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CALDWELL'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 5/19: Air Bourne vs. Future Shock main event, Kidd & Hayes Week 2, Major Broskis reunite

May 19, 2011 - 5:29:28 PM
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WWE Superstars TV Results
May 19, 2011 - Week 6 on WWE's website (episode #110 overall)
Taped the Week of May 6
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 and this week's main event of Evan Bourne vs. Drew McIntyre.

Cue up Tyson Kidd's music for the opening match from Smackdown. Michael Hayes was with Kidd and looking much more subdued in his wardrobe selection this week, opting for simple black suit and red t-shirt over the polyester blue suit last week. Yoshi Tatsu came out to face Kidd, but Hayes cut him short to deliver a promo.

Hayes said it's been a while since he's been to Corpus Christi - ya know, Freebirds vs. the Von Erichs. Hayes said he knows everyone came here to have a good time...to escape from their pathetic lives. Hayes said the fans have nothing special about them...just like Yoshi Tatsu. Meanwhile, Kidd has something special about him: ambition. (Like last week, Hayes's delivery makes it sound like this exchange is happening in a vacuum.)

The ref eventually told Hayes to cut it out so they could have a match here. Hayes obliged and provided some additional instruction to Kidd, who then jumped Yoshi. The ref reprimanded Hayes and Kidd, separated the two competitors, and quizzed Yoshi on whether he wanted to do it. Yoshi acknowledged and the bell sounded.

1 -- TYSON KIDD (w/Michael Hayes) vs. YOSHI TATSU

Yoshi recovered from the pre-match attack and cleared Kidd to the outside two minutes in. The ref remained heavily mic'ed shouting instructions to Hayes to back it up, then Yoshi delivered a big splash on the outside. On the floor, though, Kidd recovered and delivered a kick strike to the chest. Hayes found himself on the ring apron and started doing his strut. They cut to break with Kidd in control.

[Break]

Back from break, Yoshi appeared to be asleep locked in a neck vice on the mat. Yoshi fought back to his feet, scored a sudden nearfall to give the fans some hope, then Kidd cut him off to resume the attack. Hayes continued to get involved by antagonizing Yoshi and the ref. Announcer Korpela was incensed - incensed! - by Hayes's constant involvement, demanding the higher-ups do something about this. Yoshi suddenly scored a nearfall with a crucifix pin, but Kidd avoided a follow-up dropkick and went back on the attack.

Kidd then lost control at 7:00 and Hayes tried to shout instructions at Kidd to get moving again. Yoshi then fired off a round of chops followed by a flying roundhouse kick to the head. Yoshi made the cover, but it was only good for a two count. Hayes then threw down his jacket in disgust and shouted at the ref he was quick-counting. Yoshi then went up top and Kidd crotched him. Hayes told Kidd to take it home, and Kidd executed a superplex. Hayes had a big smile on his face, but Yoshi kicked out of a pin attempt, drawing a frown from Hayes.

Kidd then stepped into the Sharpshooter and sat down on the hold center-ring. Yoshi found something extra in the tank and crawled to the bottom rope for a break. Kidd regrouped and went for a splash across the apron, but Yoshi moved out of the way. Suddenly, Yoshi countered an Owen Hart-style backwards roll-up into a small package for a nearfall, then popped up to his feet and nailed his kick strike finisher for the pin and the win.

Post-match: Hayes frowned at Yoshi as he left the ring, then entered the ring to share some words of encouragement for Kidd. Perhaps not, as Hayes picked up Kidd, then slapped him across the face. Hayes picked up his jacket and left the ring, telling Kidd he failed him and he has better things to do. Kidd sold anger as Hayes left to the back.

WINNER: Yoshi at 10:01. Very good ten-minute "TV" match. Superstars's quality of wrestling has certainly improved since being bounced from WGN. It will be interesting to see if WWE keeps the Kidd-Hayes thing going or if this was the end of the managerial experiment. (**1/2)

[Break]

2 -- MAJOR BROSKIS (ZACK RYDER & CURT HAWKINS) vs. SANTINO & KOZLOV

The announcers noted last week's events when Ryder picked up a win over Kozlov with Hawkins's help, reuniting the tandem. Before ref Nunzio called for the bell, the two teams teased a little skirmish at mid-field during warm-ups, but they were separated to formally begin the match. Santino taunted Hawkins with the Cobra, then delivered a sambo-style takeover. Kozlov tagged in and followed with his own version. Kozlov then shoulder-blocked Hawkins clear through the ropes to the floor. Ryder complained about his Broski partner struggling in the ring as they cut to break.

[Break]

Back from break, the Broskis were magically in control of the action working over Kozlov. The Broskis continued to work over Kozlov as Scott Stanford noted the match he's most looking forward to at Over the Limit is Cole vs. Lawler. Yes, announcers > entire roster. Santino took a hot tag at 5:00, then the action broke down. Santino delivered the sailor's salute fist drop on Hawkins, then warmed up the Cobra and delivered it. Santino with the pin on Hawkins for the win.

WINNERS: Santino & Kozlov at 5:33. Basic babyface revenge match for Team Kozlov after events last week. And perhaps new material for Ryder on YouTube being partnered again with the weaker link of the Major Bros. team. (*)

Announcers: Stanford and Josh Mathews broke down the Over the Limit PPV line-up.

[Break]

3 -- EVAN BOURNE vs. DREW MCINTYRE

Bourne with some early mat wrestling on the much-larger McIntyre, who grabbed a headlock to wear down Bourne before delivering a clothesline. Mac then placed Bourne on the top rope, slowly backed away, and suddenly found Bourne flying at him with a rolling takeover. Mac slipped to the floor to pound the announce table in frustration, then he returned to the ring. McIntyre took a head scissors, but then knocked Bourne to the outside. They cut to break with Mac in control.

[Break]

Back from break, McIntyre continued to wear down Bourne while flashing his sinister grin. Mac checked the imaginary watch on his wrist to indicate it's time to end it before delivering a terrific delayed vertical superplex. Mac was too cocky making the cover, allowing Bourne to kick out. On the apron, Mac wanted a running move of sorts, but Bourne slipped out and Mac ate the ring steps. Mathews noted he had no idea what McIntyre was looking for there.

Back in the ring, Bourne scored with multiple kick strikes for a two count. Mac recovered in the corner, then the director cut to a corner shot as Bourne came flying into the corner with a basement dropkick. Bourne wanted Air Bourne, but Mac slipped to the outside, and Bourne splashed him on the floor. Back in the ring, Mac blocked a huracanrana attempt into a running buckle bomb. Mac followed right up with the Future Shock DDT for the win. Mac took in the win, then quickly left the ring to taunt the crowd as Stanford signed off for this week.

WINNER: McIntyre at 6:30. Nice match with some good back-and-forth and McIntyre basing well for Bourne's offense. This could easily fill a TV segment on Raw delivering some good action showcasing two under-utilized stars.

We welcome your 0-10 score and comments on this show for a "WWE Superstars TV Reax" feature in the Torch Feedback section of PWTorch.com. To contribute your thoughts on Superstars, email to pwtorch@gmail.com using our Feedback form.


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