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JAMES'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 10/20: Tag champs in action, Mahal pins DiBiase, Slater's Wellness Policy send-off

Oct 20, 2011 - 10:53:01 PM
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WWE Superstars TV report
October 20, 2011
Taped in Mexico City
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor
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1 - TED DIBIASE vs. JINDER MAHAL

DiBiase came out to a bit of a pop, which I don't get. What's he done to get one? Early chain wrestling with a variety of counters, but DiBiase gets the overall advantage. The pacing feels like a long match. DiBiase hits a dropkick for two. Mahal ducks out the the ring, and when Ted chases him in, Mahal catches him with a knee lift to the face. Mahal drags Ted so his head is off the apron, goes outside and hits Ted a few times, then wraps the ring skirt around his head and knee lifts the head again. Jinder brings him back into the ring with the cover for two. Mahal holding Ted's head in a lock and hitting a trio of knee lifts. Jinder with a headlock and cuts off Ted's comeback.

Suplex for two and then Mahal chokes Ted in the ropes and then the corner, drawing the ref's ire. Ted tries to fight out of the corner, but Mahal locks his head in a lock against the ropes. Jinder brings him in mid-ring for a side headlock, and Mahal cuts off the comeback again with a knee lift. Ted surprises Jinder with an inside cradle for two, and when they reset, Mahal connects with a big boot for two. Another side headlock from Mahal, this time DiBiase sustains a bit of offense coming out, but Mahal back body drops him outside the ring, and they cut to commercial.

[ c - "Inside Out" ad ]

Ted's fighting out of a submission hold out of the break, then catapults Jinder into the turnbuckle, and lands an atomic drop. Ted with the surprise clothesline and fires up. He charges Jinder who gets knees up. Ted comes right back with a spinebuster for two. Ted gets frustrated and calls for Dream Street, but Jinder tosses out and hits a high knee, throws Ted into the ropes and another high knee. DiBiase with a backbreaker/dropkick combo, and goes to the top turnbuckle. Mahal crotches him and DiBiase rolls into the middle of the ring. Mahal with the full nelson suplex for the win.

WINNER: Jinder Mahal in 10:00. Ted did an okay job bouncing around for Mahal. Jinder, though, showed some really unique stuff here. With his emphasis on knee strikes, it really felt like watching a martial artist. This is a really odd comparison, but I almost feel like Jinder Mahal is basing his fighting style on Sagat from Street Fighter; they have a similar build (tall, lanky, muscular) and now the fighting style is similar too.

[ c - Vengeance ad, focused on Cena vs. Del Rio ]

2 - SANTINO MARELLA vs. HEATH SLATER

I thought Heath was suspended? Heath no-sells Santino's martial arts attempts, but runs from an early Cobra threat. Some chain wrestling. Santino spins on his belly on top of Slater's back, then a hip toss, armbar, and wristlock. Slater gets control, and does some basic heel stomps and kicks to the prone Santino. Apparently, Slater considers himself the "Axl Rose" of WWE, according to Josh Matthews. That might explain the Wellness Policy violation.

[Q2] Slater with some basic offense. Neckbreaker from Slater gets two. Slater misses with double knees fromt he top, and Santino does punches, the split, hip toss, and sailor salute headbutt. Santino prepares for the Cobra and Slater eats it mid-ring, Santino makes the cover for the win.

WINNER: Santino Marella in 8:00. Slater got an awful lot of offense for a guy going out on a Wellness Policy violation. Santino was fun, as always, and Slater was bland, as always. Slater's role really should be limited to being a heel jobber. He sells well, but his offense is so insanely boring.

- Video package summarizing the last few months of Raw storylines, leading to Triple H and C.M. Punk against Awesome Truth at the PPV on Sunday.

[ c - Vengeance ad, Mark Henry vs. Big Show ]

3 - WWE tag champions AIR BOOM (EVAN BOURNE & KOFI KINGSTON) vs. MICHAEL MCGILLICUTTY & DREW MCINTYRE -- non-title match

[Q3] I see McIntyre and McGillicutty as a demotion for Drew. He's earned better as far as I'm concerned. Bourne and McIntyre start off. Drew quickly puts Evan in the corner. They lock up against and Drew pushes him in the corner. Evan sits on the turnbuckle as Drew mocks him. Evan bounces back with an armdrag from the turnbuckle then a wheelbarrow transitioned into an armdrag.

Kofi tags in, Evan holds Drew in the ropes, and Kofi drops on him from the turnbuckle. Drew powers up and goes back on offense. Drew has Kofi in the electric chair position, but Kofi transitions into an armdrag. Mac tags in Mike, who eats a Japanese arm drag. Evan tags in, Kofi gives Mike a gutbuster, holds him on the knee, and Bourne does a standing moonsault onto Mike's back for two. Clever.

McGillicutty is able to get control for a moment, but a huracanrana gets Evan back on top. Evan tags in Kofi, who comes in with a kick to Mike's chest, getting two. Evan tags back in and hits a basement dropkick to Mike in the corner. Who's the heel here? Mike on the ground, tries to get out, but Evan applies a leglock of sorts, then hits a blockbuster to the leg and tags Kofi in. They do a Hardy Boys-like team move, clear Drew from the apron, then do a double suicide dive to the heels on the floor.

[ c - "The Ladder Match 2: Crash and Burn" DVD ad ]

McGillicutty has control of Kingston back from break. So he uses his advantage to apply a side headlock. Kofi tags out, and Evan hits is a huracanrana. Bourne shows off some neat moves and heads to the turnbuckle. Drew comes in, the ref argues and Kofi comes in. The ref turns to Kofi and Drew crotches Bourne. Drew tags in, and Drew abuses Borne in the corner. Some offense from Mac and McGillicutty tags back in. Backbreaker from McGillicutty for two, then a rear chinlock. Stanford ensures that Mathews knows who James Taylor is.

McIntyre tags in, but gets rolled up for two. McIntyre tags Bourne outside for more punishment, and throws him back in. McGillicutty tags in, and tries a suplex but Evan knees out at the top, and hits a suplex of his own. Double tag and Kofi with a huge springboard Superman punch, a pair of clotheslines, and clears Mike off the apron. Drew shoves off an SOS attempt, but Kofi hits the ropes and lands another Superman punch.

Kofi calls for the Boom Drop, hits it, then signals Trouble in Paradise. Drew sees it coming and heads for the corner, dodges Kofi's charge, but Kofi does his double-bounce crossbody out of the corner. McGillicutty breaks up the pin then dumps Borne. Kingston ducks Drew's big boot which hits McGillicutty instead, lands Trouble in Paradise and tags in Bourne. Air Bourne shooting star press for the win.

WINNERS: Air Boom in 14:00. Mike McGillicutty really stood out like a sore thumb here in terms of being boring. Sad to see Drew take the pin, not him. Good match to showcase Air Boom's moves, although some of the tag team moves felt a bit too choreographed.


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