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ERRICKSON'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 2/10: Alt. perspective review of Swagger vs. Barreta three-minute main event, Divas opener, Worst match of 2011?

Feb 10, 2011 - 10:31:56 PM
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By Michael Errickson, PWTorch contributor
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WWE Superstars TV results
February 10, 2011 - Year 2, Week 44
Taped the week of Feb. 7


[Q1] This week's WWE Superstars started with the usual song/video and pyro. Scott Stanford and Josh Matthews are on commentary for the Raw half of the show. Cue up Natalya's theme music to start things off. Alicia Fox is out next.

1 -- NATALYA vs. ALICIA FOX

Natalya is on offense first with a headlock that Fox fights out of. Fox lands several elbows, then Natalya comes back with a shoulder block. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter, but fails. Fox viciously throws Natalya to the ground headfirst and gets a two count. Several punches to the face by Fox. Natalya then locks on some sort of surfboard submission and Fox fights out. Big clothesline by Fox, good for a two count. Swinging neck breaker good for another two count. Alicia then locks in a body scissors and Natalya tries to fight out, but gets slapped.

Fox with a big boot, then an attempted German Suplex that fails. Double clotheslines. Alicia goes for a flying knee to Natalya's face, but misses. Natalya then executes a powerslam followed by several body blocks. Delayed vertical suplex by Natalya for a two count. Natalya tries a roll-up pin and ends up turning it into the Sharpshooter for the submission win.

WINNER: Natalya via submission at 6:35. This was a slow match, but it had its bright spots, although Natalya botched the delayed vertical suplex pretty badly. Overall, it was a decent Divas match between two of the better WWE Divas. I especially like the different ways Natalya can use the Sharpshooter.

[Commercial Break]

[Q2] The 2-21-11 vignette was shown again, with the Johnny Cash lyric "Ain't no grave can hold my body down." It's a good indication it's Undertaker. Remember when he was "Buried Alive" by Kane a few months back at Bragging Rights?

Back from commercial, they recapped C.M Punk trying to injure all of the participants in the Raw Elimination Chamber. They must really need to fill time on the show because they included the entire Cena vs. Punk match from Monday night leading to New Nexus's interference. It's rare to see a full match rather than just the Raw Rebound. ... The main event of Jack Swagger vs. Trent Barreta was hyped.

[Commercial Break]

[Q3] Back from commercial, cue up Great Khali's music. The Usos were out next for a two-on-one handicap match.

2 -- GREAT KHALI vs. USO BROTHERS (JIMMY & JEY) -- handicap match

Khali starts by throwing the Usos into the corner and landing some massive slaps to the chest. The Usos then chop Khali's legs and go to work with a double Uso kick. Khali then gets up and hits a double clothesline. He then lands a huge chop to Jimmy and throws Jey right on top of him. Huge Punjabi Plunge by Khali for the 1-2-3.

WINNER: Great Khali at 2:02. And worst match of 2011 goes to Great Khali vs. the Usos. Khali is terrible and all this did was make the Usos look extremely weak. A complete throwaway match that never should have aired.

[Commercial Break]

Back from commercial, it's time for the Smackdown portion of the show. Matt Striker and Jack Korpela are on commentary. The Elimination Chamber PPV hype video was shown. Decent video and I liked that they included Jim Ross's voice in the video.

Cue up Tyler Reks's music for the first Smackdown match of the night.

[Commercial Break - They hyped Mr. McMahon's announcement of the WrestleMania guest host on next week's Raw.]

[Q4] Back from commercial, Curt Hawkins came out to face Reks in a follow-up to last week's main event when Reks and Hawkins won a tag match, then Reks dropped Hawkins.

3 -- TYLER REKS vs. CURT HAWKINS

Hawkins on offense first with a punch. Big clothesline by Reks, followed by several punches to the face. Big boot to Hawkins's face. Reks then slaps on a headlock and Hawkins eventually escapes with punches to Reks's gut. Arm drag by Hawkins followed by several chops to Reks's face. Hawkins with an Upside Down Frown slam good for a two count, then he tried a top-rope move, but Reks threw him down. Reks threw Hawkins into the ropes neck-first, then picked up Hawkins to deliver his Burning Hammer finisher for the victory.

WINNER: Tyler Reks at 3:20. This was a good match with both men getting in a decent amount of offense. For a little while, I thought Hawkins might actually win. Reks hit a few very innovative moves leading to his sick Burning Hammer finisher. It's one of the few finishers that actually looks like it hurts.

[Commercial Break]

Back from commercial, cue up Jack Swagger's music for the main event. Trent Barreta was out next. There's five minutes left, so it looks like this is going to be a short main event.

4 -- JACK SWAGGER vs. TRENT BARRETA

Swagger on offense first with a powerslam, followed by another powerslam. Barreta tries a quick roll-up pin for a one count. Swagger then goes to work with punches to Barreta's face. He throws Barreta halfway across the ring, then does it again, good for a two count. Swagger slaps on a shoulder lock, then Barreta fights out with punches to Swagger's face, followed by a dropkick. Barreta lands a kick to Swagger's face. Swagger then scores with a reverse kick and Barreta falls into Swagger's Anklelock for the tap-out.

WINNER: Jack Swagger via submission at 2:56. This match could have easily gone 15 minutes. Even though it only lasted three, it was still good with a lot of offense by both men.

Overall, this was a below-average show. The average match length was about four minutes with the longest match being the Divas match that opened the show. Maybe if they didn't spend 15 minutes on the Raw Rebound they could have dedicated some time to the actual matches on the show, but WWE was more interested in investing time in John Cena, C.M. Punk, and Nexus than anyone on this week's Superstars. At least WWE took the Tatsu/Smith vs. Ryder/Primo match off Superstars for one week!


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