. Tatsu is then able to land several chops to Kidd’s chest. He attempts a bridge pin and gets a two count. Tatsu then goes to the top rope and misses a missile dropkick. Kidd then tries to apply the Sharpshooter, but Tatsu reverses with a roll-up pin and gets the 1-2-3.

WINNER: Yoshi Tatsu in 12:04.

This was somewhat of a so-so match. Before the commercial, it was very exciting with some fast-paced offense. But, after the commercial, I thought the match seemed to drag on and should have ended a few minutes before it did.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty decent show with the exception of the first match. Thank you for reading and I will see you next week.

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