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CALDWELL'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 5/5: Air Bourne vs. Rough Ryder, Divas action, Uso, "Cowboy" Smith

May 5, 2011 - 5:13:53 PM
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WWE Superstars TV Results
May 5, 2011 - Week 4 on WWE's website (episode #108 overall)
Taped the Week of May 2
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


This week's Superstars episode on WWE's website began with Smackdown announcer Jack Korpela introducing the show coming on the heels of The Draft, Extreme Rules, and The Rock's show-consuming birthday. Cue up Trent Barreta's music for the opening match of the show. Out as his opponent was Jey Uso, accompanied by Jimmy. Jimmy decided to hang back and not accompany his brother to ringside.

1 -- TRENT BARRETA vs. JEY USO

Korpela played up some story that Barreta walked into the office and demanded he be on Superstars this week to redeem himself after a loss to Tyson Kidd on last week's show. Korpela then asked Striker why Jey would take a singles match tonight. Striker played up a story that he signed a Smackdown contract dictating he has to take singles matches, tag matches, and any other match, so he selected a singles offering this week. Jey cleared Barreta to the outside, causing Barreta to crash into the guardrail leading to break.

[Break]

Jey focused on Barreta's throat with a chinlock, then nailed a giant butt bomb in the corner. Jey didn't follow up and simply stared down at Barreta before making a cover for a nearfall. Barreta came back with a moonsault from the top turnbuckle followed by a springboard dropkick for a two count. Jey came back with a toss-up Samoan Drop for a two count, but missed with a top rope splash. Barreta went back up top, but Jey crotched him. Jey wanted a Samoan Drop, but he made a mistake giving Barreta an opening to nail the Dudebuster tornado DDT for the pin and the win.

WINNER: Barreta at 7:45. Fine singles match getting over Barreta's resiliency after a competitive back-and-forth.

[Break]

2 -- MELINA vs. BETH PHOENIX

The Raw portion of the show picked up with Scott Stanford and Josh Mathews on the call for a Divas match. Stanford noted Melina's recent losing streak on Superstars. Meanwhile, Mathews resumed his position critiquing Stanford on being long-winded and not speaking in soundbytes. As the match started, Mathews talked up the Divas Title, saying it doesn't behoove the Divas to be friendly toward each other since there's only one women's division title in WWE. Stanford went back to the 2010 Royal Rumble for Phoenix's memorable elimination of Great Khali, drawing Mathews's ire again for a "dated" reference. Stanford wanted to go back even further to Extreme Rules 2009 when Phoenix and Melina locked up in an I Quit match. Wrong PPV. On cue, Melina tried to get Phoenix to quit this match, but Phoenix resisted and made a spirited comeback. Melina tried to come back with a kick strike, but Phoenix ducked, Melina caught herself in the splits, and Phoenix lifted her up in the air for the Glam Slam and the win.

WINNER: Phoenix at 4:38. Good chemistry here. There seems to be some momentum building behind the women's division with Kharma's introduction. An interesting note during the match was the announcers talked about McCool leaving WWE, so it's not a complete write-off by not mentioning her at all.

[Break]

Raw Flashback: Rock's birthday celebration.

[Break]

In-ring: Zack Ryder came out for the main event to face Evan Bourne. Stanford noted Ryder's YouTube show and told Mathews he could get him on the show. Mathews seemed uninterested. Stanford also provided D.H. Smith's official new name of "Cowboy" D.H. Smith since Ryder took a win over Smith last week on Superstars.

3 -- EVAN BOURNE vs. ZACK RYDER

Basic back-and-forth to start the match as the two men traded holds. Bourne knocked Ryder to the floor, then wanted a huracanrana, but Ryder caught Bourne in mid-air and threw him into the guardrail. Ryder grinned for the camera as they cut to break.

[Break. Celebrate the kick-off to Christian's title reign tomorrow night on Smackdown.]

Back in the ring, Ryder was wearing down Bourne, showing more aggression than in the beginning of the match. Ryder then measured Bourne for a running boot in the corner and connected. Stanford noted it's the Broski Boot. Ryder with a cover for a nearfall, then he settled into a modified crossface that showed a lot of light. Ryder re-applied the hold, then smirked for the camera and started toying with Bourne.

Ryder wanted a move from the second rope, but Bourne intercepted him with a blow to the mid-section for a nearfall. Bourne followed with a dropsault, then a kick strike to the mid-section. Ryder tried a desperation Rough Ryder, but Bourne caught him with a knee to the face. The crowd roared as Bourne climbed up top, then delivered the Air Bourne. "Air Bourne in the house!" Stanford declared. Bourne with the cover for the win. As Bourne celebrated, they went to a slow-motion replay of Bourne smashing Ryder with his finisher. Bourne continued to celebrate as Ryder was shown mouthing, "Are you serious, bro?" More smiles from Bourne to conclude the show.

WINNER: Bourne at 7:11. Solid, professional effort from two underutilized players on the Raw roster.

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