WWE TV Shows - Other CALDWELL'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 9/1: Morrison vs. Truth main event, Ryder vs. Kidd, squash matches
Sep 1, 2011 - 6:31:17 PM
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WWE Superstars TV Results
September 1, 2011 - Week 21 on WWE's website (episode #125 overall)
Taped the Week of August 29
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
This week's WWE Superstars episode opened with a plug for John Morrison vs. R-Truth in a "huge main event," according to Smackdown announcer Jack Korpela. Matt Striker added his two cents before Ezekiel Jackson came out for the opening match. After an on-camera shot of the Smackdown announcers, Heath Slater emerged as Jackson's opponent.
1 -- EZEKIEL JACKSON vs. HEATH SLATER
Korpela inexplicably described Jackson as one of the hottest Superstars in WWE as of late despite recently dropping the IC Title to Cody Rhodes and losing the re-match. Korpela backed his argument by drawing attention to Jackson putting Great Khali in the Torture Rack last week on Smackdown. Slater tried to find an opening for some offense early on, but Jackson cut him off and took his time taking Slater apart. Slater missed with a corner attack, then stumbled right into the Torture Rack. Jackson locked in Luger's finishing hold and Slater was forced to tap out. Korpela said Jackson is back on-track for the IC Title.
WINNER: Jackson via submission at 3:08. Fine showcase for Jackson.
Raw Flashback: May 2 when R-Truth jumped John Morrison from behind, putting Morrison on the shelf. Tonight, they bring the feud to Superstars.
In-ring: Brodus Clay's music hit to bring out Clay for his latest Superstars squash match. Already in the ring was Brandon James, billed as being from Wichita, Ks., the site of Smackdown. Striker said Brandon was a college All-American, as evidenced by his cauliflower ears.
2 -- BRODUS CLAY vs. BRANDON JAMES
Nice piece of work from Korpela noting Clay's last three opponents have not been released from the hospital yet. Korpela tried to congratulate Clay on bringing a baby boy into the world last week, but Striker cut him off and said he's not human. Clay had an easy pin, but opted to keep the match going. He then finished off Brandon with his giant shoulder tackle and it was good for the win. And
WINNER: Clay at 0:57. Clay continues to improve on his squash match times, this time finishing under one minute.
Raw Flashback: July 25 when Morrison was "re-hired" by Triple H and took apart R-Truth.
In-ring: Back from break, Zack Ryder's music hit for a Raw vs. Smackdown match. Ryder slowly made his way to the stage with a mic in one hand and a handheld camera in his other hand. Ryder polled the crowd on who wants to be the Broski of the Week. A lucky fan on the front row got a t-shirt as Striker heeled on Ryder. Tyson Kidd then came out as Ryder's opponent. Striker said Ryder's Internet Title isn't even recognized by WWE and Ryder is out-classed tonight.
3 -- ZACK RYDER vs. TYSON KIDD
Striker used the "belt" terminology to describe Ryder's title as opposed to an official "championship" or "title." Korpela with an early New Kids On The Block reference after saying Ryder is a big fan of boy-bands. Kidd and Ryder felt each other out before Ryder found himself on the ground. Kidd smashed Ryder with a double-foot kick through the ropes before pounding him back into the ring. Ryder tried to come back with the Rough Ryder, but Kidd cut him off. Moments later, Ryder tried it again and connected this time. The crowd applauded as Ryder scored the pin and the win. Striker ate crow and said maybe Ryder belongs in WWE.
WINNER: Ryder at 4:43. Basic booking with Kidd having most of the offense before Ryder scored the win.
Raw Flashback: August 15 for the Morrison vs. Truth Falls Count Anywhere match. Still to come tonight: Morrison vs. Truth.
Supershow Rebound: Latest developments with Hunter-Punk-Nash leading to Night of Champions.
In-ring: John Morrison was out first for the TV main event from the Raw brand. Scott Stanford and Josh Mathews were shown on-camera to set the stage before they cut to break.
In-ring: R-Truth made his entrance to his re-mixed heel music. Morrison locked eyes with Truth all the way to the ring as Truth took his time preparing for the match.
4 -- JOHN MORRISON vs. R-TRUTH
The bell sounded and the two men stood their ground in the ring before circling around and locking up. Even exchange to start before Truth snapped on Morrison with right hand blows and taunted the crowd. Morrison fired back with a clothesline that sent Truth to the floor. Morrison then parkour'ed Truth with a flying chuck kick off the ring steps. Morrison made an immediate cover back in the ring, but Truth kicked out. They cut to break with the action ongoing in the ring.
[Break. Super Smackdown replay plug for tomorrow night on Syfy with Cena vs. Barrett, Sheamus vs. Khali, and Orton vs. Christian for the World Title.]
Back from break, Truth was working on Morrison before Morrison suddenly got a burst of energy. Truth absorbed repeated shots, then cut off Morrison and went back to a reverse chinlock. The crowd tried to rally behind Morrison as the announcers speculated on what it will take to end this feud and rivalry. Moments later, Truth got too wound up talking to himself and walked right into an enziguiri that put both men on the mat. Morrison then made his comeback and scored a series of close nearfalls.
Morrison teased Starship Pain, but Truth moved, then hit his flip-over jawbreaker for a nearfall. Truth was sure it was a conspiracy and told Charles Robinson how he felt about it. The action moved up top at 11:00 and Morrison knocked Truth to the mat. Morrison balanced himself on the top turnbuckle, then went for a unique SSP, but Truth blocked with his knees. Truth followed with his "Little Jimmy" paydirt finisher and it was good for the win. The crowd was not pleased as Truth went back to taunting them. After a replay of the back-and-forth conclusion, they cut back to Crazy Truth for a final shot to close the show.
WINNER: Truth at 11:32. Nice match continuing to build on their series of matches. Truth picking up the win was expected with him being featured more prominently on TV, whereas WWE is hot/cold on Morrison. (**1/4)
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