WWE TV Shows - Other CALDWELL'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 8/4: Masterlock vs. Anklelock, Brodus Clay returns, NXT feud carries over to Superstars, Smackdown Divas
Aug 4, 2011 - 10:00:00 PM
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WWE Superstars TV Results
August 4, 2011 - Week 17 on WWE's website (episode #121 overall)
Taped the Week of August 1
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
This week's WWE Superstars episode opened with full pyro before Smackdown announcer Jack Korpela plugged the Road to Summerslam and a look at the Raw title situation later in the show. Alicia Fox's music then played to set up the opening match. Matt Striker and Korpela were given an on-camera look to discuss Raw's title picture before Kaitlyn came out as the opposition.
1 -- ALICIA FOX vs. KAITLYN
The announcers played up a back-story of Fox having a problem with and trying to hold down newer women's wrestlers on the roster. Korpela described Kaitlyn as "brawny," prompting a paper towel comment from Striker in response. Korpela added that she squats over 300 pounds. Fox went to work on the rookie Diva as the crowd sat quietly. Meanwhile, Striker and Korpela continued to discuss the Cena vs. Punk match and Striker suggested they could see a new side of Cena at Summerslam not seen before. More methodical pace in the ring as the crowd tried to rally behind Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn was never able to sustain an offensive comeback and Fox finished her off with a scissors kick for the win.
WINNER: Fox at 5:18.
Still to come: Jack Swagger is irate after being on Superstars last week. Check that, Swagger is irate after losing in the main event of Superstars last week. He gets Chris Masters in a re-match of a re-match from past Superstars episodes.
In-ring: Some new hard, thrashing music brought out a returning Brodus Clay complete with a new tattoo across his chest. Already in the ring was Pat Silva, who was billed as being from Lexington, Ky. (where the taping took place). Korpela noted they haven't seen Clay since Extreme Rules back in May.
2 -- BRODUS CLAY vs. PAT SILVA
Striker said Clay represents the New WWE - "bigger, badder, and better." Clay clubbed on Silva with repeated kicks and stomps as Striker alluded to Tyson Kidd's old managerial storyline that if Clay is looking for representation, he's available. Korpela said Clay is tired of being a bodyguard and he believes it's his time. Clay eventually finished off poor Silva with a flying splash - labeled the Fall of Humanity - for the pin and the win. Striker called him the future of WWE.
WINNER: Clay at 1:56. Effective squash getting over all of Clay's signature offense. The theme music needs work, though.
Still to come: Swagger and Masters battle for "momentum leading to Summerslam."
In-ring: Kozlov kicked off the Raw portion of the show. No goofy get-up for Kozlov on Superstars after he "let his hair down" on NXT Tuesday night. On-camera, Josh Mathews and Scott Stanford set the stage prior to Primo emerging as Kozlov's opponent. Before the match could start, though, JTG's music hit to bring out Kozlov's NXT foe. What's this? Yes, a highlight package from NXT showing Kozlov's victory over JTG in the ring and apparently in the "gangsta" department.
3 -- KOZLOV vs. PRIMO
The bell sounded and JTG joined the announcers on commentary to explain his issue with Kozlov. This prompted a discussion of planking, then whether Stanford is more gangster than Mathews. In the ring, Kozlov delivered a head butt that sent Primo reeling to the floor. Back in the ring, Kozlov easily tossed Primo around and continued to give him a beating. Primo then found an escape route with a chopblock and began working over the left knee. On commentary, JTG encouraged Primo as he went for a top-rope move, but Kozlov met Primo with a mid-air headbutt. Kozlov made the cover and it was good for the win, much to JTG's chagrin. JTG noted he wasn't impressed. Kozlov then flashed a look toward JTG before strutting in the ring after his win.
WINNER: Kozlov at 3:42. A little stretch for NXT "cross-promoting" the two domestic online shows. Otherwise, standard Kozlov fare.
Raw Rebound: Focus on Punk-Cena-Hunter, then a break down of the top matches at Summerslam.
In-ring: Jack Swagger paraded on-stage before making his way to the ring for the TV main event. Swagger did some more parading in the ring as they cut to break.
4 -- CHRIS MASTERS vs. JACK SWAGGER
Swagger became frustrated early on when his amateur wrestling offense couldn't secure a pin, so he bailed to the floor for a breather. Meanwhile, the announcers stressed Swagger's desire to get back to the mountaintop after tasting the World Title last year. Unrelated, Stanford noted he's trying to get some information out of Masters on "dating an A-List celebrity." Stanford dated himself a decade by listing the female cast from "Friends" as guesses he ventured, but Masters "remained tight-lipped." As Masters went to work on Swagger, Stanford said both men are looking to move up the ladder under Triple H's new regime. Swagger then popped Masters across the back of the neck with a forearm smash before starting an attack on the neck/upper back. Both men were selling the effects of the match as Stanford fed to break.
Back from break, Swagger was parading around in the ring as the crowd showed their displeasure. The two men went back and forth before Swagger went for the left knee to try to take Masters off his feet. More gloating and stalling from Swagger instead of following up on Masters, who was then able to tease the Masterlock. However, Swagger escaped, but walked into a Samoan Drop. Masters then made his comeback with a clothesline and spinebuster for a two count. Swagger cut off Masters, then went for the running Vader Bomb, but Masters blocked. Masters teased the Masterlock again, but Swagger countered into the Anklelock. After the work on the knee, Masters had no choice but to tap out.
Post-match: The announcers stressed Swagger overcoming his own cockiness to win anyways while also "learning a valuable lesson" not to underestimate Masters's athleticism. They went to a replay of the high points leading to the finish while stressing Masters's ability in defeat. The show concluded with Swagger parading around in the ring some more as Stanford signed off.
WINNER: Swagger via submission at 11:45. Solid back-and-forth match. It was also quite noticeable during this long-form match how much Stanford has improved on commentary since becoming Raw's Superstars announcer several months ago. He sounds much more polished and knowledgeable of the in-ring product compared to when he started out.
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