WWE TV Shows - Other JAMES'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 7/5: Ryder vs. Swagger main event, Cesaro vs. Riley, oddball booking
Jul 5, 2012 - 11:24:01 PM
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WWE Superstars Results
July 5, 2012
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor
AW immediately starts the show from the ramp to introduce the Prime Time Players.
1 - PRIMO (w/Epico and Rosa Mendes) vs. TITUS O'NEIL (w/Darren Young and AW)
Primo gamely rushes O'Neil, only to get tossed to the mat. Primo is struggling to overcome O'Neil's power, and a cross-body finally takes the big man down. It doesn't last long, as O'Neil quickly regains control. Primo's brief comeback is cut off when O'Neil blocks a sunset flip attempt. Primo tries to take a swing at AW, but the distraction lets O'Neil continue the attack. Again, Primo makes a comeback, but O'Neil blocks a sunset flip. AW distracts the ref letting Darren Young to get involved. After the distraction, Primo slips out of a suplex and pins O'Neil with a schoolboy.
WINNER: Primo in 5:30. Who booked this, Donald Duck? Why have half of the #1 contenders lose to a someone who isn't near the title right now? O'Neil and Young are supposed to look strong, and be working towards a match with Kofi Kingston and R-Truth, not continuing a feud with the team that lost their re-match without even getting into the ring.
2 - WWE tag champion KOFI KINGSTON vs. ROB CABILDO
Kingston offers a handshake, but Cabildo turns him down. They go back-and-forth a little, and Kingston shows off his agility. Kingston gets angry after eating a dropkick and fires up big. Boom Drop and Kingston calls for the end. Trouble in Paradise and the match is over.
WINNER: Kofi Kingston in 3:10. More bizarre booking. Who is Rob Cabildo? Why dos Kofi Kingston need squash matches against unknowns? I do not understand what is happening here, it's like someone mixed up some FCW try-out tapes with the Superstars episode.
3 - ALEX RILEY vs. ANTONIO CESARO (w/Aksana)
Great "Team Chest Hair" sign in the audience. Riley and Cesaro do some chain wrestling; it's nice to see some fresh skills from Riley. Big "Let's Go Riley" chant as Cesaro takes control. Riley with a sky high dropkick. Cesaro flapjacks Riley into the turnbuckle out of a Ten Punches in the corner. Lot's of high strength back-and-forth. Cesaro with a number of unique moves, and Stanford says that Cesaro is a one-time member of the Swiss military; no surprise there, since they do mandatory conscription. Riley makes a big comeback. Riley with a flying clothesline from the top rope, Kane style. Cesaro cracks the neck and the Neutralizer picks up the win.
WINNER: Antonio Cesaro in 6:00. I expected better from this match, since both Cesaro and Riley have impressed me in the ring. Something didn't click here. Antonio Cesaro needs new music, his music sounds like some goofy Brit pop stuff, and it is just too "bouncy" for a heel.
4 - ZACK RYDER vs. JACK SWAGGER
Swagger shows off his amateur wrestling skills early on. Huge crowd reaction for Ryder and Swagger keeps him down. Ryder fires back with a dropkick and mocks Swagger's victory laps. Swagger's power continues to let him dominate. Ryder hot-shots Swagger then lands a flapjack to turn it around. Swagger takes out Ryder's knee and starts working Ryder over. Ryder wants the Broski Boot but Swagger gets up. Ryder sends Swagger out of the ring and tries a leap over the ropes, but Swagger catches him and lands a backbreaker.
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Out of the break, Swagger is showing off, but misses a leg drop and Ryder drops bombs. Swagger ducks a cross-body and Ryder bounces off the ropes. The crowd rallies, but Swagger continues to control the match. Ryder fights off a superplex and eventually puts boots up to block a Swagger Bomb in the corner. They trade big rights with Ryder gaining the advantage. Faceplant and Ryder gets serious. Broski Boot gets a nearfall. Ryder throws up the "L.I." hand sign, but Swagger ducks the Rough Ryder, and hits the Swagger Bomb for a nearfall.
Swagger looks furious. Ryder then turns a suplex into a reverse neckbreaker for two. Ryder tries a Rough Ryder from the second rope, but Swagger catches him with the anklelock. Ryder sends Swagger to the apron to escape, but when Swagger jumps back into the ring, Ryder nails him with the Rough Ryder for the win.
WINNER: Zack Ryder in 10:30. Very good match. Ryder gets the crowd involved and Swagger is a very good technician. Both men need wins quite badly right now.
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