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CALDWELL'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 4/28: Complete coverage of Superstars on WWE's website - Hart Dynasty dominates, two excellent TV matches

Apr 28, 2011 - 8:39:42 PM
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WWE Superstars TV Results
April 28, 2011 - Week 3 on WWE's website (episode #107 overall)
Taped the Week of Apr. 25
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


This week's Superstars episode on WWE's website began with Smackdown announcer Jack Korpela opening the show with some canned lines about the Extreme Rules PPV on Sunday. In the main event tonight, it will be Divas tag action. Tyson Kidd was out first as Matt Striker noted Kidd has been drafted to Smackdown. Trent Barreta was out next as Korpela noted Barreta spends a lot of time on Thursday nights.

1 -- TYSON KIDD vs. TRENT BARRETA

Barreta scored an early nearfall before settling into a headlock. Korpela opined that he believes Sin Cara is Smackdown's biggest acquisition. He then plugged The Rock's birthday next Monday on Raw and posed the question of whether Cena will be involved. Kidd and Trent continued to wear each other down as Striker continued to amplify Korpela's commentary, instructing him in the WWE ways on the fly. Barreta then missed with a splash near the ropes and Kidd dropkicked him to the floor. Barreta sold injured ribs as they cut to break.

[Commercial Break]

Back from break, Kidd was wearing down Barreta in the ring. Kidd then focused his attack on Barreta's mid-section as the announcers talked up the Del Rio vs. Christian title match at the PPV on Sunday. Barreta teased a comeback seven minutes in, then went for a springboard dropkick and connected. Barreta crawled over to Kidd for a cover, but he kicked out in time. Both men struggled to their feet and Barreta went for his Dudebuster DDT finish, but Kidd threw Barreta away and landed a kick to the gut. Barreta then followed up with a clothesline sending Kidd over the top rope to the floor. Next was a big dive clear over the top rope to the floor that floored both men.

Back in the ring, Barreta tried to score a pin, but Kidd kicked out in time. Barreta slowly tried to pick up Kidd, who kicked him in the face and scored successive nearfalls. Kidd sold frustration unable to put away Barrett, then took him up top for a huracanrana, but Barrett countered in mid-air with a huracanrana for a nearfall. Kidd tried to follow right up with the Sharpshooter and he was able to turn Barreta over to force a tap out due to Kidd's work earlier in the match. Kidd picks up a win in a solid TV match.

WINNER: Kidd at 10:58. Really nice match. Nice back-and-forth at the end of the match after they laid the foundation in the first-half. (**)

[Break. "I'll go to the papers if I have to."]

In-ring: Oh Radio brought out Zack Ryder for the Raw brand's opening match of the show. There was a bit of a babyface vibe in the arena for Superstars's regular heel making his entrance. There could be something to a Zyder babyface run here. Some new music hit to bring out David Hart Smith in a Cowboy hat. Apparently he's doing a Calgary Stampede rodeo gimmick now. Josh Mathews wanted to know why Smith is wearing a Cowboy hat now.

2 -- D.H. SMITH vs. ZACK RYDER

Stanford talked up Ryder and Mathews told Stanford he only likes him because Ryder puts him on his YouTube show. Ryder and Smith grappled on the mat, trading headlocks and holds as Stanford talked up the Draft. Mathews read some canned lines about the Draft being a place for new beginnings and new opportunities for each and every WWE Superstar and Diva. Ryder informed the audience he had Smith right where he wanted him, then Smith countered a headlock into an armdrag takedown.

Ryder escaped, then tried to beg off in the corner, but Smith hip-tossed him across the ring. Smith followed with a big belly-to-belly suplex for a nearfall. Next was Smith's trademark delayed vertical suplex for a two count. Smith then clotheslined Ryder over the top rope and shouted to the crowd that he was owning this match. Smith rolled Ryder back into the ring, but Ryder caught him with a shoulder tackle into the ringpost. Ryder followed with a dropkick knocking Smith to the floor as they cut to break.

[Break]

Back from break, Ryder landed a "Broski Boot" to the face in the corner for a nearfall. Ryder followed with a snap neckbreaker for another two count. Ryder showed his frustration, then settled into a crossface looking to wear down Smith. Ryder became agitated with the ref and told him it's one...two...three. Ryder followed with a "Call Me" shout-out followed by a dropkick for another two count. Ryder threw up the LI and wanted a finisher, but Smith countered with a backslide for a nearfall. Ryder then cut him off and resumed his mat-based attack. Stanford continued to drop random references, drawing chuckles from Mathews.

Ryder decided to take it up, but Smith crotched him. Smith wanted a superplex and he connected from way up top. Both men sold the effects as the match reached the nine-minute mark. Smith then ran over Ryder with clotheslines followed by a big boot. Smith suddenly busted out a dance move, shaking his hips for the crowd, and delivered a running leg drop for a two count. Ryder then came back with a small package and Smith came back with a small package. Smith with a powerslam for a nearfall, then he dragged Ryder across the ring looking for the Sharpshooter, but Ryder kicked him in the gut. Ryder measured Smith and nailed the Rough Ryder center-ring. Ryder with the cover and the win.

WINNER: Ryder at 10:39. Nice, nice match. I'm not sure about Smith's Cowboy hat and Elvis-like moves, but he showed some new-found intensity in the ring to match Ryder, who has found that "it" factor and looks like money in the ring. Some real quality singles action on Superstars this week. (**1/4)

Completing the Hart Dynasty (Kidd, Smith, and Natalya) episode of Superstars, Natalya teams with Gail Kim in the main event up next.

[Break]

Raw Rebound followed by Mathews and Stanford breaking down the Extreme Rules PPV line-up. ... In-ring: Melina's music hit to bring out the heel duo of Melina (still on Raw) and Alicia Fox (now on Smackdown).

[Break]

3 -- NATALYA & GAIL KIM vs. MELINA & ALICIA FOX

The heels isolated Natalya early in the match, including some unique submission holds working over Natalya's mid-section. Gail tagged in, prompting Stanford's customary "House of Fire" call anytime a hot tag is made to a babyface. The action broke down, then Gail delivered Eat Defeat on Fox for the pin and the win. Stanford signed off with a plug for Smackdown, Extreme Rules, and Rock's birthday party as the babyfaces celebrated in the ring to close the show.

WINNER: Gail & Natalya at 4:16. Fine main event tag match giving the babyfaces a win to close out this week's show.

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