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CALDWELL'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 5/26: Armando Estrada returns, Santino vs. Ryder comedy, Top-Rope Elbow Week (w/VIDEO)

May 26, 2011 - 5:25:27 PM
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WWE Superstars TV Results
May 26, 2011 - Week 7 on WWE's website (episode #111 overall)
Taped the Week of May 13
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor




This week's Superstars episode on WWE's website began with Santino's theme music to bring out the former WWE tag champion for singles action. Raw announcers Scott Stanford and Josh Mathews introduced the show prior to "Mr. Thursday Night" Zack Ryder strutting out to face Santino. Stanford noted it's the latest installment of the rivalry between the Major Broskis and Santino & Kozlov.

1 -- SANTINO vs. ZACK RYDER

Nunzio is the referee for this bout. Ryder began the match by posing for Santino, who then did a comical posedown. Ryder with an early take-down before he fist-pumped in Santino's face. Santino mock applauded, then told him to bring it. Santino with an arm drag leading to the trumpet celebration. Ryder then went old-school with a Test of Strength challenge. Santino took the bait and ate a boot to the gut. Ryder followed with a shoulder tackle before he did the trumpet celebration. Santino came back with a Cobra tease, which sent Ryder scurrying to the ring apron.

Back to center-ring, they traded playful slaps before Ryder smashed Santino to the mat. Santino got up and sold immense anger with this development. Mathews noted Santino is one of the "most resourceful" Superstars he's ever seen. Santino then warmed up the Cobra and struck Ryder on the leg. Ryder sold as if he received temporary paralysis in his leg. This would fit right in with Chikara. Santino then went all the way up top, thought it over, comically stepped down to the bottom rope, fell down, and ate an elbow smash from Ryder.

Ryder resumed control of the match trying to wear down Santino with a reverse chinlock. Ryder tried to follow with a corner Broski Boot, but Santino moved and Ryder ate the bottom turnbuckle. Santino got that look in his eyes and warmed up the Cobra for a decisive strike. Santino with the pin for the win.

WINNER: Santino at 5:31. That was something else. It's definitely worth checking out if you're in the mood for comedy wrestling.

Announcers: Stanford and Mathews talked solemnly about "Macho Man" Randy Savage's death last Friday. Mathews fed to the video package on Savage that played on Raw.

[Break]

In-ring: Back from break, JTG came out for the next singles match on the show. Apparently JTG is playing face this week unlike his heel role in the NXT alternative universe. Curt Hawkins was out next as JTG's opponent. Stanford noted it's a chance for Hawkins to out-do Ryder, who lost the opener.

2 -- JTG vs. CURT HAWKINS

Basic back-and-forth early on. Stanford randomly said JTG is looking for a shot at the U.S. Title held by Kofi Kingston. That would require actually making it to Raw TV once in a while. Hawkins took control before they cut to break.

[Break]

Back from break, Hawkins and JTG traded pin attempts before Hawkins resumed control while carrying himself in his usual cocky manner. JTG teased a comeback following a high back-body drop, then fired himself up and went for the Mug Shot, but Hawkins yanked him down to the mat for a two count. "Just quit!" Hawkins shouted down at JTG. Hawkins then yanked JTG across the top rope when JTG made a last-ditch effort. With JTG in position, Hawkins went up top to deliver a heat-seeking elbow drop for the pin and the win.

WINNER: Hawkins at 8:48. Basic TV singles match.

Still to come: Trent Barreta vs. Tyson Kidd in the featured main event from the Smackdown brand.

[Break]

The Raw Rebound aired focused on the Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio feud. Back on Superstars, Smackdown announcers Jack Korpela and Matt Striker discussed the injury angle. Korpela said Big Show sustained "damage to his knees and internal injuries." Striker said Show will be out of action for "several weeks" rehabbing the injury.

In-ring: Tyson Kidd's music hit to bring out Kidd and his new manager, the returning Armando Estrada. Armando looked much different with a new haircut and look compared to his previous run. Armando described himself as arguably the greatest sports mind since Bobby Heenan. Armando said under his guidance and tutelage, Kidd will reach heights never before seen. Armando said he was appalled by the lack of respect shown to Kidd. He said if you don't like it, do something about it.

[Break]

Last Week: They replayed Michael Hayes turning on Kidd in Week 2 of their relationship. Hayes was shown saying he has better things to do than work with Kidd. Back in the ring, Armando told Kidd to focus on his instructions and forget about last week.

3 -- TYSON KIDD (w/Armando Estrada) vs. TRENT BARRETA

The bell sounded and the two men went back-and-forth at a rapid pace. Korpela said he's not sure why Kidd feels the need to audition managers each week. Korpela then brought up Armando's previous run being part of ECW when Striker was on the show. Barreta scored some offense that put Kidd in trouble, then Armando hopped on the ring apron. Barreta took a quick look at Armando, allowing Kidd to knock him to the floor. Armando put the boots to Barreta behind the ref's back as they cut to break.

[Break. The Smackdown teaser for Friday's show has Christian vowing to re-challenge Randy Orton for the World Title again.]

Back on the show, Kidd continued to work on Barreta after the pre-break help. Striker said he thinks Kidd is misguided looking for managers when he needs a high-profile agent to help him acquire bigger matches and handle his affairs. Barreta teased a comeback with chops and an enziguiri before climbing up top for a springboard missile dropkick. Barreta made a cover, but only scored a two count. Barreta sold a right knee injury, which Kidd tried to take advantage of, but Barreta came back with a knee smash for a two count.

Kidd rolled to the outside for a breather and Barreta tried a baseball slide kick, but Kidd cut him off. He went up top and landed the Move of the Week - a top-rope elbow smash - but Barreta kicked out. Kidd followed with a Sharpshooter attempt targeting the lower back and injured knee, but Barreta made it to the ropes for a break. Barreta teased another comeback, but Kidd cut him off and landed a Fisherman Buster for the pin and the win.

Post-match: Kidd celebrated in the ring before Armando took the mic. He said what they have just witnessed is what happens when athletic excellence meets superb intellect. Armando flashed his trademark eyes for the hard camera before the heels shared a hearty laugh. After a replay of the high points, Armando noted he's found himself a winner. Striker told the audience to tune in next week to find out.

WINNER: Kidd at 9:30. Fine main event with some good nearfalls and counters during the second-half of the match. Armando was solid in the role as a toned-down businessman compared to being way over-the-top during his previous run. Kidd's quest for a manager is an interesting little story to follow each week on Superstars.

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