WWE TV Shows - Other CALDWELL'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 2/24: Complete coverage of U.S. champ Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase, tag champions in action, 2/21/11 reveal replay
Feb 24, 2011 - 8:38:15 PM
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WWE Superstars TV Results
February 24, 2011 - Year 2, Week 46
Taped the Week of Feb. 21
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
This week's WWE Superstars episode opened with Jack Korpela and Matt Striker introducing the show coming off the Elimination Chamber PPV and 38 days away from WrestleMania. Main event tonight: U.S. champion Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase.
1 -- WWE tag champions THE CORRE (JUSTIN GABRIEL & HEATH SLATER) vs. JTG & TRENT BARRETA -- non-title match
Prior to the bell sounding, the announcers noted "chaos in WWE" has led to JTG and Barreta banding together to form a unit. Korpela and Striker then talked up the Corre's interesting week related to the Tag Titles, and Striker questioned Wade Barrett invoking Corre's immediate re-match for the Tag Titles on Raw if they are "equal units" in the group. Korpela then noted the close bond between Slater and Gabriel, even going to the club together.
The match built to a hot tag to JTG, who landed signature offense on Slater before the action broke down. The tag champs then used a double-team attack on JTG behind the ref's back and Slater hit his finisher, "Sweetness by Slater," for the pin on JTG. Gabriel and Slater shared a moment post-match celebrating with the tag belts.
WINNERS: Corre at 4:08. Standard fare for the makeshift tag division.
On-screen warning: 2/21/11 Revealed Tonight.
2 -- TYLER REKS vs. CHRIS MASTERS
Immediately back from break, Reks and Masters were in the ring for the second Smackdown match of the show. Korpela said Reks had destroyed everything in his path before he met his match in the form of the Masterlock. Reks, itching for a piece of Masters, quickly went on the offensive as Korpela stretched an odd comparison between Masters and Peyton Manning. To their credit, the announcers stuck with a sports theme throughout the call as Reks wore down Masters. Masters rebounded with a shoulder block from the second rope, then he teased the Masterlock. Reks initially broke free, but Masters re-applied the move and Reks was forced to submit. Masters sold intensity after his second victory over Reks as the announcers referenced Masters's quest to get on the WrestleMania 27 card.
WINNER: Masters via submission at 3:28. WWE is building up Masters under the radar on Superstars, but I don't see a place for him at WrestleMania unless it's in Money in the Bank.
Still to come: U.S. champion Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase in the main event.
In-ring: Santino, along with Tamina, started the Raw portion of the show called by Josh Mathews and Scott Stanford. Tyson Kidd, with a big grin on his face, was out next as Santino's opponent.
3 -- SANTINO MARELLA (w/Tamina) vs. TYSON KIDD
Mathews said Santino is viewing this as a "new beginning" after Santino & Kozlov dropped the Tag Titles at the Elimination Chamber PPV. Stanford noted Kidd's lost storyline of seeking a U.S. Title shot. Santino taunted Kidd with an early Cobra sighting, causing Kidd to back off into the ropes. An ugly dropdown/leapfrog exchange ensued that Santino played off as Kidd making a fool of himself. Kidd came back with aggressive offense driving Santino to a seated position in the corner. Kidd attempted his springboard elbow drop finisher, but Santino moved out of the way, kipped up, and warmed up The Cobra. Santino then popped Kidd in the mouth to the delight of the kids and it was good for a pin. Cue up the trumpet celebration for Santino and Tamina.
WINNER: Santino at 4:05. Basic singles match focusing on Santino as a mid-card singles wrestler on Raw.
Up next: 2/21/11 Revealed.
WrestleMania 27 plug: 38 days away... Josh Mathews fed to a video package re-capping the 2/21/11 reveal on Monday's Raw. The video started at the 10-second mark of the countdown clock leading to The Undertaker's return. This was, of course, interrupted by Triple H making his TV return. They aired the full segment in real-time setting up Taker-Hunter at WrestleMania.
In-ring: The end o the Taker-Hunter confrontation faded into Daniel Bryan's ring intro to bring out the U.S. champion for the TV main event up next.
In-ring: Ted DiBiase, joined by Maryse, came to the ring bickering with each other, drawing laughter from Bryan. They cut to the Khali Kiss Cam 10 days ago on Raw when Maryse turned down DiBiase and planted a kiss on Yoshi Tatsu. Foreshadowing. Mathews said Maryse is playing mind games with DiBiase.
4 -- U.S. champion DANIEL BRYAN vs. TED DIBIASE (w/Maryse) -- non-title match
Bryan scored with an early thrust kick for a nearfall, then DiBiase came back with kicks and stomps. Bryan came back with another flying kick as Stanford acted incredulous about Bryan's vegan lifestyle. DiBiase returned fire on DiBiase with an inside-out clothesline as they cut to break.
Back from break, DiBiase had Bryan in a neck vice that Bryan fought out of with forearm strikes. DiBiase then nailed a backbreaker into a dropkick to the back for a nearfall. DiBiase continued to score nearfalls, working himself into frustration as Maryse just smiled along. Bryan came back with a signature back flip, clothesline duck, and flying forearm smash to cut off DiBiase. Stanford said it was ninja-like. "Ninja?!" Mathews replied. DiBiase teased Dream Street moments later, but Bryan back-dropped DiBiase over the top rope to the floor. Bryan followed with a suicide dive.
Back in the ring, DiBiase avoided a top-rope attack and turned a Dream Street attempt into an overhead release suplex for a nearfall. Suddenly, Yoshi Tatsu (in a suit) walked to ringside with flowers in-hand. Yoshi approached Maryse and offered her flowers, which drew DiBiase's ire. Maryse smiled and accepted the gift. Yoshi offered his lips for a kiss, but Maryse turned him down. DiBiase screamed at Maryse, "What are you doing?!" She then popped DiBiase in the face with the apparent loaded boutique, as DiBiase sold like he was hit with a brick. DiBiase fell backward into Bryan, who slapped on the LeBell Lock. DiBiase was forced to tap out after showing brief resistance.
Post-match: Maryse high-tailed it to the entrance ramp selling frustration with the turn of the events. She then left to the back, showing no remorse for her actions. Bryan celebrated with the U.S. Title belt as Yoshi slowly made his way up the ramp. They closed with two final shots of DiBiase recovering on the mat, his head about to pop off his shoulders selling anger, and Yoshi standing on the ramp with an Urkel-like "Did I do that?" look.
WINNER: Bryan via submission at 10:37. Fine main event, certainly a step-up compared to recent main events on Superstars. Apparently DiBiase vs. Yoshi will be coming to a Monday or Thursday night broadcast in the near future. DiBiase is still portraying a castrated heel, but at least it's a slightly more interesting castrated character. (**)
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